This has been a busy week for our Wildcat Families. During this week, the students, teachers,
parents, and community members were invited to attend our first AVID Parent Meeting on
Wednesday, September 8th as well as our annual Open House on Thursday, September 9th. I would
like to thank our parents for spending their evenings with us at Westview Middle School. Your
presence and interest were greatly appreciated.
Quote of the Week:
The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.
- Maya Angelou -
Have a Great Weekend!
Cloteele M. Brinson
Sixth Grade Principal
AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination)
Our first parent AVID meeting was a success. We had 35 parents in attendance along with 6 parents
who signed up to volunteer last night. The purpose of our AVID Parent Meeting was to provide
parents with the information and skills needed to support their student’s success and to reinforce
these skills with students.
What is AVID?
AVID is an academic, regularly scheduled elective class based on writing as a tool of learning,
inquiry method, and collaborative grouping. The three main components of the program are:
• academic instruction,
• tutorial support,
• and motivational activities
How does the AVID program contribute to the success of the students?
• Teaches study and organizational skills
• Uses English as a writing tool for learning
• Strengthens their writing skills
• Gives tutorial help through college tutors
• Teaches students to work collaboratively to be successful in the most rigorous courses
• Takes students to visit colleges and universities
• Assists students with the application process for four year colleges and universities
• Helps students explore careers through guest speakers
Open House was an opportunity for students, teachers, parents, and the community to establish
partnerships. It allowed the teachers to disclose their anticipated academic goals and standards for the
2009-2010 school year, discuss discipline procedures, homework policies, as well as teacher/student
expectations. During Open House, the community was provided the opportunity to learn about the
H1N1 flu from our Nurse, Ms. Cardone, join the PTO, as well as signing up to volunteer at
Volunteers are a very important part of our children’s education. No matter what your situation there
are a variety of ways that you can contribute. Here are examples of way that you can volunteer.
Full Time Working Parents
After school events
Assembling educational materials at home (cutting, gluing, stapling)
Stay at Home Parents with small children
Teacher workroom projects
Various office jobs
Stay at Home Parents w/o small children
Keep in mind that these are just suggested ways that you can volunteer. The sky is the limit. Your
child’s teacher will also have different ways that you can help.
Westview Middle School greatly appreciates all the help we receive. Whether you can only
volunteer at one event or everyday, Westview students win.
Seventh and Eighth Grade Leadership Retreat
The seventh and eighth grade students participated in a full day leadership retreat on Westview
campus this week.
The full day retreat was designed to foster and develop leadership skills deemed essential to the
adolescent years – the end result, increased student achievement. The students participated in
activities designed to foster the following:
Teamwork and collaboration
Effective decision making skills
Critical thinking and effective problem solving skills
Effective communication skills with peers and adults
Making positive choices
This is a weekly publication from the principal that includes important school announcements.
You may find this weekly publication by going to the school’s website
(http://www.pflugervilleisd.net/WMS), and clicking on the “Wildcat Herald” link, located on the
left vertical toolbar of the website.
Westview Electronic Mailing List
Remember to sign up for the Westview Electronic Mailing List. This will allow you to receive
electronic reminders, newsletters, etc. to keep you informed of important campus and district
information. The mailing list link can be found on the school’s website.
PISD Proactive Against H1N1 Flu
We are reminding all our campuses to help students practice basic good health
procedures, including washing hands often. Additionally hand sanitizer dispensers
have been placed in each classroom on our campus.
Students and staff are asked to stay home if they are sick. Symptoms of swine flu in people are
similar to those of regular or seasonal flu and include fever, fatigue, lack of appetite and
coughing. Some with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and
diarrhea. Below are some everyday steps to help protect your health:
Cover your nose or mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; throw the tissue in the
trash after you have used it.
Wash your hands with soap or water frequently, especially after sneezing or coughing, or
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Try to avoid contact with sick people.
Clean surfaces frequently, especially those that are used for food preparation or eating.
The Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services Department Web site is the best resource
for local information, or the department may be reached by telephone at
512-972-5000. Additional information is also available on the Department of State Health
Services Web site or by phone at 512-458-7111. Also, the Centers for Disease Control website
has useful information: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/swineflu_you.htm
WMS Electronic Gradebook and Attendance Portals Available
This year, TxGradebook will be used for both attendance reporting and as an electronic grade
book for teachers. The parent portal will allow parents to see their child's grades and attendance
and to set notification parameters for their child's attendance and if grades fall below a certain
level. Parent portals are available for distribution to all parents at the Westview front office
from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
YOU MUST SHOW A VALID PICTURE ID in order for portal information to be released to
you, and release of parent portals does require that a parent sign off, in writing, on the district
provided form, of his/her desire to receive electronic information pertaining to his/her child; this
is the reason why portals cannot be given over the phone. Due to information on the release
form, which you may not want your child to have access to, the forms are not being sent home
with students. Once you have the password you can access TX Connect on the school webpage
in the parent section or below.
TxConnect login page
Tx Connect Information
Sept. 15 5:30 Football Scrimmage vs. Kelly Lane
8 Grade at Westview
7 Grade at Kelly Lane
Sept. 16 Progress Reports sent home with students
Sept. 17 5:30 Girls Volleyball vs. Park Crest
8 Grade at Park Crest
7 Grade at Westview
Sept. 17 7:00 School Board Meeting
Sept 18 Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown; Fire Drill
Sept. 19 Rosh Hashanah
Sept. 21 No school (Student Holiday)
Sept. 22 5:30 Football vs. Cedar Valley (7th Grade)
Sept. 23 5:30 Football vs. Cedar Valley (8th Grade)
Sept. 24 5:30 Girls Volleyball vs. Pflugerville
Sept. 25 6 Grade Retreat
Attire: Wear comfortable clothing, sneakers or tennis shoes
What to bring: A good attitude and a willing to learn. All materials will be provided.
Sept. 25 4-6 Back to School Dance
Sept. 29 5:30 Football vs. Park Crest