Thursday, September 29, 2011

Parent Conference Day 2011

Worley teachers started Fall Parent Conferences on Monday, September 26th. The conferences will last 15-30 minutes per parent. Conferences can be held before school, after school or during the teacher's conference period. Teachers may also hold conferences via telephone if that method is more convenient for parents.

Our goal is to communicate with every parent of students who are currently struggling to be successful.

Whether your student is struggling or not, you may contact your child's teacher to arrange a conference any time between Sept 26th and Oct 14th.

Teachers will be on campus all day on October 10th for scheduled conferences with parents. Please make sure to contact your child's teachers to arrange for a conference time.

Happy Conferencing!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Check Out Our Teachers' Lesson Plans Online!

Click on the link below to view Worley Middle School Teacher lesson plans all year long!

Lesson plans are available for parents and community members to view each week. Our teachers work hard everyday to provide high quality, rigorous lessons for our students. Please check this website each week for updates on homework assignments and to see what the teacher will be covering in class.

Additionally, a few of our teachers have class websites with links and other information relative to their particular subjects. Check them out!

Friday, September 9, 2011

STAAR Information for Parents, September 2011

Dear Parents,

The State of Texas is eliminating the TAKS test and replacing it with a test called STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness). The new test for middle school students will test the same grades and the same subjects as the TAKS test, grade 7 – reading, math, and writing and grade 8 – reading, math, science, and social studies. Plus, if your child is taking a course for high school credit, she or he will take the STAAR end-of-course exam in that subject.

As of right now, the new STAAR test will also have the following changes:

  • There will be a 4-hour time limit for your student to complete the STAAR test. However, if your student receives special accommodations because of unique learning needs or circumstances, extended time may be available.
  • The STAAR test will be longer in most grades and subjects and will be a harder test.
  • STAAR Modified tests and STAAR Alternate tests will be available, just as they were with TAKS.
  • The grade 7 writing test will take two days to complete
  • Once your child starts taking courses for high school credit, he or she will have to pass the STAAR end-of-course exams in English I, II, and III; Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, World Geography, World History, and U.S. History; Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
  • The end-of-course exams will count as 15% of your student’s grade in the course.

The middle school STAAR tests will be given on the following dates:

March 27 – 7th grade writing (day 1); 8th grade math
March 28 – 7th grade writing (day 2); 8th grade reading
April 24 – 7th grade math
April 25 – 7th grade reading
April 26 – 8th grade science
April 27 – 8th grade social studies

We look forward to working with you to help your child succeed. As we receive more information from the Texas Education Agency, we will pass it on to you.