Vol. 6, Issue 7
Friday, October 2, 2020
- Travel Club Deadline Extended: Thru October
- 8th Grade School Choice Fair: Sat., October 3
- Virtual Parent Meeting: Friday, October 9
- Teachers Teach Virtually from School: Oct. 12
- Face-to-Face Students Return to Campus: October 19
- Tweens Read: October 19-24
- Hogg Virtual Magnet Tour: every Thursday, 1pm
- Deadline to Request GT Testing: November 6
- High School Magnet Applications Due: November 6
A Message from Principal Saldaña
Hello Razorbacks,
 
Thank you for another great week of virtual instruction. I wanted to let you know my staff and I have been working hard developing a reopening plan. I have run the numbers for each teacher and class period with the information below to determine how many students will be in each class.
Hogg teachers will teach students virtually and face-to-face simultaneously. This will be a different teaching model for our teachers and we kindly ask for your patience during this transition. As of October 2, we have a total of 437 students planning to return face-to-face on October 19th.
 
We have been given additional information on social distancing guidelines. To be able to accommodate more students in each classroom, desks can now be configured 3 to 6 feet apart. Reduced space between students will be implemented as needed. Due to the number of students who have chosen to return to face-to-face instruction, some classes will be configured using the 3 feet rule. Our class sizes range from 1-20 students per class, with an average class size of 15 to 1. Alternative learning spaces, like the library and cafeteria, will be used for classes that exceed the safety capacity of classrooms.
 
Some classes worked out perfectly and no changes are necessary. The following classes are over capacity for face-to-face instruction. If these numbers do not decrease, schedule changes will likely be necessary for some students, because a hybrid model is not an option for middle schools.
Parents who chose to opt-in for face-to-face instruction can change back to virtual instruction. To do this please email your grade-level Principal.
 
Our next parent meeting will be on Friday, October 9, 2020. Teams links and more details will be available next week.
 
Thank you,

Principal Saldaña
Shine a Spotlight on Good Deeds
Student and Staff Nominations Open to all Hogg Students, Teachers, and Families.

Have you seen a Hogg Student, Faculty or Staff member doing something that deserves recognition? Please complete the following form and submit a nominee for Student and/or Staff of the Week. https://goo.gl/forms/RKWsm0kfRtmWsQ1g1
Ms. Villareal
Staff Spotlight

By Madison Rodriguez and Mia Russell

This week's staff Razorback of the Week is Ms. Villareal for being Balanced! Ms. Villareal thinks that getting enough sleep is her trick to staying as balanced as she is. She is inspired by being able to work in an HISD school where everyone works together. 

Ms. Villareal’s path to Hogg included working at Hamilton, switching to elementary school, then ultimately deciding that she prefers middle school. She believes in order to stay productive during virtual school, is to have parents create a parent Microsoft Teams account so that they can monitor their childs’ work.

Ms. Villareal has a husband retired from the Navy, two college-age sons, a daughter in school, and her youngest isn't in school yet. Her favorite place to go is Discovery Green downtown, and she loves to travel!

Quick Round Favorites
 
• Candy: Chocolate

• TV Show: Doesn’t watch television

• Favorite Color: Red

• Game: Candy Crush

Andres Solis
6th Grade Spotlight

Written and Edited by: Kayla Garcia, Hazel Smith, and Jocelyn Blanco

Andres Solis is our 6th Grade Razorback of the Week for being a Communicator! He was chosen to be a Communicator because he likes to ask his teachers questions about his work, and he loves to share about the things he does outside of school during his free time to his friends and teachers. His favorite subject is World Cultures because he likes to learn about the world’s history and about other people. Andres is eager to learn to learn about Hogg Middle School and the things that make Hogg cool. He can't wait to physically meet all his teachers.

Andres wants to go to the University of Texas, and then apply to Harvard Law to become a lawyer in Vancouver, Canada. His family keeps him motivated because they help keep him stay on track with his schoolwork and classes. He also wants to work hard like his older sister, because she gets good grades and is working on getting into colleges.

Outside of school, Andres likes to watch TV and play sports like football, soccer. He has 2 dogs, one is a Border collie mix and his name is Prancer. He also has a 4-month-old puppy, he is an Australian shepherd and his name is Riggins. 

One tip on how to be successful in virtual learning that Andres would give to his fellow students would be to focus on one thing, the teacher and nothing else because he knows it's really distracting to be at home and trying to learn while there are a lot of other activities going on. 

Lightning Round Favorites: 

Candy: Smarties 

TV Show: Fresh Prince of Belair 

Book: The One and Only Ivan 

Game: Fortnite 

Color: Blue
Charlotte Gehman
7th Grade Spotlight

Written and edited by: Sydney Eaton, Alexa Simons, and Lorenzo Medina

Charlotte Gehman is our 7th grade Razorback of the Week for being a Communicator! She was chosen as a Communicator because she likes talking and learning new things. Charlotte’s favorite subject in school is English because she enjoys reading and writing. A tip from Charlotte for success in virtual learning is to participate in your classes so you can make sure you are engaging in the lesson.

Charlotte wants to go to Rice University. At the moment, she is unsure of exactly what she wants to do, but she knows it is going to be a career with animals. Her favorite memory here at Hogg is participating in the Beginning Band end-of-the-year concert when she was in 6th grade.

Outside of school, Charlotte enjoys practicing her flute, playing tennis, and being outdoors. Some of her favorite outdoor activities are hiking and riding her bike. Charlotte has one pet, a three year old Tabby cat named Sir Timothy. She loves Sir Timothy very much. Charlotte’s biggest motivation is her mom. She states that her mom is very supportive and always believes in her.

Quick Round Favorites: 

Candy: Anything with caramel

TV Show: The Great British Baking Show

Book: Harry Potter series

Color: Dark green
James Brady
8th Grade Spotlight

By Meredith Bennett, Audrey Kuffner, and Miko Jester

James Brady is our 8th grade Razorback of the Week for being an Inquirer! James was chosen to be an Inquirer because he likes to ask lots of questions. James’s favorite subjects are math because his teacher Ms. Pierson makes it fun, Science because he likes to learn about how things work, and History because it helps him understand the world today. His tip to be successful during virtual learning is to ask lots of questions! 
       
In the future, James doesn’t really have a set college but he plans to so that he can help other people. One of his favorite Hogg memories was his first day of sixth grade, he was very excited to start going to middle school. James says that the people who inspire him are his teachers and his friends. The thing that keeps him going is setting himself goals so that he can work towards making them happen. 
     
Outside of school he likes to ride mountain bikes, swim and play video games with his friends. James owns one dog, more specifically a mutt, and her name is named Virginia Woof.

Quick Round Favorites: 

Candy: Herseys

TV Show: Thirteen Reasons Why

Book: Percy Jackson

Color: Dark Green

Game: Valorant
Ms. Breed's BOOK Road Trip with Arturo Zamora
7th Grade Language and Literature teacher, Ms. Breed, an out-of-the-box thinker, dreams big dreams for her students. She'll do just about anything to reel them in and capture their curiosity. She's the mastermind of Hogg's Annual Activism Fair where the 7th grade become activists for a day and engage the entire school in local and global ideas. Her students love her sense of humor and learn quickly to pay attention when she's talking because she has a sneaky way of inserting hilarious commentary (mostly about herself). She also incorporates pop-culture art and music into her lessons. And she's always talking about books! Some of you may know her alter ego, the Book Diva.

So, it was no surprise to her Hogg colleagues and anyone that knows her, when she announced that she was going to Miami to learn more about a book character! Every 7th grader received a book that was an HISD Summer Reading Gift called The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya. The main character, Arturo, was born and raised in Miami to Cuban immigrants who run a family-owned and treasured restaurant that is threatened by a big business take over. Arturo digs deep, educates himself, tries and fails, tries again to solve problems. It's the perfect book for our Hogg 7th Grade Activists! But how to lure them in during virtual school during a pandemic...

Well, you take them on a road trip, of course! Ms. Breed's daily reports were a huge hit with all the 7th grade classes. In her vlogs, she often refers to the book characters' likes and interests as though they were living and breathing people. By traveling to Miami, she brought Arturo's world to us. She made Arturo come alive!

You can follow Ms. Breed on Instagram @msbreedreads.
Day 1: Welcome to Miami
Day 2: Cuban Immigration to Miami
Day 3: Little Havana
Day 4: Jose Marti
8th Grade School Choice Fair

You can attend HISD's 2nd Virtual School Choice Fair tomorrow, Saturday, October 3rd, from 9am-12pm.

G/T Testing Information
for 6th, 7th, & 8th Grades

GT Testing check list:

 Turned in K-12 Gifted and Talented Programs Application online
 Teacher recommendation completed in PowerSchool if a HISD student (student will choose a core teacher)
 Turned in last school year (2019-2020) final Report Card to the Vanguard Magnet Program you are applying too
 Filled out the online registration form: https://forms.gle/g7Gra44QCUm8Nayb6

GT identification requires students to take a Nationally Normed Standardized Achievement Test AND a Cognitive Abilities Test, all testing dates and times are broken down below. The dates and times listed are the only time we will offer test administration for GT identification for the 2020-2021 school year. There will not be make-up exams. Deadline to request GT testing is Friday, November 6th – No exceptions.

Normed Standardized Test: Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Hogg Middle School
Sign-in 8-8:30am, Test: 8:30am-3:30pm

Cognitive Abilities Test: Thursday, November 11 or 12th at Hogg Middle School during the school day.

For more information and documents, visit the Hogg Website https://www.houstonisd.org/domain/51089

Questions? Email Ms. Mulready mmulread@houstonisd.org
Cheer Tryouts Sign Up

Hello Everyone!

Cheer tryouts are coming soon to a device near you. Please fill out the attached form by clicking the link below and submit it, you will then be contacted via email on the time and date of cheer tryouts. I look forward to this year and can't wait to meet everyone.

Thank you,
Officer Stokes

Hogg Travel Club

Deadline extension!!!

Have a 6th grader?
Enroll through the end of October of 2020 and receive a $500 scholarship off the total cost of the trip! If you sign up with the “pay-in-full” or “automatic payment plan” options, you have the ability to cancel for a full refund all the way up to May 1, 2021.

Click the link for more information and/or to enroll!
 
If you’re interested in the trip but unsure due to COVID, please reach out to Mr. Mark to hear contingency plans or to address any other questions! cmark@houstonisd.org
"Powered by Girls" PE Program for Hogg Girls PE

The annual Girl Scout Outreach Program will be provided virtually for all the girls in PE on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through October 14th. This year's program "Powered by Girls" will engage the girls in learning about peer pressure, healthy relationships and boundaries, harassment and dating violence prevention. Our hope is to empower girls in their future ability to identify warning signs of unhealthy relationships and how to communicate their feelings confidently. This program is free.

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Denson Ldenson@houstonisd.org

If you are interested in starting a Girl Scout Troop or joining one, please contact Melody Alanis malanis@sjgs.org
Fabulous Opportunities for Hogg Students!
You may have heard about or have watched the The Willoughbys animated film on Netflix - but did you know it was a book by Lois Lowry first?  You can meet Lois Lowry virtually on October 11th - but you need to order your free ticket from Eventbrite. Click here for more information on the event and how to order The Willoughbys Return https://inprinthouston.org/event/inprint-cool-brains-lois-lowry-live-stream-event/
Tweens Read will be virtual this year and the lineup is amazing!!! October 19-24th. K.A. Hot, Nathan Hale, Kelly Yang and Nic Stone to name a few! This is a free event.

If an event takes place during your class time - no worries - it will be recorded!

To check out the authors and schedule or to see a panel live you need to register by clicking on the panel link here - https://www.tweensread.com/authors.html
Does your child love the Land of Stories books by Chris Colfer. They can meet him tomorrow and learn about the second book in his Tale of Magic series.

Absenses - Report Protocol

If your student is absent, please email Ms. Ramirez aramir12@houstonisd.org the following:

Email Subject: ATTENDANCE: J. Doe (student's first initial and last name)
Email Body: Full name of student and reason for absence
Attach: Excuse note from doctor

For more information click the link. https://www.houstonisd.org/Page/132394

Questions: reach out to your grade-level Assistant Principal
Hogg @Home Help Desk

If you have an issue regarding a school device, please submit a virtual ticket through the Hogg@Home Help Desk Portal: https://hoggathome.on.spiceworks.com/portal/tickets
Hogg's Support Team is Here for Your Family!

For Assistance with just about anything related to supplies, applying to high schools, study-skills development, immigration, counseling, nursing, language learning... You name it, we've got you covered.

HISD Offers Parent Webinars

The Academic Instructional Technology team has organized parent workshops to help parents understand how to access the HUB and support their student. The workshop will take place in a virtual live session with opportunities for question and answers. The “Getting to Know the HUB for Parents” training can be accessed through HISD@Home. Below you will find the links to the trainings in English and Spanish.

Spanish Webinars
  • Martes, Septiembre 22, 2020, 5 PM
  • Jueves, Septiembre 24, 2020, 5 PM
  • Martes, Septiembre 29, 2020, 5 PM
  • Jueves, Octubre 1, 2020, 5 PM
  • Martes, Octubre 6, 2020, 5 PM
  • Jueves, Octubre 8, 2020, 5 PM
 
English Webinars
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 5 PM
  • Thursday, September 24, 2020, 5 PM
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 5 PM
  • Thursday, October 1, 2020, 5 PM
  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 5 PM
  • Thursday, October 8, 2020, 5 PM
James Hogg Middle School | ph: (713) 802-4700 | fax: (713) 802-4708 | jameshoggms@houstonisd.org