In an effort to help our families prepare for the 2020-21 academic year, we are providing information here about Tanglewood Middle School's standard procedures and guidelines for in-school education under normal conditions. Changes, ammendments, etc. specifically related to the current Covid-19 pandemic will be made available when Houston ISD decisions are reached and passed down to us at the campus level. OUR PRIORITY IS THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITY. We appreciate your patience and understanding as Houston ISD works with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the government of the State of Texas, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and other institutions to create a comprehensive return-to-school plan.

  • Meet the Principal!

    Posted by Cleo Gribbins on 7/20/2020 4:00:00 PM

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    Ms. Gretchen Kasper-Hoffman is the principal here at Tanglewood. She is a career middle school educator and former mathematics teacher.


    Video: Meet Ms. Hoffman

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  • Meet the Dean!

    Posted by Cleo Gribbins on 7/20/2020 4:00:00 PM

     Dean Phillips

    Dean Angela Phillips is the administrator for our "Sustainability World" students. Students sorted into this world will work with Dean Phillips for all three of their years at Tanglewood. She will be your go-to person for questions, problems, discipline matters, etc.


    Video: Meet Dean Phillips

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  • Meet the Counselor!

    Posted by Cleo Gribbins on 7/20/2020 4:00:00 PM


    Ms. Dorothy Leahy is our school counselor. Her main focus is on helping our students with their social, emotional, and academic needs. Students are welcome to stop by her office, send her an email, etc. whenever they need some advice or support. She works with students in both Worlds, as well as our faculty and staff.


    Video: Meet Ms. Leahy

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  • Meet the Campus Instructional Technology Coach!

    Posted by Cleo Gribbins on 7/20/2020 4:00:00 PM


    Ms. Amy Railsback is our campus instructional technology coach. This is a new position at Tanglewood this year that goes along with our new status as a Verizon Innovative Learning School. Ms. Railsback provides teachers with the pedagogical support to effectively leverage technology in the classroom. She challenges teachers and leaders to fulfill their vision, and advocates to improve student achievement by engaging students in the learning process, personalizing learning, etc. Ms. Railsback also provides opportunities for the school to innovate and explore enhancements to current practice.


    Video: Meet Ms. Railsback

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  • Community Action & Service

    Posted by Cleo Gribbins on 7/13/2020 5:30:00 PM




    Service in action is a fundamental component of the IB Middle Years Programme at Tanglewood. Our curriculum is designed to showcase opportunities for service across all subject areas. Our teachers work hard to inspire our students to think beyond themselves and their immediate world, and consider others and their needs.




    All 6th and 7th grade students are expected to acrrue service hours in pursuit of the President's Volunteer Service Award, as administered through the Corporation for National and Community Service. Students earning at least 50 hours of service are eligible for the bronze medal. Students earning 51-74 hours are eligible for the silver medal. Students earning at least 100 hours of service are eligible for the gold medal.




    Tanglewood 8th grade students are required to complete the MYP Community Project in their Advisory course in order to participate in 8th grade activities at the end of the school year. Please visit our community project pages here: https://www.houstonisd.org/Page/170139 and here: https://www.houstonisd.org/Page/170142 for more information about the project.


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  • School Mascot, Colors and Motto

    Posted by Cleo Gribbins on 7/9/2020 10:45:00 AM



    Our mascot is the mighty GATOR!


    Our school colors are Royal Blue and Green.


    Our school motto is:

    Educate • Innovate • Renew

    To EDUCATE our students is only the beginning. We want to INNOVATE the way we teach and assess our students, as well as how we look for solutions to issues in our community-at-large. We also want to RENEW the spirit of our students, their families, and our faculty as we journey together over these three years in middle school. Social and emotional health and learning is a key part of curriculum, philosophy and pedagogy here at Tanglewood Middle School.


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  • Tanglewood History

    Posted by Cleo Gribbins on 7/8/2020 2:30:00 PM



    In 1929, our school was originally built on the corner of Westheimer and Post Oak, and named Henry W. Grady Elementary.


    In 1950, the school district built a brand-new campus at our current location on the corner of San Felipe and Sage, and moved the school there. Grady Elementary continued to operate until 1979, when declining enrollment forced it to close. The school district used the campus as meeting space and storage for the next 13 years year.


    In 1992, the campus was reopened as Henry W. Grady Middle School. The campus was refurbished and expanded with "educational bungalows". Over the years, the student population grew and diversified, providing education and community growth and resources to the neighborhood.


    In 2011, the campus was demolished to make way for a brand new, state-of-the-art learning complex. Phase I of the project provided the campus with a new Arts and Design wing, cafeteria/commons, and administrative offices.


    In 2016, Phase II Construction began on the campus' academic neighborhoods. The school was also renamed Tanglewood Middle School.

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  • Verizon Innovative Learning

    Posted by Cleo Gribbins on 7/8/2020 1:50:00 PM

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    This fall, Tanglewood Middle School will join @Verizon Innovative Learning. In partnership with @Digital Promise, this program will equip our teachers and students with Chromebooks, and 24/7 Internet access both in the classroom and at home. The school is also receiving a full-time technology coach from Digital Promise to ensure our teachers are supported and able to use this new technology in the classroom to its fullest potential. Learn more at www.VerizonInnovativeLearning.com.

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  • TMS Social Media

    Posted by Cleo Gribbins on 6/23/2020 10:55:00 AM

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    Tanglewood Middle School maintains a variety of social media accounts for our parents, students, and community members. These sites are informative, entertaining, and provide a quick and easy way to keep up with all of our latest news and activities.


    We encourage all of our families to "like" us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay current with our Gators' exciting accomplishments. Remember . . . safe, responsible social media use is always a must!


    @TanglewoodHISD | Facebook

    @TanglewoodMSGators | Instagram

    @TanglewoodMS | Twitter

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  • IB Learner Profile Traits

    Posted by Cleo Gribbins on 6/22/2020 11:00:00 AM

    As IB teachers and learners, we make a commitment to helping all members of our community learn what it means to respect themselves, others, and the world around them. Our teachers and students work hard to develop learners who embody these traits and employ them in all they do (both in school and out in the world).


    Video: IB Learner Profile Traits


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