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.

  • REVISED 2020-21 Academic Calendar

    Posted by Cleo Gribbins on 7/21/2020 3:00:00 PM

    To download a PDF copy of the REVISED 2020-21 Houston ISD Academic Calendar, which includes holidays, grading periods, etc. please CLICK HERE.


    Labor Day - September 7, 2020

    First Day of School (Students) - September 8, 2020

    Fall Holiday - September 28, 2020

    Thanksgiving Break - November 23-27, 2020

    Winter Break - December 21, 2020 to January 1, 2021

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - January 18, 2021

    Spring Break - March 15-19, 2021

    Chavez-Huerta Holiday - March 29, 2021

    Spring Holiday - April 2, 2021

    Memorial Day Holiday - May 31, 2021

    Last Day of School (Students) - June 11, 2021

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  • Meet the Principal!

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

    Hoffman Photo

    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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  • Food!

    Posted by Cleo Gribbins on 7/16/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Let's be honest, what you're probably most interested in is the food in middle school. At Tanglewood, we serve breakfast, lunch, and sometimes dinner depending on the after-school activities taking place.


    Normally, students pick up their breakfast on their way to their first period class, and eat in the room during the morning announcements. Choices vary from the wildly popular CHICKEN BISCUIT, to pancakes wrapped around sausage links, cereal bars and fruit, bagel-sausage bites, and more!


    However, lunch is where we shine! In the past, the regular serving line has offered a customized salad bar, cheeseburgers and fries, chinese noodles and egg rolls, pizza, loaded nachos, and more! Personally, the day we have CHEESEY BREAD BITES is always a great day!


    All three meals served at school are free! Our snack bar offers reasonably priced sandwiches, deluxe pizza slices, ice creams, chips and more during the lunch period.


    Lunch 2


    Lunch 1

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  • Student Incentive Programs

    Posted by Cleo Gribbins on 7/14/2020 12:30:00 PM

    At Tanglewood, we work hard to recognize our students achievements and reward them for their hard work. In addition to grade level and world/house recognition, the school offers the following campus-wide initiatives:


    Honor Roll — Students with all “A’s” and up to two “B’s” will be recognized at the end of each six-week grading cycle. Our wonderful PTO comes into lunch with a special dessert treat for these students to enjoy!


    Gator Elite — Recognizes well-rounded, role model students at the end of each six-week grading cycle. Students must maintain an IB-3 (75) or above grade average in each class, have all “E’s” in conduct, and only one daily absence. The first time a student earns Gator Elite, they are given an exclusive T-shirt to wear with pride anytime they like. Subsequent achievements put them in the running for great prizes and even an end-of-year celebration trip!


    Gallant Gator — Awarded to students who emulate Tanglewood and citizenship. Each teacher selects two students to be their special Gallant Gators each year. It is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a Tanglewood student.


    Guardian Gator — Awarded at the end of each six-week grading cycle to students exemplifying IB Learner Profile and leadership traits. Recipients are recognized with their world/house and grade level with a special display and a prize to commemorate their accomplishing one of these important traits.

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  • Dress Code Policy

    Posted by Cleo Gribbins on 7/13/2020 5:45:00 PM

    All students attending Tanglewood Middle School will be required to follow the Tanglewood Dress Code Policy. All articles of the uniform are to be maintained and worn in a way that represents the individual students and the school in a positive way. All clothing must be:

    • Solid colored, without variations or patterns.
    • Clean, neat, mended — no rips, holes, cuts, etc., that extend through the fabric.
    • Properly fitted. Clothing should be neither skin-tight nor excessively baggy.
    • Without ornamentation (words, pictures, logos, etc.) other than official Tanglewood items.


    “Tops” (clothing above the waist):

    Colors for all kinds of tops: white or navy blue. Please check with the school for a color sample if there is any question.

    Fabrics: Cotton or cotton blend.

    • Must wear a polo style shirt or oxford button-down shirt, long- or short-sleeved with a collar. The shirt must be buttoned within one button of the top of the shirt.
    • Tanglewood logos and any other logos one-inch square (or smaller) will be permitted.
    • Undershirts may be worn, and they may be visible (must be white or navy blue).
    • Turtleneck and long-sleeved shirts (must be white or navy blue) may be worn under the uniform shirt as long as the shirt is tucked in.
    • Shirts must be tucked into the bottoms during the school day and whenever the student is on the campus before school.
    • Any sweatshirt purchased in the school store and any official team or club sweatshirt may be worn.
    • Other sweatshirts (fleece material) may be worn if they are crewneck or hooded and if they are white or navy blue.


    “Bottoms” (clothing below the waist):

    Colors: Navy blue, khaki, or blue-jean blue.

    Fabrics: Denim, twill, or corduroy.

    • May be pants, skirts, shorts, skorts, capris, or jumpers.
    • Must be fitted at the waistline (except jumpers).
    • Sweatpants and leggings are not allowed.
    • The shortest part must be at least as long as the top of the kneecap, so that when standing, the garment touches the kneecap. A slit in a skirt can be no higher than the kneecap. The hem cannot touch the floor when standing.


     Here are some examples of Tanglewood students IN and OUT of dress code:



    This student is IN dress code in all of these photos. It shows the diversity of options are students have to mix and match over the course of the school week. The green T-shirt on the far right is a special award shirt for academic excellence. It is a high honor to be allowed to wear the "Gator Elite" shirt!



    Female In-Out

    The photo on the right is OUT of dress code for several reasons: shes's not wearing her photo ID, her jacket is the wrong color, her shirt is untucked, and she is wearing slides/sandals.



    Female In-Out

    The photo on the right is OUT of dress code for the following reasons: her skirt is too short (must be to the top of the knee, her shirt is untucked, and she is not wearing her photo ID.




    At first glance, you might think both of these brothers are ready for a great day at Tanglewood, BUT there are some subtle OUT of dress code issues with the young man on the right: his shirt is untucked, he is carrying an extra non-lunch bag on his bag, and his backpack is on wheels (which is not allowed for safety reasons).




    This student is sporting the perfect skirt length on the left, and she looks great with her shirt tucked in. On the right she is OUT of dress code for the following reasons: grey jacket (wrong color), untucked shirt, and ripped jeans.




    This young lady is OUT of dress code on the right because of the following: her jacket is the wrong color (must be navy or white), her skirt is too short, she's wearing leggings, and shes wearing sandals.




    This gentlemen is looking sharp in his checkered slip-ons. They're IN dress code and a great way to express yourself! On the right though, he is OUT of dress code because his shirt is untucked and he's not wearing his photo ID.




    This student is wearing her photo ID on a belt clip, which is perfectly fine. All that matters is that we can see it at all times. She is out of dress code on the right because of her ripped jeans and untucked shirt.



    PE UNIFORMS: Uniforms will be available for purchase from the PE teachers or school store. Students must wear the official TMS PE uniform during PE classes. The PE uniform is only to be worn during PE class, and not throughout the school day. During cold weather, students may bring sweat pants to wear over their PE uniform.

    PE shirts

    PE shorts  


    The complete Tanglewood dress code policy, including information on appropriate clothing for field trips, ceremonies, etc. will be made available to all families when school begins in the fall.



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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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  • Student Planner

    Posted by Cleo Gribbins on 7/9/2020 11:00:00 AM

    At the beginning of the school year, every student (and faculty member) receives an agenda/planner. It contains all of the campus rules and guidelines, information about grades and assessment, handy reference charts and graphs, and monthly and weekly calendar pages. The planner also contains the student's bathroom passes.


    It is the STUDENT’S responsibility to:

    • Have the official Tanglewood Middle School Student Planner in every class, every day.
    • Copy the agenda and homework assignment at the beginning of each class period. If there is no assignment, the student will write “None” in the space provided.
    • Request Hall Passes for personal emergencies only. You must have your planner in order to request a Hall Pass.
    • Consider using the planner for personal planning (club meetings, sporting events, parties, family events, etc.).
    • Be sure that your parents see your planner every evening and initial every weekend indicating all pertinent school information for the week has been reviewed.


    It is the PARENT’S responsibility to:

    • Ask to see the planner every evening.
    • Monitor homework assignments and their completion.
    • Initial the planner at least every weekend so that the teacher knows the parent is up-to-date on the child’s assignments.
    • Send notes regarding absences on the day following the absence.
    • Include your child in planning family events and recording them in the student’s planner.


    It is the TEACHER’S responsibility to:

    • Use the planner as a means of communication with the parents, expecting a response from the parent.
    • Have a clear, concise agenda and homework assignments posted daily for students to record in the planner.
    • Have clear, concise expectations of special projects, including checkpoints and final due dates.
    • Assist the student in appropriate use of Hall Passes, never allowing a student to leave the classroom without a pass.
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