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Welcome to Ms. Altman's Class. Here is where I will update you on important information and upcoming events at Tomball Intermediate.  Also check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

I also have a Remind 101 setup for parents to get text messages of important things for our class. All you have to do is text @jaltman to 81010 or use the link

Make sure that you are checking out the Science page for upcoming topics and references/resources to help at home.  Students should constantly be checking out their Google Classroom page for assignments and extra help with lessons.  Check the extra websites I have listed for practice on the Links page.


 Below you will find the Tomball ISD Calendar for this school year.


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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events/Important Dates:

1/31 3rd Nine Weeks Progress Reports sent home in Wednesday folders

2/14 Test Date for Unit 9: Characteristics of the Earth, Sun, and Moon, Water Cycle, Weather and Climate

2/15 Family Academic Night 6-8 PM

2/16 Student Holiday

2/19 Student Holiday

Star Wars

If you have any thing Star Wars related (and does not have to be new) that you would like to donate for Family Academic Night, please send it in as soon as possible.  Thank you so much for your help.

Soda Bottles

Please start saving 2 liter soda bottles and have the students bring them in for an upcoming project.  Please send in as many as you can.  We appreciate all your help with this. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Tomball Reads

Great News…

The Tomball librarians are kicking off Tomball Reads One Book again this school year on January 16th and will wrap up on February 15th.  We are reading the book The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.  Every 2nd – 6th grader will get their own copy of the book.  You have the opportunity to order an original Tomball T-Shirt to wear each Tuesday during this time for just $6.50.  Click on the link below to place your order.


The online store is open

Unit 6 Assessment

Just a reminder the Unit 6 Assessment will be December 11-12.  Students have review questions, Vocabulary sheets, Reading pages, Notes, Charts, and a whole lot of other information in the INB.  There are also MANY helpful sites and access to the workbook on Google Classroom.  There is NO reason your student should not do well on this test with all the resources they have access to.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Holiday Party

In Wednesday folders, information about the upcoming holiday party went out.  Students need to bring in $5 and there is an option to sign up to donate other items as well.  Please send the money and paper back to your student's homeroom (4th block teacher).

Here is a link to an online payment option. The cost is $5.25 because of a service fee.

If you have any questions, please let me know!


Flood Victim Interviews

We are working on a project in class over Changes to the Earth's Surface.  Within this project, students are taking on the role of geologists who were asked to help develop a plan for preparation to the community to reduce flooding thinking about various land forms caused by weathering, erosion, and deposition caused by wind and water. Students have and will learn about the various land forms in the community caused by past flooding, as they move through the project. Students have collaborated with a local college geology professor/geologist via video chat using Voki (a web program), interview local community members affected by the flooding, and engage in research to reach their findings. In teams, they will present their recommendations to a panel of experts, Chamber of Commerce members, local businesses (for donation/buy-in), parents, and classmates. Here is where we need YOUR help!!!  If you know of anyone who was impacted by the flood that would be willing to come in and interview with us, or interview via email, video chat, or phone, PLEASE let us know so that we can get this done for our project. We are looking to interview Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday if needed.  Please let me know if you or the person you  know is available any of these days.


Students have a benchmark on Monday to cover everything we have learned so far this year.  The students SHOULD have written this down in their planner.  They were told to take home their INB to use to study, they have access to the Google Classroom we use everyday to help them study, as well as their Checkpoint that covers Unit 2-5.  They can come in for tutoring on Monday if they need help and they can ask questions on Google Classroom over the weekend.

Speak Up Survey

TIS 5th Grade Students: Speak Up Your ideas are important to us!

 The Speak Up Survey 2017 is Open from October 16th January 19th, 2018

 Your opinions matter to us! We are participating in the online survey Speak Up so we can learn more about how you are using technology in class and for homework. We’d also like to know more about how you are using technology to learn and how you would like your teachers to use technology class.

 The online survey is open to students, educators (including future educators) and parents; it’s quick and easy to get involved. The survey will be open until January 19th; to take your survey visit:     

 All students will be required to enter in our schools password to access the survey. Our password is: texas.

Thank you for your participation in Speak Up 2017!

Veteran's Day

This year we are going to do things a bit differently for our posters for Veterans Day.  This year, the posters we are looking for will be "tribute posters" for students who have a family member who has served in the military and any of those who have passed (deceased) that cannot attend our program.  We are asking the students to make a nice poster with their family with pictures or items they might like to include to make them very nice.  These posters will be hung in the hallway area at the entrance of the school and in the hallway area around the library.  We will return these posters to the students the following week but they need to have their names and home team teacher's names on them, please. 

 The posters need to be submitted by Wednesday,  Nov. 8th.  Please have them turn them in to the music room, where we can store them nicely before they will be hung, after school on Nov. 9th.

Also - if your students need more invitations that were sent home in the Wednesday folder last week, they will be available in the Choir room starting this Thursday. 

Mark your calendars!  Spread the word!

PTO would like you to join them at Frey’s next Wednesday.

Frey’s Backyard Café – Wednesday, Nov 8th is the 1st Family Spirit Night for TIS

Unit 4 Assessment

Reminder: Students will take the Unit 4 Assessment covering Electrical and Sound Energy on Thursday! This is a MAJOR GRADE!!!

Red Ribbon Week

This week is Red Ribbon Week.  Here is each day's theme in case you lost the paper:
Monday-Nerd Day
Tuesday-Twin Day
Wednesday-Pink Out
Friday-Wear Red