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Date: 5/30/2017

Principal's Message

Principal's Message

The staff at Waitz Elementary School welcomes you and your family to the 2016-2017 School Year. We are committed to doing all we can to make this school year a successful experience for every student.

Here at Waitz we take pride in developing our students, teachers, parents and administrators to be the best they can be! This will be my third year serving as Principal at Waitz, and we are soaring to new heights each year. All of our initiatives are centered around our district and campus Mission and Vision Statement which centers on student success!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (956) 323-6600 or rrodri38@mcisd.org

Thank you,

Mrs. Ruby Rodriguez

Preparing Students for College, Careers and Life

The front of Waitz Elementary School.
Special Ed students at the Library with Miss Salinas.
Science Fair participants in front of their projects.
5th Grade students presenting branches of the Armed Forces during Veteran's Program.
Author, Cory Putman Oakes, presenting to students in the library.
Mrs. Balderrama being presented a check for Science grant.
Mrs. Tan's Pre-K class with Ms. Rocha in the library.
1st and 2nd Grade students participating in the Summer Reading Celebration.
Students and Staff in the library during STAR Wars Reads day.
Staff members with camouflage attire during Red Ribbon Week activities.
Student taking a picture in Summer Reading Celebration background.
Mrs. Gonzalez 1st grade class with Hour of Code certificates.
Waitz Elementary students with their grandparents on Grandparents Day 2016.
Anti-Bullying presentation by H.E.B.
Waitz Staff and Students dressed in Mexican traditional attire.
Students performing in the Christmas Program
Students at Science Fair
Students showing they participated in Kids Vote 2016
Veterans stand during National Anthem during Veteran's Day program.
Waitz Student with grandparents on Grandparent's Day 2016.
Choir students during Veteran's Day program.
Parents showing their Parenting Partners certificates.
Alton Fire Department presentation during Fire safety week.
Waitz Staff at 2016 convocation.

Waitz Staff at 2016 convocation

Mission Police mascot with campus Administration and 2nd grade students.
UIL participants with awards.
Special Ed students on Alton Fire truck during Fire Safety Week.
Students and Staff
5th Grade students at their field trip.
Choir performing during Christmas Program.
Staff members wearing superhero attire.
Robotics Team
Waitz Elementary Boys football team.
Read to Ride raffle winners sponsored by Academy.
Students with Alton Police mascot.
Mission Police mascot giving a student a high five during Red Ribbon Week activities.
Administrative professionals day - PIEMS clerk, parent liaison, secretary, and activity clerk.
Eagles of the Month assembly.
Librarian with the Battle of the Bluebonnet team.
Mrs. Villalpando with her son during Veteran's Day program.
Admin staff congratulating Ms. Garcia for Counselors Week.
Mrs. Mayorga with Christmas Program participants.
School Logo

Carl C. Waitz Elementary

Mission Policeman giving a drug free presentation during Red Ribbon Week.
Alton Memorial Jr. High Choir performance.
5th Grade students Coding field trip.
staff member of the year Bea Garza at her desk
Waitz students posing with their medals at the Leo Pena 5K event.
Students working on science experiment in the Science Lab.
Mrs. Vargas with firefighters participating  the 110 Climb memorializing 9/11 victims.
Waitz Staff being treated to some Ice Cones in front of school.

Waitz Staff cooling off

Mission High School drum line performing during an assembly.
3rd, 4th , and 5th grade students participating in Summer Reading Celebration.
Alton Memorial Jr High Choir performing for students.
Students participating in a STEMScope camp.
Principal for a day.
Spelling Bee participants.
Maintanence workers participating in The Lemonade War Read Along.
Coach Menchaca and the basketball girls' team
5th Grade Valentine's coronation.
Spelling Bee winners
Valentines Day 5k participants
Students and Staff with
Pre-K students performing during Christmas Program.
Students participating in Can Food drive.
Waitz Vollyball Team.
Waitz Robotic Team
Author, Cory Putman Oakes, along with Librarian, Mrs. Tanguma; Principal, Rubicela Rodriguez; Coordinator for Instructional Technologies, Drucilla Pena.
Spelling Bee participants.
Author, Cory Putman Oakes, signing a copy of her book to a student.
Mrs. Balderrama doing science experiment with students.
Waitz Staff riding a bus to Mission CISD 2016 convocation.

Waitz Staff ready for the 2016 convocation

News and Announcements

Mother's Day Celebration

Monday, May 15, 2017
You are invited to join us for our Mother's Day Celebration from 8:30 am - 10:30 am. Moms will be treated to a performance from the Mission High School Mariachi group and from the Waitz choir. We will also have a craft activity in the library after the show.

STAAR Testing

image of the state flag with words: State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness

May 8 - 10, 2017
Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade will be taking their STAAR state exams in Math, Reading, and Science. Please make sure your child is well rested, eats a good breakfast, and arrives at school on time on these testing days.

AR Family Night

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Parents are invited to attend our AR Night to enjoy some family reading time. Students will be able to test on the AR program during this time.

Texas Reads One Book

Waitz students standing in front of the library showing their book copies of The Lemonade War, with lemonade stands on each side of the door.

Monday, April 3, 2017 at 9:00 am
Please join us in the library to watch a video of Coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys as he reads chapter one of the book "The Lemonade War."

STAAR Testing

image of the state flag with words: State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness

March 28 - 29, 2017
Students in 4th and 5th grade will be taking the STAAR state exams. Please make sure your child attends school on these days.

Staff Member of the Year

staff member of the year Bea Garza at her desk

Congratulations to our PEIMS clerk Mrs. Bea Garza! She has been selected as the Waitz Staff Member of the Year. Thanks for all your hard work Bea!

Reading Rock Star Authors

March 2, 2017
The Texas Book Festival will present the following authors at our campus:
James Luna, Steven Weinberg, and Diana Lopez. Students in all grade levels will attend an author presentation and receive their own signed copy of the author's book.

Dr. Seuss Week

February 27 - March 3, 2017
Celebrate Dr. Seuss Week with us! We will be sending out the spirit day activities for students.

Career Day

February 23, 2017
Our students in 3rd - 5th grade will attend Career Day in the Staff Development room. They will get a chance to interact with professionals from our community and hear about each profession.

District UIL Meet

February 11, 2017
Our Waitz UIL team place 5th in the district UIL sweepstakes. Congratulations to all of our UIL students and coaches. Way to go!

Waitz Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to our 1st grade teacher Mrs. Tara De La Vega! She has been selected as the Waitz Teacher of the Year. Way to go Ms. De La Vega!

Happy Counselor's Week

February 6 - 10, 2017
All of us at Waitz Elementary would like to say THANK YOU to our wonderful counselor Ms. Cristina Garcia. We appreciate all that you do for us!

Campus Spelling Bee

Janurary 24, 2017
Congratulations to the winners of our campus Spelling Bee! Connie Marroquin was our 1st place winner and Jennifer Alonzo was our 2nd place winner. Both girls will advance to the District Spelling Bee taking place on February 3, 2017. Brizeidy Hernandez will participate as an alternate.

District Science Fair

January 19, 2017
Students will be presenting their science projects at the annual Science Fair at R. Cantu Junior High from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. Parents are invited to attend the awards ceremony at 6:00 pm. Good luck to our participants!

Christmas Musical

December 20, 2016
Students will present the musical "The Littlest Christmas Tree" this week. The musical production was coordinated by our music teacher Mrs. Mayorga.

Gifts for Waitz Students

December 19, 2016
The Free Masons Lodge (Hidalgo 1036) surprised students with toys this week. Selected students were able to choose one item as their Christmas present. Thank you for the generous donation.

District History Fair

December 17, 2016
Mission CISD will hold its first History Fair. Parents are invited to join us as our students present their history projects. It will be held at the Mission Historical Museum from 8:00am to 12:00pm.

Hour of Code

Friday, December 9, 2016
Waitz students will be participating in this year's #HourOfCode. For more information on this global event visit www.hourofcode.com

Author Visit

Friday, December 2, 2016
Ms. Cory Putman Oakes will be visiting Waitz Elementary and presenting to our 4th and 5th graders. She will discuss her books Dinosaur Boy and Dinosaur Boy Saves Mars.

Veterans Day Program

Friday, November 11, 2016
Students have invited the Veterans in their families to join us for a special luncheon in their honor. We will also have a presentation in the cafeteria for our Veterans at 1:30 pm.

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