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8th Grade Information

                              2006-2007 Theme:  "My Favorite Place"

Reflections is:  Creativity expressed through the arts.  Each year students across the country submit photographs, paintings, drawings, prints, songs, poems, plays and short stories to the relections program. 


Think about the theme ( I wonder why) and be creative.
  • Fiction or nonfiction, poetry, drama, song lyrics, short stories
  • Shorter than 2,000 words on regular size paper
  • May be handwritten or typed

Visual Arts:

  • prints, drawing, painting, collage, fiberwork of original design
  • no larger than 24x30 inches including mat board
  • no thicker than 3/8 in. (work must be 2-dimensional)

Music & Photography:

Music: an original composition for instruments, voice or a combination
  • Entries must be recorded on an audiocassette or CD and be shorter than 5 minutes
  • A musical score must be turned in with the recording
  • Students interested in submitting musical compositions should pick up the full set of requirements in the school office.

Photography: color or black an dwhite prints taken by the student

  • retouched prints, collage of photos, and composite photographs allowed
  • no larger than 11x14 inches including any matting board

The deadline for entries is Friday, November 11th.  Turn entries in during advisory period or to the school office.  If you have any question please contact Tonya Torske at 9972) 475-8617 or  The student's name must not be on the front of the work.  Fill out the following and attach it to the entry.  If the entry is selected to go on the Council Level an official entry from will be filled out at that time.
Name:                                                                                  Advisory Teacher                                 
Title of work (if any:                                                                                    Phone #                         
Artist's statement (why you chose the subject, what the entry means to you, or what inspired you to do the work:                                                                                                                               

News from The State Board of Education
The State Board of Education is serious about education.  The Board has adopted policies that require students to pass the TAKS test in order to be promoted to the next grade.  Students who fail to meet expectations on TAKS in reading and math will be required to participate in many types of interventions, incuding summer school.  The new policies go into effect with the current 6th grade student's at Coyle.  Any 6th grader who does not pass the TAKS test in reading and math will be required to attend GISD summer school this year.  In order to graduate from  high school, all Texas students must pas the TAKS test in English, Science, Math, and History, which are administered in the 11th grade.  To be certian that all sutdents are successful on the TAKS, students participate in a series of practice test throughout the year.  These test are designed to let teachers and parents monitor student progress.  If the assessments indicate that students need extra help, we want to be certain that those students take advantage of the extra tutoring programs that we have available at Coyle before and after school.