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New Student Information

Are you going to be a new student at Taylor Middle School?
Are you thinking about enrolling your student at Taylor Middle School?
Then this page is for you!

Please see below for some helpful information and links we've gathered for your convenience.
You can always reach out to a school counselor if you have questions/concerns, or if you're not sure where to start! We're here to help!
 
Last Names A-L -- Mrs. Smith, [email protected] 
Last Names M-Z -- Mrs. Martin, [email protected] 
Please register your student online using the Taylor Middle School website. You can also CLICK HERE to go directly to the registration website.
 
If you have questions during this process, please email our registrar, Mrs. Stockley at [email protected] You can also call the main office at 512-352-2815. 
 
If you know that your student received Special Education or Section 504 services at your last school, please let us know by reaching out to the applicable person:
Your student's last school will transfer records to TMS, but it does help us to have a heads up in case there is a delay in those records being sent over. 
Once your student is enrolled and comes to school for their first day, their counselor will meet with them to create a class schedule, give them a brief tour of the school, answer any questions they might have, and escort them to their first class. 
All students are offered free breakfast in their first period classes at the beginning of each school day. 
 
If you would like to apply for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program, please CLICK HERE to visit our Child Nutrition website and fill out the online application. 
 
You can add money to your student's lunch account online or by having them bring cash/check to the lunch line at school. Please CLICK HERE to learn more about how to add money to your child's lunch account online. 
  1. Reach out to their teachers to see what their academic work and behavior looks like in class. Sometimes, teachers can provide insight about whether a student seems to be making friends, is engaging in the academic work, or if they seem withdrawn or like they're having trouble in class. Preteens and teenagers don't always communicate clearly about how their days go, so reaching out to the teachers that see them during class can sometimes help you gather additional insight on how things are going during the school day.

  2. Reach out to the school counselor to voice your concerns. While we try to check in with students from time to time, there are only two of us on campus. Sometimes we may simply not be aware that you are concerned that your student is struggling with the transition to a new school. Please email us if you have any concerns so we can help address them promptly. We can help students process the feelings they are having about moving to a new school, making new friends, adjusting to a new place in general, etc. We want to help, so please reach out if there is anything we can do to help support your child. 

  3. Reach out to an administrator if you have concerns related to disciplinary issues. 
    Ms. Bates, Assistant Principal (Alpha A-L) -- [email protected] 
    Mr. Hamilton, Assistant Principal (Alpha M-Z) -- [email protected]
    Mr. Vigil, Principal -- [email protected] 
 
On the TMS website, there is a menu section titled "Parents." This includes links to a wide variety of items you may be interested in. Along with a wide variety of other resources such as the school bell schedule, Code of Conduct, supply lists, etc., there is a link to the Parent Self-Serve Portal in this section of the TMS website. 
 
SCHEDULE & GRADE ACCESS
  1. Set Up Your Parent Account: To access your student's schedule and view their grades, you will first need to set up your account for the TEAMS Parent Self-Serve Portal. Please CLICK HERE to view a step-by-step guide for how to set up your parent account.
  2. Log In To Parent Account: You can CLICK HERE to go directly to the Parent Self-Serve Portal. This link is also included in the "Parent" section of the TMS Website. 
Student Email & Google Accounts
  • You will be sent your log-in information for your student Google account (including Gmail). Check your email regularly so you don't miss any important messages from teachers.
  • Remember, Taylor ISD monitors all activity while you are logged into your student account. Make sure you are using tech responsibly and appropriately.
  • Your login to check grades may be different from your Google account. See below for info about checking grades.
 
Checking Your Grades & Viewing Your Class Schedule (if you lose your paper copy)
  • Use the Student Portal to check your grades and view your class schedule - CLICK HERE
  • If you have questions about your grades or missing assignments, ask your teacher! You can send them an email or speak to them in person. You can even write them a note and hand it to them, if that's easier. The important thing is to communicate in a proactive way so that you can get help with your assignments if you need it!
 
What is ClassLink?
  • In the "Student" section of the TMS website, you'll see a link called "Classlink." When you use your student Google account, you can log in to this page to access all sorts of resources you might need as a student. Check it out sometime!
 
How Does Lunch Work?
  • There are 3 lunch periods at TMS. They are *mostly* separated by grade level - 6th grade eats first, then 7th grade, then 8th grade. 
  • You can bring your lunch or buy lunch in the cafeteria. Your parents can set up a lunch account for you or you can bring money to school. 
  • If you think you may qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch, ask your parents to fill out the online application to get that set up. 
  • In the cafeteria, there is a main lunch line with normal lunch food and a snack bar with other options available. 
 
What About Sports & Electives?
  • Sports
    • If you are moving from another state, know ahead of time that in Texas, you must be in 7th or 8th grade to be eligible to try out for the school teams. 
    • 7th and 8th grade students wanting to participate in sports should be taking "Athletics" as one of their electives. 
    • The coaches can answer any questions you have about how to try out for teams or academic eligibility. 
    • CHEERLEADERS - Let your counselor know that you were a cheerleader at your last school so we can put you in touch with our cheerleading coach. She will be able to answer any questions you have :)
  • Fine Arts
    • If you were in a group at your last school like Band, Choir, Theater, Dance, or Art, make sure you let your counselor know! 
    • The director/teacher for each of those groups can answer questions about instruments, supplies, etc. 
  • Other Electives
    • If you're curious what other electives we have at TMS, you can check out the course selection forms on our "Scheduling Information" page (look in the links on the right side of the page)
 
What If I Have a Question or a Problem?
 
  • Ask a TEACHER if you have a question about an assignment, a grade, a test, if you would like to attend tutorials for extra help, are having trouble in class, etc. You can...
    1. Talk to them before/after class or school
    2. Email them
    3. Write them a note
  • Ask a SCHOOL COUNSELOR if you would like to talk about how the adjustment is going, making new friends, finding something you need, if there's something you'd like to talk to a counselor about. You can...
    1. Send us a message on ClassLink (look for the red button called "Counselor Check-In")
    2. Ask your teacher to call/email us to see if you can come down to the counseling offices to chat
    3. Send us an email (look on the right side of this page right under the menu for our email addresses)
  • Ask an ADMINISTRATOR if you have a problem that is related to discipline issues. Here are the names of our Assistant Principals so you know who to ask for:
    1. Ms. Bates - Assistant Principal (Last Names A-L)
    2. Mr. Hamilton - Assistant Principal (Last Names M-Z)