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Travis High School Faculty Newsletter - April 8, 2019


Monday, April 8

Document parent contact for PR 7 failures and update Student Conference Forms

Don't forget to recognize your students with Positive Office Referrals!

ALL Staff should log in and set up challenge questions in new tech portal - Click Here - they are sending us updates on who has and has not updated - most of us have not - please take care of this ASAP!

Tuesday, April 9 - NO ONE on Regular Schedule!!!

TIGER TUESDAY: Black out!!!

ELA 1 EOC Test Day, SAT School Day Testing, TSI Testing (See lunch schedule below)

Sophomores- ELA II STAAR Review Day

Junior/Senior Late Arrival (10:35am) - Seniors to Auditorium; Juniors to Gym

STAAR Test Administrator Manual, Proctor Assignments, Room Assignments, Testing Rosters

Softball: v RPHS @THS 6:00, 7:30

Baseball: @Dulles HS 7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 10

College Wear Wednesday

STAAR Week Snack - Thank you PTO!!!!

Blood Drive Small Gym

Powder Puff Pep Rally - Activity Schedule

Thursday, April 11

Test Day Free Jeans Day! :)

ELA 2 STAAR Test Day

Juniors/Seniors Late Arrival (10:35am) - report to 4th period class - regular schedule 4-7

9th Grade - Regular Schedule w/extended 3rd period - no advisory

STAAR Test Administrator Manual, Proctor Assignments, Room Assignments, Student Rosters

Powder Puff Football Game - 6:00pm

Friday, April 12

It's FRIDAY, We Wear RED!!!

Baseball: v Austin 7:00pm

Mr. Travis Pageant - 6:30pm

Saturday, April 13

Global Issues Summit 9:00am

This week's Tiger Shout Out goes to Mrs. Garcia! She has put in countless hours to make this week's testing days go smoothly! We truly appreciate you, Mrs. Garcia!!

Tuesday's Lunch Schedule

STAAR Testers - 11:30-12:00 - in their testing rooms

Sophomores - 12:00-12:30

Seniors - 12:30-1:00

Juniors - 1:00-1:30

If your room is being used for testing, please follow all instructions prior to room walkthroughs Monday and Wednesday afternoon. Cover instructional materials, Desks in Rows, Books put up - not under desks, Lock up valuables

Communication Sent to Junior and Senior Parents

This week, our campus will be completing a variety of assessments. On Tuesday and Thursday, April 9 and 11, some of our juniors and seniors will qualify for late arrival at 10:35 AM. Our schedule is listed below:

Tuesday, April 9th

ELA 1 STAAR EOC Test – all 9th grade students, Retesters (students that have not passed ELA 1 STAAR EOC)

ELA 2 STAAR Review – all 10th grade students not involved in ELA 1 retesting

SAT School Day – Juniors that have previously registered for SAT School Day

TSI Testing – Seniors that have previously registered for TSI Testing

Mandatory O-lab or Attendance Make Up Hours – Juniors and Seniors identified by Counselors or Admin as being in need of credit or attendance hour recovery

AP Reviews – Juniors and seniors that signed up through their AP teacher for various review sessions

**Juniors and Seniors that do not belong in any of the above groups, will arrive to school at 10:35 AM. Juniors report to the gym and Seniors report to the auditorium.

Thursday, April 11th

ELA 2 STAAR EOC Test – all 10th grade students, Retesters (students that have not passed ELA 2 STAAR)

Regular Schedule without advisory – all 9th grade students

Mandatory O-lab or Attendance Make Up Hours – Juniors and Seniors identified by Counselors or Admin as being in need of credit or attendance hour recovery

AP Reviews – Juniors and seniors that signed up through their AP teacher for various review sessions

**Juniors and Seniors that do not belong in any of the above groups, will arrive to school at 10:30 AM and report to their 4th period class. 4th period begins at 10:40 AM.

Per the State of Texas, all students must be in attendance at least 4 hours on each instructional day. Non-testers classified as juniors and seniors would be allowed “late arrival” and therefore be present for official attendance-taking at the conclusion of the STAAR testing. The approved state waiver will allow our district to take official attendance at an alternate time. If any non-testing junior or senior is not present by 10:40 a.m., they will be marked absent. Students who are not required to test and who do not show up can be in jeopardy of loss of course credit. Student absences will also affect exemption eligibility for final exams.

Please contact your student’s grade level administrator or counselor if you have any questions. Students MUST be signed in at assigned locations to avoid unnecessary absences. Lunch schedules will be adjusted on Tuesday, April 9th. Both Tuesday and Thursday will be closed campus days – no lunch deliveries will be allowed for any students.

Thank you!

Setting Up Challenge Questions on New Portal

Click Here for Job Aid to complete this task - everyone MUST complete

As we continue to provide you enhanced services, Information Technology will publish a Self-Service portal (MyFortBendISD) for resetting your password. The new portal introduces a security feature that is new to the district, challenge questions, that simplifies the password recovery process while adding a level of protection to your district identity. In addition to setting up three required challenge questions, staff will be also create three Help Desk verification question and answer sets. The Help Desk verification provides the ability for the Customer Service Center to assist you with processing a forgotten password. The portal will be accessible within the district as well as available from home, using either district or personal devices.

As this feature becomes available at campuses, Teachers will have the ability to assist students with resetting passwords within the same system.

Student Teacher Conference Form

Updated form for 2nd semester

Employee Student Transfers 2019-2020

The Employee Student Transfer window will open to current full-time, benefits eligible employees for the 2019-20 school year on April 10, 2019. Employee Student Transfer applications will be accepted April 10 through May 1, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. A list of closed campuses will be posted on the Department of Student Affairs website.

New and current full-time employees requesting an Employee Student Transfer for the 2019-20 school year must complete an online application during the application window.

NOTE: Late applications will not be accepted and will require the student to attend school at their home campus for the 2019-20 school year.

Use of Edgenuity for Grade Repair

Thank you to all of our teachers that are utilizing grade repair in Edgenuity to increase student success! Please remember that if you are assigning units or lessons in Edgenuity for grade repair - you must use those courses marked Blended. OC and CR are for full credit classes.

If you are not yet taking advantage of Edgenuity for grade repair and would like additional information, please contact Mrs. Blake or Coach Lane. They can assist you with log in procedures and assigning lessons.

Don't forget to recognize your students with a POSITIVE OFFICE REFERRAL!!

The Positive Office Referral should be used when a teacher wishes to reward a student for something academic or behavioral. This differs from the ROAR award in that Positive Office referrals can be issued at any time and for any positive behavior worthy of reward. The ROAR award is for students working hard over a period of time and producing academic results. To submit a Positive Office Referral, CLICK HERE. Students that receive a POR will be called in by an administrator and will also be awarded 25 Tiger Pride points!

Teacher Toolkit

This TED Talk is worth the watch! Great opportunity to reflect on the function of your teams/PLCs and consider changes to increase success!

Professional Growth Opportunity through Peer Observation!

As discussed at the faculty meeting, we are rolling out opportunities to observe other teachers to see the many amazing things we have going on at Travis High School!! Use the links below to request to observe another teacher and/or let us know you are willing and able to be observed!

To have your name added to the Tiger Board (volunteering to allow others into your classroom), please use this link or add your name to the Tiger Board in the front office behind the mailboxes: https://goo.gl/forms/7jK0Im7OS0bvqDSD2

If you or your PLC would like to observe classrooms, please use this request link: https://goo.gl/forms/qLZNDRfCTr4w4vOq2

Exemption Information


- If a student is doubled up in Science, can they exempt both? Yes, they can as long as they don't exceed the total number of exemptions.. For example, a junior may choose to exempt two science courses, 1 social studies, 1 math, and choose to take their English final.

- What absences count towards exemptions? All absences coded E and U will be counted towards exemption totals. T and L will also count - 3 tardies/lates equals 1 absence for exemption purposes.

Don't Forget to Sign Up for your Biometric Screening!

Important Dates for Seniors - Spring 2019

Senior Teachers - Please POST!

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April 17

Signing Day - All Sports - 2:00

Department Leader Meeting

April 19

Good Friday Holiday - No School

April 22

Student Holiday - Professional Development Day

Exams and Reviews due to Department Chairs

April 23

AP Exams Pre-Admin Session - 2nd and 3rd period

April 24

Faculty Meetings - During Conference or After School

April 25

Spring Underclassmen Awards

April 26

Senior Walk and Decision Day

May 1

Department Leader Meeting

May 2

Senior Awards Night

May 4


Prom- The Downtown Aquarium - 8:00 PM

May 6-8

STAAR Testing

May 10

Senior Exemption Forms Distributed in Advisory

Senior Exam Reviews Distributed to all Seniors

Senior Sunset

May 14

Underclassmen Exemption Forms Distributed in Advisory

Underclassmen Reviews Distributed to all Underclassmen

May 15

Senior Exemption Forms Due 3:00

May 16

Spring Football Game

May 17

Underclassmen Exemption Forms Due 3:00

May 6-17

AP Testing

May 20

Senior Trip

May 22

Senior Lunch, Senior Slide Show, Graduation Meeting

May 23

Graduation Practice

Graduation Duties Faculty Meeting

May 24

Graduation 4:30 - Smart Financial Centre


Check out Advisory Courses in Schoology!

9th grade Access Code: 9RPJK-MPNR7

10th grade Access Code: MTPC8-VJHXW

11th grade Access Code: 6P8DB-Q3QXP

12th grade Access Code: VWF3J-W62C3

Weekly Advisory Lesson Plans are located in the 4th 9 weeks folder of your appropriate Schoology Course under the appropriate dated week. You MUST log in and JOIN the correct Schoology course to access the videos and materials for this week's lessons.

REMINDER! Power Points should be downloaded to computer from Schoology to view embedded videos and hear the voice overs!

Fridays We Wear RED - Tiger Pride Points Link


Our campus IT is Joshua Martin and his office is in the library! Please remember to put in a CRM ticket instead of emailing him when you have a request. If he spends his time putting in your tickets, he loses time to work on the tickets! Click Here for instructions. THANK YOU!

How to Reset Your Network Password

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