Robinson Middle School eNews

August 1, 2020

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Hello Robinson Families,



We are getting close to the first day of school and we are so excited to welcome our Razorbacks! Our teachers are diligently planning and preparing to begin the year remotely on August 12. I have included important details below and will continue to update you as we receive additional information. I know students are eager to see their schedules and know their teachers. Once the learning environment selection window closes on August 6, we will be able to finalize schedules. We anticipate the release of schedules on August 10.


I will send details early next week about the campus virtual tour, Meet-the-Teacher, and 6th grade Orientation. Please feel free to reach out with questions. Thank you for your partnership as we work together as one Robinson family.



Looking forward to a great start,


Kennitra Robertson

Principal

Beginning of the Year Item Distribution

6th Grade

Monday, August 10

9:00 am-11:00 am OR 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

All 6th graders will need to pick up a Chromebook & Math Textbook

7th Grade

Tuesday, August 11

9:00 am-11:00 am OR 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

All 7th graders will need to pick up a Chromebook & Math Textbook

8th Grade

Tuesday, August 11

9:00 am-11:00 am OR 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

All 8th graders will need to pick up a Chromebook, Math textbook, and English novel

Students in Multiple Grades

If you have children in multiple grades, you may pick up items for all students at one of the designated times. You do not have to come to school on both days.

Pick Up Procedures

SEE MAP BELOW

1. Student Information Displayed

Please write the Student's Name, ID number, and Grade Level on a piece of paper and display it in the passenger window. This will help us quickly distribute Chromebooks and textbooks.

2. Chromebooks

Message from the District about Chromebooks

All students in grades K-12 will be expected to use a district issued Chromebook. This is required by the district as an essential resource in both face-to-face and School@Home environments for attendance, assignment submissions, synchronous participation and taking assessments. Students are responsible for the device issued to them. Replacement fees may be assessed for lost or broken devices and chargers. Due to the 1:1 nature of the district’s Chromebook program, whether students will be engaging in face-to-face learning or PISD School@Home, all students should pick up their assigned Chromebooks from their schools. Students enrolled in face-to-face learning will carry this device back and forth when learning commences on campuses September 9.

Technology Check Out Form

Please complete the Technology Check Out Form linked below by 8:00 am on your designated day in order to receive your Chromebook.

https://forms.gle/cdsnDaqdJX8AnE63A

3. Textbooks & Novels

Please print and complete the Course Information Sheet below in order to receive the textbooks/novels assigned to your grade level. This will also help us distribute items quickly. If you are unable to print, a copy will be provided to you.

PTA

Please stop at the PTA station to pick up pre-ordered items, school supplies, and spirit wear.


Join the Robinson PTA! Our awesome PTA supports students and teachers throughout the school year and sponsors great events and activities. We encourage all of our families to join our PTA by going to http://www.RobinsonPTA.org.

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New School Hours

This school year, there will be a new school-day start time for middle school. New school hours are 8:25 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Questions regarding Athletics and Music

Athletics:

Because all students will be in a remote setting until September 9 when we resume face-to-face, students will not report to campus until that time. All classes, including athletics will be remote until September 9. Information on tryouts has not been provided at this time.


Music:

Instruments will not be distributed during Chromebook pick up on August 10 & 11. Music teachers will contact families about their specific plan regarding distribution of instruments.


The most current information regarding Athletics and Fine Arts can be found on the PISD website in the Return to School Plan, https://www.pisd.edu/returnplan in the Secondary Specialized Classrooms & Extracurriculars section beginning on page 36. Updates on these topics will be communicated to parents by the district. We will continue to send the weekly news with any information that is Robinson-specific about back to school plans.


You may submit district-level questions to askpisd@pisd.edu and can also reference information on the webpages below.


From the District:

Revised 2020-2021 Return to School Plan


The Return-to-School Parent Manual initially released on July 9, 2020, continues to be revised based on feedback we have received from our parent and staff advisory groups, as well as new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and other state and local officials.

In light of the most recent announcement that all Plano ISD students will start the year for the first four weeks in a virtual environment, please refer to the PISD School@Home sections of the manual for information and expectations on learning in a remote environment for all students.

We are working on more details about implementing remote learning for all students for the first four weeks of school, including a plan to provide Chromebooks and internet support for those in need. We will be updating the website and sending frequent communications to you as plans develop in coordination with our campus principals. We appreciate your understanding as we continue to make plans for this ever-changing environment. Use the links below to view the updated plan and other back-to-school information.

We have continued to revise the Face-to-Face Learning sections of the manual with safety information and protocols that will be implemented once we are able to welcome students who selected the face-to-face environment to our campuses.


Changes to Instructional Environment Selection ACTION MAY BE NEEDED

All students will be starting the school year in the remote setting from August 12 to September 8. On September 9, students will transition into their selected learning environment: Face to Face or PISD School@Home. The initial selection period for choosing PISD School@ Home ended on July 16. Families now have another opportunity to opt in to the PISD School@Home learning environment if a selection was not made by the original deadline. The extended window for selection is July 24-August 6. Students will be scheduled in the selected instructional environment, which will go into effect on September 9. The instructional environment that families previously selected or newly selected will be valid through the end of the first 9-week period.

Curbside Meal Program

The Plano ISD Food and Nutritional Services Department has established curbside meal pickup locations to provide PISD School@Home students with meals for offsite consumption on instructional learning days. Beginning August 12 through September 4, meals will be served Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Students purchasing meals will receive a lunch for the day and a breakfast for the following day. Meals will no longer be free of charge for all students as provided during the spring remote learning and the summer feeding program. Free and reduced priced meals are available for qualifying students. Learn more here about curbside meal procedures, locations, etc.

Family & Social Services/Back-to-School Fairs

Plano ISD is offering Back-to-School Feeder Fairs, scheduled for the following dates and locations:

  • East Feeder Schools at Williams High School
    • Tuesday, July 28 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Central Feeder Schools at Carpenter Middle School
    • Friday, July 31 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • West Feeder Schools at Renner Middle School
    • Tuesday, August 4 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

These free community events provide Plano ISD students and their families with back-to-school resources and essentials necessary to be equipped for a successful school year such as: school supplies, district/community support information, as well as physical and mental health assistance programs.

Mobile Drive-Thru "Contactless" Distribution (while supplies last)

  • Families will receive:
    • backpacks filled with schools supplies for each student present and/or with proof of enrollment (while supplies last)
    • vendor bag full of coupons, vouchers and information from community agencies and District departments

*Immunizations and vision tests will also be available (limited availability while adhering to all safety guidelines).

For more information, please go to 2020 Plano ISD Back-to-School Fairs.

Support Services Available to Families this Summer

A team of Plano ISD School Social Workers will be available throughout the summer break to assist any PISD families who need assistance with accessing available resources, including help with food, housing, utilities, and other needs. Families in need of counseling services may also contact this team of social workers for direct assistance or referral to an area provider. Both English and Spanish speakers are available. Contact may be made by phone or email as follows:

· Telephone: 469-752-3090

· Email: SocialWorkAssistance@pisd.edu

ARE YOU MOVING THIS SUMMER?


Parents,



If you are going to be relocating over the summer to another Plano school, private school or out of the district, please contact Rhonda Morgan, Robinson Registrar, at rhonda.morgan@pisd.edu. The state of Texas now requires all schools to follow-up on non-returning students. Without this information, the students will be coded as dropouts in our reports to the state.


You will need to provide your student(s) name, current grade, new school name, new school location.



Thank you,

Rhonda Morgan

Registrar

rhonda.morgan@pisd.edu.

Administration Team

Principal

Kennitra Robertson

kennitra.robertson@pisd.edu


Assistant Principal

Skip Gragert

skip.gragert@pisd.edu


Assistant Principal

Lasma Jekabsone-Berrouet

lasma.jekabsoneberr@pisd.edu

Counseling Team

6th Grade Counselor

Kelli Tisdale

kelli.tisdale@pisd.edu


7th Grade Counselor

Mike Rubin

mike.rubin@pisd.edu


8th Grade Counselor

Sherry Dissinger

sherry.dissinger@pisd.edu


Registrar

Rhonda Morgan

rhonda.morgan@pisd.edu

Questions

Please direct district-level questions to: askpisd@pisd.edu

Stay Connected

Plano ISD Website

https://www.pisd.edu/plano


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https://www.pisd.edu/robinson

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PISD Family Resource Page

PISD has launched a Family Resource page on the district’s website. This page provides a searchable list that families, community members and school staff can utilize to help find community resources in order to meet a family’s needs. The list is searchable by agency name, zip code and category. Categories include such areas as basic needs (food assistance, housing assistance), health care (medical, dental, vision), and mental health (substance abuse, counseling, etc.). The family resource page can be found at https://www.pisd.edu/familyresources

General Reminders

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