August 20, 2023
In This Issue:
- From Mrs. Barry
- Student Badge Reminder
- Parent Login to Canvas
- Upcoming Parent U
- Library Book Preview
- Credit by Exam & Exams by Acceleration - DEADLINE this week!
- From our Counselors - Core Characteristics
- Traffic Pattern Change
- MWE Lunch Visits
- Volunteers - New Procedures
- New After School Care Provider - After 3
- MWE Calendar of Events
- MWE Master Schedule
- MWE One-Pager
- All Things PTA
- Spirit Wear Pick Up
- Meadow Wood Yearbook
- Chicken Salad Chick Spirit Night on Wheels
- School Supply Order Pick Up
- Thank you to our Sponsors
From Mrs. Barry
It is wonderful to have students back in the building! Over the summer, this place is entirely too quiet! I've loved seeing all our smiling Eagles renewing friendships, meeting new classmates and teachers, and learning! We are off to a GREAT start!
As we begin the year, I wanted to remind you of our safety procedures and processes.
All our exterior doors and gates are locked. The front door is the only point of entry and exit for visitors. Visitors must request entry to the school and be admitted by a staff member. Visitors may be asked to show a photo ID before the door is unlocked. The front desk has camera video of our exterior doors. This is another form of monitoring for safety and security. All visitors must present a government-issued driver’s license or picture ID including date of birth to be processed through our Raptor® visitor management system. All visitors must wear the visitor badge provided for the entirety of their visit on campus. These state the purpose and location of the visit. Badges must be returned to the front office prior to leaving campus.
All classroom doors are closed and locked during the instructional day. Our teachers have radios that allow them to communicate with all campus personnel. Key staff members wear an emergency response button. If pressed, this button alerts law enforcement to come to the campus immediately. (Last year, a button was pressed accidentally, and 4 police cars arrived in less than 2 minutes!) All teachers will soon have access to a "panic alarm" as well. This will go through our Raptor® system. Spring Forest Middle School has a police officer on campus at all times, and SFMS is also a "hub" for the SBISD PD. This means officers are nearby at all times.
All students are given IDs and lanyards to wear daily, as per our SBISD Safety policy protocol. These badges are used as a safety measure during emergencies, reunification, etc. All adults on campus are required to wear identification badges at all times. All Spring Branch Independent School District staff, including teachers, maintenance workers, substitute teachers, and other district personnel, are required to wear district-issued badges. Parents and other visitors are required to report to the office and show proper identification upon arrival, sign in, and obtain a visitor’s badge. Any adult who is not properly identified either by a district or visitor’s badge will be immediately directed to the office. Upon leaving campus, visitor badges must be turned in to the front office. For large/whole school events, guests will pre-register prior to the event.
All volunteers must register with SBISD and be approved prior to assisting on campus. This application is processed through our police department. Uncleared persons are not permitted to volunteer, chaperone, etc. They follow the same entry and badge procedures as any campus visitor.
No student will be released from school except to a parent, guardian, or designee, as indicated on Skyward Family Access. Anyone taking a child from school will be asked to show proper identification. Lunch visitors must be included on the student’s emergency card or written permission from the parents must be provided. All visitors must sign in at the front office, with the appropriate ID. Visitors should not return to the classroom with their student or visit any other area of the building without permission.
Parents of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten bus riders are to display to the bus driver a campus-issued blue card verifying that they are authorized to pick up the child at the bus stop. Children who do not have a parent or parent designee with the appropriate blue card at the drop-off location will be returned to the campus. Parents of pre-kinder, kinder, and first-grade walkers must show a yellow (Bateswood) or green (Memorial) card. Parents will be required to come to the front office and show identification without these cards. Car riders must have a school issued hang tag. Without a hang tag, the person picking up the child must come into the front office and show their ID. Students will only be released to persons on the emergency contact list.
Meadow Wood has a morning and afternoon crossing guard at the intersection of Memorial and Clear Springs. Students are instructed to cross following the crossing guard's instructions. Bike riders should walk their bikes to cross the street and on school property.
Meadow Wood students and staff participate in the following drills: Lock Down, Secure, Hold, Shelter, and Evacuate. These drills address the unlikely occurrence of incidents that are potentially dangerous to student safety. All staff members are trained in all procedures associated with these critical issues. Any staff member can call a secure at any time they feel it is needed.
Meadow Wood has a full-time nurse on campus. Nurse Gruenberger is an RN. She assists students if they are sick or injured or if they need to take medication at school. She also ensures all students are up to date on immunizations and is our contact point for health-related rules/laws.
Please help us keep our school as safe as possible by following these additional safety and security reminders. Please:
- Do not enter or exit through any door other than the front door.
- Do not ask anyone to open a side door for you to enter. Do not prop open any door or open any door for anyone. Direct all visitors to the front entry.
- Be ready to show identification when requesting a student.
- Follow our “See Something. Say Something.” protocol. Should you or your child have a safety concern, please alert a school administrator immediately.
- Your child cannot possess, use, exhibit, or transmit weapons or any items that give the appearance of a weapon (e.g. a toy) on any SBISD campus or facility or at any SBISD activity. This includes Airsofts, pellet guns, BB guns, water guns, or any similar toy.
If you have any questions about any of our safety protocols, please feel free to reach out!
We are better together.
Student Badge Reminder
We have provided each student with an SBISD lanyard. If you would like to provide your child with a different lanyard, it must be the "break-away" type. We suggest you have your child put his/her badge in his/her backpack as soon as you get home so they will have it for the next day! Thank you for your help with this!
Upcoming Parent U for 5th-10th Grade Families
Please see upcoming Parent U events (flyers attached)-
- Driving to T-2-4: All Signs Point to Success on Aug. 24 at 6:00 pm for 5th - 7th grade families
- Driving to T-2-4: All Signs Point to Success on Aug. 31 at 6:00 pm for 8th - 10th grade families
Families are encouraged to attend and learn about the resources and activities available for students as they work towards their T-2-4 vision. To attend, families should register:
- 5th - 7th grade families: Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. | Zoom
Register in English or Spanish
- 8th - 10th grade families: Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. | Zoom
Register in English or Spanish
The virtual event will explore activities and tools designed for you to support your child in their current grade and the 4E Experience, a process that prepares students to achieve their postsecondary goals, that consists of four stages:
- Expose: Increase awareness of postsecondary outcomes related to careers.
- Explore: Provide an opportunity to see what SBISD does to help students understand how their interests and abilities correlate to careers.
- Experience: Increase understanding of how students engage in activities that prepare them to make decisions about their future career goals.
- Execute: Conclude with a discussion about direct interactions with higher education institutions around enrollment and admissions.
Library Book Preview
In alignment with our Board Policy EFB Local, we are pleased to share that new books have been purchased for our library. A thorough review was completed prior to ordering these books to ensure they align with our policy.
Should you wish to preview these books, please feel free to visit the New Book preview section in our library. The new books will be viewable for ten school days beginning August 16th through August 29th. Please let the librarian know if you have concerns for your child to check out any of our new books.
If you would like to preview the books in person, please schedule an appointment with our librarian, Katie McCracken: firstname.lastname@example.org
The new books may also be viewed online via our library catalog at: https://collections.follettsoftware.com/collectionsweb/collection/641db465da4ac200134e4049?h=d64364cef15f622505ccff13ab5208a0914a054436c293874af9fdc569123800
Credit By Exam & Exams for Acceleration - DEADLINE this week!
Exams for Acceleration (EA) offer students in grades 1-7 the opportunity to advance a grade level or more. Students who successfully complete all four course exams may advance one full grade level, while single subject acceleration is available for those who wish to advance in mathematics alone. Students testing during the fall window are eligible to accelerate immediately, while those who test during the spring and summer windows will become eligible for acceleration the following school year. To be considered for acceleration, it is recommended that a student be performing at the 70th percentile or higher on their most recent MAP assessments (grades 6-7), as well as the “Meets Grade Level” standard or higher on STAAR (grades 4 –7). Kindergarten students become eligible for testing in the summer prior to their first grade year.
Fall and spring exams are administered at the home campus; summer exam locations will be announced. Students are limited to one attempt per exam per window and two attempts per exam in total. Cancellations or no-shows may constitute one attempt. A score of 80% or higher is required for both EA and CBE.
The application deadline is for September testing is August 25th. Please see flyer below for more information or contact the counselors.
From our Counselors - Core Characteristics
The months of August and September are all about being Academically Prepared. SBISD believes that, Every Child Every Child finds joy in learning, has a learner’s mindset and is motivated and equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to succeed in life. In a T-2-4 ready graduate this looks like a child who:
- Develops strong literacy, numeracy, scientific, technology and reasoning skills. Learning to use number sense and reasonableness to solve problems.
- Actively engages in learning with effective study and time management skills. Understanding the benefits of being organized, discovering how they learn best, and practicing and developing good study habits.
- Maximizes learning in and out of the classroom. Learning and applying skills that they enjoy using in and out of their classroom.
As a family, review what Responsibility means and how it looks at home. Choose 1 household chore (or more!) that requires multiple steps. Then have each member of the family select 1 step to complete to help get the job done! Maybe it is washing the dishes, doing laundry, cleaning the living room, or unloading the groceries - whatever it is, see who can be the quickest or most effective at their task!
Traffic Pattern Change
I understand that this is a major inconvenience. I know that making a u-turn isn't easy, and alternate routes aren't readily available. This decision was not made lightly. Ultimately, I feel that the benefits for the safety of our students and for traffic outweigh the negatives. I will always do whatever I can to protect our Eagles. If you would like to discuss this further, please reach out to me directly!
MWE Lunch Visitors
Just a reminder that Meadow Wood will not be open for lunch visitors until September 5th. In order to help our students learn their daily routines, we limit visitors until after Labor Day. Please know that we WANT YOU HERE; however, we must make sure we provide the optimal environment for student success.
Thank you for your understanding and support!
Volunteers - New Procedures!
SBISD’s volunteer application has a new look and feel! Please apply today! The application process will now be powered by Raptor. You should notice a new look and feel, with a user-friendly mobile display.
The volunteer application will continue to be located online at https://volunteer.springbranchisd.com.
Application processing can take up to 10 business days and expediting applications will no longer be possible. This means you MUST register at least two weeks in advance to go on a field trip, be a part of WATCH D.O.G.S., etc. We will no longer be able to have you approved the day of an event. We do not want to turn anyone away, so please be sure to register as soon as possible!
New After School Care Provider - After 3
After 3's program structure includes grade level grouping with a dedicated caregiver for each group. In addition, a S.T.E.A.M. based curriculum is utilized to promote out of the box thinking, teamwork, and communication skills. After check in and snack time, students go through 4 rotations that include homework/quiet time, active play, S.T.E.A.M. curriculum activities, and free exploration. After 3 also provides enrichment opportunities and onsite extracurricular activities.
Program hours are Monday through Friday on all scheduled school days, from school dismissal until 6:30 p.m. They also provide care on early dismissal days. Tuition is $315 per month, and a registration fee of $75 is required.
To enroll, go to www.after3asp.com.
MWE Calendar of Events
Reminder: Every week we have T-2-4 Tuesday - students are encouraged to wear their favorite college or military shirt. Fridays are MWE Spirit Day! Wear your Eagle attire!
Room Parent Meeting - 9:30 a.m.
Mod Pizza Spirit Night
First day for lunch visitors
Curriculum Night - Grades 3-5 - 5:30 p.m.
Curriculum Night - Grades PK-2 - 5:30 p.m.
EARLY DISMISSAL - 12:00 noon
No campus visitors today, please!
CIT Meeting - 3:30 p.m.
Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Night - 5:30 p.m.
Progress reports go home
MWE Master Schedule
ALL THINGS PTA
Everything you need to know can be found on our website at www.mwepta.com
- Introducing “The BIG FORM” - on this consolidated form, you can:
- Join the PTA
- Sign up for Birthday Marquee
- Make a family donation to Eagle Excellence
- Sign up for a Business Sponsorship
- Purchase your ’23 - ’24 Yearbook HERE.
- Calendar is updated. Check it out HERE.
- PTA Chair positions are still available – if you are interested in becoming more involved, please reach out to email@example.com