Collins Cadence

2019-2020 School Year Vol. 111

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Collins Cobras

Shelli LeBlanc, Principal

Chris Barnhart, Assistant Principal

Krystal McCure, Counselor

From The Principal

Our STAAR testing season officially begins on April 7th with the 5th grade Math STAAR and April 8th 5th grade Reading STAAR. Our students and teachers have been working very hard in preparation for the test. We look forward to our students having the opportunity to shine during state assessment.

We are also ending the 3rd nine weeks and beginning the last grading period when we get back from spring break. Thank you for your incredible support of your children and the staff of Collins as we continue this school year’s journey. We still have so much learning ahead of us in April and May.

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Are You Following Us?

If you have a Facebook or Twitter account you can follow Collins and see some of the great things our students and teachers are doing. You can also find quick and helpful reminders.

Upcoming Dates

Friday, March 6th
  • Student 1/2 day 12:45 dismissal

Sunday, March 8th

  • Daylight Savings Begins

Spring Break March 7th - 15th

Monday, March 16th

  • PTO Meeting 1:15 PM
Tuesday, March 17th
  • St. Patrick's Day

Thursday, March 19th

  • Spring Pictures
Friday, March 27th
  • Collins Color Madness

Tuesday, April 7th

  • 5th Grade STAAR Math

Wednesday, April 8th

  • 5th Grade STAAR Reading

Thursday, April 9th - Friday, April 10th

  • STAAR Make-Up Days

Bell Schedule:

8:30 a.m.—4:00 p.m.

Lunch Times

5th: 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

6th: 12:25 —12:55 p.m.

Front Office Times:

8:00 a.m.—4:15 p.m.

Friday, March 6th 1/2 Day Schedule

5th Grade

11:00 – 11:30 Lunch

6th Grade

11:35 – 12:05 Lunch

Please do not plan joining your child for lunch on this day due to the schedule change.

Please make all necessary arrangements for transportation on the 1/2 day.

Buses will run at 12:45 and car riders and biker/walker students will be released at 12:45.

Car Riders arriving prior to 8 AM

The number of students on the front porch before 8:00 AM continues to grow. In an effort to keep students safe and supervised we will move all students in the building at 7:45 AM. Students will have a silent study hall until they report to the gym at 8:00 AM. By adding supervision at 7:45 AM we are providing 65 minutes of supervision prior to the start of the school day.

We respectfully request parents not drop off students to Collins prior to 7:45 AM.


As we progress through the school year, please continue to remember the importance of school attendance and arriving to school on time. In addition, children who arrive late to school miss the important groundwork that is laid by teachers at the beginning of the day.

The instruction and learning that occur on a daily basis in the classroom is our central mission. Parents who make regular school attendance and punctuality a high priority are helping their children learn to accept responsibility, which is an important lesson for a successful life.

As we work to increase Collins Intermediate’s daily attendance – please continue to support your child’s educational process by limiting the amount of school missed except for illness. Collins Intermediate daily goal is 98.5%.

3rd Grading Period

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Our Attendance is critically low!

It is imperative that your child is at school to receive the quality instruction that is necessary to obtain the skills needed for current and future academic success. The state of Texas uses attendance rates as part of the calculations for Academic Distinctions. If attendance continues to drop at this rate, it could potentially cause Collins to lose our Distinctions from TEA. We know illness and family emergencies are unavoidable but please try to avoid any unnecessary absences or vacations.

Hours of Missed Instruction (Early Checkout) as of March 4th = 5361 Hours

2019-2020 PTO Open Positions

Collins PTO needs your help. If you are interested in serving the students and learning community of Collins by serving on the PTO Board – please email:

Upcoming Spirit Nights

April 6-10 and May 11-15 STAAR Testing days @ Marble Slab

April 7th Crust Pizza (Panther Creek)

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The Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees honored several individuals with an Ambassador Award when Board Members John Husbands and Scott Moore, along with Superintendent Dr. Curtis Null, visited Ride Elementary, David Elementary, Collins Intermediate, and Lamar Elementary on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

The Board of Trustees began the Ambassador Awards to recognize individuals for their positive contributions to campus life and campus climate. Throughout the year, each campus is visited by one or more members of the Board who surprise the award recipients while they are performing their duties as either a student or an employee.

Counselor Updates from Mrs. McCure

Off Campus PE (OCPE)– Private PE

Attention 6th grade parents of students going to 7th grade for 2020-2021and your student is interested in Off Campus PE - often called Private PE

The window for completing the enrollment forms is open from March 16, 2020 thru May 1, 2020. Forms must be completed online during this window. Parents, please know that OCPE is a year long commitment. You cannot change vendor without prior approval from the Conroe ISD Coordinator of Physical Education. You can only participate in OCPE using one vendor. The vendor is responsible for sending your student’s grades on time to avoid your child receiving a zero. Completing the course selection form for KNOX does not enroll you in OCPE.

Nell Kendall, Nurse

If your child is 11 years old, Spring Break is a great time to go get those 11 year old vaccines! This includes the Tdap (Tetanus booster) and MCV4 (meningitis) vaccines which are required for 7th grade. Please bring a copy of the shot record to the school when we resume after Spring Break.

If your child was referred for vision or hearing problems, Spring Break is also a great time to get that checked out. I sent out letters last week to students I needed to follow up on for hearing or vision. If you visit the doctor, please send a note to the clinic if treatment, such as glasses, was prescribed. Our state report is due soon and I need documentation to complete the referrals. A copy of the glasses prescription will suffice.

Thank you and have a wonderful Spring Break!

Music/Collins Chorale

Regular Attendance at Rehearsals is very important

March 19 - Extended Thursday Rehearsal to 6 P.M.


6th Grade CISD Solo and Ensemble Contest is April 18. Students are working to learn solos individually. Students are also working in small groups to learn ensembles. Details about the contest will be sent home after spring break.

There will not be a practice grade taken for the week of spring break. Students will receive their practice report form for the next nine week grading period after spring break.

Important Dates:

  • April 18 6th Grade Solo and Ensemble Contest
  • May 6 Spring Concert performed at College Park HS
  • May 19 Spring Concert for Collins staff and students at Collins
  • May 20 String Fling-feeder schools concert at College Park HS
  • May 22 Last day to have instruments at school
  • May 26 Collins Orchestra Night at Sk8 Town


In Mr. Hunt’s art class, we are creating our own shoe sculptures out of cardboard! We started with an orthographic drawing, learned about the three main types of sculpture, then began to create unique, wearable pieces of art! With Mrs. Ferguson, students are getting their hands dirty making clay mugs using our art-fee-funded brand-new slab roller! Don’t they look great?!

Spring Semester Art Fee Reminder!

There is an art supply fee of $15 for fine arts students. This fee is due by February 26th which can be paid through School Cash Online. To register please see below:

Step 1: Register Online:

Step 2: Register by selecting “Get Started Now” and following the steps.

Step 3: After you receive the confirmation email, select the “click here” option, login, and add each of your children to your household account.

We are looking forward to an exciting semester of art!

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We have completed our annual physical fitness assessment. The assessment is called the Fitnessgram. The Fitnessgram tests muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility.

As the weather continues to get warmer and we enter Flip Flop season, please be mindful that your student participates in PE daily and proper footwear should be worn.


Students are participating in a March Madness Book Tournament to choose the favorite book at Collins during the month of March. There is weekly online voting to narrow the brackets and everyone who reads or has read the books in the past can participate. The titles are: Among the Hidden, Wishtree, Inside Out and Back Again, El Deafo, A Light in the Attic, Fish in a Tree, Out of my Mine, Aru Shah and the End of Time.

Technology Update

It’s Springtime, so lots of families are gearing up for Summer Camp opportunities!

Lone Star College-Montgomery offers week long sessions focused on various Science/Tech topics, so click the link and scroll to p. 19 to look at the offerings!

Rice University and University of Houston are offering week long camps:

STAAR 2020 Testing Dates

Please place the following dates on your family calendar.

5th Grade

Tuesday, April 7th Math

Wednesday, April 8th Reading

Thursday, May 14th Science

6th Grade

Tuesday, May 12th Math

Wednesday, May 13th Reading

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Incoming 7th Grade Knox Knights Important Dates

Upcoming Dates and Events:

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Incoming 7th grade Parent Information Night 6:00pm in the Knox Gym A
  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020 Elective information Night 6pm
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020 Deadline for Collection of Hard Copy Registration Sheets
  • February 19th Knox Cheer Parent Meeting (Mandatory) 6pm in the Knox Café
  • February 22nd CP Cheer Clinic for grades 5-8
  • Mandatory Knox Cheer Meeting 6 PM Knox Cafeteria (bring completed packet)
  • March 2 -4, 2020 Knox Cheer Tryout Clinic
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020 Knox Cheer Tryouts
  • March 18, 2020 Gingham Girl Parent Meeting Time/Location TBA
  • March 24 - 26 Gingham Girl Tryout Clinic
  • March 28th Gingham Girl Tryouts
  • TBA Color Guard Parent Meeting 6 pm
  • TBA Gingham Girl Parent Meeting for those that made the team
  • TBA Color Guard Clinic
  • TBA Color Guard Tryouts
  • May 1 Schedule Change Request Deadline
  • Mid Aug. Gathering of the Knights Student Orientation
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Are you ready for the most fun you’ve had all year? Get ready for the First Annual Mamba Madness 3 on 3 Co-Ed Basketball Tournament at College Park High School on March 21st! Two age brackets (15+ and U14) 3 Point Competition. Winners take home over $500 total! Join us for a raffle, auction, Kona Ice, and the district’s “best concession stand!”

Clubs and Organizations: Click Link Below

Collins Anytime Reminders: Click Link Below

Processes and Procedures for Collins 2019-2020

Attendance, Tardy, Car Line, Bus Info, Lunch Info, Checking out early, Transportation Changes, PAC, Visitors/Volunteers

Prior 2019-2020 School Newsletters

The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner. For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, TX 77304; (936) 709-7752.