The Tartan Tribune
McCullough Junior High School - Week of September 21, 2020
Volleyball is Underway!
Athletic Event Attendance
We are excited about our upcoming junior high UIL events. In accordance with UIL guidelines, our venues will be limited to no more than 50% capacity which includes all participants, coaches, officials, and spectators with appropriate social distancing. Spectators are required to wear face coverings per Executive Order GA-29 and Conroe ISD guidelines. Each participant will receive two tickets for each game. If your family cannot attend a specific event, please notify your child’s coach so that those tickets can be distributed to others. At the gate, each ticket holder should present their reserved ticket along with the $2 admission charge to the ticket collector. Children five years of age and younger will not be required to have a ticket for entry. We appreciate your understanding and support of these policies to keep our players, coaches, and spectators safe during these events. We will continue to monitor the attendance at these events and adjust our protocols as needed.
Football games begin Monday and Tuesday at 5 p.m this week. Ticket holders arriving prior to 4:30 should park in the designated parking area until our car rider line is dispersed. Those arriving later than 4:30 may park closer to the football field.
PAWS After School Tutoring for In-Person Learners
What: An after-school study hall where students can have time specifically set aside to complete their homework or get help in different subjects. We will have McCullough teachers available to help.
Where: PAWS is held after school in the downstairs library.
When: Monday-Wednesday from 4:10-5:00 beginning on Monday, September 21st!
How: Please use the sign-up genius link to sign up for PAWS. Students cannot show up for PAWS without signing up so that we can make sure we keep the number to 25.
What should I bring? Come prepared with homework and any supplies you might need. Be sure you have enough to work on until 5:00. Students will not be dismissed early from PAWS and must remain in the library the entire time.
How do I get home? A parent or guardian must pick you up at 5:00 p.m. at the front of the building when PAWS is over. There is no late bus. All students from PAWS will leave together and go to the covered horseshoe at the front of the building to wait for their ride.
Link to sign up for in person afterschool tutorials:
Math Zoom Tutorials for Remote Learners
Our math department will begin to offer math tutorials through zoom each Monday and Wednesday from 4:10-5:00 p.m. Students will need to sign up using the links below for their specific math course. Sessions will be limited at 15 students. The link to the zoom meeting will be sent to those who have signed up for that day through the Sign Up Genius. If you have signed up and are having trouble finding the link, please contact Erin Parks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7th Math: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E084FA9A72BA1FC1-7thmath
Highlander Huddle for Remote Learners
Highlander Huddle is a program that we are offering as an extra level of support for our remote learners. Students can sign up for 15-minute individual sessions or 30-minute small group sessions for any help that you may need. We will do our best to troubleshoot any issues you are having. This is something that will be available to you as long as remote learning is taking place. We can help you with, but certainly not limited to, the following things:
- Technology (Canvas, Google, etc.)
- Schedule help
- Study Skills
All you need to do is visit the Sign Up Genius link below and select a time to meet with one of our Highlander Huddle staff members. We are also happy to just give you an overview in one of these sessions of what this program is about and a chance to meet with one of our staff members!
Sign Up Genius Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E084FA9A72BA1FC1-pandemic
Switching Learning Platforms
PSAT 8/9 Test - October 14, 2020
On Wednesday, October 14th, we will be administering the PSAT 8/9 to all 8th graders at McCullough. This will be offered to both In-Person and Remote learners. Remote learners will need to come to campus to take the exam in person. This is not a test that is required by the state and will not have any impact on their advancement to high school. The PSAT 8/9 is a good indicator of how students will perform on the SAT in high school and is what our district uses to predict college readiness. You can find information about the PSAT 8/9 here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9
Car Rider Pick Up and Drop Off
Student drop off begins at 7:45 a.m. Enter the parking lot as indicated by the arrows on the map and follow the coned lane toward the building. When prompted, please have the student exit on the left side of the vehicle so they are closer to the sidewalk. Staff members will be on duty to ensure student safety as they exit their vehicles and enter the building.
Student pick up this week will begin at 3:55 p.m. Our intent is to slowly get back to a 4:00 p.m. dismissal as in the past.
Parents who arrive early to campus may park in the area shown on the map to wait for their child. We ask that parents who are parked stand by their car and watch for their child. Once within sight, please meet them at the median near the crosswalk to escort them safely to the car.
Parents who remain in the car line should pull up to the first cone along the sidewalk near the Bock Auditorium entrance before stopping to load.
Remote Learner Pick Up and Drop Off for Athletes and Fine Arts Students
All athletes and fine arts students will use the front horseshoe when picking up students in the morning and dropping off in the afternoon so that the general car rider line is not affected. The front horseshoe entrance will also be used throughout the day for pick up and drop off of athletes and fine arts students who are Remote Learners.
Students need to sign in and out as they enter the building. There is a station located inside the front horseshoe entrance for students to sign in when they arrive on campus. Students will also sign out at this location when they exit the building.
Academy of Science and Technology Information
Student Council News
Student Council is collecting new refillable water bottles for students in need at a CISD elementary school. Water bottles should be refillable and age appropriate. Please drop the water bottles off in the front office box or room B213 in the Language Arts hallway if you are on campus.
Please check the Student Council Canvas course for October meeting times. In-Person students will need to reserve a spot due to limited seating and social distancing. Meetings will occur in the LGI. Remote Learners will access Zoom to attend these meetings and do not need to reserve a spot. The Zoom link is posted in Canvas.
Interested students who have not yet joined Student Council can still participate. Please contact Cailyn Dougherty at email@example.com to be added to the Student Council Canvas Course.
2019-2020 Yearbooks Available for Pick Up
Distribution for Remote Learners began Friday, September 11th and continues during the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at McCullough in the Front Office.
We do have a few of last year's yearbooks available for sale on our McC Webstore, School Cash Online, for a price of $50. Please click on the link if you would like to purchase a 2019-20 yearbook. https://conroeisd.schoolcashonline.com/
2020-21 Yearbooks On Sale Now
Art Supply Kits
Free Bagpipe Lessons Offered at TWHS
The Bagpipe Club at TWHS is taking recruits to learn the art of playing the bagpipe. Club members play a big role in Highlander life as they pipe at football games, rallies, banquets, and other sporting events.
A new class of beginners starts in October 2020. The club meets Monday afternoons. Contact Craig Livingston at craigL@LoneStar.edu or call 936.273.7329.
Please download the McC PTO Membership Form to join!
Clinic Information from Nurse Bianca
To ensure the health and safety of all students and staff and in accordance with recommendations and guidelines from the Texas Education Agency, all students should be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at home. Please read and answer the questions below. If you respond YES for your student on either question, please keep your student at home and notify the campus administrator or campus nurse.
1. Does your student currently have a temperature at or above 100.0 F. or any of the following symptoms that are not normal for them? ¨ YES ¨ NO
- Loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Chills or shaking with chills
- Congestion or runny nose
- Significant muscle pain or body aches
- Have a new uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing or for individuals with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in your cough from baseline.
- Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
- New onset of severe headache
- Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19
2. Are you waiting for COVID-19 test results for your student due to symptoms that began less than 10 days ago? ¨ YES ¨ NO
Health and Safety Reminders
Working together, we can keep our Conroe ISD community healthy.
- Keep any student who is feeling ill at home.
- Masks or face coverings help to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
- Everyone should cover any coughs or sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, and immediately wash or sanitize their hands.
- Washing hands before and after eating, using the restroom, and touching high-contact objects/areas will help reduce the spread of germs and illnesses.
Parents/guardians are asked to pick up ill students within one hour of notification by school personnel.
Parents/guardians should have alternative arrangements if they are unable to pick up their student within one hour
MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL
At this time we cannot accept any nebulizer medications/treatment at school.
If your child is going to require prescription medication at school, please email or call the clinic to make arrangements to drop off and fill out the required paperwork. This will be by appointment only. If your child has a medication that is once a day, please administer at home if possible.
Over the Counter Medications
Over the counter medication, such as Ibuprofen and Tylenol, and other medications that treat Covid-19 symptoms, such as cold and cough medications, prescription medication such as an inhaler, will require a physician medication school order with a medical diagnosis to administer at school.
To reach the clinic with any questions please call: