Irons Jr. High Newsletter
We Are Hawks!
First Day Of School Wednesday August 12th
Below are directions and procedures for the first day of school in the remote learning environment at Irons Jr. High:
On August 12th every student will be required to log in to CANVAS between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and engage with every teacher’s assignment in order to be counted PRESENT for the day. This is the most important item that needs to be completed for the first day of school. If the student does not complete this attendance procedure, they will be withdrawn from school and will have to re-enroll by completing new registration documents.
Canvas is the district’s Learning Management Platform. It provides a secure way for our teachers and students to connect online. Your child will be using Canvas for the duration of our remote learning period as well as if you have selected remote learning as your child’s mode of instruction for this school year.
Your child’s Username is the first 5 letters of their last name and the first 3 letters of their first name. Their Password will include the letters “stu” and their student ID. Example: Robert MacFarlane Username: (Macfarob) Password: stu123456
Parent Access Center is a free program available to all CISD parents/guardians that allows viewing of helpful information regarding student schedule, attendance, report cards, progress reports, daily grades, state test results, Students Achieving Excellence (SAE), discipline, and available lunch money. We encourage you to register for a Parent Access Center (PAC) account, so that you can access all of these great features. PAC will also allow you to have access to your Parent Canvas account using the same username and password that you use on PAC. Parents may also sign up to receive an email alert when an assignment score is updated. Parents/Guardians wishing to access these services must have a valid email address.
A link to a short CISD video that will walk you through the process of registering for a PAC account:
Another link that you will find very useful is a Canvas Student Guide link that will address just about every question a student may have about Canvas.
If you prefer to read through the directions, attached is a PDF file for your convenience with step-by-step instructions on how to register for PAC and log in to CANVAS.
Below is a screenshot of the CISD parent tab where you can also find a wealth of information just in case you need it. You can find the Parent/Student tab on CISD’s district homepage.
We have also created this wonderful virtual MEET THE TEACHER page that will be on CANVAS. You will have the opportunity to meet all of your teachers, tour their classroom, as well as review other important information.
Online Curriculum Access Videos
Beginning on Wednesday, August 12, all students enrolled in Conroe ISD will start the school year in Remote/Online Instruction. Students in grades PreK-2 will use Seesaw for courses and assignments, and students in grades 3-12 will use Canvas. Please see the videos below to learn about accessing these systems.
- PreK-2: Seesaw – English
- PreK-2: Seesaw – Spanish
- Grades 3-12: Canvas (student) – English
- Grades 3-12: Canvas (student) – Spanish
- Grades 3-12: Canvas (parent) – English
- Grades 3-12: Canvas (parent) - Spanish
On the first day of school, students must log in and complete/engage in an activity through their learning management system (LMS) to be counted as present. Students/parents may also make contact or engage on the first day of school by emailing or speaking with their child's teacher/campus.
Technology Help Desk
Conroe ISD will have a Technology Help Desk to assist teachers, students, parents, and guardians with Canvas, Seesaw, Parent Access, or Student Access. The Help Desk is available weekdays beginning Monday, August 10, from 7:30 AM until 9:00 PM. You may reach the Help Desk by emailing email@example.com or calling 936-709-7658. Canvas users can also click the 'Help' button prior to logging in for assistance.
Roadmap To Reopening
Please click on the link below to view information about the opening process across the district. All students will be invited to attend school before September 8, 2020.
Please see the link below with more information regarding dates for reopening.
Please check out the information the district has placed on the website regarding reopening. It has a great deal of information we believe you will find helpful as you make plans for the beginning of the school year.
1. Schedules can be accessed through Parent Access Center
Class leveling and preparation for virtual learning is still taking place. Please notify your counselor if you see any errors or the following:
A core class is missing or is repeated
A full year elective such as: Band, Choir, Orchestra or Athletics is missing.
All 7th graders should have 4 core subjects, (Lang. Arts, Math, Science and Tx History), as well as P.E./Athletics and 2 electives for a total of 7 courses for the 1st semester.
All 8th graders should have 4 core subjects, (Lang. Arts, Math, Science and U.S. History), as well as Athletics or at least 1 semester of P.E. and 2 electives for a total of 7 courses for the 1st semester.
Electives are closed at this time. Please contact your student’s counselor with any questions or concerns you may have.
Melissa Thetford A – G Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandra Mikush H – N email@example.com
Cindy Burgess O – Z firstname.lastname@example.org
2. We do have Chromebooks and some hotspots for families. Please complete this form to request technology for your student.
If you are unable to complete the form please email Shelly Lundberg (email@example.com)
3. Immunizations must be updated before the first day of school.
Nurse Marcelissen reminds us that Tdap (Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis) and Meningococcal are required BEFORE the first day of school, August 12, 2020, as well as any other immunizations not in compliance with state law.
The Department of State Health Services is NOT waiving the immunization requirements due to Covid-19. This includes those students receiving ON LINE instruction.
If your child has received these immunizations and you have NOT sent a copy to the school please forward your student's updated record via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (936) 709-8599. If you turned in the shot record last year we have all needed information on file.
If you wish to receive an exemption for immunizations, please request the form online at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/immunize/school/exemptions.aspx . The form must be notarized and the original kept here in your student's health file.
4. Free and Reduced Meal Application must be updated by September 24th to continue to receive services after that date. The online application only take about 15 minutes to complete, and significantly speeds up the approval process.
5. Texas Governor's Executive Order mandates face covering will be required of all students and staff while on campus to mitigate exposure to COVID-19.
6. Curbside Meal Distribution will begin Thursday, August 13, breakfast and lunch meals will be available curbside at Irons for students to purchase or free to students who qualify.
We are no longer allowed by the state to distribute meals free to all students.
Meals will be available on the bus ramp Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. until noon. Multiple meals will be distributed on pick up days.
Tuesday: 2 breakfast meals/ 2 lunch meals
Thursday: 3 breakfast meals/ 3 lunch meals
A student meal card located in Parent Access must be presented to scan and identify the student when meals are picked up. The card can be printed on paper or presented electronically on a phone. No change will be made for cash transactions and any change will be applied to student's meal account.
Pre-payments can be made at https://www.myschoolbucks.com/
Meal prices and the free and reduced meal application are available on the child nutrition website. https://www.conroeisd.net/department/child-nutrition/