2019-2020 School Year 3-29-2020 Update #4
From The Principal
I am so proud of the work and effort they are putting in each and every day.
Of course that isn't possible without amazing parents. We hope you are hanging in there. With all the demands on you - it can be pretty hard to be the leader of your home with academic activities. I'm the principal and I am in the same boat trying to find time to work with my own child on the great work being created by his teachers.
And then there are the Collins teachers... oh how hard the entire staff is working in this new virtual world. I am proud and thankful for all they are doing to support children and the parents.
Next week we plan to include a little survey with just a few questions to try and better understand how things are going at home and what you may need from Collins.
I know you have a lot to read and review. This newsletter has lots of updates. It is meant to share helpful information in a consolidated location.
Wishing you all a safe and healthy upcoming week.
Hard Copy Academic Work Packets
A note about returning completed work:
We have provided the bottom two drawers to turn in completed student work.
I am hesitant to have parents return work for a few reasons;
- We do not have a staff member able to check and gather the work dropped off each day by families.
- We have children playing around the school throughout the day - it is impossible to lock the drawers so if any individual wanted they could remove and work placed in the cabinet.
So for the next week or so - please keep completed work at home. We will continue to brainstorm ideas of how to collect the work. We are also very open to any suggestions you may have about a return process. firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Superintendent
8th Grade Math Credit By Exam Update
Conroe ISD is beginning to receive results for the 8th grade math Credit by Exam test. They do not come in all at once, but bit by bit as the scores are uploaded into the system by UT High school.
I know parents and students are eager to receive scores for the test. Once the district sends Mrs. LeBlanc the file with student scores:
- I will communicate with the parents of all students who tested via a letter that will be sent electronically.
- An 80 is required to receive credit. This rule is set by Texas Education Code. There is no district discretion in this policy.
- For those student who did not receive the required 80 and are still interested in taking Algebra 1 in 7th grade - accelerated summer school information should be coming out very soon.
3rd Grading Period Report Cards
If you need to sign up for a PAC (Parent Access Center) account, please click here.
If you need assistance, contact Mrs. Kellie Lahey at email@example.com.
Need WiFi? AT&T, Comcast, Consolidated Communications, Sprint, Verizon, Xfinity and more are opening up their WiFi hotspots for 60 days. Conroe ISD’s Guest WiFi may also be accessible outside some of our buildings. Pull up to the curb and look for CISD Guest WiFi Comcast: The cable giant is offering free access to its Xfinity WiFi hot spots for everyone, including non-subscribers, for the 60 days. It's also providing unlimited data to its customers for no extra charge and is not disconnecting internet service or charging late fees for customers who say they can't pay their bills. The company is also providing 60 days of free basic internet service to new customers.
Free Microsoft Products
Signing In to a Site Using the “Sign In With Google” Button
Parents/students should watch the video before they try to use Classkick, because it will save themselves a lot of hassle.
Here’s a link to a video on how to sign in using the button “Sign in with Google”: https://youtu.be/xU8UDNgu3nI
Video 2 for help with troubleshooting addresses the issue of continuing to try signing in without opening your Google Drive first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzV7R74-KCs
Video 3 for help addresses the issue of conflicting accounts: a Chrome browser account different from the student who just signed in to their SSO account. https://youtu.be/Fpx1vZHe-10
Fine Arts / PE
Mrs. McCure Update
Hey Collins' Students!
We have had some great rain and some great sunshine! I am amazed at how everything is blooming. I have been getting in my evening walk and a few bike rides. I am up to 30 miles on the bike so far and about 20 miles walking! My recipe I learned to cook was salmon picatta! I am still working on the piano piece.
One of the great things I have seen this week are students learning! I love how teachers have been able to connect with students on Canvas Conference. It reminded me though of a conversation we had during guidance lessons about social media. Canvas Conference and Zoom are fantastic tools to keep all of us connected besides our normal social media of texting, group texts, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, TikTok, etc. We have been having our faculty meetings and other meetings using Zoom, and my daughters have been having classroom lectures via Zoom with their professors at A&M and SHSU. I know you and/or your parents have seen the funny videos of people forgetting that they are on Zoom which can be a bit embarrasing. As with all social media, remember etiquette. Remember what you put out there as your image or what you type is creating your digital footprint. So remember to be polite, to not gossip, to not spread rumors, and to use language that is appropriate for all to see. Anyone can screenshot what you are doing and keep that forever, trust me - my two daughters love to catch me on camera for later.
So, I decided to look at my camera roll and pick the 10th picture from when we started this journey...Here she is - the infamous Peaches begging for a snack. I miss all of you greatly and can't wait to see you all again in person!
If you want, you can send me your 10th picture with your parent's permission to firstname.lastname@example.org
Update From Nurse Kendall
If your child was able to get immunizations during spring break or after, you can email a copy to me and I'll put the dates into the computer. Please remember social distancing and wash, wash , wash your hands, especially after going to the grocery store or just being out and about. Cover your coughs and sneezes and stay healthy!
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