Collins Cadence

2021-2022 - Sunday, March 20 2022

Collins Cobras

Shelli LeBlanc, Principal

Amanda Cucinotta, Assistant Principal

Ariel Aymond, Counselor 6th Grade

Krystal McCure, Counselor 5th Grade

From The Principal

We hope everyone had a fantastic spring break. Thankful for the time with family and time to make great memories.

Spring has sprung and we are in the final grading period of the year. 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. Make sure to check out the end of year happenings as you scroll down the newsletter.

Wishing you a wonderful upcoming week,

Shelli LeBlanc

3rd Grading Period Report Cards will be viewable in Parent Access by Thursday, March 24th.

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Times To Remember...

Bell Schedule:
  • 8:50 AM—4:00 PM
  • Students may enter the building by 7:45 AM (Please enter 5th grade side door)
  • Students are considered tardy if not in classroom seat by the 8:50 tardy bell
Lunch Times

  • 5th Lunch A: 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
  • 5th Lunch B: 11:45 AM- 12:15 PM
  • 6th Lunch C: 12:25 PM. - 12:55 PM
  • 6th Lunch D: 12:55 PM - 1:25 PM

Front Office Times:

  • 8:00 AM—4:30 PM
End of Day:
  • 3:15 PM Calls to change transportation will end
  • 3:30 PM Early check out of students will end
  • 3:30 PM Cones for car rider dismissal will be set - cars for early pick up will not fit in front parking area
  • 3:35 PM First Flight (10 cars) will move forward to cones
  • 4:00 PM Flights 1 - 4 will be dismissed to wait at Car Cones
  • Dismissed after car dismissal begins; 1. Bikers 2. More Car Flights 3. Neighborhood walkers (parents should not be parked in neighborhoods to pick up children - please use YMCA parking lot) 4. YMCA walkers (crossing guard provided for students)

Upcoming Dates

Friday, April 15th - Monday, April 18th

  • School Holiday

Friday, April 29th

  • Last day to order Collins Yearbook

Tuesday, May 10th

  • 5th Math STAAR Test

Wednesday, May 11th

  • 6th Reading STAAR Test

Thursday, May 12th

  • 5th Reading STAAR Test

Friday, May 13th

  • 6th Math STAAR Test

Monday, May 16th

  • MAKE UP STAAR Test 5th & 6th Math

Tuesday, May 17th

  • 5th Science STAAR Test

Wednesday, May 18th

  • MAKE UP STAAR Test 5th & 6th Reading

Thursday, May 19th

  • MAKE UP STAAR Test 5th Science

Thursday, May 26th

  • Last Day of School - Student Early Dismissal
  • End of Fourth Grading Period

STAAR Testing Dates for this school year are below

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STAAR Testing Important Reminders

● Please avoid scheduling appointments these days so that your child will be on campus to allow for testing. The state allows for a four hour testing window for the STAAR test, with the exception for students with accommodations that allow extra time set in place through their 504 or ARD.

● Collins strives to begin testing by 9:30 at the latest, taking a break for testers to eat lunch and resume the testing window.

What if your child does not take the STAAR test or does not pass the STAAR test?

The state of Texas has implemented House Bill 4545 for the 2021-2022 school year and plans on having this bill moving forward to support student learning. Please see below from Texas Education Agency for the 2022-2023 school year with regards to STAAR Scores:

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What does the above information mean for your child?

Students that do not pass STAAR this school year OR do not take the STAAR test(s) will automatically be required by the state to be provided accelerated instruction of thirty hours per STAAR test not taken or not passed.

CLICK HERE if you would like to read more information regarding the House Bill 4545 information from the Texas Education Agency.

Collins Counselor Updates:

Are you interested in learning more about how to navigate technology with your children? There will be a presentation about “parenting with tech” on April 13th at 6:30 PM. The presentation is recommended for parents, but students are also welcome to attend with their parents (the recommended age is 5th grade and above). Please see the below flyer for more information!

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Nurse Kendall Update:

Dear Parent or Guardian,

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires schools to provide instruction on human growth and development in the 5th and 6th grades. CISD utilizes the P&G School Programs “Always Changing” video series to provide age appropriate information regarding the changes occurring in the growth and development of this age group. This year, the videos are offered virtually for viewing at home. Please view the video with your child at your convenience. If your child has any questions for me, have them come see me in the clinic at school. Please see the links below:

Always Changing and Growing Up- Boys Puberty Education

Always Changing Puberty Education Program Girls

6th grade students are required to have the Tdap and Meningitis (MCV4) vaccines for 7th grade. If your child has received these vaccines, please send a copy of the immunization record to the clinic. If not, please make arrangements to have these vaccines administered ASAP.

Library Update

We are excited to announce that author Dan Gemeinhart will be visiting Collins on March 30. If you’d like to purchase one of his books, he’d be happy to sign it for you. Due to shipping issues, you are invited to purchase any of his titles at the store of your choice (Village Books (local independent bookstore), Barnes and Noble, Target, Amazon, etc). Then your student can drop it off in the library the Monday or Tuesday (March 28 or 29) before the visit. Include a piece of paper with your student's first and last name and their homeroom teacher inside the book's front cover so that it is returned to the correct student. Books will not be for sale on the day of his visit; students wanting a signed book will need to buy one ahead of time and bring it to school. Students are not required to purchase a book to see the speaker. This is only if they want a signed copy.

Here are Dan’s titles:

The Honest Truth: An adventure about a boy battling cancer, who runs away with his dog to climb Mt. Rainier.

Some Kind of Courage: A western adventure about an orphaned pioneer boy who goes on an epic frontier journey across Washington state to get his beloved horse back.

Scar Island: A boy who commits a terrible crime is sent to a grim island reform school prison - but when disaster strikes, he and other inmates find themselves in a struggle for survival.

Good Dog: A loyal dog who has passed away returns to earth as a spirit in order to save the boy that he loves more than anything.

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise: A grieving girl and her father go on an epic cross-country journey to save a memory box that she made with her tragically lost mother and sisters.

Spring Break is a great time to look around the house for lost library books. Students are expected to pay for any items they lose or damage. You can check your child’s library account by going to the Destiny app on the SSO. It will show all books currently checked out or lost.

Students who wish to participate in the March Madness Library Bingo challenge can find the board on the library canvas page. Just print it off, track your titles, and turn it in at the end of the month.

Art Update

We hope everyone has a fun and relaxing Spring Break! Students in Mr. Hunt’s class are continuing to work on their realistic drawing skills using the technique of artist Chuck Close. Students in Mrs. Ferguson's class are going to be learning about the proportions of the face and how to draw a realistic self-portrait in graphite.

Congratulations to our Collins DI Teams: Competed at DI Regionals Saturday, February 26th

The Ninja Elephant Squad: Head Coach-Jessica Withrow

Carly Withrow

Ella Butler

Lizzie Staus

Madilynn Dillard

Built Different Head Coach Eli Everhard

Isabella Bain

Stella Esposito-Thorson

Aarushi Asundi

Aarav Asundi

Jackson Kenmade

Aiden Isdell

Felix Everhard

5 Mischievous Worms Head Coach- Brian Frye

Sophie Frye

Esperanza Matthews

Jayme Carter

Donald Offune

Paige Boyd

Ice Breathing Cows Head Coach Kathleen Howell

Hallie Estep

Blake Howell

Isabel Wilson

Kyle Abt

Kennedy Gunn

Lainey Prihoda

Molly Chan

Cookie Monsterz Head Coach-Yamel Banales

Vanessa Valdes Villareal Bananles

Evely Markgraf

Claire Phan

Isabella O'Steen

Sarah Cook

Helen Stowell

The Ninja Chicks Independent Team

Emma Wardinsky

Karishma Parghi

Elizabeth Decker

Ruby Brighton

Ellie Jackson


Thank you for your preparation and representing Collins at the Saturday, March 5th event.

Round 1

Challenge Team

Victor Bastidas

Alberto Emmons

Shelby Ogero

Kanye Thomas

Design Team

Laura Rinehart

Ruby Brighten

Brynlee Waples

Millie Binford

Round 2

Challenge Team

Belle Baker

Carly Butler

Mairah Kauser

Bristol Hinojosa

Design Team

Isabel Izaguirre

Ethan Ronnander

Karsyn Shook

Vasco Arrendondo

Round 3

Challenge Team

Gabriel Torres

Lindy Gan

Charlie Robertson

Joseph Bonti-Mankah

Design Team

Lucas Obregon

Caden Salinas

Sebastian Popovici

Evan King

Early Childhood Resource Fair

Conroe ISD will be holding a district-wide Early Childhood Resource Fair on Saturday, April 2, at Wilkinson Elementary. Parents of incoming PreK and K students can register them for the 2022-2023 school year at this event. View the attached flyer for more details.
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Have you heard?

Niche has rated Conroe ISD as the best school district in Montgomery County! Niche helps families find and enroll in the right school by providing in-depth profiles on every school in America. Help more families know how great Conroe ISD is by writing a review for the District (Links to an external site.) and your child’s school.
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PTO Membership and School Spirit Shirts

Go to and join the PTO today! By joining the PTO you will gain access to our secure online directory as well as be “in the know with PTO.” Have you purchased your spirit wear yet? Order today so your child can show their Cobra Pride!

In addition to our 2021-2022 spiritwear shirts (shown above), we now have “vintage” spirit wear available to purchase on the webstore! You don’t want to miss out on some great deals!

Yearbook Reminders


Capture the Memories - 2022 Collins Intermediate Yearbooks

***Purchase a Yearbook for your child for $45 at Deadline is April 29.

***Submit school related photos to *Please note photos are subject to approval and not guaranteed to be published.

Calling all PTO Volunteers!

Calling all Volunteers! Fill out the google form using the link below to let the PTO know your availability and areas of interest.

Help Support our Cavalier Band!

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All Things Knox - February Update

Drill Team Tryout Packet added 2-25-22

Incoming 7th Grade Knox Knights Important Dates

Friday, March 11, 2022

Course verification available via PAC/SAC

March 23, 2022

Knox Gingham Girl Parent Meeting

March 28 -31, 2022

Knox Gingham Girl Tryout Clinic

April 1, 2022

Gingham Girls Mock Tryouts

April 2, 2022

Knox Gingham Girl Tryouts

April 12, 2022

Knox Color Guard Parent Meeting

April 25 - 28, 2022

Knox Color Guard Tryout Clinic

April 28, 2022

Knox Color Guard Tryouts

TBA Knox Gingham Girl Parent Meeting (for those that made the team)

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Deadline for all Knox course requests changes

Please note that all dates and times are tentative or subject to change. Please have your student collect any information about events from his/her intermediate campus when they are available. We will advertise and announce all events at the intermediate schools as well as in other Knox correspondence. The dates advertised and announced will be followed unless special circumstances occur.

Collins 2021 Federal Report Card

The Collins 2021 Federal Report Card has been posted on our school's profile page. The Federal Report Card can be accessed using the following steps:

From the school’s website:

  • Go to "Our School/Campus"
  • Click “View School Profile"
  • Select “Accountability Reports”
  • Click “2020-2021"
  • Select "Federal Report Card "

Collins 2020-2021 Academic Performance Report

Collins 2020-2021 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) has been posted on our school's profile page.

From the school’s website:

  • Go to "Our School/Campus"
  • Click “View School Profile"
  • Select “Accountability Reports”
  • Click “2020-2021”
  • Select "Texas Academic Performance Report "

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Prior Newsletters 2021-2022

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.

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.

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