Tiger Tracks

Parent Newsletter - Issue #285 - August 16, 2020

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Dear Tiger Family,


Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! Our teachers learned a lot over the last two weeks to prepare for the launch of online learning. While it may not be perfect, tomorrow will be the start of #TigerPRIDE365. We ask for your patience and flexibility as we navigate Microsoft Teams for syncronous instruction.


Please read the newsletter thoroughly as it has a lot of important information to suport you and your students.



We are One, We are Family, We are Tigers!

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This Week at a Glance

Monday, August 17
  • First Day of the School Year
  • 1st Period begins at 9:00 AM with Syncronous Instruction
  • See the 7 period Schedule below


Tuesday, August 18

  • 1st Period begins at 9:00 AM with Syncronous Instruction
  • See the 7 period Schedule below


Wednesday, August 19

  • College Wear Wednesday
  • 1st Period begins at 9:00 AM with Syncronous Instruction
  • See the 7 period Schedule below


Thursday, August 20

  • 1st Period begins at 9:00 AM with Syncronous Instruction
  • See the Thursday Block Schedule Below for Periods 1-4


Friday, August 21

  • On Fridays We Wear Red
  • 1st Period begins at 9:00 AM with Syncronous Instruction
  • See the Friday Block Schedule Below for Periods 5-8
Back to School Video for Students and Parents - 1st Day of School is August 17, 2020
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Expectations for Students

Students should arrive to their virtual classes on time and “dressed” for school (meaning, please do not attend classes in sleep attire, bathing suits, or shorts only). Please help us by encouraging your child to wear clothing that is school appropriate. Take a few minutes during the first week of school to review the FBISD Code of Conduct with your child here https://www.fortbendisd.com/studentcodeofconduct

Schedule for August 17th, 18th, 19th

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Daily Student Schedule Begins 8/20

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Travis HS First Day Help Desk

Topic: Travis HS First Day Help Desk Meeting

Time: Aug 17, 2020 08:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81266566042?pwd=Uk9MU0R4VWNmUG1xSVRuY0VubjJEUT09

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Parent FAQs from Online Training Courses

Click here for more answers to online learning tools and how parents can support students with Teams and Schoology.

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For now, if your student is experiencing issues with their student password, please visit www.fortbendisd.com/studentpassword for instructions. This video is a helpful tool to prepare you and your child for online learning in Teams, Schoology, and Skyward. A Technology Resources page is also available for more information.

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Child Nutrition - Free & Reduced Meal Application and Grab and Go Meals

FBISD encourages all families to complete the Free & Reduced Meals application, at SchoolCafe, and families who qualified in the 2019-20 school year will need to reapply.

Grab and Go Meals will be available at 10 locations this school year, beginning August 17, for only FBISD students at one of the following status categories - “Paid,” “Reduced,” or “Free.” Students and parents will need to use their student ID number or badge at the locations to purchase meals.


Please note the closest location to your campus in your campus newsletter, found below, and make note of meal prices.

· Dulles High School

· Elkins High School

· Hightower High School

· Hodges Bend Middle School

· Kempner High School

· McAuliffe Middle School

· Missouri City Middle School

· Ridge Point High School

· Travis High School

· Willowridge High School


Links: Free & Reduced Meals application - https://www.schoolcafe.com/fbisd; Grab and Go Meals - https://www.fortbendisd.com/grabandgomeals

Details for Online Learning

Please click here to view the daily student schedule during virtual learning. Important things to note:

  • Attendance will be taken during all synchronous classes and the state law for 90% attendance is in effect. Students need to plan on logging in to their classes for direct instruction every day during these times.
  • Each class will have approximately 30 minutes of asynchronous learning experiences each week. Time in the schedule is allotted for this, but students may also complete asynchronous activities during other times outside of the school day (just like traditional homework).
  • Teachers will post their tutorial times in Schoology, but students should also communicate with their teachers through the Microsoft Teams app about specific help as the need arises.
  • We are on a block schedule of sorts, but students will see all seven teachers on Wednesdays for class check in’s.
  • Students will no longer have to log in to multiple sites- 1Link is now a single sign in solution. Click here to learn more.

Lending Library Distribution for THS

Travis High School will continue Lending Library Device Distribution from today (Monday, August 17th) through Friday, August 28th from 3:00pm until 5:00pm at the back entrance to the school. You must have completed both the "Lending Library Parent Agreement" and the "Lending Library Technology Use" forms in Skyward prior to checking out a device.



If you have checked out a device and are experiencing log-in difficulties, we recommend that you bring the device to Travis and attempt to log onto it while on the district network. There is no need to get out of your car. Simply follow these quick steps:

  • Shut the device down completely.
  • Drive to any FBISD campus - does not have to be Travis, but we recommend driving to the bus ramp if you come to Travis.
  • Press the power button and wait for the device to start up.
  • Log onto the device and let it complete the boot-up process.

If you continue to experience difficulties, we can attempt to assist you during distribution hours from 3:00pm-5:00pm. Please be aware that the personnel at device distribution from 3:00pm-5:00pm are NOT with the district IT Department. We will do our best to assist you, but if we cannot correct the problem, we may have to refer you to FBISD IT for further assistan

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At Home Learning Kits

For students who were contacted by your teachers...

At- Home Learning kit pick up:

Thursday 8-10 am, 5-7 pm

Front Circle Drive

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Join Band to receive updates to your smart phone!

Freshman click here to join

Sophomores click here to join

Juniors click here to join

Seniors click here to join

THS Counseling Suite

Follow them on Twitter @TheTigerSuite

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Counselor and Administrator Splits

Counselors

Dwelvin Oliphant, Lead Counselor

Ladale Webster-Lamb (A-Ch)

Monet Newsome (Ci-Go)

Jeanne Andrews (Gr-La)

Cheryl Clark (Le-Ok)

Brenell Young (Ol-Sh)

Tanya Johnson (Si-Z)


Principals

Sarah Laberge, Principal

Adrienne Garcia, Associate Principal

Damien Bassett, Assistant Principal (A-C)

Lisa Long, Assistant Principal (D-I)

Derryk Pope, Assistant Principal (J-M)

Tara Baker, Assistant Principal (N-R)

Erik Smith, Assistant Principal (S-Z)

To request that an announcement be added to this newsletter send information by Friday at 3:00 PM to

Ms. Garcia

Associate Principal

adrienne.garcia@fortbendisd.com