Kangaroo Connection

Weekly updates for our NCES families

May 3, 2021

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Please make sure that you have reviewed our campus plan for supporting STAAR testing on May 11th, 12th and 13th. This will impact all students at Collins.

We have also worked to create a plan for our Kindergarten graduation and 5th grade End-Of-Year ceremonies! Please see our invites for these ceremonies that we will stream live for parents in this newsletter.

If you have any questions, please contact your student's teacher or the front office.

Ashley Fredo



5/3-5/7: Teacher Appreciation Week

5/6: School Nurse Appreciation Day

5/11-5/13: STAAR Testing & At-Home Learning-SEE INFORMATION BELOW

5/24: 5th Grade End of Year Ceremony

5/25: Kindergarten Graduation

5/26: Last Day of School (Early Release)! End of Year Parade for all Collins Families @ 6PM

STAAR Testing in May at Collins

Over the next few weeks our school will be conducting statewide assessment tests. The Texas Education Agency requires that these assessments be offered in person only. In order to limit the number of students on campus during testing, only students participating in testing will attend school on campus during these days. All other students will learn remotely. This method of learning is permitted under an approved TEA waiver.

Please use the schedule below to determine which days your child should attend school on campus. For remote days, your child’s teacher will provide instructions for remote learning.

May 11th On campus: Students taking the STAAR test in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th

May 11th Remote learning: Students in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd

May 12th On campus: Students taking the STAAR test in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th

May 12th Remote learning: Students in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd

May 13th On campus: Students taking the STAAR test in 5th grade

May 13th Remote learning: Students in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th

May 14th All students return to normal schedule for on campus and remote learning.

If you have any questions about this schedule, please contact your child’s teacher or the office at 512-386-3900.

Thank you for working with us to ensure our campus safely conducts this year’s in-person statewide assessments.

Help Us Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week!

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We are excited to announce we will be launching Smart Tag, our new GPS and student verification program for buses during the first week of May. With this program, students swipe a badge on and off the bus allowing the campus staff, transportation staff and parents (in the near future) to see, on the computer dashboard or smart phone, when and where students get on and off the bus. Please see the attached parent flyer for more information.
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Parent Input Forms

Parent Input Forms – Optional parent input forms can be emailed at your request. The deadline to turn the form into the office is Friday, May 14, 2021. This optional form provides parents a vehicle to share important information they feel the administration needs to know as we work to create balanced classrooms for next year. The current grade level staff creates class groupings based on their knowledge of our students. Administration then works to select the appropriate teacher who will best work to address the varied needs of all students in each class. Finally, the Parent Input Forms are reviewed by administration to match student learning styles, teacher teaching styles, and initial placement suggestions from the staff. We do welcome your thoughts regarding your child's learning style/needs, but we request that you NOT identify any preferred teacher, as we will not honor specific requests. If you would like to submit one for your child, please email ashley.aretakisf@dvisd.net.

NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

Students in K-5 will take the End of Year MAP (Measures of Academic Performance) Screener in their classrooms this month. MAP is a computer adaptive test that elementary students at Collins take three times a year. The results provide teachers with information to help them deliver appropriate content for each student and determine each student’s academic growth over time. Students in grades K-5 will be taking the MAP test on our campus for the next two weeks.

MAP helps schools and teachers know what your child is ready to learn at any point in time. Teachers can see the progress of individual students and of their class as a whole. The information from this test will be used to plan instruction for your child at the beginning of the 21-22 school year.

Please see more information about MAP below.


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Here are the ways that we are communicating with our families at Newton Collins. If you are not receiving emails or need help with Dojo, please contact our front office or your child's teacher. We can help!

  • Collins Parent Newsletter-Weekly, via email
  • Our campus Twitter: Account: @DVISD_NCES
  • Class Dojo / Website Updates at http://nces.dvisd.net/