Creek Speak 08.29.21

Community Newsletter for MCHS

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This Week at The Creek

Monday, August 30

Have a GREAT week! Don't forget to complete Power School Annual Student Enrollment Update if you haven't already done so!

Padres Hispanos en accion - 9th grade commons - 6:00 PM


Tuesday, August 31

Volleyball: @Sealy High School 4:30 PM

Tennis: @Cinco 2:30 PM

NJROTC Booster Club - Rm 1406 - 5:30 PM


Wednesday, September 1

College Wear Wednesday

Football: FR @Cy Lakes, JV @Ram Stadium - 4:30PM


Thursday, September 2

Theme Day Thursday - Old School Rap Day!

Good Luck to our Volleyball Team in the Cleark Creek ISD Tournament!

Tennis: JV v Cinco at Home 2:30 PM

Football: @ Cy Lakes FCU Stadium 6:00 PM

NJROTC Parent Night - Rm 1406 - 6:00 PM


Friday, September 3

It's FRIDAY....We wear GREEN!!! Show your Ram PRIDE!

Volleyball: v Northshore 4:30, 5:30 PM

Our Town Pep Rally was a Big SUCCESS! Thanks to ALL that participated!

Theme Day Fun on Disney Day!

On Fridays, WE WEAR GREEN!!!

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Interested in Student Council?

Interested in helping your school and community? Student Council is holding an interest meeting on August 31st in the flex space by the main stairs at the end of the 2100 hall! Come and see how you can help and improve our school!
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Attention Student Drivers and Parent Drop Off!

We are experiencing a much higher volume of cars dropping off students or parking on campus than previous years. As you are aware, this has led to a significant amount of traffic during morning drop off. We will continue to monitor and adjust the flow of traffic as much as we are able to, however parents and students that are driving to campus should also plan to adjust the time they leave home to ensure you have plenty of time and your student is able to be in first period by 7:15 AM.

NEW: Student and Staff COVID Testing

Katy ISD COVID-19 Testing Center will be relocated to the Agricultural Sciences Center effective Monday, August 30. Testing is free to any school age student. Parental/Guardian permission is required for all students below the age of 18 prior to testing as well as a reservation to reserve a time slot.


Operation:
Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: 5801 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, Katy, TX 77493


Eligibility: Katy ISD students must present a valid student identification.


Reservations: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E4AA5A82AA1FB6-week17

Permissions Slips Available On-Site

If you have additional questions, please email COVID19Responses@katyisd.org related to this program.

NEW Senior Pictures

Senior Photos must be taken at Prestige Portrait Studio. They will be on campus on 9/8 and 9/9 or you may contact them to set up an appointment to take them in studio.


Students that have their photos taken before September 1 will receive a free graduation yard sign with photo on it.

Student Parking 2021-2022

We are still in the process of handing out student parking stickers. Do not worry if you have not received your parking sticker yet. Students will be able to park on campus until all parking stickers are given out without any violations. Students should continue to park in the front of the main building in the back section by thee road. Until you receive your parking sticker, do not park anywhere else on campus.


Click here to review student parking permit directions. When your sticker is ready to pickup the Junior Office will contact you.


Students are required to pay $40 for a student parking permit if they plan on parking on campus. Student parking registration is now open.

NEW: Updated GPA & Rank Calculations available in HAC

Updated GPA (10th - 12th grades) and updated rank (12th grade) will be available in HAC on August 31, 2021 at 8 AM. This information is viewable in Home Access Center (HAC) and clicking on the Grades icon and Transcript Tab. You can access HAC by logging into MyKaty Cloud and clicking on the Home Access Center tile.



Please note, rank is unofficial in HAC and only the official quartile prints on the certified Transcripts, unless rank is # 1-#10 and that will be noted numerically for rank.

Updated and official transcripts can be ordered via Scribbles on September 7, 2021.

NEW: FREE MEALS, THE SOCIOECONOMIC INCOME FORM and FREE & REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION

In preparation for the new school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on April 20 that all schools will be allowed to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of eligibility, through June 30, 2022. While meals are free to everyone, it is important to still fill out a Free and Reduced Meal Application, as you may qualify for other benefits and discounts. Additional benefits may include:


Free
Pre-K programs
Use of musical instruments for band and orchestra
Career and Technical Education certification exams
Summer Meals


Discounted
Summer school tuition
Advanced Placement exams
SAT and ACT test fees
College application fees
Career and Technical Education fees


Free and Reduced Meal Benefit Applications are available online at SchoolCafe.com. To deposit funds online for a la carte purchases, please visit Pay N’ Go.

In addition, to ensure Katy ISD qualifies for eligible funding from the state during the extended free meal period through June 2022, Katy ISD is asking all parents to complete the Socioeconomic Income Form two-part questionnaire in the Annual Student Update. Submitting the questionnaire information will support Katy ISD in qualifying for additional state dollars to support our students’ continued academic and personal success during the upcoming school year.

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GPA Exempt Application Information

The 2021-22 GPA Exempt Application is now online. Students can access the application from My Katy Cloud. Simply search “GPA Exempt” and the tile will appear. Complete the application and submit. The deadline to submit is September 23, the end of the first 6 weeks. If all criteria are met, it will be approved and a course change will be made to reflect enrollment in a GPA Exempt course. Once the student makes the decision to take a course as GPA-exempt, the decision is final and cannot be changed. Students enrolled in full-year courses do not need to reapply during the second semester. Students, including move-in students, who miss the deadline for application for the first semester, may apply for exemption for the second semester if they meet the criteria.

Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC)

NJROTC is a Leadership and Character development program that works to instill in students the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. We emphasizes citizenship and leadership development as well as our maritime heritage, the significance of sea power, and naval topics such as the fundamentals of naval operations, seamanship, navigation and meteorology. Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by extra-curricular activities of community service, academic, athletic, drill and orienteering competitions, field meets, flights, visits to naval or other activities, marksmanship sports training, and physical fitness training. While we use the military and Navy format, the NJROTC program is not associated with military recruiting or recruiters. Only 5% of graduating seniors who participate in our program usually continue to enlist in the military or pursue military scholarships in college or the service academies. Most go on to success in college, vocational schools, or the workforce.

Other benefits include:

  • Successful participation meets the Texas State Physical Education (PE) requirement
  • Extra-curricular activities such as Drill Teams, Color Guard, Academic Team, Physical Training (PT) Team, Marksmanship Team, Orienteering Team, CyberPatriot Team, and Teen CERT.
  • Opportunities for community and school service
  • Promotes Patriotism, high school completion, higher education, community service, information on the military services as a possible career, and incentives to live healthy and drug free
  • Develops informed and responsible citizens, respect for constructed authority, leadership potential, and a high degree of personal honor, self-reliance, individual discipline and leadership, and teamwork
  • Completion of 3 years in NJROTC leads to advanced promotion to the pay grade of E-3 in the Navy or Air Force upon initial enlistment and E-2 in the Army or Marine Corps
  • Completion of 2 years in NJROTC leads to advanced promotion to the pay grade of E-2 in the Navy upon initial enlistment

If a student’s goal is to develop their skills of leadership, self-discipline, attention-to-detail, and physical fitness; NJROTC may be the program for them. They should contact their counselor and ask to enroll in NJROTC.

https://youtu.be/-SW4q8adQns

https://staff.katyisd.org/sites/MCHScounselors/Documents/Overview%20of%20NJROTC.pdf

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Updates to the Discipline Management Plan

Updates for 2021-2022
The Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the 2021-2022 Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct on Monday, July 26. A summary of the changes can be found here. Two significant changes include:


  • Students who engage in a second offense related to vaping or paraphernalia (selling, giving, delivering, possessing, using, or being under the influence) regardless of the substance, will be recommended to the District’s Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP), the Opportunity Awareness Center (OAC).
  • Students who are in possession of synthetic or look-alike drugs will also be recommended to the DAEP.


Parents and students should review the Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct each year to be aware of behavior expectations and potential consequences.


Katy ISD appreciates partnering with parents to ensure all students can attend alcohol, drug, and vape-free campuses. Student safety and academic success is our number one priority!

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Graduation Requirements for FHSPE

Graduation requirements for the Foundation High School Program + Endorsement (FHSPE) include four math credits, which must include Algebra I and Geometry credits, and two additional math credits. Algebra II is not specified as a graduation requirement; however, students who do not earn Algebra II credit are not eligible for:

  • Earning the Distinguished Level of Achievement (DLA), which requires completion of an endorsement with Algebra II among the four math credits,
  • Recognition as an honors or high honors graduate,
  • Automatic admission to a state public college or university, and
  • Certain financial aid opportunities, including the TEXAS grant or the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant.

For additional information on graduation requirements, please contact your student’s school counselor.

Join Our Class Reminds to Stay Informed!

Looking Ahead

September 7 - Nominations open for Homecoming Court


September 8 - Open House


Setember 8-9 - Senior Pictures- Prestige will be on campus


September 15 - School Picture Day


September 23 - End of 1st Six Weeks Grading Period


September 24 - Student Holiday/ Homecoming Football Game


September 25 - Homecoming Dance


October 13 - Senior Panoramic Picture

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Helpful Links

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Please remember this document must be completed every year!

Need something advertised in Creek Speak? Email elizabethherring@katyisd.org

Mayde Creek High School

Mission Statement

It is our mission at Mayde Creek High School to inspire ALL students to develop their maximum potential, to build healthy relationships, and to facilitate a smooth transition into a competitive global society— Mayde to Believe, Lead, and Achieve.