Park Crest Panther Paper
Week of January 18, 2021
Table of Contents
2. Remote Students MAP Testing - Sign Up Needed
3. Broken or Missing Chargers for ChromeBooks or IPads
4. Federal/State Report Card Information
5. Attendance Matters - Changes in GISD
6. Spring Intersession Information
7. Calendar - new dates posted.
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Parent Survey - Please Fill Out
Each year the schools ask parents to provide feedback about our school and opportunities for families to support education. This feedback helps us identify our strengths and areas for improvement. Please respond to each statement on this survey by placing one check mark under the category that best describes how you feel about opportunities for family engagement at Park Crest.
English Link - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FamilyEngagement_2021
Spanish Link - https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/FamilyEngagementSpan_2021
Vietnamese Link - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FamilyEngagementViet_2021
Remote Student MAP Testing - Sign Up Needed - Kindergarten thru 5th Grade
We have decided as a District not to allow remote testing during the middle of year MAP testing window due to inconsistencies with data and network capability. Please know we have taken lots of measures to ensure the safety of your students coming to school test.
Remote students coming in to test will not be in contact with any of our F2F students. The remote students will only be in contact with 1 or 2 teachers/staff members. All students will be screened, temperature taken, and required to wear a mask. Every computer station, headset, mouse, chair, etc. will be sanitized prior to testing and after each student completes testing. In addition, each computer lab only accommodates 9 students with each student adequately spaced amongst one another.
The MAP test help identify academic strengths and weaknesses, and MAP tests help inform our instruction in order to meet the needs of each student. While the data we receive from the MAP tests is invaluable to student’s academic plan, we want to make it clear that MAP testing is not mandatory.
If student participated in the MAP Growth assessment in August/September, you received a report detailing his/her scores in math and reading and/or science. With this winter assessment, you will receive a report detailing both fall (beginning of year) and winter (middle of year) scores. You will be able to determine the academic growth of your child from September to January/February. This academic growth information will support ongoing communication between schools and homes thereby positively influencing your child.
I hope this eases some fears and provides you with information as to why the MAP test is important for student’s teachers and his ongoing success.
Please let me know if I can answer any further questions. Please use the following link to sign up for a time to bring your remote student in to test.
Broken or Missing Chargers for ChromeBooks or IPads
Unfortunately we no longer have available chargers to replace broken or lost ones. Parents will have to buy a replacement charger through Amazon. Below are the links needed to purchase based on the model of Chromebook your child has.
Also, linked an iPad charger, as we are getting ready to distribute iPads for PK-2nd. If you're unsure, call the school and we can help you figure out which one you need.
Charger for Lenovo 300e Chromebook- 45W USB C Charger
(this is the one for touch screens and all 3rd-5th grade CA CB's)
Charger for HP Chromebook- HP Charger
(this is the round one with the blue outline)
Charger for Lenovo NON-TOUCH- 45W Charger
(N23, older model)
Federal/State Report Card Information
This is a report required by the Texas Legislature and prepared by the Texas Education Agency. It is to be sent to the parent or guardian of every child enrolled in a Texas public school. The report provides information concerning student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®), as well as information on student enrollment, class size averages, and financial expenditures. Due to COVID-19, STAAR® assessments were cancelled for the 2019–20 school year. Therefore, several data points have not been updated, including STAAR® and academic growth data.
The information contained in the School Report Card is required by state law and is briefly described in the “2019-2020 School Report Card Definitions.” The report for our school may or may not have all the information described because the information presented depends on whether the school is an elementary, middle, or high school.
State law requires that the school report card display information about the state, the district, and the school. Where possible, the information must be reported by race/ethnicity and socio-economic status of the students and must include at least two years of results.
The School Report Cards can be found online at
A more complete report about your child’s school, the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR), is available by contacting my office or can be accessed online at
Spring Intersession - March 8-12
Spring Intersession and Spring Break are right around the corner! The March 8-12 Intersession is geared to provide academic intervention for students who are in need of remediation. Class offerings for Spring Intersession will be:
- Closing the Gaps in Reading
- Closing the Gaps in Math
Spring Break for all students is March 15-19. Families will be notified by their child's teacher if your child is in need of remediation. Students who do not require remediation may enjoy a 2 week break.
Please contact the school or email Andrea Kleckner at email@example.com if you have any questions.
18 - MLK Day/Student and Staff Holiday
3 - Early Release Day @ 1:25
8-12 - Middle of Year MAP testing for Remote Students
8 - Kinder Cap and Gown pictures
11 - Virtual Art Night (more details soon)
5 - Quarter 3 Ends
5 - Spring Pictures (free dress)
8-12 - Intersession Week - By Invitation Only
15-19 - Spring Break
Students have the opportunity to check out library books even while learning at home. Read more in Mrs. Nethaway's newsletter!