Stevenson Family Newsletter

February 2022

Happy Early Valentine's Day, Stevenson Families!

This February, Team Stevenson wants you to know how much we love working with you, our students, and the community. Here in HISD you have many choices for where to send your student. We are so happy you have entrusted your child's education and development with us. Here at Stevenson we continue to be a top performer among HISD middle schools and are continuing to grow and get better every day. Thank you for being our partner and a part of the Stevenson Dragon Community!


Christyn McCloskey, Principal

Upcoming Events

Monthly "Do Right Rally" - Friday February 4th

To celebrate all of the students who have been doing the right thing here at Stevenson (no in-school or out-of-school suspensions for the month of January), we are holding our second monthly "Do Right Rally". Participating students will have the option of participating in the following activities during their elective period:

  • Big Gym: Students will play sports (like basketball)
  • Cafeteria: Students will listen to music and play non-electronic games
  • Auditorium: students will watch Encanto!
  • Library: students can relax and read in a peaceful environment

If a student was not able to participate this month due to an in-school or out of school suspension - that's OK! Students will have another opportunity next month to attend the "Do Right Rally" if they do not receive any in-school or out-of-school suspensions.

Keep encouraging your student to do the right thing here at Stevenson!

February Coffee with the Principal

Friday, February 4 @ 9:00 AM

Due updated HISD COVID guidance, all meetings are returning to virtual.

Links to all meetings can be found here:

Technology & English Classes for Stevenson Parents!

If you are interested in sharpening your technology skills or working on your English fluency, sign up for classes at Stevenson! The classes will run concurrently with Saturday tutorials, so both you and your student can come learn on Saturday mornings. Use the link/QR code below to sign up. Hope to see you there!
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Houston Food Bank School Market

The School Market is back! Stevenson will host the Houston Food Bank for all Stevenson Families on the following dates:
  • February 8th - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • February 23rd - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

The event will be held in the Bus Turnaround in the back of the school. Be sure to bring your ID and some shopping bags to carry all the food!

No School February 21st

February 21st is a Teacher Service Day - students will not report to school.

Progress Reports

Progress Reports for Cycle 4 will be sent home on Friday, February 11th. Students will receive a hard copy to bring home, a paper progress report will be mailed home, and you can always check your student's grades on PowerSchool:

Guidance from Nurse Belmonte:

Thankfully, the Omicron variant seems to be receding throughout the Houston area and our community. I am hoping to see our attendance rates stabilize and see our students consistently in class learning every day.

However, we need to remain vigilant about keeping ourselves and each other healthy and safe. If your student is experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, please keep them home:

  • Fever
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Congestion/runny nose
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle aches

For more information, please visit visit the HISD Health Alerts site or call the school.

If you would like your student to be tested for COVID, Stevenson is providing free PCR testing every Friday! To sign your student up for testing, please use this link.

8th Grade Lunch Update

Beginning this week, the second 8th grade lunch (1:45 - 2:15 PM) will be combined with the first lunch (1:10 - 1:40 PM). The purpose of this change is to comply with the state time frame for student lunches. Students have been notified of this change.


After-School Tutorials are in-person from 4:10 - 5:10 PM Monday through Thursday. See schedule below:
  • Monday: Math
  • Tuesday: ELAR
  • Wednesday: Math & Science
  • Thursday: ELAR & SS
Saturday Tutorials are in-person from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM each Saturday! Student receive breakfast and lunch - as well as a "ticket" to get a treat from the Treat Trolley on Fridays!

Prior Updates:

Magnet Updates and Timeline:

The application timeline for School Choice programs is split into three phases. Depending on the phase, different rules apply as to how applications are processed.

Phase 1 (September 10, 2021 - November 18, 2021)
Although anyone may apply during this phase, applications are treated differently for different groups.

  • Any applications for students who live outside the HISD boundaries will not be considered until Phase 3, even if the application was submitted during Phase 1.
  • All applications for students who live inside the HISD boundaries or for the children of active HISD employees who live outside the boundaries will be considered.
  • Any eligible student who meets the qualifications for the program to which they are applying will be entered in a lottery if there are more applicants than available seats. The date of the application does not influence their chances as long as it is within the window.

Phase 2
(November 19, 2021 - March 10, 2022) Deadline for current HISD students to apply for transfers
Although anyone may apply during this phase, applications are treated differently for different groups.

  • Any applications for students who live outside the HISD boundaries will not be considered until Phase 3, even if the application was submitted during Phase 2.
  • All applications for students who live inside the HISD boundaries or for the children of active HISD employees who live outside the boundaries will be considered.
  • After all applications in Phase 1 have been processed, eligible students who meet the qualifications for the program to which they are applying, will be considered in the order in which their application was submitted (online or on paper).

Phase 3
(March 11, 2022 - Onwards) Like Phase 2, but during this time only in-district applicants new to HISD and out-of-district applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, if space is available.

Parents: We Need Your Help with Social Media!

As you may be aware, a number of spam Instagram accounts have been created in recent weeks. Some are harmless, while others are used to bully and harass students and staff members.

Please help us monitor the situation by monitoring your student's Instagram activity. Most of these accounts ask others to submit photos/posts by direct messaging the owner of the account. You can also check your own student's accounts to ensure they do not have one of these hurtful spam accounts (see images/directions below).

We appreciate your support in keeping our school and the social media space safe for all of our school community!

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Report Cards and Progress Reports

Stevenson will begin mailing Progress Reports and Report Cards home to ensure that all parents are receiving notification of their student's progress. We will continue to print and send a physical copy home with students as well. Progress Reports will be sent home tomorrow, December 17th.

Don't forget you can also check your student's grades online any time! Here is the link:

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Attendance - It's Important!

Attendance has BIG implications for Stevenson MS:

  1. Accountability – we want all 7 distinctions AND to be an A! Without high attendance, we won't make our goal earning all 7 distinctions from TEA.
  2. Funding - The amount of funding allotted to educate our children is dependent on our attendance rate each year. Help us get the most amount of resources for your students by attending school every day!
  3. Promotion Standards - students must have no more than 10% of unexcused absences to be promoted to the next grade level.
  4. Most Importantly – student learning! Students can't learn and grow if they aren't in the classroom learning from their teachers and peers.

After School Activities

UIL Sports

UIL Sports are back!

  • Football - fall
  • Volleyball - fall
  • Cross-Country - fall
  • Cheerleading - year-round
  • Basketball - in-season
  • Soccer - spring
  • Baseball/Softball - spring
  • Track - spring


After-school clubs have started! Here is a list of clubs we have so far:

  • Art Club
  • Anime Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Name That Book Club
  • NJHS
  • Band
  • Karate
  • UIL Academics Club
  • Sparklers Dance Team

COVID Protocol

If your student is a close contact to a CONFIRMED POSITIVE case of COVID-19:

  • If the student is vaccinated, they will not need to quarantine and can stay in class. Please monitor student for symptoms over the following week.
  • If the student is not vaccinated, the student will be removed from class and will wait for a parent or guardian to pick them up.
  • Student will be enrolled in Temporary Online Learning. Student will receive a confirmation email with their schedule and instructions to log in.
  • Specific quarantine instructions will be communicated to parents. Information will include the length of quarantine, earliest date student can test for COVID, and earliest date of return to school.
  • UPDATE: Students who are close contacts to presumed positive individuals will no longer need to quarantine.
  • UPDATE: All students who are in class with a confirmed positive individual will be notified - however, the name of the confirmed positive individual will not be released. Please remember that your student only needs to quarantine if they are a close contact to a confirmed positive individual - the school will notify you if this is the case.

COVID Vocabulary:

  • Presumed Positive: individual is displaying one or more COVID symptoms, but has not tested positive
  • Confirmed Positive: individual has tested positive for COVID
  • Close Contact: student was within 6 feet of presumed or confirmed positive individual for 15 minutes or longer within a 24 hour period.

Helpful Links

School Information

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Dress Code

HISD is reinstating the flexible uniform policy. Students will not receive disciplinary consequences for not wearing the Stevenson uniform. However, Stevenson is continuing to highly encourage students to wear their uniforms and will provide a uniform for all students who are unable to obtain a school uniform.

Students are required to adhere to the Stevenson dress code. Please refer to our school dress code policy on page 20 - 21 in the Student & Parent Handbook.

Stevenson Grading Policy

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Meet the Stevenson Administrative Team!