Bennett Bear Business Newsletter
Week of March 22, 2021
McKinney ISD Annual Bright Bytes Parent Survey - Please Help
Link to In-Person Parent Survey
Link to Virtual Parent Survey
Bennett Enrollment Survey - What's Your Plan for the 2021-2022 School Year?
Dear Amazing Bennett Families,
Our Bennett staff is eagerly working to plan for the 2021-2022 school year, and we need your help. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey below. Your time, help, and information will assist us in planning for a successful year for our BEARS.
We need to hear from each Bennett family in order to plan for our campus, as well as follow up with you over the coming months if your plans are uncertain. Please complete the survey link by Saturday, May 1, 2021. If you have multiple students, be sure to list them all on this survey. You will only need to send in one survey per family.
In July, the guardian listed as the primary contact on your student's record will receive an email from email@example.com. This email will contain a unique code and instructions on how to register your student for the upcoming school year.
If you have any questions, please contact our Bennett registrar, Susan Jakobsen, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 469-302-5489.
Proud to be a BEAR,
March Friday Live - Virtual Style - March 26th - 2:15PM
McKinney ISD Bad Weather Days - Update
McKinney ISD will seek waivers from the Texas Education Agency for instructional days impacted by the recent winter storm. It is anticipated that these waivers will be granted. At this time, McKinney ISD is expected to only have to make up one Bad Weather Day. The district will follow the tradition of utilizing the second Bad Weather Day first on April 26. The first Bad Weather Day, April 2, is Good Friday and will continue to be a staff and student holiday assuming we do not have any additional days canceled as a result of inclement weather.
April 2 – Staff and Student Holiday (unless we experience additional bad weather and cancel school)
April 26 – Bad Weather Make-Up Day (regular school day)
We will continue to provide updates throughout this spring on events impacted by COVID and the recent inclement weather. We appreciate your ongoing support.
Important Changes to MISD STAAR Testing
The state of Texas will transition to fully online state assessments by the 2022-23 school year, and McKinney ISD is preparing staff, students and families for this change in two phases.
Phase 1 will take place during the current 2020–2021 school year. Students will take their Math and Science assessments online in the spring of 2021—with the exception of 5th grade Math. (See links below.)
Click here to view the 2020-21 Phase 1 plan for 3rd – 5th Grade.
Click here to view the 2020-21 Phase 1 plan for 6th – 8th Grade.
Click here to view the 2020-21 Phase 1 plan for 9th – 11th Grade.
Phase 2 will take place during the 2021–2022 school year. In Phase 2, students will take Math, Science, Reading Language Arts and Social Studies tests online.
The district will work closely with our MISD campuses to ensure that staff and students are confident with the online testing platform and tools before the Phase 1 online tests this spring (2021). Online learning that has taken place over the past year has provided our students and teachers with experience that will support this transition to online assessment. Please note that students who receive testing accommodations will receive those accommodations in both paper and online formats.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires that state assessments be given in a secure environment, and they cannot be administered remotely. Therefore, all students are encouraged to report to campus on their assigned testing date to take their state assessment(s).
MISD campuses will continue to follow local health guidelines and procedures for social distancing to the extent possible during testing.
Your child’s campus will share more information with you as we approach the testing dates, but if you would like to explore more details about the state assessment changes, please refer to these resources: https://tinyurl.com/MISDtests. If you have questions, please contact your campus principal.
Trash Off - Sponsored by Boyd Environmental Club
March Parent Lunch Visitor Sign Up
March Breakfast Menu
March Lunch Menu
FREE Breakfast & Lunch for All MISD Students for 2020-2021 School Year
Notes from Christie Thompson, Bennett Counselor
Information from Nurse Tiffany
Our Bennett PTO Wants YOU
Join Our Bennett PTO Board for 2021-2022 - Nomination Forms Due Tuesday, March 30th
PTO Sponsored Parent Education Night Presentation
PTO Sponsored Yearbooks - Order Yours Today
PTO Sponsored Virtual Variety Show
Specials Team - March Newsletter
Upcoming Events for our BEARS
March Events for Our BEARS
Sunday, March 21st:
Down Syndrome Awareness Day
Friday, March 26th:
Friday Live - 2:15PM - Virtually
Saturday, March 27th:
3rd Grade Alpha Testing at Webb Elementary
Monday, March 29th:
Creed Lunch - 10:30AM
Tuesday, March 30th:
PTO Board Nomination Forms Due for 2021-2022
3 - Mrs. Reinhard - Kindergarten Teacher
4 - Kaden, Hannah, Mrs. Danstrom - 5th Grade Teacher
5 - Mrs. Higgins - 5th Grade Teacher
7 - Hannah, Tyler, Mrs. Tidwell - STC Teacher
9 - Phoebe, Luke, Drew
10 - Evelyn, Kate, Cade
11 - Jasiah, Brett
12 - Brady, Grayson
13 - Joelle
16 - Avery, Sophie
17 - Masen, Zachariah
20 - William
21 - Sofia, Jacob, Coach Cusack - PE Teacher
22 - Jeremih
24 - Katelyn
25 - Cooper, Milana, Miles
28 - Brent, Carli
30 - June
31 - Isaiah, JJ
McKinney ISD 2021 Upcoming Elections
Dear Amazing Bennett Parents,
McKinney ISD is holding an important election this spring that contains four ballot items that will impact every student in the district. The link below provides complete information and FAQs about each of the election items. We encourage you to learn about each item and to cast your vote!