Griffin Pride Report

Weekly Communication from Our Family to Yours (2nd 9 wks)

December 18, 2020

Happy Holidays!

On behalf of the entire Griffin Staff, I want to thank you for partnering with us through through ALL the events of 2020! We know that having a strong community is key to having a successful school, and you are a significant part in that!


As we cruise into our winter break, please take note of just a couple of items:



  • Exams: If your student missed an exam for any reason, whether they are virtual or in person, he/she will have the opportunity to make that up in January once we return.
  • WEBEX Teams: You should have also received information from the district, but I want to remind you that as of 5:00 PM today through 7:30 AM Thurs. Jan. 7th, student WebEx Teams access will be turned off. This provides time during the holiday break for routine maintenance and upgrades to the system. Students will be able to access WebEx Teams starting 7:30 a.m. on Thurs. Jan. 7.
  • Report Cards: Although today is the last day of the 9 weeks, grades will not be completed until teachers return in January, and report cards will be out on January 15.



Preparing for 3rd 9 weeks classes:

As we are having to do each 9 weeks to accommodate students moving back and forth between "In Person" and "Virtual" learning paths, we have had to add and/or change classes that our teachers are teaching. Additionally, because we are always trying to keep class sizes down and balanced, some students who have remained in the same pathway may have a schedule change. All of these changes will occur in January upon our return, so please make sure you have your student review their schedule in Skyward prior to the start of school on January 7. We know this is not ideal, but it is a necessary part of keeping the pathways open all year.


I will send reminders of all these things again in January. For now, I wish you peace, health, and happiness during this season. I intend to focus on those very things with my family as well! Who knows... maybe we will even see a snow flurry or two!

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December 11, 2020

Students/Staff Dress Up Days

Big picture

Looking Ahead

MONDAY (12/14)- A Day

  • 7th Grade basketball (boys @ Downing MS; girls @ GMS)


TUESDAY (12/15) - B Day

  • (Virtual students only: 4th period exam)
  • Band Holiday Concert


WEDNESDAY
(12/16) - A Day (Regular schedule day)
  • Exams 1, 5, and 7
  • Orchestra Holiday Concert

THURSDAY (12/17) - B Day (Regular schedule day)

  • Exams 2, 6, and 8

FRIDAY (12/18) - Early Release @ 1:00pm

  • Exams 4, 3 (Virtual students will take period 3 only)
  • Staggered dismissal

Important Notifications

Grades:

With just one week left in the second 9 weeks grading period, it is SO important to make sure your students are caught up with all work. We have our Academic Camp tomorrow (Saturday 12/12) and Monday (12/14) after school. Please make sure your student is emailing teachers if they are missing work or need to make up assignments.


Semester Exams
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We will take semester exams next week as we finish up our first semester. Please see the schedule for Semester Exams coming up next week in the attachment below. The schedule for virtual students is slightly different than in person, so be sure you are taking note of the correct schedule.


SEMESTER EXAM


Exams for students who are quarantined/isolated:

If your child will be in isolation/quarantine for any day of semester exams, he/she will receive instructions on taking their exams remotely from the individual teachers. If, for any reason, your child is not able to complete his/her exams this week, he/she will be provided the opportunity to take them once we return January 7, 2021.



Academic Progress:

I want to take a minute to check in with you regarding student academic progress. I know this year has been like no other with challenges we have never before faced. One constant that the Griffin staff has continued to maintain is our focus on student academic progress. Whether your students are coming to class in person, attending virtual classes, or a combination of both, we want - and expect - to see learning happening. If you are seeing that your student is still not being successful in whichever path you have chosen, please consider making a change. Students who have failed a class once, and are in danger of failing the same class for the 2nd 9 weeks, will be in danger of failing that class for the year. We cannot promote students who do not pass their classes and make progress. If you would like to visit with someone more about this, please reach out to the counselors and administrative team.


In some cases, TEA has provided direction to districts to require students to return to in person learning due to poor grades and/or attendance. If your student falls into this category, you have been sent a voice message, email, and will be receiving a letter via US MAIL. Should you disagree with this decision, you will find steps to appeal this decision in the letter/email.

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December 4, 2020

Looking Ahead

MONDAY (12/7)- B Day

  • Day 3 of Holiday Fun - Deck the Halls (Wear red, green, or dress like an ornament)
  • 7th grade basketball (boys @ GMS; girls @ LVMS)
  • Academic Camp Tutoring - 4:40-5:40


TUESDAY (12/8) - A Day

  • Day 4 of Holiday Fun - Polar Express (wear school appropriate pajamas)
  • PSAT Make up - last opportunity (See sign up below if you would like your child to participate)
  • Academic Camp Tutoring - 4:40-5:40


WEDNESDAY (12/9) - B Day

  • Day 5 of Holiday Fun - Isle of Lost Toys (Dress like your favorite Holiday character)
  • NO Academic Camp TODAY


THURSDAY (12/10) - A Day

  • Day 6 of Holiday Fun - Show your Inner Elf (Dress like an elf)
  • Academic Camp Tutoring - 4:40-5:40
  • 8th grade Basketball (girls @ GMS; boys @ LVMS)


FRIDAY (12/11) - B Day

  • day 7 of Holiday Fun - Willy Wonka's WONKY Friday (Holiday mash up dress)

Important Notifications

Counseling Corner: The LISD Counseling & Social Work Department has provided some useful tips for families during the holiday season. Click on the link to view the December Smore: Family/Student Self-Care Smore


Semester Exam Schedule: Semester exams will be the week of December 14-18 for students in all learning paths. Friday, December 18 is also an early release day, so students will be done at 1:00 PM. We will send a detailed calendar of exams in next week's letter.



Learning Pathway Change for 3rd Nine weeks -

INFORMATIONAL LETTER

INFORMATIONAL LETTER - SPANISH


2021-22 TRANSFER WINDOW

LISD allows families to request a transfer to a school of choice for the following school year. School to school transfers are not allowed during the year. The first opportunity to request a transfer for the 2021-2022 school year will be from Nov. 18 until Dec. 4 during our Early Fall Transfer Window. You can learn more at https://www.lisd.net/transfer.

2021-2022 TRANSFER - Spanish



For Virtual Students:

Teacher Email and Virtual Links


Calendars and Schedules:

A/B Calendar

Class Schedule for ALL STUDENTS (Virtual and In Person)



COVID CALL CENTER 469-444-3558

Schoolwide Information

  • 2P2 progress reports will be posted in Skyward on Friday, December 11th. Please check your child’s grades and email teachers of classes they are failing.
  • Next Steps in The Colony is looking for volunteers and families in need to sign up for their annual Christmas party that provides holiday gifts for the kids. If you are interested in either, please register online at: https://nextstepstc.org/christmas/
  • Next week, December 7-11, we will be covering our fall Suicide Prevention Curriculum lesson during advisory for in-person students and during live English WebEx classes for virtual students. This lesson covers topics like stress, anxiety, depression, and thoughts of suicide. If you would rather your child not participate in the lesson, please see the attached Parent Opt Out Form below.

SPC Parent Opt-Out English

SPC Parent Opt-Out - Spanish


  • You can email or call your child’s counselor if you would prefer your in-person child to go to the cafeteria for study hall during advisory instead of watching the presentation in their advisory classroom. Virtual students can also opt out of the lesson by notifying the counselors, who will let the virtual English teachers know that your child will log off of the WebEx meeting for this lesson. If you have any other questions about this presentation, please contact the counselors at bradleyj@lisd.net or colek@lisd.net

  • IMPORTANT NOTE FOR VIRTUAL families only: Our social-emotional, digital citizenship, and registration lessons that are presented during advisory for in-person students are being taught through the live English WebEx classes to your students. We began this process in October and have been covering all lessons that have already been presented to in-person students. We will be all caught up and on the same schedule as in-person students for the second semester.
  • PATHWAY CHANGE FOR 3rd 9 Weeks: Today, Friday, December 4th, is the last day to make pathway changes for the 3rd nine weeks by logging into your Skyward family/parent account and completing the form. The TEA has made a change that allows schools to bring students back to in-person learning that have been unsuccessful virtually. If your child falls into this category, you will be receiving notification next week that your student will be required to return to in-person learning on January 7th.
  • Free/Reduced lunch application - LISD Student Services wants to remind and encourage you to complete the Free/Reduced lunch application for the 20-21 school year. Even though all students are currently provided free breakfast and lunch, there are still many advantages to being in this program. Students on the F/R Lunch program receive reduced fees for ipads, national testing, and college application fees. You can find out more about this great opportunity by clicking on the flyer below.

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November 29, 2020

LOOKING AHEAD

MONDAY (11/30)- A Day


TUESDAY (12/1) - B Day


WEDNESDAY (12/2) - A Day


  • Make Up PSAT (for students who were not able to take it before the break)
  • First day of Academic Camp - after school tutoring



  • THURSDAY (12/3) - B Day

    • The first day of Holiday Fun - Welcome to Candy Cane Lane! Wear Red/White to start our Holiday countdown!
    • Academic Camp Tutoring


    FRIDAY (11/20) - B Day


    • The 2nd day of Holiday Fun - Frosty's Friday! Wear beanies/gloves/scarves

    IMPORTANT NOTIFICATIONS

    Learning Pathway Change for 3rd Nine weeks -

    INFORMATIONAL LETTER

    INFORMATIONAL LETTER - SPANISH


    2021-22 TRANSFER WINDOW

    LISD allows families to request a transfer to a school of choice for the following school year. School to school transfers are not allowed during the year. The first opportunity to request a transfer for the 2021-2022 school year will be from Nov. 18 until Dec. 4 during our Early Fall Transfer Window. You can learn more at https://www.lisd.net/transfer.

    2021-2022 TRANSFER - Spanish



    For Virtual Students:

    Teacher Email and Virtual Links


    Calendars and Schedules:

    A/B Calendar

    Class Schedule for ALL STUDENTS (Virtual and In Person)



    COVID CALL CENTER 469-444-3558

    SCHOOLWIDE INFORMATION

    Staying Healthy:

    I am so excited to have most of our students able to return to school tomorrow! In an effort to keep everyone healthy and well, please take some time to remind your student of ways to prevent spread of ANY germs:

    • Every room and hallway has hand sanitizer - use it often, especially before and after being in close contact with others
    • Keep your mask over your mouth AND NOSE while in halls, cafeteria, and other common areas, as well as in your classrooms if you are within 6 ft of others.
    • Do not collect in groups during passing period or before/after school.
    • Do not share food, drink, or other belongings with others
    • Cover your mouth with the crook of your elbow when coughing or sneezing, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer afterwards


    Academic Camp Resumes:

    We will resume our after school tutoring on Wednesday of this week, and will continue it every Monday - Thursday until December 14. Both virtual and in person students are welcome to attend every day after school. Virtual students may also attend virtually if you prefer they not come to in person tutoring. Look for more information regarding tutoring from Mr. Jennings.


    Changing Learning Path:

    The LISD window for changing learning pathways will remain open one more week. Please be reminded that these changes will not take effect until January, at the start of the 3rd Nine weeks.


    Semester Exams:

    All students, regardless of learning path, will be required to take semester exams on December 16, 17, and 18. Students may not take exams early, so it is important that they attend school on these days.

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    November 20, 2020

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    I want to wish each and every one of you a very happy Thanksgiving! As much as I hated to move to remote this week, I am very hopeful that the extra time apart will allow us a fresh start on Monday, November 30. Once back, we have 3 weeks to finish up our semester before our Winter break.


    I will send another message next Sunday, November 29, and provide the usual information. However, for this week, there are just a couple of announcements to make you aware of.



    1. The COVID Call Center will be open Monday (11/23/) and Tuesday (11/24), and then again on Saturday (11/28) and Sunday (11/29). Should your child start showing symptoms, test positive, or need to quarantine during the break, please reach out and notify the Call Center. This will allow us to continue monitor and keep our students and staff safe after the break. COVID CALL CENTER 469-444-3558
    2. Attention 8th Grade Parents: The Collegiate Academy Applications are due December 1st. If you are interested at all in this program, please click on the following link for more information and to apply before the deadline: https://www.lisd.net/academy




    Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Break!

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    November 13, 2020

    Looking Ahead

    MONDAY (11/16)- B Day

    • Volleyball cancelled
    • Football cancelled


    TUESDAY (11/17) - A Day

    • Football cancelled


    WEDNESDAY (11/18) - B Day



  • THURSDAY (11/19) - A Day

    • Volleyball cancelled


    FRIDAY (11/20) - B Day


    NO SCHOOL 11/23-11/27 due to Thanksgiving Break

    Important Notifications

    Learning Pathway Change for 3rd Nine weeks -

    INFORMATIONAL LETTER

    INFORMATIONAL LETTER - SPANISH


    2021-22 TRANSFER WINDOW

    LISD allows families to request a transfer to a school of choice for the following school year. School to school transfers are not allowed during the year. The first opportunity to request a transfer for the 2021-2022 school year will be from Nov. 18 until Dec. 4 during our Early Fall Transfer Window. You can learn more at https://www.lisd.net/transfer.

    2021-2022 TRANSFER - Spanish



    For Virtual Students:

    Teacher Email and Virtual Links


    Calendars and Schedules:

    A/B Calendar

    Class Schedule for ALL STUDENTS (Virtual and In Person)



    COVID CALL CENTER 469-444-3558

    SCHOOLWIDE INFORMATION

    Opportunity for Pathway Change for 3rd Nine Weeks:

    The opportunity to change learning pathways for your student opens MONDAY and remains open through December 4, 2020. Please remember - if you want your child to change to a different learning path for the 3rd 9 weeks, you MUST complete the form during this window of time. If you do not want any change in learning path, you do not need to complete the form.


    Progress Reports:

    2P1 Progress Reports are now posted in Skyward. If you see that your child is behind in one or more classes, please contact their teacher or encourage them to do so. Our after school Academic Camp will start up again after the Thanksgiving break, and we will be notifying parents of those students who need to attend.


    Collegiate Academy Information:

    Did you know that LISD has a Collegiate Academy at The Colony High School? What that means is that your student could graduate with an Associate’s degree at the same time they graduate from high school. Students apply for the Collegiate Academy during the fall of their 8th grade year. If you are interested in more information, we would like to invite you to join us for a virtual parent/student information session on one of the following dates: 11/11 or 11/16.


    Free MEALS all year:

    We just recently received an update that LISD will be providing breakfast and lunch FREE for the entire school year! Whether your child forgets a lunch, wakes up too late to eat before leaving the house, or just wants a little "extra" food - every student is welcome to grab a free meal anytime of day! Be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity!

    November 6, 2020

    Looking Ahead

    MONDAY (11/9)- A Day

    • 7th grade Volleyball vs. Lakeview MS @ GMS
    • 7th grade football vs. Durham MS @ GMS


    TUESDAY (11/10) - B Day


    • PSAT for Virtual 8th grade students
    • 8th grade football vs. Durham MS @ GMS (Band plays)



    WEDNESDAY (11/11) - A Day


    • PSAT for In Person 8th grade students



  • THURSDAY (11/12) - B Day

    • 8th grade volleyball @ Lakeview MS


    FRIDAY (11/13) - A Day


    • Progress reports posted in SKYWARD

    Attachments, Links, and Notifications

    Information from the Counselors:

    • LISD Counseling Newsletter: November Family Smore

    • For the November advisory lessons, we will begin our Future Pathways Lessons (college, career, & military readiness). To read more about this initiative and to sign up for your free parent account, please see the attached flyer: Future Pathways Parent Newsletter

    • UNT Virtual Parents Academy for 8th graders Nov 12th via Zoom : Attached below are flyers regarding opportunities to attend a virtual presentation hosted by UNT’s Community Outreach program. On the flyer is the information if you’d like to attend and a link to register or submit questions ahead of time! If you have any questions, send them to gc@Lisd.net.


    Digital Citizenship:

    Parents of 7th grade students, please read the following letter regarding The DC lesson coming up regarding Sexting. LETTER TO PARENTS


    For Virtual Students:

    Teacher Email and Virtual Links


    Calendars and Schedules:

    A/B Calendar

    Class Schedule for ALL STUDENTS (Virtual and In Person)



    COVID CALL CENTER 469-444-3558

    Schoolwide Information

    Veterans Day Celebration:

    Wednesday, November 11, we will take some time after lunch to honor our veterans. If you or a loved one are a veteran, we encourage you to send a picture along with the years of service, rank, and relationship to our GMS family to jenningsc@lisd.net. We will add this information to our slideshow presentation Wednesday, and it will then be posted to our website and Facebook page.


    COVID-19 and Quarantine:

    We have seen a rise in the number of individuals on our campus with positive COVID-19 cases; however, the large majority of those cases have not come from interactions between individuals on campus. When an individual receives a positive test notification, we are diligent in reviewing where that individual had been on our campus prior to the notification, and with whom the individual was in close contact. We consider any person (with or without a mask or shield) who is within 6 feet of someone with a positive case for more than 15 minutes as being in close contact. This is the recommended measurement from the district and health officials. Unfortunately, using this measurement also means that we have a large number of students who are required to quarantine. While I understand that remote learning for many students is far from ideal, it is necessary to prevent any potential spreading of illness on our campus. I will continue to send out notifications when we receive positive cases, and we will continue to diligently review and monitor students who are in close contact. You can also help by continuing to remind your student of the importance of keeping masks on (OVER THE NOSE) and remembering to social distance while walking in the halls.


    Opportunity for Pathway Change for 3rd Nine Weeks: The next opportunity to change learning pathways for your student will open just before Thanksgiving break, and remain open until the first part of December. Please remember - if you want your child to change to a different learning path for the 3rd 9 weeks, you MUST complete the form during this window of time. If you do not want any change in learning path, you do not need to complete the form.


    2P1 Progress Reports:
    The cutoff for progress report grades is today, and they will be posted in Skyward on Friday, November 13th.

    PSAT NEXT WEEK: 8th grade students will be taking the PSAT next Tuesday/Wednesday.

    We will have NO VIRTUAL PLUS 8TH GRADE ATHLETES should come to campus on the 11th due to PSAT testing.


    Collegiate Academy Information:

    Did you know that LISD has a Collegiate Academy at The Colony High School? What that means is that your student could graduate with an Associate’s degree at the same time they graduate from high school. Students apply for the Collegiate Academy during the fall of their 8th grade year. If you are interested in more information, we would like to invite you to join us for a virtual parent/student information session on one of the following dates: 11/11 or 11/16.


    Free MEALS all year:

    We just recently received an update that LISD will be providing breakfast and lunch FREE for the entire school year! Whether your child forgets a lunch, wakes up too late to eat before leaving the house, or just wants a little "extra" food - every student is welcome to grab a free meal anytime of day! Be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity!

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    October 30, 2020

    Looking Ahead

    MONDAY (11/2)- A Day

    • Picture Retakes - this is for anyone who has NOT had pictures taken this year
    • 7th grade Volleyball @ Creek Valley MS
    • 7th grade football vs. Lamar MS @ TCHS


    TUESDAY (11/3) - NO SCHOOL!!

    (Professional Learning Day for Staff)


    WEDNESDAY (101/4) - B Day

    • 8th grade football vs. Lamar MS @ GMS

    THURSDAY (11/5) - A Day

    • 8th grade volleyball vs. Creek Valley MS @ GMS


    FRIDAY (11/6) - B Day


    • 3 Week Progress report cut-off (check grades in Skyward)

    Attachments, Links, and Notifications

    Information from the Counselors:


    • LISD Counseling Newsletter: November Family Smore

    • For the November advisory lessons, we will begin our Future Pathways Lessons (college, career, & military readiness). To read more about this initiative and to sign up for your free parent account, please see the attached flyer: Future Pathways Parent Newsletter


    Book eFair information:

    eFair Flyer

    eFair website


    For Virtual Students:

    Teacher Email and Virtual Links


    Calendars and Schedules:

    A/B Calendar

    Class Schedule for ALL STUDENTS (Virtual and In Person)

    Virtual Plus Class Times


    COVID CALL CENTER 469-444-3558

    Schoolwide Information

    Picture Re-takes:

    For any student who was not able to have his/her picture taken back in September, we are having our make day on Monday! Virtual students can come anytime between 8:30 and 11:00 for pictures - no sign up or appointment is necessary. Students will enter the MAIN doors, take their picture, and then leave via the same spot.


    Student Holiday - TUESDAY, November 3:

    Monday, November 2, is an "A" day. Due to an LISD Professional Learning Day on Tuesday, November 3, students will not have school. Students will return to classes on Wednesday, November 4 as a "B" day. This applies to both Virtual and In Person paths.


    Academic Camp Completed -

    Our Academic camp that has been going the past two weeks will end tomorrow, 10/31. Students who are still in need of extra support for their current classes should reach out to their current teachers to schedule tutoring. We will send notifications out when the next Academic camp comes around.


    Veteran's Day Remembered -

    If you or a family are a veteran, we would like to honor you/them. Please email pictures of veterans to Ms. Adams at AdamsM@lisd.net and include name, rank, years of service and relationship to which Griffin student. These pictures will be added to a slide show we will show our students on November 11. A copy of the slide show will also be added to this newsletter.

    Example:

    Name of veteran

    Military, Sargent 12 years

    Grandparent to (Student name)

    Picture attached.


    Food Pantry is coming to TCHS:

    The North Texas Mobile Food Pantry will be coming to The Colony High School on Tuesday, November 3rd from 9:00AM-11:00AM. We hope this will help all who are in our community and experiencing food insecurities at this time. Please share the flyer attached below:

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    October 23, 2020

    Looking Ahead

    MONDAY (10/26)- B Day

    • RED RIBBON WEEK - WEAR RED
    • After School Tutorials
    • 7th grade Volleyball vs. Forestwood MS @ GMS
    • 7th grade football vs. Killian MS @ TCHS


    TUESDAY (10/27) - A Day

    • RED RIBBON WEEK - WEAR YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM
    • After School Tutorials
    • 8th grade football vs. Killian MS @ TCHS

    WEDNESDAY (10/28) - B Day

    • RED RIBBON WEEK - WEAR PAJAMAS
    • After School Tutorials
    • LISD Cross Country Championships


    THURSDAY (10/29) - A Day

    • RED RIBBON WEEK - WEAR A HAT AND/OR CRAZY SOCKS
    • After School Tutorials
    • 8th grade volleyball @ Forestwood MS


    FRIDAY (10/30) - B Day


    • RED RIBBON WEEK - DRESS IN COSTUME - NO COSTUMES ON FACE



  • SATURDAY (10/31)


    • Saturday Tutorials @ GMS from 9:00-11:00 AM
    • HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

    Attachments, Links, and Notifications

    Information Needed from YOU:

    In order to find the best ways to involve you, the parent, as well as provide adequate communication, please complete the Parent Involvement Survey. Your input will greatly help us meet your needs!

    Parent Involvement Survey


    Book eFair information:

    eFair Flyer

    eFair website


    Letters about Digital Citizenship:

    Parent Letter Link (6/7/8)

    7th Grade Sexting Letter Link


    For Virtual Students:

    Teacher Email and Virtual Links


    Calendars and Schedules:

    A/B Calendar

    Class Schedule for ALL STUDENTS (Virtual and In Person)

    Virtual Plus Class Times


    COVID CALL CENTER 469-444-3558

    Schoolwide Information

    Virtual Students Schedule Changes:

    If your student is a virtual or virtual plus learner, please make sure you read the "Virtual Path Information" section below. All virtual students will be receiving a schedule change and their new schedule of classes will start Monday, October 26.


    After School and Saturday Tutoring:

    After school tutoring continues next Monday - Thursday from 4:35-5:40. Teachers are available to assist students as they work to improve what would have been failing 9 weeks grades from the 1st nine weeks. We will also have tutor from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM the next two Saturdays. Please partner with us to ensure your student attends tutorials and improves his/her grades.


    Grade Reports:

    Report Cards posted into Skyward today; however, we received information from the district that some of the grades are not reporting correctly. Please know that we are currently in the process of reviewing all student grades and verifying their accuracy. You will be notified if one or more grades from your child's report card changes.


    I also want to remind you some students will have "Incomplete" for a class rather than the grade. This is to signify that your child still has work that needs to be completed in that class before their grade can be calculated. All incompletes will be changed after the October 30.


    Online book fair:

    We can't hold a traditional book fair this year, so we are holding a digital one. It started Wednesday, October 21st and will wrap up on November 4th. Please use the link below to shop for yourself. You can also purchase books for a teacher's classroom by going to the GMS Library Canvas Page for details!

    We will offer curbside pick up once books arrive for our virtual students!


    Book eFair



    Digital Citizenship Lessons:

    As the amount of time students spend on social media, and other digital platforms, increases, so does the need for us to adequately educate them on the etiquette and laws associated with the digital world. We will begin a series of digital citizenship lessons that will take place during advisory on Tuesday, October 27. There are two letters located in the "Attachments, Links, or Notifications" section above.

    Virtual Path Information

    Due to the number of students who changed pathways at the start of the 9 weeks, we must utilize some of our virtual teachers to teach in person classes this nine weeks. Because these teachers will be with in person students some periods, and virtual students other periods, it is necessary that ALL STUDENTS NOW FOLLOW THEIR SKYWARD SCHEDULE.


    Every virtual student now has a schedule that needs to be followed exactly like it would if they were in person. This means that when looking at the schedule in Skyward, students will have WebEx meetings with the teacher listed for first period sometime during the time we have first period in school (from 8:55 - 10:20 on A days). Please keep in mind that these meetings will not be for the entire 85 minutes but rather for 15-30 minutes sometime during the period. Because virtual students still need time to complete their work through Edgenuity and/or CANVAS, we do not want to take all of their time. During the WebEx meetings, teachers will be able to check in with student understanding, notify them of late or missing work, provide supplemental information that will aid students in the online assignments, and answer any questions students may have.


    I know that this is ONE MORE CHANGE both our teachers and students are having to endure; however, I also believe the benefits of this schedule greatly outweigh the burden of change. By having schedules that students follow daily:


    • Teachers will be able to meet with all students at least 2 times a week (based on the A/B day schedule)
    • Teachers will be able to track attendance more easily with all students meeting during their scheduled times
    • Students will be able to follow the A/B schedule as it is listed on their Skyward schedule
    • Students who are coming to campus for virtual plus classes will not miss core class time virtually



    Skyward should have new schedules available Sunday, October 25; however, we all know that technology does not always work as predicted! If for any reason, your student is not able to access his/her new schedule by Monday morning we have a plan!


    Plan in case there are issues with Skyward on Monday:


    Monday will be a "B" day, so students will attend periods 2, 4, 6, and 8.


    8:30 AM - check Skyward for schedule and join 2nd period class at 8:55 AM (if schedule is not available, wait until next check time)


    10:30 AM - check Skyward for schedule and join 4th period class at 11:00AM (if schedule is not available, wait until next check time)


    1:15 PM - check Skyward for schedule and join 6th period class at 1:40 PM (if schedule is not available, wait until next check time)


    2:45 PM - check Skyard for schedule and join 8th period class at 3:10 PM - (if schedule is not available at this time email the counselors at: bradleyj@lisd.net or colek@lisd.net)


    Once the student is able to access the schedule, he/she will need to email any teacher whose class you missed to let them know you now have your schedule. To make this process easier, I am attaching a google doc that lists every teacher's email address AND the link to join in his/her WebEx meeting.


    Teacher email and WebEx links



    Once we know Skyward has made all the changes, teachers will be sending invites to students to join regular meetings.