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Clear Lake Intermediate

May Flowers

Not to be confused with the Mayflower, the 1620 British ship that brought passengers to the "New World," this time of year, we often hear the old phrase, "April showers bring May flowers." This morning, April got those showers in for Southeast Texas, and I can't help but think April is also a metaphor for what happens in an intermediate school. It gets messy, sometimes it pours, and just as often, we get a bright, sunny day. Yep. It's been that kind of week.


Last Tuesday, we administered the 7th grade Writing STAAR test to our students. Clear Connections students returned to campus to take their test, and we have faith that all our 7th graders did their best on the assessment. For the first time, students are taking the STAAR electronically, so it is very important that they come to school with fully charged laptops on testing days. While we had a few technology hiccups, for the most part, it went very smoothly. We are still gathering students who were absent, whether quarantined or otherwise, and we will continue make up STAAR testing next week. The dates for the rest of testing can be found below.


Another April shower we have experienced is an uptick in student behavior incidents. We know that being so close to the end of the year can be tempting to act foolish, but please talk to your children about following rules, respecting others, wearing their masks, and keeping their hands to themselves. These things always increase this time of year, but it is especially important during a pandemic to follow the rules.


But guess what? There is another half to the saying, and tomorrow, we get to start enjoying the May flowers (again, not the boat!). We have a little less than 4 weeks left, and our Eagles have such an opportunity to finish strong. We have one more progress report, and we would love it if you would go over those grades with your student, just one more time. We also have some festivities planned for our 8th graders, and awards ceremonies start Monday. We are looking forward to summer, but before then, we have one more month to love on your babies and teach them all the things. Thanks for sharing them with us!

Teacher of the Week

Each week, here in Eagle Nation, we honor a teacher who has contributed to the operations of CLIS in a profound way. We like to do a shout out to parents, too, just so you can know how amazing our staff is! This week's Teacher of the Week is Mrs. Nichole McCarty. Mrs. McCarty teaches Introduction to Art, and has really shown our Eagles what they can do! See some of their work below.
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Important STAAR Testing Dates

May 11 - 8th grade STAAR Social Studies

May 12 - 6th - 8th grade STAAR Reading

May 18 - 6th - 8th grade STAAR Math, Algebra EOC

May 20 - 8th grade STAAR Science, Biology EOC


Clear Connections parents with any questions, please contact the school, and fill out the survey sent in an email. This information will be used to plan for safe testing procedures. Thank you!

Course Verification Process for next year's Eagles

The window to verify courses for the 2021-22 school year is open now. Please use these documents to make sure your child is in the courses he or she wants! Now is the time to change that, not when school starts next year.


Course selection worksheet 7th grade

Course selection worksheet 8th grade

Course Verification for rising 7th graders Spanish Version

Course Verification for rising 8th graders Spanish Version


Links for corrections to course selection:

Rising 7th Grade: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=z39lBzW9mUaVLZ0xfCXs-WxLhKftXyNAi8Ipq3MVe8BUQTUxNDFRVUdTVTNPQUZCSU9GSkVSSEtWNS4u

Rising 8th Grade: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=z39lBzW9mUaVLZ0xfCXs-WxLhKftXyNAi8Ipq3MVe8BUNDlCRzcwR1c2TkMxR1NWRUFZS1MwVTZUVS4u

Get OUT and VOTE

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Library Corner


Dear Parents,

Reading is an important part of your student’s academic success and we have many great books that are available to our students in our school library. With the unexpected closure of school last year, many students did not have the opportunity to return their library books. Over the past few months, our librarian, Mary Simms, has been asking students to return any 2019-2020 checked out books. If your student has a book out from the 2019-2020 school year, please have your child locate that book at home and return the book to the campus. If your child is a Clear Connections student, please drop off the book in the main office or at the February curbside opportunity. If you have any questions, please reach out to our librarian. Thank you so much for your assistance with this. We appreciate you!


Clear Connections Library Services

The library will still be offering services to students however it will now be by appointment only. If your student has a book they need to return simply drop it off at the front office during school hours. If your student would like to checkout a book they will continue to use the same process of requesting a book online however now they need to contact Mrs. Simms, the librarian to set-up a day or time during school hours to pick up the book. Thank you and happy reading. msimms@ccisd.net

Panoramic Picture, 2021 Style

Hey, parents/guardians of 8th graders,

We are not able to have our traditional panoramic picture taken this year, but we have a fun alternative. Please help us make this a success. The image below is a sample of what will be done instead of the usual panoramic picture. It gives us the opportunity to capture all our 8th graders and all the teachers. If your student had a picture taken on picture day, that is the picture we will use. HOWEVER, if your 8th grader did not have a picture taken at school, please submit a picture of your student by completing the google form in the link below. The form response will go straight to Goldbeck Company.

This is totally separate from the yearbook.

Thank you, in advance for being part of the solution.

Go to this google link to find out more and submit your student’s picture.

https://forms.gle/4qtt8DGKcnN3dkkLA

AND you may purchase a completed print buy going to the Goldbeck website https://goldbeckcompany.net/covid19

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Water Bottles

Help! Please encourage your children to bring a refillable water bottle each day to school. Yes, there are bottles sold in the cafeteria, but it's a long time between breakfast and lunch, and students can't use the water fountains (except for the fillers that have been attached to them, but they must have a receptacle to hold the water!) Teachers, the nurse, counselors, etc., are being asked by students for water bottles, and they are purchasing them with their own money. Thanks for helping them out!

Is Your Child on Quarantine? Here are the Guidelines...

We realize that being quarantined is not an ideal situation. As you transition temporarily from school to home learning, we have prepared a guide to help you in making the transition as smooth as possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your teachers, counselors or assistant principal with any questions or concerns.

Here are a few steps that you can follow to keep up with your schoolwork:

Establish communication with your teachers

· Email all your teachers to inform them that you have been quarantined.

· Email any coaches, club sponsors, or extra-curricular teachers to let them know you will not be attending any of these activities.

Plan your day

· Try to follow your regular schedule and accomplish the work within your class period.

· Brick and mortar teachers will be posting lessons on Itslearning for you to accomplish. Students should follow the teacher’s directive after making initial contact on how to access lessons and assignments.

· If one of your courses is hybrid (students both in person and online), you can use the TEAMS link to log in for real time instruction. It is important that you attend these classes during your assigned time period. Teachers’ TEAMS links can be found in their Itslearning course or you can email and request the link.

Attendance and work

· Complete your assignments on time and submit them as directed by the teacher. The completion of the work on time will allow us to give you credit for that work.

· If there is no official work to be submitted, you will be marked absent unless you contact the teacher on that date.

A few important notes:

TECHNOLOGY:

If you are experiencing technology concerns, please notify your teacher. The district technology help line is also a valuable resource and can be reached at: TechHelpDesk@ccisd.net.

RETURNING TO SCHOOL:

You will not be able to return to campus before the date given to you on the official CCISD email. Even if you have a negative COVID test, you cannot return to CLIS out of quarantine until you have been officially cleared by the district. If you develop any COVID symptoms, please notify our campus nurse immediately at Hjaeger@ccisd.net.

Message from the Nurse

Hello Eagle Families,


As COVID continues to spread in our community, it is imperative that we remain diligent in our COVID prevention measures. Please remember to complete the CCISD Self-Health Screener with your child before school each morning. If your child cannot pass the screener, please keep your child home, and notify the school nurse by filling out the Self-Health Assessment found on the home page in Skyward Family Access.

If your child was in close contact (less than 6 feet for more than 15 min) with someone who is COVID positive, or under investigation for COVID, please keep them, and all other students, home and notify the school nurse.


If you, your child, or anyone in your home has a fever greater than 100 degrees, is under investigation for COVID, is exhibiting any COVID-like symptoms, or is being tested for COVID, you must keep ALL of your children home from school. All students need to remain home until the family member’s COVID test results come back (or a return to school/work note has been written by the doctor), the school nurse has been notified, and you have been given clearance by a district nurse for your child to return to school.


If your child becomes ill while at school, you will be notified and asked to come pick them up. The nurse will call you within 24 hours to follow up with you on your child’s condition. All other students in the home need to remain at home during this time as well.


If your child had fever of 100 or above or the nurse confirms that your child has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 they must be excluded from school until….


· Your child’s medical provider has determined a different illness other than COVID-19, AND has provided a return to school clearance, AND you have been cleared by the school nurse to return to school.

OR

· Your child has a negative PCR COVID-19 test, AND documentation has been provided to the school nurse, AND you have been cleared by the school nurse to return to school.

OR

· 10 days after symptoms first appeared, AND no fever for at least 24 hours without using fever reducing medications, AND symptoms have improved AND you have been cleared by the school nurse to return to school.


Following these guidelines are essential as we all work hard to keep everyone healthy at school during this pandemic. We know these extra steps can be inconvenient. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we are all having to do things differently this year as we navigate through COVID-19.

Substitutes NEEDED

Are you ready to make a positive impact in the lives our of Eagle students? We need YOU! We are looking for dedicated people to help support our students, teachers and school by applying to be a Clear Creek ISD substitute teacher. Our substitutes enjoy working with students and the ability to have a flexible schedule each week. Join our Clear Lake Intermediate team today by becoming a substitute teacher. Apply online today at www.ccisd.net/jobs.

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Need to Apply for School Meal Benefits?

It is not too late to apply for Free/Reduced Meals for the 2020-2021 school year. Apply on online at www.schoolcafe.com. Please contact the Child Nutrition Department if you need assistance with applying. Remember that these benefits go beyond breakfast and lunch. If you qualify, it can provide assistance for laptop insurance, summer school, AP exams in high school, lab fees, etc.

Soccer Schedule

Questions about Discipline?

We have had some questions about our discipline policy, both district wide, and campus specific. Here is the link to the CCISD Student Code of Conduct.


Click here to see the Clear Lake Intermediate Discipline Matrix

Absent? Need to turn in an excuse?

We are encouraging parents to email or fax any absent notes to Ms. Bourg, our attendance clerk, at cbourg@ccisd.net or fax to (281)284-3207. This is in lieu of bringing the note in person. Please make sure your signature is on any notes you submit.

Vaccinations

Reminder that all 7th graders are required to receive the Tdap and Meningococcal Vaccination. You may fax records to (281)284-3207, email them to hjaeger@ccisd.net, or bring a copy to the school. Please contact nurse Jaeger at (281)284-3213 if you have any questions.

Technology Skills Checklist

Are you still struggling with online learning? Here are some resources to help you and your child.


· CCISD Parent Resources: https://ccisd.net/departments/technology_support/Parent%20Resources


· CCISD Student Resources: https://ccisd.net/cms/One.aspx?portalId=645487&pageId=26405607



Login to the CCISD SSO Portal

The SSO portal makes logging in to other applications more seamless. The portal has links to all the main web tools you will need (Skyward, itsLearning, textbooks, etc.).

https://ssoportal.ccisd.net/


* You should use the same username and password that you used to login to your laptop.



Finding your classes in itsLearning**

Once you login to the SSO portal, you can click on the itsLearning app, and you do not need to login to ItsLearning separately.

https://rb.gy/cojl51


* This is a generic overview of itsLearning basics and is not CCISD-specific. See the CCISD Student Resources page above for more info.



Checking your grades and class schedule in Skyward**

Online gradebook

https://rb.gy/lz7oz7



How to find applications on your computer (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) and pin them to your taskbar or to your start menu

Try pinning Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel to your taskbar or to your start menu for easy access.

https://rb.gy/zshdsf



· Parents: Here is a good video about all the features of Skyward: https://rb.gy/ifoldt


Parent/ Student Tech Support

The CCISD Technology Remote Support Line is now operating and is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Parents and students can call 281.284.0500 for assistance.

Parent Drop Off and Pick Up

Drop off and pick up at CLIS allows for several options that parents can use. Through an agreement with St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, parents can park in their side parking lot located on the El Camino Real side of their building in the afternoons to wait for their children. In addition, we allow students to be dropped off in the front by the flagpole, as well as the back parking lot by the gyms. Please make sure your students know where you will be picking them up BEFORE school gets out. See the map below to decide what's best for your family. PLEASE NOTE - IN MORNINGS AND AFTERNOONS, PARENTS SHOULD NOT USE THE BUS LANE LOCATED ON EL CAMINO REAL.
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Upcoming Eagle Events

· May 4 – Choir Practice in the commons – 4:10-6:30pm

· May 6 – Choir Concert with audience in the Commons at 7pm

· May 11 – 8th Grade Social Studies STAAR test

· May 12 – 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade STAAR Reading test

· May 13 – NJHS Induction Ceremony with audience – 6pm

· May 14 – Orchestra Concert 7-8pm

· May 18 – 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Math STAAR and Algebra 1 EOC

· May 18 – Band Concert – Upper-level bands With limited audience – 7 pm

· May 20 – 8th Grade Science STAAR and Biology EOC

· May 20 – Beginner Band Concert – with limited audience – 7:30 pm

· May 27 – Early Release day for Students; Last day of school for students

· May 31 – CCISD Holiday – All CCISD campuses and offices closed.

· June 1 – Report cards for 4th nine-weeks/2nd semester/year-end available in Skyward Family access.