Powell Publisher

July 30, 2021

A Note From Mrs. Mathe

Powell Family,

The beginning of a school year is always an exciting time, and we are looking forward to another successful year! Last year brought many different experiences for all of us, which leads us to a bit of uncertainty for the start of this school year. Rest assured, we are continually reassessing safety and health protocols and will make any necessary adjustments to keep the health and safety of our students and staff a top priority. We are excited, ready, and anticipating the arrival of your child.

At Powell Elementary, we believe in collaboration with parents and community members. Powell Elementary will provide a safe, caring, and positive learning environment that celebrates diversity and instills a desire for learning while meeting the individual needs of all students. Our goal is to build relationships that empower students, and develop responsible, patriotic citizens and confident leaders.

I am looking forward to working together with you and your child(ren), and I feel certain that you will enjoy being a part of the Powell Panther family! If we haven't had the opportunity to meet in person yet, please come by and introduce yourself when on campus. I look forward to working alongside all of you this year!

Erin Mathe


Upcoming Dates

August 6: Teacher assignments emailed to families (emails will be sent throughout the day). If you do not receive an email by the end of the day, please contact the school on Monday, August 9th, to receive the name of your child's teacher.

August 7: Life Skills Meet the Teacher 11:30-12:30

August 9: Meet the Teacher

A-M: 4:00-4:45 pm ; N-Z 5:00-5:45 pm

We have made a small adjustment to Meet the Teacher this year to lower the number of people on campus at one time. We ask that families come at their assigned time but understand if that time does not work for your family.


Doors will open at 7:00 am for the first day only. We welcome families to walk their child to class on this first day only but kindly ask that you limit the number of guests to 2 per family to lessen the number of people on campus at one time.

August 24: Parent Information Night (this will be a virtual event this year)


On Tuesday, July 6th, you should have received an email from the district to update your student's registration information. This is for all returning CISD students. Please update this information as soon as possible so we have the most up to date records for your child. Thank you!

Have you Moved?

If you received this Publisher, we may not have record of your move. Please contact our registrar, Michelle Lutes, to notify our school of your move or if you do not plan to attend Powell Elementary for the 2021-2022 school year. Thank you!

Parent Acces Center

Parent Access Center (PAC) is the CISD system for parents which provides online access to all your child’s class assignments, assignment grades, test grades, as well as attendance, discipline, progress reports, and report cards. If you currently have a Parent Access Center account, there is no need to renew your account as you have had to do in previous years. Parents can register for a PAC account from the Conroe ISD home page under the Student/Parent link. Student data will not be available until school begins.

IMPORTANT: Free and Reduced Meals Application

Even though breakfast and lunch are being provided for all students again this year, if you believe you may qualify for free or reduced meals it is still important for your family to complete the application. Your application does not carry over from year to year. Qualification may open up other opportunities for your family in addition to meals as noted below.

Click here to access the application.

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School Supply Information

If your family ordered the pre-packaged school supplies at the end of the year last year, they will be distributed to your child's teacher for Meet the Teacher.

If you purchased your own school supplies, please bring them with you on the night of Meet the Teacher. This allows our staff to organize the supplies before the first day of school.

Click below to access Powell's School Supply List

School Spirit Wear

Our Powell school shirts are on the way! An email will be sent next week with a link to the school store. Shirts will be sold on a pre-order basis only, and once this school store closes we may not be able to open it again for re-orders. Please be sure to keep an eye out for that email next week!

Girls on the Run

Library News

Thanks to everyone who came to our summer library days! It was wonderful to see current, former, future, and new Powell Panthers! If you have books to return, there are 3 easy ways to get them back us.

*Stop by the school anytime from now through August 10, and put them in the grey bin on the front porch.

*Return them to the library carts in the hallways at Meet the Teacher.

*Return them the first week of school.

Please complete this short survey regarding library hours. We appreciate your opinion and will use the results to make adjustments to this event for next summer.

Summer Library Hours Survey

Legislative Updates

During the recent legislative session, Senate Bill 1697 established new Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.02124, Parental Option for Student Retention, which allows parents or guardians to opt to have their child:

  • repeat prekindergarten;

  • enroll in prekindergarten if the child was eligible to enroll in prekindergarten in the previous school year, under TEC, §29.153(b), and has not yet enrolled in kindergarten;

  • repeat kindergarten;

  • enroll in kindergarten if the child would have enrolled in kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in first grade;

  • for grades one through three, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in the previous school year;

  • for grades four through eight, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the 2020-2021 school year; and

  • for courses taken for high school credit, repeat any course in which the student was enrolled during the 2020-2021 school year.

To learn more, please visit TEA’s Restart Kindergarten or Repeat a Grade or Course webpages. Please note: UIL eligibility may be impacted by repeating a course or grade. Check UIL’s website regularly for updates.

PTO News

Happy Friday Panthers! Your Powell PTO is busy putting on the finishing touches to our 2021-2022 family membership drive. Please be sure to join the Powell Elementary PTO Facebook page to stay up to date on everything your PTO has coming up!

Be sure to stop by and visit our table at Meet the Teacher. You will be able to sign up for volunteer opportunities and find out about all the fun stuff we have in store!


Our Mission

Powell Elementary School is committed to creating an environment that promotes academic excellence, and a love for learning. Our goal is to build relationships that empower students, and develop responsible, patriotic citizens, and confident leaders.