Parent Newsletter September 2nd
The first two weeks were a huge success. Our students are learning their new teachers and their new grade levels. Teachers are bragging about how great their classes are this year. We have an amazing group of kiddos that we are proud to call family.
Tardies will begin tomorrow, September 3rd. Students need to be in class at 7:30 to not be marked tardy. If a student is tardy, please walk them in to ensure they get in safely. Staff is on duty until 7:30 to make sure they get into the building. If students arrive after this time, there is not someone outside to facilitate this. Thanks for your help!
If you haven't yet, please consider becoming involved with our Mt Peak PTO. They are a great organization that help out our students and staff. They provide water and snacks for field day, special reward parties, and bit items such as playground equipment and shade structures. Thanks for your support!
Drop off/Pick Up
Just a reminder since our car line is moving faster that the back walker gate is only for walkers. Thanks for your support in keeping our kiddos safe.
In read alouds this week we talked about We Are Family with students. We talked about ways to exhibit ways to be a good family members. Students also know that they can come to an adult if they should have a concern. So far I have read to 16 classes with more to come next week.
Our next culture tenet is Celebrating the Power of Diversity. At Mt Peak we have students from different backgrounds, cultures, and learning styles. We celebrate these differences as they provide a richness to class discussion and different perspectives. At Mt Peak as a family we will celebrate diversity and use this to personalize learning.
We believe in celebrating the power of diversity.
- Honoring and celebrating every individual is powerful. It’s where heart and kindness fosters a family environment.
- Because we see each person as an individual, learning is personalized, resulting in achieving new heights.
- When we are inclusive, everyone’s uniqueness is celebrated.
In order to help ensure your child receives “excused” absences should they have to be out, we would like to remind you of some of our MISD Handbook guidelines:
Parent Notes After an Absence
You are allowed, as a parent, to write a note to excuse your student’s absences up to 7 times each school year. When a student must be absent from school, the student—upon returning to school—must bring a note, signed by the parent that lists the full name of the student, describes the reason for the absence and the date of the absence(s). After you use all 7 day of parent notes, all additional absences will require a medical note. We ask if you student is seen by a medical professional, to please bring a note from their office.
Doctor Notes After an Absence for Illness or Injury
If a student is out for an illness or injury and is seen by a medical professional, we request that you bring that note to school to excuse the absence upon return. A student that is absent for more than 4 consecutive days because of a personal illness is required to bring a medical note to excuse the absences. If you write a note yourself this will go towards your parent note allotment for the year as described above.
In order for our learners to maximize their learning time while at school, we continue to ask for your help. This note is to remind you that classroom instruction begins promptly at 7:30.Students arriving at school after 7:30 a.m. and/or who are not present in their classrooms when the tardy bell rings at 7:30 a.m., are considered tardy and must report to the office for a tardy slip. If your child arrives after 7:30 we ask that you come to the front doors and personally walk your child into the office to sign them in. Upon the 5th tardy, a parent or guardian is notified, and beginning with the 10th tardy, a student will be assigned a morning detention. Repeated instances of tardiness will result in lunch detentions. The back and side car lines are open each morning at 7:05, allowing ample time for learners to get to their class without being tardy.
Prearranged Absences Requirements (Vacation Policy):
The district no longer has a policy that requires a pre-approval from the principal to take planned days off.
Instead, you will be allowed to use your parent notes (7 days a year) to excuse these days. Please keep in mind that any additional days past those allotted 7 days will require a medical note for the remainder of the year.
Contact me with any question.
Midlothian ISD welcomes parents and community members to volunteer on our campuses!
Please review the guidelines below for all visitors.
On Campus Vistors or Volunteers:
Includes those attending school assemblies, lunch, or class parties.
- All visitors must present their state issued ID at the front office to run through Raptor before going into the main part of the campus.
- All visitors will be issued a name badge to be worn at all times while on campus.
- If you have younger children attending with you please monitor them at all times to insure their safety and to keep disruption of classes to a minimum.
On Campus Chaperones or Field Trip Chaperones Background Check Requirements:
Includes those attending an off campus event with a class or those managing an event/club such as field day on campus.
- The background check form must be completed every school year that you choose to be a chaperone.
- Chaperone must check in at the front desk for a name badge.
- Check-in with the staff member in charge of the event you are participating in.
- Forms must be complete and submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the event. The form can be completed at your discretion at the beginning of each school year.
Click HERE to complete the Volunteer Background Check Form. As a reminder, it can take up to 3 weeks to receive the results.
If you have questions regarding the background check or the process please contact the Student Services Administrator at 972-775-8296.
New Teacher Spotlight~Joy Cheshier
Mt Peak Mission Statement
Mt Peak Cheer
It's up to me
To Stand Up and
Be the difference!
Sept. 2nd~Labor Day Holiday
Sept. 5th~All City Choir tryouts 3:15-4:45 for 4th and 5th graders
Sept. 6th~Spirit Store (PTO) opened during lunches
Sept. 9th~Lunch with Loved Ones (Grandparents or special visitor) PPCD/Pre K, K, 2nd, and 4th
Sept. 10th~Lunch with Loved Ones (Grandparents or special visitor) 1st, 3rd, and 5th
Sept. 10th~PTO Meeting 6:00
Sept. 12th~All City Choir begins
Sept. 13th~Spirit Store opened during lunches
Sept. 27th~Spirit Store opened during lunches
Oct. 7th~Staff Development
Oct. 11th~Spirit Store open during lunches/Homecoming
Oct. 31st~Fall parties
Tuesday, Sep. 10th, 6pm
5201 Farm to Market Road 663
“M-Powered” MUSIC Events are as follows:
4th/5th Grade All City Choir Try - Outs - September 5 - 3:15-5:00 P.M. - Music Room
Mt.Peak City Choir Starts - September 12 - 3:15-4:45 P.M. - Music Room
4th Grade “Texas” Program and Art Show - Tues. October 22 - 6:30-7:30 P.M.
5th Grade “Veterans’ Day” Program and Art Show - Mon. November 11 - 6:30-7:30 P.M.
All City Choir Concert - December 3 - Tuesday - 7:30 P.M. - MHS
3rd Grade “Christmas” Program and Art Show - Thurs. December 12 - 6:30-7:30 P.M.
Spring Choir Starts - January 24 - 3:15-4:45 P.M.
1st Grade “Hearts & Heroes” Program and Art Show - Thurs. February 20 - 6:30-7:30 P.M.
2nd Grade “Spring Musical” and Art Show - Thurs. April 16 - 6:30-7:30 P.M.
Choir “ITZ” Festival - April 23 - 9:00 A.M.- 6:00 P.M.
Kindergarten “I Can” Program and Art Show - Thurs. May 7 - 6:30-7:30 P.M.
A new app is now available called Nutrislice for nutritional information and cafeteria menus. Check it out.
In Midlothian ISD we use TEKS Resource System for our curriculum. The teachers log in to see what TEKS are being taught that nine weeks. I have included the link below for parent resources. Many of the TEKS spiral or build upon each other so it will look as if the same TEKS are being taught. Please let me know if you have any questions! I am happy to go through this link with you as well.
1. Click parent resources. It may ask you are you a parent and then it might give you a copyright notice too.
2. Click on grade level and subject. You will have to scroll for Science and SS.
3. Scroll down and click on YAG under curriculum. Then hit Search.
4. You will want to click on the YAG for nine weeks.
5. Once there it will bring up a page that has the TEKS. These are labeled by grade level then a . then the TEKS number.
I have also included some screen shots. Let me know if you would like more information.