TRIX ACADEMY

September 14, 2020

Dates to Remember

9/15/2020 - Virtual Parent Forum (4:00pm)

9/17/2020 - Virtual Parent Forum (9:15am)

9/18/2020 - All scholars are learning virtually (no in-person lessons)

From the Desk of the Principal

Hello families of Trix Academy,


As a gentle reminder, the first Parent Forum meeting of the 2020-2021 school year will take place this week. Please see the details listed below.


Date: September 15, 2020

Time: 4:00pm

Meeting Link: meet.google.com/ijp-feie-wkx

Meeting Dial-In: 1 940-242-1513 ‬ PIN: ‪191 842 049‬#



Date: September 17, 2020

Time: 9:15am

Meeting Link: meet.google.com/nub-qaau-wsz

Meeting Dial-In: 1 929-999-1357 ‬ PIN: ‪821 489 646‬#



If you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the office at (313) 426-1020 or email Ms. Coleman at d.coleman@mecc-academies.org.


Sincerely,


Detra Coleman, Ed.S.

Trix Academy School Leader

A School Community Coming Together

Thank you to all of the families who persevered and assisted in ensuring scholars were learning while logged into Blackboard. As a staff, we appreciate everyone for going above and beyond during the first week of school. Even more so this school year, it is going to take everyone coming together to ensure our scholars are continuing to be supported and challenged as the learning plan is implemented. Kuddos to all Trix Academy families!

Accepting New Scholar Applications

Trix Academy is accepting new scholar applications. If you are aware of a family who is searching for a safe, nurturing and educationally focused school, please call the office at (313) 426-1020 or visit http://trix.mecc-academies.org for enrollment information.

Virtual Learning Tips

As we all begin our journey in virtual learning, there are a few tips that will help with the transition.


  • Log into the virtual session on time to help keep all scholars on the same page while learning.

  • Remain observant of the surroundings. The camera on technology devices have a wide range, therefore anything in the view of the camera will be broadcasted for those in the learning session.

  • Keep microphone off until the teacher calls on the scholar to speak. The microphone is very sensitive, therefore many sounds will be picked up and broadcasted in the session.

  • Use of headphones or earbuds will help scholar(s) focus during learning sessions.

First Week of NWEA Testing

The first NWEA testing window has opened for Trix Academy. All scholars in grades K-8 are required to take the reading and math assessment. Scholars completing the assessment is critical. The results we receive from the assessments will help all of our teachers and the leadership team map a strategic learning plan for your child(ren).


Scholars who attend school for in-person learning will take the assessment when they are in class. Those scholars who are learning virtually will take their assessment remotely or at home. It is critical for the scholars to answer test questions themselves, while taking the assessment remotely. If scholars are assisted with the assessment, as a school, it will be difficult for us to develop a specific learning plan for your scholar(s). Also, if your scholar will test remotely, as a parent/guardian your assistance will be needed to help troubleshoot any technical issues that may arise. If you prefer for your scholar to take the assessment in-person, please send your child(ren) to school on the day that has been assigned to him/her.


Trix Academy's schedule has been developed to ensure, if a parent or family request for their child(ren) to attend in-person, all safety measures can be implemented and followed. Every classroom is set up to allow for social distancing and this will be the same for the testing environment as well. Please check your email for the testing schedule. For the first week of testing, kindergarten, first, second and eighth grade scholars will complete their reading assessment.


Please call the office at (313) 426-1020 or email Ms. Coleman at d.coleman@mecc-academies.org, if you have any questions.

Kickboard

Kickboard is Trix Academy’s behavior tracking system based on 7 core virtues. On a weekly basis scholars will earn dollars for their decision making and actions displayed throughout the school day. Each scholar is awarded $100 every Thursday. Scholars can earn dollars for making positive decision that adds to the school and/or classroom community or have money deducted if the scholar distracts from the learning environment whether learning remotely or in-person.


Kickboard parent access code, they will be mailed this week to the address on file with the school. If you do not receive your access code within a week, please call the office or email Ms. Hayes at p.hayes@mecc-academies.org. It is very important to receive your access code because this will help stay connected to your child(ren) behavioral decisions while being part of the learning environment.

Third Grade Reading Law

Being a good reader is critical if a student is going to be successful in school. In order for students to be college and career ready, it is important that they have strong literacy skills. In 2016, the Michigan Legislature passed House Bill No. 4822 to ensure that children who exit Third Grade are reading at grade level.


In accordance with this law, and as a means of better informing classroom instruction, we will complete assessments in Kindergarten through Third Grade. These assessments will identify students who need intensive reading instruction and will also provide useful information to help teachers tailor instruction to meet individual student needs. Students will be assessed in reading at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year. The law also requires districts to provide written communication with parents of Kindergarten through Third Grade students who are not meeting proficiency targets. These notifications and a reading plan were given and discussed at Parent-Teacher Conferences during the first parent teacher conference. It is critical for everyone to be on the same page regarding Michigan’s reading law. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the principal.

Breakfast

Trix Academy serves breakfast daily from 8:05am - 8:30am in each classroom to ensure social distancing is being observed. It is very important for all scholars to arrive at breakfast time to eat breakfast. As a gentle reminder, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Dress Code

Trix Academy is a uniform school. All scholars in grades K-8 are expected to be in proper uniform daily. Please ensure your child(ren) are in uniform daily.



  • Grades K-3: Red polo shirt with black or khaki pants.
  • Grades 4-5: Gray polo shirt with black or khaki pants.
  • Grades 6-8: Solid black or white shirt with black or khaki pants.



During the cooler months, scholars may wear long sleeves or sweaters. All long sleeves or sweaters, must match the uniform color for the specific grade level. Jean and sweat pants are not allowed.