Kangaroo Connection

Weekly updates for our NCES families

January 5, 2021

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I hope you and your family had a wonderful and restful break. Our teachers are rested and ready to launch a great 2021!

To launch 2021, teachers and students will be discussing their "One Word". Instead of or in addition to a New Year Resolution, we are starting a tradition at Collins for everyone to select one word that will help them focus on their intentions and goals for the year. Students will be selecting and sharing their "One Word" this week. If you are interested in this for the remainder of your family check out the video below.

Our campus word (or phrase) is #YESWECAN or #SISEPUEDE (we determined this at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year). We believe that we can create the best campus in Del Valle for our students and rise above any challenges to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of our students.

We are looking forward to a great 2021 with you!

~Ashley Fredo

Principal, Collins Elementary

One Word That Will Change Your Life

Important Dates

  • January 18th: No School
  • January 27th: Virtual Parent Class-Internet Safety for Children and Families
  • February 4th: School Pictures

Student Cameras for Virtual Learners

Starting in January we are asking that all students at home have their cameras on during class. This is no different than if a student were sitting in class in front of a teacher, with all other students able to see them. We have found it is extremely difficult for our teachers to be effective while teaching to a computer monitor full of black rectangles with names. The teacher gets no visual feedback, no way to see how students are reacting, or to see how they are engaging with the lesson. The two-way interaction between students and teachers is vital to the way successful learning takes place, even in a virtual classroom.

We need your help! Please insist that your child has their camera on so we know they are there, and we know they are engaged in the lesson. As the curriculum gets more complicated in the spring semester, we want to make sure the students are interacting with the teacher on a daily basis so they can take advantage of asking questions and getting clarification. Positioning your child with their back to a wall will maintain the privacy of your home, and headphones/earbuds will allow them to focus on the lesson in the Google Meets. Students can also create a background in Google Meets.

RenSTAR MOY Screener

Students in K-5 will take the Middle of Year RenSTAR Screener in their classrooms this month. RenSTAR is a computer adaptive test that elementary students in DVISD take three times a year. The results provide teachers with information to help them deliver appropriate content for each student and determine each student’s academic growth over time. Students in grades K-5 will be taking the RenSTAR test on our campus and at home for the next two weeks.

RenSTAR helps schools and teachers know what your child is ready to learn at any point in time. Teachers can see the progress of individual students and of their class as a whole. Principals and administrators can see the progress of a grade level, school, or the entire district.

Teachers will review your child's performance level according to RenSTAR and what instruction your child is ready for after students take the RenSTAR assessment this month. Students will take the tests in reading and math in grades K-5.

It is important that our at-home learners take this test independently. Please do not provide assistance or answers to your child during this test.

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Here are the ways that we are communicating with our families at Newton Collins. If you are not receiving emails or need help with Dojo, please contact our front office or your child's teacher. We can help!