May 1st-5th, 2023
HAPPENING NOW + UPCOMING
STAAR TESTING CONTINUES
Parents of 3rd-5th grade students,
Your kiddos did a great job participating in their STAAR Reading/Writing testing. Now, it's time for the Math test (plus Science for 5th graders only). Math/Science testing dates are below. Your students and our teachers have been working hard to prepare, so please help them make the most of their testing day.
Note: these documents are also attached to this email as PDF files for easier viewing
CLOSED CAMPUS DURING MAY 2nd-3rd; PARENT LUNCH VISITS RESUME FRI. MAY 5TH
During STAAR testing, we will need to be a "closed campus" May 2nd-3rd to protect testing integrity. However, parents are welcome for Friday parent lunch visits which resume on Friday, May 5th.
Please keep these policies in mind for Friday lunch visits:
-Only 2 adults per student are allowed to attend due to space limitations
-If bringing food, provide food for your student only--other students may have allergies or other health issues
-For safety reasons, please do not remain outside the cafeteria and view students playing at recess; visiting parents are checked into our system for a 30-minute period, and should head back to the front desk to check out once lunch is over. We appreciate your support!
Friday Parent Visit Lunch Schedule:
Pre-K & Kinder - 10-10:30am
1st grade - 10:35-11:05am
2nd grade - 11:10-11:40am
3rd grade - 11:45am-12:15pm
4th grade - 12:20-12:50pm
5th grade - 12:55-1:25pm
Spring ISD, along with Northgate Crossing Elementary, sends occasional text messages throughout the week for late bus notices, event reminders, changes/closures, and other communications. If you have not been getting these text messages, please follow these steps to opt back in:
Text START to 60680 for non-emergency messages
Text START to 54968 for emergency messages
Recognize your favorite teacher this Teacher Appreciation Week!
Teacher Appreciation Week is around the corner and we want to hear from our students and parents! Send us a direct message via social media with your BEST answer for a chance to feature your fav Spring ISD Teacher.
Want to recognize a Spring ISD employee for doing a great job?
Here’s your chance: You can nominate anyone serving in the district, including teachers, custodians, secretaries, clerks, mechanics, bus drivers, librarians, nurses, counselors, etc., for an Employee Excellence Award.
Awarded by the Spring ISD Board of Trustees each month during the school year, the award recognizes district employees who exemplify the district’s guiding principles, core values and embody the attributes outlined by our Leadership Definition. Only one employee will be selected for this prestigious award each month. Among the monthly winners, one will be named as the grand prize recipient at the Spring ISD Employee Recognition Banquet in May. The only employees not eligible for this award are Cabinet members and the Spring ISD Board of Trustees.
We’re looking for employees who are bringing the Spring ISD mission to life and helping us reach each and every Spring ISD student. An example of a perfect nomination would be:
- A teacher who is working extra hours to help her campus prepare for upcoming STAAR testing
- A bus driver who volunteers to read at an elementary school when not scheduled
- A finance employee who serves on the board of a local community nonprofit that supports Spring ISD students
These examples are only a start. There are many Spring ISD team members who are doing excellent work every single day.
To nominate them for the Spring ISD Board of Trustees Employee Excellence Award, complete the online recognition nomination form.
A successful nomination will include as much detail as possible to describe why the person should be considered for an award. Tell the story of that employee to the Board of Trustees by giving specific examples of excellent work and dedicated service to the district.
Employee Excellence Award Q & A
Nominees must be employed full-time and have been a Spring ISD employee for a minimum of six months. Anyone working in the district, including teachers, custodians, secretaries, clerks, mechanics, bus drivers, librarians, nurses, counselors, etc., is eligible for a nomination. The only non-eligible employees are Cabinet members and the Spring ISD Board of Trustees.
Anyone! The nomination process is open to all employees, parents and community members using the online submission. The Board of Trustees will select a winner for recognition each month during the school year.
The Board ofTrustees Employee Excellence Award is an opportunity for the Spring ISD Board of Trustees to publicly highlight and acknowledge outstanding performance.
The district's Leadership Definition will be considered in the review of nominations: Outcome-Driven, Service-Oriented and Relationship-Centered. For more information about the behaviors and attributes outlined by the Leadership Definition, please visit: www.springisd.org/leaders.
Help Needed with Unexcused Absences
It is important that your child has an accurate attendance record. As we approach the end of the school year, we request your help in clearing up any unexcused student absences in a timely manner. If your child has any absences from this 2022-2023 school year that you did not provide a reason for, or you are unsure, please contact our attendance clerk, Mrs. Karla Zelaya:
Es muy importante que su hijo(a) tenga la adecuada informacion en el sistema referente a la asistencia escolar. Nos estamos acercando al final del año escolar y estamos pidiendo que nos ayuden a limpiar la ausencias de sus hijos lo más pronto posible. Si su hijo tiene cualquier ausencia que no ha sido notificada a la escuela para el año escolar 2022-2023 o no está seguro de las ausencias de su hijo puede contactar a la persona encargada de asistencia. Sra. Karla Zelaya:
Save the Date: Spring ISD Summer School Coming Soon
We are excited to be able to offer our Summer School program to qualified students, which will provide additional opportunities to explore, learn and excel from Pre-K to high school. The goal is to provide acceleration with just in time interventions to address learning loss.
The Summer School program will run from Tuesday, June 6 through Thursday, June 29. Please note that only families of students identified to participate will receive an email with a Summer School registration form and instructions on how to enroll.
Please note: Clark Elementary students will continue their Additional Days School Year (ADSY) instructional calendar through June 30, 2023 and as such will not participate in additional Summer School days.
Summer School Enrollment Qualifications
Pre-K/Kindergarten EB students
Promotion/Retention (Grades 1-8) and Skills-Based Deficits (Pre-K and Kindergarten)
Skills-Based Deficits Grades 3-8 (Reading, Math)
High School End-of-Course Retesters (EOC)
High School Credit Recovery - Students recovering additional credits to graduate
Additional Spring ISD Summer Programs will also be offered, including 21st Century, Extended School Year Services (ESY) for special education students, Gifted & Talented, and Multilingual Bridge Newcomer Camps for incoming 6th & 9th graders.
More information, including Summer School hub sites, schedules and transportation details, will be provided in the upcoming weeks. If you have any specific questions about your student, please reach out to your principal.
Guarde la fecha: Escuela de verano de Spring ISD próximamente
Estamos emocionados de poder ofrecer nuestro programa de Escuela de Verano a estudiantes calificados, lo que brindará oportunidades adicionales para explorar, aprender y sobresalir desde Pre-K hasta la escuela secundaria. El objetivo es proporcionar aceleración con intervenciones justo a tiempo para abordar la pérdida de aprendizaje.
El programa de la Escuela de Verano se llevará a cabo desde el martes 6 de junio hasta el jueves 29 de junio. Tenga en cuenta que solo las familias de los estudiantes identificados para participar recibirán un correo electrónico con un formulario de inscripción para la Escuela de Verano e instrucciones sobre cómo inscribirse.
Tenga en cuenta: Los estudiantes de Clark Elementary continuarán con su calendario de instrucción de Días adicionales del año escolar (ADSY) hasta el 30 de junio de 2023 y, como tal, no participarán en días adicionales de escuela de verano.
Requisitos para la inscripción en la escuela de verano
Estudiantes de Pre-K/Kindergarten
Promoción/Retención (Grados 1-8) y Déficits Basados en Habilidades (Pre-K y Kindergarten)
Déficits Basados en Habilidades Grados 3-8 (Lectura, Matemáticas)
Estudiantes que necesiten repetir la prueba de fin de curso (EOC) de la escuela secundaria
Recuperación de créditos de la escuela secundaria: estudiantes que recuperan créditos adicionales para graduarse
También se ofrecerán programas de verano adicionales de Spring ISD, incluidos 21st Century, Servicios de año escolar extendido (ESY) para estudiantes de educación especial, Dotados y Talentosos, y campamentos Multilingües Newcomer para estudiantes de sexto y noveno grado entrantes.
En las próximas semanas se proporcionará más información, incluidos los sitios centrales de la escuela de verano, los horarios y los detalles del transporte. Si tiene alguna pregunta específica sobre su estudiante, comuníquese con su director.
2023-2024 School Year Spring ISD School Start Times
The district has released official school schedules for the next school year (see below).
Northgate Crossing students should arrive between 7:35 (doors open) and 8am (tardy bell) to enjoy breakfast and start class on time. Students entering after 8:05 are considered late and must check in at the front office.
At dismissal, all students must be picked up no later than 3:45pm.
As we enter these final important months of the academic year, we ask for your help in working as a team with our faculty to keep students focused on learning and staying positive. Our teachers are vigilant in classroom management, creating engaging lessons, and fostering a welcoming classroom culture to protect the learning of all students, but home support and family interventions can be even more impactful.
At Northgate Crossing Elementary we strive for authentic learning, showing students how these fundamental educational building blocks are opening doors to their future. When some students are more focused on gossip, sowing discord, "roasting" each other, disrespecting substitute teachers, vandalizing school property, etc., the distraction harms all of our students' future opportunities.
We're always so impressed by how supportive all of our Navigator parents are, and we appreciate that support now in helping keep students on the right track to finish the year strong!
We have many lost items (jackets, lunchboxes, etc.) in our cafeteria lost-and-found area that will be donated at the end of the semester if not claimed. Please encourage your students to look for any of their lost items. If you visit your student for lunch on a Friday, this is a good opportunity to take a look for any missing items. Please reach out to your student's teacher to help facilitate if needed.
It is important for us to communicate with you, but we unfortunately cannot always accommodate "walk-in" meeting requests. If you would like to meet with any principals, administrators, teachers, the counselor, other staff, etc., please make sure to contact us in advance to schedule a meeting so that we can best serve you. Thank you for understanding.
- Parents/families walking into the school: for your safety, please make sure to use the crosswalk leading up to our front entrance instead of cutting across the parking lot.
- Car rider parents, please do not stop your vehicle at a crosswalk. Also, please follow staff instructions on how far to pull up along the curb. Finally, please do not drop off your student in the parking lot; we understand your time valuable but it is important for safety that you join the car line and drop them off properly.
- Please remember that bus drivers cannot release Pre-K and Kindergarten students at a stop without visually confirming that a guardian is present.
- If bus riders of any grade do not make it off the bus at their stop for any reason, the bus driver will bring them directly back to school when they finish their route, and the student will need to be picked up by a family member.
- Arrival time for students is 7:35am-8am, after which students are tardy and must check in with the front desk. Breakfast is served in classrooms from 7:35-8:05am.
School Transfer Applications are now open
If your student is seeking to attend a school in 2023-24 for which they are not zoned, the window to submit a transfer application is now open. More information can be found at www.springisd.org/transfers.
Spring ISD Board of Trustees approves 2023-24 instructional calendar
Spring ISD Board of Trustees approved a 2023-24 Instructional Calendar at its regular meeting Tuesday night. The approved calendar — Option A — will have students starting classes on Aug. 10, 2023, and finishing school on May 31, 2024.
The approved calendar was one of two options presented to staff and the community for input in a survey that drew feedback from more than 7,500 people — a 146% increase in participation in comparison to last year. Both options were similar except for the start and end dates to the school year and a new weeklong district Fall Break.
Specifically, under the approved calendar, the Winter Break will begin for students after an early release half-day of instruction on Dec. 15 and end with them returning to school on Thursday, Jan. 4. Spring break will start on March 11, with classes resuming on Monday, March 18.
Both calendar options prioritized maximizing student instruction — including two additional early release days on Dec. 14 and May 30 for high school students only, to support final exams. Throughout the year, students will have no classes on Nov. 6-7 and Feb.15-16 to allow full days for both teacher professional development and parent conferences in the district.
The Spring ISD Advisory Committee on Education (ACE), which includes staff and teachers, offered input and guidance before the two calendar proposals were presented to the public in the community survey. Both options met all state requirements for instructional time, including 174 days with 440 instructional daily minutes to build in make-up days if necessary.
The 2023-24 Instructional Calendar, as well as the current school year’s calendar, are located at www.springisd.org/calendars.