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Welcome Back, Wildcats!
Welcome back to the 2022-2023 school year! A big thanks to our teachers, administration, staff, students, and parents for working diligently to make sure we are ready to hit the ground running this fall. From school supplies to registration to Meet the Teacher, we recognize that the demands of starting a new year can be a challenge. KISD appreciates the efforts of our parents and students in preparing for the new school year and setting each child up for success. To support you, we've included a variety of helpful information for KISD students and families in this month's issue of the Wildcat Wire.
May this year bring each of you new opportunities to find joy as we continue to work together to make KISD a great place to learn, work, and grow!
The KISD Curriculum and Student Services Team
KISD Ascender Parent Portal Reminders
The Ascender Parent Portal allows parents to set alerts for grades and attendance and view report cards and progress reports. Parents may also email their child’s teacher from within the Ascender Parent Portal. Simply click on the teacher’s name from the student’s class schedule.
Parents may view the Ascender Parent guide HERE.
2022-2023 Child Nutrition Information
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress authorized spending that allowed schools to serve free meals for all students. Those funds are not authorized to continue for the 2022-2023 school year and as a result, Kennedale ISD must return to charging for school meals and offering free and reduced-price meals based on student eligibility. Families are encouraged to complete the Application for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals at http://schoollunchapp.com/.
The application will determine a child’s eligibility for free and reduced-price meals and may assist in the determination of eligibility for other state or federal benefits. Only one application needs to be completed per household. Schools will notify the household of the child’s eligibility. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) administers school nutrition programs in Texas and offers an eligibility calculator, available at www.SquareMeals.org/ProgramEligibility.
Applications may be submitted anytime during the school year. The information households provide on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility. Applications may also be verified by the school officials at any time during the school year.
If you do not qualify for free or reduced meals, you may begin depositing money into student accounts at any time through MySchoolBucks to prepare for the cost of school lunches next year.
For more information regarding the free and reduced meals application, please visit https://www.kennedaleisd.net/freeandreducedapplication or email email@example.com.
2022-2023 Meal Prices
- Breakfast | $1.65
- Lunch | $2.75
- Breakfast | $1.65
- Lunch | $3.00
- Breakfast | $1.65
- Lunch | $3.25
Emergent Bilingual Parent Meeting at the Kennedale Library
New Dismissal Pattern at Delaney
Parent Engagement Activity
Curriculum and Student Services (CSS) values collaborative partnerships with our most important partner in education – parents. This year, CSS will be offering a variety of opportunities to engage with parents and families, building mutual trust and a strong, shared responsibility for our students’ learning. Continue to visit the Important Dates and Reminders section of this Wildcat Wire newsletter throughout the year for events, and please join us when you can!
Kennedale Rated B by TEA State Accountability Ratings
Regional Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony
Fall Professional Development
KISD teachers were active learners during the first two weeks of August! They participated in a variety of training sessions related to academic content and instructional resources-- and many of them spent hours getting their classrooms ready to welcome students in anticipation of the return of students. We are thankful for the efforts of our amazing KISD staff!
1st Day of School!
The KISD campuses were filled with the sound of joy and engagement as students returned to school and were greeted by teachers and staff! We are proud of our student Wildcats and happy to see them as they start their new year of academic and social growth and reunite with friends.
Kennedale Lady Kat Basketball Schedule
Texasassessment.gov Family Portal
Help prepare your child for the new school year. Log In and Learn More (TexasAssessment.gov) about your child’s STAAR results, and access resources to support their future academic progress.
Information for Families of English Learners
Looking for resources to help your child with homework or information about ESL or Bilingual programs? Visit the Parents and Families page of the Supporting English Learners website. You may view flyers, videos, and newsletters on the site, and translation is available.
KISD Counseling Department - New Staff Members!
KHS Campus Counselor, Bethany Long
KHS Communities-in-Schools Case Manager, Dylan Highfill
Contact information for Campus Counselors and Social Workers is located on the KISD website.
Meet KHS Counselor: Bethany Long
Ms. Long earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a Business minor, as well as a Masters of Education in Teaching, from the University of Texas at Arlington. She obtained her School Counseling certification through the Region 4 certification program.
She has been in education for 10 years. She spent 9 years as a high school Spanish teacher in Arlington ISD teaching Spanish 1 and 2 at Arlington HS, then at Juan Seguin HS. She then did her first year as a school counselor at North Mesquite High School and is now excited to be a part of the Kennedale High School team!
Meet KHS Communities In Schools Case Manager: Dylan Highfill
My name is Dylan Highfill, MSW. I am from Mansfield, TX and I am married with two sons ages 13 and 6. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my family, attending my kid’s hockey games and organizing! I am a school social worker and previously worked in Lake Worth ISD and Alvarado ISD. I have a Master of Social Work degree from The University of Texas at Arlington with a specialization in direct practice with children and families.
My dream was to work in school social work and I am so thankful to have a job I’m passionate about. Going to school every day never feels like work to me because I love it so much! I love being a part of a school family and getting to know everyone on campus. My passion is creating safe spaces that bridge gaps in education and social emotional learning that help students reach their full potential. I see the potential in all students and love to create relationships that help promote solutions and solve problems.
National Suicide Prevention Month
September is Suicide Prevention month. Kennedale ISD is leading district-wide initiatives throughout the month stressing the importance of recognizing signs in others and educating on prevention strategies and how to offer support to those in need. The safety of our students is always our top priority. The theme for September “Your Future is Bright!" Thank you for the efforts you put forth to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental wellness, not only during the month of September, but every day.
*NEW* The National Suicide Prevention Line
On July 16th, the National Suicide Prevention Line changed! The once 11-digit number is now shortened to three digits 9-8-8. When people call or text #988 they will be connected to trained counselors with the lifeline network.
In 2020, Congress designated the new 988 dialing code to operate through the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s (1-800-273-8255) network of over 200 locally operated and funded crisis centers across the country. The vision for 988 is to have additional crisis services available in communities across the nation, much the way emergency medical services work. This transition to the 988-dialing code offers an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen and expand the existing Lifeline.
As 988 rolls out across the country it is vital that the unique needs of children, youth and young adults are considered to ensure that crisis response services are not traumatizing for children, services are age and developmentally appropriate, and services stabilize the situation to keep children in their homes and with their families.
College, Career, and Military Readiness
College Readiness Assessments
As students move into high school there are multiple opportunities to take tests that determine college readiness. Below are the offerings that Kennedale High School has for students.
SAT - The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The purpose of the SAT is to measure a high school student's readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. College admissions officers will review standardized test scores alongside your high school GPA, the classes you took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays. Kennedale HS offers a free opportunity for students to test on campus, either in the spring of the 11th grade year or the fall of their 12th grade year. The test is offered year round on select Saturdays through www.collegeboard.com.
ACT - The ACT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The purpose of the ACT test is to measure a high school student's readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. College admissions officers will review standardized test scores alongside your high school GPA, the classes you took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays. How important ACT scores are in the college application process varies from school to school. Kennedale HS offers an opportunity for students to take the ACT on campus during a school day, once in the spring for a fee. The test is offered year round on select Saturdays through www.act.org.
PSAT - The PSAT does not identify whether a student is college ready, but it does give students practice in taking a test similar to the SAT. Students can take the PSAT in the 9th and 10th grades for a small fee. All 11th grade students are given the PSAT/NMSQT, which gives valuable information and experience for students to prepare for the SAT. Depending on results, students are eligible for scholarships and awards. Students register through the CCMR department at the high school.
TSIA2 - Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 is the assessment that institutions of higher education use to determine college readiness in math and reading. For students to take dual credit courses in high school they must show they are college ready; the TSIA2 is typically the tool used for this determination and is offered at local colleges and KHS throughout the school year.
Kennedale CTE Nondiscrimination Statement
Kennedale ISD no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, discapacidad o edad en sus programas o actividades y brinda igualdad de acceso a los Boy Scouts y otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para manejar consultas sobre las políticas de no discriminación: Stephanie Devlin, Director of Counseling Services, 120 W Kennedale Pkwy, Kennedale, Tx 76060, 817-563-8000, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Families of Students with Disabilities
Partner Resources Network and Region XI will be hosting the annual S.W.A.P. Symposium. This is a one-day symposium supporting parents.
Topics of discussion: Special Education, Parent Involvement, Conflict Resolution, FBAs/BIPs, Mental Health and Anxiety, Guardianship/Trusts, and Dyslexia
Location: ESC Region 11 — 1451 S. Cherry Lane, White Settlement, TX 76108
Date/Time: September 17, 2022, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Registration link: https://forms.gle/A1wAqzdP74vuF4M8A