SECA Newsletter

January 2022

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SECA Parents, Students and Staff

Just like that, it's the middle of January and we are in the thick of our spring semester.


We welcome Dr. Lupita Hinojosa as our new Superintendent of Schools. We look forward to our continued partnership and work in strengthening our Spring Early College program.


Lone Star classes start this week and we are finally back to a majority of in person classes for our LSC sections. This is something we have been looking forward to and while we are cognizant of the ongoing COVID concerns with rising numbers, we are also aware of the importance for students to have the in person interactions. We will continue to take precautions and monitor the ongoing COVID situation. If your student tests positive or is in close contact with someone that tests positive, please make sure to contact our office to report the absence.


In this newsletter you will find information regarding the LSC library hours, tips to start off the semester right and reminders for students. Please review the information and feel free to contact us any time you have a question or need additional information 281-891-6880.


Sincerely,

KGuidry

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Learning Center:

Monday at Thursday: 8am – 5pm

Tuesday & Wednesday: 8am – 6pm

Friday: 9am – 1pm

Library:

Monday – Thursday: 8 am – 7 pm

Friday - Sunday: Closed

Textbook Pickup

Please remember to come the by Conference Room during the times listed


9AM to 12PM

12:45PM to 2PM

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Coffee with the Principal

Friday, Jan. 21st, 8:30am-9:30pm

This is an online event.

Join us here!

February Town Hall

Wednesday, Feb. 9th, 6-8pm

This is an online event.

Join us here!
Students who are enrolled in Edgenuity courses will need to have the first course completed by March 7th, 2022.

Attention SECA 9th grade Students!

Spring Early College Ambassadors are looking for a new batch of Alpha Ambassadors. Ambassadors represent the school in various ways including student recruitment, campus parent meetings, graduation and other community outreach. If you are interested in applying to be an Alpha Ambassador, please complete the attached application and submit to Mrs. Hill electronically by 3:00pm on January 24.

Applications will be reviewed and students will be interviewed during the selection process. Ten Ambassadors will then be selected to serve through the next four years of enrollment at SECA.

Any interested 9th grade SECA student is encouraged to apply!
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New TASFA/FAFSA Graduation Requirement

Parents/Guardians of 12th-Grade Students:


The purpose of this letter is to remind you of a new graduation requirement that will go into effect beginning with the Class of 2022.


As a result of House Bill 3, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) adopted the graduation requirement for all students to complete and submit either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).


TEA has allowed for three exceptions to this graduation requirement:


  1. The student’s parent or other person standing in parental relation submits a signed form indicating that they authorize the student to decline to complete and submit the financial aid application;

  2. The student signs and submits the FAFSA opt-out form on the student’s own behalf, if the student is 18 years of age or older or the student’s disabilities of minority (student emancipation) have been removed for general purposes under Chapter 31, Family Code, or;

  3. A school counselor authorizes the student to decline to complete and submit the financial aid application for good cause, as determined by the school counselor.


Annually, the financial aid cycle opens Oct. 1 of a student’s senior year, and the state priority deadline to submit the FAFSA or TASFA is Jan. 15 of a student’s senior year. Spring ISD will provide hands-on application workshops throughout the school year to assist students and families with the FAFSA and TASFA applications.


To fulfill this graduation requirement, the student must log into Naviance and upload either the mandatory TEA waiver or a Student Aid Report (SAR) to show an application was submitted.


For additional information, please contact your campus college counselor.

Spring ISD Board of Trustees approves 2022-23 instructional calendar

The Spring ISD Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a 2022-23 Instructional Calendar that will have students starting classes on Aug. 16, 2022, and finishing school on June 1, 2023.

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 1,700 people.

Both calendar options prioritized maximizing student instruction, embedding professional development for teachers, and included days during the year for parent-teacher conferences. Both options include two half-days of instruction to allow for parent teacher conferences, and the approved calendar setting aside two full days on Nov. 7 and Feb. 17. Additionally, the calendar includes a Fall Holiday on Oct. 10 and a new district holiday for Juneteenth on June 19. The approved calendar allows for an additional holiday for Election Day on Nov. 8.

Under the approved calendar, the Winter Holiday will begin for students after a half-day of instruction on Dec. 16 and end with them returning to school on Thursday, Jan. 5. Spring Break will start after a half-day of instruction on March 10, with classes resuming on Monday, March 20.

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 2022-23 Instructional Calendar as well as the current school year’s calendar are located at www.springisd.org/calendars.


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