The Cat’s Connection

September 2020 - Volume II

Welcome Back Wildcats!

When Will School Start?

September 14 - 18, 2020: Students should expect a phone call from their homeroom teachers during this week. Our goal is to reconnect with students and welcome them back. Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) will look different so we'll also want to identify needs and encourage them as we all start this exciting journey together. We look forward to chatting with all our students!

September 21, 2020: Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) will begin!

Sample Schedule

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How Do I Access My Student's Schedule?

Schedules are ready to view! Please note that changes are still being made, but most schedules are completed. Students can access their schedules on our website using Home Access.


Forget your Home Access Log In?

Did you forget your Home Access log-in over the summer break? No problem! Click on the Home Access Link and select, "Forgot My Username or Password". Follow the prompts to reset your password.


Don't have a Home Access Log In?

Are you an upcoming 6th grader, or new to the district? No worries. Click on the link below to request a Login. Yes, it's that easy!

Request Home Access Login


Are you still having problems getting access?

Give us a call at 503-623-6662 or drop us a line, and we'll get you set up.

Chromebooks for Students

Dallas School District will be loaning personal computing devices to students who need them. However, due to increased demand for Chromebooks nationwide, we'll need to deploy devices in phases. Phase one will address students who currently DO NOT have access to a computer. For these students, our first Chromebook deployment will be held on *September 15 and September 17, 2020, at LaCreole Middle School from 9 AM to 6 PM. Please be aware these devices are "on loan" from the district and you will be asked to sign the agreement below when you receive your device.


*September 15th is contingent on air quality. Watch for social media updates!


Students Who Already Have Devices:

For those students who already have their own device, please confirm it will compatible with the Canvas program:


  • PC laptops (running Windows 10)
  • Chromebooks (purchased no later than a year ago)
  • Mac laptops (running at least macOS 10.15 Catalina)
  • iPads (running at iOS 13)


Students who do not have Internet Service:

We are also providing wireless hotspots for those students who do not have Internet access at home. Teachers will be asking students about their access when they make their calls. Please let them know if you need assistance with Internet access. More information regarding this topic will follow.


Please Note: Some Chromebooks that were distributed in the Spring may not be compatible with the Canvas system. We'll be addressing this on a case by case basis and when we have additional devices to distribute.

1:1 Learning Technology Initiative (LTI) Agreement

Canvas Learning Management System - Parent Training September 15th via Zoom!

Dallas School District will be holding a Zoom Parent Training to go over the Canvas Learning Management System. The training will take place on September 15, 2020, from 6 - 7:30 pm. Click on the Zoom link here:

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82108972759?pwd=RDkxanRKS1ZLRFBWWGdmVUR0ZzZ5Zz09

Meeting ID: 821 0897 2759

Passcode: 727121

Lunch is Served! (and breakfast)

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Student Bus Rider Registration - Due October 9, 2020

Mid-Willamette Bus Company has been working hard to ensure student safety when they return to school. If your child may ride a bus at any time this school year, please complete the rider registration from and email it to Linda Shryer at linda.shryer@dsd2.org by October 9, 2020. Riders registered after this date may experience a delay in the availability of bus service while details of distancing and cohorting are arranged. Go to https://www.dallas.k12.or.us/bus-information, for additional information.

Upcoming Dates!

September

  • Monday, September 14, 2020 - Comprehensive Distance Learning Orientation Week (all students)
  • Monday, September 14, 2020 - Phase One Chromebook Deployment - for students who DO NOT have a device; 9 am - 6 pm @ LaCreole Middle School
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020; 6 - 7:30 pm - Parent Training Zoom Meeting for Canvas Learning Management System. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82108972759?pwd=RDkxanRKS1ZLRFBWWGdmVUR0ZzZ5Zz09
  • Monday, September 21, 2020 - First day of Comprehensive Distance Learning (all students)

October

  • Friday, October 9, 2020 - No School, State In-Service Day
  • Friday, October 9, 2020 - Bus Rider Registration Form Deadline. See https://www.dallas.k12.or.us/bus-information for details.
  • Friday, October 23, 2020 - No School, District In-Service Day

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