Buckalew Buzz

November 18, 2019

From the Principal

Happy Monday!

We have a lot of exciting news in this BUZZ! From our Toy Drive kicking off December 2nd, information about our After School Grade Level Play Dates that your child won't want to miss, our Spirit Event Wednesday at Taco Nation, and our Generation Texas Spirit Week happening now.

During this week as we head into a week of Thanksgiving Break, I want to again let the community know how much your support is appreciated! We are so blessed by the parental support of valuing the importance of a strong educational foundation. We are blessed by the generosity of this community whether it is for coats, food, toys, etc or when it is to directly give back to Buckalew.

So can we get a drum roll??? Here are the final results for our Boosterthon Fall Fundraiser:

  • States: 49
  • Countries: 15
  • 91% Registered
  • 83% Pledged
Our donations came from the following sources:
  • Parents 42.8%
  • Grandparents 31.7%
  • Relative 16.2%
  • Family friend 4.5%
  • Co-worker 0.4%
  • Business 3.5%
  • Corporate matching 0.4%
  • Other 0.5%
Current School Profit: $43,787


We are so grateful for all of you and hope you all enjoy this Thanksgiving Break!

Buckalew PTO and Mrs. Price

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Important School-Wide Dates:

Please see the communication from your child's teacher for specific classroom calendar activities. Below are school-wide:


18th-22nd- Generation Week

18th-Spirit Wear "BE" shirt

19th- Wear Bright or Neon

20th- Wear TWHS or TWCP shirt

20th-Spirit Event- Taco Nation 8:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

21st- Wear polka dots or stripes

22nd- Wear favorite TEAM

25th-29th- Thanksgiving Break-No school


2nd-13th- Toy Drive

6th - Third Grade Playdate 3:00- 4:45pm

10th- Choir Concert 6:00 p.m.

10th First Grade Playdate 3:00-4:45pm

12th- 3rd Grade Program 6:00 p.m.

17th- Science Museum Experience k-4 and Ice Cream Sundae Reward (Boosterthon Fundraising Reward!!)

17th - Fourth Grade Playdate 3:00 - 4:45pm

19th- Early release 12:10 p.m.

19th Jingle Bell Jog

20th-Jan. 7th- Winter Break- No School


8th- Students Return

10th- PTO Meeting- 9:30 a.m.

15th Report Cards sent home

20th- School Holiday

24th-Class Photos

24th Second Grade Playdate 3:00 - 4:45pm

A Special Thank YOU!!!

Buckalew Staff can't thank these two ladies enough! For the last two weeks, PTO President Nina Neal and VP of Fundraising Paige Perry (aka "Pony Paige") have promoted our Boosterthon fall fundraiser daily. They have also brought us our very sweet mascot "Buddy the Bear"! These two ladies cheered students and parents on as they arrived to school daily at 7:30 am, promoted Boosterthon on our announcements daily, ran "huddles" daily with every single grade level, every day for the last two weeks, took pictures and hyped up our fundraising goals all over social media, organized prize patrols, and provided glow sticks at the last minute to have an incredible GLOW RUN...along with many other things!!! Buckalew is so blessed by our giving parent community in donating over $40,000 in two weeks, and we are forever grateful for the work done in front of and behind the scenes by these two wonderful ladies. Thank you!!!

DreamBox- Math Tips

What is DreamBox learning?

Buckalew has purchased DreamBox Learning, a K-8 digital, rigorous and highly adaptive math curriculum that students access to supplement school math instruction. It adjusts in the moment to meet the education needs of each learner while students are engaged in a fun learning environment.

DreamBox can be accessed from a desktop or iPad, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Accessing DreamBox on an iPad

To download the DreamBox Learning Math app, search for DreamBox Learning Math in the App Store. When prompted in the app, enter school code: ezs4/skrn

Your child's math teacher should have already sent this information along with a classroom code if your student uses a picture password.

Accessing DreamBox on a Desktop

Your student can access DreamBox Learning from any computer with a high-speed internet connection. Buckalew has a unique web address. Use the below link to access DreamBox from a browser. https://play.dreambox.com/login/ezs4/skrn Your child's math teacher should have already sent this information along with a classroom code if your student uses a picture password.

Tips for home usage

  1. Allow for 15-20 minute sessions throughout the week.
  2. Encourage completion of every lesson that is started. Mistakes are O.K. Your child should not shy away from incorrect answers, as they help find the right lesson to build learning progress.
  3. We know it's difficult, but please resist the urge to help with answers so that your child does not move ahead before he or she is truly ready.
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Picture Perfect Friday Videos!

Each Friday we play a "Picture Perfect Friday" video on our announcements to capture our week. We hope you enjoy!

Friday 11/8

Friday 11/15


The window is now open for parent nominations for GT Screening and will continue through December 19. Parents may nominate their student for Spring GT Testing by completing the District Nomination Form, available through any 3rd and 4th grade teacher, or by asking Belinda in the front office. Second grade students participated in the CogAT assessment in October. The CogAT assessment will serve as a GT screener for second grade students. Parents may now nominate, one time per level of test. In other words, students may test once each school year to see if they meet district requirements and /or qualify in other subject areas. GT testing will be held at Buckalew during the school day during the weeks of January 27 – January 31 and February 3-7. Nomination forms may be returned to your student’s 3rd and 4th grade teacher OR to Belinda in the front office. ALL NOMINATION forms are due NO LATER THAN December 19!

Toy Drive

Help us spread some Holiday cheer!

CISD police are collecting toys for our CISD families in need. Please bring in new unwrapped toys December 2-13th.

Collection boxes will be located in front of the library.

Please Register with CISD

For the safety of ALL students, we ask that any person entering Buckalew be approved through the CISD volunteer website. This includes classroom events, parties, classroom readers, volunteers, lunch visitors, etc. In other words, if you are visiting a classroom or are around children, you must fill out the online

CISD Volunteer Application.

Thank you.

Positivity Project 2019-2020 #OTHERPEOPLEMATTER


The Positivity Project is Buckalew’s Study of Character Strengths, School-Wide Education & Positive Weekly Recognition Program. Feel free to ask your student about their journal or instruction by Mrs. Points through the specials rotation on Fridays.

Staff nominate students each week for being "Pawsitively Awesome". Congratulations to the students below:

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Always There Bears- October Winners

Kinder - Mrs. Warren's Class

1st Grade - Mrs. Ramirez's Class

2nd Grade - Mrs.Dillow's Class

3rd Grade - Mrs. Manchac's Class

4th Grade - Mrs. Saheb's Class

Thank you for your hard work and commitment to school attendance!

Generation Texas

During Generation Texas Week, students all across the state dream as BIG as the state when it comes to their future. During this special week, we will answer the question, “What’s next after Buckalew?” and focus on secondary and post secondary education and career choices.

Generation Texas Week

November 18th - November 22nd, 2019

You Can BE Anything!


“Be” True to Your SCHOOL! Wear Buckalew “BE” t-shirts.


My Future’s So BRIGHT! Wear bright or neon colors.


I Have HIGH Hopes! Wear your favorite high school t-shirt.


You Won’t SPOT Me Giving Up! Wear polka dots or stripes.


Hey, Go TEAM! Wear your favorite college t-shirt.

Spirit Events

Spirit Day at TACO NATION

Wednesday, November 20th from 8 am to 8:30 pm.

Enjoy taco all day and show your support! 20 % of fundraiser sales will benefit Buckalew Elementary. Make sure to mention to the cashier that you are there supporting Buckalew!

3rd Grade Nutcracker Keepsake T-shirt

We are collecting orders for the 3rd grade Nutcracker Keepsake T-shirts until Wednesday, November 20th. Click below for the form to print out, find on Canvas to print out or pick one up outside the music room. T-shirts are $15 and we can take cash or check (made out to Buckalew with DOB and DL# on check). Please bring form and money to Mrs. Ramirez at school. Thank you!


Unclaimed items will be removed and donated after dismissal on Thursday December 19/19.

Hi parents!! If you are on campus for Parent Teacher Conferences, library shifts, holiday parties, etc. please have a peek at the Lost and Found (by the gym). Things are piling up and I would love to get these items back to their owners, but most things aren't labelled. If you could please take a moment to label any sweaters, water bottles, hoodies, jackets, hats, etc. that might make their way to school, that would be great! (as anything not claimed by Winter Break is set to be donated)

If you have any questions, please contact Joanna Altimas at jaltimas@gmail.com


We have a selection of T-shirt’s and bows available still. They can be purchased from Belinda in the front office. Shirts are $15 each and bows are $8 each. Please have cash or check with you for payment.

For enquires please contact Taryn Andersen at Taryn.andersen@gmail.com





To learn more about volunteer opportunities, click the Volunteer PDF below.

After School Playdates

Ready for some fun? Our After School Playdates offer kids action packed fun for each grade level. The playdates follow immediately after dismissal, are approximately 2 hours and pick is only through car line. Use this time to holiday shop or enjoy time with friends. The kids will be playing and making sweet memories! The cost is $25 per student. Register online at buckalewbearspto.com

·Kinder- Feb 13th- Valentine Theme

·1st Grade- Dec 10 Holiday Movie Theater Choice

·2nd Grade- January 24th- Snow Much Fun- Activity Choice

·3rd Grade- December 6th- Winter Mixer Station Activities

·4th Grade- December 17th- Escape Room, and Movie and Tech Room Choices

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Transportation Changes

Parents just a reminder to send all transportation changes to school with your child in their backpack.

For emergencies only, e-mail brobinson@conroeisd.net PRIOR TO 2PM and make sure you get a confirmation that your change was received. Please note weather is not considered an emergency.

Classroom teachers do not always check emails throughout the day or may even be absent and that request would not be received in time. If you have sent a note with your child it is not necessary to e-mail the note to the front office. Thank you.

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Buckalew Visitors and Volunteers

Safety is our top concern, and surveillance cameras are placed at all doors and in the hallways of our school. Each camera records all activity. All outside doors are locked including the front doors. Please be sure to have your driver’s license with you during every visit to the campus.

Upon arrival, please see the receptionist for a visitor’s tag. The receptionist will ask for your driver’s license. It will be scanned using a system that is connected to the database that provides an alert of any person who may jeopardize the safety of our campus. If no such alert is discovered, the receptionist will then electronically permit entrance into the building.

Each time you enter the school, please remember to bring your license. The nametag given to you on each visit will show the date and the purpose of your visit. Please know that every visitor must have a name tag, and anyone without it will be stopped. Even though this is time consuming, it is essential to our children’s safety. For your child’s protection, parents and visitors are not allowed to go to their child’s classroom to pick him or her up during or at the end of the day. All check out is through the front office. Please allow students to walk to classrooms independently in the mornings and to go to the designated areas for dismissal in the afternoons.

If you need to pick up your student, you will be asked for your driver’s license. Students will only be released to parents with ID, unless we have written correspondence or an email to brobinson@conroeisd.net with identifying information on who will be picking up the student.

If you plan to be in the building during the school day at any time during the school year, please fill out the volunteer application on the CISD website: https://apps.conroeisd.net/volunteer/. This must be done yearly and will be necessary in order to volunteer in any position on campus.

Attendance is Important

In the event your child will be absent from school, please call the attendance line at 281-465-3410. To insure the accuracy of your child’s ‘excused’ and ‘unexcused’ absences, please call the attendance line EACH DAY your child is absent.

Following an absence, please send a note explaining the reason for your child’s absence. If your child will be out for an extended period of time, please let his/her teacher know, as well as our attendance clerk.

School hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. The tardy bell rings at 8:00 and students will be counted tardy if they are not in their classroom at that time. Attendance is taken at 9:00 a.m. each day. If your child is absent at 9:00 a.m. due to a doctor’s appointment, he/she will be counted present if you bring your child back to school on the same day with a doctors statement that verifies the appointment.

When students are absent, they are expected to make up all worked missed. Students will have the same number of days to complete assignments, as they were absent. The student handbook states that make up work cannot be given in advance of absences.

Please avoid scheduling vacations while school is in session. State law requires that children miss no more than 10% (18 days) of the school year. If a child misses more than 10%, they do not have the required attendance to be promoted to the next grade.

Additionally, Attendance is a major component of our state’s accountability system. Our attendance percentage is factored into every measure of our accountability, which impacts our school ranking.

Regular attendance is very important. Every day is packed with valuable instruction that cannot be reproduced at home. Attending school regularly has a huge effect on your child’s academic success, and success later in life. Parents play a key role in setting an example as to the importance of regular attendance and arriving to school on time.

Please feel free to direct all questions or concerns to Jayne Bull at 281-465-3410 or jbull@conroeisd.net.

2019-20 School Calendar

For your planning purposes, download the pdf of the 19-20 school calendar below. Buckalew thanks you in advance for planning all vacations outside of the school calendar. As we know with absenteeism, students miss valuable instruction that takes place daily. What you may or may not know is that Texas schools are rated not only on academic performance, but also attendance. Daily attendance plays a huge role in our accountability rating from the state.

We appreciate your support of public education and the value of attendance. Because of YOU and our amazing staff, Buckalew continues to rank among the best in the state and we are very proud of that and want it to continue!


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Car Rider LINE Do's and Don'ts:

Buckalew takes pride in the organization and efficiency of our car rider line. We have tried various ways entering and exiting our students over 20 years. Please note the following if you are a car rider:

  • DO follow these directions for morning drop off and if applicable, for afternoon pick up.

  • DO pull all the way up to the letter "A" labeled on the pillars along the back patio. If a car is already at A, please create a steady stream behind "A", "B", "C", "D" and "E". We can safely load and unload 5-7 cars at a time by following this method.

  • Do NOT pull up and stop by the doors. This slows every car down behind you and we have this designed for safety to pull all the way up to A. If you are concerned about your child not getting into the building, please know that is why we have safety kids and staff outside at morning duty.

  • DO NOT GET OUT OF THE CAR. If your child requires extra kisses, assistance getting out of his or her car seat, a note written, a walk up to the door, then we ask that you park and walk your child from Lakeside Park.

  • DO move quickly through the car-rider line.
  • DO NOT confuse quickly with fast. If you are in an extreme rush, the car-rider line may not be your best option. Park and escort your child from Lakeside Park.
  • DO NOT pass other cars in the car rider line. This is extremely dangerous. If there is a car who is regularly not following the rules and safety is a concern, please call the front office and let us know.
  • DO put safety first. Make your kids wear their seat belts in the car-rider line. Don’t be on cell phones in the car-rider line. Put your car in park before your children get out of the car in the car-rider line. Watch for others crossing the parking lot in the car-rider line.
  • DO NOT expect others to be safe. Every parent uses the car-rider line for the first time at some point. This may include families who just moved into the area, relatives, nannies, and older siblings.
  • DO have all of your child’s school items prepared and placed carefully inside of their sturdy backpack before entering the car-rider line. This includes water bottles.
  • DO NOT allow your child to attempt to exit your vehicle with their backpack gaping open. All of their items could easily spill out onto the ground, forcing you to put your vehicle in park, run around to the other side, or worse, have your child crawl under a car without you realizing it.
  • Do make sure your children exit the car on the passenger side doors. There is a RED line on the dismissal patio. Please reinforce to your children that they need to go straight across the red line to the area away from the car traffic.
  • DO NOT allow your child to exit the driver's side or the back of the car. Someone behind or in front of you may not see your child and accidentally reverse or move forward. Exiting the passenger side ensures your child will not be in another vehicles path.
  • DO have your CAR RIDER SIGN OUT AND DISPLAYED for the person calling names to see it vividly even if they know you during pickup. Sometimes it is hard to see into windows and anticipate who is inside the car.
  • DO NOT make U Turns coming or going into the car rider back parking lot. Montgomery County police did a evaluation of our car rider line to most safely and efficiently run our arrival and dismissal. This has improved the safety of not only our car riders, but our biker walkers and bus riders. This has also improved our dismissal time from approximately 45 minutes in the past, to under 20 minutes.
  • Do understand our line runs efficiently at dismissal and can be done in 15 minutes on most days. Do not assume it will run long and wait to pick up your child when there is no line. This is both embarrassing and scary for your child as we do bring them to the front office to make a phone call to make sure you are okay.
  • AGAIN, If you need more time and are holding up the line during drop off or pick up, we ask you to please park at Lakeside Park and walk your child up to school.
  • Thank you.
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From our Police Department:

A few friendly reminders in regards to school zone safety and car rider drop off safety:

  • Please remember to remind your children NOT to cross until the crossing guards are at their posts in the morning. The building is not open until 7:30.
  • Please remember if you are in your car, to wait for the crossing guards not only to cross the children, but for the crossing guards themselves to make it back to the sidewalk.
  • Please remember to stay off your cell phones when driving in school zones.
  • Please remember their are NO DOGS allowed on school property. This is for your personal liability and the safety of all of our students.
  • Please remember there are no U-Turns in front of the school.
  • Lakeside Park- if you are dropping your kids off or picking them up from Lakeside Park please park your vehicle to do so. It becomes a safety issue to just drive up and let your kids out or have them get in without parking. Please use our car line in the back of Buckalew if you want just drop off your child.

Student Handbook

CISD's student handbook is online. We ask that you complete the acknowledgement of that handbook if you haven't already.

Buckalew and CISD Bullying Information

The policy of Conroe ISD is that all students be free from bullying, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. All charges of bullying, discrimination, harassment and retaliation are taken very seriously. If you believe your child is a victim of bullying, discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation, please contact Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Price, or Mrs. Points, immediately as we do take any complaints very seriously.

Click below to read more:

CISD Bullying Information

Give the Gift of a TAE "Teacher's Achieving Excellence"

Log Into "Parent Access" by clicking:


and click on the "Teachers/Staff Excellence" Tab.

Feel free to type your own message and send any staff a positive message!

Calling All Bears!! Big-Bear, Little-Bear Program

We are excited to start our new program for the 2019 - 20 school year called Big Bear/Little Bear. This program is for new families entering Buckalew to be placed with a veteran Buckalew family. If you are new to the area or new to Buckalew, please contact Mrs. Lozinak and she will connect you with a "Big Bear" family who will help you navigate for an easy family-friendly Buckalew start.

Heather Lozinak: havillano@yahoo.com or 402-661-0547.

Click to see what's going on in Buckalew's PTO!

The purpose of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is to:

(a) promote the welfare of children at Buckalew

(b) to foster cooperation between parents and teachers in the education of children at Buckalew

(c) to unite school and community efforts in securing for all children the best education

(d) to engage in fundraising activities for the educational and recreational benefit of Buckalew, its children, teachers, and staff as determined by the PTO and in accordance with the PTO by-laws.

Parent Access Login

By logging into Parent Access, you can check your child's grades, assignments, and attendance.

Canvas Login

CISD teachers on all campuses use Canvas courses as a way to communicate with both parent and students. As a parent, you are able to log into Canvas and see your student's Canvas courses which contain contact and classroom information provided by your student's teachers (both grade level and Specials). You can login to Canvas using the Canvas Login button our campus website (buckalew.conroeisd.net).

Please refer to the Canvas login instructions also found on our campus website to access your student's Canvas courses. The login credentials are the same as used for Parent Access.

Should you have any issues accessing your Buckalew student's Canvas course, please contact us at 281-465-3400.

Click here to login directly to Canvas.

Lunch Information:

Buckalew Lunch Menu

MySchoolBucks Account

CISD Child Nutrition

A Full Price student meal is $2.85 and for a 2nd meal is $3.60. “Extras” range from $.50-$2.00.

Did you know you can put limits on your child’s account? You can limit your child to one complete lunch so your child is getting the complete lunch on the menu. We encourage you to keep track of your child's purchases online.

You can also limit your daily expenditures or snack choices or ala carte by calling our cafeteria at 281-465-3467.

Lost and Found

A friendly reminder to please label your child's belongings. **Water bottles, lunch boxes, hats, and especially outerwear such as hoodies/jackets/sweaters are all great things to label as these items tend to pile up quickly in the Lost and Found.

Lost and Found is located outside of the school gym.

If you have any questions, please contact Joanna Altimas at jaltimas@gmail.com

---------Easy Ways to Donate Money to Buckalew PTO-----------

Kroger Community Rewards

Kroger Community Rewards makes fund-raising easy by donating to Buckalew based on the shopping you do everyday. Once you are registered, every time you shop at Kroger you will be earning money for Buckalew! Link your Kroger Plus Card to your Kroger account. Then, go here to select Buckalew.

How do I select Buckalew to support?

Selecting Buckalew is as simple as updating the Kroger Community Rewards selection on your digital account.

  1. Sign in to your digital account.
  2. Go here to search for Buckalew Elementary
  3. Enter the school name
  4. Select Bucalew from the list and click “Save.”

Buckalew will now display in the Kroger Community Rewards section of your account.

Remember you have to swipe your Kroger plus Card or use your Alt ID when shopping for each eligible purchase to count.

Box Tops for Education

To take part, simply clip Box Tops off the package of participating products, and turn them into your child’s class during Box Tops collection twice a year. Participating companies and product lines include General Mills, Green Giant, Totino’s, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Ziploc, Hefty, Juicy Juice, Betty Crocker and many more.

Here are some actual products to keep an eye out for:

  • Annie’s Organic Popcorn
  • Nature Valley XL Sweet & Salty Bars
  • Apple Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal
  • Ziploc Freezer Bags
  • Totino’s Pizza Rolls Snacks
  • Lysol Bathroom Cleaners
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Kleenex Tissue Bundles
  • Green Giant Fresh Vegetables
  • Land O’Lakes Butter Products
  • Boise POLARIS Premium Color Copy Paper
  • Chex Mix
  • Hefty Deluxe Plates and Platters
  • Hefty Cinch Sak Large Trash Bags and Lawn & Leaf Bags

Get the full list of participating products here.

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Amazon Smile~ You shop. Amazon gives.

Select Buckalew Elementary School as your charity!

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

ExxonMobil Grants

Calling all ExxonMobil employees, their spouses, children or retired employees.

You can help Buckalew Elementary receive a grant by doing what you love, volunteering. ExxonMobil Volunteer Involvement Program is a program that encourages its people to get involved within their community. It is as simple as doing what you are already doing, volunteering. By volunteering at our various school events (IE: Library, Carnival, workroom helper etc.) you can earn Buckalew a sizable grant. All we need is your 20 hours of individual or team (not to be combined) volunteer hours recorded. If you are interested in this program, please email Tracy Kumin at volunteers@buckalewbearspto.com


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Thanks for all YOU do!

From your Buckalew Staff and PTO

The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner. For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, TX 77304; (936) 709-7752