Tiger Tracks

Parent Newsletter - Issue #238 - April 8, 2019

This Week in Tiger Land

Monday, April 8

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, April 9


Campus CLOSED to all lunch deliveries

ELA I EOC Test Day, SAT School Day Testing, TSI Testing

Junior/Senior Late Arrival at 10:35 AM - Juniors report to gym; Seniors report to auditorium

Softball vs. Ridge Point (6:00/7:30pm)

Baseball @ Dulles (7:00pm)

Wednesday, April 10

College Wear Wednesday

Blood Drive

Powder Puff Pep Rally (Activity Schedule)

Thursday, April 11

Thankful Thursday: let someone important to you know that you appreciate them!

Campus CLOSED to all Lunch Deliveries


Freshmen on Regular Schedule

Juniors/Seniors Late Arrival at 10:35 to report to 4th period - Regular schedule 4th-7th

Powder Puff Football Game (6:00pm)

Friday, April 12

Fridays We Wear Red!

Baseball vs. Austin (7:00pm)

Mr. Travis Pageant (6:30pm)

Saturday, April 13

Global Issues Summit (9:00am)

I-Fest is Coming!

International Festival (aka IFEST) will be held in the Auditorium at THS on April 18th, at 6 pm. $3 Tickets will go on sale April 15th through 18th during lunches.

Parent Communication for Junior/Senior Parents Regarding Test Days

This week, our campus will be completing a variety of assessments. On Tuesday and Thursday, April 9 and 11, some of our juniors and seniors will qualify for late arrival at 10:35 AM. Our schedule is listed below:

Tuesday, April 9th

ELA 1 STAAR EOC Test – all 9th grade students, Retesters (students that have not passed ELA 1 STAAR EOC)

ELA 2 STAAR Review – all 10th grade students not involved in ELA 1 retesting

SAT School Day – Juniors that have previously registered for SAT School Day

TSI Testing – Seniors that have previously registered for TSI Testing

Mandatory O-lab or Attendance Make Up Hours – Juniors and Seniors identified by Counselors or Admin as being in need of credit or attendance hour recovery

AP Reviews – Juniors and seniors that signed up through their AP teacher for various review sessions

**Juniors and Seniors that do not belong in any of the above groups, will arrive to school at 10:35 AM. Juniors report to the gym and Seniors report to the auditorium.

Thursday, April 11th

ELA 2 STAAR EOC Test – all 10th grade students, Retesters (students that have not passed ELA 2 STAAR)

Regular Schedule without advisory – all 9th grade students

Mandatory O-lab or Attendance Make Up Hours – Juniors and Seniors identified by Counselors or Admin as being in need of credit or attendance hour recovery

AP Reviews – Juniors and seniors that signed up through their AP teacher for various review sessions

**Juniors and Seniors that do not belong in any of the above groups, will arrive to school at 10:30 AM and report to their 4th period class. 4th period begins at 10:40 AM.

Per the State of Texas, all students must be in attendance at least 4 hours on each instructional day. Non-testers classified as juniors and seniors would be allowed “late arrival” and therefore be present for official attendance-taking at the conclusion of the STAAR testing. The approved state waiver will allow our district to take official attendance at an alternate time. If any non-testing junior or senior is not present by 10:40 a.m., they will be marked absent. Students who are not required to test and who do not show up can be in jeopardy of loss of course credit. Student absences will also affect exemption eligibility for final exams.

Please contact your student’s grade level administrator or counselor if you have any questions. Students MUST be signed in at assigned locations to avoid unnecessary absences. Lunch schedules will be adjusted on Tuesday, April 9th. Both Tuesday and Thursday will be closed campus days – no lunch deliveries will be allowed for any students.

Thank you!

Congrats to Mrs. Diaz on Announcing Her Retirement! See Letter Below in Case You Missed It!

Important Information for Parents that Drop Off Students

Please remember that the Student Parking Lot in the front of the building is for student parking only. This area does not allow for student drop offs. Parents entering this lot to drop off students poses a safety risk to our student drivers. Parents may drop off students in the front circle drive or on the bus ramp AFTER 7:10 AM.

It has also come to our attention that it is becoming a common practice for students to be dropped off at Timewise on Harlem and then walk across the street. This is a huge safety concern for our students as there is a large amount of traffic on Harlem before school and very minimal lighting on the road. Thank you for dropping your student on campus!

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Travis High School values the partnership between home and school. Our mission is for all students to graduate inspired and equipped for futures beyond what they can imagine! We are proud to offer workshops for parents on a variety of topics to help you support your child in high school.

We would like to invite you to CRASE Training on April 15th at 6:30 pm in the Travis Auditorium. CRASE Training:

In the past two decades, horrific mass shootings have been thrust into public consciousness. Mitigating the effects of these sudden incidents is the responsibility of those who serve in our communities’ public safety organizations. The public expects an effective and swift response to these threats and the sequence of events that follow.

Research has shown, however, that many of the mass attacks, or active attacks, are over before law enforcement responders arrive on the scene. Civilians who find themselves embroiled in such an event must be prepared to take immediate action to save their own lives before law enforcement arrives. The average response time for police response to an active attack event is three minutes. Without effective, pre-planned response options for civilians at the scene of the attack, many victims can be seriously injured or killed during these three minutes.

Law enforcement agencies are frequently requested by schools, businesses, and community members for direction and presentations on what they should do if confronted with an active shooter event. The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center in 2004, provides strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues, and considerations for conducting drills.

We look forward to our continued work with parents and law enforcement officers in our effort to ensure our schools are safe. Thank you for entrusting your child to our care.

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Need a Verification Of Enrollment?

Students needing a Verification of Enrollment or VOE for driving permits or licenses will need to submit their request on the VOE clipboard located at the Registrar’s Office. Students may sign-up for their VOE before school, in between classes, during lunch, or after school. Once they sign-up for their VOE, it will be ready the following day after 7th period for pick up in the black box at the Registrar’s Office.

Please plan accordingly to ensure your VOE will be ready in time for any appointments you may have.

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Spring Exam Exemptions - ALL Grades

Students reviewed the following exam exemption criteria in Advisory last week. It is important to note that all Excused and Unexcused absences count for exemptions. For exemption purposes, 3 tardies will equal 1 absence. Please contact your student's grade level AP if you have exemption questions.

Travis High School Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony Information

PTO/YES Program

The YES table is every Tuesday during all three lunches. Students can look for us in the Commons with the red tablecloth labeled Travis YES Program. If students need a print-out of their hours for National Honor Society or for any other reason, they should fill out the request form available at the table and turn in to one of the YES representatives. Students will be able to pick up the print-out the following Tuesday at the YES table, so please make a note of your deadlines and plan accordingly!

Check Your Student's Tiger Pride Point Total

Tiger Pride Points are the "currency" we use to reward students for good behavior and/or participation in events and initiatives on our campus. Students must have their student ID to receive points.

Counselors' Corner

Schedule changes, counselor alpha splits, level change info...get it all right here!

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