October 2, 2022
Important Dates and Information
10/5- Welcome Wednesday Lunch
Only individuals that are in our registration system will be allowed on campus during the lunch times.
1st Grade- 12:25-12:55
2nd Grade- 1:00-1:30
3rd Grade- 10:40-11:10
4th Grade- 10:05-10:35
5th Grade- 11:15-11:45
10/6- Hispanic Heritage Program @ 5:30
10/10- No School (Fall Holiday)
10/24-10/28- Red Ribbon Week: See attached flyer for activities
10/28- Fall Carnival (Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 17, 2022)
10/31- Storybook Parade (You may dress up as your favorite storybook character)
Attention Parents of 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades!
If you would like your child referred for a Gifted & Talented Screening, please complete the information on the link below by Friday, October 7th.
Attention Parents of Kinder and 2nd Grades!
Your child will be screened for gifted and talented in the coming weeks. Please scan the QR code on the attached form to complete the screening process. If you do not want your child to participate, please sign the OPT OUT form and return it with your child.
We're Celebrating Hispanic Heritage!!
Here 's our Hispanic Heritage fact for the week!
Who is Jovita Idár
As the proverb goes, when you educate a woman, you educate a family. Jovita Idár believed that wholeheartedly. While working at her father’s newspaper, La Crónica, she used the platform to speak out against racism and in support of women’s and Mexican-Americans’ rights. After writing an article condemning Woodrow Wilson’s decision to send U.S. troops to the border, the Texas Rangers showed up at her door to shut down the paper. But she refused to let them in, literally putting her body between them and the door, and they left. Although the Rangers eventually succeeded in shutting down the paper, Idár continued to stand up for women and Mexican-Americans her entire life. Idár died in San Antonio in 1946, but she lives on in spirit as one of the powerful and influential Latinas throughout history who have changed the world.
Bus Rider Information
New Bus Route Information Alert: Bus route 316 is now 513.
Bus route 510 is a delayed route. Thank you for your patience as the district continues to hire drivers.
Car Rider Information
Parents, please make sure you arrive to pick up your scholar/scholars by 3:55 p.m. All students whose parents have not arrived by this time will be relocated to the front office. Parents/guardians will then have to enter the building with either the designated car rider tag or a state issued I.D. (Every scholar should be picked up by 4:00 p.m.)
Spring ISD celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Every year, from September 15 through October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. The influences of these fellow Americans have been highlighted for more than 50 years, first proclaimed by President Johnson in 1968.
Spring ISD is located in one of the most diverse areas in the country. Every day, we celebrate the fact that our students, families, and staff come from all walks of life, with a truly diverse community that varies in thought, experience, and worldview.
From our emergent bilingual programs to our traditional Hispanic performing arts to Spanish-immersive curriculum, Spring ISD aims to highlight, preserve, and celebrate the district’s Hispanic heritage every single day.
You are invited to help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, all month long!
First, join the conversation by sharing photos of campus celebrations using the hashtag #CelebremosSpring. Be sure and tag the district social media accounts as well, on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Second, you can highlight yourself, a student, a teacher, a staff member, or anyone else from the Spring ISD community who deserves a shoutout. Just submit using this Google form.
Spring ISD 2022 Bond Community Informational Meetings
The Spring Independent School District will be holding eight community informational meetings through Oct. 20 to share details about the 2022 Bond referendum that will be on the ballot on Nov. 8. All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and will include a presentation and Q&A session.
Dates and locations are:
Tuesday, Sept. 27 - 6 p.m. at Twin Creeks MS
27100 Old Cypresswood Dr. Spring, TX 77373
Wednesday, Sept. 28 - 6 p.m. at Springwoods Village MS
1120 Crossgate Blvd. Spring, TX 77373
Monday, Oct. 3 - 6 p.m. at Bailey MS
3377 James C. Leo Dr. Spring, TX 77373
Wednesday, Oct. 5 - 6 p.m. at School for International Studies at Bammel
16711 Ella Blvd. Houston, TX 77090
Monday, Oct. 10 - 6 p.m. at Dueitt MS
1 Eagle Crossing Spring, TX 77373
Thursday, Oct. 13 - 6 p.m. at Claughton MS
3000 Spears Rd. Houston, TX 77067
Monday, Oct. 17 - 6 p.m. at Wells MS
4033 Gladeridge Dr. Houston, TX 77068
Thursday, Oct. 20 - 6 p.m. at Roberson MS
12430 Veterans Memorial Dr. Houston, TX 77014
Note from the Nurse
Parents, please remember no medication should be sent to school with a child. If a scholar needs medicine after leaving home for the day, this medication needs to be dropped off and signed in to the nurse.
Spring ISD improves to ‘B’ rating in 2021-22 under state accountability system
Spring Independent School District improved to an overall “B” rating under the Texas Education Agency’s accountability ratings system for the 2021-2022 school year, exiting all seven of its underperforming schools. More than half of its campuses earned an “A” or “B” rating, with the district earning a cumulative score of 81.
Six campuses earned the highest-possible distinction – an “A” rating. An additional 22 campuses earned a “B” rating, a 133 percent increase from the number of schools that reached an “A” or “B” rating in 2019. No schools were “F”-rated campuses.
“We are elated to receive such great news from the Texas Education Agency,” said Spring ISD Superintendent Dr. Lupita Hinojosa. “Our improvement in this year’s accountability ratings is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our teachers and administrators, who day in and day out go the extra mile for our students. This achievement motivates us to strive for even more growth for our students this school year.”
TEA will officially release its accountability ratings on Monday, Aug. 15. This report will include a complete list of Spring ISD schools and their ratings.
“This rating exemplifies the dedication of our teachers and the commitment to excellence of our students,” said Spring ISD Board President Justine Durant. “As we continue to guide our district into the future, we are confident that we can attain greater growth thanks to the vision and strategies our superintendent and senior leadership team have established.”
Spring ISD A-rated campuses
Elementary Schools (3):
Anderson Elementary School
Lewis Elementary School
McNabb Elementary School
Middle Schools (1):
Roberson Middle School
High Schools (2):
Spring Early College Academy
Wunsche High School
Spring ISD B-rated campuses
Elementary Schools (20):
Bammel Elementary School
Beneke Elementary School
Booker Elementary School
Burchett Elementary School
Cooper Elementary School
Eickenroht Elementary School
Heritage Elementary School
Hirsch Elementary School
Hoyland Elementary School
Jenkins Elementary School
Link Elementary School
Major Elementary School
Marshall Elementary School
Meyer Elementary School
Ponderosa Elementary School
Salyers Elementary School
School for International Studies at Bammel
Smith Elementary School
Thompson Elementary School
Winship Elementary School
Middle Schools (2):
Spring Leadership Academy
Twin Creeks Middle School
The State of Texas provides annual academic accountability ratings to its public school districts, charters and schools. These ratings are based on performance on state standardized tests; graduation rates; and college, career, and military readiness outcomes. The ratings examine student achievement, school progress, and whether districts and campuses are closing achievement gaps among various student groups.
Spring ISD Board of Trustees Calls for $850 Million Bond Referendum
Spring ISD voters will decide on a $850 million bond measure on the Nov. 8 general election ballot, with three propositions that would include the rebuilding of Spring High School, construction of a district wide education and performance facility, renovations for several campuses, updates to technology, and safety and security features for all campuses.
After hearing the recommendation from the Bond Steering Committee, the Spring ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved calling the election that will seek voter approval to fund the following projects:
Improve the district’s safety and security capabilities
Rebuild Spring High School
Refresh the current or design the future Westfield High, Reynolds Elementary, and Jenkins Elementary Schools based on community feedback
Address districtwide facility maintenance improvements
Build a districtwide education and performance facility. Spring ISD would utilize this building as a reunification center in the event of emergencies. The center will also be used for districtwide and community educational events, graduation ceremonies, performance and visual arts programs, and indoor athletic events and competitions.
In addition, the proposed measures would include funds to address districtwide technology and specific safety and security needs, including:
Add shooter-detection systems for all locations
Enhance the coverage and density of security camera systems
Provide technology improvements
Purchase regular education and special needs buses
“I am so appreciative of the many hours our Bond Steering Committee put in to ensure they had a firm understanding of the safety and security, facility and technology needs we have in the district,” said Dr. Lupita Hinojosa, Spring ISD Superintendent. “Our students and their learning are at the core of everything we do, and now more than ever we have a responsibility to provide them with a safe and innovative learning environment.”
The Bond Steering Committee dedicated many hours to reviewing safety, security and facility maintenance needs. Its recommendation presented to the Board also addressed technology and rebuild projects. The committee was composed of parents, teachers, staff, students, current and former board trustees as well as faith-based leaders and community/business members.
“This bond presents us with the opportunity to provide our students with the tools and facilities they need to succeed and thrive, all while doing so in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment,” said Spring ISD Board of Trustees President Justine Durant.
If approved by voters, design work of the new construction projects is projected to begin in Spring 2023, with the first construction projects starting in Fall 2024.
The potential $850 million bond is estimated to require a property tax increase of 5 cents per $100 of valuation, which is expected to be offset by an anticipated decrease in the 2022 tax rate; therefore, the resulting tax rate will be the same or lower than the current tax rate.
In 2016, voters supported the district by passing a $330 million bond program, which was completed in 2021. Click here for more detailed information about the work completed under the 2016 bond. For more information on the 2022 bond, please click here.
Spring ISD Guidance on Monkeypox
Spring ISD is monitoring cases in the community and surrounding areas of the monkeypox virus.
Although monkeypox is a disease caused by a virus not commonly seen in the United States, cases have been steadily rising across the country over the past few months. This includes Houston and the surrounding areas.
By knowing the facts, staying informed, and working together, we can help stop the spread of monkeypox.
Symptoms of Monkeypox
Symptoms of monkeypox can vary, but often include:
A rash, which may look like pimples, blisters, or sores
Flu-like symptoms before or after the outbreak of a rash, while some may develop only the rash.
How Monkeypox Spreads
Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, skin-to-skin contact including:
Direct contact with monkeypox rash, sores, or scabs
Contact with objects or fabrics (clothing, bedding, towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox
Contact with respiratory secretions, through kissing and other skin-to-skin contact.
How To Prevent the Spread
Spring ISD is following guidance from local, state, and federal health authorities to help stop the spread of the virus, and will adapt if that guidance changes in the future. The current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local health authorities for prevention have guided Spring ISD to advise the following precautions:
Students and staff should wash hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
Anyone should stay home and contact their healthcare provider if they feel sick, have a fever, chills, or swollen lymph nodes
Have a new or unexplained rash, which may look like pimples, blisters, or sores
Staff and students who experience these symptoms should alert their campus nurse and administrator.
The risk to most people remains low, but Spring ISD urges everyone to stay informed to help ensure a safe and healthy start for the 2022-2023 school year!
For more information about monkeypox, visit the CDC website.
Updated COVID-19 Guidance for 2022-23 School Year
As we begin the new school year, we wanted to provide you with updated protocols related to the reporting of positive COVID-19 cases as a result of recent changes in guidance from the CDC. Spring ISD is not under a mask mandate this school year, but masks are allowed and discretionary based on student and staff health needs.
Within the linked document provided in this email, you will find information related to both student and staff reporting procedures and quarantine protocols.
Please review the complete document linked here for students and here for staff members, which both contain a link to the COVID Positive Test Form that will need to be completed for any student or staff member who reports positive test results.
Student's School Day
- Students must wear appropriate shoes. (no Crocs, flip-flops, no shoes with wheels, or shoes without backs)
- Tights are allowed as long as the student wears shorts or a skirt over them (the shorts or skirt should also be to the knee).
- Hair color that is not natural is prohibited.
- Students may carry a backpack of their choice. The backpacks must be school appropriate.
Bus Rider Information
Students will now carry a small card that will automatically log their entry and exit when they pass the scanner on the school bus. The information will instantly and securely be available to you. In addition, notifications can also be sent directly to your computer or to your cell phone via text message. Knowing when and where your child gets on and off the bus gives the parent added peace of mind.
Know when and where your child gets on and off the school bus.
- Know the date, time, and location your child boarded and exited the bus.
- Receive instant notifications directly to your email or phone.
(All pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students will need a pin number to exit the bus. This will be provided by the classroom teachers.)
Grab Your 2022 High School Football Tickets Today
2022-23 Tickets for All Sports on All Campuses
The 2022-23 Spring ISD football season is back! To purchase tickets, go to https://gofan.co/app/school/TX50338.
Tickets are available online only and will not be available at the gate or the schools. Individual game and presale tickets will be available closer to the start of the season.
For more information or to view the football season schedule, visit https://www.springisd.org/athletics.