Cougar News Family Newsletter

Week 6: October 5-9

October 5-9

Monday 10/5- Start of the 2nd six weeks grading period, wear BLUE today!


Tuesday 10/6- Football vs. Granbury Acton- 7th grade @ KMS, 8th- away. Games start at 5pm


Wednesday 10/7- Cross Country Practice Meet vs. HMS @ CHS - 5pm


Thursday 10/8- Volleyball @ Aledo- Games start at 5pm

Drop Off/Pick Up Reminders

Thank you for following our procedures during drop off and pick up procedures daily.


Just a reminder, if you are on campus for meal delivery, athlete drop off/pick up, or any other reason during our drop off and pick up times, we respectfully ask that you continue to follow the directions given by staff members.


We all have to work together to keep our procedures safe and efficient. Thanks for your support!

MAP Test Family Reports

BISD will be emailing out the Parent/Family report after the completion of MAP Testing. We plan to have these emailed out by the end of the week following MAP testing or by October 9.


If you have any questions about your child's MAP scores, please reach out to their Math or Reading teacher or to Yvonne Hensley, Kerr Academic AP.


yhensley@bisdmail.net

Monday, October 5th- Wear BLUE Day

Monday, Oct. 5 th is the Stomp Out Bullying - Wear Blue day.

Please wear blue to support this cause.

https://www.stompoutbullying.org/world-day-bullying-prevention

A Message from Ms. Salazar, KMS Social Worker

Please join us for a presentation on Zoom about internet safety on October 26th at 6:00 pm.


Learn tips to better protect children online, safety and security issues children face today, and how to help children navigate unsafe situations online such as inappropriate content, online privacy, sexting, and cyberbullying. This 30 minute to one hour presentation for parents and guardians of children ages 5 to 17 years old focuses on how to facilitate conversations with children and teens about the internet.


Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvcu2hrjkqGdFkVwb6Q8sk9Y_WOS_IZpRO

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.




Please complete the brief survey linked below to help us plan meaningful family engagement activities for KMS families.


Family Engagement Survey

A Message From the Counseling Center

How to Talk to Your Kids About Suicide and Depression with Your Children.


https://smartsocial.com/talk-about-suicide-depression/?utm_source=Smart+Social+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=68bde0c00e-Suicide+Prevention+Month&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40b34a3ccb-68bde0c00e-195942929


Please reach out to your child's counselor if you have any questions or concerns.


Maurie Yeoman

Counselor

6th A-L

8th

myeoman@bisdmail.net


Heather Dees

Counselor

6th M-Z

7th

hdees@bisdmail.net

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School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)

The School Health Advisory Council is made up of a core group of parents, youth, educators and other community members that give advice and support to the school on all parts of school health.


Kerr MS is looking for two parent representatives to serve on this council. If you are interested, please email kalee.mcmullen@bisdmail.net by Thursday, October 8th to indicate your interest.


If more than two parents indicate their interest, we will randomly select two names from the pool to serve on the council.

Title 1 Required Notifications

Because we receive Federal Title 1 funds at Kerr Middle School, there are certain required notifications and postings we must send to parents each year. Please review the links below for October required notifications.


Parental Engagement Policy

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PYSStbAEUwlffz756g8xWv2yQJoMvRDq/view?usp=sharing


ESSA Right to Know

English: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1im-Y17qrnsCBQIdD2oHmnMbRKxm1RjGX/view?usp=sharing

Spanish: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16iX0zMcwtczLNfFxYYWzIx1C8Tc3PovJ/view?usp=sharing

Athletic Event Ticket Sales

ALL athletic event ticket sales will take place online at this link: https://www.burlesonisd.net/Page/3377


We will not be selling any tickets at the door at any of our athletic events.


Guidelines for athletic events:

-Every other row must remain open

-Families can sit in pods up to 10

-Each pod must be socially distanced at least six feet from another group or individual

-Masks are expected to be worn unless you are eating or drinking

-All student spectators must be accompanied by a parent to games


Thank you for abiding by these expectations so we can continue to host athletic events and allow our student athletes to compete!

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Info about 8th Grade AWAY Ticket Sales @ Granbury Acton

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RECURRING INFORMATION BELOW

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Dress Code Reminders

You will find the 2020-2021 BISD Student Dress code here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wg8o0xJB80HVjEd3EHKnuuHCGRH5_-QC/view


A few reminders about dress code:


-All skirts, shorts, holes/rips in pants must be below the fingertip.

-Crop tops are in style right now, but these are not allowed in the dress code. Shirts and blouses must coverthe entire torso at all times, even in movement.

-No spandex or leggings allowed. Pants are defined as having seams and pockets.

-No hats

-Pajamas and zip up onesies are not allowed

Cell Phone Policy

This year, Kerr MS has aligned with the cell phone policy that Hughes MS implemented last year.


Our desire is for all students to be engaged in learning and connect with each other in meaningful, appropriate ways during their time at school.


We believe that middle school students are very social by nature, and we strive to provide ways for students to be social at school. We encourage students to have conversations and connect with those around them in classrooms, passing periods, and during lunches.


Students are not permitted to be on their cell phones during the school day. We understand that there are times where a parent needs to relay a message to a student, or when a student needs to contact their parent during the school day. We encourage parents to call the front office and we will deliver messages to students, or we encourage you to email your student information needed.


If there is a circumstance where a student needs to step out and call or text their parent, they just need to ask the teacher's permission and we will all them to do so.


Our cell phone policy is below. Please reach out to any administrator if you have questions about this policy.


We appreciate your help and support!

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Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

REVIEW:


We have adjusted our original drop off plan that was sent to you during the few past weeks. We are no longer allowing you to drop off your student in the second outside lane. The second lane is now designated for exiting the property. I attached a map showing the adjustments we made. I thank you for patience as we navigate balancing social distancing and kids safely exiting cars.


As a reminder of our morning drop off strategy, I have listed a few procedures that will help.-


Students should be prepared to exit the car immediately when the car stops in the drop off zone. This is different than last year. We only allowed cars to pull to the side of the school for drop off.


Unlike last year, we are using all three entrances to aid in social distancing, so students can exit the car at any time the car stops within the drop off zone.


If the student is not ready to exit, please pull around to the parking lot using the left lane.


After the student exits the car, you can pull forward to exit or move to the left lane to exit.

Healthy Practices for Healthy Cougars

Please help us keep all of our Cougars healthy by screening your student for COVID-like symptoms before sending them to school.


If your student has a temperature of 100.4 or higher or is exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, please do not send your student to school.


Please send your student to school in a mask that covers their mouth and nose. We will have additional masks on hand for any student who needs one; however, we encourage students to wear a mask they have selected and feel comfortable in. Everyone has different preferences for design, style, and comfort.


We will also be encouraging frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing throughout the school day.


Please see the BISD Health Protocols page for more information.


Thank you for helping keep our Cougars healthy!

Teacher Hours & Response Times

Our goal is to always be prompt and responsive to your questions and concerns; however, an immediate response is not possible in most all situations.


Our teachers teach six out of seven class periods each day. They are assigned one conference period per day that is used for planning, meetings, parent contact, and other tasks required for their job.


Per BISD Board Policy, please note that teachers will respond to you within 24 hours of an email or phone call.


Setting an appointment with a teacher, counselor, or administrator is strongly encouraged to ensure the person you need to visit with is available during your call/visit. We are happy to set up virtual meetings or phone calls as well.

Aggie Homework Helpline

Need Tutoring? Check this out from Texas A&M!


Education major students at Texas A&M are offering free tutoring for students K-12 Monday-Friday (over the phone or Zoom) through their program, the Aggie Homework Helpline.

A parent/guardian would have to sign up for the student.


They have two options:

  1. They can sign up for a Regular Homework Helper (set days and times every week), or

  2. Sign up for an On-Demand Homework Helper (last-minute request for tutorial)



https://education.tamu.edu/aggie-homework-helpline/