Cat Connections

February/March 2021

Big picture
Welcome to our February/March edition of Cat Connections. We hope that you'll find helpful information, tips, and links here in one location. Is there something that you'd like to see in the future? Reach out to one of the contacts listed below and we'll do our best to include the information in future editions.

Inclement Weather Information

Big picture

Click the above date for the revised schedule for Wednesday, February 17 through Monday, February 22.

Remote learning has been cancelled for Wednesday, February 17 through Friday, February 19. Monday, February 22 was originally planned as a staff development/student holiday, but will now be a regular school day if weather permits.

Everyone stay safe and warm!

Big picture
Big picture

Community Resources- Warming Stations & Shelters

Big picture
Big picture

Update! Extended through Thursday, February 18

Big picture
Lamar County Community Resources

Click here to find links to resources and services that are available to assist families in Lamar County.

Helping Your Child with Remote Learning at Home (PK-8)

If this is your first time with remote learning, or if you need a refresher, we can help. Click on the grade level below for a quick video tutorial on how to help your child with the learning platform that he or she will use during remote learning.

If you still need help, your child's teacher will be available. Please don't hesitate to send an email or Remind. Teachers will be available from 8:00 am-11:30 am and 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm.

District News and Information

  • Parent Surveys: Please help us by completing a survey for your child's campus. Your responses and feedback help us improve our campuses and our district. If you have more than one child, you can complete one for each campus that your children attend. Surveys will open on February 22 and will close on March 5.
  • Progress Reports & Report Cards: Parents will need to use the Parent Portal for viewing progress reports and report cards. Paper copies will no longer be sent home. If you are not familiar with Parent Portal, check out the video below. If you need your child's portal ID, contact your child's campus.
  • Coming Soon: Online registration information for the 2021-22 school year will be available soon. Watch for information on how to register your child. Video tutorials will be available this year.
English Parent Survey

This survey will open on February 24 and close on March 5.

Encuesta Para Padres Españoles

Esta encuesta se abrirá el 24 de febrero y se cerrará el 5 de marzo.

Big picture

Curriculum Information

Spring Testing is upon us! Kindergarteners are now taking part in ITBS testing. First and Second graders will be testing in February. All students in Kindergarten - 2nd grade will be screened for possible participation in our Gifted and Talented Education Program for the 21-22 school year. Students in 3-12 grades will be screened with a nomination from a parent/guardian or teacher. Parent nominations for GT testing begin February 23rd- March 5, watch for more information coming home on Feb. 23rd. Please contact Jennifer Ray with any questions.
Big picture
Parent & Family Engagement Newsletter

Click Volume 17, 3rd Quarter to read information on remote learning, FAFSA, anxiety during a pandemic, and more.

Big picture
Parent Portal

Click here for a short video tutorial to learn how to check your child's grades and attendance online anytime. Also, please note that progress reports and report cards will now be delivered through Parent Portal.

Parenting Tips (All Ages)

Topics and tips for parents of children of any age from babies to teenagers.

Paris ISD Parents & Students Resource Page

Click here to find quick links to helpful resources on our district website.


Big picture

Tuesday Tech Talk for Teachers

Tuesday Tech Talk for Teachers is a bi-weekly newsletter where teachers receive online professional development. Click on the picture to the left to check out the cool things teachers are learning.

Student Activity Calendars

Big picture

Staff Contributors

Karol Ackley, State & Federal Programs Director

Melanie Meredith, Public Information Officer

Jennifer Ray, Elementary Curriculum Director/GT Coordinator

Jennifer Simmons, Instructional Technology Specialist