Week 4: September 14-18, 2020
It is hard to believe that we are entering the 4th week of school already. During week 3 of school we had the opportunity to welcome back a small group of students to in person learning. It certainly has been exciting to have our Eagles back in the building. In the next few weeks we are expected to phase in our next group of in person learners. Below I have outlined who is eligible to return and what their return to school will look like.
If you signed up your child for in person learning and if your child is eligible to return, I will be reaching out to you with more information. Have a great weekend and I thank you for your continuous support.
Peace, Love, & Eagles!
Phase Two of In Person Learning
As you know, NISD has started implementing our Public Health Transition Plan this week. Since health metrics are showing signs of improvement in our county and city, we are beginning to plan for our second group of students! Please continue to follow the latest news and updates at www.nisd.net.
Who is in Group Two?
The second group contains two sub-groups of students. Click here for the infographic. The first sub-group are our early learners-students in Pre-K, ECSE, Kindergarten, and first grade. Students whose families selected IN PERSON instruction and fall into this subgroup may be invited to return as early as September 21st! Those families who selected virtual learning will continue to learn virtually and those who did not make a selection will continue to learn virtually.
The second sub-group consists of students in 2nd grade and students grades 3-5 who selected IN PERSON instruction and are considered academically At Risk according to certain criteria. These students may be invited to return as early as September 28th.
What Will Classes Look Like?
If the health metrics continue to trend in a positive direction, classrooms will be built at a ratio of 10 students to 1 teacher. In order to ensure this ratio and accommodate teachers who have been medically certified to work at home, some students may need to be temporarily placed in another classroom. No teacher will have more than the approved NISD ratio of students to include students learning virtually.
In this new model, your child’s teacher may be providing both in person and virtual instruction. The schedule students have been following will remain mostly the same. Small changes may be necessary in order to accommodate in person lunch times.
Will My Student Be Safe While at School?
All staff at Allen have been thoroughly trained in district and campus protocols as well as the current CDC guidelines to ensure safety. Please take time to read our Start Smart Playbook for more information. Plexiglass is currently being installed in classrooms to minimize contact between students who work at the same table with each other or the teacher. Minimal furniture and other materials will be set up in order to ensure physical distancing. All students ages 5 and older must wear a mask.
What Happens When My Child Arrives at School?
For now, all students will receive a temperature check upon arriving at school. All students must also pass a health screener before being allowed to enter the building. Since most students will not be able to accurately communicate their health status and we will have many students arriving at the same time potentially, parents should complete the screening for their child the night before. The link to the screener is provided here. Parents should select STUDENT when completing the screener. Campus administrators will have access to a report and parents will be called if a screener is not completed.
If you signed up your child for in person learning and if your child is eligible to return, I will be reaching out to you with more information.
Celebrate Freedom Week
What do I do if my child is experiencing technology issues during the day?
Tips For Successful Virtual Learning
--Keep a regular schedule (the school day begins at 7:45 AM and ends at 3:10 PM)
--Log in on time to Zoom meetings
--Make sure to join all subjects throughout the day
--Submit all assignments on time
--For assistance from your teacher please ask them if you can set up a time to meet during his or her office hours
Parent & Family Engagement Survey
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey in the link below. This information will assist us and the Northside ISD’s Family Engagement Program in creating services to respond to your needs. Please complete this survey by September 25, 2020. Thank you for your time and valuable input. We appreciate your support.
Attendance & Grades
Grades on submitted work are also being taken in all content areas (Reading, Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies) as well as Discovery Time (Music, PE, and Art) for grades K-5. Incomplete assignments or missing assignments will be reflected in the student's grades.
If you have any questions about grades or attendance please contact your child's teacher or reach out to me.
ISIP (Istation's Indicators of Progress) measures the literacy skills students need to develop reading proficiency. It is administered to all K-5 students at various times throughout the school year.
TPRI (English) and Tejas Lee (Spanish) are early reading assessments designed to identify the reading and comprehension development of students in grades 1 and 2. Early reading assessment will help to provide students the targeted instruction they need to improve as readers.
English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) writing benchmark is for English Learners in 2nd-5th grade. This is intended to gauge a student's progress in English writing. It is important that we see the student’s true ability so that we may best help them make progress towards the next proficiency level. We ask that students write independently so that we may better prepare them for the TELPAS (Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System) state assessment that begins in February.
MAP Growth helps teachers in grades K-5 understand what students know today in Math so that goals can be set to improve growth throughout the year. Students cannot pass or fail this test.
Library Story Time and Lessons with Mrs. Delgadillo
Day: Monday Time: 9:00-9:25
Day: Monday Time: 10:30-11:00
Day: Monday Time: 12:30-1:00
Day: Monday Time: 2:00-2:30
3rd grade Library lesson &/or book talk
Day: Tuesday Time: 10:30-11:00
4th grade Library lesson &/or book talk
Day: Tuesday Time: 11:00-11:25
5th grade Library Lesson &/or book talk
Day: Tuesday Time: 12:45-1:15
Online Student Homework Support
The Online Student Homework Support hours are: Monday through Thursday 4 to 8 p.m. for elementary students and 6 to 10 p.m. for secondary students; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for all levels; and Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. for all levels.
Students will be able to access the link beginning Aug. 31 through Schoology under the courses tab, in the Home Access Center (HAC) under the school links tab, and in their NISD portal with an icon that signifies Student Homework Support. We look forward to supporting all of our students that need assistance in the content areas.
Meals--Curbside Lunch (Monday-Friday 10:00-1:00)
Have you completed your 2020 Census? It only takes a few minutes to respond.
Visit www.2020census.gov to complete the Census questionnaire online or call (844) 330-2020, or (844) 468-2020 for Spanish, to speak with a live Census employee who can help you fill out the questionnaire by phone. There are only nine questions, and responding is easy, safe and secure.
Remember, Census data helps decide how much federal funding our community receives for schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other important programs.
Let’s do our best to make sure Allen families count in this year’s Census!