Monday Message

Happy Week 3!

TeSA Families,

As I reflect upon this week, I am so proud! Our teachers are working harder than ever, our office staff is going above and beyond, and our amazing students are really putting their best effort into their work. During these first few weeks, our goal has primarily been to help students learn to use their online platforms and get into a routine of learning. Now, you will start to see a slight shift of focus as the rigor increases and our students are challenged more with new assignments and individual assessments.

Teachers will be assessing students both formally (for a grade) and informally (no grade earned) throughout the year. These assessments will help us monitor every child to make sure everyone is making progress. We know you are the most important partner in your child's education, so please email to start a conversation as soon as you have any questions or concerns. Teachers are available to continue the conversation through email, or set up a phone or Zoom conference.

Next Monday, September 7, is a school holiday for all. There will be no zoom meetings or assignments. Therefore, watch for the Monday Message on Tuesday instead.

Artistically & Academically Yours,

Betsy Compton, M.A., M.A.T., M.Ed.

TeSA Principal


Meet the Team

Our TeSA support staff is amazing! They have been working non-stop to launch the school year. Their huge hearts and helping hands are part of what makes TeSA a true family and proves there really is No Place Like TeSA!

September Events

Sept 2- PTO Meeting, 10:00 a.m.

Sept 3- Drive Thru Pick Up, All Grades 7:30-8:30 a.m. OR 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Sept 7- Last Day to order Dance/P.E. Uniforms & Spirit Wear

Sept 7- Labor Day, No School

Sept 8- Progress Report

Sept 8-11- TeSA Virtual Howdy Week

Sept 11- Drive Thru Breakfast Buddies

Sept 16- Virtual Grandparents & Grub

Sept 24- PTO Sponsored Staff Lunch

Sept 25- End of 1st Grading Cycle

Sept 30- Report Card

Drive-Thru Pick-Up

Our next Drive-Thru Pick-Up will be Thursday, September 3rd. Families of all grade levels may choose to come between 7:30-8:30 a.m. or 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Please make a car sign with your child's name and grade so we can hand you the correct materials.

Grading Policy

Our students are hard at work and well on their way toward our first report card. Grades will be calculated the same all year, regardless if students are participating in At-Home Learning or In-School Instruction.

K-1st Grades use standards based grading. On Progress Reports and Report Cards, parents will see either 1, 2, or 3, but could also see "E" for excused, or "I" for incomplete if needed.

3 = Meeting Standard

2 = Approaching Standard

1 = Below Standard

2nd-6th Grades use a numerical grading system. Tests/major work will constitute 40% of the overall grade and daily work/homework will constitute 60%.

A = 90-100%

B = 80-89%

C = 70-79%

F = 69% or below

I = Incomplete (Not Passing)

English Language Arts/Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies classes will provide a minimum of two graded assignments per week. P.E., Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre classes will provide a minimum of one graded assignment per week.

Many students missed turning in their Fine Arts/P.E. assignments last week. Thank you for checking with your child to make sure he/she is completing and submitting all work. If something has been overlooked, please email the teacher directly.

Form Needed

Thank you in advance for filling out our Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Form. Although the name is very specific, the form is actually used for several different grants for our school and community. We kindly request ALL families turn in this form so we can pursue every opportunity to help our students!


TeSA Transition Plan for In-School Success

On Tuesday, August 25, our TCAA Board voted to extend our At-Home Learning environment. Texas School of the Arts will phase in groups of students over a three week period to transition from our 100% At-Home Learning Plan to In-School Learning and practice the TCAA Back-To-School Health processes and procedures that are being put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Students who choose In-School Learning on the Back to School Commitment form who are showing a lack of attendance or academic progress in the online environment, or are on a Section 504 Plan or Individualized Education Program, will be notified by the school by September 11 that they are invited to report to school on September 21.

Students whose last names begin with letters A-L are invited to come to In-School Learning from September 28 to October 2. Students whose last names begin with letters M-Z are invited to come to In-School Learning from October 5 to October 9.

During these three transition weeks, students will continue to follow the Asynchronous At-Home Learning Plan with Zoom meetings live in the classroom during their regularly scheduled time. During this transition time, students will attend an abbreviated schedule, with some assignments still completed outside of school hours. Students in K-2nd grades are invited to attend from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and students in 3rd-6th grades are invited to attend from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

All students need to bring a snack, water bottle, and ready-to-eat lunch. Students will not be able to use a fridge or microwave, and food may not be shared with other students.

All students who choose In-School learning will report to school on Tuesday, October 13 at 8:00 a.m. with dismissal at 3:45 p.m.

Unless we are required to close school by the Texas Education Agency, TCAA schools will offer both In-School and At-Home Learning models for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

If you would like to change your commitment from one learning environment to another, this can be done by emailing betsy.compton@mytesa.org two weeks prior to the end of each grading period.

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TeSA Student Handbook

On Tuesday, September 25, our TCAA Board also approved our TeSA Student Handbook. This document details all school policies and is a valuable resource. Please check it out and email betsy.compton@mytesa.org with any questions or concerns.


After viewing the Handbook, please sign the Handbook Acknowledgement Form. This form can be scanned and emailed to enrollment@mytesa.org or brought to campus when your child returns.


TeSA Applause

This week, multiple families used the TeSA Applause Form to brag about our awesome Kinder Team! These four teachers have been working extremely hard to make the first weeks of school a smooth and valuable experience for our newest TeSA family members and it shows!

"The TESA kindergarten team rocked the first week of school. Everything was so organized, and they did such a great job communicating!"

"Mrs. Martin, your commitment and professionalism are outstanding. Your attitude brings joy to everyone you come in contact with and you make this job look easy. We need more people like you in this world."

"Thank you for being so organized. This virtual kindergarten experience has been much better than I ever imagined."

Do you want to give a shout out to someone at TeSA? Please fill out this form to recognize a TeSA team or individual going above and beyond!