September 5, 2022
Important Dates and Information
September 15th-October 15th- Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is annually celebrated from September 15 to October 15 in the United States for recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements for the United States. Stay tuned for interesting Hispanic Heritage Facts as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage!
October 6th - Hispanic Heritage Program - 5:30-6:30
Spirit Shirts are now on sale: If you would like to purchase a shirt for your child(ren), please complete the flyer that was sent home. Sales will end on September 30, 2022.
September 16th-Grandparent's Day (Grandparents are invited to enjoy a treat with their grandchildren during their lunch time)
· PreK/Kinder- 11:50-12:20
· 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
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.)
Grades 3rd-5th - MAP BOY, September 6-September 23
Grades K-2nd grade - mClass/MAP BOY, September 6-September 16
Pre-K - CIRCLE BOY, September 6-23
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.