Barton Bobcats

Parent Weekly Newsletter: January 18th to January 22nd

Hello Bobcats!

I hope your students are enjoying their Asynchronous learning day. Reminder that Monday is a Staff/Student holiday and next Friday we will follow our A day bell schedule. This week’s newsletter has information about the Weather make-up day on February 15th, reminder about Instructional Commitment form in the parent portal, link to 8th grade parent meeting for 4-year planning, Semester Finals schedule and picture re-takes scheduled for January 27th.

There is also information about the process and timeline for determining the new mascot for Hays High School. A survey was sent to the Hays gmail account for all of our Barton students and we are currently in the nomination stage. The deadline for submissions for mascot nominations is January 18th, so please ensure your student replies by that deadline. Students will vote for the mascot based on nominations starting on January 21st.

Living The Dream,

Mr. Loyd


Tell Me Something Good 1 13 2021



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Hays CISD Weather Make Up Day- February 15th, 2021

In order to meet the required minimum instructional minutes for the 2020 -2021 school year, we will need to activate our weather make up day on Monday, February 15, 2021. This will cover our school closure last Monday because of snow and ice. Monday, February 15, 2021, will be an asynchronous/virtual learning day, with in-person virtual learning support for those who have no other option but to come to school.

The school calendar online has been updated to reflect this adjustment, at:


Student of the Month Yard Sign Reminder

If you had a Bobcat Student of the Month, please make sure to have the Student of the Month Yard Sign returned by Next Friday (January 22, 2021)


Instructional Commitment Form

Please make your selection on the INST Commitment form in parent portal. January 22nd is the deadline to change your selection for the 3rd nine weeks which will begin February 1st.

Please be sure to click SAVE at the bottom left of the form.

Please contact the BMS Registrar, Christy Maples, if you need assistance with your log in ID or password. or 512-268-1472 ext. 46422


8th grade Parent Meeting: 4-Year Graduation Plan


Join 10:00 am Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 973 0443 2062/ Passcode: i7QMM6

Join 6:30pm Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 999 2774 9944/ Passcode: k2qxzH

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Final Bell Schedule: January 25th-29th

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Picture packets went out this week with your student that will include the Portrait ID and access code to order. If your student is virtual, their picture packets will be available in the front office. Please stop by at your convenience.


Campus Nurse Contact information

Christi Chabarria

512-268-1472 Ext. 46430

Update from the Nurse:

Happy New Year and thank you for your continued patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.

  • If anyone in your home is pending COVID test do not send your children to school and notify the campus nurse.
  • If your child has been exposed to COVID keep them home and notify the campus nurse.
  • Please remember to screen your children daily before sending them to school. Keep them home if they are not feeling well and notify the campus nurse.

Please understand the importance of communication with us during this time. We understand privacy concerns and will only share information on a need to know basis. We want to do our best to keep our students, staff, family members and community safe and healthy. The only way we can do this is by tracking each and every case of potential COVID and confirmed COVID. We are working closely with the local health department and are following guidelines directly from their guidance. Quarantine guidelines can vary depending on each unique situation. We want to give you the correct timeframe for return so that we can keep COVID out of our Barton family as much as possible.

As always if you have any questions or concerns please reach out to me via email at or phone at 512-268-7287.

As community cases of COVID-19 are on the rise we do expect to see an increase on campus as well. Please continue to do your part and screen your child every day prior to sending them to school. If your child is not feeling well please keep them home and let them work virtually. Curative is offering free COVID testing at the Hays Performing Arts Center and Main Street in Buda. You do not need an appointment, it is a mouth swab and results are back usually within 24 hours. If you are having any symptoms it is an easy, quick process that we encourage you to take an advantage of. See below for information on these testing sites.

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If your child has any one of the below symptoms, is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 OR has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting results, do not send him/her to campus and contact me:

* Temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth

* Sore throat

* Congestion or runny nose

* New, uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing or for students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline.

* Diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, or abdominal pain

* New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

* New loss of taste or smell

* New onset of fatigue or muscle/body aches

Please also do not send your child to school if a household member has tested positive or is awaiting COVID-19 test results.

Campus nurses are your point of contact for all things related to COVID so please reach out if you have questions or concerns.


HCISD to Continue Breakfast & Lunch at No Cost to All Students

Dear Hays CISD Family,

We are happy to announce that Hays CISD will be able to continue to offer breakfast and lunch to all students, districtwide, at no cost to the students. This program, funded by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) block grant, was set to expire at the end of 2020, but has been extended to cover the remainder of the school year.

Important: Even though meals are being offered to all students at no cost, we still need your help by filling out the free and reduced meal application ( The district and individual campuses receive federal funding for critical programs and staffing based on the percentage of students who would ordinarily qualify for free and reduced meals. A reduction in the number of students who are recorded as qualifying for free or reduced-price meals could result in a reduction of federal funding. If you have not already filled out your application for this year, please do so at the link in this email.

Stay Safe!

Tim Savoy
Chief Communication Officer


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Hays High School New Mascot

Please visit the link below to see the timeline for selecting the new mascot for Hays High School. All current 6th-11th grade students at Barton, Wallace and Hays have the opportunity to participate. Students received an email to their Hays student Gmail accounts on January 13th for the initial step of submitting mascot nomination ideas.


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Is your student interested in trying out for the State Champion Hays Highstepper Dance Team? If so, there is a mandatory tryout meeting for parents and candidates on January 25th or January 27th at 6:00 PM Via Zoom (Parents and candidates only attend one meeting date). You must attend one meeting to tryout for the 2021-2022 team. Mandatory tryout clinic will be held March 8th through March10th, and tryouts will be Thursday, March 11th. This google form must be filled out in order to receive Zoom links. (Zoom link will be sent out on Friday January 22nd by 4:30pm) If you have any questions please ask your campus dance teacher or email


Hays CISD Resources

The Hays CISD Clothes Closet has opened back up to serve families. Due to COVID-19, we are now requesting families fill out this Google form and we will do the shopping to fulfill the request. The form includes designated dates/times that families can select for contactless pick up. They will receive a call/email confirming with additional details. If they need clothes and food and are able to pickup, this is the form to fill out.

Our HaysHope2Go program has been fully operational and serving families weekly since March. We have a limited amount of personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, formula and diapers. If a family is currently on our HaysHope2Go list, we can drop off the clothing with their food delivery. Since March, we have served 678 families, 3,563 people with 45,855 meals. If you know of a family who does not have transportation (needs food only) and can benefit from delivery, please fill out this form:


Barton Week 4+ Bell Schedule (Virtual and In-person)

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Helpful links below!