Dolphins Times

Weekly Newsletter (Oct 14 - Oct 20, 2020)

Parent Notification

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, October 1- 31, 2020 - Character Trait Responsibility

Thursday, October 1- 15, 2020 - Change request from online to on-site or on-site to online

Monday, October 5 -16, 2020 - Parent and Family Engagement Survey

Wednesday, October 14, 20020 - National Stop Bullying Day

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 1st Quarter Last Assignment is Assigned

Friday, October 16, 2020 - 1st Quarter Report card grades are due!

Friday, October 16, 2020 - Curriculum Day

Friday, October 16, 2020 - Last Day of 1st Quarter

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 1st Day of 2nd Quarter

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 1st quarter Report Cards Mailed/sent Home

National Stop Bullying Day. Wednesday, October 14, 2020

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Wednesday 10/14 (2:30 pm-3:00 pm): Anti Bullying presentation by Ms. Graves

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3063997339?pwd=QTZJcmM2aXZGVlRBTS9hQVdmdk1CQT09

Meeting ID: 306 399 7339

Passcode: 862149

Presented by Whitney Graves, MEd, LPC-I

Behavioral Counselor- Houston Area

Friday, October 16, 2020 - 1st Quarter Report card grades are due!

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Report cards information- Will be made available on Skyward on Monday, October 19, 2020. Hard copies will be sent home that week as well. Kindergarten will have report cards one week later.

Curriculum day - Friday, October 16, 2020

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Come learn about all of the curriculum programs that we offer here at SST Sugar Land! Meeting times will be announced by teachers soon. (I will provide this information once it is complete for Pre-K-2)

Each grade level will present their items

  • Discipline (cheating, plagiarism, late assignments, group work)
  • Progress reports and report cards (how often they go home)
  • Communication with parents
  • Newsletter and what it holds
  • Teaching strategies
  • Gradebook
  • Assignment policy (late etc) and folder (homework etc)
  • Curriculum we use in class and online
  • Assessments throughout the year (F&P, NWEA, DAs, Mock Staar, Actual STAAR)
  • Intervention and tutorials we provide
  • Attendance and tardy policy
  • Skyward access
  • Share your student schedule
  • Lunch and recess expectations
  • Outclasses/ancillary
  • School website (how to locate parent portal)
  • Dismissal duty
  • Add anything else you would like
  • ESL, GT, and SPED

NWEA information

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NWEA information- Will be sent home by teachers by Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

Award ceremony -Friday, October 30, 2020.

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Award ceremony information- Please join us at our virtual award ceremony which will occur on October 30, 2020. TIme and zoom links are soon to follow.

NOTES FROM OUR NURSE

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MOST IMPORTANTLY

***1. No students can be on campus with any symptoms. The only way for them to be on campus with symptoms is if they get a doctor's note explaining an alternative reason as to why they have these symptoms. Students can develop symptoms overnight even after getting tested. Therefore no students can be showing symptoms if they are on-site learning.


2. Neck gaiters cannot be worn instead of face masks, only with the face mask if they want to.


Annual Health Screenings 2020-2021

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NOTICE OF HEALTH SCREENINGS & UPDATES

Hello parents!

It is once again time for our annual health screenings. I put this together to hopefully answer any questions that you may have regarding the procedure and state requirements.

First, who gets screened? The state requires that we screen the following students:

SPINAL SCREENINGS (fall semester)

Girls are screened twice, once at age 10 (5th grade) and again at age 12 (7th grade)

Boys are screened once at the age of 13 or 14 (8th grade)


HEARING SCREENING & VISION SCREENING

Prekindergarten, Kindergarten and all NEW students must be screened within 120 days of admission.

1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th grade students must be screened by May of each school year.

Are there exemptions? YES

In lieu of the screening(s) provided by the school:
  • parents or guardians may provide screening record signed by a licensed professional
  • parents or guardians may provide signed statement that the vision, hearing or spinal screening conflicts with the tenets and practices of a church or religious denomination of which the affiant is an adherent or member

I have put the affidavits and the religious exemption in the parent portal under "Nurse Information".

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/12WHSExMXrC26jQ3EQc9bGbxpLYjgPluT?usp=sharing

Safety Protocols:

All equipment is sanitized between each use.

All students will be social distanced throughout the screening process.

Requirements:

For vision screenings it is very important that your student wear glasses or contacts if they are prescribed. This screening is to catch students who need glasses or need a change of prescription. Vision problems can be treated if they are detected early. Early signs of serious health problems can also be detected during your eye exam. These can include high blood pressure as well as the risk of stroke and diabetes.

For hearing screenings please let me know if your student uses any auditory assistive devices, such as a hearing aid.


*** STUDENTS WHO ARE DISTANCE LEARNING ***

If your student is not onsite they still need to be screened, or excused from screening. Please do one of the following:

  1. Schedule a time to bring them to campus and I will conduct the screenings all together. (This should not take longer than 10 minutes)
  2. Turn in documentation from a licensed professional that the individual is actively under medical care for one or more spinal problems.
  3. Turn in documentation that the screening was performed by a qualified individual at the appropriate ag
  4. Turn in an acceptable affidavit stating one of the following:

a) The screening will be conducted by a qualified individual outside the school. The parent or guardian must then provide proof the screening has occurred within 60 days of the signed affidavit.

b) The screening conflicts with religious tenets.


Due date for screenings: 12/11/2020

My email address is vstremmel@ssttx.org to schedule or turn in documentation.

WELCOME LETTER TO OUR NEW COMERS!

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Dear Parent/Guardian of Bright Dolphins,


Welcome to School of Science and Technology Sugar Land. We are very excited to have your child at our school. Our motto this year is STRONGER TOGETHER, LEARNING TOGETHER!


From the first day we opened our schools, we always placed a great emphasis on character education in our schools. Our core ethical values at SST Sugar Land were chosen all together. We would like to build our community all together!


We built OuRCIRL together which represents the followings:

R: Responsibility: We will to do what we are expected to do and we will accept the consequences of our actions

C: Caring: We will feel and we will show concern for something and we will always put an extra effort for this!

I: Integrity: We will do the right thing no matter what!

R: Respectfulness: We will interact with others in a way that shows we care about their well-being and how they feel! We will be respectful to all creatures.

L: Leadership: We will try our hardest to help others and participate in helping our community.

We are going to build this loving and caring learning community together by sticking our core ethical core values.


To purchase uniforms you have to create a ParentSquare login. You will automatically receive this invitation within 1-2 days of your child’s start date: https://www.parentsquare.com/signin


Please note that your child will start online and you will have the opportunity to make a change from online to onsite. Here is the procedure if you would like to request onsite learning for your child

https://docs.google.com/document/d/10GvZQ1VICFXvOzzlB-sKJyWBC11pOlps1tjduBvlINw/edit


To set up your child’s school accounts including Schoology, Clevel, and their student emails. please click this link for help:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DLb3zsI7OIGFJN0n_42ag95vifSQhF79REowQA3Q2ao/edit


You can access our staff list from the following link:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hvns9Vuv5Dp9VLqvjx1DR4gyTLmJfpmKaigtu0ocx_Q/edit#gid=0


After School Dolphin Care information:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1DhuODipCCCIZ-gZ64jv0GO84s_aAAUAy


Apply for Free/Reduced Lunch and Breakfast: https://www.smore.com/huz5g-grace-period-is-over-for-free-lunch


Apply for Gifted and Talented Program: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1dhrJuDAK4Bd4k2sG6zVkpj72j4SixZA8


Important links and Information from our Parent Portal

Here are some of the important links for our parents :

  1. Our website is https://sugarland.sstschools.org/ and our facebook is: https://www.facebook.com/sstsugarland/

  2. Parent Portal: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ruP8r9l1gf5KYCttwm3WjjqGtn-lkEPR

  3. New Homeroom Schedule effective on Monday, September 21st. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1anROj61H7bm2nf5_W9Ye6b5otSyp61dr

  4. Academic Calendar: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1skh6fhe4AenOKFBxeTBsYEiwyaE0nnow

  5. Teacher's Live Zoom Schedules and Links: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ZLlgtbj3t9nc5uLwLCfUZepJ0qew5ksa

  6. Safety procedures and back to the school safety plan. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1og1FEJr5-0H1qZkCkWpeSWgxFM88WLF_

  7. Arrival and Dismissal Procedures https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1oa3FDAIri1zYARxXZ4SMenq9C2XVk-yo

  8. Online and Onsite Selection

6. Student Support Team

  • For all items related to PK thru 2nd grades, Ms. Davis, PK thru 2nd Assistant Principal cdavis@ssttx.org

  • For academic-related items in 3-8 reach out to the Dean of Academics Mrs. Ahmad gahmad@ssttx.org.

  • For discipline related items in 3-8 reach out to the Dean of Students Mrs. Boudreaux bboudreaux@ssttx.org.

  • For any operational items: Ms. Ali, Operations Manager aali@ssttx.org

  • For your parental involvement and federal items, Mr. Ozdogan, CEEP/FEDERALCEEP/Federal Programs joz@ssttx.org

  • For SPED and 504 services, Ms. Fabiyi-Ipoga, SPED/504 Coordinator afabiyiipoga@ssttx.org

  • For GT services, Ms. Maldar, GT Coordinator nmaldar@ssttx.org

  • For ESL services, Ms. Godinez, ESL Coordinator lgodinez@ssttx.org

The character trait of focus for the month of October is Responsibility

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2020-2021 The Campus Needs Assessment (CNA) & Campus Improvement Plan (CIP) reviews/amends.

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Dear Parents and Community leaders,


You are cordially invited to attend and participate in our going to start our continuous review of needs and goals set for this year 2020-2021 The Campus Needs Assessment (CNA) & Campus Improvement Plan (CIP) review on the areas of Technology, Parental and Family Engagement, and Demographics.

Parents and community members, per Federal and State law, it is required and we need wonderful parents to participate in our Campus review, planning, and amends in order for your Child's school and districts to receive the additional funding for your child's education. We appreciate you and your valued time and input on these topics mentioned above.


SST SUGAR LAND

Location SST Sugar Land- Zoom Meeting

Date: Wednesday 10/28/2020

Time: 4:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Location: 10007 Clodine Rd. Richmond TX 77407

*****ZOOM Link will be sent out only to parents who respond to the survey**


Here is the survey link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSetRt7OV6HGrmCTmw4fulXCf541DcuIR3rG-wNqkff4p-K3iA/viewform?usp=sf_link


Thank you all for your support and efforts to improve our Campus as we grow.


We hope to see you there, please fill out the survey, if you will attend so you can receive the meeting link, documents we'll go over, and have access sign-in sheets Thank you all for your support and efforts to improve SST Sugar Land as we grow.

Parents and Community members please mark your calendars for future Meetings for the last planning meeting for this year and also for next school year; :


Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Title: CNA/CIP 2020-21 review and Amend Technology, Parental and Family Engagement, and Demographics.
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom online or fb live via zoom if we exceed 100 staff and parents


Date: Friday, November 13, 2020
Title: CNA/CIP 2020-21 review and Amend Student Achievement, School Culture and Climate, District Context and Organization
Time: 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom online or fb live via zoom if we exceed 100 staff and parents


Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Title: CNA/CIP 2020-21 review and Amend Curriculum and Instruction & Staff quality and Recruitment.
Time: 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom online or fb live via zoom if we exceed 100 staff and parents


Thank you all for your support and efforts to improve our Campus as we grow.

We hope to see you there, please fill out the survey. Thank you all for your support and efforts to improve our Campus as we grow.


Sincerely,

Parent and Family Engagement Survey

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Please take the time for the School of Science and Technology to better assess how to work together in making our school and parent, staff, student, and community involvement better by answering a few questions. Thank you for your time and participation, it is greatly appreciated! The survey will close 10/16/2020
Tómese el tiempo para que la Escuela de Ciencia y Tecnología evalúe mejor cómo trabajar juntos para mejorar la participación de nuestra escuela y los padres, el personal, los estudiantes y la comunidad respondiendo algunas preguntas. ¡Gracias por su tiempo y participación, es muy apreciado! La encuesta se cerrará el 2 de octubre de 2020. La encuesta se cerrará el 16/10/2020

Parental and Family Engagement Questionnaire 2020-2021 /Cuestionario de participación de padres y familiares for Title I Part A

Transfer of Student from Online to On-Site Learning

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Dear Parents/Guardians:


SST wants to provide flexibility for parents and students to transfer from online to on-site learning. The process is now in place for the transfer. Only those parents who wish to make the transfer from online to onsite

learning need to take action by following this process:

SST Transfer of Student from Online to On-Site Learning


1. Parents who want to transfer their students from online to in-person

education must submit a request to the campus through Skyward during

the first two weeks of the month. Parents login to Skyward Family Access

and click on Student Transfer.

2. Please note that this is only for the parents who want to make a change

from online to onsite.

3. The student will then begin attending on-site learning on the first Monday

of the following month.

4. For example, parents can request for their child to be transferred to the in-

person education between October 1 and October 15. The first day of in-

person education will then be the first Monday of November (November 2).

The exceptions are Tuesday, January 5 and April 6. All dates are provided

below.

5. After the deadline to submit transfer requests has passed, parents may

contact the school administration to determine if there is any availability

based on the class size. If there is no availability, parents need to wait for

the next on-site education window.

6. TEMPORARY TRANSFER from onsite to online learning: At any time,

parents can transfer students from on-site to online learning for short

periods of time. The transfer can be for a single day and up to two weeks.

Parents are required to notify the dean of academics (For PK thru 2nd:Ms. Davis :cdavis@ssttx.org. For 3rd thru 8th: Ms. Ahmad:gahmad@ssttx.org) by sending an email with a copy to the child’s homeroom teacher. The request must be in writing through an email for documentation. The child then can return to onsite

learning without any additional action.

7. LONG TERM TRANSFER from onsite to online learning: If parents wish to

transfer a child from on-site to online learning for more than two weeks,

they will follow the same directions as outlined above. This can occur at

any time. The request must be in writing through an email for

documentation. If the parent then decides to request a return to on-site

learning from online, they must request the transfer through Skyward as

outlined above.

*Parents with multiple SST students need to complete the process for each

individual child.



October:

Submit Request: October 1-15

First Day of Class: November 2

November:

Submit Request: November 1-15

First Day of Class: December 7

December

Submit Request: December 1-15

First Day of Class: Tuesday, January 5

January:

Submit Request: January 1-15

First Day of Class: February 1

February:

Submit Request: February 1-15

First Day of Class: March 1

March:

Submit Request: March 1-15

First Day of Class: Tuesday, April 6

April:

Submit Request: April 1-15

First Day of Class: May 3

October 2020 Menu

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2020-2021 ESC-20 Parent Training Workshops

Click HERE to access the 2020-2021 Parent Trainings & Webinars Catalog. Start making plans to attend!

NATIONAL COACHES DAY!! CELEBRATED ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6TH, 2020

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!! Thank you for being part of the SST Family! We appreciate all you do!

Thanks to Coach Nixon

OCTOBER, !! HAPPY BIRTH DAY TEACHERS CLEBRATION.

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!!! Happy birthday to Ms. Ali, Ms. Balleza, Ms. Harrell, Ms. Barfield, Ms. Franklin.

SST Sugar Land honors our amazing custodians last friday as we celebrated Custodial Day!

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SST Sugar Land honors our amazing custodians last friday as we celebrated Custodial Day! Thank you for your dedication to providing students with the best school environments. #SSTSUGARLAND

¡SST Sugar Land honra a nuestros increíbles conserjes hoy mientras celebramos el Día del Conserje! Gracias por su dedicación para brindar a los estudiantes los mejores entornos escolares.


World Teacher Day!! Celebrated on Monday, October 5th, 2020

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World Teacher Day!!

Happy World Teacher Day! Thank you for being part of the SST Family! We appreciate all you do!

Use #SSTSUGARLAND to post on social media and spread the word

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Parents/ Guardians, Please fill out Survey by going into your skyward account!

Dear Parents/Guardians,


We would like to offer the best service for your child.

We are a Title 1 school. Title 1 school means we receive federal funding dollars to supplement the schools existing programs. These dollars will be used to improve your child’s academic achievement.

To receiving federal services we would need to collect and report data from SST-Sugar Land parents.

Please go to Skyward Account and fulfill the Student residency survey.


Estimados padres / tutores:




Nos gustaría ofrecer el mejor servicio para su hijo.


Somos una escuela de Título 1. Escuela de Título 1 significa que recibimos fondos federales para complementar los programas existentes de la escuela. Estos dólares se utilizarán para mejorar el rendimiento académico de su hijo.


Para recibir servicios federales, tendríamos que recopilar e informar datos de los padres de SST-Sugar Land.


Por favor complete la encuesta de residencia estudiantil.

Clever, Schoology, Edgenuity, or Skyward.

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Please reach out to the homeroom teachers if you are having any issues with the following access

Dear Parents of 3rd-8th, our virtual school has begun and we want to thank you for supporting us through this journey. Please reach out to the homeroom teachers if you are having any issues with the following access:

Clever, Schoology, Edgenuity, or Skyward. Grades will start going into grade books starting this week, please remind students to do their exit tickets for each subject daily. Our small group timings are set into the students' schedule per day, teachers will be contacting you to let you know which subject they are to report to at what time. It is important that students attend these small group instruction times to avoid gaps in their learning.

Dear parents/guardians,

Schoology is our main learning management system, please go to Schoology for the zoom schedules and the small group information.

Thank you again and we will have a fantastic year!!!!

Submitting an exit ticket

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Exit tickets are due daily

This year, assignments are released on a daily basis and not on a weekly one. With this being said, exit tickets are due daily and all other assignments should be turned in according to the due date specified by the teacher. All work not turned in on time is subject to late penalties.



Daily Engagement / Attendance


When a Student Present? Student is present when He/she;


1) Attends live lessons or office hours with their teacher.


2) Submitting an exit ticket > Due daily


3) Submitting an assignment > Due date specified by the teacher


4) Progressing in the learning management system

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WHAT CAN I FIND IN THE PARENT PORTAL?

The Parent Portal is located on our website at https://sugarland.sstschools.org/ under Parents/Quick Links. We will update this folder, please bookmark this folder to your web browser and check the folder from time to time.

  • ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  • BELL SCHEDULE
  • SUPPLY LIST
  • STUDENT HANDBOOK
  • Teacher's Zoom Schedule
  • AND MORE!