Austin Announcements

See what's happening February 20-24, 2023

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What is TELPAS and Who Takes It?

TELPAS is an assessment program for students in Texas public schools who are learning the English language. The letters in TELPAS stand for the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) developed TELPAS to meet state and federal requirements. Texas annually assesses the English language proficiency of students who have been identified as English learners (ELs) in four language domains—listening, speaking, reading, and writing. TELPAS evaluates the progress that each EL makes in becoming proficient in the use of academic English.

Students in grades K-12 that have been identified as an EL are required to take TELPAS. This includes ELs whose parents have declined bilingual or English as a Second Language (ESL) program services. They will stop participating in TELPAS when their language proficiency assessment committee (LPAC) determines that they are proficient in the English language and have met reclassification criteria. This applies to all ELs even those who are not in a bilingual or ESL program. Once a student has met the state’s reclassification criteria, they will no longer be identified as an EL and will not have to participate in TELPAS.

Students must be present the entire day of testing. Please make note of the dates (see the calendar below). Do not schedule to pick your student up early on those dates.

FAQs for Parents

TELPAS Parent Tips

Important Dates

February 20 ~ No School

February 21 ~ TELPAS testing for 2nd and 3rd Bilingual Students

February 22 ~ TELPAS testing for all ESL, Parent Denials & 4th grade Bilingual Students

February 23 ~ 2nd Grade Program at 5:30

February 24 ~ Go Texan Day

Upcoming Dates

February 28 ~ TELPAS testing for 2nd and 3rd Bilingual Students

March 1 ~ TELPAS testing for all ESL, Parent Denials & 4th grade Bilingual Students

March 3 ~ Color Run!

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Managing Student Behavior

Our students at Austin Elementary are amazing! They walk calmly in the hallways, respect common spaces like the restroom, and play safely at recess.

At Austin Elementary, we believe...

  • Behavior is learned

  • Relationships are KEY
  • Student behavior should be used as a teaching opportunity
  • Kids are going to mess up sometimes…it’s how humans learn

What happens when students don't follow the expectations?

Teachers make every effort to redirect mild and moderate misbehavior within the classroom. Sometimes, student misbehavior is persistent and does not change with reminders from the teacher. This persistent mild or moderate behavior may require the teacher to contact you and send a short note home making you aware of the behavior.

Some behaviors are more serious and may require the student to be referred to an assistant principal for a more serious intervention.

**Please note, each situation and student is different and teachers use their professional discretion when responding to student misbehavior.

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...Coming Soon...

We would like to share our Common Area Expectations with parents so you know about the work we do at school. Most of these rules can be adapted for home or out in any common space, like a grocery store. Over the course of the next few weeks, check this newsletter for information on how we manage each of our common areas. Don't forget to praise your children for the great work they are doing!

Links to Grade Level News Sites

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Birthday Treats

**COVID-19 UPDATE: Store bought treats only!

When bringing birthday treats, please remember they must be left in the front office. The classroom teacher will distribute them at the end of class. If you have questions about what is allowed, please call the front office 936-709-8400.

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