Robinson Middle School eNews
October 4, 2020
One Team. One Family. One Robinson.
Picture Day-October 15, 2020
Face-to-Face Learners will take pictures on the practice gym during designated times. School-at-Home Learners will have an opportunity to take pictures in the library by signing up for time slots. Safety protocols and procedures will be in place.
- F2F students will be taking pictures through their Social Studies class (No sign-up necessary)
- Remote students who wish their picture to be taken will need to sign up in advance for a time slot. Families with multiple children need to pick a spot for EACH child. The photographer will be located in the library. More instructions for the remote students regarding the picture day procedures will be coming soon.
For remote students only: Click on the Sign Up Genius button below to select a time slot.
A Message from PTA
This survey will help us determine where we can improve as a school. It is 22 quick questions and should take about 2 minutes to complete. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, October 16. Thank you!
Did Your Free or Reduced-Price Meal Benefit Expire?
Effective September 24, 2020, free and reduced-price meal benefits that carried over from the 2019-2020 school year have expired. All households that did not fill out a federal meal application for the current school year have now been transferred to full-paid eligibility status.
Although all Plano ISD students are currently receiving free breakfast and lunch due to a waiver from the USDA, please note that this waiver is in place until December 31, 2020, or when funds run out. If you depend on free or reduced-price meals for your child(ren), please be sure to complete the application process so that you have the needed support in place when the district returns to regular operations and free meals for all come to an end. Please visit the Food and Nutritional Services web page for more information-https://www.pisd.edu/Page/3840.
To complete a federal meal application, visit www.schoolcafe.com/pisd. Please allow 10 business days for application processing. If you have questions about the National School Lunch Program, please review the Frequently Asked Questions (provided in English and Spanish). This video is provided for families needing additional support in Spanish.
More than Meals: Additional Reasons to Apply for the National School Lunch Program
Did you know that if you qualify for assistance through the National School Lunch Program, you may be eligible to receive fee waivers for the SAT/ACT exams, some college applications and fee reductions for Advanced Placement exams? Talk to your guidance counselor for more information, and visit the College Board site to learn more about:
Football Stadium Reminders
All spectators must complete the COVID-19 self-screening
The PISD bag policy will be in place
Face coverings are required
Social distancing is expected in all areas of the stadium including the student section
Congregating in the concourse area or walkways will not be allowed
Tickets are available online only
Rides should be arranged in advance for transportation home in a timely manner
Year book needs your pictures! We want you’re student to share their memories. Please submit photos to https://images.jostens.com/415468948 . Chose a file and submit as many photos as you want. Add comments or Quotes.
· First day photo: How was your first day? What was different from previous years?
· Remote Learning: What did you like best about working from home? Do you have any funny remote learning experiences to share?
· Quarantine: What kept you busy during quarantine? What new hobbies have you picked up? How did you stay in touch with friends? Did you have any realizations of life lessons from quarantine?
· Mask Selfie: How many masks do you have? Do you have a favorite design? What tricks have you learned to make the mask more comfortable?
Link to purchase a Robinson 2020-2021 Yearbook: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01017217
MAP (Measures of Academic Progress)
The students enrolled at Robinson will participate in the fall MAP testing starting Monday, Sept 21. Here is the schedule for your reference:
Math MAP-Sept 21-25
Reading MAP Sept 29-Oct 2
Science MAP Oct 5-9
Many of our students have taken the MAP test during the school day at school in Plano ISD in the past. However, this year, with School@Home and different protocols, we need to have parent collaboration to complete our MAP assessment this fall.
Parents will receive a Parent Guide from the teachers with dates and information to assist in setting up and planning for MAP. Use of the Plano ISD Chromebook is essential during the administration of the MAP test. We appreciate your assistance with the use of the Chromebook and familiarity with the use of the steps described in the guide.
Charge Chromebook or plug in while testing.
Verify home Wifi.
Reset screen resolution with Ctrl + Shift + 0 (zero)
Practice with practice.mapnwea.org
Teacher practice with GoGuardian platform prior to testing.
Use website from teacher for the actual test session with session name and password from GoGuardian chat.
Encourage your student to do their best, but they may not know the answer to all questions.
When finished, help them shut the test window and follow teacher instructions in GoGuardian chat.
If you encounter issues, please view the Parent and Student Guide on page 12 for troubleshooting. If you cannot resolve the issue using the troubleshooting guidance, please reach out to us for assistance.
Thank you for partnering with us as we navigate new MAP testing procedures to ensure your child's success.
Additional MAP Resources for Parents
New USDA Waiver Allows Plano ISD to Provide Free Meals
Plano ISD applied for and was granted a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) providing free meals for all Plano ISD students, whether enrolled in either Face-to-Face or School@Home. This went into effective September 14, 2020, through December 31, 2020, or while USDA funds are available. Please read additional information below and visit www.pisd.edu/grabandgo for details.
Meal Service for PISD Face-to-Face Students
Due to a waiver issued from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), effective September 14, 2020, all Plano ISD Face-to-Face students began receiving free breakfast and lunch meals through December 31, 2020, or while USDA funds are available.
Plano ISD Face-to-Face students will have the opportunity to purchase a la carte snacks and drinks during meal service.
Curbside Meal Bundles for PISD School@Home Students
Due to a waiver issued from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), effective September 15, 2020, all Plano ISD School@Home students began receiving free breakfast and lunch meal bundles through December 31, 2020, or while USDA funds are available.
Weekly meal bundles will be provided on Tuesdays from 9:30am to 10:30am and 4:45pm to 6:00pm at Clark HS, Shepton HS, and Williams HS. Starting, September 22, meal bundles will also be available at McMillen HS and Vines HS. Meal bundles will consist of five breakfasts and five lunches.
*Anyone picking up meals for students, without the student present, must bring appropriate documentation in the form of a school issued ID, report card, parent portal attendance summary form, or birth certificate.
Reminders for Face-to-Face Learners
- Arrival: Student arrival is between 7:45 a.m. and 8:25 a.m. Students are not allowed inside the building prior to 7:45 a.m. unless an emergency deems it necessary. The only exception are athletes who might arrive prior to 7:45 a.m. for morning sports practices. In order to assist with social distancing in the morning, please avoid dropping students off before 7:45.
- Lunch: Students will need to bring lunches from home or purchase lunch from the cafeteria. Lunch deliveries will not be allowed to be dropped off in the front office at this time.
- Water fountains: Fountains will not be available. Please have students bring a labeled water bottle to fill at the refillable water bottle stations.
- Dismissal: After school dismissal will follow an organized exit routine for all classes. The school will be divided into 3 zones and dismissed by zone. When each zone is dismissed, the teacher walks the class to the front exits - bus riders and bike riders go out the bus doors, 6th grade goes out the front side entrance, 7 & 8 grade out the front entrance. To ensure student safety, students should be picked up by 4:00 pm. There will be no outside adult supervision available after 4:00 pm.
Items to Bring Daily:
-Refillable water bottle (labeled with first and last name)
Remote Synchronous Learning is defined as two-way, real-time, live, instruction between teachers and students, through the computer or other electronic devices. Students enrolled in PISD School@Home will be assigned a virtual class schedule and must be available for live, synchronous instruction during each school day.
Remote Asynchronous Learning is a curricular experience where students engage in the learning materials on their own time, interacting intermittently with the teacher via the computer or other electronic devices. In this setting, teachers will provide instruction, learning resources and support through the use of Google Classroom.
Updated PISD 2020-2021 Calendar
Check-ins with counselors to start the year! Your counselor has a zoom meeting every day that your student can join for a 5-10 minute check in. We would like to meet with each student to help answer questions and connect with your student to start off this school year. Students will wait in the waiting room while we are speaking with another student.
Zoom Office Hours:
All counselors have Zoom meetings during these times:
Mon, Tues, Thurs from 2-3pm
Wed and Fri 10-11am
Visit our Google Classrooms to get the link to the Zoom office hours.
6th grade Kelli.firstname.lastname@example.org 469-752-6218
7th grade Mike.email@example.com 469-752-6217
8th grade Sherry.firstname.lastname@example.org 469-752-6216
Students who log in to the Plano ISD WebDesk each day and engage in teacher-assigned learning apps (including, but not limited to Google Classroom) are considered “present” and will not be marked absent. Students who have not logged in by 3:00 p.m. each school day will be marked absent. Secondary students will need to login to each class (period) and/or complete each daily class assignment or they will be marked absent. This absence can be resolved if the student engages in daily learning assigned by their teachers via the Plano ISD WebDesk by 11:59 p.m. that same day.
Students must attend their class 90% of the time to receive credit in that class, regardless of them receiving a passing grade. (For secondary students, this means 90% attendance in each class.)
The teacher defines if a student was “engaged in learning” or not. Students need to show “engagement in learning” prior to the end of each day to receive attendance credit for that day. A student cannot simply login and logout each day and expect to be counted as “present.” The student must be engaged in teacher-assigned learning prior to midnight to be counted as “present” for that school day.
If a student is engaged in asynchronous learning, completes the entire week’s worth of learning activities on Monday, and does not log in for the remainder of the week, he/she will be marked “present” on Monday only and counted “absent” for Tuesday-Friday.
It is important that students understand that School@Home attendance is based on daily engagement, not solely the completion of assignments. State law TEC §25.092 and Plano ISD Policy FEC (Local) and (Legal) still require students to attend at least 90% of their classes to receive credit and be promoted. Remote attendance will count in the same manner as on-campus (face-to-face) attendance in satisfying this requirement.
Join the Robinson PTA! Our awesome PTA supports students and teachers throughout the school year and sponsors great events and activities. We encourage all of our families to join our PTA by going to http://www.RobinsonPTA.org.
Communication with Teachers
Logging in to Chromebooks
- If you are unable to login, please refer to the following link for help on student logins and passwords (bottom right; under additional resources) https://www.pisd.edu/site/Default.aspx?PageID=17316
- If you are a NEW student to PISD your username would follow the firstname.lastname.# format. Ex. John Smith = john.smith.1
- The default password for NEW to PISD students is: xxxxxx!xyZ ( xxxxxx= student id number) Ex. 123456!xyZ
- If you are unable to log in after multiple attempts, please contact our CTA, Tori Sombright at 469-752-6206.
How to Access Classes
1. Log in to PISD Webdesk (http://webdesk.pisd.edu).
2. Click on the “My Backpack” tile in Webdesk.
3. Check the posted announcements to find your teachers’ Google Classroom codes.
4. Join Google Classroom using the provided codes. (Directions)
5. Access “How to Connect” assignment added to each Google Classroom with instruction on how to connect to your class on the first day virtual class meetings. (example: Zoom, Google Meet)
6. Join the meetings according to the bell schedules below.
7. Please double check your student's schedule tonight for any possible changes.
Helpful Attendance Reminders
- If you see a problem with attendance, please email the teacher. Teachers monitor student engagement in class and submit the daily attendance.
- Teachers will enter attendance by 3:00 pm each day. Each student will be marked A (Absent) or PSH (Present School @ Home). The teacher will still have access to attendance the following day to monitor if a student engaged by 11:59 pm.
- If a student is going to be absent, please call the "Child Safe Line" to report the absence. It is not required as we will no longer pre-code the parent call since a student can truly still "engage" by 11:59 pm that day to be counted present.
- Notify the teacher if you are having technical issues and work with them on an alternate way to engage.
- Parent and Doctor Notes must be received within 3 days of returning back to school from the absence.
- Parent and Doctor Notes may be scanned and emailed to Vickie Strong at email@example.com or turned in at the Robinson Front Office.
- This year, an email from a legal guardian listed on PISD Parent Portal, will suffice as a parent note. The email must include the student name, ID number, date(s) of absence, reason for absence along with the parent name submitting the note.
- Teachers are responsible for communicating to each class what their expectations are to be defined as present and engaged in class.
- Any changes made to attendance can take a few hours, or possibly overnight, to sync in Parent Portal.
Curbside Library Services
Student are now able to check out physical books from the library during virtual learning!
Procedures to check out books:
- The student will put a hold on the book(s) through their library account. (Refer to the video “How to Place a Library Hold” on the Library Google classroom.)
- Students are in charge of checking their accounts to see when their holds are ready.
- When the books are ready, parents can come at any of the dates and times listed below for pickup.
- Checkout will begin Tuesday, August 25 from 4pm-5pm (since Monday is a teacher workday).
- Check with your student to make sure they have a book that is available for pickup. They will need to check their library account.
- Pickup will be outside, at the main entrance to the building.
- The books will be on a cart with the student’s name attached. Mr. Tanner will check the books out at that time.
- Book returns will be dropped into the book return and quarantined for 3 days (per district instructions).
Pick up times each week will be:
Monday at 4pm (except first week)
Wednesday at 9am
Friday at 12pm
Mr. Tanner will be posting links on the library Google classroom for help in picking out books to read. Holds will be cancelled after one week of sitting on the cart. Mr. Tanner will include an account summary with the books if there are excessive overdues.
Federal Meal Application
Student eligibility status from the 2019-2020 school year will roll over for the first 30 operating days of school or until a new application has been processed. If you would like to complete a household application for free and reduced-price meals, please visit https://schoolcafe.com/pisd. Allow 10 business days for application processing.
From the District:
Revised 2020-2021 Return to School Plan
The Return-to-School Parent Manual initially released on July 9, 2020, continues to be revised based on feedback we have received from our parent and staff advisory groups, as well as new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and other state and local officials.
We appreciate your understanding as we continue to make plans for this ever-changing environment. Use the links below to view the updated plan and other back-to-school information.
Support Services Available to Families
A team of Plano ISD School Social Workers will be available throughout the summer break to assist any PISD families who need assistance with accessing available resources, including help with food, housing, utilities, and other needs. Families in need of counseling services may also contact this team of social workers for direct assistance or referral to an area provider. Both English and Spanish speakers are available. Contact may be made by phone or email as follows:
· Telephone: 469-752-3090
· Email: SocialWorkAssistance@pisd.edu
PISD Family Resource Page
PISD has launched a Family Resource page on the district’s website. This page provides a searchable list that families, community members and school staff can utilize to help find community resources in order to meet a family’s needs. The list is searchable by agency name, zip code and category. Categories include such areas as basic needs (food assistance, housing assistance), health care (medical, dental, vision), and mental health (substance abuse, counseling, etc.). The family resource page can be found at https://www.pisd.edu/familyresources
Plano ISD Website
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