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January 8, 2021

A Note From Mrs. Mathe

HAPPY NEW YEAR! We were so excited to welcome back our Powell students this week both at school and online. We saw a lot of smiles from teachers and friends as they saw each other for the first time in almost 3 weeks!

As we begin this semester, I wanted to remind all of our families about the COVID screening that every family should be considering before school daily regarding their child's health (see below). We appreciate your diligence in reporting cases and the caution our families exhibited in the fall semester when their child(ren) did not feel well. Once again, thank you for helping protect our school year!

It is extremely important to let us know if your child has tested positive for COVID, or if your child has been exposed to a positive individual. To report this information, please contact our school nurse, Melissa Wiles at mawiles@conroeisd.net or by calling 936-709-1709.

Today our second grading period reports cards are being distributed. Our in-person learners will receive a paper copy of their report card. Remote learners in grades 1-4 will have access to their report card on Parent Access Center. Kindergarten remote learners and any 1st- 4th grader that does not have a PAC account will be mailed a paper copy of the report card.

If you have not registered for a PAC account, please go on and create an account for your child https://pac.conroeisd.net/ Once you create the account, it will remain the same as long as your child is enrolled in a Conroe ISD school.

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Student COVID Screening

Please review the information and be sure to keep your child at home if he/she is exhibiting any of the following symptoms.

  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Chills or shaking with chills
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Significant muscle pain or body aches
  • Have a new uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing or for individuals with a chronic allergic/asthmatic, cough, a change in your cough from baseline
  • Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain
  • New onset or severe headache
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19
  • Or if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results due to symptoms that began less than 10 days ago

Upcoming Dates

January 6: Students return to school

January 8: Report cards sent home

January 18: School Holiday

January 25: Willie's Spirit Night

Dreambox Information for at Home Use

You may have noticed on the Powell PTO Facebook that PTO funds purchase DreamBox Learning for all Powell students. This is a K-8 digital, rigorous, and highly adaptive math curriculum that students access to supplement school math instruction. DreamBox adjusts and creates a "just right" lesson for each student.

It is recommended that students should complete 5 lessons each week. Most of the students complete enough lessons at school to meet this recommendation. While DreamBox can be used at home, please keep in mind these tips.

  • Be okay with mistakes. As long as students complete lessons, DreamBox will be able to assess their comprehension and adapt.

  • Work independently. Helping a student through a lesson can progress them beyond their current abilities and lead to frustration.

  • Only use the virtual manipulatives. DreamBox lessons are designed for students to think through problems without the use of pencil and paper.

  • Use the help/hint button when needed.

  • Use headphones with the volume on.

  • Monitor time. 30 minutes a session is adequate. Students should not work longer than 30 minute sessions at home.

We hope you find the tips helpful! We love to see so many students excited about practicing their math skills!


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  1. Log in to Parent Access.
  2. Click on communication.
  3. Choose Staff/Teacher excellence from the drop down menu.
  4. Select the employee to receive recognition from the drop down menu.
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  8. Click the box labeled Create Teachers Achieving Excellence button.
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Our Mission

Powell Elementary School is committed to creating an environment that promotes academic excellence, and a love for learning. Our goal is to build relationships that empower students, and develop responsible, patriotic citizens, and confident leaders.

CISD Non-Discrimination statement

The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner.

For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, TX 77304; (936) 709-7752.