Luling ISD - November Newsletter

Go Eagles!

Homework Help Is Coming!

I have heard concerns from parents about not knowing how to help their child with homework when they are struggling. Specifically I have been asked why we don't send textbooks home with the students. Times have changed from when I was in school. Teachers no longer have one textbook per subject with a teacher's edition that tells them what to teach, and sometimes what to say, each day. Teachers have multiple resources that they use to ensure that the state-mandated TEKS are taught to the depth and complexity that is required. Due to this, there are no textbooks to send home that will cover everything students are learning in class.

That doesn't mean we can't help, though! On the district website, under the Parents tab, we are creating a Homework Help page. This page will contain:

-Content-level links to sites where parents and students can find the help they need to figure out those confusing problems or skills

-The grade level Year At a Glance (YAG) documents for each of the core content areas that detail what students are learning

-Links to helpful tips on helping students with their homework

We are in the final stages of completion of the webpage. Be on the lookout!! Help is coming!!

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's a School Board Member!!

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Mr. Tom Montgomery, a Luling school Board member, spent the day teaching our 5th graders about aerodynamics! Mr. Montgomery is a retired pilot for the Air Force and FedEx and shared his wealth of knowledge with our students. They were excited and engaged! Thank you Mr. Montgomery!

Parent Portal

The end of the 2nd six weeks was Friday, November 2nd, and hopefully you are not surprised by the grades or attendance on your child's report card. Luling ISD offers all parents/guardians immediate access to grades, assignments, and attendance records in an effort to facilitate and improve communication between home and school. It is also available as an app on your phone!

Please contact the front office of your child's school for login information.

November Spotlight Staff Member

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Madonna Gorner!!

Mrs. Gorner has been teaching for 22 years (Prairie Lea, Lockhart, and now Luling!). She is currently one of the 5th grade ELA teachers at Shanklin. According to her colleagues that nominated her: Mrs. Gorner does an excellent job teaching 5th grade ELAR. She is always pushing her students to do more than they initially thought they could. The students are engaged and excited about learning and sharing their work. Her creative approach and story telling draws students in. She is creating voracious readers and writers!

We are so glad you joined the Luling family, Mrs. Gorner!

Emergency Operations Plan

Conversations about school emergencies, and in particular school shootings, are not easy, but in the world we live in today, they are necessary. My hope is none of us will ever experience such a tragedy in our schools but it is our duty to be prepared. A critical component to safe schools is the uniform classroom response to any incident. Weather events, fires, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by school and district administration and staff.

Luling ISD staff have been reviewing all of our emergency procedures. We have recently adopted the Standard Response Protocol (SRP). The SRP is based not on individual scenarios but on the response to any given situation. SRP conforms to FEMA guidance and thousands of schools and law enforcement agencies have implemented this program across the US.

I have gone on 'safety walks' with local law enforcement at each campus to determine areas that could be potentially unsafe. The district uses the resources from the foundation. The "I Love U Guys' Foundation was created to restore and protect the joy of youth through educational programs and positive actions in collaboration with families, schools, communities, organizations, and government entities.

It is important to recognize that, statistically, schools are some of the safest public spaces where students can spend their day. Nonetheless, our staff has been entrusted to care for the safety of our community’s most treasured possession: our children. We take that responsibility seriously and want you to know we will continue to use best practices and common sense to keep our schools as safe as possible.

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Diá de los Muertos!

Gerdes Junior High hosted a community event for Diá de los Muertos on Friday. Over 100 parents, students, and community members participated. There were arts and crafts, face painting, Folklórico dancers, student performers, and food!

Upcoming Events!

With the holiday season upon us, there are many events you do not want to miss!

Keep up with upcoming events by clicking on this link!