Ensor Eagle News & Updates
Col. John O. Ensor Middle School 5.03.21
LET'S FINISH STRONG, EAGLES!
Dear Ensor Families,
This week is a very important and special week!
We continue with the next round of STAAR testing this week! Our 8th graders will tackle the Algebra I EOC on Thursday and then 8th Grade Science on Friday! If your child is reporting to campus to complete either of these exams this week, please remember to have them do their ESWIPE and to report to their designated check-in area. There is a special designated drop-off area for check-in specifically for our remote students coming in to test. Additional information can be found below in this newsletter.
We also celebrate our wonderful Ensor Educators!
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
I would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to all of our teachers who have managed to make this year a memorable one! While it hasn't always been easy, navigating the every day changes of our community health situation, our teachers made it look easy! With hard work, long hours of planning and collaborating, researching new ideas and strategies, and simply learning by trial and error, our Ensor teachers were able to prove that they, too, are lifelong learners ready to adapt to any given circumstance to make learning possible. Thank you, Ensor Educators! This week we celebrate YOU!
THE RACE IS ON!!
Online Registration for RETURNING Eagles CONTINUES!
Please help secure your child's spot at Ensor by completing Online Registration as soon as possible!
With our high enrollment at Ensor, we want to ensure that your child returns to us for the 2021-2022 school year. By completing Online Registration as soon as possible, we can also ensure that your child receives the electives that they chose with our counselors.
Failure to complete Online Registration as soon as possible could result in students being placed into electives that they did want and schedules that we will not able to modify or change because of our increased enrollment.
The link to a short video created with instructions on how to login and how to retrieve your login/password can be found at the end of this newsletter.
Here are our latest grade level percentages of completed online registrations:
- Incoming 6th Graders: 67% Complete
- Incoming 7th Graders: 58% Complete
- Incoming 8th Graders: 57% Complete
Let's work together to be the 1st Middle School to complete 100% Online Registrations!
As always, Eagles, please remember to practice social distancing, wear a mask, and wash your hands regularly so we can all do our part in keeping Team SISD safe!!
STAY HEALTHY AND SAFE, MY EAGLES!
Click here to access the video for Parent Online Registration Assistance.
Please click this link to complete your ESWIPE before coming to campus to STAAR test.
What Color Zone Are We In? What Does That Mean?
A lot has changed at the Nest. We have now transitioned into the "GREEN" zone and will work to continue receiving our current "RED", "ORANGE", "YELLOW, and now "GREEN" zone scholars on campus.
The district will continue to honor the safety zone designation previously identified by parents.
When the hospitalization rate changes to a different zone (Red = Above 20%; Orange = 19.9% to 15%; Yellow = 14.9% to 10%; Green = Below 10%), school leadership will communicate with parents who have chosen their children to be on campus in the current zone about the transition.
Team SISD is committed to a safe return to on-campus instruction and, as with all COVID-19 plans, it is important to note that details may be subject to change pending the state of our local community health and new guidance issued by national, state, and local authorities.
To recap, here is what we need to know about how this affects our school:
We are now in the "GREEN" zone.
We will continue receiving our RED, ORANGE, YELLOW and now GREEN zone Eagles on May 3rd, 2021.
Students identified to return in the current safety zone will have the option to return to campus. All parents will continue to have the choice to keep their children learning remotely at home for the remainder of the school year, or can update their safety zone selection by communicating with their campus administration.
Our safety protocols and procedures remain in effect and I can assure you that we are doing our best to keep all our students and staff safe.
For any parent that selected "RED, ORANGE, YELLOW or GREEN" zone and wishes to change to remain on virtual learning, simply contact the school and ask to speak to an administrator.
As soon as we receive the next update, I will send an updated newsletter to our families.
Safety Procedures for On Campus Learning
ESWIPE is REQUIRED: Prior to arrival, ALL students attending on campus instruction, are REQUIRED TO COMPLETE ESWIPE BEFORE THEY ARRIVE to school.
Parents and students are BOTH expected to responsibly submit their child's ESWIPE with honesty and fidelity. Failure to complete an accurate ESWIPE may result in the student being moved to the GREEN zone and/or full REMOTE, which is now supported officially by the Ensor Middle School School Improvement Team, effective March 10, 2021.
Please remember, that our goal is to mitigate any spread of COVID-19 on our campus and to protect all our students and staff from infection. And it is because of my commitment to all our families - both those of our students and staff - that I share this expectation with you, as well as the potential consequence. So, please, if you are not sure how to submit the ESWIPE for whatever reason, I ask that you please contact me or anyone on our leadership team so that we can guide you to avoid any potential setbacks. This includes reaching out to our counselors, nurse, front office staff, librarian, administration, etc... and we will help you.
Arrival and Dismissal: Parents are not permitted to walk students to the door and are to remain in their vehicles at all times.
***Students are to arrive between 7:45am-8:10am.***
Bus Pick UP: Parents MUST wait with their child at the bus pick up until the bus monitor does a temperature check BEFORE the child boards the bus.
Mask: Students are to wear masks at all times upon arrival to campus. Teachers will provide mask breaks to students periodically. Students may wear their own mask or one that will be provided by the campus. It is good practice to send your child with an extra mask so that they are always prepared even after they leave school.
Ensor Parking Lot: Ensor parking lots will be closed. Parents are not permitted to park in the parking lot unless they have a pre-approved appointment with the school. Please contact us at 937-6001 if you should need additional support.
Textbooks/Supplies: Please ensure your child brings their own books and supplies with them. If possible, please mark your child's name on their items. STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SHARE SUPPLIES.
Devices: Students will be required to bring fully charged devices to campus every day. Only district devices will be used. They will take them home at the end of every day. Bring chargers.
Headphones: Students are to bring headphones with them to campus for their use. If needed, we will have a few on site to loan and disinfect.
Breakfast & Lunch: Breakfast will be provided to students in classrooms. Lunch will be provided to students either in the classroom or in the cafeteria, pending grade level overall numbers and ensuring capacity meet safety guidelines.
Classroom Desks: Students will disinfect their desks throughout the day. They will also be reminded to sanitize their hands and work station prior to transitioning.
Restrooms: All restrooms will have monitors directing traffic and will be disinfected throughout the day.
Water bottles: Water fountains are not available for use. Please send your child with a water bottle of their own.
The more frequently noted ESWIPE indicators are as follows:
-Someone in household showing symptoms within the last 14 days;
-I have taken a COVID-19 test and am awaiting results;
-Been in contact with someone who has possible exposure to COVID-19 within the last 14 days
E-SWIPE is required for entry to all SISD school and district facilities for the 2020-21 school year. Check out where you can find the app below!
A Few Continuous Reminders...
Attendance is extremely important, Eagles!
As we continue with classes, remember that attendance to all your classes is a mandatory, Eagles. Please make sure you are logged in by 8:15 AM and maintain cameras on throughout the day, unless teachers direct otherwise. If for some reason students are not able to log in, please contact the school by phone at 937-6001, via email to administration, counselors, or teachers. We will do our best to help ensure access is provided as quickly as possible.
In the event you are absent, remember to forward you notes to firstname.lastname@example.org or please call the school at (915)937-6010.
Nurse Hernandez is always available to help, Eagles!
Team SISD continues to work in collaboration with the city to contact trace each COVID case. If your child tests positive, please complete the wellness form on ESWIPE. Nurse Melissa Hernandez will be contacting you for details. Know that we are keeping each of you in our thoughts as so many of us as affected by COVID.
SISD Online Learning Tips
Please visit our SISD online learning resource page designed to help guide parents through the many questions that may arise during remote instruction.
This resource will also give parents a how to guide on different online learning websites and apps. A collection of how-to resources, videos, and tutorials to assist families who may need to troubleshoot during remote learning.
Resources for Parents - Online Learning in SISD - LibGuides at Socorro ISD
Staff Shout Outs are HERE!
Ensor Eagle Administration
Lisa Estrada-Batson, Principal
Moises Loya, 8th Grade Assistant Principal
Renee King-Aragon, 7th Grade Assistant Principal
Noe Cantu, 6th Grade Assistant Principal
Where Do I Send My Student's Doctor Notes When They Are Absent?
In the event you need additional support or to simply verify that we are in receipt of your note, you may always contact our Attendance Clerk, Ms. Mayra Fierro, at (915) 937-6010 or our main number at (915) 937-6001.
Thank you for your efforts in working with us to ensure we maintain proper attendance records, together. Our goal is to do our best to serve you and our Eagles when the need to be absent arises. Please feel free to contact us for any support.
Student Work Packet Drop Off
The box is located at Ensor Middle School in the front area of the school.
Please make sure all assignments have your Name, Student ID#, Date, and Teacher Name.
Simply make your way to school and drop your assignment in the box!
And that's all there is to it! We will make sure your assignments get to your teachers.
Dropbox is available Monday - Friday from 7am to 5:30pm; Until 3pm during intersession.
Ensor is a Purple Star Campus!
The Purple Star Campus Designation is a special honor created by the 86th Texas Legislature through SB 1557. We are proud of our military connected families and will continue to work to build strong partnerships of support!
Ensor is a Nearpod Certified School
Col. John O. Ensor Middle School is proud that we are a Nearpod Certified School, integrating interactive presentations that can contain Quiz's, Polls, Videos, Collaborate Boards, and more.
WE DID IT!
I am very proud to announce that after having our Texas Schools to Watch representative visit our campus in January, we have officially been designated as a recipient of this prestigious award! We are now one of 50 middle schools in the state of Texas who will go on to receive national recognition for achieving great milestones in academics!
Ensor is a Purple Star Campus!
Ensor is a Nearpod Certified School
WE DID IT!
2020-2021 Academic A/B Calendar
Click here to complete the Transfer Request Form for the 2021-2022 school year.
Please click on this link to view the latest SISD school safety information.