TES Family and Community News
Week of April 12-16 2021
4th Grade Writing STAAR Assessment
4th Grade Parents/Guardians,
The time has come for your scholars to demonstrate their knowledge and skills according to what they have learned all year long. Your scholars and their teachers have been working diligently to gain proficiency in mastering the skills of math, reading, writing, science, and social studies. We are excited to see their growth and achievement in the area of writing.
The administrations of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) have begun. Therefore, STAAR Writing will be administered to all eligible 4th-grade scholars Tuesday, April 27, 2021. For your scholar to receive a valid score, he/she must take their assessment on the campus of Thompson Elementary School. Please see the information below on the guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
Spring 2021 State Assessment Guidance:
To ensure equity for all students, a student must be present at a monitored testing session and must be supervised by a trained test administrator.
For any eligible student receiving remote instruction who does not go to the campus or designated testing site to take a STAAR, STAAR Alternate 2, or TELPAS online assessment in spring 2021, the district should indicate “O” for other in the SCORE CODE field and “0” under column D in the AGENCY USE.
All of Thompson ES’ staff and scholars will continue to honor all safety protocols, including mask-wearing at all times. Your scholars will receive breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Remote/Learning At-Home scholars will be taking the assessments in an isolated environment. We look forward to seeing your scholars on their scheduled assessment day.
Is Your Student Registered Yet for Pre-K? Give Your Child a Strong Start to a Bright Future!
Now’s the time to register for our Pre-K program if your student will be 4 or older by Sept. 1 and meets state eligibility requirements.
Spring ISD is committed to providing an excellent and engaging education to all of our youngest students with a Pre-K program designed to cultivate a love of learning that will set the foundation for success.
Our district offers caring and certified teachers who are ready to support your child as they start their educational journey. On Thursday, April 15, join us for an informational session in either Spanish or English to learn more about our Pre-K program and how your child can benefit from enrolling.
LATE DAY REGISTRATION at Thompson Elementary will be April 14th from 4:30p- 6:30p.
Join Spring ISD for Week of the Young Child April 12-16
Spring ISD will be celebrating the Week of the Young Child April 12-16, where parents and their preschoolers can participate in a variety of fun learning activities to promote school readiness.
Each day of the week will feature a different virtual program, sponsored by Spring ISD Smart Start in conjunction with the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Parents can attend one or all of the following sessions with their child, ages 0 to 4:
Monday, April 12, 10 a.m. – Music: Music is one of the first ways children experience math, especially when children clap or move to a steady beat.
Tuesday, April 13, 6:30 p.m. – Tasty: Parents and children will learn how to make healthy snacks and practice different skills, including counting, measuring and following directions.
Wednesday, April 14, 2 p.m. – Work together: This activity will involve teamwork and games and promote social interactions, including taking turns.
Thursday, April 15, 6:30 p.m. – Artsy: Children will get to create their own unique artwork using paint, paper and a brush.
Friday, April 16, 10 a.m. – Family: A strong connection between child and parent is essential for healthy development. Take part in fun games and activities that allow the whole family to play and connect.
To access the sessions, parents can log on at https://www.springisd.org/ss-wotyc.
For more information, contact Vilma Gomez at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281-891-6195.
Attendance Incentives for those with Perfect Attendance and Engagement
It's time to REWARD our scholars who have perfect attendance weekly! Beginning the week of April 5th, be an Attendance H.E.R.O (HERE EVERYDAY READY and ON-TASK) will incentivize scholars for their dedication to learning with activities such as gaming time, extra recess, pizza parties, and much more!
With online learning, we know there are some questions on attendance and how to ensure students are marked present for the day. Here’s what families need to know:
Log in and attend class in real-time with your teacher during the morning and the afternoon.
If you were unable to attend a session because of a technology issue, don’t panic. Students attending either the morning or afternoon session will be counted present for the day.
If your student for some reason misses both the morning and afternoon live instruction with their teachers, they can still make up the work by logging into Schoology and completing the day’s assignments. For that effort to count, however, students must do this before 11:59 p.m. each day to be counted present.
Even with all the challenges of online learning, attendance is still being tracked and still counts. Attendance matters, and we want our students in class and learning every day, 100% of the time. At a minimum, state standards require students to attend school at least 90 percent of the time the class is in session to receive credit.
If your family is struggling with getting to school and it's affecting your scholars' attendance, let us know now so we can help!