Uplift Summit Families - Update

October 23rd, 2020

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October 23rd, 2020

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Note from the Directors - Ms. Oviatt, Ms. Miller, and Ms. McDaniel

Skyhawk Families,


Thank you to our families for great parent conferences. If you did not get a conference, please reach out to your campus director for more information on how to meet with your scholar's teachers!


We are really rolling into this 2nd quarter strong, working towards our campus goal of 100% engagement and attendance each day in classes! Our scholars on campus are smiling and having fun, despite the changes that had to occur for safety. Our scholars online are more in the groove and diving into the work and engaging. Let's keep growing and getting better as Skyhawks and push our scholars to give it their best both at home and in the classrooms here at Summit!


Our virtual Scholastic Book Fair ends on Sunday, 10/25. All proceeds directly benefit our campus libraries, so please use the link to browse the available books with your scholar, and purchase a new book that sparks their excitement to read!


https://www.scholastic.com/bf/summitinternationalprep



With Scholars First,


Ms. Oviatt, Primary Director

Mrs. Miller, Middle School Director

Mrs. McDaniel, High School Director

Mr. Smith, Operations Director

K-12 Need to Knows

Important dates

It is Red Ribbon Week at Summit next week - as we work with our scholars to say no to drugs!

The theme each day is:


  • Monday, 10/26: We Rock Red for Drug Free! Wear a red top with uniform bottom!
  • Tuesday, 10/27: Team up Against Drugs! Wear a jersey top with uniform bottom!
  • Wednesday, 10/28: Be Smart: Teach Others to Say No to Drugs! Wear it Wednesday theme is to dress like a Summit Teacher (wear a name badge to say which teacher you are dressed as!)
  • Thursday, 10/29: Crazy about being Drug Free! Wear crazy hair or hat and a uniform!
  • Friday, 10/30: Be Brave Enough to Say No to Drugs! Wear a superhero shirt and jeans!

Carline

MORNING Carline Reminder: Turn your heater off as soon as you get in line for carline. This will help to ensure the heat in the car does not interfere with thermometer check with your scholar!


Morning (7:30-8:00am)
  • Primary - Enter through Roosevelt Gate
  • Secondary -Enter through Center Street Gate


Afternoon

  • Primary (3:30-4:00) - Enter through Center Street Gate
  • Secondary(4:00-4:30) - Enter through Roosevelt Gate
  • Parents of siblings at multiple campuses must go through each carline in afternoon.
  • Wednesday afternoon carline begins at 2:00 for both Primary and Secondary.


Notes:

  • Do not get out of your car and walk up to the building.
  • Scholars will come out to carline.
  • Walkers are dismissed at the end of carline and will be escorted to appropriate gate.

Learning Choice Changes

The deadline to complete the Scholar Learning Choice survey has passed. If you have a legitimate need to change to your original selection, please contact your scholar's campus to discuss learning choice changes.


Due to space and social distance requirements, we may not be able to accommodate requests for last minute changes. Thank for your anticipated support in this. Knowing the exact numbers we can hold on campus will allow us to keep all of your scholars safe.

Telehealth Enrollment

If your child gets sick at school, it’s not easy to leave work. What can you do?

Uplift Education is proud to partner with Children’s HealthSM to provide access to Telehealth for our scholars. With your permission, our clinic staff can use video technology to connect your child with a Children’s Health doctor or nurse practitioner. Your child can be diagnosed and have prescriptions sent to your pharmacy, all without having to leave school or you having to leave work, in most cases.

Telehealth services at Uplift will be billed to your insurance provider or to Medicaid. No coverage? No problem. After your visit, Children’s Health will bill you directly. The visit cost will not exceed $50. Most families qualify for a discount and no student will be turned away for a visit.

Visit childrens.com/schools to enroll, call 844-483-5363, or use the QR codes below!
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FREE DRIVE THROUGH FLU VACCINE CLINIC

Uplift Education has teamed up with the CareVan to provide free flu vaccines to all scholars in our network. CareVan is a free immunization program for children who are eligible under the Texas Vaccines for Children Program rules; children who are uninsured, have Medicaid, are American Indian or Alaskan Native or who have private insurance that does not cover vaccines are eligible.

We invite all of our scholars, those attending in-person, hybrid and virtual, to take advantage of this opportunity to receive a free flu vaccine.

See attachment for more details, dates and times, in English and in Spanish.

Wear It Wednesday

Each Wednesday, all Uplift Summit scholars grades K-12 (staff too!) are invited to participate in Wear It Wednesday-- a themed dress down day-- in person or from home. Each Wednesday there is a theme that scholars may wear with school appropriate jeans and footwear. Take a look at this slide for the Semester 1 themes and guidelines about school appropriate jeans and footwear. http://bit.ly/wearitwednesday



10/28: Dress Like a Summit Teacher

  • Have a favorite teacher? OR love the style of another? Dress like a Summit Teacher - be sure have a name badge saying who you are! :)

Panorama Survey

3rd through 12th grade scholars will take the Panorama Survey this week, Oct. 19th-30th. Virtual, in-person, and hybrid scholars will participate. This survey will ask about your scholar's sense of belonging at school during the first nine weeks of the school year. It will also ask your scholar if they need to speak to a trusted adult about any issue they may be facing. We encourage you to also check in with the needs of your scholar, and reach out to your scholar's teacher if there are any needs we can support at school.

DYSLEXIA AWARENESS MONTH

Each week our Primary Dyslexia Interventionist, Mrs. Ylanan will be sharing information and tips for parents to become more informed and aware on identifying the signs of dyslexia and supporting scholars with dyslexia. Click the file below for this week's tips in English and in Spanish.

In-Person Scholars/Hybrid Scholars - EACH Day

BEFORE SCHOOL: Complete the health screening on Quickscreen by Luminare. Access link here: https://checkforcorona.com/uplift-students#/screening Do this BEFORE you get to school and be able to show the screen to the staff member and your scholar needs to know the animal of the day.

Check your scholar's temperature if you have a thermometer. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.


BRING TO SCHOOL:

  1. Your favorite well-fitting cloth mask.
    Learn more about mask guidelines and tips here.
  2. Fully charged Chromebook/laptop if possible
  3. Hand sanitizer if you want your own. There will be plenty in the classrooms, too!
  4. Water bottle filled with water, as water fountains have been converted to refillable bottle stations.
  5. A smile and a great attitude!


BREAKFAST AND LUNCH: Breakfast and lunch will be served for daily and is FREE to all scholars. Scholars can bring their own lunch - but if they forget it, we are not allowing deliveries of food from parents or delivery services. Scholars can access the free lunch option.

Important Need to Knows - Primary School

(NEW) Quarter 1 Awards

Primary Awards will be presented in classrooms both in person and virtually on Wed. Nov. 4th. Certificates for virtual scholars will be included in the next supply pickup!


(NEW) Common Assessments--3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade

Our first Common Assessment (CA) is taking place at Summit Primary for grades 3-5 from November 2, 2020 through November 12, 2020. The CA is used to measure the mastery of the Uplift Scope and Sequence as well as prepare scholars for STAAR testing in the Spring. This year the CA will be taken completely online through the AWARE system. Please look for information from you scholar’s teacher, as well as a message from Ms. Harlin on DOJO about how to access resources to prepare your scholar for testing online in this platform. If you have any questions or concerns about testing you can reach our to your scholar’s teacher or the Testing Coordinator, Ms. Harlin at tharlin@uplifteducation.org. Thank you for your continued support.

Important Need to Knows - Middle School

(NEW) Halloween

Please do not wear costumes on Friday, 10/30 to school. We have a Red Ribbon Week theme of Super Hero shirts and jeans. Costumes will not be allowed and the parent will be called to bring clothes or take the scholar home.


(NEW) Quarter 1 Awards Ceremony

To celebrate our stellar 1st Quarter scholars, we will pre-record awards and have scholars watch it during advisory. We will provide the recording to the middle school families as well through ParentLink and in next Friday's newsletter! It isn't how we want to celebrate our amazing scholars, but we want to recognize them in some way and celebrate!


(New) Wednesday, 10/28: Normal Wednesday Dismissal

We are back to a regular Wednesday dismissal - please pick up your scholar at 2pm in carline. Please do not have your scholar pick up a primary sibling and bring them to the MS carline. You will need to go through both carlines.


Attendance

We are working towards our goal of 100% engagement and attendance everyday! Attendance is going down a bit and we need your help! Help us reach our goal of 100% by asking your scholar to log into Schoology show you what they completed in class for the day. Scholars must log into each class daily to get credit for attendance.


HS Road to College and Career newsletter has a section for MS!

Check out page 2 of the first edition of the RTCC newsletter! This newsletter has detailed information about academic support, success, and resources for each grade level. Click this link or see attached. https://tinyurl.com/RTCCoctober


UNIFORMS:

Scholars may wear their casual uniform--

  • 6th Grade: BURGANDY polo
  • 7th Grade: RED polo
  • 8th Grade: WHITE polo
  • ALL: navy bottoms, black belt, navy colored non-hooded sweater or sweater vest, black shoes with white soles (not athletic shoes) --Monday through Friday.

It is optional for scholars to wear their platinum uniform--white shirts and navy or plaid bottoms--on Monday only.

Important Need to Knows - High School

BENCHMARK MAKEUPS: This past week, scholars took benchmarks in the classes below. Look for communication from Dean Stephani Brown if your scholar needs to make up these assessments next week during Office Hours 3-4pm. This assessment is mandatory as your scholar receives a major grade for this and this information helps us prepare your scholar for Texas End of Course exams.

  • 9th Grade: English I, Biology, Algebra I
  • 10th Grade: English II
  • 11th Grade: US History


PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES: Thank you to the 147 High School families who have attended Quarter 1 conferences so far. Please look for communication from your scholar's advisor with a in to sign up for these important meetings. Our goal is that 100% of scholars have conferences!


SCHOLAR GRADES: Stay updated about your scholars' grades. Log into PowerSchool at https://powerschool.uplifteducation.org/public. Watch this video (link) to learn how to turn on Alerts for your scholars' grades. To set up your account for the first time, use this information:

Access ID: Scholar UserID+P (at the end), ie: JoeSsmith0933P

Access Password: Scholar Number, ie 4322344


11TH GRADE DIPLOMA PROGRAM TOWN HALL: October 29, 6pm-8pm. Come learn important information about courses and expectations for your DP experience. Look out for the link from Dean Tobias Rather.


(REPEAT) 2020 CHANGES TO HS SPORTS: We are so excited that high school scholars have the opportunity to participate in our Athletics program this year, with new health guidelines and protocols in place. One new guideline is that games are not open to spectators this year. We will share information soon about how you can show your support.


(REPEAT) High School Attendance

Uplift Summit had the best high school attendance in August! However, we're starting to see attendance decline this past week. Help us reach our goal of 100% by asking your scholar to log into Schoology show you what they completed in class for the day. Scholars must log into each class daily to get credit for attendance.

Grades 6-12 Bell Schedule: In-Person and Remote Learning

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How do I get Questions Answered?

I'm a new parent. Who do I contact for things?

Check out our Facebook page here that has a list of Family Orientations and Back to School Information. They review basics such as uniforms, supplies, schedules, technology, attendance, etc. You can also see the slides here. For information about Schoology access, Chromebooks, and hot spots reach out to:

For enrollment information: Please contact our PEIMS Coordinator Erika Paramo, eparamo@uplifteducation.org or Family Engagement Coordinator Vernetta Willis, vwillis@uplifteducation.org.


Where can I access previous newsletters?

Visit our campus website www.uplifteducation.org/upliftsummit. Then go to ""Family & Scholars" --> "Campus General Information" --> "Newsletters" for prior issues. You can also click this Google Document for an Archive of Newsletters.


I have attendance concerns/questions. Who do I contact?

Any attendance notes, concerns, or questions -- email: SummitAttendance@uplifteducation.org


Who do I contact with more questions?

Please visit our school website www.uplifteducation.org/upliftsummit and "Family & Scholars" to see most answers to your questions.



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Important Information from our Virtual Clinic

Our wonderful campuses nurses, Nurse Lauren and Nurse Shea, have put together a document to help you navigate any needs you may have of the clinic. Links are built into different parts of the image, so click away and find out great information from our health services at Summit!