Robinson Middle School eNews

May 16, 2020- End of Year Procedures-Map included

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Dear Robinson Families,


As we begin the last week of school, I want to thank you for your support and patience as we adjusted to new ways of teaching and learning during the last eight weeks. Our students have shown that they are extremely resilient and dedicated to their learning and I am so proud of them. I am also so grateful for the awesome Robinson staff and their commitment to being innovative and flexible in delivering instruction, providing feedback, and finding new ways to connect with our students. Thank you again for your partnership in your child's learning during this time and we look forward to the day we are back at school together again. Have a wonderful and safe summer!


Kennitra Robertson

Principal

Messages for Our Students! From the Robinson Staff

Please click the links below to view messages from our staff to our students.


6th grade

https://flipgrid.com/6969b1b4


7th grade

https://flipgrid.com/264483ea


8th grade

https://flipgrid.com/9edd0456

Attention current 8th graders

Not all classes are offered at Jasper next year due to student requests. See below for details.



2020-21 Jasper High School Course Availability

Click here for a listing of available courses. Course with a strike-through are not available for enrollment. This document will be updated as courses become full.

2020-2021 Class Schedule

Current 6th and 7th grade families,


Your child's schedule for next year is available to view in parent portal. If you find an error or change that you would like to make, please send your grade level counselor an email indicating the change that you need to make.


Sherry Dissinger sherry.dissinger@pisd.edu for rising 8th grade

Mike Rubin mike.rubin@pisd.edu for rising 7th grade


We are hopeful that all families are healthy and staying strong during this time of distance learning and we look forward to seeing you this fall to start the new year off ready to learn and grow.

#Robinsonproud



Current 8th grade families,

Mrs. Tisdale can only change courses for Jasper students. If your child is going to a campus other than Jasper, they will need to contact the high school counselor for that campus.

Kelli Tisdale kelli.tisdale@pisd.edu for current 8th graders

8th grade Sign Extravaganza!

8th graders, we want to celebrate YOU as you "graduate" from 8th grade and move on to high school. Our PTA has put together goody bags with some special items inside and will be handing them out at pick up on Friday, May 22nd from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Parents, as you pull around for pick up there will be a huge banner and signs to send off our 8th graders in style and with smiles. This is in conjunction with the End-of-the-Year Curbside Pick Up/Return of School Items.

End-of-Year Curbside Pick Up/Return Schedule

Below are the designated days and times to arrive on campus to pick up or return the following items:


  1. Chromebooks/Chromebook Chargers
  2. Yearbooks
  3. Textbooks/Novels
  4. Library Books
  5. Instruments *See Update Below*
  6. Athletic Fundraiser Items
  7. Hallway & P.E. Locker Items
  8. Medication
  9. Awards
  10. 8th Grade End-of-Year Gift- Provided by PTA
  11. Student Work/Portfolios/Artwork/Student items left in the classroom
  12. Spring Pictures

Please remember that this will be a CURBSIDE process similar to Chromebook Pick Up. You will pull up to a designated station and open your trunk. A staff member will place items or retrieve items from your trunk. If you are picking up items, please place a sign in your passenger window with your child's first and last name. Students and families are to remain in their vehicles and are not allowed in the buildings during this process.


Please keep the following guidelines in mind.

  • Please wear a face covering when picking up or returning student materials.
  • Follow COVID-19 preventative practices as advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Please stay in your vehicle and follow the curbside process.
  • Please do not come to the campus if you have been ill, if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or if you are currently under isolation/quarantine orders.

6th Grade by Last Name

Thursday, May 21


  • A-L 9:00-11:00
  • M-Z 11:00-1:00

7th Grade By last name

Thursday, May 21

  • A-L 1:00-3:00
  • M-Z 3:00-5:00

8th Grade By Last Name

Friday, May 22


  • A-L 9:00-11:00
  • M-Z 11:00-1:00

Item Exchange Map

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Item Exchange Map

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1. Chromebooks/Chromebook Chargers

**Response needed if you borrowed a Chromebook. Please complete the form below.**


Ultimately, we are committed as a district to the following:


By providing access to devices and/or Internet connections, we have reduced the equity gap that exists among our students. If we can support that narrowing effect throughout the summer and beyond, we should.


Families/students have the option to return Chromebooks to campuses May 20-22 if they:


  1. don’t think they will be useful as a learning support over the summer and/or

  2. don’t want to be burdened with the responsibility of keeping track of them and/or

  3. no longer need them


We will need to collect Chromebooks for any student who will not return to Plano ISD for the 2020-2021 school year. Chromebooks kept over the summer will be collected in late July. Instructions for July returns will be sent at a later date.


*Instructions for Chromebook Return*


1. Fully charge the Chromebook

2. Turn the power off

3. Write your child's name and ID number on a piece of paper and place it inside the Chromebook

4. Chromebooks may be returned at any station.


We will also need to verify intent to keep or return the device. Please complete the form below.


https://forms.gle/TZxnbAm7zuDzp8QY6

2. Yearbooks

If you purchased a yearbook, it will be distributed to you at the designated station. You will also receive a handout for instructions on optional digital yearbook signing.

3. Textbooks/Novels

Your child's teacher will contact you if a textbook or novel needs to be returned. Please include a note with your child's name and teacher with the textbook/novel and place it in your trunk for a staff member to retrieve it.

4. Library Books

Do you have any library books to return? Follow the instructions to access your library account. Please include a note with your child's name and teacher with the library book and place it in your trunk for a staff member to retrieve it.
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5. Music Instruments *update*

Music teachers contacted parents last week regarding instrument return. Instruments will be returned Monday, May 18 and Tuesday, May 19. The schedule is below.



Band
Monday 9am-12pm

Tuesday 1:30pm-5:30pm


Band parents, please be sure to complete the Sign Up Genius to indicate the day and time you intend to come.


Orchestra

Monday 11am


Orchestra parents were contacted individually.

6. Athletic Fundraiser Items

If you purchased athletic fundraiser items, they will be available for pick up at a designated station. Please display a note in the passenger window with your child's first and last name.

7. Hallway & P.E. Locker Items

Staff will bag all items from hallway lockers and P.E. lockers and label them with student names. Please display a note in the passenger window with your child's first and last name.

8. Medication

You may pick up any remaining medication for your child during this time. Nurse Camizzi will be located at the Clinic Station. Please contact her if you have any questions.


Christie.Camizzi@pisd.edu

9. Awards

We will distribute any awards your child has received for the 3rd nine weeks, 4th nine weeks, and End of Year. A teacher will notify you if your child received an award.

10. 8th Grade End-of-Year Gift Provided by PTA

Thank you to our awesome PTA for providing all 8th graders with a gift to celebrate their completion of middle school! All 8th graders are invited to stop at the designated station to receive their gift.

11. Student Work/Portfolios/Artwork/Student items left in the classroom

Teachers will contact you in advance if you have any student work, portfolios, artwork, or student items left in the classroom to pick up. Current 6th and 7th grade students will have some ELA student items returned at the beginning of next school year.

12. Spring Pictures

If you pre-paid for Spring Pictures or your child participated in retakes and your child did not bring the pictures or proofs home before Spring Break, they will be available near the Locker Station.

Donation of School Supplies

Please consider donating unused school supplies. If your child has a locker and you would like to donate unused school supplies, please complete the form below.


https://forms.gle/5iwhthSFsu1uHdhh9

Lost and Found Items

If your child has lost an item, we can search the lost and found. Please complete the form below to submit a description of the item and your child's name. Unclaimed Lost and Found Items will be donated on June 5. Please complete the form by Tuesday, May 19. We will contact you if your item is found and you can pick it up on your child's designated day.


https://forms.gle/wxYMnQmVisBuoorz8

Grading

Viewing Student Progress

With recent policy changes to our grading practices during remote learning, traditional progress reports generated through Pinnacle will not reflect how we are measuring progress and determining mastery for the 4th Nine Weeks grading period.

We are not using number grades, per the Grading Guidelines for Remote Learning, so what you see in Pinnacle will look a little different this grading period.

The following indicators will be used to communicate progress:

  • MS: Your child has turned in the assignment and “Met Standard”
  • NM: Your child has turned in the assignment and did “Not Meet Standard”
  • Blank: Your child has not yet completed or turned in this assignment, and the teacher cannot evaluate their progress.

For questions regarding individual assignments or your child’s progress, please reach out to the teacher. Use the instructions available online at www.pisd.edu/Page/22737 to see your child’s progress in the fourth nine weeks.

Final 4th Nine Weeks Grade

In order for a student to achieve “Met Standard” for the final 4th 9-weeks grade, teachers will evaluate student participation within the content as well as performance on each assignment and progress toward mastery of the essential standards throughout the grading period. At the end of the 4th 9-weeks:

  • A 100 will be recorded in the grade book for students who have demonstrated that they have “Met Standard” for the course/subject.
  • A 69 will be recorded in the grade book for students who have “Not Met” the standards of the course/subject.

Beginning May 21, teachers will assign a 100 or a 69 in the grade book. Our staff has worked hard this nine weeks to keep students on track and communicate with parents regarding student progress. Please check your student's progress (instructions are above) and contact your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

Parent Guidance for Viewing Student Progress

Please click the link below for instructions on how to view student progress. This is the way we will share the progress report for this nine week period.

Support Services Available to Families this Summer

A team of Plano ISD School Social Workers will be available throughout the summer break to assist any PISD families who need assistance with accessing available resources, including help with food, housing, utilities, and other needs. Families in need of counseling services may also contact this team of social workers for direct assistance or referral to an area provider. Both English and Spanish speakers are available. Contact may be made by phone or email as follows:

· Telephone: 469-752-3090

· Email: SocialWorkAssistance@pisd.edu

SMU Center for Family Counseling at Plano ISD – FREE Counseling

The SMU Center for Family Counseling at Plano ISD began offering telehealth counseling services free of charge to support the PISD community during the pandemic. During the summer, free counseling services will continue to be available through August 4th. Services are provided by SMU Counseling Program students during their internship and will be supervised by SMU full-time and adjunct faculty.

Services are for adults, children (teleplay), adolescents (teletherapy activity/experiential), couples, and families for a variety of presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, behavior difficulties (e.g., opposition, defiance, aggression), grief and loss, peer relationships, stress, trauma, career transition, and parenting. They are also offering an Adult Mindfulness Group, LGBTQ+ Adolescent Support Group, and an LGBTQ+ Adult Support Group May 26th -August 4th.

Appointments are available Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Call (469) 752-3098 to schedule counseling services and (214) 768-6789 for group information and registration.

Celebrate the Class of 2020!

On Friday, Robinson staff along with other West feeder schools, celebrated the Class of 2020 as they picked up their yard signs. It was so great to see happy students as we celebrated their accomplishment!


The district has dedicated a website to the seniors, you can gain more information from the website: https://www.pisd.edu/seniors2020


Social Media Hashtags

Tag all social media posts, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, with these hashtags for the district and for your schools:

  • #PlanoISDSeniors2020
  • #PantherSeniors2020
  • #AcademySeniors2020
  • #PSHSSeniors2020
  • #WolfpackSeniors2020

Facebook Frames

Facebook users, add a frame to your profile picture or video to celebrate the Senior Class of 2020, customized especially for our students, families and other fans. Update your Facebook profile and use your school’s hashtag, along with #PlanoISDSeniors2020.

Jasper High School Course Request Changes


The Jasper High School Counseling office is now accepting course request changes for the 2020-21 school year through May 22. 2020-2021 course requests can be found on Parent Portal in the Student Registration Section. After looking at course requests in Parent Portal, if a student wants to make a change in his/her course requests, follow one of the steps below and e-mail the request to your 8th grade Counselor.


  1. Print the course selection page from Parent Portal, cross out the course(s) to be changed and write in the new course(s). Include a student signature and parent/guardian signature. E-mail the course selection page to your counselor.
  2. Print the Jasper High School Course Change Request Form from the Jasper High School Counseling page. Fill out the form, include a student signature and parent /guardian signature. E-mail the form to your counselor.
  3. Include the following information on a piece of paper: Student name, student ID #, course to drop, course to add, date, student signature, parent/guardian signature. Scan or take a clear picture of the paper and e-mail to your counselor.

This Jasper High School available courses list is also available on the Jasper High School Counseling page.

ARE YOU MOVING THIS SUMMER?


Parents of 6th, 7th and 8th graders,



If you are going to be relocating over the summer to another Plano school, private school or out of the district, please contact Rhonda Morgan, Robinson Registrar, at rhonda.morgan@pisd.edu. The state of Texas now requires all schools to follow-up on non-returning students. Without this information, the students will be coded as dropouts in our reports to the state.


You will need to provide your student(s) name, current grade, new school name, new school location and last day at Robinson.


This request includes current 8th graders who will not attend Jasper or any other PISD high school because of relocation or attendance at a private school.


Thank you,

Rhonda Morgan

Registrar

Weekly Counseling Connections

Let's STAY Connected!!!


Please join us in a virtual meeting and invite your friends, classmates, and grade level peers to attend. The goal is to collaborate with one another on coping skills, share creative ideas on staying healthy, and send out positive vibes and encouragement.


Stay tuned for:


  • Trivia/Brain Teasers
  • Surprise Guests
  • Peer Feedback
  • Healthy Tips

6th Grade:

Rocking It with Rubin - Fridays at 2:00

7th Grade:

Mid Week with Mrs. D - Wednesdays at 12:00

8th Grade:

Tisdale's Tidbits - Thursdays at 3:00


We hope to see you see soon and see your spirit ZOOM. Please check your grade level Google Classroom's on the day of the scheduled meeting for information on the Zoom meeting. Please note: school rules of conduct still apply. We look forward to connecting with you!


Additionally, counselors hold daily office hours from 1-2pm in order to answer questions quickly and be available for immediate contact. Please be sure your student has joined their grade level counseling Google Classroom. Counseling classroom codes have been posted by several of their teachers. Office hours are a great time to ask questions about your schedule for next year, seek resources from the counselors to help you with schoolwork and manage your time, and any other concerns you have that we may be able to put you in touch with the correct person. We miss you and want you to stay safe and healthy for the time you are at home until we see you in the fall!


Your Robinson Counselors,

Kelli Tisdale, Sherry Dissinger, and Mike Rubin

#PISDPoweredbyLearning

Plano ISD wants to stay connected and engaged with our schools, students and families during this time of social distancing. Please use the hashtag, #PISDPoweredbyLearning, to share your stories about the many ways you are connecting and learning together while staying apart. With your help, we can continue to engage in our common interest of educating and empowering students during these uncommon times.

Stay Connected

Plano ISD Website

https://www.pisd.edu/plano

At Home Learning Resources Website

https://www.pisd.edu/athomelearning


School Messenger & E-news

Most of our communication takes place via School Messenger (phone/e-mail messages) or e-news. Click on the link below to subscribe to the Robinson e-news:

http://elist.pisd.edu/


Robinson Website

https://www.pisd.edu/robinson

Check our Robinson Middle School website for other important information about our school.


Twitter

Follow us on Twitter. https://twitter.com/RobinsonRazorb1 #robinsonproud

Learn more about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at Robinson

Please click below for more information from Ms. Albdelghani, our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) campus facilitator.

PISD Family Resource Page

PISD has launched a Family Resource page on the district’s website. This page provides a searchable list that families, community members and school staff can utilize to help find community resources in order to meet a family’s needs. The list is searchable by agency name, zip code and category. Categories include such areas as basic needs (food assistance, housing assistance), health care (medical, dental, vision), and mental health (substance abuse, counseling, etc.). The family resource page can be found at https://www.pisd.edu/familyresources

General Reminders

Check Grades and Attendance on Parent Portal

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