Robinson Middle School eNews
May 16, 2020- End of Year Procedures-Map included
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for rising 8th grade
Mike Rubin email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for current 8th graders
8th grade Sign Extravaganza!
End-of-Year Curbside Pick Up/Return Schedule
- Chromebooks/Chromebook Chargers
- Library Books
- Instruments *See Update Below*
- Athletic Fundraiser Items
- Hallway & P.E. Locker Items
- 8th Grade End-of-Year Gift- Provided by PTA
- Student Work/Portfolios/Artwork/Student items left in the classroom
- 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
- A-L 9:00-11:00
- M-Z 11:00-1:00
7th Grade By last name
- A-L 1:00-3:00
- M-Z 3:00-5:00
8th Grade By Last Name
- A-L 9:00-11:00
- M-Z 11:00-1:00
Item Exchange Map
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:
don’t think they will be useful as a learning support over the summer and/or
don’t want to be burdened with the responsibility of keeping track of them and/or
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.
4. Library Books
5. Music Instruments *update*
Band parents, please be sure to complete the Sign Up Genius to indicate the day and time you intend to come.
Orchestra parents were contacted individually.
6. Athletic Fundraiser Items
7. Hallway & P.E. Locker Items
10. 8th Grade End-of-Year Gift Provided by PTA
11. Student Work/Portfolios/Artwork/Student items left in the classroom
12. Spring Pictures
Donation of School Supplies
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.
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.
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com. 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.
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
Rocking It with Rubin - Fridays at 2:00
Mid Week with Mrs. D - Wednesdays at 12:00
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
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.
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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