Swenke Counselor Corner

What You Need to Know!

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5th to 6th Grade Transition

Course Requests

Course request verification forms have been sent home. Please review them carefully as no changes will be made after June 1st. Students who have an end up year average of 85 or better will be given the opportunity to choose K-level classes in middle school. Parents will be notified if students qualify after the final 9 weeks.


According to Cypress-Fairbanks I.S.D. guidelines, a student qualifies for placement in a middle school K-level course in a subject area if, at the end of the current school year, he/she has an 85+ average in the subject or he/she earns Masters Grade Level performance on the spring 2018 STAAR test. The final decision regarding placement is dependent on the student’s maintaining the required yearly average as calculated at the end of the fourth nine-weeks and your granting permission for placement.


We are asking that parents review their child's letter recommendation and assist us in making the most appropriate placement decision for next year. In comparison to on-grade level courses, please consider the criteria listed below.



K-Level Courses: Move at a faster pace; include different types and numbers of assignments; may require more out-of-class time to complete assignments; may require more independent study skills.


K-Level Students: Produce advanced-level products; understand complex relationships; are expected to maintain an "A", "B", or "C" and may not have an average below 70 for any grading period.


If you have any questions about registration for 6th grade, please contact the 5th grade counselor at Swenke Elementary (colleen.keiser@cfisd.net).


Thank you!

Online STAAR Results

Student STAAR results are available on this webpage. You will need your child's unique access code. If you do not have an access code you can look it up using their SSN (PEIMS ID) and birthdate.

End of Year Party!

The end of the year party will be a new format. Instead of an individual class party, we will be hosting a group party for each grade. The students will be able to celebrate with the friends they have made during the school year. The party will include students and the volunteers that run the activities. There will not be lunch visitors or attendees during the parties. This will be a great way for the students to interact with their school friends one last time before the summer break!


View the attached Flyer for all the details!

Credit by Exam

SUMMER TESTING for Elementary - Tuesday, June 12, 2018


Students in grades K-5 will have four opportunities during the school year to use “credit-by-exam” to accelerate to another grade level. Students will only have one opportunity to test for each grade level considered.


To apply to take the test to skip kindergarten, a student must be 5 by September 1, and registered in a CFISD school. To apply to take the test to skip grade 1, a student must be 6 by September 1, and enrolled in a CFISD school.


Students who earn scores of 80% or better on each component of the credit-by-exam will qualify to advance one grade. Only one grade level may be "skipped" each year. No retests will be given.


If you are interested in getting more information about credit-by-exam, please contact the school counselor.

No Place for Hate

WHAT IS IT?


No Place for Hate initiative is a school climate improvement framework that provides PreK-12 schools with an organizing framework for combating bias, bullying and hatred, leading to long-term solutions for creating and maintaining a positive climate. No Place for Hate schools receive their designation by:



  • Building inclusive and safe communities in which respect is the goal, and all students can thrive.
  • Empowering students, faculty, administration and family members to take a stand against hate and bullying by incorporating new and existing programs under one powerful message.
  • Sending a clear, unified message that all students have a place to belong.



Activities and Challenges:


1. Students are creating a paper chain of kindness. Each time someone is found doing something kind a link is added to the chain with their name and what they did. The students are working at connecting all the classroom kindness chains together to see the strength and power of working together in kindness.


2. Mix-it Up Lunches take place the first Monday of every month. When students enter the lunchroom they are randomly placed at different tables. The idea is to mix it up and meet new friends. Questions are presented each time to facilitate communication and thinking about various topics. Students are encouraged to spend time at recess after lunch, continuing to get to know this new person.

Watch D.O.G. Dads

Our Watch DOG program has ended for this school year. Please be on the lookout in September for our 2018-2019 sign up genius. We can't wait to see you then!

Swenke Watch DOG Review


  1. When signing up for the Watch DOG program, please go to our sign-up genius online. We can accommodate 3 dads per day. If all the spots are filled for the day, then you will have to choose another day. If a friend is signing you up, they must sign you up separately. Please do not “add” a dad in the comments section.

  2. Arrival time is at 7:35 and the day goes until 3:35. If you must leave early, we understand, however we do have you scheduled for the whole day, which includes helping with car rider at the end of the day.

  3. Every dad has a personalized schedule. This personalized schedule allows you time with your child(ren), but also has you working in other areas of the building. Please adhere to your schedule. Teachers have made accommodations for you to be in their rooms and assist during a specific time. If you are in the classroom for a longer length of time, schedules and routines can become disrupted. Please be respectful of this. We love having you, but it is important for students to maintain daily routines.

  4. We have 2 Watch DOG parking spaces reserved up front. Feel free to use them!

  5. When you are in the cafeteria for lunch we encourage you to eat at the classroom table with all the kids. You are here as a male mentor to all our students and relaxing and eating lunch is a great way to interact with our kids.

  6. Just a Reminder: Please remember to only use the adult restrooms located in the front office or in the back hallway. Student restrooms are for students only.

Tutoring List for Swenke Families

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Become a Community Mentor!

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GT Horizons Testing

GT/Horizon results for the January testing cycle are now in. Please check your child's backpack on Friday for an envelope addressed "to the parents of..."


GT Testing for the 2017 - 2018 school year has concluded.


If you missed the GT testing window for this year, please check back with us next fall as the testing request window will be open from Oct. 1, 2018 - Nov. 30, 2018. Services would begin the following school year (2019-20).


Additional information about the Cy-Fair Horizons program is available in the included link.

Upcoming Events & Activities

March


  • Career Day (23rd)


April


  • Mix-it Up Lunch all grades (2nd)
  • STAAR 4th grade Writing & 5th Grade Math (10th)
  • STAAR 5th Grade Reading (11th)
  • Kindness Week (16th - 20th)
  • Book Fair Family Night (24th)
  • Swenke Showcase Night (24th)
  • Kinder Round Up (26th)


May



  • Mix-it Up Lunch all grades (7th)
  • Muffins for Mom - PPCD/PreK (11th)
  • STAAR 3rd & 4th Grade Math (14th)
  • STAAR 3rd & 4th Grade Reading (15th)
  • STAAR 5th Grade Science (16th)
  • Splash Day (18th)
  • Field Days (21st - 25th)
  • 5th Grade Day! (31st)


June


  • End of School Party and Last Day (1st)