SLJH Spartan News
February 19, 2021
A Message from Our Principal, Ms. Harper
I hope you are all doing well after the unprecedented week of cold weather in our area. I know many of you were without power and water and experienced damage to your homes, just like many of our staff members. We want you to know that the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and families is our first priority. If you are experiencing difficulty due to the recent weather incident, or if your student is not able to participate in online learning (for KVA students), please complete this survey to let us know. We are here for you and will do our best to assist our students in getting through this.
We look forward to welcoming our students back to face to face and online learning on Monday, February 22nd!
Upcoming Important Dates
Monday, February 22 - Beginning of 5th Grading Period
Thursday, February 25 - Track Parent Meeting 6:00 via Zoom (see info below), Family Night - No Homework
Tuesday, March 2 - Virtual International Festival! MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Track meets scheduled for this week have been postponed.
Spring Pictures have been rescheduled to March 22nd.
See the link below for all SLJH Activities
Attention Parents of Students who are Changing Learning Mode for the 5th Grading Period:
If your secondary student requested to a change from Face-to-Face learning to KVA or KVA to Face-to-Face learning, for marking period 5, which will begin on Monday, February 22nd, please go the Home Access Center to see if your student’s schedule has been changed to their new learning environment with their updated schedule.
You can do so by logging into Home Access Center (HAC) and once logged in, you will be on the HOME – Week View tab. Go to the week of Monday February 22, 2021 - Friday February 26, 2021 to view your student’s schedule.(see below)
If the schedule changes have not been completed, please do the following based on your learning environment:
Face-to-Face learning to KVA: Plan on learning remotely on Monday, Feb.22nd, but anticipate that your digital resources, including Canvas, will not be accessible until the schedule changes have been completed. Canvas is an overnight process to appear mirrored with the new schedule.
KVA to Face-to-Face learning: If your student was approved to change to Face-to-Face learning, but you do not see your new schedule in the HAC, please plan on your student attending school on Monday, Feb. 22nd, at their zoned campus. They should report to the counselor’s office for an updated schedule.
Any additional questions, please contact your counselor’s office on Monday, Feb. 22nd. For information on accessing the Home Access Center: Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (English) or Home Access Center (HAC) User Guide (Spanish)
Students reporting to the campus from KVA for the first time this year, please review important information HERE.
Our Spartan Staff is AWESOME!
We love receiving compliments about our staff! Please take the time to share a positive experience with one of our staff members by filling out this form- SPARTAN STAFF SHOUT OUTS CLICK HERE. This fall, we will showcase a Staff Member of the Week. We will share the Spartan Staff Shout Out in our eNews and staff newsletter.
ATTENTION: Parents of KVA students currently enrolled in 7th KAP or 8th ACA Math
All students in 7th KAP and 8th ACA Math need access to graphing calculator technology. The calculator that we will use in class is the Ti-NSpire CX or CX II. The CAS version is not recommended. If your student has indicated that they do not have their own calculator, then we have checked one out to them. You may come to the school for pickup. Drive by pickup will be in the front drive of the school on Thursday, February 18 from 4:30-5:30. An additional pickup time inside the front office will be offered on Friday, February 19 from 11:00 – 3:00. If this time does not work with your schedule, please contact our Math Instructional Coach at TrishaLRey@katyisd.org.
VIRTUAL AUTHOR VISIT:
The multi-talented author Holly Goldberg Sloan will have a virtual author visit with our FTF Spartans on March 2, 2021, at 9:50-10:30a.m. If students are in an ELA class during this time slot, they will be participating in this virtual author visit. If students are not in a Face-to-face ELA class during this time slot, they can sign up to participate in this virtual author visit in the library or LGI by scanning the QR code below. (This information can be found in the SLJH library as well.)
Sloan is the author of Counting by 7’s, Short, I’ll be There and many other well-known titles. She will present about her newest book, The Elephant in the Room. If a student would like to purchase an autographed copy of any of these books, they may visit the Blue Willow BookShop link below.
If you would like more information on Sloan, please visit her website below.
If you have any questions about the virtual author visit, please contact Mrs. Lopez at email@example.com or 281-234-2129.
REQUESTING LIBRARY BOOKS:
Both KVA & FTF students can request library books by putting library books on “HOLD” in Destiny Discover which can be found in My Katy Cloud. To watch a video on placing library books on HOLD, please click here.
FTF students that place library books on HOLD, will get their requested library books delivered to them during the school day by one of our library student aides.
KVA students that place library books on HOLD, will receive an email from the library staff notifying them of their library pick up day which will be on Thursdays or Fridays in the front office.
If KVA parents cannot make this pick up slot for the requested library books, they may email Mrs. Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 281-234-2129 to set up a different day and time.
To UNHOLD a library book on Destiny Discover, please watch the video by clicking here.
If your KVA student has library books to return or devices that they no longer need, please feel free to drop them off in the front office on Thursdays or Fridays where there is a library cart available to return items.
Unfortunately due to COVID, the library is closed for printing. However if your student needs to print out an assignment because they do not have access to a printer at home, they may email their request to email@example.com and we will deliver the printing job to your student during the school day. (Make sure your student’s first and last name are included in the document.)
If your student needs a device, they may place a request through the Katy ISD device request link below. Even though we are limited on devices, we will try and meet the demands if at all possible. You will receive a phone call from Mrs. Lopez if there is one available for pick up.
Cheer Tryouts for 2021-2022
Cheer tryouts will be on April 10th!
Mascot tryouts will be in the following weeks depending on interest.
To try out for cheerleader or mascot, students and ONE parent MUST attend the Tryout Meeting.
Tryout Meeting will be held on March 3rd in the LGI (virtual option will also be available).
Complete the form HERE to receive information and updates about SLJH cheer tryouts.
If you have any questions, please contact Coach Lowrance, MeganNLowrance@katyisd.org.
Gaming Safety Presentation
The rise of online gaming in mainstream culture has caused an increased risk of vulnerability and victimization in students. This presentation, by Crime Stoppers, will teach you about video game basics, the impact of eSports on our culture and safety, how gaming could be affecting your student, and how to keep your student safe while gaming. We will end this presentation with monitoring tools and techniques to aid you in ensuring safe game play in your home.
Yearbook Photo Submissions and Recognition Ads
Yearbook & Yearbook Recognition Ads: Attention Parents! Time is running out—show your student how proud you are with a yearbook ad. Yearbook recognition ads are a great way for parents, families and friends to commemorate student achievements and important milestones. It’s easy to purchase and create a personalized ad online. Just click http://jostensadservice.com?REF=A01120069 to get started. All ad orders must be placed online by Thursday, February 11. (Yearbooks for sale until SOLD OUT!)