Parent Newsletter: Fall Edition 8

October 05, 2020

Revised Virtual Bell Schedule (Effective Oct. 05, 2020)

Virtual Schedule Update Oct 5, 2020
Spring ISD Middle Schools Open for In-Person Learning

Virtual Teacher Roster

Want to see your student’s grades and report cards? Log into Home Access Center!

MP1 Report Cards are Available Now!

As we prepare to release progress reports and report cards this fall, we wanted to remind you how to check your child’s grades on the Home Access Center.


The key is to log into the myspringisd portal and into HAC. There you will find a Grades tab. When you click on that, you will see where to locate your child’s progress report (IPR), report cards and more.


Remember, the username and password you use to log into the portal is the same username and password for logging into HAC. Also, parents should log in using their credentials, not their student’s.


Staying connected with your child’s academic progress is a great way to ensure your student’s success in school. By monitoring and encouraging, you can help support your child’s performance.


See the attached handouts in English and Spanish for step-by-step directions.

Need your Home Access Center Password Reset? Click here to request a reset.

Need your student password reset? Click here to request a reset.

Calling all STUDENT LEADERS!!!

Get ready Get Ready! Get Ready! On Wednesday, October 7th, students will be able to apply for campus jobs and join clubs!!


Jobs include:


  • Office Aide
  • Teacher's Aide
  • Hall Monitor
  • Safety Patrol
  • Principal's Assistant
  • Library Aide
  • PBIS Store Cashier
  • Box Office Manager
  • Ambassador
  • Young Performer
  • Announcement Coordinator
  • Event Coordinator



More information to come!!!!

Feedback Sought on revised 2020-21 Proposed Instructional Calendar Options

Parents, don’t forget to weigh in on the district’s calendar survey, which opened on Monday and will close this Sunday, Oct. 4.


As you may know, Spring ISD has unveiled two new revised calendar options for the 2020-21 school year as it looks to return to a more traditional calendar that would end the school year in early June.


The two calendar options presented differ from the current calendar in that the last day of school for all students would be June 4. Both calendar proposals would allow an earlier end to the school year because they reduce the intersession breaks, which were intended to build in time in case the district needed to close down because of COVID-19. In addition, neither calendar proposal includes the week off before Thanksgiving, again giving the district the instructional time needed for an earlier end to the school year.


Other key changes:


  • Option 1 builds in two short intersession breaks in October-November and in February.

  • Option 2 eliminates the Fall intersession but does include one in February.


The revised 2020-21 Instructional Calendar Survey is located on the Spring ISD website at www.springisd.org/calsurvey and will remain open through Sunday, Oct. 4. Please take a few moments to make sure your voice is heard.


The survey results along with a calendar recommendation will be presented to the Spring ISD Board of Trustees for consideration at the regular meeting in October.

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Help Us Identify all of our Gifted and Talented Students!

We know we have a lot of gifted and talented students in our school and we want to make sure we’re identifying and providing support to all of them.


Parents, please join the district for a special webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. to hear more about the district’s Gifted and Talented Program, learn about common characteristics of giftedness, as well as the district’s G/T referral and assessment process. A session in Spanish will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m.


All elementary campuses will be conducting universal screening of all Kindergarten and 5th grade students to determine possible placement in the G/T program. In addition, parents and teachers are encouraged to refer any student in any grade for the G/T program if they think they may be eligible.


The G/T program is available to both Empowered Learning At-Home students as well as those taking part in the Safety-First In-Person option.


To learn more about the assessment process and timeliness, and to ask any questions you might have about the G/T program, please take part in one of the webinars. See the attached flyers for details.

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Help us Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Spring ISD is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month and recognizing the contributions of Hispanics by highlighting books that explore the Latino culture and by spotlighting the Hispanic community.


You can join the conversation by sharing your photos throughout the month using the hashtag #CelebremosSpring for a chance to be featured on the district’s social media accounts.

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Reminder: Spring ISD offering free meals to all students

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Spring ISD Child Nutrition will have free meals available to all in-person, Empowered Learning At-Home students and children ages 18 and younger in the community. No-cost meals will be available until further notice.

Curbside pickup will be offered Monday-Friday from 4:30-6 p.m. at the following locations:


  • Anderson Elementary

  • Booker Elementary

  • Burchett Elementary

  • Clark Primary Elementary

  • Cooper Elementary

  • Eickenroht Elementary

  • Hirsch Elementary

  • Jenkins Elementary

  • Marshall Elementary

  • McNabb Elementary

  • Ponderosa Elementary

  • Reynolds Elementary

  • Smith Elementary

  • Thompson Elementary

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Supporting Your Empowered Learning At-Home Student

At-home learning can be a difficult task to get accustomed to for you and your child. Figuring out usernames and passwords, connectivity and even where to find your child's assignments all contribute to challenges of online learning. Through this frustration you still maintain at ease, in order for your child to avoid feeling overwhelmed. We want our children to have the best experience possible considering the circumstances and changes. Below you will find 5 things that will help support your child during at-home learning provided by Edmentum:


  1. Sit down with your child and discuss the school schedule. Hang this schedule up in order to keep your child accountable and establish a good routine.

  2. Model hard work. Have a conversation about your own work and projects you have. By demonstrating your hard work and motivated attitude, this will help your child take similar steps towards his/her work.

  3. Set up the best workspace to fit your child's needs. Ask where they will feel the most comfortable but avoid areas that may cause some distractions.

  4. Get to know the online learning platform so you can assist your students with navigating.

  5. Stay connected with your child’s teacher. Be aware of the expectations set out for your child. Communicate needs but also make them aware of successes. This will keep your child motivated.


By following these tips you will help provide a sense of normalcy and critical structure to make Empowered Learning At-Home a success.

Spring ISD and Houston Dynamo Launch ‘Starts At Home’ virtual series

Spring ISD is partnering with the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash for the 2020-21 virtual ‘Soccer Starts at Home’ series, with the first parent meeting on Tues., Oct. 6 at 6 p.m via Zoom. Physical education teachers throughout the district will utilize instructional resources in their courses and provide students increased opportunities to develop fundamental ‘ball mastery’ skills that help develop balance, coordination, agility, and a sense of achievement through fun and motivating activities.


The district’s involvement in the Dynamo's ‘Soccer Starts at Home’ program will foster a family bond, with parents serving as instructors and motivators as their child begins to master a variety of exciting new skills. Parents who are interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to join the virtual meeting.


Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/95613861799

Meeting ID: 956 1386 1799

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October Celebrations!

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Attendance Matters So Make Sure Your Student is Marked Present

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Special COVID-19 Testing Event to be held at Planet Ford Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 3

Please join Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee this Saturday, Oct. 3, at Planet Ford Stadium, where she will be sponsoring a special COVID-19 testing event in collaboration with Spring ISD and United Memorial Medical Center.


The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with special remarks by Congresswoman Jackson-Lee at 10:30. Participants will have the opportunity to get tested for COVID-19, as well as receive special give-aways, including masks.


No registration is needed and children are welcome. Planet Ford Stadium is located at 23802 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, TX 77373.


We hope to see you there!

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Check out the District Tracker for the latest Data on COVID-19

Spring ISD is committed to providing parents accurate and timely information about COVID-19 in our schools and facilities.


Since the beginning of online classes on Aug. 17, the district has been tracking COVID-19 cases and is featuring that data on a special dashboard, located at www.springisd.org/covidtracker. The goal is to provide real-time information to our school community so that families and staff can have the latest data available.


Our tracker is updated whenever there is a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in our district, with total cases within the past week and cumulative cases since Aug. 17, 2020 featured. Users can filter and hover to learn specific locations.


As part of our communications protocols, we’re notifying families whenever there is a positive case that involves students on a campus. The district is also reporting all of the data to the Texas Education Agency each week as required. The state is updating its website weekly.


In the coming weeks, the district is planning more improvements to the tracker to continue to refine and improve how it presents COVID-19 data so everyone can stay informed.