Charles Acton Leadership Academy

CALA Update for Parents!

Week of November 13, 2022

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School will be closed for Thanksgiving Break November 21st - 25th. Classes will resume Monday, November 28, 2022.

Greetings Acton Parents & Families!

Thank you for continuing to partner with us to help students be present and ready for instruction and leadership each day.

This past week we held administration praise walks to recognize 2+ students in each class that have shown outstanding behavior, academics, or leadership over the past few weeks. We also celebrated spirit winners and ended the week enjoying our PTA's fall festival.

This week our 3rd & 4th grade students will have an opportunity to show what they know on STAAR Interim assessments. This is very preliminary and we know we will have much work yet to do. However, it will give us a snapshot of where we are now. Due to testing this week, we will limit visits to classrooms and the cafeteria other than those scheduled parent conferences that are taking place.

As a reminder, every day all classes are working to earn a pajama day by having 100% attendance. We plan to finish this week strong by maintaining our work ethic toward high achievement on assessments and completion of special projects. We want to meet and exceed our personal goals each day! WE CAN DO IT!

We sent special emphasis communication about picking up fundraiser orders this week.

The campus will not be open to lunch with students this week as we have 3rd & 4th grade Interim STAAR Testing & preparation for Thanksgiving Break.

Please see all other updates below. I hope you have had a great weekend with your families.

Let's make it a great week!


Jessica Linwood


Charles Acton Leadership Academy

2022-2023 Student Dress Code

Dress should be free of holes, rips, and inappropriate images or messages.

The cold weather is here. Remember to send coats and jackets with students daily. Students may also look in our lost & found if they have misplaced a jacket or coat.

Leadership Focus

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Last week the Yellow House, Habit 7, Synergize earned the highest house points and will enjoy popsicles on Monday. Congratulations Yellow House!

House Shirts / Spirit Gear

Click this link or the image above to visit the school spirit shirt store

Student Device Distribution

Our district distributed devices to all students in our school on Thursday, November 3rd. The devices will remain on campus but will be used by students regularly.

All parents should to purchase the insurance for the devices. It is very reasonably priced.

The insurance costs $32 for a Chromebook and $12 for an iPad annually.

Insurance must be purchased by November 18, 2022 to be in effect for the 2022-23 school year.

Duncanville Independent School District Device Insurance

Your district has chosen Worth Ave. Group as the insurance provider for your electronic device. To opt into the Voluntary Group Program, please complete the form below. Enrollment Deadline: November 18, 2022 • Coverage Start Date: October 18, 2022 Full Coverage: Accidental Damage + Theft + Standard Perils Theft Only: Theft + Standard Perils

An email with the insurance information was sent to all Duncanville families and a flyer was sent home with all students as well.

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Meet our parent liaison to sign up for future volunteer opportunities, learn how you can support our campus, and about upcoming family engagement activities.


To ensure a safe environment and focus on instruction, parents will be permitted to complete the volunteer application and support during class time with the following: field trips, planned academic projects, planned academic/leadership/behavior incentive activities. Please sign up for orientation with our parent liaison and coordinate one of the above supports with your child's teacher.

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Have you joined your PTA?

PTA needs you! We will host virtual as well as in-person meetings depending on the needs of our parents. Please join the PTA to support initiatives at the school. The work of this committee helps students and teachers. Call the office for more information. We look forward to working with you.
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Thanks so much for every family who came out to participate in our PTA's Fall Festival to support our school.


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Covid-19 Protocols

As we return from an extended break, please be mindful of the health and wellness of your children to help minimize the spread of germs.

Student Screening

  • To ensure the safety of students and staff, parents/guardians will be encouraged to monitor their students for COVID-19 symptoms daily prior to sending them to school.

  • Parents/guardians are required to submit a “student self-reporting form” if their child is symptomatic or has been confirmed as being COVID-positive.

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Visitors will be permitted to the building after arrival and morning announcements. All persons having business in the building must report through one door, designated as the school's main entrance to properly check in. Visitors will be asked to show their government issued photo ID, be processed through our Raptor system, and state the reason for their visit in order to access the campus beyond the main office. Visitors may be asked Covid-19 screening questions and/or experience temperature checks upon entry. While on campus all visitors must wear their visitor tag in a visible location on the front of their shirt, at the top. Duncanville ISD personnel who have checked in at the main office may use any door to carry out their purpose for visiting the campus. Reasons for outside visitors may include but are not limited to: picking up a sick child, conducting maintenance on the property, dropping off materials/notes, meetings, volunteering, etc.)

Late Arrival/Early Departure/Appointments

Students leaving for any reason during school hours must use the main entrance for exit and re-entry to document their time off campus. Parents picking up early are asked to provide the information for why your child will be missing part of the school day. The student will be checked out using the provided information from the parent (doc appointment, etc.). Once the forms have been completed, the student will be released through the main door only. They will not be released/admitted through any other door for early departure or late arrival.

Due to supervision and safety guidelines doors will not open before 7:30am. Early departures are not allowable after 2:45pm to allow everyone enough time to prepare for the dismissal transition.

Find all other regular updates on our school's website.

Make it a great day Panthers! The choice is yours!