Huggins Paw Print

August 28th

LEVELING UP IN 2020

Howdy Hounds!


Well...how very 2020 of this week! We had a phenomenal first two days of school, and although we are thankful we missed the path of the storm, our thoughts continue to be with those to the east.


I want to take time to say thank you to all of our parents for joining us on this journey as we navigate teaching and learning during this unprecedented time. Our entire staff was blown away on Monday at how amazing our students did coming into school. Out of all of our on-campus students, we only had one teary-eyed kindergartner, who after some reassurance and love, happily went to class. It was evident that parents had reviewed procedures with their children, and all of our Hounds were so brave and prepared for the first day!


Because of the school closure, we know that Monday will be like the first day of school all over for many of our on-campus students. We are asking that you continue to utilize the paw name badges. The balloons will still be in the hallway to help guide the students to class. As always, there will be lots of hands on deck waiting to assist as well.


To our virtual students, we are so proud of you for navigating your way through virtual learning. Our teachers were so excited to Zoom with you and are looking forward to a great nine weeks. Just as with on-campus instruction, the beginning of the year is typically reserved for building relationships, setting expectations, and reviewing procedures. We also use this time to complete our beginning of year assessments so that we can start building groups for differentiated instruction. Over the course of the next couple of weeks, virtual teachers will be reaching out to parents to finalize consistent schedules for synchronous learning times. Parents, please reach out to your child's teacher if you need assistance with Canvas or any coursework. We know the home-school connection continues to be pivotal...especially for our virtual students. Also, please keep in mind that attendance is taken each day. Students are required to participate in daily learning activities and/or assignments. Completion of daily lessons, activities and assignments in all classes is necessary for students to be marked present for the day in virtual instruction. Students who do not participate in daily activities, lessons and any accompanying assignments by 11:59 p.m. will be counted absent for the day


As you know, Canvas continues to be our course management system to support both our virtual and on-campus students. On-campus students may be assigned homework via Canvas, and teachers will send out communication including weekly newsletters and announcements via Canvas as well. Our goal is to ensure that every student and parent, regardless of instructional setting, because familiar with how to use Canvas. For parents that need assistance, Ida Jurkowski, our amazing librarian, is our Canvas Parent Support Representative. You can email her directly at ijurkowski@lcisd.org The district has also created a page with lots of helpful information regarding Canvas. Here is a link: https://www.lcisd.org/students-parents/canvas/canvas-information The slides from the parent webinar the district held last week are located here.


We are excited to welcome our Hounds back Monday! We hope everyone has a safe and relaxing weekend!


Sincerely,


Bethany Cunningham

Principal

Bethany.cunningham@lcisd.org

Important information for arrival and dismissal! (new)

Please note that our doors open at 7:00am. This week, we will continue to start dismissal earlier than normal to help as we smooth out end-of-day logistics. If your child is a bus rider, please note that their drop off time indicated on the website may not be accurate, as buses are finalizing their routes based on the students that are utilizing the service. We are hoping to shift to a standard dismissal start time by the end of the week.

Computer Lab (new)

We are excited to announce the addition of computer lab into our specials rotation this year. Ms. Vassiliadis (Ms. V) will be working with the students. If possible, please send your child with a pair of headphones that they can use during computer lab. These can be kept in their backpack and taken to the lab on computer rotation days. We ask that you do not send expensive ear buds, but rather traditional head phones.
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Counselors Corner (new)

Give yourselves a pat on the back! We were so impressed with how our Hounds entered the building and their virtual classrooms on Monday morning ready to take on the day. While some were a bit wide-eyed, they all showed an amazing amount of grit, resilience and independence. They learned new routines and adapted to our new normal like champs. We know their ability to adapt and be brave will serve them well in everything they do, and we know you’ll keep encouraging those qualities as we navigate the year. As always, if you have concerns about your child, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via phone or email, or complete this form to give us guidance on how we can help your students.

Mrs. Evans & Mrs. Reddy

Morning Procedures (Repeat)

We know that the first day of school will look very different than in the past, but it is our priority to make sure that students feel safe and excited about returning to school! We realize that it has been five months since our students have set foot in the building and for our kinder students...this will be their first experience in a public school setting. As a mom of three, I know the disappointment you are feeling about not being able to walk your littles into their new spaces. Our teams have been working diligently to develop plans to make for a smooth transition for the first day of school.


During the Drive-Thru pick up, you will find six colored dot labels with your child's name and teacher name. We are asking that for the first six days of school, you place a label on the front of their shirt. These labels will be custom created to help us determine where your child's classroom is located in the building. For instance, we have 5 colored instructional pods in the building and three grade levels in the portables. If your student is a kindergartner and his/her teacher is located in the yellow pod, he/she will receive six yellow stickers with their name and teacher's name. We will be assigning colors for grade levels in 3rd-5th as their classrooms are in the portables.


Our doors will open at 7:00am. Staff Members will be stationed throughout the building to assist students as they head to the teachers' classrooms. If your child rides the bus/daycare van, they will be unloaded from the bus porch, and students will be guided through the gym to classrooms. If your child will be coming by car, all parents will utilize the car rider line. Parents will not be permitted to park and walk their child to the door. This year, we are asking students to open the car doors themselves if possible to exit the vehicle to minimize staff members exposure to multiple car doors. Of course we will have staff stationed down the car rider line to help as needed! If students are in third - fifth grade, they will be able to head to the portables from the front access gate (minimizing the number of people in the hallways). All kinder-second students will enter through the front doors. We will have balloons hanging by color to create a "path" leading students to their color pod. The students will follow the path to their designated pod and into their teacher's classroom. As I mentioned before, we will have staff stationed throughout the building and extra support out front for our friends that might be feeling nervous or needing a little extra guidance.


We are asking all parents to be patient in the drop off line as we expect the line to move more slowly than in previous years. We will not count tardies the first couple of weeks of school as long as we still have cars in line. Please help us out by having your child ready to exit the car. For our little ones, you may want to practice how to unbuckle, put on backpacks, put on their masks, and open the car door. All students will need to exit the car on the passenger side.


This process is going to be a combined effort between parents and school staff. Please talk to your students about what to expect and how the process will work. Have them practice the steps and provide reassurance that they will be okay and that there will be people there to help. Let them know how excited we are to see them and how much their teacher already loves them! We know this is less than ideal...but rest assured that your child will be greeted by an eager staff that is ready to welcome them to the 20-21 school year with open arms!

Huggins Back to School Video for Morning Arrival

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Face Coverings (Repeat)

Protective measures, including the use of face coverings, will be determined by the level of disease activity of COVID-19. The District will rely on data from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Fort Bend County Health & Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to determine the disease activity level and the appropriate protective measures.



Students are required to bring two dress code approved masks/face coverings daily. One will be worn, and one additional mask/face covering will be brought in a sealed/ziploc bag. Labeling of the masks with a student name is suggested.


Mask questions we have received:


Can my child wear a face shield? Full-face shields may be used in place of a mask to protect eyes, nose, and mouth whenever a mask is not feasible or whenever the education context may benefit from the ability to see an individual’s full face.


Can my child wear a neck gaiter/buff? Yes, these are also approved.


Does the mask have to be a Huggins uniform color? No. Masks may be any color or design. However, no inappropriate language or images will be allowed.


***Please note that BSN Sports has graciously donated Huggins Hounds lanyards that will be given to students on the first day of school. Students will be able to use these lanyard to attach their masks so that they do not get lost.


Please click below for more information regarding face coverings.

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LCISD Calendar

Below is a copy of the LCISD Instructional Calendar, including grading periods and bell schedules.

Huggins Dress Code

Students can wear Huggins Spirit Wear or solid colored polos in red, white, navy, light blue or black any day of the week. Bottoms must be denim (no embellishments or tears), khaki, black, or navy blue athletic shorts, slacks, shorts, skirts, skorts, capris or a dress. A few days of the week have themes but students are not required to participate.


Monday - Leveling Up in 2020! Students are encouraged to wear a shirt/dress coordinating to our video game theme.
Thursday - Students can support Roberts Middle School, Leaman JH and Fulshear HS by wearing purple.
Friday - Huggins Spirit Day!