Wildcat Wire: Family Edition

Updates from KISD Curriculum & Student Services

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Summer Program for Elementary Students

Welcome Wildcats!

We invite the Wildcats of Kennedale to join the Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA at R.F. Patterson Elementary for a fun-filled summer camp experience that combines academic learning and FUN!

We know that it’s been a challenging school year for families balancing the social and emotional needs of their children. It’s been even harder to create the most beneficial environment for children to excel academically.

The goal of our YMCA summer day camp program is to provide children with the opportunity to enjoy traditional summer fun along with supplemental learning in core educational subjects, including reading and math. We would like all children to return to school in August ready to excel, both emotionally and academically.

Program Hours:

Monday through Thursday
7:30am – 6:30pm

Drop off: 7:30am – 8:30am
Pick up: 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Program Location:

R.F. Patterson Elementary
6621 Kelly Elliott Road
Arlington, TX 76001

Ages: 4 years to 11 years

Program session dates: June 7th through July 29th

Fee: $119 per week
Financial assistance is available

AMAZING! Participation in Wildcats Academy gives the whole family access to Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA facilities while your child is actively enrolled in our program!

Families will have access to the following:

• basketball court during open gym hours
• cardio and weight rooms
• group exercise classes
• on-site Child Watch during hours of care

For more information, please contact Emilie Marez at emiliem@amaymca.org or 817-989-9629 ext. 5200

REGISTER TODAY for the K-4 Summer Program!

CLICK HERE to learn more!

Create an account at no charge by selecting the non-member option designed specifically for Wildcat Academy participants.

STEP ONE: Create your free account by selecting the non-member option designed specifically for Wildcat Academy participants. Click our register now button and select “Sign Up.”

STEP TWO: Select any AMA YMCA location to advance to Wildcat Academy registration.

For more information, please contact Emilie Marez at emiliem@amaymca.org or 817-989-9629 ext. 5200

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Kennedale ISD will be hosting a 2021 Summer program for secondary students in June. The programs will be on campus only and transportation will be provided. At Kennedale High School students may participate in credit recovery, accelerated instruction, national and state test preparation, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and attendance make up. Kennedale Junior High School will offer credit recovery, intervention academy, and attendance make up. Watch for more information in the coming weeks from your campus principal..


Scholastic has many wonderful opportunities over to encourage summer reading. Starting now until September 3, students will be able to visit the Scholastic Summer Reading zone where they can interact with book characters and authors, play games, and read books. Scholastic will also be hosting a virtual parents night called "The Power of Summer Reading" on Wednesday, May 26 at 6:00 pm CST.

For more information about Scholastic's summer offerings, please visit their website.

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Practicum of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

In the 2021-2022 school year, Kennedale High School will add a Practicum of STEM course to its CTE offerings in the Programming and Software Development Program of Study. The Practicum of STEM course is designed to give students project-based practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Students can qualify for the practicum course by completing the appropriate prerequisite courses in the program of study. Practicum experiences will cover a variety of topics such as Robotics, Computer Science, Programming, Problem Solving, and more.

Manufacturing Welding and Automotive Technology Programs

Did you know that KHS students now have course offerings in the field of welding? Through a partnership with Tarrant County College South Campus, KHS students in 11th and 12th grades can take dual credit courses designed to prepare them for entry-level careers in the welding industry. Students who successfully complete the series of courses in the program will earn their Level 1 Certificate as recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating board as well as a certification from the American Welding Society.

In addition, 11th and 12th grade students will also have the opportunity to enroll in an Automotive Technology program through TCC for the 2021-2022 school year. Upon completion of the six consecutive courses students will earn their Level 1 Certificate in Engine Analysis Technician.

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Summer National and State Testing Preparation Program

The KHS 2021 Summer National and State Test Preparation Program seeks to provide students with opportunities to prepare for State and National tests such as the PSAT, SAT, ACT, TSIA, and ASVAB. The program is free of charge to students and will be available online through Edgenuity. Students will complete test preparation courses at home or in person, and KHS Counselors will facilitate learning and provide general assistance to students virtually.

Interested students must register for the KHS 2021 Summer National and State Testing Program using the following Google Form:

Although courses will be completed in Edgenuity, teachers will facilitate the KHS 2021 Summer National and State Test Preparation Program through the online Google Classroom platform.

KHS 2021 Summer National and State Test Preparation Program Google Classroom Code: pkhgura

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PAW Pride Awards

Congratulations to the KISD students who received the Paw Pride Character Award for COOPERATION. We are so proud of you!
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Mental Health Awareness Month

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KISD Counselors-on-call for Summer

The 2020-2021 school year has been unique and KISD is committed to continue to provide social-emotional and mental health support to our families. KISD will have ‘Counselors-on-Call’ to address needs that may arise during the summer months. Our counseling team is prepared to offer guidance and support for families in the areas of mental health as well as providing information about a variety of social services.

KISD Counselors-on-Call can be reached by completing the Counselors-on-Call request form linked here. If you need something, please let us know how we can help. Families can also visit our Counseling@Home page for additional resources and activities to assist you through the summer.

Also, any student, parent, or staff member who has a concern to share can do so anonymously by using the Friends for Life Tip Line, which is also available on the district website.

Parent U: Communities in Schools

The Counseling Services Department has partnered with the CTE Audio Visual program to stream brief and informative videos for families. PARENT U: Miniseries covers a variety of subjects related to social emotional learning themes, post-secondary readiness, and other relevant topics.

In this PARENT U session, Communities In Schools Social Worker, Ms. Garyanisha Thomas reviews the CIS program and an overview services. Visit the Parent U section of the KISD Counseling Services website to access these sessions.

Parent U - CIS

Family Resources

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Parent Interest Link

Monthly virtual parent education sessions on Social Emotional Learning

Well Beings Resource Toolkit

WELL BEINGS has put together this guide as a reference to the resources that exist nationally and right in your backyard that are available to help you or someone you care about who might be facing a mental health challenge.

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Family resources for learning and behavioral needs

Academic and Behavioral Resources for parents

Communication Disorder resources

Links to various speech and language resources

Family Engagement Activities through age 8

Activities in various learning areas

Supporting Families with PBIS at Home

Strategies to support behavior with embedded hyperlinks to various behavioral and learning websites

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11 Social Media Red Flags

Common Sense Media is helping parents identify which social media features are a cause for concern.

To read about these red flags, please visit the Common Sense blog.

"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it."

- Marian Wright Edelman

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