Powell Elementary Handbook

2020-2021

Straight to the Source: Contact Information

Front Office 936-709-1700

Principal: Erin Mathe- 936-709-1707 emathe@conroeisd.net

Secretary to the Principal :Lupita Cartaya- 936-709-1707 gcartaya@conroeisd.net

Assistant Principal: Sarah Radford- 936-709-1706 sradford@conroeisd.net

Assistant Principal: Erin Anderson- 936-709-1791 eanderson@conroeisd.net

Counselor: Shawn Nixon- 936-709-1708 snixon@conroeisd.net

Nurse: Melissa Wiles- 936-709-1710 mawiles@conroeisd.net

Registrar/Attendance: Michelle Lutes- 936-709-1711 mlutes@conroeisd.net

Speech Pathologist: Micaelen Wright - 936-709-1786 mdwright@conroeisd.net

Diagnostician: Meghan Schuetz - 936-709-1726 mschuetz@conroeisd.net

Librarian: Elizabeth Collins - 936-709-1716 ekcollins@conroeisd.net

Transportation: 832-592-8800

Powell Cafe: 936-709-1773

Welcome to Powell Elementary!

The beginning of a year is always an exciting time, and we are looking forward to another successful year! This year brings a bit of a different feel for all of us, but rest assured, we are excited, ready, and anticipating the arrival of your child! The word that continues to come to my mind, ever since I was hired as Principal at Powell in May of 2020, is CHANGE. One obvious change is new leadership. Mrs. Lisa Garrison was at the helm here for 14 years! What a legacy! With COVID-19 still upon us, our community's safety and health remains our number one priority. There will be some other noticeable changes on campus, not just the principal. We will continue to update this handbook to provide the most up to date policies and procedures.


Something that will not change is that at General Colin L. Powell Elementary, we believe that, in collaboration with parents and community members, Powell Elementary will provide a safe, caring, and positive learning environment that celebrates diversity and instills a desire for learning while meeting the individual needs of all students. Our goal is to build relationships that empower students, and develop responsible, patriotic citizens, and confident leaders.


The 2020-2021 Conroe Independent School District Student/Parent Handbook is available to you online here. The purpose of this handbook addendum is to inform you of important information regarding day to day life at Powell; however, at times it may be necessary to make a few changes during the school year. In this event, the addendum will be updated, as well as you will be notified via letter, email, or website. I want to encourage you to visit our school website at http://powell.conroeisd.net as important information and events will be posted there frequently. In fact, you may want to bookmark this address for easy access.


Please be sure to give us every available phone number and contact we might need in case of an emergency. If your phone number changes throughout the year, please update our records by sending in a note with your child. I am looking forward to working together with you, and I feel certain that you will enjoy being a part of the Powell Panther family! If we haven't had the opportunity to meet in person yet, please come by and introduce yourself. I look forward to working alongside all of you this year!



Erin Mathe
Principal

Communication

The Powell staff is committed to keeping our students and parents informed. Follow us on Facebook for reminders and updates. Every other Friday we send, via email, an overview of the next week’s events. We also encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Powell Website. Powell’s website provides up-to-date school information. Various items can be viewed and printed including our calendar of school events and daily lunch menu. Our website also provides links to all teacher email accounts. Powell Website


Communication is vital to our student’s success. Your child’s teacher will further explain their methods of communication in their Parent Information Night video sent out on Thursday, August 20th.

Building Visitors/ Security

**Due to the current guidance from the district, only visitors that are essential to school operations will be permitted to enter CISD facilitates.**


All parents, visitors, and volunteers must:
  • Enter through the front/main entrance only, all other exterior doors will remain locked.
  • Anyone permitted to visit the campus will sign in & out at the front office.
  • Present a valid, state issued ID to be scanned into the Raptor System.
  • Adhere to school dismissal procedures.
  • Pick up students who need to leave early before 2:30pm.

COVID procedures
  • All individuals entering the building must wear a face mask covering their mouth and nose.
  • Visitors will be required to complete a COVID-19 screening form in the reception area prior to entering the building.
  • Each visitor will be asked the screening questions. If a “yes” response is given to one of the questions, the visitor will be asked to leave the campus immediately.


*Parent/teacher conferences, ARDS, 504 meetings etc. will be held virtually or by telephone when possible.

Other Safety Guidelines

  • We regularly conduct campus safety drills and will be teaching your child procedures to follow in the event of an emergency. These drill include a monthly fire drill, shelter in place, lock out, lock down and a medical response drill.
  • All classroom volunteers must complete the CISD Volunteer Application

**COVID Statement Acknowledgement**
  • Our parents are valued partners in our Roadmap to Reopening Plan. In addition to wearing cloth face coverings, social distancing, washing hands, and regular cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces, an essential element in helping slow the spread of COVID-19 at school is each parent’s commitment to screening their child daily for symptoms. Parents are also asked to keep any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 at home and to notify the campus. A copy of the current screening guidelines will be send in the Powell Publisher, and can be obtained from the campus front office.

School Hours

8:00 am-3:10 pm

School begins promptly at 8:00 am and dismisses at 3:10 pm. Plan to arrive at school between 7:30 am and 8:00 am. Supervision is not available before 7:30 am.


  • 7:30 am- Students are welcomed into the building and go directly to their homeroom.
  • 8:00 am- Students are tardy if they are not in the school doors. Front office staff will scan students ID tags as they arrive after 8:00 am and will be counted tardy.
  • 8:05 am- Students arriving to school after 8:05 am must be signed in by an adult at the front desk.

Attendance

Healthy students are expected to be in attendance every day from 8:00 am-3:10 pm. Attendance is officially recorded at 9:00 am for in-person learners and for remote learners, attendance is taken at the end of each school day.


If your child will not be at school for any reason, please notify our school registrar, Michelle Lutes, at mlutes@conroeisd.net. Upon returning from an absence, always send a note explaining the reason for the absence. Notifications may be sent via email. Please try to schedule routine medical appointments outside of school hours. Likewise, please schedule vacations during school holidays/long weekends. It is extremely important to maximize our instruction time.


  • Tardies -Students must be in the school doors by 8:00 am. If late, they will be scanned in by a Powell staff member. After 8:05 am, an adult must accompany the child to the front office to sign in tardy. Please make arrangements so that your child arrives on time. Each time your child is tardy, you will receive notification via email. After the 6th tardy each grading period and EACH tardy thereafter, a discipline referral will be generated. We will begin recording tardies on Monday, September 28, 2020.
  • N.E.A.T.-Due to the current health situation we are facing, all N.E.A.T. incentives for perfect attendance have been suspended.

Student ID

All students are issued a 6 digit ID number upon registration. This number is used in the cafeteria line, library check out, online log ins, bus registration and Parent Access.


You can find the Student ID on their previous report card from CISD or on the yellow registration form that will come home the first week of school.


If you are a new student to Powell or have any questions, please contact the front office at 936-709-1700.

Transportation

**20-21 School Year: The District encourages parents to transport their children if they are able to do so safely to help reduce the number of students using transportation; this will allow for more social distancing for those using bus transportation.**


Your mode of transportation should be chosen based on the ability to arrive on time, consistency, and convenience. If you choose to physically bring your child to school, please say your "good-byes" at the end of the sidewalk. This reinforces independence for our students and it helps promote quiet and orderly hallways. Staff will be on duty daily to help assist unsure students to their classrooms.


Thank you for sharing our concern about safety and for helping us follow procedures allowing all children to arrive home safely. All students will receive a bar code tag that will be scanned before leaving the building. Please be sure this tag remains on your child’s backpack all year.


Choose dismissal transportation from the following:

  • Bus
  • Daycare
  • YMCA
  • Car rider
  • Cochran’s Crossing walker/biker/blader (or any other non-motorized rolling device)
  • Capstone walker/biker/blader (or any other non-motorized rolling device)

Bus Riders-

** COVID Policies

  • Prior to allowing children to board a bus, parents/guardians should screen their children to make sure the student does not show any symptoms of illness.
  • Students who are ill should be kept home.
  • Students are asked to distance themselves while waiting for the bus and to board and disembark the bus at the direction of the driver/monitor to ensure social distancing.
  • Use of the mounted hand sanitizer is required when boarding the bus.
  • ALL students are required to wear masks while on the bus.
  • Students are expected to remain in their assigned seats.**


Buses in CISD are available to every student living more than one mile from school. Bus service must be requested through the CISD transportation department yearly. The Transportation Department website contains bus arrival and departure times and valuable safety information which will help you teach your children about bus safety. Please note that bus route adjustments may be made during the first few weeks of class due to changes in student and neighborhood populations. Kindergarten students will not be dropped off at a stop unless a parent is present. http://www.conroeisd.net/department/transportation/


After 4:00pm, any concerns regarding bus transportation should be directed to The Woodlands Transportation Center at 832.592.8800.


Daycare Pickup- If your child typically attends daycare and will be absent for any reason, please notify the daycare.


YMCA- Students are dismissed to the gym and remain in the care of YMCA employees until they are picked up by parents.


Car Riders – We ask that parents do not park or leave their car. For safety reasons, we do not allow parents on the front porch at dismissal. Signs will be issued to put in car windshields; this will help speed up the car rider line and identify adults/guardians that are eligible to pick up a student at the end of a school day. If you have multiple children, please display all names and grade levels on your car rider signs. Each sign will also contain a barcode for each student. Your sign will be scanned every afternoon to indicate to waiting teachers and students that their ride has arrived. If you have lost your sign, you will be asked to pull around and park to verify your ID with the front office staff in order to pick up your child. OR you may display your child's student ID barcode from Parent Access Center (PAC).


Capstone and Cochran’s Crossing Bikers/Walkers/Bladers - Please do not come on campus during dismissal time if meeting your child to walk them home. A teacher will walk students across the street. Kindergarten students must be met by an adult or accompanied by an older sibling. These procedures are put in place to ensure the safety of our students. DO NOT park in the Capstone or Cochran’s Green subdivisions at dismissal. Only students who walk to their homes should be walkers.


Extreme Weather Dismissal- This only affects WALKERS/BIKERS.


This is a new term for the 20-21 school year. This alert will be sent if we are experiencing sideways rain, thunder/lightening or tornado warnings. Extreme weather dismissal notifications will be sent via School Messenger at 2:50 pm. (Please opt-in for text message alerts!) If your child walks to Cochran’s Green, you may still pick up your child at the front of the school at the far-right doors. If your child walks to Capstone, you may still pick up your child at the outside doors by the structured play area, across from the art room.


We ask when the weather is this extreme that you come through the car line to pick up your child. Walker/Biker students who are not picked up will be placed in the car rider line.


Please note that our weather changes drastically in a matter of minutes. Principals use their judgment in favor of student safety...be patient when the weather changes.

Transportation Changes

A note must be sent to the teacher each and every time your child deviates from his/her “usual” way home. If the teacher does not receive a note, your child will be sent home the “usual” way. This transportation change note should always include the date, grade level, classroom teacher, your child’s full name, and how the child is going home (and with whom, if applicable). If plans change during the day and you haven't sent a note, you can email your request to contactpowell@conroeisd.net or drop off a note in person to the school by 2:00 pm. The e-mail must include a copy of your driver’s license or identification. For safety reasons, phone calls and emails without identification will not be accepted for a transportation change. In the event of an emergency or unforeseeable circumstances, call us.


Please note, your child may not ride the bus home with friends unless permission has been given by the CISD Transportation Department. This may not be a problem if they ride the same bus; however, if they ride different buses, the transportation department gives permission based on space availability and other considerations. Please call the Transportation Department at 832.592.8800 if you have further questions. Above all, if you have a problem and need our help, please call us. The safety of our students is our top priority!

Early Release Dismissal

Conroe ISD has scheduled two early dismissal days this year to accommodate for parent conferences and extended grade level planning. Powell Elementary students will be dismissed at 12:10 p.m. on December 18, 2020 and May 26, 2021. Regular dismissal procedures will be followed on these days.


All students will be fed lunch on our early release days; however, lunch will be at a different scheduled time. Students will eat lunch in their classrooms on early release days.

Checking in and Out

Anything that deviates from regular arrival/dismissal time


  • Parents must come into the front office to check students in and out. A valid, state issued identification must be presented and you must be listed on the child’s emergency form.
  • Parents are not permitted to walk directly to the classroom to pick up a student. To maximize instructional time and to minimize interruptions, teachers will be notified and students will proceed to the office.
  • For safety reasons, we do not allow students to be checked out after 2:30 pm.

Report Cards and Grades

The school year is divided into four grading periods. Report cards will be sent home via the M.O.O.S.E. the Friday following the end of each grading period. Progress reports will be sent home at the 4 ½ week period electronically.


For students in grades 1-4 to be promoted from one grade level to the next, the students must attain an overall average of 70% for all subject areas and a grade of 70 or above in three of the following areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, and either Science or Social Studies. Students must be in attendance 90% of the total instructional days enrolled per year. Grading Guidelines will be provided by each teacher at Parent Information Night.


Powell teachers will have systems in place to help students remember to turn in completed work. If a student has not turned in an assignment by the due date, the teacher will indicate this with a Z in the grade book. A Z is averaged as a score of a zero. Students will be able to turn in the work late without penalty. If a student consistently turns in late work, it may be noted under conduct.


Students who score below a 70 on a graded assignment will have an opportunity to redo that assignment. After the second attempt, a 70 will be the highest score recorded in the gradebook for those assignments. If your child scored a 30 the first time they completed an assignment, then was retaught and reassessed, and scored an 80, the gradebook will show a 70.30 as their grade. This will be an indicator to you as a parent that your child failed the assignment their first attempt with a 30, had an opportunity to redo their work, then passed the assignment, so a 70 is recorded in the gradebook.

STAAR Dates

  • 4th Grade Writing: April 6th
  • 3rd and 4th Grade Math: May 11th
  • 3rd and 4th Grade Reading: May 12th

TELPAS Assessment

All limited English proficient (LEP) students are required to participate in the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS). This assessment includes a variety of subjects tested throughout several testing windows during the spring semester. More information will be sent home to students involved in this assessment closer to the time of the assessment.

Lunch and Recess

The CISD Child Nutrition website contains lunch and breakfast menus and prices as well as information on applying for Free and Reduced Meal Programs. Each student is provided with a lunch card that includes his/her lunch PIN number (student ID). This card will stay at school. If you have questions regarding your child’s account, please contact our cafeteria manager at 936-709-1773 http://www.conroeisd.net/department/child-nutrition/


For the safety of our students, only Powell staff and students will be allowed on the playground. Also, pictures may not be taken on the playground due to confidentiality.


Breakfast


  • $1.50 full price student breakfast
  • $2.50 non-student/2nd student breakfast
Students who are car riders in the morning and plan to eat breakfast at school should arrive with enough time to eat before the tardy bell rings at 8:00.


** During COVID level 3- all students eating breakfast will "grab and go" to eat in their classrooms.**



Lunch


  • $3.00 full price student lunch
  • $3.75 non-student/2nd student lunch


**Due to current health restrictions, lunch visitors will not be permitted.**

Deliveries to students including lunches will be limited and on an emergency basis only. Students forgetting lunches will be allowed to charge a meal in the cafeteria.

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Specials

“Specials” is the term used to describe the rotations students take through Art, Music, Physical Education, Library and Technology/Enrichment. During specials, students rotate through the classes. Each class will follow a specific schedule. Teachers will explain the rotation at Parent Information Night.
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Excused from P.E.

Physical education is an important part of a child’s educational experience and is required by State law. A written excuse is required in the event a child needs to be excused from participation in physical education. If he or she cannot participate for a period of more than five days, a doctor’s statement must be presented to the school. A note from the physician releasing the student to return to regular participation in physical education will also be required.

Conferences with Teachers

Parents are welcome to request a parent/teacher conference, if so desired. To request a conference, you may contact your child’s teacher by phone or email. Teachers are available to conference during their scheduled conference time.

** Due to current guidelines in place, teachers may utilize virtual meeting options**

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School Clinic

In an abundance of caution, our clinic staff will pre-assess all visitors before entering the clinic. If a student is a "well student", only in need of medication, band-aid, clean up, etc., they will be assisted in an area away from children who are possibly ill.


If your child gets sick at school, he/she will be sent to the school clinic. Parents will be contacted if necessary. If we are unable to reach you, emergency contacts will be called. Please visit with our school nurse if your child has any health concerns.



Illness/Absence


  • It's recommended that children should remain at home until fever/vomiting has ceased for at least 24 hours
  • If your child will be absent due to illness, email the school registrar, Michelle Lutes, at mlutes@conroeisd.net
  • Students are never allowed to bring or transport medication to school...do not send it with your child in the backpack
  • Adults must bring any medications to the school clinic and give specific information before medication can be dispensed at school (please refer to the CISD Student Handbook for information and requirements relating to medications at school),


**Because of current circumstances, we can no longer accept any medications that may mask the symptoms of Covid-19 without a current doctors order. This includes any over the counter cough and cold medications (including cough drops), Tylenol (acetaminophen), or Advil (ibuprofen), that are used to treat headaches, body aches, sore throats, or fevers. Both Tylenol and Advil can still be administered without a doctors order to treat other conditions such as painful braces, pain from a broken arm, etc.

We also can not administer any nebulizer medications at this time, so please send an inhaler to substitute while at school.**

  • For students who will have allergy or asthma medications at school, please obtain an allergy and asthma action plan from your child's doctor prior to dropping off the medication.

Dress Code

Our Powell Panthers do a great job with the Conroe ISD Dress Code. To highlight questions we receive on occasion, here is a basic checklist:


  • All hair color should be a natural hair color or color that does not cause a distraction for other students in the classroom
  • Shorts should be mid-thigh or longer
  • No tank tops/spaghetti straps
  • No cosmetics
  • No flip flops (students may wear sandals with a back strap)
  • Shorts should be worn under dresses/skirts
  • We encourage students to wear tennis shoes/closed toed shoes on days they will be attending P.E.
  • Students should make sure their shirts are not offensive or violent

Students who violate dress code will be sent to the clinic to call home for a change of clothes.

Powell Spirit

Thursdays are designated as “Powell Patriotic Day”. Teachers and students are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue, or patriotic clothing.


Fridays are “Spirit Day”. Teachers and students are encouraged to wear a Powell Panther shirt or school colors (purple and white). Powell spirit wear will be available at Meet the Teacher and throughout the year at various school events.

Celebrations

When students celebrate a birthday at Powell, his/her name appears on the morning announcements. He/she also receives a birthday ribbon to celebrate. Parents may bring store bought cookies (no cupcakes or cookies with icing, please) to be distributed, by the teacher, at the end of the day. For the safety of our students, parents will not be allowed to pass out food items to the class in the lunchroom. Please contact your child’s teacher prior to the special occasion to make arrangements.


We ask that parents refrain from bringing other items such as balloons, flowers, and candles. We will be unable to deliver any of these items to your child.


Students often request to pass out birthday invitations in their classrooms. Invitations may be passed out only if the entire class is invited or if all the girls or all the boys in the class are invited. Passing out invitations to the entire grade level is not permitted. Please contact your child’s teacher if your child plans to pass out birthday invitations at school.

Field Trips

** At this time, due to the current health situation, students will not leave campus to attend field trips.**

Notice to Parents with Court Orders Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship

The Texas legislature passed a new law clarifying the Texas Family Code provision that sets out the rights and duties of parents when there is a court order affecting the parent-child relationship. The legislature clarified that “school activities”, as that term is used in the Family Code, includes, “school lunches, performances, and field trips.” Prior to the passing of this law, each Texas school district determined what activities were considered “school activities.” In compliance with the new law, effective at the beginning of this school year, when lunch is open to visitors, either parent may attend school lunch with his or her child, regardless of their period of possession, unless attending lunch is specifically prohibited by a court order. All parents are welcome to attend school performances. Field trips are limited to parents selected to serve as chaperones.

Personal Items

If your child leaves something important at home, please deliver to the front office, labeled with your child’s name and teacher’s name. Articles will then be delivered to the classroom. However, please work with your child to develop good habits of responsibility, helping them to be prepared every day.


Please write your child’s name on all sweaters, coats, backpacks, water bottles, and lunch kits. All students are encouraged to bring refillable water bottles to school. Water bottles need to have a sport top to prevent spills. Only water is allowed.


Radios, iPods, electronic games, laser lights, toy guns, electronic devices, fidget spinners, and other toys should not be brought on the school campus unless they are used as part of a classroom project, or requested by the teacher. Students may bring cell phones to school, but they must be turned off and in their backpacks during school hours. Knives or other dangerous objects are never allowed.

Possession and Use of Electronic Devices

The District is not responsible for any item brought to school by a student. A student bringing any electronic device including cell phones, smart phones, smart watches, radios, CD players, iPods, MP3 players, video/audio recorders, DVD players, electronic readers, cameras, Google Glass, etc. does so at his or her own risk.


The District permits students to possess telecommunications devices including cell phones. Generally, these devices must remain turned off during the instructional day, including during all testing. The use of any device that has the capability to take pictures or audio or video record is prohibited in locker rooms and restroom areas. These items are also prohibited if used to cheat, audio/video record, or photograph another student or staff member without that person’s permission, or when the use creates a disruption.


A student who uses any item, electronic or otherwise contrary to campus or District rules, may have the device confiscated. Confiscated devices that are not retrieved by the student or student’s parent will be disposed of after the notice required by law. Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. If a student does have an electronic device, it should be put away in a secured locker or backpack and turned off during the school day. Permission to use the device at school should come from the principal or classroom teacher. Without such permission, teachers will collect the items and turn them in to the principal’s office. The principal will determine whether to return items to students at the end of the day or to contact parents to pick up the items. The District is not responsible for any damaged, lost, or stolen electronic devices.


Students are prohibited from sending or posting electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal. This prohibition applies to conduct off school property if it results in a substantial disruption to the educational environment. In limited circumstances and in accordance with law, a student’s personal electronic device may be searched by authorized personnel. Any person taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing obscene, sexually oriented, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or other content will be disciplined according to the Student Code of Conduct and may, in certain circumstances, be reported to law enforcement. If a device is believed to contain illegal contraband, the device will be turned over to law enforcement as required by state law. The device will not be returned to the student or his parent until the illegal contraband is removed from the device. This could take a substantial amount of time, particularly if the device is considered evidence of a crime.

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