Clear Lake Intermediate - November 12, 2021
Oh, the DRAMA!
Think back to your days in middle school. For some, it wasn't too long ago. For others, it is such a distant memory that you can't even remember the lyrics to your favorite Bon Jovi song. Wait... Is that just me? One thing that sticks with all of us, though, is how DRAMATIC everything was. While lots has changed since I was this age, a few things have stayed the same. Even the coping strategies we used to navigate friendships, school, and family still rings true today.
1. Best friends today are often mortal enemies tomorrow. And guess what? By next Tuesday, they are probably best friends again. The best advice I got as a pre-teen was to be careful who I talked about to my best friend because their roles might switch by 3rd period. Wouldn't it be nice if we could really get that message to our kids? We investigate so much drama in the front office, and it is so often hard to pinpoint a singular culprit. Please talk to your children this weekend about the best ways to stay out of situations like talking about people, gossip, or instigating conflict.
2. The worst sentence ever heard in the assistant principal's office is "But I was just playing around." This applies to horseplay, chasing someone down the hallway, or "roasting". Middle school emotions can change like the Texas weather, and what is funny one moment isn't the next. We like to avoid situations that turn into fights, so this might be another dinner table conversation this weekend.
3. Rules are there for a reason. Of course, we can all remember thinking that all the "rules" at this age were just created to make our lives miserable. But we can assure you that we don't create a rule that doesn't have merit. Technology like cell phones truly distracts from student learning. If they tell you they are just checking what time it is on their phones, they are probably leaving out the snap they just read or the 143 notifications that were sitting on the screen. There are clocks in our hallways every 20 yards, making it nearly impossible not to encounter one from 1st to 2nd period. Please encourage your children to put their phones and airpods away when they are here at school. We can assure you that we don't LIKE to take them away.
On that note, please know that as we are reminded this time of year to be thankful of so many things, you and your families are at the top of our lists. We are grateful for the partnership we have with you, and we look forward to the great things our kids will do!
Teachers of the Week
Staff Student Volleyball game
Generation Texas Week
November 15-19 is Generation Texas Week in Clear Creek ISD. This week is dedicated to educating students on opportunities beyond high school. Generation TX is about passionate belief. Students, families, friends, and educators believe that all Texas students belong on the path to education beyond high school. It’s about believing that the future depends on your success. We encourage you to use this opportunity to begin discussing opportunities that may be available to your child after they have finished high school. Discuss your choices along with the good times and maybe even those times that weren’t so good. It is never to early to start planning for the future. After all, we do encourage beginning with the end in mind.
On Wednesday, we encourage all students to wear gear from their favorite colleges or military branch. They must be in dress code.
Dissecting a Chicken Foot
Students spent time in 7th grade science noting the similarities between chicken feet and other species.
Tendons, ligaments, and muscles in the human foot are very similar.
Just a Little Human-like
While they may be missing a finger, it's striking how much a chicken foot looks like a human hand.
Phones in Locker Room
Thanks to all our Awesome Subs!
Message from the Clinic
While we are seeing a slow decrease in the number of COVID cases in CCISD, we are not out of harm's way when it comes to getting sick. Please keep your child home if they are not feeling well. We are starting to see the usual fall illnesses pop up at school (strep, rhinovirus, seasonal allergies, RSV, and even flu). This is making dealing with school illness a bit more challenging in the midst of the pandemic. Please be patient as we try to navigate through this together. You can help me by continuing to do the daily Wellness Screener with your child each morning.
Your child needs to be able to pass the Skyward Wellness Screener in order to attend school. If your child does not pass the Screener, you can indicate this by filling out the Wellness Screener on Skyward family access. This will notify me that they failed the screener and excuse their absence for the day. I will reach out to you that day by email or phone.
Please do not send your child to school sick. If your student has any of the following symptoms, they need to stay home. (cough, fever of 100 or higher, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, headache, fatigue, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea/ vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle aches).
Depending on the symptoms they are having, length of time they have been going on, etc. your child may have to complete one of the below return to school options before they can come back to school.
- be seen by their medical provider and get a note clearing them to return to school, OR
- have negative PCR covid test, OR
- be out 10 days from symptom onset
Allergies are tough this time of year. If your child has documented seasonal allergies and is taking their regular allergy medication and their symptoms are not improving, I encourage you to reach out to their medical provider for further guidance and clearance to return to school.
If you have any questions about Illness/Covid protocols for this school year, you can visit https://ccisd.net/covid19. There are several flow charts to help you decide if you can send your child to school or not. Or, you can always call me at 281-284-4100.
Can My Child Go to School? New Guidance for COVID Cases
Dress Code Information
Do you need to turn in your absent excuse? This QR Code makes it Easy Peasy!
Lunch, Classrooms, and Masks
We have redesigned the cafeteria for lunch, allowing 6 students at a table instead of the 10 we started the year with. Color sections are still in effect, and students will still be able to earn socially distanced free seating through their cafeteria behavior. Same goes with technology, and all three lunches earned using their phones at lunch last week!
Technology Skills Checklist
Do you know how to help your student with the various online platforms he or she might need to be successful in intermediate school? Here are some resources to help you and your child.
· CCISD Parent Resources: https://ccisd.net/departments/technology_support/Parent%20Resources
· CCISD Student Resources: https://ccisd.net/cms/One.aspx?portalId=645487&pageId=26405607
Login to the CCISD SSO Portal
The SSO portal makes logging in to other applications more seamless. The portal has links to all the main web tools you will need (Skyward, itsLearning, textbooks, etc.).
* You should use the same username and password that you used to login to your laptop.
Finding your classes in itsLearning**
Once you login to the SSO portal, you can click on the itsLearning app, and you do not need to login to ItsLearning separately.
* This is a generic overview of itsLearning basics and is not CCISD-specific. See the CCISD Student Resources page above for more info.
Checking your grades and class schedule in Skyward**
How to find applications on your computer (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) and pin them to your taskbar or to your start menu
Try pinning Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel to your taskbar or to your start menu for easy access.
· Parents: Here is a good video about all the features of Skyward: https://rb.gy/ifoldt
Parent/ Student Tech Support
The CCISD Technology Remote Support Line is now operating and is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Parents and students can call 281.284.0500 for assistance.
Parent Drop Off and Pick Up
· November 18 – Panoramic picture for 8th grade – 9am – Sales during lunch on
· November 19 - Grading period ends for 2nd progress report for 2nd nine weeks (PR4); automatic posting begins
· November 20 – 28 – Thanksgiving Holiday
· November 30 – Cross Country Meet at Friendswood Junior High – running order 7th Grade Girls, 7th Grade Boys, 8th Grade Girls, 8th Grade Boys
· December 1 – Boys Basketball vs Bayside Int. – “B” teams start at 5pm. “A” team games are played immediately after the B team games, approx. 6:00pm. 7th grade at Clear Lake Int; 8th grade at Bayside Int. –
· December 2 – Progress reports (PR4) available through Skyward Family Access
· December 2 - Girls Basketball vs Bayside Int. – “B” teams start at 5pm. “A” team games are played immediately after the B team games, approx. 6:00pm. 7th grade at Clear Lake Int; 8th grade at Bayside Int. -
· December 7 – Band Winter Concert – upper levels – 7:30-9:30pm in the commons
· December 7 – Cross Country Meet at Bayside Intermediate - running order 7th Grade Girls, 7th Grade Boys, 8th Grade Girls, 8th Grade Boys
· December 8 - Boys Basketball vs Seabrook Int. – “B” teams start at 5pm. “A” team games are played immediately after the B team games, approx. 6:00pm. 7th grade at Seabrook Int; 8th grade at Clear Lake Int. -
· December 8 – Orchestra Winter Concert 7pm in the commons
· December 9 – Girls Basketball vs Seabrook Int. – “B” teams start at 5pm. “A” team games are played immediately after the B team games, approx. 6:00pm. 7th grade at Seabrook Int; 8th grade at Clear Lake Int.
· December 9 – Winter Choir Concert – 7:30 pm
· December 10 – Band Winter Concert – beginner – 7-9:30pm in the commons
· December 14 – Cross Country Meet at CLIS - running order 7th Grade Girls, 7th Grade Boys, 8th Grade Girls, 8th Grade Boys
· December 15 – Boys Basketball vs Westbrook Int. – “B” teams start at 5pm. “A” team games are played immediately after the B team games, approx. 6:00pm. 7th grade at Westbrook Int; 8th grade at Clear Lake Int.
· December 16 – Girls Basketball vs Westbrook Int. – “B” teams start at 5pm. “A” team games are played immediately after the B team games, approx. 6:00pm. 7th grade at Westbrook Int; 8th grade at Clear Lake Int.
· December 17 – Early Release Day
· December 17 - Grading period ends for 1st Semester; automatic posting begins/Quarter 2 report card; automatic posting begins
· December 18-January 2 – Winter Break Holiday
· January 3 – Student Holiday – Staff Workday
· January 4 – Student Holiday – Staff Workday