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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

As you have come to expect each week, here in Eagle Nation, we honor a teacher who has contributed to learning at CLIS in a profound way. We like to do a shout out to parents, too, just so you can know how amazing our staff is! Well, this week we must thank Brandon Toalson, 8th grade science teacher and boys' coach extraordinaire. Mr. Toalson really knows how to make sure his students "get it!" Thanks, coach!

Staff Student Volleyball game

An awesome tradition at CLIS is the annual staff/student volleyball game. Tickets will be sold for $3 for the week prior to the game. If you are willing to volunteer to help the PTA with this event, a sign up sheet is at this link:


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F45ADAD29A6F94-clis

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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

Phones in Locker Room

We have had an uptick of phones out in the locker rooms, both boys and girls. This creates a safety concern, seeing as how easy it is to snap a picture in a changing area. Please explain to your student, as well as support us as we battle this technology problem. All students, both boys and girls, who have phones out in the locker room will have an immediate referral. This has already been explained to the students as well.
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Thanks to all our Awesome Subs!

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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

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Need to Reach an Administrator?

Jepsey Kimble - Principal

jkimble@ccisd.net


Emily Auffarber - Assistant Principal A-J

eauffarb@ccisd.net


Shaterra Jackson - Assistant Principal K-Z

JacksonS@ccisd.net

Dress Code Information

Unsure about what is acceptable dress at CLIS? We follow the CCISD Dress code, which can be found here. Remember that we strive to provide a culture where all students can achieve high levels of learning. If attire is so distracting that students can't learn, we might call you to bring them a change of clothes. While we encourage creativity and individuality, we also want to preserve the learning environment.

Do you need to turn in your absent excuse? This QR Code makes it Easy Peasy!

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Lunch, Classrooms, and Masks

As we navigate through the expectations for a safe return to school regarding COVID-19, we want to let parents know that we encourage students to wear masks, we provide them upon request, and we apply social distancing where it is possible.


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!

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Questions about Discipline?

We have had some questions about our discipline policy, both district wide, and campus specific. Here is the link to the CCISD Student Code of Conduct.


Click here to see the Clear Lake Intermediate Discipline Matrix

Vaccinations

Reminder that all 7th graders are required to receive the Tdap and Meningococcal Vaccination. You may fax records to (281)284-3207, email them to hjaeger@ccisd.net, or bring a copy to the school. Please contact nurse Jaeger at (281)284-3213 if you have any questions.

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.).

https://ssoportal.ccisd.net/


* 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.

https://rb.gy/cojl51


* 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**

Online gradebook

https://rb.gy/lz7oz7



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.

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· 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

Drop off and pick up at CLIS allows for several options that parents can use. Through an agreement with St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, parents can park in their side parking lot located on the El Camino Real side of their building in the afternoons to wait for their children. In addition, we allow students to be dropped off in the front by the flagpole, as well as the back parking lot by the gyms. Please make sure your students know where you will be picking them up BEFORE school gets out. See the map below to decide what's best for your family. PLEASE NOTE - IN MORNINGS AND AFTERNOONS, PARENTS SHOULD NOT USE THE BUS LANE LOCATED ON EL CAMINO REAL.
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Important Dates

· November 18 – Panoramic picture for 8th grade – 9am – Sales during lunch on

November 19

· 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