Travis Early College High School

A Message from Ms. Arredondo, School Principal

May 22, 2020


Dear Panther students and parents,



Today, May 22nd is the last day of school at Travis ECHS. I want to thank you all for the support and patience you’ve provided this year, especially this last nine weeks as we continue to work through COVID-19. We had many successes and some challenges, but despite it all, we continued to do the work that had to be done to ensure the safety and educational needs of our students. I am grateful to every single one of our parents and I hope that we continue to work together in the coming years.

A special thank you to ALL of our volunteers, our Parent Advisory Committee, our PTSA and our mentors. Your presence and support creates a much stronger working community that only helps us to achieve the school’s goals.

We look forward to district commencement events in June at the SAISD Alamo Stadium. The amazing Travis Panthers are scheduled to cross stage on June 15 at 8:30 AM. We’re very proud of our seniors, Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Our seniors are moving forward and taking the next step in their lives, we wish them all the best!

I wish everyone a safe and restful summer. I look forward to seeing our returning families, as our new 9th grade Class of 2024 in August.



Sincerely,

Adrianna L. Arredondo

Travis ECHS Principal

Register Now for 2020-2021 School Year

Registration is now open on SchoolMInt. Click on the link below to start.

For questions please contact the school office at (210) 738-9830.


https://saisdenroll.schoolmint.net/


Click on the link below for video instructions on how to register and upload documents.


https://www.saisd.net/page/accessandenrollmenttrainingvideos

Congratulations Travis Early College High School

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2020

High School Graduation

June 15, 2020 at 8:30 A.M.

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CELEBRATING THE CLASS OF 2020

Class of 2020 Baumberger Endowment Scholarship Recipients

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Class of 2020 Dell Scholar Recipients

Fifteen SAISD high school seniors have been selected to become part of the newest cohort of Dell Scholars, an initiative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. The award is given to only 500 students across the nation annually, and the District’s representation among this year’s honorees increased significantly over its representation in previous years. The 15 students selected from among SAISD’s Class of 2020 is an increase from six SAISD students each in 2019 and 2018.

Additionally, Travis Early College High School earned special recognition this year as one of only three schools in the nation that is home to more than 10 scholars in its graduating class.
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Grade Level Town Hall Meetings

A Zoom meeting is scheduled Thursday, April 9th at 3 P.M. for the C/O 2021. Students will receive an invite via Google classroom from their AVID teacher. Due to the limited number of participant spaces, we encourage parents to sit in on the meeting with their child.


10th Grade Meeting: April 13th 2:00-3:00 PM


9th Grade Meeting: April 16th 3:00-4:00 PM

REMOTE LEARNING

Grading System for the 4th Nine Weeks

Letter and FAQ from Superintendent Martinez on grading system. Click on links below.


https://schools.saisd.net/upload/page/0037/Grading%20English.pdf


https://schools.saisd.net/upload/page/0037/Grading%20Spanish.pdf



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Breakfast and Lunch Meal Distribution Sites

Meal sites change hours; adds bus stop delivery


SAISD continues its free curbside meal service program at 27 campuses to allow families to pick up both breakfast and lunch, including hot lunch entrée options, at the same time. Both meals are available from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Click on links below to view schedule.


https://www.saisd.net/page/article/227



Additionally, the District is launching the SAISD Eats program through the Transportation Department, which delivers meals to select bus stops at varying times.


https://www.saisd.net/upload/page/0023/docs/Meal%20sites%20and%20Transportation%20delivery%20sites_English.pdf


Requirements for Pick Up.


https://www.saisd.net/upload/page/0023/Requirements%20for%20Pickup.pdf

Community Resource Hub

The Community Resource Hub featured on the SAISD website offers a list of resources in the areas of child care, financial assistance, health & wellness, household, instruction, technology, as well as weekly food distribution sites.


https://www.saisd.net/page/social-services-resource-hub

WiFi Connection Resources

VIA Metropolitan Transit is providing mobile, high-speed Wi-Fi service to students at various locations in the city. Equipped VIAtrans vans will provide network service to cars parked within a range of 100 to 200 feet. This is part of their VIA Cares program and is a collaborative effort between VIA, the city, the San Antonio Housing Authority, Northside ISD and us. A fixed daily schedule with locations is available online at www.VIAinfo.net/cares.



Additionally, beginning Monday, April 20, the AT&T Center is turning Lot 3 into a Park and Learn to provide another connectivity option to students. Free Wi-Fi will be provided from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. every day until further notice, courtesy of Spurs Give, AT&T and Aruba Networks. The lot will have cones in every other parking space to ensure social distancing, and students may search for the “spursgive” network to connect.

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Ms. Fuentes, College Bound Advisor

Attention Seniors

Seniors,

Several important reminders;


  1. May 1st is this Friday. Typically, this is the DEADLINE to notify your chosen college or university that you are attending their campus this Fall. If you have chosen a school, please go to your student portal and do this. You may be requested to reply to an email, click a link, sign up for orientation, or pay an enrollment deposit to show commitment. CHECK with your school to see if this date has been extended.
  2. If you have not yet chosen a school, please connect with me ASAP. Let’s review why you are not yet decided and what you can do to make a decision. Have your plans changed because of COVID19? Let’s talk…. Email me and/or send dates/times that work for you for a Zoom.
  3. If you are asked to pay an Enrollment or Housing Deposit and cannot pay it, you may be able to request a waiver or deferment from the school. Also, SAISD also has Emergency Gap Funds to assist students in dire situations. Please connect with me ASAP if you have questions on any of this.
  4. AT THIS TIME, DO NOT YET DECLINE ANY ADMISSIONS OFFERS TO SCHOOLS THAT YOU ARE NOT ATTENDING IN THE FALL. I WILL GIVE YOU A SET TIME IN MAY TO DO THIS. Why? Some of your former choice schools may offer more scholarships/fin aid awards after 5/1 and may become contenders again. However, if you have paid for any enrollment deposits, housing applications/deposits, or orientation fees for the schools that you are not attending, you may try requesting a refund for those costs. A refund is not guaranteed but if eligible, must be requested before 5/1. Let me know if you need assistance with this email.
  5. Make sure you have accepted your financial aid awards on your financial aid portal ASAP. Institutions will revoke financial aid awards if you do not accept them. Awards to accept: scholarships, grants, work study, and university awards. If the award is a loan, you may elect to decline at this time to wait for more scholarship awards. Ultimately, if you need to take a loan, you may do so anytime during the semester and borrow only the amount that you need (up to the amount on the original loan for that semester). Again, see me if you have questions on how to do this, or if you need clarification on what your financial aid award means.
  6. SAISD is requesting your school choice for the Fall (or military/workforce plans) for Graduation planning. Therefore, if you haven’t already done so, please email me your post-graduation plans/school ASAP. This is required of all seniors regardless of your participation in the May 1st SA College Signing Day. I need to send the District a report of this on Wed, 4/29; make sure I have your plans for this report!
  7. Send me your scholarship & financial aid award letters. The District will highlight your awards in graduation ceremonies, so please send me all your awards, even from schools you are not attending in the Fall.
  8. Scholarships still available:
    1. CGCS Bernard Harris Scholarship: https://www.cgcs.org/Scholarships by 5/4
    2. College Board #Collegiance: Instagram video for scholarship entry by 6/1. https://pages.collegeboard.org/collegiance
  9. Be safe, Little Panthers.

    Thank you,

    Myra Fuentes
    SAISD College Bound Advisor

Ms. Ratnayeke, Lead Counselor

Online Instruction-Check-In and Expectations

1. Student check-ins by course

a. Students are assigned by course at the high school and college levels. Each course has a designated time slot and virtual classroom that can be accessed via a Zoom link sent by the teacher/ instructor by email.

b. Students should be checking both their SAISD email and their SAC email on a regular basis to ensure that they are updated with changes that may arise.

c. The teacher will check-in with each virtual class via Zoom at TWICE per week. It is the expectation that students make themselves available and ready to participate for each session.

d. The teacher’s responsibilities will include providing support in the following areas:

§ Managing coursework

§ Understanding their new remote learning schedule

§ Navigating online learning

§ Signing up for office hours as needed


2. Zoom norms

a. Log in a few minutes before the start time and be prepared with learning supplies (journal, pencil, calculator, etc).

b. Remove distractions (avoid multitasking, put cell phones up, work in a quiet room).

c. Wear school appropriate clothing while participating in the virtual classroom. Clothing should not be a distraction to your teacher or peers who can see you via Zoom.

d. After initial greetings, limit the chat window dialogue to questions. If there is a lot of “chatter” it is difficult for the host address questions.

e. Mute yourself after logging in and raise your hand digitally if you would like to speak.

f. Submit questions via the Chat window. If a participant knows the answer to the question, you may add it in the Chat window.

g. Keep in mind that all sessions are recorded. Make good choices as you participate in your

virtual classroom. Poor choices may result in removal from a virtual session and parents will be contacted.


Please check ACES grades periodically as we’re in the last 5 weeks of college semester.

Report cards for the 3rd nine weeks will be mailed out soon.

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STAAR CANCELLATION

Click on the link below from TEA that explains STAAR testing for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.


https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/STAAR%20Cancellation_Coronavirus_FINAL%5B1%5D_0.pdf

ALAMO COLLEGES UPDATES

Alamo Colleges Graduation Celebration 2020


https://www.alamo.edu/sac/sacgrad2020



To find out the most up to date information on Alamo Colleges status, click on the link below.


https://www.alamo.edu/covid-19/


http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=ae02b8cc-e754-49fc-b959-509b183e32a1&preview=true&m=1116706322978&id=preview

Parent Advisory Committee

Parent Support

Members of the Parent Advisory Committee meet monthly with Ms. Hernandez, Family and Community Engagement Specialist, to encourage home to school partnerships, create strategies on how to best support our Travis parent and school community, and serve as mentors to parents of our incoming freshman students.

Committee members are "all in" to offer added support. If you would like to connect with any of the members of the team, feel free to reach out via email.