Home and School Connection - Week of March 23-27
Ross Character Pledge
Information from our Superintendent
The Clear Creek Independent School District is closed through April 10, 2020 and has tentatively scheduled Monday, April 13, 2020 as the first day of in class instruction. This is a fluid situation and the school district leadership team will reevaluate the closure on Monday, April 6, 2020.
Free Internet Access
Access to a computer and access to the internet can be a challenge for a percentage of our families. We have sought information from parents and will be working to get them connected, especially at the secondary level. Two Internet Service Providers (ISP) are providing free, trial internet to homes who may not have access.
- Sixty (60) days of free Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.
- For new customers, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com (website includes written, and video chat customer service options) or by calling 1-855-846-8376 (English) or 1-855-765-6995 (Spanish).
- Sixty (60) days free broadband and Wi-Fi access for households with K-12 and/or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.
- No installation fees for new households.
- Enroll by calling 1-844-488-8395.
CCISD Outdoor wireless is available at the following CCISD sites. If you do use these locations, please follow CDC guidelines for social distancing. Visit www.cdc.gov.
- Campbell Elementary
- Clear Brook High School
- Clear Creek High School
- Clear Falls High School Athletic Fields
- Clear Lake City Elementary
- Clear Lake High School Athletic Fields
- Greene Elementary
- Landolt Elementary
- League City Elementary
- McWhirter Elementary
- Wedgewood Elementary
- Westbrook Intermediate
- Whitcomb Elementary
School Related Events
All school-related events have been canceled through April 10, 2020.
Problem: itslearning won’t log one student off so the sibling can log on
1. restart the computer if closing and reopening the browser doesn’t work.
2. clear the cache in the browser (When you browse through the internet and visit different sites, your browser saves several contents and data in temporary storage. This temporary storage is called "cache".) When you clear the cache you will clear all saved passwords and other info too, so use this as a last resort. In Chrome, press ctrl+shift+delete
3. Go incognito. A New Incognito Window 'forgets' the first child. In Chrome, hold “Ctrl Shift N” or click on the three dots on the top right-hand corner and select “New incognito window”. On Edge, hold “Ctrl Shift P” or click on the three dots on the top right-hand corner and select “New In Private window”
Problem: iPads do not scroll in an itslearning page when using the app
Solution: use chrome or safari on the iPad and go through the portal using the browser, not the app
Problem: kids can’t see the pages you made for them
Solution: not sure why this happens sometimes, but you may have to click the 3 dots in the upper right of the page/folder/etc. and select Permissions. Choose the correct options about how the kids can interact with the contents. Kids will have to close the page and reopen.
Problem: GoMath and ThinkCentral links are not working properly
Solution: tell the kids to open ThinkCentral from the portal first, then go back to the portal and open itslearning. They need to have TC running in the background for some of the links to work. This does not always work, so we can look more closely at your set-up in ThinkCentral if needed.
Problem: when accessing an Office 365 (Microsoft) element, a login screen appears
Solution: the student will login with their info as if it was an email address: 100…@ccisd.net
Tips for Homeschooling:
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been thrust into this homeschooling thing without warning or choice. You’re probably also wondering how to keep your kids learning while you work from home. While, I don’t claim to be an expert, I’ve put a few tips together below to help us navigate this road together. In addition, I have created some examples of daily schedules, online resources and goal sheets on my Counselor’s Corner Ross 2020 itslearning page where all students have access to.
If you need anything, please reach out at email@example.com or 281-284-4514.
1. Set a Schedule - Try to set a daily schedule and follow it. Many kids are used to having a schedule for the day, so they understand what they need to accomplish. Help children understand the goals and expectations for the day. For younger kids, you can use a visual schedule, but older students can follow a list.
2. Take Breaks - When making a schedule, keep in mind younger children may only be able to focus on a task for 10 or 15 minutes. Take lots of movement breaks, sing songs and get outside when you can. Also, recognize that learning at home will look different than a traditional seven-hour school day. With fewer interruptions and less transition time than at school, you might be surprised to discover how quickly you can get things done.
3. Videos are your best friend! When in doubt or if you need some time to do YOUR work, Tumble books, Brain Pop, Lexia, and Dreambox are your best friend. All can be found on the CCISD portal.
4. DON’T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF - For many parents, teaching their kids at home is something they’ve never had to do before. So, it’s important to remember that your homeschooling techniques, whatever they are, don’t have to be perfect or like regular school. We’ve been thrown into this situation and it’s scary! Your ‘school day’ may not be perfect, and that’s OK. Just try to remember that we’re all adjusting to something new and there will be some bumps along the way. Sometimes you may have to remember if you keep them alive, that is sufficient.
5. Communicate! Reach out to your child's teacher and often should you have questions, concerns, etc... We are here to help. Teachers are also learning to adjust and have their own children to educate too. However, teachers are online each workday and will check communication platforms regularly. Be patient as we work to support all students. If you do not hear back from your child's teacher in a timely manner, let me know, I can assist with this.
Think Central Log-in Instructions
Both Harris and Galveston county public health websites are trusted resources and sites.
Galveston county updates their website with new cases etc at 12pm daily and Harris County does so at 3pm.