The Branch

A Monthly Newsletter from RootEd

Virtual and On-Campus

RootEd is so impressed with everything our districts have put together for students to be educated this year. It hasn't been perfect but no one expected that during a pandemic. What it has been is AMAZING! Amazing because most districts, teachers and staff are pulling off 2 types of systems: Online and In-Person. Not to mention, many students are asynchronous which makes it really 3 systems. We've seen patience from parents, which was key in this working. Students are thriving and teachers are becoming more and more comfortable with the new setting. Amazing things are happening because of the hard work from everyone involved! We've listed a few examples below...

Vote 2020

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RootEd out in the Community

RootEd Rep Chat

We had a really good chat with our Reps this month. We talked about communication, marketing and upcoming issues. The input was so informative and helpful to our strategy.
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RootEd Podcast Discussion Group

Ready to dive into some podcasts that either may get you fired up or ruffled about public education?

Come listen with us!!

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Updated RootEd Store!!

Check out all the fun items you can purchase to support RootEd and your neighborhood schools! We are loving all the new items!!

Order here

RootEd Rep Spotlight: Kathy Mochel

Kathy Mochel is the RootEd Rep for three amazing schools in Northside ISD. Kathy has been a huge addition to RootEd. She digs in deep to find out what's really going on in public education. Her love of her schools is contagious.

"I am excited to be part of a great team of Rooted Reps for Colonies North Elementary, Hobby Middle School, and Clark High School! Together we are: a social media guru, a teacher, a graphic arts specialist, a wordsmith, a librarian, and a PTA frontman!

When presented with the opportunity to show how our schools shine, I was immediately hooked because I could already see all of the wonderful things happening for my own children. Serving on the PTA board gave me a behind the scenes perspective, and helped me establish connections within our school community. That is where RootEd found me!

Our nearby zip codes contain a significant number of charter schools. Our neighborhood schools weren’t actively competing to keep families who were looking elsewhere for elementary and middle schools. Promoting the amazing opportunities found at our neighborhood schools is what was missing, and this is why I am RootEd. We have a cohesive way to tell our stories and share our experiences.

I LOVE all the opportunities our public schools offer our children! My youngest loves art, STEM, and music at Colonies North Elementary. My middle schooler plays trombone in the Hobby band, and is thrilled to play football for the 7th grade Hawks. My oldest participates in Aquatics and is on the STEM track at Clark. I can’t wait to see what we can do together when we keep telling our stories!"

#RootedColoniesNorth #RootEdHobby #RootEdClark

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About RootEd

RootEd is a parent-led, grassroots organization that promotes neighborhood public schools through storytelling, advocacy, and education. We believe a strong public school system for all children creates a robust economy and well-connected community. RootEd is a 501(c)3 non profit organization.