March 23, 2023
Super Chats are geared toward Anna ISD students. This year Mr. Comeaux is being interviewed by AHS Sophomore student Samantha Daley. Samantha talked with friends to come up with the questions. We hope you enjoy the segment.
Behind the Scenes of Super Chats
Anna ISD Pre-K & Kindergarten Roundup is almost here for the 23-24 school year!
April 11, 2023 (8:00 AM - 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
April 12, 2023 (11:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
Anna ISD Special Programs Building (Gym) - 201 E 7th St, Anna TX
Visit our website for all the details. We accept enrollments through the summer, but we encourage you to enroll your wee little Coyotes as early as possible!
Beginning the Transition
You may have noticed a change at Anna Middle School over Spring Break. We are starting the transition to its new name Slayter Creek Middle School. This is all in anticipation of Clemons Creek Middle School opening up at the start of next school year.
Teachers and Employees of the Year
Anna ISD Teachers and Employees of the year were recognized at this month's Board meeting. Recipients were voted on by their peers. Congratulations to these deserving educators for their service to Anna ISD.
Student Services Information
Testing Season Tips
Testing season is approaching and as we support students' success and growth we want to be mindful that it is normal for students to feel nervous before or during a test. Here is some information on helping your child manage test anxiety from About our Kids.
What is test anxiety?
Test anxiety is the uneasiness or apprehension that a student feels before, during or after a test because of worry or fear of failure. Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time; in fact, low levels of anxiety can motivate students to study and perform well. However, when anxiety interferes with test-taking and learning it can cause students to —blank out or have trouble paying attention, limiting their ability to think clearly and do their best work. The good news is that parents can help their children manage test anxiety.
What does it feel like?
Some students report physical symptoms including butterflies, cold or clammy hands, headaches, nausea, being hot or cold, or feeling faint. Others report feeling like they want to cry or even leave the room and not take the test. Still, others feel angry or helpless.
What Can I Do As A Parent?
The Practical First Steps
•Make sure your child has enough sleep, eats a healthy breakfast, and gets to school on time.
•Make sure your child has the needed school supplies (notebooks, pencils, etc.).
•Doing well on a test is easier if a student has been consistently completing school assignments, including studying or reading. Encouraging your child to complete homework each day is important and helpful.
•Motivate your child to want to take a test. You can do this by reinforcing their efforts, including the studying and homework tasks, rather than focusing on having to make a certain grade.
•Help your child reduce fear and anxiety. This can be accomplished with enthusiasm, praise, and, at times, small rewards for giving their best effort in spite of feeling worried.
•Anxious children tend to have many negative thoughts (—I‘m going to fail this test or —I do badly on every test). You can teach your child to challenge these ideas by looking at the evidence against each negative thought (—Do you really fail every test? What is likely to happen if you study?). Finally, help your child find a more optimistic thought to use whenever the negative ones arise (—When I study I pass tests).
•Teach your child ways to relax through simple techniques such as deep breathing and meditation. Relaxation is a skill that requires learning and practice, so keep the relaxation practices short and simple. Make it a family activity, where everyone takes the time to breathe deeply: you can teach by example. Use the techniques yourself, for example, when you become frustrated while driving. Encourage your child to practice in real-life situations (e.g., before going to a stressful family event).
What Should I Avoid Doing?
•Avoid giving excessive reassurance, such as repeatedly saying, —You‘ll do great!“ Too much reassurance causes anxious children to seek to discredit their parent‘s opinions.
•Avoid telling your child exactly what to do. It is more useful to ask your child to come up with a realistic plan for studying and taking the test. Successful completion of the plan enhances the child‘s feeling of control and accomplishment, and this will decrease anxiety. Build in some relaxation time to your child‘s plan.
•Don‘t ignore the problem by hoping it will go away by itself.
•Don‘t be impatient (—Just take the test and get over it!).
•Don‘t allow the child to avoid the situation (—You can stay home today“).
Our top priority in Anna ISD is the safety of our students and staff. Behavioral expectations are defined at the beginning of the year and reinforced in the spring. Schools have campus-wide programs to proactively teach mental health and wellness skills to students.
We focus on the following foundations:
Effective instruction and classroom management
Corrections for early-stage misbehavior
Professional Learning Communities
Progress monitoring tools
Before and after school programs/supports
Campus climate surveys are sent out in the fall and spring to assess and measure progress on student, staff, and parent experiences. This data is reviewed with campus and district administrators to celebrate areas of strength and respond to areas of growth/concern.
From the Chief's desk
Anna ISD Police Department
The Anna ISD Police Department is licensed in the state of Texas and enforces all state, federal, and local laws. We have full arrest powers and may issue citations. The primary focus of our police department is the safety, security, and protection of students, staff, and district property. In addition, we are a resource for the community and generally work during school hours and extracurricular activities. We can be reached after hours and in emergencies through Collin County Sheriff’s office dispatch. By law, any officer in the state of Texas may not issue a citation for a school offense that is a class c misdemeanor other than traffic that occurs on school property or at a school function and the student is under 18 years of age. Officers can, however, arrest for or refer the school offenses to the local courts. All other violations above a class c misdemeanor are arrestable offenses, and the adult or student can be transported to a detention center.
The AISD PD is a part of the Anna ISD educational community.
- Provide protection and security of campuses and school events
- Foster and maintain positive relationships with the student population
- Investigate and prevent criminal code violations
- Assist district personnel to reduce juvenile crimes and provide solutions to campus issues
- Provide helpful resources to students
See something, Say something
The Anna ISD police department has a new TIP email address. If you hear or see something suspicious, please email the Anna ISD PD at firstname.lastname@example.org. This email is a one-way communication tool; you will not receive a response.
Additionally, you can download the iWatch Texas app. The tips on the app are anonymous and will help keep schools safe and secure by alerting the appropriate personnel of any potential threats.
Parent and Student Resources
Plan to Get Involved & Stay Connected
- Register to be a volunteer at your child's school. Volunteer Application.
- Visit the Parent University to learn about Anna ISD. Parent University
- Join your school PTA or Booster club. AISD is grateful for the support of these parent leaders.
In the know: In addition to this eNewsletter, which typically comes twice a month, there are other ways to keep up with all the great things happening in Anna ISD:
- Ensure your information is current with your school, so you receive text message alerts, phone calls, and emails.
- Visit our website annaisd.org
- Follow AISD and your campus on social media. Facebook Twitter Instagram
- Download our mobile app
Make sure to wear your College, Career, or Military shirt.
"The district isn’t afraid of changing old ways of doing things if it means a better future for our kids and their learning path! "- Samantha Dunkin, Anna ISD parent
March 24.............Student Holiday
April 20................Board Meeting