The Miller Minute

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September

Updates

Sock Hop

Tonight is the night, and we have made some adjustments so we can enjoy this gorgeous weather!
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Booster Fundraiser

LaRue Miller families!


We’re only 2 weeks away from our Miller Mile! Our goal is to raise $35,000 for Fundraising Item. Donating is officially open on MyBooster.com! Please support our school today - here’s how: https://vimeo.com/569055671/d1bae2c505


  1. REGISTER your student(s) on MyBooster.com today. It takes 30 seconds!

  2. SHARE with 5 family/friends using the SHARE tools on MyBooster.com (Facebook, Text Message or Email) Students will earn rewards just for sharing from MyBooster.com.

  3. GIVE a donation if you are able to give.


Here is a quick video overview of our fundraising program.


Also, here are a few things to know about this important fundraiser:

  • All families can support our school by either donating, sharing on MyBooster.com, or both Students can receive rewards when parents share from MyBooster.com

  • All students get to participate in the Event day, regardless of financial participation

  • This fundraiser comes with an incredible character development program for students where they’ll be learning about the importance of teamwork, care, courage, grit and celebration


We are working hard to make this fundraiser safe, fun, and successful for everyone!


Donating Opens - Today!

Register on MyBooster.com, SHARE, & GIVE!
Fundraiser Kick Off - 10/4

Event Day - 10/15
SAVE THE DATE! You’re Invited!


Thank you for working with us to make our school stronger. We are grateful for your support!


Previously Shared

Pantherette Information

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Spirit Nights

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Start with Hello Week

Next week is Start With Hello Week. Please encourage your student to show an act of kindness each day of the week. #startwithhello #MISDProud
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DATE CHANGE!!!

LME Families,


I apologize for this date change! The Sock Hop is historically held on a Friday night, and I inadvertently approved the date for a Saturday.


Students (and staff) may wear their favorite 50s attire to school on Friday, September 24 and then come back that night for a family fun event!


Shannon West

Principal

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Badges

Students are required to wear a badge each day. In the event the badge, sleeve, and lanyard are lost, then the student will be responsible for the replacement cost.


$3 for the badge

$1 for the sleeve

$1 for the lanyard

POPS on Patrol

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2021 Annual MHS Pantherette Dance Extravaganza

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Student / Staff Shout Out

Cora, Lilly, and Jenna are on the same cheer team. Mrs. Reid and Ms. Daniell came to cheer them on at the football game last Saturday. We are family.

Staff Shout Out - Mrs. Kempf

Everyday my kids come home excited to tell me stories from Mrs. Kempf’s class.
Today the story was “Mrs. Kempf had us write something on our papers, she said
Oops, I made a mistake, everyone wad up your papers and have a snowball fight!” Ha!
How fun does that sound?! Thank you Mrs. Kempf for being awesome!

Staff Shout Out - Mrs. Smith

Mrs. Smith has been such a blessing! Her encouraging words on my son's daily assignments and happy go lucky attitude has made the transition from 2nd to 3rd so easy for him! - The Ramirez Family

Heritage High School Theatre Camp

The Midlothian Heritage High School Theatre Department and the Heritage Theatre Booster Club are delighted to announce a FUN OPPORTUNITY for students at your school. We will be holding a one day Theatre Camp on Saturday, September 18th.

The camp will give students in Midlothian and surrounding areas an opportunity to experience different aspects of stage productions. Several stations will be set up and instructed by Heritage Theatre students (parent chaperones will be available as well). The camp is open to students in 2nd-8th grade. The cost is $50 and will include a snack, lunch, and a tee shirt.

It’s going to be an exciting day filled with fun activities! Spots will be limited and space will be granted on a first come/first served basis to please encourage your students to sign up right away!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1BkInf1Y_s9en4uFzRkwSvYjXUe5EhAUf5cqOBK9hf70/prefill

Sincerely,

The Heritage Theatre Booster Club

heritagetheatreboosters@gmail.com

Jennifer Endsley-President

Karis Schumacher- Vice President

Dana Caudle- Secretary

Jennifer McDonnell- Treasurer


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Panorama Survey

Dear Midlothian ISD Families,


We thank you and your family for being our valued partners as we work together to educate the children in our district. MISD values input from our community – and we need to hear from your child or children! Students are important partners as we work to improve our communication, academic program and overall experience for everyone.


In order to learn more about student experiences at school, we will be asking for your child’s feedback via an online survey they will be completing at school. The survey shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes to complete.


We are asking that all of our students in grades 3-12 participate in the surveys, as their feedback will provide invaluable insights into their experiences and how we can improve and adapt our district to their needs. If a student doesn’t feel like they have enough information to answer a question, they will be able to skip the item altogether. The responses to these surveys will be completely confidential. We are partnering with a third-party vendor, Panorama, to support us in administering these surveys.


The survey content will ask students to self-reflect on: growth mindset, self-efficacy, self-management, social awareness, grit, sense of belonging and teacher-student relationships.


Please notify us if you would like your child to opt out of taking the survey by filling out the form by Wednesday, September 15, 2021. We thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses. If you have any questions about the survey administration, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 469-856-6500 or amy.boyd@misd.gs.


Sincerely,

Amy Boyd

LME Counselor


Opt Out Form - please complete by September 15, 2021.


September Events

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Important Annoucement

The cafeteria will be closed for visitors on Friday, September 3. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
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Other Information

Have a 5th Grader?

News Crew applications are available with your child's teacher. If they are interested, be sure to encourage them to apply!


Trust me! Mrs. Self and I have been doing morning announcements! We need to be replaced! Ha!

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Technology Device Fee

Some of you opted "in" for the optional technology device fee but haven't paid it yet. Please go to MySchoolBucks.com to pay this $20 fee. In most cases, this fee will cover the first device repair!



Dear Parents,

This is just a reminder that you have until Friday, October 1st to consider entering into the OPTIONAL M*Powered 1:1 Device Protection Fee. This protection plan covers accidental damage to your child’s device. When carrying this coverage, the first accidental device breakage is covered in full and discounts are applied for subsequent accidental damage thereafter.

If you intend to carry this protection coverage for your child’s device, payment for the device fee must be received by October 1st or you may enter into an installment plan ($20 for both Chromebook or iPad (As low as $5.00/month). On October 1st the coverage for the new year begins, and all students selecting the Device Protection Fee must be paid in full or be enrolled in an installment plan. If you opt-out of device protection you will be 100% responsible for repair or replacement charges to restore the device to acceptable condition should damage or loss occur, as indicated in Texas Education Code 31.104(d).

Payments and installment plans can be made through the website https://www.myschoolbucks.com or through the MySchoolBucks app.

MISD Technology

Register for Lunch!

Coming to have lunch with your student? Please complete this form to have your visitor badge pre-printed. Don't forget to bring your valid drivers license so that it can be scanned, if needed.

If you have multiple children at LME, please only fill out this form ONE time per date to prevent duplicate printing.

Please contact the office at (469) 856-6500 if we can assist in any way!
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Staff Shout-Outs

Our staff is awesome, and your words matter! We would love for you to share the impact they are having on your child and/or family! Click the button below to submit a staff shout-out!

Student Shout-Outs

Our learners are awesome too! We know they are involved in ALL types of things outside of school, and we would love to hear about their accomplishments! click the button below to submit a student shout-out!

Leave Us a Note!

Compliment or Concern - We would love to hear from you! Together, we are better, and we value your feedback!

Destination Imagination

Miller is THE school for Destination Imagination, and we need your help! If you would like to be a team manager, we would love to have you! Additionally, if you want your child to participate, be sure you sign them up! We are champions, and you will definitely want to be a part of DI!


Emily Stanley (emily.stanley@misd.gs) is our campus representative and will be happy to answer any questions you may have!

Midlothian DI Promotional Video 1
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Volunteer Background Checks

If you plan to attend a field trip with your child or help in your child’s classroom this year, then you will be required to pass a background check. The background check is free and can be found at https://apps.raptortech.com/Apply/MjU0NDplbi1VUw==. The process can take up to 3 weeks, so please do not wait until field trips are scheduled to complete this process.

Event Calendar for 2021-2022

All of our favorite Miller events are back on the calendar! Check it out! *Please note that all events are subject to change.

Calling All Nurses!

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Want to Sub?

We would love to have you! The schedules are flexible!

Apply Here:

https://www.misd.gs/departments/human-resources/substitutes

PTO

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LME PTO Website

One Stop Shop - Volunteer Forms, Memberships, Flyer Updates, Donations, Caught Being Kind, PTO Contacts - Check It Out!

Spirit Wear!

Have you ordered your SPIRIT WEAR?

Online store closes Friday September 3.

Click on the website and scroll down to LME PTO 2021/2022 STORE.

All orders will be delivered to the school and sent home with your student the week of September 20.

As always, Thank you for your support!


LaRue Miller PTO


http://www.laruemillerpto.com/

Miller Elementary Football Night!

During a Varsity game this season, our Athletics Department will welcome & honor a specific Elementary school.


Here are the details:

  • Free entry for elementary student only on their school night
  • Student must be accompanied by a parent
  • Parent must purchase a ticket for entry
  • Any school age siblings not at the elementary campus must purchase a ticket



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District News

Skyward Family Access Tutorial

Direct to YouTube - https://youtu.be/Pok7svOET6w

COVID-19 Update (8/20/21)

MISD Family,


Starting today, MISD will notify you via email of any positive COVID cases in your child’s class. This notification does not mean your child was in close contact with the individual. Your child may have class, an extracurricular activity, an after-school activity, or lunch with the COVID-positive individual.


Our goal is to send this notification out near the end of the school day each day. If you do not receive notification on a particular day, the school did not have any new cases or your child was never in any shared spaces with the COVID positive individual(s). You may also receive more than one notification. In this case, your child had shared spaces with more than one COVID-positive case.


In addition, MISD updates the COVID-19 District COVID-19 Dashboard daily at 4 p.m. Please visit the dashboard to see daily active cases and recoveries.


MISD Proud,
MISD Communications

COVID-19 Protocols (8/9/21)

Dear MISD Families,

Midlothian ISD is excited to welcome your child back to school with in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year. Our priority is to keep all students, staff and visitors safe as we fully reopen our buildings. With the COVID-19 landscape constantly changing, MISD continues to collaborate with our local Ellis County Health Authority to monitor and address additional COVID mitigation efforts as necessary.

The following updates have been made for the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Face masks are highly encouraged for students, staff and visitors.

  • Plexiglass is available as needed. Please contact your child’s school Principal to request a plexiglass divider in the classroom and/or cafeteria.

  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout district buildings. Healthy hand hygiene will be encouraged.

  • Currently, contact tracing is no longer required and daily notification of positive cases will not be reported. This is subject to change.

  • The MISD COVID-19 Dashboard has been discontinued at this time. This is subject to change.

  • Touchless water fountains are available. Students are encouraged to bring an empty, refillable bottle to school for water.

  • Custodial and transportation teams will continue to keep MISD buildings and buses clean.

  • Parents are encouraged to self-monitor their child for symptoms of COVID-19 and seek medical attention when necessary.

  • Long-term virtual instruction will not be available for the 2021-2022 school year. Limited remote conferencing* will be available for up to 20 days when approved.

  • Parents may choose to keep their child at home due to known community exposure. They would only be eligible for remote conferencing only with a doctor’s note.

Per the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), “A school administrator shall exclude from attendance any child having or suspected of having COVID-19. Exclusion shall continue until the readmission criteria for conditions are met.” Students and staff who are positive for COVID-19 must meet the following readmission criteria before returning to school:

  1. COVID-19 Positive individuals must remain out for 10 days from symptom onset, be fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication, and other symptoms have improved.

  2. COVID-19 Positive individuals who are asymptomatic must remain out for 10 days from the test date.

For more information, visit the DSHS update and the MISD 2021-2022 COVID Protocols document.

Thank you,
Midlothian Independent School District

*Remote conferencing is a limited remote learning opportunity for students under certain medical circumstances. The TEA limits a student to a maximum of 20 days of remote conferencing in the 2021-2022 school year. Remote conferencing schedules are determined by individual campuses and it is conducted by a staff member that may not be the student’s teacher. The parent/guardian must provide required medical documentation and coordinate remote conferencing opportunities with the campus principal. Remote conferencing requires 4 hours of daily instruction with a district staff member at a designated time. This may take some time as a school system to coordinate and to implement.