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Volume 15, Number 2 - September 14, 2020

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Great First Week!

We had a great first week. I know there were some bumps along the way and maybe even some tech issues, but overall we got through it! Last week, teachers focused on making sure all our kids knew how to get on Classlink and Schoology. They saw beginning of the year videos and learned how to use Schoology. We know it will take time.


Monday through Friday mornings, Intervention/Enrichment for a student will begin at 9:00 a.m. Students will not be required to participate in each Intervention/Enrichment that is offered and this will vary on the needs of each individual student. However this is time for students to complete their work and/or seek help from their teachers. The first scheduled class will begin at 10:00 and the last scheduled class will end at 3:10 p.m. There is an afternoon Intervention/Enrichment time from 3:10 p.m. – 3:51 p.m. that is also not required. Again, this is time for students to complete their work and/or get help from their teachers. Teachers will offer Zoom Office Hours. See the schedule below. We highly encourage students to go visit their teachers for any clarification or questions they may have regarding any school work or just issues they may be having.


Students should be logging onto Classlink as this is where Schoology lives, along with other resources. On Wednesday, we rolled out an Attendance Course for their grade level. We would like all students to complete the assignment (called SEL Check-In) in this course daily. The assignment is a 2 question survey for them to complete. All students should access this Attendance course first when they log in to Schoology. There is a video below that explains the process.


Just a reminder that our teachers will continue to email you all at least every two weeks regarding upcoming content and any other important information. Grades will be entered by Monday at midnight weekly so that you may check every Tuesday morning for grade updates. Schoology will be helpful for students as they will see (as will you) all their assignments on a calendar and grades posted. These are such important executive functioning skills our kids need to learn. Our teacher will continue to provide our students with timely feedback so look for student trackers in all core classes. We want our students to take ownership of their grades and set goals for every assessment. It is an important life skill and we expect all our students to make progress every year.


We have a Virtual Coffee with the Principal coming up next week. We hope to "see" you there!


Please let us know how we can help you throughout the year. You are more than welcome to email me directly or call my secretary, Laura Torres, to schedule a meeting with me if you have any concerns or questions. It is my privilege and honor to serve as your child's Principal. Thank you for your support and we look forward to another great year!


Go Cougars!

Welcome New to CMS Faculty/Staff!

We want to welcome the newest members to our CMS Familia! Our process for hiring the best is tough, so we are proud to introduce to you our newest Team Chapa members, all of whom exhibit the traits that we consider important and which exemplify what it takes to be a Chapa Cougar!

  • Gloria Zepeta Martinez - 8th ELA
  • Philip Shelton - 7th SS and Boy's Coach
  • Nathan Santoyo - 6th SS and Girl's/Boy's Coach
  • Rey Martinez - 8th SS Teacher
  • Francisco Garcia Almenar - Spanish Teacher
  • Amanda Daniels - Head Band Director
  • Chloe Queen - Dyslexia Teacher
  • Jerib Carson - 6th SC Teacher
  • Jessica Busceme - 8th SC Teacher
  • Emelda Hinojosa - CIS Program Manager

SEL Daily Check-In (Attendance)

Everyday we want our students to log in to Schoology and complete their daily check-in. You may see this in their schedule as SEL daily check-in (attendance). It does not take that long and the survey asks two questions. This is something we just started and it's a way to see how kids are feeling (for us to follow up if needed) and just to make sure they are logging into Schoology daily. This isn't "class time" or anyone they need to see. It's simply a form to complete.
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Tech Support

Students log into their Class Link account (https://launchpad.classlink.com/hayscisd) by going to Chapa Middle School Website/Cougar Zone/Class Link.


If students are on an iPad or tablet, they need to download the app to access Class Link.

Their username is their Student ID #.

  • If they are 6th graders, their password is their Student ID #.
  • If they are 7th or 8th graders, their password is the one they created last year.

If they forgot their password, you can send students this link to the Technology Help Website for parents and students:


https://sites.google.com/hayscisd.net/helpdesk/parents-and-students

Phone: 512-268-2141 Ext 44357 or 512-268-7676

Email: helpdesk@hayscisd.net


***Why does this matter to you? Because EVERYTHING that students need is on Class Link including SCHOOLOGY!***

Welcome Back Chapa Cougars for the 20-21 School Year!!

Upcoming September Events

Coffee with the Principals - Monday, September 21, 2020 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. This is a great opportunity for parents to get in touch with the principal and assistant principals and find out what’s going on at CMS. Mrs. Walls provides an update and discusses important issues that matter most to parents, students, and the community. Enjoy coffee in your own house and a chance to get to know Mrs. Walls, Mr. Vela and Ms. Miranda as well as other CMS parents. Shake off those memories of getting “sent to the Principal’s office” and join her for coffee instead! This is a virtual gathering. A google form will be attached soon.


Coffee with the Counselors - Wednesday, October 2, 2020; 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. – Save the date! This is a great opportunity for parents to get in touch with our counselors and find out what being a middle school child is all about. Mrs. Flores and Mrs. Dinderman will focus on different grade levels at each session. Enjoy coffee in your house and a chance to meet our counselors as well as get connected with other parents. This is a virtual gathering. A google form will be attached soon.

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7 Mindsets

We are in our third year of implementation of the 7 Mindsets. This year we are trying to make sure we talk about our 7 Mindsets daily and educate our CMS Community about what we are studying.

First Mindset - Everything is Possible

Every mindset has 4 lessons and we have one lesson a week. We will learn about Everything is Possible from September 9th - September 27th.
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Virtual Coffee with the Principal

Monday, Sep. 21st, 7:30-8:30am

This is an online event.

This is a great opportunity for parents to get in touch with the principal and assistant principals and find out what’s going on at CMS. Mrs. Walls provides an update and discusses important issues that matter most to parents, students, and the community. Enjoy coffee in your own house and a chance to get to know Mrs. Walls, Mr. Vela and Ms. Miranda as well as other CMS parents. Shake off those memories of getting “sent to the Principal’s office” and join her for coffee instead! This is a virtual gathering. Please register for this event with the following link: https://bit.ly/33pbN1z

A Zoom code will be emailed to you the day before the event.

Virtual Coffee with the Counselors

Wednesday, Oct. 2nd 2019 at 7:30-8:30am

This is an online event.

Save the date! This is a great opportunity for parents to get in touch with our counselors and find out what being a middle school child is all about. Mrs. Flores and Mrs. Dinderman will focus on different grade levels at each session. Enjoy coffee in your house and a chance to meet our counselors as well as get connected with other parents. This is a virtual gathering. A google form will be attached soon.
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