Student Services

Weekly Newsletter - September 30, 2019

Introducing the new Student Services Twitter Account!!!!!

We are excited to share the KISD Student Services Twitter account that you can share with students and families. We will post helpful information and public service announcements to inform and educate our students, staff, and community. Please follow us at:




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Positive and Connected Cultures

Have you ever been told that something is “not for you” because of some aspect of your social identity? In “Creating a Culture of Belonging," we believe our children deserve a chance. A chance is a world that tells them: Yes. Yes, that is for you.

Imagine a world in which all children can fully express themselves with confidence, a world where they have healthy relationships to themselves and others.

In a world where we have said, “NOT FOR YOU”

How many things have we lost?

How many poems?

How many songs?

How many cures to diseases?

Because we have sent the message, ‘“NOT FOR YOU”

We cannot let that happen in our education.

As a foundation to Social-Emotional Learning, a sense of belonging is essential to a positive campus climate. When students feel safe, seen, and heard, only then can their learning begin.

From a psychological perspective, a brain under stress cannot form the necessary neural connections needed to gain new information. In a world of increasing technology, belonging becomes the antidote for feelings of social isolation on the rise. New research is showing that this isolated, separated feeling has profound effects on the brain, including the inability to deal with stressful situations, issues processing information, difficulties with decision-making and memory storage.

As educators, we have a responsibility (and opportunity!) to foster classroom environments that promote the practice of social skills and connection, as well as inclusion and equity for all students. I’ve often heard “belonging” described as being able to walk into an environment without having to leave any aspect of oneself at the door.

How do we create these environments for both our staff and students? Beginning of day practices that range from morning meetings and circles to simply greeting students at the door can help to establish an inclusive culture. I encourage you to continue to notice moments throughout the day that your own presence might make another feel safer and welcomed on campus. It starts with you!

Sarah Sampson

Updates and Information

Important Links:

  • All the required ROCK Training PowerPoint have been posted to the Student Services Site under ROCK and training. All teacher, student, and staff training must be completed by Oct. 25, 2019. Click here to access all the pieces of training and the attestation form

  • Click here to access a great resource for addressing bullying and creating a culture of belonging: Five Things You can do to Prevent Bullying

Upcoming Dates

  • AP Meetings - October 2nd and 3rd (Please bring your Discipline Book for replace some updated pages)
  • Benefit Open Enrollment for the 2020 Benefit Year will begin Monday, October 7, 2019, and end 11 p.m. Sunday, October 20, 2019
  • Oct. 7th 1:00- 4:00: Discipline Referral, DAEP Placement Do’s and Don’ts and Legal Department Orientation. (if you attending the Sept. 9th training then disregard this training) This is required training for all new AP’s and is an optional training for existing AP’s. Both topics will be covered on October 7th. Oct. 7 Link

More Professional Development for You!

One of the simplest and yet most powerful things that you can do to ensure that both climate and culture are conducive to excellence is your school is greet students at the front door each morning. Doing so helps to accentuate the fact that your students are entering a warm and nurturing learning environment. Question 6: Do I greet my students individually as they are arriving to school in the morning?

Click on the following link to give your input:

Contact Us

Dustin Blank - Assistant Superintendent of Student Services X1061

Joe Baker - Area Director of Student Services X1083

Stephanie Cantu - Student Services Assistant X 1115

Laura Lockhart - Area Director of Student Services X 1105