Muenster ISD eNewsletter

A Newsletter for Parents of Muenster ISD Students

Weekly Edition: Graduation 2020 and More ... May 15, 2020

Vol. 2, No. 9, May 2020
2020 Muenster High School Graduation

MISD eNewsletter: May 15, 2020

Dear Muenster ISD students and families,


We are at the end of our sixth week of Distance Learning. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, PARENTS AND STUDENTS!!!


Just a few reminders for the coming weeks:


  • Online Student Registration for the 2020-2021 is open. Please complete your student's registration by May 21, 2020. If you need assistance, contact your campus office staff.



  • Muenster High School & Kindergarten 2020 Graduations are set. See details in this newsletter.


  • School is closed-instructing known as "Distance Learning" through May 21, 2020.


THANK YOU for your continued support and encouragement of our teachers, staff, and administrators. We miss you and look forward to all being together again!


Together, we will continue to educate our Muenster ISD students, because KIDS COME FIRST.


Sincerely,


Steven Self,

Muenster ISD Superintendent

Muenster High School Commencement (CLOSED to PUBLIC)

Friday, May 22nd, 6pm

Muenster High School Football Stadium, Muenster, TX, USA

Muenster, TX

Muenster High School Graduation 2020

Guidelines and Procedures

May 22, 2020, 6:00 pm

Hornet Stadium


MISD will have a professional videographer present and all families not in attendance will be able to view a live stream of the event through the Cooke County Sports Talk YouTube Channel, follow the link that will be posted on the MISD website, or link to the event directly from here.


The MISD Board and Administration are thankful to the Governor and Commissioner of Education for making this ceremony possible. We also want to thank our state representative, the Honorable Drew Springer, for working with Governor Abbott on all the Texas small district’s behalf. Our faculty, staff, students, and parents have done an extraordinary job during this difficult time to make distance, at home learning supplement this year’s classroom instruction. We applaud them for their work and dedication to the cause. Although, out of the ordinary and outside tradition, we want this to be a ceremony that is memorable and one our graduating seniors can be proud of. There are protocols that no group of graduates or their families have had to deal with, but we are respectfully asking that these protocols be followed so that all can be safe now and in the future. We are truly acting in the best interests of our entire society. Thank you and God Bless you, your graduate and family, and the U.S.A.

-The Muenster ISD Board and Administration


Guidelines: The permission to host an outdoor graduation ceremony is subject to change as underlying public health conditions change.

Outdoor ceremonies must meet the following requirements:

  • School systems must cap the number of total participants (inclusive of graduates, families, and staff) to a level that can be managed in the outdoor venue to maximize social distancing, both during the event and during entry and exit.

  • School employees and school facilities must comply with TEA guidance for School Employees in School Facilities.

  • Graduates and parents (or legal guardians) must comply with TEA guidance on Student Non-Instructional Visits.

  • Prior to entering the facilities for the ceremony, participating graduates and attending family members must be screened (via questionnaire) by school system employees for any new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19. Those found with any of these signs or symptoms must be excluded from the activity.

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available.

  • Assigned seating will be used to efficiently ensure separation between household groups. (see attached seating diagram)

  • Graduates may only be brought together for one event per class or breakout group. No rehearsals will be permitted.

  • All graduates, guests, and employees must keep 6 feet or more of spacing, except that members of the same household (five individuals or fewer, excluding the graduate if seated with the household) may be allowed to sit together in the audience but must be at least 6 feet away from any other family group at all times.

  • All employees will wear cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth) if they will come within 6 feet of another person who is not a member of that person’s household.

  • All visitors should consider wearing non-medical grade face masks.

  • Care will be taken and effort made to mitigate virus exposure when participants come into contact with their diploma and awards, including but not limited to use of gloves, distancing, and cloth masks.

  • School employees will be stationed appropriately to ensure compliance with all requirements.

  • There shall be no congregating before, during or after the ceremony.

  • Limited restroom access will be available.

  • All procedures must be followed to ensure appropriate social distancing.

Participation by a student or family member in the graduation ceremony is voluntary.


Muenster High School Graduation 2020

Guidelines and Procedures

Attendees

  • Graduates will receive 1 group of 5 tickets each for their guests. Each group will receive 1 parking pass. Thus, each graduate will be allowed up to 5 guests, and seated by household, within their assigned seating area.

  • Graduates must communicate to the district by May 20, 2020, what family members will be attending so the district can plan appropriately to implement social distancing measures, logistics, and other safety measures.

  • Graduates will be seated in the “home” bleachers.

  • Guests will be assigned a 12’x12’ marked section on the football field. Seats will not be provided. Grass seating or lawn chairs are allowed.

Arrival

  • All graduates and guests must remain in their vehicle until parked in their assigned spot by an MISD employee.

  • Graduates must enter with their Group, which is how they will leave.

  • Graduates and their Group will stage in their vehicle for entry on 7th Street starting at 5:15 pm.

  • In the staging line all students and guests will be screened by an MISD employee.

  • Upon clearing the screening, approved guests will be guided by an MISD employee to their assigned parking spot inside the Hornet Stadium.

  • Upon parking, the graduate shall report to the West Entrance (Concession Stand) graduate guests shall report to the Main Entrance (Ticket Booth) on the south end of the football field, entering at the open gate, and all guests will report to their assigned row near on the Hornet football field and be escorted to their assigned area by an MISD employee.

  • After entering the West Gate graduates will line up alphabetically prior to the beginning of ceremony and walk into stands during processional. Social Distancing guidelines in place during this time.

The Ceremony

  • The ceremony will begin at 6:00 pm, with no late entry allowed.

  • Students will enter the bleachers, and remain in the bleachers with no movement, except for standing and sitting until the conclusion of the ceremony.

  • Traditional graduate speaking roles will be in place. Following the graduates speaking roles, will be the announcement of all graduates including any financial awards, certification of class, and turning of the tassel.

  • Following the closing prayer, graduates will remain in the bleachers and guest departure for Group ticket holders will begin.

  • Social Distancing measures in place during the ceremony for school employees, graduates, and families

Departure

  • Each Group will be guided to depart their area by an MISD employee and proceed promptly to their vehicle, where they will wait for their graduate.

  • After closing prayer as family guest departure is taking place, the graduates will be exited from the bleachers systematically to have their picture taken.

  • As graduates exit the bleachers they will have a photo taken at the bottom of the ramp then head toward concession stands to be handed a gift bag containing official diploma, wallet diploma, scholarship certificate envelope, and other items for the graduate. After the final station graduates will report to their household vehicle and promptly depart the Hornet Stadium parking lot.

Senior Parade

If you missed the Senior Parade last Friday night, click here to view a quick video.

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Kindergarten Graduation "Drive-Thru"

Kindergarten Graduation

Tuesday, May 19th, 6pm

912 North Walnut Street

Muenster, TX

Although an “in-person” Kindergarten graduation ceremony is unable to occur, we are extremely happy to have a “drive through” celebration honoring our 2020 Kindergarten graduates! Here are the details:



  • When: Tuesday, May 19 at 6 p.m.
  • Where: In front of Muenster Elementary
  • More: From 7th Street, enter “Hornet Stadium.” Continue through the parking lot; you will pass the MISD Cafeteria on your left and football field on your right. You will turn right on Walnut Street where Muenster Elementary is located. You will pull up directly in front of the school where your child will get out of the vehicle to accept the diploma from his/her teacher. This will be a wonderful time for pics to be taken of your amazing Kindergarten graduate!



Thanks for your understanding, your patience, and most importantly, for sharing your child with us this year! We are looking forward to celebrating our Kindergarten Graduates of 2020! Hats off to this extraordinary group of students!

Sincerely,


Lou Heers, Elementary Principal

Kristin McCoy, Kindergarten Teacher

Rebecca Thomas, Kindergarten Teacher

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Online Student Registration

If you need assistance with parent portal ID's or registration, please email Tonia (tonia.hofbauer@muensterisd.org) or Terri (terri.barrett@muensterisd.org).

2020-2021 Student Registration

Dear Parents,


We are looking forward to next school year! Below are the steps to register your child for the Muenster ISD! Registration will be completed online.

Muenster ISD uses ASCENDER Parent Portal, which allows you to register your student. On April 27, 2020 or anytime after, when you login to the parent portal, it will prompt you to begin registration for your child(ren).


ITEMS TO COMPLETE ONLINE by May 15, 2020:

ITEMS FOR YOUR INFORMATION


For questions contact the campus office:


Elementary

Terri Barrett

terri.barrett@muensterisd.org

940.759.2281 ext. 621

JH/HS

Tonia Hofbauer

tonia.hofbauer@muensterisd.org

940.759.2281 ext. 604

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Order Your Yearbook

Due date: May 29, 2020

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