MSA WEEKLY UPDATES
Math & Science Academy 04.13.20
Academy Academic Requirement Update
I hope you and your family continue keeping safe and healthy as we all are settling down into this new strange norm. I know there many of you still concern about graduation, grades, summer school, and many other things. As Dr. Dupre address in his video, he will let you know as soon as a decision are made about all those things I’ve mentioned.
I know some of you have reached out to me concerning meeting the academic requirement of the academy. The academy has decided we will waive the academic requirement for this spring semester. If a student is currently on academic probation it will be extended to the next school year. I hope this helps ease some of the anxiety over grades. However, if you have a failing Term 3 grade, make sure to work with your teachers to make as much improvement to your Term 3 grade as possible.
Math and Science Officer Application for 2020-2021
Below is the link for the 2020-21 MSA Officer Application. For those of you that have a passion to be student leaders and want to help the academy to continue its excellence as an academic institution, I urge you to apply for an officer position.
When you submit your application, you must have the following items
- 1) Your completed application
- 2) Your answers to the six short answer questions. Make sure you type this out.
All application will be due on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. No late applications will be accepted
Enrichment and YES Hours
Parents and Students,
Due to ongoing health concerns, many enrichment and volunteer events have been canceled. As a result, spring semester enrichment and volunteer-hours requirements will be waived for all academies.
Seniors, will not be required to complete their spring enrichment and volunteer hours to receive the academy medal for graduation. However, because the YES Program at the high school is a separate entity from the academy, seniors who wish to receive their YES medal for graduation from the YES Program will need to reach out to the YES program on their campus and see what they are planning for this years graduating class.
If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com. Please check the FBISD website for additional updates. Our first priority is for you and your family to remain healthy and safe
If you have specific questions for the district, you can go the FBISD Let’s Talk
Social Emotional Health Resources
FBISD has tele-counseling resources for students district-wide. If your student is struggling with anxiety and depression and feels isolated during this time, you can email your student’s school counselor FBISD Counselors Contact List. They will help link you and your student to the right virtual support. In your email, please include:
- Your Name
- Your school ID number
- Your school campus name
- Description of the challenge you are experiencing
- Your school counselor will contact
Your student’s school counselor will contact you to review the information submitted and provide guidance on the next steps for virtual support.
FBISD TALKLINE: The District’s confidential helpline to share mental health concerns such as depression or suicidal thoughts. It includes both talking and texting features. Students, parents, and staff can text the word SPEAK to 741741 or call 281-240-8255 (TALK) to connect with a crisis counselor. Both services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For more information CLICK HERE
At Home Learning Resources for Parents and Students
Fort Bend ISD supports learning anytime from anywhere. At-home learning is critical, especially during this time when regular school routines are not in effect. Check out the following links for information, tools, and experiences that support continued learning for students.
NO UPCOMING EVENTS
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
Any non-profit 501 (c) 3 designated company is eligible for students volunteer. Remember a maximum of 8 hours per day may be earned. Be certain to have your volunteer forms signed and then upload to the Volunteer Submission Form. The locations below are samples of where you may volunteer. This list is just a sample and does not have every location where you can volunteer.
1. Child Advocates
2. Second Mile Mission Center
a. Here is the link to volunteer; http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4da4ae28a7f49-techies.
3. Boys and Girls Club of Houston
a. Here is the link to volunteer; http://www.bgclubs-houston.org/Volunteers.
4. Friends of Down Syndrome
5. Houston Food Bank
a. Here is the link; http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/volunteer/volunteer.
6. Houston Methodist Hospital System
a. at 281.274.7127; firstname.lastname@example.org.
b. Volunteer Services at Main Methodist: Contact: 713.441.3351
NASA Launches $30,000 Competition for Innovative Thinkers, Developers
Imagine a world hot enough to turn lead into a puddle, where the atmospheric pressure can crush a nuclear-powered submarine. Now imagine sending a rover to explore that world.
Venus, ancient sister of Earth with a planetary environment just this side of hellish, has been visited by a handful of probes since the early days of space flight. Of the many missions to our celestial neighbor, only about a dozen have made contact with the surface of the planet. The longest-lived landers only managed to function for a couple of hours before succumbing to the relentlessly oppressive heat and pressure.
Despite the punishing conditions, previous missions to Venus have nevertheless delivered important information, such as:
- Surface temperature: in excess of 450°C
- Surface pressure: 92 times that of Earth
- Wind speeds: 0.3 – 1.3 meters per second
- Due to the extreme pressure, this low wind speed feels almost like gale-force winds here on Earth
- Length of Venusian day: 116 Earth day
This is a great opportunity for juniors who are looking for their senior project. I will consider making this a group project if you can get your team together. A team can not be more than 5 students.
Online Enrichment Opportunities Through Alison
Applications for Duke University Summer Session 2020
Be ready to apply December 3! Click the link below for the program of interest to you:
College Information for Students and Parents
Ms. Warren is the College and Career adviser at Dulles. The CCR center will be open for students to seek advisement, work on college applications, apply for scholarships, write and revise college essays, pick up college brochures, and attend college visits. Parents are also welcome to the resource center if they have questions and concerns regarding post secondary education/careers. This is an exciting addition to all Fort Bend ISD campuses, and the college and career adviser is here to help advise both students and parents.. Please make sure to check her newsletter out frequently for update college information. https://www.smore.com/dc9xr
Destination Imagination – Dulles HS raDicals group advances to the State Competition
Team raDIcals with students from Dulles High School - MSA & Sartartia Middle school won 2nd place at the Gulf Coast Regional Destination Imagination Tournament held at Cy- Springs High School on February 29th,2020 in the Service Learning Challenge. The team will be representing FBISD and the Gulf Coast Region at the Texas State Tournament to be held in Arlington, Texas on April 3rd & 4th 2020.
The students from Dulles MSA are ;
Coached by: Jigisha Doshi (MSA Booster Board member)
Chevron Science and Engineering Fair.
Internationational and State Participants
Please congratulate Chelsea Tang
Please congratulate Chelsea Tang for being Class Champion – Painting, at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Her artwork will be displayed during HLS&R and auctioned off on March 15!
Please congratulate freshman, Beryl Zhu
Please congratulate freshman, Beryl Zhu, for being selected as a TOP TEN winner in the “Celebrating Art” contest presented by Blick Art Materials. She was selected out of thousands of entries as one of the ten best art pieces in her grade division (grades 7-9) for the entire U.S.
Dulles Decathlon finished 1st at the Region VII Academic Decathlon Meet
Dulles Decathlon finished 1st at the Region VII Academic Decathlon Meet. They took 7 of the 15 overall individual medals and 1st place in the Super Quiz event! The team also took home a lot of individual event medals
U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidate
Names in order in the picture:
Principal King-Knowles, Kiran Thirukonda, Taylor Shui, Michael Brough, Tony Jha, Ethan Zahid, and MSA Coordinator, Donald Lam.
Houston High School Mathematics Contest
Over the weekend Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society) members competed at the University of Houston High School Mathematics Contest. The following students received individual Awards:
Alex Liu: Physics and Statistics
Anaya Bawiskar: Algebra II
Tony Dong: Algebra II
Amogha Pokkulandra: Number Sense
ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS – IMPORTANT MESSAGE
ACADEMY REQUIREMENT DEADLINES
Outside Enrichment Activities
First Semester – December 9, 2019
Second Semester – May 11, 2020
First Semester – December 31, 2019
for Class of 2020 – March 30, 2020
for Classes 2021, 2022, & 2023 – May 4, 2020