Creek Speak 05.10.20

Online Learning Week 8

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MCHS Fight Song
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Class of 2020 Valedictorian - Thuan Doan

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As Mayde Creek’s Valedictorian, Thuan enjoys a variety of extracurricular activities and volunteer work in addition to her commitment to learning. President of Mayde Creek’s Key Club, Thuan focuses on consolidating relationships between the school administration and the community by reaching out to event sponsors and recruiting volunteers. At Mayde Creek, Thuan has been Treasurer for the past two years in National Honor Society, in addition to being an active member of the Science, Spanish, and English National Honor Societies. A varsity violinist at Mayde Creek, Thuan is also the Secretary of her orchestra and has achieved numerous recognitions for her performances. Additionally, as Historian, Thuan is an active competitor in her chapter’s FBLA events. Here, Thuan’s favorite high school memory is traveling across the state to compete and explore the new cities with her friends.


Thuan plans on majoring in Biochemistry in the College of Natural Sciences at UT Austin, with aspirations to become a Physician in the nearby future.

Class of 2020 Salutatorian - Juliet Meas

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During the last 4 years at Mayde Creek High School, Juliet Meas has participated in multiple activities including Tennis and Volleyball within freshmen year, orchestra all 4 years, and has actively competed in Future Business Leaders of America competitions. She is also a member of the Spanish National Honor Society, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Key Club, The Environmental Alliance, and Computer Science club. Her favorite school memories were performing at Orchestra concerts and participating in many club activities. For future plans, Juliet is attending the University of Texas at Austin to study Finance at Mccombs with the hopes of attaining a job on Wall Street in New York City.

Student Awards of Excellence

Student Awards of Excellence honorees are graduating seniors selected by their campus faculty for showing perseverance and significant development in their respective categories. These students are not based solely on grades, but also a demonstrated growth through effort.

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AP Exam Schedule & Testing Guide

AP Exams start tomorrow. Below is a helpful schedule and attached below is the 2020 AP Testing Guide. Good luck Rams!
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This week's Senior Spotlights: David Ford, Jake Twardowski, Emily Crook, Jenna Galicia, Jimena Ambriz, Elizabeth Perez, Alexa Alatore, Jessica Tu, Jadien Smith, Aliasgher Saherwala, Brandyce Steen, Alisha Bhakta, Luke Summers, Adamaris Heredia, Jhandy Crespo, Ehinome Esechie, Arlyn Chavez, Zach Durgin, Lauren Nguyen, Christian Montemayor, Marcus Marsh, Cory Lombard, and Akilah Mosley.


Scroll through Creek Speak to see their Senior Spotlight Twitter post.


Keep sending in your Shout-Outs using the Google Form above!

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Senior Exit Survey

The 2020 Senior Exit Survey allows students to record their post-secondary plans, as well as share experiences they had while in high school. Your final transcript request will also be completed in the survey.


Seniors, please click the document below for instructions.

New Head Choir Director Revealed To Students: Must Watch!

MCHS Choir Director Reveal 2020

Athletic Coordinator Featured on ABC 13

Click link to see the news feature and read the story.

This Week's New Additions To The Mayde Creek Family!

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Complete List of New Staff

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Community Blood Drive

Dear Katy ISD Parents/Guardians, Community and Staff,

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and Katy ISD are working together during this pandemic to save lives. Blood donors are needed to consistently give now and into the future. Many patients in our community will be forever grateful for your ongoing contributions during this time. On Tuesday, May 12, through Thursday, May 14, the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be hosting a blood drive at the Leonard E. Merrell Center (LMC) from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day.


The LMC is located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane Katy, TX 77494. The drive will be held in meeting rooms 142-144, please use the West Entrance. Appointments are required to participate. Click here to access the event landing page to sign up.


To minimize crowd sizes and ensure donor safety, the Blood Center will require all donors to schedule appointments please. Blood donors and blood drives are essential services and exempt from stay at home recommendations.


Questions regarding the Blood Drive, please contact the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center at (713) 791-6373.


Katy ISD

#KatyStrong

Dear Katy ISD Parents/Guardians, Staff and Community,


Secondary students’ 6th six week progress report grades were due Friday April 24. Parents may view their child’s progress report grade beginning on April 27 at 5:00 p.m. in the Home Access Center (HAC). Instructions regarding how to access your child’s report card in the HAC can be accessed here for English and here for Spanish.


Elementary students’ 4th nine week progress report feedback will be emailed by your child’s teacher(s). Reminder that with the transition to online learning for our elementary students during the last grading period, the elementary grading guidelines were revised to provide teacher feedback for student completion of assignments through the end of the last grading period.


All Katy ISD students will receive a mailed end of the year cumulative report card. If you have any questions regarding your child’s progress report, please contact your child’s campus.


Additionally, information regarding student end-of-year check out procedures will be emailed as soon as we can determine we are in compliance with county and state orders and in compliance with social distancing guidelines.


Katy ISD secondary summer school original credit and credit recovery courses will be offered online. Information regarding high school summer school options and registration information may be found on the Summer Program website. Students eligible for credit recovery courses will be contacted by their campus administrator and counselor. Elementary students will have access to optional free online enrichment activities to continue educational engagement over the summer.


If your student is in need of a device in order to complete online learning assignments at home, please contact the Technology Department using the Campus Device Check Out Form. Other Technology related questions can be directed to the Parent and Student Technology Support Center.


Katy ISD
#KatyStrong

Dear Secondary Parents/Guardians,

As the District has moved from in-person instruction to online learning, a number of adjustments have been made to ensure students can continue to engage in and master content for readiness in the next grade level. Such adjustments are a part of the guidance that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has provided to school districts.

Katy ISD has amended practices regarding grading, progress reporting and attendance to align with the delivery of online learning during the District’s temporary closure.


Grading/Completion

Secondary students will complete assignments in each grading category (Major, Minor, Other) in order to continue to provide each student the best opportunity to earn a numerical grade that fairly represents their mastery of course content. Additionally, students will be able to use the reteach/retest procedure for all Major grades. Final exams will not be administered this spring. Semester averages will be calculated by taking the average of the 4th, 5th, and 6th six weeks.


HCC Dual Credit and College Prep

Students enrolled in HCC Dual Credit and College Prep courses will need to take and receive a grade for that institution’s final exams, as required by HCC. Katy ISD retest guidelines do not apply to HCC Dual Credit courses.


Attendance

The District is using Canvas Analytics to monitor our student’s participation and engagement in completion of required assignments for the 6th six weeks grading period. Katy ISD continues to follow the Board approved Instructional Calendar for the 2019-20 school year. The final date of attendance for seniors is May 15, while all other students will finish their last day of schooling on May 21.


Should you have any questions about assignments or grades, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the campus principal.


Technology for Online Learning

As a reminder, if your student is in need of a device in order to complete online learning assignments at home, please contact the Technology Department using the Campus Device Check Out Form. Other Technology related questions can be directed to the Parent and Student Technology Support Center.

Additional information to support our parents’ and students’ success in the online learning model include:

  1. MyKaty Cloud – enable WebPass to ensure your student is getting access to all applications
  2. Katy ISD iPad having trouble connecting to home WiFi? Watch this video to learn more.
  3. Technology Help for Students and Parents/Guardians
  4. Parent Canvas Guidance (including how to customize notification settings)
  5. Changing Canvas Notification Settings
  6. Student Password Information


General questions can be directed to coronavirus@katyisd.org.


Katy ISD

#KatyStrong

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Summer School - Online

Due to circumstances beyond our control with COVID-19 concerns, the District will be providing online instruction for students rather than face-to-face classes for summer school 2020. If you are unsure your student should participate in an online summer course, please contact your student's counselor via email.


For information about summer classes, go to http://www.katyisd.org/dept/campusadmin/ksat/Pages/default.aspx.


Scholarships are available through your home campus counselor via email.

2020 Updated AP Exam Information

MCHS AP Testing Coordinator: Pam Degges – PamelaSDegges@katyisd.org



INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE TAKING AP EXAMS THIS YEAR


CURRENT REGISTRATION:

  • All students who have registered for May AP Exams are still registered and do not need to do anything else for AP registration.


NO ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION:

  • College Board will not allow any students to register for additional AP exams. If you were not registered at the end of Spring/Late Registration, you will not be allowed to add an AP exam for this year. Remember, you can always sign up to take exams next year if you missed one this year.


NO ADDITIONAL COST:

  • You have already completed registration and payments, so there is no additional cost to you for the changes to May AP exams.


EXAM FORMAT:

  • Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question will be timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.
  • Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They'll be able to type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phones.
  • For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, plus an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.
  • Certain courses—Art and Design: 2D; Art and Design: 3D; Computer Science Principles; Drawing; Research; and Seminar—will use portfolio submissions and will not have a separate online exam. All deadlines for these submissions have been extended to May 26, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET. Teachers and students may receive separate course-specific communications.
  • Students taking world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions 3 and 4 on the current AP Exam. Written responses will not be required. College Board will provide additional details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

  • Advanced Placement YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/advancedplacement
  • Direct link to the real AP teachers from all over the country teaching real AP lessons
  • A full “playlist” of classes is already available with more coming soon
  • Each lesson has a daily review at the end


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR TAKING EXAMS:

  • All students, including exam only students, will have access to free response questions to help prepare.
  • Links will be emailed to students containing the access codes they will need to access the exams. College Board recommends students access exams 15 to 30 minutes prior to the start of the exam to make sure there are no issues.
  • The email students used to create their CB account is the email where the link to access the exam will be sent. Students will need to make sure that the email information is correct/current in their student AP account and can be accessed on the day of the exam.
  • PAY ATTENTION TO THE TEST START TIME!!! Texas is Central Standard Time and tests must be accessed according to our time zone.
  • A test scheduled to start at 11:00 am will end at 11:45 am regardless of the time the student logs on. If the student logs on at 11:15 am, the test will still end at 11:45 am. Students must log in on time or risk having shortened test times.
  • If a student misses the first testing opportunity (did not log in), the student will receive the link for the makeup test automatically. However, if the student logged in and then logged back out, they will not get the opportunity to test in the makeup time.
  • If a student registered late (after the November 15th deadline) and he/she sits for the test, he/she will still be charged the $40 late fee.
  • Students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities to practice that have been released for them.
  • The first administration exam schedule (May 11 – May 22, 2020) does not have overlapping testing conflicts that would cause a student to have to choose a test. If you had a conflict in the original testing schedule, you will not have a conflict now.
  • The make-up administration exam schedule (June 1 – June 5, 2020) has a significant amount of overlapping testing conflicts that would cause a student to have to choose a test (choose 1 test vs. another test). For this reason, you need to sit for the Regular administration, due to the high likelihood of conflicts during the Late administration.
  • After the late administration, there will be NO opportunities for make-up exams.
  • College Board recognizes some students may have difficulty having technology to complete exams online. You may contact College Board directly to discuss technology needs you may have. You may also contact your AP teacher or AP Coordinator as well to discuss technology needs. This must be done by April 24, 2020.
  • The full AP Exam Schedule may be accessed at https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/educators/taking-the-exams/ap-exam-schedule


INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS WHO WANT TO CANCEL AN EXAM

  • Students are encouraged to wait until the day of the test to decide to cancel their exam. If they don’t sit for the test, we will issue a refund after June 5, 2020.
  • Cancellation requests received through Total Registration by April 19, 2020, will be processed, and you WILL NOT receive an Access Code email from College Board on the day of your exam.\
  • After April 19th, we will be unable to cancel exams on the College Board website. You will receive an email with an access code even if you do not wish to take an exam.
  • You will simply NOT LOGIN on the day and time of the REGULAR EXAM to indicate you do not wish to take the exam this year.
  • You will automatically receive a Late Exam email from College Board if you DID NOT LOGIN during the Regular Exam administration.
  • You will simply NOT LOGIN on the day and time of the LATE EXAM which will indicate you do not wish to take the exam this year.
  • If you wish to receive a refund, do not login for the exam.
  • College Board will provide information to each Campus AP Exam Coordinator after completion of all exams to let the school know which students DID COMPLETE and which students DID NOT COMPLETE exams this year. Coordinators will issue refunds after that date which will be after June 5, 2020.

We appreciate your understanding as we continue to get updated information from College Board regarding all of the changes for exams this year. We will continue to communicate as we get any additional information.
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The 2019-2020 Mayde Creek High School yearbook is available to purchase. As the world adjusts to change, one thing that remains constant is the yearbook tradition. This yearbook will capture the story of this unique school year.


Copies are limited. Yearbooks can be ordered at: Jostens

2020-2021 Band Announcement

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Class of 2020 Update

Dear Class of 2020 Students and Families,


Final preparations are being made for the closure of the school year as we get our graduating seniors ready for their next life chapters. Below is information specific to our graduating seniors. Items marked as “*NEW-UPDATED*” indicates information that has been updated, or has not appeared in previous Class of 2020 weekly updates.


*NEW- UPDATED* End of Year Check-in Info for District Items

High school campuses will soon begin communicating specific information regarding campus procedures regarding student check-in of District items and obtaining personal items left on campus prior to spring break. Safety guidelines regarding facial coverings and social distancing will be enforced. As a reminder, if your graduating senior needs to keep a checked out technology device through Friday, May 15, 2020, the device may be returned to Technology Check-In any Wednesday at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. through the end of May.


*NEW- UPDATED* “Grab and Go" Cap, Gown and Senior Accessory Distribution Dates

Campuses anticipate having all inventory ready to distribute by Monday, May 11, 2020 and no later than Friday, May 29, 2020. Once the senior “Grab and Go” dates and times are confirmed, campuses will notify senior students and families. If you have any questions regarding your senior child or in regards to your Balfour or Herff Jones graduation order, please email Classof2020@KatyISD.org. Other supports and services being provided during the closure can be found on the District’s Health Update/Schools Closure web page.


*NEW- UPDATED* Class of 2020 Updated Graduation Ceremony Schedule:

Celebrating our graduating seniors is a high priority for our Board of Trustees, staff, families and students. However, the Governor’s recently issued guidance on May 5 regarding the reopening of the state continues to restrict large event social gatherings. Likewise, the state, along with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), are now requiring virtual graduations before June 1 or outdoor graduation ceremonies, utilizing social distancing practices, after June 1. Katy ISD is currently evaluating the graduation ceremony plan to ensure it adheres to the Governor’s orders and CDC guidance. Updated information regarding the upcoming graduation ceremonies will be shared soon.


June Date: Saturday June 20, 9AM

July Date: Saturday July 11, 9AM


Proms

The Class of 2020 proms that are rescheduled at the Leonard Merrell Center (LMC) in June 2020 remain on schedule as of now. There is no dance ticket charge for seniors and their guests. Specific information regarding your child’s prom event will be provided by the campus. Please keep in mind that our ability to facilitate proms will ultimately be determined by any future state or local orders concerning social distancing and large gatherings.


Wednesday, June 10


Grading/Completion

It is recommended that parents view their child’s grade report via the Home Access Center (HAC). Updated GPA and class rank were released on Monday, May 4 in preparation for graduation ceremonies.


*NEW- UPDATED* Home Access Center (HAC) Transcripts and Official Transcripts for Graduating Seniors

All high school students will receive updated GPA, Class Rank (top ten percent only) and quartile rank via the Home Access Center (HAC) on Monday, June 1, 2020 when student transcripts are finalized following the close of the spring 2020 semester. Senior information will remain available in the HAC until July 16, 2020. Instructions regarding how to access your child’s report card in the HAC can be accessed here in English and here in Spanish.

The District is also accepting official transcript requests for all high school seniors. Official transcripts are being printed, sealed and mailed every Tuesday, now through August through the campus registrar.


*NEW- UPDATED* Senior Exit Survey

All seniors are requested to complete the Senior Exit Survey in Naviance which can be accessed in My Katy Cloud by searching for the Naviance tile. The Senior Survey is available in Naviance through May 15. Seniors can request their final transcript through the survey as well as provide Katy ISD important information regarding our seniors’ post-secondary and career plans.


Technology for Online Learning

As a reminder, if your student is in need of a device in order to complete online learning assignments at home, please contact the Technology Department using the Campus Device Check Out Form. Other Technology related questions can be directed to the Parent and Student Technology Support Center.

Additional information to support our parents’ and students’ success in the online learning model include:


Finally, the last day of school for seniors is on May 15, while the last day for all other students is May 21.


Should you have any general questions regarding the Class of 2020, please email Classof2020@katyisd.org. General questions can be directed to coronavirus@katyisd.org.


Katy ISD
#KatyStrong

GPA, Class Rank (top 10%), and Quartile Rank

Dear Parents of Graduating Seniors,


All high school students will receive final GPA, Class Rank (top ten percent only) and quartile rank via the Home Access Center (HAC) on Monday, June 1, 2020 when student transcripts are finalized following the close of the spring 2020 semester. Please keep in mind that senior information will remain available in the HAC until July 16, 2020.


The District is also accepting official transcript requests for all high school seniors. Official transcripts are being printed, sealed and mailed every Tuesday, now through August. Please contact your campus registrar if you have questions regarding your campus’ procedure for requesting an official transcript.


Finally, Katy ISD will begin announcing campus Valedictorians, Salutatorians and the Top Ten Graduates this week via its social media channels.


Should you have any questions regarding the above information, please contact your campus principal. General questions can be directed to coronavirus@katyisd.org.


Katy ISD
#KatyStrong

FROM YOUR MAYDE CREEK HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELING TEAM

Hello Parents and Students,


We know how difficult and uncertain these times are right now. Please know that as a counseling team we are here to assist you as best as we can. While we may not have all the answers, we will always do our best to help.


Katy ISD and Mayde Creek High School are dedicated to making the best decisions for our students, families and staff. As decisions are made, they will be communicated with parents and students. Thank you for your support and patience as we navigate how to best serve our students and families, together. We hope you all are staying healthy and safe.


Counselors are available by email from Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Brad Cunningham (A-Chau) BradleyDCunningham@KatyISD.org

Rebecca Bowman - Lead Counselor (Chav-Fukz) RebeccaLBowman@KatyISD.org

Veronica Chavez Bueno (Fula - Kens) VeronicaDChavezBueno@KatyISD.org

Charvela Fearon (Kent - Nz) CharvelaRFearon@KatyISD.org

Pamela Degges (O-Sanc) PamelaSDegges@KatyISD.org

Michelle Tuttle (Sand - Z) NatalieMTuttle@KatyISD.org

Ethan Aulds - College & Career Advisor MarvisAulds@KatyISD.org


You can request to visit with your counselor using this link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQ1fbWUoSFGs8oLo23f9bFhBXNyjp2g7bDuzBC-f1GOoOMCw/viewform


Course Verification for 2020-2021 Course Selection

Course requests for the 2020-2021 school year were displayed through Home Access Center during the week of March 30 - April 3rd. Students interested in making changes to their course requests should have completed a Google Document that was posted on the MCHS Counselor home page, or should have contacted their counselor directly through the email addresses listed above.


COVID-19 UPDATES AND ONLINE LEARNING

· Katy ISD is working hard to keep everyone informed by providing updated information and resources. The most up to date information is available at www.katyisd.org and under the COVID-19 Update.


· If you need technology support including but not limited to information on logins and Canvas, you can find many answers to your questions by clicking this link – http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/PTH/Pages/default.aspx . At the bottom, there is an option for tech assistance, by completing the Parent Tech Help form. If you require additional assistance, please reach out to ensure the transition to virtual learning is a smooth one.


MENTAL HEALTH/STUDENT SUPPORT/SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL WELLNESS

· Please know that we are here to support the emotional and mental health of our students. Students and parents can request to speak with a counselor. That request can be made by visiting the https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQ1fbWUoSFGs8oLo23f9bFhBXNyjp2g7bDuzBC-f1GOoOMCw/viewform.


· All resources and activities related to social-emotional wellness can be found at www.katyisd.org under the COVID-19 Update under K-12 Student Support/Social-Emotional Wellness.


· The following district wide resources are available to support students.


· Katy Connect Hotline: 281-234-2326 OR Text "TEEN" to 281-201-4430


· SpeakUP Anonymous Reporting System/APP


The MCHS COUNSELING TEAM misses you!

#KATYSTRONG

School Counselor Request Form

Please complete the form below to speak with your school counselor/ Por favor complete la forma para solicitar hablar con la consejera.

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Houston Community College

Discover the right path for you!


Thank you for your interest in Houston Community College! We realize that the College on-boarding process can be challenging in a remote environment. To learn more about HCC Workforce/Transfer programs and YOUR Next steps, join us at one of the two information sessions:


Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 11:00am – Noon, and

Thursday May 14, 2020, 5:00pm-6:00pm


We look forward to addressing and answering any of your questions. For HCC Info Session-Register Here


Thanks,

Danny Arocha

Student Recruiter – Katy Campus

1550 Foxlake Dr. Houston, TX 77084

Tel: 713.718.2429 Email: Daniel.Arocha@hccs.edu

Services for Students Experiencing Homelessness

Services for Students Experiencing Homelessness: If you have lost housing due to economic hardship, complete the Student Residency Questionnaire to determine if you are eligible for services through the McKinney-Vento Act. Email the completed form to SRQ@katyisd.org and the District Homeless Liaison will contact you to discuss eligibility. More information on this act is available here and on the District webpage at http://www.katyisd.org/dept/fpef/Pages/Homeless.aspx.


Servicios para estudiantes que experimentan falta de vivienda: Si ha perdido una vivienda debido a dificultades económicas, complete el Cuestionario de Residencia para Estudiantes para determinar si es elegible para los servicios a través de la Ley McKinney-Vento Act. Envíe por correo electrónico el formulario completado a SRQ@katyisd.orgy el Enlace del Distrito para Personas sin Hogar se comunicará con usted para discutir la elegibilidad. Más información sobre esta ley está disponible aquí y en la página web del Distrito en http://www.katyisd.org/dept/fpef/Pages/Homeless.aspx.

Your Child's Next Steps to Prepare for the 2020 AP Exams

Dear Parent,

Here's important information to help guide your child through the AP® Exam day experience.


New Resources


AP Exam Day Checklist: Your child should complete this checklist (.pdf/513.39 KB) for each AP Exam they'll be taking this year, and keep it next to them on test day.


Explainer Videos: New videos are available to give your child quick, easily accessible information about the test day experience and what they need to do to prepare. Additional videos will be posted to this playlist soon.


Coming Soon

AP Exam Demo: On May 4, your child will be able to practice submissions through the exam demo, which will give a click-through practice for the different ways to submit responses to this year's AP Exams.

◦ We encourage all students to take this important preparation step.


◦ This will help your child avoid technical difficulties on the day of the exam.


◦ The demo will be generic across subjects, and not a practice exam. See below for info on a specific video and demo for world languages exams.



AP Prep Week: Next week, the online AP Classes and Review Sessions will focus on the exam day experience and sample exam questions.


Two Days Before Exams: Your child will receive an email with their exam e-ticket 48 hours before their exam. Be sure to help your child check what time their exams will start in your time zone.


Portfolio Submissions Due: AP Computer Science Principles, Seminar, Research, and Art and Design submissions are due by May 26, 11:59 p.m. ET.


Information for AP World Languages Exams


• A video specifically about the test-taking experience for AP Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish Language and Culture exams will be available the week of May 4.


• The world languages exams will be administered using a new dedicated app—the AP World Languages Exam App (WLEA). Students taking these exams must use this app on smartphones or tablets, not on laptops or desktop computers. This free app will be available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store the week of May 11. We'll email students and their teachers to let them know when the app is available to download. Visit our site for more details.


Accommodations details for the above exams are also available now.


• If you're unsure whether your child can access the app, or if your child doesn't have a device, you can fill out this survey as soon as possible so we can help support your child (applicable to U.S./U.S. territories).


Information for AP Music Theory Exams


• Before exam day, students will need to print or hand-copy the 2020 Music Theory Answer Sheet and have access to an audio recording app or software. Please see more information on the website.


Sincerely,

Advanced Placement Program

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COLLEGE BOARD - AP CLASSES AND EXAMS UPDATES

Dear Parents and Guardians:


As a result of current school closures, College Board is working to meet the needs of your students taking AP classes. College Board is cognizant of the commitment students made to their AP studies and the desire to be successful on their upcoming AP exams and is working to provide alternative methods for students to take their exams. Following are supports that College Board has provided to assist students as they continue their studies and to make the AP exams more accessible:


Remote Learning Resources:

https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates#free-ap-classes


  • Live AP Review courses will be available (these will also be recorded for flexible accessibility)
  • Content will be focusing on the first 75% of the College Board curriculum

Advanced Placement YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/advancedplacement


  • Direct link to the real AP teachers from all over the country teaching real AP lessons
  • A full “playlist” of classes is already available with more coming soon
  • Each lesson has a daily review at the end

Connectivity/Device Needs:

https://collegeboard.tfaforms.net/74


  • Access this link if your student needs assistance with connectivity or devices
  • College Board is working with partners to help support the needs of the students

Exams:

https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update


  • Exams will be 45 minutes in length and taken at home
  • Safeguards have been placed to eliminate cheating and plagiarism
  • The tested material will cover the first 75% of the College Board curriculum
  • New portfolio due dates are published on the above website(More on April 3rd)
  • There will be 2 date options to take the exams (TBD)

Cancellation of Exams:
  • Students can cancel their tests at any time without a penalty this year
  • College Board has waived the cancellation fee, but they encourage students to make use of all the supports and systems they have put into place to help students fully prepare for their upcoming exams
  • Students are also encouraged to communicate with teachers and AP Coordinators prior to cancelling their exams
  • Students may NOT register for a test that they are not currently registered for

Your student’s AP teachers and the College Board websites above are the best resources for the most current information. Continue to review the websites for new information as it becomes available.


Sincerely,


Joan Otten

Director of GT/AAS

Katy ISD

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Dual Credit Fall Applications

If you have not yet turned in your Fall 2020 Dual Credit application to Mr. Cunningham, please email him immediately at BradleyDCunningham@KatyISD.org".

Grab-n-Go Meal Service at Mayde Creek High School


MCHS

- 9am-11:30am daily

- Feeding/grab/go will take place near the back of the cafeteria entrance/bus ramp north of the PAC.



Traffic Flow:


  • Enter from 2700 Greenhouse Rd on the roadway north of Mayde Creek Junior High.
  • Go to the fence at transportation to enter the High School property
  • Go around the PAC and up to the pick up point.
  • Exit to the east side at Dulaney where the buses exit
  • All other entrances will be closed or blocked off to limit access and cars cutting in line.
  • Below is a map with the entrance line in green and the exit line in maroon.
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Meals to Go

Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunches are available to all Katy area children ages 0-18, free of charge. The meals are served at the campuses listed below from 9:00 AM-11:30 AM. Monday through Friday. All meals are provided curbside outside near campuses' covered walkway where buses pickup and drop off students.


Starting on Tuesday, a hot entree will be served in the lunch meal.


Curbside Meal Locations:

- Bear Creek Elementary

- Cinco Ranch High School

- Golbow Elementary

- Hutsell Elementary

- Memorial Parkway Elementary

- Paetow High School

- Schmalz Elementary

- Sundown Elementary

- West Memorial Elementary

- Williams Elementary

- Mayde Creek High School

- Tompkins High School


If you have any questions please contact (281) 396-2151

Late Day Meal Service

On Monday, April 13, the BE A CHAMPION (BAC) organization will begin distributing grab and go meals at the front entrance of Morton Ranch High School. The late day meal service is offered Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. or until supplies last. All children are eligible to participate in the free meal program. BAC meals are individually packaged, and the ‘Grab and Go’ drive thru service does not require a family member to get out of their car.


BE A CHAMPION INC was founded in 2001 by James Hong and Jaron Barganier, a Mayde Creek High School graduate. BAC is a sports, education and nutrition outreach program designed to support Houston area youth that may be in need.


Questions regarding the meal program, please call BAC at 281-833-3129 or email at info@BeACHAMP.org


Katy ISD

#KatyStrong

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COVID-19 Testing Site at SLHS

Dear Katy ISD Parents/Guardians, Community and Staff,

Beginning this week, the Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department will begin setting up a new COVID-19 testing site at Seven Lakes High School (SLHS). Fort Bend County has been working with local entities to establish no cost COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites across the region to make it easier for residents to get tested. To assist officials in serving the needs of our area, Katy ISD has been requested by the county to provide a drive-thru test site at SLHS that the county anticipates opening by this Friday or early next week.


The testing site will be located in the SLHS parking lot near the Competition Gym. We want to assure parents, students and staff who may be visiting the campus to retrieve items over the coming weeks, that the testing site will be distanced from entrances they will use. There will be no contact between SLHS visitors, and those individuals who will be operating or using the testing site. To help aide county officials and law enforcement in securing the area designated for testing, all campus visitors are asked to refrain from stopping by the area, offering assistance or asking questions to workers setting up the site.


Please keep in mind that the SLHS testing site will be a county run operation, with the registration process being handled by Access Health. The county will notify the public with additional information about the site opening date and registration, when available.

Your ongoing support as we navigate this new and uncharted territory together is, as always, greatly appreciated.


Katy ISD
#KatyStrong

ATTENTION JUNIORS! YOU SAT SCORES ARE AVAILABLE!!!


ATTENTION JUNIORS:

SAT School Day scores from the March 4 test have been released. You must access your scores online; Mayde Creek High School will NOT receive any paper copies of scores to return to students.


How Do I Get My SAT Scores?

If you provided an email address on your answer sheet, you should receive an email from College Board letting you know when your SAT scores are available online. Go to Student Score Reports and sign in with the username and password associated with your College Board online account. This is also where you’ll see your scores for any PSAT-related test or SAT Subject Test.


It’s easy to create a College Board online account if you don’t already have one.


Learn more about how to get your SAT scores.


When Will Colleges Get My SAT Scores?

The College Board sends your SAT scores to your chosen colleges within 10 days of when you receive all your SAT scores. If you took the SAT with Essay, it may take a day or two longer for colleges to get your scores.


Learn how to send your SAT scores to colleges.


Just a reminder…

After you receive your PSAT or SAT score, don't forget to sign up for FREE practice through Khan Academy specifically designed for you!


Get personalized practice recommendations based on your results from the new SAT and PSAT/NMSQT.


Go to www.satpractice.org. Create an account on Khan Academy, or sign into your existing account.


Link your accounts. When prompted, agree to link your Khan Academy and College Board accounts.


Send your scores. Log in to your College Board account, and hit "Send" to get a personalized practice plan.

Watch the following video for more information:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=patbkNnnAQ4

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Instructional Courses & Frequency

English Language Arts - 30 minutes per day per course, under the guidance of teachers via Canvas.


Math - 30 minutes per day per course, under the guidance of teachers via Canvas.


Science - 30 minutes per day per course, under the guidance of teachers via Canvas.


Social Studies - 30 minutes per day per course, under the guidance of teachers via Canvas.


LOTE (Languages other than English) - 30 minutes per day per course, under the guidance of teachers via Canvas.


Elective Courses (CTE and fine arts, etc.) - 30 minutes per day per course, under the guidance of teachers via Canvas.


PE and Athletics - 30 minutes physical activity every day under the guidance of teachers and coaches via Canvas.


All Students - Read a book, article, or magazine 30 minutes every day.

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Technology for Students

If your student is in need of a device in order to complete online learning assignments at home, please contact the Technology Department using the Campus Device Check Out Form. If you have any technology related questions, do not hesitate to contact the Parent and Student Technology Support Center.

Additional Internet Resources

We know working and studying from home can be a challenge as we navigate our current circumstances together. Should you be in need of free or reduced internet service, the District has compiled a list of resources in the area from the major local service providers. Additional information and support regarding mobile learning can also be found on the Katy ISD Instructional Technology Mobile Learning web page.


Should you have any questions, or require assistance with your child’s technology or access, please contact the online Katy ISD Parent Technology Help Desk through the Tech Help Form.


Comcast is offering:

  • Sixty (60) days of free Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.
  • For new customers, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com (website includes written, and video chat customer service options) or by calling 1-855-846-8376 (English) or 1-855-765-6995 (Spanish).


Spectrum is offering:

  • Sixty (60) days free broadband and Wi-Fi access for households with K-12 and/or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.
  • No installation fees for new households.
  • Enroll by calling 1-844-488-8395.


Consolidated Communications:

  • Offered two months of Free Home Internet Service including free installation for those who are not currently Consolidated customers. Take advantage of this offer in two easy steps:
  • Call Consolidated Communications: 1-855-399-3084
  • Mention Offer Code: “Two Months Free”


AT&T is Offering:

  • If you have at least one child receiving free or reduced price school lunches, your family may qualify for an affordable home internet service through AT&T. For more information, visit the following site:
  • Access from AT&T


FCC Keep Americans Connected Pledge:

On March 13, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched the “Keep Americans Connected Pledge.” Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman, released a press release emphasizing the importance of keeping Americans connected as the country experiences serious disruptions caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Most service providers pledged for the next 60 days to:

  • not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic;
  • waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.


Several major service providers have already taken the pledge. Please check with your service provider for their policies and services.

Self-Service Password Tool

The new self‐service password process for staff, secondary students (grades 6th-12th) and parents/guardians has launched. There are no changes to your existing Katy ISD password, nor is any action required on your part at this time. However, should you need to update your password in the future, you will be able to do so by accessing the Self-Service icon, located on the District’s website homepage, where your password can be recovered by text, email or security questions.


Any user who may forget their password, or is creating a password for the very first time, will need do so via the new Password Self-Service.


Students in grades K-5 will continue to receive and retrieve their passwords through their classroom teachers.


The Password Self‐Service icon can be accessed on any device by going to www.KatyISD.org and clicking on the red Password Self-Service icon located at the top right of the page.


Parents and students in need of assistance can contact the Help Desk for support through the online form available on the Parent Tech Help web page.

How to structure the day/week.

Each week we will send you a newsletter with updates for the week. You are encouraged to set aside blocks of time each day for learning, and, to the best of your ability, stay as consistent as possible with these blocks of time for as long as we're out of school.


We understand that everyone is affected differently during this time so again, flexibility will be needed.


SAMPLE SCHEDULE:


  • 30 minutes English
  • 30 minutes Elective/LOTE/PE/Athletics
  • Break
  • 30 minutes Math
  • 30 minutes Elective/LOTE/PE/Athletics
  • Break
  • 30 minutes Science
  • 30 minutes Elective/LOTE/PE/Athletics
  • Break
  • 30 minutes Social Studies
  • 30 minutes Reading time


Students should spend this amount of time each day, but the time frame is not important. Students are free to schedule their work hours as it best fits their daily and weekly needs. Again, this is just a sample schedule.


Please remain in contact with your teacher if you are struggling with content and time.

Literacy!

Reading

Students should read independently for a 30-minute session per day. Any reading material is fine, as long as you feel it's appropriate. Reading can include books, articles or magazines.

MCHS Library Website

Check out the MCHS Library Website


You can also access the website by going to the MCHS website, hovering over “Campus” then clicking “Library”


The website includes things like:

· Tons of technology tutorial videos

· How to access Katy ISD databases

· How to organize research resources (Destiny collections)

· How to format Google and Word documents in MLA/APA format

· How to cite resources both MLA and APA style

· How to access student email accounts

· How to find the book your looking for in our library catalog

· How to put a book on hold

· Mental health resources

· Book recommendations

· College and career resources

· Access to our digital magazines

· And so much more!

Access to 26 Free Award Winning Audiobooks

SYNC is a free annual summer audiobook program for teens 13+ and it is returning today and continuing 13 weeks until July 29. Each week SYNC gives participants two thematically paired audiobooks for FREE!


You can access the books each week through Sora. As a Katy ISD student/staff member, you already have access to Sora. Click here for information on setting up your Katy ISD Library Sora account.


Once you've set up your Sora account with Katy ISD, follow these steps to gain access to the SYNC titles:

1. Visit www.audiobooksync.com

2. Register your email address to receive updates on when the books are available to be checked out each week. You can use your district email address or a personal email address to register for SYNC.

3. Open the Sora app on your phone.

4. Click the hamburger (three horizontal lines) in the top right corner and click "Add a public library"

5. Type "Audiobook SYNC" into the search field and then select it as your library

6. Type in the email address you registered with


Be sure to check back each Thursday for the next 13 weeks to download each book offered. These books will not automatically be added to your account. Once you download the books each week, you can keep the titles for as long as you want.

STAAR/EOC

Governor Abbot has waived mandatory STAAR testing for this school year.


More information will be provided as it is available.

ACT/SAT Testing and SAT Prep

March testing dates are cancelled until further notice.


Now is the perfect time to start preparing for future SAT tests.



Students have access to FREE, personalized SAT practice through Khan Academy. College Board research shows students who spent an average of 20-22 hours with Khan increased their SAT score an average of 115 points. Below is the link for Free SAT practice:


Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy for students – Customized practice plan, interactive practice, instant feedback, SAT essay practice, 8 practice tests with essay (scored for free). www.satpractice.org/sat

Community Education and Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) Courses

All evening courses held for both Katy ISD Community Education and HCDE are cancelled through Sunday, March 22, 2020 or until further notice.

Exemptions

The attendance requirement for spring 2020 high school final exam exemptions has been waived. The semester grade average and discipline exemption requirements remain intact.
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Mayde Creek High School

Mission Statement

It is our mission at Mayde Creek High School to inspire ALL students to develop their maximum potential, to build healthy relationships, and to facilitate a smooth transition into a competitive global society— Mayde to Believe, Lead, and Achieve.