Stevenson Family Newsletter

September 2021

Dear Stevenson Community,

Thank you for a great start to our 2021-2022 school year! As we work diligently to engage students in authentic learning, we continue to prioritize student health and safety every day.

Please review the information and updates for our school community below. All of this information will be covered in more detail tomorrow during our September Virtual Coffee with the Principal at 9:00 AM.

As always, please reach out if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow at our September Virtual Coffee with the Principal!


Christyn McCloskey, Principal

Parent Communication

Mastery Checks

Starting mid-September, your student will begin checking their grades and missing assignments weekly through their PowerSchool account. They will email that information directly to YOU! Make sure your student knows your email address so they can keep you (and themselves) up to date with this important information.

Communication Modes

Throughout the year, you can expect the following modes of communication:

  • Monthly newsletter
  • Monthly parent meeting (Coffee with the Principal)
  • Weekly emails from your student (Mastery Checks)
  • Intermittent phone calls from teachers, administrators, office staff, and the nurse to relay important information pertaining to your student.
  • Text messages for quick updates

We do our best to coordinate our efforts and prevent you from getting duplicate calls or information. Please be patient with us and let us know if you have any concerns with our communication. We are here to support our school community and ensure a positive experience for our students and families.

Feedback Request

We want to hear from you! Please take a moment to take this survey and let us know how we can better communicate with you. We are always striving to do better for our students and our school community. Thank you for your feedback!

COVID Updates

If your student is identified as a close contact to a presumed positive or confirmed positive individual:

  • If the student is vaccinated, they will not need to quarantine and can stay in class. Please monitor student for symptoms over the following week.
  • If the student is not vaccinated, the student will be removed from class and will wait for a parent or guardian to pick them up.
  • Student will be enrolled in Temporary Online Learning. Student will receive a confirmation email with their schedule and instructions to log in.
  • Specific quarantine instructions will be communicated to parents. Information will include the length of quarantine, earliest date student can test for COVID, and earliest date of return to school.

COVID Vocabulary:

  • Presumed Positive: individual is displaying one or more COVID symptoms, but has not tested positive
  • Confirmed Positive: individual has tested positive for COVID
  • Close Contact: student was within 6 feet of presumed or confirmed positive individual for 15 minutes or longer within a 24 hour period.

Temporary Online Learning:

  • We are working diligently to ensure all students who are required to quarantine are enrolled in Temporary Online Learning before the end of the school day.
  • If your student does not receive a confirmation email with their TOL schedule, please ask them to email so she can check on their registration.
  • Students must attend all 4 classes, but official attendance is taken at 10 AM - please make sure students are logged in at 10 AM to be counted present.

After School Activities

UIL Sports

UIL Sports are back! Football and Volleyball are already practicing. Keep your eyes out for upcoming sports seasons:

  • Cheerleading
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Track & Cross Country


  • Afterschool activities/clubs will be announced by teachers starting in October.
  • Clubs will include UIL academics, robotics, anime, band, and many many more!
  • All clubs will end by 5:10 PM Monday - Thursday.


  • After-School Tutorials will be in-person from 4:10 - 5:10 PM Monday through Thursday. A schedule will be published the last week in September and begin the first week in October.
  • Saturday Tutorials will be in-person and virtual from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM each Saturday beginning in October.

Save the Date!

September 3: Coffee with the Principal

Please join me for our September Coffee with the Principal at 9:00 AM! We will cover the information in this newsletter in more detail, answer any questions that you might have, and engage in a Parent Learning Workshop (Back to Basics).

If you can't make it - no worries! The video and PowerPoint will be posted on our SMS website later that afternoon.

September 8: Open House

Save the date for Stevenson's VIRTUAL Open House! Log in to meet your student's teachers and administrators, tour Stevenson, learn about their classroom expectations, and more!

Event Details:

  • Date: Wednesday, September 8
  • Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Mode: Virtual
  • Structure: There will be eight 15-minute segments beginning at 5:30 PM. Teachers will re-start their informational presentation and question and answer sessions every 15 minutes so parents will have the opportunity to visit each teacher.
  • How: Utilize the link below to access the the landing page for Stevenson's Open House. From there, you will find links to each teacher's virtual meeting, informational videos, and a schedule.

No School:

  • September 6th (Labor Day)
  • September 16th (Fall Holiday)
  • September 17th (Teacher Service Day)
  • October 4th (Teacher Service Day)

Helpful Links

School Information

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Dress Code

HISD is reinstating the flexible uniform policy. Students will not receive disciplinary consequences for not wearing the Stevenson uniform. However, Stevenson is continuing to highly encourage students to wear their uniforms and will provide a uniform for all students who are unable to obtain a school uniform.

Students are required to adhere to the Stevenson dress code. Please refer to our school dress code policy on page 20 - 21 in the Student & Parent Handbook.

Stevenson Grading Policy

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Meet the Stevenson Administrative Team!