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Eastwood Academy HS - Boxer Bulletin Newsletter - May 2021

Greetings, Eastwood Families!

Please note this bulletin contains information about laptops for the 2021-2022 school year, so we encourage both new and returning families to read.


We're almost to the home stretch of the 2020-2021 school year. As we head towards the end of the year, there are a few dates and events we need all community members to be aware of. This month's bulletin covers the following:


  • Upcoming asynchronous day/holiday
  • Power Up Laptop Fee and Form
  • Final Exam Schedule
  • Final Exam Exemptions
  • Senior Week Activities
  • Summer School

Dates & Holidays

Friday, May 28, 2021

All HISD students will remain home on Friday, May 28 and participate in asynchronous instruction. What this means for Eastwood:


  • Only Mr. McMurchy's 28 students in AP Human Geography will report to campus for the AP exam at 10:00 a.m.
  • No live meetings for any classes.
  • All students must sign-in using the post on their TEAMS groups for each B day class.
  • All students will complete the assignment(s) posted by their teachers for B day classes.
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Monday, May 31, 2021

Monday, May 31, 2021 is Memorial Day. HISD schools and offices will be closed for this holiday. Students do not report online or otherwise on this day.

Power Up Laptop Fee & Form

Every student who plans to attend Eastwood Academy for the 2021-2022 school year will need to pay their $25 laptop fee no later than June 11, 2021. This fee was waived in the 2020-2021 school year due to the COVID shutdown but the fee requirement has been reinstated by Houston ISD. The $25 fee covers any accidental damage, theft, or malfunction of the machine.


In addition to paying your $25 fee (per student), the student and parent will need to sign the 2021-2022 Power Up agreement form, which can be found below.


Students' current laptops will need to be returned before leaving on the last day of school so that HISD/Net Synch can reimage and service them all. Dates will be schedule during the first two weeks of August for students to pick up their new laptops for the 2021-2022 school year.


Summer school students will receive laptops when their arrive for summer classes.


Only students who have paid their $25 fee and have a signed form on file will receive their laptops, which are needed and required for instruction in the coming school year.


You may email signed forms to: NGUAJARD@houstonisd.org or bring them to the campus. Forms can be found in English and in Spanish below as well as the link to make your payment online using School Pay.

Final Exams

Senior Final Exams: June 1 - 4

All 12th grade students will take their final exams for each course during class beginning Tuesday, June 1 through Friday, June 4. Once teachers of seniors have entered the final exam grades for the course, administration will be able to confirm whether the student is eligible for graduation.

Underclassmen Final Exams: June 8 - 11

Students in grades 9 through 11 will take their final exams beginning Tuesday, June 8 through Friday, June 11. The schedule for underclassmen final exams is modified so all students will be released early each day of the final exams as shown in the image below.


Please make the proper arrangements to have your child picked up from school at the early dismissal time of 1:10 p.m.

Final Exam Exemptions

The following is the eligibility criteria for final exam exemptions. Please keep in mind that 9th graders will not be allowed exemptions from final exams. 10th and 11th graders are eligible to be exempt from a maximum of 2 final exams. 12th graders are eligible to be exempt from all final exams. All eligible grade levels must: 1. Meet the eligibility requirements and 2. Receive teacher notice and approval of the exam exemption.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Earn an 85 or higher in the course by cutoff date of Cycle 5.
  • Sit for the AP Exam (if it's an AP course).
  • No more than 3 absences for the course.
  • Earn an E or S in conduct for the course.
  • Approval from teacher of the course.


Please note that the teachers of the course reserve the right to prohibit final exam exemptions for their course despite whether the student meets the published criteria. Teachers will notify students about exemptions prior to the exam date.

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Senior Week Activities

Our Class of 2021 seniors will be finished with final exams as of the end of the school day on June 4, 2021. The week of June 7th will be reserved for senior activities as follows. Keep in mind senior activities are for students in the Class of 2021 that are on track for graduation: have cleared all NG's from the transcript and have passed all classes required for graduation.


  • Monday, June 7: Senior Brunch with Awards Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. in school cafeteria
  • Tuesday, June 8: Senior Signing Day Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. in cafeteria. Graduates may bring ONE adult guest due to social distancing guidelines.
  • Wednesday, June 9: Senior Field Day at 9:30 a.m. on the soccer field outdoors
  • Thursday, June 10: Graduation Rehearsal and lasting impression painting at 9:30 in cafeteria
  • Friday, June 11: Senior final check out. Students must bring their HISD issued laptop, charger, and case as well as all college acceptance/denial notices and financial aid/scholarship letters. Without these, the student will not be cleared for check out.


For Senior Check Out: Students will NOT be conferred to graduate unless they have completed the survey sent by Ms. Stanley and Ms. Brooks, which includes submitting any and all financial aid offers and college acceptance notices.


***Seniors must still report for attendance purposes each day June 7 - June 11.***

Summer School 2021

STAAR Exam Preparation

Any student who sat for the STAAR exams this spring and did not meet standard (did not pass) must report to summer school here on campus. The purposes of summer attendance for these students is to provide immediate remediation so that the student is academically prepared to retake the STAAR exam in June.


Our campus will be mailing out summer school letters and making phone calls this week, so be checking your mailbox starting next week (June 1).

Summer School Test Schedule

  • June 22: English I STAAR Retake
  • June 23: US History STAAR Retake
  • June 24: English II STAAR Retake
  • June 29: Biology STAAR Retake
  • June 30: Algebra I STAAR Retake
  • July 1: Make Up STAAR for Retakes

Credit Recovery

Students who attempted and did not pass a class this school year will be scheduled into summer school. Keep in mind students may take a maximum of three half credit courses during the summer term. Thus, if your child did not pass more than 3 classes he/she/they may not recover all credits lost this past school year and will need to be enrolled in online coursework to catch up with their graduation requirements.


Our campus will be mailing out summer school letters this week, so you should be checking your postal mailbox starting next week (June 1).

Summer School: June 17 - July 8, 2021

The HISD Summer School program will run 13 instructional days. As such, if your child is assigned to summer school they must be present every single school day. Students will be dropped (withdrawn) from the summer school program after 3 absences.


Summer School Administrator: Ms. Dixie Morales

Email: despinal@houstonisd.org

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