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BCMA Instructional Agenda Important Dates, Notices, Reminders & Information Important Dates (February) 8 th Grade Fundraisers Free Dress Fridays; $1 Wrist Bands Sold in Advance: Friday, February 2 nd Friday, March 2 nd , 9 th & 23 rd Friday, April 6 th & 27 th Friday, May 4 th & 11 th 8 th Grade End of Year Fees $75 Fiesta Texas (Ticket, Food & Transportation) $15 BCMA 8 th Grade Panoramic Photo Fees can be paid in the morning to the PTO Volunteers. PTO Calendar and Important Dates/Reminders FEBRUARY 2018 1 8:45-9:30 Coffee with the Principal #2: PTO to provide Refreshments 9 4:30pm 6:30pm 6 th Grade Dance 14 Red & White Teacher Appreciation Luncheon 16 4:30pm 6:30pm 7 th & 8 th Grade Movie Night Friday Black History Event Tutorials Began on Monday, September 25, 2017 and will begin for Semester II on Monday, January 8, 2018 Tutorial Day Tutorial Subject Monday ELA / Reading Tuesday Science Wednesday Social Studies Thursday Mathematics Please make plans to pick students up promptly at 5:15PM Progress Report & Report Card Dates Please note the following dates that your child will be issued Progress Reports and Report Cards for the remainder of the 2017-2018 Academic Year: *PR = Progress Report / RC = Report Card* Type of Report Date Report Sent to Parents Cycle 3; Rep Card January 12 Cycle 4; Prog Rep January 26 Cycle 4; Rep Card February 23 Cycle 5; Prog Rep March 9 Cycle 5; Rep Card April 13 Cycle 6; Prog Rep April 27 Cycle 6; Rep Card June 1 Intervention Assistance Team (IAT) Fall Dates Middle of Year (MOY) Universal Screener #2 (All students) January 8 th January 31 st 2 nd Window Progress Monitoring To be Announced Tier II and Tier III Interventions are embedded in Math and Reading Enrichment classes. Students may need schedule changes to accommodate such, throughout the academic year. ELA and Math Teacher of Record have been trained to provide more detailed information regarding student progress on Universal Screener, please contact for your student’s progress. Enrichment Teachers will maintain evidence of Progress Monitoring in Red IAT Binders.

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BCMA Instructional Agenda Important Dates, Notices, Reminders & Information

Important Dates (February)

8th Grade Fundraisers

Free Dress Fridays; $1 Wrist Bands Sold in Advance:

Friday, February 2nd Friday, March 2nd, 9th & 23rd

Friday, April 6th & 27th Friday, May 4th & 11th

8th Grade End of Year Fees $75 Fiesta Texas (Ticket, Food & Transportation) $15 BCMA 8th Grade Panoramic Photo

Fees can be paid in the morning to the PTO Volunteers.

PTO Calendar and Important Dates/Reminders FEBRUARY 2018

1 8:45-9:30 Coffee with the Principal #2: PTO to provide Refreshments 9 4:30pm – 6:30pm 6th Grade Dance 14 Red & White Teacher Appreciation Luncheon 16 4:30pm – 6:30pm 7th & 8th Grade Movie Night Friday Black History Event

Tutorials Began on Monday, September 25, 2017

and will begin for Semester II on Monday, January 8, 2018

Tutorial Day Tutorial Subject

Monday ELA / Reading

Tuesday Science

Wednesday Social Studies

Thursday Mathematics

Please make plans to pick students up promptly at 5:15PM

Progress Report & Report Card Dates Please note the following dates that your child will be

issued Progress Reports and Report Cards for the remainder of the 2017-2018 Academic Year:

*PR = Progress Report / RC = Report Card*

Type of Report Date Report Sent to Parents Cycle 3; Rep Card January 12

Cycle 4; Prog Rep January 26

Cycle 4; Rep Card February 23

Cycle 5; Prog Rep March 9

Cycle 5; Rep Card April 13

Cycle 6; Prog Rep April 27

Cycle 6; Rep Card June 1

Intervention Assistance Team

(IAT)

Fall Dates Middle of Year (MOY) Universal Screener #2

(All students)

January 8th – January 31st

2nd Window Progress Monitoring

To be Announced

Tier II and Tier III Interventions are embedded in Math and Reading Enrichment classes. Students may need schedule changes to accommodate such, throughout the academic year.

ELA and Math Teacher of Record have been trained to provide more detailed information regarding student progress on Universal Screener, please contact for your student’s progress. Enrichment Teachers will maintain evidence of Progress Monitoring in Red IAT Binders.

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Student ID Cards

ID Cards will be distributed on Monday, September 11, 2017 and must be worn daily. Students received ID Cards in

the cafeteria and can see Mr. Turner, if they did not obtain such.

Bus Routes

Please contact HISD Transportation to ensure your child knows his/her bus information. Website: www.houstonisd.org/transportation Phone: 713.613.3040

Summer Homework

Students will receive credit for completion of the packet, this is due to Teachers when students return to BCMA.

Student Enrollment Packets

HISD Enrollment Information 2017-2018 (English & Spanish) Home Language Survey (English & Spanish) HISD Health Inventory Request For Food Allergy Information (English & Spanish) Student Media Consent and Release form (English & Spanish) Family Survey (English & Spanish) Student Assistance Questionnaire (English & Spanish) Military Connected Families Survey Lunch Applications (Spanish available if needed)

PLEASE RETURN ALL FORMS TO YOUR B10 TEACHER BY FRIDAY, SEPT. 15

Lunch Applications

PLEASE submit an online lunch application for your student. Our goal is to get 100% by September 1st. Your

student’s lunch status from last year will only be good for the first few weeks of school. If an application is not submitted, then they will roll over to DEFAULT and will be charged daily. You can apply online at

https://mealapps.houstonisd.org/Login.aspx?action=18

Lunch Money and Menus

You can manage account balances at www.schoolcafe.com You can also retrieve menus and nutritional information at www.houstonISD.org/Menus

CLASS SYLLABUS

Students will receive a syllabus from each of their teachers this week. Please copy, sign & return.

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BCMA Instructional Agenda Important Dates, Notices, Reminders & Information

Saturday School Tutorials

As we make a push towards STAAR Success, in the

2nd Semester, we will begin to offer Saturday

Tutorials.

The following dates will be held, for such:

January

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Saturday, January 27, 2018

February

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018

March

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018

April

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Saturday, April 28, 2018

May

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Saturday Tutorials will be Held from

9:00AM – 12:30PM

Please arrange to pick students up in a

timely manner and transportation is not

provided for Saturday School.

2017-2018 HISD STAAR Released Assessment Windows

7th Grade Writing February 19th – 26th

8th Grade Reading & Math February 19th – 26th

6th & 7th Reading & Math March 22nd – 29th

8th Grade Science March 22nd – 29th

8th Grade Social Studies April 16th – 20th

Algebra I EOC April 16th – 20th

2017-2018 BCMA Released (Mock) STAAR Dates

Mock STAAR Test Dates When

7th Grade Writing February 21, 2018

8th Grade Reading

February 21, 2018

8th Grade Math February 22, 2018

6th & 7th Reading & Math

TBD

8th Grade Science March 27, 2018

8th Grade Social Studies

April 17, 2018 B6 & B7

Algebra I EOC February 22, 2018

2017-2018 STAAR Test Dates

STAAR Test Date(s) / Window

7th Grade Writing April 10, 2018

8th Grade Math April 10, 2018

8th Grade Reading April 11, 2018

Algebra I End of Course May 7th – May 11, 2018

6th & 7th Grade Math May 14, 2018

6th & 7th Grade Reading May 15, 2018

8th Grade Science May 16, 2018

8th Grade Social Studies May 17, 2018

Final Exams

Subject Dates

Latin I May 10, 2018 & May 11, 2018

Latin II May 11, 2018

Algebra May 1, 2018 & May 2, 2018 (Elegarle)

Geometry May 9, 2018

IPC May 10, 2018

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Dress Code Monday - Thursday

Gray Polo Shirt w/BCMA Logo (Tucked Into) Khaki Pants or Knee Length Skirt w/Belt

Gray BCMA Sweater or Solid Gray Sweater

BCMA I.D. Badge worn on Neck (All Times) Friday

Solid Blue Jeans (No Cuts, Holes or Tears) with BCMA Spirit Shirt or College Shirt

Students who daily abuse Dress Code will have items (Jackets, Sweaters & Hats Confiscated by Dean)

Parent / Teacher Communication

Communication between Parents and Teachers is highly

encouraged at BCMA. To facilitate this process, I am

providing the e-mail address of the faculty who work with

the 7th Graders here at BCMA:

ELA-R / ELA-W Department 1. Mr. Barnes [email protected] 2. Mr. Martinez [email protected] Math, Alga I and Geometry Department 1. Mr. Elegarle [email protected] 2. Mr. Wanjala [email protected] Science Department 1. Mrs. Espino [email protected] 2. Mrs. Sudhakaran

[email protected] Social Studies Department 1. Mr. Duesterbeck [email protected] 2. Mr. Ball [email protected] Biotech Department

1. Ms. Brianna Brown [email protected]

2. Mr. Aguilar [email protected]

Latin Department

1. Mr. Giasson [email protected]

Applications / Principles of Technology

1. Ms. Chao [email protected]

Gym / Physical Education

1. Coach Strong [email protected]

2. Coach Johnson [email protected]

Art Education

1.

IAT Progress Monitoring Progress Monitoring Window IAT

The Intervention Assistance Team (IAT) is a team of

professional educators who convene to discuss and

initiate interventions for students in need of

assistance and individualized services.

The Intervention Assistance Team (IAT) is established

to systematically identify instructional

recommendations for students having learning

difficulties, behavioral or other concerns.

If a student shows up as Intervention-Tier II or Urgent-Tier III on their prior Universal Screener,

they must participate in the Progress Monitoring Window. Check with your students ELA/Math Teacher for their status and results from most current window.

MOY Universal Screener Progress Monitoring Window

TBA

BCMA Instructional Agenda Week of February 26,2018

March 2, 2018

Teacher Conference Times, by Period

A1 Elegarle & Giasson

A2 Wanjala & Obeid (Verify)

A3 Duesterbeck, Aguilar, Ball & B Brown

A4 Electives (All Teachers; No Conferences)

A5 Eligio

B6 Not Applicable

B7 Espino, Obeid (Verify) & Science 8A

B8 Barnes & Martinez

B9 Electives (All Teachers; No Conferences)

B10

Parent / Teacher Communication Math Lab

1. Ms. Kerawala [email protected]

2. Mr. Eligio [email protected]

3. Ms. A. Bonno [email protected]

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This Week in Social Studies with Mr. Ball & Mr. Duesterbeck

Monday, February 26th

D0 Now o Respond to quote in notebook

Return Cycle Four Final Exam / Timelines / F. Douglass quiz

Lincoln: Leadership & Speeches

Tuesday, February 27th and Wednesday, February 28th Do Now

o OPTIC Leaders of the Civil War Review for Cycle 5 QUIZ

Thursday, March 1st and Friday, March 2nd

Do Now o Respond to quote in notebook

Cycle Five QUIZ Gettysburg Address & selected Civil War Battles

END OF CYCLE 4

Social Studies Mock STAAR Exam Tuesday, April 17 (B6 & B7)

Social Studies STAAR Exam

Thursday, May 17

This week in IPC w/Mrs. Espino Tuesday, February 27th Newton’s 3rd Law (Action – Reaction)

Activity: Rocket Range Experiment

IPC, Mc Graw Hill Education / Stemscope

o Homework: Practice Exercises, 8.6 C

Thursday, March 1st Continue the Rocket Range activity Gravitational Force / Electrical Force

IPC, Mc Graw Hill Education/Stemscope

o Homework: Practice Exercises. 8. 6

C STAAR Review Questions

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This Week in 8th Grade Science with Mrs. Espino and Mrs. Sudhakaran

Monday, February 26th & Tuesday, February 27th Continue the lesson on Topographic Map

Analyzing Topographic Map

8th Grade Science, Mc Graw Hill Education /

Stemscope

o Homework: Practice Exercises, 8.9C

Wednesday, February 28th & Thursday, March 1st Identifying land features using contour lines

Building a 3D model of an area shown on a

topographic map

8th Grade science, Mc Graw Hill Education/

Stemscope

o Homework: Practice Exercises, 8.9 C

Friday, March 2nd Continue building topographic map model.

Identifying land features and how these features

may be reshaped by weathering

Unit test (Plate tectonic and topographic map)

8th grade science, Graw Hill Education /

Stemscope

o Homework: Practice Exercises 8.9 C

GEOMETRY 8TH GRADE MR. WANJALA (WEEK 22)

February 26th

Focus: STAAR Review D worksheet / Algebraic representation of transformations.

Homework: Problem solving on STAAR Review

A & B worksheets.

February 28nd

Focus: STAAR Review C worksheet / Financial Literacy.

Homework: Problem solving on STAAR Review

E & F worksheets. March 2nd

Focus: STAAR Review G worksheet / Data and Mean Absolute Deviation.

Homework: Problem solving on STAAR Review

H & J worksheet.

STAAR MATH 8: April 10, 2018 MATH 8TH GRADE MR. WANJALA (WEEK 22)

February 27th

Focus: Discussion of STAAR Review C worksheet / Comparing Functions.

Homework: Problem-solving on comparing

functions.

March 2nd

Focus: Calculating and Identifying Slope and y-intercept

Homework: Problem-solving on calculating and

identifying slope and y-intercept / STAAR

Review D worksheet.

STAAR MATH 8: April 10, 2018

BCMA Instructional Agenda

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Instructional Agenda Week 22 (Feb.26- Mar.2)

Mr. Eligio Algebra 1

Website: www.aleks.com

Monday and Tuesday Factoring a univariate polynomial by

grouping: Problem type 1 4 topics learned in aleks program

Wednesday and Thursday Factoring a univariate polynomial by

grouping: Problem type 2 Quiz on multiplying polynomials and factoring 4 topics learned in aleks program

Friday Factoring a quadratic with

leading coefficient 1 Factoring out a constant before

factoring a quadratic 4 topics learned in aleks program

COMPLETE DAILY UNFINISHED WEEKLY TOPICS GOAL,

BY SATURDAY MIDNIGHT

Instructional Agenda Week 22 (Feb.26- Mar.2)

Mr. Eligio 8th Grade Math

Website: www.aleks.com Monday and Tuesday

Finding where a function is increasing, decreasing, or constant given the graph

4 topics learned in aleks program Wednesday and Thursday

Choosing a graph to fit a narrative: Basic Quiz on direct variation equation and finding

where a function is increasing, decreasing, or constant given the graph

4 topics learned in aleks program Friday

Choosing a graph to fit a narrative: Advanced 4 topics learned in aleks program

COMPLETE DAILY UNFINISHED WEEKLY TOPICS GOAL,

BY SATURDAY MIDNIGHT

This Week in Latin with Mr. Giasson (Latin 1 & Latin 2)

Latin 1 Monday, February 26th & Tuesday, February 27th

o Verb Warm-Up o Belimicus ultor review o rex spectaculum dat pt.1 o Exit Ticket

HW: TBD Wednesday, February 28st & Thursday March 1st

o Verb Warm-up o rex spectaculum dat pt.1 Review o Questions notes/practice o Exit Ticket

HW: TBD

Friday, March 2nd o Verb Warm-up o Quintus de se o Exit Ticket

HW: TBD Latin 2 Monday, February 26th

o Verb Warm-Up o in principiis / tribunus o Grammar Review

HW: Translate contentio pp. -113 Wednesday, February 28th

o Stage 26 Quiz o contentio o in principiis

HW: Translate tribunus p. Friday, March 2nd

o Stage 26 Review HW: Stage 26 Test next class!

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BCMA Instructional Agenda

This Week in Biotechnology with Ms. Brown & Mr. Aguilar Week of December February 26th – March 2nd

*Protein activities will take place over two weeks* Concepts: Students will be able to:

1) Compare/contrast properties of proteins as it relates to structure and function 2) Describe protein chemistry and how it affects the behavior of proteins with their environment

Activities: 1) Group Activity: Students will model amino acids and proteins using 3D model kits, and will also perform a

lab activity concerning enzymes 2) Independent Practice: Students will continue to take notes on the structure and function of proteins,

protein folding, and amino acids 3) Guided Practice: Students will explore how proteins fold, modeling hydrophobic and hydrophilic

behavior, using wire, and will also examine the function of the enzyme amylase and its effect on starch. Reminders / Comments:

Parents, please sign-up and/or Download Remind.com for communication and updates Class Codes for Ms. Brown: @hcee76 and Mr. Aguilar: @cg927

Students, I hope you enjoyed your break, let’s finish the second semester strong!

This Week in Math with Mr. Elegarle Math 8th

Monday, February 26th & Tuesday, February 27th Writing Linear Equations from Situations and

Graphs Writing Linear Equations from Table STAAR Review – Computational and Algebraic

Relationships using RULESS Strategy Go Math 8

HW STAAR Review Questions Wednesday, February 28th & Thursday, March 1st Mean Absolute Deviation STAAR Review – Geometry and Measurement

using RULESS Strategy HW STAAR Review Questions Friday, March 2nd Linear Relationships and Bivariate Data

STAAR Review – Data Analysis and Financial

Literacy

Go Math 8

Practice Questions

ALL HW DUE THE FOLLOWING CLASS PERIOD

This Week in Math with Mr. Elegarle Algebra I

Monday, February 26th & Tuesday, February 27th Multiplying Special Cases

Factoring Quadratic Trinomial

Algebra 1, Pearson

HW Multiplying Special Cases, Factoring

Quadratic Trinomial

Wednesday, February 28th & Thursday, March 1st Factoring Special Cases

Factoring By Grouping

Algebra 1, Pearson

HW STAAR Aligned Review Questions

Friday, March 2nd Dividing Polynomials

Algebra 1, Pearson

HW STAAR Aligned Review Questions

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This Week in 8th English Language Arts & Reading with Mr. Martinez Week of February 26 – March 3, 2018

Students will present extension of learning projects. Students will draft literary responses to multiple genres, including a novel, examples of poetry,

nonfiction articles, and a drama selection. Students will write short answer responses (SARs) to open ended questions using quotes and text

evidence embedded in their responses. Students will draft, edit and revise This I Believe essays Students will celebrate March as Read Aloud Month Students will review and discuss practice STAAR assessment results.

Parents,

Consider signing your child up for a summer writing camp experience with Writers in the Schools!

Whether your child is an enthusiastic storyteller or just starting out, the professional writers at Writers in

the Schools summer camp with Rice University provide individualized attention and innovative approaches

that build literacy skills and cultivate creativity.

For older students, WITS offers specialized writing courses in digital storytelling, science fiction and

fantasy, and the art of the essay. Learn more.

www.witshouston.org

http://witshouston.org/camp-main/

There are multiple locations across the city that host WITS writers and summer writing camp, but register

early because spots fill up quickly!

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BCMA Instructional Agenda

Mr. Barnes

Instructional Agenda February 26th – March 3rd Every day, students must bring a book or reading material to class for a grade and

Drop Everything and Read time!

This Entire Month: Students will review Black History facts, and students will be allowed to take notes for extra

credit!

Start of the Week:

Students will present their research project, while critiquing others’ and offering High School level feedback! Students will also will finish Tears of a Tiger using a Socratic Method: Novel in an Hour

Middle of the Week:

Students will do Tackle Tuesday and Tackle Thursday practicing on STAAR formatted passages, using R.U.B.I.E.S. strategies, in order to prepare them for STAAR.

End of the Week:

Students will analyze works conveyed in different styles, in order to access various messages delivered in text.

*Our Third Annual Black History Expose will be Wednesday February 28, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 pm. The show is free, and this

year, we will pay tribute to Michael Jackson, Anita Baker, Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Earth Wind and Fire, Kanye West, Purple,

and Dream Girls, and many, many more! We will also have a Small Black Business Expo during intermission. Come out and

support! Students will be allowed to earn extra credit! Please encourage your students to sign up for Monday tutorials as late as the day of at 8:30 am. Mr. Barnes must know who is attending; therefore, he can prepare. *If you have questions or need assistance with understanding grades, or you just need to talk: (832) 229 2281/ [email protected]/[email protected]. *If students get this agenda signed and returned by the end of this week (neatly, and not folded or creased, they may be allowed extra credit toward their grade this cycle). Parent’s Contact Information:

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Questions, Comments, Feedback:

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________

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This Week in the Math Lab with Ms. Ariel Bonno

8th Math Lab Instructional Agenda

Ariel Bonno—8th grade

This week’s objective: Transformations

Everyday

ALEKS (Continuous individualized math topics

program): Students have approximately 1.25 hours

in class daily to work on weekly classwork topic

assignment.

All homework assignments, topic goal and time

goal assignments are due by Sunday, midnight.

Please check your timeline and assignments on

report page of ALEKS for current week’s assignments as well as future quiz and test dates!!

o Next Quiz: Next Cycle

o Next Test: Next Cycle

This Week in the Math Lab with Ms. Ariel Bonno

8th Math Lab Instructional Agenda

Ariel Bonno—Geometry

The rest of cycle and all of cycle ’s objective:

Students will be on the 8th grade curriculum until

the Math STAAR (April 10) after which they will

be switched back to Geometry.

Everyday

ALEKS (Continuous individualized math topics

program): Students have approximately 1.25

hours in class daily to work on weekly classwork

topic assignment.

All topic goals, time goals, and Pie Progress

Goals assignments are due by Sunday,

midnight. There is no specific homework

assignments BUT students will need to work on

ALEKS at home to complete the weekly Topic

Goals and Cycle Pie Progress Goals.

Please check your timeline and assignments on

report page of ALEKS for current week’s assignments as well as future quiz and test

dates!!

o Test Grade:

Pie Progress Goal, 60%

Due March 4th

o Project Grade:

Pie Progress Goal, 30%

Due February 11th

Pie Progress Goal, 100%

Due April 6th, Midnight

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At BedtimeEvery night, read a book with

your child or tell your own story.

While CookingAsk your child to:

read the recipe to you, describe the foods you are using,

and spell the words.

Doing HomeworkUse homework time as reading time.

Ask your child to read directions, questions and answers out loud.

At the LibraryTake your child to the library

and find a quiet place to read.

Check out some books to read at home.

With a PartnerPartner your child with a sister,

brother, or a friend. Let them read to each other.

Ask them questions about what they read.

At a Free, Public DisplayRead the information on public

displays and directories.

Discuss what you see and learn.

At a RestaurantRead the menu together.

Do the children's activities on the trays or package.

While Running an ErrandTake a book or magazine to the

doctor's office, nail salon or beautyparlor. Your child can read to you while you wait. Or, take paper and

pencil so children can write their own story and draw pictures.

In the Grocery StoreAsk your children to read

your grocery list, labels and signs in the store.

Play a game to find things that they see on the list.

During Bath TimeSing songs with young children

while they are in the bath.

Ask them the first letter of toys in the bathtub.

While at the Park or Community Center

Enjoy a book at the park or in a community center in

your neighborhood.

While in the Car or BusAsk your child to read to you.

Young children can sing songs.

Ask your child to find words they know on billboards and signs.

With a PetYour child can read aloud

to your pet or a stuffed animal toy.

Using TechnologyFind games and digital books on

tablets or smart phones that are fun and help children learn new words.

Doing LaundryWhile you wait on your laundry,

read with your kids or make up your own stories about where you are and

things you see.

Find 15 minutes each day to read aloud to your child, because reading aloud, singing and talking — in any language! — helps with brain development, builds vocabulary, and prepares your child for future success in school and life. Below are some ideas to help you Discover 15 minutes.

Share photos and ideas on Twitter using #Discover15 or email them to [email protected].

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Holly Korbey

Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable

ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/05/14/why-reading-aloud-to-older-children-is-valuable/

Educator and author Jessica Lahey reads Shakespeare and Dickens aloud to her seventh-

and eighth-graders, complete with all the voices. Her students love being read to, and

sometimes get so carried away with the story, she allows them to lie on the floor and close

their eyes just to listen and enjoy it. Lahey reads short stories aloud, too: “My favorite story to

read out loud has to be Poe’s ‘Tell-tale Heart.’ I heighten the tension and get a little nuts-o as

the narrator starts to really go off the rails. So much fun.”

While reading Dickens aloud helps students get used to his Victorian literary style, Lahey said

that it’s also an opportunity for her to stop and explain rhetorical and literary devices they

wouldn’t get on their own. And they read the Bard’s plays together, divvying up the parts,

because “that’s how they are meant to be experienced.”

Reading aloud to older children — even up to age 14, who can comfortably read to

themselves — has benefits both academic and emotional, says Jim Trelease, who could easily

be called King of the Read-Aloud. Trelease, a Boston-based journalist, turned his passion for

reading aloud to his children into The Read-Aloud Handbook in 1979; it has since been an

unequivocal bestseller with sales in the mult-millions, and Trelease is releasing the seventh,

and final, edition in June.

1/3

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Obviously, Trelease firmly believes in the value of reading to kids of all ages.

“The first reason to read aloud to older kids is to consider the fact that a child’s reading level

doesn’t catch up to his listening level until about the eighth grade,” said Trelease, referring to a

1984 study performed by Dr. Thomas G. Sticht showing that kids can understand books that

are too hard to decode themselves if they are read aloud. “You have to hear it before you can

speak it, and you have to speak it before you can read it. Reading at this level happens

through the ear.”

Research collected on middle school read-alouds showed that 58 percent of teachers read

aloud to their students – and nearly 100 percent of reading and special education teachers.

And, while middle-school students reported liking read-alouds, little data has been collected on

the “extent and nature” of reading aloud to twelve- to fourteen-year-olds.

“Research indicates that motivation, interest, and engagement are often enhanced when

teachers read aloud to middle school students,” wrote research authors Lettie K. Albright and

Mary Ariail. Teachers surveyed for the study cited modeling as their number-one reason for

reading aloud.

Trelease acknowledged that modelling the pleasure of reading is important, but there are more

reasons read-alouds work so well — like “broadening the menu.”

“Let’s take a nine-year-old who’s just finished two solid years of drill and skill, a lot of testing, a

lot of work, and they’re competent, but they’re thinking in terms of reading as a sweat

experience,” he said. When a teacher reads a good book above student reading level, he show

students that the good stuff — the really great books — are coming down the road, if they stick

with it.

“Broadening the menu” becomes even more important if a child has difficulties with reading.

According to Wandering Eductators’ Dr. Jessica Voigts, who homeschools her daughter Lillie,

reading aloud can make reading more pleasurable for someone with dyslexia. “Reading

together – with her watching the words as I read, and then her reading to me – is a way to be

together, to experience the world, to enjoy a common pleasure. I read to her, about two-thirds

of the time, and then she takes over for one-third of the time. We pass the book back and

forth, although we’re usually right next to each other,” she said.

And though her daughter struggles, Voigt admitted she reads to Lillie for more than just

academic benefits. “This is a time — tweens, teens — when life is full of craziness. This is one

way to have a place of rest, of being, something to count on each day. Shared words have

power, an energy that you can’t get from TV, radio, or online,” she said.

For Trelease, the power of shared words is a big reason to keep on reading aloud after

children are able to read for themselves. Students might interject questions, comfortably

wading into complicated or difficult subjects because they are happening to the characters in

the story, and not to themselves. “Why do you think so many children’s stories have orphans

as characters? Because every child either worries or fantasizes about being orphaned.”

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While Trelease maintained that read-alouds can happen through any device (“Look at all the

truckers listening to books on CD,” he said), and Lahey reads from a physical paper book,

dogeared and scrawled with all her notes in the margins, both emphasized how students recall

read-alouds with fond memories. Trelease recently received a letter from a retired teacher who

reconnected online with former students some 30 years later. She wanted to know the one

thing her former students remembered about her class.

“Without fail, it was the books she read to them.”

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How to Apply to a Magnet

Program

STEP ONE

• Review your student’s interests and needs and look for alignment with

specific Magnet programs.

• Use the information and links at www.HoustonISD.org/SchoolChoice.

• Consider how you will rank your choices. You will have a limit of 5

choices. (It is recommended that parents weigh their options carefully and consider the following:

if you apply to 5 Vanguard programs, and a student has not been identified as G/T prior to the Phase I deadline and subsequently does not qualify as G/T, the student will not be

considered for any of the Vanguard programs you applied to.)

• Visit selected programs on School Choice Thursdays

STEP TWO Visit www.HISDChoice.com to apply online.

• If you have used the system before, please use your previous account.

• Paper applications are available online, at any Magnet program, or from

the Office of School Choice. (Online applications provide more options for

tracking and staying up-to-date.)

• Make sure to sign and submit your application.

• Qualified applications submitted Between Sep. 22 and Dec. 8, 2017, will

be entered into any lotteries. Deadline to be entered in the lottery is

December 8, 2017.

STEP THREE • For elementary programs, only Vanguard applications may require

documentation.

• Please be on the lookout for emails or phone calls related to your

application.

STEP FOUR

• Check your SPAM folder to ensure you are not missing any information. If

at all possible, do not use a Hotmail account, as the service usually blocks

emails from HISD.

• On by midnight of March 22, 2018 , notification of application status will

be sent to all parents via USPS mail and will be viewable online as well.

STEP FIVE • If your student has been offered a

seat in a program, you have two

weeks to provide proof of

residence and sign an entrance

agreement.

• If your student was not offered a

seat on March 22, 2018, but has

been placed on a wait list, stay

alert for changes in application

status throughout the summer. You

may be able to submit additional

applications to programs with

more room.

SCHOOL CHOICE THURSDAYS On the following Thursdays, you are

welcome to tour any HISD school.

Elementary and K–8 schools will host

tours at 9 a.m., secondary schools at 1

p.m.

Oct.: 5, 12, 19, 26

Nov.: 2, 9, 16, 30

Dec.: 7

SCHOOL CHOICE FAIRS Sept. 30: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Milby High

School

Oct. 14: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Westbury

High School

Nov. 4: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Sterling

High School

Dec. 2: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Key Middle

School

Apr. 21 (Space Available Schools -

Non-Lottery): 9 a.m.– 12 p.m. at

Gregory Lincoln Education Center

PHASES Phases separate applications into

various windows of time.

Phase 1 (Sep. 22 – Dec. 8, 2017)

All qualified in-district applications received during this phase will be

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entered into lotteries or be offered auditions.

Phase 2 (Dec. 9, 2017 – May 31, 2018) All qualified in-district applications

received during this phase will be considered on a first-come, first-served

basis, if space is available.

Phase 3 (June 1 – August 10, 2018) Like Phase 2, but during this time out- of-

district applications will be considered for a program if no in- district

applicants remain.

HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR MORE INFORMATION 1. Houston Independent School District: www.HoustonISD.org

2. HISD Find a School:

www.HoustonISD.org/

_findaschool

PRIMER PASO

• Determine las necesidades e intereses de su hijo para identificar

programas Magnet relacionados con ellos.

• Guíese por las pautas del sitio www.HoustonISD.org/SchoolChoice.

• Decida cómo priorizar sus opciones. Tendrá un límite de 5 opciones. (Se recomienda que los padres pesen sus opciones cuidadosamente y consideren lo siguiente: si solicita admisión a 5 programas Vanguard, y el estudiante no ha sido identificado como G/T antes a la fecha

límite de la Primera Fase y, posteriormente, no califica como G/T, el estudiante no será considerado

para ninguno de los programas Vanguard a los que haya solicitado admisión.)

• Visite las escuelas seleccionadas los jueves de visita.

SEGUNDO PASO Solicite admisión en línea en www.HISDChoice.com.

• Si ha utilizado el sistema antes, use los datos de usuario que ya tiene.

• Puede obtener un formulario de solicitud impreso en cualquier escuela

Magnet o en la Oficina de Opciones Escolares. (Las solicitudes en línea

ofrecen más opciones de seguimiento para mantenerse al tanto.) No

olvide firmar y presentar la solicitud.

• Las solicitudes de candidatos calificados presentadas entre el 22 de

septiembre y el 8 de diciembre de 2017, participarán en loterías de

cupos. La fecha límite para participar en las loterías es el 8 de

diciembre.

TERCER PASO • En el caso de los programas de primaria, solamente las solicitudes

Vanguard requieren de documentación.

• Esté atento a correos electrónicos y llamadas telefónicas relacionadas con

su solicitud de admisión.

CUARTO PASO • Revise su buzón de SPAM para

cerciorarse de que no se le haya

pasado ninguna notificación. Si es

posible, no use una cuenta de

correo de Hotmail ya que ese

servicio podría bloquear mensajes

de HISD.

• El 22 de marzo de 2018 a las

12am se enviará a los padres la

notificación del resultado de su

solicitud por correo y también se

le

comun

icará

en

línea.

QUINTO PASO • Si una escuela le ha ofrecido un

lugar a su hijo, usted tendrá dos

semanas para presentar constancia

de domicilio y firmar el acuerdo

de ingreso al programa.

• Si para el 22 de marzo de 2018 su

hijo no ha recibido una oferta de

aceptación, pero está en lista de

espera, esté atento a cambios del

estatus de la solicitud durante el

verano. Podría presentarse la

oportunidad de solicitar admisión

a programas con cupos

disponibles.

JUEVES DE VISITA A ESCUELAS En las siguientes fechas podrá visitar

cualquier escuela de HISD. Las

escuelas primarias y K–8 ofrecerán

visitas guiadas a las 9 a.m., y

escuelas las secundarias y

preparatorias a la 1 p.m.

Oct.: 5, 12, 19, 26

Nov.: 2, 9, 16, 30

Dic.: 7

FERIAS DE OPCIONES ESCOLARES Sept. 30: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. en la

Escuela Preparatoria Milby

Oct. 14: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. en la

Escuela Preparatoria Westbury

Solicitud de Admisión Magnet

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Nov. 4: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. en la

Escuela Preparatoria Sterling

Dic. 2: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. en la Escuela Secondaria Key

Abril 21: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. en la Gregory Lincoln Education Center

FASES DEL PROCESO Trámite y gestión de las solicitudes

Fase I (Sep. 22 - Dic. 8, 2017) Todas las solicitudes de candidatos

cualificados del distrito recibidas en esta fase entran en una lotería o pasan a audición.

Fase II (Dic. 9, 2017 Mayo 31, 2018) Todas las solicitudes de candidatos

cualificados del distrito recibidas en esta fase se consideran por orden de

llegada, si hay cupos.

Fase III (Jun. 1 – Ago. 10, 2018) Igual que la Fase II, pero se considerarán

solicitudes de fuera del distrito si ya no hay solicitudes de candidatos del

distrito.

SITIOS WEB ÚTILES CON MÁS INFORMACIÓN Distrito Escolar Independiente de Houston: www.HoustonISD.org

Búsqueda de escuelas de HISD: www.HoustonISD.org/ _findaschool

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Hurricane Harvey Assistance

It is my hope that those receiving this were not impacted by Harvey and my deepest

thoughts go out to those who were. We have compiled listings of resources that have come

through HISD e-mailings and information on where to donate items. I am hoping that this

listing is of assistance, but please feel free to contact your Grade Level Dean at Baylor

College of Medicine Academy at Ryan to assist with any needs as we heal from Hurricane

Harvey. We will work with the HISD Office of Interventions to provide support and local

resources.

6th Grade Dean Dean De Dios [email protected] 7th Grade Dean Dean Brown [email protected] 8th Grade Dean Dean Turner [email protected]

Deans will be able to assist on a personal level and direct you toward BCMA-R

student items of need, but in order to facilitate donations, we are going to comply with HISD

guidelines and refer you towards the following:

Donations (Items)

Donated items have been accepted at the Barnett Stadium, Butler Stadium and

Delmar Fieldhouse, since September 5, 2017 from 7:00AM-6:00PM). As of September

11, 2017, all donations will be received at Delmar Fieldhouse (2020 Mangum Road

Houston, TX 77092).

Donations (Financial Items)

All monetary donations must be made to the HISD Foundation, and the donation can

be made specifically for the campus that you designate.

Link to Donations: http://www.houstonisdfoundation.org/donate/

Uniforms

HISD has relaxed the uniform policy, but students may wear uniforms, if they have

secured them or been provided such. HISD distributed thousands of uniforms at 7

locations throughout Houston September 8th & 9th from 9:00AM-3:00PM, to assist in

this effort.

Deans will work with all students to assist with obtaining uniforms, once identified as

a need. Students who were not impacted by Hurricane Harvey should remain in

uniform, as they have secured such, any who have financial needs are always

welcome to consult their Dean or any campus employee for assistance.

Parents can feel free to contact HISD Student Support Services (713-556-6800) for

uniforms.

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News and resources all year long

HoustonISD.org/news | Facebook.com/HoustonISD | Twitter.com/HoustonISD | Text “YES” to 68453 for text alerts

8th grade

Spring semester

LANGUAGE ARTS

What should my child be working on in the second semester of school?

The year resumes with an in-depth study of how authors craft texts and how multiple genres communicate theme and purpose. Through the exploration of topics such as influence and diversity, students prepare for high school by producing authentic, effective writing, including responses to literature and expository essays. The semester concludes with the study of historical fiction and the delivery of a personal inquiry project.

Students continue to choose books and increase the volume of their independent reading. Support your child by encouraging them to read and write at home and by visiting libraries and bookstores. Look for opportunities to share texts, attend literary events, and access texts digitally. Encourage your child to ask questions about the world and investigate new ideas and interests.

Math

What should my child be working on in the second semester of school?

Students more deeply explore the structure of algebra. Students discuss how they think about mathematics and make connections among multiple methods for solving problems. A key component for success includes proficient and consistent use of a graphing calculator. The process of thinking like mathematicians is anchored in the following topics:

• Comparing the characteristics of a figure and its dilation

• Investigating relationships contained within linear functions

• Connecting key concepts of linear functions among verbal descriptions, tables, graphs, and equations

• Determining the slope and y-intercept of a linear function given tables, graphs, proportions, equations, or unit rates

• Writing the equation of a line from a table, graph, or verbal description

• Finding and verifying the solution of a system of equations given the graphed lines

• Constructing scatterplots and determining a line of best fit for the data in order to make predictions

• Using data to compare population samples

• Applying topics in financial literacy such as the advantages and disadvantages of different payment methods, fiscal responsibility, and paying for college

Dates to remember

4/14 “When I Grow Up” Career Expo

4/21 School Choice Fair

5/31 Deadline for Magnet Phase 2 Lottery

8/10 Deadline for Magnet Phase 3 Lottery

Tool for success

Find STAAR resources and sample tests to help your student prepare:

TEA.Texas.gov/Student.Assessment/STAAR

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News and resources all year long

HoustonISD.org/news | Facebook.com/HoustonISD | Twitter.com/HoustonISD | Text “YES” to 68453 for text alerts

8th grade

Spring semester

Looking ahead

College & Career

Students entering eighth grade should have identified areas of future career pursuits based on both their academic skills and personal interests and using resources accessed through Naviance and via HISD’s Career Readiness website, HISDCareerReadiness.org. Understanding career interests will help students plan their courses for graduation credits through high school.

Per House Bill 5, HISD students must earn one or more endorsements to graduate high school. Endorsements are a series of courses grouped together by content or skill set that provide students with in-depth knowledge of a subject area, preparing them for college and career. The five endorsement areas are Arts & Humanities; Business & Industry; Multi-Disciplinary; Public Services; and STEM.

In eighth grade, students and parents should have an understanding of available magnet and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to be considered when planning for high school and endorsement(s). There are 16 CTE programs that meet endorsement requirements, each with a career pathway. End of program industry-recognized certificates and/or licenses are available for some, and dual credit CTE courses can lead to Level 1 certifications or associate degrees. Visit HoustonISD.org/PlanYourPath

Beyond Academics

Social & emotional behavior

Did you know that 50 percent of lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, or that one in five youths has a diagnosable mental illness? Thankfully, there are things that can support someone or protect them from severe harm even if they experience a few risk factors. These include:

• Good problem-solving abilities

• Strong connections. The stronger the connections kids have to their families, friends, and people in the community, the less likely they are to harm themselves.

• Restricted access to highly lethal means of suicide

• Cultural and religious beliefs that discourage suicide and support self-preservation

• Relatively easy access to appropriate clinical intervention, whether that be psychotherapy, individual, group, or family therapy, or medication if indicated

• Effective care for mental, physical, and substance use disorders

For more information, use this link to access a Parent Toolkit: MHAhouston.org/parent-toolkit

How can I help my child

be more independent?

• Agree to serve on parent and community advisory groups at your school. They may consider everything from school policies and programs to the kinds of parent involvement activities the school plans.

• Have your child be vocal about their interests and how they can be incorporated into their schedule as they think about high school.

• Start a conversation about the future and the importance of college and/or further education.

• If you are unable to help your child with a subject, ask for help from a relative. Find out if the school, library, or a community or religious organization can provide tutoring or homework help.

• Reward your child for their efforts in a way that reinforces the desired behavior. Remember that rewards can be practical and free. For example, if your child has been successful in completing an assignment and is working hard, celebrate with a special event, such as reading a favorite story or playing a game together, to reinforce the positive effort.

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D I S T R I T O E S C O L A R I N D E P E N D I E N T E D E H O U S T O N

8.o GRADOSEMESTRE DE PRIMAVERA

ARTES DEL LENGUAJE

¿En qué debería trabajar mi hijo durante el segundo semestre de clases?

El semestre comienza con un estudio a fondo del método que los autores utilizan para escribir y la manera como los distintos géneros comunican el tema y el propósito. Mediante la exploración de temas como la influencia y la diversidad, los estudiantes se preparan para la preparatoria generando textos auténticos y efectivos, incluyendo respuestas a la literatura y ensayos expositivos. El semestre concluye con el estudio de ficción histórica y la presentación de un proyecto de indagación personal.

Los estudiantes continuarán eligiendo libros y aumentarán el volumen de lectura independiente. Apoye a su hijo motivándolo para que lea y escriba en su casa y vayan juntos a bibliotecas y librerías. Busque oportunidades de compartir textos, asistir a eventos literarios, y leer y escribir con su hijo. Anímelo a hacer preguntas sobre el mundo y a investigar nuevas ideas e intereses.

MATEMÁTICAS

¿En qué debería trabajar mi hijo durante el segundo semestre de clases?

Los estudiantes explorarán la estructura del álgebra en mayor profundidad y expresarán cómo piensan en las matemáticas y establecen conexiones entre distintos métodos de resolución de problemas. Un componente clave del éxito es el uso competente y constante de la calculadora graficadora. El proceso de pensar como matemáticos se basa en los siguientes temas:

• Comparar las características de una figura y su transformación

• Investigar relaciones contenidas en funciones lineales

• Conectar conceptos clave de funciones lineales en descripciones orales, tablas, gráficas y ecuaciones

• Determinar la inclinación y la intercepción ‘y’ de una función lineal con base en tablas, gráficas, proporciones, ecuaciones o tasas unitarias

• Escribir la ecuación de una línea con base en una tabla, gráfica o descripción oral

• Hallar y verificar la solución de un sistema de ecuaciones con base en las líneas de una gráfica

• Construir diagramas de dispersión y determinar la línea óptima para los datos a fin de hacer predicciones

• Utilizar datos para comparar muestras de población

• Aplicar temas en la comprensión de finanzas, como las ventajas y desventajas de distintos métodos de pago, responsabilidad fiscal y el pago de los estudios universitarios

FECHAS A RECORDAR

4/14 Expo de Carreras “Cuando sea grande”

4/21 Feria de Opciones Escolares

5/31 Fecha límite de solicitudes Magnet Fase 2

8/10 Fecha límite de solicitudes Magnet Fase 3

HERRAMIENTAS PARA EL ÉXITO

El sitio web a continuación incluye recursos y pruebas de práctica para ayudar a su hijo a prepararse para los exámenes STAAR:

TEA.Texas.gov/Student.Assessment/STAAR

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D I S T R I T O E S C O L A R I N D E P E N D I E N T E D E H O U S T O N

8.o GRADOSEMESTRE DE PRIMAVERA

CON MIRAS AL FUTURO UNIVERSIDAD Y CARRERAS

Al ingresar en el 8.o grado, los estudiantes ya deben haber identificado áreas de interés para su carrera futura, basándose en sus aptitudes académicas e intereses personales y utilizando Naviance y el sitio web HISDCareerReadiness.org de preparación profesional. De esta manera podrán planificar sus estudios y obtener créditos necesarios para la graduación.

Según la Ley HB5, para graduarse de la preparatoria los estudiantes deben completar por lo menos uno de cinco planes de estudio específicos —que TEA denomina especialidades. Cada especialidad consiste en una serie de cursos relacionados agrupados por contenido o habilidades, y permite a los estudiantes adquirir conocimientos sobre un área de estudio a un nivel más intensivo y provechoso para los estudios superiores. Las cinco especialidades son Artes & Humanidades; Comercio e Industria; Estudios Multidisciplinarios; Servicio Público; y STEM.

En 8.o grado los estudiantes y sus padres deben conocer las opciones de programas Magnet y vocacionales y técnicos (CTE), para tenerlos en cuenta al seleccionar una especialidad. Ofrecemos 16 programas CTE que reúnen los requisitos de especialidades, cada uno con un plan para una carrera. Algunos programas otorgan certificaciones y licencias industriales, y los cursos CTE de doble crédito facilitan la adquisición de certificaciones de Nivel I, títulos

de asociado y licenciaturas. Visite HoustonISD.org/

planificatucarrera

MÁS ALLÁ DE LO ACADÉMICO COMPORTAMIENTO SOCIAL Y

EMOCIONAL

¿Sabía usted que el 50 por ciento de los casos de enfermedades mentales a largo plazo comienzan a los 14 años, y que 1 de cada 5 jóvenes padece una enfermedad mental diagnosticable? Afortunadamente, es posible apoyar y proteger incluso a personas que presentan ciertos factores de riesgo. Algunas aptitudes, recursos y estrategias son:

• Habilidad para resolver problemas

• Relaciones saludables: hay menos probabilidades de que un joven se haga daño si establece lazos sólidos con familiares, amigos y miembros de la comunidad

• Acceso restringido a objetos y sustancias letales que una persona podría usar para suicidarse

• Principios culturales o religiosos que rechazan el suicidio y apoyan la autopreservación

• Acceso a servicios de intervención médica: psicoterapia; terapia individual, de grupo o familiar; y medicamentos cuando sea necesario

• Atención médica para trastornos mentales o físicos y el abuso de sustancias

Si desea ver más información útil para padres (en inglés) visite: MHAhouston.org/parent-toolkit

¿CÓMO PUEDO AYUDAR A MI HIJO A SER MÁS INDEPENDIENTE?

• Ofrezca sus servicios a los grupos asesores de su escuela integrados por padres y miembros de la comunidad. Algunos toman decisiones sobre políticas, programas escolares y actividades para la participación de los padres.

• Anime a su hijo a expresar sus intereses y a ver cómo podrá incorporarlos cuando esté seleccionando sus clases en la preparatoria

• Hablen sobre el futuro y la importancia de los estudios universitarios y vocacionales

• Si no puede asesorar a su hijo en una materia pídale ayuda a algún familiar. Investigue si la escuela, biblioteca, o alguna organización comunitaria o religiosa ofrece tutorías y ayuda con la tarea.

• Ofrezca incentivos para reforzar el comportamiento deseado y premiar a su hijo por sus logros. Los premios pueden ser cosas prácticas y no es necesario incurrir en gastos. Por ejemplo, si su hijo se esforzó y terminó un trabajo puede celebrar realizando alguna actividad favorita con él para fomentar el comportamiento positivo.

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Key Holidays

Holidays September 4, 2017 Labor DayTeacher Preparation Days (no students) September 22, 2017 Fall HolidayTeacher Service Days (no students) November 20‐24, 2017 Thanksgiving

December 25, 2017 ‐ January 5, 2018 Winter BreakJanuary 15, 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. DayMarch 12‐16, 2018 Spring BreakMarch 30, 2018 Spring HolidayMay 28, 2018 Memorial Day

Significant Dates Grading PeriodsAugust 14, 2017 Teachers report to work 6 Cycles Report Card DatesAugust 28, 2017 First day of school Aug 28 ‐ Oct 6 28 days October 13, 2017December 21, 2017 Last day of first semester Oct 9 ‐ Nov 10 25 days November 17, 2017January 8, 2018 First day of second semester Nov 13 ‐ Dec 21 24 days January 12, 2018June 1, 2018 Last day of school for students Jan 8 ‐ Feb 16 29 days February 23, 2018June 4, 2018 Last day for teachers Feb 19 ‐ Apr 6 29 days April 13, 2018

Apr 9 ‐ June 1 39 days June 1, 2018

Prekindergarten Grading Periods 4 Cycles3 Cycles Report Card Dates Aug 28 ‐ Oct 27 43 days November 3, 2017Aug 28 ‐ Nov 10 53 days November 17, 2017 Oct 30 ‐ Dec 21 34 days January 12, 2018Nov 13 ‐ Feb 16 55 days February 23, 2018 Jan 9 ‐ Mar 9 44 days March 23, 2018Feb 19 ‐ June 1 68 days June 1, 2018 Mar 19 ‐ June 1 53 days June 1, 2018

Houston Independent School DistrictHISD 2017‐2018 Academic Calendar

JULY 2017 AUGUST 2017 SEPTEMBER 2017

OCTOBER 2017 NOVEMBER 2017 DECEMBER 2017

*Revised to reflect elimination of five early dismissal days to recapture lost instructional time due to Hurricane Harvey.

JANUARY 2018 FEBRUARY 2018 MARCH 2018

APRIL 2018 MAY 2018 JUNE 2018

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How can my student access the HUB?

Using their HISD login and password, students will be able to access the HUB 24 hours a day

from any device with Internet connectivity by visiting www.HoustonISD.org/HUB.

Parent Student Connect

Parent Student Connect (PSC), an online service launched by HISD in September 2009, allows registered users (i.e., parents and students) to log in to access a variety of student information, see class assignments and school calendars, and even communicate electronically with teachers. Users can also choose to have an e-mail or text message sent if a child's grades drop below a selected average or is absent or tardy to class.

Information that PSC provides access to includes:

Period and Daily Attendance Class Schedules and Assignments Progress Reports Report Cards Parent and Student Resources

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To get started, log in at www.houstonisd.org/psc or register at www.houstonisd.org/pscregister. Parents will need the following information to complete registration: Student ID number (HISD)

Student date of birth Last five digits of student’s Social Security number if on file with HISD. If not on file,

use the last five digits of the S-Number provided to your child by HISD. Please call the school if you do not know this number.

Directions for Parents to set up an account on Parent Student Connect 1. Go to HISD homepage http://www.houstonisd.org

2. Click on the Parents button (second blue button at top of screen)

3. Click on First Time User (third blue tab)

4. Click circle to the left of Are you a parent? - click continue

5. Read agreement. Click box to left of agree - click continue

6. Fill out registration information (You will need your child’s social security number)-click continue

7. Create a username- click continue

8. Fill out security questions- click continue

9. Create your own password- click continue

10. Your registration is complete- click continue Directions for Parents to login to Parent Student Connect 1. Go to HISD homepage http://www.houstonisd.org

2. Click on the Parents tab

3. Click on Login, and enter your username and password you created earlier- click ok

4. Optional: On the PSC homepage, if you have more than one student, you will need to add other dependents/children to Gradespeed. (You will see this in the top left of your homepage.)

5. Select your child’s name on the left side of the screen (under student information). Select the section you wish to view (under student’s name).

6. Do not forget to logout after each session. For step-by-step directions with screen shots, please go to the HISD homepage (http://www.houstonisd.org). On the right side of the screen, select Step-by-step Guide in PDF form in Spanish or English.

*Everything in Bold requires an action to move you to the next screen.

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TAGT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS TAGT rewards gifted and talented students through its various scholarship programs, having given more than $1,000,000 in scholarships to more than 3,000 students since 1982. In 2017, nearly $25,000 was awarded to 45 students, grades K-12, from across the state. TAGT is offering these scholarships and awards in 2018: TAGT Summer Scholarships (up to $400)

• Identified gifted students in grades K-12 are eligible • Awarded to academic, artistic, creative, and or leadership programs during the summer

months • Top-scoring elementary applicant is named the Carole Vermillion Scholar and receives $500 • Top-scoring secondary applicant is named the Ann Shaw Scholar and receives $500

Lonestar Leadership Academy Scholarship

• *New for 2018: Sponsored by Education in Action, the top scoring student applying for a Summer Enrichment Scholarship attending the Lonestar Leadership Academy will receive a full scholarship to the program.

TAGT/Adventures in Learning - Scholarship

• *New for 2018: Sponsored by Adventures in Learning, the top scoring student applying for a Summer Enrichment Scholarship attending the Adventures in Learning Summer Scholars Camp will receive a full scholarship to the program.

Adelle McClendon Young Leaders Scholarship ($2,500)

• Awarded to a graduating high-school senior toward college tuition • Applicants must have demonstrated outstanding leadership

Laura Allard Future Vision Scholarship ($2,500)

• Awarded to a graduating high-school senior toward college tuition • Applicants must have outstanding academic achievement, a strong sense of purpose,

clearly defined goals, and a long-term plan for achieving them

Scholarship Application Information

• All TAGT scholarship applications must be submitted by February 23.

• Applicants in public schools must be currently identified as gifted and receiving services in a gifted program. Verification by a campus G/T specialist, G/T classroom teacher, counselor, or district G/T coordinator is required before an award is finalized.

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• Students in private, charter, or homeschool settings are eligible to apply; there must be supporting documentation through previous public-school testing, Mensa membership, or outside psychological testing. Parents should contact TAGT for additional information.

• TAGT does not run summer programs. Students applying for a TAGT scholarship must also

apply to the actual summer program. Academic, fine arts/performing arts, technology or leadership focused programs are usually acceptable. TAGT scholarships will NOT fund participation in recreational or athletic camps.

• A current TAGT member is not required to sign as a sponsor; it is encouraged but not

required. It is acceptable for a parent to join TAGT and serve as the child’s sponsor. Parent memberships start at $30. Affiliated Parent Members do not qualify as sponsors.

• TAGT Summer Scholarships are contingent upon acceptance into the program. Scholarship

checks are made payable to the program and the scholarship winner unless full payment has been made; reimbursement can be made if a receipt of payment is provided.

• Student applications must be the work of the student.

• Applicants must adhere to the space limitations and submit only the required number of

recommendations. Additional letters of recommendation are removed from the application prior to evaluation.

• Applicants may not submit samples of their work or any portfolio items. All such documents

are removed from applications prior to evaluation.

• Incomplete applications are not considered. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application packet is complete.

• No more than one TAGT Summer Scholarship is awarded to an individual within a 3-year

period. Visit txgifted.org, or call 512.499.8248, for more information.

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Baylor College of Medicine at James D. Ryan is Proud to Present

The Third Annual Black History Expose:

“The Sound of Us”: a Look at the Sights, Sounds, & Soul of Our Culture!

*All students must be accompanied by an adult!

* During intermission, join us in the cafeteria for Small, Black Business Expose!

*Food truck vending by: Texas Tornado Grill, following the show!

Date: Wednesday February 28, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: B.C.M.A.R. Auditorium

Admission: Free of Charge

Come Join Us as We Celebrate the Sound & Soul of:

The Toni Award Winning play Dream Girls, The Color Purple, Anita Baker, Kanye West, Beyoncé,

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Kendrick Lamar, The Universoul Circus, Michael Jackson, Kirk

Franklin and The Family; Earth, Wind and Fire, and many more!