Midlothian Independent School District


Elementary Updates

May 22, 2020
EOY Report Cards

Due to the COVID-19 and the change to at-home learning, MISD has revised the elementary expectations and grading guidelines. The fourth nine-weeks grades will not count towards your child’s semester or final yearly average grade. Your child will receive a Pass, Fail, or Incomplete for this grading period for kindergarten through fifth grade. Printed report cards will not be created.
If your child is in kindergarten through second grade, you will receive an email from your teacher with your child’s final standard-based report card. No scoring will be entered for each standard. In the comments, you will see the Pass, Fail, or Incomplete scoring for each content area, as well as the is or is not promoted information.
If your child is in third grade through fifth grade, you may view your child’s report card in PowerSchool on May 29th. For clarification, a zero will appear below the P, F, or I; please be aware that it does not impact your child’s grade.
If you have any questions about your child’s report card, please reach out to your principal.

April 29, 2020
Update to Special Education

April 24, 2020
GT Identification Change Due to School Closure

Per TEA, the requirement to administer new assessments for G/T identification is waived for the Spring of 2020. Students referred for identification and assessment in the Spring of 2020 will be assessed in the Fall of 2020. More information regarding dates, times, and location of assessments will be communicated to parents and students as information is available.

April 20, 2020

As you know, we have experienced a great transition in learning during these past several weeks of school. Our focus during this time is on learning, growth and the well being of each student, and therefore, providing continued grace and flexibility in our grading practices. The School Board met Thursday evening, April 16th, and determined that the fourth nine-weeks will not be counted in the yearly average for elementary students. This fourth nine-weeks will be used to assist with promotion as needed, but will not be accounted for in regards to retention decisions. All grades will be Pass/Fail/Incomplete for this fourth nine-week grading period, with progress reports for unsatisfactory work sent out electronically the week of April 20th. 
Beginning Wednesday, April 22, parents of students in grades 3-5 can follow the progress of their students through PowerSchool. All assignments submitted through Canvas will show in PowerSchool as “Collected.” If any assignments are not meeting standards, teachers will submit a comment in PowerSchool for notification to parents. Teachers will be in the process this week of putting into PowerSchool previous assignments that are a part of the 4th nine-week grading period. Parents of students in grades K-2 will continue monitoring their child’s progress through Seesaw.  

April 3, 2020
Due to COVID-19 and the transition to at-home learning, MISD has revised the elementary expectations and grading guidelines that will begin on April 6, 2020. Numerical grades will be frozen as of March 6, 2020. The fourth 9-week grading period will be taken into account for promotion at the end of the year. The new elementary Student Expectations and Grading Guidelines can be viewed on our At-Home Learning website here. There has also been an adjustment made in the elementary virtual face-to-face office hours. The new hours can be viewed on our website here.

March 27, 2020
Based on the current 2019-20 school calendar, MISD’s elementary grading period ended March 27. All elementary campuses will electronically distribute report cards through email for grades K-2. For grades 3-5, parents may log in to PowerSchool on Friday, April 3 to view their child’s report card. Due to the school building closure, the district waived the requirement of having nine (9) grades per content area for this grading period. As MISD assesses the COVID-19 situation resulting in extended school building closure, the district is in the process of revising grading guidelines to align with our at-home learning effort.

March 23, 2020 
Parent & Student Support Hotline

To continue providing at-home support for your student’s instructional needs, technology support or for other questions, please call the MISD parent support hotline at 469-300-4849. Our staff is available from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. If the district is experiencing high call volume or its after hours, please leave a voicemail and your call will be answered as quickly as possible. For calls that occur after hours or on the weekend, calls will be returned the following business day.

GT Testing
If your student was to be tested for Gifted and Talented, testing will be on hold until further notice. We will make adjustments to testing once students return to campus. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

Learning Platforms
When using a MISD online program, such as SeeSaw, Istation, Imagine Math, etc. on your child’s iPad, you must log into our district Content Keeper first. Here are instructions on how to do that. This allows all content to go through our district’s internet security. We are working on all issues with SeeSaw. We appreciate your patience.

March 21, 2020

Welcome back!  

We are excited to start teaching again!  While our teaching and learning will look different, we are confident your child will receive quality instruction and learning opportunities while we are participating in at-home learning.

Teachers will be reaching out to you by Monday, March 23 with online classroom learning expectations as well as any necessary information you and your child may need to access lessons and online learning portals. At-home learning is flexible. Students may complete work at any time during the day / week and do not have to complete work during the normal school day.  We understand that we are all adjusting to this new normal.  The district has established a parent portal at www.misd.gs/at-home-learning which contains resources and information about virtual learning.  

We want to assure you and your family that our focus at this time is creating a flexible online learning environment and reconnecting with students. We recognize our students are presented with several challenges including being isolated in their homes, from friends and more importantly from their teacher and classmates. With this focus, we want to help reduce stressors for our students and parents. During these next two weeks, showing learner growth is our priority rather than the grade itself. Therefore, we are making adjustments to our grade reporting timeline by extending the March 27th deadline for this grading period. The new deadline for the third elementary grading period will be decided during the week of April 3rd.  We encourage you to continue checking, monitoring, tracking progress and evidence of learning for your child each school day. 

All students who receive special education, dyslexia, ESL, 504 accommodations or any other additional support will continue to receive services from our special education teachers and paras as well as our dyslexia and ESL teachers. Services may look different during this time but they will still continue for these students. 

As a reminder, school issued devices should only be used for instructional purposes. Because students will be online more frequently throughout this process, we are asking our parents to partner with us and closely monitor student’s online activity. 
If you need technical or instructional assistance, call our parent support hotline at 469-300-4849. This will open a ticket in our support system and get you to an MISD support representative. Our support team is available 7:30 a.m-5 pm Monday through Friday. After 5 p.m. or during the weekend, you may leave a voice message and an MISD support representative will contact you the next workday.

If your child does not have access to the internet, we will provide a paper packet for continued learning. Please email your child’s teacher as soon as possible to let them know this is a need for your child. 

If you are in need of support from the school counselor, please contact the campus counselor. Her office hours are from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. She will respond via email or set up a google hangout with you or your student. Thank you.

Thank you so much for your understanding as we navigate these unchartered waters.  Please email your principal if you have any questions or need clarifying information.