Midlothian Independent School District

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Secondary Updates

May 19, 2020
Virtual College Series


May 5, 2020
ACT Testing Update: ACT released information regarding summer testing dates, fall testing dates, and remote proctoring options for Fall 2020. To see the full press release, visit the ACT Newsroom.


April 30, 2020
HIGH SCHOOL AP STUDENTS

AP Students and Parents, new information has been released from College Board regarding AP Exams. Please review this Exam Day Checklist and Explainer Videos.
On May 4th, your child will be able to practice exam submissions through exam demo. Next week, the AP Review sessions will focus on the exam day experience and sample questions. 48 hours prior to exams, your student will receive an email with their exam ticket. Be sure you check what time the exam starts in our time zone. For more resources, visit the College Board Coronavirus page for the most up to date information. 


April 29, 2020
Update to Special Education 


April 24, 2020
SAT & ACT 

College Board released a new testing date for Saturday, September 26, 2020. This date will be for the SAT only with no SAT Subject Tests™ available. Sunday testing for religious reasons will be on September 27. Registration for the 2020-21 SAT administrations will open the week of May 26.  

  • June registrants will be able to transfer their seat to a 2020-21 administration. 
  • All other students in the high school class of 2021 who don't have SAT scores will also have early access to register for the August, September, and October administrations. This includes students who had registered for March or May and had their registrations canceled and refunded. 

April 23, 2020
TSI REQUIREMENT TEMPORARILY WAIVED BY NAVARRO COLLEGE


Due to COVID-19, Navarro College is allowing for a temporary TSI waiver effective through fall enrollment. There is no need to take the TSI at this time since testing centers remain closed. 
This is a temporary waiver for students, and we estimate they will be required to qualify as college ready for enrollment prior to the end of the fall semester. Once you have submitted your permit to register through Navarro College Self-Service you have registered. Payment information will be communicated by email from Navarro College and may take several weeks.

COURSE SELECTIONS
MIDDLE SCHOOL 

 Attention 8th grade students and parents. It is time to verify your high school course selections for the 2020-2021 school year. Please follow the instructions on the Course Verification Document. All courses must be verified by May 1, 2020. 

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Attention all current 9th, 10th and 11th grade students. It is time to verify your high school course selections for the 2020-2021 school year. Please follow the instructions on the Course Verification Document. All courses must be verified by May 1, 2020. 


April 21, 2020
GRADING AND GPA 


April 21, 2020
Dear MISD Parents and Students,

As you know, we have experienced a great transition in learning during the second semester of school. We would like to thank you for your partnership and understanding as we continue to provide the best education possible for our students in this at-home learning environment. Our focus in this time is on learning, growth and the well-being of each student, and providing continued grace and flexibility in our grading practices. 

At the April 16 special Board meeting, our Teaching & Learning Task Force recommended an option that balances grace and accountability for our students through this shift into online learning. The Board approved this option for the second-semester calculation and believes it is the best choice for our students. This hold harmless average will be calculated into class rank, and weighted and unweighted GPA for students in the graduating class of 2021, 2022 and 2023. It will also be calculated for current 8th-grade students taking courses for high school credit. For the Class of 2020, this calculation will be included in the GPA reported on final transcripts; however, local honors such as valedictorian, salutatorian and the top 10 percent were calculated as of the end of the 2019 fall semester.

Grades in the W5 and W6 six-weeks will not negatively impact student averages or GPA.

The 2020 spring semester average will be determined as follows:

  • 4th six-weeks grading period - the grade for the 4th six-weeks as recorded
  • 5th six-weeks grading period - the higher grade between the 4th and the 5th six-weeks, as long as the student receives a passing grade for the 5th six-weeks
  • 6th six-weeks grading period - the higher grade between the 4th and the 6th six-weeks, as long as the student receives a passing grade for the 6th six-weeks


There will be no final exams this semester.

*The Hardship Credit Recovery Committee will begin meeting May 18 to address students in need of credit recovery.

Navarro classes will continue to follow Navarro guidelines.  Six-weeks grades are progress checks toward the final semester grade.

We understand this is a significant shift in our grading practices, and we feel it best serves our students by providing grace and understanding during this time. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your principal.


April 20, 2020
AP Exam Parent Letter


April 9, 2020
DUAL CREDIT


Middle School
8th grade students interested in taking dual credit courses through MCSA program starting their Freshman year, the date has been extended for applications to be completed by APRIL 16th. You must begin the process now in order to meet the deadline. It takes a few weeks for the Apply Texas application to process before the next steps in enrollment can be completed. Please see the instructions and steps for enrollment on this document - NEW Dual Credit Instructions.

High School
Students NEW to Dual Credit, the date has been extended for applications to be completed by APRIL 16th. You must begin the process now in order to meet the deadline. It takes a few weeks for the Apply Texas application to process before the next steps in enrollment can be completed. Please see the instructions and steps for enrollment on this document - NEW Dual Credit Instructions


April 3, 2020

Midlothian ISD will continue to design and provide quality instruction for students. We understand this shift to remote learning has impacted instructional integrity, and we understand that students have varying levels of support and instructional resources at home. Our goal is to support academic growth through engaging students in quality learning experiences. The new secondary Grading Guidelines can be viewed on our At-Home Learning website here. 


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.

MCSA (Middle School ONLY) 
8th graders wishing to enroll in dual credit and MCSA, TSI testing will be on hold indefinitely. Navarro will send information for enrollment and Apply Texas soon. Counselors will communicate those steps for enrollment as soon as it is released.


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 reach out to you by Monday with classroom learning expectations . At-home learning is designed to be very 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 teachers and classmates. With this focus, we feel it is important that we relieve the stress of taking grades between March 23-27. We are working with our principals and iCoaches to develop new grading practices centered around At-Home learning after the first week.

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(s) 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 8-4. She will respond via email or set up a google hangout with you or your student. Thank you.

Because we know there are many unknowns at this time, here is a Student and Senior FAQ to help answer some questions you may have. It will be updated as more information is available.

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.