Principal’s Message March 19, 2020 TRADUCCIÓN EN ESPAÑOL DISPONIBLE:

March 19, 2020

Parents,

School and business closings, social distancing, toilet paper hoarding! This is truly uncharted territory.  I know it is difficult for our students to miss practices, UIL activities, organizations/ clubs, and the opportunity to learn. It is our goal to work together and insure that our students continue their education. There are many ways that all of can continue to learn and be safe. One of your student’s teachers will be contacting you to make you aware of the many resources available during these trying times. This will be from a number you do not recognize, so please answer it.

I know that you have questions and a lot of those are based around instruction. But let me be clear on this point. Our first response to your child is to make sure they are safe. Academics will come in time, but for the rest of this week and into next week our primary goal is to make contact with you and your child and to access what resources you have for online learning if possible.  As a parent, this next part is going to be difficult to hear, but I'm asking you to not worry about grades for a little bit. These are trying times, and we will do everything we can to help your student be successful.

With that said, I know you want to have options, (options, not requirements) so I have listed some resources below for you to have easy assess.  Use some, all, or none of them. Do what is right for you, your child, and your family. We will be here to support as best we can!

As always if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, sdhalla@aisd.net

Lunch And Breakfast for All Students:
Thanks to the dedication of the Arlington ISD Food Services team, we were able to develop a plan to ensure all students receive daily meals until school resumes. Click this link for feeding station locations:
https://www.aisd.net/coronavirus/student-meal-plan-during-school-closure/

Online Access:
Spectrum/Charter is offering FREE broadband and wi-fi for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students. To sign up, call (844) 488-8395.

Testing:
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that he has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.
College Board has announced that the AP program is finalizing streamlined AP exam options that would allow students to test at home, depending on the situation in May.  The AP Program will communicate the details of these additional solutions to educators and students by March 20.

Go Center:
The UTA rep Mario Vargas and the new TRIO rep Lorena Fuentes are able to assist students with college stuff virtually, phone, video calls, emails.
mario.vargas@uta.edu
lorena.fuentesibanez@uta.edu

Dual Credit Students:
Please check your TCC email for information from your instructor on continuing your course online.

Learning Opportunities:

AISD At-Home Learning Hub
To use the AISD resources. log on to Rapid Identity:
https://password.aisd.net/
Arlington ISD students can enrich their learning using the curated resources on this website which is organized by grade level K -12.
https://www.aisd.net/students/at-home-learning/

The AHS Library is offering Ebooks and Audio books.
It's perfect for the school closure or anytime. You can check out and read books on your phone or device 24/7!
https://www.aisd.net/arlington-high-school/campus-news/2020/03/08/ebooks-and-audio-books-for-summer/

Additionally, the library offers databases for research and personal learning.
Students should log on to their school Google accounts to access the usernames and passwords.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/195Tlhypt2-ierEvlj95GIJKu1VUXRxA_W63eGpko8_Y/edit

Resources that will be very beneficial are EBSCO Learning Express which includes tools and information for academic skill-building, standardized test prep, and career certification test prep.  Facts on File Curriculum Center offers math, science and history lessons and activities. Gale Interactive: Science which brings science to life as students zoom, rotate, and explore interactive 3D models.

The uncertainty of these coming days may make our students anxious or afraid. Another library resource is Cameron’s Collection which provides online books to supporting teen mental health and wellness.

Scholastic is offering free online courses so your kids can keep learning while schools are closed:
The website, which is divided into four sections based on grade level, currently has five days' worth of content. An additional 15 days of content is on the way. The courses provide approximately three hours of learning per day, including writing and research projects, virtual field trips, and geography challenges.
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

PBS LearningMedia producers and educators have come together to curate a special collection of resources organized by grade and subject area. Find videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home. Create a free account to save and organize content.
http://app.public.pbs.org/e/es.aspx?s=2143&e=1899032&elqTrackId=4acfa03ee59944bc820f01c3c535d8e3&elq=a0c46954108847c0a37bc2ead5d3f928&elqaid=4019&elqat=1

Khan Academy:
Khan Academy? We offer exercises, quizzes, and tests so students can practice and master skills, as well as instructional videos to help students learn or review material.
https://www.khanacademy.org/signup

Students Can Respond to Daily Writing Prompts, Inspired by the New York Times, at Home for Free:
https://tinyurl.com/tst8pw7

The Washington Post and CNN are offering  historic sites and attractions by virtual tours during the coronavirus pandemic:
https://tinyurl.com/vhcybnv
https://tinyurl.com/wqnekud

Seniors this is a great time to apply for scholarships!
Click this link:
https://www.aisd.net/arlington-high-school/staff/counselors/
*Scholarship Bulletins: Please click on the month to download the document.
*You will see Scholarship bulletins arranged by month.
*Click on those links to access the full document.
Good luck in getting all of those scholarship $$$.

Stay safe and remember that we are COLTS Family,

Select Language