Posts Tagged ‘Spring ISD’

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ICI Construction Coordinates $4,000 School Supply Donation

August 30, 2011

Houston – Aug. 29, 2011 – ICI Construction has had a long tradition of teaming up with business partners to help school districts where they have completed construction projects together. This help came to Spring ISD this year in the form of a $4,000 donation of school supplies for children who could not afford to purchase supplies for themselves. The 237 school supply packs will be divided between 15 Spring ISD elementary schools.

“ICI’s motivation is to give back to the communities who trust us to build their schools.  We are excited at the opportunity to help area students acquire the tools to succeed in getting a great education,” said Bart Cobb, ICI Construction vice president and project manager.

ICI Construction and its business partners who shared in this donation, Big 4 Steel Services LP and Premium Roofing Systems LLC, recently completed work on  the Spring ISD Child Nutrition and Training Center.

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Spring ISD Asks the Community to Exercise Caution in Neighborhoods and School Zones as More Students Walk and Ride Bikes to School

August 23, 2011

Spring – Aug. 19, 2011 – With students heading back-to-school Wednesday, Aug. 24, the Spring ISD administration is asking the community to show extra caution when driving through neighborhoods, especially during the times when students will be traveling to and from school.

“With the reduction in bus transportation to the two-mile state limit like neighboring districts, we expect more of our students will be walking and riding bikes to school than ever before. We want to enlist the support of our community in helping to keep our children safe,” said Dr. Ralph H. Draper, superintendent.

Due to the state’s reduction in school funding, the decision was made to reduce bus transportation to the two-mile state limit, which is projected to save the district $1.5 million. Spring ISD is one of the last in the Houston area to change to the two-mile limit.

The change in transportation also made it necessary to change the arrival and dismissal schedule for schools. Elementary schools will be in session from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and middle schools from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. High schools will be in session from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. except for Thursdays when the starting time will be 9:30 a.m. to allow for Extended Professional Learning Time for staff. The new schedule will extend the regular day at high schools by 35 minutes and at middle schools by 15 minutes.

“We need community members to be aware of the change in school schedules and plan their own travel time accordingly. They might want to allow extra drive time if their schedule coincides with before-and-after school schedules,” said Chief Alan Bragg, Spring ISD police department.

Bragg said community members should also be reminded that school zone speed limits will be in effect and using cell phones in a school zone is prohibited. In addition, although bus transportation has been reduced, the district will still have school buses on the streets and drivers are asked to be aware of traffic laws regarding school buses.

“Drivers should pay close attention when red lights are flashing on a school bus. Vehicles traveling in both directions must stop unless there is a median dividing the street. On streets with medians, only vehicles traveling the same direction as the bus are required to stop,” Bragg said.

During the first week of school, the Spring ISD Police Department will have officers directing traffic at each campus, and campus staff members are also trained to assist during student arrival and dismissal times.

“With the change in bus transportation, we expect there will be more parents dropping their children off at school this year. We ask parents to be patient and help us make this transition as smooth as possible,” said Bragg.

A crossing-guard program is being developed, primarily for elementary schools, to assist walkers and bike riders at off-site locations and will be implemented soon. More information will be provided to parents as this new program becomes operational.

“We are preparing for a safe and orderly start to the new school year, which is always a priority, and looking forward to working with parents and the community to ensure our students’ safety throughout the year,” said Draper.

For  more information about hazardous walking routes, contact the safety and risk management department at 281-891-6440; bus transportation, contact the transportation department at 281-891-6490; and the crossing guard program, contact the police department at 281-891-6911.

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Spring ISD Meal Program Features Nutrition, Value and Variety

August 4, 2011

Houston – July 26, 2011 – Nutrition, value and variety are three words that describe the breakfast and lunch fare offered at Spring ISD schools. Breakfast and lunch meals are offered daily on every campus to all students. Breakfast is free for all students. Elementary students may choose from several entrees at each meal service in addition to nutritious a la carte drinks and snacks. Secondary schools offer eight or more entrées daily in addition to numerous a la carte choices found on all of the serving lines and kiosks. Fresh fruits, reduced-fat items and whole grains are offered daily at all schools. Lunch prices for 2011-12 are the same as last year – $1.50 for an elementary lunch and $1.75 for a secondary lunch. Larger meals are available in the secondary schools for $2.75 or more. Parents may pack a lunch for their child’s consumption only.

Free and reduced-price meals

The application for free and reduced meals is online. Parents are encouraged to complete the application on the Internet for faster approval. Paper applications are available at each school. Child Nutrition staff will help parents submit applications online during new student registration at a table near the front of each elementary school. Eligibility is based on federally established income and household size guidelines. All students have meal accounts and pin numbers that must be entered for every transaction whether paid, reduced or free. Student eligibility is kept confidential.

Online Applications and Payments for Meal Program

Online applications are accepted and encouraged as the process is much faster. Visit www.springisd.org/mealappsbeginning Aug. 15. Include all children on one application only. Until applications are processed, parents will need to give their children money to purchase school meals at the prices listed above. Parents should allow 10 working days for eligibility determination after receipt of a paper application
by the child nutrition department. Pre-payments for all meals are encouraged.

To make online payments using a debit or credit card, go to www.PayPAMS.com. Payments for the 2011-12 school year will be accepted starting Aug. 15. Visa, Mastercard, and Discover are accepted and the minimum payment is $10. Payments are available for use in one to two business days. Automatic payments may also be scheduled based on a specified account balance. Parents may view their child’s account balance and
payment history using this system. All PayPAMS services and payments are free-of-charge. Parents must first register online at www.PayPAMS.com to set up an account. Meals may still be pre-paid by depositing cash into student accounts.

For more information about Spring ISD Child Nutrition, go online to www.springisd.org/nutrition or call 281-891-6445.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free 866-632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339; or 800-845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Explore Spring Texas is a locally owned and operated online city guide and business directory for Spring TX. There you can find all kinds of services – from restaurants and automobiles to shopping and home services. A online community resource for Spring & Klein TX, providing local news, real estate, jobs, calendar & events, free press releases, free classified ads, free garage sale ads, monthly photo contests, affordable advertising and more. ExploreSpring.com provides a central online location 24 hours a day to find information relevant to the Spring TX Community. The web site is located at http://www.explorespring.com.

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Immunization Requirements for the 2011-12 School Year

August 4, 2011

Houston – July 26, 2011 – Immunizations are an important part of public health, and Texas law requires students in Texas schools to be immunized
against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. Below is a list of the required vaccines for students who will attend a Texas school in the 2011-12 school
year. This list includes new requirements that were added to kindergarten and seventh grade in 2009. Parents of students who will enter kindergarten and seventh grade should pay special attention to the additional vaccine requirements. Students without the required immunizations or a valid exemption will not be allowed to attend school.

Vaccine requirements for three and four year olds enrolling in the Spring ISD Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) and prekindergarten program:

  • • 4 doses diphtheria tetanus toxoid and pertussis vaccine (DTaP/DT/DTP
  • • 1 dose each of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), Hib and varicella
  • • 3 doses each of polio and hepatitis B
  • • 2 doses of hepatitis A

Vaccine requirements for students entering kindergarten through 12th grade:

  • • 3 to 5 doses* of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP/DTP/DT/Td)
  • • 3 to 4 doses* of polio
  • • 2 doses* of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • • 1 to 2 doses* of varicella
  • • 1 booster dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) 10 years after the last dose of tetanus- diphtheria-containing vaccine

Additional vaccine requirements for students entering kindergarten, 1st grade, 7th grade and 8th grade:

  • • 2 doses of hepatitis A for students entering kindergarten – 1st grade
  • • 2 doses of varicella for students entering kindergarten–1st and 7th–8th grade
  • • 1 booster dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) for
    students entering 7th grade, if at least 5 years have passed since the last
    dose of tetanus-diphtheria-containing vaccine
  • • 1 dose of meningococcal for students entering 7th – 8th grade

* To determine the specific number of doses that will be required, please read the document entitled 2011-2012 Minimum State
Vaccine Requirements for Texas Students. This document and more information about school vaccine requirements are available on the Immunization Branch website at www.immunizetexas.com(click on the ‘School and Childcare’ link). More information is also available
online at www.springisd.org or call the nurse at your child’s school.

About ExploreSpring.com

Explore Spring Texas is a locally owned and operated online city guide and business directory for Spring TX. There you can find all kinds of services – from restaurants and automobiles to shopping and home services. A online community resource for Spring & Klein TX, providing local news, real estate, jobs, calendar & events, free press releases, free classified ads, free garage sale ads, monthly photo contests, affordable advertising and more. ExploreSpring.com provides a central online location 24 hours a day to find information relevant to the Spring TX Community. The web site is located at http://www.explorespring.com.

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New Student Registration Schedule and Requirements

August 2, 2011

Houston – July 27, 2011 – Spring ISD has been preparing for increasing numbers of new students to enroll this school year. Parents or legal guardians who are needing to register a student who did not complete the 2010-11 school year in a Spring ISD school will need to accompany the student to the school for registration and provide the information listed below. Spring ISD will hold early registration for students new to the district from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 8, 10 and 12 and from noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 9 and 11.

“The district has scheduled the week of Aug. 8-12, including a couple of evenings, to focus on new student registration, but we won’t turn anyone away if they are unable to make it to their child’s school during that time. Schools will be registering students daily before the start of school on Aug. 24, and we are hoping parents will take advantage of this opportunity to register early and not wait until the first day of school,” said Ann Sandoval, Spring ISD area superintendent.

Enrollment Record Requirements:

• Certified copy of birth certificate or passport

• Current immunization record signed by a physician or physician’s designee

• Proof of residence in Spring ISD (natural gas or electric bill or original lease agreement)

• Social Security Card (if available; if not the student will be assigned a State ID number)

• Legal guardian’s drivers license or department of transportation ID card ( if parent or guardian is not a licensed driver in Texas nor has the person obtained a TXDOT ID card, other photo ID will be considered in combination with a birth certificate)

• Most recent report card/withdrawal form from previous school

• High School transcript (if applicable)

Registration packets may be picked up at the schools during regular school hours starting August 1. For more information, go online to www.springisd.org, call the school where your child will be attending or call the Gordon M. Anderson Leadership Center at 281-891-6000.

About ExploreSpring.com

Explore Spring Texas is a locally owned and operated online city guide andbusiness directory for Spring TX. There you can find all kinds of services – from restaurants and automobiles to shopping and home services. A online community resource for Spring & Klein TX, providing local newsreal estate,jobscalendar & eventsfree press releasesfree classified adsfree garage sale adsmonthly photo contestsaffordable advertising and more. ExploreSpring.com provides a central online location 24 hours a day to find information relevant to the Spring TX Community. The web site is located athttp://www.explorespring.com.

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Golfers and Sponsors Needed for Tee Up for Education Golf Tournament – Oct. 25

July 22, 2011

Spring, TX. Golfers will have the opportunity to benefit a good cause while spending an afternoon on the golf course when the Spring ISD Education Foundation hosts its  annual “Tee Up for Education” golf tournament Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Cypresswood Golf Club. Sponsors and golfers are needed for this fundraising event, which provides the means for educational opportunities in Spring ISD schools that go
beyond traditional, tax-funded projects. A registration form and more information can be found online at http://www.springisd.org/edufoundation/ or call 281-891-6012.

About ExploreSpring.com

Explore Spring Texas is a locally owned and operated online city guide and business directory for Spring TX. There you can find all kinds of services – from restaurants and automobiles to shopping and home services. A online community resource for Spring & Klein TX, providing local news, real estate, jobs, calendar & events, free press releases, free classified ads, free garage sale ads, monthly photo contests, affordable advertising and more. ExploreSpring.com provides a central online location 24 hours a day to find information relevant to the Spring TX Community. The web site is located at http://www.explorespring.com.

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Dekaney Named Model School by International Center for Leadership in Education

July 19, 2011

HOUSTON – Dekaney High School in Spring ISD has been selected as one of 15 model high schools for 2011 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. The selected schools shared their best practices at the 19th Annual Model Schools Conference June 26 – 29 in Nashville.

“Dekaney High School is proud to have been selected as a 2011 International Center for Leadership in Education Model School. The ICLE designation as a model school is just another step in realizing our district and campus vision. Our school motto is ‘Leading the Way to Excellence,’ and we strive to do that every day,” said Delic Loyde, Dekaney principal.

The Model Schools Conference is the nation’s premier event for K-12 education reform. Each year, the conference attracts thousands of educators, who come to learn about exemplary elementary, middle, high school and career and technical education programs.

Model schools are selected annually based on high student achievement in all subgroups, providing every student with a rigorous and relevant curriculum, personalized instruction, increased student learning time, parent and community involvement, use of data to make instructional decisions, and other best practices. Case studies on Dekaney High School and the other model schools serve as a resource for educators and policymakers.

The process of identifying and analyzing schools is part of a joint initiative of the Successful Practices Network and the International Center and is based on the Learning Criteria to Support 21st Century Learners.

The International Center for Leadership in Education, established in 1991 and located in Rexford, N.Y., is one of the most influential education consulting companies in America. It is best known for identifying and disseminating successful practices to assist all students in achieving higher standards. Willard R. Daggett, Chief Executive Officer of the International Center and his team of consultants have assisted numerous state education agencies and hundreds of schools and districts in their improvement initiatives. For more information, visit www.LeaderEd.com.

About ExploreSpring.com

Explore Spring Texas is a locally owned and operated online city guide and business directory for Spring TX. There you can find all kinds of services – from restaurants and automobiles to shopping and home services. A online community resource for Spring & Klein TX, providing local news, real estate, jobs, calendar & events, free press releases, free classified ads, free garage sale ads, monthly photo contests, affordable advertising and more. ExploreSpring.com provides a central online location 24 hours a day to find information relevant to the Spring TX Community. The web site is located at http://www.explorespring.com.