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Dear YES Prep Families, The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has published the 2021-2022 Federal Report Cards for each YES Prep school and the district. We are sharing this information with you as part of our obligations under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). Information on these reports includes the items listed in this TEA guide. You may access the report cards using any of the following methods:
1. Visit the YES Prep website:
a. District website link https://www.yesprep.org/about/public-information/compliance-notices#fs-panel-34848
b. School website link:https://northwest.yesprep.org/for-families/compliance-notices (click on your child’s school, click on “For Parents”, then click on “Compliance Notices”)
2. Visit the Texas Education Agency’s website:
a. Federal Report Cards link: https://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Accountability/State_Accountability/Performance_Reporting/Federal_Report_Cards
3. Hard copies are available at the district office and each school’s front office.
4. Appropriate translations (written or oral) are available upon request.
If you have questions, please contact Ahmer Naeem, Director of State and Legal Compliance, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (713) 924-0603. Thank you
Families, review our bus routes as there have been changes that will be effective on February 27.
Hello HAWK family!
During the week of March 6, students will engage in Common Assessment testing. Students will have two daily testing blocks and 180 minutes to take their exams. Common Assessments scores make up 5% of a student's final semester grade, so consistent student attendance throughout the week of testing is very important.
In addition to Common Assessments, our eighth graders and select high schoolers will be engaging in credit-by-exam testing. YES Prep's CBE programming allows students to earn credit for Spanish I, II, and III based on their current proficiency with the Spanish language. Students who earn credit for all three courses are eligible for placement with AP Spanish Language & Composition.
Consistent student attendance the week of February 27 is also important, as students will engage in a final review before Common Assessments.
Please get in touch with your student's Grade Level Chair or Mrs. Addison Taylor.Addison@yesprep.org for any questions or concerns.
If you have any questions pertaining to Aspire, please contact Ms. Aaron at 713-924-5360 or Tiffany.Aaron@yesprep.org
Clubs may continue to be added and parents will be notified
High School Only:
Students who have 18+ unexcused absences during any semester for any course, as a result of excessive absences, will receive a NG (“No Grade”) notation on their report card at the end of each semester. The NG notation hides your student’s grades due to a lack of attendance. Your student may not be failing the course, but they have failed to meet state attendance requirements, so they could not receive a grade. House Bill 5, an updated regulation passed by the Texas Legislature, outlines standards of promotion and graduation to include attendance. The school considers students who miss more than 10% of class time as “excessive, unexcused absences”. Student may correct this notation on their report card by one of the following:
1. Repeating the course - if student failed multiple courses
2. Attending credit recovery - if student failed 1 -2 courses
3. Completing attendance recovery - if student passed the course but failed to meet attendance standards
More information around enrolling your student into credit recovery or attendance recovery will be released in February. Attendance is very important in ensuring the success of your student both academically and socially. We are here to support both you and your students in intervening with their excessive absences to ensure they are successful and on track for promotion and graduation. If your student is absent from school, please ensure that you bring a note to the front office. If you have any questions regarding this information, please reach out to our Director of Student Support , Ms. Jones (Carey) at email@example.com
For more on HB 5, go to https://tea.texas.gov/academics/graduation-information/house-bill-5-foundation-high-school-program.
We must notify families when a student misses a certain amount of school if you received a letter from us this week (or next) - this is a notice for your records. There are two possible actions you can take:
lf you received a letter from us this week (or next) - this is a notice for your records. There are two possible actions you can take:
- Provide the school with an excuse note on the days your student was absent
- If you believe the absence is an error, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the front office to notify
- You may also review students' attendance via Skyward!
Attendance matters, ensure the student is present and on time daily. We understand an array of situations can happen that can prevent the student from attending, we ask that the student advocates for themselves and get the missing work from their teachers ahead of time or when they return.
School Attendance Policy and Procedures:
A student is considered absent when missing 20 minutes of class for any period
- Families should provide an excuse note once the student returns to campus (the student should turn it into the Front Office)
- Excuse notes = Doctors/Clinic documentation or the guardian can email (email@example.com) or provide a handwritten letter
- Excuse note MUST include student's full name, date(s) missed, and the reason for absence
Last night, the Department of College Initiatives, in collaboration with the ASPIRE Program Team at YES Prep Northwest, had the opportunity to host our mandatory Spring meeting for parents of 10th grade students, where we discussed the importance of GPA and the student opportunities, ASPIRE clubs, organizations and methods on how parents can help us continue to build a strong college portfolio and college foundation for our students. Programs, clubs, and organizations include, but are not limited to, specific major of interest student opportunities, sports, summer opportunities, volunteering, and community service hours that our students will be able to use to build a stronger resume and, most importantly, highlight a robust resume of our well-rounded students, both inside and outside of school. Also, our students will be able to use this for their upcoming resume building and then they will be able to use the leverage for their upcoming junior spring trips, IMPACT Institute, college programs (honors program, athletic divisions, or scholarship applications) and more. Thank you so much to all the parents and staff who took the time to join us for such an important meeting to continue building a solid foundation for our students' personal and academic success.
Hi HAWKS Family,
We at Northwest want to ensure students feel safe and supported here at school. In order to promote positive mental health, our school has chosen to participate in the National “Be Nice.” Program. Be Nice. is a program that has been implemented in over 70 schools in the nation. It was created with the purpose of promoting “an atmosphere that does not tolerate bullying and provides an awareness surrounding the mental health aspects of negative social behaviors. Implementation of the program creates a sense of connectedness among peers and develops a positive culture with an emphasis on compassion, understanding, and awareness.”
NW Families, here is where we can use your help:
Our campus is looking for Middle & High School students to be Be Nice. Ambassadors. Ambassadors will have the opportunity to share self-care and anti-bullying initiatives with staff and their peers and advocate for mental health supports on campus. Ideal candidates for our Be Nice. Ambassadors are as follows:
Students interested in building a campus culture with a focus on mental health.
Interested in public speaking or able to assist in creating projects to share w/ the NW Community.
Willing to meet at least 1x/week during their lunchtime to discuss program updates.
Please reach out to Mrs. Warner (Middle Counselor) or Mrs. Troncoso (High School Counselor) if you have any questions.
Calling all of our YES Prep HAWKS family! We need your help! We need to reach our campus goal of at least 40 referrals! Help us meet our goal! If you know of any family that may be interested in applying to the YES Prep Lottery, please fill out this referral for a chance to win some YES Prep Northwest SWAG! Thank you for your partnership and support in providing ALL Houston families access to a high-quality, Pre-K – 12th grade education.
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Links to Bookmark:
https://linktr.ee/yesprepnorthwest - This link is the most important one to bookmark! It contains all relevant links throughout the school year.
Skyward - View grades: assignment grades, progress report grades, and report card grades. Attendance: tardies, absences, etc. Schedule: classes your student is enrolled in.
Schoology - parental access to Schoology, you can sign up for weekly reports as well as impersonate your child/children to view their classes, current and upcoming assignments, grades, etc. Schoology one pager: English | Español.
HERO - Behavior tracker, merits and demerits are visible to both student and family.
Transportation - View our current bus routes
Digital Library - How to log in to Sora
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- Family Notes