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Corey Times March 7th, 2021

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This school year continues to challenge our thinking and creativity. It is a year in which we continue to adapt and grow while, still maintaining a sense of "normalcy". We are up to the challenge because we come together as a team. Even though it's "different" we are still able to continue with events such as Kindness Week, Picture Day, DI Competitions, Open House, Corey Fun Run, and district/state testing. This is the year in which we are adapting and doing things in a completely different way. Thank you for embracing the change with us, and for your flexibility as we try things out in new ways!

Asynchronous Days

The Texas Education Agency has approved the Arlington ISD's request to modify the asynchronous plan to include four days of asynchronous instruction for students during the spring. This time will allow teachers additional planning time and the ability to connect with parents. There will still be school on the four days, but all lessons will be asynchronous (recorded), and schools will be closed to students. Attendance will be taken on those days and meal service will be available at the 30 student meal locations on our Return to School site.

Our next asynchronous day of instruction is Monday, March 8th.

Please remember that students will need to engage in Seesaw or Canvas on the asynchronous days. There will be no Zoom/Teams Meetings or in-person school on those days.

FADL Parent Information Meeting

Dr. Cavazos and Dr. Wurtz will be hosting a FADL Parent Information Meeting on Tuesday, March 9th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. During this parent meeting, program updates will be discussed.

Gunn Jr. High

Gunn Jr. High has provided information for our current Fifth Graders as they prepare to begin Gunn Jr. High next school year. Please take a moment to look over the document, which includes a section with frequently asked questions, as well as an invitation to a Q & A Zoom session for March 8th for any Fifth Grade parents who would like to video conference live with Gunn staff. This is a "Come and Go" session in which Gunn staff is available from 2:00-7:00 p.m.

Go to zoom.us/join and enter the Meeting ID 880 7879 2838

Please remember that the form is due by March 12th.

Please contact Gunn’s Guidance and Counseling office at 682-867-5400 at any time with any additional questions.

Gunn Jr. High PTA

Please click on the link below if you are interested in serving on the Gunn Jr. High PTA next school year.

Open House

Our Virtual Open House is next Thursday, March 11th. We will send out a document with all the Zoom links before the event. Some grade levels have sent out a Sign-up Genius due to the type of information they will be sharing and to divide the number of visitors more evenly. If you haven’t received information from the teachers, you are free to attend the sessions in any order.

Parents and guardians will be able to select from three different time slots (6:15-6:35, 6:40-7:00, 7:05-7:25 p.m) to join via a Zoom link. Parents will only need to attend one Zoom meeting per child in each grade level. In Third Grade, please attend the session with the homeroom teacher only, since information for both teachers will be shared at the same time. All Sixth Grade teachers will be together in the same Zoom meeting. All other grade levels will have both the Spanish and English teacher in the same meeting. Families with less than three children will have additional time slots available. Our MI teachers will also have two different sessions for interested parents. One session with Music, Piano, Strings, Dance and Theater. The other session will be with 2D Art, 3D Art, PE, and Chinese.

Our Corey Cubs PTA Board Meeting will take place right before the start of the Open House from 5:30-6:15 p.m.

We hope you can join us!

Destination imagination

As stated on their website, (www.destinationimagination.org), “Destination Imagination provides a hands-on, collaborative, fun educational experience. Students are empowered to take their learning to the next level and there are 7 project-based challenge types: Technical, Scientific, Engineering, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Service Learning, and Early Learning (grades K-2).”

“These STEAM challenges cover a wide range of student interests and align to the current educational standards. Problem-solving, team building, and respect for others and their ideas are the foundation of all challenges. Students work completely independently in creating solutions to the challenges through the creative process. Students also participate in short problem-solving tasks called Instant Challenges. Their competition scores are a combination of their Instant Challenge score and the Team Challenge score.”

We are so proud of our various Destination Imagination teams who have worked tirelessly all year. They recently competed at the Mid-Cities DI Competition with outstanding results. We are so proud of their creativity, dedication and perseverance.

Mrs. Ferguson and Mrs. Brooklyn Richardson’s team- “Same Song, 3rd Verse" (Saya C., James S., Evie F., Garrison F., Nolie R., and Rose G.). Earned 2nd Place in the Regionals and will be going to state!

Team "Same Song, 3rd Verse"

Mrs. Talamantez’s team-Rising Stars “Courageous Adventurous Cats” (Joaquin T., Lizzy B., Amelia M., Ulyana C.) created a picture book about a critter with a pop up feature and a song. They are rising stars so no places yet.

Team-Rising Stars “Courageous Adventurous Cats”

Mrs. Sabrina’s team -“AISD” (Adalyn A., Azriela R., Valerie D.). Earned 1st Place - Going to State! Also won an award for high score on their Instant Challenge.

Team "AISD"

Mr. George and Mrs. Melissa’s team-“D” e “I”nsteins (Kaliope J., Catalina D., Adelynn J., Natalie D., Brynlee S., Brynna J.) did the Fine Arts Remix competition and earned 1st Place. Going to state!

Team "D" e "I"nsteins

BrightBytes Survey

Similar to previous years, we are gathering important data via a survey from BrightBytes. However, this year we're using a new "Modern Learning Survey (MLS)" that includes new questions that better align to the current reality of in-person and remote learning. It also contains questions about SEL practices. Because it’s a new survey, the results will form a new baseline for technology-related decision making going forward. It’s critical that participation is broad and honest so that the data is accurate and representative of the campus’ stakeholders (students in grades 3-12, teachers, campus leaders, and parents/guardians).

The MLS survey window has been extended until Sunday, March 14th.

Your assistance will help ensure that enough data is collected to successfully inform important decisions about resources, support, and goals in AISD. Regardless of role, users only need to complete the survey one time.

Thank you for completing the survey at https://bit.ly/MLS2021!

Change of Instructional Setting

  • Please remember to fill out the form when there are changes (virtual to in-person, or in-person to virtual). There is up to a five day waiting period to change from virtual to in-person.
  • Please communicate with your child's teachers and the front office when there will be a change (for example an in-person student who will miss school due to a doctor's appointment).
  • Please remember that consistency is key to student success. Constantly changing the instructional setting causes a disruption to your child's learning. We are aware that there are extenuating circumstances that may necessitate the change, but we ask that every effort be made to provide students with consistency.
  • We need accurate and up-to-date information in order to complete contact tracing (when needed), appropriately prepare materials, and prepare for district testing.

District COVID-19 Reporting Protocol

School websites at every campus now have a COVID-19 dashboard on their home page. The dashboard lists notices of "possible exposure" on each campus and is updated daily. You will not receive an email every time there is a "possible exposure" at a campus as those notices will be placed on the website. However, if your child has been in "close contact" with someone who has tested positive or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you will receive an email and follow-up support from Arlington ISD officials. Corey Academy staff members will be calling you directly if your child is a "close contact" with someone who has tested positive or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Corey Academy Webpage

Nurse Jennifer's Corner

Please take a moment to read important information below from Nurse Jennifer:

The SMILES program of Dental Health Arlington is offering FREE preventive services every Friday in our clinic that includes: Education, screenings, sealants, fluoride, cleanings, and a toothbrushing kit. This is open to ALL AISD students pre-K through 12th. Your dental health is very important. It can help you thrive in school and in life.

Signing up is simple. Just go to our website: http://www.dentalhealtharlington.org and click on the red tab that says SMILES preventive appointments. It will take you to a calendar with all available appointments. We are excited to be bringing miles of smiles to our community!

Corey Fun Run (Virtual)

Please read below for information from Coach Holly:

This year, we are doing a VIRTUAL Corey Fun Run (5K/1 mile run or walk). For those of you who signed up for the 5K race last year, you are automatically signed up for this race and do not need to register again. If you did not sign up last year, please join us this year! All of the information is on the poster. The QR code will take you directly to the registration page or you can go to thedriven.net and search for COREY CLASSIC. If you do not remember if you signed up last year, you can email me at aholly@aisd.net or call the front office. This event is helping us raise money for the future track that will be built for students and the community to enjoy. Anyone can participate! Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Hope you have a great day!

Corey Cubs PTA

Have you joined the Corey Cubs PTA this year? If you are not a member yet, please join at www.joinpta.org!

Remember, PTA isn’t just for parents and teachers! Students, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, business leaders, community members, and other staff members all help enhance the experiences of our students! 💙

lifetime Members Award

Our Corey Cubs PTA has just selected Ms. Amanda Ray and Ms. Susan Brown as Honorary Lifetime Members. This is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon an individual for outstanding contributions. We are so grateful for their tireless efforts and hard work! We appreciate their dedication to our Corey Cub community!

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Upcoming events

March 8th - Asynchronous Day of Instruction (virtual learning at home using Seesaw or Canvas, no live lessons or in-person instruction)

March 9th - Update FADL Virtual Meeting with Dr. Cavazos and Dr. Wurtz (6:30 p.m.)

March 10th - Reading Benchmark (3rd-6th Grade)

March 11th - Science Benchmark (5th Grade)

March 11th - PTA Board Meeting (virtual)/Open House (virtual)

March 12th - Math Benchmark (3rd-6th Grade)

March 12th - Gunn Jr. High Course Request Forms due (5th Grade)

March 14th - Last day to submit BrightBytes survey (extended deadline)

March 14th - Daylight Saving (Spring Forward)

March 15th-19th - Spring Break

March 23rd - Corey Cubs PTA Spring Creek BBQ Fundraiser

March 26th - Progress Reports (Fifth Six Weeks)

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