LBJ ECHS Community:
We truly appreciate your high level of support during these challenges times as we continue to provide continuous distant learning for all of our students. The campus Outreach Team & Staff members were very effective as we launched our Blend courses on last week, and there was a high level of engagement from our students! We will continue to focus on ensuring we are reaching all families, and helping our families get acclimated as needed.
The primary focus during this time to help our students recover credit from the Fall Semester (Grade recovery for classes that students failed) and ensure they receive a P (passing) for the adjusted Spring semester by completing their assignments accordingly on Blend. Teachers will continue to provide students the assignments needed. Parents we appreciate and need your support on making sure your child is logging onto the Blend Course platform daily to complete needed assignments. ***
In addition, we are laser focused on engaging our Seniors-Class of 2020 to make sure they remain on track and receive their high school Diploma & ECHS Associates Degrees for this school year. Details pertaining to the Graduation Commencement ceremonies will be forthcoming from the district.
In the meantime, it is critical that we keep our students engaged academically during these challenging times, and it will truly take a TEAM effort!
Thank You for the Support! #JaguarFamily
RECOMMENDED DAILY SCHEDULE
Students will not have a traditional bell schedule to follow like they did in school. However, we think it is important for students to have structure to their day. We have put together a schedule to provide guidance for how our students should spend their time, and when teachers might host virutal meetings. Office Hours are times when teachers are available for individual support, tutoring, etc. Class periods are times when teacher might host virtual class meetings.
Monday through Thursday:
8:00 – 9:30 – Office Hours for Periods 1-4
9:30 – 11:00 – Office Hours for Periods 5-8
11:30 – 12:15 – 1st / 5th period
12:20 – 1:05 – 2nd / 6th period
1:10 – 1:55 – 3rd / 7th period
2:00 – 2:45 – 4th / 8th period
Flexible time for students to catch up and connect with teachers for additional help
Please check out our Jags on the Move Community BLEND course. This page will be used to keep our families fully informed, provide available resources, and ensure that we remain connected during these times. "Jags On The Move" Community Blend Page: https://www.smore.com/4ncrw
AISD Pertinent & Helpful Communications:
MEAL PICK-UP INFORMATION
No more weekend packs are available. Beginning Monday 4/6 Adult meals will no longer be provided
Children/Students do not need to be in vehicle but parents must have documentation:
- An official letter or email from the school that shows children as enrolled
- Individual student report cards
- Attendance record from parent portal of school website
- Birth certificate of children not in school
- Student ID cards
Meals will be available Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m for pick-up at LBJ High School. Families are advised to stay in their cars and not enter buildings during meal pick up. Families do not need to be in a car to get the meals. Families who come by walking/biking/transit will still be able to receive food outside the campuses. Each child may receive one breakfast and one lunch meal, daily.
Curbside meals will be offered at more than 15 sites in addition to LBJ High School. Austin ISD school buses will deliver meals throughout the community at more than 50 locations. Check the Austin ISD website for additional locations and bus routes.
Check out these videos and images of our Jaguars!
JAG ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS
Currently LBJ is the hottest school in the city receiving big time attention in the recruiting game. Our program is developing a strong reputation for having TALENTED athletes that are being DEVELOPED athletically and academically. Coach Fenner has been contacted by over 50 Div. 1 Universities football coaches these past 3 weeks. We have underclassmen that are getting on the recruiters radar as well. This list of student athletes will grow over the next few weeks. We take great pride in creating opportunities from the success and accomplishments within our athletic programs. Check out this article from KVUE about recruiting efforts in Central Texas. Here is the list scholarship offers right now:
Andrew Mukuba - Baylor, UCLA, Kansas State, Utah, Louisiana, Clemson, Michigan State (Total Offers = 33)
Latrell McCutchin - USC, Memphis, Kansas State (Total Offers = 30)
Brendan Jones - Cornell University (Total Offers = 1)
Fun, Creative Message from Principal Bailey
LBJ and LASA Fine Arts teachers present "Stand by Me"
PARENT PORTAL - BLEND ACCESS
Accessing Parent Portal (English)
Parent Self-Serve is the portal that allows parents to access BLEND as well as your child's grades. In addition, parents can email teachers and set notification alerts if they want to receive emails when their child has been marked absent or has a missing assignment.
Accessing Parent Portal (Spanish)
Please visit the Austin ISD website to learn more.
LEARNING FROM HOME RESOURCES
As we all adapt to a virtual school, here are some resources for families to help with the transition. Check out the Austin ISD Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.
DISTRICT'S LEARNING AT-HOME WEBSITE
Austin ISD has created a website to help students and families continue learning at home. These are resources to provide instruction for students for the next two weeks as teachers work to develop their own lessons and assignments.
- This website is intended for caretakers, students, and teachers to access ideas for learning and enrichment opportunities.
- The resources on this site are intended to provide optional enrichment during the current cancellation of classes. They are presented with community and human connection in mind.
- Resources include a range of ideas for online and offline activities that students can work on at home independently, with family members, or with other adults. Some of these activities may require guidance from an adult to get started.
- Next Wednesday, hand-on activities for elementary students will be available at the grab-on-go lunch sites that the district has organized for students who have limited access to devices and internet.
- Please continue to check the Austin ISD Coronavirus website for updates: //austinisd.org/coronavirus
Find the direct link at: https://sites.google.com/austinisd.org/aisd-learning-at-home.
FREE AP REVIEW CLASSES
The College Board is still planning on administering the Advanced Placement exam for students using an online format. To help students prepare for the exams, they are offering free online review classes starting this week. Check out the schedule here.
SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD'S EMOTIONAL NEEDS
This is a challenging time for our students, and especially our seniors who are missing out on the milestones of their last year of high school. Check out this article from the New York Times on how to support your teen in this difficult time.
EXERCISING AT HOME
Your child's physical needs are just as important as their academic needs. Check out this article to learn some tips to ensure your child is getting enough exercise while they are at home.
ARTICLES ABOUT ONLINE LEARNING AND RESOURCES
Here are some articles that provide links to help you support your child as they learn from home
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
Online Learning Resources for Parents
- The Barbara Bush Foundation for Literacy Educational Toolkit for At-Home Learning offers free online resources that can help children continue to build critical literacy skills while schools are closed.
- The U.S. Department of Education’s Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day! Tip Sheets for Families, Caregivers and Early Learning Educators provide families, caregivers and early educators with research-based tips for talking, reading, and singing with young children every day beginning from birth.
- NPR has created this Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus to help demystify the virus and to teach children how to protect themselves. The online version includes a print-and-fold zine version.
- Storyline Online is produced by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television’s SAG-AFTRA Foundation as part of its children’s literacy program. The site streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and others.
- The New York Times is hosting and continuously updating this page on ideas for working with content from the Times and other reliable sources.
- The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning offers suggestions for educators on addressing the social and emotional needs of students.
- In a Learning Is Social, Emotional and Academic blog, Lorea Martinez offers parents homeschooling tips to ensure social emotional learning is a part of student learning.
- Sanford Harmony, a Pre-K-6 research-based social emotional learning program, promotes positive peer relations among students through lessons and activities that encourage communication, collaboration, and mutual respect. These free resources can be used by parents at home to help children express feelings and solve problems together.
- The National Association of School Psychiatrists has developed a set of materials for schools and districts to support for their students and community around COVID-19 and pandemics.
Supporting Students With Exceptional Needs
- The Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities has a wealth of resources focused on making online learning more accessible, engaging, and effective for students with disabilities.
- Common Sense Media has curated a list of the Best Special Education Applications and Websites based on recommendations by educators who work with students with special needs. Applications support the development of academic and social-emotional skills, as well as sites to assist teachers in providing differentiated learning opportunities.
- The Council for Exceptional Children has developed COVID-19 Information for Special Educators, including a forum for members on how to adapt IEP services during school closures and a link to a resource page developed by the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE).
- The New York City Department of Education offers suggested activities and strategies for families to support Diverse Learning at Home for Special Populations. Resources include links for assistive technology support, as well as specific occupational, physical, and speech therapy activities for students as young as preschool.
- The State Educational Technology Directors Association offers strategies and resources on its site for ensuring that online learning supports students with Individualized Education Plans.
Supporting English Learners
- Common Sense Media supports educators in teaching students how to thrive in the digital age with free, research-backed lesson plans in English and Spanish.
- SmithsonianTweenTribune | Articles for kids, middle school, teens from Smithsonian is an online resource provided by the Smithsonian Institution offering daily news articles, K-12. Available in Spanish.
- Storyline Online is produced by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television’s SAG-AFTRA Foundation as part of their children’s literacy program and includes materials aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners for grades PK-8.
- Students can access thousands of videos in English/Spanish that include lessons, activities, and visuals via Twig Education.
- A collection of California-focused resources from Early Edge focused on early learners for a range of stakeholders, from administrators to parents and guardians, in both English and Spanish.
- Sesame Street and the Spanish-language version, Sésamo, offer games, videos, activities for children.