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WISD COVID-19 District Updates

The health and safety of WISD students and staff is a high priority. Westwood ISD is closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is in contact with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Texas Department of Health and Human Services and Anderson County Health Care Services.
 
 
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The Back to School Bash Technology device handout will be held at the High School for Primary and Elementary families who chose Home-Base Learning this Wednesday, August 12th from 4:30 to 6:30pm. 
 
On August 13th from 4:30 to 6:30pm, we will hold another device handout at the High School for Junior High and High School students who chose Home-Base Learning.
 
Registration is required prior to receiving a device. If you have not registered, please so do so by going to https://www.westwoodisd.net/apps/pages/online-registration can completing the registration process
 
The handout process is designed so you don't have to leave your car.  Please follow the map for guidance on the drive thru process.
 
Upon entering the High School entrance, you will stop at the registration check point to verify your student is registered to attend. Once verified, you will drive to the device pickup zone in front of the building. There you will be issued a technology device. 
 
 
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Attention WISD parents and guardians, please complete the WISD Instructional Location Commitment Form for the 2020-2021 school year. Please fill out commitment form per student that attends Westwood ISD.
 
WISD Instructional Location Commitment Form: https://bit.ly/WISDCOMMITMENTFORM
 
Parents/guardians who do not have online access may come to the Westwood ISD Administration Office to complete the survey on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, through Friday, August 14, 2020, anytime between 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. 
 

Thank you,
 
 
Christine H. Bedre, M.Ed. 
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum/Instruction & Leadership
903-729-1776
Twitter: @christinebedre
 

 

Westwood ISD Return to School Surveyhttps://bit.ly/WISDreturntoschool

Parents, students, employees, and community members, please remember to complete the following survey. The Return to School survey ends Wednesday, June 24, 2020.


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Westwood ISD Return to School Surveyhttps://bit.ly/WISDreturntoschool

 

Parents, students, employees, and community members, please fill out the following survey. The survey link will be open for two weeks, June 10 - June 24, 2020.

 
 
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Thank you,
Christine H. Bedre, M.Ed. 
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum/Instruction & Leadership
903-729-1776
Twitter: @christinebedre
 
Chromebook DropOff

May 20, 2020

 

Dear Westwood ISD Parents & Guardians:

 

With May 21, 2020, ending the last day of instruction, WISD wanted to share information regarding instructional summer programs and offerings.  Starting May 22, 2020, the Home-Based Learning (HBL) website will transition from Home-Based Learning to summer learning programs.


Summer Reading Challenge

Last summer, 2019, this program was a hit among our students and families. With a few adjustments, we will continue to offer this program for our students in the summer of 2020.  A comprehensive list of online websites with online books and read-alouds will be available on the HBL website. Additionally, for students who prefer books in hand, starting June 1, 2020, WISD will have sharing libraries outside of each campus and at Jocelyn’s Donuts. Sharing boxes will be available to the community, and students of all ages. Boxes will be filled with books on every reading level. Sharing box guidelines will be posted on the Home-Based Learning website and on the boxes. All students who turn their summer reading log will receive a prize as well as be entered for a gift card drawing (one per campus)  For more information regarding the summer reading program and reading logs please visit the HBL website.


Summer Bridge Program

For summer 2020, WISD will offer a virtual Summer Bridge Program for kindergarten through eighth-grade to strengthening reading and mathematics as well as ninth-grade through eleventh-grade for credit recovery.  Dates for the Summer Bridge Program are the weeks of July 13, 2020, through the week of August 3, 2020.  Your student’s teacher or campus administration will be in contact with you if they need to attend this virtual learning experience. For more information, as well as class access information, visit the HBL website.  Material and information will be updated toward the end of June for the start week of July 13, 2020.


Optional Instructional Resources

If your student is not identified for the Summer Bridge program, the HBL website will host a list of optional summer instructional resources that can keep your student learning all summer long. Again, these are optional and available for use if you desire.


You can access the Home-Based Learning portal at http://bit.ly/WISD-Home-Based-Learning


Final Grades / Report Cards

Both the sixth six-weeks report card and final semester grades will be available for viewing on Skyward Family Access on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.  If you need assistance accessing your student’s grades place email ask@westwoodisd.net.  Please note, these will not be printed and sent through the traditional mailing system.

The entire WISD team is committed to offering a variety of options and experiences during the summer to continue student growth. If you have additional questions or concerns regarding summer programs, please contact your student’s campus administrators or email ask@westwoodisd.net. We will be happy to assist you throughout the summer months!

Kind Regards, 

Christine Bedre

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum/Instruction and Leadership

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April 15, 2020 

Westwood ISD values your input as to the health and safety of our students, staff, and community in considering whether or not to return to school in early May.  

This survey takes into considerations that if Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, allows schools to return to school on May 4, 2020.  Please keep in mind that if Governor Abbott does allow schools to reopen, WISD still retains the ability to not resume operations due to our local COVID-19 situation.

Please complete the survey by Friday, April 17, 2020.

Thank you for your time
WISD Administration

April 14, 2020

 

Dear Westwood ISD Parents & Guardians:

 

We understand that this has been a challenging time for our school community as many families balance career, family time, and childcare. The district appreciates all parents’ and guardians’ hard work with their student(s) and interaction with the staff as we continue to move forward with instruction.


As we enter the final six-weeks of learning at WISD during the suspension of operations, the district’s home-based learning plan will adjust to become more comprehensive to meet the requirements provided by The Texas Education Agency.  Instruction across the district will shift, addressing the remaining Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in each course. Students will be assigned activities each week in each subject/course to begin practicing toward the mastery of each skill. With this in mind, grading during the final six weeks will shift to a progress monitoring of students toward instructional goals. Beginning on April 14, 2020, WISD will change to the new grading system: Incomplete, Making No Progress, Making Limited Progress, Making Progress, Demonstrating Mastery. Numerical grades will be converted from the progress monitoring rubric, averaged each week, and continually entered into the Skyward system.  Note: Grade Point Averages (GPA) will be evaluated after the fourth six-weeks grading period. Dual credit and credit recovery semester averages will be applied and included in GPA/Class Rank, as they normally would. Individual campuses will continue to follow normal protocol for grade promotion and retention. To view the full progress monitoring rubric, please see the attached chart or visit the WISD Home-Based; Learning website Parent Resources tab. 


With the new look of instruction, the same expectations will remain so that students continue to grow.  Teachers will continue to use a variety of methods to reach students. Virtual meeting schedules will be available on the WISD Home-Based-Learning website by campus to assist parents in scheduling their student(s) day.  We are proud of the high level of involvement during the past two weeks and look forward to the interaction in the upcoming weeks. 

Both virtual learning and paper learning packets will continue to be available to students.  You can access the Home-Based Learning portal at http://bit.ly/WISD-Home-Based-Learning.  Paper learning packets will continue to be available each week on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  Returning of paper learning packets can be done via email, photo, or scanning to the students’ teacher.  If these options are not available, please reach out to your student(s) teacher to discuss viable options. 


Both report cards and progress reports for the 5th six-weeks and 6th six-weeks will be available for viewing on Skyward Family Access.  Please note, these will not be printed and sent through the traditional mailing system.


The entire WISD team will strive to continue meeting the needs of our student(s) during the suspension of operations. If you have additional questions or concerns regarding home-based learning over the next few weeks, please contact your student(s) teacher, campus administrators, WISD Question/Concern form: https://bit.ly/WWISD-COVID-19; or ask@westwoodisd.net.

Kind Regards, 

 

Christine Bedre

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum/Instruction and Leadership

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Thank you, parents and guardians, for your dedication to growing your student during Home-Based Learning.  We are here to support you during this process.  If questions arise or help is needed, please submit them to https://bit.ly/WWISD-COVID-19. We appreciate your connection, communication, and consistency during this time.

SAT, ACT, TSIA, AP/IB Testing Update

Information will be updated as it becomes available.

Last Updated:4/15/2020

 

WISD is committed to bringing you the most up to date information regarding Academic [SAT, ACT, TSIA, AP/IB] testing. Please review the information below regarding the latest information concerning the status of these tests during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

AP Exams

AP Exams will be given from May 11–22. Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5. Students can take exams at home or in schools, if they reopen. Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question will be timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question. Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They'll be able to type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phones. For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, plus an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up. This year's AP Exams will be open book/open note. The exam format and questions are being designed specifically for an at-home administration, so points will not be earned from content that can be found in textbooks or online. However, students taking the exams may not consult with any other individuals during the testing period. 

 

SAT

The College Board has canceled the May 2, 2020 and all June SAT test dates. Registered students will receive a refund. Testing is now not scheduled to resume until August. The College Board will update their web page regularly with information about the impact of the coronavirus. 

 

To help students keep their college readiness skills sharp while many schools are closed, the College Board and Khan Academy continue to provide free resources online, including full-length practice tests and personalized learning tools at khanacademy.org/sat.

 

ACT

ACT has rescheduled April 4, 2020, national test administration to June 13, 2020. ACT will send an email to registered students with instructions on how to reschedule. 

 

TSI/A (Texas Success Initiative Assessment)

All TSI testing at Westwood High School is indefinitely suspended for the duration of the district’s suspension of operation. TSI can still be taken remotely using the online test proctoring service “Examity” by going to the web page https://examity.com/accuplacer/ and following the on-screen instructions. Please note, TSI tests offered through Examity cost $25 which must be paid by the test taker.  The district will resume in-house TSIA testing once the suspension of operations has been lifted.

 

If you have any questions regarding these exams, please reach out to the High School counselor, Mr. Tauber, at jdtauber@westwoodisd.net



Westwood ISD Chromebook Distribution


With Home-Base Learning in Westwood ISD set to begin Monday, March 30, WISD Technology Department has rolled out a process for distributing technology to students of all grade levels (PK-12) who need a device during the District’s COVID-19 suspension.


Chromebook Priority will be given to those families who do not currently have a device at home.


Chromebooks will be available for pick-up at the Junior High School from 9am to 3pm on Monday, March 30. Please follow the map for traffic flow. The Pick-up process is designed so you don’t have to leave your car.


The entrance for Chromebook Pick-up will be Edna Dr. You will drive around the backside of the school to the Pick-up Zone (signs will be along the way to guide you). In the Pick-up Zone, we will have two lines. Parents will pull up to one of four tables. From there you will be asked for your Student’s Last Name, Student’s First Name, Grade Level and a contact number before being handed a Chromebook.  


If you are unable to make the scheduled time or need assistance in getting the device,

please fill out the following form https://forms.gle/wLWmjFW3vZNpcji59 



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March 20, 2020

 

Dear Westwood ISD Parents & Guardians:

During our suspension of operations, student learning continues to be a priority at WISD.  While the health and safety of our students, staff, and community remain our top priority, we also want to help our students to extend their learning as much as they can until the school can resume. 

Upon the completion of spring break, our teachers will begin collaborating to create extended activities for students.  Lessons and activities will be provided as an extension designed in an attempt to accommodate all families. While we know this method will not fully replace face-to-face instruction, it will help reduce gaps in learning.

WISD has created a centralized website for Home-Based Learning (HBL) for easy navigation of content during this time.  On the WISD-HBL website, student’s grade-level or the content area will be mapped out to access learning activities. The WISD-HBL website will house online resources for parents, sample learning schedules for your students, and much more.  The goal is to have the website fully updated with learning activities starting Monday, March 30, 2020.  Note that updates will be continually added to the website as the development of content and resources are made available by the teaching staff.  We highly encourage you to check the HBL website each day for activities or videos published by your student’s teacher. 

You can access the Home-Based Learning portal at http://bit.ly/WISD-Home-Based-Learning If you have not completed the Family Internet and Device survey, please do so by accessing the following link: https://bit.ly/WISD-Internet-DeviceSurvey


Additionally, paper learning packets filled with activities will be available for families without internet access on your child’s campus [at the front of each campus office] for easy drive-thru pick-up each week on Tuesdays beginning March 31, 2020, from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.


Currently, this is a short-term plan, intended to keep our kids engaged over the next few weeks. If the suspension of operations must extend longer than expected, our Home-Based Learning plan will be adjusted to be more comprehensive and to meet our student’s needs in the best way possible during this unusual time.


Again, I would like to reiterate, we want you to be able to focus on the health and well-being of your family during this time.  We hope that by engaging in activities from each course, our students can stay connected and as on-track as possible. At this time, while we know instruction looks different; however, certain expectations will remain so that learning continues.  For this reason, we fully expect interaction with the content and the instructor.

Our entire team will make a concerted effort to continue meeting the needs of our student(s) during the suspension of operations.  If you have additional questions or concerns regarding home-based learning over the next few weeks please submit to https://bit.ly/WWISD-COVID-19.

Thank you for your continued prayers, support, and understanding during this time.

 

Christine Bedre

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum/Instruction and Leadership

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Update March 20, 2020
 
Westwood ISD to Offer Grab & Go Meals
Food will be provided daily as a "grab and go" at the High School starting this Monday, March 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.!
 
Please see additional details on the image.
 
If you are not able to come to campus and need delivery, the District will work to make accommodations.
 
If you need delivery, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/wssemv9GARrKiphx9
 
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March 19, 2020

Dear Panther Family,

As we prepare the District's instructional delivery platform, please complete the survey below to determine how many families/students have access to both the internet and devices. To ensure all students have the proper platform for instruction, please complete a separate survey for each student enrolled at WISD.

Use the QR code on phone or tablet or click the link https://forms.gle/upApRXK3YA6hY5VG7 to complete survey.

 

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Update March 18, 2020
 
District will provide additional information concerning student meals
by Noon on Friday, March 20, 2020.
 
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Update March 18, 2020
 
District will provide additional information concerning Home-Learning
by Noon on Friday, March 20, 2020..
 
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Update March 18, 2020

Over the past few weeks, Westwood ISD has been actively monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and has remained in contact with health officials who have been offering recommendations and guidance. The safety of our students, staff, and families is our top priority.  The CDC has already recommended social distancing protocols and is now asking the public to comply with directives of limiting social gatherings to ten people or less and implement multi-week closures for a minimum of four weeks to mitigate the spread of the virus. With these priorities in mind, Westwood ISD will be suspending normal school operations indefinitely. All campus events, field or student trips, and UIL practices and competitions will be postponed, as well. We will constantly evaluate the situation and keep our community informed. Alternative options for continued learning and instruction are being planned and will be communicated out in the near future. 


We ask our community to continue to follow the guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention regarding safety practices to inhibit the spread of COVID-19. Should you have any questions or concerns related to this matter, please feel free to email the District at covid-19@westwoodisd.net.


Parent concerns regarding instruction and attendance during the extended break are shared by the district.  Additionally, we acknowledge that this unexpected suspension of operations creates a hardship for our parents and staff because of work, childcare, and other considerations. Please know that our efforts in coming to this decision have been made with the best interests of everyone involved. The District also knows and understands that many students rely on our schools for meals and support. To that end, options are being explored to find how we may assist during this time. Information about these items will be updated on the District website, www.westwoodisd.net, as well as on our District Facebook and Instagram accounts, as it becomes available.


Thank you for your continued prayers and support as we work together to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and community.


Wade Stanford, Superintendent

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Update March 14, 2020
 
Representative Harris is calling for the suspension of the STAAR test and adjustment to the requirements for Waivers and Funding.

I have been visiting with Representative Harris as we've been on this most recent journey. He is very aware and sympathetic to our situation and is actively serving as our advocate.

I would encourage you to contact Governor Abbott and Commissioner Morath to voice your concerns related to the pressure of testing especially during this challenging time.

This situation is rapidly changing and I'm constantly gaining new information. I will be attempting to send a daily email to update you and share as much information as I feel appropriate. Some of the most valuable information will come from Commissioner Morath as he visits with superintendents in a daily phone call.

I pray that each of you is able to step away from this and spend time relaxing and recharging. I hope you have a great Spring Break!!

Wade
 
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Update March 13, 2020

Dear Westwood Community,

Due to the ever-changing information concerning COVID-19 (coronavirus), Westwood ISD is in constant communication with local officials to ensure plans and protocols are in place for the health and safety of our students and staff. As more information becomes available, any changes or updates will be shared with parents and staff by Friday, March 20th at the latest. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work with our officials and residents to protect the well-being of our school community.
 
Parents and staff will be notified via the School Messenger all call system, the district’s website, www.westwoodisd.net and the Westwood ISD Facebook and Instagram pages. All local media sources will be notified as well.

Should you have any questions or concerns related to this matter, please feel free to email the District at covid-19@westwoodisd.net.
 
Westwood ISD is praying for our students, staff, families, and for the safety of our community and the ability to make the right decisions for our district in this unprecedented time.
We ask that you join us in prayer, not only for Westwood ISD students and staff but for our entire
nation.
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If you plan to travel over spring break, please read the important information below:
 
Travel Reporting:
All Westwood ISD employees, students, and families should take extra precautions when traveling and follow travel guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
All Westwood ISD employees, students, and families:
● who have or are planning to travel in the next month to a Level 2 or Level 3 zone; or
● have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 during travel must register their travel plans by using the Westwood ISD Travel Reporting Form, upon return from spring break.

Check https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/coronavirus-global for the most up-to-date travel zone information. Please be aware if you or someone in your household has traveled to a Level 2 or Level 3 zone you will be subject to a minimum 14-day quarantine. The 14-day quarantine requirement may be added to other areas should they become classified as Level 2 or Level 3 zones.
 
    
QuestionsClick to submit a question or concern regarding COVID-19 here.
 
For any student health related questions please contact our district nurse,
Kimberly Gilbreath, RN at kpgilbreath@westwoodisd.net
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