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10/1 - Early Dismissal for Students @1pm

10/11-10/12 - Common Assessments #1

10/13 - SAT School Day for Seniors

10/15 & 10/18 - No School for Students

10/27 - Report Card #1 Posted in Skyward

Promise to the Pack!

On Friday, October 8, we will honor the tradition of welcoming our 6th graders into our West Family. Promise to the Pack is about building a common identity and pride in being a YES Prep West student. It is a ceremony that builds connectedness at the campus and within the YES Prep district.

On this day, our Marvels will be representing Marvel Pride by wearing YES Prep West gear.

The ceremony will start at 3:00pm. You can stream this ceremony by clicking here.

 

First Round of Common Assessments - October 11 & 12

Our first round of Common Assessments will be administered in grades 6-12 from October 11- October 12.

Common Assessments are given district-wide:

• to assess student learning – identifying students’ strengths and areas for additional focus

• to give students feedback for growth

• to adjust instruction as part of preparing students on their college-bound journey Please review the following overview about Common Assessments. You can expect additional communication to come from your campus before the testing window opens.

Dates: October 11-12

Tested subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and World Languages

Materials Needed: School Laptop, Scratch paper, pencil and calculator (only for Math8 and up)

All students must adhere to the honor code as set forth in the student handbook. Students will be subject to disciplinary action and a score of a 50 if they commit an honor code violation.

Please contact the front office if you have questions about Common Assessments.

 

SAT School Day for Seniors

Greetings Marvel Families!

Next week, Seniors will be taking the SAT SCHOOL DAY on October 13th at Yes Prep West! The SAT is a standardized college entrance exam that’s accepted by every college in the U.S. It assesses the knowledge and skills your child is learning in the classroom-the same skills that are key to success in college and career. Every student should strive for a 1010 COLLEGE READINESS score or higher to be connected to scholarship opportunities as well as increasing their chances of admissions to universities! Here are a few things you should know to prepare you kids for the big day.

  1. Students should arrive NO later than 8am on test day.
  2. ALL students should have a face covering.
  3. ALL students should be completing at least 1 hour of Khan Academy.
  4. Bring a healthy snack and a water bottle on test day.
  5. Students will need to bring a calculator for test day.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Brown (832) 646-5227 or brianna.brown@yesprep.org

 

Virtual College Fair: Thursday, October 14, 2021

As you know, COVID-19 has changed the way we operate and that includes the college search process. Rest assured that we are doing everything possible to minimize the disruption for your child. Each year, YES Prep offers an annual college fair. Even with many college not traveling to recruit this fall, YES Prep is still offering a digital college fair for Juniors and Seniors. This fall we have reached out to a variety of colleges and will be hosting 160 colleges and universities for next week's college fair, including 16 Historically Black Colleges and Universities and 30 Hispanic Serving Institutions.

The YES Prep College Fair on October 14, 2021 from 9 AM to 12 PM will allow your child to connect to up to 18 colleges and universities over the 3 hour period. Juniors and seniors are receiving information on how to register for the different panels offered during the college fair through their Junior and Senior Seminars, but we want to ensure as a parent, you are aware of the College Fair.

Family members are able to access the college fair as well. If you are not able to join live, all sessions will be recorded, and will be available for students and families to watch together.

Talk with your student, and log into Schoology with them to review upcoming schedule for the college fair.

If you have any questions please reach out to your campus Director of College Counseling or College Counselors.

Brianna.Brown@yesprep.org, Director of College Counseling

Linda.Garza@yesprep.org, College Counselor

Christine.Yacoub@yesprep.org, College Counselor

 

Harmful TikTok Trends at School

TikTok is an online app that allows users to post short videos of various activities. Anyone who has access to the internet can download and use this app. Recently, videos have may be promoting harmful behavior at

school, such as "Devious Licks." Students who participated in the "Devious Licks" trend have vandalized and/or stolen school property. News has been circulating that more harmful trends will be promoted monthly. You can see the list below.  

Please talk to your children about these or any other harmful trends or any actions that go against our YES Prep behavior and community expectation and encourage them to NOT participate in them. We share this reminder as it has been brought to our attention that students have engaged in some of these harmful and inappropriate behaviors.   

 Examples of TikTok Trends

· September: Damage school restroom

· October: Slap a staff member

· November: Kiss someone else's girl

· December: Deck the Halls with trash and inappropriate graffiti

· January: Jab a female

· February: Destroy school signs

· March: Make a mess in the cafeteria or courtyard

· April: Grab boys' privates

· May: Skip school

· Junes: Flip off front office

· July: Spray a neighbors fence

YES Prep students are expected to behave in a manner that promotes care for all individuals, contributes to a safe environment for students, and provides an educational environment free of disruption. Please remember that all students are expected to adhere to the school expectations and YES Prep Student Handbook. Any students who are not adhering to these expectations outlined in the YES Prep Student Handbook will be held to the consequences outlined in the Code of Conduct. The school may call authorities depending on the level of the misconduct.     

Thank you so much for your assistance! We appreciate your partnership as we work to help students understand how their actions impact other people. We know that with your support, our students will continue to grow and become more successful. For additional recommendations, please review the tips below.  

Recommendations for Families:   

· Talk with your child about caring and protecting the school community and avoiding any participation in harmful behaviors. 

· Monitor and review your child's messages, internet history, or other activities

· Report any harmful activity at school

 

ACE After-School is now OPEN!

Sign up today!

Hello Marvels! Our after-school program ACE is now open to all West students! ACE takes place Monday – Friday from 7:00 – 8:00am and from 4:15 – 6:15pm. As members of ACE, students can select the specific days and the specific activities they want to stay after-school and participate in each day. Please look at our weekly afternoon activities schedule HERE to see the days that specific club activities are offered, and review our ACE program participation expectations HERE. To register for ACE and sign up for clubs, use this link.

 

UPDATE - Back to School Bash:

Due to precautions related to Covid 19, Yes Prep West will postpone the Back to School Bash until further notice. We will announce on Social Media and in Family Notes when we have determined a new date. 

 

We are Still Accepting Applications for 6th AND 7th Grade!

Do you have a 6th grade student or know of a family who does? West still has spots available for enrollment in 6th grade. Visit this site for more information and to submit an application. 

 

Social Media:

Please follow Yes Prep West on Instagram (@yesprepwestmarvels) and on Facebook (Yes Prep West Secondary). We post important information, updates, and happenings around campus!

 

Family Resources

Resource Content 

Resource Link 

Talking to your child about a School Shooting 

How to talk to your student about a School Shooting. 

 

Talking to Children About Attacks Guide 

Age related reactions to traumatic events 

Age-Related Trauma Reactions 

Helping your child after a school shooting 

Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting 

Managing your distress in the aftermath of a school shooting 

Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting 

Going back to school after a tragedy 

Going Back to School After a Tragedy 

 

Family Portal: Family Notes

YES Prep has partnered with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to develop and deploy a modern Family Portal. This Family Portal is a user-friendly way for you to access and understand your student’s progress and communicate with their teachers. The Family Portal will provide you with key data related to your child’s success, including grades, missing assignments, attendance, and behavior, in one location and will support in-app chat, email, and live translation for more than 60 languages.

We are excited to let you know that the Family Portal is now live, and we encourage you to log in and explore the portal and its features. Check your email inbox for login instructions and your temporary password sent out on 8/16. If you did not receive an email, simply follow the steps under "Set up account" on the Family Portal Help page.

You can access the Family Portal HERE. Please let us know of any suggestions or problems you have by clicking the blue “?” icon and selecting “Help/Resources”

 

Legacy Clinic: 

YES Prep West is so excited to now be able to partner with Legacy Community Health to bring both Legacy Pediatric Services and Legacy Behavioral Health Services to our campus. Your child can be seen by a Legacy nurse practitioner or a Legacy licensed professional counselor right here at school. 

Additional Information:

  • The clinic will be open M-Thurs 7:00 am – 4:15 pm and Friday 7:00 – 3:00 pm. 
  • The clinic will offer full comprehensive medical care including wellness checks, sports physicals, immunizations (not COVID), acute sick visits, COVID testing (not rapid), management of chronic illnesses such as asthma, weight management, allergies, skin problems, etc. and referrals to specialist as needed. 
  • Services are available to all students and siblings of students as well as children of school staff. 
  • Parents can start scheduling appointments for next week by calling (281) 628-2050. 
 

Middle School Volleyball         

Thu 10/7 5:00 PM Harmony School of Innovation - Houston YP - West MS Harmony Inn.
Thu 10/14 5:00 PM YP - West MS YP White Oak MS Girls Volleyball

YP West

Tue 10/5 5:00 PM YP - West JV Girls Harmony School of Innovation Sugarland YP West
Fri 10/8 5:00 PM YP - West JV Girls HSA Houston YP West

High School Girls

Tue 10/5 6:30 PM YP West - HS Girls Harmony School of Innovation Sugarland YP West
Fri 10/8 6:30 PM YP West - HS Girls HSA Houston YP West

High School Boys

Tue 10/5 8:00 PM YP - West HS Boys Yes Prep Southside Varsity Boys YP West
Fri 10/8 8:00 PM YP - West HS Boys HSA Houston YP West

Contact george.fields@yesprep.org with questions!

Mandatory Tutorials for Select Students 

Mandatory tutorials for select students began after-school this week and run after-school and on Saturdays. Not all students are required to attend tutorials, only those students who receive a letter and a phone call. If you are unsure if your student needs to attend, please call the front office (713)-967-8200.

Students were selected for these tutorials as a result of legislation passed in Texas (House Bill 4545), and are required to attend 30 hours of intervention or tutorials. This is a result of students' 2021 STAAR scores.

Please reference the form sent home with your student for information regarding tutorial subjects, tutorial days and times. Additionally, please answer the 3 questions at the bottom of the form regarding transportation, dinner, and ACE.

Update: Saturday tutorials will be from 8:30am-12:30pm. Saturday tutorials are on October 9th, October 30th, November 13th, December 4th. 

 

Student Activity on YES Prep Devices

YES Prep Public Schools believes that holding students to behavioral expectations that increase safety and joy in learning will support their ability to achieve academic success, care for their community, and ultimately increase the number of students from YES Prep who succeed in college or post secondary opportunities. Committing to community expectations ensures a physically and emotionally safe learning environment that embraces the diverse communities, cultures, and identities of our students. We believe it is the responsibility of YES Prep staff to build community agreements and teach non-cognitive social skills in order to help students feel safe, seen, and empowered.

The YES Prep Student Code of Conduct outlines the behavioral expectations of students and the consequences administered for specific acts of misconduct. Disciplinary action shall draw on the professional judgement of the administrators, the seriousness of the offense, and the requirement listed in the YES Prep Student Code of Conduct. Actions of misconduct may result in suspension up to three days per occurrence or a recommendation for a disciplinary hearing, which could result placement at a disciplinary alternative program (DAEP) or expelled. All behavior on campus site or through school electronic communication system including the district internet and Microsoft Teams platform are subjected to the YES Prep Code of Conduct.

We share this reminder as it has been brought to our attention that students are engaging in inappropriate behaviors (e.g., accessing social media and other non-YES Prep sites, virtual jokes, pranks, etc.) using these platforms. YES Prep students are expected to behave in a manner that promotes care for all individuals, contributes to a safe environment for students, and provide an educational environment free of disruption. As such, please remember that YES Prep issued laptops, devices, internet, and Microsoft Teams should be used only for school approved activities, classes, and purposes. Additionally, these devices and platforms are frequently reviewed and monitored by YES Prep Public Schools.

Please be advised that any students who are not adhering to these expectations outlined in the YES Prep Student Handbook will be held to the consequences outlined in the Code of Conduct. It should be noted that, depending on the egregiousness of the conduct, authorities may be called. Moving forward, all students are expected to use these devices and platforms appropriately.

Thank you so much for your cooperation and time. We appreciate your involvement in helping students understand how their actions have impact on other people. We know that your support will help our students continue to grow and become more successful. For additional recommendations, please review the tips below.

Recommendations for Families:

· Talk with your student about setting boundaries and what is/ is not appropriate for Microsoft Teams or YES Prep Devices.

· Monitor your student’s activity. If possible, work alongside your student and familiarize yourself with how your student is using technology.

· Review your student’s activity. Review any messages, assignments, internet history, or other activities that your student is completing at the beginning or end of each day.

· Talk with your students about safe technology and internet use beyond YES Prep platforms. This includes social media best-practices, privacy and location settings, and the sharing of personal information. For more information visit https://crime-stoppers.org/cyber-safety/

Schoology:

Schoology is the platform students will use in all of their classes to learn and complete assignments this school year. Families will access Schoology using the same email that is used with Skyward. Please watch this video for more information on accessing Schoology!
 

 

 

 

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