Message from Principal Jackson
Dear Panther Parents,
Our first whole week, and it was a huge success!! All our Panthers looked so beautiful and handsome yesterday for our school pictures. Can’t wait to see our virtual kiddos looking equally as fabulous on Monday for our no-contact picture drive thru from 4:30-6:30. Don’t forget to purchase your yearbook, so you too can see this precious group of Panthers!
I am very excited to get our sports started next week. Please make sure you know the procedures for purchasing your entry tickets. No students are allowed at these events unless they are with a parent who has pre-purchased tickets. This is NEW this year. We also have a CLEAR BAG policy for all events. Please prepare accordingly, so we do not have to make you go back to your car before entering. Masks are mandatory at all times while on our campus. Thank you in advance for your help with these things.
To the parents of our virtual learners: please make sure students are logging in per period and staying on for the entire class each day. We are seeing an increase in students not logging in or dropping out of their session early. Truancy still exists this year for all our students (virtual and F2F), even under these unique circumstances. Let’s not get into a situation where attendance becomes an issue. Review of the attendance policy: you will receive an attendance letter after 3, 7, and 10 unexcused absences. After 10 unexcused absences, truancy charges will be filed per our state mandates. We also accept 8 parent notes per year which count as excused. All attendance notes need to be turned in within 3 days of the absence and you can turn those in to Kelly Sojack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All students will continue using laptops throughout the year. Please make sure your child brings their charged laptop daily. Canvas is the platform we are using for all students. Teachers are able to run a participation report for time logged in. Teachers are also able to run a similar report from Zoom for our virtual learners. This is helping us track who is staying engaged in the work, so if you have any concerns about that, please let your teacher know.
Our next grading period is next Friday, September 25th. This is a UIL grade check, so if your child is failing a class, they will not be eligible to participate in sports or fine arts events. Please check HAC through your SSO account to monitor grades. Here is a review of our grading policy: If your child is missing an assignment, the teacher will place a “Z” in that spot. The “Z” indicates that the student can still turn in the assignment for a reduced late grade. When the grading period comes to a close (every 3 weeks/progress report and report card), if that “Z” still exists, the grade becomes a “0” and the assignment is no longer accepted. If you see an “X” for a grade, the assignment is exempt and will not hold a numeric value for or against the student. Summatives (tests/projects) count for 70% of your child’s overall average and formatives (daily grades) count for 30%. If you have concerns about your child’s grades, please contact the teacher.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend…enjoy this weather!!
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Evans Middle School
6998 W. Eldorado Parkway
McKinney, TX 75070
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Any administrator, SRO, or school peace officer can refuse to allow, or may reject any person from property under the district’s control. If the person refuses to leave peacefully and either: 1) Poses a substantial risk of harm to any person; or 2) Behaves in a manner that is inappropriate for a school setting.