• Questions
    1) My child would like a schedule change for 2015-2016 school year. How do we take care of that?
    2) What if my child did not receive the elective he/she requested?
    3) What is the difference between ELA and RELA?
    4) What are the Advanced Placement/Gifted and Talented Programs?
    5) When are the semester exams?
    6) My son/daughter received a letter about the Duke TIP. What is this?
    7) How do I know if my child needs to attend summer school?
    8) My child has missing assignments but I know they completed their homework. What do I need to do?
    9) How can I access my child's grades online?
     
    Answers
    1) QMy child would like a schedule change for 2015-2016 school year. How do we take care of that?
    A
    We make every effort to accommodate the students' requests, however due to class sizes, we may not be able to make a schedule change. Faculty is based on the number of student requests that are received in the spring and we may not be able to make any changes due to teaching positions.

    Before school starts, you may contact your child's counselor via email or phone.

    Once school begins in August your child may pick up a schedule change request form (outside the counseling office). The form needs to be completed (with all signatures) and then returned to the counselors. At that time the counselor will review the request and determine if a schedule change will be granted.

    2) QWhat if my child did not receive the elective he/she requested?
    A
    There are various reasons why your child may not have received the elective choice that was selected:

    * The elective choice may only be offered during one class period and conflicts with other required courses
    * The number of requests for a particular elective may outweigh the number of class periods that are offered
    3) QWhat is the difference between ELA and RELA?
    A
    ELA, English/Language Arts, is a one period course for students that have been successful on the previous year's TAKS Reading test.

    RELA, Reading/English/Language Arts, is a two period blocked course for students that were unsuccessful on the previous year's TAKS Reading test and need additional academic support.
    4) QWhat are the Advanced Placement/Gifted and Talented Programs?
    A
    These programs challenge and stimulate students to the highest level of their abilities. CMS serves gifted and talented students through Advanced Placement classes.
    5) QWhen are the semester exams?
    A
    The dates can be found under the Testing Information tab.
    6) QMy son/daughter received a letter about the Duke TIP. What is this?
    A
    The Duke TIP is a 7th grade talent search. 7th graders that scored high on either their 5th or 6th grade state academic test were eligible for this honor. Students are eligible to take either the ACT or SAT. For more information or to register log ontowww.tip.duke.edu/7calendar
    7) QHow do I know if my child needs to attend summer school?
    A
    Parents/Guardians will be notified via mail prior to the end of the school year if a child is in jeopardy to fail. Once all grades for the year have been posted, counselors will call to notify those students that must attend summer school.

    CVISD Promotion/Retention Criteria 2012/2013

    • In grades 1-8, promotion is based on an overall average of 70 on a scale on 100.
    • Students MUST pass Math, and Language Arts classes with a minimum of a 70. If they fail either of these
    classes they will be candidates for retention.
    • Students’ overall average in the four core subjects of Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies
    must be a minimum of 70. (If they pass Math and Language Arts but fail Science or Social Studies with a
    grade to bring the average of the four core classes to less than 70, they are candidates for retention.)


    Any questions, please contact us.
    9) QMy child has missing assignments but I know they completed their homework. What do I need to do?
    A
    Please contact your child's teacher to verify grades and assignments. If your child has been absent, please call the Attendance Office to set up a time to pick up make-up work. 281-452-8030

    HOMEWORK MATTERS!
    If there is one thing your child will learn in junior high school, it is that homework completion is extremely important and that it also has a major impact on their grades. If your son or daughter’s progress report wasn’t quite what you had hoped for, the first step to take is to find out if they have been turning in their homework assignments. A simple phone call or e-mail to the teacher will give you this information. You can also log into Family Access to check for missing assignments. If this seems to be the problem, keep reading.
    Junior high aged kids often want more freedom from their parents and say that they don’t need or want your supervision over their school work. Our response to this is that this freedom must be earned. Until your child shows that they will complete and turn in their homework on a regular basis, they need a parent’s supervision. Here are a few steps to take to help your child learn responsible homework habits:
    • Check with your child daily. Remember that you can check Family Access to make sure they have all of their assignments.
    • Make sure your child has a quiet place to study without distractions. Contrary to what they may tell you, they really don’t learn best in front of the television, computer or with their headphones on full blast.
    • Provide encouragement and assistance if needed, but don’t do the assignment for them. Your student needs practice using problem-solving skills. It’s okay to give hints, but they need to figure the answers out for themselves.
    • Look over their assignments and ask questions about what they are studying. Show an interest in what they are learning.
    • Take a look at their binder each night and make sure they have organized their papers by subject. Their binder should have a separate section for each class. Make sure that they also put their homework assignments in the proper section. You would be surprised how many students complete their assignment, but can’t find it by the time they are supposed to turn it in.
    • Encourage students to study a little each night for upcoming tests. They will be much more likely to remember the information than if they wait until the night before the test.
    • Praise your child for working hard and completing assignments. Try to stay positive and give constructive advice rather than criticizing.
    • Keep in touch with your child’s teachers and contact their counselor if you need more help.

    This information and more is available in the U.S. Department of Education publication, Helping Your Child With Homework (7/18/02), available online at
    http://www.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/hyc.htmlAlso, check out the U.S. Department of Education website. They have excellent information geared toward parents on a wide range of education/child development topics.
    10) QHow can I access my child's grades online?
    A
    You may call Ms. Wisdom in the attendance office to receive a login and password.