November is Native American Heritage Month #HonorNativeLand.
In the spirit of giving thanks, we want to create the space to bring awareness and center the effect Native Americans have had, and continue to have, on the United States. Check out these resources to learn more about it:
- Resources for teachers
- Honor Native Land Guide
- U.S. Department of Arts & Culture
- Native Land Map (and other resources)
Dear KIPP Texas Families,
As the election results became known this past weekend, I was inspired by our Team & Family. So many of our Big and Little KIPPsters participated in this year’s election! From those who are first time voters, to those who have had the privilege and responsibility of doing so for years, and those who can’t vote but encouraged others to do so, we are all part of a movement that saw twice as many young voters make their voices heard this election and vote in record numbers in Texas and across the country.
Regardless of our political leanings, we all saw history made and the future change this weekend. For the first time in history of the United States, a woman, a Black-South Asian woman of color, will hold one of the highest offices in our country. For our daughters, our students, our nieces, and all of our girls, this moment opened the door to what is possible for them. In the words of Madame Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris, “While I may be the first woman to hold this office, I won’t be the last. Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities, and to the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction and see yourselves in a way that others may not, simply because they’ve never seen it before. But know that we will applaud you every step of the way.”
As KIPP Texas, we will continue to lean into our mission and values to advocate for what is right for our children and communities, and we will not give up. We will continue to pursue issues that are important to our families, including equity for our KIPPsters and families, funding for public charters and public schools, and pathways to citizenship for Dreamers and their families. We will continue our collective fight to dismantle structural racism in our country.
I also wanted to remind us that as our state legislature prepares to convene for its biennial session in January, it is so important that we continue to share the stories of our KIPPsters and their communities with elected officials. If you are interested in staying involved in our nonpartisan engagement with lawmakers or have questions about the best ways to engage with students, please reach out to a member of our Advocacy Team.
Method of Learning (MOL) Survey
The third Method of Learning Survey window opens today and will remain open from Nov. 9 through Nov. 18 for all KIPP Texas families. You will receive a communication today to inform you the survey window is open. This is your opportunity to select whether they will change their KIPPster’s method of learning. The two options are:
- Option 1: 100% online learning, five-days-a week. This would continue virtual learning for students for the third nine week instructional cycle if parents opt into this method.
- Option 2: 100% in-person learning five-days-a-week in a classroom in a school building on our campus.
The Method of Learning survey will need to be filled out in SchoolMint (https://kipptexas.schoolmint.net/signin) for the third nine week instructional cycle. Every family must complete a Method of Learning survey even though you have completed previous surveys.
Please note: if we do not receive a response, KIPPsters will continue in the same method of learning they were in the previous nine weeks. The last day to make changes to the survey will be December 4; transportation requests after November 18 won’t be guaranteed, as mapping bus routes and balancing bus loads requires a few weeks to plan and coordinate.
In-Person KIPPsters Should Bring Chromebooks Home Daily
If your KIPPster is learning in-person, they will be asked to take their KIPP Texas Chromebook / computer (and charger) home with them every day and bring them back to school daily.
In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID, we may change an individual student’s schedule from in-person to virtual if they are a close contact or are COVID positive; sometimes, we may ask a class or school to stay home due to a classroom’s or school’s disinfecting process, and if our KIPPsters don’t have their Chromebooks / computers and chargers with them, they won’t have access to their virtual classes at home.
Thank you in advance for reminding your KIPPster to bring home and take back their Chromebook / computer and charger daily.
Invitation to Join KIPP Texas Equity Work Groups
As you know, KIPP Texas is committed to Championing Equity by promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in our classrooms, our schools and our offices. In order to do this, we must be committed to being an anti-racist organization, and we recognize that the road to social justice must be paved by collaborative and intentional hard work by our entire organization and community at large.
We have already invited our staff to help us create the KIPP Texas Equity Work Groups by volunteering to join one of the five working groups, and now we want to invite our families.
The KIPP Texas Work Groups are: Training & Professional Development, Student Discipline, Hiring Practices & Policies, Academic Curriculum, and Communications. If you’re interested in joining, complete this survey by Thursday, November 12. For more information, refer to this letter.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Sr. Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Chelsey Freeman Williams, at Chelsey.FreemanWilliams@KIPPTexas.org.
New KIPPsters Recruitment Season for the 2021-2022 School Year is now Open
Last week, I shared that we are launching full-day pre-K 4 at four of our elementary schools in August 2021: KIPP Austin Comunidad, KIPP Austin Obras, and in KIPP Texas-Dallas Fort Worth at KIPP Destiny Elementary and KIPP Truth Elementary. This week, I’m excited to let you know that starting next school year, our rising 8th graders in KIPP Texas-Dallas Fort Worth will have a second KIPP high school option with the launch of our 9th grade at KIPP Pleasant Grove!
We know that our KIPPsters do better when they start earlier and stay with us longer. These expansions reflect our continued commitment to give our communities the opportunity for our students and families to start with KIPP earlier at more of our elementary schools and stay with our KIPP family longer.
Do you know a family who would like to experience a joyful, academically excellent, and equitable learning environment for their children? All new families can submit an application at https://kipptexas.org/enroll/.
Keep in mind that if we have more students apply than we have available seats, KIPP Texas will host a lottery for those seats on March 1, 2021. Visit the enrollment page on our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you have any questions.
As we near Thanksgiving, we are filled with gratitude for all of you – our families who are so committed to KIPP. Together, hand-in-hand, we are working to ensure our KIPPsters are thriving academically and socially. Thank you for your continued support, care, and love.