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Welcome Back!

CCISD Phone Numbers

School bells will be ringing on Monday, August 26, welcoming Corpus Christi ISD students back to class for the 2013-2014 academic year. Throughout the summer, staff members have been making plans for an outstanding school year!

Administration Building ................... 695-7200 Administration Board of Trustees .......................... Superintendent .............................. Asst. Superintendent for School Leadership Services...................... Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.......................... Chief Administrative Officer......... Chief Financial Officer .................

In order to help you prepare for the new school year, we are happy to provide this special Back to School issue, so tuck your copy away for future reference. Inside you will find information on enrollment, attendance, school boundaries, transportation and much more. You may want to pay special attention to the middle section of this year’s publication, which outlines “What’s New for ‘13-‘14?” Here you will find information about new check-in procedures at all campuses, online enrollment for new students, text message emergency notification, new STAAR assessment requirements, and exciting updates to online parent accounts. We feel this special Back to School issue will remain a source of information throughout the year. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, please feel free to contact any of our schools or visit our website at www.ccisd.us. Looking forward to a great start for the new school year! D. Scott Elliff, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools

CCISD Board of Trustees The Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected by voters residing within the District’s boundaries to serve four-year terms without pay. The Board has final and complete control over all major decisions regarding school policy, curriculum, expenditures, and building programs. Board authority is defined by federal and state law and by regulations set by the State Board of Education.

Carol A. Scott President District 4

John Marez Vice President At-Large

Lucy Rubio Secretary District 2

695-7403 695-7405 695-7440 695-7445 695-7400 695-7360

Departments Advanced Academics............... 695-7222 Assessment & Accountability (Testing) 844-0396 Athletics ....................................... 878-4880 At Risk/Dropouts ......................... 844-0432 Attendance Officers ..................... 695-7242 Bilingual Education ..................... 695-7555 Book Processing .......................... 289-9257 Business Partnerships .................. 695-7412 Career & Technical Education .... 695-7220 Census Office/Records ................ 844-0396 Communications ........................... 695-7410 Curriculum and Instruction............ 695-7500 Dyslexia Services .......................... 878-2680 Family & Community Involvement.. 844-0442 Food Services ................................ 844-0222 Guidance & Counseling ............ 695-7220 Homebound Program .................... 878-1738 Human Resources ......................... 695-7250 Elem/Secondary Certified ......... 695-7254 Auxiliary ................................... 695-7250 Employee Benefits .................... 695-7210 Substitute Office ....................... 695-7251 Innovative Programs........................ 695-7486 Legal Services ............................... 695-7427 Mentoring Services........................ 878-2555 Migrant Education ......................... 878-2140 Natatorium ..................................... 878-2333 Police & Security Services ............ 289-9247 Purchasing/Distribution ................. 695-7354 Special Education .......................... 878-2680 Student Health Services ................. 878-2680 Student Support Services ............... 695-7242 Summer School .............................. 695-7519 Technology Services....................... 878-3900 Title I Services ............................... 695-7528 Transportation Regular Education ..................... 878-1455 Special Education ...................... 878-2392

Back to School 2013-2014

Hector Salinas, Jr. Assistant Secretary At-Large

Janie Bell Trustee At-Large

Dwayne Hargis Trustee District 3

John Longoria Trustee District 1

Trustees hold regular meetings on the second and fourth Monday of each month in the Board Room of the Administration Building, 801 Leopard Street, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Agendas are posted at the Administration Building and on the District’s website at www.ccisd.us.

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For more information relating to the Board of Trustees, call 695-7403.

was produced by the Corpus Christi Independent School District. Comments may be directed to 695-7410 or in writing to the Communications Department, PO Box 110, Corpus Christi, TX 78403-0110. Editor: Lorette B. Williams Director for Communications E-Mail: Lorette.Williams@ccisd.us Assistant Editor: Kim C. Sneed Communication Specialist E-Mail: Kim.Sneed@ccisd.us District website: www.ccisd.us

Attending CCISD Schools Children may attend CCISD schools if they live within the boundaries of CCISD, are between the ages of 5 and 21, and have not graduated from high school. Children who are 3 years old may be eligible to receive Special Education services. A child who is at least four years of age as of September 1, and who meets specific criteria, may be eligible for the District’s halfday or full-day Prekindergarten program. A child who is six years old on or before September 1 of the current school year is automatically eligible to attend first grade. Although state law does not require students to attend kindergarten, it is highly encouraged, as it is excellent preparation for the first grade. A child must be five years old no later than September 1 of the current school year to be eligible to attend kindergarten.

Emergency Information Emergencies that require police assistance should be reported immediately by dialing 911. In addition, call 289-9247 to contact CCISD Police Services about an emergency. School Closures due to inclement weather or emergencies (flooding, power failures, threat of natural disasters, etc.) will be determined by the Superintendent of Schools. CCISD announces such closures on radio and television as soon as a decision is made. Announcements are also posted on the CCISD web site, www.ccisd.us. The Corpus Christi Independent School District is committed to the safety and security of students, faculty, staff, and visitors on its campuses. All CCISD schools have an approved Emergency Operations Plan in place. For a copy of the plan, contact your child’s school.

School Boundaries Most schools have specifically defined attendance zones that include residential areas that each school serves. On the basis of a student’s home address, CCISD assigns each student to a specific elementary, middle, or high school campus. To determine which school your child should attend, go to the District’s website, www.ccisd.us, and click on the Back 2School link on the home page. Access the 2013-2014 CCISD Boundary Book to look up specific addresses and determine your attendance zone. For more information on school boundaries and attendance zones, contact the Office of Assessment and Accountability at 844-0396.

Enrollment

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Each school in CCISD manages its own enrollment. Most CCISD schools open for enrollment during the first week in August. All new students must provide a birth certificate, church baptismal, or hospital record; current immunization record; previous report card; and any court order in existence pertaining to your child. For the 2013-2014 school year, students new to the District must enroll online. Please see Page 7 for more information. A student is required to attend the school appropriate for the student’s grade level within the attendance area where the student’s parent/guardian resides. Proof of residency (recently paid rent receipt; current lease agreement; most recent tax receipt; current utility bill indicating the address and adult’s name) is required.

New Student Registration

Only students new to the District or to their school will need to enroll for the 2013-2014 school year: *Prekindergarten should register at their new school on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. *Kindergarten-Grade 5 should register at their new school on Monday, August 12, 2013. *Middle and high school students should visit with counselors at their new school campus.

Middle School & High School Orientation

*Students enrolled in Grade 6 are invited to attend Middle School Orientation (Mascot Camp) at their respective campus on Friday, August 9, 2013, 9 a.m.- Noon. *Students enrolled in Grade 9 are invited to attend High School Orientation (Freshman Camp) at their respective campus at the following dates and times: Mary Carroll High School Harold T. Branch Academy Collegiate High School Richard King High School Thursday, August 22 Students with last name A-M: 9:30 a.m.-Noon Students with last name N-Z: 3-5:30 p.m. Teacher Meet & Greet: 6-7 p.m.

Monday, August 19 9 - 11 a.m.

Monday, August 12 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 14 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Foy H. Moody High School Thursday, August 22 9 - 11 a.m.

W.B. Ray High School Thursday, August 15 3:30 p.m.

Roy Miller High School Thursday, August 22 9 - 11:30 a.m.

For more information regarding enrollment, contact individual campuses.

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Attendance Requirements Attending school regularly and on time is crucial to a student’s academic success. Student attendance is so important that it is mandated by state law. Once a child is enrolled in prekindergarten or kindergarten, he/she is required by state law to attend. Schools are required to keep complete and accurate attendance records on every student. A student absent from school without permission will be considered truant and subject to disciplinary action or legal action against the parent or guardian. A student may not be given credit for a class unless the student is in attendance at least 90 percent of the days the class

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is offered. Board policy requires that students be in attendance for the number of days noted: 1st Semester - 78 days 2nd Semester -82 days If a student is absent, the parent/guardian must call the school that day to report the reason for the absence. Within two days of returning to school, the parent must submit a written note giving the reason for the student’s absence. State law provides that if a student is absent from school without permission (i.e. unexcused absence) for any portion of the school day for three days in a four-

Resolving Problems CCISD believes in a strong partnership between home and school--a partnership that thrives on communication. However, sometimes parents and school personnel may not agree on a particular issue. Parents with questions about classroom activities, teacher expectations, lessons, or activities should first contact the teacher and then the campus principal. Matters which cannot be resolved at the campus level may be brought to the attention of the School Directors, the Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership Services, or other appropriate administrative offices. CCISD’s goal is for all students and staff to be treated with dignity and respect.

week period or for 10 or more days in a six-month period, the student and the student’s parent or legal guardian are subject to legal action, which may result in assessment of penalties by a court of law. Absences may be considered excused for personal illness, observance of a religious holy day, or other legitimate reasons acceptable to the school principal. For more information on attendance requirements, contact the Office of Student Support Services at 695-7242.

Student Conduct All students and parents have the ability to access the Student & Parent Handbook on the District’s website, www.ccisd.us. However, if a printed copy of the handbook is needed, copies are available at your child’s school. The handbook includes excerpts from the Student Code of Conduct and describes offenses and how the District handles them. Parents/guardians must accept responsibility for helping their children develop self-control. If students understand the purpose of discipline in schools, they can do their part to develop the habit of self-discipline and to make their school an effective place to learn. For more information on student conduct, contact the Office of Student Support Services at 695-7241.

Visit the District’s website, www.ccisd.us, and click on Have a Concern? for more information.

Early Release of Students A student may be released during school hours only to the person who signed the student’s enrollment form or who has legal custody of the student or to a person who has the parent’s written permission to have the student released. Proof of identity must be presented to the school office.

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Did you know... Elementary schools begin each day at 8 a.m. The school day ends at 3 p.m. Middle schools begin each day at 9 a.m. The school day ends at 4 p.m. High schools begin each day at 9 a.m. The school day ends at 4 p.m. Some CCISD campuses may vary in the times the school day begins and ends. Contact your student’s campus for correct times.

CCISD provides transportation for all students who live two miles or more from their assigned school. The distance a student lives is determined by measuring from the curb in front of their home using the closest paved street. Students residing within two miles of their assigned school may have transportation available if their neighborhood qualifies as hazardous under the District’s hazardous transportation rating system. Some students who attend more than one school to participate in vocational programs or classes not offered at their school are transported between campuses during school hours. Special Education students are eligible for transportation if need is established through the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) process.

Immunizations

For more information regarding transportation eligibility and for information regarding bus routes, contact the Office of Transportation at 878-1455 (regular education) or 878-2392 (special education).

All students shall be immunized according to Texas school immunization requirements. Exclusions from compliance are allowable for medical contradictions or reasons of conscience. State law requires the following immunizations: Polio, diphtheria, tetanus, Pertussis, measles (rubeola), mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, varicella (chickenpox), Haemophilus Influenza B (HiB), hepatitis A, pneumococcal conjugate and menigococcal. The school nurse can provide information on age-appropriate doses. Acceptable proof of immunization includes: physician-validated history of illness or personal immunization records from a licensed physician or public health clinic.

specified age-appropriate vaccine. To remain enrolled, the student must complete the required subsequent doses in each vaccine series on schedule and as rapidly as is medically feasible and provide acceptable evidence of vaccination to the school.

Provisional Enrollment: A student may be enrolled provisionally if the student meets one of the following criteria: • Transferring from one Texas public or private school to another • Student is defined as homeless according to the federal McKinney Vento Act • Student has received at least one dose of each

The Texas Department of State Health Services has made changes to school immunization requirements. Please visit their website for additional information, www.dshs.state.tx.us.

The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Health District will continue to immunize students who are on Medicaid, no insurance, or underinsured. Contact the Public Health District for more information regarding eligibility criteria at 826-7238. Parents who have CHIPS, private or commercial insurance will need to see their private physician or medical provider for needed vaccines for school immunization requirements.

Back to School Immunization Clinics Date: Thursday, August 8 Time: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Place: Hicks Elementary and Zavala Special Emphasis School Date: Saturday, August 24 Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Place: Corpus Christi-Nueces County Health Department For more information, please contact the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District at 826-7238.

For more information regarding immunization requirements, call the Office of Student Health

Services at 878-2680.

Special Education Services Campus Visitors

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Parents and other visitors are always welcome in District schools. However, all visitors must stop by the school office to let staff know of their presence and observe campus check-in procedures. Please see Page 6 of this Back to School publication for important details regarding new check-in procedures effective with the 2013-2014 school year. Visits to individual classrooms during instructional time are permitted only with approval of the principal, as long as their duration and/or frequency do not interfere with the delivery of instruction or disrupt the school environment.

If a child enrolled in a CCISD school is experiencing learning difficulties, the parent may contact the school principal to learn about the District’s overall general education referral or screening system for support services. This system links students to a variety of support options, including referral for a special education evaluation. Students having difficulty in the regular classroom should be considered for tutorial, compensatory, and other support services that are available to all students. If your child is currently receiving special education services, you may contact your school principal, the District’s Director for Special Education, or the Education Service Center, Region 2, for assistance in resolving any concerns regarding the provision of special education services to your child. You also have the right to contact the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in order to request voluntary mediation, file a complaint; or file a request for a due process hearing before an impartial hearing officer. Prior to the filing of a request for a hearing, confidential mediation may be scheduled at no cost to you. For more information regarding options for a child experiencing learning difficulties or a referral for evaluation for special education, call the Office of Special Education at 878-2680 or visit the TEA Legal Services, Special Education Dispute Resolution, website at www.tea.state.tx.us. None of the foregoing information is meant to constitute legal advice.

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NEW STUDENTS --Save time and enroll online!

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Districtwide Security Enhancements Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, new visitor check-in procedures will be implemented at all CCISD campuses. In an effort to increase the safety and security for all students, CCISD has acquired a districtwide visitor management system called Raptor. The new online system will replace traditional sign-in procedures. Raptor will produce uniform badges for all visitors, monitor volunteer hours, and electronically check all visitors against national and state registered sex offender databases. When visitors, volunteers, contractors/vendors check-in, or parents arrive to pick up students during school hours, they will be required to present one of the following forms of identification for scanning into the Raptor system: • a valid driver’s license, • official state photo identification card from any state and many countries, • and/or a military identification card. The Raptor system has the ability to provide alerts on individuals who may jeopardize the safety of the campus. We ask for your cooperation in presenting your valid ID when checking in at any of our District facilities and campuses. Additional information, including FAQ’s can be found on the District’s website, www.ccisd.us, and all campus home pages. Thank you in advance for helping us keep our students safe!

Sign Up for Emergency Notifications via Text CCISD is excited to announce an enhancement to the District’s emergency notification system for the 2013-2014 school year. Beginning in October, parents will have the option to receive important notifications delivered directly to their mobile device via text message.

The Corpus Christi Independent School District is excited to introduce a new feature available to students who are enrolling for the first time in CCISD. Parents/Guardians may now enroll students online by visiting the campus website and clicking on the Online Registration link. The new online enrollment system will allow parents/guardians to submit required information securely and conveniently. Once the online enrollment is complete, the following documents should be submitted to the campus to complete the registration process. Please note, the registration process is not complete until the following documents are submitted to the campus on registration day. • Birth Certificate • Current Immunization Records • Social Security Card • Proof of Residency (in-District) - Recent utility bill, rent receipt, tax receipt or current lease agreement indicating guardian's name and address • Recent school records and/or report card • Court order in existence pertaining to the child (if applicable) NEW

To complete the registration process: • Prekindergarten should register at their new school on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. • Kindergarten – Grade 5 should register at their new school Monday, August 12, 2013, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. • Middle and high school should visit with counselors/registrars at their new school campus.

Dates to Remember 2013-2014 Bus Routes Guide Guide is available on the District’s web site to provide the most up-to-date information on bus routes. myLunchmoney.com Parents may activate student’s account: Monday, August 19 First Day of School Monday, August 26

Computers are available for use at all CCISD campuses for those who may not have internet access. Contact your child’s school for assistance, if needed.

HB5 brings changes to assessment requirements Under House Bill 5 (HB 5), passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature and signed by the governor, high school students are now required to pass five State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) end-of-course exams to meet the new graduation requirements. Below are the HB5 highlights:

Parents who have signed up for online access to their child’s grades, attendance, homework assignments, upcoming events and other class information will now have the ability to personalize their online school experience. Online Parent Access for Student Success or P.A.S.S. accounts allow parents to view multiple student accounts with the security, ease and convenience of one log-in. This year, the online P.A.S.S. accounts will include a personal dashboard feature that will allow users to display only the information they choose, all in one place, on any device. The sleek, drag-and-drop interface and movable tiles allow the creation of an online environment with one-click access to the information most relevant to you.

• The five assessments under HB 5 include Algebra I, English I (combined reading/ writing), English II (combined reading/writing), biology, and U.S. history. End-of-course assessments will continue to be offered in these subject areas. • Students who have taken a required assessment – but have not yet passed – will still need to demonstrate satisfactory performance on that exam to meet the state’s graduation requirements. • Reading and writing are currently assessed separately in English I and English II. However, HB 5 requires reading and writing be combined and given in a single day. High school students who have passed English I or English II reading but not English I or English II writing (or vice versa) will still need to successfully complete the second test to meet graduation requirements. Existing state law does not allow the commissioner to waive a testing requirement. The English I and English II tests will continue to have separate reading and writing tests for the December 2013 test administration. English I and English II assessments that combine reading and writing will be available beginning in spring 2014. High school students who have not successfully completed a separate reading or writing assessment by that time will take the new combined English I or English II test. • Assessments in Algebra II, geometry, English III, chemistry, physics, world geography, and world history have been eliminated from the testing requirements. As a result, future assessment will not include testing for these courses. • The 15 percent grading requirement has also been eliminated. Under previous rules, a student’s score on the STAAR end-ofcourse exams would have counted 15 percent of the student’s final grade in each tested subject area. STAAR end-of-course performance has no impact on whether or not the student advances to the next course. • The STAAR end-of-course cumulative score component has also been eliminated.

Visit your campus website and sign up for a P.A.S.S. account. Click on My Dashboard to create your customizable web page today!

For more information on testing requirements and schedules, please contact the Office of Assessment and Accountability at 844-0396.

Contact information provided during the registration process will automatically be used for notifications as part of the emergency notification system. However, parents/guardians MUST opt-in for this feature to function. Those who provide a mobile device contact number will receive an opt-in text message during the month of October. In order to successfully receive emergency notification text messages, contact information (including cell phone number) must be up-to-date in our student information database. Please check with your child’s school to ensure contact information is correct. Please note, although CCISD does not charge for this service, it will not pay for text message charges that may be incurred for sending or receiving text messages. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.

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Athletics

Grading and Report Cards CCISD distributes progress reports and report cards during or at the end of each grading period to notify parents/guardians about how their child is academically performing in school. Parents must sign and return report cards each grading period. All academic subject grades are based on a numerical scale of 0-100. Any grade below 70 is failing. The campus grading guidelines are given to students and parents at the start of each school year. The District’s grading guidelines and the campus guidelines are available at each campus and at the CCISD Administration Building. Six-Week Grading Periods (used in all CCISD elementary and middle schools) 1st……………………….August 26 to October 4 2nd………………………October 7 to November 15 3rd……………………….November 18 to January 17 4th……………………….January 21 to February 28 5th……………………….March 3 to April 17 6th……………………….April 21 to June 5 Elementary and middle schools send report cards to parents six times during the year, shortly after the end of each six-week grading period: Friday, October 11 Friday, March 7 Friday, November 22 Friday, April 25 Friday, January 24 Thursday, June 5 (ES) Wednesday, June 11 (MS) Nine-Week Grading Periods (used in all CCISD high schools) 1st……………………….August 26 to October 25 2nd………………………October 28 to January 17 3rd……………………….January 21 to March 28 4th……………………….March 31 to June 5 High schools send report cards to parents four times during the year, shortly after the end of each nine-week grading period: Friday, November 1 Friday, April 4 Friday, January 24 Wednesday, June 11 No Pass/No Play Under the state’s “no pass/no play” law, a student must pass all courses for the previous reporting period to be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities. Failure to meet this requirement eliminates a student from competition or performance; however, the student is allowed to practice and/or rehearse with other students.

Athletics are an integral part of the District’s curriculum, and participation in a variety of team and individual sports is part of the education of students. High school athletics are operated in accordance with rules established by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and extracurricular guidelines established by the State Board of Education and the District. Middle schools’ interschool athletics also adhere to applicable guidelines and rules and regulations established by the District. CCISD offers the following sports for high school athletes: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Softball, Football, Swimming, Diving, Wrestling, Volleyball, Tennis, Golf, Track, and Soccer. Middle school sports offered are: Basketball, Cross Country, Volleyball, Football, Tennis, Golf, Swimming, Diving, and Track. In order to participate in any UIL extracurricular activity, including athletics and all other extracurricular activities, a student beginning the second year in high school must have earned five credits; a student beginning the third year of high school must have earned a total of 10 credits or five credits during the preceding 12 months; 15 credits or a total of five credits during the preceding 12 months. A District handbook entitled CCISD Student/Parent Athletic Handbook is distributed by the Office of Athletics at the beginning of each school year to acquaint student athletes and their families with eligibility guidelines, UIL policies, and District awards policy.

For more information on grading and report cards, contact individual campuses.

Graduation Requirements

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Students meet their graduation requirements by successfully completing the required number of credits and passing five statewide end-of-course exams in the areas of English (both reading and writing), English II (both reading and writing), algebra I, biology, and U.S. history. Please see Page 7 of this Back to School publication for additional information related to graduation requirements and the passage of House Bill 5. For additional information and details about particular course credits, consult your high school counselor or call the Department of Guidance and Counseling at 878-2680.

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Breakfast and Lunch CCISD cafeterias offer a wide variety of healthy food choices. The Office of Food Services is committed to providing quality breakfast and lunch options to ensure students get the nutritional fuel they need to be successful. Each of the approximately 50,000 meals served daily meets or exceeds the USDA’s daily dietary requirements as outlined under the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. Currently, nearly 26,000 CCISD students qualify for free or reduced price meals. We are pleased to announce the availability of applying for free and reduced price meals online. This process is safe, secure, private and convenient. Applying online allows for quicker processing so benefits can be received faster. Visit www.schoollunchapp.com to apply. This link can be found on every CCISD schools’ website as well as the District’s homepage. Paper applications for free and reduced price meals will remain available at each school and may also be found on the District’s web site www.ccisd.us. Click on Departments and then Food Services. Parents have the opportunity to pay for school meals online through www.mylunchmoney.com. By creating a secure online account, parents can manage their student’s breakfast/lunch money easily and conveniently. MyLunchmoney.com also allows parents to view their child’s meal purchases for the week. Additional benefits of the program include low balance and expired credit card notifications. Cash or check payments at the campuses will continue to be accepted. Students may acquire up to $4.50 of charges for meals. After $4.50 is owed, payment must be made in order to receive a meal. All CCISD elementary campuses will continue to participate in the Breakfast in the Classroom program. The program is designed to provide a free breakfast and a healthy start to the school day for all elementary students. Breakfast/lunch menus can be found on the District’s web site at www.ccisd.us under Quick Links. Check out the Food Services webpage for Nutritional Analysis and other information about our department or contact us at 844-0222. 2013-2014 Student Meal Prices Breakfast Lunch Elementary Schools-Free Elementary Schools-$1.40 Middle/High Schools-$1.00 Middle/High Schools-$1.50 Reduced Price All Schools-$.30 Reduced Price All Schools-$.30

After-School Care CCISD has a very strong partnership with the City of Corpus Christi to provide afterschool care for elementary age students. The after-school Latchkey Program is provided by the Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department. The Latchkey Program is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS). The program is held in the school cafeteria Monday through Friday, from the end of the school day until 6 p.m., August through May, observing the same holiday schedule as CCISD. Online pre-registration for Latchkey will be available in August on the Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department’s website, www.ccparkandrec.com. You may also register your child at the school he/she attends. For more information on the Latchkey program, contact the Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department at 826-3499 or visit www.ccparkandrec.com.

School Supplies and Dress Code Schools require students to bring certain basic supplies (paper, pencils, scissors, etc.) to class. Students may be asked to purchase additional supplies for individual classes. For a complete listing of supplies for each individual grade level and campus, contact your child’s school or click here. The District distributes school supply lists to local retail stores. School supply lists can also be found on the CCISD website, www.ccisd.us. Dress code requirements are determined at the school level. Contact your child’s school for details.

Health Services In the case of injuries and/or illnesses during the school day, the school nurse is available to help. The parent/guardian listed on the Emergency Health Card, distributed to each student at the beginning of the school year, will be contacted when an injury or illness occurs. Please list all emergency contact phone numbers when completing the Emergency Health Card. Contact the school with any changes in home and/or telephone numbers of the adult listed. All prescription medications to be given at school will require written authorization signed by the physician and parent. For more information, contact your school nurse or the Office of Student Health Services at 878-2680, ext. 44926.

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Keeping Every Youth in School CCISD will hit the streets once again this year to help keep kids in school through Operation K.E.Y.S. Operation K.E.Y.S. (Keeping Every Youth in School) is a dropout recovery program developed by CCISD’s Office of High School Completion, in partnership with the City of Corpus Christi and the Diocese of Corpus Christi. Operation K.E.Y.S. is a community walk scheduled for Saturday, September 7, 2013. The purpose of the community walk is to visit out-of-school youth to reconnect them with school.

Volunteering in Our Schools CCISD encourages volunteering in our schools. Parents, guardians, and stakeholders interested in volunteering on CCISD campuses or at school-based functions will need to complete the online volunteer registration form. The volunteer application process is available on the District’s website, www.ccisd.us. Here, prospective volunteers will find information on the registration process, exemption information, and additional guidelines. Individuals wishing to volunteer must complete the online approval process and present the approval letter and valid identification before being allowed to volunteer on CCISD campuses or school-related functions.

Are you willing to help CCISD recruit these youth back to school? Volunteers are needed for the day of the walk. For more information including volunteer opportunities, please contact the Office of High School Completion at 844-0432, ext. 182, or visit the District’s website, www.ccisd.us.

GPS (Guidance + Partnership = Success) CCISD is reaching out to the community in search of mentors for the GPS (Guidance + Partnership = Success) Mentoring Program. The program is aimed to pair mentors to nearly 500 at-risk students from across the city. The goal of the GPS program is to ensure at-risk students persist in grades, behavior, and attendance resulting in a successful completion of all course requirements by the end of their freshman year. Research shows that students begin to drop out-of-school around the 9th grade. By targeting these students earlier, they will have a more successful transition to high school and completion of course requirements. Mentoring is one of the best ways to increase assets in young people. A good mentor is someone who is supportive, can empathize with the student, is flexible, and can see solutions or opportunities to problems and boundaries. Individuals interested in mentoring a CCISD student can contact the Office of Instructional Support at 878-2555 for more information.

For more information, please contact the Office of Family and Community Involvement at 844-0442.

CCEF The Corpus Christi Education Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funds annually to support Corpus Christi Independent School District in becoming a world class school system. With funds raised through Partners for World Class Schools Annual Campaign, the Corpus Christi Education Foundation awards funds to classrooms, schools and for districtwide initiatives that promote innovation, a culture of college readiness for all, and recognize student achievement and teaching excellence. For more information on the Corpus Christi Education Foundation, including ways to donate, visit www.ccef-ccisd.org.

Mission &Vision Our mission…. The mission of the Corpus Christi Independent School District is to develop the hearts and minds of all students, preparing them to be lifelong learners who continue their education, enter the world of work, and become productive citizens.

Our vision… Our vision is to be a world class school system where every student is a learner, every learner is a graduate, and every graduate is a success. Every student a learner...every learner a graduate...every graduate a success!

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CORPUS CHRISTI INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

2013 - 2014

SCHOOL CALENDAR August 2013

Important Dates Aug. 26: First Day of School June 5: Last Day of School Jan. 20, April 18: Inclement Weather Days (possible days) Dec. 20 & June 5: One Hour Early Dismissal

Holidays

October 2013

September 2013

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2 3

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6 7

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4 5

8

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8

9 10 11 12 13 14

8

9 10 11 12

4

5

6

7

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4

5

6

7

3

11 12 13 14 15 16 17

15 16 17 18 19 20 21

13 14 15 16 17 18 19

18 19 20 21 22 23 24

22 23 24 25 26 27 28

20 21 22 23 24 25 26

25 26 27 28 29 30 31

29 30

27 28 29 30 31

Sept. 2.....................................Labor Day Oct. 14 .......................Staff Development Nov. 25-29 ......................... Thanksgiving Dec. 23-Jan. 3 ...................Winter Break

November 2013

December 2013

Jan. 6 .........................Staff Development

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6 7

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Jan. 20 .........Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March 10-14 .......................Spring Break April 18...........................................Easter May 26 .............................. Memorial Day July 4.........................Independence Day

Student 1/2 Day Early Release Days

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4

5

6

7

3

4

5

January 2014 S M T W T 5 6

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8

9 10 11

10 11 12 13 14 15 16

15 16 17 18 19 20 21

12 13 14 15 16 17 18

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

22 23 24 25 26 27 28

19 20 21 22 23 24 25

24 25 26 27 28 29 30

29 30 31

26 27 28 29 30 31

January 17, 2014 Pre-K AM ..................................8:00 - 9:45 AM Pre-K PM ..............................10:00 - 11:30 AM Elementary ....................................... 11:30 AM Middle School & High School..........12:30 PM

Grading Periods Six-Week Grading Periods

February 2014 S M T W T

March 2014

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April 2014

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9 10 11 12

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7 8

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9 10 11 12 13 14 15

9 10 11 12 13 14 15

13 14 15 16 17 18 19

2nd .................Oct. 7 - Nov. 15 (29 days)

16 17 18 19 20 21 22

16 17 18 19 20 21 22

20 21 22 23 24 25 26

3rd ............... Nov. 18 - Jan. 17 (29 days)

23 24 25 26 27 28

23 24 25 26 27 28 29

27 28 29 30

1st...................Aug. 26 - Oct. 4 (29 days)

4th ............... Jan. 21 - Feb. 28 (29 days)

30 31

5th .................. Mar. 3 - Apr. 17 (29 days) 6th .................April 21 - June 5 (33 days) Nine-Week Grading Periods 1st................ Aug. 26 - Oct. 25 (43 days)

May 2014

July 2014

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4 5

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9 10 11 12 13 14

8

9 10 11 12

2nd ...............Oct. 28 - Jan. 17 (44 days) 3rd ................Jan. 21 - Mar. 28 (44 days)

June 2014

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5

6

7

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4

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6

7

3

4th .................Mar. 31 - June 5 (47 days)

11 12 13 14 15 16 17

15 16 17 18 19 20 21

13 14 15 16 17 18 19

1st Semester .............Aug. 26 - Jan. 17

18 19 20 21 22 23 24

22 23 24 25 26 27 28

20 21 22 23 24 25 26

25 26 27 28 29 30 31

29 30

27 28 29 30 31

(87 days) 2nd Semester ............ Jan. 21 - June 5 (91 days) Total Instructional Days ................. 178

Revision - Approved by the Board of Trustees: July 22, 2013

Teacher Work Year................187 Days

LEGEND:

Holiday Campus Prof. Development Teacher Prep Day Teacher Induction Orientation Districtwide Prof. Development

1/2 Day Teacher Prep Day First Day of School

PD Exchange Days Last Day of School

CCISD Back to school 2014  
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