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Important Upcoming Dates July 2020

Important Upcoming Dates Junior High and High School Schedule Pickup All students MUST bring packets filled out and proof of residency to get a schedule this......

Football Meeting

Football Meeting

There will be a football meeting on Monday, August 3rd at 6:00 pm. ...

High School Teacher of the Year

High School Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to our High School Teacher of the Year Angie Andrews. Mrs. Andrews has twenty years of teaching experience with eleven of those years in Big Sandy. She......

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Moriah Phillips , about 4 hours ago

Heads up Wildcat Families: Due to microwaves being a high touch surface area the school has made the decision to remove them for use in the cafeteria. Please plan to send items with your child/children that do not need to be heated. Also, outside food items cannot be delivered - students must bring their lunch with them or eat in the cafeteria. Thank you for your understanding about this change. As soon as the CDC guidelines allow they will be returned.

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Moriah Phillips , 4 days ago

Important Upcoming Dates Junior High and High School Schedule Pickup All students MUST bring packets filled out and proof of residency to get a schedule this includes students who will be doing remote learning. Monday, August 3rd from 8:00 am - 11:00 am 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Bring Packets completed (filled out) with proof of residency. HS Office for 9, 10, 11, 12 JH Office for 7, 8 For working parents of the above grade levels the HS Office will be open until 6:20 pm for schedule pick up on August 4th, and August 6th. Bring packets and proof of residency. Tuesday, August 4th from 6:30:7:30 pm there will be a 6th Grade Reception in Cafeteria for student’s with Last Names starting with A-G. Thursday, August 6th from 6:30:7:30 pm there will be a 6th Grade Reception in Cafeteria for student’s with Last Names starting with H-Z. Monday, August 10th - Football Meeting 6:00 pm at Wildcat Stadium August 10, 2020 - Aurora Concepts will be hosting a shot clinic from 4:00-6:00 in the nurse’s office. Shots that will be administered include boosters, 7th grade, and pre-college. You must enter through the black gate at the digital sign area. Meet the Teacher will be Elementary Campus only. Monday, August 10th - PK-2nd grade GIRLS- 4:00-5:00 PK-2nd grade BOYS- 5:15-6:15 Tuesday, August 11th 3rd -5th grade GIRLS-4:00-5:00 3rd -5th grade BOYS-5:15-6:15

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Mike Burns , 18 days ago

Hello Big Sandy Family. I know that many of you have questions regarding the start of school on August 12th. Currently, the district plans on starting school in person but also providing families the choice to attend school online. The district has developed several documents that will give you more information and help guide you in your decision-making process. The first form is a letter regarding the differences between the two types of learning. It can be found by clicking this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSTatYtImrfzKG7eP9vj1TpkrjJIFaU1vPfgG-vyp0aSTWGnKCJd9SZuqjwOhZ9caVSL9iBRpiTiaLJ/pub The second link is a FAQ page that will answer many of your questions on in-person vs. remote learning. It can be found by clicking this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vR20w6hFd23gs3uXka9Xh0tq-8C3dK7Ehc4QuIvCNrCdsuYyb1uX_9M6pNwCNbZzyFwBOyZsq1jpntU/pub Finally, the district asks that you make a commitment to either face-to-face learning or remote learning so that plans can be made to best provide resources to all of our students. That link can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdXRSRdI5dVH3nlWIJDuhzRvhbupIXguG-MPmrH_E7bPK2Big/viewform?usp=sf_link As always, thank you for all of your patience and understanding during this time. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

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Mike Burns , about 1 month ago

Dear Big Sandy ISD (Students, Parents, Faculty, and Staff): Over the last four months or so, I’ve spent most of my time talking about navigating through the COVID crisis by uttering one phrase - “We just don’t know.” This time has been a difficult time for anyone who has a connection to our schools. Nothing has been normal, and public schools have had to pivot and change, frequently daily. Through it all, educators have answered the challenge. In about six weeks, Big Sandy ISD will start school again for the 2020-21 school year. There are still many things that “we just don’t know,” but after spending the last month working in this district, there ARE many things that I DO know: No matter what school looks like in the fall, Big Sandy ISD is full of amazing people who will love your children, and do everything they can to support them either in person or through remote instruction. Our staff misses our students. I hear it every day. We can’t wait to get back to normal, but normal might still look a little different for a while. No matter what school looks like, I can promise you that your students will be loved and cared for by the teachers, staff, and administration in Big Sandy ISD. While “we don’t know” precisely what school will look like in the fall, I do know that there is a fantastic team of people in place that have been working so hard this summer to make sure that your students will be safe. The district team is developing plans to implement as many safety measures as possible while still trying to maintain a sense of normalcy for our students. The school will look different, but we will be as safe as we can be, and we will do everything in our power to make sure your children are comfortable while with us during the school day. For those of you who will choose to keep your students at home and learn remotely to start the year, we are also working on plans that will help them learn and feel a connection to their teachers and other students as the year begins. If we have to wear masks, I can promise you that our teachers and staff will have a plan to teach students the right way to wear them and why it is important to do so. Just like we teach students how to read and write, we will teach students how to navigate the requirements of living in a COVID-19 world. If we don’t have to wear masks, our teachers will teach students the best way to social distance and use proper hygiene to ensure that they are safe when they are with us. Our teachers and staff love your kids, and we will do everything we can to keep them safe. That is one thing that I do know. Last spring, our students, and especially our seniors, missed out on so many rites of passage usually experienced during the spring. “We don’t know” what we will and will not be able to do as the year begins. But I do know that no matter what happens in the fall, we will do everything to ensure that even if events get canceled, we figure out ways to make up for it when this virus starts to go away. I DO know that none of this has been normal. Our kids are hurting. Our kids are missing their friends. And even though many might not want to admit it, our kids are missing being at school. When our students come back, we will be there for them. We will teach them, but we will also listen to them, talk to them, comfort them, and begin to feel normal again. During my first week in Big Sandy, a superintendent from a neighboring district told me that I “landed” in a great place. After finishing my first month in the district, I know why that superintendent was right. I have met some of the nicest, caring, and respectful people that I’ve ever been around during my career in public education. Almost every person I’ve talked to has mentioned positive things about our children and their role in their lives. I’m so thankful that I “landed” in Big Sandy ISD and can’t wait to meet even more of you in the coming weeks. There will be some difficult decisions ahead, and not everyone will be pleased with some of the choices that we make as a team, but I promise you we will make those decisions with love in regards to what we believe is best for ALL of our kids. This much I DO know. I also know that you will be hearing more from us in the next few weeks as things become clearer. Please pay attention to your mailboxes, our website, and our Facebook page as we make announcements in the coming weeks. Thank you so much for trusting our team and me with your kids. I can’t wait to start meeting all of them soon. Mike Burns Superintendent Big Sandy ISD

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