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Director’s Note

Director’s Note

Dear Chinquapin Families-

The semester is in full swing!  The campus has an enlightening buzz of youthful energy that has brought everything back together!  We are so excited about the school year and are grateful to be a part of your child(ren)’s educational journey! The following are a few community updates we would like to share.

Community

  • Faculty/Staff Update

Chinquapin is currently still understaffed. The teacher shortage crisis is extremely concerning and we are continuing to search for high quality instructors. Chinquapin is in need of a Humanities teacher (English and History) and a Science teacher.  I know having substitutes is not ideal. Substitutes are a short-term solution. Faculty members and I have stepped up to teach additional courses for the remainder of the year. If you know someone who is interested, please go to our website and take a look at the job opportunities that are available. I am working diligently to fill these positions and am continuing to seek local candidates as well as candidates from out of state. Communication welcoming new community members will go out as soon as a position is filled.

  • C.A.P.S.

The Chinquapin Association of Parents and Students (C.A.P.S.) is hosting its first meeting on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 9 am in the Chinquapin dining hall. (A virtual option is available on the school calendar on the website.) All families and students are part of C.A.P.S., so please join us as we launch the school year! Joining C.A.P.S. is a perfect way to stay involved and stay connected with your child and the school! 

School Safety

  • Campus Drills

Chinquapin prioritizes school safety!  We will have drills throughout the year to practice what to do in case of an emergency.  Faculty/staff completed safety training, students attended a safety orientation, and we have already had two fire drills within the first two weeks of school. The entire campus will work together to continue practicing safety!

  • Checking In/Checking Out Students

We have increased our security! The gates now have cameras and all visitors must show ID when they are checked in at the office. Don’t forget to come to the office to check in and check out a student. 

  • Transportation and Buses

Many thanks to all of you who are dropping off and picking up your student on the west side of campus–not in the U-shaped parking lot!  This has really helped traffic congestion with our buses and increased student safety. Please never drive around buses in parking lots (including at the off site bus stops).  Wait until all students have gotten off the bus and the bus driver lets everyone know it’s clear. Maintaining safety at pick-up and drop-off is incredibly important for the entire community.

Communication

  • Automated Messages

The automated messages that Chinquapin’s phone system sends out in case of an emergency or to let you know about an upcoming event are available in English and Spanish. If you are not receiving messages in your preferred language, please let us know.  Please also make sure that the school’s number, 281-426-5551, is saved in your contacts so you do not accidentally miss the call.  If you are not receiving messages, please contact the school office to make sure we have the correct contact information.  This year messages are being sent via e-mail, phone call, and we’ve added text messaging as well.

  • School Calendar

Please pay attention to the School Calendar located on the student and parent portals on the website. This calendar is updated digitally and will change throughout the school year.  When major changes occur, messages will go out to the community using our automated messages, but physical copies will not be mailed.

Thank you for your continued engagement and support while we continue to focus on prioritizing academics, safety, and communication!

Sincerely,

Dorothy Scrutchin, Ed.D.

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Highlands, TX 77562

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