2021 Fall Intersession

Intersession
Is my child required to attend Intersession weeks?

Students in 4th - 12th grades who did not reach the “approaches” level on one or more spring STAAR or End of Course exam are required to attend intersession week as a stipulation of House Bill 4545.


Students in Kindergarten - 3rd grade who scored below grade level on the beginning of the year (August) or middle of the year (January)  reading or math MAP Growth tests are also required to attend intersession weeks.  


Students who did not do well on Curriculum Based Assessments in September and December but meet all other achievement requirements will be encouraged to attend to remediate the skills they did not master during the first and second nine week periods.


Students who are not required to attend may choose to “opt-in” to intersession weeks.  The opt-in period for the October intersession week is September 7-17, and the opt-in period for the February intersession week is January 8-18. 

 

How will I know if my child is required to attend?

Students who were required to attend due to low STAAR / EOC tests were notified early in the school year.  Reminders will be sent in September and January to all parents of students who are required to attend.


Students who did not meet grade level expectations on beginning of the year or middle of the year tests will be notified in early September and mid-January  of their need to attend.


What if my child is required to attend but does not?

Students who are required to attend will be marked absent.  These absences will be treated as any other absence for the purpose of course credit, truancy, and perfect attendance awards.


If my child is required to attend intersession week in October, will they automatically be required to attend in February?

Not necessarily.  Students who reach the “approaches” level on all of the December end of course retests will not be required to attend in February.  Students in Kindergarten - 3rd grade who score on grade level on their January reading and math MAP Growth tests will not be required to attend in February.


Will transportation be provided?

Buses will run during intersession week just as they would any other school day.


Will breakfast and lunch be provided?

Students will have breakfast in their classrooms and receive lunch just as they would any other school day.  As a reminder, breakfasts and lunches are provided to students free of charge this school year.


What will the day look like for my child?

Intersession week will be divided into eight sections - a morning and afternoon section each day.  Some sessions will be targeted, grade level skills while others will provide enrichment opportunities such as robotics, music, art, science labs, computer coding, etc.  Students will be individually scheduled into sections based on their individual needs.  


PBTISD staff members will lead all sections and provide a number of hands-on activities throughout the day.


How do I opt my child into intersession week?  

You can opt your child into intersession week by completing this Google Form.  The opt-in window for the fall session is September 7-17, 2021.  The opt-in window for the spring session is January 18-28, 2022.

 
If my child opts into intersession week, must he/she attend all four days?

Due to the amount of planning required and the need to hire staff members, we are asking that all students who opt into intersession week attend all four days.


Who should I talk to if I have additional questions about intersession week?

Please reach out to your child’s principal with any additional questions.

WHO:

REQUIRED:  All current 4th - 12th grade students who did not meet the “approaches” level on one or more STAAR / EOC tests in the spring of 2021 are required to attend intersession week all four days as part of House Bill 4545.  TEA House Bill 4545 FAQ - mandatory attendance requirements updated 8.26.21 (see #17)


All Kindergarten - 3rd grade students who scored below grade level on recent NWEA Map Growth reading or math tests are required to attend intersession week all four days.


Any PBTISD student who would like to “opt-in” may choose to attend all four days during intersession week.  Because of the amount of planning required and the benefit of attending, we are asking that all students who “opt in” do so for the full four days. The “opt-in” period will be from September 9-17, 2021.


WHAT:

Targeted grade-level instruction will be provided to participants.  Students with significant gaps from the previous year will also receive remediation support.  Students opting in without specific academic concerns will be provided enrichment opportunities.  Enrichment opportunities may include robotics, music, art, science experiments, coding, and much more.


WHEN:

October 12 - 15, 2021 and February 22 - 25, 2022 from 8:00am - 3:45pm


WHERE:

All Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD campuses


WHY:

To provide targeted accelerated learning opportunities for all students as required by House Bill 4545 and to ensure student success.


HOW:

  • Teachers will be hired and paid at their daily rate to support learning during intersession weeks.  
  • Hands-on lessons will be prepared by teachers to target specific grade-level TEKS.
  • Students will attend two sessions each day for a total of eight sessions the week.
  • Each student will be scheduled into specific academic and enrichment groups.

Please contact your campus principal if you have additional questions.