Congratulations to our amazing young ladies who received Academic All-State Honors from the Texas High School Coaches Association and the Texas Army National Guard for Volleyball. They maintained an overall average of 92 or above throughout the season. Please congratulate them when you see them!
1st Team Volleyball:
VHS Band just wrapped up HS All-Region auditions and did very well! Below are students that made the Regional Band:
William Neavin-Bass Clarinet
Hannah White-Bass Clarinet (advanced to Area)
Christopher Henson-Tuba (advanced to Area)
Students that advancing to Area have a chance to make the All-State Band! They did very well, and improved on last year's results. If you see these students, please congratulate them!
Congratulations to the amazing cast and crew of Venus Middle School's One Act Play troop on making us more than proud at UIL Competition. They earned a perfect score on their performance of The Diary of Adam and Eve. They overcame adversity in the form of having to cancel over half of their rehearsals due to COVID issues, and managed to earn record high score for the campus.
Jessica Hernandez and Hunter Fudge won Best Actor and Actress, the two top awards of the competition. Evelyn Smith won All Star Cast, Averi Sansom won Honorable Mention, and Alexia Kabo won the Technical Theatre award. Madelyn Ward rounding out the crew doing a great job on the lights, and Janeth Andrade and Rachel Dunning did a fantastic job as cast members. Be sure to congratulate these Bulldogs on a job well done!
The Texas Association of School Boards sponsors the Stand Up for Texas Public Schools Award to recognize the generous assistance provided to districts by businesses and community organizations. By recognizing those who are standing up for public schools each year, we hope to thank those who deserve it and also encourage others to step up to help. Congratulations to the following recipients!
Gerdau Metals Recycling, Midlothian
Linebarger and Associates Attorneys at Law
Iglesia Luterana San Gabriel
Martin-Marietta: Midlothian Cement Plant
Global Tool and Technology
Please congratulate these young men for their accomplishments in the classroom and on the field of play! Great job, Bulldogs!
2nd Team - Academic All-State Football
Honorable Mention - Academic All-State Football
Venus ISD recognizes that the most effective learning environment for students is in a face-to-face classroom setting. Because of this, many online students have fallen behind, and some are experiencing attendance issues. This is not restricted to Venus ISD, as schools across the state and nation are experiencing the same. Therefore, beginning Wednesday, January 6, 2021, Venus ISD will discontinue online learning for all students except for those who wish to remain online, and demonstrate one of the following:
How to qualify for one of these exceptions:
Documented Medical Concerns:
If your child has a medical condition that places them in undue risk, please acquire a doctor’s signature on this form and return the document to your campus office by 4:00 p.m. December 11, 2020.
If your child needs to be quarantined due to a positive test, or close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted.
Demonstrated Academic Success and Good Attendance:
If, by most recently completed six weeks, your child has demonstrated academic success by passing all core classes and has no more than 2 unexcused absences for this time period, you have the option to return to on-campus learning or remain online.
Appeals can be made on this form, and will be evaluated by the committee; determination will be handled individually. If an appeal is received for a student with a disability with an IEP or 504 plan, the ARD or 504 committee will convene to review student needs. Appeals must be sent to the campus principal by December 11, 2020.
All students currently enrolled in on-campus learning will remain on-campus learners.
All students new to VISD will enroll as on-campus learners unless there are documented medical concerns regardless of placements in previous districts.
Congratulations to the following Bulldogs on earning All District Honors for Football!
#3 - Kolby Kirk - JR - OLB
#8 - Luke Schaefer - SR - WR
#20 - Andrew Handlin - SR - RB
#21 - Ismael Lucio - JR - WR
#71 - Carlos Quijano - JR - DL
#2 - Gabe Garcia - SR - DB
#4 - Bryce Brown - SR - QB
#10 - Jeremiah Hall - SR - WR
#67 - Ray Martin - SR - OL
#5 - Galvin Hawes - Soph - DB
#28 - Enrique Garcia - JR - ILB
#50 - Jaime Gonzalez - JR - OL
All are invited to enjoy a fun evening of fun while giving local kids a great Christmas. Public servants from the City of Venus will be playing Venus ISD staff members in a one-pitch kickball game on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 7 PM. The price of admission is one unwrapped toy. For more information email CONTACT@VENUSPOLICE.ORG or LIZABETH.GROO@VENUSISD.NET.
Venus ISD is focused on the growth and achievement of each student, each day. The data we have thus far shows that on average, Connected Learning students are not performing as effectively as On-Campus students. Research is consistent that online instruction is not the most effective learning environment for the vast majority of K-12 students.
After reviewing student performance and attendance data, the Venus ISD Board of Trustees voted to approve the Superintendent’s recommendation to conclude Connected Learning after Christmas break. Our intent is to prevent students from getting so far behind in learning that they are not able to achieve at the appropriate grade level by the end of the academic year. Remote asynchronous learning will be available to students who have been advised by their healthcare provider or any federal, state, or local governmental authority to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.
Venus ISD is committed to providing the best and safest learning environment possible, even in the midst of this pandemic. Therefore, to further mitigate COVID-19’s impact on learning, we are adding 12 classrooms, via portable buildings, to provide additional space for appropriate distancing. We will maintain existing measures, such as disinfecting surfaces throughout the day, sanitizing nightly, and screening students for fevers each morning. We will also implement additional temperature screening throughout the day, in order to identify developing health issues more expediently. In addition, VISD administration is currently finalizing details of providing free, on-site COVID-19 testing that would also include a respiratory panel with results in 24 hrs.
Options for families that would like to consider alternative possibilities for education other than returning to campus include:
If you choose to withdraw, please contact the campus(es) of your child(ren) by December 18, 2020 at the following numbers:
Venus High School 972.366.8815
Venus Middle School 972.366.3358
Venus Elementary 972.366.3748
Venus Primary School 972.366.3268
In order to provide your child(ren) the greatest opportunity for academic success, we highly encourage you to start them back with to face to face learning as soon as possible.
Thank you for your continued support.
James Hopper, Superintendent – Venus ISD
Education is key to preventing cyberbullying. The links below can help you teach your children to be excellent digital citizens, and to understand how their online behavior affects others.
K-2: The Power of Words
3-5: Keeping Games Fun and Friendly
6-8: If I Share__ What will Happen?
9-12: Friendships and Boundaries
Check out the links below to learn about our digital footprint (the trail of data we create from online activity) and online identity:
K-2: Follow the Digital Trail
3-5: Thinking about our Digital Footprint
6-8: Digital Footprints: Looking at our Online Selves
9-12: Oversharing and your Digital Footprint
Online safety is just as important as physical safety. Check out the links below to see how to help your kids make good decisions online that will help them build safe online habits.
K-2: Safe and Smart Online Adventures
3-5: Safe and Smart Online Adventures
6-8: Protecting your Personal Info
9-12: Protecting your Privacy
We want to help empower you as a parent to talk to your child about digital citizenship and how to be safe online. Each day this week we will post links for activities you can do as a family. These are broken into grade levels. Today’s links are all about balance.
K-2: Media Balance is Important
3-5: Media Balance Check-up
6-8: Balance with a Bedtime Checklist
9-12: Screen Time: How Much is Too Much?
Venus ISD students are the best and brightest around! VISD is committed to providing all students with instructional programs supporting each student, as they strive to reach their greatest potential.
Recommendation form will be available upon request through the school counselor. All nomination forms are due Friday, October 2nd. Late forms will not be accepted.
*All VISD 1st grade students will participate in a G/T Screening process, so nomination forms are not needed.*
Christy Thorman Hollis Moore
District G/T Coordinator Assistant Superintendent
Bulldog Parents, please be aware of the following notice from the University Interscholastic League (UIL), which is the governing body for school athletic events in Texas. Venus ISD will follow UIL rules at all applicable events.
Athletic Directors and Football Coaches,
As we continue into fall seasons, it is critical that schools are diligent in following these risk-mitigation guidelines. Schools are still required to follow Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-29 related to face coverings. Schools may allow spectators to attend contests up to a maximum of 50% of a venue’s capacity, provided appropriate spacing as prescribed in the guidelines is maintained. UIL has posted some sample pre-game and public address announcements online that schools may use to help remind spectators of the guidelines to be followed.
Schools not following these guidelines are subject to sanctions, including suspension of contests or discontinuation of public access to games, by the local UIL District Executive Committee and/or UIL State Executive Committee.
Points of Emphasis from Executive Order GA-29 concerning Face Coverings:
Points of Emphasis concerning Spectators, Audiences, Fans and Media found in UIL COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Guidelines:
Additional Reminders for Games:
Thank you for all of your work leading up to the season and for your continued work throughout the remainder of the season. If you have any question that we can assist you with, please contact us at email@example.com
Dr. Susan Elza
Director of Athletics
Parents and Guardians of Venus ISD students:
The break from regular classroom has been long, and we are all ready to return. Venus ISD plans to start classes on Tuesday, August 18. Registration for returning students continues through August 4.
The most effective means of education is face-to-face instruction with the teacher. However, it is easy to understand why some parents are unsure about whether to send their children back to school. Therefore, parents may choose to register their children for On-Line (Connected) Learning. Either way offers parents the flexibility to choose what is best for their family situation. Students will have the ability to have their classroom setting changed at the Six Weeks grading period.
Every effort is being made to safeguard the health of our students and staff members. Throughout the school year, we will continue providing teachers with opportunities to work and learn while mitigating risks to COVID-19.
We want to make sure that you are well informed about the measures we will be taking to keep your children safe and your families healthy. Please see the list below for detailed information on the variety of measures that will be in place for On-Campus learning:
Teachers & Staff
Any individuals who themselves either: (a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine any of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met:
Circumstances involving COVID-19 change almost daily. Therefore, state and local mandates as well as local interests are almost certain to change. Please be assured that we will change and adjust accordingly. Our goal is to partner with you to provide your child with the best learning experience, in spite of COVID-19. As our partner, please let us know if there is something we can do that will increase your comfort level with sending your child to On-Campus learning by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Superintendent, Venus Independent School District
Venus ISD will begin classes on-campus and online on August 18, 2020
Registration for returning students continues through August 4, 2020
In-person assistance is available at Venus High School on the following dates:
Thursday July 30, 2020 3PM-7PM
Friday July 31, 2020 3PM-7PM
Saturday August 1, 2020 10AM-2PM
Computers will be available for parents to complete registration and Spanish translators will also be present.
Many attempting to register for school today ran into technical difficulties. Therefore, Venus ISD Registration dates will start Monday, July 20 at 8:00 a.m., and run through August 4.
On Thursday, 7/16, at 7:00 p.m., Venus ISD Superintendent James Hopper will discuss Re-Opening Plans and gather input from parents.
Venus ISD Parents/Guardians,
The unfortunate health situation in our state is changing daily. Most recently, the COVID-19 incidents have increased dramatically. We appreciate your understanding, patience, and grace as we all navigate this situation together.
We have been working all summer to plan for the 20-21 school year. In a recent survey of Venus ISD parents, almost 80% of the surveys returned said that you would rather have learning happen on campus this fall. We all want our school year to begin as normally as possible; however, there will have to be some safety precautions.
As with all school districts, we had been hoping to get a little more guidance from state sources regarding the health situation, specifically social distancing restrictions and the constraints that will be placed on the classroom environment, transportation, student meals, and so forth. In the absence of this direction, we are pressing forward, and will continue to work with guidance from health officials regarding the safest manner in which to return to school this year.
We want to inform you of options for the coming school year:
On-Campus (Face-to-face) Instruction
We will make sure that our students can be back on campus with their teachers in a way that maximizes safety for students and staff. This will be done through routine disinfecting of surfaces, appropriate and feasible social distancing, hand washing, and use of personal protective equipment.
Connected (At-Home) Instruction
In addition, we are going to offer learning options for those who may have health concerns for their students or for others in the household. For those who are not comfortable with on-campus instruction at this time, we are offering Connected (virtual) Instruction. Your student already has (or will be issued) a Chromebook to use for this type of instruction. Please note that the Connected Learning will adhere to the same attendance and grading polices as on-campus classes.
In order for us to accurately plan for the 20-21 school year, please take a moment to fill out the brief survey, via the link below, indicating your preferences. Please note that answering the survey does not lock you into your decision. It simply gives us valuable feedback so we can more effectively and efficiently plan for the beginning of the school year.
We look forward to the ongoing partnership with parents in the coming weeks leading up to the school year. There will be much more information in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, please email any questions to email@example.com.
Key upcoming dates include the following:
La situación de salud en nuestro estado está cambiando diariamente. Más recientemente, los incidentes de COVID-19 han aumentado dramáticamente. Apreciamos su comprensión, paciencia y gracia mientras todos navegamos juntos por esta situación.
En una encuesta reciente de padres de Venus ISD, casi 80% de las encuestas devueltas dijeron que preferiría tener un aprendizaje presencial en persona este otoño. Todos queremos que nuestro año escolar comience lo más normalmente posible, sin embargo, deberán tomarse algunas precauciones de seguridad. Como todos los distritos escolares, habíamos esperado obtener más información de las fuentes estatales con respecto a la situación de salud, específicamente las restricciones de distanciamiento social y las restricciones que se impondrán del aula, el transporte, las comidas de los estudiantes, etc. En ausencia de esta dirección, continuamos trabajando con la orientación de los funcionarios de salud sobre la forma más segura de regresar a la escuela este año.
Instrucción cara a cara (en la escuela)
Nos aseguraremos de que nuestros estudiantes puedan estar cara a cara con sus maestros de una manera que maximice la seguridad para los estudiantes y el personal. Esto se realizará mediante una programa de desinfección regular, distanciamiento social apropiado y factible, lavado de manos y uso de equipo de protección personal.
Instrucción conectada (en el hogar)
Además, vamos a ofrecer opciones de aprendizaje conectadas para aquellos que puedan tener inquietudes de salud para sus estudiantes u otras personas en el hogar. Para aquellos que no se sienten cómodos con la instrucción cara a cara en este momento, ofrecemos instrucción conectada (en el hogar). Su estudiante ya tiene (o se le emitirá) un Chromebook para usar para este tipo de instrucción. Se tomarán asistencia y calificaciones, y las clases serán diseñadas y enseñadas por maestros de Venus ISD.
Haga clic en el enlace abajo para completar la breve encuesta que acompaña a esta carta. Tu decisión no es definitiva. Esta es información crítica para que la usemos en la planificación del año escolar 2020-21.
Esperamos una asociación continua con las familias de Venus ISD con más información próximamente. Mientras tanto, envíe sus preguntas por correo electrónico a firstname.lastname@example.org.