Important Summer Information and Forms

HMS Electives Preference Selection

Important dates for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • Thursday, July 30: All summer forms, including updated immunization record (or exemption), due to the office
  • Wednesday, August 19: First day of school; half-day

Required Immunizations must be administered and immunization record (or exemption) on file prior to attending class.

An independent screener will be available at the school in October to perform state-mandated vision and hearing screening, Acanthosis Nigricans (AN) screening, and spinal screening for a nominal fee.  You are welcome to have your child’s physician perform these screenings over the summer, if you prefer.  The screening requirements are as follows:

  • Vision and hearing screening: required for 4-year-olds, K, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and new students
  • Acanthosis Nigricans (AN) screening: required for 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grade
  • Spinal screening: required for 5th and 7th grade girls and 8th grade boys

If you are having your child's physician perform these screenings rather than using the onsite screener in October, the results (or exemption) are due to the office by August 1.  The physician may record the results of the AN and spinal screening on the health form.

Summer Forms:

Health Form
All NEW students, students with a previous medical condition, and students under the age of 4 must turn in a Health Form by July 30, 2020.

Vision/Hearing Screening Requirements and Vision/Hearing Screening Form
(Any new students, 4 year olds, Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th)
Texas Department of State Health Services clearly states the Vision/Hearing Screening Requirements and provides the Vision/Hearing Screening Forms (M-40 and M-60).

Immunization Requirements
All students must submit current immunization records or appropriate exemption form.  Immunization requirements are provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Rising 7th graders must have the following immunizations to meet State of Texas enrollment requirements:

  • Meningococcal Vaccine
  • Tdap (unless student has received a Td booster within the last 6 years)
  • Varicella Vaccine (2nd dose of a history of chicken pox)

Internet Use Agreement
All students need an Internet Use Agreement form on file with the office to be permitted to use computers at school.  Please select the appropriate form below for the grade level your child will be going into next school year. 

Elementary Internet Use Agreement (PK3-4th) (PDF)
Hightower Middle School Internet Use Agreement (5th-8th) (PDF)

Summer Reading
Summer Reading is incredibly important and can be lots of fun too!  Below are the summer fun reading lists (PK3-K) and required reading lists (1st-8th) listed by grade level for all our TBS students.  Please note that you should use the list for the grade level your child will be going into this coming school year.  Happy Reading!

Summer Reading Logs
The Branch School encourages summer reading.  If interested in maintaining a reading log, students need to do the Log for the grade they are going into next year.  The required reading lists above count for the Reading Log and should be listed.  Here are some reading tips/activities (PDF) to help make summer reading fun!

Summer Learning Activities and Skill Builders from Teachers
Need some ideas of fun activities to do over the summer to keep your child's skills sharp?  This list provides lots of possible activities.

Updated Information
If any of your information has changed, such as address, phone number, email address, emergency contacts, etc., please go to FACTS Family Online (formerly RenWeb) and update your information using web forms.