Midway Families, The school board has approved the following changes to the 2023-2024 academic calendar:
Monday, April 8, 2024 is now a district holiday . All Midway ISD campuses and offices will be closed.
Monday, April 15, 2024 will be a regular school day .
Why the change? On April 8, Waco and Midway ISD will be in the direct path of a total solar eclipse, making the area an optimal viewing location. Anticipating more than 100,000 visitors to the area, ongoing discussions with local officials and law enforcement have emphasized safety concerns that could impact students and staff. Due to the potential for traffic jams and other disruptions affecting school bus transportation and the ability of families to safely get their children to and from school, the staff and student holiday originally scheduled for April 15 has been moved to April 8. Designating April 8 as district holiday aligns with the decisions of other area school districts. Will there still be learning activities? The district has purchased enough eclipse-viewing glasses to provide a pair to every student so they can safely experience the eclipse at home. Our Teaching and Learning Department is working with teachers to plan classroom experiences leading up to the eclipse, and additional resources and activities will also be made available to families at home. Thank you for working with us as we aim to make the best decision for our kids and the community.
MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT: Midway Families, Due to ongoing freezing temperatures and extreme wind chills expected tomorrow morning, Midway ISD will have a two-hour delayed start for all schools and offices on Tuesday, Jan. 16 . All morning activities and practices are canceled. Bus stops and campus start times will be two hours behind the normal schedule and staff will report to duty two hours later than normal shifts. If you are concerned about conditions in your immediate area or if you have inexperienced drivers, we encourage you to make decisions that are safest for your family. We will continue to actively monitor weather and road conditions throughout tomorrow morning and communicate any changes as needed. Stay safe and warm! Sincerely, Dr. Chris Allen
Midway Families, It’s that time of year again when inclement weather may cause Midway ISD to close or delay the school day. Freezing temperatures combined with winter storms are a possibility in the coming weeks, and the safety of our students, families, and employees is our top priority. See the information below for a reminder of our school closure and delay notification procedures: In the event of bad weather, Midway ISD will send notifications via ParentSquare (email, text, and app alerts) as soon as weather and driving conditions can be evaluated for safety. Please take a moment to make sure your contact information in ParentSquare is up-to-date (reach out to your campus to update your information) and be sure your ParentSquare “school alerts” notifications are turned on and preferences set to “instant” for the earliest notification. Updated notifications will also be posted online on the district website ( www.MidwayISD.org ), Facebook ( facebook.com/MidwayISD ), and Twitter/X ( @MidwayISD ) and broadcast through local news media stations. Remember, the presence of freezing temperatures alone does not cancel school. (Don’t worry, our schools are warm and cozy for our kids!) We appreciate your patience with us during any inclement weather days so we can effectively and efficiently act in the best interest of our community.
Thursday, September 21 at 5:30 p.m. - Community-wide Town Hall at the MISD Performing Arts Center Monday, September 25 at 9 a.m. - Blue Card Q&A with Dr. Allen (RSVP to email@example.com) Thursday, September 28 at 11:30 a.m. - Hewitt Chamber State of the District Luncheon at MISD Technology Center Tuesday, October 3 at 6 p.m. - Very Important Parent Night (VIP) at the MISD Performing Arts Center Tuesday, October 10 at 7 p.m. - Highway 84 Neighborhood Association at Harris Creek Baptist Church MISD Leadership will also be stationed available for questions at many campus open houses and parent events. *** If you represent a community group that would like to host Superintendent Chris Allen to discuss VATRE, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.***
During the August 15 school board meeting, the Midway ISD Board of Trustees approved a 2023 tax rate of $0.9392 —an 18.5-cent decrease from the 2022 tax rate of $1.12—but it still requires voter approval. The 2023 tax rate incorporates the largest reduction in the District's history, accomplishes state-mandated tax compression, and involves voter voice in pursuit of $3.75 million of new revenue. What is happening to the tax rate? - Already happened: Down by 18.5 cents through compression - Happened this week: Down by 3 more cents through Board action - In November: Up by 3 cents if approved by voters - Overall 2023 rate: Down by 18.5 cents How is this possible? Due to early bond debt repayment, the District is poised to cut the Interest & Sinking (I&S) tax rate by three cents without compromising debt commitments. The District can then access three cents on the M&O side of the equation – used primarily for salaries – without raising the overall tax rate. The District will need voter approval to access the three pennies of M&O funds that have been offset by the three-cent decrease to the I&S tax rate through a Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election (VATRE) in November. Learn More Play the video below to view the VATRE discussion from the August board meeting: Learn more on our VATRE information page: www.midwayisd.org/taxes
How do I get started? Returning students will receive a code for Powerschool registration called a "snapcode" on Wednesday, June 28 by 9 a.m. Snapcodes will be emailed to the first guardian on file from the sender "email@example.com". Be sure to save a copy of your utility bill and child's immunization records to upload during registration. Last year, many snapcode emails were auto-filtered as junk mail. Please check your junk mail folder if you do not receive your snapcode on June 28. How can I get help? Important: You can get a head start by completing registration ONLINE ONLY June 28 - July 9. District offices and campus offices are closed to the public the week of July 4. In-person (or phone) registration assistance will be available starting Monday, July 10.