Stafford MSD has a mission to ensure that all students graduate college and career ready without remediation. Part of accomplishing this mission is to create rich, engaging learning experiences that foster the 21st century skills students need to compete in today's society. Communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, and digital citizenship are becoming more and more essential as we move toward an ever growing digital world.
We would like to ensure that students have access to learning anytime, anyplace through various online platforms. We also want to equip parents, students, and educators with helpful resources that can be utilized from school or home to give students access to engaging content and ensure that learning is ongoing. Following are resources for parents, students, and educators. Click the heading to reveal more information.
Please check this site periodically for updates as we continue to build resources.
At Stafford MSD we believe in equipping parents, students, and teachers with the tools they need to be successful. In an effort to ease this transition from face-to-face instruction to online instruction, we wanted to develop a comprehensive plan that everyone can follow in addition to the other resources you will find on this site.
This is a living document, which means that it is subject to change. This simply serves the purpose of providing a guide and can be adjusted based on your individual needs.
Due to the closure of school buildings, Stafford MSD has developed guidelines for grading procedures. All students are expected to complete assignments to be promoted to the next grade or to graduate. Each student will receive a minimum of 1-3 grades per week. Grades below 70% mastery will not count negatively towards a student’s end of the six weeks grading cycle.
Please click the following link to learn more about our COVID-19 Grading Policy.
Classlink is our single sign-on that houses links for the applications that we access the most. With ClassLink, students can log in one time and gain access to several student applications like Study Island, Blackboard, and Office 365. The following video will explain how to access and navigate ClassLink.
Blackboard is Stafford's Learning Management System. A learning management system is an online environment that teachers and students can use as a hub for learning, communicating, and collaborating. Blackboard allows teachers to add rich, engaging content that students can access from any device, as long as there is an internet connection. Students can use Blackboard to complete assignments, quizzes, and other interactive activities that teachers have added to ensure mastery of various topics. Teachers can see student progress and grades through reporting tools.
The best way for students to access Blackboard is by going directly to the Blackboard website and logging in with the following credentials:
Username: Email (first initial + last name + last three digits of ID@student.staffordmsd.org)
Password: Same as computer password
If going to the direct link does not work, try signing intoClassLinkfirst, thenaccessing Blackboard from there. Please note that Blackboard will still require students to sign in with the credentials listed above.
Study Island is an online platform that helps K-12 students master state-specific, grade-level academic standards in a fun, engaging way! Study Island combines rigorous content that is highly customized to specific state standards in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies with interactive features and games that engage students and reinforce and reward learning achievement.
All students have access to Study Island through ClassLink.
You can find more resources for Study Island by selecting the desired section below (Parent Rescources, Students Resources, or Educator Resources).
Office 365 is an integrated experience of Microsoft apps and services that allow institutions to organize, communicate, and collaborate. Office 365 offers a myriad of apps including, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneDrive, OneNote, Sway, and Stream. Office 365 will also allow users to download the entire Office Suite, on up to five machines, for as long as they are a part of the organization!
As we continue to transition to online learning, SMSD's technology department will be instrumental in providing technical support for parents, students, and educators.
Our objective is to continue providing outstanding technology service to the SMSD staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, making onsite and online resources available, accessible and secure.
Please view the document below for more details on what to expect from the Technology Department during the pandemic and what certain procedures will need to take place to stay true to the correspondence sent by the Superintendent and abide by those guidelines.
Refer to the section titled 'ClassLink' above or from the Student section of the website.
How do I log into Blackboard?
Refer to the section titled 'Blackboard' above or from the Student section of the website.
What if I'm a student and forgot my password?
First, make sure that you are entering your username correctly, according to the instructions given for ClassLink, Blackboard, and Office 365. Next, make sure you are entering the same password you use to log into the computer at school.
If your password still does not work, call the following number to report that you need a password reset: 1-866-507-8433. This line is only for parents and students and can be accessed during normal business hours. You can also leave a voicemail and support personnel will get back to you as soon as possible. Have the following information ready:
Student ID number
Campus you attend
Reason for call
Call back number
What if I'm a teacher and my password expired?
If you are a teacher and your password has expired or needs to be reset, please contact the desktop support specialist for your campus to have it reset. You will receive your new password via email.
PS, ES, IS - Eddie (Eriberto) Garcia
MS - Cosme Garcia
HS - Jody Nusom
What if I do not see my classes in Blackboard?
If you log into Blackboard and do not see classes, please email one of your teachers. You can also call the student and parent hotline to have the issue resolved. Hotmail: 1-866-507-8433
What if Study Island ask for a username and password?
Study Island is integrated with ClassLink and, when accessed this way, it should log students and teachers into the application without having to enter additional information. If Study Island prompts you for additional information, close the application and close ClassLink, then restart both. If that doesn't work, email your teacher concerning the issue.
Parents and guardians have a responsibility to support students in their learning at school and home. Use the resources provided to assist your child in being successful.
Summer learning and enrichment is an important part of ensuring that our students are prepared for the upcoming school year. Here you will find information concerning Summer school and Summer Enrichment programs.
In this update, you can find important information for your Seniors. Included are all of the dates remaining for Senior events and frequently asked questions regarding Graduation Day on Thursday, July 16.
Camp has been closed for 14 days until July 8 because a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 last Wednesday, June 24.
The camp will be every Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM starting on Monday, June 8 through Friday, July 17.
All interested students from 7th to 12th grade are encouraged to participate. Cost to attend is $25 and $15 to add a second student. If you'd like to register, be sure to read our Parent Letter to get more information and sign the Release Form.
P-EBT food benefits are for children who received SNAP food benefits for March 2020 and children who are certified for free or reduced-price school meals during the 2019-20 Texas school year. For more information, visit http://hhs.texas.gov/pebt or call 833-613-6220.
Stafford MSD will continue with online instruction and remote operations, at minimum, until May 4, 2020, at which time we will reassess. All SMSD district and campus buildings and facilities will remain closed to the public during this time.
It’s our first state semifinal since 2009-2010. The game is scheduled for Friday, March 13th at 1:30 p.m. at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. The Spartans are set to take on the Argyle Eagles. A win will advance The Spartans to the state championship game.
Stafford MSD and other departments are closely monitoring the progress of the Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, and following the advice of the CDC and the Fort Bend County Health & Human Services to prepare for any eventuality.
The Census is more than a population count. It provides a picture of our nation that assists in determining where to build new schools, hospitals and businesses. It also assists us in visualizing how our community has changed over time. This valuable information is why “Stafford MSD Counts!”
Stafford Municipal School District received approval, from the Texas Department of Agriculture, to offer dinner (free of charge) to all Pre-K through 12th Grade students, from 3:45-5:45 p.m. on school days in the Stafford Primary Cafeteria.
The four Stafford MSD Campus Teachers of the Year are proud to represent their respective campuses. They are Social Studies, Science, English and ESL teachers. They are from Houston, the Rio Grande Valley, Mississippi and Ohio, respectively.
De Leon’s experience as an educator extends beyond his many years in the classroom. He is considered to be a well-respected researcher in the field Numismatics – the collection of coins or currency – in layman’s terms.
The Stafford Municipal School District dedicated its high school baseball field to Coach Michael Mesa, a Class of 2008 Stafford MSD graduate who returned to teach and coach in the District, on Saturday evening.
Congratulations to our Stafford Middle School and Stafford Intermediate School students who earned a total of 22 medals (10 Gold, 6 Silver & 6 Bronze) at the UIL Academic Competition last week in Wharton.
When Mark Spivey arrived at Stafford High School in the summer of 2017, he had a clear goal – to build a program, not just a team. The Stafford High Girls Basketball Coach and his program appear to be ahead of schedule.
Our campuses will be closed on Friday, June 26 and re-open on Monday, July 13. We will continue to seek guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and local officials as we welcome students back to campus in 2020-2021. The week of our re-open, we will share our safety protocols and learning plans, especially as we prepare to become a 1:1 campus of students to devices.
It's important for you to know, as we move forward, providing a safe environment and quality education are essential to us and will remain our first priority.