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Hello Wizard Families!

Thank you to those of you who attended our Emergent Bilingual Parent Meeting on Thursday! For students who are identified as Emergent Bilingual, parent letters with TELPAS testing dates and past TELPAS performance went out this week. TELPAS begins on February 20th and runs until Spring Break. Our Facebook and Instagram will post reminders of when grade levels are testing and what time testing will occur.


Please click or tap HERE to view the presentation that was reviewed at the Emergent Bilingual Parent Meeting. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Aerial Kerr (aerial.kerr@yesprep.org) or Caroline Ginty (caroline.ginty@yesprep.org) .




Exciting news! We're on the lookout for fantastic additions to our Southeast community for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year, and we want your help.

Know a family that would thrive at YES Prep Southeast? Refer them, and not only will you be contributing to the growth of our vibrant community, but you'll also score some exclusive swag as a token of our appreciation!

Refer a family now: https://yesprep.org/referafamily

Let's make our YES Prep family even more extraordinary together!


Application Weekly Update

Villegas, Jessica

We hope this message finds you well. We're thrilled to share an update on the current status of applications for the upcoming academic year. Here's where we stand:

6th - 73

7th - 48

8th - 31

9th - 32

10th – 23


While these numbers mark a promising start, our experience has shown that not all applicants materialize into enrolled students. This is where we seek your support in spreading the word how Every Opportunity Starts with a YES. YES Prep goes beyond college-forward education and high academic standards.  YES Prep represents opportunities. Opportunities for a better future. Opportunities to feel empowered. Today and every day, say YES to the possibilities of tomorrow.


Your involvement is crucial in making these positive outcomes a reality. Whether it's sharing our message or connecting us with families interested in learning more about Southeast Secondary, your contribution can make a lasting impact.


If you're interested in helping us spread the word or know of a family eager to explore what Southeast Secondary has to offer, please get in touch with Jessica Villegas - jessica.villegas@yesprep.org


Together, let's pave the way for a future filled with opportunities!


Intent to Return STUDENT Survey IS LIVE!

Hughes, Cameron
The annual intent to return student survey launches on Monday, January 22. We ask that each of our current YES Prep families who students are in grades 6th-11th respond by Fri. Feb. 2, so we can effectively plan to serve the students and families of YES Prep next school year. A survey must be filled out for each child returning.


How can our SES Staff support?

SES Staff, your support is key! Daily reports on each grade level's progress will be shared with leaders and GLCs. Students who we are still waiting Let's aim for an impressive 100% completion rate!


When and what type of comms are being sent to families?

In the next two weeks, anticipate a wave of school messengers, social media posts, and focused messages reaching out to families. Our goal? Achieve a remarkable 100% completion!


Any rewards for staff or students?

Absolutely! There are exciting raffles for both Middle School and High School grade levels, as well as staff. Check out the fantastic rewards below:


Middle School

1st GL to complete 100%: 50 Merit Points for each student

2nd GL to complete 100%: 25 Merit Points for each student


High School

1st GL to complete 100%: Raffle of Wireless Earbuds and 1 additional activity time

2nd GL to complete 100%: 1 additional activity time


1st Place GL Staff Raffle Winners: Artic Everyday Cooler & 1 additional jean day

2nd Place GL Staff Winners: 1 additional jean day



Attendance Update




As we complete the second week of 2nd semester, it is imperative that students attend all school days. Each student's presence matters, not only for their academic progress but also for building connections and providing necessary support.


Students are marked absent for the day if they arrive at school after 10:00 AM. Daily student attendance is taken in all class periods.


Remember that students can enter the building as early as 8:00 AM and are considered tardy after 8:30 AM.

When your child is absent from school, your school’s front office will call home to find out why they missed school. When the student returns to school, they should turn in their excused note within 48 hours. The guardian can also complete an excuse note digitally in Skyward. The excuse note will then be added to the student’s file and your child must make up all missed assignments. Please note that if an excused absence is NOT turned in within 48 hours of the absence, the absence will remain unexcused. 


What is an excused absence? An excused absence is when a student provides physical or electronic documentation (a note from parent/legal guardian) within 48 hours of the absence. The following are possible reasons a student may receive an excused absence: Illness, bereavement / funeral (immediate family), school-sanctioned activities, family emergency, medical related, religious observances (not church camp), short-term suspension or other disciplinary actions, protected under state or federal law. 


What is an unexcused absence? Unexcused absences are when a child is absent without documentation signed by a guardian or doctor that meets the criteria for an excused absence. 


If you have any questions regarding school attendance and policy, click here.


Please help our students get to school every day, on-time, so that we can do our part to prepare them for success!



Course Updates

English II

Ms. King has transitioned out of YES Prep to embark on a new opportunity. We are excited that Ms. Ashley Leonard will now be teaching English II for the remainder of the school year. Ms. Leonard has already been supporting students as a Teaching Assistant at Southeast this year, so we are confident she will be a wonderful addition to the 10th grade team. 



Ms. Milburn will soon be welcoming her new baby to the world, and will be on leave for several weeks with her family. We are excited to welcome Ms. Shelby Barnett to Southeast as a Teaching Fellow. Ms. Barnett has already been teaching with Ms. Milburn for several weeks, and is ready to take over as the teacher of record while Ms. Milburn is out. We wish the best to Ms. Milburn and her family! Ms. Barnett's email is shelby.barnett@yesprep.org  if you want to connect with her.

Wizard Families,


Happy Black History Month! For those of you who identify as Black or African American, we are so happy to celebrate you, your students, and other members of our Wizard Community throughout this month. The celebration of Black heritage and culture is an important part of how we show up for one another at Southeast. We embrace the opportunity to learn more from each other and honor the richness that diverse experiences and backgrounds bring to our community. Be on the lookout for information and updates about how our community will celebrate throughout February on campus.


Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Ryans


IMPORTANT: State-mandated test taking place next week.


On Thursday, February 8th, our school has been selected by the state of Texas to participate in the STAAR Field Test for ELA 8 and English II. This means that all students in 8th and 10th grade will be taking this test, and their attendance is mandatory.


Here's what you need to know:

  • Test date: Thursday, February 8th
  • Grades tested: 8th and 10th grade
  • Test subjects: ELA 8 and English II
  • Attendance: Mandatory for all students in 8th and 10th grade
  • Makeup exams: Any student who misses the test will need to take a makeup exam.
  • Arrival time: Please ensure your student arrives at school by 8:25 am on testing day to be present and prepared.


We understand that standardized testing can be stressful for both students and parents. We want to assure you that we are working hard to create a calm and supportive testing environment for all our students.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We appreciate your partnership in supporting our students!




Please be sure that your Wizard is in the appropriate uniform daily. Blue, Yellow, White, and Gray are our official colors for outerwear. YES Prep Spirit shirts and polos are the ONLY shirts that should be worn daily (excluding Friday: College shirts are appropriate). Bottoms must be Khakis, Navy, or jeans (Black/Blue No rips or holes). Students not in the appropriate uniform will receive consequences.


As the weather starts to change please reminder your child that we do not allow blankets on campus. Please remember that outer layers needs to be our four school colors (navy blue, gray, white gold (yellow). We are selling a YPSE sweater that can be purchased at the front office.

S-XL- $15
2XL- $17
3XL- $19
4XL- $19



STAAR Tutorials


Tuesday= Math and Science

Wednesday= English and Social Studies


Parents- Please note that students with 2 consecutive absences to STAAR tutorials will be dropped from roster.


You can expect reminders and ongoing communication regarding tutorial absences. If your student is absent from the school day please let Ms. Briz know so its not marked against your student.

 Thank you.

- Ms. Briz & Southeast STAAR teachers!





Thank you for your continued support of the Athletics' program.  Quarter 2 Eligibility is 94%.  Soccer teams have started to practice.  Soccer Parent meeting is Monday January 29th at 6pm.  This meeting is mandatory for all Athletes and guardians.  Our basketball seasons are winding down.  Next week we will know who has made the playoffs.    Go Wizards!


1st home soccer games, HS, February 9th.  MS, February 15th.


Thank you for your support of the Athletics' program and Go Wizards!



ASPIRE Update:


There are some changes to ASPIRE clubs.

Please see below.


Core club will no longer run every day. If your student attends Core club they must choose another club when core is not available.


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