Frequently Asked Questions
How do I login and access my course?
Login using the Birdville Portal at my.birdvilleschools.net. Your username and password for the Birdville Portal will be the same as you use to login to a desktop computer in a lab at your school. If you have never logged onto the Birdville Portal, you will be asked to set 3 security questions prior to gaining access. These security questions allow you to reset your password without going through the Technology Help Desk.
What if my login does not work for the Birdville Portal?
You will need to come to Haltom High School library. They will reset your password After your password has been reset, you will need to log on to a desktop computer in the library to change your password. A naming convention recommended for your password is:
FirstletterofhighschoolCAPITALIZEDhs8digitbday. For example, a student born on January, 1, 2002 attending Richland High School would make their password: Rhs01012002
TRANSPORTATION AND MEALS:
Are buses available to take students to and from Haltom High School?
Yes. If you would like to have bus transportation to and from Haltom High School, then you can check the “Needs Transportation” box when you register. If you have already registered, then you will need to call the Transportation Office at (817) 547-5830 to be added to the bus pickup list. Buses arrive at Haltom High School at 7:30 AM and depart at 12:30 PM. Buses generally pick up at the nearest elementary school, but if there is not one near you, call transportation to find out where your pick up will be.
What if students need to leave earlier than 12:30 PM or stay after 12:30 PM?
If students do not plan on being at Summer School labs from 7:30 AM (for breakfast) to 12:30 PM (for lunch), they will need to arrange their own transportation.
Are meals provided to Summer School students?
Yes. Breakfast is served in the Haltom High School cafeteria at 7:30 AM. Lunch is served at 12:00 PM. Any student may come and eat breakfast or lunch at no charge! Community members 18 and under can also come for the Community Summer Program from 7:30-9:00 AM and 11:00-12:30 PM from June 4-28 and July 9-19, Monday-Thursday.
MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION ONLY
What are the computer lab attendance requirements for middle school students?
Middle School students must attend the lab for their courses everyday from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM until they are finished with the course. If they are enrolled in more than one course, they will divide their time between the 2 labs. All Summer School labs are at Haltom High School. Labs are opened from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION ONLY
COMPUTER LAB HOURS:
When is the lab opened for Summer School?
All high school labs are opened from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Monday-Thursday. The high school math lab is opened until 3:00 PM. Lab hours are available for English, Science, Social Studies, and Math. If you are taking an elective course, you may use the lab to work on your course, but that content teacher will not be there to assist you. If core classes need other support, contact your instructor to make arrangements. Summer School labs are all located at North Richland Middle School.
Are students required to attend lab hours during Summer School?
Lab hours are available for students who need a quiet place to work, technology to work on, or help with the content.
Lab hours are required in the following two instances:
1. All pre and post tests, unit tests, and final exams must be taken in a Summer School lab.
2. Students taking Chemistry and/or Physics are required to attend a lab on campus 2 times per week, to be determined by teachers/students.
What is the difference between Credit Recovery, Accelerated, and EOC Remediation Courses?
Students may be signed up for any combination of these 3 courses, however, they all serve a different purpose. A Credit Recovery course is taken by students who failed a course in a previous year - however these courses are not NCAA approved. Credit Recovery students have already taken the course, but did not receive credit for the course due to a failing grade or incomplete hours. Credit Recovery courses are marked with the designation CR. An Accelerated course is taken by students to earn credit for the first time and also can be taken by those who failed a course and want to earn an NCAA approved credit for that class. Students taking an Accelerated course may be trying to graduate early, or take courses so they have room during the year for electives or more challenging courses. You may only sign up for an Accelerated course if you have never taken the course before. Accelerated courses are marked with the Designation ACC. EOC Remediation courses are offered to assist students who did not pass a STAAR/EOC exam in April/May. These courses are not for credit, and do not cost money to take. They are solely designed to help students pass the STAAR/EOC retake in June. STAAR/EOC Remediation courses are marked with the designation VT for Virtual Tutor.
What is the difference between the A and B in Credit Recovery and Accelerated courses?
The A in the course title indicates the course is for credit for 1st Semester (Fall Semester). The B in the course title indicates the course is for credit for 2nd Semester (Spring Semester). It is important to make sure that students are signed up for the semester/semesters they need credit for.
How do students take their required final tests?
Students are required to take final exams at the Summer School lab. Students will need a code in order to take the exam. At this point, students should contact their teacher, so they can work out a time for the student to come into the lab and get the code to take the test.