Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Week of February 20

The +10 Mindset
Charlotte Todd's HS Culinary Business class did a
fantastic job leading her  students to sell chocolate
covered strawberries to our community.
Next week will be our regular testing for 4th 6 weeks.  The data from this testing week yields very important data in all grade levels, but this week will be extremely important in the following areas:  4th grade writing, 5th grade math and reading, 7th grade writing, 8th grade math and reading, English 1 and English 2.  These subjects will be taking tests that cover all of the knowledge and skills that will be assessed on the STAAR test, which will be administered on March 28-30.

To help your child reach their +10 Goal on their 4th 6 weeks assessments, please talk with your child about the importance of hard work, showing your work, and taking their time on the test.  Your conversation with your child will go a long way.




Upcoming Events

  • Our HS students learned about important reminders
    for Teenage Driving in the ThinkFast session.
    Fri, 2/17 - BR Softball Tournament (Schedule)
  • Fri, 2/17 - HS Baseball v Commerce HERE
  • Sat, 2/18 - BR Softball Tournament (Schedule)
  • Sat, 2/18 - HS Boys Powerlifting - Howe HS
  • Mon, 2/20 - Student Holiday and Staff Development Day
  • Mon, 2/20 - BRISD Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • Tue, 2/21 - 4th 6 Weeks Formative Assessments begin
  • Thu, 2/23 - #DLDay - Digital Learning Day
  • Thu-Sat, 2/23 - 2/24
    • Small group instruction in Mrs. Keywork's
      4th grade math class accelerates learning for kids.
      Baseball at Sam Rayburn Tournament
    • Softball at North Texas Invitational Tournament
  • Fri, 2/24 - End of 4th 6 Weeks
  • Fri, 2/24 - Elementary Spring Pictures
  • Sat, 2/25 - HS Powerlifting Girls Regionals






Calendars
Our 2nd grade students have adopted the
Haiti School Lekol Lespwa
District Calendar
Elementary School Calendar
Middle School Calendar
High School Calendar
Athletic Calendar








Blue Ridge is Growing
6th graders are learning about
inclined planes.
Student enrollment has consistently increased in every grade level this year.  As of last week, student enrollment grew from 702 in May of 2017 to 770 students this past week.  The district is experiencing approximately 10% growth this year, and it appears that this trend will continue.  To predict how much growth the district will experience in the future, BRISD has contracted with demographer, Bob Templeton, and Mr. Templeton will work to determine how much growth the district will experience in the coming 10 years.  More information will be shared later this spring.

Your Input Matters
If you have a question, suggestion, or comment, please let a comment below. Comments are not published immediately. Please do not leave negative comments about individual people. If you have a negative comment, please email the principal, superintendent or call 972-752-5554.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Week of February 13

The +10 Mindset
Congrats to our CX Debate team for
winning 2nd at District which qualifies them
for competitions that UIL State this spring.
Congrats to our kids and coaches for
their hard work.
Part of our +10 Mindset is creating a competitive spirit in every student, for that will help them become successful in life. At BRISD we are pushing ourselves to focus on academic excellence through student growth in learning as well as through academic competition. The pinnacle of competitive excellence was Vince Lombardi, and he said the following:


"Winning is a Habit".

Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs.

Watch your beliefs, they become your words.
Watch your words, they become you actions.
Watch your actions, they become your habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.


We will focus on building character in every student by promoting and teaching positive beliefs, words, actions, and habits in our students in our extracurricular programs. This week, an example of our quest for academic excellence spotlights our CX Debate team.

Our HS UIL team began their district competition season with CX (Cross Examination) Debate this week.  Our CX debate team of Gavin Lacalle, Pamela Garcia, and Gage Robertson won 2nd place and will advance to State.  Congratulations to Coach Paige Jacobson. We are looking forward to our students continuing to succeed throughout the semester.

Another example of the +10 Mindset is our Lady Tiger Girls Basketball Team which made the playoffs this year.  Under the guidance of Coaches Terra Mathers and Greg Morrison, the Lady Tigers compiled a record of 14-15 with a record of taking 4th place in our district.

#TxEdTuesday - Valentine's Edition
Join us and help us tell the story about Blue Ridge ISD on Facebook and Twitter.  Share what you love about our school and what it means to be a Blue Ridge Tiger.  We are a school on the quest for excellence.  Remember to use the hashtag, #TxEdTuesday and #BRISDPride when posting your thoughts.

Upcoming Events

  • Fri, 2/10 - HS Boys BB vs. Wolfe City HERE
    BRISD teachers and staff presenting
    at the TCEA convention last week.
  • Fri, 2/10 - Father/Daughter Softball Game
  • Fri, 2/10 - MS Dance in Cafeteria
  • Sat, 2/11 - V Softball at Community
  • Sat, 2/11 - Girls Powerlifting at Whitesboro
  • Sat, 2/11 - V Baseball Alumni Game at 1 p.m.
  • Mon, 2/13 - BRES Math Night at 6 p.m.
  • Mon, 2/13 - Girls BB Playoff Game vs. Martins Mill at 6:30 in Greenville
  • Tue, 2/14 - #TxEdTuesday - Tell the story of BRISD on Twitter and Facebook, using the #TxEdTuesday Hashtag
  • Tue, 2/14 - Boys BB vs Trenton AWAY
  • Thu, 2/16 - BR Softball Tournament (Schedule)
  • Thu, 2/16 - HS Girls Powerlifting - Howe HS
  • Fri, 2/17 - BR Softball Tournament (Schedule)
  • Fri, 2/17 - HS Baseball v Commerce HERE
  • Sat, 2/18 - BR Softball Tournament (Schedule)
  • Sat, 2/18 - HS Boys Powerlifting - Howe HS
  • Mon, 2/20 - Student Holiday and Staff Development Day
  • Mon, 2/20 - BRISD Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • Thu, 2/23 - #DLDay - Digital Learning Day
Here are just a few BRES kids who met their +10 Goal.




Calendars
District Calendar
Elementary School Calendar
Middle School Calendar
High School Calendar
Athletic Calendar




Additional Information
Check out why ❤'s Google Classroom



The yearbook is ready to be ordered.  Contact the school for more info.

Your Input Matters
If you have a question, suggestion, or comment, please let a comment below. Comments are not published immediately. Please do not leave negative comments about individual people. If you have a negative comment, please email the principal, superintendent or call 972-752-5554.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Week of February 6

The +10 Mindset
Growth depends on where you spend your time but also where you waste it.  When it comes to growing strong relationships, it is important to remember that relationships live and die by the minutes we choose to expend or not to expend on others. If we want relationships to grow, being protective of your minutes is probably the most important thing you can do.

Jason Price, BRHS Senior and student in Mrs. Raymer's AVP class, created this really powerful video called "Time".  The video depicts how relationships thrive or die simply by the choice between using our time with purpose or simply wasting it away.  When we use time to focus on ourselves, we lose those we care about, but when we invest our minutes in helping others, we notice that our time becomes filled with joy.

With our children or those that we care about the most, we must remember that time is all we have.  But when we invest our minutes in others, our minutes become more valuable to both yourself and those you care about.  This week, take some time to invest in the people you care about the most.  All you have is time, so use it well.






Upcoming Events

  • Fri, 2 /3 - HS BB vs Celeste HERE (SENIOR NIGHT)
    Reading is critical to your student's
    success.  Please ensure that your child
    reads everyday for at least 15 minutes.
    This will increase their performance in
    all subjects at school.
  • Fri, 2 /3 - End of 3 Weeks
  • Sat, 2/4 - JH BB District Tournament - Dodd City
  • Tue, 2/7 - District Visioning Committee Meeting at 4:15 at admin
  • Tue, 2/7 - HS BB vs. Honey Grove AWAY
  • Wed, 2/8 - HS UIL CX Debate Competition at Honey Grove
  • Thu, 2/9 - HS Powerlifting Meet at Whitesboro HS
  • Thu, 2/9 - Varsity Softball vs. Roxton HERE
  • Fri, 2/10 - HS Boys BB vs. Wolfe City HERE
  • Fri, 2/10 - Father/Daughter Softball Game
  • Fri, 2/10 - MS Dance in Cafeteria
  • Sat, 2/11 - V Softball at Community
  • Sat, 2/11 - Girls Powerlifting at Whitesboro
  • Sat, 2/11 - V Baseball Alumni Game at 1 p.m.
  • Mon, 2/13 - BRES Math Night at 6 p.m.


Our new baseball lights are now up.  They will be on 24 hours per day
 throughMonday in order to break in the new bulbs.  Construction
by Qualite Inc. was paid for with funds from the current budget.

Calendars
District Calendar
Elementary School Calendar
Middle School Calendar
High School Calendar
Athletic Calendar






#TxEdTuesday
With our legislative session under way, there is a new way to find out all of the great things
happening around the state.  All you have to do is search the hashtag, #TxEdTuesday.  Schools around the state including Blue Ridge ISD will be promoting public education, and what we are doing to build our Bridge to Excellence.  I encourage you to tell your story about Blue Ridge ISD and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter and use the hashtag, #TxEdTuesday.


Your Input Matters
If you have a question, suggestion, or comment, please let a comment below. Comments are not published immediately. Please do not leave negative comments about individual people. If you have a negative comment, please email the principal, superintendent or call 972-752-5554.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Week of January 31

The +10 Mindset
We are beginning the process of defining our mission, vision and motto.  At BRISD we are chasing excellence by ensuring that we equip every BRISD educator to be their absolute best at what they do, so that they can help every student grow into the excellence that we know is deep inside them.

WE WANT YOUR INPUT - What would be a motto that would fully describe this mindset for developing excellence in every student.





Upcoming Events
The baseball field will have lights this
season.  Qualite Inc. will have poles completed
by February 1.


  • Fri, 1/27 - HS BB vs Trenton HERE
  • Tue, 1/31 - HS BB vs Bland AWAY
  • Thu, 2/2 - JH BB vs Wolfe City AWAY
  • Fri, 2 /3 - HS BB vs Celeste HERE (SENIOR NIGHT)
  • Fri, 2 /3 - End of 3 Weeks
  • Fri, 2/3 - Wear Red Day for American Heart Association
  • Sat, 2/4 - JH BB District Tournament - Dodd City


Calendars
District Calendar
Elementary School Calendar
Middle School Calendar
High School Calendar
Athletic Calendar



Thank you to Faith Jech for sponsoring awards for our
Teachers of the Month.  We are honored to have her support.





American Heart Association


Please read the letter below to join our district initiative to be a healthy community with the American Health Association (AHA)




BRES earns State Arts Grant
The Texas Commission on the Arts has granted BRES half of the artistic fee to have A Day of Drumming come to the school.  On January 31, the students will spend their rotation time learning about the music and culture of West Africa, play a drum or hand instrument, and learn how teamwork, self-expression, listening & communication work within the drum circle.  Here's a link to their website: http://rhythmpath.com/  Special thanks goes to BRES Counselor, Missy Douglas for getting this grant for our kids.

BRISD presents at TCEA State Conference
We are very honored that our district was selected to share their expertise at the Texas Computer Educators Association Convention in February.  Our district will present on the topic of Chromebooks & GAFE: Endless Possibilities.  Our students already had Google Apps for Education accounts, but not until the implementation of Chromebooks did we really see our students truly engaged when using technology! In this session, we'll cover the many ways we use GAFE, including Chrome apps, extensions and Google Drive add-ons used by our students in our 1:1 Chromebook initiative.

Our district presenters include:  Anthony Figueroa, Scott Leslie, Katie Pelzel, Kimberly Fritchman, Mary Townsend, Melissa Stiney, Stephanie McPherson, Dena Hamilton, Amy Hopkins.  The team will present on Monday, February 6.  Congratulations to them.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Week of January 24

The +10 Mindset
Thank you BRISD School Board Members
From L-R - John Wink, Seth McGinnis, Gary Lillard,
Tammy Phillips, Kevin Dauster, Brad Duncan, Mike
McCreary, Joe Harvey (not pictured)
The first semester of school has come to an end, and we are officially half way through the year.  As we head into the second semester, I want to encourage you to work with your child to increase in their efforts in school.  As our children's first teacher, it is critical that we, as parents, preach the importance of hardwork and digging deeper in learning each and every day.

At the end of the day, our children are listening especially when we don't think they are.  With each passing conversation, question about their school day, interest in their academic performance, and demand for their absolute best, parents shape and mold their children into responsible adults.  Don't miss the opportunity to set growth goals for the 2nd semester. They could be just the thing that propels your child to discover their true excellence.


Upcoming Events
Our students are setting growth goals
based on their 3rd 6 weeks assessment.

  • Fri, 1/20 - HS vs. Honey Grove HOME
  • Sat, 1/21 - 7th Boys BB at Honey Grove Tourney
  • Sat, 1/21 - HS Powerlifting Boys at S&S
  • Tue, 1/24 - HS BB vs Wolfe City AWAY
  • Thu, 1/26  JH BB vs Celeste HERE
  • Fri, 1/27 - HS BB vs Trenton HERE




Calendars
District Calendar
Elementary School Calendar
Middle School Calendar
High School Calendar
Athletic Calendar


Here is a Link to the Senate Education Committee
This link has their contact information, and I am encouraging them to pass legislation that helps public education.


FFA Excels at Collin County Show
We are so proud of Leslie Packard for leading our FFA students to excellence. With the help of outstanding parents, Blue Ridge FFA earned a tremendous number of accolades at the Collin County Show last week.  Below is a list of all of our accolades. Congratulations to everyone involved.

Cattle:

Heifers:
Brennan Garner: Breed Champion Beefmaster Heifer
Congrats to our Teachers and Leaders of the Month
From Top L - Cole Jenkins (MS), Gerald Young, Tammy Wall,
Pat Beausejour (Custodians), Leslie Packard (HS),
Melissa Stiney (ES)
Garrett Mathers: Breed Champion Limousin Heifer
Carson Garner: Reserve Champion Beefmaster Heifer
Kaitlyn Garner: 1st Place Beefmaster Heifer
Krystal Levitt: 2nd Place Beefmaster Heifer
Ross Feagins: 2nd Place Polled Hereford Heifer
Ryan Rodriguez: 2nd Place Polled Hereford Heifer
Katherine Henric: 3rd Place Shorthorn Heifer
Bryce Jurca: 3rd Place Shorthorn Heifer

Steers:
KC Swift: Champion Steer British Division
Jaci Horton: 1st Place Heavyweight British 
Mckenna Quillin: 2nd Place Medium Weight European 
Alyssa Swift: 3rd Place American
Kelsie Kennon: 4th Place Heavyweight European

Sheep:
Brennan Garner: Champion Breeding Ewe
Carson Garner: Reserve Champion Breeding Ewe
Brennan Garner: Champion Breeding Division
Carson Garner: Champion and Reserve Champion Finewool Cross
Kaitlyn Garner: 2nd Place Southdown
Brennan Garner: Champion Medium Wool & Grand Overall
Carson Garner: 3rd Overall
Kaitlyn Garner: 1st Place Medium Wool
Abi Sullivan: 5th Place Medium Wool
Erin Blackburn: 8th Place Medium Wool

Swine: 
Jaci Horton: Breed Champion Hampshire
Kelsie Kennon: Reserve Breed Champion Cross
Jimmy Fortner: 2nd Place Duroc
Blake Rushing: 3rd Place Cross
Gillian Fortner: 4th Place Duroc
Jacob Varner: 4th Place Cross
Garrett Varner: 4th Place Cross
Zoe Sadler: 4th Place Hampshire
Logan Blackburn: 5th Place Chester
Bryce Jurca: 5th Place Duroc
Justice Morman: 6th Place Duroc
Jimmy Fortner: Champion Junior Showman

Horticulture:

Rachel Evans: 2nd Place Asymmetrical Design
Keeley Jurca: 4th Place 
Kelsie Kennon: 4th Place Round Design

Thank you Board of Trustees from BRHS


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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Week of January 16

January is School Board
Recognition Month
The +10 Mindset
Blue Ridge ISD is growing by leaps and bounds, and that is because of the leadership of our board members.  January is Board Appreciation Month, and this month, we would like to take time to thank our board members for the sacrifices that they make to lead our district closer to excellence.

Our school board members are focused on continuous improvement, high expectations, support systems to reach district goals, and they create and approve policies that help administrators support teachers, help teachers support students, and guarantee that every student reaches excellence.  Please join me in thanking our board members.



Top L-R - Lillard, McGinnis, Duncan, Phillips
Bottom L-R - Dauster, Harvey, McCreary, Wink
Blue Ridge ISD Board Members 

  • Mike McCreary, President
  • Joe Harvey, Vice President
  • Kevin Dauster, Secretary
  • Tammy Phillips
  • Seth McGinnis
  • Gary Lillard
  • Brad Duncan





Upcoming Events

1st Graders learning Place Value
  • Fri, 1/13 - End of 2nd 9 Weeks, Exams, and Early Release Day
  • Fri, 1/13 - HS BB vs Bland HERE
  • Sat, 1/14 - 7th BB at Trenton Tourney
  • Sat, 1/14 - JV BB at Bland Tourney
  • Mon, 1/16 - School Holiday (MLK Jr. Day)
  • Tue, 1/17 - BRISD Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • Tue 1/17 - Beginning of 3rd 9 Weeks
  • Tue, 1/17 - HS BB vs Celeste AWAY
  • Thu, 1/19 - JH BB vs Dodd City AWAY
  • Fri, 1/20 - HS vs. Honey Grove HOME
  • Sat, 1/21 - 7th Boys BB at Honey Grove Tourney



Calendars
District Calendar
Elementary School Calendar
Middle School Calendar
High School Calendar
Athletic Calendar



BRISD is #BetterThanALetter.
Last week, I shared some information detailing the new A-F ratings that the state of Texas released in a "what if" scenario last week.  This scenario will detail what the ratings might look like when the A-F rating system will become official in August 2018.  This week, I would like to highlight some amazing things that BRISD does that will never be included in our rating.

Did You Know?

  • BRHS will have an international trip to Italy this spring break for several HS students.
  • For years, BRMS 6th and 8th graders have taken a 4 day trip around Texas to learn more about science and Texas history.
  • That our UIL  Middle School and Elementary Academic teams increased their overall performance by 50%-100% in just one year.
  • Our band program is growing by leaps and bounds.
  • Our FFA program is making great accomplishments in competition.
  • Our high school began a new robotics program.
  • Our SAT and ACT average scores increased by 15% in one year.
  • 90% of our HS students graduated completing a Career Technical Education coherent sequence.
  • 98% of our seniors graduated in 2015, and 100% graduated in 2016.
  • 75% of our seniors graduated on the Recommended High School Plan and 81% did the same in 2016.

If you would like to learn more about A-F or you would like to contact your Texas legislator, please CLICK HERE.

DROP A COMMENT to tell us a special fact about BRISD that will goes well beyond what is being evaluated on the Texas Accountability System.


Your Input Matters
If you have a question, suggestion, or comment, please let a comment below. Comments are not published immediately. Please do not leave negative comments about individual people. If you have a negative comment, please email the principal, superintendent or call 972-752-5554.