Thursday, April 20, 2017

Week of April 24


The +10 Mindset
From Left: Chaice Weatherford, 
The road to excellence never ends.  To the right, our tennis team continues to excel. Tennis Coach Greg Morrison had a playoff to make the state tournament with his 2 boys' doubles teams.  Chaice Weatherford and Cameron Armstrong took 2nd to go to state and Nolan Henderson and Caleb Partridge took 3rd as alternate.


Track Update
 Coach Andrew Carlson and his assistants (Coaches Mathers, Ball, Brummett, Seamans)  have done a great job of helping our athletes excel. Over the last 2 weeks our track teams have excelled, and their accolades are highlighted in this post.  Please scroll up and down and see how well our kids performed.

CLICK HERE for the results of the HS District Track Meet.

CLICK HERE to see a list of Regional Qualifiers who will go to the Regional Meet next week in Springtown.



Yearbook Excels
Congratulations to Mrs. Todd and our Yearbook Staff for winning Honorable Mention in Balfour's Yearbook Contest for 2016.  This is the third year in a row that Blue Ridge ISD has received this recognition.





BRISD sees Growth in STAAR
STAAR Highlights from 5 & 8 Testing
Results from our first round of STAAR testing in grades 5 and 8 came back this week.  Currently there is no comparison data to the state or Region 10’s performance, so we will not be able to fully gauge our growth until that data is retrieved.  In our first year of implementing a growth mindset about student achievement, we are proud of the growth we saw in our results.  Our teachers worked very hard to teach our kids and motivate them to grow in their performance. Here are some highlights of the data to share with you.

  • In 8th grade math, our students increased in passing performance by 19 points, meeting grade level by 25 points and mastering grade level by 9 points.
  • In 8th grade reading, our students increased in passing performance by 5 points, meeting grade level by 19 points and mastering grade level by 7 points
  • In 5th grade math, our students increased in passing performance by 12 points, meeting grade level by 5 points and mastering grade level by 3 points.
  • In 5th grade reading, our students improved by 2 points in mastering grade level.
  • 74% of 5th and 8th graders met and exceeded growth in learning.
  • 25% of 5th and 8th graders exceeding growth in learning.
STAAR testing continues on May 1-5 for HS students and May 8-12 for ES and MS students.

Upcoming Events
8th Grade Girls Track District Champions

7th Grade Girls Track District Champion



  • Fri, 4/21 - Baseball vs. Bland HOME
  • Fri, 4/21 - Local Scholarships are due!
  • Mon, 4/24 - Dual Credit Presentation by Collin College in HS Library
  • Tue, 4/25 - Baseball vs. Celeste AWAY
  • Wed, 4/26 - 8th grade & Senior Cap and Gown Pictures
  • 7th Grade Boys Track District Runner Up
    Fri, 4/28 - HS Regional Track Meet - Springtown
  • May 1 - 5:  Staff Appreciation Week and STAAR EOC at HS
    • Tue, 5/2 - Algebra 1 EOC
    • Wed, 5/3 - Biology EOC
    • Thu, 5/4 - US History EOC
  • 8th Grade Boys Track District Runner Up
    Mon, 5/1 - Special Olympics Banquet at 6 p.m. at BRES Cafeteria
  • Tue, 5/2 - Athletic Banquet at 7 p.m. at BRHS Cafeteria
  • May 8 - 12 STAAR Testing at BRMS & BRES



BRISD 17-18 
APPROVED CALENDAR








Transfer & New Students to BRISD
CLICK HERE to learn more about enrollment process.

Transfer students must complete the out of district transfer forms each year prior to beginning the new year.




Additional Information

Congrats to Coach Williams and his Lady Tiger Softball Team.  The team advanced to the playoffs and will play Honey Grove on Thursday, April 27th at TAMU-Commerce at 7 p.m.
Congrats to Jason Price for advancing to Regionals in Golf.

The Baseball team is currently tied for 2nd place and district play will end next week.









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.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Week of April 17

Congrats to Raegan Harvey for advancing
to UIL State in Poetry Interpretation.
The +10 Mindset
This week has been unbelievable to say the least.  Our 5th graders attended Adventure Camp to learn more about science.  Our JH & HS track teams continue to shine at the district track meets.  Our Tiger Band made history at UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest.  Our UIL Academic Teams reached new heights at regionals, and our FFA program continued its path to excellence.

This week's is packed with several examples of excellence in BRISD.  I encourage you to celebrate the growth we are making.  It is truly amazing.

Congratulations to our Junior High 7th and 8th grade girls teams for winning 1st at the District Track Meet. Congratulations to the Junior High 7th and 8th grade boys teams for winning Runner Up at the District Track Meet.  The head coach for the track program is Andrew Carlson.



Upcoming Events
  • Thu, 4/13 - End of 4th 3 Week Grading Period
  • Scientific exploration at
    Adventure Camp
    Fri, 4/14 - Holiday (Happy Easter)
  • Fri, 4/14 - Prom
  • Mon, 4/17 - Holiday (Bad Weather Day not used)
  • Mon, 4/17 - BRISD Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • Tue, 4/18 - Softball vs. Tom Bean HERE
  • Tue, 4/18 - Baseball vs. Ector AWAY
  • Wed, 4/19 - Area Track Meet in Wolfe City
  • Fri, 4/21 - Baseball vs. Bland HOME
  • Fri, 4/21 - Local Scholarships are due!
  • Mon, 4/24 - Dual Credit Presentation by Collin College in HS Library




Calendars
Collin College leaders met with
BRISD leaders on future of dual credit.

District Calendar
Elementary School Calendar
Middle School Calendar
High School Calendar



Transfer & New Students to BRISD
CLICK HERE to learn more about enrollment process.

Transfer students must complete the out of district transfer forms each year prior to beginning the new year.



BRHS Basketball Honors

Congratulations to our seniors for the earning Academic All State Honors for Basketball. 

  • Brennan Garner - 1st Team, 
  • Harrison Martin - 2nd Team, 
  • Garrett Jones - 2nd Team.





Band Excels at Contest
Band earns 1st ever 1st division rating for concert
portion of UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest

For the first time in school history, Blue Ridge HS band earned a 1st division in the concert portion of the UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest in Pottsboro this week.  The band earned a 2nd division in the sight-reading portion of the contest.  Congratulations to BRHS Band Director, David Terry, and his students for all of the hard work they put in to improving our growing band program.





UIL Academics does well at Regional.
  • 5th graders fishing at Adventure Camp
    Poetry Interpretation:  Raegan Harvey 2nd place- State Qualifier
  • Science:  David Perin 9th place Overall 3rd place Biology
  • Prose Interpretation:  Valerie Martinez 6th in prelims
  • Computer Applications- Blaze Lennon 12th place
  • Math:  Eddie Ramirez 32nd place
  • Literary Criticism:  Raegan Harvey 12nd place
  • LD Debate:  Jordan Bailey, 84 speaker points.
  • Physics:  Gavin Lacelle 46th place



FFA competes at Cattle Extravaganza

FFA excels at Cattle Extravaganza
Blue Ridge FFA was represented well this past weekend! They kids attended the April Cattle Extravaganza clinic/ livestock judging contest, and they did awesome! They took home 3 trophies and some money! Congratulations to Mrs. Packard and the following kiddos:


  • Katherine Henric- 1st place intermediate div.
  • Kelsie Kennon- 2nd place senior div.
  • Alyssa Swift- 3rd place senior div.
  • Ryan Rodriguez- 4th place junior div.
  • Brooks Harwell- 7th place junior division


Your Input Matters
Canoeing at Adventure Camp
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, April 6, 2017

Week of April 10

The +10 Mindset - #LoveMySchoolDay
 Tuesday, April 11 marks the 4th year of a world-wide event I started with a few other educators #LoveMySchoolDay.  It is actually an opportunity for educators, students, parents and community members to use the power of social media to tell the real story about our schools.  During this legislative session, I encourage you to join me in telling our legislators about the great things that are happening in BRISD and advise them on the action you would like to see taken to better support schools.
around the nation called

To the right is a post by BRISD Parent and PTO President, Denise Avery that is a perfect example of telling your story of public education.  Sure, our little district is not perfect, and we have room for improvement.  The point that I would like to make is that we all grow with encouragement and when we share the positives happening in our schools, it allows us to address our weaknesses with balance and more importantly with our eyes clearly fixed on doing what's best for ALL kids.  I hope you will join us on Facebook and Twitter for #LoveMySchoolDay on Tuesday, April 11 as we celebrate the Excellence in BRISD.


Check out this #LoveMySchoolDay video by Mrs. Raymer's AVP Class and share it with your friends.


Upcoming Events

  • Fri, 4/7 - UIL Regional Academic Meet at Grayson College
  • Fri, 4/7 - Baseball vs. Tom Bean AWAY
  • Sat, 4/8 - JH District Track Meet at Blue Ridge Stadium
  • Sat, 4/8 - Baseball vs. Bells HERE
  • Mon, 4/10 - 5th 6 Weeks Formative Assessments will be given
  • Tue, 4/11 -
    • #LoveMySchoolDay use the hashtag to tell what you love about BRISD on Facebook & Twitter.
    • Baseball vs. Savoy AWAY
    • Softball vs. Trenton AWAY
  • Wed, 4/12 - District Track Meet in Honey Grove
  • Mrs. Raymer & Mrs. Stroup welcoming kids to BRHS
    on "Hump Day" 
    Wed, 4/12 - Band Concert & Sightreading Contest in Pottsboro
  • Thu, 4/13 - End of 4th 3 Week Grading Period
  • Fri, 4/14 - Holiday (Happy Easter)
  • Fri, 4/14 - Prom
  • Mon, 4/17 - Holiday (Bad Weather Day not used)







Mrs. Whelan and Garza leading
PK students in planting flowers.
Mrs. Townsend is teaching coordinate plan
through a kinesthetic activity.





Calendars

District Calendar
Elementary School Calendar
Middle School Calendar
High School Calendar

BRISD 17-18 DRAFT CALENDAR

This week we celebrated our substitutes for Substitute Appreciation Week at our Silver Tiger Luncheon.

To the right, Nurse Becky, Mrs. Vest and Mrs. McCarley attended our luncheon on Tuesday.



Additional Information
Congratulations to our HS Tennis team for winning district in both boys and girls competition at the district tournament this past week in Princeton.  The success of our team is due to the leadership of Coach Greg Morrison and the hard work of our athletes.  We have 9 students advancing to the Regional Tournament on April 17 & 18 at McKinney Boyd HS.


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, March 30, 2017

Week of April 3

The +10 Mindset
Round 1 of STAAR testing is in the books, and I am very proud of the hard work of the students.  Our next round of testing will be on the week of May 1 for HS and the week of May 8 for grades 3-8.  Between now and then it is natural for kids to be tired of school, and that is why parental support and encouragement is so important.

Please encourage your child to be at school every day as there will be many lessons that will help your child reach his/her academic goals.  Secondly, take time regularly to discuss with them the importance of having a hard work ethic and to develop the strategies that they will need to reach their +10 Goal in all courses.


Kindergarten students had their Fairy Tale Ball where they had the opportunity
to dress up like their favorite fairy tale characters.  Thank you Ms. Reeves, Ms. Stiney, and Ms. Ellingson
for all of your hard work.






BRHS student enjoying EOC editing
and revising review game.
Upcoming Events

  • Fri, 3/31
    • STAAR Make-up Testing Day
    • District Tennis at Princeton
    • Report Cards go home
    • Softball vs Bells HOME
    • Baseball vs. Bland AWAY
  • Sat, 4/1 - One Act Play Area Competition in Winona, TX
  • Mon, 4/3 - Early Release Day at 12:30
    • Book Fair Week Begins
    • District Golf Tournament at Webb Hill
  • Tue, 4/4 - Softball vs Sam Rayburn AWAY
  • Tue, 4/4 - Baseball vs. Celeste HERE
  • Thu, 4/6 - Blue Ridge HS Track Meet
  • 2016 Valedictorian Chris Bowling returned
    to BRHS to visit as a Navy recruiter
    Thu, 4/6 - Science Night at BRES at 6 p.m.
  • Fri, 4/7 - UIL Regional Academic Meet at Grayson College
  • Fri, 4/7 - Baseball vs. Tom Bean AWAY
  • Sat, 4/8 - JH District Track Meet at Blue Ridge Stadium
  • Sat, 4/8 - Baseball vs. Bells HERE




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

BRISD 17-18 DRAFT CALENDAR



UIL Excels at District
BRMS Twin Day

The BRHS UIL Academics Team competed on Saturday at the district meet and took 3rd place.  This is the highest the team has performed in at least 5 years.  The team more than doubled is overall point total from 110 in 2016 to 273.66 in 2017.  That is outstanding!!!  Special thanks to UIL Academic Coordinators, Stacey Raymer and Jennifer Stroup for all of their hard work in leading our coaches and students to excel.  CLICK HERE to see the results and student winners, and CLICK HERE to see the list of students headed to the regional competition on April 7 and 8 at Grayson College.





FFA competes in Houston
Our FFA students completed their state stock show competition season at the Houston Stock Show.  BRHS Ag Teacher, Leslie Packard said that she was extremely happy with the results our students produced.  Please join me in recognizing and congratulating the following students:
  • Brennan Garner 12th place market lamb *made sale!
  • Kaitlyn Garner 8th place Beefmaster heifer
  • Carson Garner 6th place Beefmaster heifer
  • Katherine Henric 10th place Shorthorn heifer
  • Jimmy Fortner 2nd place Duroc market barrow   *made sale!
  • Jaci Horton 3rd place Duroc market barrow *made sale!
  • Maddie Banks 2nd place light weight market goat *made sale!
  • KC Swift 2nd place Red Cross market steer *made sale!
                                





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, March 23, 2017

Week of March 27

The +10 Mindset

STAAR Week Message
Next week students will be taking the STAAR test, and this test is important as it gives us one piece of data to gauge our ability to grow students into the excellence we know each student possesses.  However it is also important to note that our performance on this test does not tell the entire story of all that we do for kids in Blue Ridge ISD.

While we teach kids to read, we teach them to respect one another, adults and authority.  While we will teach kids to solve math problems, we also empower them to solve challenging problems happening in our school and community.  While we prepare kids for science and social studies, we create supports that prepare them to excel in society.  We prepare them to win in extracurricular events and to excel in service organizations and fine arts program.   Blue Ridge ISD is #MoreThanATest, and we are #MoreThanAGrade.

We are a district of outstanding educators who go above and beyond to meet the needs of all kids.  We are a small school with big dreams, and we are a community that is committed to ensure that every students is prepared to Learn, Grow and Excel.  Simply put, Blue Ridge is the B_Ridge to Excellence, and I am honored to be a part of this fantastic community.

Thank you teachers for all of your hard work preparing kids to Learn, Grow and Excel.  Thank you students for your diligent work to meet your +10 goals and thank you parents for instilling the value of hard work, perseverance and dedication.  Together we will ensure that Blue Ridge becomes the shining star in Texas.

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Teachers, Leaders and Volunteers of the Month

In the March board meeting, the board recognized our teachers, leaders and volunteers of the month.  Congratulations to the following:

Teachers of the Month

  • Ashley Elder (RIGHT) for her hard work in helping our 5th grade reading students get prepared for the STAAR test.  In the last month, 5th grade saw an increase of 10% in their iStation performance.
  • Gayla Brummett (Not Pictured) for her ability to provide rigorous learning in 8th grade math.  Her journals were featured in our board meeting as an example of her hard work.
  • Derek Gourley (Not Pictured) for sharing his passion of US History with our students and for his ability to inspire his students to love the subject as much as he does.


Staff Leaders of the Month

  • Jennifer Stroup (RIGHT) for all that she does to organize and lead several student organizations such as Science Club, UIL Academics, Prom Committee, Football Boosters, and any other need that arises.
  • Dena Hamilton (RIGHT) for leading the Beta Club as sponsor and successfully doubling enrollment and pushing the organization to adopt several service projects which directly benefit the Blue Ridge community.





Volunteers of the Month
  • Richard Agan (RIGHT) for his years of service to our athletic program and willingness to help our coaches and students as well as for modeling his perpetually positive attitude and servanthood.
  • Stacy Morgan (RIGHT) for his service to our track program and other organization by giving of his time to work concession stands and helping our kids excel in athletics.
  • Gage Roberson (Not Pictured) for being a model student who is willing to volunteer in any capacity for any organization without being asked.  You will see Gage volunteering virtually everywhere in BRISD.  
  • Carolyn Wink (Not Pictured) for the work and organization she put in to creating the BRISD Food Pantry and for coordinating with the Beta Club and Science Club to provide food to over 12 families.

Science Club shopping at Wal Mart for BRISD Food Pantry

Upcoming Events  

  • Fri, 3/24  
    BRES students are preparing for the STAAR test
    next week by having fun, interactive learning tasks.
    Above shows the 4th grade writing camp.
    • End of 3rd 9 Weeks
    • Early Release at 12:30
    • One Act Play at Sulphur Springs
    • Softball vs. Tom Bean AWAY
    • Baseball vs. Trenton AWAY
  • Sat, 3/25 - HS UIL Academics at Blue Ridge ISD
  • Mon, 3/27 - Beginning of the 4th 9 Weeks
  • Mon, 3/27 - Golf at Webb Hill Tournament
  • Tue, 3/28 - STAAR Testing for 4 & 7 Writing,  5 & 8 Math and English 1
  • Tue, 3/28 - Baseball vs. Ector HERE
  • MS math students learning
    measurement in real world situations.
    Wed, 3/29 - STAAR Testing for 5 & 8 Reading
  • Wed, 3/29 - JH Track Meet at Howe
  • Thu, 3/30 - STAAR Testing for English 2
  • Thu, 3/30 - STAR Night at BRES at 6 p.m.
  • Thu, 3/30 - HS Track Meet at Howe
  • Fri, 3/31
    • STAAR Make-up Testing Day
    • District Tennis at Princeton
    • Report Cards go home
    • Softball vs Bells HOME
    • Baseball vs. Bland AWAY



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

BRISD 17-18 DRAFT CALENDAR



#TxEdTuesday

#TxEdTuesday we honored #FineArts in Blue
Ridge.  Alise Burke, Art Teacher is a huge
part of the Fine Arts success we have in BRISD.
The #TxEdTuesday campaign rolls on. Fine Arts posts and great stories from public schools reached
about 500,000 people on Twitter this week. 300 plus users chimed in on Texas public schools with positive stories. Please continue to support this campaign as our legislators turn their attention to public education matters. 

WEEK 8 FOCUS: - March 28
We will use the  #TxEdTuesday  and #MoreThanATest hashtags to highlight successes in our schools that aren't measured on the STAAR test. You are invited to showcase the excellence in BR that can't be measured on a test on your Facebook and Twitter accounts.








BRISD Mission, Vision, Motto

On Monday, 3/20, the Board of Trustees adopted our new mission, vision, motto for the district.  It was developed by the district visioning committee consisting of parents, teachers, administrators and the board.  We hope you like them as much as we do.





Additional Information

Congratulations to Melissa Stiney for being selected to present at the 2017 TCEA Tots and Technology Conference on July 17, 2017 in Arlington.  Ms. Stiney is a leading expert in the use of SeeSaw as a learning tool and communication tool with parents.  Please join us in congratulating her.
Below is a video that shows what Ms. Stiney's students are doing in her classroom.




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.