Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Week of October 23

The +10 Mindset - Tiger Band Excellence

The Tiger Band's Quest for Excellence is Achieved!!!

The Tiger Band has been working hard in preparation for the UIL Marching Contest this month.  On Wednesday, October 18, the Tiger band received its FIRST EVER First Division Rating at the UIL Marching Contest in Princeton.  Congratulations to Band Director, David Terry who in his 3rd year has led the band to this tremendous accolade.

This year, Terry has been leading the band to new heights.  At the Ponder contest, the Tiger Band won the following accolades

  • Best Band in 1A or 2A
  • Best Drum Major in 1A or 2A
  • Best Percussion in 1A or 2A
  • Best Music in 1A or 2A
  • Missed Finals by 6 points and scored about several 3A/4A Bands
We are very proud of the students, Tiger Band Director David Terry and Tiger Band Asst. Director James Carpenter.








Upcoming Events
BRHS Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors took the
 PSAT test last week.  The Pre-SAT test is used to prepare kids
for SAT test and to identify National Merit Scholars which
offers kids a great chance for scholarship opportunities.


  • Fri, Oct 20 - End of 1st 9 Week Grading Period
  • Fri, Oct 20 - HS VB at Bells
  • Fri, Oct 20 - HS FB at Bells
  • Sat, Oct 21 - Blue Ridge Fall Festival from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sat, Oct 21 - Green Saturday for HS students from 7 - 11 p.m.
  • Mon, Oct 23 - 2nd 9 Weeks Begins
  • Mon, Oct 23 - BRES Book Fair Begins
  • Mon, Oct 23 - Carter Blood Drive at BRHS
  • Tue, Oct 24 - HS VB vs Roxton at HOME (SENIOR NIGHT)
  • Thu, Oct 26 - JH / JV Football at Trenton
  • Thu, Oct 26 - BRES STAR Night at 6 p.m.
  • Fri, Oct 27 - HS Football vs Trenton HOME (SENIOR NIGHT)



Calendars
October is National Principals' Month.  Thank you
to our fantastic principals for all that they do for BRISD.
From L-R (Phillip Lentz - BRMS, Matthew Todd - BRES,
Anthony Figueroa - BRHS, Not Pictured Rene Sawatsky -
BRES - Asst. Principal

District Calendar
Elementary School Calendar
Middle School Calendar
High School Calendar












Character Education is Critical
Coach Wiggins leads the first Man Up Monday
to talk to the boys about developing a strong
character.

At BRISD, our goal is to prepare every student to succeed in life.  Many times we focus on academics, athletics, or some sort of extracurricular preparation.  These things are essential, but without a solid character, talent and accolades will not take you very far.

CONGRATULATIONS TIGER BAND ON YOUR FIRST EVER FIRST DIVISION AT
UIL MARCHING CONTEST
Each campus makes character education a priority, and at Blue Ridge MS Mr. Lentz will be implementing a character ed focus for boys and girls.  Monday will be Man-Up Monday, and Wednesday will be Wonder Woman Wednesday.  Stay tuned to the BRMS Facebook and Twitter pages to learn more about their character education.


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, October 11, 2017

Week of October 16

The +10 Mindset - FFA Off to Great Start!
We are so proud of our FFA students who exhibited at the State Fair of Texas the past couple of weeks. We had a great time and were very successful in our efforts! Raising livestock is hard work and these students know all about that, please congratulate the following exhibitors on their success if you see them around.

  • Gillian Fortner- 5th place on her Dark OPB market barrow 
  • Katherine Henric- 2nd place on her light weight Black Cross prospect steer
  • Katherine Henric- 8th place on her middle weight Other Cross prospect steer
  • Kelsie Kennon- 5th place on her middle weight Simbrah prospect steer
  • Lee Fortner- Duroc Commercial Gilts
  • Garrett Varner- Crossbred Market Barrow


Upcoming Events


  • Fri, Oct 13 - HS VB at Trenton
  • Fri, Oct 13 - HS FB vs Valley View at HOME (PINK OUT)
  • Mon, Oct 16 - Staff Development Day (No School for Students)
  • Mon, Oct 16 - Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • Mon, Oct 16 - JH VB vs. Roxton HOME
  • Tue, Oct 17 - HS VB vs Savoy HOME
  • Wed, Oct 18 - School Picture Retakes
  • Wed, Oct 18 - Band Marching Contest at 4 p.m. at Princeton HS
  • Thu, Oct 19 - JH / JV FB vs. Bells HOME
  • The Blue Ridge ISD Board of Trustees attended the annual
    TASA/TASB School Board training in Dallas last week.
    Seniors Jacob Stroup and Raegan Harvey presented with
    Superintendent Wink on the district's community engagement
    plan.
    Fri, Oct 20 - End of 1st 9 Week Grading Period
  • Fri, Oct 20 - HS VB at Bells
  • Fri, Oct 20 - HS FB at Bells
  • Sat, Oct 21 - Blue Ridge Fall Festival from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sat, Oct 21 - Green Saturday for HS students from 7 - 11 p.m.
  • Mon, Oct 23 - 2nd 9 Weeks Begins
  • Mon, Oct 23 - BRES Book Fair Begins
  • Mon, Oct 23 - Carter Blood Drive at BRHS
  • Tue, Oct 24 - HS VB vs Roxton at HOME (SENIOR NIGHT)
  • Thu, Oct 26 - JH / JV Football at Trenton
  • Thu, Oct 26 - BRES STAR Night at 6 p.m.
  • Fri, Oct 27 - HS Football vs Trenton HOME (SENIOR NIGHT)


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









BRISD Fall Festival - Sat, Oct 21

Saturday, October 21 is going to be a great day for Blue Ridge.  We hope you will make plans to
come out and have fun, support our organizations, businesses and city.

For more information, please CLICK HERE or call Shawn Harris at 972-752-5554.

We hope you can join us for the district's first Zombie Run.





Enrollment Update
Below is a slideshow of the enrollment BRISD has experienced in the last 5 years.  As of today the enrollment in BRISD has increased approximately 100+ students from last year.








Your Input Matters

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Week of October 9

+10 Plans are being created by students
to set goals for the 2nd formative assessment
which will be in November.
Source - Jennifer Stroup
The +10 Mindset
This month is National Principals Month.  Principals are vital to the success of any school.  Without
them, students and teachers would not have the leadership they deserve to learn, grow and excel.  This month, please join me in celebrating our fantastic principals.  They include the following:

  • Anthony Figueroa - BRHS Principal
  • Phillip Lentz - BRMS Principal
  • Matthew Todd - BRES Principal
  • Rene Sawatsky - BRES Assistant Principal 


Enrollment Update
Below is a slideshow of the enrollment BRISD has experienced in the last 5 years.  As of today the enrollment in BRISD has increased approximately 100+ students from last year.






Upcoming Events
Today's Readers are Tomorrow's Leaders


  • Fri, Oct 6 - HS VB vs Dodd City HERE
  • Fri, Oct 6 - HS FB at Tom Bean
  • Sat, Oct 7 - Green Saturday for HS students from 7 - 11 p.m.
  • Mon, Oct 9 - District Cross Country Meet at Trenton
  • Mon, Oct 9 - JH VB at Bells
  • Tue, Oct 10 - HS VB vs Wolfe City at HOME
  • Thu, Oct 12 - JH & JV FB at Valley View
  • Fri, Oct 13 - HS VB at Trenton
  • Fri, Oct 13 - HS FB vs Valley View at HOME (PINK OUT)
  • Mon, Oct 16 - Staff Development Day (No School for Students)
  • Mon, Oct 16 - Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • Mon, Oct 16 - JH VB vs. Roxton HOME
  • Tue, Oct 17 - HS VB vs Savoy HOME
  • Wed, Oct 18 - School Picture Retakes
  • Thu, Oct 19 - JH / JV FB vs. Bells HOME
  • Fri, Oct 20 - End of 1st 9 Week Grading Period
  • Fri, Oct 20 - HS VB at Bells
  • Fri, Oct 20 - HS FB at Bells
  • Sat, Oct 21 - Blue Ridge Fall Festival from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.




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


BRISD Fall Festival - Sat, Oct 21

Saturday, October 21 is going to be a great day for Blue Ridge.  We hope you will make plans to come out and have fun, support our organizations, businesses and city.

For more information, please CLICK HERE or call Shawn Harris at 972-752-5554





Google Classroom for Parents
If you are interested in learning more about Google Classroom from the parent perspective.




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.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Week of October 2

The +10 Mindset - Response to Assessment
Now that the 1st 6 Weeks Assessment is over, it is time to respond to the data.  In your child's class, your student will gauge their performance and growth by completing an Excellence Goal Sheet (copy for you to print and use with your child).  Teachers will analyze the results to identify weak skills and students who need additional support through guided learning during class time or additional tutorials during enrichment, advisory, or Tiger Time (BRES).

Have you heard of Kagan Structures? It is strategy teachers
are using to get students collaborating and learning the
content from one another.
When you review the Formative Assessment results with your child, here are few questions to help your child reflect?
  • Where do you feel that you did well?
  • What was difficult for you on the test?
  • What strategies did you use, and what strategies do you need to use next time?
  • What questions will you ask your teacher so you can continue to improve?
  • How can I help you reach your +10 Goal or your Growth Goal?
These questions will encourage your child to try harder next time, to approach their teacher for help, and to reflect and make a game plan for the 2nd 6 weeks.



Keep Going! Student Motivation


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 IS THE
LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER ELECTION -
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


Upcoming Events

  • Fri, Sep 29 - End of 6 Weeks Grading Period (Eligibility Check)
  • Fri, Sep 29 - HS VB @ Roxton
  • Fri, Sep 29 - HS FB vs. Collinsville HOME
  • Sat, Sep 30 - Cross Country @ Farmersville
  • Mon, Oct 2 - School Holiday for Texas State Fair
  • Mon, Oct 2 - JH VB vs Savoy HERE
  • Tue, Oct 3 - HS VB at Tom Bean
  • Thu, Oct 5 - Blue Ridge Cross Country Invitational Meet
  • Thu, Oct 5 - JH & JV FB vs Tom Bean HERE
    What is a math station?
    Math stations are different activities (stations) for
    students to practice different components of math
    independently or with their peers.
  • Fri, Oct 6 - HS VB vs Dodd City HERE
  • Fri, Oct 6 - HS FB at Tom Bean
  • Sat, Oct 7 - Green Saturday for HS students from 7 - 11 p.m.
  • Mon, Oct 9 - District Cross Country Meet at Trenton
  • Mon, Oct 9 - JH VB at Bells
  • Tue, Oct 10 - HS VB vs Wolfe City at HOME
  • Thu, Oct 12 - JH & JV FB at Valley View
  • Fri, Oct 13 - HS VB at Trenton
  • Fri, Oct 13 - HS FB vs Valley View at HOME
  • Mon, Oct 16 - Staff Development Day (No School for Students)


JH Boys working hard on a Saturday morning
at the Trenton Invitational CX Meet
Calendars
District Calendar
Elementary School Calendar
Middle School Calendar
High School Calendar


PSAT Webinar (Click Here to Register) 
For HS Parents 
Wed, October 4 at 7 pm (8 EST).  


7th A Volleyball Team
took 2nd at BR Invitational
What Career is Best for Your Student?
Here is a link to survey your middle school or high school student on what career they may be best suited for.


Top 5 Skills Employers are looking for in employees. 




Sign Up for the Zombie Run

For more information contact Stacey Raymer, Terra Mathers or Shawn Harris at BRISD at 972-752-5554.

For more information, please see to the right.



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, September 21, 2017

Week of September 25

Tell your friends that Saturday, October 21 is going
to be a fun-filled day at the Blue Ridge Fall Festival.
The +10 Mindset - Formative Assessment Week
During the week of September 25, students in grades 3-11 will take their 1st 6 weeks formative assessment in STAAR tested areas.  The purpose of formative assessments is to track the progress students are making on the essential skills that students must know not only to be successful on STAAR, but skills that kids must know to be prepared for next 6 weeks and next year.  This week, I encourage you to join your child's teachers in encouraging them to strive for excellence and work hard on their assessments.


Congratulations to Jacob Stroup and Shelby Gerner
BRHS Homecoming King and Queen


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 IS THE
LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER ELECTION.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


Upcoming Events

  • Fri, Sep 22 - HS VB vs Savoy AWAY
  • Fri, Sep 22 - HS FB vs Quinlan Boles AWAY
  • Sat, Sep 23 - JH VB Tournament at Blue Ridge
  • Sat, Sep 23 - Cross Country Meet at Trenton 8 a.m.
  • 9/25 - 9/29 - 1st Formative Assessments Given
  • Mon, Sep 25 - JH VB @ Trenton
  • Tue, Sep 26 - HS VS vs Bells HOME
  • Thu, Sep 28 - JH FB @ Collinsville
  • Fri, Sep 29 - End of 6 Weeks Grading Period (Eligibility Check)
  • Fri, Sep 29 - HS VB @ Roxton
  • Fri, Sep 29 - HS FB vs. Collinsville HOME
  • Sat, Sep 30 - Cross Country @ Farmersville
  • Mon, Oct 2 - School Holiday for Texas State Fair
  • Mon, Oct 2 - JH VB vs Savoy HERE
  • Tue, Oct 3 - HS VB at Tom Bean
  • Thu, Oct 5 - Blue Ridge Cross Country Invitational Meet
  • Thu, Oct 5 - JH & JV FB vs Tom Bean HERE
  • Fri, Oct 6 - HS VB vs Dodd City HERE
  • Fri, Oct 6 - HS FB at Tom Bean



Calendars
Mrs. Townsend's student working hard
in math.

District Calendar
Elementary School Calendar
Middle School Calendar
High School Calendar


Hard Work is Excellence in the Making
BRMS Teacher of the Month, Mary Townsend, has some very engaging lessons that require kids to think, collaborate with peers, and prove their work. This is an expectation for instruction in every classroom at BRISD.

This also means that it requires hard work, dedication, and perseverance.  If your child is frustrated about school, determine if it is because teachers are demanding hard work first.  Many times students need to hear from you that hard work is the key to excellence in school, in work, and most importantly in life.  

What separates the best from the rest is hard work.




Thank you from Columbus ISD Superintendent, Dr. Brian Morris



Additional Information
At the September board meeting, Anthony Figueroa and Rebecca Kay gave an impressive presentation on the College and Career Goal and how the staff at BRHS are working to prepare every student to embark on a college or career pathway of their choosing.  The slide show below shows their plans for 2017-2018.




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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Week of September 18

The +10 Mindset - Formative Assessments
+10 is a growth goal we want all students
to pursue on formative assessment tests.
The 5th week of the 6 weeks is here which means that students will be taking their 1st Formative Assessments of the Year.  Formative assessments assess students over the content covered in the 1st 6 weeks at the rigor the STAAR test.  In order to gauge growth, we have challenged students to score 10 points higher than their last year's STAAR score.  In other words, if the student earned a 60 on last year's STAAR reading test, his +10 goal is 70 on every assessment.  The goal is growth, and we hope you will help us promote the +10 Mindset with your student on their formative assessments.


Blue Ridge Fall Festival
Homecoming has come and gone, and it was such a memorable occasion.  We would like to thank everyone for making it such a huge success.  October is now upon us, and we have a special event that we would like to invite you to attend.  It is the Blue Ridge Fall Festival on Saturday, October 21 at the HS campus.  We will have the following fun activities:

  • 5K Zombie Run and a Fun Run for the kids, 
  • Bazaar with tons of vendors hosted by the Chamber of Commerce & Science Club in the gym, 
  • Hamburgers and Hotdogs by the Junior Class
  • Cotton Candy by the Sophomore Class
  • Hand-made Signs and Decor
  • Kona Ice by the Elementary BETA Club
  • Jewelry, Handcrafted Soaps, Makeup, etc.
The Blue Ridge Fall Festival is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Alliance which is comprised of Blue Ridge ISD, the City of Blue Ridge, the Blue Ridge Chamber of Commerce, and several other businesses and organizations in the Blue Ridge area.  It is our desire to bring everyone together, to celebrate our wonderful town, and to support our organizations, vendors, and businesses by purchasing their products.

Contact Shawn Harris at the BRISD Administration Building (972-752-5554 or shawn.harris@brisd.net) if you would like to get your organization involved in the fall festival.


Upcoming Events

  • Professional learning is the standard at BRISD.
    BRHS teachers are engage in an after-school training
    led by Katie Pelzel where they are learning
     to better serve our students.
    Fri, Sep 15 - Homecoming & Parade at 1:30 p.m.
  • Fri, Sep 15 - Homecoming Game vs. Honey Grove at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat, Sep 16 - BRHS Homecoming Dance ($10 in advance / $12 at the door) from 8 pm to 12 pm at ES Cafeteria. (HS students only. Outside guests must be approved by HS principal)
  • Sat, Sep 16 - Cross Country at Princeton
  • 1st graders like practicing their spelling words
    Sat, Sep 16 - HS VB vs Wolfe City AWAY
  • Mon, Sep 18 - BRISD Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • Mon, Sep 18 - JH VB vs Wolfe City HOME
  • Tue, Sep 19 - HS VB vs Trenton HOME
  • Thu, Sep 21 - JH FB vs Quinlan Boles HOME
  • Fri, Sep 22 - HS VB vs Savoy AWAY
  • Fri, Sep 22 - HS FB vs Quinlan Boles AWAY
  • Sat, Sep 23 - JH VB Tournament at Blue Ridge
  • Chromebooks are becoming a regular part of instruction
    at the Middle School
    Sat, Sep 23 - Cross Country Meet at Trenton 8 a.m.
  • 9/25 - 9/29 - 1st Formative Assessments Given
  • Mon, Sep 25 - JH VB @ Trenton
  • Tue, Sep 26 - HS VS vs Bells HOME
  • Thu, Sep 28 - JH FB @ Collinsville
  • Fri, Sep 29 - End of 6 Weeks Grading Period (Eligibility Check)
  • Fri, Sep 29 - HS VB @ Roxton
  • Fri, Sep 29 - HS FB vs. Collinsville HOME
  • Sat, Sep 30 - Cross Country @ Farmersville
  • Mon, Oct 2 - School Holiday for Texas State Fair



Image courtesy of Jennifer Stroup.
Calendars
District Calendar
Elementary School Calendar
Middle School Calendar
High School Calendar




Where will you go to college?
College and career readiness is an additional focus at all of our campuses.  It is never too early to begin the discussion about college with your student.  If you want more information about conversations that you can have with your child about college, please contact your school's principal or counselor.  They would be glad to help you.





Additional Information
Fiber Installation is in Progress

To the right is an image of the fiber being installed at the HS.  With this installation, our bandwidth will triple from 60G to 200G with this project.  This will be a huge improvement so that our students, teachers, and guests will have faster internet service simply because we can accommodate more users. This project is funded with a combination of local funds and federal funds.

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.