Thursday, March 16, 2017

Week of March 20

The +10 Mindset
Jason Price, Jordan Bailey, and Jacob Stroup gave an
interview to NBC 5 about the Food Pantry.  Univision 23
was here on Wednesday to interview as well.
Preparing students to give back to the community is an important lesson that every student needs to learn.  This year, we have implemented a food pantry to help those in need in Blue Ridge ISD, and the Science Club and Beta Club have made this a joint service project.  On Saturday, March 18, they will be hosting the Blue Ridge Bazaar (CLICK HERE) from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m in the HS Gym.  Admission is 1 nonperishable item and there will be several vendors offering Easter Pictures with the Easter Bunny, Pampered Chef, LipSense, Scentsy, custom wooden signs, jewelry, and consignment items.  Come shop with us. and help the Blue Ridge Community.

Whitney Hall and Haylie Stephens enjoying Italy.
Blue Ridge visits to Italy
Around 35 Blue Ridge parents, students, board members, and staff took a once in a lifetime trip to Italy.  On this 9 day adventure, they toured Florence, Venice, Rome, and Pompeii and had the opportunity to experience Italian food, culture, beautiful art, architecture, the Roman Coliseum, and Mt Vesuvius.

Special thanks goes to Mr. Figueroa, BRHS Principal, for organizing the event.  Check out their Instagram feed for more pictures.




Blue Ridge's Jurca Qualifies for State
Keely Jurca competing
at the regional meet.

Keeley Jurca qualified for state in Powerlifting last year as a Freshman.  This year, she will be making another trip to state because she was one of the top 2A lifters in our region in the 105 lb weight class and fourth overall with a total lifting weight of 550 lbs.  

Aside from powerlifting, she competes in track and field in the spring as her other sport.  Powerlifting coach, Jarred Seamans said, "She is a fantastic young lady who works hard, is coach-able, and I am honored to be her coach".  

Congratulations Keely and good luck at State this weekend.




Upcoming Events

  • Fri, 3/17 - Carter Blood Drive at HS
    Middle school students learning from one another.
    Student collaboration is not only an essential
    skill for learning.  It is an essential skill for the real world.
  • Fri, 3/17 - Softball vs. Trenton HERE
  • Mon, 3/20 - BRISD Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • Mon, 3/20 - JH Track at Whitewright Meet
  • Tue, 3/21 - Softball vs. Ector HERE
  • Tue, 3/21 - Baseball vs. Savoy HERE
  • Thu, 3/23 - HS Track at Whitewright Meet
  • Fri, 3/24 -
    • End of 3rd 9 Weeks
    • Early Release at 12:30
    • Emilee Garza enjoying Italy.
      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
  • Sat, 3/25 - Powerlifting State Meet in Abilene, TX
  • Mon, 3/27 - Beginning of the 4th 9 Weeks
  • Tue, 3/29 - STAAR Testing for 4 & 7 Writing,  5 & 8 Math and English 1
  • Wed, 3/30 - STAAR Testing for 5 & 8 Reading
  • Thu, 3/31 - STAAR Testing for English 2




PK students enjoying learning about literacy.
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In the Texas Legislature
House Bill 21

Raegan Harvey and Pamela Garcia walking in Italy 
Representative Dan Huberty has proposed House Bill 21 to address the funding inequities in public education.  (SEE TEXAS TRIBUNE ARTICLE) The bill would add approximately $1.6 million to public education.  According to the model runs by Powell & Leon, LLP, Blue Ridge ISD could see a projected increase of approximately $128,000 in 2017 and $129,000 in 2018 to our Maintenance and Operations budget.  If passed out of committee, the bill would have to pass the house, be reconciled in the Senate and ultimately approved by the Governor.




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Friday, March 3, 2017

Week of March 13

The +10 Mindset
Our BETA club participated in their state convention
this past week.
Our district visioning committee is composed of teachers, parents, and administrators and has been meeting this spring to create a new district mission, vision, motto, and portraits of a Blue Ridge graduate and educator. As of today, we have finalized our mission and motto as listed below.

Over the coming weeks, we will be finalizing our district vision and portraits of a Blue Ridge graduate and educator. When they have been completed, they will be shared with you.


BRISD MISSION
Congratulations to the BRHS One Act Play company
and Stacey Raymer for advancing to the next round
of UIL competition.
Defines why the district exists.
The Blue Ridge Independent School District exists to inspire all students to grow and excel academically and to become independent citizens of character with global awareness and an enthusiasm for learning.


BRISD MOTTO
Describes the focus of BRISD
Learn...Grow...Excel







Congrats to Keeley Jurca  who qualified
for State! She placed 1st at
Regionals, holding the current
Regional record at 135lbs!
Upcoming Events

  • Thu, 3/2 - 3 /4
    • Blue Ridge HS Baseball Tournament
    • Softball - Van Alstyne Tournament
  • Fri, 3/3 - HS Powerlifting Regionals
  • 3/6 - 3/10 - SPRING BREAK
  • Tue, 3/7 - Softball vs Bells AWAY
  • Tue, 3/7 - Baseball vs Tom Bean HERE
  • Fri, 3/10 - Softball vs. Sam Rayburn HERE
  • Mon, 3/13 - Student return from Spring Break
  • Mon, 3/13 - Softball vs. Dodd City AWAY
  • Tue, 3/14 - Baseball vs. Bells AWAY
  • Thu, 3/16 - 3/18 - Baseball at Leonard Tournament
  • Fri, 3/17 - Softball vs. Trenton HERE
  • Sat, 3/25 - HS UIL Academics at Blue Ridge ISD
  • Tue, 3/29 - STAAR Testing for 4 & 7 Writing,  5 & 8 Math and English 1
  • Wed, 3/30 - STAAR Testing for 5 & 8 Reading
  • Thu, 3/31 - STAAR Testing for English 2




Calendars
Student collaboration is essential to the
learning process and 5th graders are learning
a lot from one another.

District Calendar
Elementary School Calendar
Middle School Calendar
High School Calendar


This spring will have lots of events.  Be sure to check your school calendars above to ensure that you don't miss out on events.

Also be sure to follow your school's Facebook and Twitter accounts to stay up to date.






FFA Excels at San Antonio
Our FFA students attended the San Antonio Livestock Show, and once again our kids made BRISD proud for their accomplishments.  Special thanks goes to our Ag teacher, Leslie Packard for her hard work, and we truly appreciate all of the hard work from our parents who have put so much time into helping their children learn the value of hard work and commitment to excellence.

Congratulations to the following students:

Breeding Gilts
Kelsie Kennon: 4th place Landrace gilt, 7th place Spot gilt

Junior Breeding Heifers
Katherine Henric: 4th place Shorthorn heifer
Kaitlyn Garner: 4th place Beefmaster heifer
Carson Garner: 7th place Beefmaster heifer
Brennan Garner: 4th place Beefmaster heifer

Market Goats
Maddie Banks: 3rd place junior market goat

Market Barrows
Jimmy Fortner: 5th place dark cross barrow
Jaci Horton: 3rd place Hampshire barrow


Jaci Horton, Jimmy Fortner, and Maddie Banks all made the premium sale.

In the Texas Legislature

If you want more information about the legislature, please visit www.texasstudentsmatter.com

Editorial - Private school vouchers are the fool's gold of better education

Unlikely allies: some homeschoolers fighting to kill school choice bill

School choice already dead in Texas House, says public education chair (video)


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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 23, 2017

Week of February 27

The +10 Mindset
Over this past year, we have experienced approximately 10% growth in student enrollment.  With that in mind, our goal is to ensure that we provide the best to our staff so that we can in turn provide our best to our students.  This spring we are planning for the needs of our students and staff, and in the coming weeks, we will
communicate those changes to you.

BRISD Board members learned about the great instruction at BRES.
In the pictures, Mrs. Mayfield's 4th graders taught the board a lesson
on editing and revising their writing.
At the February 20 board meeting, the board of trustees approved the hiring of an assistant band director.  In our survey of approximately 20 high performing 2A and 3A band programs, Blue Ridge was the only band with only 1 band director.  In order to compete at the highest level, additional support for our band program is essential.

To better support our staff, an additional change was made to our DEC Local policy regarding the number of local days our teachers can use.  Currently, teachers have 2 local days that can be used for sickness or absences, and the board agreed to increase that safety net from 2 to 5 days beginning next year.  This will be beneficial to all employees especially those who have small children that are more susceptible to illnesses.

Additionally, the board heard potential district goals regarding the following areas for improvement:
  1. Increasing student performance academically,
  2. Creating a 5 year facility plan,
  3. Creating a college and career plan in all grades
  4. Developing a personnel plan to recruit and retain the best staff for our kids.
The spring is a very busy time of year for our students and it is no different for our board and central office who are working tirelessly to raise the bar for next school year.

In our board election, seats for Place 3 and 6 were up for election.  As of the deadline, Gary Lillard was the only person to sign up for Place 3, and Amanda Voirin was the only person to sign up for Place 6.  They will assume their positions at the May board meeting.  We are most thankful for Brad Duncan who has served on our board since 2006.  We wish him the best and appreciate all he has done for Blue Ridge ISD.



Upcoming Events

  • Thu-Sat, 2/23 - 2/24
    • 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
  • Mon, 2/27 - Blue Ridge JH Track Meet
  • Tue, 2/28 - #TxEdTuesday & #PowerofPublic (Tell your story on social media)
  • Wed, 3/1 - HS One Act Play
  • Thu, 3/2 - 3 /4 -
    • Blue Ridge HS Baseball Tournament
    • Softball - Van Alstyne Tournament
  • Fri, 3/3 - HS Powerlifting Regionals
  • 3/6 - 3/10 - SPRING BREAK
  • Tue, 3/7 - Softball vs Bells AWAY
  • Tue, 3/7 - Baseball vs Tom Bean HERE
  • Fri, 3/10 - Softball vs. Sam Rayburn HERE
  • Mon, 3/13 - Student return from Spring Break



Calendars

District Calendar
Elementary School Calendar
Middle School Calendar
High School Calendar


The Blue Ridge Bazaar is coming on March 18.  Several vendors will be here to sell their products, and proceeds from the booth rental and concession will go to our Science club and Food Pantry.  Set your calendar to come out and purchase awesome items.



In the Texas Legislature
Several people are asking questions about the legislature, so I decided to keep you abreast of what is going on each week in my blog.  Below are links of interest that will help you stay informed of the legislature's actions, and how you can contact your legislator.

Contact your Legislator

Should Texas use the Rainy Day Fund?

Survey - Should Texas use state money for private / parochial schools?

TexasStudentsMatter.com

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, 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









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.




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

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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.