Friday, May 19, 2017

Week of May 22 (Last Week of School)

The +10 Mindset - Seniors 2017
The 2017 school year is coming to an end, and graduation marks the hallmark of 13 years of formal education.  In this post, I would like to spotlight our senior class as they finish their education in Blue Ridge ISD on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 11 a.m.  We wish our seniors the best of luck and pray for God's speed and blessings as they take the next step in their lives.


    The Class of 2017


Cassady Adkins Gavin Lacalle  
Miguel Alvarez Blaze Lennon  
Cameron Armstrong Krystal LeVitt
Jordan Bailey Remmi Love
Maria Bouska Harrison Martin
Kimberly Brown Tristyn Nolen
             Karla Estrada Caleb Partridge
Rachel Evans Jason Price
             Max Gafford McKenna Quillin
Pamela Garcia Matilde Ramirez
             Brennan Garner Tanner Rule
EmiLee Garza Shelby Sikes
Isaac Gossage Michael Smith
Elias Granados Tanner Smith
Whitney Hall Haylie Stephens
Jaci Horton Chaice Weatherford
Jordan Jenks Hannah Wink
Garrett Jones Henry Womack

Nicholas Kapalla   Hayden Wright


Kindergarten Publishes Book
Kindergarten students can read and write, and they do it so well that they published their very own  book.  Check out the video created by Mrs. Ellingson to see just how awesome our kids are.






Don't Forget to Monitor your Child's Summer TV Activity
6th grades at Moody Gardens in Galveston
There are several good shows on NetFlix, but there are some that are too mature for our students.  One example is the series, "13 Reasons Why".  While I have not seen the show, I have learned that the premise of the story is about a teenage student's suicide.  As a parent, I want to urge you to remember the importance of monitoring what your children watch and  the importance of using the parental settings on your devices.  Children never stop learning and being exposed to both good and bad influences in this world.  Our job as parents is to guide them and at times limit their exposure to things that could potentially have an adverse impact on them.






Upcoming Events


  • Fri, May 19 - Senior Night at Six Flags
    Board Members, Amanda Voirin and Gary
    Lillard were sworn in at our last board
    meeting.
  • Tue, May 23 - FFA Banquet at 6 p.m.
  • Thu, May 25 -
    • Kindergarten Graduation - 1 p.m.
    • 8th Grade Graduation -
    • STAR Night at BRES -  6 p.m.
  • Sun, May 21 - Senior Baccalaureate at First Baptist Church at 2 p.m.
  • Tue, May 23 - FFA Banquet at 6 p.m.
  • Thu, May 25 - Kindergarten Graduation at 1 p.m.
  • Thu, May 25 - STAR Night for Grades PK - 4 at BRES at 6 p.m.
  • Thu, May 25 - 8th Grade Promotion at 7 p.m. at HS Gym
  • Fri, May 26 - Last Day of School
  • Sat, May 27 - Graduation at 11 a.m.




Calendars
District Calendar
8th graders enjoyed their trip to Austin, San Antonio and Corpus Christi.
Elementary School Calendar
Middle School Calendar
High School Calendar

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.




Check out our Summer Athletic Camps



BRISD leads National Twitter Chat
 Blue Ridge staff of Katie Pelzel, Melissa Stiney, Stephanie McPherson and Amy Hopkins led the #atplc chat on Thursday night.  The topic was building a strong school culture for professional learning.  Below is a link to the content of the chat.  Thank you to our BRISD staff for their commitment to continuous learning.


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Friday, May 12, 2017

Week of May 15

The +10 Mindset
As we begin to end the 2016-2017 school year, I would like to take time to thank our teachers and staff for doing such a great job leading our students to discover their excellence.  They are such a talented and dedicated staff who truly do whatever it takes to help our students learn and grow.
Kindergarten Graduation is set for
Thu, 5/25/17 at 1 p.m.

Did you know that our teachers have already begun making their plans for next year's success?  Each teacher has begun the task of identifying where they would like to grow in their own learning.  For some, they will be learning about a new resources.  Others will work on making their routines and procedures more student driven, and some will be deepening the knowledge of the content they teach and how to personalize learning for individual students.

The +10 Mindset is about continuous improvement, and at Blue Ridge ISD learning never stops.  It's also not a one-size-fits-all approach.  Our goal is to lead every student to excellence by creating an environment where every educator first focuses on their own personal growth because teacher growth equals student growth.  When educators are growing, students will grow in turn, and that is ultimately the reason why our district is on the path to great heights.

This week, I encourage you to take time to #ThankaTeacher.  They are working so hard and deserve our appreciation.

#TxEdTuesday & #Seniors17
On Tuesday, we encourage everyone to join us in using Facebook and Twitter to tell their story about the BRHS Senior Class of 2017.  Share your celebrations and pictures of your seniors and don't forget to use the hashtags of #TxEdTuesday and #Seniors2017 in your post.  We can't wait to see what you have to say about our awesome senior class.

TxVSN Grant Awarded to BRISD
Eric Penick visiting today from Universal Technical
 Institute to speak about post secondary readiness.
The Texas Education Agency has awarded Texas Virtual School Network (TXVSN) grants to Texas public rural schools and open-enrollment charters. Blue Ridge ISD applied for a grant and was chosen to receive $24,200.

The Texas Virtual School Network Online Schools (TxVSN OLS) program provides instruction to eligible Texas public school students in grades 3-12. With the use of grant money, BRISD will be able to offer TxVSN online classes through accredited public school districts to students in need of special courses that cannot be offered on campus because of schedule conflicts or other special circumstances.

We are excited to have this option available for our students to receive quality instruction virtually through TxVSN. Thank you to Amy Hopkins for her hard work in securing this grant.



Upcoming Events

  • Fri, May 12 - Game 2 of Baseball Playoffs in Ponder
  • James the Traveling Toad visited
    BRES from Idaho Falls, ID.  The paper toad
     is a project by a student from their
    elementary school.
    Mon, May 15 - Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • Tue, May 16 - Senior Awards Night at 6 p.m.
  • Thu, May 18 - Father/Daughter softball game at 6:30 p.m.
  • Fri, May 19 - Senior Night at Six Flags
  • Tue, May 23 - FFA Banquet at 6 p.m.
  • Thu, May 25 -
    • Kindergarten Graduation - 1 p.m.
    • 8th Grade Graduation -
    • STAR Night at BRES -  6 p.m.
  • Sun, May 21 - Senior Baccalaureate at First Baptist Church at 2 p.m.
  • Tue, May 23 - FFA Banquet at 6 p.m.
  • Thu, May 25 - Kindergarten Graduation at 1 p.m.
  • Thu, May 25 - STAR Night for Grades PK - 4 at BRES at 6 p.m.
  • Thu, May 25 - 8th Grade Promotion at 7 p.m. at HS Gym
  • Fri, May 26 - Last Day of School
  • Sat, May 27 - Graduation at 11 a.m.



Calendars

District Calendar
Elementary School Calendar
Middle School Calendar
High School Calendar

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.



Check out our Job Openings
5th Graders working hard on science review.


Check out our Summer Athletic Camps





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, May 5, 2017

Week of May 8

The +10 Mindset - Teacher Excellence
Student excellence cannot occur without teacher excellence, and teacher excellence cannot occur without teacher leadership.  In this post, I would like to highlight the teachers in BRISD who are going above and beyond by being selected as thought leaders for regional and state conferences or academies.  Please join me in congratulating the following outstanding BRISD professionals.



SELECTED TO ATTEND ACADEMIES
NameOrganizationAcademy
Stephanie McPhersonRegion 10Chosen for Mathematics Collaborative
Kenny WilliamsOracle AcademyJava Fundamentals
PRESENTING at CONFERENCES
NameConferenceTopic
Melissa StineyRegion 10 Tech ConferencePresentation: We came We Seesaw'd We Learned
Amy Hopkins/Katie PelzelRegion 10 Tech ConferencePresentation: Google Classroom...A Must Have Teacher Tool!
Melissa StineyTCEA Tots and TechnologyPresentation: Getting Googly: Great Google Drive Add-Ons
Theresa WadeRegion 10 Write for Texas institutePresentation: Using Writing to "Spice" Up Your English Class
Katie PelzelRevolutionizing Learning ConferencePresentation: Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom
Katie PelzelRevolutionizing Learning ConferencePresentation: Lecture Less and Get More with Google Classroom
Theresa WadeRevolutionizing Learning ConferencePresentation: My Students LOVE Writing, and Yours Can TOO!
Dena HamiltonRevolutionizing Learning ConferencePresentation: Targeting Teens and Tweens in a Digital World
Scott LeslieRevolutionizing Learning ConferencePresentation: Tips and Tricks for Google Classroom
Susan BohannonRevolutionizing Learning ConferencePresentation: Classroom Management and Discipline in the High School Classroom





Upcoming Events

  • Fri, May 5 - Baseball Playoff vs. Wolfe City at 6:30 in Leonard
    Thank you Beta Club for honoring our teachers
    for Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Sat, May 6 - Baseball Playoff vs. Wolfe City at noon in Leonard
  • May 8 - 12 STAAR Testing at BRMS & BRES
    • Mon, May 5 - Math: Grades 3, 4, 6, 7, 5 Retest, 8 Retest
    • Tue, May 6 - Reading: Grades 3, 4, 6, 7, 5 Retest, 8 Retest
    • Wed, May 10 - Science: Grades  5 & 8
    • Thu, May 11 - Social Studies: Grade  Grad 8
  • Mon, May 15 - Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • Tue, May 16 - Senior Awards Night at 6 p.m.
  • Tue, May 23 - FFA Banquet at 6 p.m.
  • Thu, May 25 -
    • Kindergarten Graduation - 1 p.m.
    • 8th Grade Graduation -
    • STAR Night at BRES -  6 p.m.
  • Sun, May 21 - Baccalaureate at First Baptist Church at 2 p.m.
    Teacher Appreciation Luncheon at Central Office
    Special thanks to Carolyn Wink for organizing
    and preparing the meal.
    Thank you Joe Harvey for manning the grill.
    Thank you to Cathy Agan for decorating
    the hospitality room.
  • Tue, May 23 - FFA Banquet at 6 p.m.
  • Thu, May 25 - Kindergarten Graduation at 1 p.m.
  • Thu, May 25 - STAR Night for Grades PK - 4 at BRES at 6 p.m.
  • Fri, May 26 - Last Day of School
  • Sat, May 27 - Graduation at 11 a.m.




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

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.



Check out our Job Openings
5th Graders working hard on science review.


Check out our Summer Athletic Camps







Join the District-Wide Remind Group for Emergency Texts
District-Wide Remind Group for Text Message Alerts
over School Closures or Emergencies.  CLICK HERE
On Tuesday, there was a police chase that went around Blue Ridge.  As a precaution, we locked down the campuses, but school continued as normal while we monitored the situation.  We communicated the progress of the lockdown via Twitter and Facebook to keep parents updated.  Fortunately everything ended quickly and the chase never came in the city limits of Blue Ridge or near our district.

After the incident ended, we had a request from a parent to create a district-wide text message group for future situations.  This is a great idea, and we have done just that.  Please pass the word and encourage everyone to join the BRISD District-Wide Text Message Alerts.  Here are the steps to get signed up.


  1. Text the message @brisdd to 81010
  2. Go to rmd.at/brisdd and enter your information to get in the group.

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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.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Week of May 1

Congrats to Dr. Scott Leslie, for being named
97.5 KLAK Teacher of the Month.  He is
an outstanding educator who represents Blue
Ridge ISD well through his words and actions.
The +10 Mindset starts with Teacher Excellence
The week of May 8-12 is Teacher Appreciation Week.  As we prepare for this week, we would like to
recognize and celebrate all of our teachers and staff because they are doing great things for our students each and every day.  After all our student success starts by having the best teachers and staff members serving our students and one another.

 JOIN US - This week, I would like to invite you on Tuesday to tell your story about the great things that BRISD does for our students, staff, and community.  On Tuesday, please use your Facebook and Twitter to celebrate each staff member for their hard work and with each post we will use the hashtags, #TxEdTuesday.




NEXT WEEK is STAAR EOC Week at BRHS

Parents, make sure your student gets plenty of rest for EOC. Did you know that earning a score of 63 on the Algebra 1 test will make your student college ready and eligible to take dual credit math as a junior or senior.  Here are the dates of the tests:

  • Algebra 1 - Tuesday, May 2
  • Biology - Wednesday, May 3
  • US History - Thursday, May 4
Make sure your child get plenty of rest the night before the test.  Ensure they get a good breakfast with protein.  Protein energizes the brain, and make sure your child gets lots of encouragement and motivation.  Motivation can add 10 points on any test.  




Check out the learning in Mrs. Stephens' class.  This week she had an incubator
with chicken eggs, and they hatched!!!  See the excitement of our students 
learning about the life cycle of a chicken.

Upcoming Events

  • Check out our new Learn...Grow...Excel Bracelets
    Every student and teacher will be getting one to
    always remind them how much they can accomplish
    if they never forget how much potential they have.
    May 1 - 5:  BRISD 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
  • Mon, May 1 - Special Olympics Banquet at 6 p.m. at BRES Cafeteria
  • Tue, May 2 - Athletic Banquet at 7 p.m. at BRHS Cafeteria
  • Thu, May 4 - Band Concert & Banquet at 6:30 p.m.
  • Fri, May 5 - Baseball Playoff vs. Wolfe City at 6:30 in Leonard
  • Sat, May 6 - Baseball Playoff vs. Wolfe City at noon in Leonard
  • May 8 - 12 STAAR Testing at BRMS & BRES
  • The 6th and 7th grade bands received a
    1st division at the Pride of Texas Music festival!
    Congrats to the kids and director, Mr. Terry.
    Tue, May 16 - Senior Awards Night at 6 p.m.
  • Tue, May 23 - FFA Banquet at 6 p.m.
  • Thu, May 25 -
    • Kindergarten Graduation - 1 p.m.
    • 8th Grade Graduation -
    • STAR Night at BRES -  6 p.m.
  • Fri, May 26 - Last Day of School
  • Sat, May 27 - Graduation at 11 a.m.




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

BRISD 17-18 APPROVED CALENDAR

Graduation is set for Saturday, May 27
 at BRHS Gym at 11 a.m.

Transfer & New Students to BRISD
Kindergarten students using iPads to
collaborate and write words with
 consonant blends.
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
Congratulations to the Lady Tiger softball team for making the playoffs.  They fell short to Honey Grove in the bi-district game.  Thank you girls, Coach J.D. Williams and Coach Shanda Jenkins for your hard work.

Congratulations to Coach Cole Jenkins, Coach Gourley and our Baseball Team who made the playoffs in 3rd place.  They will play Wolfe City on Friday, May 5 at 6:30 in Leonard and Saturday at noon with game 3 to follow if necessary.

To find out up to the minute results on our Regional Track competition, CLICK HERE and scroll through their feed.  We are doing well.








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.