Thursday, July 6, 2017

July 2017 Announcements

The +10 Mindset

Blue Ridge ISD is excited to welcome Phillip Lentz as our new middle school principal.  As a graduate of Texas Tech University, Mr. Lentz most recently served as assistant principal at Lovejoy HS, and before then as a district instructional coach in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD.

He got his start in education as a middle school history teacher and coach in the Midland/Odessa area.  His impeccable references showed what we saw in the interview.  Mr. Lentz is a team builder.  He is a strong instructional leader, and he is an innovative thinker.  We are excited about the skills that he will bring to Blue Ridge to make our great school more successful than every before.

His wife, Kristen, will join us as our new English 2 and 4 teacher.  Like Mr. Lentz, her skillset is amazing and her personality will motivate kids to love English.  They will bring their 2 beautiful daughters, McKinley and Kaitlyn, to Blue Ridge Elementary this fall.


Excellent Teachers coming to BRISD
Heads up!!! Great teachers are headed to Blue Ridge for the 2017-2018 school year.  We are excited about the talent in these great teachers.  During this hiring season, we saw our applicant pool increase in many positions by over 1000% from the previous year.  That speaks volumes to our great district and the fact that the word is out.  Blue Ridge ISD is a destination district for not only our students but teachers as well.  Join me in welcoming our new staff members.


NameCampusPosition
Rick Bailey BRHS SS Teacher & Head Volleyball Coach
James Carpenter BRMS / BRESAsst. Band Director / Elementary Music
Courtney ChristensonBRMS / BRHSMS Academics / Boys Head Basketball Coach
Alli EalesBRES / BRHSPE / Girls Athletics
Miranda Garlington BRES4th Grade Math
Rebecca KayBRHS / BRMSSecondary Counselor
Kristen Lentz BRHSEnglish 2 & 4
Erin MasiasBRES2nd Grade
Amanda NicholBRESKindergarten
Leslie PattersonBRESDyslexia Coordinator
Helen ThompsonBRESDistrict Nurse






Upcoming Events

  • Fri-Sat, July 7-8 - Blue Ridge Rodeo
  • Mon, July 17 - Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • July 25 - 26 - Revolutionizing Learning Conference for BR Staff in Royse City
  • Mon, July 31 - HS Reserved Painted Parking Spaces
  • Tue, Aug 1 - High School Registration for Jrs & Srs.
  • Tue, Aug 1 - Elementary School Registration
  • Wed, Aug 2 - HS Registration for Fr & Soph.
  • Wed, Aug 2 - Elementary School Registration
  • Thu, Aug 3 - Teacher of the Year Luncheon in Garland
  • Fri, Aug 4 - HS VB Scrimmage vs. Anna
  • Mon, Aug 7 - 9 - New Teacher Orientation
  • Mon, Aug 7 - Blue Ridge Alliance Meeting at 6:30 p.m. (Open to all Blue Ridge Businesses, Churches and Organizations)
  • Thu, Aug 10 - BRISD Teachers and Staff Return
  • Fri, Aug 11 - HS FB vs. Cumby (HOME)
  • Mon, Aug 21 - First Day of School 2017-2018




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






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Friday, May 26, 2017

Announcements for the Month of June

The +10 Mindset
Congratulations to Raegan Harvey for placing 4th in State
for Poetry Interpretation.  In the picture above, Raegan
had the opportunity to meet our State Representative, Justin
Holland
with Mrs. Raymer, BRHS Theatre Teacher, and her
parents, Lee and Joe Harvey.  Joe Harvey also serves as
BRISD Board Member and Vice President
The 2016-2017 school year has come to an end.  So much has been accomplished by our students, our teachers, our district and our community as a whole.  As we reflect on this past school year, let's take time to celebrate the successes and learn from our shortcomings.  After all that is what learning is all about, right?

As we look forward to 2017-2018, I want to share some exciting news.  The Blue Ridge ISD, City of Blue Ridge and Blue Ridge Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to create the Blue Ridge Alliance.  The Alliance was created to promote all things Blue Ridge.  The mission of the Alliance is simple.

TOGETHER WE CAN

On Tuesday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m. the Blue Ridge Alliance will have its first meeting at the BRISD Building.  All Blue Ridge organizations, businesses, and churches are invited to send representatives to the meeting.


Congratulations Senior Class of 2017
Video by Senior, Jason Price


Upcoming Events

  • BRMS Field Day was a huge success.
    Fri, May 26 - Last Day of School
  • Sat, May 27 - Graduation at 11 a.m.
  • Mon, May 29 - Memorial Day - BRISD Offices closed
  • Tue, May 30 - Summer Hours Begin:  Mon-Thu from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tue, May 30 - Blue Ridge Alliance Meeting at 6:30 at BRISD Admin Building
  • Mon, June 5 - Summer School starts at BRES, BRMS and BRHS
  • June 19 - 22 - STAAR Retesting for Grades 5, 8 and EOC
  • Mon, June 19 - Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • July 25 - 26 - Revolutionizing Learning Conference for BR Staff in Royce City
  • Tue, Aug 1 - High School Registration for Jrs & Srs.
  • Wed, Aug 2 - HS Registration for Fr & Soph.
  • Mon, Aug 7 - 9 - New Teacher Orientation
  • Thu, Aug 10 - BRISD Teachers and Staff Return
  • Mon, Aug 21 - First Day of School 2017-2018
Kindergarten and Senior Graduates came together at the Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony on Thursday.



Calendars
Congratulations to Dr. Scott Leslie who
was named KLAK Teacher of the Year
for the DFW Metroplex.  Pictured with him
is BRHS Principal, Anthony Figueroa.

District Calendar
Elementary School Calendar
Middle School Calendar
High School Calendar



Check out our Summer Athletic Camps


AfterSchool Child Care for 17-18
Afterschool Child Care is coming to BRISD in 17-18. Please complete this survey to tell us your interests.
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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.