Friday, June 3, 2016

Week of June 6

The Bridge to Excellence
Teachers have been working hard to wrap up the year, but not in the way you would think.  This week they worked hard on preparing for next year with 2 great days of professional learning.  On Tuesday, Christi Brown with Kagan taught BRISD teachers new strategies that promote high student engagement and better performance in learning, and on Wednesday, I had the opportunity to lead training with the teachers on how we can make excellence our goal in every facet of our school.  I am very proud of the caliber of teachers we have in Blue Ridge and their deep desire to be their very best for the students and families in it.  Growth is definitely the goal at Blue Ridge ISD.

Budget & Finance
This summer, the BRISD business office will be preparing the 2016-2017 budget.  Based on this year's enrollment, we are preparing a budget based on an enrollment of 690 - 699 students which is roughly the same enrollment as last year.  We will also maintain the same staffing in an effort keep the same expenditure budget as last year.  With the supreme court's ruling on school finance being constitutional, we will not see any financial relief from the state, but we will also not see massive cuts in Blue Ridge like many school districts across the state will see.  There is action in the legislature right now as Joe Straus has called for the legislature to act.  We will keep you posted on how this will impact school finance and Blue Ridge ISD.

Summer Learning
Summer is here, but that doesn't mean learning should stop.  Over the summer, did you know that kids regress and actual return to school lower academically than 3 months earlier when they finished the year?  It is critical that we all view summer as a different kind of learning, exploratory and recreational.  Taking your kids places and exposing them to historical markers, museums, shows, new places and reading will help them maintain their present level of performance.  To help you, our elementary library will have a summer reading program (see below).  Additionally, our athletic programs will have several camps to get your students active.  No matter what you do or where you go this summer, always remember that learning never stops and the experiences you give your children will ensure that their learning never stops.

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