Thursday, July 21, 2016

Week of July 25

School is 4 Weeks Away
School is just around the corner and we can't to see everyone back next month.  Here are some dates to keep you informed about all of the events coming up.

  • August 2 - Registration for Juniors and Seniors
  • August 4 - Registration for Sophomores and Freshmen
  • August 5 & 6 - BRHS Parking Space Painting Event (Click Here for Info)
  • August 8 - BRISD School Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • August 10 & 11 - New Teacher Orientation
  • August 15 - BRISD Teachers return to Work (Begin at admin building)
  • August 18 - Meet the Teacher Night (more information will be coming from campuses on Facebook)
  • August 22 - 1st Day of School

School Supply Lists
Don't forget to get stocked up for school with school supplies.  Here are some important links to get you started.

Substitute Teachers, Cafeteria Workers and Bus Drivers
We are looking people to serve as substitutes.  If you are interested in serving as a substitute teacher, cafeteria worker, or substitute bus driver, applications are in the administration building.  You can call Cathy Agan for more information at 972-752-5554.

Did you know???
The Blue Ridge Theatre program is phenomenal.  Here is some information about the program led by our fantastic theatre director, Stacey Raymer.

For the past five years, the BRHS One Act Play has advanced four out of the five years with notable finishes last year, Area Qualifier, and in 2014, Region Qualifier, one of the top 24 plays in the State.  Here is a link to our High School show last year, THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA, District 13-2A Champions.  

The One Act Play program began in 2012.  Since then we've finished with four first-place finishes and one second place.  We've had multiple award winners.

Last year the company finished first with Radium Girls.  Click HERE for a link to our Theatre Weebly website with show photos.  

Check out the Plans for 2016-2017:
  • Three Middle School shows:  OAP, Pantomime/Clown show, Spring Showcase
  • High School:  Four show season, murder-mystery, Christmas show, OAP, Spring Showcase/Talent Show.

Thank you Stacey Raymer for your hard work in building a first class theatre program for our students and for the Blue Ridge community.

Texas Public Feedback on Assessment and Accountability Systems
This past week, the SBOE (State Board of Education) released survey results on STAAR and Accountability.   More than 27,000 Texans completed the survey that the SBOE conducted in June seeking public input about the state’s student assessment and accountability systems. The intent of the survey was to gather information that will become part of a report to legislative leaders and to the Texas Commission on Next-Generation Assessments and Accountability.

A report called Texans Speak: Public Feedback on Assessment and Accountability Systems summarizes the comments received from the survey and from a series of community meetings held across the state. To provide easier reading, this survey report collapses the responses into three categories: Agree, Neutral, Disagree.  I highly encourage you to see what Texas feel about testing and accountability in its current state.  This link will take you to a website that documents the community conversations about Assessment and Accountability.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Week of July 4

Happy Independence Day!!!

The fireworks at First Baptist Church on July 3rd was quite spectacular and brought lots of people all around the Blue Ridge community together to celebrate our independence.
Summer Learning

Our teachers have been working hard this summer learning new skills and strategies to help all kids learn.  Below Kelly Whittington participated in a training at Region 10.

The Blue Ridge High School and Middle School cheerleaders attended camp this summer and learned new routines and stunts to wow the crowds and cheer our teams to victory.

July 11 Board Meeting
The Blue Ridge ISD Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. to approve the student code of conduct, employee handbook, student handbooks.  Additionally, the board will consider a motion to set a public meeting date on the budget and proposed tax rate.  Following the board meeting, the board will hold a budget workshop to discuss the changes to our funding due to property values and state funding.

  1. Action Items
    1. Blue Ridge ISD Student Code of Conduct
    2. Review and consider motion to set Public Meeting Date on Budget and Proposed Tax Rate for August 29 at 6 p.m
    3. Review and consider motion to adopt Proposed Tax Rate to be published in Notice of Public Meeting
  2. Information Items
    1. Blue Ridge ISD Student Handbook
    2. Blue Ridge ISD Student Progression Plan
    3. Blue Ridge ISD Athletic Code of Conduct
    4. Blue Ridge ISD Band Code of Conduct
    5. Blue Ridge ISD Cheerleading Constitution
    6. Blue Ridge ISD Employee Handbook

PK & K Enrollment

Spread the word!!! PK & K enrollment is open. Enrollment forms are available in the elementary office. Office hours are Monday - Thursday from 8 to 4 until July 7th.