Thursday, August 11, 2016

Week of August 15

The +10 Mindset
This year we will be working hard to raise the bar at Blue Ridge ISD.  In order to do that, it is important to know that we must change our thinking and that starts with our language.  Instead of focusing on passing, advanced and other fixed terms, we want to use the term, "Growth".  In other words, if we believe that learning is about human growth and development, then we should use growth as the measuring stick to gauge whether or not learning is occurring.

That is where the +10 Mindset comes in.

The way that we will gauge growth is by setting +10 goals for students.  In academics it is fairly easy.  If a student made a 70 on his STAAR math test last year, then his +10 goal would be 80.  For other subjects or organizations such as band, a +10 goal may mean that the student is shooting to move from playing 2nd trumpet to 1st trumpet this year or to make the All Region band for the first time.  For cross country, an athlete may set a +10 goal to drop his time by 2 minutes by the time the district meet arrives.

The +10 Mindset is all about setting a goal for improvement from last year, last semester or even last week.  When students are in classes where growth is the goal, students are more apt to take risks, seek help from the teachers and their peers, and ultimately strive to do their best.  With the +10 Mindset, the competition changes from competing against others to competing against yourself, and isn't that what learning is about?

Source +Venspired Learning 

Upcoming Events
Mon, Aug. 15 - Teachers return for Staff Development at Central Office at 8:00 a.m.
Tue, Aug. 16 - HS Volleyball at Cumby
Thu, Aug 18 - Meet the Teacher at the Campuses
                       Beginning times at 5:30 - 6:30.  See campus calendars below for times.
Fri, Aug 19 - Meet the Tigers at 5:30 p.m.
                      HS FB vs Cumby at home
                      HS VB at Chisum
Mon, Aug 22 - 1st Day of School for Students

District Calendar
Elementary School Calendar
Middle School Calendar
High School Calendar
Athletic Calendar

Public Meeting for Proposed Budget and Tax Rate
The Blue Ridge ISD Board of Trustees will hold a public meeting on the proposed budget and tax rate at Monday, August 29 at 6 p.m. at the Blue Ridge ISD Board Room.  Immediately following that, the board will hold a special meeting to adopt the budget and tax rate.

Information on the proposed budget can be found at this link. (CLICK HERE).  Due to changes in state funding, we have a proposed budget that will be $341,000 less than the budgeted amount from last year.  We feel confident that while revenue will be less, we will be able to provide the resources that students and teachers need to learn at high levels.

The proposed tax rate is currently $1.5846, but the recommended tax rate for approval will be $1.5715, which will be the exact same tax rate that we currently have.  Again, the recommendation for approval will be to keep the tax rate the same as it is currently.

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