Friday, August 18, 2017

Week of August 21 (START of SCHOOL!!!)

The +10 Mindset
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year.  Here is my video message to the BRISD Community.  Thank you parents for entrusting us with your most prized possession, your child.




Our students have been working hard
to support our teachers and community
with the start of school.  We have
the best kids in Texas.
Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21.
We are ready to start school.  Are you???  This year is going to be the best start of school ever because at 1:10 p.m., there will be a solar eclipse coming over Blue Ridge!

We will be teaching our kids all about how solar eclipses happen, and some classes will do science experiments where they will observe the effects when a solar eclipse occurs.  Additionally, some of our kids will watching the solar eclipse on a live stream from where the eclipse will be complete.  Here is a link for more information, and another link to check out

SPECIAL NOTE - Our kids will not be looking at the solar eclipse without specially ordered safety glasses.  The majority of students will be in classrooms watching the live stream or learning about the eclipse in the classroom.   If you have questions or concerns, please ask you principal.



AFTERSCHOOL DAYCARE is in BRISD now!!! 
Check out the link above for more information and how to get signed up. 

Be a BRISD Volunteer (Click Here)

If you want to serve as a chaperone for Homecoming or drive a float for Homecoming, you must be an approved volunteer.  Please contact Cathy Agan for more information.

Upcoming Events


  • This year, we will push our students to
    reach level 4 in their mastery of skills.
    Fri, Aug 18 - Meet the Tigers at 5:30 p.m at Tiger Stadium
  • Mon, Aug 21 - First Day of School 2017-2018
  • Mon, Aug 21 - Board of Trustees meet to adopt budget and tax rate.
  • Tue, Aug 22 - HS VB vs Gunter HERE
  • Thu, Aug 24 - HS VB at Whitesboro Tournament
  • Fri, Aug 25 - HS VB at Leonard at 4:30 p.m.
  • Fri, Aug 25 - HS FB at Era at 6 p.m.
  • Sat, Aug 26 - HS VB at Whitesboro Tournament
  • Tue, Aug 29 - HS VB at Pilot Point at 5:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Aug 31 - HS VB at Cumby Tournament
  • Fri, Sep 1 - HS FB vs Detroit at 7:30 HOME
  • Sat, Sep 2 - HS VB at Cumby Tournament
  • Sat, Sep 2 - Green Saturdays - Student Led Event from 7-11 p.m. at BRHS Gym



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




Additional Information
Your 2017 Blue Ridge Tigers
will be taking the field in Era on August 25
and their first home game is September 1

Tickets for the 2017 Football Season are on sale now at the Blue Ridge High School Office.  If you would like more information about the tickets, please contact Donna Wiggins at the BRHS office.

Regular Season Reserve Seating (Chair-back) Tickets are $50 for all varsity home games.

For all other seats there will be no presale, and general admission tickets for adults are $5 and students are $3.

Silver Tigers (age 55 & above) can get free admission with a Silver Tiger pass which can be obtained from Cathy Agan at the central office.



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, August 11, 2017

Week of August 14

The +10 Mindset
New Staff Members to BRISD
learned about #BRISDPride, #BRISDLearns and
#LearnGrowExcel, and they also had a lot of fun too.
If you get a chance, join me in welcoming them to the
greatest district in Texas.
The start of school is almost here, and our goal for the 2017-2018 school year is one thing.  Excellence for Every Student.  The way that we guarantee excellence in every student is by guaranteeing excellence in every educator first.  This past week, our new staff members attended 3 days of learning, and all staff returned to campus learning with one explicit purpose, creating the conditions for every student to find their excellence. Next week, all staff will be working together to align their expectations for learning, behavior and hard work, and then they will make plans to communicate, teach, reinforce, respond to students, and most importantly empower students to be self directed in their learning.

This week talk to your students about the importance of hard work and committing to the expectations that our teachers worked so hard to create.


AFTERSCHOOL DAYCARE is in BRISD now!!! 
Check out the link above for more information and how to get signed up. 


Be a BRISD Volunteer (Click Here)

Upcoming Events
BRMS Teachers returned  to begin their year
by starting with the Why.  Special thanks
to our new principal, Phillip Lentz for his preparation
with our teachers.


  • Fri, Aug 11 - HS FB Scrimmage vs. Cumby (HOME)
  • Mon, Aug 14 - District Staff Development Week
  • Thu, Aug 17 - Meet the Teacher at all campuses (check campus webpages for times)
  • Fri, Aug 18 - Meet the Tigers at 5:30 p.m at Tiger Stadium
  • Mon, Aug 21 - First Day of School 2017-2018
  • Mon, Aug 21 - Board of Trustees meet to adopt budget and tax rate.
  • Tue, Aug 22 - HS VB vs Gunter HERE
  • Thu, Aug 24 - HS VB at Whitesboro Tournament
    BRHS students continued their tradition
    of painting their parking places.
  • Fri, Aug 25 - HS VB at Leonard at 4:30 p.m.
  • Fri, Aug 25 - HS FB at Era at 6 p.m.
  • Sat, Aug 26 - HS VB at Whitesboro Tournament



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




Proposed Tax Rate Stays the Same, but Property Taxes will Increase due to Increasing Values 

The BRISD Proposed Tax Rate for 2017-2018 is the same as the Adopted Tax Rate adopted in 2016-2017.   The proposed tax rate will be discussed at the August 21 school board meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the BRISD Administration Building where the tax rate will be adopted.  The question most taxpayers have is why are taxes increasing.

The Collin County Appraisal District assigns values to property, and in most cases property values increased throughout Blue Ridge ISD.  This change in property value will result in more taxes being raised for maintenance and operations than in the past.  The following link details the changes in taxes raised for the upcoming year.  It is important to note that state finance decisions are still being made in the Texas Legislature, and that the state's contribution to education is under debate as we speak.  To have your voice heard, please contact your legislator.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Superintendent John Wink for more information.

Celebrate Excellence

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.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Week of August 7

The +10 Mindset
School is just 2 weeks away, and we are excited to make the 2017-2018 school year even better than last year.  Our focus last year was on growth, and this year we look to expand that focus even more.  In addition to growing academically, we will push ourselves to focus on growing our students in their character as well as in their civic service to the Blue Ridge community.

As you wrap up the summer, you are encouraged to have conversations about growth with your students.  Asking them where they would like to grow in their learning is a great place to begin.  Additionally, having conversations about how they can grow in their character and how they can help their friends and the community will prime their brains for the work we will do this year.

The best way to wrap up the summer is by setting goals for the upcoming school year.


Additional Information

AFTERSCHOOL DAYCARE is in BRISD now!!! 

Check out the link above for more information and how to get signed up.


Lunch Prices Change

Due to cost increases to the food service program which are associated with maintaining compliance with USDA Federal Regulations, the BRISD Food Service Program will increase lunch prices in the 2017-2018 school year. Breakfast prices will remain the same for 2017-2018.

Summer Band is under way,
and the Tiger Band is preparing for
its most successful year ever.
Blue Ridge ISD has not seen an increase to lunch prices since the 2006-2007 school year, and the change is listed in the table below.

Lunch Prices 2016-2017
Lunch Prices 2017-2018
Elementary School $2.25      
Middle School        $2.75     
High School           $2.75
Elementary School $2.50     
Middle School         $3.00     
High School            $3.00

We would like to encourage households to apply for benefits through the National School Lunch Program. The program will include breakfast and lunch meals at a free or reduced price if you qualify. You may apply during registration, so you are encouraged to pick up an application at your child’s campus office, or at either of the cafeterias. If you have any questions please call either one of the cafeteria managers, Rene Elder or Terri Rodriquez, and they will be glad to assist you.

Upcoming Events

  • Fri, Aug 4 - HS VB Scrimmage vs. Anna
    The administration building has new
    picture frames and backdrops so that we can
    celebrate the excellence in BRISD.
  • 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 Scrimmage vs. Cumby (HOME)
  • Mon, Aug 14 - District Staff Development Week
  • Thu, Aug 17 - Meet the Teacher at all campuses (check campus webpages for times)
  • Mon, Aug 21 - First Day of School 2017-2018
  • Mon, Aug 21 - Board of Trustees meet to adopt budget and tax rate.
  • Tue, Aug 22 - HS VB vs Gunter HERE
  • Thu, Aug 24 - HS VB at Whitesboro Tournament
  • Fri, Aug 25 - HS VB at Leonard at 4:30 p.m.
  • Fri, Aug 25 - HS FB at Era at 6 p.m.
  • Sat, Aug 26 - HS VB at Whitesboro Tournament




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


During the summer, the HS gym floor had a complete make-over and new LED lights were installed.  Beginning in late September, improvements to the softball and baseball fields will begin.




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.

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






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 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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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 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.


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.