Friday, May 5, 2017

Week of May 8

The +10 Mindset - Teacher Excellence
Student excellence cannot occur without teacher excellence, and teacher excellence cannot occur without teacher leadership.  In this post, I would like to highlight the teachers in BRISD who are going above and beyond by being selected as thought leaders for regional and state conferences or academies.  Please join me in congratulating the following outstanding BRISD professionals.

Stephanie McPhersonRegion 10Chosen for Mathematics Collaborative
Kenny WilliamsOracle AcademyJava Fundamentals
Melissa StineyRegion 10 Tech ConferencePresentation: We came We Seesaw'd We Learned
Amy Hopkins/Katie PelzelRegion 10 Tech ConferencePresentation: Google Classroom...A Must Have Teacher Tool!
Melissa StineyTCEA Tots and TechnologyPresentation: Getting Googly: Great Google Drive Add-Ons
Theresa WadeRegion 10 Write for Texas institutePresentation: Using Writing to "Spice" Up Your English Class
Katie PelzelRevolutionizing Learning ConferencePresentation: Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom
Katie PelzelRevolutionizing Learning ConferencePresentation: Lecture Less and Get More with Google Classroom
Theresa WadeRevolutionizing Learning ConferencePresentation: My Students LOVE Writing, and Yours Can TOO!
Dena HamiltonRevolutionizing Learning ConferencePresentation: Targeting Teens and Tweens in a Digital World
Scott LeslieRevolutionizing Learning ConferencePresentation: Tips and Tricks for Google Classroom
Susan BohannonRevolutionizing Learning ConferencePresentation: Classroom Management and Discipline in the High School Classroom

Upcoming Events

  • Fri, May 5 - Baseball Playoff vs. Wolfe City at 6:30 in Leonard
    Thank you Beta Club for honoring our teachers
    for Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Sat, May 6 - Baseball Playoff vs. Wolfe City at noon in Leonard
  • May 8 - 12 STAAR Testing at BRMS & BRES
    • Mon, May 5 - Math: Grades 3, 4, 6, 7, 5 Retest, 8 Retest
    • Tue, May 6 - Reading: Grades 3, 4, 6, 7, 5 Retest, 8 Retest
    • Wed, May 10 - Science: Grades  5 & 8
    • Thu, May 11 - Social Studies: Grade  Grad 8
  • Mon, May 15 - Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • Tue, May 16 - Senior Awards Night at 6 p.m.
  • 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 - Baccalaureate at First Baptist Church at 2 p.m.
    Teacher Appreciation Luncheon at Central Office
    Special thanks to Carolyn Wink for organizing
    and preparing the meal.
    Thank you Joe Harvey for manning the grill.
    Thank you to Cathy Agan for decorating
    the hospitality room.
  • 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.
  • Fri, May 26 - Last Day of School
  • Sat, May 27 - Graduation at 11 a.m.

District Calendar
Elementary School Calendar
Middle School Calendar
High School 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

Join the District-Wide Remind Group for Emergency Texts
District-Wide Remind Group for Text Message Alerts
over School Closures or Emergencies.  CLICK HERE
On Tuesday, there was a police chase that went around Blue Ridge.  As a precaution, we locked down the campuses, but school continued as normal while we monitored the situation.  We communicated the progress of the lockdown via Twitter and Facebook to keep parents updated.  Fortunately everything ended quickly and the chase never came in the city limits of Blue Ridge or near our district.

After the incident ended, we had a request from a parent to create a district-wide text message group for future situations.  This is a great idea, and we have done just that.  Please pass the word and encourage everyone to join the BRISD District-Wide Text Message Alerts.  Here are the steps to get signed up.

  1. Text the message @brisdd to 81010
  2. Go to and enter your information to get in the group.

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