Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Week of October 29

The +10 Mindset - Interventions & Extensions
On Monday, October 22, our teachers worked hard on our professional learning day to learn how to build powerful interventions and extensions to help every student learn, grow, excel.  The goal of our training was to create instruction that best meets every student where he or she is currently and then take each student to where they need to be this year.

With that said, what we are trying to create is a world of possibilities, where obstacles become opportunities, and disabilities dissolve because we believe in our abilities to help all kids grow in their learning.  To better explain this instructional vision for Blue Ridge ISD, I encourage you to watch the video below that I found on Facebook about Nike's first pro athlete with cerebral palsy.  Excuses don't exist in a culture of excellence.

Excellence in Extracurriculars
The Tiger Band wins is second 1st Division Rating.
This past week was a phenomenal week for our students.  Last week, I shared my thoughts about our excellence mindset when it comes to competition in extracurriculars (CLICK HERE to read).   With that said, I have some exciting news to share.

  • The Blue Ridge HS Tiger Band got its 2nd consecutive and 2nd ever 1st Division Marching rating in UIL Marching Contest.  This is the band's first 1st Division Rating as a new school in 3A.
  • Our boys cross country team took 3rd to advance to the Regional Meet where they finished 11th.
  • The BRHS Volleyball Team made the playoffs as the smallest 3A school in our district and the possible district runner-up.  The playoffs begin next week.
    The 8th grade volleyball team took 3rd in District.
  • The BRMS Volleyball Teams had a successful year as well.  The 8th grade team finished the year in 3rd place and the 7th grade team finished in 4th place.
  • The Blue Ridge football teams are fighting hard in district play, and more will be shared in the following weeks.
The point that I want us all to recognize is this.  It's not the size of the school in the game.  It's the size of the game in the school.  Our goal is to every student believing that they are a valuable member of our teams, and their work will help us reach our goals.

Below - HS Volleyball advances to their 1st ever playoffs in 3A play, 
while the Boys Cross Country advances to first ever Regional Meet in 3A competition.

Upcoming Events

  • Fri, Oct 26 - HS FB at Bells
  • Sat, Oct 27 - Blue Ridge Fall Festival
  • Sat, Oct 27 - BRISD Dinner Theatre Production at BRHS
  • Sun, Oct 28 - Harvest Festival in Blue Ridge Square
  • Mon, Oct 29 - Carter Blood Drive at BRHS
  • Mon, Oct 29 - Parent Dyslexia Simulation Night at BRHS at 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Nov 1 - JH Football at Prairiland
  • Fri, Nov 2 - HS Football vs Prairiland HOME
  • Sun, Nov 4 - Daylight Savings Time (Set clocks 1 hour forward)
  • Week of Nov 5 - Formative Assessment Week
    What gets celebrated gets accelerated.
    BRES had Kona Ice to celebrate hard work
    during the 1st 9 wks
  • Tue, Nov 6 - HS GBB (Baskeball) at Whitesboro
  • Thu, Nov 8 - MS FB vs Chisum HOME
  • Thu, Nov 8 - Long Range Facility Committee Meeting at 6 p.m. in Board Room
  • Fri, Nov 9 - HS FB at Chisum
  • Fri, Nov 9 - HS GBB (Baskeball) at Sam Rayburn
  • Fri, Nov 9 - Veteran’s Day Assembly
  • Mon, Nov 12 - JH GBB (Baskeball) vs Howe
  • Mon, Nov 12 - BRISD Board Meeting Closed at 6 p.m. and Open Session at 7 p.m.
  • Tue, Nov 13 - HS GBB (Baskeball) vs
  • Thu, Nov 15 - JH BBB (Baskeball) at Howe
  • Fri, Nov 16 - HS GBB (Baskeball) at Gainesville
  • Mon - Fri, Nov 19 - 23 - THANKSGIVING BREAK
  • Mon, Nov 26 - School Resumes

MS Students apply their Knowledge in Texas History

BRMS 7th Grade Texas History students learned their civic duty by writing letters to their state representatives.  History is not just facts and dates for these students.  They are learning how to be active participants in the political process.

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