Thursday, August 31, 2017

1st 6 Weeks Formative Assessments - COMING SOON!

It's almost that time! Your 1st 6 Weeks Formative Assessment is due in Eduphoria Aware on September 8th. Remember that we're using the 6 Weeks YAG (Year at a Glance) this year, so your test will be built accordingly. 

We're adding adding MAP as one of our assessment instruments this year. We don't to overtest our students with this in mind, our aim is to make sure that our FAs focus on checking for understanding of the most important readiness standards in the material you will have covered in the first 6 weeks. 

Creating a Test in Eduphoria Aware

If your test cannot be built according to the guidelines below, speak with your campus principal, making sure there's adequate coverage of readiness standards questions combined with processing standards questions. 

BR Formative Assessments Guidelines

The TEKS Resource System creates test questions BY the UNIT that are pulled into Eduphoria. - basically "ready made" unit tests. If you would like to pull these unit questions into an Eduphoria test, see the instructions below. I'm available to help, if needed.

Building a TEKS Resource System Test in Eduphoria

After assessments are built and checked by your campus principal,

Friday, August 25, 2017

Weekly Communication from Central Office - 8/25

What a great first week!
It was great to see all of our students on the first day with smiles, ready to meet a new year! Our BR staff always does a great job in welcoming everyone, making the first day back a terrific one! This year was no different. Thank you, staff, for all you do.

I'll be making a post from Central Office EACH FRIDAY. Hopefully by communicating needed information in one place, it won't get lost through email. Please take time each weekend to read over this communication. 


Central Office Weekly Communication

Wink’s Weekly Words

This week has been such a great start to the year.  I was very impressed with the way every campus and employee rolled out the “Green Carpet” for our kids.  You did such a great job building strong relationships and establishing student-led routines and procedures.  As we begin Week 1.2, please remember that the most critical skill is “what to do when you don’t know what to do”.  C4B4Me is a critical skill needed not only for the classroom, but for life.  I challenge you to do your best in motivating kids to Learn, Grow and Excel with C4B4Me.

Mr. Wink’s Weekly Blog to the community.

Curriculum Announcements

  • Here’s a link to all Handbooks on the school website (Student Handbook, Code of Conduct, Technology, Transportation and Academic)
  • We are implementing MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) this year. We want to see how our students are growing, not just through STAAR. MAP will provide that for us. They will be tested 3 times each year with the first window being in September. More information will follow soon.

  • Reminder -- please update your teacher website. Many still have old information from last year. Also, it’s important to list your way of parent/community communication - Google Classroom, Seesaw, blog, social media, etc.
  • 1st 6 Weeks FA - Due Friday, September 8
    • Here’s a link to the guidelines for making your test;,
    • If the structure of your test needs to be outside the parameters of the guidelines (fewer questions per standard, etc.) work closely with your principal or Peer Coach to design your test that will render quality data.
    • Access the 17-18 Testing Calendar here with all 1718 dates
    • See your building principal(s) or an iMPACT Team member for assistance.
  • The iMPACT Team will be posting their 'TEACH LIKE A PINEAPPLE CHARTS' early next week with class periods you can COME IN AND OBSERVE! Please feel WELCOME to go in, watch and provide feedback on the Google form link that you'll find on the Teach Like a Pineapple poster. We'll roll this out with everyone in September!

Business Office Announcements

  • Reminder that the mileage rate for reimbursement is $0.535.  Please use this rate even if it is listed incorrectly on the forms.  

Central Office Announcements

**NEW Teachers
If you need assistance with how to put absences in Aesop, please see your campus office staff.

Special Programs Announcements

Dyslexia - We’re excited to have Leslie Patterson as our new Dyslexia Coordinator
  • Here’s a link to her weekly Smore newsletter -
  • Here’s one of the videos she showed during her inservice training

Upcoming Events (next 3 weeks)

Sat, Sep 2 - Green Saturdays - Student Led Event from 7-11 p.m. at BRHS Gym

Mon, Sep 4 - Labor Day Holiday: NO SCHOOL

Fri, Sep 8 - End of 1st 3 Week Grading Period
Formative Assessments Due

Sun, Sep 10 - PAINT THE TOWN GREEN for Homecoming Week

Fri, Sep 15 - Homecoming & Parade at 1:30 p.m.

Homecoming Volunteers & Drivers

The fast approaching 2017-2018 school year will be starting soon with Homecoming just around the corner on September 15th.  A good old fashioned Homecoming Parade brings out the DIY gene in many.  As always someone will be deemed the designated driver of the 12-16 foot crepe paper masterpiece.  If you are anticipating participation with this event you will need to be approved as a BRISD volunteer and/or driver before September 1st.
Volunteer Only
  • Completed Volunteer Application with Front and Back copy of valid, government issued Photo ID submitted to BRISD Admin no later than Sept 1, 2017.
  • All volunteer applicants are subject to DPS Computerized Criminal History (CCH) verification.
Float Drivers
  • Completed Volunteer Application with Front and Back copy of valid State of Texas issued Driver’s License submitted to BRISD Admin no later than Sept 1, 2017
  • Copy of Proof of Liability Insurance
  • All potential drivers are subject to DPS Computerized Criminal History (CCH)  and Driving Record verification.
Trailer inspection location and dates to be announced.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Welcome Back Staff

I've looked forward to this day all summer! The day all BRISD staff comes back together to celebrate the past year and get excited about 17-18. We know this year will be our BREAKOUT year, where even more great strides will be made. We have amazing teachers and our new hires are no exception. 
I'm excited for a year of relationships, learning and growth. Welcome Back BRISD staff!

Back to School Celebration Information

BRISD Staff: Below, you'll see the PowerPoint presentation from today's convocation. 
In it, there are links to everything that was discussed. 

Link to Presentation -