Thursday, November 15, 2018

Week of Nov 26 (Week 2.5)


Thank you to those who took the time to provide feedback on changes to the blog. Congratulations to the following teachers who won the drawing for Mr. Wink, Ms. Stiney, or Mr. Todd to teach their class for one 45 minute block of time. 

Jennifer Stroup
Alli Nichols
Laura Todd

Please email Ms. Stiney with times during the week of Nov. 26-30 you would like to have your class covered.


November 30th
Campus Level
See your campus' communication for more information

FA3 is due to your campus principal November 30th.  Do not print your FA until you have confirmed that the test is approved through your campus principal.


December 7th
7:30am - 8:15am
District Level
BRISD Administration Building
Differentiated Approach to Teacher Learning
A schedule of sessions will be announced the week of December 3rd.

EOC Retests at BRHS:
December 3rd - English I
December 4th - Algebra I
December 5th - English II
December 6th - Biology
December 7th - US History
Please see Rebecca Kay for more information.

FA3 Window is December 13th - December 19th.

2nd Nine Weeks Grading Period
Grading Period Ends: December 19th
Grades Due: January 9th by 8:30am
Report Cards: mailed home January 11th


Why do we put an emphasis on DOK questioning?  This video may offer more insight:


Are you looking for a way to stay organized in Google Chrome? Try adding the Bookmarks Bar to your browser. This allows you to add and access any website, Google Doc, Sheet, Form, or Slide quickly and efficiently. Once you have turned on bookmarks you can drag any document or website to the bookmarks bar for quick access. You can also create folders on the bookmarks bar. For example folders for websites, FA resources, 1819 documents, or campus information. 


Thank you to Rebecca Kay for her hard work organizing a very beautiful Veteran's Day program at BRHS. Take a look at some of the highlights and amazing moments from the Veteran's Day program.



Administration Holiday Hall Fest
Get in the holiday spirit by creating a display of your choice at the administration building showing off your holiday favorites or your holiday crafts/talents. This is open to ALL employees and classrooms/clubs. Click here to learn more about the Holiday Hall Fest. Email or if you are interested in participating. 

2018 City of Blue Ridge Christmas Parade

The City of Blue Ridge will be hosting a Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 1st at 6:00 p.m.
The Blue Ridge City Council would like for you and your organization to come join in the parade.
The 2018 parade theme is "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree." Prize money will be awarded for
First, Second, and Third place. Please contact City Hall at 972-752-5791 or by email at if you would like to participate in the parade.



Don't forget to promote the importance of reading.
If improves academic results for your students in
all subjects.
At Monday night's board meeting, I shared the results of the Teacher Feedback Survey (CLICK HERE).  I would like to thank everyone who took time to share your feedback with me.  It was very helpful to me in making our district better for you and the students you serve.  I will be meeting with principals and central office leaders about independent points of feedback that can help make your work better.

It is very important that you know that we only get better as a district with feedback.  Positive feedback affirms our present, but negative feedback helps us define a more successful future.  As you discover areas for growth, I encourage you to share your idea, thoughts, and concerns with your principals.

Happy thanksgiving from the winks

Happy Thanksgiving from the Winks
Hunter, Haley, Holly, Hannah (l-r)
I am most thankful for each and every member of our team.  You do amazing things for kids and you are the reason that our district is improving every day.  I also want to thank those of you who took time to meet with me to give me feedback on how we can improve our district.  Your voice was heard and we will take your feedback and use it to improve our district.  With that said, if you didn't meet with me or you would like to meet with me again, please let me know and I'll be glad to hear from you.  We only get better when every person shares his or her ideas.

As you prepare to return from Thanksgiving break, I encourage you to evaluate your routines & procedures as well as your relationships.  I am including 2 articles for you to consider reflecting on over break.

Enjoy your family.  Get some rest.  Eat some good food, and come back ready for the 15 Days of Christmas.  Yes I said 15 days.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Upcoming Events

  • Fri, Nov 16 - FB Playoff Game vs. Grand Saline at 7:30 in Terrell
  • Fri, Nov 16 - HS GBB (Basketball) at Gainesville
  • Mon - Fri, Nov 19 - 23 - THANKSGIVING BREAK
  • Mon, Nov 26 - School Resumes
  • Mon, Nov 26 - JH BBB at Bonham
  • Tue, Nov 27 - HS GBB at Ector
  • Thu - Sat, 11/29 - 12/1 - BBB at Farmersville Tournament
  • Thu - Sat, 11/29 - 12/1 - GBB at Valley View Tournament
  • Sat, Dec 1 - BR Christmas Parade
  • Mon, Dec 3 - EOC English I Retest
  • Mon, Dec 3 - JH Boys BB vs Whitewright
  • Mon, Dec 3 - JH Girls BB at Whitewright
  • Tue, Dec 4 - EOC Algebra 1 Retest
  • Tue, Dec 4 - HS Boys & Girls BB at Farmersville
  • Wed, Dec 5 - EOC English II Retest
  • Thu, Dec 6 - EOC Biology Retest
  • Thu, Dec 6 - UIL Speaking Events for MS at  Bonham
  • Fri, Dec 7 - EOC U.S. History Retest
  • Fri, Dec 7 - UIL Speaking Events for ES at Bells
  • Dec 6 - 8 - Blue Ridge Basketball Tournament Boys & Girls
  • Mon, Dec 10 - BRHS Band Christmas Concert
  • Tue, Dec 11 - HS Boys BB vs Whitesboro
  • Tue, Dec 11 - HS Girls BB at Van Alstyne
  • Thu, Dec 13 - MS UIL Academics Paper Events at Van Alstyne
  • Fri, Dec 14 - ES UIL Academic Paper Events at Leonard
  • Fri, Dec 14 - HS Girls vs Howe
  • Fri, Dec 14 - HS Boys at Lone Oak
  • Sat, Dec 15 - MS One Act Play at Princeton
  • Sat, Dec 15 - Winter Sports Meet the Tiger at 7 pm
  • Mon, Dec 17 - JH Boys BB at Bells
  • Mon, Dec 17 - JH Girls BB at Howe
  • Mon, Dec 17 - BRISD Board Meeting at 7 p.m.
  • Tue, Dec 18 - Girls & Boys BB at Leonard
  • Tue, Dec 18 - Long Range Facility Planning Committee Meeting at 7 p.m.
  • Wed, Dec 19 - Last Day of 2nd 9 Weeks
  • Thu, Dec 20 - Staff Work Day (Holiday for Students)
  • Fri, Dec 21 - Christmas Break begins
  • Fri, Dec 21 - Boys & Girls BB vs Bonham
  • Mon & Tue, 1/7-1/8 - Staff Development Day
  • Wed, Jan 9 - Students Return for 3rd 9 Weeks