Thursday, December 13, 2018

Week of Dec. 17 (2.8)


  • Thurs, Dec 13 - MS UIL Meet
  • Fri, Dec 14 - ES UIL Meet
  • FA3 Window - December 13th - December 19th
  • Thurs, Dec 20 - Staff Workday
  • Mon, Jan 7 - Staff Development Day
  • Tues, Jan 8 - Staff Development Day
  • Wed, Jan 9 - Spring Semester Begins



The MAP testing window opens when we return from Christmas Break on January 9th.  There is a training opportunity the afternoon of January 7th for those who choose to attend.  See the January 7th & 8th Professional Learning Schedule above for more information.

An announcement about winter MAP testing:

"On October 31st, in preparation for winter testing, you can expect:
  • MAP Growth will not invalidate student scores during the winter testing season for rapid guessing
  • Proctors will continue to be notified in the moment when students are rapid-guessing
  • Information regarding rapid guessing will still be available in the Student Profile Report
  • We will provide updated proctor tips on best practices to encourage students to engage and give their best effort
  • You can find additional information on NWEA Connection
We are working on a plan to fully reintroduce the rapid-guessing invalidation rule. Our timing will ensure that you can fully prepare for the new functionality. While not all details are finalized, we will provide more robust proctor tools to support intervention when students begin rapid-guessing, clear reports to support the re-testing process, and in-product training. We are committed to providing you a smooth re-launch with ample time, communication, and training to leverage the full power of this feature. Please look for an update in the second week of January."


Please make sure to turn off your projectors when they are not being used or you are not in your room. This helps extend the life of the projector and keeps them from overheating. 


Shoutout to our Elementary and Middle School UIL Coordinators Shelley Reeves and Mary Townsend and all of the UIL coaches for all of their hard work and planning for the UIL competitions this month. We appreciate all that you do to help our students become competition ready. Go Tigers! 



As we head into Christmas break, give yourself the gift of reflection.  Where did you feel like your kids grew the most?  Where did they experience the most difficulties?  What are your great success stories of the first half of the year?  What made you the most stressed or make you feel stretched thin? 

These questions are great to ponder as we head into break, as they force us to look in the mirror.  By reflecting, it challenges us all to find our own unique next step to the excellence that is within each of us.  I thank you all for your hard work, and I hope that all is going well in both your personal and professional lives as we celebrate the Advent season.


Shout out to the Business Office Super Star of the week Jaci Baker. She does an excellent job of planning ahead for all purchase orders and check requests. Thank you Jaci! 

If you need any checks or credit cards for any event during Christmas break, please have PO requests completed and turned into the admin office by Friday, December 14th.

Deposit pickup time before Christmas break will be Wednesday, December 19th at 10:00 a.m. If you have a deposit after this time, please bring to Amanda Ray at the administration building. 


Upcoming Events

  • Thu, Dec 13 - MS UIL Academics Paper Events at Van Alstyne
  • Thu, Dec 13 - BRMS Choir Christmas Concert
  • 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 6:30 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