May 28, 2009
BISD Web LinkThe Communications Department produces the employee newsletter "e-nlightened" each week so that staff can keep in touch with what is going on across the district. E-mail your pictures and a brief description to Communications and we will include them as space permits. 
Board of Trustees Meeting Summary 
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The Board of Trustees met in regular session on Thursday, May 28.  The following link will provide you a summary of actions taken at their meeting.
Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Appointed

LedbetterThe Birdville ISD Board of Trustees at their regular May meeting approved the appointment of Lane Ledbetter, Ed.D. to the position of Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. Ledbetter will replace Ellen V. Bell, Ph.D., who is retiring at the end of the 2008-09 school year.
"BISD is fortunate to have such a highly qualified individual to lead the instructional arm of the district," Superintendent Stephen Waddell said. "He brings to this position a deep understanding of the district and experience in education that will help guide BISD's instructional programs."
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BISD's Outstanding Mentors 
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BISD's Outstanding Mentor Awards were recently announced at the annual First Year Teacher Academy Banquet. BISD's 2008-09 outstanding mentors are: mentor 0809 pic 2  
Ulyana Payne, Watauga Elementary, nominated by David Vick; Elizabeth Rogers, Haltom Middle, nominated by Nancy Dougherty; and Connie Sanchez, Haltom High, mentor 0809 pic 3nominated by Tracey Louth and Sandra Mullins.

HCM eApplication Update
If you saved the HCM eApplication in your favorites in Internet Explorer, it is necessary to save it again as a favorite. This can be done on the "for Staff" page on the district's Web site. Select HCM eApplication and at the login screen save it as a favorite. This is necessary because an update has been made and the old server is being disabled.
Smithfield Middle School  Gifted and Talented Students
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Congratulations to the sixth-grade gifted and talented students from Smithfield Middle School for advancing to the national level of the Sally Ride Science Toy Challenge competition in Alexandria, Virginia on May 16. SMS pic 2
They designed and created a game called "The Alphabet Garden." This game teaches young children their alphabet letters and sounds, as well as sight words. As part of their research and field testing, the kids had special education students at one of the district's elementary schools play the game, and it was a big hit.  The team also conducted a consumer research survey to gather ideas for improvements to their game before going to Virginia for the final judging. Of more than 200 entries from across the US and Canada, only about 70 were invited to the national competition in Virginia. Fourteen awards were given. Smithfield's team won Honorable Mention for design. Team members are:  Annie Blakeslee, Sarah Grubb, Jaheir High, Abby Key, Trevor Sanders and Murphy Studebaker. SMS gifted pic 3Smithfield's coach is Karel Stewart.
North Ridge Middle School
Principal Appointed

EllisBirdville ISD's Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Stephen Ellis as principal of North Ridge Middle School. He replaces Carla Rix, who was named principal of Richland High School in March.

Ellis has been principal at Grace E. Hardeman Elementary since 1999. Previously, he served as assistant principal at Hardeman Elementary and the Shannon Learning Center. 

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"Touch of Class" Nominations 
First Year Teacher Excellence Awards 
Congratulations to BISD's First Year Teacher Excellence Awards winners for 2008-09. They are:  Alfredo Ordonez, Walker Creek Elementary; Cheryl Casey, Smithfield Middle School; and Tracey Louth, Haltom High School.
Marta White (left), Alfredo Ordonez, Jenny Bumgardner
Kathy Levi (left), Cheryl Casey, Jeff Russell
Carlotta Browning (left), Connie Sanchez, Tracey Louth, Mike Jasso, Holly McCanlies
BISD Theater Programs Excel 
Congratulations to BISD's theater programs for winning six awards at the Betty Lynn Buckley Awards. Winners were:  Best Musical - Birdville High School, "The Boyfriend"; Best Male Ensemble Member - Richland High School, Deontahvius Ford, "Dracul" (Wolf); Excellence in Costume Design Budget Level 2 - Richland High School, Heather Sturdevant and Colton Kingston, "Dracul"; Excellence in Lighting Design Budget Level 2 - Richland High School, Chris Camarillo, "Dracul"; Excellence in Scene Design Budget Level 1 - Birdville High School, Sam Spofford, "The Boyfriend"; and Best Student Orchestra - Richland High School, "Dracul." 
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Upcoming Events

Early Dismissal for Students
May 29
 Teacher Prep Day
Saturday, May 30
District Summer Hours
June 1- August 7
Convocation 2009-2010 
Monday, August 17 

Thank you for another wonderful year.

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