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November 13, 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. 

Deadline to Submit Review of Salary Accuracy Form - November 16

PersonnelAll employees are encouraged to verify their 2009 - 2010 salary for accuracy. Any discrepancies should be reported to Personnel Services by completing the online Review of Salary Accuracy Form. This online form will be available through November 16. 
PTA Offers Clothes and School Supplies to Needy BISD Families
The Birdville Council of PTAs is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization which sponsors two main programs - Clothes Connection and Supply Depot. Throughout the year, these programs provide low income students in BISD with school supplies, backpacks, shoe vouchers, new underwear and socks, two weeks of clothing, and coats and jackets.

2009 Gold Performance Acknowledgement (GPA) Awards Announced

The 2009 Gold Performance Acknowledgement (GPA) awards of the state accountability system were announced recently by the Texas Education Agency. A total of 76 GPAs were awarded to 28 of the 31 BISD campuses and two additional awards were earned at the district level. The Gold Performance Acknowledgment system recognizes districts and campuses for high performance on indicators other than those used to determine accountability ratings. Acknowledgments are given for high performance in 15 areas, including attendance rate, advanced course completion,  SAT/ACT testing, Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate testing, college readiness, graduation under the Recommended or Distinguished Achievement Program, TAKS commended performance, and TAKS comparable improvement.

Technology in Birdville ISD - All students succeed in a future they create.

"We have so much fun with technology in our classroom! We use our new Web site to blog about what we are reading, share strategies and make recommendations. My students get so excited to see their postings and respond to their friends' postings online. We have also used PowerPoint and PhotoStory to retell our favorite books in movie form. I love seeing my students fully engaged in the various learning experiences we have with using the laptops, or in the computer lab. They are always begging me to give them more time so they can add 'just one more thing' to their project, and they often ask if they can stay after class so they can continue working."
Katie Moran
Fifth-Grade Teacher
Birdville Elementary 

RHS Teachers uses Technology in Physic Class

Jim Richmond, Richland High School physics teacher, uses digital probes and computers for data collection in physics labs with a great improvement in lab results in a much shorter time. Still, time restrictions limited the amount of data that can be collected in one class period. With only a few trials, student errors would sometimes obscure the results.
This year, to increase the data samples, he used Google docs to produce a spreadsheet where all his classes could input their data. They used the science department laptops to collect the data and then logged into Google and entered the data in the spreadsheet. Instead of a graph of five data points for each group, students had a master graph with more than 150 points, clearly showing the trend of the data and points with obvious errors.
Richmond believes it was a worthwhile exercise showing the value of collaboration and need for many trials before making conclusions in scientific work. 
Fully Funded Mammograms Available to the Uninsured
BISD Partners With Moncrief Cancer Resources to Provide Mammograms, Wednesday, Dec. 9.
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Jim Skinner, BHS head football coach, was recently recognized for his 250th victory. Congratulations Coach Skinner!

Congratulations to the following BISD athletic teams for a successful season.  They are:  Birdville and Richland high schools volleyball teams; Birdville, Haltom and Richland high schools cross country teams; Birdville and Richland high schools fall tennis teams; and Birdville, Haltom and Richland high schools football teams.
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