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December 10, 2010 

The communications department publishes the employee newsletter "e-nlightened" each week so 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.
In This Issue
* BISD Employee Engagement Survey
* Stars Tickets
* The Nutcracker
* Football Blitz
* Haltom High School
* Playhouses
* Laurel Wheeler
* C.O.R.E. Values Competition

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Last Chance to take the Birdville ISD Employee Engagement Survey!

This is a final reminder that the BISD Q12 Employee Engagement Survey, being conducted by Gallup, is closing Monday, Dec. 13, at 11 p.m., Central Time.
If you have already completed the survey, thank you. If you have not yet completed the survey, please take the opportunity to contribute your feedback toward strengthening our district. The confidential survey should take less than five minutes to complete.


Again, your individual responses are confidential, and no one within BISD will be able to reference your Access Code, nor will Gallup reveal it.

If you need assistance accessing this survey, please contact Gallup Client Support by sending an e-mail to https://ui.constantcontact.com/rnavmap/em/ecampaign/surveyhelp@gallup.com or by calling 800-788-9987 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time.


Third-grade students from BISD recently attended "The Nutcracker" at Will Rogers Coliseum.
Birdville Education Foundation Announces Winners of the Football Blitz

Birdville Education FoundationThe Birdville Education Foundation recently announced that two lucky individuals will split the 2010 Football Blitz grand prize. Each will receive $1,250, just in time for Christmas!  CarlaBeth Horton, former BISD principal and Watauga resident, and John Mesteller, North Richland Hills resident, correctly chose 24 out of 30 games played this past football season by the Birdville Hawks, Haltom Buffalos and Richland Rebels. The Foundation received more than 80 football entries. Special thanks to HKS, Inc. for their continued support of the Foundation and for donating the cash prize.  The Birdville Education Foundation funds innovative grants to BISD teachers, librarians and counselor. Since 2001, they have given more than $800,000 to over 600 teachers, librarians, counselors on 31 BISD campuses.  For more information, visit www.birdvilleeducationfoundation.com.  

HaltomUnder the encouragement of Marisa Hafley and Haltom High School's High Schools That Work team, ninth- and 10th-grade students at Haltom accepted a reading challenge for the fall semester. The challenge was to enjoy reading again through a book project. Each ninth- and 10th-grader read "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins and completed several amazing cross-curricular projects tied to the book. After hearing about their reading challenge, Barnes and Noble invited Haltom to have a book project "Night to Shine" on Dec. 9 with the community.   

BISD's Construction Technology program is selling five playhouses to benefit their program.  For information and to bid on a playhouse, go to www.renebates.com.


Playhouse Information:  There are four completed playhouses. The dimensions are 4 feet by 8 feet by 8 feet tall. The platform is made of treated lumber and is setting on skids. Starting bid for the completed playhouses are $750 each. The playhouses will need to be picked up within one week of winning the bid. For more information, contact Mike Benton at 817-602-8882. The playhouses are numbered from right to left 1-5 for identification. Playhouse number 3 is not complete and needs shingles and paint. The starting bid for number three is $600.

Former BHS student returns to share her story

Laurel Wheeler, a 2009 graduate of Birdville High School and now a student at UTA, recently spoke to second-grade students at Holiday Heights Elementary. She shared her story about living with a handicap, bullying she experienced in school because of her handicap, and answered questions about being blind and how to treat people with a disability.







A "friendly competition" recently took place between Porter and Smithfield elementaries to see which school could collect the most food items for the Christmas Providers food drive.  The school that collected the most food items would have the other school's principal sing on the announcements. The Porter Panthers collected 4,078 food items, and the Smithfield Wildcats collected 1,638 food items. Therefore, Greg Bicknell, Smithfield Elementary principal, will be singing the Porter school song on the announcements on a date yet to be determined. Both schools are winners for providing a much needed community service and reflecting BISD's C.O.R.E value "Kindness." The donations from across the district will help Christmas Providers provide food for families in need throughout the holiday season.