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May 20, 2011

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In This Issue
*Trustees Approve Superintendent Contract and Principal Appointment
*BISD Night at Rangers Game
*Staff Discount Page
*Proud to be a Texan
*Water Rocks Program
*Run for Sarah
*BISD Receives Another 21st Century Learning Grant
*End of Year Technology Checklist
*Computer Power Down Begins Monday, May 23
*Employee Transfer Request Application
*Registration Deadline

Inclement Weather Make Up

May 26 & 27

Full Days



May 29

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Approve Superintendent Contract and Principal Appointment




At a special called board meeting on Thursday, May 19, BISD trustees approved the contract for Dr. Darrell Brown as superintendent of schools for Birdville ISD. Dr. Brown will begin in the district on July 11.








Trustees also approved the appointment of Deborah Coulson as principal of David E. Smith Elementary. She is replacing Scott Gregory, who was named principal at Walker Creek Elementary in April.


Coulson has been assistant principal at North Ridge Elementary since 2005. Prior to North Ridge, she served as assistant principal at the Academy at C.F. Thomas from 2001-2005, and a general education teacher from 1992-2001.


She earned her bachelor's degree from Abilene Christian University and master's degree from Texas Woman's University.

Birdville ISD Welcome Superintendent Dr. Darrell Brown and Family

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Join us for the Birdville ISD student and teacher appreciation night at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Monday, June 6

7:05 p.m.


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Staff Discount Page

Remember to check Employee Discounts on the staff webpage.

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Birdville ISD Fourth-Graders Travel to Austin with Education in Action  

Fourth-grade teachers at seven Birdville ISD elementary schools took their classrooms on the road to Austin with Education in Action's "Proud to be Texan" experiential learning day program during the 2010-2011 school year.  


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Birdville ISD Fifth-Graders Travel to Cameron Park Zoo and Inner Space Cavern with Education in Action

Fifth-grade teachers at Cheney Elementary took their classrooms on the road with Education in Action's "Water Rocks" experiential learning day program during the 2010-2011 school year.


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Members of the Watauga Middle School staff recently participated in the Run for Sarah at the Fine Arts/Athletics Complex.

BISD Receives Another 21st Century Learning Grant for 2011-12

The Texas Education Agency recently announced the recipients of the Texas 21st Century Community Learning Center grant for the 2011-12 school year. Birdville is one of 15 districts selected to receive this grant. With this grant, ten additional campuses will receive funds for after school programming. The purpose of this program is to establish or expand activities in community learning centers that:  provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools; and, to meet state and local student academic achievement standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and mathematics. The program offers students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as:  youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, art, music, recreation programs, technology education programs, and character education programs.


BISD currently has 21st Century grants at: Richland, Watauga, Academy at C.F. Thomas, Binion, Mullendore, Foster Village, Holiday Heights, Spicer and Hardeman elementaries and Richland Middle School.


For additional information, contact David Gerabagi at 817-547-5768.


End of Year Technology Check List

Please review the following information from the technology department before leaving for the summer. The link contains an important checklist from TIMS. If you have questions, call the Help Desk at 5888.


>Summer Technology Information


On May 23, BISD will begin powering down computers each evening in order to save money. If you are working on your computer and receive a message indicating the computer is about to shut down, click "OK" if you want your machine to shut the machine down immediately, "Snooze" if you want to continue working and want to be prompted again in an hour, or "Cancel" to cancel the shut down process. Caution: Don't forget to save your work prior to selecting "OK."


The Birdville Golf Classic

scheduled for

Tuesday, May 31

has been cancelled.


Refunds for the golf classic will be returned in the mail. If you have questions, please contact Sheena Joslyn at 5735.


Employees interested in requesting a campus transfer may access the application form online.  


> Employee Transfer Request Application  

Transfer requests will be accepted March 21 - May 2. (Extended until July 15) 
To access the Campus Transfer Request Application employees should use their PeopleSoft ID# as their login and the last four digits of their social security number as their password. Employees will be notified by a principal or campus administrator if a position becomes available at the campus requested.


Resignation Deadline


The last date for resignation for contract personnel is "not later than the 45th day before the first day of instruction of the following school year." The first day of instruction for 2011 - 2012 is August 22, 2011; therefore, the last day for all contract personnel to resign is July 7, 2011.