Snapshots December
A look at what's going on in SBISD... December 2010

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GE Oil & Gas and the Spring Branch Community Health Center made the holidays bright for about 700 prekindergarten students at Lion Lane and Tiger Trail Schools for Early Learning. A two-day delivery and toy distribution was held Dec. 16-17. Read more >>

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Westchester Academy for International Studies is among only 26 Texas schools nominated for the 2011 federal Blue Ribbon Schools Award. Read more >>

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The students aren't the only ones learning during their weekly book club meeting at Westwood Elementary. New E-Readers take the book out of book club. Read more >>

Charles "Coach" Maiorana "The Winningest Baseball Coach" in Spring Branch ISD history, has passed away, but his influence lives on inside the hearts and in the letters and tributes left by so many of those he inspired. Read more >>


Other Top Headlines in SBISD:

Spring Branch ISD students outperformed their state and national peers on the 2009-2010 ACT and SAT, as they have done consistently for the past five years. District graduates have one of the highest participation rates in the Houston region on these tests. Read more>>

Fifth-grade students at Meadow Wood Elementary celebrated Colonial Day on Friday, Nov. 19, by dressing up in Colonial America outfits, complete with buckles and hats they made in class. Read more>>

Spring Branch Education Foundation awarded grants this year that have benefited students all across the district - from interactive music classes to self-printed books. Find out how you can help. Read more>>

Beginning in January, the district Administration Building at 955 Campbell Road will have new entry procedures. The “front” public entrance has moved to the south side of the building. All visitors must enter through these doors. Learn more about these changes. Read more>>

With the growing awareness of bullying -- from face-to-face encounters to electronic communication -- students and educators need to have strategies to help them recognize and respond to bullying situations. Read more>>

Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea, visits Don Coleman Coliseum for a book signing of his newest novel and a presentation about his travels. Read more>>

Westwood Elementary has been waiting a long time for programs to help make students more physically fit. Thanks to area coaches and Houston's Department of Parks and Recreation, the wait is over. Read more>>

For a third year in a row, the Spring Branch ISD Police Dept. has sponsored its annual toy and gift drive among officers, staff and families. Read more>>

Nottingham Elementary students in kindergarten through fourth-grade learned about the harmful effects of smoking and chewing tobacco during a recent "Too Cool to Smoke" presentation. Read more>>

It's Been A Great Year So Far!

So far this school year, we have much to be proud of:

Continued success in meeting our overarching goal of post-secondary readiness and completion for our graduates. More students are taking the SAT and ACT, and more students are doing better on these tests. In the coming semester, we'll focus even more attention on making sure that as many of our graduates as possible enroll in and attend college in the fall of 2012.  We are also proud that the system earned a combined total of 95 Gold Performance Recognitions from the state in recognition of strong and improved academic achievement across the district. Watch video link >>

Increased community engagement. In late October, we recognized a record 185 Good Neighbors - our superlative partners who go above and beyond for you and your students every day. As we strive to increase the number of partners and volunteers strategically helping us achieve our mission, we are proud to have more than 10,000 registered volunteers for the first time in SBISD history! Watch video link >>

Three fabulous new schools and five more under construction. Earlier this fall, we celebrated grand opening of three incredible new state-of-the art elementary schools and saw steel go up on the five schools under construction. We also sold nearly $150 million in bonds for new construction and refinancing of older bonds at 3.52%, the lowest historical rates we've seen in decades. Watch video link >>

Strong rating in the State's recently-released FAST system. Last week, the Texas Comptroller's office released the results of its new FAST system. SBISD earned an outstanding rating of 4.5 out of 5 Stars in this new program, which blends financial efficiency and academic performance to give an overall school district rating. This rating is a testament to everyone's hard work to manage our budget in increasingly lean times while continuing to achieve higher levels of academic achievement. Watch video link >>

Have a great holiday season. Students return to class on January 4, 2011.

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