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Summer Learning Opportunities

What are you going to do this summer? Why not learn Chinese, take an online class, or attend a creative writing camp?

Find out about SBISD's summer learning opportunities by clicking here.

Upcoming Events

Running for the Arts

Housman Elementary Groundbreaking

Service Awards Banquet

Pine Shadows Elementary Groundbreaking

Memorial Day Holiday

District Calendar: English / en Español

Board of Trustees Election is scheduled May 14

Early voting begins May 2 and ends May 10

You can vote early or vote later on Election Day on May 14, but do remember to cast your ballot in the upcoming SBISD Board of Trustees Election.

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Who inspires you?

Do you have a parent, teacher or student who inspires you? Send us their story!

Supporting Student Success

The Classroom of the Future

Spring Branch ISD is pleased to have Promethean’s ActivClassroom in Motion visit our district on May 5.

Please stop by to see their latest and greatest including the new Activboard 500 Pro Series which raises the standard for interactive display systems with its intuitive pen + touch capability.


Team Playoffs and Coaches Honored:

Six district boys and girls soccer teams made it to playoffs in recent weeks. In addition, two coaches were named separate district Coaches of the Year this season.


Join us for the 19th Annual Running for the Arts 5K

On Saturday, April 30, runners and walkers will gather at Memorial City Mall to take part in Spring Branch Education Foundation's 19th annual Running for the Arts 5K Run/Walk and non-competitive KidsK (1K).


Outstanding Leadership

Spring Branch ISD Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Jennifer Blaine has completed a 10-month executive management training program known as the Broad Superintendents Academy.


The REEP Program

Two high school assistant principals and a high school science teacher have been accepted into the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, also known as REEP.


Volunteer and Employee of the Month Honorees

This month we are proud to honor Julian Pepin and Dr. Jose Moreno. Their hard work and dedication to the students of Spring Branch are an inspiration to all of us. We thank you!

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Are You Ready for the Future?

In SBISD, students are learning about their options after high school graduation with programs like Collegiate Challenge.

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Inspiring minds. Shaping lives.

News from Around SBISD

Six Teacher of the Year Finalists Named

The SBISD Teacher of the Year Committee has selected six finalists for the 2011 district Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year competition. All finalists will be honored during the annual Service Awards Reception on May 4 at the Omni Westside Hotel.


Congratulations to all our 2011 Finalists!

Cassa Andrews
The Bendwood School
Jeanne Breidenthal
Spring Shadows Elem.

Holly Davis
Wilchester Elementary


Shelby Acevedo
Northbrook High
Edith Marie Lewis
Spring Oaks Middle
Matthew McConn
Spring Woods High

Spring Woods High Rated No.1 in its Class

Several district high schools have been rated best in the Houston region for a variety of academic measures by a local nonprofit group. Spring Woods High School was awarded the Houston region's No. 1 rating as an urban, comprehensive high school.

It was also named a Gold Ribbon School. Memorial High School separately was rated one of the region's Top 10 high schools, and both Memorial and Stratford highs were ranked as Top 10 High Schools in Science and Mathematics.


Stratford High wins Tommy Tune's Best Musical

Stratford Playhouse's blockbuster high school production of Damn Yankees took the top prize of Best Musical and four more major trophies at the ninth annual Tommy Tune Awards ceremony.

The awards gala was held April 20 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts downtown.


Forty-six Spring Branch ISD students were recognized by the SBISD Board of Trustees on March 28 during the Board's monthly meeting for actions that prove personal character really does count. Read more >>

Memorial High's Academic Challenge student team qualified for the Texas Invitational Tournament at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. The five-student team qualified for the March 5 competition by earning one of the top two records at the Southeast Texas Tournament, which was held earlier at the John Cooper School. Read more >>

Rummel Creek Elementary fourth-grader Sara Zafra's portrait of colorful flowers was one of only 10 student pieces in the Youth Art Month (YAM) Capital exhibition selected to be displayed recently in Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Legislative Office in Austin. Read more >>

Westchester Academy middle school students created multicolored origami cranes recently and then presented them to the principal of the Japanese School that meets on Saturday at the Westchester campus, located at 901 Yorkchester. Read more >>

Members of the award-winning Stratford High School Choir, under the direction of Peter Steinmetz, spent this year's Spring Break singing at a historical and patriotic landmark in Honolulu. Read more >>

English-as-Second-Language adult students from the Parent Center visited the Houston Community Campus (HCC) Katy horticulture and cosmetology departments last month. The parents learned about options offered by HCC, how plants are grown on campus, and the financial aid process. Each parent was presented with a plant at the end of the tour. Read more >>

Members of Housman Elementary's No Place for Hate coalition gathered recently to install a "cup messages" display along the school's fence lines. Read more >>

The Spring Branch Educational Support Association (SBESA) raised more than $3,600 through silent and live auctions for student scholarships at its annual Bosses' Night celebration held on March 24 at the American Legion Hall, 3105 Campbell Road. Read more >>

Planning for the Future in SBISD

A New Budget Planning Website: Want to get the latest news and information on how state funding is impacting public education and Spring Branch? Bookmark our new Budget Planning website.

From webcasts to news and informational downloads, you will find it all here on our new site.


Two school groundbreakings set for early May: If it's almost May, then Spring Branch ISD must be getting ready to build new elementary schools. The district's highly successful bond program is breaking new ground this spring.


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