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February  27, 2012


During its regular monthly meeting, the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees recognized employees, volunteers and counselors, and also honored its All-State Orchestra, Band and Choir students.
In addition, Trustees approved unanimously the Spring Branch Plan 2012-2017 Goal and Belief Statement. 

Regular Meeting Agenda:


Employee and Volunteer of the Month 


Recognized as SBISD's February Employee of the Month was Woodview Elementary Lead Custodian Camarena Cruz. In November 2011, Camarena foiled a trio of thieves at Woodview who tried unsuccessfully to steal cleaning equipment by posing as outside business employees who were on campus to pick up and repair this district equipment.
Through her help, SBISD Police apprehended several suspects. SBISD Police and school Principal Neda Scanlan and staff members nominated Camarena for her heroic action and quick thinking when confronted by the thieves that resulted in a foiled criminal caper.


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Recognized as Volunteer of the Month was local attorney Jim Byerly, who is part of a highly dedicated cadre of volunteers at Chapelwood United Methodist Church. A mentor for 17 years at Spring Branch Elementary, Jim has mentored for the past five years at the district's Academy of Choice, where he meets weekly with two students.
"Mr. Byerly is a great mentor and has become a friend that I know I can trust with anything,' one student states. "He is an amazing mentor that understands where I am coming from and always gives me good advice, yet lets me make my own decisions. I would be happy to stay with him for years to come if possible."

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All-State Orchestra, Choir and Band


The Board of Trustees honored 11 students who have been named to this year's All-State Band, Choir and Orchestra. The All-State designation is the state's top student honor.
Recognized for Orchestra at Memorial High were two students who are 4-time All-State Orchestra honorees - violinists Elizabeth Cai and Brandon Simon. Also honored were Joy Ahn (cello), Tiffany Hu (cello), Rebekah Kim (violin), and Sarah Song (cello). Orchestra directors there are Bingiee Shui and Danielle Prontka.
Memorial High Alto-2 Lisa Ellis and Alto-1 Patricia Phillips were selected for the All-State Choir. Choir director there is Lawrence Johnson.
Spring Woods High Band students Janet Navarro (clarinet) and Victor Rangel (bass clarinet) were selected for the All-State Band. Director is Jeff Munger.
Stratford High's Eric Lee (clarinet) was also named to All-State Band. Stratford's Band directors are David McArthur and Suzanne Thompson.

National School Counseling Week


In honor of National School Counseling Week, which was celebrated Feb. 6-11, Guidance and Counseling Services staff members were honored. Each counselor received a certificate of appreciation. Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve and do well in school and in later life.

Spring Branch Plan 2012-2017 Goal 


After earlier discussion of the annual report to the Board on the Five Year Educational Plan, Trustees approved unanimously an easy to remember goal for the Spring Branch Plan 2012-2017. This new goal states: By 2017, SBISD will double the number of students completing a technical certificate, two-year degree or four-year degree. An easy way to remember the new district goal is this slogan: Spring Branch T-2-4.
The purpose of the defined statement is to clearly define what SBISD believes and how that belief will shape the work that the district does in the next five years as it focuses on improving academic performance of all students; graduating all high school students; and preparing all students with the qualifications and skills necessary to enter college or post secondary training, and then exiting successfully.


Spring Branch Plan 2012, 17 Website>>


Spring Branch Plan 2012, 17 Approved Goal Statement>>

STAAR/End of Course Exams 


The Texas Education Commissioner announced recently that the rule counting End-of-Course (EOC) exams as 15 percent of high school students' class grades will be waived for the 2011-12 school year.
Superintendent of Schools Duncan Klussmann cautioned all, however, that students will still be required to perform well on EOC exams to meet new graduation standards based on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) standardized testing program.
During discussion of proposed policies on academic achievement, Dr. Klussmann said that SBISD would carefully coordinate STAAR implementation so that student grades would not be affected by EOC exams grading policies set by the state, as stated in new local policies.
Students currently in ninth grade will begin taking EOC exams soon, while students in 10th through 12th grades will continue to take the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, or TAKS. Students now attending either elementary or middle schools will take the STAAR tests, a much more rigorous and comprehensive assessment than TAKS.




SBISD STAAR Frequently Asked Questions>>

In Other Action, the Board of Trustees...


  • Voted to move forward on development of a policy on Class Rank by using local student/family choice with a deadline as the highest-scoring model for drafting a First Reading policy
  • Adopted local policies on the following: Term Contracts: NonRenewal; Academic Achievement; Grading/Progress Reports to Parents; and Academic Achievement: Graduation
  • Approved 2012-1203 enrollment projections and campus staffing definitions and guidelines (no change)
  • Discussed contract details involving the partnership with SBISD, KIPP Houston and YES Prep Schools at Landrum and Northbrook middle schools next year, and then at Northbrook High School in the future
  • Approved a variety of Consent Agenda items
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