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Northbrook Middle science teacher chosen for Fuel Your School Program


Teacher Sheena Guevara and science students hit the Fuel Your School Program jackpot Oct. 4 as the Northbrook Middle School teacher and her students opened box after box of new science laboratory and project materials. Guevara, a sixth-grade campus science teacher, was chosen by program sponsors Chevron and DonorsChoose.org to be the Houston-area educator whose classroom projects would be funded and publicized first publicly through the Fuel Your School Program.

Through www.FuelYourSchool.com, classroom needs submitted by teachers are matched to the Harris County region. From Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, Chevron will donate $1 on behalf of drivers who fuel up with 8 or more gallons of gas at participating Chevron or Texaco stations. > Read More

Earlier this year, Ms. Guevara was selected as the teacher representative for the JASON Project, which included a week spent on the Aegean Sea exploring ancient sea beds and underwater life.

SBISD high schools announce 21 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

Twenty-one seniors from four separate Spring Branch ISD high schools have been named as semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship program. > Read More

Senior Spring Branch mentor matches students to their top college choices


Four years ago, Collegiate Challenge mentor John Grubbs helped Northbrook High senior Yvonne Madrid win a full scholarship to Kettering University in Flint, Mich.. Today, she is employed at Caterpillar in Joliet, Ill., as a manufacturing engineer. Across SBISD high schools, Collegiate Challenge programs last year alone helped 107 seniors access more than $2.9 million in available college and university scholarships. > Read More

For news about seniors supporting Spring Branch students, ready this month's edition of StarNews. StarNews is a publication for and about the mature citizen of Spring Branch.

A Record Fund-raising Goal for SBEF

imageSpring Branch Education Foundation hits new record

Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) officials presented a record-setting, symbolic check to district officials for school and student programs during the Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting on Sept. 24. The annual check representing gifts and scholarship awards totaled $615,191 for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. > Read More

Former Stratford High School Students Conquer Broadway

As the lights dimmed on the inspiring musical Evita, Stratford High School Choir Director Peter Steinmetz watched three of his former students perform on stage and in the pit. Their dreams of dancing, acting and playing music in a major Broadway production came true. > Read more

Honoring Our Police Officers

imageOfficers honored in special presentation

Spring Branch ISD Police Officers Jesse Diaz and Dwayne Hernandez have been honored for their work with area law enforcement agencies to halt local gang activities.

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Spring Woods High debate students win national rankings

Two students with the Spring Woods High School Speech and Debate Team placed nationally at a recent competition. Both are considered among the nation’s top debaters. Recognized at the National Forensic League’s National Debate and Speech tournament held in Indianapolis, Ind., were students Christian Rice and Cade Bundrick. Rice advanced to semi-finals competition in Congressional Debate and was later ranked one of the top 30 competitors in the nation. > Read more

J. Landon Short Mini-Grants awarded to educators

imageCongratulations to our outstanding educators!

Every year, J. Landon Short Mini-Grants for Educators awards small grants valued at up to $500 towards projects that will help Spring Branch ISD students learn and grow. This year, 17 project winners were chosen from 47 grant applications. In all, 23 teachers won either individual or campus team awards. > Read More

German-American Partnership Program helps students gain cultural insights


Fourteen German students are expected to arrive in Houston this month as part of an exchange between two Spring Branch ISD high schools. In June, a group of Stratford High and Westchester Academy for International students toured Germany for four weeks. Exchange students are provided invaluable learning experiences by attending foreign schools, living with foreign families, and visiting foreign sites. > Read More

Ribbon-cutting event for new student program in SBISD

imageKIPP Courage College Prep at Landrum Middle School

Several hundred students, staff, parents, elected officials and community members gathered at Landrum Middle School for a Sept. 4 ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of an exciting new student program – KIPP Courage College Prep at Landrum Middle School.
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Administration Building employees earn No Place for Hate Designation

For the second time in three years, staff in SBISD’s Administration Building has earned a No Place for Hate Designation through Houston’s Southwest Regional office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). > Read More

Woodview Elementary volunteers build outdoor garden

imageStaff, students and community groups built vegetable, herb and butterfly gardens Sept. 8 at Woodview Elementary School as one part of the grant-funded Recipe 4 Success Seed-to-Plate nutrition education program. The weekend gathering included administrators, students and families and volunteers from the Spring Woods Humanitarian Club and neighborhood. > Read More

Board of Trustees adopts unchanged 2012 tax rate

After recent Board of Trustees action, Spring Branch ISD homeowners will see no change in district tax rates. They will also continue to receive the 20 percent homestead exemption. > Read more

For a complete report on this month's board meeting, click here.

Six local Scouts complete Eagle Projects at SBISD high schools

imageSix Scouts from Spring Woods High and Westchester Academy for International Studies completed their Eagle projects at the high school located on Tiger Trail at Gessner.

The Scouts are members of Troop 631. In many cases, materials were salvaged from the old Frostwood Elementary School, which is now demolished. > Read More

Rummel Creek Elementary celebrates its first 50 years


This school year marks the 50th anniversary at Rummel Creek. A special public celebration is planned early next year, but staff and students are already gathering stories and memories via video, email, Facebook and even blog postings. > Read More

Bus drivers needed immediately in SBISD

imageSpring Branch ISD is now hiring school bus drivers immediately.

The SBISD Transportation Dept. is seeking adults with patience, compassion, a sense of humor and above all a genuine concern for the welfare of SBISD students. > Read More

A look inside the new Valley Oaks Elementary

imageAt this month's Board of Trustees meeting, SBISD board members granted approval of the schematic design and development plans for the new Valley Oaks, and approved the assignment of SHW Group Architects for the Rummel Creek Elementary School rebuilding program. > Read More


Staff and student holiday - Oct. 8

Just a reminder that students and staff do not have class on Monday, Oct. 8. Teachers and students return to class on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

Are you ready to be EMPOWERED? - Oct. 16

Working together we can combat childhood obesity and diabetes. SBISD invites you to join us for a very special night dedicated to this topic - SBISD's Night of Empowerment Event. The event, on Oct. 16 at Northbrook High School, will focus on childhood diabetes and obesity. Staff, students, parents and community members are encouraged to attend. > Read More

First Saturdays AYAM Event Rescheduled - Oct. 20

The Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum opens its First Saturdays program for area residents of all ages with “Art Around the World.” First stop is mysterious Egypt. Programs scheduled 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Oct. 20. This free family event will include two separate art projects. > Read more

Veterans Day Observance at Spring Forest Middle - Nov. 12

Military veterans who are residents of Spring Branch are cordially invited to be our special guests during a patriotic assembly in the Spring Forest Middle School gymnasium on Monday, Nov. 12. The school assembly will begin at 9 a.m. with a breakfast for veterans and their families beginning at 8 a.m. that morning. > Read More

Expand your college prep toolkit

imageAre you going to be taking the SAT? Visit the College Board SAT website to see what you need to know before you go.

This online resource is a great way to be prepared for the big day. Don't forget to review the listing of SBISD College Nights for 2012 and our Dream it. Achieve it. college planning website. > Read More

Changing to Better Serve You

An Updated Newsroom and Website

As part of SBISD's work to improve online communications, we've updated our online news room. Make sure to visit (and bookmark) our updated news editor, The School Zone. The site features an improved search feature, commenting and social media sharing options, and the same great news and reporting standard from Spring Branch. You can search our previous editor for any archived stories.

This update is part a larger project that encompasses the entire SBISD website. Watch for changes in the coming weeks. We are scheduled to launch the new SBISD website during the week of Oct. 22.

If you need help, or wish to provide feedback during this process, you can email the Webmaster at web.help@springbranchisd.com for assistance.

Stay Connected with SBISD's Social Media Links

Don't forget to check out our online social media options for news and digital media alerts. From Facebook to Twitter, Blogger, Pinterest, SmugMug and YouTube, SBISD offers users a range of tools to stay connected and informed about everything Spring Branch.

Get connected.

There are so many ways to stay informed and connected with what's going on in Spring Branch ISD:

Campus News & Events ↓


Snapshots is SBISD's bi-monthly publication featuring news and events from SBISD campuses.

The publication spotlights photos and story submissions by faculty, students, parents and community members.
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District Monthly Publication↓


Don't miss SBISD's comprehensive online newsletter, The eCurrent.

This monthly publication is an easy way to stay informed and up-to-date on all the latest news you need as a parent or community member.
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Daily District Press Room ↓

The School Zone

If it's going on in SBISD, it's in
The School Zone.

This digital news room is SBISD's one-stop for a glimpse inside all things Spring Branch.

From the latest Legislative updates, to critical information on key topics, our news room has something for everyone. > Read More

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