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November 6, 2015 
Birdville ISD e-nlightened
employee newsletter
Birdville ISD Receives Highest Rating
for Finances
The Texas Education Agency announced Friday, Oct. 12 that Birdville ISD received a rating of "Pass" under Texas' school financial accountability rating system, known as the School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). This rating is the state's highest, demonstrating the quality of BISD's financial management and reporting system. 

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School Psychology Awareness Week
Nov. 9-13

Birdville ISD has eight Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSPs) who are part of the Special Education Department. LSSPs in Birdville ISD provide a variety of services to students, families, and school staff in order to ensure that students with short-term or long-term emotional and/or behavioral difficulties receive appropriate educational services and interventions. LSSPs help support special education programs on their campuses, consult with parents and school staff, complete evaluations for Autism and Emotional Disturbance, develop behavior intervention plans, conduct violence risk assessments, and provide staff development on a variety of topics. This year, LSSPs have offices directly on campus and are arranged by cluster to provide effective support. Do you know who your LSSP is?

Haltom Cluster:  Dora Camarillo-Pelaez, Jill Keith and Heidi King
Birdville Cluster:  Barb Creason, Lyn Neisius and Paty Soto-Tamayo
Richland Cluster:  Melissa Babich and Laura Darby
Birdville Educational Support Staff Association (BESSA) Fundraiser Information

Districtwide Fundraiser to help provide Scholarships for BISD Seniors

Scentsy makes great Stocking Stuffers and Christmas Gifts!
 Fundraiser Runs from Nov. 2 - Dec. 4
Please see your department/school secretary to get access to the catalog and place your order, or shop online by using the following link: 
  • 20 percent of your purchase cost will be donated to BESSA's Scholarship Fund
  • There is no Shipping charge (unless placing order online)
  • Tax is 6.25 percent
  • Checks should be made payable to: Flor Alegria - BESSA Fundraiser
  • The order will arrive within 2-3 weeks after fundraiser ends
  • At the latest, turn your money and order in by Dec. 4
  • Orders placed by Nov. 20 are guaranteed to be delivered by Dec. 18
**Please note that high demand items may be on backorder**

Digital Learning
  • Reflector 2
    When your Project Innovate iPad has been updated to iOS 9, you will have the ability to mirror your iPad to your computer via Reflector 2 software. After tech support remotely installs Reflector 2 on your teacher computer you can project your iPad (or iPhone) screen for a whole class to see, interact with, discuss, and analyze. Apps, videos, online textbooks, digital formative assessments, and the camera feature can be projected in a large format.
    Submit a Tech Services Helpdesk ticket to have the software installed to your teacher machine at your convenience. Click here to learn more about using Reflector 2.

  • Technology Tip & App of the Week: Google Classroom
    Google Classroom is a virtual environment that is designed to help teachers create and collect paperless assignments, including time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google document for each student.

  • Teacher Tech Tool of the Week: Nanowrimo!
    Nanowrimo is the website for the National Novel Writing Month! Students, teachers, and authors alike can sign-up and write a novel during the month of November. Sign-up is easy and the site provides encouragement, tips, and forums for writers to confer as they are writing a rough draft. Students must be 13 years old to sign up.

  • Student Tech Tool of the Week: StudentLife Organizer!
    StudentLife Organizer is an app that students can download on their own devices to manage homework, projects, deadlines, practices, and more. Older students carry devices, so using their devices as a planner is efficient for them.