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December 4, 2015 
Birdville ISD e-nlightened
employee newsletter

Have you filled out your
Birdville Education Foundation
grant application yet?

Important Benefits Information
If you think you will be making a change in your benefits effective Jan. 1,2016, due to open enrollment for your spouse, you must notify the benefits office prior to Friday, Dec. 18. TRS does not allow retro drops. Therefore, if you wait until January to notify the District, the change will not be effective until Feb. 1, and you will be subject to paying two premiums for January. Complete and return the form below along with documentation to support the request for a change in benefits to Babs Holly as soon as possible.

> View Change Form 
Phone Voice Mails/Out-of-Office
As we return from the Thanksgiving break, please make sure all phone messages reflect current information and the out-of-office on your email has been turned off.

Campus principals need to make sure that the main campus voice mail message reflects pertinent information for their campus.
Information Regarding ASPIRE Program

The ASPIRE program will not be running the weeks of Dec. 14-18 and Jan. 4-8.  ASPIRE for the spring semester will begin on Jan. 11.
Digital Learning

We Want to Know!

The entire Digital Learning Team is here to support teaching and learning throughout the district. Please let us know how we are doing.
Click here to complete a 1 minute survey.


Project Innovate Information
We are building our second-semester schedule for Project Innovate training now. Classes will be announced soon! 
If you have attended a previous session of Project Innovate training, you can review all information here, including updates on best practices for using your Project Innovate, teacher iPad.  
We recently ask for feedback on how Project Innovate iPads are being used and we did receive several responses. Congratulations Laura Lyons - your name was drawn from those who submitted responses! Contact Cheryl McKnight to claim your $10 of free apps!     

Let us know how you are using your Project Innovate iPad by clicking here to submit the Google form.  

Join Us for our 15 Day Twitter Challenge! 
In December we will NOT host our regular Tuesday evening Twitter chats. Instead, we invite all of BISD to participate in a 15-day Twitter Challenge!
Before 8 AM each weekday, November 30-December 18, a new question will be posted on @birdville_dl #bisddlp. For 24-hours, we invite you to tweet your responses, review the responses of others, and comment when you read something that you like or want to know more about. We will post a new question each morning and continue Monday-Friday for 3 weeks.
Please use this opportunity to encourage your co-workers and friends to join all of BISD on Twitter. We are one big learning community and benefit from the collective knowledge of all!
Preview all questions below and get ready for an awesome Tweet-a-thon!