Headlines, News and Event Information from Spring Branch ISD

  Science is cool.  

Industry Leaders Partner with Communities in Schools and SBISD to Showcase Science, Technology and Career Choices

When you think of the energy industry, do 3-D glasses, mechanical arms or laser lights and glowing rocks come to mind? 

Science and technology were alive at Shadow Oaks Elementary on Thursday as the Offshore Energy Center's MOLU (Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit) took center stage.  The MOLU is a traveling exhibit that features six, self-contained learning centers with hands-on activities geared to engage students in the study of science, energy and technology. 

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The New Housman Elementary

About 300 school and community members celebrated the grand opening of Spring Branch ISD’s 10th rebuilt elementary campus during a special event held Jan. 22 at Housman Elementary School.

Housman Elementary is one of 13 elementary schools that have been rebuilt under the $597 million 2007 Bond Plan. Remaining schools in the design or construction phase are Frostwood, Valley Oaks and Rummel Creek elementaries.

Leading by Example in Spring Branch

Schools Honored with Sportsmanship Awards

Stratford High was a third-place winner on Wednesday among Houston region Class 4A high schools in the Touchdown Club of Houston's Sportsmanship Award, and Spring Woods High was one of 15 Class 4A teams commended for their commitment to good sportsmanship.

School head coaches are, respectively, Eliot Allen and Keith Cripps.

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JA Job Shadowing

About 100 juniors at Westchester Academy for International Studies visited with and followed around engineers, early childhood teachers and technology industry employees earlier this month to learn more about real occupations.

Employees from nine companies in three separate fields – information technology, service, or engineering and business – taught Westchester Academy juniors about careers in their fields.

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In the Spotlight - We Thank You
Employees of the Month

Instructional Media Support Specialists Donna Burnett andLynette Horrocks were recognized as the district’s January Employees of the Month.


Volunteer of the Month

Named as January’s Volunteer of the Month is Sandra Newton, who is president of the College Resource Center. Sandra has donated hundreds of hours to Spring Woods High students involved in the Collegiate Challenge program. Read full story >>

Student in the Spotlight

The Student Spotlight is a monthly feature highlighting a great SBISD student for their hard work, leadership and accomplishments.

This month we spotlight Memorial High School Senior Timothy Davis. Read full story >>

We Need More Community - Beth Shaw

Beth Shaw got involved as a mentor as a way to make a more human connection to the work she and her daughter were doing as volunteers for SBISD through the National Charity League’s Houston Hearts Chapter.
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Moving the Walls Out to Bigger Places - Julie Eisenhauer

A desire to continue follow students’ growth and progress from year to year is what inspired Julie Eisenhauer to become a mentor following her retirement from 37 years of teaching in SBISD.

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Top Headlines for January 28-13
Board of Trustees Approves New Program Choices

The Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees voted during its regular monthly meeting to approve two new program choices for SBISD families beginning August 2013 – a School for Highly Gifted Students with up to 30 students in kindergarten through fourth grade in its first year, and expanded Secondary Dual Language programming offered at two middle schools to serve students matriculating from the district’s two-way and one-way elementary dual language programs. Read more >>

TSNAP Educator of the Year

Dr. Keith Haffey, district executive director for accountability and research, was honored at Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting after being named 2012 Educator of the Year by the Texas Statewide Network of Assessment Professionals (TSNAP). Read more >>

Being Safe Online

A top officer in a nonprofit foundation that educates families on how to make online experiences safe and responsible told about 100 parents and community residents Jan. 23 that one of the best ways to protect youth is to talk to them openly and honestly – and whenever possible. Read more >>

FFA Member Keeps Chapter Strong

In the past year, longtime Spring Branch FFA volunteer Joe Yarbrough has received both state and national recognition for helping the district’s FFA program remain supported and financed properly. Last summer, he was awarded the Honorary Lone Star Degree at the state FFA convention. His volunteer efforts in Spring Branch FFA were honored again last October when he received the Honorary American FFA Degree at the national FFA meeting. Read more >>

The MEGA Heart

On Jan. 15, more than 250 parents and students showed up on a chilly evening at Meadow Wood Elementary to view the MEGA Heart inflatable exhibit at the school’s Annual Health Fair and Family Fun Night.

The annual health fair and family fun night provides an opportunity for Meadow Wood families to visit with local health and fitness professionals and learn about area businesses offering smart healthy living options. Among other offerings, participants could buy Chick-fil-A or play Bingo with family and friends. Read more >>

Mark Your Calendar - Save the Date
Crystal Award Winner Inspires

A Memorial High Advanced Placement (AP) English and journalism instructor who led students to use words and phrases like “incredible” and “best teacher I ever had” to describe him has been named a Crystal Award winner by the Spring Branch Education Foundation.

The foundation-supported Crystal Awards Gala celebrates its 20th year on Feb. 8 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown.



Culinary Arts Fundraiser

Join us for our inaugural Culinary Arts Fundraising Dinner Showcase and Exhibit.

Your $30 per person donation will help support the Guthrie Culinary Team at regional and national competitions.

Mark your calendar!
When: Thursday, Feb. 7 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Guthrie Center - 10660 Hammerly - 77043



Let's Go Digital

Every day is a digital learning day in SBISD, but on Feb.6 we'll be taking time to share how we're using technology with other educators and students around the nation.

Click here to find out what you can do to participate.

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College = Jobs

Here’s a simple equation: a college or career school education = more money, more job options, and more freedom. With careful planning you can find the school and funding options that work best for your situation and put you on the path to success.



Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in accessing the more than $150 billion available in federal student aid. Since the 2013-14 FAFSA launched, there are a few questions we’ve seen popping up more than any others.



The Adventure of a Lifetime

The Jason Project is currently accepting applications for 2013.

The project is seeking an adventurous group of students and educators to venture into the field with JASON. Click here for complete information on how to apply.

Application deadline is February 15.

Council of PTAs Scholarships - Apply Today

Are you a SBISD high school senior? Looking for help paying for your college education?

The SBISD Council of PTAs is now accepting applications for scholarships.

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Ideas Worth Spreading

On March 30, a group of youth and adult speakers and performers will come together to share their “ideas worth spreading” at TEDxYouth in Austin. The event is a forum created to bring middle and high school students from the central Texas area into the TEDx movement.


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