Headlines, News and Event Information from Spring Branch ISD

A Grand Champion Win for Memorial Art Student

For the first time in district history, a Spring Branch ISD high school art student has been named as the one and only Grand Champion in the School Art Auction sponsored by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Based on recent history, the acrylic work titled “Reminiscence of Youth” painted by Memorial High School senior Seo Woo “Michelle” Jong could fetch $200,000 or more in Sunday’s live School Art Auction at the Rodeo. It’s not her first Rodeo Art Auction experience, but it’s still incredibly surprising. Read more >>

Rodeo Honors Art Students' Work

To see more artwork honored by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in SBISD, click here. Congratuations to all our rodeo art winners in SBISD, and a hearty thank you to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for their support of the arts and student achievement. (View previous year's winners on the HLSR website.)

SBISD Educators You Should Know

Inspired Educators - SBISD Teachers of the Year

All 46 campuses in Spring Branch ISD have named instructors as their campus nominees for the 2014 Teacher of the Year title. The district’s Teacher of the Year Committee will review nomination materials and then select three elementary and three secondary finalists for a Teacher of the Year honor in each teaching category. Read more >>

Empowered Leaders - SBISD Principals of the Year

Two campus leaders were named recently by their district peers as Spring Branch ISD’s 2014 Elementary and Secondary Principals of the Year. Rummel Creek Elementary School Principal Nancy Harn and Stratford High School Principal Chris Juntti won this year’s honors in SBISD’s ninth annual recognition of school leadership. Read more >>

In the Headlines
PTA Reflections Results

Eight Spring Branch ISD students recently received recognition for their State PTA Reflections Contest submissions under the theme, “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” More than 100,000 students submitted entries to the district reflections contests, and only 1,500 entries advanced to the state level where 400 were honored. SBISD had 22 separate student entries make it to the state level.


New SAT - Essay Optional

Changes in the annual test that millions of students take will also do away with some vocabulary words such as "prevaricator" and "sagacious" in favor of words more commonly used in school and on the job. College Board officials said Wednesday the update - the first since 2005 - is needed to make the exam better representative of what students study in high school and the skills they need to succeed in college and afterward.


Superintendent's Message

In the months ahead, district conversations will begin to be held to address budgetary questions. How would you answer this question: "Do we let Austin set the future in SBISD, or should we determine the future more on our own?"

Also in this video, hear the good news about two Board of Trustees Members and the recent Spring Branch Education Foundation Legacies gala event.

Watch it now >>

Awards, Good Character & Young Writers

State Swimming and Diving Results

Swimmers and divers at Memorial and Stratford high schools returned with medals recently after competing in State 4A and 5A UIL championships in Austin. In 5A state competition, Memorial High School junior Alex Buscher won the 200-yard freestyle race. She is state champion in that race for the second year in a row. In addition, she placed second statewide in the 100-yard free style race held at the Joe Jamail Complex in Austin. Read more >>

Character Without Question Awards

Forty-six exemplary students in kindergarten through 12th grade were honored on Feb. 24 as Character Without Question Award recipients in a public ceremony held at Northbrook High School.

This year’s awards presentation, presented under the theme “Sometimes It Just Takes . . . One,” was conducted during the regular monthly meeting of the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees.



Two Schools, One Goal

It isn’t too often that fifth-graders find themselves publishing and reading their own work in print. But that is the case at Thornwood Elementary where 10 graduating students have started what may be the first student-run, elementary school newsletter in Spring Branch ISD.


Find Your Passion - Find Your Future

Challenging Students to Find Their Passion

What defines you? That's the question Stratford High School Principal Christopher Juntti proposed to a packed auditorium as parents and students gathered to celebrate Stratford High's Breakfast of Champions Event earlier this month.   Read more >>

Passion + Purpose = Student Success

The University of Texas’ Engineering College opened its doors to 40 Westwood Elementary School fifth-graders recently as part of the Austin college's "Girls in Engineering Day at UT-Austin."


PTA Founders Day Celebration

A Memorial High School engineering teacher and three longtime volunteers in Spring Branch ISD earned special recognitions during the annual Founders Day Dinner and Celebration held Feb. 6 at Meadow Wood Elementary School.


Employee of the Month: Dee Benefield

Frostwood Elementary School Administrative Assistant Diaelva "Dee" Benefield was named Employee of the Month in SBISD at the February board meeting. Dee has been a dedicated and a loyal employee for many years who exemplifies the meaning of Service First. Congratulations Dee and we thank you. View video here >>

Volunteer of the Month: Yolanda Alexander

The true gift of a volunteer is the selflessness with which they so willingly give their time and efforts. Whether it be an early morning at a school, or afternoon hours after the academic day has ended, our volunteers consistently give their time and show up without asking for anything in return. SBISD's February Volunteer of the Month, Yolanda Alexander, embodies what it means to dedicate one's self to service. View video here >>


A picture is worth a thousand words!


Thank you to everyone who submitted photos for the recent Go Texan Day! and Big Art Day! events in SBISD. Your smiles, fun and photos are an inspiration to us all. Make sure to visit our online photo gallery, SMUGMUG, then check out our postings on our SBISD fan page on Facebook. Don't forget to 'like us' while you are there!

Mark Your Calendar - Spring Break 2014
Have a great SPRING BREAK Spring Branch!
  • March 17-21 Spring Break - Classes resume on Monday, March 24.
  • April 18 Staff & Student Holiday
  • May 26 Staff & Student Holiday
  • May 30 Seniors' Last Day of Instruction
  • May 31 Graduation 2014 @ Don Coleman
  • June 3-5 Secondary Early Dismissal
  • June 5 Elementary Early Dismissal/Last Day of Instruction
  • June 6 Teacher Staff Development
  • June 7 Teacher Work Day
  • Click here to view the 2013-14 Academic Calendar Online (revised)
Board of Trustess News
Election Update

The Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees is expected to take action soon to officially cancel the May 10 election for two Trustee positions after no candidates filed to oppose Trustees Wayne F. Schaper Sr. and Chris Gonzalez for new, three-year terms. Read more >>

Join the SBISD Team - March 25th Event
Attention Future Hires & SBISD Transfer Candidates

Spring Branch ISD believes great educators are key to student success. For student to reach their highest and best potential, they need teachers who are empowered, passionate and inspired leaders. SBISD’s team of ‘leader educators’ is creating a collaborative environment where learning becomes a shared passion and lifelong endeavor for all involved.

If you're interested in joining our team, mark your calendar for our upcoming Meet and Greet on March 25th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Don Coleman Coliseum.

We'll be looking for you there!

Stay connected!

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