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A Foundation for Life Success - CHARACTER

2013 Character Without Questions Winners

It is said that character is the foundation for all true success. When describing character people use words like hard-working, passionate, lifelong learner, prepared, tenacious, reliable, optimistic, honest and responsible. These words describe foundational traits that add up to life success. In Spring Branch we believe that students must be prepared for life, and a big part of that preparation is character development.

Positive character development in our schools is not a nice add-on, it's a crucial aspect of a quality education. We believe that schools must cultivate a culture of character in order to be a successful learning community. We are honored to celebrate our 2013 Character Without Questions Winners.

Thank you for being leaders and inspiring your classmates and campus communities!

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Video in the Spotlight:

Stratford High Mentors and Students Gear Up for Robotics

They call it the varsity sport for the mind...It's what happens when technology, science, teamwork and unlimited fun collide with students who have a passion for turning nuts and bolts into something more than just a robot.

It's FIRST Robotics and it's what's students at Stratford High School are getting fired up about. Monday through Friday, students and mentors turn out to work on something special...they come out to build a robot...but the results are so much more.


Leading by Example in Spring Branch

Project Lead the Way

Twenty-one students enrolled in a pre-engineering program at Stratford High School toured the Foster Wheeler offices in the booming Energy Corridor in west Houston.

They also spoke with the firm’s top financial officer in his penthouse office as part of their visit.

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a nationally certified program with more than 3,000 schools across America in its network.

In Spring Branch ISD, the program is found at four high schools and several middle schools.

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Top Chef

Two student teams from the Guthrie Center’s Culinary Arts program have qualified for state competition March 20-21 in Waco.

The students competed last month in the annual Pro Start Regional Culinary competition held at the Humble Civic Center.

Contest sponsor was the Texas Restaurant Association. The Guthrie Center’s Management Team placed second in February regional competition.

All teams felt like winners, however, as every student left the Civic Center with $4,500 in scholarship awards.

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Winning Scenic Design for MHS Junior


Terrace's Reliant Student Winner


Spelling Bee Winner for Wilchester


Crown Award Finalist

It's About All of Us Working Together
Rice University News Makers

Superintendent of Schools Duncan Klussmann, Ed.D., and former SBISD Board of Trustees President Susan Kellner joined several prominent Texas legislators and educational leaders in a one-day symposium on public education held recently at Rice University. Read more >>

Visit the Texas Tribune website to watch videos from this event.

What happens in Austin impacts all of us.

Two months into the 83rd Legislative Session, lawmakers have introduced bills that would give students many more choices and options in their selection of courses to meet graduation requirements adopted last time legislators met in Austin. Read more >>

Superintendent Talks About Legislative Session

Listen to this month's message from Spring Branch ISD Superintendent of Schools Duncan F. Klussmann, Ed.D. as he talks about the work going on in Austin during the 83rd Legislative Session, and the impact it will have on education in Texas. Watch this video now >>

In the Spotlight - We Thank You
Employees of the Month

Named as district Employee of the Month is Police Department’s Telecommunications Records Clerk Amelia Barrera. Since she joined the department in 2000, Amelia has held an increasing set of duties, including several key crime information and data systems. Read more >>

Volunteer of the Month

February’s district Volunteer of the Month is Elizabeth Soles, who is financial aid director with Houston Community College. She has demonstrated leadership and improved parent involvement by assisting with numerous Financial Aid Overview presentations at all district high schools. Read more >>

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 Westchester Academy's Christa LeJune. Read more >>

What She Provides is Priceless - Kathy Walsh

Kathy Walsh is a very special mentor according to Spring Shadows principal Jerona Williams. “The relationship and mentoring service that Ms. Walsh and her company provide for our students is ‘priceless.’ I wish we could have a mentor for every one of our students.” Read more >>


Connecting on Many Levels - Allyn Dukes

Allyn Dukes, the SpringBoard partner mentor coordinator at Meadow Wood, is enjoying her second year of mentoring Emma, now a fourth grader at the school. When she first met Mrs. Dukes, Emma wondered, “ What is she going to be like?” But it only took “about one day” to figure out they were a good match! Read more >>

Top Headlines for March 4-8
Founders Day Award 2013

A middle school art teacher who never stops helping students, a Board of Trustees member and dozens of volunteers who serve on local PTAs received special awards during a Founders Day Dinner and Celebration held at Shadow Oaks Elementary School recently. During the Fiesta-themed event, the Spring Branch Education Foundation presented a check for $6,000 to support student scholarships. (Pictured: Landrum's Andres Bautista, Art Teacher)

Founders Day celebrates the Washington, D.C., meeting in February 1897 that helped create the Parent Teacher Association in the United States. Today, the SBISD Council of PTAs has about 10,000 members. Read more >>

Board Meeting Brief - Don't miss it.

During its monthly meeting, the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees recognized 46 students from prekindergarten to 12th grade. All the students earned annual Character without Question Awards. Trustees also honored All-State Band, Choir and Orchestra, and recognitions were presented to district’s Employee and Volunteer of the Month recipients. Read more >>

Campus Teachers of the Year

Spring Branch ISD campuses have named more than 40 elementary and secondary instructors as nominees for the 2013 campus Teacher of the Year title. The district’s Teacher of the Year Committee will review nomination materials and soon choose three elementary and three secondary finalists for annual Teacher of the Year honors. Congratulations to all our winners! Read more >>

Changing the Way We Teach - Bald Eagle 'No Brainer'

A unique combination of bald eagles and online learning are engaging students in the study of biology and science in new and innovative ways at Rummel Creek Elemenatary. Now in its third year, the Alcoa Eagle Cam, has exploded in popularity. Students are able to observe the nesting habits and life cycle of the eagles, while participating in a collaborative dialogue between students in North Carolina, Texas, Canada and the Netherlands. Read more >>

A Celebration of Reading Dr. Seuss Style at MWE

Tuesday, March 5th Meadow Wood Elementary celebrated Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Students were invited to take part in various activities centered around Dr. Seuss books and characters. Read more >>

Mark Your Calendar - Save the Date
March 11 - 15 Spring Break Holiday

Reminder: Students and staff will be on holiday from March 11-15 for Spring Break. Classes will resume on Monday, March 18. Have a safe and enjoyable break!


Tee up! Terrace PTA Golf Tournament - March 28

Are you ready to spring into action and have a great reason to play golf? Knock the dust off the clubs, and come join Terrace Elementary PTA for the most enjoyable fundraiser of the year! Read more >>


Ask the Expert - Storm Researcher to Visit SWHS

Guest speaker severe storms researcher Tim Samaras will be at Spring Woods High on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. as a guest lecturer. Students and families are encourages to come out and ask the expert about careers in science, meteorological study and storm chasing.

Mr. Samaras works for National Geographic and has been featured on Discovery Channel's “Storm Chasers” series using a probe that he developed to collect meteorological data about what goes on inside of a tornado. His mission is to understand why tornados form in order to improve warning times in Tornado Alley – saving lives. We hope you will join us!


Spartans to Perform in Macy's Parade in NYC

The Stratford High Spartanaire Dance Team has been invited to perform this November in the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.


State Swim Results

After a season described by head swim coach Mike Hoskovec as long and wild, the Stratford High men’s swimming team successfully defended its Class 4A state title on Saturday.


Student Art on Display at AYAM

AYAM is honored to host this year's Spring Art Show for all of our SBISD schools.

Please stop by to see the amazing art created by Spring Branch students.



24/7 Library Access

Spring Branch libraries (Innovative Resource Media Systems - IRMS) are being transformed into knowledge centers that drive information literacy, strengthen the library-to-classroom connection and expand their scope beyond “normal” operating hours.


Sharks and Shakespeare = Student Success

What do sharks and Shakespeare have in common?

Good question with an even better answer! Both are part of the innovative instruction Chevron and Donors Choose are supporting in classrooms around SBISD as part of the Fuel My School program.


I am going to college!

Landrum Middle School and Northbrook High School students attended EXPLORE UT at the University of Texas at Austin recently.


About 100 students visited Texas Southern University as part of a district Health Fitness Department special initiative.


Student News - My Future is BRIGHT!
Five Ways Education Pays

For most students who go to college, the increase in their lifetime earnings far outweighs the costs of their education. That’s a powerful argument for college. But more income is by no means the only positive outcome you can expect. Read more >>

Career Planning Made Easy

Do you now what the Programs of Study (POS) is? It's designed for students and contain lots of helpful information, including the core courses and career-related electives in high school that will help prepare you for your career goals. Read more >>

Internships 101: Is it important and why?

Internships are work-related learning experiences that provide students with an opportunity to gain important knowledge and skills in a specific career field. Read more >>

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