Headlines, News and Event Information from Spring Branch ISD

Our 2013 Teacher of the Year Winners


A second-grade teacher with an incredible talent for combining new technology and learning, and a high school orchestra leader who focuses on continual improvement – for her students and herself – have been named as the district’s 2013 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year. Rummel Creek Elementary School’s Theresa Schwab-Trevino and Memorial High School Orchestra Co-Director Danielle Prontka were honored as Spring Branch ISD’s Teachers of the Year at the annual Service Awards employee recognition held May 8 at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside. Read full story >>


$3.4 Million for College

Spring Branch ISD’s volunteer-fueled Collegiate Challenge program paid off handsomely for 178 seniors when they learned recently that their hard work on thousands of essays and applications had returned $3.4 million to them – and the good news is still piling up!

On April 23, many Collegiate Challenge seniors joined with their adult mentors and family members in a first-of-its-kind public celebration and reception at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside.

The district-wide event drew about 300 people. It included a reception with simple hors d’oeuvres and speeches addressed to students and families by SBISD Superintendent of Schools Duncan Klussmann, Ed.D.

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A Record Run

A perfect morning greeted about 2,700 registered runners, joggers and walkers on May 4 for the 21st annual Spring Branch Education Foundation-supported Running for the Arts 5K and 1K Walk.

All Running for the Arts proceeds benefit the district’s highly popular Art Partners Program, which gives more than 18,000 students an opportunity to attend fine arts performances ranging from the opera and symphony to many local museums.

In addition, event proceeds benefit the SBISD Health Fitness Association. A silent art auction also raises funds for the annual event. Memorial City Mall, an underwriter, was the site for all Running for the Arts events.

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Mustang vs. Mustang in StateTennis


Saving the Greeks


SWHS Students Place First at Eurofest


Top Debaters Head to Nationals

It's About All of Us Working Together
School Board Election May 11

All registered voters residing within SBISD, including SBISD employees who live in the district, are reminded to vote in this year’s School Board Elections.

Election Day is Saturday, May 11. For a listing of voting locations or information on election results, visit the district website.


Legislative News

With a unanimous vote in the Senate this month, Texas lawmakers took a huge step to cut back on testing in high school and changing the graduation plans for Texas students.

There are still hurdles for the bill to become law — but it's still moving forward. The education bill approved by the Senate would do three main things.


District Leader Honored

Spring Branch ISD Executive Director of Athletics Paige Hershey was one of four area sports leaders inducted May 1 into the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association’s John Kelly Distinguished Service Awards Hall of Fame. She is the first area woman to receive this group’s highest service honor.


In the Spotlight - We Thank You
Employee of the Month

Named as SBISD's April Employee of the Month is Greg Sorensen, a systems engineer in the district's Technology Department. Technology Director Wes Hargrove describes Greg as a great problem solver and communicator. Watch video >>

Volunteer of the Month

April's Volunteer of the Month is Janice Goss, who began volunteering years ago when her two daughters attended Wilchester. Today, she spends countless hours at Stratford High behind the scenes creating award-winning costumes for Stratford Playhouse productions. Watch video >>

Patrick Vu - NHS

Having my own mentor was probably my favorite part of the Collegiate Challenge program. We met every Thursday to turn in college application stuff. She was always there to help me get things done and push me to go above and beyond.  Read more >>

Destiny Lewis - WAIS

From Day One of SBISD's Collegiate Challenge classes this year, all of us had to apply for a scholarship every week. I’m receiving a full ride from the Navy for my education!

A+ in Agribotics

Two sixth-graders and a sophomore at Westchester Academy for International Studies won a second-place title in the first annual 2013 Agribotics Competition held recently at Prairie View A&M University. Students were Miles Turner and Jack Chipman, both sixth grade, and Randy Caraballo, 10th grade. Read more >>

AYAM is Opening Doors

SBISD's Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum (AYAM) is honored to be a part of a groundbreaking public art project called OPEN THE DOOR. This project was originated by the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts and the Paris art collective, 9eme Concept. Around 60 unique doors were produced and are being installed in 19 locations around the city of Houston, AYAM being one of those locations. Read more >>

Valley Oaks Elementary Nurse Honored

Caring, generous, and positive are just a few words that describe Valley Oaks Elementary School nurse Jacquelyn Petrie, who has been selected as an Outstanding Nurse honoree by editors of the Houston Chronicle newspaper. Read more >>

Gates Millennium Scholar

An International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program student at Westchester Academy for International Studies who wants to be a women’s physician is one of just 10 Houston students named a Class of 2013 Gates Millennium Scholar. Bushra Bangash, a native of Pakistan who came to Spring Branch as a seventh-grader, is one of only 1,000 students from across the United States selected for this prestigious and selective scholarship. Read more >>

Odyssey of the Mind Primary Round UP!

All kindergarten and first grade parents are invited to attend the first annual "Primary Round Up for Odyssey of the Mind." The event will occur on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:00 p.m. at West Transition Campus, 2100 Shadowdale. Come see what Odyssey of the Mind is and how your child can benefit from this fun international program. This year, SBISD had 22 teams compete at state finals and 5 are heading for World Finals. Read more >>

Valley Oaks Groundbreaking Celebration

About 300 students, parents, teachers and community members gathered May 7 for a late afternoon groundbreaking ceremony at Valley Oaks Elementary School, 8390 Westview. Valley Oaks Elementary is the 12th elementary campus in Spring Branch ISD to be rebuilt under the 2007 Bond program.

In all, 13 elementaries across the district are being totally rebuilt through the $597 million bond plan. So far, 10 new campuses have been completely rebuilt and opened across Spring Branch. Read more >>

Best High School Rankings

Several news organizations have published their annual ratings and reviews of high schools. Several Spring Branch ISD campuses ranked well in these annual ratings . Read more >>

Mark Your Calendar - Save the Date
5.11 - Board of Trustees Election in SBISD

Saturday is the SBISD Board of Trustees Election. For election information, click here.

5.27 - Staff and Student Holiday

Staff and Student Holiday in SBISD - Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

6.1 - Graduation 2013

SBISD will celebrate the 2013 Graduation of students from Memorial, Spring Woods, Stratford, and Northbrook High Schools on Saturday, June 1 at Don Coleman Coliseum. Westchester Academy graduation ceremony will be held on Monday, June 3. Read more >>

Opportunities for Students = SUCCESS
Early College Experience Sparks Interest

A group of seventh graders from Landrum Middle School and sixth graders from KIPP Courage at Landrum spent the day as prospective college students on a visit to Texas A&M. The visit was part of the mission of both Landrum and KIPP Courage to expose students to the college experience early.


YES Prep Rockets Join in Celebration at Toyota Center

In 2019, the SBISD YES Prep Northbrook's graduating class will be preparing to begin their college experience. They will have the opportunity to celebrate their success on the same stage that more than 7,000 members of the YES Prep family celebrated their 13th annual Senior Signing Day recently.


Worldfest Remi Award Winners

Two videos produced by Digital Filmmaking students at SBISD's Guthrie Center took home coveted Remi Awards at the 46th Annual Worldfest International Film Festival. WorldFest is one of the oldest and largest film and video competitions in the world, with more than 4,500 category entries received from 37 countries around the world.


Student News - My Future is BRIGHT!
Spotlight on Student Achievement

We're excited to launch the SBISD My Future is Bright! blog. Stories spotlighted are of high-achieving students in Spring Branch and what they are doing to ensure success - in school, for their future and in life. We've also provided a resources page.

We hope you enjoy the postings on this site, and take time to participate in our Facebook campaign. Details will be posted soon on how you can join us in supporting T-2-4 and students success...simply by putting on your sunglasses and snapping a photo.

Look for more information soon!


Resources from ACT - What will I be when I grow up?

You can help your younger children explore possible answers to what they could be when they grow up via the ACT Career Club, a prototype career discovery site in the Whyville virtual world. ACT invites students ages 8 through 15 to visit the ACT Career Clubhouse, where they can have fun while gathering information on as many as 555 unique occupations, grouped into six areas of interest ranging from science and technology to the arts. Whyville is a web-based virtual world that provides educational experiences through games and role-playing. For more information on college and career planning, visit the SBISD's My Digital Counselor website.

Scholarship Opportunities for Students

If you have a senior who attended Landrum Middle School and meets the application requirements, please encourage them to apply for the Landrum Lion Alumni Scholarship today. Deadline for Application: May 13, 2013 Read more >>

Is Your Senior Planning to Attend Texas State University? Apply today for the I'm First Scholarship from Texas State University. Deadline is May 24. Read more >>


C3: Content - College - Career is a four-day high school student enrichment program offered by Rice University for rising juniors and seniors. Participating juniors will focus on global issues as they relate to environmental sustainability and cultural understanding. Senior attendees will delve into current issues in science as well as gain an awareness of world cultures and their impact on our society.

The program includes activities to assist both groups of students with communication skills, navigating the college admission and application process, and exploring a variety of career options in the sciences and social sciences. Sessions are presented by master teachers and guest speakers. Read more >>

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