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Their success is our success.
 
   

Congratulations to our Class of 2013!

Once a year we come together to celebrate the pinnacle of high school student achievement around our school district. While graduation ceremonies filled with relieved graduates, proud parents and family members may start and end in the blink of an eye, the accomplishments these celebrations represent are proud moments for the students, families and community of Spring Branch ISD.

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SUPPORTING EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
 
   
 
 

$63,652 SBEF Grant

At its May 30 Board meeting, Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) directors approved $63,652 in grants that will fund diverse education-enhancing projects throughout Spring Branch ISD. The grants are designated for district-wide projects and SBISD campuses.

Twice each year, the Foundation calls for grant applications, up to $5,000 each, from any of its 47 school campuses or district departments. Faculty members and volunteers are encouraged to apply.

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$15 Million in Scholarships & Still Counting

Spring Branch ISD graduates have been offered more than $15 million in college scholarships, and new student awards and scholarships for the Class of 2013 still are being recorded.

As of June 5, our graduating seniors had been offered more than $15.8 million in college and university-related scholarship offers.

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SBISD Student Authors Host Book Signing

 

Filmmaking Awards for Guthrie

 

BPA National Business Qualifiers

 

Graduation 2013 Photo Gallery

 
 
 
Following Their Passion
 
   
 
All-Greater Houston Soccer & Tennis

Memorial High School seniors Grant Reichmann and William Jou were named Boys Players of the Year and featured in the Houston Chronicle newspaper’s All-Greater Houston Boys and Girls Tennis section in Sports. The feature included an interview with the two players and photograph of the Class 5A boys doubles title state champions.

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SBISD's Honorary House Pages

Four Spring Branch ISD students were chosen to serve as Honorary Pages at the state Capitol in Austin during the recent 83rd regular session of the Texas Legislature. The district students were chosen based on age, location and school attendance from across House District 138.

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Constitutional Academy

Northbrook High students Isaiah Rodriguez and Joshua Carmona have been chosen to attend the 2013 Constitutional Academy this summer in Washington, D.C. The academy is sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute, which works with young people to help deepen their understanding of the U.S. Constitution.

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Lots2Give Program

Show your support by voting for SBISD schools as part of the Big Lots 2013 Lots2Give Program. SBISD's Edgewood, Meadow Wood and Westwood Elementaries have a chance to win $120,000 in cash prizes! Read more >>

 
Support T-2-4 as a mentor or volunteer next school year!

The SBISD Volunteer Program serves to enhance the educational experience of both students and staff through the inclusion of well-trained volunteers that strive to support the district mission and make a difference in our district. Read more >>

 
     
 
 
MENTORS SHAPE THE FUTURE
 
   
 
Helen Nguyen - MHS

I would have to say the help I received with applications from my mentor was crucial to my success senior year. Applying to college is so confusing. My mentor and I set deadlines for all of the application stuff I had to get done, and it helped me avoid procrastination as well as relieved stress. Read more >>

Render Villalta - SWHS

If you want to make something of yourself, then Collegiate Challenge is the program to be in. They are always there to mentor you. There was a lot of pressure, but it was good pressure. You learn to push yourself and stand out from the crowd. Read more >>

 
 
 
Stories of Student Success in Spring Branch
 
   
 
 
Best Texas Student Speaker

Spring Woods High School junior Christian Rice placed first statewide in Persuasive Speaking during recent 4A UIL (University Interscholastic League) competition. He was the only Spring Branch ISD speech and debate student this spring to qualify for this annual state competition. Christian, who is president of the campus Speech Debate Team, was ranked fifth in Persuasive Speaking by the Texas Forensic Association last semester. Read more >>


SKY Partnership Welcomes District Visitors

It is written in the SKY Partnership Compact that "through modeling what a functional and productive compact can look like, our collaboration will be a model for other Texas and national school districts and charters." Throughout this inaugural school year, the partnership has been fortunate to welcome visitors from across the city, state and nation to learn about our work. Read more >>


Newspring Student Scholarships

Spring Woods High graduating senior Chinh Pham and Northbrook High graduate Adrianna Guillen were respectively awarded first- and second-year scholarships during the recently held 2013 Newspring Student Art Auction. Read more >>


Galleria Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

Memorial High School graduate Ryan Massey has been awarded the Galleria Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. Ryan received a $2,000 scholarship and other college-related gifts during the chamber’s annual Vintner Dinner and Pathmaker Scholarship Awards held at Del Frisco’s Steakhouse. The dinner event was held on May 20. Read more >>



Perfect SAT X 2

Memorial High School juniors Rajat Mehndiratta and George Chen joined a rarified test-taking club this school year: The two classmates earned the top possible scores on the SAT college assessment exam. Each year, about 1.7 million students nationwide take the SAT. Only a small fraction of them, less than a fifth of 1 percent, receive a “perfect” score. Read more >>


 
Houston Rodeo Scholarships

Sixteen Spring Branch ISD graduating seniors were among 396 Houston area students who received more than $7 million in scholarships from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. In all, the Show awarded 238 Metropolitan scholarships and 114 Opportunity scholarships to students from 58 school districts in eight counties. The student awards are based on academic achievements and economic need. Read more >>


 
SBESA Student Scholarships

Four graduating seniors in SBISD were each awarded $650 during the recent annual Installation and Scholarship Award Dinner sponsored by the Spring Branch Educational Support Association. At the annual dinner, the association also installed new officers for 2013-2014. Read more >>

 
 
T-2-4 Is Our Goal in SBISD
 
   
 
Superintendent's Message - It's been a great year!
Because of the combined efforts of our educators, staff, community and parents, our students will leave for summer vacation equipped with new learning, new friendships, new skills and new ideas about the world around them. Read more >>
 
Another Gold Circle Leadership Award
For a fourth year in a row, Spring Branch ISD (SBISD) has been issued the Texas Comptroller’s Gold Leadership Award, its highest level of recognition. Read more >>
 
Improving Technology & Systems
Spring Branch ISD students and teachers will be able to operate education software and apps on their net books with greater ease due to a partnership with Spring Branch ISD and Austin-based computing technology and services firm, Dell Inc. Read more >>

 
 
Inspirational Leaders in SBISD
 
   
 
SBISD Educators Win Excellence Award

Two Spring Branch ISD secondary educators have been honored with this year’s Elizabeth Brand Teacher Excellence Award, which was presented recently by the Houston Association of Professional Landmen, or HAPL.

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Smiles All Around

Several schools and departments were recognized as first year, pilot program partners in the new Share a Smile campaign focused on improved customer service across SBISD. Earning Share a Smile recognition this year are two prekindergartens, four elementary schools, and three other campuses.

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Bilingual Master’s Degrees

Ten bilingual educators in Spring Branch ISD have now graduated with master’s degrees in bilingual education with emphasis in Dual Language and English as a Second Language(ESL) through a unique partnership program with the University of Texas at Brownsville.

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Summer Programs & Activities
 
   
 
 
Looking for something to do this summer? Read!

Ah, summertime. School’s out. The sun burns bright. Liquid blue swimming pools beckon. The pace of daily life slows. Students have months ahead to relax. And to read.

Spring Branch ISD encourages students and families to enjoy time off, but the district also encourages students to read as much as possible in the weeks ahead.

Read for fun. Read for your pleasure. Read to discover. Just make sure to keep reading!

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Tall Tales - Summer Art Program at AYAM

Join the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum in June for stories, art and a lot of fun!

Every Tuesdays and Thursdays in June, SBISD art educators will be at the museum to host storytelling and art projects for children ages 4-11. The first session will be on June 11 from 10 a.m. - noon. Come out and share an exciting story and create a fun art project!

No reserve required. Cost for participation is $2 per child for each session. Or, you may purchase a summer membership for $10 per child for all sessions. Don't miss out!

Please note: All children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or caretaker. If you have questions, please call 713-251-1987, or email us at: leann.ayam@yahoo.com

 

Summer Feeding Sites - Breakfast & Lunch

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. SBISD provides free meals to children during the summer. This summer, meals will be served at schools around the district. There are no income requirements or registration. Any child under age 18 may come to eat. Read more >>

For more information, contact Michelle Dickson at 713-251-1150 or monica.dickson@springbranchisd.com.


Community Education Program

Online registration is being conducted now for Spring Branch ISD’s Community Education summer classes ranging from pottery and ceramics to GED preparation and youth and adult dance instruction. Online, instructor-led classes are offered by this community-based program, too. To register online, visit the SBISD Community Education website. Summer semester begins on June 10 and classes will end Aug. 3. Read more >>


Are you going to be a Senior in 2014?

If so, you need to know the updated essay topics for the college application. Summer is a great time to practice your essay writing skills! It's also a good time to start scholarship applications, find internships and prep for life after high school graduation. Read more >>

 
 
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