Headlines, News and Event Information from Spring Branch ISD

Welcome Back to Class 2013-14!

It's going to be a great school year!

Countdown for the first day back to school has begun as Spring Branch ISD prepares to welcome students and staff to the start of another successful academic year. Superintendent Klussmann, district administrators, educators and staff are looking forward to welcoming up to 35,000 students back to our campuses on Monday August, 26.

For a complete listing of back to school information, make sure to visit the SBISD Back to School website. The site features a wealth of information for parents and area families as they prepare for the new year. Read more >>


Leading By Example

SBISD is very excited to welcome eight principals to new leadership positions in schools around the district. We believe success for our students starts with educators who are empowered and informed. Quality leadership is essential to student achievement, and to honor that leadership we'll be sharing news and stories about our top educators throughout the 2013-14 school year.

Look for our Leading by Example news in publications and in our social media postings. We'll be sharing stories and insights into the great work going on in classrooms and on campuses across Spring Branch.

We hope you'll take a moment to meet some of our newest members of the SBISD family by reading their bios on our The School Zone news blog.



Welcome to SBISD

While some faces on the campuses may be familiar, there is also a wave of new employees that have joined SBISD this school year.

From the Teach for America recruits who will be working at campuses across the school district, to the returning Northbrook High School graduate who will now be teaching instead of attending classes, educators in Spring Branch have great, inspiring stories to share! All are focused on the positive shaping of student lives.

This year, SBISD will hire 326 campus professionals, including 293 teachers, to replace open positions or fill newly created ones.

Read more: Teach for America>>

Read more: Educators Who Inspire >>


Jennifer Collier of Westchester Academy


Vivian Pratts of Edgewood Elementary


Jennifer Jordan of Memorial Drive Elementary


Robye Snyder of Hunters Creek Elementary


Pamela Redd of Meadow Wood Elementary


Joyce Olson of Pine Shadows Elementary


Paul Suess of Spring Oaks Middle School


Jennifer Parker of Spring Woods High School

Bright Minds, Best Practices
Perfect ACT Scores for SBISD Seniors

Two seniors who attend Spring Branch ISD high schools are among members of a tiny group of U.S. students who have earned a perfect 36 composite score on the ACT national college admissions exam. Out of more than a million test-takers across the country, fewer than one-tenth of 1 percent of all students earn that score.


STEM Teaching Best Practices

Thornwood Elementary School teacher Mario Romero attended the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in Jersey City, N.J., this summer. The academy helps teachers motivate students in science, technology, engineering and math learning through rich, inquiry-based methods of group instruction. Academy sessions also focus on “best practices” in teaching.


Supporting All Students

Lynda Maxwell has been named the inaugural director of the Spring Branch ISD School for Highly Gifted Students. Leadership, faculty and staff at the SBISD School for Highly Gifted Students are committed to working together to ensure that every student is well equipped with the academic and life skills to meet the district goal known as Spring Branch T-2-4.



New teachers in SBISD share inspiring life stories

New teachers in Spring Branch ISD have great, inspiring stories to share. All are focused on the positive shaping of student lives.

SBISD this year will hire 326 campus professionals, including 293 teachers, to replace open positions or fill newly created ones.


Freezing the 'Summer Melt'

National research shows that high school grads who have resources and mentoring immediately after graduation are much more likely to enroll in college in the fall, and more likely to later graduate from college. Read more >>


Student Video Wins Mayor's Award - No-texting Campaign

Memorial High School students Justin Lee and Sarah Kate Thomas were honored for their award-winning no-texting while driving video campaign recently at city hall. Read more >>


SKY Partnership opens doors for second year at two middle schools

At YES Prep Northbrook, new sixth-grader Sebastian Rey put down his backpack and searched for words to describe summertime Rocket Camp and his first day at his new charter school program.

In recent days, hundreds of students at YES Prep Northbrook Middle and at KIPP Courage College Prep at Landrum have been thinking about their futures as these two public charter programs have opened their doors for a second year in a unique operating alliance with Spring Branch ISD known as the SKY Partnership. Read more >>

News from the State - HB5 & State Ratings
Impacts on Graduation Planning

New legislation will significantly change the state's graduation requirements, beginning with freshmen who enter high school in the 2014-15 year. Visit and bookmark this page for the latest updates. Read more >>

SBISD Receives MET Rating from the State

SBISD and all of its schools but one received positive ratings of “Met Standard” under the 2013 state accountability results released recently by the Texas Education Agency. Read more >>

Mark Your Calendars - Upcoming Events
You don't want to miss it!

Click here to view the 2013-14 Academic Calendar Online >>

Aug. 22 Back to School Night for YES Prep
Aug. 26 First Day of School, PreK Parent Orientation
Aug. 29 Back to School Night for KIPP Courage
Sept. 2 Staff and Student Holiday (Labor Day)
Sept. 7 Parent U Goes to College
Sept. 10-12 Back to School Nights for SBISD High Schools
Sept. 17-19 Back to School Nights for SBISD Elementary Schools
Sept. 24 or 26 Back to School Nights for SBISD Middle Schools
Oct. 3 PreK Open House Night
Oct. 14 Staff and Student Holiday
Oct. 24 Parent U Choices, Insights & Opportunities
Oct. 24-25 Elementary Early Dismissal Days
Nov. 27-29 Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec. 18-20 Secondary Early Dismissal Days
Dec. 20 Elementary Early Dismissal Days
Dec. 23-Jan. 6 Winter Break Holiday
Jan. 7 Classes Resume in SBISD

Other Top Headlines & Summer Recap

IB Diplomas Awarded to WAIS Graduates

Thirteen graduating seniors enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Westchester Academy for International Studies (WAIS), the award-winning district charter secondary school, have earned an internationally recognized IB Diploma. Read more >>

Tennis Program Nets Youth Interest

More than 50 students from three elementary schools and one middle school picked up modified tennis rackets and learned how to serve and volley tennis balls, keep scores, and have fun on the tennis court under a United States Tennis Association (USTA) program in Spring Branch ISD. Read more >>

Spring Woods High Debate Team Makes History

Debaters from Spring Woods High School made history this summer as graduating senior Waaris Mohammad placed near the top among student debaters nationally in Congressional Debate and the Spring Woods High team qualified as a Top 20 team and earned the School of Excellence Award. Read more >>

Vietnamese-American Graduates Honored

Three Spring Branch ISD valedictorians and one salutatorian were honored recently during an annual Vietnamese-American luncheon. The special luncheon for graduates has been held for 17 years. Honorees include district valedictorians Jennifer Hoang and Kaitlin Kargar, both of Westchester Academy for International Studies, and Kim Nguyen of Spring Woods High School.

Seven Educators Enrolled in Rice's REEP Program

Seven educators and principals in Spring Branch ISD are currently enrolled as fellows in Rice University’s Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP). As a part of this program, they attended Summer Institute classes there. Read more >>

Agricultural Science Awards for Guthrie

SBISD's Future Farmers of America (FFA) program, FFA alumni group and administration at the Guthrie Center earned awards during a recent Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas (VATAT) meeting held July 29 to Aug. 2 in Corpus Christi. Read more >>

Reliant Park Dog Show Art Winners

Twenty young artists from Memorial High returned from this summer’s student show at the Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows with ribbons and awards, including both Best of Show and Best of Grade awards for junior Seoyoung Kim. Read more >>

Nine National Awards for SBISD

SBISD's Communications and Community Relations departments have won nine awards for public relations programs, print/electronic publications and for related media following recent judging by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). Read more >>

Memorial-Spring Branch Rotary Club Scholarships

The Memorial-Spring Branch Rotary Club has awarded scholarships totaling $29,000 to recent graduates at five Spring Branch ISD high schools. Rotary Club 2014-15 President-elect Sheila Franklin reports that Rotarians plan to keep in close contact with the scholarship recipients through personal contacts and social media networks to support the goals of all the young graduates honored. Read more >>

News from the Board of Trustees

June 2013 Board Brief Recap - Salaries Increase 3 Percent

The Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees approved a 3 percent salary increase for district employees as a part of the Fiscal Year 2014 proposed budget during its regular monthly meeting on June 24. The new budget and salary increase were approved after a second public hearing was held. The salary increase will take effect in conjunction with an employee’s new contract year. Read full Board Brief >>

Get informed. Get engaged. Get connected.

What can I do to support my student this school year?

One of the most powerful things you can do as a parent is to be informed and involved in your child's educational experience.

A Parent Toolkit - A New Resource

If you’re looking for ways to support your child this year, make sure to visit and bookmark our new SBISD Parent Toolkit. This new site is a one-stop informational resource aimed at helping parents with tips, tools and access to the resources they need.

Find it online at:

Teacher and Campus Websites

Make sure to visit your CAMPUS and teacher websites. These sites should have useful information you can use to help your child, stay informed about campus events and activities, and communicate with your child’s teacher.

Join Your Campus PTA

A great way to support your child is to join your campus Parent Teacher Association (PTA)! Being a member of the PTA is all about getting involved in your child’s education. PTA brings together our community to support SBISD schools and provide the best for our students. Visit the SBISD website under the tab labeled PARENTS for more information.

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