Headlines, News and Event Information from Spring Branch ISD

Apply Today to be a JASON Argonaut

Students who will be 14 or 15 years old by June 1, 2014, and who have taken part in the JASON Learning program in their science class should apply through March 7 to join the JASON National Argonaut Team. You could spend a week this summer or fall at sea with ocean researchers! Read more >>

Speaking of sea studies, a leading researcher spoke recently to hundreds of district students and residents about what the research on climate change tells us today. Get an update on this recent visit by Dr. Diane Stanitski with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Both of these projects are JASON supported. Learn more about this ongoing educational effort in Spring Branch. Read more >>

UIL Releases New Classifications

Spring Branch ISD high schools will compete under new boundaries released recently by the University Interscholastic League (UIL). The UIL realigns districts every two years based on enrollment figures so the realignments announced will affect the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years ahead. Read more >>

SBISD Educators You Should Know

We think you should know more about all of the outstanding educators that we have in SBISD. Make sure to keep track of our Teacher of the Month Spotlight as it expands. Let our teachers know we thank them! We'll be naming new Campus Teachers publicly of the Year very soon. Learn more through the district Teacher of the Year Spotlight. Qualified, knowledgeable and committed teachers like these play a key role in student success, and in our young people achieving their goals and full potential.


Frostwood Elementary's Jean Posey


Hollibrook Elementary's Headiyeh Matthews


Bendwood's Delyar Pace


Westchester Academy's Maureen Fertitta-Andrews

SBISD is committed to providing the professional development, training and resources needed to deliver the highest level of instruction and support our students deserve.

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FAFSA Help for SBISD Seniors

Students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a key step in continuing their education after high school. Help is available for all students and families on Feb. 20!

Research has shown that if students will complete FAFSA forms, they are 90% more likely to attend the university they have been accepted to in the fall.


Engineering Expo Thursday, Feb. 13

Join us on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 6:30 - 8 PM at Memorial High School.  The Expo is sponsored by Memorial High School’s Academy of Engineering and Project Lead The Way (PLTW). Students are supported in current programs at Landrum, Spring Branch and Spring Forest middle schools, and Memorial, Stratford, Spring Woods and Northbrook high schools. Come hear how PLTW programs are growing!


Houston's Changing!

Guest speaker Dr. Stephen Klineberg will share his insights tonight, Feb. 13, on how shifts in Houston's social, economic and demographic patterns will impact the Spring Branch Community and T-2-4. His presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Chapelwood United Methodist Church.


Students in the Spotlight
Teen Runners Aid
Kenyan Orphans

Two Memorial Middle School eighth-graders joined dozens of other young runners from the Memorial and Stratford communities during the recent Chevron Houston Marathon 5K to raise $12,500 and benefit hundreds of orphans living in Nairobi, Kenya. Read more >>

Navy Jr. ROTC Day

Cadet students in the Navy Jr. ROTC program based at Spring Branch ISD’s Guthrie Center were honored by Houston Mayor Annise Parker and by City officials during the unit’s recent annual Area Manager’s Inspection (AMI). Read more >>


Art Students Win Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Honors

Artwork by 15 elementary, middle and high school students in Spring Branch ISD will hang for public display in the Hayloft Gallery during the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo in the weeks ahead. In January, SBISD hosted its annual K-12 Rodeo Art Exhibit at the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum, which drew hundreds of district students and family members during a public viewing and official Rodeo judging session. Read more >>

Together we can!

Employee of the Month: Memorial High's Carolyn Davis

Memorial High School's Lead Custodian Carolyn Davis was recognized as the district's January Employee of the Month. Carolyn, over a 35-year career in SBISD at several campuses, has been consistently ranked as one of SBISD's best service providers. Last summer, she coordinated both SBISD Summer School programs while planning for a campus re-opening that included six additional classrooms and new T-buildings.

Carolyn "inspires others to do more than they thought that they could accomplish and to take pride in how a job well done improves the lives of others," SBISD's Associate Superintendent Jennifer Blaine said in her nomination. View video here >>

Volunteer of the Month: Barbara Burr

Named as January's Volunteer of the Month is Barbara Burr, who started mentoring 16 years ago through the HUG tutoring program at Housman Elementary. A treasured volunteer, she has seen her one-on-one tutoring with six Spring Woods High students lead to graduation and recent enrollment, in one case, at Lone Star College.

Today, Barbara tutors a Meadow Wood Elementary student who likes to call her "Mrs. Barbara." Thank you to all our volunteers, mentors and partners! View video here >>

ConocoPhillips Hosts Thornwood Students

Fifth-grade students at Thornwood Elementary School taking part in a mentoring program through the ConocoPhillips Asian American Network (AAN) joined their adult mentors recently at the Houston company’s global headquarters. 


Mark Your Calendars - Upcoming Holiday
Have a safe and enjoyable break.

Click here to view the 2013-14 Academic Calendar Online

Feb. 17 Presidents' Day - Student Holiday
March 17-21 Spring Break

Other Top Headlines & News Recap

Justin J. Watt Foundation Donation

A foundation established by popular Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has donated after-school athletic equipment valued at more than $5,000 to Spring Oaks Middle School. Read more >>

News from the Board

Want the latest news from the SBISD Board of Trustees? Read this month's copy of our SBISD Board Briefs. Read more >>

Board of Trustees Election Scheduled May 10

The next election for two positions on the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees is scheduled for Saturday, May 10. Ballot candidate applications will be accepted through Feb. 28 at the SBISD Administration Building, 955 Campbell. Read more >>

Bookworm Festival

Several hundred parents gathered at Pine Shadows Elementary School on Saturday, Feb. 8, for the district's first Bookworm Festival, which included a keynote presentation by acclaimed veteran writer Judith Viorst, author of "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day," and a continuing "Lulu" book series for children.

Viorst was joined at the morning program by children's authors Bob Shea, Gwyndolyn Zepeda, Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri and Harper Paris. The festival was coordinated by librarians from across Houston and SBISD. Blue Willow Books sponsored book signings after public author presentations. View event photo gallery here >>

Join AYAM Today!

As you plan your budgets, for this upcoming year we hope you will take the time and opportunity to join The Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum. We are so privileged to have a facility of this caliber in our own school district and community. Under the driving force and vision of Altharetta Yeargin, the museum has served our SBISD students and community for over 10 years. AYAM provides quality art programs, events and cultural awareness to students and families alike. We cannot continue these programs without the support of members like yourself. We hope you will support the efforts of AYAM by joining today. Read more >>

Exit Level TAKS or TAAS Retesting

Attention: Spring Branch ISD Exit Level TAKS and TAAS Out-of-School Examinees 
Individuals who are no longer enrolled in school and who have not previously passed all sections of the state-mandated Exit Level TAKS or TAAS high school test will have an opportunity to retake the section(s). Read more >>

WAIS Student Shares Her Voice on School Choice

Maria Cuervo, a senior at Westchester Academy for International Studies, confidently took the stage at the National School Choice Week Kick-Off Celebration to share her student voice and perspective on School Choice. Read more >>

All-State UIL Band, Choir and Orchestra Students Announced

Ten highly talented Spring Branch ISD high school students have earned the highest honor possible in their area of musical study. These students have been named Texas All-State winners in orchestra, band, and choir. Read more >>

A Salud America! Westwood Educator Samuel Karns

Westwood health fitness instructor and coach Samuel Karns is an educator who believes the opportunity to learn and empower one's self doesn't end at the close of the school day. The results?  A series of after-school fitness clubs; an after-school intermural sports program; a student-led school health advisory council (K-SHAC) for elementary-school students; an action based learning lab; and a one-of-a-kind, district-wide initiative to bring physical activity to sixth-graders are now in place for students in Spring Branch. Read more >>

WAIS Juniors Participate in JA Job Shadow Week

In January, 138 Westchester Academy for International Studies (WAIS) 11th graders spent three days gaining exposure to various career paths. From Microsoft to Memorial Hermann, Phillips 66 to SBISD’s own Lion Lane School, students traveled across Houston to learn about career research and preparation, job-hunting tools, professionalism and ethics in the workplace and professional action plans.  Read more >>

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