Headlines, News and Event Information from Spring Branch ISD

Meadow Wood Students Give Back

As part of Meadow Wood Elementary’s school-wide community service project, all 505 students and teachers constructed and decorated 60 gingerbread houses.  Parents helped to deliver the gingerbread houses to sick children in the hospital just in time to kick off the holiday season. 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 of the Year 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 their full potential.


Bunker Hill Elementary's Amy Sidora


Spring Branch Elementary's Teresa Batres


Spring Oaks Middle's April Tavilson


Northbrook High School's Kirk Eckstein

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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The Gift of Knowledge

During the holiday period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, every Spring Branch ISD third-grade student received “the gift of knowledge” as part of an intentional giving program sponsored by the district's Community Relations Team through the national Dictionary Project program.


A Family Tradition Worth Starting

While everyone is looking forward to the upcoming winter break, research shows that young children who do not maintain their reading habits can fall behind their peers during summer months or even to some extent during the extended breaks like the one set to begin soon.


Sharing A Love of Reading

Nottingham Elementary's Gingerbread Night was a fun and welcome break in what can sometimes be a hectic time of year.


Visitors to Hollibrook Elementary School's campus recently has snow and more with their lesson on The Polar Express!


Leading by Example in SBISD
Best Spellers

At Bunker Hill Elementary, fifth-graders Naman Mehndiratta and Carson Foster were named, respectively, winner and runner up on Dec. 17 during the Spelling Bee held in the school’s cafeteria. Read more >>

Guthrie Cadets Honor Veterans During Holiday

Forty-two high school cadets with the Navy Jr. ROTC program based at SBISD’s Guthrie Center joined in the recently held Wreaths Across America program that honors America’s deceased military veterans. More than 15,000 people attended the program and public ceremony held at Houston National Cemetery. Read more >>


The Spirit of Stratford High School - David Bartell

Stratford senior David Bartell has played football for the past three years at Stratford, but due to an early injury this year, he had no option but to stop playing. But instead of leaving the sport behind entirely, he decided to find his own way to contribute to team success — he chose to get the crowd loud. Read more >>

Together we can!

Employee of the Month: Lion Lane's Elsa Limas

Elsa Limas, a teacher assistant at the Lion Lane School for Early Learning, was recognized as the December Employee of the Month. Elsa was nominated by both her colleagues and school leaders for performing much more than her paraprofessional duties call for on a daily basis. “She serves as a leader for all paraprofessionals.

She comes in early to answer phones, helps our school nurse with registrations, and even has taken charge of organizing bus duties for assistants. Elsa does whatever needs to be done, and she does it with a smile,” Lion Lane Director Sharee Cantrell said.

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Volunteer of the Month: John Bobbitt

December’s Volunteer of the Month is John Bobbitt, who volunteers with Literacy Advance of Houston. John meets twice weekly with Pine Shadows Elementary parents to help all of them learn, understand and speak the English language. His meetings have grown to up to 60 parents, and outgrew one meeting location. He also recently began a new “Dad’s Only” meeting to work on ESL skills with school fathers. Pine Shadows Partner and Volunteer Liaison Luisa Rodriguez describes John Bobbitt as “passionate, flexible and never absent.”

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Changes to Graduation Planning & State Testing
New Requirements for Graduation

If you are a parent of a student heading to high school next fall you will want to read more about House Bill 5 (HB5) and how the new law changes graduation planning and state testing. Not only does passage of HB5 mean a reduction in state assessment testing required to graduate from high school, the new law introduces a new graduation plan, The Foundation Plan with endorsements.


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

Click here to view the 2013-14 Academic Calendar Online

Dec. 23-Jan. 6 Winter Break Holiday
Jan. 7 Classes Resume in SBISD

Other Top Headlines & News Recap

Purchasing Department Wins State's Highest Recognition

Spring Branch ISD’s Purchasing Department has been honored for best practices in school district purchasing. The department was recently issued the Award of Merit for Purchasing and Operations with Recognized Status. The award was issued by the Texas Association of School Business Officials, known as TASBO. Read more >>

Upcoming Registration for Community Education Classes

Dates for in-person registration for all Spring 2014 classes offered by the SBISD Department of Community Education have been announced. The Spring Term begins on Feb. 10, 2014. All classes will end by May 10. Read more >>

New Teacher Laptops

Teachers in Spring Branch ISD are looking forward to January 2014 for one work-related reason: The district is replacing its 6-year-old teacher-issued laptops with new Dell laptops equipped with the latest-generation Intel chips, solid state disks, webcams and Windows 8 touch screen options. 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 >>

Westwood Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Several hundred current students, teachers, staff and families joined four campus principals and dozens of former staff members and campus graduates to mark 50 years at Westwood Elementary School, 10595 Hammerly. Read more >>

A Look Inside the New Frostwood

A handful of Frostwood Elementary School families who donated generously to a PTA fundraising effort earned the chance to be the first families to see the newly rebuilt school located at the corner of Memorial Drive and Gessner. Read more >>

Buffalo Creek Wins $10,000 through "Hour of Code"

A Spring Branch ISD elementary school won $10,000 for new student laptops and iPads through its support for a daylong computer science programming effort known as the “Hour of Code.” Millions of students of all ages across America wrote lines of computer code or took part during an outreach effort last week. Read more >>

SWHS Educator Honored for Her Work

Spring Woods High School's Terry Hibbert-Ismert

Spring Woods High School Theatre Director Terry Hibbert-Ismert was honored for her induction earlier this fall into the Texas Thespians Hall of Fame by the state Educational Theatre Association. She is the first theatre professional in SBISD to earn a Hall of Fame ranking by this group, which honors longtime theatre educators and others for their dedication to student theatre in Texas and contributions to the field. Terry has taught theatre since 1986 at Spring Woods High. Her students over the years have won numerous area, regional and national awards.

Many of her former students have gone on to work professionally in New York City, Los Angeles and other major film, television and theatre centers around the world. Several graduates of her program now teach in SBISD, including Anne Yancey at Spring Woods High and Kelly Harkins at Spring Forest Middle. Read more here >>

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