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News from the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees

Summary of Meeting

Board Briefs Feb. 23, 2015

Board of Trustees Regular Meeting Agenda

Board Agenda:

Forty-seven Spring Branch ISD students in prekindergarten through 12th grade were recognized for their exemplary character traits during the district’s annual Character without Question Awards program held Feb. 23 at Northbrook High School.

During a regular monthly meeting, SBISD Trustees also honored UIL All-State Band, Choir and Orchestra students, Employee and Volunteer of the Month honorees, and a Northbrook High English teacher as the district’s T-2-4 Spotlight Teacher honoree.

Special Presentations

Named as February Employees of the Month are secondary and elementary counselors Beverly Martin and Becky Zech-Stephenson. These two highly rated staff members do everything possible to make sure that students, parents and families are always informed, involved and engaged in making the best of both today and tomorrow. Beverly Martin is the Post-Secondary and Lead Counselor at Westchester Academy for International Studies. Becky Zech-Stephenson is Counselor at Buffalo Creek Elementary. Their extra outreach ranges from WAIS Collegiate Challenge and the district Culture Cross Functional Team to Buffalo Creek’s Girls on the Run after-school program. View the video >>

Two mentors who help to coordinate a corporate employee team of mentors have been named the February Volunteers of the Month. These honorees, Rachel Brill and Ryan Crochet, serve as mentors in the SpringBoard Mentoring Program, but they also help plan and coordinate the efforts of 25 Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America (MCFA) employees who mentor at either Spring Woods Middle or Pine Shadows Elementary. “Ms. Brill and Mr. Crochet go above and beyond their assumed volunteer duties to ensure the partnership between MCFA and SBISD is a model one for providing incredible opportunities  for our students,” their nomination states. View the video >>

February’s SBISD T-2-4 Spotlight Teacher recognition was awarded to Nancy Avila, a ninth-grade English teacher at Northbrook High. A Spring Branch native, Nancy attended Housman Elementary and Landrum Middle, and she attended and graduated in 1999 from Northbrook High. In 2004, the University of Houston graduate began teaching at the high school. In her own life and in the lives of her students, she personifies and stands for each generation learning more and doing better than the previous one. “For me, the American Dream is very much alive. That is what drives what I do, and why I do it,” Nancy says. A former student, Northbrook High Academic Advisor Jackie Garcia, said Nancy’s help as Class of 2009 sponsor made Jackie’s own role as student president easier. Read the full story >>

All-State Band, Choir and Orchestra

Trustees honored 13 students who have been selected for this year’s All-State Band, Choir and Orchestra. The All-State designation is the state’s top student music award. Honorees are Memorial High Orchestra students Catherine Cai, Tiffany Hu, Jonathan Keith and Meredith Aucock; Memorial High Band student Ryan McArthur; Memorial High Choir students Hannah Susman and Cameron Trout; Spring Woods High Orchestra student Christopher Matias Hivnor; Spring Woods High Choir student Arlysse Ibarra; Stratford High Band student Joon Lee; Stratford High Choir student Eliza Masewicz and Stratford High Orchestra students Kevin Han and Wilson Hui. Read the full news release >>

Character Without Question Awards

February’s meeting was held at Northbrook High School’s auditorium to accommodate the families who attended the annual Character without Question Award Recognition event, which included a reception. The auditorium’s stage was decorated with 47 student posters under this year’s theme of “Dream a Dream.” Elementary, middle and high school students were nominated, interviewed and selected for top character traits that range from honesty and integrity to courage, caring and kindness. Read the full news release >>

In other action, the Board of Trustees...

  • Adopted local policies on Safety Programming/Risk Management, Security Personnel, Academic Achievement and Graduation
  • Approved 2015-16 enrollment projections & staffing definitions and guidelines
  • Approved 2015-16 Campus Staffing Definitions and Guidelines
  • Voted unanimously to approve Spring Branch ISD Core Value Statements
  • Approved a variety of Consent Agenda items
  • Discussed the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget and Legislative Update.
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