May is awards time! The Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees honored employees and several student groups at the May 24 board meeting for various achievements..
IAMSBISD Award: Karen Heeth and Randolph Adami
The IAMSBISD award is a special designation of honor for employees who go above and beyond in support of one or more of SBISD’s five Core Values: Every Child, Collective Greatness, Collaborative Spirit, Limitless Curiosity and Moral Compass.
Associate Superintendent of Administration and Talent, Karen Heeth, and Director of Safety and Security, Randolph Adami, were surprised with IAMSBISD awards for their tireless work in the development and execution of the 2020-21 LearnSBISD plan.
The duo received accolades from Superintendent Jennifer Blaine and a standing ovation from trustees and others in attendance for leading district nurses and safety officers, reviewing and updating safety procedures, and consulting with medical partners – all to maintain safe learning and working environments for students and staff. Thanks in large part to these efforts, 81 percent of SBISD students were back learning in person and no schools had to be closed due to COVID-19.
Thank you and farewell to 2021 Retirees
More than a dozen employees who are completing their careers in Spring Branch ISD attended the board meeting. They, along with more than 70 others who retired in the 2020-21 school year, cumulatively dedicated 1,868 years of service to the district.
Those in attendance at the meeting received congratulations from Dr. Blaine and trustees, as well as parting gifts to add to commemorative watches already distributed to them at their work sites earlier this spring. Spring Branch ISD appreciates their service to Every Child and will miss their contributions to the district’s Collective Greatness.
Speech and Debate teams celebrated
Members of Speech and Debate teams from three high schools were in attendance to be congratulated for their recent accomplishments.
Six students from Memorial, Spring Woods and Stratford high schools qualified for the UIL State competition held May 25-26. Additionally, the Spring Woods debate team placed 2nd at UIL Region 2-6A.
After placing at the District Qualifying Tournament, 20 students from these three high schools qualified for the National Speech and Debate Association's National Tournament, to be held virtually June 13-19.
Students were introduced at the board meeting by Debate sponsors, Carlos Diaz (Memorial), Victoria Beard (Spring Woods) and Harry Yu (Stratford).
NJROTC students recognized for strength and endurance
Cadets from the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp, or NJROTC, recently competed in the Top Gun Athletic Skill Meet; a competition that tests physical endurance and coordination through eight events and a tug-of-war.
Introduced by Commander Jerry Coufal at the board meeting, the students from five district high schools were congratulated for placing in three of eight events, including first place in the Spartan Run.
View video highlights of the competition here.
Spring athletes and teams honored
Approximately, one of every four high school students in Spring Branch ISD participates in an athletic activity. SBISD has a long and storied athletic history, consistently fielding teams and individuals who rise to the highest level in Texas UIL State competitions.
Executive Director of Athletics Paige Hershey invited more than 120 coaches, trainers and student athletes to the stage for congratulations from and photos with the superintendent and trustees.
UIL State Competition Qualifiers:
Stratford Cross Country
Memorial and Stratford Swimming
Memorial Team Tennis
Memorial Girls Soccer
Memorial and Stratford Track & Field