BESTeam Tidbits

April 30, 2016

The perfect teacher appreciation gift

Staff Appreciation Week!

BES PTA will be providing treats through out the week! Thank you in advance for recognizing the PTA for all the fabulous things they do for us and our students!
  • Monday: Breakfast
  • Tuesday: Lunch
  • Wednesday: Lunch
  • Thursday: Lunch
  • Friday: Lunch

Other staff appreciation week information:


  • Fantastic round up on Thursday night! Thank you Wendy, Chris, Denise, Denise, Shelly, Rebecca, Abbey, Lisa, Tonya, and Sandy for welcoming our newest Texans and their families! What a great way to get excited about 2016-2017!

  • Wonderful presentation at staff meeting by Dolores on the power of student voice! Looking forward to seeing how the student voice project grows at BES!

  • Thank you Abbey for presenting a behavioral RtI refresher for our staff! We appreciate your humor, empathy, and understanding of the needs of our students and staff!

  • Thank you Al, Carolyn, Corrie, Hayden, Jan, and Tonya for serving on the liaison interviewing committee! Your voice is invaluable to the growth of our campus!

  • Great marriage of Behavioral RtI, Restorative Practices, and Love and Logic in specials! Thank you Dolores, Leigh, and Sue for adjusting your behavioral plan to meet the needs of your students. You each made a huge impact on our students!

  • Science Club is ExPlOsIvE!!! Thank you Al, Corrie, Jeanette, Susan E., Connie, Brittany, Hayden, Susan A., Wendy, and Abbey for helping with Science Club this semester!

  • No subs on Thursday! Thank you everyone for being at BES on Thursday!

Summative Conferences

The purpose of the summative conference is to review your growth for the school year. The conferences will take place this week and next in Jamie's office. Each meeting will last about 20 minutes. To prepare for the conference, please be ready to discuss your PLP and celebrate your success this year. If time allows, we will begin discussing focus areas for next year's PLP.

Assignments for next year will not finalized during summatives as we are still waiting on several factors, including, but not limited to projected enrollment numbers, ESL certifications, outside opportunities, and best fit scenarios.

Looking forward to meeting with each of you over the coming days!

Learning Leaders

As we evolve in our classroom practices from a teaching platform to a learning platform, we are going to evolve in our leadership roles from team leaders to learning leaders. BES learning leaders will be charged with LEADing growth on their teams and building capacity within the people in our building. Learning leaders will serve as a role models and exemplars of communication, instructional best practices, and be charged with ensuring a positive, rigorous, and engaging learning environment for all students occurs at BES. Interested in learning more about the role of a BES learning leader, join Jamie and Tonya on Tuesday, May 3 at 3:10 p.m. in the Learning Commons. Anyone interested in applying must attend this meeting.

Professional Learning Opportunities

  • GCISD Innovative Teaching with Technology Conference: If you are attending the GCISD Innovative Teaching with Technology Conference on June 14, please let us know by placing your name on this list.
  • Math Book Study: As we grow in our capacity to serve GCISD students, we invite you to be a part of an exciting book study hosted by the GCISD math department!
  • Humanities Learning Opportunity: Check our the link for LOTS of learning opportunities.
  • GT Update for 2016-2017: June 21 GT 6 hour update featuring Ian Byrd. He will be presenting differentiation strategies and the training is close by at the PDEC.
  • GCISD Summer Learning Opportunities: Click here for a list of district offerings.
  • Technology: Instructional Technology can fund 3 teachers per campus for ElementaryCON and 1 teacher per campus for TCEA Tots & Technology. In addition, we can fund 3 teachers per campus for iCreate. You may or may not have teachers interested in this. This conference is primarily for those implementing Maker Spaces. Click here for more information.
  • Summer 2016 Instructional Technology & PBL Learning Opportunities:


  • YMCA Teacher Appreciation Day: On Sunday, May 1 from 2-5 p.m., YMCA Camp Carter will host a free event for teachers with food samples, guided hikes, a campfire with s'mores, fishing and more. Please share this event with your teachers and encourage them to register ahead of time.
  • From Technology: Google has enabled the ability for us to approve YouTube channels which is great news. We have many teachers that create lectures, lessons etc and upload them to their own YouTube channel and before now have had to request each video be unblocked.

    If you have a teacher channel, put in a help request to have their channel unblocked.

    We will not be unblocking student channels, only staff. We also probably won't unblock outside channels because we can't control what content is uploaded after the approval. If you have questions let Diane Isbell know.

  • Summer Programs: This summer we will offer courses for students completing K-6th grades. Our program brochure is available online on the Summer Enrichment page and a limited amount of printed brochures will be sent out to all elementary campuses the week of March 28th. If parents need assistance with the online registration or have questions, you can direct them to the Summer Programs Office which is located in the GCISD Tax Office this year. The number is (817) 251-5206 and the office will open Monday, March 28th.
  • Retirement Dinner: If you are planning on retiring this school year, please mark your calendar for the GCISD Retirement Dinner on May 5, 2016.

  • Diverstiy in the Classroom: Boarder Crossers is hosting two events May 21 or May 23, for a $35 fee. Let Jamie know if you are interested in attending. Check out this link for more information:

2016-2017 Information

Check here to keep apprised of events, information, and opportunities for next school year.

Service Opportunities: Please let Jamie or Tonya know if you are interested

  • Website: One staff member from BES to manage and update the BES website.
  • CHAMPIONS: One staff member from each campus/department serves on this committee, serving a year commitment, learning about the ins and outs of GCISD. Thank you Hayden for representing BES this school year!
  • DEC: One staff member along with one parent from each campus serves on the District Excellence Committee (DEC) for a two year commitment. The DEC is like our CEC, but making decisions at the district level. Thank you Tonya for representing BES on DEC for the past two years!

Staffing Updates

At this time, we have the following openings:

  • One teaching position
  • Learning liaison
  • Pre-K
We will begin screening for the first two positions in the next couple of weeks. The pre-k position has not yet been posted. We will form hiring committees for each position once we are ready to interview. For each position, we will use a committee of staff members and a committee of students as well as observe a 10 to 15 minute lesson. We will keep you abreast of the hiring situations as we screen candidates and begin conducting interviews.

Dates to Know

Staff Calendar

Student Calendar

  • August 2: Enrollment completion
  • August 6: GCISD Back to School Fair
  • August 15: Welcome back staff!
  • August 16: Convocation at GHS
  • August 17: Workshop
  • August 18: Staff workday & meet the teacher
  • August 19: T-TESS in the morning & staff work time in the afternoon
  • August 22: First day of school!
  • August 26: Welcome back & Rachel's Challenge kick-off assembly 2:00 p.m.
  • September 2: Dad's Club Breakfast
  • September 5: Labor Day Holiday

Week at a Glance

What's going on around BES this week?


  • Summatives
  • Red, White, and Blue (jeans)


  • PLC’s in Lisa's room
  • Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night
  • 5th grade Aspire field trip
  • Learning Leaders Preview 3:10 p.m. in the Learning Commons


  • Jamie: Principals' Meeting
  • Fitness Force- Come join us!


  • Summative Conferences
  • KC Club
  • Rebecca Nurses' Meeting a.m.


  • Spirit Day
  • Denise out