Cub Connection Newsletter

Brenham ISD Newsletter and Tip Sheet

April 2019

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Friday, April 12 - Student Holiday; Friday, April 19 - Staff and Student Holiday

BJHS and BHS students visit The Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University

On Tuesday, March 26 students from Brenham Junior High School and Brenham High School attended a special student leadership event at The Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University. These students are part of the superintendent’s student advisory council for the 2018-2019 school year. The visit included a tour of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library, conversations with graduate students about college life and leadership, and a tour of The Bush School of Government & Public Service.

“I am so impressed at the level of maturity and academic and cultural curiosity of our students. We are excited to offer this unique opportunity to expose our students to a program that will strengthen their leadership skills,” said Brenham ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Walter Jackson. “I believe our country’s future is in great hands!”

Many thanks to The Bush School of Government & Public Service for this opportunity, and a special thanks to graduate assistant for the Office of Admissions and Recruiting Tiffany Easter for coordinating the event.

"Let future generations understand the burden and the blessings of freedom. Let them say we stood where duty required us to stand." George H.W. Bush

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Brenham High School athletes begin Readers and Greeters program at elementary campuses

The Brenham Cubs athletic department is extending their leadership from the field into classrooms with the Brenham Readers and Greeters program. This program gives student-athletes from Brenham High School an opportunity to be visible on elementary campuses, assisting with morning car duty and filtering into classrooms to read to lower grade students. The big idea is to ignite enthusiasm and motivate younger students while providing character development and leadership opportunities for student-athletes.

“We had a group of young people at Brenham High School who jumped at the idea of reading to our elementary students and getting to know them,” said program coordinator and assistant athletic director Danny Ramsey. “Some of these athletes are going back to their home elementary schools, and some just love spending time with younger kids.”

The program was recently implemented at Alton Elementary School, Brenham Elementary School, Krause Elementary School, and Brenham Middle School. Student-athletes are deployed to campuses at 7:15 a.m. Monday through Thursday to greet students and help in the morning car line. Other groups travel to the campuses during athletic periods to work with students for 25-30 minutes throughout the day based on a schedule developed with input from campus administration.

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Good luck to all BISD students taking STAAR/EOC tests!

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BHS CTE teacher selected as CTAT CTE Teacher of the Year

Brenham High School Career & Technical Education teacher Chris Kenjura has been selected by the Career & Technical Association of Texas (CTAT) awards committee as the CTE Teacher of the Year for 2019.

“Chris is a true asset to Brenham ISD, and I am honored to work beside him in the CTE department. He truly cares about every child that enters his room, and he brings out the best in every one of his students,” said Brenham ISD CTE Director Cody Stelter. “Chris deserves every award that he receives, and on behalf of the entire Brenham ISD CTE Department, we wish him the best of luck as he contends for the nation’s top CTE teacher award.”

Kenjura and fellow award recipients from CTAT, TIVA and THOA will be interviewed by a state committee to determine who will move forward to ACTE Region IV 2020. Kenjura will be honored at CTAT's annual awards luncheon scheduled for July 18 at Hyatt Regency Houston.

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Congressman Michael T. McCaul visits Sue Anderson's 5th & 6th grade life skills students

On Wednesday, March 20, fifth and sixth-grade students from Sue Anderson's life skills class at Brenham Middle School met a very special guest at the Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library. Congressman Michael McCaul spoke with the students about service and leadership. Each student had a speaking part in the event including a welcome, an introduction, sharing of major accomplishments, and a question and answer section. The students learned that McCaul has a home in Austin and in Washington D.C., that he is an Astros fan, and that the hardest part of his job is being away from his family. McCaul told students to always believe in themselves and ignore the critics. "I am proud to be here and I am proud of you," he told them. McCaul provided a pocket-sized United States Constitution to each student and presented Sue Anderson with a flag that flew over the United States Capitol.

BHS ninth grader earns top honors at Texas State Science Fair

Brenham High School ninth-grader Emily Crawley placed first in Plant Sciences in the Senior Division at the Texas State Science Fair on March 30 in College Station. Emily was also awarded one of eight Best of Fair awards which earned her an invitation to the INTEL International Science Fair in Phoenix, AZ in May. She will join approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories for an opportunity to showcase her independent research and compete for monetary prizes. Emily's project is the result of three years of work. She began the project in seventh grade and has earned an invitation to the state science fair all three years. The title of her project is Space Botanist: Effects of Fertilizer on Tomatoes Grown Upside Down in 75% Regolith.

Brenham FFA member Caeden Scherer earns top honors at Houston Livestock Show

Brenham FFA member and chapter Secretary Caeden Scherer had an excellent week at the Houston Livestock Show. Caeden exhibited his beefmaster heifer where he placed first in his class and was selected as Senior Calf Champion. He then competed for breed champion where his heifer was selected as Grand Champion Beefmaster Heifer. Furthermore, Caeden had the opportunity to compete against all of the other breed champions that were selected over the duration of the Houston junior heifer show. He and his heifer were chosen as the Reserve Champion Overall Supreme Heifer, the second highest title of the entire junior heifer show. This win follows his Reserve Champion Beefmaster Heifer win in San Antonio and first place class winner in Fort Worth.

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Brenham Independent School District

Established in 1875, Brenham Independent School District is the first public school district in Texas. Brenham ISD is the largest public school in the county with an enrollment of over 5000 students. The district covers an area of 439 square miles and includes the communities of Brenham, Chappell Hill, Independence, and Washington-on-the-Brazos, which is the Birthplace of Texas. Brenham is located in southeast Texas, approximately halfway between Houston and Austin. The Brenham area is famous for its historical significance, beautiful bluebonnets, and the “best ice cream in the country.”