Bransford Blast

January 29, 2017

Texan Time

The first Texan Time was a HUGE success! Our Texans engaged in activities from art to origami to dancing all around the building. See below for a few pictures from Friday afternoon. Students will return to the same class again this Friday. Click here to see a list of supplies for Texan Time.

BES Goes Broadway!

Thank you to our talented Texans for an amazing talent show! See below for a few pics from Friday night. Thank you Judy Carter and Tammy Middleton for organizing this wonderful event for our students! Thank you to all of the volunteers who assisted with rehearsals, backstage, awards, doors, decorations, and concessions.
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Grant Opportunity

Dr. Jesse Schroeder of Schroeder Orthodontics, one of the GCISD Education Foundation’s official corporate sponsors and supporter of many schools, is proud to announce a Teacher’s Grant Contest. For the fourth year, he will be sponsoring five $1,000 grants as part of his five year $100,000 commitment to the Education Foundation and our school district. The grant will be given to a teacher in each grade, first-fifth. These are the key points to enter:


  • Have your Texan write or draw a one-page idea of what he/she thinks the teacher could do for the students with the $1,000 grant.
  • Students submit drawing or writing to their teachers by February 2, 2017.
  • The teacher is to select the one that he/she thinks best expresses a good use of the grant; the selections will be submitted to the Education Foundation Office on Friday, February 3, 2017.
  • The Education Foundation will deliver the submissions to Schroeder Orthodontics for selection of the five winners.
  • The winners will be announced with check presentations to the teachers at the annual GCISD Council of PTAs Founder’s Day luncheon and program, Thursday, February 23.


There are no rules as to how the one-page drawing or writing should be done so be creative! Please make sure that your students have their name, grade, teacher’s name and school’s name on the submission.

Art News from Mr. Hughes

Thank you so much Bransford families and faculty for donating cereal boxes, paper towel rolls, and etc. Students will be using them to create 3-D sculptures in the near future.


Parents, if your email was on file, you should have received an email from Artsonia. Artsonia is an online art gallery for you child to submit artwork if they choose. If they do, you should receive an email updating you on their submission. I have already uploaded some art so it may be a surprise to your child that it is there. You can look at what they have created in art class and even comment and create a fan club. Looks like some parents and/or friends have purchased merchandise with their child’s art printed on it. Great! Thank you. A small percentage of the purchases will go to support Bransford art class so more supplies can be purchased. Awesome! Please email me if you have any questions.


There is an Art contest currently in place for students to illustrate the cover for a brochure pertaining to the G.C.I.S.D. Summer Enrichment Program for grades K-6. The theme is “Rockin through the Summer 2017” and should be included in their art. Please see attached flier for more details. I would recommend drawing and coloring with colored pencils. It is due February 10th. Students will be allowed to work on this at home and in class. Submissions are due February 10th. You or the student can turn them into me and I will turn them into Central office. Hope to see some awesome entries!


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Art Contest

GCISD students of all ages are invited to create artwork illustrating the fun learning opportunities available through GCISD’s Summer Enrichment Program. This year’s theme is “Rockin' Through the Summer.” The winning artwork will serve as the cover design for the GCISD Summer Enrichment brochure, which will be posted on the website and provides information about registration and summer learning opportunities for students completing K-6th grades. Winning artwork will also be used to promote the Summer Enrichment Program through social media. The student who creates the winning entry will be recognized in the brochure and during a regular meeting of the GCISD Board of Trustees.

Art must be original and can be hand-drawn, painted, computer-designed or in any other medium. Judges will be looking for a design that is creative, appropriate and uses the “Rockin' Through the Summer” theme. Art should be on 8 ½” x 11” paper and submitted in color, but be able to be reproduced in black and white. Student's full name, school, grade and teacher's name should be on the BACK of the artwork. Please do not frame or mat entry to any size larger than 8 ½” x 11”. Our contest opened January 9, 2017, and the deadline for submitting the art is Friday, February 10th. Students should submit entries to their campus art teacher.

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Lone Star Leadership Academy

Academic Leadership Summer Camps for Outstanding 4th-8th graders: Outstanding students from across Texas meet in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/Galveston for a week of fun, learning, leadership development, and visits to unique and historically significant Texas destinations. Each day students explore notable Texas sites, learn about unique careers from professionals at sites visited, and develop their leadership abilities during leadership groups with their facilitators. All adult facilitators, one for every ten students, are Texas teachers. In addition to improving their leadership abilities, participants gain self-confidence and independence and develop new friendships with other high-achieving students from across the state. For more information or to request a camp application, visit www.educationinaction.org/lone-star-leadership-academy or contact admissions@educationinaction.org or 817-562-4957.
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Save the Date

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Dates to Know

Student Calendar

  • January 30: Play it Safe student program during specials
  • February 1: Fitness Force resumes
  • February 2: 100th Day of School
  • February 3: PTA Exec. Board
  • February 9: Student-led conferences,11:45 a.m. release
  • February 14: Jump Rope for Heart & Valentine's Parties
  • February 16: GCISD Kindness Day! Wear a Rachel's Challenge shirt.
  • February 20: Student Holiday/Staff Workday
  • February 21: Chop House Burger Spirit Night
  • February 22: Picture Day
  • March 13-17: Spring Break
  • March 21: Spring Creek BBQ Spirit Night

Bistro Height Tables

WANTED bistro height tables for students to use to stand and collaborate around. If you have a standing height table you are wanting to donate, please considering donating it to Bransford. No chairs needed! Thank you in advance for considering!