Friday, August 16, 2019

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Welcome to our new teachers and administrators!

We're so glad that you chose Bandera ISD.


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BISD Teachers & Staff Have Been Working Hard to Get Ready for 2019-2020!

Faculty and staff started back to school on Monday, August 5. Over the last two weeks they have worked on their campuses and in whole-district staff development to prepare for the 2019-2020 school year.

To give you a glimpse into the last two weeks, the teachers participated in Professional Learning Community (PLC) training with nationally-renowned Solution Tree to learn effective ways to work as a team to improve our practice and our student's growth. The Region 20 Educational Service Center provided training on using Eduphoria to better track student performance data and on maximizing the features of the TEKS Resource System to guide instructional planning.

The second week of inservice kicked off with Convocation where BISD employees heard Mrs. Patricia McMullan, BISD Education Foundation president, Dr. Barbara Skipper, BISD Board of Trustees president, and Dr. Jerry Hollingsworth, BISD superintendent, set the tone for the school year: celebrating our Core Values, encouraging each other, and working to help each and every student find his/her passion and recognize his/her potential to make a world-wide impact. The BISD Employee Benefits Fair followed Convocation.

Tuesday the teachers spent the morning fleshing out how to live out our core values on their campuses and in their classrooms. They spent the afternoon sharing tools and techniques with each other in an Unconference. Wednesday the teachers were wowed by Sandy Snow, who led us in a full day of practical techniques to assess for learning to assist students and teachers identify if and when learning has occurred. We are looking forward to Sandy returning in October and January for full-day sessions and two coaching sessions.

In between our district-wide trainings, campus administration and leadership teams worked with faculty and staff in campus-specific trainings.


Back-To-School Bash Was A Blast!

This year BISD partnered with Hill Country Samaritans for the annual Back to School Bash. For the first time, a district-wide event was held in Hill Country Elementary's attendance zone. Although the weather was hot, we had an amazing time. Over 600 supply-filled backpacks were given out. Hotdogs, snow cones, cotton candy, and popcorn were available for free. Kids participated in a paper-based scavenger hunt, played games, made crafts, and received free merchandise from businesses and organizations. Free haircuts and dental checks, as well as low-cost physicals, were available from generous supporters who donated their time and talents. Entertainment and raffles added to the excitement. BISD is looking forward to continuing our partnership with Hill Country Samaritans for next year's Back to School Bash next August. Stay tuned for more information in May, 2020. #WeAreOne #smalltownbandera

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See you Monday!

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