Halliburton Happenings

March 20, 2016

Spring 2016

Welcome back stupendous staff! I hope each of you enjoyed a restful and relaxing spring break! I am excited to see each of you along with our splendid students tomorrow morning!

As we prepare for the final 51 days of instruction for the 2015-2016 school year, what are your goals? I am looking forward to seeing the implementation of writing Units of Study in each grade level as we each commit to teaching at least one entire unit. As we prepare for the final nine weeks grading period, I look forward to our continued growth in meeting student needs during both PLT and tier I instruction. We will be looking at PLT during PLC this week. I am also looking forward to learning more about each of you as we spend the spring exploring and building on our strengths.

The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, spring is in the air which always puts a smile on my face! As we prepare our classrooms and mindsets for the excitement and busy spring season, I vow to remind myself each and every day as I drive into the BES parking lot what an honor and a joy to get to come to Bransford to work with each of you, our spectacular students, and fabulous families!

I am energized and excited about continuing to build an excellent school together this spring!


  • Spring!

  • Time to recharge!

  • Terrific Texan staff members!

  • Wonderful students!

  • Science Safari!

Remember to... Check this list, check it twice!

  • Teacher Self Report parts II and III are due April 15. Please login to Eduphoria to complete these by April 15. Thank you!
  • Sign up for Summative Conferences using this Google Form.
  • Complete Where do I see myself next year? form by last Friday.
  • Save the date for The GCISD Innovative Teaching with Technology Conference - June 14: Rather than EdCamp this year, the instructional technology team is hosting a true conference for GCISD teachers. George Couros will be the keynote speaker. GCISD teachers and instructional coaches will lead breakout sessions. Eduphoria registration, Call for Presenters, and more information about George Couros may be found here: https://goo.gl/ZwmpyD


  • Remember to register to vote so you may cast a ballot in the May 7 election. VisitTexasEducatorsVote.com to fill out the voter pledge. Additionally, TeachTheVote.org features education issues only.
  • Patriot Paws: Kindergarten will be kicking off a PBL the first week of April called Patriot Paws. For the introductory event, we will have two assemblies, with service dog and all. Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 7 8:00 a.m. for kinder through second grades, and 9:00 a.m. for third through fifth grades. For more information on this event, please click here.

  • Pre-K in GCISD: For information on the potential for-pay pre-k, please click here.

  • Humanities Learning Opportunity: https://www.smore.com/pvc11-humanities-happenings

  • Rachel's Challenge: GCISD is gearing up for the annual Rachel's Challenge 5K and Community Fair onApril 16th. We will have two guest speakers and several student performances throughout the morning. If you would like to run in the chip-timed 5K, showcase your business in our community fair, or volunteer your time please click here for more information. http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/32352

  • Kindness Day: April 6 is kindness day in GCISD. Dr. Ryan has said we can wear jeans and a Rachel's Challenge shirt. If you would like to order a shirt, click here.

  • Retirement Dinner: If you are planning on retiring this school year, please mark your calendar for the GCISD Retirement Dinner on May 5, 2016.

  • Employee Transfers: Spring includes many activities in our district and the Human Resources department begins working with employees on transfer requests. Policy DK (local) states that an employee may request reassignment within the District to another position for which he or she is qualified. If an employee is interested in requesting a voluntary transfer to another campus, they should complete the Internal – Transfer and Reassignment Request job posting.

    Employees seeking to transfer to another campus are urged to fill out the transfer request application in a timely manner. The final day that transfers will be approved is June 3, 2016.

    Directions for employees seeking a transfer within the district:

    • Apply online by logging in to the GCISD webpage and going to the Human Resources page under Departments
    • Select Careers - Internal
    • Once logged in, select the Internal – Transfer and Reassignment
    • Request job posting to apply. Once your application is complete, Human
    • Resources will be notified of your interest.

    Once an employee has applied in the transfer pool, principals will have the opportunity to review this pool as they seek qualified candidates to fill vacant positions. Please express to your current principal your desire to seek a transfer in order to facilitate the process.

GCISD To Host Bond Election Information Meetings

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is hosting four bond election meetings starting March 10 to provide voters and community members with information on the proposed package. On February 18, GCISD Trustees voted to call a $248.975 million bond election for Saturday, May 7, 2016.

“We are holding informational meetings at each of our middle schools to give members of the community the opportunity to choose the most convenient time or location to learn more about the bond proposition,” said Dr. Robin Ryan, GCISD Superintendent.

Quadrant meetings will be held:

  • March 10 at Grapevine Middle School, 301 Pony Parkway, Grapevine

  • March 22 at Heritage Middle School, 5300 Heritage Avenue, Colleyville

  • March 31 at Colleyville Middle School, 1100 Bogart Drive, Colleyville

  • April 5 at Cross Timbers Middle School, 2301 Pool Rd, Grapevine

The one hour meetings begin at 6 p.m. and will be held in the campus cafeteria. During the meeting, district leaders will give an overview of the proposed projects, explain the community-led selection process, where and how to find specific information about each campus and facility, discuss the tax rate, and answer questions from community members.

Early voting is April 25 - May 3. GCISD residents age 18 and up can register to vote through April 7. Detailed information on the bond proposal can be found at GCISDBond2016.com.

Week at a Glance

What's going on around BES this week?


Wonderful day of learning at BES!



Lunch & LEAD

CEC in Learning Commons 3:10 p.m.

Talent Show Tryouts

Teddy's Burger Night


Report Cards Go Home

Talent Show Tryouts


TELPAS Writing Due

Science Club

Happy Thursday/Friday! Enjoy a Thursday spirit day!


Happy weather day! Enjoy your day!

Happy Easter!

Where in the World...

My goal is to keep you abreast of my intended calendar to the best of my ability. Here's a two week preview.

3/21: BES a.m., Admin. p.m.

3/22: BES :) CEC 3:10 p.m.

3/23: Principals' Meeting

3/24: BES :)

3/25: Weather Day

3/28: BES :)

3/29: STAAR, Team Leader Meeting 3:10 p.m.

3/30: STAAR

3/31: STAAR Make-Ups

4/1: STAAR Make-Ups