Bransford Blast

May 1, 2016

Election Time

Early voting runs through May 3 and in honor of the freedom to vote, GCISD parents and staff are encouraged to wear red, white and blue jeans on Monday, May 2. Send us your "I Voted" photos at and you may be featured on the district's Facebook page.

Tuesday, May 3 is the last day for early voting, and I hope that you plan to exercise your constitutional right and make your voice heard. I know I have. Throughout early voting, you may vote at any location in Tarrant County found at; however after early voting ends you may only vote at your designated precinct. I would encourage you to vote early, as you never know what may come up to disrupt your plans to vote on May 7. The right to vote is one that is a privilege that too many people tend to ignore on a local, state and national level. Please make your voice heard by voting in the 2016 GCISD Bond Election. If you have any questions about the proposal, or for more information, please visit

Planning for 2016-2017

2016-2017 Enrollment

Hard to believe that it is already to start planning for next school year! This year has flown by as the days have been packed with growth, learning, and fun! As we as a campus begin planning for next year, please take a moment to complete the following Google form if you have a kindergarten through fourth grade student: 2016-2017 Enrollment (

Student Information Sheets

In the coming weeks, we will begin to develop our class lists for next school year. In creating these lists we take into account district guidelines and keep in mind the need to create a balanced classroom for our students. This process involves multiple variables. Below you will find some of the variables we will consider as we develop class lists for the 2016- 2017 school year:

· Gender balance

· Academic mix

· Personality and learning styles

· Peer relationships

· Class size

· Special needs

The objective is to place all students with a teacher in a balanced class that will support individual learning and growth. At Bransford, we are very fortunate to have an exceptional group of teachers and staff to work with our students and families.

Families have the optional opportunity to fill out a student class information form ( This form will not be used for requesting a teacher, but will give you a chance to share valuable information about your child. There will also be a spot for your child to share. We will not be honoring specific teacher requests. The form will be available on line to families April 24 - May 6. Please complete the forms online with your student.

Final class lists will be posted at meet the teacher night August 18.


  • Amazing attendance for the monthly science club! Thank you to our terrific staff for providing this wonderful experience for our terrific Texans!
  • Thank you for attending Caine's spirit night on Tuesday!
  • Wonderful community building at muffins for moms! Thank you PTA for hosting this delicious breakfast!
  • We enjoyed meeting over 50 new pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students on Thursday night! Thank you KC Club and 4th and 5th grade principal panels for assisting with this event! Thank you PTA for creating a welcoming event for the new students!
  • Way to go Girls on the Run! Great job on your end of the season 5K!

Cafeteria Charges

No charging will be allowed starting May 9th. Students must have a positive balance in order to purchase items in the school cafeteria. Any student without a positive balance will receive an alternative meal at lunch. Please visit to monitor account balances and set up low-balance email alerts. We appreciate your prompt attention in maintaining a positive meal balance. Additional information may also be found on the districts website and Child Nutrition Facebook page.

Choose Your Own Adventure - GCISD Elementary Summer Programs

On Monday, March 28th, online registration will open for our Elementary GCISD Summer Programs which includes Summer Enrichment, KidzU Camps, and ECDC Camps. 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.

The cover of the Summer Enrichment brochure (seen on the left) was designed by our own Kathryn DeYoung!

HB 5 Survey

Dear Bransford Parents,

In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 5 (HB 5), which made significant changes to curriculum and graduation requirements, as well as, the assessment program and accountability system. In addition to the new graduation requirements, HB 5 also includes a requirement for school districts to conduct a community or parent engagement survey and report results to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The information collected in this survey will help us highlight areas of excellence, as well as recognize areas of growth as we strive to Build Excellent Schools Together.

The survey link included in this message may be used multiple times in the instance that you have students on different campuses and will be active from April 11 through May 6, 2016. Once you click on the link, you may select if you would like to complete the survey in English or Spanish.

Click here to take the HB 5 survey:

I want to thank you for your participation in this survey and your continued support of Bransford and GCISD.

Jamie Halliburton


Math Telescoping Exams

Testing opportunities for telescoping in math for the 2016-2017 school year are available in the spring and summer for GCISD students who are completing grades K through 7.

The Math Telescoping Information Packet will be available the first week in March on the district website under the For Parents and Students Directory by selecting the link for Acceleration Exams, Math Telescoping, Grades K-7. From the Assessment Department page select either the ENGLISH or SPANISH version for Math Telescoping, Grades K-7.

Parents will find information about the requirements to qualify for Math Telescoping and instructions about the new TWO STEP Online Registration Process. There will be links to print the Information Packet, begin the TWO STEP Online Registration Process to register for the spring exams, view the TEKS on the TEA website, and download Study Guides for the exams purchased from UT-Austin.

The exam dates and registration deadlines for each exam date are listed below:

Summer Exam Date

Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at Colleyville Elementary

Online Registration Deadline


Online registration for the Summer Exam Date will open the week of May 9th. The online registration form will become unavailable at 12:01 a.m., June 21, 2016.

Exam Fee Payment Deadline

June 22, 2016 by noon

Looking Ahead...

May 2 - May 6

Staff appreciation week!

Tuesday, May 3

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night

Friday, May 6

Spirit Day

Saturday, May 7

Election Day

Monday, May 9

STAAR Math grade 3 & 4 as well as 5th grade make-ups

Tuesday, May 10

STAAR Reading grade 3 & 4 as well as 5th grade make-ups

Zoe's Spirit Night

Wednesday, May 11

STAAR Science grade 5

Thursday, May 12

STAAR make-ups, if necessary

25 Book Challenge forms due

Friday, May 13

STAAR make-ups, if necessary

BES Spirit Day

Tuesday, May 17

Chop House Burger Spirit Night

CEC 3:10 p.m.

Thursday, May 19

PTA 6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 20

Field Day