BBIS Newsletter

January 27, 2020


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CHARACTER STRONG: Family Dare: Start with "I"

Try to resolve some resentment or disagreement by using the opening, "The story I am telling myself is...".

As always, tweet @bearbranchint and @careacter.

6th gr. Pre-Athletic Volleyball Intramurals

Wednesday, January 29

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Please be sure to have a ride home!

Congratulations to a Gold Medalist!

Garrett Stallings, a 5th grader at BBIS, was awarded a Gold Medal for his Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art piece.

Congratulations to the District Science Fair Winners in 6th grade!

Behavioral and Social Science

1st Place: Sara Werner

Music! It's in Your Blood

2nd Place: Luke Blackburn

Paws in Progress

3rd Place: Danielle Almendarez

Bath Bomb Blowout!


1st Place: Chloe Taylor

Finding Household Bacteria

2nd Place: Hannah Dvorak

I Wish I Didn't Know

3rd Place: Maddie Oelschlegel

Be Gone Burnt Cookies!


1st Place: David Esquivel

Say Yes to Higher SPF?

2nd Place: Henlee Moskowicz

How Smoking Affects Your Lungs

3rd Place: Karson Dupre

The Efficiency of Washing your Hands

Animal Science

2nd Place: Elizabeth Mortensen

Equestrian Angles


1st Place: Colson Collins

Teeth Stains

2nd Place: Ava Owens

Water Bottle Wonders


1st Place: Caitlin Albert

Electric Fruit

2nd Place: Jaxyn Droemer

Let it Fly


1st Place: Jackson Wesneske

3D Printer Filament: Who is the Weakest Link?

2nd Place: Jude Morgan

Colors Through the Fog

3rd Place: Olivia Jackson

Let's Dance from AC to DC

Environmental Science

1st Place: Addyson McBride

Sunscreen Wars

3rd Place: Cash Schomburg

Texas Biofuel Plants


1st Place: Madison Cormier

How to Win Bowling

2nd Place: Brian Thomas

Air Pressure

3rd Place: Emily Land

The Friction Mission

District Choir Rehearsals and Concert


3:10 - 4:00 p.m.

Mrs. Brett

Mrs. Cicio

Students need a ride home at 4:00 p.m.


Concert at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Magnolia

5th grade Choir

Tuesday & Thursday

3:10 - 4:00 p.m.

Mrs. Cicio

Students need a ride home at 4:00 p.m.

VAPING: Save Your Breath

MISD is hosting an event for parents and the community; VAPING: Save Your Breath.

February 18, 2020

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Magnolia Event Center

Click Here to reserve your spot!

Click Here to learn more about the presenter.

BBI Staff Spotlight!

Ms. Karen Foux

6th grade Art Teacher

How long have you been at BBI? 15 years

Where are you from and where did you grow up? I live in Tomball but moved here 26 years ago. I grew up in Louisiana.

What inspired you to work with children? I am from a large family with a lot of children. Making art goes hand in hand with the imagination of a child. This is why I choose to teach art to children.

What is your favorite book? I read scripture yeah the Bible.

What was your favorite subject in school? Other than art class I would say it was science.

If you could learn to do one thing, what would it be? I always wanted to learn to play an musical instrument. Maybe play the piano or guitar.

If you could have any other career, what would it be? I would maybe like to be a curator or art dealer. Working for Christie's in NYC.

Who do you consider your hero? My hero is my late cousin Angela. She was brave, strong and fought until the end. She showed me that we must always live our best life even in the darkest times.

People would be surprised to know…I have driven across the US all alone when I was in my early twenties.

Camp Be An Angel

Click here for information regarding upcoming camp opportunities!

Camp Be An Angel is offered three times each year to economically challenged families (usually those receiving some form of monthly subsistence) caring for special needs children. The invitation is extended to all immediate family members and those living in the household that could not safely be left home alone up to a maximum of seven. From Friday evening through Sunday morning the family can enjoy a barrier-free, caring environment full of fun and fellowship. This 206-acre camp features 100,000 square feet of facilities, specially geared to those with chronic illnesses or disabilities through a host of unique programs and activities. The facility is designed to foster a complete family camping experience (in shared cabins) with wide, gently sloping concrete walkways linking facilities to maximize mobility for campers in wheelchairs. The entrances to all buildings and areas are wheelchair accessible. Everything is well thought out and oriented toward your child’s safety and enjoyment. All activities are accessible regardless of disability. A respite cabin will be available during the weekend to provide any needed down time for special needs children.

The camp offers both family and individual activities:

  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Nature walks, Campfires
  • Petting Zoo
  • Biking
  • Music
  • Arts & Crafts
  • And Much More!

Be An Angel provides all funding for this retreat including a $25 gasoline voucher that will be given to families prior to departure from camp. In order to provide a camping experience for as many families as possible, we reserve the right to place multiple families per cabin as space allows. Camps are offered in September, February, and April. Space is limited and applications will be considered on the basis of timely submission, need and prior camp participation.
Camp registration usually opens approximately 6 weeks prior to camp.
Only on-line applications are accepted.


WHAT: Attendance challenge

WHEN: January 8th - March 5th

WHO: Students

HOW: ZERO absences (excused or unexcused), ZERO tardies, & ZERO discipline referrals


Monday, February 17, 2020; Student/Staff Holiday

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BBI Staff Spotlight!

Mrs. Marcy Porrata

5th grade ELAR Teacher

How long have you been at BBI? 2nd year

Where are you from and where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Bryan/College Station. I have lived in this area for two years.

What inspired you to work with children? I've always wanted to work with children in some capacity. I started my career working at the Boys & Girls Club which fostered my love for children and giving them guidance in life and in their education.

What is your favorite book? Where the Crawdads Sing

What was your favorite subject in school? Reading

If you could learn to do one thing, what would it be? To play the piano. I took three years of piano as a child but didn't keep up with it.

If you could have any other career, what would it be? I would love to be an event planner.

Who do you consider your hero? My Pawpaw is my hero. He is the most selfless person I've ever known. He worked hard to accomplish his dreams and become a successful business owner. He is 94 and lives each day like it's his last... still meeting friends for coffee, driving the tractor and working the land, and still doing for others instead of himself. He continually shows good character through his words and his actions.

People would be surprised to know… I was an Agriculture major.

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Multi-District GT Informational Night

BBIS Yearbook: DON'T MISS OUT!!!

Yearbooks are $25 and sales end February 1, 2020.

Yearbooks can be purchased online.

Ads can be purchased online. Prices range by size.

Visit to shop!

Email with questions.

Camp Invention Summer Enrollment: NOW OPEN

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BBIS General Information

Our doors open each morning at 7:20 a.m. Students may exit vehicles once the doors open and can walk along the sidewalk that runs parallel to the front of the school building.

Early morning child care begins at 6:30 a.m. and all students must be enrolled online through the MISD website.

The first bell rings at 7:55 a.m. and the tardy bell rings at 8:00 a.m. The instructional day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:10 p.m.