March 23, 2015


March 21 & 22 Building accessibly 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Mar. 23 - Grades due 4:00 p.m.

Mar. 24 - PLC meetings with Sarah. Instead of holding ASC meetings as scheduled on this date, Sarah will meet with each grade level during PLC time. (Specials to meet 11:15-11:50)

We will meet in the conference room.

Agenda items include:

  • Review of parent survey
  • Review of topics discussed at parent meeting held February 27
  • 14-15 CIP Update
  • Planning for Parent/Staff Campus Pan work session scheduled for the 26th.

Mar. 24 - CEC Library 3:10

Mar. 25 - Report cards go home

Mar. 26 - Parent/Staff Focus Group/Campus Plan Work Session 6:30-7:00 (rescheduled from March 19th)

Mar. 27 - Spirit Day Grab & Go

Mar. 27 - Off Campus Meeting 4:00 p.m. (look for invitation this Update)

Mar. 27 - Talent Show

Mar. 30 - STAAR 4th Writing Day 1 - no volunteers

Mar. 31 - STAAR 4th Writing Day 2 - no volunteers

STAAR 5th Reading - no volunteers

Apr. 1 - STAAR make-up - no volunteers

Apr. 2 - STAAR make-up - no volunteers

Apr. 7 - Baby Shower forTiffany Floyd - 3:00 p.m. library ( see this issue of the Update for Invitation.


Apr. 14 ( brief and during faculty meeting )

May 5

Meetings will begin at 3:15 in Lisa's room, unless otherwise specified.

Staff members needed to assist with Campus Plan discussion meeting detailed below - See Sarah for details - Thanks in advance for your help.

BES Needs You!

What: Campus Plan Work Session

When: March 26 – 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Where: BES Library

Why: We need you to help us brainstorm ideas for improving BES!

(Do you have ideas about traffic control, playground improvements, technology and information systems, communication plans and academic programs? If so, please save the date and watch your Principally Speaking email newsletter for details.)

Thank you in advance for your participation!

(Questions? Contact Dr. Hodges at 817-305-4925 or sarah.hodges

You are Invited to an off Campus Meeting

When: Friday, March 27th beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Where: Pluckers 1709 Cross Roads Dr. Grapevine, TX 76051

What: Free Appetizer with your school i.d.

Feel free to bring a friend or your significant other. (Remember - Do not plan to wear a spirit shirt to this meeting.)

BES Welcomes Another Grandchild

Hi all! Just wanted to let everybody know that Katie had Lochlyn Taylor on March 7...yep, the little angel timed it perfectly, first day of spring break! She came into the world very quickly, weighing 7 lbs. 7 oz. Everybody is doing great :) - Jan Gribbin

...and Another Grandchild...

Just wanted to announce that Eleanor Ruth Black finally made her debut on Friday the 13th by C-Section.

Lisa ( Little Mimi )


Denise H. thinks that Sue, Leigh and Dolores are awesome team players. Denise says, "Thank you ladies for all of your help on picture days! I know I can always count on you!"

Nancy & Nancy think that Meredith is an awesome team player. She held down the fort admirably when she was the last para standing!

Lisa Ware thinks that Patti, Corrie, Jeanette and Bonnie are awesome team players and awesome problem solvers. they have really been working hard on planning outstanding lessons for our glorious first graders!

Denise & Shelly want to thank all of the classroom teachers for their patience and understanding last Friday as you were called "one million times" to release children during our early release days.

Bonnie thinks that Lauren and Tiffany are awesome team players. They had a great presentation on Blendspace. Bonnie was able to implement Blendspace into her classroom the very next day!

Denise & Shelly think that Dolores, Sue, Leigh, Susan, Sharon, Tiffany, Jan, Cindy & Tangy are superstars and team players. It was so great to have all these ladies help out on Friday! We signed out 260 students in about 2 hours. good work ladies!

Nancy C. thinks that Jeanette is an awesome team player. Jeanette keeps an eye out for the special first graders and makes sure they're are always included.

Nancy C. thinks that Tamela is an awesome team player. Tamela has been a trooper performing with grace and composure under some trying circumstances.

Alecia & Team think that Sarah & Tonya are super heroes and would like to recognize them for making a difference at Bransford. They provided an awesome potato lunch for the staff. What a nice treat. Thank you.

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A Very Timely PBL Idea

Hello Texas Educators,

Greetings from the PBL Project, and I'm excited to present another Problem-Based "Weekly Warm-up"! As always, these are completely free (I hope it's a great way to share our PBL Project), and are created each week based on current events.

Actually, this week is a little more than the typical "Warm-up". It's an "Integrated Problem-Based Scenario", which means I'm taking a normal weekly warm-up, only giving teachers the option of approaching it from several points-of-view (math, science, social studies, ELA).

You might remember that several months ago I sent out an exercise on Daylight Saving Time (back when it ended in early November). This past weekend, most of the country had to "spring" their clocks ahead, so I'm reintroducting the question of whether we need Daylight Saving Time as a full integrated PBL.

It's setup so that you can approach the problem from a math angle (Is there a cost savings to Daylight Saving Time?) or science (What is the purpose and is it necessary?) or social studies (How does it impact businesses and farms?). Teachers can look at any one of these (they all stand alone), or they can do a few (they work great together). I like to reserve the ELA portion for evaluating all of the different approaches and coming up with one definitive answer (in this case: "Should we keep or get rid of Daylight Saving Time?")

Just so you know, these PBL integrated scenarios are what you find within the PBL Project website (please let me know if you want a temporary password). In the meantime, here's a link to this exercise:

As always, the Teacher Instructions, Classroom Discussion sheet, "Stimulus Items" (videos, articles, etc.), note-taking sheets, and grading rubric have been provided.

Again, these exercises are used to promote PBL strategies, and will pay off when students are asked to put all of their knowledge to good use. I hope you enjoy! Please let me know if you have any questions or comments, or if there's anything else I can do.