Bransford Blast

January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! As we enter the new year, a clean slate, a fresh start, it is a great time to refocus our goals. Through LEAD 2021 our Texans create goals, make plans on how to reach their goals, and track their progress on the goals. As a campus, the new semester gives us an opportunity to check our progress on our goals and revise our plans to meat and exceed the goals.


As a campus, we will continue to work toward accomplishing our Campus Improvement Plan goals (click here to see CIP). The goals are analyzed quarterly with CEC reviewing progress in November. Bransford learning leaders will spend part of monthly meeting in January reviewing progress toward our campus goals.


My personal goals for myself and our campus include:

  • Creating a positive welcoming environment for our students and staff where risk taking is encouraged and embraced.
  • Using the Units of Study in each grade level to create a systematic approach to writing. To foster this goal, each humanities teacher will be receiving their very own Units of Study for Teaching Writing (thank you BES PTA). Additionally, we have a representative from the Teacher's College in New York coming for our February professional learning day.
  • Taking time to build relationships with staff, students, and families. We enjoyed having some many families on campus for our holiday celebrations, Peter Pan production, and assisting with our holiday shop. Looking forward to many more events for our families to come to BES this semester, starting with our Talent Show in January (see below for details).
  • Celebrating the GCISD reading challenge with our students and staff. Continue logging your books! We've had many Texans already exceed their reading goals. Looking forward to seeing our readers continue to excel in 2017!
  • Develop students who are skilled problem solvers, collaborative workers, effective communicators, global communicators, and self-regulated learners. We have enjoyed recognizing these traits in our Texans monthly and will continue the recognitions in the second semester.


If you have any thoughts about the goals above or in our CIP or additional goals, please let me know.


Looking forward to a FABULOUS second semester as we continue to build an excellent school together!

Big image

Bransford Goes Broadway! Talent Show

Friday, January 27, 6:30 p.m.


It is time to showcase Bransford’s AMAZING talent at the BES Annual Talent Show! Tryouts will be held on Tuesday, January 10 and Wednesday, January 11 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. A mandatory dress rehearsal will be held on Tuesday, January 24 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Participants MUST be able to attend one tryout session and the dress rehearsal.


*** All communications regarding the talent show will be electronic this year! Please fill out the sign up form no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 4.


Please remember:

· Performances cannot be more than 2 minutes

· Costumes must adhere to the school dress code

· Signing acts - No lip-sync acts will be allowed. Karaoke music must be provided electronically by January 17.

· Limit of 1 act per child (excluding 5th grade finale)


Contact Judy Carter at 214-566-2944 or judy.carter@bnsf.com and Tammy Middleton at 214-868-9377 or tamara.middleton@bnsf.com if you have any questions or would like to volunteer.

Big image

Bistro Height Tables

WANTED bistro height tables for students to use to stand and collaborate around. If you have a standing height table you are wanting to donate, please considering donating it to Bransford. No chairs needed! Thank you in advance for considering!
Big image

B.E.S.T. PTA

Dates to Know

Student Calendar

  • January 2: Student holiday
  • January 3: Welcome back students! Start of the third nine weeks!
  • January 10 & 11: Talent Show Tryouts
  • January 16: Staff and student holiday
  • January 17: Zoe's Spirit Night
  • January 17 -19: Benchmark Testing grades 3, 4, and 5
  • January 19: PTA General Meeting 1:00 p.m.
  • January 23: CEC 3:15 p.m.
  • January 27: Talent Show
  • February 9: Student-led conferences,11:45 a.m. release