BESTeam Tidbits

May 26, 2016

Last Week of School

Terrific Texan Staff,

Happy last week of school! It's hard to believe that we have only a couple of days left with our superb students and just another day with our spectacular staff. As we begin to wrap up the 2015-2016 school year and look towards the 2016-2017 school year, we have much to celebrate from the growth of our students to the growth of we have made as adult learners. The celebrations are endless! Please be thinking of the celebration you are most proud of from this school year. We will all be sharing during our Sweet Celebration Breakfast on Friday morning.

As we work through this busy week, please let Tonya, Lisa, Abbey, and I know how we can support you and your students. We appreciate all the work you do and know the next few days are action packed, emotion filled, and do not contain enough hours for all we want to accomplish. Thank you for having a heart for Bransford and for sharing your time and talents with your students, staff, and families.

Happy last week of school!

With much respect,



  • From Nancy C.: Mrs. Marino sure has some clever well-spoken soon-to-be-fourth graders. Thanks to Mrs. M and her gang for sharing their "me island" landforms project with me when I visited their classroom.
  • From Lauren: I visited Jan's room and her kids were making questions for an End of Year Kahoot! What a great use of formative assessment to make the end of year engaging and fun for students!
  • Thank you Shelly for printing off over 300 fast passes on Thursday! This is making it so much quicker for guests attending EOY celebrations to get in to the building.
  • Thank you to each of you for continuing to teach and be positive when you have your mind on all the stuff that needs to be done. I appreciate you being focused on the kids! Thank you!
  • Thank you to those of you who have shared your summer learning plans. This helps us as we are planning for August. If you have not yet completed your summer learning plans survey, check it out under to do...
  • Four day weekends for rest, relaxation, family time, and time to recharge our batteries!

To do...

  • BES Staff End of Year Information: Please take a few minutes to complete this form.
  • Summer Learning: Please complete this form to let us know what summer learning you will be enjoying.
  • PLP: Thank you for taking time to begin your PLP. Please see Jamie, Tonya, or Lisa for questions about campus and districts goals.
  • End of Year Checklist: Continue working on your EOY checklist.

Professional Learning Opportunities

  • GCISD: For a list of GCISD summer learning opportunities, click here.
  • Science: Each campus is encouraged to send one teacher per grade-level to Inquiry and one to CIE refreshers. Please click here for more information.
  • GCISD Innovative Teaching with Technology Conference: If you are attending the GCISD Innovative Teaching with Technology Conference on June 14, please let us know by placing your name on this list.
  • Math Book Study: As we grow in our capacity to serve GCISD students, we invite you to be a part of an exciting book study hosted by the GCISD math department!
  • Humanities Learning Opportunity: Check our the link for LOTS of learning opportunities.
  • GT Update for 2016-2017: June 21 GT 6 hour update featuring Ian Byrd. He will be presenting differentiation strategies and the training is close by at the PDEC.
  • GCISD Summer Learning Opportunities: Click here for a list of district offerings.
  • Summer 2016 Instructional Technology & PBL Learning Opportunities:


  • Click here for the moving schedule on Thursday.
  • Check out this week's Bransford Blast:
  • Yearbooks will be delivered to classrooms on Tuesday. There are a handful of yearbooks that will be for sale on Tuesday, $35 cash or check.

Summer Learning for Students

  • GCISD Summer Activities from Technology:
  • CK-12: Last year the CK-12 Foundation introduced the CK-12 Brainflex Summer Challenge. The challenge is a free program that students can use to keep their math and science skills sharp through the summer while also learning some new knowledge and gaining new skills. Students register for the program then track their skills review through the CK-12 Brainflex website. The CK-12 Summer Challenge is self-paced and students choose the subjects that they want to review.Applications for Education:Teachers can send invitations to students to participate in the CK-12 Summer Challenge. With those invitations teachers can include suggestions for subjects to review. CK-12 also provides a template for a letter to send home to parents with suggestions on subjects for their children to review over the summer. That letter could be sent to the parents of the students moving on from your classroom this summer or to the parents of the students you're expecting to see in the fall.
  • Xtra Math: Did you know that students can lose almost 3 months of grade-level equivalency in math over the summer?XtraMath can help! Our summer flyers encourage parents to have their kids use XtraMath over the long break. Sign in to your XtraMath teacher account on the web and click on Summer Flyers in the left column of the class report. Flyers are customized to each student, so ensure each student gets the correct flyer.What happens to my students' accounts after the school year ends? Each class in your XtraMath account has an expiration date, typically July 1. After that date the class is cleared out of your account to make room for next year's classes. (In your teacher account you can you can change the expiration date of a class that hasn't expired yet.) Students may continue to use their accounts after the expiration date as long as their account is associated with a parent account. The summer flyer instructs parents to create an associated parent account if they do not already have one via the “enrollment” process.
  • Istation:

    Did you know that you can use Istation throughout the summer months to combat Summer Slide?

    Istation believes a break from school needn’t be a break from learning. These printable brochures for teachers and parents explain how to access Istation at home. Think a video might work better to help inspire summer reading? Our Istation characters Justin Time and Paige Turner put together a short video about using Istation Home during the summer. Please share this video with students and their families: Watch Paige and Justin discuss Istation Home.

    We hope schools with subscriptions to Istation will encourage families to log in and keep learning all summer long!

    Please help your students start the summer months at the place that is right for them! Have them take the ISIP assessment at school in May, so that when they begin home use during the summer months they are placed correctly into the adaptive curriculum in Istation Home.

2016-2017 Information

Check here to keep apprised of events, information, and opportunities for next school year.

Click for the UPDATED MAP

Staffing Updates


Hendry, Romo, & Ryan


Harness, Hill, & Kaufmann


Engle, Gribbin, Hy, & Vise


Marino, Ritter, & Singletary


Chapman, Eccleston, & Kaufmann


Duke, Floyd, & Hockenbrough

At this time, we have the following openings:

  • One teaching position: This position is currently on hold as we are monitoring numbers of students returning. Stay tuned!
  • Learning liaison
  • Pre-K: Interviews will be held on June 6.

Dates to Know

Staff Calendar

Student Calendar

  • August 2: Enrollment completion
  • August 6: GCISD Back to School Fair
  • August 15: Welcome back staff!
  • August 16: Convocation at GHS
  • August 17: Workshop
  • August 18: Staff workday & meet the teacher
  • August 19: T-TESS in the morning & staff work time in the afternoon
  • August 22: First day of school!
  • August 26: Welcome back & Rachel's Challenge kick-off assembly 2:00 p.m.
  • September 2: Dad's Club Breakfast
  • September 5: Labor Day Holiday

Week at a Glance

What's going on around BES this week?


  • Happy Memorial Day!

  • Happy Birthday Nancy C.!


  • 5th grade softball game at 8:30 a.m.
  • 1st grade awards at 1:45 p.m.
  • Menchie's spirit afternoon starting at 4:00 p.m.


  • 5th grade awards at 8:30 a.m.
  • 3rd grade awards at 1:30 p.m.


  • Kinder awards at 8:30 a.m.
  • 11:45 a.m. dismissal
  • 2:00 p.m. volunteers arrive to assist with the movement of classrooms


  • 8:30 a.m. Sweet Celebration Staff Breakfast in the Learning Commons. Come with your appetite and ready to share your favorite celebration of the school year.
  • Staff checkout lists due today