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E-Newsletter for BISD Families ~ January 27, 2023

ICYMI: BISD Board of Trustees calls May 6 bond and school board election

The Bastrop ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted Tuesday, January 17 to call a bond election for May 6, 2023. The $321,500,000 bond proposal will have no tax rate increase.

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Your child can help design the next "I Voted" stickers for Bastrop County!

The Bastrop County Elections Department announces the county's first “I Voted” and “Future Voter” design contest. The winning designs will be used as the official stickers for voters to wear proudly after they've voted. The contest is open to all Bastrop County K-12 students, and the deadline to submit a design is Friday, February 10, 2023 at 5pm. Judging will be based on theme, uniqueness of the design, and artistry. All submissions must be sent to For more information, visit the elections website at or contact the Bastrop County Elections Office.

Warn Central Texas

The Capital Area Council of Governments and its partners are pleased to offer an emergency notification system to residents of Central Texas. Registering with WarnCentralTexas allows local officials to contact their communities by phone, email and text during times of disasters or public safety events. Sign up to receive alerts here.

Social Emotional Learning

What are students learning?

Elementary students have finished their lessons about empathy and will be learning about emotion management. Intermediate and Middle School students will continue learning about ways to control thoughts and emotions while making good decisions. High School students will start looking at how to promote positive well-being. Families looking to engage their students around these topics can ask questions like:

- What are you learning during SEL time this week?

- What is one way you can demonstrate empathy to someone having a rough day?

- What are some things you value? How do your values inform your decision making?

Student SEL surveys are launching soon!

Building social emotional skills is important for students and adults as we learn to develop confidence, build relationships, and be successful. To that end, students and teachers are participating in exercises to better understand key concepts of social emotional learning and reflect on how they perceive these concepts in themselves.

Between January 31 and February 17, students in grades 3-12 will complete an online survey at school that will ask them to reflect on skills such as grit, growth mindset, self-efficacy, self-management, sense of belonging, school safety, and teacher-student relationship. We will use their confidential responses as valuable insight into their experience at school and how we can improve and adapt to better meet their needs.

We are partnering with Panorama Education to support us in administering these surveys.

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Thank you to our School Board Members for going above and beyond for our students, staff and community. This month, we have celebrated their dedication to our district and the countless hours they have contributed to making our schools a great place to learn and grow.
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Volunteers Wanted

Interested in working for BISD, SSC, Aramark or GST?

Bastrop ISD and its three partners (Aramark, SSC and GoldStar Transit) are HIRING! Come join a team of dedicated individuals in a career that meets your job skills and interests. Visit each company to see current opportunities at Bastrop ISD, SSC, Aramark, and GoldStar Transit.

Coming Up!

BISD PATHS Education Program & Field Trips

The mission of the BISD PATHS program is to ensure that all students have access to programs, resources and support that help create PATHS towards their academic success. This spring, there are multiple programs and field trips planned. To view the flyer, click here.

To learn more about the program, contact Norma Mercado, Family and Social Services Coordinator at or 512-772-7133.

ACE Nachos & Numbers

Are we ready to develop some math skills? Join the ACE after-school program for their Nachos & Numbers Math Night happening at each elementary campus from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. See the schedule below.

Emile Elementary on Thursday, February 16th

Mina Elementary on Monday, February 27th

Lost Pines Elementary on Thursday, March 9th

Red Rock Elementary on Thursday, March 23rd

Cedar Creek Elementary on Thursday, March 30th

Bluebonnet Elementary TBD

P-TECH Information Sessions for Incoming 9th Graders

Do you still have questions about BISD's new early college program? Attend one of the four upcoming P-TECH information sessions for incoming 9th graders and their parents/guardians.

More information available on the flyer.

VolleyStars Registration Now Open!

Calling fifth and sixth grade girls that want to play volleyball. This exciting league focuses on learning the skills needed to be successful at volleyball while playing games each week.

Check out the flyer for more information.

To register, visit under Community Education.

Monthly Autism Support Training

Join Bastrop ISD and McDade ISD Autism Support Teams in collaboration with STAR® for monthly training sessions. All sessions are free of charge and will be held virtually from 6-7:30 pm.

Click here to learn more about the monthly trainings or visit

January: School Board Appreciation Month

February 10 & 13: Staff Development Day & Student Holiday

February 21: Bastrop ISD Board of Trustees Meeting, 5:30 pm, PAC

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