Halliburton Happenings

January 8, 2015

Goal for the Week: Preparing for Tech Night

LEAD 2021: VI. Technology Strategy: We will integrate technology, including student mobile wireless computing devices, into every aspect of the student academic experience to accomplish the GCISD mission and strategic objectives. & IV. Communication Strategy: We will create a plan that customizes communication methods and messages for students, parents, teachers, administration, and community to communicate and support the GCISD mission and strategic objectives.

On Thursday, January 21after the 6:30 p.m. our parents have been invite to your classrooms to learn about technology being used in your classrooms. Before parents are dismissed to your room, they will receive a short presentation on the district philosophy on technology usage in the classroom. The purpose of this short event is to share with parents the WHAT we are using, the process for using it. This night is not to share student work or products (open house is March 3). Please work with your teams to decide how you want to share technology with your parents. If you have any questions, please visit with Jamie, Tonya, or Lisa.

Thank you for taking time out to share the great tools you are using in your classroom with parents!

Remember to... Check this list, check it twice!

  • Mark your calendar for teacher TELPAS training on Monday, February 1.
  • Apply for summer school if you are interested.
  • If you are interested in teaching summer enrichment, contact Cindy Pearson.
  • Host student goal review and update conversations as for students to reflect on progress and adjust and redefine as necessary
  • Order your Go Red Shirt http://districtgored.kintera.org/GCISDBransfordElementary
  • Order your yearbook, if interested. Don't forget to use the discount code!


  • Excited to have Dolores on our campus for the semester! Welcome back Dolores!

  • Great job earning 100% on the Energy Shut Down Check List! Thank you for the extra effort in saving energy!

  • Fabulous fire drill for January! Thank you for putting safety first and practicing safety protocols!

  • So glad Abbey is on the road to recovery!

  • Thank you first and fifth grades for promoting a love of reading through reading buddies!

  • Thank you to each of you for your input on our CIP!!! Your perspective is truly appreciated!

Student Voice Pilot Group

For those interested in joining the Student Voice Pilot Group, Dr. Newell is hosting a 1 hour catch-up session on January 14 from 4:15-5:15 in Mustang at PDEC. The purpose of the session is to learn how the project started, what it's about, and how you can jump into the group.

Essentially, participating involves teachers doing just three things:

1. Asking students what they think

2. Reading students' responses and using this info to improve the classroom

3. Meeting with a campus administrator at least once during the year to share what they are learning from students' voices and how that is impacting their classroom

Teachers can survey as often or seldom as they wish, and they can design their own surveys (a bank of questions is available to pick from if you wish).

Christine and Dolores are both participating in the pilot year. Please let Jamie know if you are interested in participating as well.


  • DFW Science Mini-CAST Saturday, February 20th in Frisco ISD: Mini-CAST is a mini-conference which takes place during the course of one day in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. It is a one-day version of the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching. This year, the conference is being held in Frisco on Saturday, February 20, 2016. Presentations are related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and is attended by science teachers, administrators, supervisors, and vendors. Information on the conference

    In order to register TWO forms must be completed online:

    Form to request payment from GCISD

    Form to register with event organizers - Select the $25 option and the pay with check option

    BOTH forms must be completed by the end of the day, Friday January 29th in order to have time to process a check and payment by the registration deadline.

  • 2014-2015 School Report Card (SRC) from TEA: The purpose of the SRC is to inform parents and guardians about each school's individual characteristics such as student enrollment, class size averages, and financial expenditures, as well as, student performance on the STAAR. More information about School Report Cards can be found on the TEA website at http://tea.texas.gov/perfreport/src/index.html/. GCISD School Report Cards are posted on our website along with Accountability Summaries and Texas Academic Performance Reports at http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/42024.

  • Here is the January edition of "Math Message" https://www.smore.com/bsjkp

  • January is School Board Appreciation Month. This year's theme is "Super Heroes for Schools". We will recognize our board members the end of January. More information to come.

  • Nutrition Services Wellness policy update: January 2016: Happy New Year from Nutrition Services! Our School Wellness Policy for the 2015-2016 school year has been updated to reflect changes regarding guidelines for school fundraisers. Please see attachments for these changes. The entire policy with highlighted changes is also attached.

Take Note Student Business

Take Note is Now taking orders!

Order now for Valentines Day!

Valentines will be here before you know it so be prepared by ordering you sweetheart a personalized Note Pad made by your GCISD students! We will have them printed, packaged and delivered to you before that special day! To order go to www.gcisd-k12.org/page/38020

Don’t wait!! Order now!!

Take Note is a business run by the GCISD Transition Class and the CHHS/GHS Special Education Departments. We create personalized Note pads and sell them for $2.50 each. Each pad contains 50 sheets and are made when you order them. Go to our website and see an example of our work or create your own design! It’s a great gift for any occasion-Valentines, birthdays, graduation and end of the year gifts.

If you have any questions, please contact Debra Tridico @ 817.251.5246 or at debra.tridico@gcisd.net

Week at a Glance

What's going on around BES this week?


Marvelous Day of Learning!


Grade-Level PLCs in Lisa's Room

Vertical Teams 3:10 p.m. in the Library


First Day of Fitness Force! If you are planning on participating in Fitness Force for your Work Out Wednesday, please enjoy wearing warm ups/sweat pants.


Spelling Bee 8:15 a.m.


Spirit Day

Where in the World...

My goal is to keep you abreast of my intended calendar to the best of my ability. Here's a two week preview.

1/11: Grant Review Committee Meeting a.m.

1/12: BES :)

1/13: Principal Meeting

1/14: BES Spelling Bee 8:15 a.m.

1/15: BES :)

1/18: Student and Staff Holiday

1/19: BES :)

1/20: Principal Meting

1/21: BES :) PTA 6:30 p.m., Tech Night Following

1/22: BES :)