BISD Family Connects

E-Newsletter for BISD Families ~ March 29, 2023

Bond 2023

In January, the BISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved calling for a bond referendum for $321,500,000 with NO INCREASE TO THE TAX RATE.

The proposal includes building two new elementary campuses and classroom expansion at Bastrop High School, Cedar Creek High School, Colorado River Collegiate Academy/Genesis High School and Mina Elementary. It also addresses safety and security at all campuses by adding additional cameras and devices. The bond would also build a facility to house the BISD Police Department, as well as maintenance and operations, groundskeeping and custodial operations. It allows for $30 million dollars to be used for major capital improvements across the District.

View the general flyer or visit for more information, including an educational presentation. Stay tuned to the district's social media as we continue to inform our parents and community members about the 2023 bond.

Early voting is April 24 through May 2. Election Day is May 6.

Not sure if you're registered to vote? Visit to find out or to register.

Bond 2021 Highlights

Construction projects made possible from the 2021 Bond are progressing nicely! Check out the pictures below to see some of that progress!

STEAM Fest - April 29

Bastrop ISD is excited to announce that STEAM Fest, supported by NFL Safety Justin Reid, will take place on April 29 at Cedar Creek High School. Watch a message from Reid about the event!

Two STEAM Challenges are open for students that want to participate. Students must register for the Challenge and attend at least one workshop provided by the Digital Learning department in order to participate.

Challenge 1: Justin Reid Challenge (Grades 5-12)

Challenge 2: Adobe Design Challenge (Open to All Students)

Registration Page for Both Challenges (Shows Workshop Times)

BES Student Earns Top Honors in Sticker Design Contest, Featured on KXAN

KXAN News interviewed Bluebonnet Elementary School second grader Kyla Coleman, who recently took the top honors in the Bastrop County Elections' "Future Voter" sticker design contest.

Congratulations Kyla on this wonderful accomplishment, and let's give a huge round of applause for all our students who participated in this fun initiative!

Read the KXAN story here.

High School Students Offered "Test Kitchen" Lines

FUN FACT! Cedar Creek and Bastrop high schools have a Test Kitchen completely separate from the normal serving and ordering lines that offers a unique food option not on the regular menu. The Test Kitchen offers a new meal each week ranging from Texas classics like carnitas and BBQ sandwiches to top ramen.

Aramark recently served Fish & Carnitas Tacos, Pulled Pork & Smoked Chicken BBQ sandwiches, and Spaghetti with Chicken Meatballs & Penne Pasta with Diced Chicken and Alfredo sauce (pictured below)

The goal of the Test Kitchen is to introduce students to new, exciting flavors and show them that eating healthy can be tasty!


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Social Emotional Learning

What are the students learning?

After Spring Break, students spent a few days reviewing campus-wide expectations. Starting this week, Elementary students began learning responsible decision-making and problem solving skills, while Intermediate and Middle School students took a deeper dive into managing relationships and social conflicts. High School students explored how to create habits and improve habits.

Families looking to engage their students around these topics can ask questions like:

  • What are you learning during SEL time this week?
  • What are some clues your body might give you when are having strong emotions?
  • What are some ways that strong emotions impact your ability to make decisions?
  • What are some ways you can be helpful at______ (home, school, community)?

Stay in the Know with Peachjar

In an effort to provide increased access to programs and resources from BISD and our community, we have partnered with Peachjar!

This platform enables us to send important school and community flyers to parents digitally, saving our schools time, money, and paper.

To ensure you don’t miss notifications, we suggest you add to your email contacts and click “always display images” when you receive your first email.

If you have any questions, contact Karen Trevino at 512-772-7174.

April Breakfast & Lunch Menus

Coming Up!

Register for Summer Hoopstars

Registration for Summer Hoopstars is now open! Practices start the last week of May and games will be held in June. Coaches are needed! Complete the mandatory volunteer form online at .

View the flyer in English and Spanish for more information and register online at

CS Day at Texas A&M

The Computer Science & Engineering Department of Texas A&M University is hosting a Computer Science (CS) Day on April 1, on the College Station campus to introduce students in 7th through 12th grades to opportunities in Computer Science. Students will engage in activities such as interacting with robots in a robot petting zoo and watching a demonstration of a Minecraft server. Students will also be able to talk to experts in various fields including artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

Check-in will begin at 9:30 am with informal hands-on demonstrations. Formal activities will begin at 10 am and the day will end around 4:30 pm. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

There will be presentations by undergraduate advisors for potential students and there will be informational tables for students to learn more about the department, campus resources, student organizations, and the application/admission process.

Registration for the event is open at View the flyer.

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.

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

Relay for Life

What can you do in the fight against cancer? Join the American Cancer Society for the Relay for Life on Saturday, May 6.

Details on the flyer.


Help Shape the Future of Your Community Parks

Share your perspective on how the City of Bastrop can improve the Bastrop park's system. Follow the QR code to complete the survey.

Bastrop County Cares - Early Childhood Coalition

The Early Childhood Coalition works to ensure all young children are safe, healthy, and ready for school. They are a group of providers, policymakers, government leaders, experts, parents, and philanthropists supported by Bastrop County Cares, which provide backbone support. Their common vision is that “ALL families in Bastrop County are connected to their community and providing a safe, healthy, and school–ready environment for their children.”

View the flyer.

Goodwill Fatherhood Works Program

Managing your career and your family responsibilities can be tough. Fatherhood Works provides tools to reach your financial goals and overall well-being for you and your family!

View more information in the flyer.

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.

April 3-7: Assistant Principal Appreciation Week

April 4: Librarian Appreciation Day

April 7: Staff & Student Holiday

April 10: Staff Development/Student Holiday

April 17-21: Volunteer Appreciation Week

April 24-28: After School Staff Appreciation Week

April 26: Administrative Professionals Appreciation Day

April 18: BISD Board of Trustees Meeting, 5:30 pm, PAC

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