Halliburton Happenings

February 6, 2015

Staff Voice

Employee Satisfaction Survey on Monday, February 8!

Thank you in advance for taking time out to share your thoughts on the employee survey. The survey is used to help us grow as a campus. Looking forward to reviewing the results and using them as we create our goals for the remainder of the semester and next school year.

The link will be live on the Bransford school website from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, February 8.

To take the survey, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to any computer and sign in to the campus website.
  2. Go to the Departments and Programs tab and select Library.
  3. On the library webpage, there will be a link to the 2016 Employee Satisfaction Survey.
  4. Click on the link, answer the questions and close the tab. This year there are two questions with open-ended responses. This is new and will allow for additional information to be provided.

The survey is absolutely anonymous. If you feel that by signing in, you are being tracked or are losing the confidentiality, please ask Sterling to log in or you. We are not able to see what log in is used. Employees need to log in as this is the only way to prevent non-employees from accessing the survey.

Our goal is to have 100% of our staff take the survey. Please see Denise once you have taken your survey for a well deserved treat!


  • We raised $831.60 at Kendra Scott Night! Thank you to each of you who promoted, attended, and/or shopped!

  • Thank you 1st grade for decorating the landing with FABULOUS 100 day projects!

  • 100% of the staff at school on Friday!

  • Thank you Rebecca for organizing Go Red day!

  • Thank you Al for serving as the voice for the teachers on the PTA executive board!

  • PTA exec board approved ALL grants submitted! Thank you to each of you who took the time to submit grants this month!


Over the next two weeks, we will have several visitors in the building.

  • Technology on Monday, 2/8: Visitors from the technology department will be observing in classrooms. There is nothing to prepare for this visit. They are just visiting campuses to gathering information on technology usage.
  • Play It Safe on Wednesday, 2/10: Play It Safe will be coming during specials. Thank you specials teachers for serving as the staff representative during these visits. Teachers you still have your regularly scheduled conference time.
  • Instructional Rounds on Wednesday,2/10: Principal, district administrators, and possibly some school board members will be visiting our campus on Wednesday morning. Click here for the schedule. Looking forward to the feedback from these visits.
  • Valentine's Parties on Friday, 2/12: The building will be filled with love and family members to help us celebrate cupid's favorite day. Please make sure each guest who visits your room has a visitor's pass.
  • Writer's Workshop on Monday, 2/15: Along with having Trent here to guide us through Writer's Workshop, we will have staff members from CES, TES, CAN, DES, and OCT. If you are unsure of where you are suppose to be on this day, please see Jamie or Tonya.
  • Labsites on Wednesday, 2/17: Trent and Alyssa will be visiting classrooms to conduct model lessons with one class per grade-level. The visit will include a pre-conference, labsite lesson, and post conference.
  • Parents on Wednesday & Thursday, 2/17 & 2/18: The building will be filled with family members learning about the progress and goals of their students. Please let Jamie and Tonya know the times you are planning conferences so we can make arrangements for the front door to be accessible. Click here for the schedule.


  • Rachel's Challenge: Mark the date for the Rachel's Challenge 5K and rally. Please see the attached flyer for more information about the race and rally. Click here to purchase a Rachel's Challenge t-shirt (same blue shirt from as last year).

  • Schedule change on Friday, February 19th. The 5th graders will be taking a field trip to CMS from 9:00-11:30. Because this is Sock Hop Day 5th grade is going to switch specials time with 4th grade so they can be judged in the costume contest.

  • Genius Hour: If you give people time for creativity, discovery, learning, and a say in the culture of their environment, you create an opportunity for empowerment and growth of the individual and the organization. The business world has adopted this concept; how can you do this in your classroom? Join us and find out how to allow students to develop their own inquiry question about what they passionate about and want to explore, learn, and/or create. Flipped model with two hour pre-session activity and two 4:15-6:15 PM (Feb. 8 and Feb 17) after-school sessions to equal a 6 hour GT update. Sign up for this session on Eduphoria.

  • Valor: Applications for Valor will be coming out Monday, February 8. The Vanguard Association of Learning, Observation, and Reflection is a group of innovative, growth-minded teachers striving to reach new heights as educators as they work collaboratively to advance the achievement of their students through observation, reflection and scholarship. For more information on Valor, please visit the Valor website.

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

  • Please let Jamie know if you have any blank composition notebooks in your room. Thank you in advance for checking!
  • Save the date for The GCISD Innovative Teaching with Technology Conference - June 14: Rather than EdCamp this year, the instructional technology team is hosting a true conference for GCISD teachers. George Couros will be the keynote speaker. GCISD teachers and instructional coaches will lead breakout sessions. Eduphoria registration, Call for Presenters, and more information about George Couros may be found here: https://goo.gl/ZwmpyD .
  • Register to vote! (see above)
  • Turn in your order form for the Sock Hop and In and Out Burger! Please remind your families to do the same in your weekly newsletter. Thank you!
  • Visit with Raschel about National Read Aloud Day. (see below)
  • Staff Survey: Monday is the annual staff survey. Please mark out time in your schedule now to participate in the survey. The survey link for BES will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 100% of BES staff will participate in the survey.

Invitation for a Community Conversation

State Board of Education representative, Pat Hardy would like to invite you and your staff to join her along with other SBOE members, Donna Bahorich, SBOE Chair, Ericka Beltran, and Tincy Miller on February 16, 2016 at the Region 11 Education Service Center from 6-8 p.m. to attend a community conversation on the next generation of assessments and accountability. The community dialogue will include parents, business leaders, educators, and students. The information gathered will be shared with the recently appointed state committee called The Next Generation of Assessments and Accountability. To register for this event, click here.
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National Read Aloud Day

Wednesday, Feb. 24 is National Read Aloud Day. There are a variety of activities to help your class participate, if you so choose. More information can be found here:


If several of you would like to participate, Raschel will be happy to register our campus, instead of individual teachers . There are several authors who are willing to Skype with classes for free if you would like to do that. Here is the link to the list.


Dr. Newell has offered to organize some school leaders to come do some read alouds if you're interested.

Let Raschel know if you would like to participate and how I can help you!


February 9: Math RtI

February 16: Implementation goals from February 15 learning

February 23: Tech PLC

Science Safari

Mark your calendars for Science Safari on March 11th. Thank you third grade for sharing your PTA field trip!

5th Grade 8:30 a.m. to 9:10 a.m.

Kinder 9:15 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.

2nd Grade 10:00 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.

4th Grade 10:45 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.

Lunch break from 11:25 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

1st Grade 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. .

3rd Grade 12:55 p.m. to 1:35 p.m.

Week at a Glance

What's going on around BES this week?


Staff Survey

Technology Classroom Visits


PLCs: Math RtI

3rd Grade Reading Benchmark

Vertical Teams at 3:10 p.m in the Learning Commons


Campus Instructional Rounds

Play it Safe


4th Grade Writing Benchmark

National White Shirt Day: Wear a white shirt with jeans!


Happy Birthday Jan!

Valentine's Day Parties

Jump Rope for Heart

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.

2/8: BES :)

2/9: BES :)

2/10: Campus Instructional Rounds

2/11: BES :)

2/12: Jump Rope for Heart! Valentine's Day Parties!

2/15: BES & CES Professional Learning

2/16: BES :)

2/17: Trent & Alyssa Labsite Visits, BES Chipolte Spirit Night

2/18: BES :)

2/19: BES :)