Bransford Blast

February 5, 2017

Student Led Conferences

LEAD 2021 strategy two states: We will facilitate a process that carries out the development, implementation, and realization of a personal learning plan that includes goals within the areas of academics, campus activities, and workforce/community involvement for every student to accomplish the GCISD mission and strategic objectives. Action step 5: Student led parent conferences will be conducted three times a year, at the beginning, middle and end of each year, for the student to share goals and growth as well as data reflected on universal screeners with parents and teachers.

This Thursday our Texans will be released at 11:45 a.m. to allow time for student led conferences. Students have been working with their classroom teachers on academic, behavioral, and personal goals. These goals and plans on how to achieve the goals will be shared this week. Looking forward to seeing each of you with your Texans at student led conferences this week!

Helping our students set and communicate goals is another way we are building an excellent school together!

Thank you ExxonMobil!

This week Bransford received a check for $500 from McGraw Oil Co. as part of their ExxonMobil Education Alliance Grant. ExxonMobil is committed to supporting math and science programs in our schools though Educational Alliance. Since its inception, ExxonMobil’s Educational Alliance program has funded more than $27 million in ongoing support for education in science, technology, engineering and math programs at schools in need. We appreciate their support of our Texans!

Valentine Grams

Want to spread some Valentine's spirit to students and staff around BES? KC Club will help you send a note and a treat to anyone in the school. Valentine Grams will be for sale before and after school from Tuesday, February 7 through Monday, February 13. All Valentine Grams will be delivered on Tuesday, February 14. More information coming soon!

New Transfer Policy

On Monday, January 23, Trustees approved changes to local board policies that impact the GCISD student transfer process for residents and nonresidents. In previous years, families interested in applying for a transfer were admitted based on the order in which the application was received and if they met specific board criteria for the transfer.

Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, families that reside within GCISD boundaries or live in the cities of Colleyville and Grapevine but are zoned for another school district, may apply for the transfer lottery.

"By moving to a lottery system, we are making the process more equitable for families that wish to have their student transfer to another campus," said Deputy Superintendent Dr. Rick Westfall. "Our goal with this adjustment to the transfer process is to create a system that simplifies the process for our families and removes the ambiguity from the transfer process."

From March 20 - April 21, families may submit their transfer application for the lottery. While the district will accept all transfer applications, students will only be granted transfers to campuses and grade-levels that can accept more students without going over capacity. Decisions about capacity will be made later in the semester and throughout summer depending on student registration and enrollment projections. In order to apply for the lottery, the student requesting the transfer must meet the following criteria:

  • 90% rule regarding attendance
  • Behavior deemed to be in good standing
  • Grades in good standing
  • Transfer request not for athletic purposes

During the week of April 24, GCISD will livestream the lottery on the district website. There will be a delay in an official notification, but families can check their lottery number to see if it was pulled for a more efficient notification. Once a specific date and time for the lottery has been determined, that information will be shared on the district website and in the district's e-newsletter, The LEADer. It is important to note this lottery is separate from the special programs lottery for one of the district's special programs located at a designated campus.

Another benefit to the newly revised policies is that nonresident transfers no longer have to reapply every school year. Instead, both residents and nonresidents will only need to reapply when they are changing a level (i.e. from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school).

For more information about the GCISD transfer lottery, please visit the district website.

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Want to learn more about options for students to accelerate in math in GCISD? Watch this informative video!
GCISD Math Acceleration 2017

Art Contest

GCISD students of all ages are invited to create artwork illustrating the fun learning opportunities available through GCISD’s Summer Enrichment Program. This year’s theme is “Rockin' Through the Summer.” The winning artwork will serve as the cover design for the GCISD Summer Enrichment brochure, which will be posted on the website and provides information about registration and summer learning opportunities for students completing K-6th grades. Winning artwork will also be used to promote the Summer Enrichment Program through social media. The student who creates the winning entry will be recognized in the brochure and during a regular meeting of the GCISD Board of Trustees.

Art must be original and can be hand-drawn, painted, computer-designed or in any other medium. Judges will be looking for a design that is creative, appropriate and uses the “Rockin' Through the Summer” theme. Art should be on 8 ½” x 11” paper and submitted in color, but be able to be reproduced in black and white. Student's full name, school, grade and teacher's name should be on the BACK of the artwork. Please do not frame or mat entry to any size larger than 8 ½” x 11”. Our contest opened January 9, 2017, and the deadline for submitting the art is Friday, February 10th. Students should submit entries to their campus art teacher.

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100th Day of School

Our Texans celebrated the 100th day of school with projects, books, presentations, counting, and creating. See below for a few pictures from the day. More pictures can be found on the BES website, Twitter and Facebook.

We are looking forward to many more days of excellent learning and growing!

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Lone Star Leadership Academy

Academic Leadership Summer Camps for Outstanding 4th-8th graders: Outstanding students from across Texas meet in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/Galveston for a week of fun, learning, leadership development, and visits to unique and historically significant Texas destinations. Each day students explore notable Texas sites, learn about unique careers from professionals at sites visited, and develop their leadership abilities during leadership groups with their facilitators. All adult facilitators, one for every ten students, are Texas teachers. In addition to improving their leadership abilities, participants gain self-confidence and independence and develop new friendships with other high-achieving students from across the state. For more information or to request a camp application, visit or contact or 817-562-4957.
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Dates to Know

Student Calendar

  • February 9: Student-led conferences,11:45 a.m. release
  • February 13: Special programs expo (see above)
  • February 14: Jump Rope for Heart & Valentine's Parties
  • February 16: GCISD Kindness Day! Wear a Rachel's Challenge shirt.
  • February 20: Student Holiday/Staff Workday
  • February 21: Chop House Burger Spirit Night
  • February 22: Picture Day
  • March 13-17: Spring Break
  • March 21: Spring Creek BBQ Spirit Night
  • April 24: Pre-K and Kinder Registration 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Bistro Height Tables

WANTED bistro height tables for students to use to stand and collaborate around. If you have a standing height table you are wanting to donate, please considering donating it to Bransford. No chairs needed! Thank you in advance for considering!