Hawk Talk

Volume 2, Issue 21 Week of February 15-19

Important this Week!

  • Presidents' Day/Student Holiday
  • Professional Development/Jeans are appropriate attire
  • Afternoon at Hajek beginning at 12:30
  • Box Top Party at 2 p.m.
  • Middle School of Choice Presentations from 6-8 at Centennial High School
  • AFL Cohort 5 out (Atkinson, Brentz, Ply, McElroy out)
  • Faculty Meeting 3:20
  • Happy Birthday, Ashley Yarbrough!
  • Jana out for AP Meeting in the morning.


  • Iwo Jima Day and in accordance with SB 961 we will honor the memory of the heroic and courageous men and women of the armed forces who participated in the successful capture of the island.

    Here are some links for resources and lesson ideas: The Six Flag Raisers, Stars and Stripes, Forgotten Valor, WWII database

  • Kinder Team Time

  • Jump Rope for Heart

  • End of 6 weeks

  • 8-11 Second opportunity for TELPAS Calibration Raters

Professional Development Updates for February 15th

Feb. 15 Professional Learning Change: The two Sheltered Instruction classes have been adjusted to better accommodate our teachers. Both will be at Centennial High School: “A” for K-3rd will meet in Seminar C and “B” for 4th-8th will meet in Seminar E.

Elementary Curriculum TEA Survey:


Please take an opportunity to participate in the following survey. Your voice is important.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) at The University of Texas at Austin are conducting a survey to learn more about teachers’ perspectives on the literacy development of all learners and preferences for professional development. The information gathered will guide development of training modules and classroom resources designed to assist teachers in the transition from state assessments based on modified standards to the general state assessment, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®). More information on this initiative is available at

Targeting the 2 Percent.

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:


Learning Department Documents and Resources

The new Learning Department Links page (bit.ly/BISDLDL) is your one-stop-shopping location for the most important Learning Department resources. These include Pacing Guides, District Testing Windows, Lead4ward Field Guides, Released STAAR Tests, TEA’s Supporting Information Documents, and more.

Parent Interest Survey

As elementary schools are the topic of this parent interest survey, and many of you are BISD parents, please take the time to address the survey. Not seeing a choice that interests you? Feel free to add your thoughts to the comments section.

Please encourage parents to take the time to submit feedback, which will help the district determine future elementary education opportunities for students.

Budget Deadlines-Please be Aware

March 2nd - cutoff for technology quotes

March 11th - General Fund cutoff. No cutoff for activity funds. No PA's out of 199 after

March 11th. If you have a PA, you will need to use activity.

March 28th - Last budget amendment. If you have a general fund PO pending the last budget amendment on March 28th, then that general fund PO will be the exception to the March 11th date. However, the budget amendment must be in Skyward before March 11th.

First National Bank Coloring Contest

Elementary schools will receive artwork for this year’s contest on February 26. Contest winners in three different age groups will be awarded prizes, savings accounts and/or certificates. The elementary school with the highest participation percentage will receive a $400 donation, the second place school receives $200 and the school with the most improved percentage of participation will be given $200.
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