Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Discipline Resources from the 85th Legislative Session

The following student discipline resources, updated to reflect changes from the 85th Legislative Session, are now available on TASB’s website: ·         The text of Education Code Chapter 37, Subchapter A, which is updated by TASB Policy Service and must be provided to each teacher and administrator
·         The Chapter 37 Offenses and Consequences Chart, which is provided by TASB Legal Services to assist school officials in determining the appropriate disciplinary responses to student offenses committed both on and off campus

Monday, September 18, 2017

Weekly Communication from Central Office - 9/15

Wink’s Weekly Words

Homecoming is over, and now we set our sights on our 1st formative assessment (Week of 9/25 - 9/29).  We have 1 more week of instruction until we see where our students are and how effective our instruction matched their learning needs.  The formative assessments are at the rigor of STAAR, but is student work at that rigor?  Because it’s the beginning of the year, student work is more than likely not where you want it YET.  The ONLY way to get kids thinking at the depth and complexity of the standards is to demand that student work be at that same quality.  


Challenge - What are some strategies we can implement to get students working and producing products of their learning at the rigor of the standards we want them to master?  The quality of student work always leads to the quality of student results.


Watch this one minute video from John Maxwell on Stress



Mr. Wink’s Weekly Blog to the community.






Curriculum Announcements

  • This blog will continue to have MORE AND MORE information posted on it. Please use it as the first place you look for documents, dates, training resources, etc. It’s a work in progress - I’ll work on it as time allows...please provide feedback to me when you can’t find on it what you need. THANKS!
  • September Professional Learning has been posted here and in Eduphoria - https://goo.gl/n69HEz
    • As a reminder, here's a link to the BRISD Staff Development Plan, outlining levels of PD that can obtained this year - https://goo.gl/ti7fBv
    • We're also doing another Twitter Chat on September 25th.
    • After you attend a class, TO RECEIVE CREDIT, you have to do the survey. This will enable you to print a certificate in Eduphoria.

Business Office Announcements

  • Six Weeks Attendance checks will be issued on Tuesday, October 10th.
  • Food service balances may NOT exceed $75 for employees or employee’s children.  Please make sure you are keeping an eye on your account so this does not become an issue.  
  • Regarding student meals: General Operating will pay for approved student meals beyond District.  General Operating will not pay for any student meals for practice events.  Activity account funds may be used with prior approval and available funds.


Special Programs Announcements

Upcoming Events (next 3 weeks)



  • Fri, Sep 15 - Homecoming Game vs. Honey Grove at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat, Sep 16 - BRHS Homecoming Dance ($10 in advance / $12 at the door) from 8 pm to 12 pm at ES Cafeteria. (HS students only. Outside guests must be approved by HS principal)
  • Sat, Sep 16 - Cross Country at Princeton
  • Sat, Sep 16 - HS VB vs Wolfe City AWAY
  • Mon, Sep 18 - BRISD Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • Mon, Sep 18 - JH VB vs Wolfe City HOME
  • Mon, Sep 18 - MAP Math Testing Window
  • Tue, Sep 19 - HS VB vs Trenton HOME
  • Thu, Sep 21 - JH FB vs Quinlan Boles HOME
  • Fri, Sep 22 - HS VB vs Savoy AWAY
  • Fri, Sep 22 - HS FB vs Quinlan Boles AWAY
  • Sat, Sep 23 - JH VB Tournament at Blue Ridge
  • Sat, Sep 23 - Cross Country Meet at Trenton 8 a.m.
  • 9/25 - 9/29 - 1st Formative Assessments Given
  • Mon, Sep 25 - JH VB @ Trenton
  • Tue, Sep 26 - HS VS vs Bells HOME
  • Thu, Sep 28 - JH FB @ Collinsville
  • Fri, Sep 29 - End of 6 Weeks Grading Period (Eligibility Check)
  • Fri, Sep 29 - HS VB @ Roxton
  • Fri, Sep 29 - HS FB vs. Collinsville HOME
  • Sat, Sep 30 - Cross Country @ Farmersville
  • Mon, Oct 2 - School Holiday for Texas State Fair

Friday, September 8, 2017

Weekly Communication from Central Office - 9/8

Wink’s Weekly Words

Week 3 is in the books and Week 4 is coming up.  That means that the First 20 days are almost done.  That means that what kids have done everyday is now habit.  Do your students have productive habits?  Have they created habits of avoidance?  Do they instinctive jump into a new task give a groan once it is announced?  How well did you do at establishing your vision for excellence in the 1st 20 days?


As you go through next week, see what habits have formed with individual students especially those who struggle and evaluate where your lesson planning can meet struggling students head-on.  Assess your routines and procedures and determine where students need higher expectations or even accountability from you.  The 2nd 20 days can accelerate growth if we are brave enough and critical enough to find the opportunities for growth (aka weaknesses)

Homecoming is Here
Please join me celebrating Homecoming by “Painting the Town Green and White”.  You are invited to join me in decorating your door, your school, your home, your community Green and White.  We want to show the world how much we love BRISD.  I hope you will join me.


Mr. Wink’s Weekly Blog to the community.


Curriculum Announcements

  • MAP - Thanks for all of your cooperation in administering this assessment, which will give us good beginning of year data. A BIG THANKS for the MAP Coordinators for their leadership and organization - Ashley Elder, Mary Townsend and Stacey Raymer
  • Student Accounts on Programs - Thanks for your patience as we finish the process of creating all of the student accounts for different programs. It’s a very labor intensive process to get all it done. It takes all school districts WEEKS to get this accomplished, so we’re actually right on track.
  • This blog will continue to have MORE AND MORE information posted on it. Please use it as the first place you look for documents, dates, training resources, etc. It’s a work in progress - I’ll work on it as time allows...please provide feedback to me when you can’t find on it what you need. THANKS!
  • September Professional Learning has been posted here and in Eduphoria - https://goo.gl/n69HEz
    • As a reminder, here's a link to the BRISD Staff Development Plan, outlining levels of PD that can obtained this year - https://goo.gl/ti7fBv
    • We're also doing another Twitter Chat on September 25th.
    • After you attend a class, TO RECEIVE CREDIT, you have to do the survey. This will enable you to print a certificate in Eduphoria.

Technology Announcements

  • Reminder - Technology requests should always be placed in Eduphoria so Eduardo can prioritize his work based on when requests are received.
    • Please refrain from emailing him - we all know email gets crazy!
    • Also, please don't expect him to fix things as you see him - unless it's a true emergency. If you do have an technology emergency, let your principal know and he can contact Amy or Eduardo for immediate attention, if possible.
    • Thanks for your understanding as we manage the ever-growing technology tasks!

Upcoming Events (next 3 weeks)


  • Fri, Sep 8 - End of 1st 3 Week Grading Period
    • Formative Assessments Due
  • Sun, Sep 10 - PAINT THE TOWN GREEN for Homecoming Week
  • Fri, Sep 8 - HS VB vs Tom Bean HOME
  • Fri, Sep 8 - HS FB at Whitewright
  • Fri, Sep 8 - End of 1st 3 Week Grading Period
  • Sun, Sep 10 - PAINT THE TOWN GREEN for Homecoming Week
  • Mon, Sep 11 - JH VB at Dodd City
  • Tue, Sep 12 - HS VB at Dodd City
  • Thu, Sep 14 - JH FB at Honey Grove
  • Fri, Sep 15 - Homecoming & Parade at 1:30 p.m.
  • Fri, Sep 15 - Homecoming Game vs. Honey Grove at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat, Sep 16 - BRHS Homecoming Dance ($10 in advance / $12 at the door) from 8 pm to 12 pm at ES Cafeteria. (HS students only. Outside guests must be approved by HS principal)
  • Sat, Sep 16 - Cross Country at Princeton
  • Sat, Sep 16 - HS VB vs Wolfe City AWAY
  • Mon, Sep 18 - BRISD Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
  • Mon, Sep 18 - JH VB vs Wolfe City HOME
  • Tue, Sep 19 - HS VB vs Trenton HOME
  • Thu, Sep 21 - JH FB vs Quinlan Boles HOME
  • Fri, Sep 22 - HS VB vs Savoy AWAY
  • Fri, Sep 22 - HS FB vs Quinlan Boles AWAY
  • Sat, Sep 23 - JH VB Tournament at Blue Ridge
  • Sat, Sep 23 - Cross Country Meet at Trenton 8 a.m.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Weekly Communication from Central Office - 9/1

Wink’s Weekly Words
Week 2 is in the books, and I want to remind you about our focus on struggling kids.  It’s easy to work with kids who respond positively to us, but what about those who we struggle to connect with?  As we enter Week 1.3, I challenge you to reflect on your work with those students.  I came across this article by Bill Ferriter.  It’s definitely worth the read.

Don’t miss your opportunity to connect with struggling students this week.  It will take you farther than you know.


Hurricane Harvey Donations
Blue Ridge ISD has set up a checking account for donations to help support school districts affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Checks should be made out to Blue Ridge ISD with Hurricane listed in the Memo section.  There is not a way to donate online.  Checks can also be taken to Independent Bank- Farmersville.  If your campus or teachers receive any of these funds, please do not deposit them into any Activity Account.  Please send them up to Admin, Attention Amanda, and I will have them deposited into the correct checking account.  


Mr. Wink’s Weekly Blog to the community.

Curriculum Announcements
  • Be sure to subscribe to the iMPACT blog and also Mr. Wink’s blog. It wasn’t allowing staff to subscribe at one point, but it’s now fixed.
  • It was a great week of peer coaching visits. Thank you for welcoming your colleagues into your classrooms to see the wonderful things you’re doing with students. Their feedback was very positive and we’re excited for all of you to begin visiting each other’s classrooms and having discussions about ways to keep growing our kids. Teach Like a Pineapple posters will be given out soon, so you can post activities/lessons you want to share through a classroom visit. Be thinking!


Pineapple & Badges Posters.jpg


  • It’s time to build your 1st 6 weeks assessment. See my blog post from August 31st on guidelines, deadline, etc. - https://goo.gl/14v6Az
  • MAP Beginning of Year testing will take place in September. Your campus MAP Coordinator will be communicating with you about dates for giving tests and training.
    • MAP Tests will be given for:
      • Grades K-10: Reading
      • Grades K-10: Math
      • Grades 2-8, and 10: Science
    • Your MAP Coordinators are:
      • Elementary: Elder
      • Middle: Townsend
      • High: Raymer
    • As I’ve mentioned, MAP isn’t meant to create extra testing for our students. It gives us TEKS driven data which shows student growth OUTSIDE OF STAAR. We like that!
    • If you have questions or concerns, be sure to let me know.


Business Office Announcements


  • None

Special Programs Announcements

Upcoming Events (next 3 weeks)

  • Sat, Sep 2 - Green Saturdays - Student Led Event from 7-11 p.m. at BRHS Gym
  • Mon, Sep 4 - Labor Day Holiday: NO SCHOOL
  • Fri, Sep 8 - End of 1st 3 Week Grading Period
    • Formative Assessments Due
  • Sun, Sep 10 - PAINT THE TOWN GREEN for Homecoming Week
  • Fri, Sep 15 - Homecoming & Parade at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

1st 6 Weeks Formative Assessments - COMING SOON!





It's almost that time! Your 1st 6 Weeks Formative Assessment is due in Eduphoria Aware on September 8th. Remember that we're using the 6 Weeks YAG (Year at a Glance) this year, so your test will be built accordingly. 

We're adding adding MAP as one of our assessment instruments this year. We don't to overtest our students with this in mind, our aim is to make sure that our FAs focus on checking for understanding of the most important readiness standards in the material you will have covered in the first 6 weeks. 

Creating a Test in Eduphoria Aware

If your test cannot be built according to the guidelines below, speak with your campus principal, making sure there's adequate coverage of readiness standards questions combined with processing standards questions. 

BR Formative Assessments Guidelines



The TEKS Resource System creates test questions BY the UNIT that are pulled into Eduphoria. - basically "ready made" unit tests. If you would like to pull these unit questions into an Eduphoria test, see the instructions below. I'm available to help, if needed.

Building a TEKS Resource System Test in Eduphoria

After assessments are built and checked by your campus principal,

Friday, August 25, 2017

Weekly Communication from Central Office - 8/25


What a great first week!
It was great to see all of our students on the first day with smiles, ready to meet a new year! Our BR staff always does a great job in welcoming everyone, making the first day back a terrific one! This year was no different. Thank you, staff, for all you do.


I'll be making a post from Central Office EACH FRIDAY. Hopefully by communicating needed information in one place, it won't get lost through email. Please take time each weekend to read over this communication. 

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Central Office Weekly Communication


Wink’s Weekly Words

This week has been such a great start to the year.  I was very impressed with the way every campus and employee rolled out the “Green Carpet” for our kids.  You did such a great job building strong relationships and establishing student-led routines and procedures.  As we begin Week 1.2, please remember that the most critical skill is “what to do when you don’t know what to do”.  C4B4Me is a critical skill needed not only for the classroom, but for life.  I challenge you to do your best in motivating kids to Learn, Grow and Excel with C4B4Me.

Mr. Wink’s Weekly Blog to the community.

Curriculum Announcements

  • Here’s a link to all Handbooks on the school website (Student Handbook, Code of Conduct, Technology, Transportation and Academic)
  • We are implementing MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) this year. We want to see how our students are growing, not just through STAAR. MAP will provide that for us. They will be tested 3 times each year with the first window being in September. More information will follow soon.

  • Reminder -- please update your teacher website. Many still have old information from last year. Also, it’s important to list your way of parent/community communication - Google Classroom, Seesaw, blog, social media, etc.
  • 1st 6 Weeks FA - Due Friday, September 8
    • Here’s a link to the guidelines for making your test; https://goo.gl/4YZd6t,
    • If the structure of your test needs to be outside the parameters of the guidelines (fewer questions per standard, etc.) work closely with your principal or Peer Coach to design your test that will render quality data.
    • Access the 17-18 Testing Calendar here with all 1718 dates
    • See your building principal(s) or an iMPACT Team member for assistance.
  • The iMPACT Team will be posting their 'TEACH LIKE A PINEAPPLE CHARTS' early next week with class periods you can COME IN AND OBSERVE! Please feel WELCOME to go in, watch and provide feedback on the Google form link that you'll find on the Teach Like a Pineapple poster. We'll roll this out with everyone in September!

Business Office Announcements

  • Reminder that the mileage rate for reimbursement is $0.535.  Please use this rate even if it is listed incorrectly on the forms.  

Central Office Announcements

**NEW Teachers
If you need assistance with how to put absences in Aesop, please see your campus office staff.

Special Programs Announcements

Dyslexia - We’re excited to have Leslie Patterson as our new Dyslexia Coordinator
  • Here’s a link to her weekly Smore newsletter - https://goo.gl/m1jBTS
  • Here’s one of the videos she showed during her inservice training





Upcoming Events (next 3 weeks)

Sat, Sep 2 - Green Saturdays - Student Led Event from 7-11 p.m. at BRHS Gym

Mon, Sep 4 - Labor Day Holiday: NO SCHOOL

Fri, Sep 8 - End of 1st 3 Week Grading Period
Formative Assessments Due

Sun, Sep 10 - PAINT THE TOWN GREEN for Homecoming Week

Fri, Sep 15 - Homecoming & Parade at 1:30 p.m.


Homecoming Volunteers & Drivers

The fast approaching 2017-2018 school year will be starting soon with Homecoming just around the corner on September 15th.  A good old fashioned Homecoming Parade brings out the DIY gene in many.  As always someone will be deemed the designated driver of the 12-16 foot crepe paper masterpiece.  If you are anticipating participation with this event you will need to be approved as a BRISD volunteer and/or driver before September 1st.
Volunteer Only
  • Completed Volunteer Application with Front and Back copy of valid, government issued Photo ID submitted to BRISD Admin no later than Sept 1, 2017.
  • All volunteer applicants are subject to DPS Computerized Criminal History (CCH) verification.
Float Drivers
  • Completed Volunteer Application with Front and Back copy of valid State of Texas issued Driver’s License submitted to BRISD Admin no later than Sept 1, 2017
  • Copy of Proof of Liability Insurance
  • All potential drivers are subject to DPS Computerized Criminal History (CCH)  and Driving Record verification.
Trailer inspection location and dates to be announced.