Thursday, December 14, 2017

Weekly Communication from Central Office - 12/14

Wink’s Weekly Words

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We are so proud of the BRES and BRMS UIL Teams for making BR History last week.  The BRES Team jumped from 3rd place last year to win its FIRST EVER DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP.  The  BRMS team nearly doubled its 425 point total from last year to earn 820 points this year to take 2nd place.  We are so proud of our coaches and students for doing such an amazing job.  UIL Academics is how we push our students to a level of excellence far beyond the classroom, and I sincerely appreciate everyone’s hard work to put our district on the map in this area.

We hope you are enjoying the 12 Days of Christmas.  We have a few more prizes coming your way.  Don’t forget that we will have lunch for you on Wednesday, December 20 and some great prizes.  I sincerely appreciate all that you do.

Staff Lunch on December 20: Frito Pie, Potato Soup, Hot Dogs, Nachos, Chips & Dips. Lunch will be at Central Office. Come and go as your schedule allows.

Amy’s Announcements


We had a great kick-off week for Teach Like a Pineapple! I heard so many staff members talk about their visits, saying they are ready to go again! Until we have more structured days of visits, remember that you can go any time your schedule permits - even during your conference, if you wish. Principals will be glad to have discussions with you on classrooms to visit that will match your learning goals.
Remember to tweet out your learning from your visit and tag me (@amyhopkins) OR you can send me an email with the learning that took place.
Either will enter you into drawings that will take place on FRIDAY.

Just a sampling of the PRIZES!

MANY THANKS to the Pineapple Patrol for helping me hand out Pineapple treats on Tuesday and Wednesday. I appreciate everything you do in service to the district!

Winners Announced!!!

Central Office Decorating Winners:
  • Individual Display:
    • Kelly Hallford 1st Place - $20
    • Angie Lillard 2nd Place -  $10
  • Class Group or Club with 4 or more participants
    • Micki Smith Middle School Class - they win a Pizza Party!
All participants....individuals and group numbers will get an ice cream certificate in January to use in cafeteria. THANKS TO ALL who participated!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest
We had wonderful UGLY sweaters on Wednesday. Here are campus winners!
  • Elementary: Amanda Nichol (not pictured - sorry Amanda)
  • Middle: Renee Murphy
  • High: Kevin Wiggins

** Accommodation Resources -
** FA Instructions -

Professional Learning

  • December classes are listed in Eduphoria and HERE  -
    • Make sure you sign up and complete the survey to receive credit.

Staff Shoutout

So many of our teachers are embracing the “Teach Like a Pineapple” mentality of welcoming other teachers into their classrooms to learn and share. Thank you, Mrs. Bohannon, for creating this awesome sign that you posted outside your door! LOVE IT!

Media Center

The official Media Center hours at 7:00 - 4:00. Typically, many of us are here after that time. If you know you have needs after that time, give us a call and we will assist with your needs.  

Technology Announcements

** I NEED A DEVICE over Christmas - fill out this form by Friday, December 15th -
We may not have enough inventory for all staff to receive a device, so they will be issued, first come-first served.
** Document outlining collection of Chromebooks for repair HERE -

Special Programs Announcements