Thursday, March 1, 2018

Weekly Communication: 3/5 - 3/9

Central Office Weekly Communication

Wink’s Weekly Words

Click here to read my Blue Ridge community blog

Pushing to Spring Break and Gearing up for the 4th Quarter
The last week of the 3rd quarter is coming up.  Let’s push our kids to work hard all the
way into Spring Break.  

Additionally, reflect on your procedures, relationships for learning and engagement
structures to determine what adjustments you can make to start the 4th quarter on March 19
with a strong start.

Your Vote = Your Voice
Election day is Tuesday, March 6.  

BRISD Boxed Food Drive
Please do what you can to promote the Boxed Food Drive.  The winning grade gets an ice cream
party after Spring Break.

Curriculum Announcements

As a reminder, we have established interim points of contact while we begin the search
for a Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment and a Director for Instructional
Technology.  They are the following:
  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment - John Wink
  • District Test Coordinator for STAAR & FA tests - John Wink and Matthew Todd
  • IMPACT Team - John Wink and Phillip Lentz
  • College and Career - John Wink
  • Technology Leadership - Melissa Stiney and Katie Pelzel (See this LINK for more info)
  • MAP Testing - Matthew Todd
  • Writing Pilot - Rene Sawatsky

TESTING Announcements
REQUIRED TRAINING - All teachers and paraprofessionals must attend Test Administrator
Training on Tuesday, March 27.  Your counselors will give you more information.

Test Administrator Modules (CLICK HERE)  must be viewed and certificates must be
printed off and turned into your counselor prior to Test Administrator Training on
Tuesday, March 27 from 3:45 - 4:45.  Your counselor may give you more specifics.

SCREENCASTS - Remember that your name and date must be typed on the certificates
before printing.  If you need more clarification, please view the following two videos:

Professional Learning

May 30-31
REMINDER - We’re having training on May 30-31. This will help you get 2 of the
5 flex days for 18-19 knocked out right at the beginning summer!
* May 30 - Vertical teams
* Alignment of 8-12 essential standards
* R10 content experts will be here
* May 31 - Rigor and Mastery Training
* If you’re PLP focuses on differentiation, questioning strategies, extensions,
interventions, etc. -  THIS DAY IS FOR YOU. Region 10 will be here to lead
these break-out sessions!
If you can’t make these training days due to vacation plans, you must inform
your principal immediately.

REMINDER - Content on Walls for Testing
Some of you were asking if an anchor chart with just a strategy can be left on your
walls during testing. I called R10 and got this verified.
Anything that would be given to students as a Supplemental Aid CANNOT be on
the wall for the general student. Below are screenshots of supplemental aids that
can be provided to certain students as supplemental aids. THEY CANNOT BE ON
THE WALL DURING TESTING. Here’s a link to these graphics on Lead4Ward -

Allowable Accommodations
Are you logging the accommodations you are using with students? Links to spreadsheets

Peer Coaching

The IMPACT team will have peer coaching sessions during the week of March 26, 2018.  
Stay tuned for more details.

Staff Shoutout

Thank you to the following people who volunteered to help out with our track meets
this week.
  • Charlotte Todd,
  • Jennifer Stroup,
  • Renee Murphy,
  • BRISD Board Member Phillip Pulliam

Technology Announcements

Melissa Stiney and Katie Pelzel are looking forward to assisting everyone in their
technology needs throughout the remainder of the school year. Please remember
to use Eduphoria for all device requests or to report device issues.

STAAR Online Testing: Eduardo has pushed the STAAR software out to all teacher
computers. In order to be able to see this software, you’ll need to restart your computer.
The icon looks like this:

Special Programs Announcements

Blue Ridge ISD Dyslexia on FB -

Business Office Announcements

Texas maximum mileage reimbursement rate for travel occurring on or after January
1, 2018 is 54.5 cents per mile.  Please use this rate from this point forward on any
mileage reimbursements.


Please join the on site health screening for all employees Wednesday, March 21,

sponsored by the Hunt Regional Lab Solutions. Blood tests being offered are:

Complete Metabolic Panel, Lipid Panel,Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, Complete

Blood Count and Hemoglobin A-1C (screen for diabetes). Colon Cancer screen

kits are also available. Appointments begin at 6:45 A.M. and conclude by 8:00A.M.

TRS Aetna ActiveCare Select or ActiveCare Select Whole Health is NOT in network

for these screenings. All other TRS plan levels are no deductible/no co-pay NO


18 AND OVER. All employees and spouses who do  not have TRS health insurance

are also welcome to participate pending verification of coverage.

Prevention, early detection and education are keys to a healthy and productive life style!

Contact Nurse Helen Thompson for a pre-admission form and to set up an appointment time.