Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Week of April 23 - 27

Wink’s Weekly Words

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I am excited to report that Melissa Stiney has been named our new Director of Instructional Technology.
As many of you know, Melissa has a proven record as an exemplary teacher, and for years she has been a model for
all of us to follow. She has been filling in the technology office a couple of hours per day for the past two
months, and when school ends, she will fill that role permanently. Please join me in congratulating Melissa
for moving into her new role.

Curriculum Announcements

Please remember to follow the Response to Assessment process after you pull your data from Eduphoria,
so that you can use this data to create targeted and specific plans to help all students reach their +10 goals.

Groupings for STAAR and EOC testing must be finalized by Wednesday, April 25th. Please see your campus counselor
with any suggested changes based on FA5 results prior to the 25th.

GRADEBOOK CHECK - Please make sure your gradebook is up to date this week.

Professional Learning

The Summer Professional Learning Plan process is beginning.  Here are the steps.
  1. CLICK on this link.
    1. Make a copy
      1. File → Make a copy
    2. To rename, replace the word, Template with YOUR NAME.
    3. Share with your administrator.
  2. Complete Steps 1 and 2 BEFORE your Summative Conference with your administrator
  3. Complete Step 3 and submit to your principal prior to your last work day, May 29, 2018.

Your Summer PLP will include professional learning that you will do this summer that will earn you 5 flex days in the 2018-2019 school calendar.  Please note that the professional learning listed in your Summer PLP must be completed prior to August 8, 2018 in order to earn the flex days.

Testing Announcements
The End of Year MAP testing window opens Monday, April 23rd and closes Friday, May 18th. When planning
for MAP testing, please keep in mind that Algebra I, Biology, and US History EOC testing will take place May 9-10, and
STAAR testing at the Middle and Elementary Schools will take place May 14-16.

See your campus administrator with any questions regarding the scheduling of the MAP tests. Also, be on the lookout
for more communication from your MAP campus contacts (Ashley Elder, Mary Townsend, Stacey Flanagan) regarding
completion of this last MAP assessment.

Staff Shoutout

Special thanks go to Greg Morrison & Micki Smith for all of their work in getting our students through
testing for STAAR Alt 2.
Thank you to Dena Hamilton & Vanessa Joiner for all of their work in hosting a great Book Fair.

Showcase Showdown

The following people have won a ticket to the Showcase Showdown on Friday, May 25.  

  • Andrew Carlson
  • Courtney Christenson
  • Shawn Harris
  • Laura Larsen
  • Anna Miller
  • Darryl Spurgers
  • Rene Sawatsky
  • Chellia Tallant
  • Kelly Waddell
  • Kelly Whittington

Every week we will pull 10 names.  Find out how many tickets you will get to win the Prize is Right
on Friday, May 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events
  • Mon, April 23 - Begin implementing your responses to the 5th FA
  • Wed, April 25 - Administrative Assistants Day 
  • Apr 23 - May 1 - Early Voting at BRISD Admin Building
  • Fri, Apr 27 - End of 6 Weeks Grading Period
  • Wed. May 2 - Retirement Planning Seminar
  • May 7 - EOC Testing Week
  • May 14 - ES & MS STAAR Testing Week
  • May 25 - Last Day of School & Showcase Showdown

Technology Announcements
Updated Itunes Password: Freeze33//34
Anonymous Alerts: BRISD is implementing a new system for confidential reporting of bullying, cyber-bullying, and any other potentially harmful or urgent information. The system is called Anonymous Alerts and encourages students, parents, and staff to confidentially report on sensitive matters through private messages to our administration. Reports can be submitted through a free Anonymous Alerts app or from If students/parents/staff choose to report from the app they will use the login: blueridgeisd and password: blueridgeisd. Please click here to view the student training video to see how this system works.

Special Programs Announcements

Blue Ridge ISD Dyslexia on FB -

Business Office Announcements

May 1st will be the last day any food charges will be accepted for employees or employee children.

Media Center Announcements
Just a friendly reminder for all print jobs, please send them to:

Be sure you are frequently updating with any ‘outside the normal workday’ professional learning.
The district always wants to keep a record of all learning taking place by BRISD staff.
Remember that when you attend a BR offered class and do the survey, it automatically grants credit
to your portfolio.