May the Code Be with You!

More than 20,000 students of all ages in Spring Branch ISD took part in Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week activities held across the district. Many education professionals today believe that learning how to code or program will be a basic skill needed for future success. May the code be with you!


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Community Meetings Plant Seeds

An Insider's Look at Recent COMMUNITY MEETINGS in SBISD


A recent community meeting at Northbrook High concluded the whirlwind schedule of community engagement opportunities wrapped around the Thanksgiving holiday. The meetings, held on different nights at Spring Woods, Memorial, Stratford and Northbrook high schools, were designed to both deliver findings from Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri’s “Look, Listen, Learn” tour, and to open up dialogue and input for the district’s Strategic Planning Committee.

 

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WAIS Color Run Builds Community

It wasn’t exactly the color of money, but the Westchester Academy for International Studies (WAIS) Color Run represented what organizers hope will be a year’s worth of fundraising. Organized by WAIS PTA, the event’s goal was to both raise money and build community.

 

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CHOICE Festival 2015

Hundreds of families flocked to the SBISD 2015 CHOICE Festival held recently at Cedar Brook Elementary to discover the unique options available for children and families within the district.

 

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Texans Tackle Talks Up Books

Houston Texans’ All-Pro tackle Duane Brown has challenged hundreds of Buffalo Creek Elementary students by asking them to read 20 or more books during the next four months. The pro football player issued the challenge Dec. 1 during United Way of Greater Houston’s fourth annual “Readers Do Something About It” Reading Rally held at the elementary school.

 

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Hollibrook Elementary May Get Huge Grant

While not totally official yet, an SBISD elementary school has been selected for an $8.2 million grant to improve student performance, provide quality professional development for teachers, engage parents and break down language barriers. The district was notified that Hollibrook Elementary School has been "preliminarily" selected for the five-year federal grant, one of six recipients out of 86 applicants from across the nation.

 

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Math Teacher Surprised by Award

Houston Texans wide receiver Cecil Shorts surprised Spring Woods Middle math teacher Melissa Vallery by choosing her student-submitted nomination for public recognition as a “Star in the Classroom.” As a winning educator, Ms. Vallery earned a signed Brian Cushing jersey, two Texans Version Club home game tickets, and a $500 donation to SBISD and her campus.

 

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Holiday Food Drive at Hollibrook Elementary

Hollibrook Elementary School’s students took part in a community-building effort by sponsoring a successful Holiday Food Drive with the East Spring Branch Food Pantry. The food drive was one of several student-led team building efforts held at the school this semester. A 950-can goal was more than doubled when 1,924 cans of food and related goods were donated for Thanksgiving.

 

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Reading Group Wraps Up Gift Books

Students with Northbrook High School’s National Honor Society helped gift wrap more than 100 sets of new books recently. Honor society students are partnering with other volunteers from The Kids Reading Room to host fun holiday parties in five Spring Branch area apartment complexes this week where space has been donated to create libraries serving young children and SBISD students who are apartment residents.

 

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Students Dance The Nutcracker

A dozen SBISD students danced with City Ballet of Houston in the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. This year’s production of the 30-year-old musical classic was performed in the Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston on Dec. 12-13.

 

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