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One of my favorite things to collect is thoughtful quotes. They surround us everywhere. I find quotes in restaurants, specialty shops, schools and the internet. My favorites are the ones that are thought provoking. They make you think about the hidden message in the short phrase or paragraph. “Everyone Smiles in the Same Language” is one that makes me think of people I have met in the past. One smile can start a friendship with people you have never met. Being new in the Human Resources field, I meet new people all the time. As I think back through this past year, I can guarantee that most introductions I have encountered, whether it was with other professionals, parents or students, began with a smile. A smile seems to send the message that you are friendly and welcoming. “One word can end a disagreement”. Words we use in our everyday lives are important. Disagreements between two or more people are best communicated when we stick to the topic at hand. Being a good listener takes skill, maturity, and patience. It would be great if we all could agree to agree when we have differences, but being able to express our own opinion and perception is what makes us unique. We have minds of our own. When it comes to disagreeing, agreeing to disagree and moving forward in a relationship is what shows great character in all of us. One of the most difficult yet most powerful words to end an argument is simply saying “Sorry”. “One look can save a relationship”. I remember “the look” from my parents. They had straighten up written all over it. We all know that look. I used that look with my own children and as a teacher with my students. How many of you have ever heard, “Don’t make that face, it may freeze that way.” The quote, “One person can change your life”, is so true. We gain a lot in forming our relationships with others. Influential people we all may have in common are educators, ministers and family. I feel that families are the most influential people and most influential role models in our lives. I think of it this way; we are the Smart TV screen that our own children see. What is your Smart TV screen rated? What similarities will others see in you and your child, “The apple doesn’t fall from the tree.” A good message to pass on may be, “The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.” My most favorite quote that helps me to focus on what matters is, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” According to goodreads.com, it has not been credited to any one person, not even George Strait.

Nori Banda
Director of Personnel & Operations
Brownfield ISD





Brownfield ISD- 21st Century/CCLC Cycle 8 Grant


The Brownfield Independent School District is currently participating in the 21st Century/CCLC Cycle 8 Grant which is a federally-funded afterschool program administered by the Texas Education Agency. Brownfield ISD is in partnership with three (3) other local school districts which are all operating under the same guidelines and requirements set by the grant. The 21st Century Grant is only a three (3) year grant and it will expire at the end of the three years. The major component of the 21st Century Grant is the Texas ACE Program. The ACE (Afterschool Centers on Education) Program is a before school and after school program which provides free and expanded academic services to our students here in Brownfield ISD. Expanded services include tutoring, homework help, enrichment activities, and college and career readiness. We will offer academics, enrichment, college/workforce activities each week to our students. There will be various parent involvement activities and parenting workshops throughout the school year. In addition, the program provides family education and family engagement activities at no cost to families.

The schools that are involved in this grant are Colonial Heights Elementary, Oak Grove Elementary, Middle School, and High School. The exciting part of this grant is that we are able to provide enrichment opportunities for all our students at these campuses that we would normally not be able to financially support within our district budget. The grant has made it possible this semester for the district to purchase an estimated 200 laptops and 8 mobile carts for our students to utilize in the classroom and for online testing. With the financial help of the grant, the district is planning to purchase an additional 200 laptops and 8 mobile carts each year for the next three years. With the technology infrastructure updates the district has made this year, our students will be able to utilize technology in the classroom and expand their knowledge.

All of our four (4) campuses offer homework help each morning starting at 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 Monday –Friday. This is a great opportunity for students to received extra help from our teachers and staff when needed. We also provide after school academic acceleration instruction, enrichment activities and college and career readiness activities. Here are just a few enrichment activities that we currently offer our students: Karate, Robotics, Auto Tech, Cheerleading, Zumba fitness, Knitting, Boxing, Guitar/Music, Science Spectrum, and Mindworks. Again, the beauty of this grant is that we are able to offer these enrichment opportunities to all our students at no cost to the parents. We provide after school bus transportation along with drinks and snacks for all our ACE students.

We are very fortunate and excited to be part of the 21st Century Grant. The most important thing to remember is that it is helping our students with various educational opportunities. We would like to THANK all our administration, teachers/staff and site coordinators for all that you do for the children of Brownfield ISD.

Ray Vasquez, M.Ed.
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
Brownfield ISD







It is difficult to believe that our school year has less than two months left before summer break. Graduation will be held at the Cub Stadium on Friday, May 22, at 8:00 p.m. and will be here before we know it!


Currently, we are in the midst of the many rounds of state testing which in addition to the multitude of spring activities in which we are involved, creates an action-packed environment for students, staff, and parents of Brownfield ISD. Because of the fast pace and sheer quantities of activities that occur, often levels of stress and tension rise. When that happens, it is more important than ever to keep a positive focus. As everyone knows, the sense of urgency in Brownfield ISD to provide a quality education for every child is always forefront. Educators and students cannot afford to be distracted with negativity. Research shows that people with negative attitudes have significantly higher rates of stress and disease. A person’s mental state plays a huge role in their physical health. Joyce Meyer says, “Watch out for the joy stealers: gossip, criticism, complaining, fault finding, and a negative, judgmental attitude.” Indulging in these nonproductive pastimes will not improve the quality of education for our students, nor the quality of life for any who participate. In order to promote the positive aspects of our community as well as to support the mission to educate our school children, I encourage you to speak highly of the progressive attributes of Brownfield and of the outstanding accomplishments of the staff and students in Brownfield ISD. Counter every negative comment you hear with a positive comment. Choose to be a “joy spreader” as opposed to being a “joy-stealer”. If your schedule will permit it, please consider getting involved at your child’s school. Students are excited to have their parents help with school activities and it will be a way for you to observe firsthand the brilliance of Brownfield ISD staff and students. Check with your child’s teacher and the building principal for ways you can get involved.

In every building I visit or event that I attend, I witness people who are passionate about our schools and want the very best education for our students. The adults are committed and the children are working energetically each and every day to accomplish the academic and extra-curricular goals which have been set. Great things are happening daily in all of our schools. It is impossible to name everything, but I would like to touch on just a few of them. In addition to the challenging academic work our students are doing, they are involved in enriching activities that build teamwork, character, and foster new skills. Elementary students are traveling on field trips to destinations such as the Science Spectrum, Silent Wings Museum, Barnes & Noble, Mr. Gatti’s , and Carlsbad Caverns. Colonial Heights and Oak Grove Elementary will be participating in a PE Extravaganza in the BHS gym on April 30. A Young Athletes field day will be held at the Cub Stadium on May 1. Colonial Heights students will enjoy Western Day on May 8. Students participating in UIL Academics, FFA, FBL, Spirit of the Plains Band, Cosmetology, One Act Play, Golf, Tennis, Softball, Baseball, and Track have all experienced an incredible amount of success thus far in the Spring season. Campuses are busy planning end of the year Awards Assemblies to recognize the wonderful achievements of their students. The Athletic Banquet is being planned for May 19. It is so gratifying to see the daily successes both large and small at every one of our campuses. These feats are made possible by the extraordinary work of the staff and students in our district. Brownfield ISD is on a Quest for Excellence and is making steady progress! Building Dreams, Building Champions, and Building the Future for our students is such a worthwhile endeavor. What a privilege it is to be a CUB!



Tanya Monroe, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Brownfield Independent School District






How Do You Spend Your Time?

Time—we all have the same amount of it every day in our lives, yet too often we struggle with time management. Time is defined as “the point or period at which things occur." There are two types of time: clock time and real time. In clock time, there are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day. In real time, all time is relative. Time flies or drags depending on what you're doing. Whether you are a student or a working adult, there are many demands placed on our schedule each day. As a child, our schedule is often predetermined for us for the most part. We get up, get ready for school, go to school, come home, do homework or go to practice, and get ready for bed. However, as adults we not only have to juggle taking care of ourselves, but also our kids and responsibilities at work. While in school, our teachers stress the importance of being organized with materials, writing things down, taking good notes and so forth all to help make life easier. While doing these things don't take the work away, it does provide a strategy for balancing the tasks you are assigned. As we get older, more is expected of us, therefore we must be able to use our time wisely to make the most out of each day.

As a working adult, we often gain more freedom, but with freedom comes more responsibility. Often times we make a “to do list, check list,” or put events in our phone to help organize our day. While this can be helpful, we must prioritize our life if we want to minimize the stress that can be easily created from a fast paced lifestyle. The reality is there are only three ways to spend time: thoughts, conversations and actions. Regardless of the type of job or responsibility you have, your life will be composed of those three items. As a parent with three young children, this can be a tough challenge to face. How much time do I put in at work versus how much time do I spend with my family? This balancing act will never “go away” no matter what you do, however, the key is figuring out what you value and prioritizing events from there. The older you get, the more you realize that there’s always going to be work to do, and the job will never truly be “finished.” But as they say, “you can't turn back time,” so we must make the best of our time.

My challenge to you is to find what works for you and your family, and protect that time together. We will always be pulled in several directions not only from our job, but from friends, church, our kids activities, or whatever else you are involved in. Make a conscious effort to block out distractions like Facebook and other forms of social media during certain parts of your day. Personally, I sometimes have to leave my phone in the other room to keep from habitually pulling it out of my pocket “just because.” It’s been said that 20 percent of your thoughts, conversations and activities produce 80 percent of your results. This is a staggering ratio if you sit and think about it!

It’s easy to justify why we do what we do in our minds, but before saying “yes” to this or that, ask yourself how this is going to affect my time personally and as a family? Sometimes saying “no” to those we see on a daily or weekly basis can be a hard thing to do. It can make us and others uncomfortable, but you have to do what is best for you and your loved ones. So do yourself, and your family a favor, and decide how you are going to manage your time so that your time doesn't manage you!


Ben Prowell
Assistant Principal
Oak Grove Elementary







Brownfield Athletics Spring of 2015


As the Athletic Director of Brownfield ISD, I have observed many great things and accomplishments in the program such as: ever increasing numbers of young ladies and men participating, to building a strong tradition in our athletic program, to building a very driven and strong moral program for our young men and women, to a program on the South Plains that is highly thought of by the surrounding communities. We have put a strong program out there that continues to build strong traditions and is something we hope the community is happy to go support and be excited to say they are a Brownfield Cub. The Brownfield athletic program is where our kids at Brownfield grow up and look forward to being a Cub or Lady Cub. That is a special thing that I believe we have set into place here in our West Texas Town of Brownfield. We are in the business of turning our young men and women into successful individuals when they graduate from Brownfield High School and to be able to be a success in our world today. We want our student athletes to feel they can make a difference and they can win and be successful in all they do and in turn will become great leaders for our society in the future.

Our spring started out this year with our Lady Cub Basketball Team finishing third in District and a Bi-District Championship vs. Alpine. This was the first playoff victory and Bi-District Championship since 1995. Our Lady Cubs finished the basketball season 21-13 and played great down the stretch and really brought some great exhilaration to the community of Brownfield.

The Running Cubs had another outstanding season winning the 3rd District title in three years and advancing to the Regional finals for the 2nd year in a row. The Running Cubs ended the season 29-4 and what a ride they gave the entire community of Brownfield. The season will be one our great community will never forget and all the memories the 2014-2015 Running Cubs gave our community. The Running Cubs ended the season ranked #2 in state and racked up 4 playoff victories before the regional finals.

The Cub Tennis team had another wonderful fall season. Our fall tennis team took their third straight trip to the team state tennis tournament in Round Rock this season in March. Our tennis program won their third straight Region 1 title in team tennis. The Cub tennis team finished 4th in the state of Texas in the team tournament in March. What a year again for our great tennis program and what excitement and fun these young men and women have brought to our community.

Our Cub power-lifting program this spring also had a good season by qualifying one girl and one boy to the regional power-lifting meets. Our teams competed well all year and had many lifters getting better each week of the season. Power-lifting is a sport that requires a lot of dedication and extra hours in the weight room and it is great to see the field house full of girls and boys lifting extra and becoming stronger each day.

Our Cubs and Lady Cubs now in the spring are really involved in Baseball, Softball, Track, Spring Tennis and Golf. Our Softball team after the first round of District is in 1st Place at 4-1 and our Baseball team is 3-0 in district and also in first place. Our boys and girls track teams have competed well and looking for great accomplishments at the District track meet. We have some of the fastest times in the state heading into the district track meet. Our tennis team defended and maintained their District title in Brownfield on April 6th and 7th. Our Golf team right now has our Girls team leading the district with our boys sitting in 4th.

As I summarize the spring sports I would like everybody to know we have once again advanced in the playoffs in every sport here in Brownfield. Brownfield has developed a tradition here in our athletic program that is one of the best in the South Plains. Our kids are competing at all sports and very successful in all sports. Our tradition will live on and keep going strong. Come out, offer your support and get involved! Our kids are doing great and it is a fun time to get plugged into Cub Nation. So put that red shirt on and watch your kids in your community win Championships!


Bryan Welps
Athletic Director









Spring Forward!


Time to Spring Forward! When it comes to the time change, these words are dreaded in my house. Losing that one hour on a Saturday night somehow feels like five hours of lost sleep on Monday morning! The kids love the extra day light until they are told to go to bed with the sun still shining through their windows. Mixed feelings all around, I guess.

Two things that are definitely “blooming” this spring are BISD and the community of Brownfield.

Brownfield is growing by leaps and bounds when it comes to achievements and future progress for our wonderful community. At the moment, we are welcoming a large Halliburton facility and several new sites with retail and service business renting their space. These additions to our community will bring us jobs, which will bring us families, which is OUR business. We all benefit. Terry County is also the Grape Capital of Texas. The grape growing business in Terry County is booming, and the additional vineyards, wineries, bottling companies, and the High Plains Winery Estates are examples of this industry doing wonderful things for our community and its people.

Even at one of our busiest times of the year, spring testing, BISD is brimming with activities. The secondary schools have many spring events going on, including track, baseball, tennis, one act play… the list goes on. In the midst of testing, our students are still growing their minds with Accelerated Instruction, which is after school instruction that is focused on targeted skills for specific students. It’s an ideal time for our students to get small group, precise instruction that will be of the most benefit to our students.

In addition, BISD is now participating in the 21st Century Grant. This multi-million dollar grant is providing our campuses the resources to create afterschool programs for our students. This is a wonderful opportunity for our schools to provide programs that will benefit our students in the hours after school is out.

At the Oak Grove campus, we are offering several programs for our students in our ACE program, which is what the 21st Century Grant is called locally.

One of our most important programs offered, which most of the students get to take advantage of daily, is the Homework Help Club. During the students’ time in Homework Help, a teacher is there to help them with any questions they may have regarding their homework. This is also a time where they can read their library books if they choose. If and when students finish their homework, there are flashcards, learning games, and other activities they can use. Even though these activities are fun and active for our students, they still reinforce the learning that is going on daily in their classrooms.

We are also offering a variety of other programs that include knitting, robotics, Reader’s Theatre, College and Career Readiness and Planning, fitness clubs, and leadership training. We are happy to offer these opportunities to our students, and look forward to bringing in more programs as the Grant will be available to us for the next three years and will run through the month of July each year.

As I said earlier, this spring is a time of growth and learning for the students of BISD. Our kids are spending their days with teachers that work hard each and every day to plan lessons and activities that will prepare them for important spring testing. Our kids are spending their afternoons with teachers that study data and look at minute details to know exactly what is needed to master skills that are necessary to be successful on tests and preparation for next year’s grade level. Our kids are spending their evenings with teachers and community members who are teaching them lifelong skills like knitting, healthy habits like exercising, and exciting new skills like robotics programming. We are fortunate that our students, parents, and community are supporting us in this endeavor. This is an amazing chance for the students of BISD to learn new skills that they can keep for the rest of their lives and reinforce the hard work they already do with the teachers during the school day.

Thank goodness for an extra hour of time in the evening!


Susan Brisendine
Assistant Principal
Oak Grove Elementary










Discipline


Discipline. The definition of discipline is activity or experience that provides mental or physical training. Discipline is something that parents, teachers, and administrators deal with on a daily basis, especially when it comes to young children, teenagers and young adults. As a parent, I am always striving to teach my two sons and daughter how to obey rules, follow accepted codes of behavior in different situations, and most importantly, to learn how to control their own behaviors. The day that I accepted my current position as assistant principal, my job as a disciplinarian was instantly multiplied. In my first year as an administrator I have found myself asking myself many questions when it comes to discipline, but many of those questions are similar to the ones that I ask myself as a parent.

As a parent, the first question I ask myself is what is my goal? With three children under the age of 8, often the answer to that question is to get a certain behavior to stop. My first week on the job, Mr. Waldrip shared a story with a student and I about his son. Mr. Waldrip told the story of how his son was running out into the street while they played in the front yard. Mr. Waldrip explained how he pulled his son aside and disciplined him, but more importantly explained to his son the consequences of running out into the street. When he asked the student what some of those consequences where the student quickly stated that Mr. Waldrip’s son could have gotten run over. I feel that as a parent, or any adult for that matter, it is our job to protect kids from consequences that could affect the rest of their lives. In essence, we want to protect kids from that car barreling down the street. Just like Mr. Waldrip’s 3 year old son, many of our students, and children do not understand or see that hypothetical car barreling right at them. So when we enforce curfews, force our kids to do homework or study, or not allow our students to attend an event that has no parental supervision, I believe it is important to share with our kids and students our concerns. I think this goes back to the old adage of “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” We want to raise kids and students who can discipline themselves. When students come into my office, we always discuss the behavior that is going on, but more importantly the consequences of that behavior outside of the protected environment of our school, for example when they are off to college or at their job as an adult.

The second question that I find myself asking quite often, is how do I deter the behavior? With my own children I have found that biggest deterrent more than the punishment itself is consistency. Just the other day my son got in trouble in school. He repeated a word that he had heard from some other students. He did not know the meaning of the word, but nonetheless he said it. I called Mr. Prowell, the assistant principal, we spoke with my son and he was disciplined according to school policy. In addition, he was disciplined according to the Estrada household policies. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my short career as a father. I also knew that as a father, I had to make sure that my son understood that for any negative action there has to be an equally negative consequence regardless of the intent of the action. There are two points that I want to point out here. As parents we must be consistent in disciplining our children. We must consistently apply discipline when our children make mistakes, regardless of the type of consequence. At the middle school, we use many different

forms of consequence that vary from detentions, counseling students, timeouts, ISS, corporal punishment, the S.T.A.R. program, among other things. The consequences vary on an individual basis, but something that I think that we do well at the middle school is consistently apply discipline when students make bad choices. I am a firm believer that “iron sharpens iron” and that as parents, teachers, and administrators we can sharpen our students. The other point I want to make is that just like I conferenced with Mr. Prowell, we will always call the parent and involve them in the discipline process. As many of you have heard this week, Brownfield ISD was recently rated with an Accredited - Warned status. This was not the news that community members, parents, or BISD staff wanted to hear. The rating was issued because for the last two years BISD has been rated as improvement required. This most recent year even though all schools in BISD were rated acceptable the district missed the acceptable rating by 1 point in the area of college readiness. This college readiness index was assessed on data that is over two years old. As I spoke with one of our teachers this week she became emotionally upset. I was moved as this teacher described what a wonderful place Brownfield is and how this warned status is not an accurate indicator of the heart and soul of Brownfield. As I agreed with her, I understood the disciplinary action and consequences of the warned status and I accepted them because BISD will be better for it. However, I also know that this status is not an accurate reflection of the quality students, teachers, parents, and community members, or the great things that are taking place in our schools and town. So to TEA, I would like to send the message that we are Brownfield and we will be acceptable next year!


Gerardo Estrada
Assistant Principal
Brownfield Middle School













Great Things Happening at BISD!



Congratulations to Aaron Aguirre, THSCA 2nd Team Academic All-State!



CONGRATULATIONS to the Runnin' Cubs for beating Bushland and winning the Dimmitt Tournament! WAY TO GO CHAMPIONS!



Brownfield High School Senior Mallorie Ellis has been named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association 3A All-State Team! Congratulations Mallorie!



Brownfield FFA had 11 kids and 13 pigs compete at the Christmas Cash Classic Show in Levelland. There were over 300 pigs and exhibitors. Kaitlyn Garza, Maria Rojas and Brooke Lamb placed 3rd. Jericho Garcia and Kelvin Gamez placed 4th. Congratulations Cubs!





Middle school S.T.E.M. students competed in the West Texas B.E.S.T. (Boosting, Engineering,Science, Technology) competition. At this contest schools are given five weeks to design, build, and program a robot to solve several given task. At the contest, teams have three minutes for each round and middle schools and high schools compete together against each other. BMS finished 12th out of 23 schools through the region. This included three area high schools that we beat. Students were, Kirtis Hogue, Elaina Stoker, Allllyssa Martinez, Cassidy Cooper, Chris Correa, Brody Yates, and Arlie Millican. Thank you for your continued support of our students here at BMS. Shelby Smith




CONGRATULATIONS to the Brownfield High School SPIRIT OF THE PLAINS BAND for receiving all I's at the UIL Marching contest! So proud of Mr. Balderas and his staff and students. Thank you as well to the parents who provide assistance. Dr. Monroe























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