TEA Accreditation Status - 2016-Met Standard District
News Article #133--Kathleen Crooks--BBAC Principal
Welcome, Welcome, Welcome!
Welcome to a new 2016-2017 school year!
We are extremely excited to be starting a new school year at Bright
Beginnings Academic Center. We are very
pleased that our school continues to receive support from our community to its
commitment of fostering academic excellence while consistently focusing on
creating positive character and social emotional relationships. The skills that our children learn at Bright
Beginnings Academic Center will lead to future success at Colonial Heights, Oak
Grove, Brownfield Middle School, Brownfield High School, and beyond.
Teachers and administrators have been busy over the summer preparing for
the 2016-17 school year. Teachers and
administrators have participated in outstanding professional development to
improve the instructional opportunities of students. Our number one goal is to improve student
learning. We are dedicated to help
students advance their critical thinking, knowledge, skills, and ability to
problem solve. We all want to work
together to benefit our students.
Our campus saw a very large turn-out for our Meet the
Teacher Night on August 18th. Everyone
was very elated to meet our new students and their families in preparation for
the First Day of School!
Bright Beginnings Academic Center has been accepted into the
Texas School Ready Project which is a part of the Children’s Learning
institute. The Texas School Ready
Project is a data-driven, comprehensive professional development and child
progress monitoring system aimed at increasing school readiness for all
prekindergarten students. TSR strikes a
balance between implementing teaching strategies based on research about
cognitive readiness, (the “what”), and what development research indicates
about how three and four year olds learn most effectively, (the “how”).
are looking forward to a tremendous year for the students enrolled at Bright
Beginnings Academic Center. Our staff
strives to provide an engaging and meaningful learning experience for students
every day. We want to support our
students, whatever their needs and learning styles. Our teachers utilize whole
brain teaching methods to maximize student engagement, and focusing on the way
the brain is really designed to learn.
Whole Brain Teaching is an integrated method combining effective
classroom management and pedagogically sound approaches to student engagement
that are effective for student learning.
Our school family wants to instill in our students to achieve more than
thought possible. We strive to provide
our students with many opportunities to gain knowledge, skills, and experiences
in a safe and nurturing learning environment.
classroom at Bright Beginnings implements Conscious Discipline which is a
whole-school approach for social-emotional learning, discipline, and
self-regulation. Each opportunity is
used to teach students critical life skills such as cooperation, constructive
problem solving, and academic success.
Conscious Discipline has been named as the national model for Character
continue to look forward to our monthly Character Count Assemblies at Bright
Beginnings, and we incorporate pride into our school every day. Our students try their best every day and
commit to giving their best effort and showing their pride in all they do each
and every day. School and district pride
begins at Bright Beginnings, one of our favorite chants during the Character
Count Assemblies, is “Cub Pride Starts Here!”
is a wonderful staff at Bright Beginnings, and I feel privileged to be a part
of this school family. We thank you for
your support, and welcome you to come and see the great things that are
happening at Bright Beginnings this school year!
Kathleen Crooks, Bright Beginnings Academic Center Principal
News Article #132--Dana Ketchersid--Colonial Heights
Curiosity is the Key
By Dana Ketchersid, Principal, Colonial Heights Elementary
Isn’t it fascinating to watch a toddler as he explores the
world around him? Observing as he
discovers the squishy feel of mud or the captivation of a butterfly spread its
wings and fly. Children are curious
creatures. Their curious nature prompts
them to ask questions, explore, wonder and by doing so, learn. As parents and educators it is important to
nurture that curiosity so that it does not diminish. How can we help our children maintain that
natural curiosity? One way is allowing
them to explore and discover. Exposing
our children to new and different experiences feeds that curiosity even if it
is simply between the pages of a book.
That is why it is of upmost importance to read to our young ones. Outings in nature or planting a seed allow
our children to see the beauty of the environment and the natural order of
things. Because we are social creatures,
children delight in the approval of others.
Finding another person who loves that object of curiosity is enchanting. This feeds that natural curiosity and
reinforces the need for more.
Conversely, we can stifle curiosity and creativity in our
children through fear, disapproval and absence.
If a child’s world is chaotic and uncertain, he will not take pleasure
in being curious. He will instead cling
to those things which are familiar and structured because he is fearful. Children that suffer war, family distress or
natural disasters strive to stay in their comfort zone, unwilling to try new
things. Constant disapproval by adults
can also suppress curiosity. If a child
constantly hears, “Don’t touch, don’t get dirty, don’t try that, don’t, fill in
the blank,” then children respond to our disapproval. How much pleasure can a child feel when the
end result is annoyance? Finally, the
absence of a caring, devoted adult diminishes a child’s ability to share the
discovery and thereby, gain reinforcement from the curiosity. As parents,
grandparents and educators, it is our job to foster and encourage our
children’s natural impulses to ask questions and learn new things. You may be
surprised by the learning that will result and how much fun you will have in
News Article-Jerry Estrada--BMS Principal
As summer winds down, teachers, parents, and students are
busy preparing for the upcoming school year.
By the time you read this, teachers will have been to numerous
trainings, completed dozens of lesson plans, and prepared their classrooms for
the first of day of school. As that
moment where you send your kids out the door approaches, it is important that
you prepare your students for the upcoming year and put them in position to be
successful at BMS.
The end of
summer, to many, means back to school haircuts.
As you take your children in for haircuts, it is important to remember
the guidelines for haircuts. The typical
issues we see with haircuts at the beginning of the year are designs and
Mo-hawks, and hair coloring for girls.
Geometric and unusual patterns are not allowed. Hard parts will be allowed as long as they are
straight lines and in a natural part line.
Mo-hawks will also not be allowed.
Fauxhawks are a variation of Mo-hawks and will also not be allowed. In addition, over the last couple of years we
have seen an increase in unnatural hair coloring amongst girls. Any unnatural hair colorings will not be
allowed for boys or girls. We ask that
parents keep these guidelines in mind as they spend hard earned money on back
to school haircuts.
puts a smile on student’s faces like buying back to school clothes. Back to school clothes’ shopping gives
students a chance to showcase their style and set themselves apart as
individuals. Some of the common issues
we see with student clothing are oversized clothing for boys. Boys must wear pants around the waist and are
not allowed to wear oversized clothing.
For girls, we have several issues we typically have to address. Tops that do not adequately cover the
shoulders, tights with shirts that are too short, shorts and skirts that are
too short, and pants with large holes not being worn with tights. For girls all tops must cover 2.5 inches of
the shoulder. In addition, if girls wear
tights they must have a shirt that covers their rear end. Shorts and skirts must also be longer than 5
inches above the knee. Lastly, girls may
wear jeans with large holes only if they wear tights underneath. Clothes shopping can become expensive and we
want to ensure that your money is being spent on acceptable clothes for school.
school can be stressful for students and we want ensure that the first day is
their best day. BMS will be hosting a
“Walk Your Schedule” activity for 6th grade students to walk their schedule and
meet their teachers. “Walk your Schedule
will be from 6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 18. In addition, BMS will be hosting our Open
House/Meet the teacher night on Monday, August 29 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
also ease student’s fears and anxiety, by taking some simple steps. Re-establish a routine with your child. Get them reacquainted with a bed-time and an
alarm clock. A good night’s rest is
essential for growing kids. In addition,
make sure your child has a healthy breakfast.
Brownfield ISD will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch for every
student in the school district, so add a couple of minutes in the morning to
give them an opportunity to take advantage of this great service. Lastly, alleviate some stress in the morning
by laying clothes, backpacks, and lunches out the night before. This will give you one less thing to do and
will make your mornings a little bit more enjoyable.
first day approaches, we look forward to welcoming your students back to
BMS. Our teachers are ready to help your
students learn and succeed academically and athletically. Working together we will continue to grow
Champions and Cubs. We are Brownfield!
News Article #130--Paul Coronado--High School Principal
As the new school year approaches, the excitement of
upcoming athletics, band, and extracurricular activities is in full swing.
However, the summer heat is still going strong with temperatures averaging 100
degrees plus. Students across the state of Texas have started or will begin to
work out for their fall sport such as football, volleyball, tennis, cross
country, and/or marching band. It is important for children and adults to be
aware the weather conditions and how it may effect a person’s body during hot
months. During workouts, athletes have been known to have heat strokes due to
dehydration. Coaches, directors, students, and those who are out in the heat of
the day are at an increased risk of the effects of the heat.
Heat strokes can be clinically defined as when a person's
temperature exceeds 104 degrees F and their thermoregulatory mechanism is
overwhelmed. It is important for people
to familiarize themselves with the symptoms of a heat stroke. Symptoms include:
dizziness, disorientation, agitation, confusion, sluggishness, seizure, hot dry
skin that is flushed but not sweaty, loss of consciousness, rapid heartbeat,
hallucinations. When a core body temperature of 107 degrees F or greater is
reached then cells are damaged and internal organs begin to shut down.
Our coaches and directors are very cognitive of the working
conditions not only for our students but also for themselves. There are
frequent breaks for water and cool off times to help reduce chances of a heat
stroke. Some helpful facts to keep in mind to reduce the symptoms of a heat
stroke are to block out direct sun and other heat sources, drink fluids often.
Drinking water before you are thirsty can help prevent dehydration and reduce
the likelihood of a heat stroke. Also, wear lightweight, light-colored,
loose-fitting clothes and avoid beverages containing caffeine.
The safety and health of our children is our number one
priority. There will be breakfast and lunch provided for all of our children
involved through our jump start programs which will begin the first three weeks
of school. Please encourage your child to get involved and participate not only
throughout the school year but also in the summer. Also be aware and monitor the
symptoms of heat stroke, especially during the two-a-day work outs.
We are very excited to begin another great year at
Brownfield High School!
Article #129--Bobby Vaughan--Chief Financial Officer
Every school year, Brownfield ISD must adopt a new
budget. The budget allocates available
resources in a manner that will accomplish district and campus goals in the
most efficient and effective manner possible.
Brownfield ISD implements decentralized decision-making as recommended
by the State Legislature, the State Board of Education, and the Texas Education
Agency. Therefore, each campus principal
and department head is responsible for allocating available resources so that
appropriate goals and objectives are addressed.
Budget planning is essential in the development of
Brownfield ISD’s budget process. It is a
continuous process throughout the school year.
Planning involves defining the goals and objectives needed to achieve
the District’s overall mission of providing a complete and effective education
to the students of Brownfield ISD. Goals
and objectives are defined in approved Campus Improvement Plans. Budget items justified as a need by campus
principals are tied to a goal/objective in their respective Campus Improvement
The budget planning process correspondingly includes the
preparation of the proposed budget in March and April. The Superintendent and Chief Financial
Officer of Brownfield ISD discuss the upcoming fiscal year and receive budget
requests from principals and department heads during these months. The requests are evaluated, reviewed, and
prioritized based on the goals and objectives defined in each Campus
The preliminary budget is then developed over May and June
and presented to the Brownfield ISD school board in the form of budget
workshops in July and August. These
working sessions familiarize board members and community members with the
budget process, preliminary budget amounts, and significant budgetary
issues. Any state or local revenue
shortages are presented here as well.
A public hearing is the final step in the budget development
process and is legally mandated by the Texas Education Code to be given in
August. The hearing serves as the final
opportunity for public review of the proposed budget. Brownfield ISD will present a summarized
version of the proposed budget and any significant budgetary issues such as tax
rate changes or student enrollment trends at this hearing August 15th this year.
Brownfield ISD is legally required to present and adopt the
school district budget by August 31st each year. The District is also required to publish a
notice of the presentation and adoption date by August 20th. The Brownfield ISD budget will be presented
and considered for adoption August 30th this year.
A significant budgetary issue this year includes a
substantial property tax decrease.
Brownfield ISD saw taxable values decrease overall 19 percent compared
to last year. The school district’s
mineral values dropped 41 percent over the same time span.
Falling oil prices in the global market can be primarily
pinpointed as the culprit of the drop in mineral values for the District. The price seen on the global market as of
Jan. 1, 2016 was around $35 a barrel, compared to that same barrel of oil
selling at a price around $55 on Jan. 1, 2015.
The impact to revenue for Brownfield ISD caused by the
decrease in mineral values is significant.
The District continues to focus on spending local tax dollars in the
most efficient and conservative manner possible in order to operate under the
budget shortfall caused by this substantial property value decrease.
News article #128--Kathleen Crooks- Director of Special
is finally here! Summer vacation means a
relatively relaxed daily routine. Summer
can also be a perfect time to model and teach life skills. Summertime activities can introduce social
skills, communication, organization, self-care and respect for self and
others. Summer can also be a time of fun
and learning with these practical and easy things to do. Try them out!
Get a library card.
The Kendrick Memorial Library has an excellent Summer Reading Program
for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.
Summer Story Time, (children going to K-5th from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45
a.m. every Wednesday.) The public
library is good opportunity to get a library card and learn how to find and
check out books, music, and movies for all grade level students.
Frozen Fun! Place
small objects in a zip lock bag, then pour water in the bag and freeze, and
supply your children with a variety of tools to dig them out.
Mud Kitchen! I
remember the days of making and baking mud pies! You can make an outdoor mud
kitchen with old pots, pans, bowls, spoons and measuring cups. Add “ingredients”
like dirt, sand, leaves and flowers for hours of organic fun.
Lemonade Stand. A neighborhood lemonade stand is an
excellent way to encourage an entrepreneurial spirit as well as basic life
skills. Plan and organize the lemonade
stand itself alongside with advertisements posted of the lemonade stand with
the price per glass of the delicious, thirst-clenching drink maybe available in
regular and pink flavors! Once the
lemonade stand is set up, each customer must be greeted, lemonade must be poured
carefully, and money must be counted!
Clean out a closet.
Cleaning out a closet is a positive summer activity. Put aside the outgrown clothing and neglected
toys; organize and arrange the closet for maximize accessibility.
Garage Sale. Now that
you have a few boxes of things that you don’t need anymore, start planning a
garage sale. Sometimes multi-family
garage sales are more successful with less work per person than single-family
sales. The garage sale will include
organizing items before the sale, pricing items to make sure they sell quickly,
finding free advertising venues, and organize the money box for the sale and
change for sold items. During the garage
sale, you can talk to the many customers and make change all day!
Yard work. Occupational
therapists strongly recommend “heavy work,” that is, any type of exertion that
puts pressure on the joins of the upper body, for individuals with special
needs. The benefits of heavy work are
increased attention, arousal level, body awareness, and muscle tone as well as
decreased sensory defensiveness. Get out
a rake and clean out the old leaves from under the shrubbery, dig up some
weeds, pull out the hose and water plants, use the wheelbarrow to carry mulch
to the backyard and compost the yard waste.
Since yard work is a multi-step process with unique tools for each
stage, you’ll also be modeling organizational skills.
Rock Garden! You can
search for rocks anywhere, anytime for free!
Rocks come in all sizes, colors, and shapes. Start gathering your rock garden and see how
easily it will grow!
Something from Nothing!
Use what you already have on hand. Build with sticks, stones, and other
natural tools. A large cardboard box can
be turned into a car, a boat, a spaceship, a house, or even a hideout! The
possibilities are endless.
Go the Park.
Challenge yourself and your loved one on the playground equipment in the
park, take a nature walk, and maybe even have a picnic. Let your loved one pack the picnic for
everyone for the outing to the park.
Write out a menu, count the water bottles, find the ice packs, and make
sure the cooler isn’t too heavy!
Hit the beach. The
beach offers a great incentive to learn self-care skills such as dressing and
undressing, applying sunscreen and keeping a hat and sunglasses nearby. The beach is also the perfect place to
practice safety skills such as the buddy system and treading water. Many beaches are now wheelchair accessible,
so call first to ask if beach wheels are available.
Camping. You can
practice pitching a tent at home first in your backyard. Camping is great summer fun that can host
planning the menus for the trip, packing the camping gear, and don’t forget the
bug spray! Camping calls for walks in
the woods or nearby camping areas, roasting marshmallows, and signing songs at
the evening bonfire. On the way home,
you can plan your next camping trip!
Some state and national parks offer wheelchair accessible, air-conditioned
cabins in scenic locations. Other parks
offer yurts with a wood-burning stove for a different type of rustic
experience. Whatever your comfort level
is, there’s something out there just for you.
In the Dark! Don’t stop playing when the streetlights come
on! Some of the best fun can be had after the sun goes down. Place small glow
sticks in balloons, or break one and mix the liquid into soap solution for
glowing bubbles. Use a flashlight for an after-hours scavenger hunt or play
Music Time. Make an
outdoor music wall. Hang items on a fence and use spoons or drumsticks to
create a variety of sounds. Try muffin trays, cake cooling racks, biscuit
cutters, egg rings, PVC piping, wind chime tubing, hubcaps, metal kitchen
utensils, bells, and old keys or other small pieces of metal.
A Work of Art. A
painter’s drop cloth makes a great outdoor canvas for painting and drawing.
Hang it up outside and use colored water in spray paint bottles, makers,
crayons, paint and anything else you can find to create a masterpiece!
Build a Car Wash!
Construct a kiddy carwash out of PVC piping for a great way to cool off
on hot days. A huge step up from a traditional sprinkler, this easy project is
also a deal: it can be built for around $30. (Source: http://family.disney.com)
Build a Water Well.
Build a water wall for wet fun on hot summer days. Use a variety of plastic containers drilled
into a board so that water is directed in various streams, drips and flows when
poured over the top. Format your wall so the water is collected in containers
at the bottom, to be reused again and again.
Best wishes to you and your family for summer fun!
Kathleen Crooks, Director of Special Education
News Article #127--Susan Brisendine Oak Grove Elementary
“If you want a harvest in one year, grow a crop. If you want a harvest in ten years, grow
trees. If you want a harvest that will
last a lifetime, grow people.” – Chinese Proverb
I grew up on a farm, so the term harvest is one I have
always associated with agriculture. My
summer job was driving a tractor and our vacations were planned around planting
seasons, wheat harvest, and picking sweet corn.
Of course, as a teenager, it was something I grumbled about. But now I appreciate what my dad taught me: a good harvest is a result of hard work, long
hours, and dedication to the season.
I’ve never thought of my profession as an analogy to
farming, but it makes sense. As
educators, the teachers, staff, and administrators work hard to provide our
students with whatever they need to be successful. Throughout the year, teachers put in long
hours planning, analyzing data, and thinking of creative ways to engage and
teach our students. During the summer we
have teachers who teach summer school and attend trainings. This is all done for our students. Don’t get me wrong – teachers appreciate and
enjoy the time off in the summer, but our minds are never too far away from the
Time. Lots of
time. Whether you’re a farmer or a
teacher, you are familiar with putting long hours into reaching your
goals. Lesson plans, grading papers,
creating tests, researching new ways to teach a familiar concept – these are
all things any teacher will tell you take lots of time. Countless hours are spent outside of the
school day preparing for our students and finding the things they need to be
Dedication is another thing farmers and educators have in
common. You would be hard pressed to
find another group of people that put more thought and effort into reaching
their goals. The teachers and staff at
BISD are dedicated to providing our students with the tools they need to be
successful. We are dedicated to
providing our students with knowledge, confidence, and ownership of their
future. Our students ARE going to be
successful and they ARE going to achieve whatever they want in life.
As I look back on my time spent on the farm working for my
dad, I can appreciate the long hours that I spent on the tractor, plowing
fields. At the time I didn’t understand
the connection between hard work and harvest.
I just knew I had to work until sundown and it was hot and dusty on that
tractor. I probably wouldn’t have
admitted it at the time, but the days when my sisters and I had to move pipe
for irrigation could be enjoyable, since they occasionally involved a water
and/or mud fight. I’m glad I had the
opportunity to learn how to work hard and be invested in the outcome of my
efforts. I’m thankful that my dad was
and still is a shining example of someone who works hard at everything he is
involved in, spends a majority of his time helping others and working on
whatever needs to be done, and is dedicated to whatever crop or task is at
hand. As an educator, I can only hope to live the same way. If I can work half
as hard as he does, be half as generous with my time, and be half as dedicated
to my community and family as he is, I will be successful. There are long days and difficult things
overcome, but there are also a few water fights, disguised as duct tape and
graduate walks through the halls. Those
are the days that make the hard work, long hours, and dedication worth it.
The students of Brownfield are lucky to have the teachers
and staff that they do – they are a special group of people who are working
toward their harvest, and in the business of growing people.
News Article #126--Jerry Estrada BMS Principal
Change is a constant force in education. Change can vary from new students, to new
teachers, or even new state requirements and mandates. In general, change usually drives growth and
innovation. Locally, there will be the
usual changes that come with summer, as we complete our hiring process and
welcome new hires to the district.
upcoming school year we will be welcoming several new faces to Brownfield
Middle School. We will be welcoming
Trisha Edwards (Science/Coach), Kelly Inman (PE/Girls’ Athletic Coordinator),
and Jon Patrick (Social Studies/Coach.)
In addition, we will be welcoming a new assistant principal, Michelle
Tijerina. All four bring tremendous work
experience and we are extremely excited to bring such quality teachers and
administrators onto our staff.
Tijerina received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Texas
A&M. She is currently working on her
doctorate through Texas Tech University.
Mrs. Tijerina taught English/Speech for 10 years and will bring a great
knowledge base in English for our teachers to draw upon. In addition to her teaching experience, Mrs.
Tijerina brings 9 years of administrative experience to the table. Mrs. Tijerina and her family will be making
their home in Brownfield and their youngest son will attend Oak Grove.
are always questions about the unknown when we add new staff and
administration, but BMS will continue to grow and improve with many familiar
faces as well as with the new faces that we are excited to welcome to our
have received preliminary STAAR scores back for part of our 8th grade
assessments and data looks promising.
However, we are still missing the vast majority of our scores and will
release more information as scores trickle in from TEA.
very positive note is that our discipline numbers are down significantly. In the two years since I have joined BMS, we
have had a reduction in the number of referrals of about 30%. This decrease in the number of referrals
means that teachers are able to teach without interruption and that students
are in class learning which is exactly where they need to be. This reduction in referrals has allowed us to
cut, in over half, the number of days students are assigned to
ISS/OSS/DAEP. That means we have gained
almost a year and half’s worth of days previously lost to disciplinary
summer continues, know that we will be working hard at BMS to further develop
and improve our services to students.
We will have many teachers attending Pre-AP institutes this summer to
continue and improve instruction and many of our teachers will be working on
Bilingual/ESL certifications over the summer.
With the change that will be coming with the promise of a new year,
there will still remain the culture of Perseverance, Responsibility, Integrity,
Discipline, and high Expectations (PRIDE)here at Brownfield Middle School. Enjoy your summer and we look forward to
seeing you the upcoming school year.
News Article #124--Bryan Welps Athletic Director/Head FB
Brownfield Athletics Article Spring 2016
is here and another great year of athletic accomplishments and achievements were
reached in the 2015-2016 school year at Brownfield ISD. We had a UIL STATE BOY’S BASKETBALL
CHAMPIONSHIP in 2016 as well as every sport advancing to post district UIL
playoffs this past year. This includes
all of our girls and boys teams at Brownfield ISD. Athletic programs at Brownfield have reached
these accomplishments now for three straight years, and that creates a new
standard and a tradition in the athletic program at BISD. The questions are how did we get here? How do we now keep raising the bar of
expectation? Where do we go from here as we advance into 2016-2017 Brownfield
Cub Athletics? These are the questions
that all of our coaches and athletes will be answering this summer as we start
to rebuild and reload for the fall of 2016 and the spring of 2017. Athletics now is a year round process for
athletes. Athletes MUST use the summer
time to build their strength and endurance for upcoming seasons. They will also need to take this time to get
their minds and attitudes ready for upcoming seasons to handle all the
adversity in athletics.
did Cub Nation get here? Our program got
here first by putting in many hours of hard work and laying the foundation of
our program around the “never stop working” mentality. We teach our kids that nothing can be
achieved if you are not willing to put forth the effort and the time to reach
your goals. Brownfield athletes learn to
set goals in the offseason starting with personal and then moving to team
goals. These goals will consist of
personal strength, to personal fitness goals, and how they want to contribute
to our program. This will lead to our
character education that we teach our athletes here at Brownfield. I learned at a young age that work builds
character in a young lady or in a young man.
Our mission, as a coaching staff here at Brownfield, is we must teach
our kids that they must put in the work, overtime, and countless extra hours to
reap the benefits of their skills or craft.
We teach our kids that in life nothing will be handed to them freely,
and they have to work for everything. I
feel that if a kid works for something it will mean more to him or her and will
have a different effect on the young lady or man. Our philosophy or our creed we try to instill
into our kids here at Brownfield is: one, do the right thing all the time; two,
work for everything you get or want to receive; three, be passionate about your
craft or skill and love your teammates; four, do not do anything to hurt your
family, team, or yourself; five, help others, and six is to ride for our brand.
how do we keep raising the bar of expectations here at BISD? Our aim is to keep setting our goals higher
and higher as an athletic program. We
will just have to remain focused on our objectives and stay true to our core
values of our program here at Brownfield.
Any time our expectations are raised we must meet the standards, and the
only way we can do that is by changing our work ethic. By turning up the
intensity and vigor of the work outs of each kid and motivating our athletes to
set goals higher, we will reach our goals and expectations. Teaching our athletes to stay on path and
learning to overcome obstacles and adversity is key because anytime you make
changes there will be frustrations and setbacks. This is when our character
will be tested and how fast our kids get back up and keep working to achieve
the new standards is vital. All this
will start this summer, June 6th, in our summer strength and conditioning
program we offer here at Brownfield.
This program offers a six week weight training and running program which
will allow our athletes to get bigger, faster, and stronger through the summer
months. I believe this is the first
building block of getting our athletes ready for the new season. This camp runs Monday through Thursday from
8:00A.M.-11:00A.M. every week this summer.
I think to be successful this season we need all our athletes involved
and working to improve for next season.
This camp is about hard work and building minds and bodies for next
season. If we are going to raise the
bar, we must start early and work late to reach our new goals and keep the
tradition going here.
do we go in the year 2016-2017? I
believe the sky is the limit here in Brownfield. I feel our athletes can achieve anything they
set their minds to do. It will take some
commitment from our coaching staff and athletes this summer. We need to get our athletes involved in
summer leagues to improve in all sports and lay the foundation for the next
season. We have 7-7 football,
volleyball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, track, tennis, baseball, and softball
summer leagues going on this summer. We
want our athletes involved and improving every day because that is the only way
to get to the next level. Parents, we
are all after the same goals and successes for your child here at Brownfield,
so get out and get involved and help your kids reach their dreams. Our athletes and our children at Brownfield
need to be busy and stay focused this summer and find ways every day to learn
something new, get better at a skill or craft, work, or strive to reach a
goal. I am a firm believer that it takes
a village to raise a child, and there is no better place than Cub Nation.
Brownfield is a great place to raise
a child and many wonderful people that make up this community make it a nice
place to live. We have many great things
going on here in our school system, and I know we can keep this tradition going
here, and I believe that with all my heart. I just wanted to share our athletic
program core values and what I believe we need to do to keep this program on
top. It will take a lot of hard work,
tears, sweat, and many countless hours of instruction, but if we are willing as
a community to stand firm and dedicate time and effort to help, we can do
anything here at BISD. As an athletic
director, I believe in this system and I know our kids can do anything we
believe they can do. I am very
passionate about that. Thank you and Go
News article #123--Hector Limon, Jr. BHS Assistant Principal
As the grass and leaves have matured since winter’s end,
many students will follow suit as they graduate and prepare for the next step
in their educational journey. Whether your student has emerged from a bright
beginning, reached their colonial height, matured like an oak grove, completed
middle school, or graduated high school, they will proceed forth into a new
environment of learning and possibility.
Like many parents, I too have
little ones beginning and continuing their educational careers. Consequently,
as a parent, I feel it is my duty to continue to bridge the gap from
school-year to school-year. As an educator, I feel it is my duty to urge
parents to remain involved in their student’s curricular and extra-curricular
lives. This does not necessarily involve algebraic equations, quadratic
formulas, dimensional analysis, or even multiplication; however, it does
include maintaining the overall learning process with students. The at-home
learning process enhances student background in the classroom, it strengthens
family-bonds, and provides a positive learning support system at home which
trickles down from sibling to sibling. Creation of a learner-centered
environment at home will pay dividends for generations to come; education can
be developed into an expectation. This begins and ends with the home
Education, in-short and according to Merriam-Webster, is defined as the
action or process of teaching someone. This does not always require a classroom
or school. Brownfield as a district, city, and community, offers a plethora of
educational opportunities across the summer break. Churches offer camps,
vacation studies, and retreats. Pop Warner football leagues are in full swing,
along with Babe-Ruth and Cal Ripken baseball. The Boys & Girls Club and
YMCA offer softball along with a multitude of other physical and educational
activities throughout the summer. BISD provides many programs developed through
the 21st Century Grant ACE program including but not limited to gardening,
baseball, music, automotive, art, soccer, academic tutoring and acceleration,
and even driver’s ed.
parents we should inquire, investigate, and even question the learning
practices we provide to our youth. Self-reflection and assessment allow us as
educators and care-takers to develop our students into life-long learners who
will practice positive learning habits and pass them down from one generation
to the next. In short, Brownfield is alive and thriving. We as a community
educate our youth, and their development does not end at the school yard gate.
IT’S GREAT TO BE A CUB!
Hector Limon Jr.
Assistant Principal- Brownfield High School
News Article #121--Dana Ketchersid
The Importance of Mindset
by Dana Ketchersid, Colonial Heights Principal
As parents, grandparents and educators we seek to help our
children prosper. Although talent is a
very important part of being successful, there’s another piece that is often
overlooked and that is our mindset.
Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck, has spent decades
researching this topic and has discovered two very different types of mindsets-
fixed mindset and growth mindset. In a
fixed mindset, people believe that their basic qualities such as intelligence
and talent are “fixed” or set. They
believe that talent alone creates success without real effort. The real danger in a fixed mindset is it
makes people feel as though they have to continually prove themselves and if
they are not up to the task; it is easier to quit or opt out than look
bad. In a growth mindset, people believe
that basic abilities can be developed through effort and dedication. Intelligence and talent are just the starting
point. The growth mindset learns to
thrive on challenges and mastering new skills.
To demonstrate this growth mindset let’s look back in
history to Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb. Although he’s remembered for the genius of
this invention, what is not mentioned is the number of assistants working
around the clock and countless attempts it took to create this success. His
work was a collaborative effort of chemists, mathematicians, physicists,
engineers and glass blowers. Edison was
someone with great drive, motivation and determination. His invention did not happen instantly, but
only through continual setbacks and failures was he able to achieve this feat.
Why is the growth mindset so important and how do we develop
it in our children? The growth mindset
believes that your basic qualities are things that you can cultivate through
your efforts and hard work. Although
people differ in their initial talents, aptitudes, temperaments and interests,
everyone is capable of change and can grow through application and experience.
Developing this mindset in our children begins with the type of praise we give
them. Do you praise your child for being
“smart”? If so, you might want to
rethink only using that type of praise. This
kind of praise (placing a “set” trait) can put children into a fixed
mindset. For example, when we
continually praise our kids for being intelligent or smart, sometimes, when
they try things that they feel they won’t be successful at, they give up on
them quickly or almost immediately, concluding, “I’m not good at this.” When they encounter a setback or challenge
they worry that they won’t look good. In
their minds they are saying, “Look smart, and don’t risk making mistakes.” However, “process” praise has the opposite
effect. “Process” praise is noticing the
efforts, the strategies, the ideas, what went into the work to achieve the
desired results. For example, praising traits such as determination, organization,
hard work, helpfulness, etc. teach the child to know that their contributions
count and they are useful.
Cultivating the growth mindset in our children is a great
gift that will boost their own self-esteem in constructive ways throughout
their lives. Teaching our children to
persevere in the face of adversity or setbacks will create a desire to achieve
and strengthen them in the long run.
With less than a month from graduation, Brownfield High
School staff and students are facing a fast paced and crucial time of the
year. Students are finishing up the
year’s various extracurricular activities; most of which have competed beyond
district competition. Students are being
challenged in the classrooms as they prepare for the STAAR End of Course
exams. The pressure and stress are high
as students and teachers strive for excellence.
Underclassmen are focused on gaining credits and passing their STAAR End
of Course exams. Those who need additional help will be offered a flex day
which they will be required to attend at the end of the year. The upperclassmen
are focused on taking college entrance exams, applying to different colleges,
and filling out scholarship/financial aid forms in order to attend college in
the fall. It is important to realize
that we are a team and that we all should strive to reach the goal of meeting
each student’s needs and academic achievement.
It takes help from parents, educators, and the community of Brownfield
to make this happen. There is no doubt
that Brownfield is a great community to live in and many of us will do whatever
it takes to see that our students are ready and successful for the real world.
I appreciate all of the businesses and organizations who continue to donate
time and money to our students. This enables us to have functions such as Prom,
Project Prom, and awards assemblies that give scholarships and gifts to our
seniors which help them as they graduate and go to college. I encourage you to continue to support our
school and be involved in the different activities our students participate in
throughout the year. There are great
things happening in Brownfield, Texas and in Brownfield ISD. It is great to see students returning to our
schools from other school districts and wanting to be a part of the success we
are having. It is great to be a Cub or a
Lady Cub. We must show the pride that
has been built throughout the past three years to other districts and communities
in a positive and classy way.
Brownfield, Texas is the best place to live and we will always strive to
do what is best for kids. I am proud to
say that I am a part of Brownfield High School students’ educational lives and
look forward to continuing to celebrate their academic and extracurricular
Brownfield High School Principal
News Article #118--Bobby Vaughan--Chief Financial Officer
Brownfield ISD Business Office Update
The last time we met on January 10, 2016, we discussed the
makeup of the Brownfield ISD Business Office and introduced our staff
members. Now that we have a foundation,
we would like to examine the guidelines we are required to follow and some of
the key factors that drive school finance.
The purpose of our office is to protect the assets of the
district and to ensure that all financial transactions are performed in
accordance with generally accepted accounting practices. We must adhere to the Texas Education Agency
(TEA) Financial Accountability Resource Guide (FASRG) and the requirements
detailed within it.
The FASRG describes the rules for financial accounting for
Texas school districts and is adopted by reference in Texas Administrative
Code, Title 19, Section 109.41. It
consists of nine modules and over 2,500 pages of very exciting school finance
reading. Google it if you have trouble
sleeping at night!
Module 1 (Financial Accounting and Reporting) lays the
groundwork for the account code structure we must follow. The purpose of the account code structure is
to establish the standard school district fiscal accounting system required by
There are literally millions of possible account code
combinations mandated by TEA. The
account code structure is 20 digits long!
The complexity of each digit is explained in a 300 page section of
Module 1 (even more exciting reading).
Brownfield ISD currently has about 7,000 different account
codes in use to comply with these standards set by the state. Of these codes, 3,600 are related to payroll
expenditures and the remaining 3,400 are related to non-payroll expenditures
(supplies, contracted services, travel, and fixed assets).
We say this to point out that payroll expenditures are the
biggest part of every school district’s budget.
Payroll typically makes up between 70-80% of the total budget. Brownfield ISD’s payroll budget in 2015-2016
made up approximately 75% of the total adopted general fund budget.
The accuracy and precision of these payroll and non-payroll
account codes and balances must be audited on an annual basis according to
Texas Education Code, Section 44.008.
Our fiscal year ends August 31st and our audit is due to TEA January
28th (150 days after the close of our fiscal year).
We received a clean audit for the fiscal year ending August
31, 2015. Our final report was approved
by the Brownfield ISD Board of Trustees December 14, 2015 and submitted to TEA
the next day.
A key indicator presented in our audit report is the level
of fund balance in the general fund. It
is the primary gauge of financial health and a significant portrayal of our
districts financial position.
The recommended adequate level of a school districts fund
balance is 3 - 6 months of operating expenditures. Our monthly operating expenditures average
approximately $1.2 million, making our adequate fund balance level between $3.6
- $7.2 million. Our audited fund balance
at August 31, 2015 was $4.6 million, which falls within the TEA recommended
Brownfield ISD maintains an adequate fund balance to help
minimize various risks caused by uncontrollable factors and focus on the
primary purpose of instructing students.
We feel privileged to be a part of a school district and community that
allow us to work together towards this common goal.
Chief Financial Officer
News Article #117--Nori Banda--Director of Personnel and
How many of us have read, “If you can read this, thank a
teacher?” National Teacher Day is always the first Tuesday in May. It falls
within Teacher Appreciation Week which is observed the first week of May as
established by the National PTA in 1985. This year Teacher Appreciation week
will be observed May 2 – May 6 this year. This week is set aside to honor and
show support to teachers for all they do to educate our children and prepare
them for their future. Teachers play a critical role educating and helping our
children become future leaders. We entrust our children from a very early age
to them. Most students spend seven to eight hours a day in school. Students who
participate in after school activities spend even more time with teachers in
many different capacities. Teachers dedicate even more time to preparing their
everyday lessons so that they meet the needs of all of their students in the
classroom. When was the last time you worked with a group of 20 or more
students by yourself? There are many demands that teachers need to meet on a
daily basis. Not only helping students to learn to read, write and do math,
teachers also help students with their personal growth. Many students come to
school with problems and issues that teachers must find a way to work around in
order to prepare them for the demands of learning, such as testing. When
teachers are asked why they continue to teach, the first usual response is that
they love kids. They learn their students’ likes and dislikes, their
temperaments, their quirky behaviors and most of all the way they learn.
Teacher Appreciation Week is a time set aside to say thank you to special
teachers that either taught you or are teaching your children today. During
this week, let teachers know you appreciate everything they do. Some teachers
are humble and do not expect anything in return for what they do daily.
Teachers make lasting contributions to our children every day and they help
mold them into productive citizens. What better way to show them appreciation
by just saying thank you for teaching my child!
News Article #116--Ray Vasquez -Asst. Supt of Curriculum and
Brownfield Community Pride
It has been an awesome sight to see our community come
together and support Brownfield ISD and its students. Even though the school year is not over yet,
we have had another successful school year thus far. Our students have excelled in academics,
athletics, band, and numerous extra-curricular activities at the district,
regional, and state level. The most
motivating part of their successful journey is all of the community support our
students receive along the way. Here are a couple of examples in the last month
on how our community has come together and shown that incredible Brownfield
The 2016 Brownfield ISD Run, Walk, or Roll against Bullying
event at the Coleman Park was a huge success this past Monday evening. This anti-bullying event brought out over
260 community members this year. It was
great to see so many BISD staff, students, and community members participating
and coming together in unison. We would
like to thank all the sponsors, participants, as well as Mrs. Banda for
organizing this event and reminding everyone that bullying is not allowed in
It was such an impressive sight to see all of the Brownfield
fans that made the trip down to San Antonio to support our Runnin’ Cubs at the
UIL State Basketball Tournament. The
Alamodome was filled with Cub play-off shirts, and our seating section was
packed with Brownfield PRIDE! It was an
incredible experience to see the community of Brownfield in full force cheering
on our boys to a state basketball title for the first time in Brownfield
history. I honestly believe that when
you have that kind of community support and parental involvement, the sky is
the limit for the children of Brownfield ISD and I look forward to seeing great
things in the future from our students that will make Brownfield PROUD!