TEA Accreditation Status - 2016-Met Standard District


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Site Coordinator of the Year!
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Cubs Corner

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”).

                 We 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.

                Each 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 Education.

                We 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!”

                There 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 Principal

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 the process.


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.

            Nothing 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.

            Back to 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. 

            Parents can 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.

            As the 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

Budget Process

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 Plans.

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 Improvement Plan.

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 Education

Summer Fun

                Summer 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 flashlight tag.

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 Asst. Principal

“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 classroom!

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 successful.

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.      

                This 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.

                 Mrs. 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.

                There 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 campus.  .

                We 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.

                One 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 settings!

                As the 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 Coach

Brownfield Athletics Article Spring 2016

                Summer 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.

                So how 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.

                So, 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.

                Where 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 Cubs!

Sic’em !


News article #123--Hector Limon, Jr. BHS Assistant Principal

Cub Corner

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 environment.

                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.

                As 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.

News Article #119--Paul Coronado--High School Principal

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 successes.

Paul Coronado

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 law.

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 range.

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.

Bobby Vaughan

Chief Financial Officer

Brownfield ISD

News Article #117--Nori Banda--Director of Personnel and Operations

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 Instruction

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 Pride.

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 our schools.    

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!

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