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Our mission is to provide a quality education through shared responsibility in a safe supportive environment for all students to meet the challenges of a global society. We are “Committed to Excellence”, and we work hard to make the site a primary source for timely information for all users, and a main gateway for improved communication between parents, teachers, students and other members of our community. Our goal and responsibility is to help each student develop an enthusiasm for learning, a respect for self and others, and the skills to become a creative independent thinker and problem solver.



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Parental Involvement


The research overwhelmingly indicates that parent involvement not only positively affects student achievement, it contributes to higher quality education and better performance of schools overall. A study conducted by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory in 2002, analyzed several different pieces of existing research on parent involvement in education. Results of the study, released in a report titled “A New Wave of Evidence” found that students whose parents are actively involved in their education are more likely to attend school regularly, adapt well to school, take advanced classes and excel academically. These students also tend to have better social skills, and they are more likely to graduate from high school and attend secondary school. Students of all races and ethnic groups benefit when their parents are involved in their education according to William H. Jeynes in “Parental Involvement and Student Achievement” a meta-analysis of parental involvement and student achievement studies conducted as part of the Harvard Family Research Project. One aspect of parental involvement that has the most impact on student achievement, according to Jeynes, is parental expectations. Students achieve more when their parents expect more.

Starting up the 2013-2014 school year, increasing student achievement, along with providing a safe learning environment for all students, were among the top priorities for Brownfield ISD. We wanted to start the new school year with transparency, and to increase communication with all BISD stakeholders about their child’s education. With that being said, we have implemented Academic Parent Nights throughout the district to inform parents about their child’s academics, state assessments, accountability, curriculum and college readiness, as well as valuable information on how you as a parent can help your child at home with his/her academics. As the research states, parental involvement is essential for student success. Since the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, we have had several Academic Parent Nights throughout all our campuses and have been received well by our community. Bright Beginnings Academic Center, Colonial Heights Elementary and Oak Grove Elementary, all have had several evenings filled with fun reading and math activities where parents and their children are learning together as a family. Middle School and High School have provided valuable information on scheduling, course offerings, Honors/AP courses, ACT/SAT, dual credit courses, College Readiness and CTE/Vocational opportunities for all students. Brownfield ISD is committed to high student achievement and encourages all parents to participate in their child’s education. Feel free to come and visit our schools and see firsthand all the great things that are happening here at Brownfield ISD.



Sincerely,
Ray Vasquez






Brownfield High School News


The school year is winding down, but Brownfield High School faculty and staff are busily helping students prepare for the future. Registration and course selections for next year are almost finished, and many students are taking steps towards college readiness.

Counselors have visited with all 8th-11thgraders regarding their course selections for next year, and we have almost all of the course requests in the computer in preparation for 2014-15 course scheduling. A copy of the course selections will be sent home at the end of the year with student report cards. Parents are encouraged to review the course selections and call or email the counselors by June 13 if there are any questions or concerns. Please watch for an announcement of the Fall registration dates that will be planned in August. During Fall registration, students will be able to pick up their schedules for the upcoming school year. Over half of our 11th graders have registered to take either the ACT test or the SAT test in June. The SAT will be given on June 7, and the ACT will be given on June 14th. Additional opportunities to take or retake these tests will be offered beginning in October 2014. Higher ACT and SAT scores can mean more scholarship money for students, and it can also affect the post-secondary choices available to the students.

We are in the process of giving the TSI assessment to all 11th graders. This assessment is required before a student is allowed to enroll in college courses. Those who do not meet the TSI standards on this test will be enrolled in Developmental Math, Writing, or Reading classes at BHS in the fall so that they will be prepared for college level work by the end of the senior year. Those who are unable to finish TSI testing before school is out will be able to make appointments with the counselor to take the assessments June 2-13 at 12:30pm each day.

We would like to encourage 11th grade students and parents to begin looking at colleges and universities, to research financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and to make the most of the senior year by taking challenging coursework, working at increase scores on ACT and SAT, and planning college visits.

Summer school will be held at BHS this year for both BHS and BMS students. Registration will be on Tuesday, June 3, and the first day of summer school will be Wednesday, June 4. Summer school will have 2 components. One component will focus on credit recovery, which will be necessary for students who have failed courses and need to retake those courses to stay on track for graduation. The other component will focus on acceleration to prepare students who need to retake STAAR End of Course tests during the week of July 7. Summer school will take place throughout the month of June from 8:00am – 12:00noon.

We would like to encourage our students and parents to have an enjoyable summer, and to combine that with enriching activities such as reading and ACT/SAT preparation. Look for educational opportunities to have fun with your children by visiting historic venues, zoos, and museums. Stay safe, and come back refreshed and ready to learn in August!

By,
Paul Coronado
Brownfield High School Principal




Brownfield ISD Business Office Update


Are Brownfield ISD (BISD) employees paid enough? That was the focus of a recent study performed by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).

BISD engaged the HR Services Division of TASB to conduct an employee compensation study in October 2013. After months of planning, collecting data, evaluating job assignments, and interviewing employees, TASB presented their findings to the BISD board March 24th, 2014. The process compared pay ranges of BISD employees to that of surrounding peer districts as well as statewide districts of similar size. A few of the local districts included in the study (based on enrollment and location) were Denver City, Lamesa, Levelland, Seminole, and Shallowater. A few of the larger local districts included in the study (based on location only) were Frenship, Lubbock, and Lubbock-Cooper.

TASB recommended BISD divide employees into four different “pay groups”: Teachers (including Librarians and Registered Nurses), Administrators (including Principals, Assistant Principals, Directors, Coordinators, and Counselors), Clerical Positions (including Secretaries, Aides, and Clerks), and Auxiliary Positions (including School Resource Officers, Maintenance Workers, Custodians, and Cafeteria Workers).

The results also recommended fairly significant changes to the Teacher pay group and slight changes to all other pay groups.

The biggest recommendation was to eliminate teacher “step raises” and adopt a market based approach to teacher pay. What does this mean exactly? We would provide an equal pay increase to all Teachers, Librarians, and Registered Nurses instead of giving pay increases based on the current step scale. We would still have a step scale, but it would only be used for the purpose of hiring new employees.

For example, if the budget allowed us to give $100,000 of teacher raises, we would distribute that amount evenly to every Teacher, Librarian, and Registered Nurse. If the individual amounts came out to $500, every Teacher, Librarian, and Registered Nurse would get a $500 raise that year, regardless of their experience level.

TASB also recommended increasing the starting teacher salary (for teachers with no prior experience) from $34,000 to $37,000. Their research revealed we were low compared to other districts in the area. The starting teacher salaries they reported at the time of the study were - Lubbock at $41,000, Seminole at $39,150, Denver City at $37,220, and Lamesa at $37,000. The $37,000 starting teacher salary would bring us more in line with surrounding districts of similar size. The final recommendation to teacher pay was to consider providing additional stipends in areas the district has difficulties recruiting and maintaining employees. Possible areas include Math, Science, Bilingual, and ESL. BISD currently offers a $5,000 signing bonus (paid over two years) and an $1,800 stipend to all secondaryMath and Science teachers.

The recommendation for the other pay groups (Administrators, Clerical Positions, and Auxiliary Positions) was to slightly adjust pay to be better aligned with the market. These pay groups were already set up to distribute raises evenly to each employee classification or group. The only change here would be to increase pay and pay ranges (minimum, midpoint, and maximum) to be better market aligned.

The District has started planning, preparing, and evaluating the budget for the 2014-2015 school year and will use TASB’s recommendations as a guide to propose final pay amounts to the board for approval in August 2014. If the board approves the budget and wage recommendations, the new pay rates would go into effect September 2014.

One of our goals in the BISD Business Office is to help recruit and maintain quality staff. Our students are ultimately affected by employee quality and inconsistency. We believe the recommendations made by TASB (if approved) will help recruit and retain quality teachers, lower turnover rates, and provide consistency in the classroom for years to come.

Chief Financial Officer
Bobby Vaughan
Brownfield ISD



Brownfield Middle School News

Students have unplugged their alarm clocks and frequently mosey to Coleman Park for a spirited day of swimming, skating, and playing. A few find work or stay busy around the house, helping with chores, babysitting younger siblings, or simply mastering the latest video games. The school halls are quiet, the floors are being buffed and waxed, and classrooms are being cleaned from top to bottom. Teachers have entered into hibernation and are expected to wake up in a couple of months. Summer is here.

How do we as parents ensure our kids continue to get what they need educationally and developmentally as that responsibility falls solely on our shoulders during the summer months? There are some specific things we can do, some easy, some not so easy, that will benefit our children socially and academically.

Perhaps the single most important thing you can do for your child is to require them to read everyday. Reading improves language and communication, and develops logical thinking skills that will benefit students in all facets of formal education.

I’ve had conversations with many parents that say, “I make (my child) read everyday for 20 or 30 minutes, but I don’t know if they’re actually reading… I think they just look at the pages because they don’t like to read.” The first thing you can do to fight that battle is make sure what they’re reading is age and reading-level appropriate. The second strategy is to have your child write something about what they read. It can be a simple summary or what they learned from the reading. Writing not only proves that the material was read, but also encourages children to reflect on it and formulate their own thoughts and ideas.

Another simple strategy parents can use to promote academics in the summer is to have their children practice math facts – instant recall of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Knowing math facts correlates with success in math in school. Students who do not know their math facts spend much of their time on basic computations rather than learning higher order math skills. Have students create their own flash cards on note cards or small pieces of paper and practice them daily. Schools typically expect students to be able to instantly recall all multiplication facts from 1x1 to 12x12.

The next few things to consider are not as directly related to academics, but definitely have a major influence on a child’s success in school:

? Make sure kids pay attention to their surroundings and learn from everyday things. For example, while cooking breakfast, have your children count out the eggs or measure ingredients. While traveling, make observations about landforms, bridges, animals, and weather.

? Rich or poor, plentiful or deprived, require your kids to work for things. Abraham Lincoln said, “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left behind by those who hustle.” Hard work is a great quality and kids need to learn at an early age that hard work returns great reward.

? Demand respect from your kids to yourself and others. Lack of respect is one of the quickest ways to create conflict and tension. Relationships thrive on respect, and while it can be lost, freely giving respect most often begets respect which will promote a positive environment. Summer is a time for rejuvenation, family, and fun. Go to the park, eat dinner together at the table, have conversation with your kids, challenge them to a favorite game. Take time to do the little things that make a difference.


Aaron Waldrip
Principal
Brownfield Middle School














Great Things Happening at BISD!








Congratulations

The Brownfield Middle School Band was named the most OUTSTANDING Band in Class at the 3 day Greater Southwest Music Festival in Amarillo!! This is the second straight year for the BMS Band to earn such an accolade. Please congratulate these students! They have worked very hard all year! We have been so blessed with amazing students and tremendous support! We now send our recordings to the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Competition.








































A message from Four County SSA 

Brownfield Independent School District proposes to destroy special education records of students who were removed from the special education program or who graduated from Brownfield ISD within the academic year(s) 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. This purge of records is within Texas Education Agency guidelines, which require school districts to keep special education records for a period of five years. Parents of students or former special education adult students should notify Joni Dosher at Brownfield ISD Special Education office at 806-637-8448 if they want to obtain these records. Deadline for record requests is July 14, 2014.

 

AVISO

El distrito escolar independiente de Brownfield propone destruir expedientes de la educación especial de los estudiantes que fueron quitados del programa educativo especial o que graduaron de la ISD de Brownfield dentro del curso académico 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008 y 2008-2009. Esta purgación de expedientes está dentro de las pautas de la agencia de la educación de Tejas, que requieren los distritos escolares guardar los expedientes de la educación especial por un período de cinco años. Los padres de estudiantes o de estudiantes adultos anteriores de la educación especial deben notificar Joni Dosher en la oficina de la educación especial de la ISD de Brownfield en 806-637-8448  si quieren obtener estos expedientes. El plazo para las solicitudes de registro es el 14 de julio 2014.



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