Great News! The Memorial Middle School Chamber orchestra has just been selected as a finalist in The Houston Cup, a local competition celebrating and recognizing excellent teaching in Intermediate level orchestral performance in the Houston area. You can learn more about this prestigious competition here: http://www.orchestrafestivals.com/the-houston-cup.html
Finalists include (in alpha order):
Beckendorff Junior High School Honor Orchestra - Karel Butz, Director
Kleb Intermediate Chamber Orchestra - Dawn Herron, Director
Knox Chamber Orchestra - Shelby Nichols, Director
Memorial Middle School Chamber Orchestra - Megan Saavedra & Bethany Prindle, Directors
Sartartia Middle School Chamber Orchestra - Sophia Hsieh, Director
Spillane Middle School Chamber Orchestra - Jeannine Adams, Director
Memorial Middle School Orchestra ranked 4th out of 11 ensembles that participated.
Three campuses will be recognized by the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees on Aug. 26 after being named Texas Honor Roll schools recently by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP), a nonprofit organization that focuses on data analysis to help improve student achievement and career readiness.
SBISD campuses named this summer to the Texas Honor Roll included Memorial Middle School, Nottingham Elementary and the Spring Branch Academic Institute, which serves both elementary and secondary highly gifted students.
ERP states that Honor Roll schools “have demonstrated consistently high levels of student achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time, and reduced achievement gaps among student populations,” according to an ERP press release issued with annual school and district honor roll results.
Marilyn Reznick, ERP’s board chair, says that this recognition program is the only one of its kind in Texas based solely on objective achievement data, and has as a main goal better educational outcomes for students nationwide.
ERP’s Honor Roll program is part of a wider effort to recognize successful school systems and promote proven solutions to improve student outcomes. “Our goal is to guide other educators to data-informed best practices for increasing student achievement,” Reznick said.
Her views were echoed by ERP President and CEO James Lanich. “ERP is all about educational equity and promoting career readiness for all students, regardless of family income, background or neighborhood ZIP Code,” he said.
“These Honor Roll schools and districts are living proof that our students can succeed when schools are committed to removing educational obstacles and accelerating student success. By focusing attention on these bright spots among our schools, we hope to change the conversation from ‘what’s wrong’ to ‘what’s working,’ and encourage others to replicate their success,” Lanich also said.
In Texas overall, 855 schools were named to ERP’s state honor roll. The honoree schools in SBISD will be provided with special banners to display on their campus grounds.
The Spring Branch Independent School District has selected the following early dismissal days to be used for professional development or parental involvement. Not all schools may follow this schedule, so please contact your child's school directly if you have any questions.
October 17-18 Elementary Early Dismissal – Parent/Teacher Conference
December 18-20 Secondary Early Dismissal; December 20 Elementary Early Dismissal
February 13-14 Elementary Early Dismissal – Parent/Teacher Conference
May 26-28 Secondary Early Dismissal: May 28 Elementary Early Dismissal
Click here to review the SBISD Academic Calendar for 2019-20.
To be eligible to enroll in kindergarten, a child must be five years old on or before September 1 of the current academic year.
First graders must be six years old on or before September 1 of the current academic year.
If you are new to Spring Branch ISD, or you have moved within SBISD and will attend a different school than the previous year, you must register for classes at the school your child will be attending.
Be four years old on or before September 1 of the current academic year.
To determine state funding the parent/guardian must answer questions about the student’s ability to speak and comprehend English, as well as about the family’s income level.
Parents should assume responsibility for the supervision of their children prior to being picked up by the bus and after the bus has returned.
Be five years old on or before September 1 of the current academic year to be eligible for kindergarten.
Be six years old on or before September 1 of the current academic year to be eligible for first grade
A child who is not legally eligible to enter grade 1 may be assigned to first grade before age six. Such assignments are the decision of the District, with the consent of the child’s parent or guardian
New students after first grade will be placed initially at grade level reached elsewhere. Final grade placement will be based on observations and testing made by District personnel.
The MMS Cross Country TEAM had a stellar meet yesterday at Tully Stadium! THE 8th grade girls, 8th grade boys, and the 7th grade girls--- all won their divisions!!!
Marco Ferrier won the 8th grade boys race in dominant fashion, beating the next place finisher by 12 seconds. His teammates, Cody Zyroll, Eduardo Aguado, William Wylie, and Kyle Brown all placed in the TOP 15.
The 7th grade girls were led once again by Kassidy Kitchel who broke 13 minutes for two miles! Her teammates all finished in the top ten: Madeline Besetsny in 2nd, Kate Lovoi in 5th, Audrey Rogan in 6th, and Charlotte Hardig in 9th. What an impressive race by all the 7th grade girls.
The 8th grade girls were led by team captain Megan Broom in 4th, Gwenie Beach in 5th, and Sienna Yoder in 10th
The 7th grade boys top finisher was Daylan Rushing in 4th, Jonathan Lumpkin in 6th, and Quin Jamison in 7th. The 7th grade boys finished 2nd overall.
Next Wednesday the running Eagles will race for the District Titles at Nottingham Park. Please come out and cheer them on!
We are excited to announce that the 8th grade Odyssey of the Mind team placed second at state and is now heading to the World Finals! Teams come to the World Finals from around the U.S. and more than 20 other countries!
The MMS 8th grade Team includes: Ben Duong, Jude Jamison, Jonathan Ji, Edward Li, Jonah Liau, Phoenix Nguyen, and Camilla Pearson
World Finals are May 22-26 and will be held at Michigan State University this year. It will cost each team member around $1,000 for the weekend (air fare, meals, ground transportation, and boarding at MSU). The OM team is raising funds for seven students and three adults and would greatly appreciate any dollar amount you would be willing to donate! The GoFundMe page for the Team is:
The survey is expected to take no more than 15 minutes, and can be taken in English, Spanish, Arabic, and five other languages.
If you have children at different schools, we ask that you fill out a survey for each school. If you have multiple children at one school, we ask that you take the survey with your oldest child in mind or take the survey once per child.
Survey data is benchmarked nationally to create a comprehensive understanding of the school’s culture and climate.
The Eagle Cross Country team competed in their second meet on Friday at Northbrook Middle School. Congratulations to the top 10 finishers in each division who all improved their mile times from the first meet!
Families and mentors are a critical part of helping students make connections between what is learned at school and what they experience outside campus walls. We welcome and encourage parents, families, and mentors to partner with us!
The new Empowered & Equipped! site features resources to support conversations and activities at home, and in the community, with monthly lessons aligned to SBISD instruction. These lessons focus on the critical areas of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)and building awareness of various career pathways as part of the Spring Branch T-2-4 Goal.