Area FFA students pose together at their last Gilt Show in San Antonio last weekend. They are (from left) back row: Burnet High School FFA advisor Joe Vann, Christian Tucker, Kaygen Floyd, Cash Ringstaff, Bradley Keeling, and J.T. Killebrew. Front row (from left): Aubree Taylor, Kianna Moss, and Shelbie Denton.
John F. Kennedy is quoted as saying, “When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” When students make a poor choice at home or at school, it can create a crisis within the family or school. While it is easy for a teacher or parent to identify the danger aspect of a poor choice, sometimes it is more difficult to focus on the opportunity of the poor choice. The reality is that there are natural consequences associated with the choices we make as students and as adults. If a student doesn’t complete an assignment and receives a failing grade, then that can be a mini crisis, but the natural consequence of the failing grade can serve as an opportunity to learn from the situation. As tough as it is to watch our young people not meet our expectations, it is an important part of maturing to face the natural consequences of choice.
The Burnet High School Cross-Examination Debate Team are, from left, Liam Franco, Jazlyn Marvin, Coach Betty Sue Smallwood, Dillon Crain, and Jess Luther.
On Thursday, Feb. 9, the Burnet High School Cross-Examination (CX) Debate Team captured gold, bronze, and top speaker honors at the District 19-4A CX Debate Meet and are headed to the UIL State Meet in March. Congratulations to Dillon Crain and Jess Luther for earning the Gold (and becoming state qualifiers), Liam Franco and Jazlyn Marvin for earning the Bronze (as alternates to state) and Jess Luther for earning Top Speaker. This team exemplifies BHS “Spirit, Pride, and Honor” in action!
People taking part in the BTX Join the Journey fourth annual Safe & Drug Free Wellness Fair had a blast dressing up in colorful costumes to show their support for a drug-free, healthy lifestyle.
By Amy Prayer
Community members of all ages were invited and urged to attend the fourth Annual Safe & Drug Free Wellness Fair Thursday, Feb. 9, held at the R.J. Richey Elementary School.
Join the Journey was born from the tragic incident Janet Christiansen experienced when she lost her 21 year old son Caleb, to a drug overdose, Christiansen decided to do something.
In cooperation with Superintendent Keith McBurnett and local law enforcement, Join the Journey was launched in 2013.
Join the Journey addresses the issue of drug use in our community through treatment, response, education, and communication with a joint effort between the school district, law enforcement, treatment facilities and families of Burnet.
Mrs. Bremer’s Pre-K class prepares to lead the 2nd Annual 100 Days of School Parade. Along with her is Mr. Pritchett, the Instructional Partner who helps in her classroom. The entire student body participated, class by class, by wearing various decorated shirts and hats, and some even carried miniature shoebox floats. The kids had such a great time that they went around the track several times.
The Bertram Homeschool Club enjoying a tour of the Blue Baker in Austin on Jan. 28. In addition to learning about the process of baking each student received dough that was formed and baked to enjoyed at home.
The Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) All-Region Clinic and Concert is a whirlwind of rehearsal and performance that included 15 Burnet High School Students Jan. 20-21. Their group included the bast band students from across Regions 29 and 32 of the ATSSB that stretch from Lampasas to Boerne to Liberty Hill to Brady. Students earned their places through a rigorous audition process in December. The regional musicians met together for the first time on Jan. 20 at Burnet High School. They rehearsed for nine hours over the two day event and performed a concert for parents, family and friends on Jan. 2. “The Burnet band students did a wonderful job and represented BHS with sprit, pride and honor,” read an announcement from the school.
January is School Board Recognition Month and Burnet CISD is joining other districts across the state to thank these local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our children and public schools. As elected officials, they are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of Texas schoolchildren. “Even though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation to our Board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment. They generously give of themselves to ensure that decisions directly affecting our local schools are made by representatives of this community, people who are close to our schools and know our teachers, parents, and students,” said Superintendent Keith McBurnett. “Board members shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices. Their ultimate goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district,” McBurnett said.
The Texas Education Agency has released to the Texas Legislature preliminary ratings of school districts and campuses based on a new accountability system that is set to go into effect in August 2018. The reviews by area educators could best be described as thumbs down.
Marble Falls Independent School District Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Wes Cunningham said administrators were told there would be a provisional accountability rating released, but added that the A-F Accountability Ratings are “using a still-in-process methodology that doesn't use any new data.”
“These A-F ratings just released are using the current system data that is being used under our current accountability ratings, in which our campuses and our district got the highest rating possible of meeting the standards,” Cunningham said.