Education and Schools

Wed
03
May

'Let's Celebrate!'

L: Longtime friends Sierra Simpson and Heather Hoefling share a smile as they catch their breath at the conclusion of their Lunar Eclipse performance on Thursday.

R: Burnet junior Audriana Reyes flashes a smile to the crowd while completing a pirouette during last week’s Spring Show in Burnet. It was the 38 production of the annual Highlandette event. This year’s show was produced by Caity Clinton and was titled Let’s Celebrate. The Highlandette Spring Show is an honored tradition in Burnet that was started by Caity Clinton’s mother, Deidra Robertson.

 

Wed
03
May

District adopting Literacy 2020 to address reading instruction

All research indicates that reading is the foundation of all other learning, and it is no secret that the math, science and social studies STAAR tests measure students’ ability to read as much as their knowledge about the content. There have been lots of good things happening in Burnet CISD in terms of reading instruction, but there has never been one systematic and structured approach utilized across all grade levels throughout the district. To address this issue, the district has developed an initiative it is calling Literacy 2020.

Wed
03
May

State Champs!

The Burnet High School UIL Social Studies team has won a state title, finishing first at the recent UIL State Meet. Team members, from left, Audrey Anderson, Meghan Hoefling, Jordin Belmarez, Sabrina Franco and Trevor Holman proudly display their medals and Best of State plaque. To add as the "icing on the cake,' Trevor Holman is the individual state champion! UIL Coach Hunter Hobbs said, "I'm just super proud of all these kids. They are blessed with extremely talented minds, but they also worked extremely hard to achieve a level of excellence that no other team in the state could match."

Wed
03
May

BCISD promotes principals

L: Sullivan M: BJ Gates R: Rick Gates

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor
Burnet Bulletin
Two Burnet Consolidated Independent School District assistant principals were promoted after the board of trustees took action Monday night during a special called meeting.
Shady Grove Elementary assistant principal Bonnie Sullivan was promoted to principal by the board Monday night. She will succeed current principal Jonathan Purser, who is leaving the district to pursue another position.
RJ Richey Elementary assistant principal Betty Jo (BJ) Gates was promoted to principal of her school. She will succeed principal Jill Wittekiend, who is retiring after 31 total years in education, including 11 with Burnet CISD.

Wed
03
May

BCISD could raise salaries with surplus

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor
Burnet Bulletin
Burnet Consolidated Independent School District board members got good news during Monday's special budget workshop — property values in the school district are expected to increase by as much as six percent, according to the Burnet Central Appraisal District (BCAD).
This, along with an increase in the projected weighted average daily attendance, or WADA, is expected to increase the district's projected revenues by nearly $1.23 million for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, said BCISD financial director Clay Goehring.
As a result, the district may be able to look at increasing the salary and compensation it offers to teachers and other staff, allowing it to position itself competitively with other school districts in the vicinity, said Contessa Huffman, the district's director of human resources and administrative services.

Mon
24
Apr

Shady Grove Kinder Round-Up

Wed
05
Apr

Rotary Student of the Month

Colin McBurnett has been selected as the Rotary Student of the Month. While being in the top 10 in his class, Colin participates in a wealth of student organizations, sports, and especially shines in UIL Academics. Colin advanced to UIL Regionals all four years of high school and advanced to UIL State two years. Colin is the UIL Team Leader and is one who leads by example. His energy, attitude and charisma are attributes that make him the perfect choice for Rotary Student of the Month! Colin participates in varsity football, track and powerlifting. In addition to this busy schedule he is a member of National Honor Society and is active in his church organizations. He is also a proud member of the BHS Heckle Squad! Colin is attending the University of North Texas to pursue a career in coaching and is also considering sports broadcasting.

Wed
29
Mar

2014 BCISD bond program successful by all metrics

With the substantial completion of all major projects associated with the 2014 Bond Program, I wanted to recap the more than three year process that it has taken to get to this point. On February 17, 2014 the Board of Trustees approved the Facility Community Advisory Committee (FCAC) which was comprised of 26 community members. The FCAC’s role was to establish priorities and recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding facility needs. The FCAC met seven times in order to review demographic information, financial information and the facility needs list. In addition, the FCAC toured the campuses with the greatest facility needs and participated in a survey to prioritize the facility needs list. All of this information was utilized in order for the FCAC to develop a set of recommendations for the Board of Trustees to consider. On May 19, 2014 the Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of the FCAC and on August 18, 2014 the Board of Trustees called for the bond election.

Wed
15
Mar

'Shattered Dreams' teaches teens consequences

Burnet High School senior Lexey Parker sits stunnd in a vehicle as emergency personnel declare her passenger "dead" during a mick fatality in the "Shattered Dreams" program at the high school on Thursday, March 9.

By Amy Prayer

Burnet Bulletin

Wed
01
Mar

HOSA celebrates HOSA week

Burnet HOSA students competed at area competition on Jan. 13-14. The students did an amazing job and their hard work paid off. From left, Jazmine Castillo placed fourth in Extemporaneous Health Poster; Britney Hardison placed second in Medical Reading, advancing her to state; and Itzel Gonzalez placed fifth in Pharmacology. These events had 25 or more students competing from all over Central Texas, including Health Career High School in San Antonio.

Burnet HOSA celebrated HOSA week from Feb. 6-10. HOSA is the student organization for future health professionals. HOSA Week was an opportunity to promote health science students, the mission of HOSA and service to others.

Burnet HOSA raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through several activities on campus, including "Pennies for Patients" and selling candy grams for Valentine's Day.

"Pennies for Patients" was a fundraiser in which schools participate in raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with the class that earned the most money at the end of a week winning a prize. All money raised goes to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help find a cure for blood cancers and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

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