Education and Schools

Wed
15
Feb

Community "joins journey" to be healthy, safe and drug free

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

Burnet Bulletin 

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.

Wed
08
Feb

Celebrating 100 Days of School

Marcie Masterson

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.

Wed
08
Feb

Bertram Homeschool Club

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.

Wed
08
Feb

BMS students kick off Start With Hello Week

By Amy Prayer

Wed
01
Feb

BHS students qualify for regional concert

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.

Wed
25
Jan

Thank a school board member!

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.

Thu
12
Jan

New TEA ratings get low marks

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.

Thu
12
Jan

Burnet CISD more than a letter grade

Passed in 2015, House Bill 2804 made significant changes to the state public school accountability system, including the creation of A-F rating labels for district and campus performance in five domains. Although these labels won’t be formally applied to campuses until the 2017-2018 school year, the Commissioner of Education Mike Morath was required to submit a report to the Legislature by January 1, 2017, showing what grade each district and campus would have received for the first four domains (student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and college or career readiness) if the new rating system were in place.

The Texas Education Agency published the “what if” A-F ratings last week. Although 94% of Texas districts earned the Met Standard rating under the current accountability system, statewide the results under the preliminary A-F rating system look much different:

Thu
12
Jan

Vandals break into new AgriLife building

Vandals broke into the former Burnet Elementary cafeteria and another building this weekend, causing a great deal of damage to property being refurbished by the county for use by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Burnet County Judge James Oakley said workers arriving early Monday, Jan. 9, to the building discovered the damage, which included paint intentionally splattered on the floor, on signs, on walls, on windows, on the stage and on aluminum siding.
In addition, it appears the vandals also may have struck another building on the campus that is being used for storage by the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District. A broken window was discovered Saturday and reported to police, who had no reason to believe any other buildings were involved until damage was found Monday morning.

Wed
05
Oct

Sip with the Super, or apply for a position

The next Coffee and Tea with the Superintendent will be held on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 8 a.m.

Community members and parents are welcome to join Burnet CISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett for pastries, intimate conversation and informative updates at the Parent Resource Center at 202 E Brier Street, where they can share questions and suggestions about the district.

Visit www.burnetcisd.net for more information.

To get more directly involved with BCISD, apply for a position with the district. District officials are seeking an elementary teacher for Shady Grove Elementary, a Licensed Vocational Nurse for Burnet Middle School, an Instructional Partner for Life Skills at Burnet High School, a part-time lunch room monitor at Shady Grove Elementary, and school bus drivers and trainees.

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