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The 2020-21 school year will present new challenges and new opportunities for Spring Branch ISD and our community. No matter what challenges we face, our responsibility is to ensure students in SBISD continue learning safely and effectively. Our commitment to inspire minds and shape lives while maintain-ing student learning and academic performance is non-negotiable.
 
The District is equally resolved in its commitment to go beyond to  prioritize health and safety for students, employees and the entire SBISD Family.  These two overriding priorities have informed and shaped  
our 2020-21 back-to-school plan, LearnSBISD.
 
LearnSBISD affirms how - together - we’ll support these priorities, and your role as our vital partners. LearnSBISD provides information families need to make the best decisions for their child’s education. 
 
The plan was informed by countless hours of research and planning by district and campus leaders, employee and family surveys, medical professionals, lessons learned from Spring 2020, summer pilot programs, and local, state and national health and government agency guidance. LearnSBISD addresses four critical areas of focus.
 
OUR PLAN FOCUSES ON: 
 
Health and Safety 
Teaching and Learning 
Family Supports
Staying Connected 
 
Click the link provided below to learn more about LearnSBISD.
 
 

Johana Cruz was honored during the 17th annual Character Without Question awards ceremony at the Feb. 24, 2020 Spring Branch ISD board meeting. She was nominated and selected for the award from the student body for embodying strong character traits such as honesty, kindness, integrity, perseverance, courage, caring, and more.

Each school’s honoree received a framed award, the book “Oh the Places You Will Go,” and congratulations from all SBISD Trustees, to the cheers of family, friends and school leaders gathered in the Northbrook High auditorium.

At the pre-event reception, supported by Wells Fargo and the Spring Branch Education Foundation, the Character Without Question honorees enjoyed refreshments and had photos taken with their families.

Congratulations Johana!

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.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ENROLLMENT 

  • 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.

PreK

  • 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.

Kindergarten/First grade

  • 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

Other grades

  • 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.

 

We’re highlighting our Teacher of the Year Finalists for their outstanding work. Join us in celebrating these AMAZING educators! #InspiringMinds #EveryChild

Elementary Teacher of the Year Finalist


Michelle Clements

Housman Elementary School

1st Grade Teacher

Education

Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, Master’s in School Counseling, Current Graduate Student (December 2020 Graduation Anticipated)

Baylor University, Waco, Texas, Bachelor of Education with a focus on Special Education, 2015


Teaching History

Housman Elementary School, 2017-Present

Plano ISD, 2015-2017

In her own words . . .

“I am most passionate about teaching in Tittle 1 schools, [and] . . . have actively sought jobs in such schools with heavy bilingual populations. I am an advocate for all Second Language learners and students from lower-income families. I am constantly striving to keep those students as academically advanced as their peers.”

“I want every child who comes through my classroom to leave with the academics and social skills needed to achieve whatever goals and dreams they have for their future, regardless of where they come from.”

In the words of others . . .

“Focused, enthusiastic and determined are words that come to mind when I think of Michelle Clements as a teacher. Michelle teaches first grade at Housman Elementary, and through the interactive classroom she creates, her students are thriving.”

Lindy Robertson, Housman Elementary Principal

“Each day, Michelle comes with the mindset that this is not just her job, but her mission. She sets her needs aside and approaches each adult and student with respect and positivity. She commits all of her efforts into every lesson, radiating genuine enthusiasm for even the most mundane of content. Her students are excited to learn, and after school, I often hear excited discussion about what they did in class.”

Macey Mulcahy, Housman Elementary Teacher

 

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.

Learn more >>