Thank you to the 878 individuals who read in 676 Birdville ISD (BISD) K-8 classrooms as part of World Read Aloud Day on Feb. 1. We appreciate you taking time to model to our students the importance and joy of reading.
World Read Aloud Day is celebrated by millions of people in more than 100 countries. This event calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. This event was celebrated by elementary and middle schools across the District.
At their regular meeting, Birdville ISD’s Board of Trustees approved the administrative appointments of Dave Lambson as executive director of technology and Lisa Collett Walker as principal of Holiday Heights Elementary School. Lambson is replacing Randy Sumrall, who is retiring at the end of the 2017–18 school year; and Walker is replacing Mike Dukes, who is also retiring at the end of the school year.
Dave Lambson has been director of technical services with BISD since 2013. Prior to Birdville, he was an enterprise solutions architect at Brigham Young University–Idaho from 2010–13; director of application development and maintenance at Katy ISD from 2006–10; lead developer at Xpediant Educational Solutions from 2002–06; and a web application developer at ExpressTimeSheets, Inc. from 2000–02.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and master’s degree from the University of North Texas.
Lisa Walker has been an assistant principal at Old Union Elementary School in Carroll ISD since 2012. Prior to Carroll, she was an assistant principal at Pflugerville ISD from 2007–11; assistant principal at Elgin ISD from 2006–07; instructional specialist at Elgin ISD from 2005–06; and fifth-grade teacher at Pflugerville ISD from 1997–2005.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and master’s degree from the University of Mary Hardin–Baylor
Matt Cordell, an award-winning author, recently spoke to students at Holiday Heights, Porter, Walker Creek, Watauga, and West Birdville elementary schools. Cordell was recently awarded the Caldecott Medal, one of the most prestigious awards given to children’s book authors, for his book Wolf in the Snow.
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Four times each year, Birdville ISD conducts a lockdown drill on each campus. Safety drills began in the District 15 years ago. Before the tragic shooting in Florida, BISD had a lockdown drill scheduled for the week of February 19. To look for ways to continually improve our response in various emergency scenarios, the District does not typically announce drills in advance. However, in light of last week’s events, we are announcing a lockdown drill on all BISD campuses on Thursday, Feb. 22 or Friday, Feb. 23. This will only be a drill. #BISDAlert
Volunteer readers are coming to elementary classrooms in Birdville to read to students! In conjunction with the 2018 World Read Aloud Day (Feb. 1, 2018), Birdville ISD will host a full week of Read Aloud events, Jan. 29 – Feb. 2. Volunteers will be reading in every elementary classroom in Birdville. If you would like to celebrate Read Aloud Week with BISD students, click here to see where readers are still needed.
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If needed during winter weather, Birdville ISD calls parents and staff to inform them of school closings and delays. Please log in and verify the primary phone number listed in Skyward Family Access (for parents) and Munis Self Serve (for staff). For winter weather calls, the system will only call one number. So, please make sure the appropriate number is listed in our system. This is also a good time to confirm your email and mobile/cell number. BISD uses each of these as part of their communications with parents and staff.