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.
Birdville ISD’s mobile app was designed specifically to keep our families better informed and connected to what’s going on in our schools. The BISD mobile app is available for both iPhone and Android smartphones.
The app delivers real-time school news to your smartphone for fast, up-to-date access. The app features:
- Easy access to student grades, lunch menus and sports information;
- The latest District and school news;
- Push notifications about breaking news, closures, weather, events, and more;
- Access to community flyers specific to campuses of your choice;
- Photos from District and school events; and,
- Directory information including campus phone numbers, addresses and quick links to campus sites.
The app is FREE and available for download today:
1. From a smartphone, go to the iTunes App Store® or Google Play®
2. Search Birdville ISD
3. Then select the Birdville ISD app for free download
School news delivered right to your smartphone. The BISD mobile app is just a few taps away. Download it today!
AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that the Texas Education Agency has designated 23 new Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
(T-STEM) Academies for the 2016–2017 school year. With the addition of these 23 new campuses, Texas is now home to 121 state-designated T-STEM Academies.
T-STEM academies are rigorous secondary schools focusing on improving instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects, with a goal of increasing the number of students who study and enter STEM careers. Designated T-STEM campuses serve students in grades 6–12 or 9–12.
“The continued growth of Texas STEM academies reflects a commitment to rigorous instruction in key subjects that challenges students while also preparing them for the future,” said Commissioner Morath. “A strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics prepares students for college, career or the military, which in turn strengthens our state’s economic future.”
The 23 campuses or charters designated as T-STEM Academies for the 2016–2017 school year are:
- Birdville ISD: Birdville Career and Technology Education
- Canutillo ISD: Canutillo High School
- Cedars International Academy: Cedars International Next Generation High School (Austin)
- Edcouch-Elsa ISD: EE-T-STEM Early College High School*
- Edinburg CISD (2): Economedes T-STEM Early College High School* and Edinburg Collegiate T-STEM Early College High School*
- El Paso ISD: Franklin High School
- Greenville ISD: Greenville High School T-STEM Academy
- Harmony Public Schools: Harmony School of Excellence (Austin)
- Houston ISD: South Early College High School Advance Technology Institute
- Humble ISD: Humble High School STEM Academy
- Judson ISD: Karen Wagner T-STEM
- Kingsville ISD: H.M. King STEM Academy*
- La Joya ISD (4): Academy of STEM at La Joya ISD at Juarez Lincoln High School; La Joya High School; Palmview High School Academies;
Thelma Salinas STEM Early College High School*
- Lufkin ISD: Lufkin ISD T-STEM Academy
- Mansfield ISD: Frontier High School
- Salado ISD: Salado High School
- Tekoa Academy: Tekoa Academy of Accelerated Studies STEM School (Port Arthur)
- West ISD: West High School
- Ysleta ISD: Ysleta High School Environmental Science and Engineering Academy
* Denotes campus with a state T-STEM and Early College High School designation
School districts or open-enrollment charters can apply each year for a campus to be awarded T-STEM designation (if certain criteria are met). Once a campus is designated, professional development and technical assistance are provided to designated T-STEM academies to serve as demonstration schools and learning labs. Designated academies showcase innovative instruction methods that integrate technology and engineering into science and mathematics instruction.
A complete list of designated T-STEM Academies in Texas can be found here: http://tea.texas.gov/T-STEM_schools.pdf. To learn more about T-STEM Academies, visit the Texas Education Agency website at http://tea.texas.gov/T-STEM/.