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September 17, 2018

Dear SBMS Staff, Parents/Guardians, and Students:

It is with mixed emotions that I write this letter to the entire Spring Branch Middle Learning

Community. I wanted to let you personally know about my decision to accept a position as an SBISD Community Superintendent. This new role will allow me to continue the type of work we have begun at Spring Branch Middle, have a greater impact on a larger number of students and campus leaders, and grow professionally as an educational leader. This decision is bitter-sweet; I am sad to end my tenure as principal, but excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.

Serving as Principal of Spring Branch Middle has been a great honor, privilege, and defining part of my life. When I was appointed principal in 2011, I worked collaboratively with our school community to develop a vision focused on meeting the needs of Every Child. I am happy to say that our entire faculty and staff is committed to Spring Branch Middle “being a learning community which values differences and encourages high achievement in all of our scholars towards T-2-4 post-secondary success.”

I appreciate the many positive memories I have made and relationships I have developed with our students, parents, and staff members during the past eight years. I will always feel a part of the Spring Branch Middle family.

I would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Muri, our Board of Trustees, our faculty/staff members, and most of all, the SBMS families, for the opportunity to work towards the success of each and #Every Child, a key SBISD core value, on a larger scale at the district level.

Please know the SBISD Office of Administration and School Communities is committed to finding an exceptional leader to become the next principal of Spring Branch Middle School. Community Superintendent Jennifer Parker soon will announce the interim leader. In the coming weeks, Ms. Parker will work with our faculty/staff, Campus Improvement Team and community to build a profile of the next campus leader to guide the search and selection process.

As always, I thank you for your continued support of SBMS and our mission. Go Bears!

With appreciation and gratitude,

Bryan J. Williams, Ed.D.

Principal

Parents – we have had many questions about how to manage multiple itslearning accounts when students are sharing one device. It is not impossible to do! The instructions found at tinyurl.com/sbsaccounts will help you and your students have a smooth transition when changing itslearning accounts. In addition, if your secondary student is having difficulty signing in, it may be that a password reset is needed. Please follow the instructions at tinyurl.com/sbspasswords to help your student reset his or her password. Our Help Desk is always available to answer questions – please feel free to reach out, even in the evenings! The Help Desk phone number is 713-251-HELP.

Back to School 2018

It’s hard to believe that it is almost time for the 2018-19 school year to begin, but it is just around the corner. We hope you have had an enjoyable summer with family and friends. Our educators and staff are looking forward to welcoming our students to school in August.

The first day of school is Thursday, August 16.

Whether you are new to Spring Branch ISD, or a returning student/family, we look forward to another inspiring year! Provided below is a link to our Back to School website.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact our school office.

Click here to visit our Back to School website.

 

 

 

St. Francis Episcopal School invited students from Spring Branch Middle to hear speaker Salva Dut talk of his experience as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan.   All 6th graders read the book A Long Walk to Water which was about his life fleeing the ravages of war in Sudan in the 1980's.  He spoke about his foundation that raises money for building wells in Africa.  Twenty-six students were able to attend. Spring Branch is very appreciative of the opportunity for our students to hear him talk about his journey and looks forward to Future partnerships with St. Francis. Thank you to our librarian, Mrs. Miller, for organizing this incredible experience for our students.

For Dr. Williams' full April Newsletter, click here.

Last month, our seventh and eighth grade students completed their first round of STAAR Testing for 8th grade reading/math  and 7th grade writing. Our first administration of 8th grade results have returned and are listed below.

Eighth grade teachers will be meeting with individual students this week to discuss their performance. Students who were not successful on the first administration are required to retest on the next administration of STAAR during the week of May 14th-17th.

 

Reading: 2018 Cohort

Approaches (81%); Meets (54%); Masters (33%)

 

Last year’s 8th Grade 2017 Cohort

Approaches (79%); Meets (57%); Masters (29%)

 

Math: 2018 Cohort

Approaches (79%); Meets (37%); Masters (13%)

 

Last year’s 8th Grade 2017 Cohort

Approaches (71%); Meets (31%); Masters (9%)

 

* Our 8th grade math results only include Geometry and Grade Level students. Students enrolled in an Algebra course are not included.

For more from Dr. William's April Newsletter click here.