SCHOOL DAYS APPROACH!
BURLESON – There is a lot of activity coming out of the Burleson Independent School District these days – the most notable of which was Monday’s first school board meeting of the 2017-18 school year.
One major topic of discussion was the the new program at Centennial High School that helps graduate more students by providing flexible class schedules and intensive academic support.
Created because the traditional classroom doesn’t work for every student, this new program smashes to bits the “one size fits all” approach and helps every student graduate prepare to tackle college and careers, BISD officials said.
Whether at risk of failing a class or juggling responsibilities like caring for ill family members or contributing to their family’s income, high school students who may’ve been overwhelmed by schoolwork now have a lifeline, states a BISD news release.
“Teachers and principals are doing whatever it takes for hard-working students struggling to graduate,” Burleson ISD Superintendent Bret Jimerson said in the release. “Every student has the love of learning in them. Educators in our schools proudly take on the responsibility of nurturing that and adapting as needed to set them all on a path to success—no matter what life may put in each student’s way.”
Dedicated teachers like Brittany Riley volunteer to give up their lunch hour and little free time to help students struggling in a particular subject and support them with whatever’s needed.
“They go into it sometimes thinking it is super hard and impossible. I encourage them to get through it,” Riley said. “Seeing the look on their faces when they master a subject and complete their course, watching the kids accomplish something, watching them be successful, it’s just the best thing ever.”
Principals like Charles Etheridge join teachers in classrooms, working side-by-side with students.
“Without the flexibility and support, there are a good number of kids who would not graduate.” Etheridge said. “Being free from traditional parameters makes a huge difference in the success rates for many of the students we serve.”
The program at Centennial High School is one of many innovations Burleson educators are applying to transform the school experience for students.
Also at Monday’s meeting:
• Devin Barbarick, Cody Winton, Jessica Butler, Colin Ray, Rendon Campbell, and Trae Magana were recognized as “Lit Tank Winners.”
This 11th-grade English assignment is a take on the popular TV show, Lit Tank.
Students have five weeks to plan and create a product, service, or business that is literature or literacy based. Students create a digital pitch site, a social media marketing campaign, create mock-ups or prototypes, and present to a panel of “Sharks” composed of district teachers, administrators, and community members.
BISD Place 7 School Board Member Pat Worrell was a judge this year, as was Kevin Hodges, the regional director for Google for Education.
• It was announced that the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Burleson ISD for excellence in financial reporting on its comprehensive annual financial report.
• Burleson ISD students Rodrigo Aguilar, Dayton Eagle, Topy Nguyen and Amanda Wince achieved National AP Scholar Status.
National AP Scholar status is granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.