Thursday, January 12, 2017

It’s Time Texas Challenge

Take the pledge! Make a Staff Shout Out! Post a Healthy Selfie!

Those are just a few of the healthy living activities connected with this year’s It’s Time Texas Community Challenge, supported by H-E-B and already under way through the Spring Branch ISD Health Fitness department.

There’s a reason why SBISD employees will want to join a new year’s commitment to living healthier, beyond the obvious personal rewards. The winning community in each separate competition level, or category size, can win a $1,800 grant to use for future health efforts.

That’s in addition to the trophy, school district banner, Texas Governor’s certificate, web banner and badge, and free registrations to a 2017 Summit celebration that the winning community receives. Let’s be the healthiest school district ever!

The 2017 Community Challenge began Jan. 9 and it remains open through March 31. There is plenty of time yet to get fit, shed pounds and get started on a new you – and a new SBISD!

SBISD Advanced Movers Coordinator Samuel Karns reports that the district this year picked the name “Piney Point Village” for registration and competition use. “We do have six villages, and so last year we decided to go with one village when registering so that Spring Branch ISD was not competing against itself,” he said. SBISD earns 1,000 points for each participant that registers.

There are a number of ways to earn points once you register. “There are different entities for participation, and these include individuals, schools, mayors and city council, businesses and other organizations, and faith based organizations,” Karns said.

SBISD campuses and employees can earn Challenge points for the following:

·        School Staff Shout Out (100 points per Shout Out)
·        Organize a Healthy Staff Activity (200 points Activity)
·        Implement a Teach Healthier™ Activity (500 points per Activity)
·        Take the Pledge – Superintendent (2,000 points); District Health & Wellness Coordinator (1,000 points); District School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) member (500 points); Principal Pledge (500 points); Parent Teach Association Member (250 points); Teacher (200 points)

To sign up and register:

Watch the video for the 2017 It's Time Texas Community Challenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aT5j-UaSAPI&t=1s

Frequently Asked Questions:

In separate but related SBISD Health-Fitness news, results are in for the 2016-2017 SBISD Fitness Challenge, which was conducted during the fall semester.

Announced winners include:

Team Crunchers – 1st Place, 77,906 points
SBISD Administration staff members Tera Harris, Daysi Valencia, Diane Ache and Cristie Stewart

Team IT – 2nd Place, 39,984 points
Allen Guzman, Sylvia Quintanilla, Christian Castellon and Carmen Aguilera

Retired Cheer Coaches – 3rd Place, 39,617 points
Jennifer Kauffman, Jacqueline Marshall

Special awards will be presented to winning teams soon. “We hope all participants saw an increase in productivity and stress relief from participating in the fitness challenge,” Karns noted. 

To view all fall challenge fitness standings, please visit:

Karns also said, “We do hope that all of you will continue your lifestyle change for living a healthier life by competing in the statewide fitness challenge, the It’s Time Texas Community Challenge, and help Spring Branch ISD becoming the healthiest community in the state.”


For questions, email Samuel Karns at samuel.karns@springbranchisd.com.

Trustees Approve Two District of Innovation Exemptions

Spring Branch ISD trustees at the Dec. 12 regular meeting unanimously approved two local exemptions to state education code, the first as a District of Innovation (DoI).

Trustees exempted the district from the rule that mandates the first day of school cannot be before the fourth Monday in August, and also the rule that mandates a school day be at least seven hours.

The school start date exemption came at the request of the District Improvement Team (DIT), which helps put together the district’s academic calendar. The DIT wants to look at alternative start dates to help create a better balance of days between semesters.

The seven-hour rule was exempted to allow campuses to schedule early dismissal days to allow for parent-teacher conferences and staff development. The Texas Education Agency normally grants waivers for early dismissal days but has now advises districts to seek District of Innovation status for the waivers.

Trustees unanimously approved SBISD’s designation as a District of Innovation in April of last year, following a seven-month community-based process that resulted in a required Local Innovation Plan that also serves as the district’s new five-year plan, The Learner’s Journey.

SBISD trustees added a requirement that DoI exemptions require a two-thirds affirmative vote before approval, or five of seven trustees. Trustees also created a process for community input on exemptions being considered, posting them for 30 days on a website for public inspection and comment.


The 84th Texas Legislature passed HB 1842 in 2015, the legislation allowing for Districts of Innovation. Spring Branch ISD was one of the first districts in the state to designate itself a DoI.

Cultivating Curiosity & Problem-Solving through STEM

Here’s a question for educators to ponder: “How might we cultivate curiosity and problem-solving in our students through active and authentic STEM?"

The Teachers Guild, a group of teachers from 11 campuses across the district participating in a “design thinking” pilot program are doing just that, and are excited about the results so far, said Skyler Rossacci of the SBISD Research and Design Department. Rossacci presented an overview of the Teacher Guild to trustees at the Jan. 9 workshop meeting.

The design thinking process involves five steps: empathize – seeing the world through the eyes of those you’re creating for; define – synthesizing what you learned through empathizing; ideate – brainstorming ideas then picking ideas to move forward with; prototype – building “low resolution” models to work with; and testing.

While Rossacci and her team are looking to expand design thinking in SBISD, participants now are involved in a national challenge where, of 67 ideas presented, 11 favorites were chosen and five of those were from Spring Branch ISD. Lessons learned include discovering that prototyping doesn’t always mean getting it right the first time; start tiny and learn fast; and that the best prototypes change over time.

The successful design thinking pilot has created enthusiasm across SBISD, Rossacci said, and participants loved the process. She said her team is learning how to scale the innovations, and that the process empowers educators to be bold and help deliver on the strategic plan goals and T-2-4. “Design thinking plus supportive culture,” she said, “equals empowered teachers.”

Trustee Pam Goodson, who at Convocation in August implored SBISD educators to “be brave” and to “be bold,” noted that students identified as gifted and talented (GT) have long been going to the Bendwood facility one day a week, into an environment that supports innovation. She said she’s always thought it was unfair that other students didn’t have that access.

“I think we’ve broken through,” she said, referring to the encouragement given to teachers across the district. “Students everywhere can participate … I commend the courage of those teachers. Kids are the benefactors.”

Teachers Guild Presentation 
https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?ik=39881658

Video Highlight - Introduction
https://vimeo.com/198423506

A Fresh Look at Technology Refresh

Educators in Spring Branch ISD will have an opportunity to enrich their instruction as part of a system-wide technology refresh this semester.

This upgrade is part of SBISD’s commitment to providing the resources and tools necessary to assist educators in providing the best learning environments possible for all students.

What’s different about this update from previous years is that individual educators will utilize a Technology Integration Matrix to explore where they are in their use of technology in enhancing the student learning experience. This refresh is not campus specific. 

Educators will be able to select up to eight existing devices in their classroom to replace with new Chromebooks. Items eligible for replacement fall into the categories of classroom technology, technology purchased by the campus, and non-functioning devices. The new Chromebooks will replace out-of-life technology that’s been in use longer than originally planned. Participation in this refresh is optional, and training/self-assessment is required for advancement in the process.

What’s ‘fresh’ about this refresh? While all educators in SBISD will have the same refresh options, the rollout and implementation of this technology is based on a readiness model. Traditionally, a blanket of technology would be released on one standard timeline to all campuses.

This refresh does not focus on campuses but rather individual teachers. It’s also not a one-size-fits-all model. SBISD and its educators are taking the time to review need. Not all teachers are the same. Not all classrooms are the same. Each instructional model demands a unique array of learning, support, tools, and outcomes. It’s not just about having a new device; it’s about how that device is being used in the classroom to support student learning.

By using this model for the refresh, instructional technology leaders in the system hope to accomplish two key initiatives; removing old devices from campuses and raising awareness to shift instructional practices. The results? Effective utilization of technology resources and great learning outcomes for kids.

To kick start this refresh, Vanguard teachers will receive their new devices first.
The SBISD Vanguard is a professional support model that provides educators opportunities to grow, assume new responsibilities and lead innovation in their classroom while mentoring their peers at grade-level and across campuses. It is one of a range of professional learning community (PLCs) opportunities available to educators in SBISD.

Vanguard teachers are already sharing best practice and collaborating with their peers on how to build capacity and effectively integrate technology resources into a range of instructional strategies. These educators are models for blended instruction, and many are already leveraging technology to empower students in their learning.

SBISD is currently processing applications from educators for the Vanguard Cohort Year 2. Educators apply for a three-year team for Vanguard program participation. It’s estimated that member numbers will exceed 45 in the second year of this program. (Will link below as noted.)

•    Click here to learn more about SBISD’s Vanguard Program.
•    Click here to view Vanguard members talking about instruction.
•    Click here to listen to Vanguard Cohort Member Angela McNeil.


For information about SBISD’s Technology Refresh, the SBISD Vanguard Program, and other professional development opportunities in SBISD, educators are encouraged to contact Karen Justl at karen.justl@springbranchisd.com.

Memorial Choir Tops District All-State News

Ten choir, band and orchestra students from Spring Branch ISD have earned the highest honor possible in their chosen areas of musical study as newly named Texas All-State winners.

This year, half of the district’s All-State recognized students are also members of the acclaimed Memorial High School Choir. The choir students reflect the strongest showing by a high school choir in many years.

“It is hard to explain how proud I was to see the tremendous payoff for so many Memorial High choir students,” Choir Director Lawrence Johnson said.

Almost 13,000 choir students from across Texas last fall began auditions with a panel of judges. The top singers narrowed to 504 students earlier this month, reflecting the top 3 percent of all vocalists in the state.  

“It takes tremendous dedication and talent to learn nine different songs and then to go through essentially four different, head-to-head competitions during the fall semester,” Memorial’s Johnson said.

“Sometimes the hardest part of the job of a choir director is being a part of the audition process for any contest or performance. As one of your students' biggest supporters, it's really hard to sit and watch or listen helplessly as your students put countless hours of work and preparation on the line during a 5-minute audition against some of the best singers in Texas,” he added.

Students in choir, band and orchestra from Memorial and Stratford high schools now join about 1,500 students from across Texas named All-State Winners. They will now perform in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State music groups during the association’s convention, scheduled Feb. 8-11 in San Antonio.

Stratford High Orchestra and Band All Stgte Winners Left to right:
Zachary Barnett, Sydney Simmons, Isabella Bengochea and Catherine Wu


Four Stratford High Orchestra and Band students qualified for All-State.
  • Isabella Bengochea, Orchestra, Violin, 12th Grade
  • Catherine Wu, Orchestra, Violin, 9th Grade
  • Zachary Barnett, Band, Trumpet, 12th Grade
  • Sydney Simmons, Band, Trumpet, 11th Grade
Stratford High Orchestra directors are Michael Fahey and Peter Jagdeo. 
Stratford Band directors are Richard Graham and Robert Littlefield.
Memorial High Band student All-State Winner Jimmy Herrington


Six Memorial High Choir and Band students qualified for All-State.

  • Cameron Trout, Choir, Bass 2, 12th Grade
  • Joshua Gao, Choir, Bass 2, 12th Grade
  • Mariam Haider, Choir, Soprano 1, 11th Grade
  • Lola Budimir, Choir, Alto 1, 11th Grade
  • Allison Gentry, Choir, Alto 2, 11th Grade
  • Jimmy Herrington, Band, French Horn, 12th Grade
Memorial High Choir directors are Lawrence Johnson and Sarah Stagg. 
Memorial Band directors are Suzanne Thompson and David Kastor.

All-State qualifying students and their families will be honored during a regular monthly meeting of the SBISD Board of Trustees soon. Congratulations to all our student winners!

Stratford Playhouse opens with Me and My Girl musical

The award-winning Stratford Playhouse will open the new year with Me and My Girl, a 1930’s era British musical. The production is the playhouse entry for the annual Tommy Tune Awards. Stratford High won last year for Best Musical.

Me and My Girl combines memorable music with comic writing to create a night of pure fun and non-stop tomfoolery. The musical’s storyline focuses on a totally unrefined gentleman named Bill Snibson, who discovers that he’s the 14th Earl of Hareford. Bill and his girlfriend Sally, a fishmonger, attempt to win approval and Bill’s inheritance from his aristocratic family. Riotous chaos ensues.

Directed by CeCe Prudhomme, the Tony award-winning musical features a host of quirky characters, witty one-liners, riveting dance numbers, innovative set design and toe-tapping songs that make for an unforgettable evening for the entire family.

"It has been 30 years since Me and My Girl became a hit on Broadway. With America's fascination for the British aristocracy and the popularity of British period dramas like Downton Abbey and The Crown, we felt the timing was right to revive this wonderful British comedy classic," Stratford’s Prudhomme said.

“Our cast has loved learning the unique style and timing of British comedy.  Although difficult, they’ve done an outstanding job learning the accents of both the British nobility and the working-class Cockney," said Student Director Rachel Stone. 

Tickets for Me and My Girl are $16 in advance.  Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 26 through Jan. 28, and Feb. 4 through Feb. 6. Matinees will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 and Feb. 6. Tickets are available online or can be purchased at Stratford High’s Box Office. For more information or to buy tickets visit shsplayhouse.org or call 713-251-3449.

Me and My Girl is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.  Book and Lyrics by L. Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber.  Book revised by Stephen Fry, with contributions by Mike Ockrent and music by Noel Gay.

Read the full Stratford Playhouse Press Release >>

Monday, January 9, 2017

A-F Accountability Ratings - Message from SBISD Superintendent of Schools

Dear SBISD Families and Community Members,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a restful break and are enjoying a great start to the second semester.

In the days ahead, the “mock” or pilot A-F Accountability Ratings for Texas public schools and districts will be released. These ratings, based heavily on the STAAR test, are mandated by House Bill 2804 which was passed by the 84th Texas Legislature. HB 2804 significantly changes the state public school accountability system.

The mock or pilot ratings provide legislators with an advance snapshot of “provisional” grades before the official rating system goes into effect in August 2018. They do not count. I want to make you aware of some important information and the SBISD position on this rating system.

We do not believe the state’s A-F rating system is the highest and best way to hold SBISD accountable, and we do not believe a single letter grade provides a true reflection of who we are. Rather, SBISD believes in multiple measures to assess how our students, schools and district are faring. (Click here to listen to a message form SBISD Superintendent of Schools.)

Our Board is now finalizing the measures under The Learner’s Journey, our new strategic plan. These measures will all point to our single-focused T-2-4 goal. We aim for each of our graduates to complete a technical certification or military training, or a 2- or 4-year degree.

Key Things to Know About A-F Ratings:
  • A-F ratings are based largely on a single, once-a-year, multiple choice bubble test. (STAAR)
  • A-F ratings are not transparent, relying on complicated formulas to create a single grade.
  • A-F ratings appear to be simple and easy to understand, but in fact provide no insights as to what best practices distinguish an “A” school from a “D” or “F” school.
  • A-F ratings fail to account for socio-economic differences and tend to punish schools with significant student populations living in poverty.
  • A-F ratings do not account for improvement efforts.
  • A-F ratings may create a false impression about an entire community of children. Reducing a school to a single letter grade unfairly attaches that same grade to every student, educator and the neighborhood as a whole.
  • A-F ratings have not worked in other states.
As an administrator in Florida when a similar rating system was adopted more than a decade ago, I can tell you first-hand the rating system narrowed the school’s focus to student performance on a one-time test. This is not what we are about in SBISD.
I believe a school should not be defined by a “simple” letter grade, in the same way we should not define a child by the letter grade they earn on a single test. The ultimate measure of a school’s success lies in the totality of the school experience that fosters the success of the whole child.

I believe in our students, our staff and our school leaders, and I am proud of the continual improvement efforts underway in Spring Branch ISD.



Scott Muri, Ed.D.
SBISD Superintendent of Schools


Service at Heart of Chief Brawner’s Career

The City of Houston proclaimed Dec. 7, 2016, as Chuck Brawner Day, presented by Houston City Council member Mike Knox (left) and Houston City Council member Brenda Stardig.
Chuck Brawner didn’t set out to become a police officer at Spring Branch ISD – really, it just turned out that way.

The longtime police chief was a working officer at SBISD before the district had a police department, working with Romel, the first drug detection dog in Spring Branch ISD and one of the first school drug dogs in the nation in 1970s.

But when Brawner retires on Dec. 31 as SBISD Chief of Police, he’ll have spent the lion’s share of his law enforcement career working with the school district, the last 20 years as chief. Between his work with Romel and his full-time career with the district’s police force, Brawner has some 45 years working in and around Spring Branch ISD.

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The story starts with Brawner as a young man in the 1960s, working as a clothing manufacturer’s representative for a friend of his parents, who was transferred from East Texas to Houston. But Brawner didn’t much care for sales.

“Factory representative work was boring to me,” Brawner said, knowing even then he wanted to work in firefighting or law enforcement. He was able to sign on as a reserve officer with Spring Valley Police Department and a volunteer firefighter with the former Spring Branch Fire Department (now Village Fire Department).

And while firefighting was exciting, he said, it wasn’t “exciting enough” and he made the move into full-time law enforcement, working a more years with Spring Valley police before making the move across I-10 to the former Village Police Department (now Memorial Villages Police Department), which included Hedwig Village and Memorial High School.

That’s when his career arc changed. It was the early 1970s and the district --  and in particular then-principal of Memorial High School Wayne Schaper Sr. – was worried about the influx of illegal drugs on campuses.

While going through the Sheriff’s Academy, Brawner had written a paper on military drug dogs and their use in Vietnam, interviewing a former Navy dog handler as part of the assignment. Brawner thought maybe a drug dog was the answer. He went to Schaper and made his case. Schaper was on board.

“I wasn’t trying to be the first (drug dog on a school campus),” Brawner said. “I just thought it was the right thing to do, based on the research I had done.”

One person – an MHS parent – bore the costs, Schaper said, administered through a special corporation set up especially for the program. Costs included the dog and training, a modified vehicle to transport the dog, Brawner’s salary and other administrative costs.

Chuck Brawner was about to meet Romel.

Romel

Brawner with Romel, the first police dog to work in Spring Branch ISD and one of the first in the country to work in a school system. Undated photo from 1970s.
A German Shepherd with an exceptional aptitude for police work, Romel could both detect drugs and serve as a police attack dog. Most dogs can function as one or the other but not both, Brawner said, making Romel something special.

Brawner and Romel, like all handlers and their working dogs, became a pair, with Brawner participating first in Romel’s training then becoming Romel’s caregiver, taking him home at night where Romel became part of the family.

Romel loved kids, Brawner said. His own kids would “ride (Romel) like a horse.” And Romel loved going to presentations with Brawner, where he’d sit patiently in his work halter, always calm but always on alert.

“Romel was a tremendous asset to the school district,” said Schaper. “He was loved – and hated – by kids. The kids with no drugs were happy. The kids with drugs – they weren’t so happy.”

And Romel was finding drugs – first on SBISD campuses, in lockers, in cars and other stashes and later for Houston police, the Department of Public Safety and other area agencies.

Brawner, Romel and SBISD were getting a lot of attention then – first with local media then when national media started calling. Romel and especially his school work were something of a sensation.

One of Brawner’s proudest moments with Romel, he said, came helping DPS bust an operation in Waller County that they’d observed for some time. Police stormed the property – Brawner with Romel – but found nothing during their search.

Brawner took Romel to a barn on the property where he watched Romel’s tail curl, an indication that he had alerted on something. Tugging at boards underneath hay and manure, Brawner found some that were loose and underneath, sealed plastic bowls filled with marijuana, heroin and other illegal drugs.

“That one meant a lot to me and the way Romel worked,” said Brawner.

Romel saved Brawner’s bacon, so to speak, several times as an attack dog. Brawner tells the story of “not knowing what he was getting in to” with one suspect, who chose to put up a fight as Brawner was attempting an arrest early one morning. Brawner was struggling with the suspect when Romel came out of the patrol car and “tore that old boy up,” Brawner said.

Brawner was able to begin to subdue the suspect and had a single handcuff on him when he began fighting again. Romel came over to help once again, aiding in the arrest.

Romel retired from service in 1981, living out his remaining days with Brawner and his family in Katy. Romel is buried in the pet cemetery in Alief.

Back to the Future

Around the time Romel retired, Brawner left law enforcement for several years to focus on a growing landscape supply company he’d started. But after only a few years he’d begun to miss the excitement again. He spent a few years as a volunteer firefighter in Katy but he really missed law enforcement. Applying at different agencies, he asked Schaper if he could use him as a reference. Schaper said SBISD was hiring officers – why didn’t he apply here?

Brawner did and was hired with another officer in December 1986, doubling the SBISD Police Department to four. Officers during that time worked days, patrolling four quadrants around the district’s high schools.

“We didn’t have many resources,” said Brawner. “Our communications were on the bus channel, and we operated from a desk at the (administration) building.”

But trustees and administrators began seeing the value of a working police department as more shifts and officers were added, and the police department began monitoring the district’s fire and burglar alarms, saving the district significant money.

The department continued to grow into a working police department, Brawner said, while he continued to take courses, including the leadership command program at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.

While at Huntsville he heard an opportunity that he considers another hallmark of his career – he was selected for the Olympic Security Team at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, one of 900 officers from around the world brought in to police the Games.

Brawner was assigned as team leader for the 24-7 security of the equestrian facility (one horse alone was worth $60 million, he said), leading a team with officers from as far away as Australia.

“It was a great time until the Centennial Park bombing,” he said. “Then we tightened everything up.” Still, Brawner said, “it was worth it. I learned a lot.”

In 1995, Brawner was named Chief of Spring Branch ISD police, a position he’ll hold for just a few more weeks and the department has become even stronger under his watch.

SBISD police moved into their new building on Ruland in 2007, moving out of the renovated Grob Stadium fieldhouse they occupied for years. The building was a special project for Brawner, who said he walked it every day during construction, watching everything.

Reflections

Retired SBISD Police Chief Chuck Brawner shakes hands at his retirement ceremony on Dec. 7, 2016, with former SBISD superintendent Duncan Klussmann (left), retired administrator and trustee Wayne Schaper Sr., current Board President Karen Peck and Houston City Councilmember Mike Knox.
Brawner, who built his entire career on the west side of Houston, credits his faith for placing him in the positions where he’s served – and service is very important to him.

“I’m a very religious person, and I think God has a plan for all of us,” he said. “Mine is to serve people – that’s why I didn’t stay in clothing (as a manufacturer’s rep). God put me in the best spot (for me) and I stayed.”

That service aspect informed his decision in 1986 to return both to law enforcement and to Spring Branch ISD.

“I wanted to come back and make a difference,” said Brawner, “to help create a safe, secure environment for teaching and learning.

“The children in our schools now are the most valuable commodity to our country,” he said. “You’ve got to have an environment you can learn in.”

He still has some service left – he was elected to the Katy City Council several years ago and today is mayor pro tem. “There again,” he said, “I’m serving citizens.

But with three grown children and four grandchildren, Dec. 31 is his retirement date and he’s sticking to it, he says.

“It’s time to do other things.”

New SBISD Police Chief Chosen >>

by Rusty Graham
russell.graham@springbranchisd.com


Friday, January 6, 2017

SBISD is Hosting A STEM Learning Lab Showcase

Save the date for an exciting and educational day of exploration and discovery! Please join SBISD teachers, students and community partners as they share innovative instructional practices in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at the STEM Learning Lab Showcase.

All staff, students, parents and community members are invited. From industry speakers and displays, to hands-on activities in micro-lab settings, to instructional share-outs of STEM educators there is something for everyone!  Registration is required.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Xtra Credit Partners Support SBISD Educators

SBISD employees deserve a little extra credit for their hard work. That’s why the Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) has partnered with the SBISD Community Relations team to launch Xtra Credit, an innovative perks program featuring discounts and special opportunities made possible by generous local businesses, restaurants, and service providers.

Launched in the fall of 2016, the Xtra Credit program currently includes incentives and offers from partners in the retail, health and fitness, financial, real estate and entertainment industries - including Athletic Orthopedics and Knee Center, Baskin Robbins 31 Echo Lane, Chick-Fil A Memorial City, Chick-fil-A Silber Road, Cyprus Fairbanks ER, First Community Credit Union, Harlem Globetrotters, Houston Rockets, Jennings Orthodontics, Magness Orthodontics, Memorial Athletic Club, Ritters, Ryan Terwilliger with RE/Max Realty, Salata, and Which Which. Thank you to our current partners for your support and for giving SBISD employees the “xtra credit” we know they deserve!

It’s easy to become an Xtra Credit partner! Complete the Xtra Credit Partner Application, make a $500 donation to SBEF ($250 for any offer received after January 1), and submit an Xtra Credit incentive offer to the Community Relations team. SBISD employees receive an email announcing new offers and a monthly reminder of all Xtra Credits. An intranet site makes it easy for employees to view all Xtra Credits by category.

What’s in it for our Xtra Credit Partners? Besides the heart-warming feeling of supporting our 5,000 educators, partners receive a decal or table display for their place of business, marketing opportunities to our SBISD colleagues, and recognition by SBEF. Partnership is also a qualifying activity for the SBISD Good Neighbor honor.

Click here to become an Xtra Credit partner today! Visit our website to learn more.