Welcome to Our New Look!

Change is in the air at Bryan ISD. A new school year has started, construction projects are all around and bryanisd.org has a new look!

We hope you like our new design. It was born out of the desire to create a website that would better serve your needs.

The New Bryanisd.org Is:

  • Adaptable – Our new website is a Adobe Spark (87)“responsively-designed website.” This fancy term means our layout will automatically adjust when you access our site from your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.
  • Accessible – Each scrolling photo at the top of our website is connected to a featured story from our news section, blog page or a video from our YouTube page. Additionally, items from other outlets may be in this space. Just click on the photo or the caption, and you can instantly access the best of what Bryan ISD has to offer.
  • Clear – The new, clean design is organized, simplified and features the pages and menus that you visit the most. The introduction of infographic-style icons allows you to scan quickly through our homepage to find what you need. If what you’re looking for lies outside the boundaries of Parents/Student, Employees or Schools, it is likely located in the “MORE” tab. If you ever have trouble finding something on our website, simply use the magnifying glass search icon on the top right of bryanisd.org to arrive at your destination quickly.
  • Social – You might notice that there’re a few more buttons at the bottom right. Bryan ISD now has a presence on the social media channels of Instagram and LinkedIn, in addition to our established outlets of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. As mentioned before, we also have a new district blog. Finally, if you haven’t discovered the Bryan ISD App, now’s the time. It’s available for download on your Apple and Android devices.

Thanks for your continued support of our district. We hope you like the new bryanisd.org.

Children First. Always.

Bryan High School Auto Program Earns National Honor

Car trouble isn’t a good excuse for students in Bryan High School’s automotive technology program. These students are already becoming experts in the field. Their program will be honored at the Bryan ISD Board meeting Monday.

FOCUSED PRECISION – Bryan High auto tech students work under the hood of a vehicle during class.

At the end of last school year, the automotive training program received accreditation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation in the categories of maintenance and repair.

The honor is the culmination of a rigorous evaluation by the foundation. The group performed a two-day evaluation based on hundreds of standards and curriculum measures. With the accreditation of an automotive training program comes credibility, prestige and recognition.

Hard Work

Nathan McCann, Bryan High School automotive technology instructor, has always spent his time ensuring the program improves, before accreditation and after.

Preparation for the evaluation started at the beginning of last school year and continued until the foundation’s evaluation team visited the school in the spring. McCann constantly goes through a self-evaluation checklist to make sure his students follow procedure.

Local Support

David Reynolds, Bryan ISD career & technical education director, was confident the automotive program was ready for the challenge of evaluation. He helped McCann bring in local industry experts to guarantee the program met the latest industry standards.

“Input from people who work in the auto field every day was invaluable,” Reynolds said. “It gave students real-world knowledge and helped prepare them for the strict standards of evaluation.”

HELPING HAND – Nathan McCann, automotive teacher, helps Bryan High senior Westen Weathers operate a tire changing machine.

Atkinson Toyota, Sterling Auto Group, Aggieland Automotive, Advanced Auto Repair, Tom Light Chevrolet and Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge all provided support to Bryan High’s auto program. Atkinson Toyota went so far as to supply parts for the program and aligned its knowledge with the curriculum Toyota uses to train its technicians.

Reynolds said industry support from around the community was vital to the program’s success. He said the auto program’s accredited status means many local shop owners will be assured of quality job applicants in the coming years.

Bright Future

Former National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation Chair Donald Seyfer agreed with Reynolds assessment. His organization is a non-profit, independent organization that evaluates and accredits entry-level technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry.

“As a result of the quality education provided by Bryan ISD, the motoring public will benefit since better repair technicians will join the workforce,” Seyfer said.

In addition to the program’s national accreditation, auto tech students had the opportunity to earn ASE Student Certification. An achievement that gives Westen Weathers, Bryan High senior, confidence about his future.

“Being certified will help me get a job because it will look good on my resume,” Weathers said. “Shops are looking for people who are already certified and know what they are doing.”

Children First. Always.

About Bryan ISD Career and Technical Education:

Bryan High School’s automotive technology program is a division of Bryan ISD’s career and technical education department (CTE). By blending hands-on experience with rigorous academics, CTE prepares Bryan ISD students for an emerging global marketplace. The challenging courses help students identify career goals, determines the education necessary to achieve their pursuits and acquires marketable skills for post-graduation.

For more information about the Bryan ISD CTE Department, click here.

Six Bryan ISD Schools Earn Coveted Energy Certification

Lights are burning clean and bright at Bryan ISD, as six schools achieved Energy Star status.

SHINNING BRIGHT – Energy Star was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.

Johnson Elementary, Neal Elementary, Rayburn Middle School and Long Middle School recently joined the list of Bryan ISD schools to achieve the prestigious Environmental Protection Agency certification. Houston Elementary and Navarro Elementary previously achieved Energy Star certification.

The honor means these schools are among the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. All of these energy achievements occurred since Bryan ISD placed Paul Buckner in the newly created position of Energy & Sustainability Specialist two years ago. A job he takes pride in.

“We’ve made great strides in energy efficiency the last few years,” Buckner said. “We don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.”

In addition to creating positive environmental impact, the new energy efficient measures have lowered energy costs. Buckner said Bryan ISD’s commitment to energy efficiency has helped the district have an avoided energy cost of $228,650 over the last two years. Money that can be used in the classroom and to improve the learning experience of Bryan ISD students.

The lights themselves have provided a better learning environment according to Buckner.

“Our volleyball and gymnastics programs have already commented on how the new lights in their gyms have created a better gym for them to play in,” Buckner said. “Teachers and students are also starting to get much better lighting in classrooms and hallways.”

TREND SETTERS – Neal Elementary is one of six Bryan ISD schools to achieve Energy Star status.

Energy Star commercial buildings, including schools, use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Bryan ISD improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire school district and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings. In turn, the school district prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the electricity use of 324 households per year.

Buckner will present the district’s latest energy efficiency developments at the Sept. 19 Board meeting. He said the results are clear, and Bryan ISD’s commitment to energy efficiency serves as an example for Bryan-College Station and surrounding communities.

“The six Energy Star schools have accomplished something few schools the Brazos Valley have achieved,” Buckner said. “We’re proud to lead the way through our lasting commitment to energy efficiency.”

Children First. Always.

Flip Flippen Visits Johnson Elementary

Johnson Elementary welcomed a prestigious guest this morning. Flip Flippen, founder and chair of the Flippen Group, visited one of his company’s 11 Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools.

FUNNY READER – Flippen reads Johnson students a funny story. His visit to the school coincidentally coincided with International Literacy Day.

The Flippen Group is a professional development organization that works with school districts, Fortune 500 companies, governments, sports teams and non-profit companies. Capturing Kids’ Hearts is the Flippen Group’s education extension that according to its website aims to “turn struggling schools around and make high-performing schools even better.”

Flippen estimated his organization goes on 500 school visits a week around the nation. Out of these schools, Johnson Elementary was chosen as one of the top 11 schools in the nation by the Flippen Group. When Flippen entered Johnson this morning, he walked by a banner profiling its Showcase Schools award from last year, but the banner also left plenty of room for awards in future years.

It was clear to Flippen upon entering that the school doesn’t intend to slow down on implementing his education philosophies anytime soon.

“Within the first 30 seconds I walked to the school, all I got was happiness,” Flippen said. “There were social contracts on the wall every classroom I went to. The kids love their teachers. I mean they really love their teachers.”

HANDS HELD HIGH – Flippen observed Jaime Mosqueda using music to teach Spanish to his bilingual class at Johnson.

The appreciation went both ways. Amy Newbold, principal of Johnson Elementary, was thankful Flippen took the time to observe Johnson’s innovative learning styles.

“It is a huge honor for him to come to Johnson,” Newbold said. “He has such a busy schedule worldwide, and he is taking time to come to our school in Bryan, Texas.”

Real Relationships

Newbold said winning the award served as an affirmation of all the hard work her staff put in to keep “a positive culture at Johnson. She said it has also provided talking points for students and parents.

Flip Flippen Ballons
BALLOON SEARCH – Johnson Assistant Principal Amy Thomman, left, and Principal Amy Newbold pose with balloon wielding Flip Flippen, founder and chairman of the Flippen Group. Balloons served as parting gifts for each of Flippen’s classroom visits at Johnson. Each balloon came with a clue that led him to his next class. At the end of the day, he almost had enough balloons to reenact the movie Up. 🙂

“Our families now have a better understanding of why we do what we do,” Newbold said. “Some of the Capturing Kids’ Hearts structures and processes have crossed over to the homes of our students.”

All of Johnson’s teachers and staff are trained according to Newbold and are using the procedures every day in their classrooms. She says that there is “100 percent buy-in” to the value of the program. Third-grade teacher Aubrey Rives agrees with Newbold’s assessment.

“Our teachers show genuine love for our Johnson families with their hearts,” Rives said. “And in turn, our students and parents trust us with their hearts.”

Daily Commitment

It’s the relationships formed and a commitment to the Capturing Kids’ Hearts process, that Flippen believes is the reason for Johnson’s success. When asked what a school that wants to be a Showcase School should do, Flippen said they should start by stopping by Johnson Elementary to observe its process techniques in action. He went so far to say that Johnson Elementary is “among the best on the planet” at instituting the process of learning.

Assistant Principal Amy Thomman said that Johnson’s success means they are embracing Bryan ISD’s vision of “Children First. Always.” She went on to say that Capturing Kids’ Hearts is here to stay at Johnson Elementary.

“We believe in Capturing Kids’ Hearts and live it,” Thomman said. “It’s not a program or a checklist. It’s our way of life.”

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