Monday, October 13, 2014

Discover Choice Options in SBISD! Choice Fair 2014

SBISD 2014 Choice Fair is close approaching and the SKY team and many others have been working hard to make every detail perfect. 
The Choice Fair will take place from 6-8 pm at the SBISD Schaper Leadership Center, located at 955 Cambpell Road, Thursday, October 23rd.

In SBISD, we believe in providing choice options for all of our students and families.

This year's Choice Fair will display many different options students have in all levels of education to fit the student need and interest.  

Amongst these is YES Prep Public School at Northbrook Middle School, KIPP Courage at Landrum Middle School, Academy of Choice, Westchester Academy of International Studies, Cornerstone Academy, Dual Language Programs, Highly Gifted Academy, and The Guthrie Center. The SKY Partnership Team and ambassadors from each program will be there to provide information and testimony for their program.

For more information on the choice fair, visit

Friday, October 10, 2014

Students Treated to a Special Luncheon: Ganas!

"You're going to work harder here than you've ever worked anywhere else. And the only thing I ask from you is ganas. Desire... If you don't have the ganas, I will give it to you, because I'm an expert." (from Stand and Deliver)

Friday, October 3, 2014 students at Landrum Middle School got a special treat for lunch. 

To celebrate and promote students who've demonstrated excellence in character, staff and teachers at Landrum reward students with ganas.

Students who've earned at least 5 or more ganas points for positive behaviors during the first 6 weeks of school were invited to participate in the first Ganas Luncheon organized by Abigayl Flores, intervention specialist at Landrum Middle School.  This exciting luncheon, held in the beautiful solarium enjoyed lunch away from the school cafeteria and received special prizes and rewards. 

These students have excelled and are now being celebrated for their diligence and great effort.

The lunch was a great reward for the students who achieved, and it was a great reminder to have positive behavior in every situation. Good job Ganas Luncheon students, we are proud of you!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The SKY Partnership Hosts First School Summit

Friday, September 19th SKY Partnership hosted the first SKY Summit, a workshop filled with professional learning for YES Prep Northbrook Middle, Northbrook Middle, KIPP Houston @ Landrum, and Landrum Middle School teachers.  The teachers took seminars led by invited presenters to improve teaching practices that will better equip students for success.

170 teachers from each of the current SKY Partnership sites, Northbrook High School and other SBISD traditional campuses came under one roof to learn together and from one another; something that has never happened before in the SKY Partnership. Attending teachers each selected one emphasis seminar to attend, taught by peer presenters. Many shared experiences with one another and connected to talk out issues they had been facing in their classroom to find solutions. Though these teachers may not teach at the same school or they may not even teach with the same instructional style, all were able to connect and learn strategies to help their students. 

The collaboration of the teachers together as one under SKY was a great success for the school district and for the partnership.  Teachers learned that even if they differ in teaching style or campus location, they can still contribute to one another’s learning and teaching skills.

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