Borden County Receives Top Marks on State’s New Accountability System

Borden County Receives Top Marks on State’s New Accountability System

The Texas Education Agency released school district ratings last week for each school district in Texas and Borden County received score of “96” out of 100 possible points on the cumulative accountability rating.

Borden County’s 96 rating represents one of the top numbers in all of region 17 and in the entire state.
The new accountability system, created by House Bill 2804, required that districts receive an A-F grading system for the first time in August 2018.
The reason that Borden County received a 96 and not a letter grade is because single campus districts(such as Borden County, Sands, Grady, Hermleigh, Ira, & Westbrook to name a few) are the only districts that don’t receive the letter, only the number. The “96” received by Borden County would certainly constitute an “A” under the criteria applied to the larger districts who did receive a letter.

According to the TEA website a schools rating is based on:
• Student Achievement: STAAR tests, grades 3-11, administered across all subjects, College, Career and Military Readiness indicators, such as AP & ACT results, as well as graduation rates
• School Progress: measures how much better students are doing on the STAAR test this year versus last year, and how much better students are doing academically relative to schools with similar percentages of economically disadvantaged students
• Closing the Gaps: looks at performance among student groups, including various racial/ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds and other factors

More specifically on the ratings information, Borden County received a “Met Standard” rating on each individual academic criterion and received 4 “Distinction Designations”, which represent exemplary achievement, in the areas of Postsecondary Readiness, Top 25%: Comparative Closing the Gaps, Academic Achievement in English Language Arts/Reading, and Academic Achievement in Social Studies.

“Teachers, students, parents and community members should be very proud of the school academic ranking”, stated BC Superintendent Billy Collins. “This rating represents lots of hard work, focus and perseverance on the part of everyone at the school and they should certainly be commended. It’s just more news that demonstrates the positive things that go on at our school.”

In addition, Borden County recently received a “Superior” rating on the 2017-2018 Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, which is the highest rating given.
Anyone who is interested can learn more about the new accountability system by visiting the Texas Education Agency A-F Resources Page on the TEA website at http://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Accountability/A-F_Accountability_Resources/.

2018 – 2019 School Year Begins Soon

A young man, now a college graduate, stood in front of teachers in a Maryland school district where he once went to school and gave the following passionate and inspiring speech.

“Everything that I am is because a couple of teachers like you saw through me and all my faults and saw the potential deep down inside that I couldn’t even see for myself. And it’s this type of teacher that’s made me into the man I am today—a man who has extreme love for people. So I tell you that you, the teacher, will make a big difference in the lives of each student. I’m living proof of it. I encourage you to pass the torch to the kids in your classroom so that they change their communities wherever they end up and change the world. I believe in you. Be determined. Don’t give up.”

This young person clearly addresses everything our school district and staff believes each and every year.
We see the potential in each and every student.
We have a high level of expectation and goals for each and every student.
We believe in each of them and are determined to see them succeed.

We’re excited about the 2018 – 2019 school year.
We strongly believe it holds incredible opportunities for our school district, students and staff.

With the start of the school year right around the corner, it’s time to begin the “Back to School” habits.
It can be a hard transition from the recent break back to the structure of being a student.
Parents and guardians, please help return your child to a regular routine.
We’re ready to see them in the classroom.
There is nothing like getting a good education, it gives our children a foundation for the rest of their lives.
Together – we’ll finish this school year as one of the best ever.
Be determined.

Education Doesn’t Stop

“Upon the subject of education,” Abraham Lincoln firmly stated, “I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.”

In 2002 Steve Goodier wrote the following, “Each student needs experience as well as instruction. Each student needs to know how to solve problems of various kinds. They need to grow in character as well as knowledge. They need to understand that making mistakes is part of life and what’s important is how we learn from them so they are not made again. They need self-assurance as well as the ability to listen well and work with others. Students need to understand and appreciate the past, yet feel optimistic about the future. Each student needs to know the value of lifelong learning in order to keep a curious and active mind. They need to grow in understanding of others and become a student of the spirit. They need to learn to be respectful towards others and set high standards for themselves. They will need love and encouragement, so that they might be filled with love and goodness.”

Although written in 2002, Mr. Goodier pointed out different facets that have always been a part of Borden County ISD. We expect the best from our students each and every day. We hold each child accountable and provide direction and instruction as needed. We temper this expectation with love and kindness and equally praise them when they reach goals and are successful.
Pierre de Coubertin (considered the father of the modern Olympic Games) stated the following in 1896, “The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.”

There will be struggles, disappointments and triumphs. Research suggests that students held accountable (learning & social responsibility) and supported by adults (discipline & nurture) may be the single most important aspect of how and why children succeed in school and life. We must view parents and teachers as partners in education. Why?

As philosopher George Santayana simply said, “A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”

We strongly believe that one child’s future may depend upon the influence that we all can provide….and because of this, something remarkable happens. No young person is ever ordinary in our classrooms. We teach each child as if the future of the world depends on their instruction….because it does.

Have a fantastic summer.

See you in the hallways in August.

It’s always a great day to be a Lady Coyote and Coyote!

No one kid is alike—if you have more than one child, you know this firsthand. Some kids love school and everything about it—challenging homework assignments, after-school activities, and even taking tests. Others may struggle with schoolwork, while some are capable of earning higher grades but just don’t like school itself.

You have probably heard some variation of “But when will I ever use this?” from your kids, most likely while helping them with a particularly difficult homework assignment. And your child may be right—it’s very possible that mastering long division by hand isn’t a necessary life skill—but you know how valuable it is for your child to put in a reasonable effort, care about grades, and understand the importance of learning and participating.

Each student needs experience as well as instruction. Each student needs to know how to solve problems of various kinds. They need to grow in character as well as knowledge. They need to understand that making mistakes is part of life and what’s important is how we learn from them so they are not made again. They need self-assurance as well as the ability to listen well and work with others. Students need to understand and appreciate the past, yet feel optimistic about the future. Each student needs to know the value of lifelong learning in order to keep a curious and active mind. They need to grow in understanding of others and become a student of the spirit. They need to learn to be respectful towards others and set high standards for themselves.

Our students need love and encouragement, so that they might be filled with love and goodness.

We expect the best from our students each and every day. We hold each child accountable and provide direction and instruction as needed. We temper this expectation with love and kindness. We praise them when they reach goals and are successful.

Pierre de Coubertin (considered the father of the modern Olympic Games) stated the following in 1896, “The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.”

Whether in academics or athletics, children need to be encouraged to participate. There will be struggles, disappointments and triumphs. Allow your child the opportunity to experience struggles, disappointments, triumphs and successes. Research suggests that students held accountable (learning & social responsibility) and supported by adults (discipline & nurture) may be the single most important aspect of how and why children succeed in school and life. We must view parents and teachers as partners in education. Why?

As philosopher George Santayana simply said, “A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”

We strongly believe that one child’s future may depend upon the influence that we all can provide….and because of this, something remarkable happens. No young person is ever ordinary in our classrooms or athletics. And because of this our school district is successful.

It’s always a great day to be a Lady Coyote and Coyote!

Education – We’re In It Together

In 2002 Steve Goodier wrote the following, “Each student needs experience as well as instruction. Each student needs to know how to solve problems of various kinds. They need to grow in character as well as knowledge. They need to understand that making mistakes is part of life and what’s important is how we learn from them so they are not made again. They need self-assurance as well as the ability to listen well and work with others. Students need to understand and appreciate the past, yet feel optimistic about the future. Each student needs to know the value of lifelong learning in order to keep a curious and active mind. They need to grow in understanding of others and become a student of the spirit. They need to learn to be respectful towards others and set high standards for themselves. They will need love and encouragement, so that they might be filled with love and goodness.”

Although written in 2002, Mr. Goodier pointed out different facets that have always been a part of Borden County ISD. We expect the best from our students each and every day. We hold each child accountable and provide direction and instruction as needed. We temper this expectation with love and kindness and equally praise them when they reach goals and are successful.

Pierre de Coubertin (considered the father of the modern Olympic Games) stated the following in 1896, “The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.”

There will be struggles, disappointments and triumphs. This is a fact in life.

Research suggests that students held accountable (learning & social responsibility) and supported by adults (discipline & nurture) may be the single most important aspect of how and why children succeed in school and life.

We must view parents and teachers as partners in education. Why? As philosopher George Santayana simply said, “A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”

We strongly believe that one child’s future may depend upon the influence that we all can provide….and because of this, something remarkable happens.

No young person is ever ordinary in our classrooms. We teach each child as if the future of the world depends on their instruction….because it does.

Write In Your Heart – Every Day Is The Best Day Of The Year

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”

In this quote, Ralph Waldo Emerson clearly points out that our goal and expectation should be that every day is the best day of the year.

We expect and have planned for a fantastic school year using each and every day as our stair step to reach school district goals.

We encourage parents to become an education enthusiast.

Encourage your kids with love, kindness, excitement and support about going back to school.

Studies show that when kids see how much you value education, they’re more likely to get excited about school.

Consider sitting down with your child and talking about expectations for the school year. Set goals together. Throughout the year revisit those goals and see how they are coming along. Encourage when encouragement is needed. Celebrate when a goal is reached.

We are very excited about this school year and look forward to educating our students. We will continue with high goals, standards and expectations for all students. We too will encourage and celebrate achievements. Together – we will be successful!

Let’s have a great year!

The importance of struggles, disappointments, triumphs and successes.

No one kid is alike — if you have more than one child, you know this firsthand. Some kids love school and everything about it—challenging homework assignments, after-school activities, and even taking tests. Others may struggle with schoolwork while some are capable of earning higher grades but just don’t like school itself.

You have probably heard some variation of “But when will I ever use this?” from your kids, most likely while helping them with a particularly difficult homework assignment. And your child may be right—it’s very possible that mastering long division by hand isn’t a necessary life skill—but you know how valuable it is for your child to put in a reasonable effort, care about grades, and understand the importance of learning and participating.

In 2002 Steve Goodier wrote the following, “Each student needs experience as well as instruction. Each student needs to know how to solve problems of various kinds. They need to grow in character as well as knowledge. They need to understand that making mistakes is part of life and what’s important is how we learn from them so they are not made again. They need self-assurance as well as the ability to listen well and work with others. Students need to understand and appreciate the past, yet feel optimistic about the future. Each student needs to know the value of lifelong learning in order to keep a curious and active mind. They need to grow in understanding of others and become a student of the spirit. They need to learn to be respectful towards others and set high standards for themselves. They will need love and encouragement, so that they might be filled with love and goodness.”

Although written in 2002, Mr. Goodier pointed out different facets that have always been a part of Borden County ISD. We expect the best from our students each and every day. We hold each child accountable and provide direction and instruction as needed. We temper this expectation with love and kindness and equally praise them when they reach goals and are successful.

Pierre de Coubertin (considered the father of the modern Olympic Games) stated the following in 1896, “The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.”

Whether in academics or athletics, children need to be encouraged to participate. There will be struggles, disappointments and triumphs. Allow your child the opportunity to experience struggles, disappointments, triumphs and successes. Research suggests that students held accountable (learning, social responsibility) and supported by adults (discipline, nurture) may be the single most important aspect of how and why children succeed in school and life. We must view parents and teachers as partners in education. Why? As philosopher George Santayana simply said, “A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”

We strongly believe that one child’s future may depend upon the influence that we all can provide….and because of this, something remarkable happens. No young person is ever ordinary at Borden County ISD. And because of this our school district is successful.

2015-2016 Accreditation Status

The Texas Education Agency awards an accreditation status to each public school district and charter school. The accreditation status is based on the academic accountability rating and financial ratings from the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas. A district or charter must be accredited by the state to operate as a public school.

Borden County has “Met Standard” meeting the academic accountability rating and financial ratings from the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas.

The district accreditation statuses for all Texas School Districts in 2015-2016 are listed in the link below:

2015-2016 Accreditation Statuses

Hard Work Provides Opportunities

At the start of the 2015 – 2016 school year, a former Baltimore Maryland student stood before teachers and gave a passionate and inspiring speech, urging instructors to help their students move beyond a selfish mentality, to help students understand the importance of being unselfishness, to guide students in embracing kindness and to help students embody the spirit of a diligent work ethic…..free of an entitlement attitude. Here’s part of what he shared:

“Everything that I am is because a couple of teachers saw through me and all my faults and saw the potential deep down inside. These teachers made me into the person I am today—a person who understands teamwork, understands the importance of kindness and truly understands that success is a result of hard work. I’m living proof of it. I encourage you to pass the torch to the kids in your classroom so that they change their communities and the people that surround them wherever they end up and change the world.”

This young person clearly addresses everything our school district and staff believes each and every year. We see the potential in each and every student. We have a high level of expectation and goals for every student. We believe in each of them and are determined to see them succeed. We understand this requires hard work by everyone…..the staff, students and parents. Success is never easy.

We strongly believe that one child’s future may depend upon the influence that only we provide….and because of this, something remarkable happens. No young person is ever ordinary in our classrooms. We teach each child as if the future of the world depends on their instruction….because it does.

We’re excited about the start of this instructional year. We believe the 2016 – 2017 school year holds incredible opportunities for our school district, students and staff.

It can be a hard transition from the recent summer break back to the structure of being a student.
Parents and guardians, please help return your child to a regular routine.

We have hard work ahead and an opportunity for success at every turn.

We’re ready to see your kids in the classroom.

It’s always a great day to be Coyote!

What a blessed year!

We are very proud of our student’s accomplishments this year.

Borden County has been truly blessed in Academic and Athletic accomplishments. Our students, staff, coaches and Administration have diligently pursued goals set at the beginning of the year.

Success doesn’t happen without hard work and many hours of dedication by students, teachers and coaches. These are a few of the cornerstones at Borden County.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t thank the parents of our students as well. Your support is greatly appreciated.
It’s been a great year at Borden County ISD.

We are humbled with the achievements. We are grateful that opportunity knocked and our Borden County family answered. It takes each of us to be successful.

“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.” – Maraboli

The new school year will be upon soon…..enjoy a few days off.

Mr. Covey also said, “Live out your imagination, not your history.”

If you can dream it, you can achieve it. Live the dream.

Have a fun and safe summer!