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Texas Public Schools Week March 2-6, 2015
Texas Public Schools Week in Bandera ISD is March 2 through March 6, 2015.  This year's theme is "Texas Public Schools ... It Matters."  Bandera ISD will be hosting a variety of activities for the community during this week to recognize the contributions that public schools make to the community.  "We hope everyone will be able to visit Bandera's public schools during this week, because our community's support matters to us," said Superintendent Regina Howell.
On Tuesday, March 3 at 12:30 PM, Hill Country Elementary will host a luncheon for the law enforcement officers of Bandera County.  On Wednesday, March 4, Bandera Middle School will host its annual Cowboy Breakfast for the community and later in the morning at 8:15 AM at the Central Administration Building, Superintendent Regina Howell will give a presentation on the State of the District.  All parents and community members are invited to attend both events.  
On Thursday, March 5 at 10:00 AM Bandera High School and the BISD Nurses are sponsoring a brunch catered by the BHS Culinary Arts classes for Bandera County medical professionals in the High School Cafeteria.  On Friday, March 6 Alkek Elementary will be hosting a pancake breakfast for members of the Chamber of Commerce and the BISD Education Foundation.  Also on Friday, March 6 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM, the BISD Transportation Department will give their presentation "Get to Know Your School Bus" at the parking lot of Lowe's Market in Bandera aboard a district school bus.  Parents are welcome to visit campus or have lunch with their student on any day of Texas Public Schools Week. For more information on Texas Pubic Schools Week, contact Tracy Thayer at 830-796-6300, at or contact your campus principal.   

Health Information Update
The news media has made several references to the recent re-occurrence of measles in the United States.  In an effort to keep our parents informed about topics of interest, the Bandera ISD web site has posted information about measles provided to us by the Texas Department of State Health Services and the U.S. Center for Disease Control.  This posting is designed to provide parents with basic information that might be important should they want more information about measles.  To access this information on the web site, click on the gray bar "Parents," then click on the "Health Services" section.  As of today, there has only been one confirmed case of measles diagnosed in the state of Texas.  If you are concerned about exposure to measles, please consult your family doctor or Bandera County's Texas Department of Health Services at 702 Buck Drive in Bandera.  To contact them directly, call 830-796-7540.  

Preparing for Next Year ... Course Selection and Graduation Plans
Preparing for the next school year by selecting courses and reviewing graduation plans is a Spring ritual in a student's life. The dates below can provide information and a timeline for that process.
Middle School 
February 19 - Presentations in 7th grade social studies classes on course selection for 8th grade
February 25 - Presentations in 6th grade social studies classes on course selection for 7th grade.
February 26 AM - Presentation to Alkek 5th graders on course selection for 6th grade
February 26 PM - Presentation to Hill Country 5th graders on course selection for 6th grade
March 2 - 5th Grade Transition Meeting for Parents at Bandera Middle School, 6 PM in Cafeteria. 
March 6 - Deadline for students in grades 5-7 to turn in course selection sheets for the 2015-2016 school year.
High School
March 20 - Presentation to 8th grade students at BMS on course selection for High School.
March 23 - 8th Grade Transition Meeting for Parents at Bandera Middle School, 6 PM in Cafeteria.  

When Bad Weather Threatens ... Weather Emergency Information
The following radio and television stations will broadcast bulletins concerning school closings;  KTSA 550AM, WOAI 1200AM, KABB Channel 29, KENS Channel 5, KSAT Channel 12, WOAI Channel 4.  Because the safety of our students and staff is our top priority, Bandera ISD Administration continually monitors the progress of any potential weather situation. If severe weather conditions occur (heavy rain, icing of highways, etc.) parents should monitor the media outlets referenced above and the BISD Facebook site. If it becomes necessary to cancel school or postpone the start of school for any reason, these outlets will broadcast bulletins as a public service. In addition, it may become necessary to dismiss school early due to severe weather conditions that occur during the day.  In the event of an unscheduled early dismissal, children should know exactly where they are to go if parents are not at home. Bandera ISD encourages parents to formulate an emergency plan with their chidlren to deal with the possibility of unscheduled early dismissals.
PLEASE NOTE:   If there is no announcement, school is in session and on a normal schedule for the day.

Bandera High School's submission to the Texas Association of School Public Relation's Celebrate Texas Public School's Video Contest was selected as a regional finalist from the San Antonio area.