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Borger Middle School Staff celebrates the three distinctions they earned Schools from around the state received their first ‘grade report’ from the Texas Education Agency on Wednesday.  Borger ISD received a “B” scoring 83 out of a possible 100 points in the various areas measured.  The TEA report shows which schools met state education standards based on three areas: student achievement, student progress, and closing performance gaps. “I am excited to announce that our district earned a rating of “B” and all schools ‘Met Standard’. There are so many great activities going on in our district, but we always focus most on our core business- instruction, curriculum, and student learning.  It is good to see independent confirmation of the academic success of our students,” stated Superintendent Chance Welch.   Mr. Welch goes on to say, “Our schools have a lot of success to celebrate!  I am proud of the overall 91 that our middle school earned, and I am also proud of the 91 our high school earned on College, Career, and Military Readiness, which is an area that we have emphasized for many years!  BIS, BHS, and BMS all received distinction designations!  Based on the original 2017 A-F results, Crockett made an overall gain of 9%.  Crockett Elementary had a strong performance in reading and math which Gateway and Paul Belton played a vital role in achieving.  As a district, we have a strong foundation to build upon!”   A-F Relative Performance is an apples-to-apples comparison of similar school districts and is probably the most accurate indication of how a district is performing.  Each district received a numerical score based on a comparison of performance to similar school districts.  Borger ISD earned an 85 on Relative Performance when compared to similar school districts!  
Posted by rebecca.calder  On Aug 17, 2018 at 11:28 AM
Borger High School math instructor, Kimberly Johnson was named Region 16 Secondary Teacher of the Year at the recent Fall Kickoff. Every fall, 40 Regional Teachers of the Year are selected -- one elementary and one secondary teacher from each of the 20 Education Service Center regions in Texas.  Six finalists are then chosen from among the 40 semi-finalists. Following an interview process, the Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year and Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year are chosen from among the six finalists.   Associate principal at BHS, DeDe Conaway, is very proud of Johnson stating, “Kim Johnson is one of the best teachers that I have had the honor of working with and she truly deserves this recognition.” Among other accomplishments, Johnson organized the first BHS Math Fair to highlight students’ accomplishments in math, science, and engineering skills.  Six-hundred out of 777 enrolled students participated in the event.  Johnson was able to raise over $10,000 for prizes for participants. The event garnered huge community support from judges, sponsors and event attendees.  Judges included CEO’s, engineers and other leaders from local industry such as Solvay, Phillips 66 and CP Chem.  These judges provided invaluable feedback to students regarding their projects.   Matt Ammerman, BHS principal, expressed this about Mrs. Johnson’s honor, “Borger High School is extremely proud of Kim Johnson.  She brought her love of math to bring her community together in an amazing way!” Thomas Hodge, BHS Mathematics Department Head sums up Mrs. Johnson’s accomplishments, “Great job from an extraordinary teacher to not only get all the students involved but the entire community.  I might be a leader of the department, but Mrs. Johnson’s spirit and drive should inspire us all to try to be better teachers!”   Mrs. Johnson is very honored to receive this award stating, “I am so proud to bring this award back to Borger ISD! We have such amazing teachers that go above and beyond for their students, and a community that was overwhelmingly supportive in not only our math fair last year but ALL the events we have at our Borger schools!  I am SO proud to be in a town that cares so much about our students and their future successes.”  
Posted by rebecca.calder  On Aug 16, 2018 at 4:06 PM
The Velma Freeman Gillespie and Zelma Freeman Root Foundation was established in 1995 by Mrs. Gillespie’s family to honor a deserving teacher at the end of each school year.  Velma Freeman Gillespie and Zelma Freeman Root were twin sisters who both taught in the BISD system for over twenty-five years each.  Mrs. Root came to Borger in 1944. Mrs. Gillespie came to visit her from Arkansas in 1946 and never went back. Mrs. Gillespie taught in Borger Junior High School for 25 years.  Mrs. Root taught at Borger High School for 26 years.  Both retired in 1971.  After retiring from BISD, Zelma Root taught at Frank Phillips Junior College for five years.  Mrs. Gillespie had two sons, Dr. Hamp Gillespie and Dr. Mike Gillespie, who both graduated from Borger Independent School District.  After Velma Gillespie passed away in October 1994, her sons wanted to honor their mother and aunt by establishing the foundation.   The award is given to a deserving teacher in the academic field who possesses the following:  A concern for students and the capability to inspire them. The ability and willingness to work cooperatively with colleagues. A drive to initiate activities that improve instruction for students. An ability to work effectively with different groups in the community. The desire to stay informed of current educational theories and practices” An ability and willingness to make meaningful contributions to education.  Examples of innovations started in the nominees’ classrooms.  Campus nominees included:  Manda Gowdy, Pre-K instructor at Paul Belton, Teresa Jeffers, Dyslexia instructor at Gateway Elementary; Tiffany Willis, 4th grade instructor at Crockett Elementary; Kacie Kaake, SPED math instructor at Borger Intermediate School; Shauna Campbell, 8th-grade math instructor at Borger Middle School, and Kevin Kuehler, Borger High School Band Director.  This year, the Root-Gillespie award went to Teresa Jeffers. Mrs. Jeffers was recognized at the Borger ISD Convocation. She will receive $750 to spend in her classroom. Each campus nominee will receive $250 for their classroom.   Several years ago, Borger ISD realized a need for teachers to help identify and meet the needs of students with dyslexia.  Mrs. Jeffers selflessly offered to help serve BISD students by attending many trainings to widen her reach to these students.  For four years, Mrs. Jeffers divided her day and expertise between Reading Recovery and the Borger Dyslexia program.    Mrs. Jeffers also devotes herself to helping others outside of the world of education.  She volunteers her time to helping raise money and shopping for disadvantaged children each Christmas through Angel Trees and Rainbow Room foster care projects.   Gateway principal, Teresa Bodey states, “Teresa Jeffers has a calling, and it is teaching.  She teaches not only her students, but she teaches us all in humble service and human kindness and true compassion.  She leads by example - teaching us all to wear a smile, have faith and never stop learning.  She is a beloved friend, colleague and a consummate professional.  She is worthy of this award and continues to leave a legacy of learning to touch the lives of all she encounters.”    
Posted by rebecca.calder  On Aug 15, 2018 at 3:53 PM
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Posted by rebecca.calder  On Aug 06, 2018 at 2:07 PM
Borger ISD is pleased to announce Melissa Purcell will be the assistant principal at Crockett Elementary and Thomas Torres will be assistant principal at Borger Intermediate School.  Mrs. Purcell was the BISD District Math Coordinator last year and Mr. Torres taught at Borger Middle School. Mrs. Purcell is a Borger native and graduated from FPC with an Associate of Science, WTAMU with a Bachelor of Science and UTA with a Master in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.  She has been in education for 15 years – eleven of those years in BISD – teaching many subjects including Science, Social Studies, ELA, and Math.  Mrs. Purcell states, “This year I look forward to learning and growing as an Assistant Principal under Principal Hatfield and look forward to becoming an integral part of the Crockett family.” Mr. Torres has been a member of the Borger community since his family moved here in 1991.  Graduating from Borger High in 1998, he is a true example of working hard to accomplish your dreams.  Mr. Torres believes in Borger ISD and is proud to serve the citizens by supporting future students in becoming respectful and educated members of society.  He gives credit to his success to his parents, family, and the many caring individuals that have influenced him positively throughout his own education.  He believes, “There is no dream that cannot be achieved, no mountain that cannot be climbed if the individual never gives up on themselves and accepts help when they need it”.                 
Posted by rebecca.calder  On Jul 30, 2018 at 11:07 AM
Members of the Borger High School Mighty Bulldog Band recently attended an exhibition performance of Drum Corps International in Denton. Twenty-four band members, escorted by Kevin Kuehler, Borger HS band director, and Peter Mueller, Gruver HS band director, attended the DCI event held at Denton I.S.D. Collins Athletic Complex on July 19th. DCI is a world-wide organization known as “Marching’s Major League”. The  exhibition included performances by Arsenal of Albuquerque, NM, Music City of Nashville, TN, the Troopers of Casper, WY, the Mandarins of Sacramento, CA, the Colts of Dubuque, IA, the Crossmen of San Antonio, TX, Phantom Regiment of Rockford, IL, the Blue Knights of Denver, CO, the Cadets of Allentown, PA, Carolina Crown of Ft. Mill, SC and the Cavaliers of Rosemont, IL. The start of the performances was postponed until 7:45 pm due to record-setting heat in the DFW area. After the national anthem, each performance grew in complexity and scale with each corps. The student and director favorites were Music City’s show, which was entitled “Hell on Wheels”, a train-centered production and Carolina Crowns performance, entitled “Beast”. The Borger Band would like to thank the board and administration of Borger I.S.D. for the opportunity to attend this world-class performance. It was truly inspiring to students and teachers alike. The band’s 2018-19 marching season kicks off with summer band rehearsals on August 1st at 9:00 am in the BHS band hall.
Posted by rebecca.calder  On Jul 26, 2018 at 11:17 AM
The 2018-19 drum majors of the Borger High School Band attended band camp this past week. Frankie Barraza, a senior tenor sax player, and Kaleb Hughes, a sophomore trombone player, will be the drum majors for the 2018-19 edition of the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band. They attended band camp last week at West Texas A&M University in Canyon. Each student attending the camp auditioned for one of five high school bands at the camp on music provided by the university prior to the end of the 2017-18 school year. Frankie was a member of the HS Maroon Band, and Kaleb was in the HS Concert Band. All the camp bands performed a concert on Saturday, July 14th. Some of the pieces performed were Overture for Winds by Carter, Mount Everest by Galante, River of Dreams by Lopez and Shrek Dance Party, arranged by Murtha. In addition to playing in a band, Frankie and Kaleb had sectional rehearsals with an instructor with specific experience on their instrument. Both students also had the opportunity to take a private lesson on their instrument with WTAMU or band camp instructors. They were also in drum major and conducting classes. Instruction included basic conducting fundamentals, marching fundamentals and leadership techniques. Frankie and Kaleb attended camp on a scholarship provided for by the Borger Band Booster Club. Thanks go to the boosters for giving these students the opportunity to attend this fine camp. These exemplary students will now use this experience to further improve their participation in the Borger ISD band program.  
Posted by rebecca.calder  On Jul 26, 2018 at 10:57 AM
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