Rawan Al Saleh was honored during the 17th annual Character Without Question awards ceremony at the Feb. 24, 2020 Spring Branch ISD board meeting. She was nominated and selected for the award from the Academy of Choice student body for embodying strong character traits such as honesty, kindness, integrity, perseverance, courage, caring, and more.
Each school’s honoree received a framed award, the book “Oh the Places You Will Go,” and congratulations from all SBISD Trustees, to the cheers of family, friends and school leaders gathered in the Northbrook High auditorium.
At the pre-event reception, supported by Wells Fargo and the Spring Branch Education Foundation, the Character Without Question honorees enjoyed refreshments and had photos taken with their families.
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SBISD's Choice Application opens Monday, Nov. 4.
The Spring Branch Independent School District has selected the following early dismissal days to be used for professional development or parental involvement. Not all schools may follow this schedule, so please contact your child's school directly if you have any questions.
- October 17-18 Elementary Early Dismissal – Parent/Teacher Conference
- December 18-20 Secondary Early Dismissal; December 20 Elementary Early Dismissal
- February 13-14 Elementary Early Dismissal – Parent/Teacher Conference
- May 26-28 Secondary Early Dismissal: May 28 Elementary Early Dismissal
Click here to review the SBISD Academic Calendar for 2019-20.
We’re highlighting our Teacher of the Year Finalists for their outstanding work. Join us in celebrating these AMAZING educators! #InspiringMinds #EveryChild
Secondary Teacher of the Year Finalist
Spring Forest Middle School
Campus Athletic Coordinator/Health Fitness Dept. Chair
6th Grade Developmental and 7th/8th Grade Athletics Instructor
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, Bachelor of Arts, Hospitality Management, 2007
Texas Teachers Alternative Certification, 2010
Spring Forest Middle School, 2010-Present
In his own words . . .
“I love the challenge of teaching. Whether in the classroom teaching science as I did for a number of years, or in the gym teaching Athletics, teachers are in the unique position to make a difference in kids’ lives on a daily basis. In sports, the variety of life lessons we are able to teach our athletes is amazing and what inspires me every day.”
“Spring Forest is a special place and I am blessed to be a part of this amazing school. I remember my middle school coaches being incredibly influential when I came through Spring Forest Middle myself, and many of the lessons they taught me I still carry to this day. I’m also thankful to have worked alongside one of my former coaches before he retired! To see, as an adult, how and why he so positively impacted me as a middle schooler was transformative.”
In the words of others . . .
“I think his coaches sum it up best: Integrity and empathy are the two words that describe Ryan Harvey. If it is not the right thing, and it does not serve all parties involved, we aren’t going to do it. Ryan cares for everyone!”
Tracey Reap, Spring Forest Middle Assistant Principal
“As remarkable as Coach Harvey is as a teacher, he is even more astonishing as a person. He is a father, a husband, a coach, a friend, and yet he still finds time to serve his community and congregation at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church.”
Raymorris Barnes, Spring Forest Middle Principal
Spring Forest Middle School student chess players and adult team organizers shared great news after a March 30 regional tournament at the Spring Branch ISD campus that drew 195 new chess enthusiasts.
Spring Forest Middle hosted the all-day Houston Chess Association tournament and awards ceremony, a first-ever effort in the school district. Spring Forest Middle’s chess team worked hard to earn its 1st place trophy in a highly competitive field, too.
The tournament marked the middle school’s first U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) sanctioned tournament.
In an exciting tournament ending, Spring Forest Middle’s team stood tied with St. Martha Middle School, winning its top place honors on tie breaker points.
Two district elementary school teams did well, too – Nottingham Elementary won 1st place honors, while the student team at Rummel Creek Elementary finished fourth overall.
Spring Forest Middle team member Max Erickson won all five of his matches to place first in his section, and five other students on the team won individual awards.
The winning Spring Forest Middle team includes Maddie Cardin, Josue Contreras, Park Dalton, Zach El-Badawi, Max Erickson, Yutai Long, Addison Maynard, Joshua Rebollar, Aiden Reichstein, Farsheed Tehrani, Oscar Valle Montero and Sebastian Zigaran.
During the past two years, the Spring Forest Middle chess team has built a strong team of 16 USCF rated players, and the campus club has about 35 regular participants. Earlier this year, the team returned from a tournament at Awty International School with a second-place trophy and six individual awards.
In addition, during the same period four SBISD schools – Spring Forest Middle, Nottingham and Rummel Creek elementaries, and Cornerstone Academy – have also taken part in citywide USCF tournaments.
Spring Forest Middle chess team organizers include school counselor, Leah Whitten, Coach Gale Jenkins, Coach Rasha Shammaa, Coach Steve Cardin, and Coach Shannon Swires.
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More than 700 parents and students attended the annual PTA-hosted Multicultural Festival held Oct. 25 at Spring Forest Middle School. Flags from the homelands and birthplaces of 900 or more Spring Forest Middle students were hung during festival days throughout the campus, located at 14240 Memorial Drive.
Spring Forest Middle is proud to be recognized as the most diverse secondary schools in Spring Branch ISD, and students, families and festival organizers were proud to show off the school’s variety of cultures. The festival included food and special treats from the tables of 28 countries hosted by representative families and staff, henna hand painting and music provided by the Spring Forest Middle band and orchestra, as well as a DJ who treated students to popular and regional music from across the world.
Students had a different cultural experience at every country’s table set up at the festival. When they visited Canada, for example, they were treated to pancakes and maple syrup while learning about hockey. They sampled chicken feet while learning about China. They sang songs, danced and feasted when they visited the Mexico table.
Students also took passports around the festival site and received a “stamp” when they filled in a correct answer about a country. Students who submitted a completed passport also received a Free Dress Day pass to use in lieu of the traditional student uniform.
The local Spring Forest Middle community generously supported the Multicultural Festival by donating food, desserts and services.
Families and mentors are a critical part of helping students make connections between what is learned at school and what they experience outside campus walls. We welcome and encourage parents, families, and mentors to partner with us!
The new Empowered & Equipped! site features resources to support conversations and activities at home, and in the community, with monthly lessons aligned to SBISD instruction. These lessons focus on the critical areas of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)and building awareness of various career pathways as part of the Spring Branch T-2-4 Goal.