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Bowling Bash 2019 set for February 22, 2019

We are pleased to announce the date for our 7th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser.

Join us on February 22, 2019 for the Southwest Schools Bowling Bash – a terrific evening of fun to raise funds for college scholarships for graduating seniors and scholarships for our younger students to attend local summer enrichment camps.

For complete details and sponsorship opportunties, please visit http://www.swschools.org/bowlingbash.




Why I Love My Charter School By Nigemi Ogundele

A guest speaker at this year’s Texas Charter Schools Association Conference was our very own Nigemi Ogundele, a 5th grader at Bissonnet Elementary. He had the opportunity to speak in front of over 600 educators at this year’s conference held this week in Houston, TX. Check out his speech on “Why I Love My Charter School”!




Summer Manufacturing Camp

The Nuts, Bolts, & Thingamajigs Summer Manufacturing Camp held this June provided 4th-9th grade students an opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering, and math through exciting hands-on activities. Campers learned how to think link inventors, problem-solve, collaborate, and create using a 3D printer. At the end of each week students went on a field trip where they were able to make real-life connections to what they were learning in the camp. Check out the photos…

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Peggy Billingsley and Gricelda Perez Earn Top School Honors

We are pleased to honor the following staff for earning recognition as superstars of the Southwest Schools District. 

Photos https://www.facebook.com/pg/SouthwestSchools/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1775146792553244


DISTRICT WIDE TEACHER OF THE YEAR2018 Teachers of the Year Photo

  • Michael Bourquin- Mangum Elementary

DISTRICT WIDE SUPPORT STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEAR

  • Scott Lawton-Phoenix Schools

CAMPUS TEACHER OF THE YEAR:

  • Bissonnet Elementary- Peggy Billingsley
  • Mangum Elementary-Michael Bourquin
  • Discovery Middle School- Donald Morgan
  • Empowerment High School-Jennifer Rollie
  • Phoenix School- Renaia Eugene
  • Young Learners – Azindokht Baradar

CAMPUS SUPPORT STAFF OF THE YEARE:

  • Bissonnet Elementary- Gricelda Perez
  • Mangum Elementary-Aleyda Salgado
  • Discovery Middle School- Rebecca Cruz
  • Empowerment High School-Todd Davis
  • Phoenix School- Scott Lawton
  • Young Learners-Rita Spivey

Congratulations to our winners and heartfelt gratitude to all our teachers and staff for another successful school year!




Now Accepting Enrollment Applications for the 2018-2019 School Year

Bissonnet Elementary is pleased to announce that enrollment applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 school year.

To apply, please call or visit our campus or complete the application online at https://forms.swschools.org/interestinquiry/

Learn more about the incredible opportunities for students by visiting our campus.

Bissonnet Elementary
8440 Bissonnet St.
Houston, Texas 77074
Phone: 713-988-5839

https://bissonnet.swschools.org



Campus CLOSED Friday, November 3rd

Southwest Schools’ campuses and administrative office will be CLOSED tomorrow, Friday, November 3rd to allow our families and staff to enjoy the parade to celebrate our Would Series Champions #HoustonAstros!

“Our district is in agreeance with HISD: We are very proud to celebrate our champions with the rest of the city. We are also basing this decision on the congestions and heavy traffic that the parade can potentially cause around Houston.” – Janelle James, CEO/Superintendent of Schools.
Celebrate and be safe!
We will resume back to our regular schedule on Monday, November 6th.

 




CHANGE TO FRIDAY HALF-DAY SCHEDULE

STORY HIGHLIGHTS:  FULL DAY FRIDAYS | 1ST FRIDAY EVERY MONTH 1/2 DAY  |  NEW SCHEDULE TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please allow me to take this opportunity to thank you for a great school start. Despite the
devastating events of the past few weeks and the issues that families might have endured
during Harvey, students were present and excited about starting the new school year. We are
so glad to have your family in our Southwest Schools’ community. Together we will make this a
great year for our students!

As you may know, we lost nine school days as a result of the recent storm. Although the Texas
Educational Agency (TEA) is not requiring us to make up any of that lost instructional time, we
feel that it is in the best interest of our students to add instructional time back into the school
calendar. We are adding back the instructional time to provide the educational benefits our
students deserve.

To that end, we will transition to full day Fridays with one early release Friday each month. The
early release Friday will be the first Friday of each month. The change will begin in October.
I strongly feel that this is the right decision for our students. I believe that this will benefit
Southwest Schools’ students this year and in years to come. Recognizing that this represents a
significant change from past years of practice, we are asking for your support—both with the
school and with your children—with these changes.

You will receive additional correspondence regarding the changes and schedule for early release
days from your child’s campus. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact
your child’s campus principal.

Thank you for your continued support of Southwest Schools and for allowing us to be your
child’s school of choice.

All the best,

Janelle James,

Superintendent / CEO of Schools




Harvey Relief Efforts

Jackie Riquelme is a brand new Bissonnet teacher. Although she tried every possible route, she was unable to make it to school Fri, Sept 1st due to Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath. Undaunted, Jackie set up a table at an event in her neighborhood and collected supplies for Southwest Schools. “I don’t know why I’m so lucky in finding the best staff, but I sure am grateful that I do.”

Many thanks to Jackie!

Jackie Riquelme Hurricane Harvey

Learn more about how you can donate to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts at: https://www.swschools.org/harveyrelief/



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