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Weekly Family Newsletter - May 21, 2024

Posted Date: 5/21/24 (2:01 PM)

May 21, 2024

Dates to Remember

DISTRICT WIDE (only applies to Baird campuses unless otherwise noted):
  • Wed, 5/22 - Senior & Kindergarten Walk the Halls
  • Thurs, 5/23 - Last day of school (early release)
  • Fri, 6/7 - Last day of school for Day Nursery of Abilene
ELEMENTARY (applies only to Baird campus unless otherwise noted):

SECONDARY (athletic event schedules subject to change):
  • Mon - Thurs, 5/20-5/23 - Final exam prep and exams
  • Tues, 5/21 
    • JH Awards Ceremony (9:30 am)
    • HS Awards Ceremony (10:30 am)
    • Athletic Banquet (6:00 pm @ the Rock Gym)
  • Thurs, 5/23
    • Senior Breakfast (10:00 am)
    • Graduation Practice (11:00 am)
    • Graduation (7:00 pm)



Children need nutritious meals to learn, grow and thrive — even when school is out. With the Summer Meal Programs, children and teens ages 18 and younger, and enrolled students with disabilities up to 21 years old can continue to eat healthy throughout the summer at no cost at any participating meal site.

No form of identification is required, kids simply need to show up.
Meals will be served Monday-Friday, June 3 - July 19 at the Baird ISD Cafeteria.
  • Breakfast: 8:00 - 8:30 am
  • Lunch: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Confirm dates and times at   this website .
 *Meal site schedules are subject to change. Please call to confirm dates, times and meal-service details.*

Varsity Cheer Fundraisers Update
The blanket fundraiser will end on May 30th and deliveries will be made in June! 
Thank you to everyone who made dessert items, bid on auction baskets or purchased baked goods from the Varsity Cheerleaders at Railhead Festival!!

Spirit Blanket Fundraiser Please support our school by buying a blanket. We profit 50% with each blanket sale! Pictures of two blanket options, $30
Elementary School Supply Kits 
Order your school supplies early at School Specialty and get exactly what your child needs without going to the store! Our school account is 39001.  The last day to order is May 30.

image of school supply kit

Registration for 2024-25 is Open!
Image of PK-12 Registration flyerYou must register your child(ren) for school each year.  Please do this as soon as possible.
  • Registration for Current and incoming kindergarten through 12th grade students needs to be completed online in the Ascender Parent Portal .
  • Pre-K Three and Pre-K Four registration information will be sent to parents of qualifying students after the Pre-enrollment qualifying form on the Baird ISD website is submitted.
  • Transfer student registration information will be sent to parents of students after the  Transfer application has been submitted and approved.
For more information, contact Jess StJohn-Floyd at 325-854-1400 ext. 311.

Parent Square App

If you have not yet downloaded the app, it is the best way to use Parent Square.  You can also set your communications preferences (type of message and frequency) in the app.

The ParentSquare app is available in both iOS or Android stores. 
• iOS App -  Apple Store      
• Android App -  Google Play Store

Tips for Parents - Digital Citizenship

In the last six weeks, K-12 students have been going through Digital Citizenship lessons.  They have learned:
  • What digital citizenship means
  • About cyberbullying (what it is and how to respond)
  • Digital footprint (what you do online is permanent)
  • Digital world basics/social media (don't talk to strangers or share personal information)
  • Media literacy (types of media and how to evaluate them for reliability)
  • Privacy & Cyber Awareness (be careful what you share and how)
  • Tech Laws & Age Appropriateness (ratings matter)
We have used the Neptune Navigate Curriculum. They have a section for Continuing the Conversation  at home for parents on their website. Please take some time this summer to review what your children have learned and talk to them about it. It is never too early or too late to have those conversations. 

picture of Continue the conversation for parents website

Way to Go! #RTB

Million Word Readers

This year 5 elementary students surpassed the million words read mark in the Accelerated Reader Program. They are:

4th Grade:

  • Elias Taylor - 2,893,844 words

  • Rose Preijers - 1,576,780 words

  • Annabelle Clayton - 1,495,399 words

  • Arian Smith - 1,011,572 words

5th Grade:
  • Agatha Jane Smith - 1,046,754 words

The Elementary had a big focus this year on reading and AR. The students read an enormous amount of words this year. The number of words read by each grade combined is listed below.
  • 1st grade - 544,655 words (22 students read over 12,000 words)
  • 2nd grade - 892,807 words (1 student read over 100,000 words, and 25 students read over 11,000 words)
  • 3rd grade - 2,731,036 words (11 students read over 100,000 words)
  • 4th grade - 16,430,075 words (20 students read over 300,000 words)
  • 5th grade - 5,693,270 words (14 students read over 100,000 words)
Way to go elementary students! Keep up the good work and keep reading!
BHS Senior Earns Associates Degree
Bree Tennison graduated on May 3rd from Cisco College in with her Associate’s degree. She was one of several dual credit students in this area who were recognized tonight for earning her associate’s while still in high school, and the only one from BHS.  Congratulations Bree!
picture of Ashlyn Crawford with her medal next to Ms. Dyer

State Champion!

Ashlyn Crawford won the state championship in Copy Editing at the State UIL Academic Meet last week. 

Congratulations Ashlyn!

State Champion!

Bree Tennison won the state championship in Poetry at the UIL State Academic Meet last week!

Congratulations Bree!
picture of the lit crit team with Ms. Dyer and a UIL official

State Runner-Up

The Literary Criticism Team won the State Runner-Up trophy at the UIL State Academic Meet last week.  Team members are (l-r) Bree Tennison, Brady Deel, Jadyn Smedley, and Westen Isenhower.  

Way to go team!
picture of Brady with her medal.

4th Place at State

Brady Deel placed 4th in the Literary Criticism event at the State UIL Academic Meet last week. She also placed 11th in Calculator Skills.

Congratulations Brady!
picture of Westen with his medal next to Mrs. Taylor

6th Place at State

Westen Isenhower placed 6th in News Writing the State UIL Academic Meet in Austin last week.

Congratulations Westen!