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A Year In Review: 2018's Top 10 Moments that Matter

We know in a district the size of our Big Red Community that countless memories are made every day. And as we embark on an exciting 2019, we wish to share just some of the amazing moments we experienced in 2018. Here are our 2018 Top 10 Moments that Matter. 

 

“A” Grade for District

 2019 Best schools

Belton ISD was ranked among the Top 100 districts in Texas according to Niche.com’s 2018–2019 School District Report Cards. With an overall grade of an A, Belton ISD ranked 82nd out of 1,021 school districts reviewed by the online research company. Based on this report card, Niche.com also ranked the District as 59th for “Districts with the Best Teachers in Texas.”

 

Anonymous Alerts App

Anonymous Alert app  

The district introduced a new anti-bullying and safety reporting system called Anonymous Alerts® to empower students, parents and community members to voice concerns to school officials. Once reports are received, school officials can quickly investigate them and take appropriate action.

 

Elementary Scholars, Superintendent Scholars and National Merit Scholars

 Scholars  

Seven Belton Independent School District seniors were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship and National Hispanic Recognition programs in October. These scholars along with fellow classmates in the top 95th percentile nationally of PSAT test-takers were honored at the 2018 Academic Awards Banquet held at the Bell County Expo Center in November. Advanced Academics also expanded their recognition of the district’s top scholars to include elementary students for the first time in 2018. In October, 242 fifth grade students were honored as Elementary Scholars for their high achievements on STAAR or G/T testing.

 

Magic Belles at Rose Bowl Parade

 Magic Belles at Rose Bowl

The Belton High School Magic Belles trained for weeks to perform in the opening and finale of the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California. The team is a four-time national champion competitor and, in March, was awarded the Medium Team National Championship at the American Dance/Drill Team competition held at the University of North Texas.

 

National Championships

National Champion CTE team  

For the fifth year in a row, Belton High School students were named the SkillsUSA TeamWorks State Champions. Under the direction of team sponsor Sullivan, Belton High School students Bailey Eickenloff, William Glaser, Antonio Hernandez and Lyhue Penny won gold in April at the construction trades competition. And for the second year in a row, the team became national champions at the 2018 SkillsUSA National Student Leadership Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky in June.

 

New Campuses

New Belton schools  

Construction began in January on the district’s 11th elementary campus, Charter Oak Elementary School, which is set to open Fall 2019. Miller Heights Principal Jennifer Conner was named the new campus’ principal and said she looks forward to laying the foundation for a strong campus culture that delivers on our district’s mission to provide an education that challenges every student to excel. After amending the contract with Bartlett Cocke General Contractors in May, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) of $106,413,538 for construction of the new Lake Belton High School. The vote set the stage for the groundbreaking ceremony held later that month for the approximately 394,000 square foot facility that was designed for 2,500 students in classrooms centered around learning community collaborative spaces. The building will also support quality instruction and 21st century digital learning. And when the campus welcomes its first students to school in August 2020 they will enter as Lake Belton Broncos.

 

No Place for Hate

 No place for hate  

One of the programs that has been invaluable in our continued efforts to develop great cultures is the No Place for Hate program. Working with the Anti-Defamation League since 2015, we have been able to provide training to school leaders and campus representatives that enhances understanding of diversity and inclusion in order to identify strategies to support students as we teach them to be kind and respectful of each other. And in 2018, 13 of our campuses were recognized as No Place for Hate locations.

 

Special Olympics Send-off

Special Olympics send-off  

Members of the Belton ISD Special Olympics Bowling Team smiled from ear to ear at celebratory send-off in November as they were cheered on by fans before traveling to Fort Hood to compete in an Area 12 Special Olympics competition. The team, comprised of 22 students from Belton elementary, middle and high schools, was accompanied by 15 volunteer students who assisted during competition by serving as “bowling buddies.” The 2018 team was the first from Belton ISD to include elementary athletes.

 

State Championships

 Champion swimmer

UIL Champions

Noah Henry, one of Belton’s most decorated student athletes, brought home two medals from the UIL State Swimming and Diving Championships held in Austin in February. Henry finished 1st place in the 100 Fly and set a new state record with his time of 47.07. In the 100 Back Henry placed 3rd with a time of 47.67. That time qualifies as a new BHS record and ranks him as the fifth fastest time ever for a Texas high school swimmer. Belton New Tech High School @ Waskow students also claimed a state title in the annual UIL State Young Filmmaker’s Festival for their work “Call Me Back.” Their film was selected out of 213 entries in the Division II Narrative Category.

 

Teacher and Counselor of the Year

Teachers of the year  

Picture of the Year

Our staff made major achievements in 2018 as well. Belton High School agriculture teacher Brad Hobbs and Sparta Elementary music instructor Keri Dudley were honored as the district’s Secondary and Elementary Teachers of the Year, respectively. And Munirah Tarver from Miller Heights Elementary was named Region 12 Elementary Counselor of the Year. 

Did we miss a moment that mattered to you or your student? Drop us a line at communications@bisd.net and tell us about it.

Joshua Wucher
joshua.wucher@bisd.net
January 11, 2019