Bullard ISD releases official school calendar

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Students attending Bullard Independent School District schools during the 2017-2018 school year will hear the familiar sounds of campus bells ringing in just 21 short days, as the district recently released its official school calendar for next school year.

“We’re really excited about the upcoming school year at Bullard ISD,” said Todd Schneider, Bullard ISD Superintendent. “Looking back on this school year, we can see how many outstanding performances and achievements our students and staff have accomplished. As the only school district in East Texas selected by the Texas Education Agency to be a pilot for the Local Accountability Program, we see how BISD continues to shine brighter and brighter as an educational ‘Lighthouse’ in East Texas.”

According to Schneider, a new theme will be implemented across Bullard ISD in the 2018-2019 and the 2019-2020 school years, entitled “Capturing Kids’ Hearts”

“We are blessed to have the support of our community that has helped us provide a district wide theme over the next two years that will support us in creating a culture of ‘Capturing Kids Hearts,’” said Schneider. “ A strong focus on supporting students where they are at and preparing them for whatever is next will be a common thread throughout BISD. We are also excited to see what the new campus principals, Amanda Goode (Bullard Early Childhood) and Kevin Blain (Bullard High School), will bring as leaders to their campuses. It’s an exciting time to be a part of what is going on in Bullard ISD.”

To begin the new school year, Bullard ISD administrators will start by hosting a new substitute teacher orientation training from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 at Bullard ISD’s administration office, while also welcoming the district’s newest teachers at the New Teacher Orientation, scheduled for 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Bullard ISD’s Teaching and Learning Building, next to Bullard Intermediate School.

According to the 2018-2019 Bullard ISD School Calendar, teachers will begin to report back to work on Monday, Aug. 13, while the district’s Convocation event to be held on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Bullard ISD.

Teachers and staff of Bullard ISD will be the guests of honor during a Back to School luncheon event, scheduled for Monday, Aug. 20, at First United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center.

The first official day of school of the new school year for students slated for Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Students will have several breaks from classes throughout the new school year thanks to holidays, including Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 3), Thanksgiving break (Monday through Friday, Nov. 19-23), Christmas break (Monday, Dec. 24 through Friday, Jan.4), Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 21), Presidents Day (Monday, Feb. 18), Spring Break (Monday through Friday, March 11-15), and Memorial Day (Monday, May 27).

Additionally, the calendar includes a number of teacher in-service days in which students will not attend classes, including Monday, Oct. 22, Monday, Jan. 7, and Tuesday through Friday, May 28-31.

Bullard ISD teachers are also scheduled for a lone comp day during the 2018-2019 school year, occurring on Monday, Jan. 21.

Currently, there is only one bad weather day listed in the 2017-2018 school year, which, if not used during the year, Bullard ISD students will also receive the day off from school on Friday, April 19.

Last school year, Bullard ISD made the transition from reporting grades on a six-weeks schedule to a now a nine-week grading period.

The new nine-week grading periods for the 2018-2019 school year will be from Wednesday, Aug. 22 to Friday, Oct. 19 (First Nine-Weeks), Tuesday, Oct. 23 to Friday, Dec. 21 (Second Nine-Weeks), Tuesday, Jan. 8 to Friday, March 8 (Third Nine-Weeks), and Monday, March 11 to Thursday, May 24 (Fourth Nine-Weeks).

There are several dates indicated as state testing days on the new school year’s calendar, such as Monday through Friday, Dec. 3-7, Tuesday through Friday, April 9-12, Monday through Friday, May 6-10, Monday through Friday, May 13-17, as Monday through Friday, June 24-28.

The Bullard High School Class of 2018 will participate in Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 25, at Tyler Junior College’s Wagstaff Gymnasium.

For returning students who were not registered for the 2018-2019 school year at Bullard ISD through the district’s recent online registration drive, Bullard ISD officials have announced a second opportunity to register online from Wednesday, Aug. 1 through Thursday, Aug. 9. If not registered by the deadline, returning students may not have a class schedule by the start of school.

New students to Bullard ISD this year will be able to register 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 7-9, at all Bullard ISD campuses. Unlike returning students, all new student registration will involve paperwork and must be done in person.

For more information about the 2017-2018 school year, call Bullard Early Childhood at 9903) 894-6389, Bullard Primary School at (903) 894-2890, Bullard Elementary School at (903) 894-2390, Bullard Intermediate School at (903) 894-6793, Bullard Middle School at (903) 894-6533, Bullard High School at (903) 894-3272, or the Bullard ISD Administration Office at (903) 894-6639. Helpful information can also be found at www.bullardisd.net.

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