Congratulations to our High School Teacher of the Year Angie Andrews. Mrs. Andrews has twenty years of teaching experience with eleven of those years in Big Sandy. She......
Congratulations to our Junior High Teacher of the Year Scarlet Ellis. Mrs. Ellis has five years of teaching experience with two of those years in Big Sandy. She teaches 7th......
Congratulations to our Elementary Teacher of the Year Steffany Jewell. Mrs. Jewell has four years of teaching experience and all of those years have been with Big Sandy.......
Mike Burns , 5 days ago
Dear Big Sandy ISD (Students, Parents, Faculty, and Staff): Over the last four months or so, I’ve spent most of my time talking about navigating through the COVID crisis by uttering one phrase - “We just don’t know.” This time has been a difficult time for anyone who has a connection to our schools. Nothing has been normal, and public schools have had to pivot and change, frequently daily. Through it all, educators have answered the challenge. In about six weeks, Big Sandy ISD will start school again for the 2020-21 school year. There are still many things that “we just don’t know,” but after spending the last month working in this district, there ARE many things that I DO know: No matter what school looks like in the fall, Big Sandy ISD is full of amazing people who will love your children, and do everything they can to support them either in person or through remote instruction. Our staff misses our students. I hear it every day. We can’t wait to get back to normal, but normal might still look a little different for a while. No matter what school looks like, I can promise you that your students will be loved and cared for by the teachers, staff, and administration in Big Sandy ISD. While “we don’t know” precisely what school will look like in the fall, I do know that there is a fantastic team of people in place that have been working so hard this summer to make sure that your students will be safe. The district team is developing plans to implement as many safety measures as possible while still trying to maintain a sense of normalcy for our students. The school will look different, but we will be as safe as we can be, and we will do everything in our power to make sure your children are comfortable while with us during the school day. For those of you who will choose to keep your students at home and learn remotely to start the year, we are also working on plans that will help them learn and feel a connection to their teachers and other students as the year begins. If we have to wear masks, I can promise you that our teachers and staff will have a plan to teach students the right way to wear them and why it is important to do so. Just like we teach students how to read and write, we will teach students how to navigate the requirements of living in a COVID-19 world. If we don’t have to wear masks, our teachers will teach students the best way to social distance and use proper hygiene to ensure that they are safe when they are with us. Our teachers and staff love your kids, and we will do everything we can to keep them safe. That is one thing that I do know. Last spring, our students, and especially our seniors, missed out on so many rites of passage usually experienced during the spring. “We don’t know” what we will and will not be able to do as the year begins. But I do know that no matter what happens in the fall, we will do everything to ensure that even if events get canceled, we figure out ways to make up for it when this virus starts to go away. I DO know that none of this has been normal. Our kids are hurting. Our kids are missing their friends. And even though many might not want to admit it, our kids are missing being at school. When our students come back, we will be there for them. We will teach them, but we will also listen to them, talk to them, comfort them, and begin to feel normal again. During my first week in Big Sandy, a superintendent from a neighboring district told me that I “landed” in a great place. After finishing my first month in the district, I know why that superintendent was right. I have met some of the nicest, caring, and respectful people that I’ve ever been around during my career in public education. Almost every person I’ve talked to has mentioned positive things about our children and their role in their lives. I’m so thankful that I “landed” in Big Sandy ISD and can’t wait to meet even more of you in the coming weeks. There will be some difficult decisions ahead, and not everyone will be pleased with some of the choices that we make as a team, but I promise you we will make those decisions with love in regards to what we believe is best for ALL of our kids. This much I DO know. I also know that you will be hearing more from us in the next few weeks as things become clearer. Please pay attention to your mailboxes, our website, and our Facebook page as we make announcements in the coming weeks. Thank you so much for trusting our team and me with your kids. I can’t wait to start meeting all of them soon. Mike Burns Superintendent Big Sandy ISD
Mike Burns , 14 days ago
The link that was sent out previously might not have worked for some of you. It should work now. Thank you for your patience.
Mike Burns , 14 days ago
Hello Big Sandy ISD Family, The leadership team at Big Sandy is in the initial phases of planning for what a return to school in the fall will look like for our students and staff. Based on initial guidance from the Texas Education Agency, this survey is asking about different possible models for school opening in the fall. Because our guidance is preliminary, this plan is expected to evolve and change and we learn more. Your response to these questions can help us develop a plan that will allow us to open schools safely during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The information you provide to us in this survey is crucial in helping us ensure that students and staff have the healthiest learning and working environments possible. The link to the survey can be found here: https://forms.gle/NtkrhQn5GgzPUrgVA As always, the district appreciates your patience as we all learn to navigate this new "normal" together as a family. Thanks for your time, Mike Burns Superintendent Big Sandy Independent School District
Moriah Phillips , 16 days ago
Attention: We will be holding a Substitute Training Class on July 14, 2020 at 9:00 am. If you would like to substitute teach for Big Sandy ISD, please consider attending this training.