It had been a “great year” for the Bridge City ISD and school officials have plans to make it even better next school year.

‘We had a great school year and we’ve got a lot of plans for the future,” Kind said.

During his talk, he intends to cover the various programs and how they are doing. The programs to be discussed include fine arts, athletics, vocational and academics. He will discuss how they are doing and the initiatives for the programs, where BCISD is presently and the plans to move forward.

“We are proud of the kids and all they’ve done throughout the school year,” King said.

King began the 2012-13 school year with a Red Bird Roundup.

The event started with a kick-off at the Bridge City Elementary as teachers met and received information about the evening ahead. For the first time in Bridge City ISD history,  300 teachers were divided into teams and visited about 1,500 addresses within the neighborhood sections.

As 5 p.m. neared they geared up to leave and start knocking on doors. During each short visit while talking to area parents and students they emphasized how much BCISD appreciated the strong relationships between the school and home. The teachers were also ready to answer any questions.

Before leaving, the parents were given a back to school packet which included newsletters from each campus, supply lists from Bridge City Elementary and Intermediate, lunch information, a school calendar, fall athletic schedule, booster club information, computer safety flyer and a phone number refrigerator magnet.

It wasn’t long before BCISD was in the headlines regarding STAAR testing.

In August there were reports from The Texas Education Agency which announced 44 percent of Texas school campuses met the Adequate Yearly Progress, known as the AYP, which is a federal accountability system. However, the Bridge City school district was the only public district in Orange County this year to meet the federal standards set by the U.S. Department of Education under the 2001 ‘No Child Left Behind Act.’

Mike King, along with the Bridge City School board took a stand against what is called the “one day, one test” system.

“One day, one test does not determine our accountability,” King said during a previous interview. “What we want is a full range of accountability. You just don’t get a full picture on one day tests.”

King took the measure a bit farther when he traveled to Austin to discuss the matter further with legislators. The three bills  debated were HB 5, SB 3 and SB 1734. The focus points are accountability, graduation plan reform and funding.

King and BCISD officials were faced with the growing controversy over CSCOPE. King said they will continue to use the program, but what is available may become limited. However, Bridge City teachers only use the program as a foundation to their daily lesson plans.

CSCOPE, developed by the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative  and sold by Texas Regional Education Service Centers, is the curriculum management tool of choice for 875 school districts, charter schools, and private schools in Texas. The program is aligned with the state standards adopted by the Texas State Board of Education and assist educators in covering all standards such as reading, math, science and social studies within the academic year. The state of Texas has requirements for each grade level in the core classes in order to be promoted to the next grade level and ultimately graduate.

Bridge City teachers on each grade level work together to formulate a plan on what to teach their students in addition to using CSCOPE. Although, each teacher has the option to deviate from the plan since each classroom is different and has various needs.

The administration also wants them to be organized in their lessons to meet the state requirements. Teachers have to option to deviate from the program during certain lessons, but many fall back on the program to ensure the needs are being met.

One thing is for sure, the BCISD school officials are doing all they can to ensure educational needs are being met in all areas whether it is the everyday curriculum or testing.