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Frequently Asked Questions

 Parent Concerns

Below you will find answers to some of the questions and concerns that are being asked. Unfortunately federal educational privacy laws will prevent the district commenting on or answering many of the questions. I do understand that as parents you are concerned and in an effort to provide some answers and reassurance we are creating an ongoing “Frequently Asked Questions” link on our website. I have started with a few questions that I as parent would have if I were not associated with the school. If you have specific questions please email them to betterbulldogs@bynumisd.net . I would like to reiterate that we have very few details because many of the concerns revolve around events that did not take place at school so the factual details that we have are minimal. But, we will provide you the information that we can.


Sincerely,

Larry Mynarcik

Superintendent

Bynum ISD

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Student Health Concerns

March 27, 2015


Dear Parents,


The Health Department has completed their investigation and there is no change in their recommendations. There have not been any other reported cases and the school is and will continue to work with the Health Department to promote a healthy school environment. The health department continues to encourage hand washing and discourage students from sharing drinks. We also are continuing to encourage student/staff member that are sick or have a fever to stay home and see a physician. The original notice sent home on March 24, 2015 is included below.


On a personal note, thank you for your continued support of our students, teachers and staff.  It has been a difficult week, and together, we will get through it.

Sincerely,


Larry Mynarcik

Superintendent

Bynum ISD

 

March 24, 2015


Dear Parents,


A student at your child’s school is currently being evaluated for meningitis. Meningitis is an infection of the fluid and membranes around a person’s spinal cord and brain. It can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection and can be very serious or even deadly. For some types of meningitis, caused by specific bacteria, antibiotics are given to very close contacts. For other types of meningitis, antibiotics are not useful and not recommended, even for close contacts. 


Currently, the health department is NOT recommending antibiotics, even for close contacts of the case. Parents who wish to protect their child from meningitis should make sure their child is up to date on all vaccinations, including the vaccines preventing Hib and meningococcal disease. The Hib vaccine is normally given with other infant vaccines, as 4 doses before the age of 2 years. One dose of meningococcal vaccine is recommended for all adolescents, starting at age 11 years. 


Symptoms of meningitis may include fever, headache, stiff neck or neck pain, nausea and/or vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sounds. Parents should be aware of the symptoms of meningitis and other serious illnesses, and immediately seek medical care if a child seems ill. 


The spread of meningitis varies depending on its type. Some of the viruses that cause viral meningitis are contagious while others, such as mosquito-borne viruses, cannot be spread from person to person. Bacterial meningitis is spread through the exchange of respiratory secretions. The germs that cause bacterial meningitis can be contagious. Some bacteria can spread through the exchange (e.g., by kissing) of respiratory and throat secretions (e.g., saliva or mucus). However, the bacteria are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been.


In addition, children should be reminded of good hygiene practices: never share drinks, wash hands frequently, use mosquito repellent and stay home when ill. 


If you have additional questions please contact Texas Department of State Health Service at 254-778-6744. 


Sincerely,


Larry Mynarcik
Superintendent
Bynum ISD

Website Resources for further information.

http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/index.html

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/meningitis/

Meningitis Information Sheet
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Teacher Spotlight

Mrs. Julie Shwarts is our special education teacher. She is an incredible asset to our school and students. Mrs. Shwarts is incredibly dedicated to her students, her job, and Bynum School. This year she moved from a life skills setting to becoming a resource and inclusion teacher. Mrs. Shwarts accepted the challenge and showed tremendous growth and self-discipline. 
An educator's primary goal is student learning and Mrs. Shwarts is the perfect model of what learning "looks like" for her students. Not only has she learned a new role, she is also taking a college English class to expand her knowledge base and communicates with her students that learning is a life-long process. Her dedication speaks volumes of her character. 
Mrs. Shwarts genuinely cares for her students. You will see her at sporting events cheering (which also makes her a great cheer sponsor), in the cafeteria talking with students, staying after school to help students catch up, and at home still working to make sure she is completing the mounds of paperwork that come with her job. We are so grateful for all Mrs. Shwarts has done and continues to do to serve our Bulldogs!
Procedures for Bynum ISD in the Event of Inclement Weather Closing or Delays

In the event of inclement weather, the decision to open or close schools will be communicated as soon as possible to parents/guardians and staff in several ways.

  • The district will call the following radio/TV stations - KHBR (AM 1560), KXXV-TV channel 25 in Waco, and KXAS-TV channel 5 in Dallas/Ft.Worth. The stations will then broadcast this information to the public.
  • Automated phone calls will be made will be made as soon as possible to parents and staff for whom the district has current phone numbers through the districts messaging system, SchoolReach, stating whether schools are to be open or closed 
  • The information will be posted on the district’s website.
  • District Facebook and Twitter accounts will reflect delays and closures in a timely manner.
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Bynum ISD Achieves Met Standard rating plus all academic distinctions

The Texas Education Agency recently announced Texas schools achieving  MET Standard rating plus all academic distinctions.  Under the state accountability system, campuses in Texas that achieve the rating of Met Standard can also earn distinction designations in the following three areas:

  • Top 25 Percent Student Progress

  • Academic Achievement in Reading/English language arts

  • Academic Achievement in Mathematics

Bynum ISD was one of the 759 schools and the ONLY SCHOOL IN HILL COUNTY  that earned designations in all three potential areas.  For more information visit the TEA website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us then select Testing/Accountability.
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Bynum High School Awarded Bronze Award


U.S News & World Report released the 2013 list of Best High Schools on April 23, 2013. This is the second time Bynum High School has been awarded the Bronze Award since the first ever list was posted in November 2007.

 U.S. News & World Report analyzed 21,035 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. This is the total number of public high schools that had 12th-grade enrollment and sufficient data from the 2010-2011 school year to analyze. (Nebraska was the only state that did not report enough data and therefore was not evaluated for any part of the rankings.)

The U.S. News Best High Schools project identifies the country's top-performing public high schools. The goal is to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve all of their students – from the highest achieving to the lowest achieving – in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills as well as readiness for college-level work.

The U.S. News & World Report's editors believe high schools are among America's most important institutions, adding the Best High Schools to its series was a natural progression. Education drives our country's future. Recognizing schools that are performing well and providing them as models to other schools will inspire educators and communities to do better. By sharing this information, parents across the country will be armed with information to help them make better-informed decisions about their child's education.

All public high schools were eligible and nearly all were evaluated in the process of calculating the rankings. The U.S. News Best High Schools methodology collected state test data from state departments of education. The information used to determine rankings can be found online.



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Tax Rate Information
Bynum ISD adopted a tax rate that will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year's tax rate. The tax rate will effectively be raised by 12.5422 percent and will raise taxes for maintenance and operations on a $100,000 home by approximately $-44.30.
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Texas College & Career, a no-cost, one-stop, online college and career planning resource for all secondary students, parents and educators, has interactive planning tools in English and Spanish.

The new resource site www.TexasCollegeandCareer.org is available state-wide at no-cost to all Texas secondary students, their families and educators. Recently launched by the Texas Education Agency and funded during the 82nd session of the Texas Legislature, lawmakers appropriated funds for the creation of a statewide online college and career readiness portal to provide online college and career preparation assistance to students, parents or guardians, school counselors, mentors and educators.  Texas College & Career targets an increase in the rate of K12 graduates transitioning to positive postsecondary outcomes.

 

Texas College & Career provides the key components of college and career planning all in one centralized location that’s easy to use. It’s accessible online anywhere, anytime and is available to fully browse in English or Spanish.    The site includes:

 

Interactive Planning Tools  Texas College & Career has interactive planning tools and checklists, including intuitive portfolio and resume building, interactive self-assessments, compatible career exploration and helps search scholarships and analyze financial aid costs. 

 

College & Career Search Tools  Texas College & Career helps to customize college and career searches, collaborate on college and career lists, search 4,500+ college profiles and 1,100 career profiles, and to compare these profiles with student interests.

 

Communication Tools   Parents and educators can connect with students to send emails and alerts to communicate important events and deadlines.  Students can receive reminders on upcoming test, scholarship or application deadlines.

 

Training is available at no cost for educators, families and students via the several online, live webinars each month.  There are also recorded webinars for quick and easy download at any time for convenience. To participate in these webinars and access these tools, visit the Training and Online Family Academy links at https://support.connectedu.net/Texas/training-center.html.

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