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The Spring Branch Independent School District has selected the following early dismissal days to be used for professional development or parental involvement. Not all schools may follow this schedule, so please contact your child's school directly if you have any questions.

  • October 17-18 Elementary Early Dismissal – Parent/Teacher Conference
  • December 18-20 Secondary Early Dismissal; December 20 Elementary Early Dismissal
  • February 13-14 Elementary Early Dismissal – Parent/Teacher Conference
  • May 26-28 Secondary Early Dismissal: May 28 Elementary Early Dismissal

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Accolades come easy for Pine Shadows Elementary cafeteria manager Sharon Perez when she talks about employee Richard Pipes.

That’s just one of the many accolades that Pine Shadows Elementary Cafeteria Manager Sharon Perez has for employee Richard Pipes.

Richard has been a student in Spring Branch ISD’s TOPS (Transition Onward Promotes Success) program in the Special Education department. Students in this program learn life and job-site skills. In May, he officially graduates from the program having met his post-secondary goal of having regular employment.

Richard has worked 20 hours per week in the Pine Shadows cafeteria since October 2017. His duties in include preparing breakfast bags, portioning granola servings and taking out the trash. He likes all his tasks, but especially the breakfast bag part of his day.

His co-workers in the kitchen enjoy working with him and greet him each day with a chorus of “Good Morning, Richard.”

“Everyone loves him,” said Perez. “I only have to ask him to do something once, and he just does it—he doesn’t ask why.”

Prior to winter break, the Pine Shadows cafeteria team participated in a Child Nutrition Services department video contest, CNS Got Talent. Richard was a “star,” playing the role of Santa. Click here to see the team in action.

“We got over a 1,000 views,” said Perez proudly, as Richard modestly smiled.

This hard-working young man also works the night shift at the Whataburger near his home on the weekends and during the summer months when he is not at Pine Shadows. His duties there include delivering orders to the customers, making French fries and taking out the trash.

Prior to getting this job, Richard learned how to fill out an application, make a resume and handle an interview as part of the TOPS curriculum. When he was hired, the restaurant manager told him he needed to work on interacting with customers in order to retain his position. Richard has worked hard and is excelling at this part of his job.

“Two years ago, Richard would not have wanted to do this [article] interview or engage with customers at Whataburger,” said TOPS teacher Brittney Harris.

“He now has the confidence to go and do … that’s success!”

Submitted by Becky Wuerth, SBISD Communications

Families and mentors are a critical part of helping students make connections between what is learned at school and what they experience outside campus walls. We welcome and encourage parents, families, and mentors to partner with us!

The new Empowered & Equipped! site features resources to support conversations and activities at home, and in the community, with monthly lessons aligned to SBISD instruction. These lessons focus on the critical areas of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)and building awareness of various career pathways as part of the Spring Branch T-2-4 Goal.

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