Brill Elementary

Campus Snapshot

School Info

Website – http://brill.kleinisd.net

Twitter – @BrillKISD

Facebook – http://fb.me/BrillKISD

Phone – (832) 484-6150

Fax – (832) 484-7851

School Hours – 8:14 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

Rating – Met Standard

Enrollment – 772

Mascot – Broncos

Principal – Samantha Hinson

Associate Principal – Sandra Speer

Counselor – Tony Scherrman

School History

Brill Elementary was named after Johannes Brill, a Prussian immigrant, and opened in 1977. Mr. Brill brought his wife Anna Elizabeth and their young daughter Emily to Texas in 1873. The Brill’s settled in the community known as Big Cypress, later known as Klein, Texas. Their original homestead was built on 164.2 acres of land that stretched from what is now Boudreaux Road to Willow Creek. There they farmed and raised cattle. In 1880 Brill built a new house, which remained in the BrillMueller family until 1981. Vacant and threatened with demolition, it was acquired by Mr. and Mrs. Howard Klein, fully restored and moved to its current seven-acre site in Tomball, Texas. Johannes and Anna Elizabeth Brill were among the original founders of what is today the Trinity Lutheran Church of Spring, Texas.

School Rating

Brill Elementary is rated as a Met Standard campus. Proudly, Brill students earned four Distinction Designations in Academic Achievement in Reading/ELA, Academic Achievement in Science, Top 25 Percent of Closing Performance Gaps, and Post Secondary Readiness

Counseling Program

Our school counselor serves as a resource for students, staff and parents at Brill. Students are referred to him on an as needed basis. Group guidance counseling also allows students with similar needs and experiences to come together as a source of support for one another. Guidance lessons focusing on positive behavior choices and academic success are also provided for all students throughout the school year. Our counselor also contributes to many school-wide initiatives designed to support students and promote a positive school environment, such as No Place For Hate, KISD’s mentoring program, Student Council, Believe and Achieve character program and Red Ribbon/Anti-Bullying week.

Parent Involvement

Brill PTO is an active group of parents who work together as a team with the school principal and community to enhance the educational programs and opportunities for children and teachers. Fundraising is one focus of the PTO, as funds supplement holiday parties and campus events and enrichment to educational resources for our school. Volunteers can serve in many ways on our campus to promote the success of children and opportunities for enrichment. PTO members and other volunteers are so valued on our campus and lead the way with a vision that supports quality education for all Brill learners. The involvement of the Brill community is welcomed in many ways and it is encouraged to stay connected for valued support.

Core Curriculum

Brill teachers and staff offer students a variety of innovative and creative ways to engage in the curriculum. In an effort to suppliment student learning, an hour each day is used for intense, targeted instruction for enrichment in math and reading.

Brill teachers engage their students and different curriculum using various digital tools, such as Chromebooks and Google Apps For Education in a collaborative learning setting. Students are utilizing digital learning in a project-based learning environment to promote student engagement and differentiation of learning the TEKS.

Language Arts

Brill’s reading program is a combination of literary experiences. Effective comprehension and fluency enables the student to function as a lifelong learner. Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop are student’s favorite part of the ELA curriculum because they have choice in what they read and learn to be authors.

Math

Students build a foundation of basic understandings in number, operation, and quantitative reasoning, patterns, relationships and algebraic thinking, geometry and spatial reasoning. measurement and probability, and statistics.

Science

Science is a hands-on experience filled with many investigations and experiments. Students go to the science lab and have lessons in their classrooms.

Social Studies

Social studies is the acquisition of the knowledge, processes, attitudes, and skills necessary to be active and engaged citizens. Ideas and values of democracy and an appreciation for the American economic system is taught. At Brill we enjoy Texas History in fourth grade and American History in fifth grade. Whether dressing up like an early Texas pioneer, or enacting historical events, our students are encouraged to participate using their own creativity and imagination.

Special Programs

The Brill Chorale is an opportunity for fourth and fifth graders to be a part of a musical experience in which they develop confidence and perform for others. The Strings Program is taught by the orchestra teacher at Klein High School to fifth grade students. Students learn the basics of playing a stringed instrument and are given the opportunity to grow in their love of music.

Fifth grade students are spotlighted each year at the Brill holiday program where they sing, dance, and act. The Brill Talent Show is on or near the last day of school, as students and faculty members display their unique talents and skills.

Brill’s P.E. department has won several awards for the development of a physical education program which embraces a curriculum developed to teach students how to live a healthy lifestyle. Physical exercise and fitness are our focus as we strive to provide our students with information on health and nutrition so that they can make healthy choices regarding their lifestyle.

Student Council is an integral part of the school leadership development. Brill Student Council consists of five officers, who are fourth or fifth grade, as well as a boy and girl classroom representative from each homeroom. This organization promotes school-wide improvement, focusing on social and academic success, and organizes school events to build unity and good citizenship. The group meets two times per month to collaborate on No Place for Hate activities, community service projects, and promote school pride.

Believe and Achieve is a school-wide character building program, which promotes team involvement to improve the outcome of school procedures in a positive, uplifting way. Grade levels are involved in friendly competition, which encourages students to reach their fullest potential in school procedures.

Destination Imagination develops opportunities that inspire 4th and 5th grade learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st Century Skills and creativity. The Destination Imagination program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus, and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts, and service learning. These teams are selected through a try-out process for 4th and 5th grade students, and compete globally. Brill most recently had two teams go global for DI.

Jogging club is an active group of students who meet on Friday mornings at 7:10 to run/walk on our track. This club promotes health and wellness, and is supported by the PE department to encourage physically active students and their families, too.