Treasure Chest Yearbook Receives First Class Rating from NSPA

After making a decision as a staff to apply for more national competitions starting with the 2021 yearbook, the Treasure Chest yearbook staff submitted the 2020 edition, titled “Tidal Shift” during September to the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) for a super-critique. The student staff sought the feedback in order to grow the program and continue on the quest to produce a high quality yearbook. After waiting almost eight weeks for the critique results to be returned, the staff was astonished to have received the second highest award, a First Class rating, from the prestigious association.

“I was pleasantly surprised by the results of the critique,” Adviser Lela Siegel said. “We have won recognition the last three years from Jostens, but knew the scoring rubric through the NSPA would be much tougher. There are some small things we need to tweak in our journalistic writing but overall we are very excited to make those changes and look for a better score with this year’s book.”

NSPA offers critique services for newspapers, yearbooks, newsmagazines, literary magazines, feature magazines, and websites. As a level-two NSPA member, the Treasure Chest mailed a copy of the yearbook in order for it to be judged in five key categories: essentials, coverage, writing & editing, design, and photography. There are four levels of award ratings; the highest possible is an All-American rating, then a First Class rating, a Second Class and finally a Third Class rating. While every publication submitted is carefully judged, not every entry receives an award rating. The judges are qualified professional journalists, as well as past and present advisers of award winning programs. Judges work with advisers and journalists to base critiques on current, nation-wide best practices in the field.

Some comments on strengths of the book from the critique include:

  • Great job finding a theme that was unique to your school. You really pulled the theme into your pages
  • Coverage reflects the diversity of the school population and an effort to cover all individuals
  • There are photos everywhere which increases the chances of students being in the book
  • You have some good photographers!

Students can purchase their copy of the upcoming 2021 yearbook online by visiting

Brazoswood Jazz Ensemble Named National Winner

It is with great pride that we announce the 2018/2019 Brazoswood PM Jazz Ensemble has been named a winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Jazz Honors Project by the Foundation for Music Education. 

This prestigious recognition is part of a nationwide project that included over 320 schools across 38 states. The contest is entered by submitting recordings in which the top ensemble is selected by a panel of industry leading professionals as a national winner. 

The 2018/2019 Brazoswood PM Jazz Ensemble will be featured on a special compilation album that will include all of the National Winners from each musical division. This album will be available for purchase on the website. 

CONGRATULATIONS to the current and graduated members of this outstanding Jazz Ensemble! Your hard work and dedication has brought national recognition to our school and to the entire Brazosport Independent School District. Go Bucs!!!!

Brazoswood Hosts Successful Fall College/Military Fair 2019

Brazoswood Hosts Successful Fall College/Military Fair 2019 

On September 4th of this year, colleges, universities, trade schools, and the four branches of the military from around the nation set up information tables in the Brazoswood Library Mall area of the campus.  Hundreds of high school students on campus took the time to explore or ask questions about higher education opportunities. The college representatives in attendance were the regional admissions counselors the Brazoswood students would work with at each respective university campus.

Ms. Cindy Schwebel, Brazoswood Counselor and College/Military Fair organizer said of the event, “Having the  fair on the students’ home campus makes it much more convenient for them to access the person they actually need to be in contact with for whatever avenue they are pursuing after high school, be it a community college, university, trade school, or the military.  I want to give them all the options.”

Ms. Schwebel began working on planning/organizing the fair in May of last school year in order to recruit colleges/universities, trade schools, and the military. She also publicized the event with banners, flyers, social media blasts, and daily morning announcements in order to reach as many students and parents as possible to get the word out.

 The College/Military Fair has become a tradition in the last couple of years, being held every Fall and Spring with the  September 2019 fair being the largest yet. 

Thanks to Kroger, Chick-fil-a and the Lake Jackson Army Recruiting office who donated food and drinks for the College/Military Fair representatives.  And thanks to all who help make BISD students future ready!