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BISD Continues Free Meals
Students of the Brownsville Independent School District will continue to receive a free breakfast and lunch under the Special Assistance Provision 2 program during the 2014-2015 school year. Additional meals and a la carte menu items will also be available at a nominal price. The Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) Department encourages students to take advantage of the free meals and low-cost nutritious a la carte items. The FNS Department is fully committed to implementing the USDA’s School Meals Initiative and complying with the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans through a variety of meal planning approaches. Menus are planned to include a variety of well-balanced foods. Menu selections are designed to increase the consumption of grains, fruits, and vegetables, as well as other food sources rich in essential vitamins and minerals. The FNS Department shall continue to build upon the standard of quality that the community has come to expect and assure that the Dietary Guidelines are met. Menus will be available to students at the cafeterias. Parents many contact the FNS Department regarding any concerns or questions on the program at 548-8450 or on the web at http://www.bisd.us/foodservices.
School Board Election
Monday, August 25 at 5 pm is the deadline for a BISD school board candidate to withdraw his/her name from the ballot. For questions, call 547-4113.
Welcome Back Message
The Brownsville ISD Board of Trustees, Dr. Carl Montoya, and the Area Assistant Superintendents have prepared a message to welcome our students, parents and employees to the 2014-2015 school year. View the video here.
Overview of TEA Accountability System
The Texas Education Agency produced a brief video which helps explain the state’s annual ratings of schools and districts in less than 2 minutes. View the video here.
54 BISD Schools Meet Standard,
Earn 204 Distinctions
The Texas Education Agency released a wealth of good news to Brownsville ISD in its latest 2014 accountability ratings. A total of 54 district schools earned the highest “Met Standard” rating according to the performance index framework which was established last school year.

The BISD campuses earned the “Met Standard” rating by meeting four applicable index targets at the elementary and middle school levels and three targets at the high school level. The index targets are: 1-Student Achievement, 2-Student Progress, 3-Closing Performance Gaps, and 4-Postsecondary Readiness. Brownsville also “Met Standard” as a school district.

BISD’s good news continues. On closer inspection, individual district campuses also earned 204 Distinction Designations, 134 in elementary, 43 in middle school, and 27 in high school. Distinction Designations are awarded for outstanding achievement in specific areas based on indicators of student performance when individual campuses are compared to 40 demographically similar campuses throughout the state.

A total of 28 BISD campuses also earned 100% of their performance safeguards established by the state in the areas of reading and mathematics. Another 11 campuses earned 90-99% of their state safeguards.

“These results are cause for celebration in Brownsville. Everyone involved deserves commendation. Our district and campus teams are passionate about student achievement and preparing students for college and careers. Student performance is a continuous process and the state accountability system is extremely complex. We will carefully analyze this student data and look for ways to continue improving our instruction,” said Dr. Carl Montoya, Superintendent. Read the release.
School News
Brownsville ISD is busy preparing for the start of the 2014-2015 school year. Check out the district’s Back to School newsletter to find out immunization requirements, necessary school supplies, grades online, SchoolMessenger information, and much, much more. View the newsletter in English and Spanish.














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