Download the 2017-2018 Color Planning Calendar

Get Your Santa & Friends Tickets

The BISD Fine Arts Department will present its annual Santa & Friends Program on November 29-December 1, 2017, at the Central Administrative Building (CAB) Theatre. Tickets go on sale October 30 and are $7 cash only. Children 2 and under are free. There is a limit of 9 tickets per person. Tickets must be purchased at the Fine Arts Department located at 708 Palm Boulevard. Call (956) 982-3730 for more information. Toy donations to the Annual Superintendent’s Holiday Toy Drive are welcome. View the poster for more information.

BISD Teacher Named CATCH Champ

The CATCH Global Foundation named Julian Salinas, a physical education teacher at Castañeda Elementary School, as a CATCH Champion of 2017 for his outstanding efforts to create an active and healthy environment for the children of Texas. Mr. Salinas is one of six CATCH Champions of 2017 at the school, district and community level across the state of Texas. The Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) Program aims to impact the healthy-living messaging children receive in physical education, the lunchroom, the classroom and at home to improve and sustain their health. Mr. Salinas will be recognized in a ceremony on November 30, 2017, in Ft. Worth.

District of Innovation Update

At a special called meeting, the District-wide Education Improvement Council (DEIC) of the Brownsville Independent School District (BISD) voted by a margin of 38-12 to submit the District of Innovation (DOI) Plan to the BISD Board of Trustees. The BISD District of Innovation Plan will be posted on the BISD website for at least 30 days. If approved by the BISD Board of Trustees, the DOI Plan will allow the BISD to propose a calendar whereby school may begin before the state mandated last Monday of August. During the regular school board meeting to be held on November 7, 2017, the BISD Board of Trustees will be asked to approve the District of Innovation Plan with a final vote requiring a 2/3 majority. In the event, the Board of Trustees approves the District of Innovation Plan, a copy will be provided to the Texas Education Agency for posting on its website. View the District of Innovation (DOI) Timeline and Plan.

Enroll in the Employee Sick Leave Bank

The BISD Human Resources Department has announced the enrollment period for the Employee Sick Leave Bank, October 1-31, 2017. If a BISD employee or family member has a catastrophic illness, the employee may withdraw days from the bank. New members must complete an application form and have one local day to contribute. Enrollment is automatic for current members. A form must be completed to discontinue membership in the Employee Sick Leave Bank. For more information, call (956) 548-8051 or 548-8031. Download the flyer and application here.

BISD High School Students Dominate the TMEA
All-Region High School Jazz Audition

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, Region 28 held the annual audition for the TMEA Region 28 High School Jazz ensemble. Over 110 students from High Schools across the valley competed for one of only 40 chairs available. We are proud to announce that BISD Band students earned a record total of 8 out of the 40 chairs available. BISD Band students also earned 3, 1st chair positions and 6 of the 8 students will be competing at the area round of competition for a chance to make it to the TMEA All State Jazz Band. The TMEA Region 28 High School All Region Jazz band will perform on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Harlingen Performing Arts Center at 4:00pm. View the list of the All-Valley Jazz Band Members.

Rivera ECHS Drumline Wins!

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, the Annual Roma Gladiator Drumline Competition was held at the Roma High School Stadium. Brownsville ISD was represented by the Rivera Early College High School Drumline at the contest. We are proud to announce that Rivera ECHS Drumline received 1st Place in the 6A Division at the contest. The drumline is under the direction of Donald McClain with support of the Head Director Alex Torres and Assistant Directors Sam Carpio and Daniel Villanueva. Congratulations to the students and directors for all of their hard work and dedication. We are all very proud of their accomplishment!

BLA HS Stakeholder Meetings and Public Hearing for Improvement Required Rating

At the Brownsville ISD Board of Trustees meeting on October 3, 2017, the Brownsville Learning Academy High School will be presenting their information regarding the 2017 Improvement Required campus rating and the targeted elements the Campus Leadership Team has developed to address the areas of low performance. The public is invited to comment on this information during the Public Hearing to be held after the conference presentation as required by Texas Education Code 39.106.

The campus principal, Teresa de Saro, may be contacted at 956-548-8630 or the District Coordinator of School Improvement, Dr. Roni Louise Rentfro, may be contacted at 956-547-3590 regarding this meeting. View the BLA HS Targeted Elements.

Veterans Memorial ECHS Counselor Selected for TXOC Leader Fellowship

Celina Barrera-Scott, a College Counselor at Veterans Memorial ECHS has been selected by Texas OnCourse, an initiative empowering Texas students to succeed in high school, college and career. The inaugural group of Fellows, representing all 20 education regions throughout Texas, are
recognized as leaders in the college and career advising field. TXOC Leader Fellows will boost
state efforts toward college and career success by connecting educators, parents and students
to Texas OnCourse resources, supporting professional growth and learning and constantly
improving state tools for college and career preparedness. View the press release.

BISD Teams Up with Senator Lucio To Support Schools Districts Affected by Hurricane Harvey

BISD Family,

We are all heartbroken by the devastation hurricane Harvey caused our neighbors to the north. As I have mentioned before, we are fortunate to have been spared from the havoc and destruction the hurricane brought to other parts of Texas. For this reason, we are joining forces with Senator Lucio’s office to help the hurricane victims by collecting canned food items and school supplies. BISD staff, students and parents who would like to help are asked to bring canned food items and school supplies to their respective campus/department. All of the items collected will be picked up this Friday (September 1, 2017) at each school site and department to be prepared for delivery to the affected areas. Please keep the food items separate from the school supplies for easier distribution. We ask each school to send a message to their families asking for their support.

I would also like to invite elementary students to help write notes and letters of encouragement. These notes/letters will also be delivered to families along with the collected goods.

Our BISD family has always been generous to others in difficult times of need and we are grateful for that. Let’s all help make this collection a great success! I thank you in advance for your continued support for the causes that matter.

Proud Superintendent,
Dr. Esperanza Zendejas


BISD Supports Students Displaced by Hurricane Harvey. BISD knows districts to the north are facing many issues as a result of the hurricane and continued rains. We know that in many cases families have arrived in Brownsville or other Rio Grande Valley neighborhoods to escape the challenging problems created by hurricane Harvey. Please know BISD is accepting and enrolling all students affected by hurricane Harvey. Please inform your family, neighbors and friends that our BISD doors are open to support all children that may be living near our schools for a short-term or long-term basis due to the hurricane. Our prayers and thoughts go to the many families and children displaced by hurricane Harvey. BISD is here to support the families and children.

KBSD-TV Moves to a New Cable Channel

As of July 28, 2017 Spectrum Cable (formerly Time Warner Cable) performed a channel re-alignment and we are now located on cable channel 95-17.

BISD Bands Shine at the State Once Again

After an arduous process of Honor Band competitions, BISD bands have once again proven to be at the top of the state. The competition has three rounds that started in the beginning of June with the regional competition in Harlingen. During the regional rounds, only six bands advance to the area round of competition. BISD had five of the six bands advancing to the second round of competition. Amazing performances were turned in by Perkins Middle School Band, Stillman Middle School Band, Vela Middle School Band, Oliveira Middle School Band, and Veterans Memorial Early College High School Band. View the press release.

Veterans Memorial ECHS earns 5A Lone Star Cup Standing

The UIL Lone Star Cup honors the best overall athletic and academic programs in Texas and is open to all UIL participating high schools. Veterans Memorial ECHS placed 17th in the UIL 5A Lone Star Cup standing. View the standing list.

U.S. News Highlights BISD Success

Brownsville ISD was featured in a national story about districts with high-performing students along the border which ran in U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. View the story.