October 22
-Lights on Afterschool Rally Canceled Due to Inclement Weather
-Unite Against Bullying Day
-Municipal Youth Ambassador Induction

October 23-31
BISD Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

October 25
-Brainsville Inventions Competition
-2nd Annual Fall Early Childhood Symposium
-Vive Tu Vida Wellness Rally

October 27
App CHallenge Deadline

October 28
Fitness Gram Testing Begins

October 30
Kids Voting Brownsville Day

October 31
-PEIMS Snapshot
-End of 2nd Six Weeks

November 1
All City Choir Concert

November 4
-Election Day
-Board Meeting (Rescheduled)

November 8
Southmost Veterns Parade

November 10-14
Parental INvolvement Week

November 11
BISD Veterans Day Holiday

16 Days
Lights On Rally Cancelled
The Lights On Afterschool Rally scheduled for today, Wednesday, October 22, has been cancelled due to inclement weather. For more information, call BISD Grants at 548-8227.
Saluting Our Veterans
Several BISD schools will participate in the Annual Southmost Veterans Parade on Saturday, November 8 at 2 pm. The parade will begin at Porter High School and proceed down Coolidge Street to Southmost Road concluding at Cromack Elementary School, located at the corner of Southmost Road and 30th Street. The Veterans Day Parade is sponsored by the Southmost Veterans Day Parade Committee and the City of Brownsville to honor the brave men and women who have served or are serving in the United States Armed Services. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be held on Sunday, November 9 at 2 pm.
Money Management for Seniors
Over 700 BISD seniors from all six high schools will attend the Financial Education Summit hosted by U.S. Congressman Filemon Vela on Tuesday, October 28 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Brownsville Event Center. Sessions include Financial Football/Soccer, Get Smart About Credit, Setting Financial Goals, College Calculator and much, much more. Students will also have the opportunity to win a $250 college scholarship. View the details.
Great Bands, Great Sounds
Five BISD high school marching bands earned 1st Division, Superior ratings at the 72nd UIL Pigskin Marching Competition held on October 18 at the San Benito High School Stadium. BISD bands competed against 24 other UIL Region 28 schools for ratings from 1 to 5 on the level of mastery demonstrated in their performances. Four BISD 6A Bands, Hanna, Lopez, Rivera and Veterans Memorial, have earned spots in the 2014 UIL Area G Marching Contest which will be held on Saturday, October 25 in San Antonio. The BISD bands will compete to advance to the 2014 UIL State Marching Band Championship on Tuesday, November 4 in the Alamodome. Congratulations to these outstanding BISD band programs. View the results by individual BISD campuses.
Brownsville ISD: An Early College District
Brownsville ISD’s Early College High Schools were featured in the Fall Issue of Latino Education Magazine which was inserted in Rio Grande Valley newspapers on Sunday, October 19. Comments from Superintendent Dr. Carl A. Montoya were also featured in a SpaceX story in the same magazine. View the ECHS story and photos.
BISD Library/Media Services Wins
2014 Mora Honor Award
Brownsville ISD Library/Media Services has been selected to receive the 2014 Estela and Raul Mora Honor Award. The award was established by author and poet Pat Mora and her siblings in honor of their parents. The funds are to be used to promote El Dia De Los Ninos events on or near April 30 and link children to books, languages, and cultures.
BISD Earns National Award
Brownsville ISD is the recipient of the 2014 School District of the Year Award by the National Hispanic Institute (NHI). BISD earned the award for taking the lead in providing special support to young men and women who will play significant roles in the future as professionals and trained community leaders. Of the many school districts that support NIH efforts, Brownsville ISD was selected because it displayed the greatest commitment. Dr. Montoya will receive the award at the NHI Alumni Banquet and Awards Ceremony to be held on Saturday, November 15 in Dallas, Texas. In the award notification letter, NHI cited the long history of individuals who have been educated by BISD schools and are now successful leaders.
Support Veterans Memorial and Safe Driving
Veterans Memorial Early College High School invites everyone to support the “Celebrate My Drive” campaign during National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 15-24, 2014. Veterans Memorial is participating in the program because teen driver safety is important and the school has a chance to win $100,000 or one of two hometown concert events. Make a safe driving commitment once a day, between October 15-24, by logging on and indicate that you want to support Veterans Memorial ECHS by committing to drive safely! Log on here.
Principals Lead the Way!
Texas Governor Rick Perry has proclaimed October 2014 as “Principals Month” in Texas. Please join Brownsville ISD in recognizing the positive contributions that our elementary and secondary school leaders have made on student achievement in our great state. View the Governor’s proclamation.
BISD Earns Highest Fiscal Rating
Brownsville ISD officials announced that the school district received the top rating of “Superior Achievement” under the Texas’ Schools FIRST financial accountability rating system. The Superior Achievement rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of Brownsville ISD’s financial management and reporting system.

This is the district’s 11th top rating in the Schools FIRST (Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas), a financial accountability system for Texas school districts developed by the Texas Education Agency in response to Senate Bill 875 of the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999. The primary goal of Schools FIRST is to achieve quality performance in the management of school districts’ financial resources, a goal made more significant due to the complexity of accounting associated with Texas’ school finance system. View the media release.
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