Saluting Our Veterans
Several BISD schools will participate in the 16th Annual Southmost Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 7 at 2 pm. The parade will begin at Porter ECHS and proceed down Coolidge Street to Southmost Road concluding at Cromack Elementary School on the corner of Southmost Road and 30th Street. The Southmost Veterans Day Parade was created to honor the brave men and women who have served or are serving in the United State Armed Services. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be held on Sunday, November 8.
Talented BISD Duke Students
Ten BISD students earned State Recognition in the Duke University Talent Identification Program which identifies and supports academically talented students. To qualify as a Duke Scholar, 7th grade students must score 95% or higher on the national norms of a grade-level standardized achievement, aptitude, or mental ability test. A student qualifying for State Recognition is in the top 38% of all participants nationwide. Congratulations to Abryana Hernandez and Miguel Hernandez, Lucio Middle School; Jay Gomez, Ramses Linan, and Lauren Oliveira, Manzano Middle School; and Nathaniel Delgado, Jillian Garza, Jair Gomez, Alessandra Guest, and Luis Hernandez, Stillman Middle School, on their amazing academic achievement.
BISD Tax Ratification Approved by Voters
Local voters approved the tax restructuring measure put forth in the Brownsville ISD Tax Ratification Election (TRE) held on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. The single item ballot asked voters to allow the school district to move .11¼ cents from the Interest & Sinking (I&S) fund that pays for debt to Maintenance & Operations (M&O) that pays for day-to-day operations. The total tax rate will remain the same at $1.15¼ as presented and approved in the budget at the June 25, 2015 BISD Special Called Board Meeting.
The voter approved restructuring will not impact the total tax rate but will bring an additional $5 to $6 million net per year in additional state funding to be used for one-time expenditures to improve, repair, and expand district facilities and enhance school security. Moving the .11¼ cents to the M&O will generate more revenue because it is weighted at a higher level than the I&S. View the media release.
What’s for Supper?
The Brownsville ISD campuses that offer student afterschool programs such as Extended Day Enrichment, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and tutorials also offer supper to students at the end of the school day. The goal of the program is to improve and maintain children’s health and nutrition, promote good eating habits, and integrate nutritious food through organized after school programs. Students only need to provide a school ID to be served. BISD offers supper as part of a continuous effort to provide students with a quality learning environment and the tools necessary to succeed. For more information, call BISD Food and Nutrition Services at 956-548-8450.
Thank You to Our Employees
BISD employees generously donated $351,855.00 to the 2015 United Way of Southern Cameron County Campaign. That is $65,042.96 more than last year. Campus by campus, department by department, BISD employees contributed so that the United Way can continue providing support services to local families. Thank you to our BISD employees for supporting our community.
Supplies for Students
BISD department employees generously donated to the 2nd Annual School Supply Drive sponsored by the Special Programs Department. The top 3 winners are: 1st, Finance/Budget Department; 2nd, Migrant Department; and 3rd, Parental Involvement Department. The supplies will be donated to the campuses with the highest percentage of economically disadvantaged students. Thank you to all BISD department employees for supporting our students.
Employee Sick Leave Bank
The BISD Human Resources Department has announced the opening of the annual Employee Sick Leave Bank enrollment period, October 1-31, 2015, for new members. If a BISD employee or family member has a catastrophic illness, the employee may be able to withdraw days. For current members, the enrollment is automatic. A form must be completed to discontinue membership in the Employee Sick Leave Bank. View the information here.
Call (956) 548-8051 or (956) 548-8031 for questions.
BISD Students Learn About Giving
The Brownsville Herald highlighted the new philanthropy classes being offered at six BISD early college high schools as part of the Career and Technical Education Department Curriculum. Read the story here.
Great Principals, Great Schools
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has proclaimed October 2015 as “Principals’ Month” in Texas. Please join Brownsville ISD in recognizing the contributions that our elementary and secondary school leaders make on student achievement in our school district. View the Governor’s proclamation.
It’s Pigskin Time
Make plans to attend the 73rd Annual UIL Pigskin Marching Competition on Saturday, October 17 at two locations this year. The 6A groups will compete at the San Benito High School Stadium at approximately 7 pm. The 5A bands will compete at the Donna High School Stadium at approximately 7:45 pm. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased from any BISD ECHS band director or at the stadium gate on October 17. Seats sold by the band directors are grouped together by campus. Come and support the Hanna, Lopez, Pace, Porter, Rivera, and Veterans Memorial ECHS bands. The students have been preparing since June for this competition and they will entertain you with an evening of outstanding music, dance, and precision. The 2015 Brownsville band UIL presentations are entitled: Hanna-The Caged Bird Sings; Lopez-Primary; Pace-Silk Road Dances; Porter-Amor Indeciso; Rivera-The Bermuda Triangle; and Veterans Memorial-Anomaly-A Show of the Curiously Odd.
Time Changes in Saturday Football
The start times for two Saturday BISD football games have been changed. The Lopez vs. Los Fresnos game will be played at 7 pm instead of 2 pm on Saturday, September 26. The Pace vs. Donna North game on Saturday, October 24 will also be played at 7 pm, not 2 pm. For more information, call BISD Athletics at 548-8261.