Splashin' and Dashin' Fun
The BISD Clark Aquatic Center and Wellness Fitness Center will host a Family Splash and Dash on Saturday, October 10 at 9 am. Register now for this fun-filled event. Medals will be awarded to the first 100 participants. Learn more here.
Pace and Veterans Memorial Make Newsweek List
Pace and Veterans Memorial Early College High Schools are among 40 Texas high schools to earn spots on the 2015 Newsweek "Beating the Odds" list of best schools. The list seeks to identify schools that do an excellent job of preparing their students for college while also overcoming the obstacles posed by students at an economic disadvantage. Nationally, on the 2015 Newsweek list of 500 of America's Top High Schools, Pace was ranked #134 and Veterans Memorial was ranked #461. View the list.
BISD Volunteer Named SBOE Hero
Kenneth Parks, a volunteer at the BISD Homeless Youth Project, has been selected as a State Board of Education (SBOE) Hero for Children in recognition of his outstanding service to the school children of the Brownsville community. Parks is among 15 volunteers who will be recognized at the SBOE meeting on September 11, 2015 in Austin with a certificate and resolution. He was nominated by Diana Clough, the BISD Homeless Youth Project Coordinator.
BISD Students Pursue SPACE Studies
BISD’s STEM Programs for Aerospace Careers in Engineering, better known as SPACE Academy, has begun at all BISD early college high schools with over 40 students participating in its inaugural year. In addition, 100 freshmen have enrolled in the engineering component of the already established Science, Technology, Architecture, and Medical Professions (STAMP) Program. Many of these students have been part of the BISD Middle School Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Programs over the past few years but some students are coming back to BISD from charter and private schools. This first group of students had the opportunity to explore engineering-related and space-related concepts ranging from robots and rockets during the required summer program this July. Other activities, including meeting visiting engineers from the Boeing Aerospace division and skyping with engineers from SpaceX, will take place throughout the school year. It is important that the current 8th grade students planning to enter STAMP or SPACE Academy in high school be enrolled in Algebra I.
BISD Open for Labor Day
All BISD campuses and offices will be OPEN on Labor Day, Monday, September 7.
Longoria Gets New Look
When schools starts on Monday, August 24, students at Longoria Elementary School will get a chance to see their newly remodeled cafeteria for the very first time. Longoria’s stunning, new cafeteria facelift was completed during the summer. The new space was thoughtfully designed by staff from BISD Food and Nutrition Service with students in mind. The new environment sports vibrant colors, modern furniture, and large scale signs that provide a kid-friendly atmosphere for students to dine and relax with their friends. Two more BISD elementary schools Garden Park and Putegnat, are also slated for makeovers during the 2015-2016 school year.
A Note to Parents
Effective immediately, Veterans Memorial ECHS has been closed to all new transfer students due to the school's capacity. For more information, call Pupil Services at 544-3966.
The BISD Wellness Fitness Center will host a meeting for all employees interested in participating in the employee co-ed volleyball league on Tuesday, September 8 at 6:30 pm at the Wellness Gym. Rules and game times will be discussed. Call 698-0194 for more information. View the flyer.
BISD Accountability Results
There was good news for Brownsville ISD in the latest accountability results released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). All 58 BISD campuses and the district “Met Standard” for 2014-2015.
Campuses that received a “Met Standard” rating are also eligible for distinction designations. BISD schools earned a total of 181 distinctions, the largest number in Region One. Fourteen BISD campuses earned 100% of their possible distinctions. Pace ECHS and Veterans Memorial ECHS earned 7 of 7 distinctions placing them on an elite list of only 153 secondaries to achieve this statewide. Distinction designations are awarded to campuses based on achievement on performance indicators compared to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size and student demographics. Five more BISD elementary schools earned 4 of 5 distinctions and 1 middle school and 2 ECHS earned 6 of 7. Another 22 BISD schools met 100% of the State Performance Safeguards.
“Earning any type of distinction under the state accountability system is commendable and should be a source of pride in that community,” said TEA Commissioner Michael Williams in a press release. “It reflects extraordinary work while affirming a strong commitment to students.”
Brownsville earned a greater percentage of distinction designations than 10 large urban school districts with comparable student enrollment including Alief ISD, Klein ISD, Plano ISD, Round Rock ISD, San Antonio ISD, and United ISD. Brownsville ISD equaled or outperformed the State in 3 of 4 Target Indexes and outperformed Region One in 2 of 4 Indexes. View the listing of BISD schools that earned 100%.
The TEA Accountability Ratings in 1:41 Seconds
The Texas Education Agency offers a quick overview of the State of Texas Accountability System and what goes into the annual ratings of schools and districts. View the video.
BISD to Hold Tax Ratification Election
At the meeting on August 4, 2015, the BISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to call a Tax Ratification Election (TRE) in order to maximize state funding for the district. The BISD tax rate will be restructured. The district must get voter approval to move .11¼ cents from the Interest & Sinking Fund (Debt Service) to Maintenance & Operations. The total tax rate would remain the same at $1.15 ¼ as presented and approved in the budget at the June 25, 2 015 BISD Special Called Board Meeting. If the TRE is approved, it will generate between $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 security. Learn more about the TRE here.