April 29
Arbor Day

April 30
Dia DeLosNinos

May 3
-Board Meeting

May 4
-Department Administrators' Meeting
@ 9AM Boardroom

-BISD Parent Recognition Ceremony
@ 5:45PM CAB Auditorium

May 6
-GenTx Day/College Awareness Day

May 7
13th Scholarship Golf Tournament
@ 8:30AM Rancho Viejo Resort

May 9
TLI 4th Launching Literacy Event
@ 4PM Buchanan Center @ Hanna ECHS

May 11
11th Annual BISD Estudiantina Festival
@ 7PM CAB Auditorium

May 19
Red Hot Ballroom Final Championship
@ 5PM Brownsville Events Center


BISD Celebrates Children and Books
Dr. René Saldaña, Jr., noted author, and Carolyn Dee Flores, a well-known illustrator, will visit several BISD elementary campuses in celebration of El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros on April 28 and 29. The visits are designed to highlight the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. View the schedule.
New Record for MS Choirs
Middle school choirs from Region 28 gathered in La Feria on Saturday, April 23 to audition for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Middle School Region Choirs. TMEA Region 28 is comprised of schools from Donna to Brownsville. A total of 29 middle schools auditioned for 315 spots in 3 choirs, 7th Grade Treble Girls Choirs, 8th Grade Treble Choir, and 7th and 8th Grade Tenor Bass (Boys) Choir. BISD schools earned 220 of the available positions, 70%, in the 3 choirs. Special recognition to Nichole Fierro-Ryan, 8th Grade Soprano 2, Stillman MS; Allen Lopez, Tenor 2, Manzano MS; Dominic Chavez, Tenor 1, Oliveira MS; and Diego Hinojosa, Bass, Stillman MS; for placing first in their sections. View the results by campus.
TSI Testing and ECHS Assistance
Incoming out-of-district 9th grade students who are planning to attend one of the BISD early college high schools can take the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment and receive assistance with the Apply Texas application and TSC dual enrollment packet on Monday-Friday at Veterans Memorial ECHS from 4-6 pm until Friday, April 29 and on Saturday, April 23 and 30 from 8 am to 12 noon. For more information, contact Elizabeth Llongueras at (956) 574-5623.
Challenging Schools
Pace and Hanna Early College High Schools made the list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools recently released by The Washington Post. Pace was ranked #888 and Hanna was #1685. View the list.
4 ECHS Named to Best Schools List
Four BISD early college high schools, BECHS, Veterans, Hanna, and Pace, have earned medals in the national U.S. News and World Report 2016 Best High Schools ranking. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded based on a methodology that incorporates state proficiency tests, participation in Advanced Placement, and other examinations and data. Brownsville ECHS was ranked #27 in Texas and #150 nationally earning the school a gold medal. Veterans Memorial ECHS at #145 in Texas and #1559 nationally earned a silver medal and Hanna ranked at #185 in Texas and #2182 in the nation also received a silver medal. Pace ECHS completed the list by earning a silver medal for ranking #192 in Texas and #2296 nationally. Over 21,500 U.S. public high schools were reviewed and more than 6,000 received medals. View the rankings for the 4 BISD schools..
Marching to the Beat of the Drum
Drumlines from 6 BISD early college high schools competed in state contests from January through April culminating in the state and regional Texas Educational Colorguard Association finals competition in Palmview High School in Mission, Texas on April 9. Rivera participated in the Texas Colorguard circuit finals at Texas A&M in College Station on April 2. Hanna earned 1st Place Regional Champions in Scholastic Marching World Class and Lopez earned 1st Place Regional Champions in Scholastic Marching AA Class. The Lopez Winterguard earned 1st Place Regional Champions in Scholastic Regional A. View all BISD results.
BISD Varsity Bands Earn Perfect Scores
A total of 15 BISD ECHS bands participated in the 5A and 6A UIL Concert and Sight Reading Competition held in Harlingen on April 12-14. The BISD varsity bands scored 100%, earning each school the top UIL Sweepstakes award for the 2nd consecutive year. All 15 BISD bands earned UIL awards and 12 earned Sweepstakes trophies. Congratulations to these outstanding students and their directors. View the results by campus.
2016 ECHS Graduations Relocated
Due to the maintenance and repairs being made at Sams Stadium, all six BISD 2016 Early College High School graduations will be relocated to the Brownsville Sports Park. This does not impact the Brownsville Early College High School, Brownsville Learning Academy or Lincoln Park School graduations which are scheduled at other venues. The district and community will be informed once Sams Stadium reopens for regular operation. View the graduation schedule.
Students Earn Coveted Duke Recognition
A total of sixteen BISD 7th grade students have earned State Recognition in the Duke University Talent Identification Program with one student earning both State and Grand Recognition. The Duke Program focuses on the identification, recognition, and support of high ability students and offers qualifying 7th grade students the opportunity to take college entrance exams alongside high school students. Duke students must score 95% or higher on the national norms of a grade-level standardized achievement, aptitude, or mental ability test. Students who qualify for State Recognition are in the top 42% of all Duke participants nationwide. Students who qualify for Grand Recognition are in the top 5% nationally. Congratulations to BISD's 2015-2016 Duke recognized recipients. View the BISD list by campus.
BISD Summer Schedule
Brownsville ISD will follow an abbreviated summer schedule beginning on Monday, June 13, 2016 through Friday, July 29, 2016. The summer schedule is 7:30-5:30 pm on Monday-Thursday and 8 am-12:00 noon on Friday. The BISD administrative offices will be closed on July 4-July 8, 2016.
College Connected
BISD early college high school students are actively applying to colleges and universities using the APPLY TEXAS Application. Check out the latest numbers below by BISD school. For questions, contact Pilar Janis, BISD Guidance and Counseling Department, at 548-8251.

HANNA 100% 71% 7 73%
PORTER 100% 53% 13 57%
PACE 100% 66% 10 69%
RIVERA 99% 61% 30 67%
LOPEZ 100% 88% 10 91%
VETERANS 98% 70% 15 73%
BECHS 100% 100% - -
View the BISD District Plan of Innovation
Posted March 30, 2016
The BISD District of Innovation Committee has developed a District Plan of Innovation which will remain posted on the homepage for the next 30 days. The committee will hold a hearing to present the district plan to the public prior to a committee vote. The district plan will then be placed before the Board of Trustees for a vote. At the regular Board Meeting held on Tuesday, March 1, BISD Trustees approved a resolution that started the process to allow Brownsville ISD to become a District of Innovation. This concept, passed in the 84th Legislative Session in House Bill 1842 (2015), gives traditional independent school districts most of the flexibilities available to Texas open enrollment charter schools. BISD is pursuing the District of Innovation designation for purposes of flexibility in the instructional calendar and teacher evaluations. To access these flexibilities, the school district must adopt an innovation plan, as set forth in Texas Education Code 12A. View the BISD District Plan of Innovation here.
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