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April 19-25
-Administrative Professionals Week
-Student Leadership Week

April 20-24
Public School Volunteer Week

April 24
Arbor Day

April 27
DEIC Meeting

April 29
BISD Employee Awards Night
@ 5pm at Brownsville Events Center

April 30
Dia De Los Ninos

May 1
GenTX Day

May 3-9
Teacher Appreciation Week

May 4-8
School Nutrition Employee Week
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May 5
Board Meeting
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Celebrating Rivera!
See the amazing Rivera Raiders 2015 UIL State 6A Soccer Team in action on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 pm at the Brownsville Sports Park. The City of Brownsville is sponsoring a community celebration and exhibition game. The State Champs will play against a team composed of Rivera soccer alumni. Admission is a $3.00 donation. View the flyer.
Hanna OAP Advances to Region
The Hanna ECHS One Act Play (OAP) Troupe qualified to advance to Region competition at the Area Meet held at the PSJA Southwest Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 18. This places Hanna in the top 24 of 6A high schools in Texas. Three Hanna students were among the top 18 actors of the day with Sebastian Cisneros awarded the Best Actor title. The Region IV Competition will be held on Thursday, April 23 at Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio. Admission is $10 for the entire day. Hanna ECHS will perform “Water by the Spoonful” at 3 pm. Congratulations to Joe Rodriguez and the Hanna Theatre Arts students.
Aquatic Fun
The BISD Wellness Fitness Center has two upcoming events. The 2nd Annual Employee Wellness Swim Competition will be held on Saturday, May 2 and an Employee Water Volleyball Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, May 7. View the information: Water Volleyball Tournament | Swim Competition
Employee Transfers
All BISD employees are eligible to apply for a transfer. Interested employees may apply beginning on Monday, April 27. The deadline is Friday, May 8. For questions, call BISD Human Resources at 548-8031 or 548-8051. View the guidelines in English and Spanish.
BISD AR Schools
Breeden Elementary earned 1st Place and Benavides Elementary placed 2nd in the District Accelerated Reader (AR) Proficiency Program at the end of the fifth six weeks. The program, sponsored by the BISD Library/Media Services Department, encourages students to attain proficiency rather than points in order to gain literacy skills. Both schools earned the opportunity to send 50 students to a Party Palooza Event. Breeden can also pay to send additional students. BISD campuses are showing significant AR gains but there is still room for the AR Proficiency Program to grow.
BISD's College-Going Culture
BISD high school students are actively applying to colleges and universities using the APPLY TEXAS APPLICATION. See the latest numbers below by high schools. Please note that the Brownsville Learning Academy, Lincoln Park School, and the Brownsville Academic Center students are also included in these counts. For questions, call Pilar Janis at the Guidance and Counseling Department, 548-8251.

Name of High School
Apply Texas%
FAFSA
FAFSA%
TASFA
FAFSA/TAFSA%
HANNA
100%
337
66%
10
68%
PORTER
100%
184
50%
29
58%
PACE
100%
204
64%
42
77%
RIVERA
100%
289
66%
35
74%
LOPEZ
100%
272
73%
6
75%
VETERANS
100%
348
70%
5
71%
BECHS
100%
39
81%
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Mother Daughter Zumba
The BISD Wellness Fitness Center, in conjunction with Healthy Communities of Brownsville, will host the 2nd Annual Mother Daughter Tutus & Tiaras Zumbathon on Friday, May 8 from 6-8 pm. View the details.
Two DI Teams Qualify for Globals
Eight BISD Destination Imagination teams competed on Saturday, April 11 in Dallas at State Competition. The Gonzalez Elementary team, Mystical Mustangs, earned 1st Place in the Feary Challenge and qualified to advance to Global Competition in Knoxville, Tennessee on May 19. Hudson Elementary’s Improv Team, DI Runners, placed 6th and also qualified to advance to Global Competition. Teams from Keller, Paredes, Peña, and Ortiz Elementary Schools and Manzano and Stillman Middle Schools also earned places at the state DI event. See all results.
Hanna Drummers Score at Nationals
The Hanna ECHS Indoor Drum Line earned 7th Place at the National 2015 Winter Guard Championships held in Dayton, Ohio on April 11. The team represented Texas, an honor held by only two other Texas high schools since 1993. The Hanna drummers gave an exceptional performance which advanced them from the preliminary round to semi-finals to the championship finals. View the final national results.
BISD High School Choirs Shine at Region
BISD 2015 high school choirs gave some of the best performances in the Rio Grande Valley at the UIL Region 28 Concert and Sight Reading Contest. A total of 12 BISD choirs earned UIL Sweepstakes trophies and 9 choirs earned top UIL awards. Congratulations to these outstanding students, teachers, and parents on these stellar choir performances. View the results by campus.
BISD Summer Administrative Schedule
Brownsville ISD will follow an abbreviated summer administrative work schedule beginning on Monday, June 15 through Friday, July 31, 2015. The schedule is:

7:30 am - 5:30 pm - Monday through Thursday
8:00 am – 12 noon – Friday

BISD administrative offices will be closed Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 3, 2015.
Porter Named ECHS!
It's official! Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced the final approval of 44 new Early College High School (ECHS) designations for the 2015-2016 school year and BISD's Gladys Porter High School is one of them. All BISD high schools, a total of 7, are now designated as Early College High Schools. View the Texas Education Agency Media release.
BISD Schools Promote Dia Events
Brownsville ISD’s elementary campuses are busy preparing for this year’s El Dia de los Niños/El Dia de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) events which will culminate on Thursday, April 30. All 37 BISD elementary campuses will host activities with over 6,700 early childhood students participating, including students in the Cameron County Head Start Programs. The BISD event is a collaboration between four departments, Library and Media Services, Bilingual Education, Special Services, and Federal Programs. Food and Nutrition Services will also join in the Dia celebration by providing multi-cultural themed desserts. Each child enrolled in BISD’s three-year-old through kindergarten programs will be awarded the book titled, “You Are My I Love You/Tú Eres Mi Te Quiero.” The book’s author, Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love, will participate in several of the BISD Dia events on April 30 and May 1. Library media specialists across BISD are already generating excitement about their Dia activities which are designed to celebrate the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
Employee Health Screenings
Free biometric health screenings for all full-time BISD employees will be conducted in February, March and April at BISD campuses and departments. Employees are reminded to fast for 10 hours prior to their screenings and water is encouraged. It is important to know your numbers. It could save your life. For questions, call the BISD Employee Benefits/Risk Management/Safety Department at 548-8061 or visit www.wellnessishotstuff.com. View the current schedule of district screenings.
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