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April 13-19
National Library Week

April 17
FMNV Exemption Day

April 18
Good Friday

April 20
Good Friday/Easter Holiday

April 20-26
Administrative Professionals Week

April 21
DEIC Meeting (Cancelled)

April 22
Earth Day

April 25
-National Arbor Day
-MS STEM Program Deadline

April 29
International Dance Day

April 30
BISD Employee Awards Night

May 1
Parent Volunteer Ceremony

May 7-8
STAMP Freshmen Orientation




Theatre
Arts
New Texas Graduation
Plans: House Bill 5
A Message to Parents & Students: TAKS/STAAR
-TAKS English | Spanish
-STAAR
English | Spanish
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BISD Best Communities
for Music Education
Tips to Improve Attendance: EnglishSpanish | Excused Absences: EnglishSpanish | Brochure: EnglishSpanish
BISD Bands Achieve Historic Success!
Brownsville ISD had more bands participate in the UIL Concert and Sightreading Contests than ever before in the 76-year history of district band programs. A total of 29 bands received UIL awards, 20 bands earned a UIL Sweepstakes award, and 16 improved their ratings over last year. The BISD Instrumental Music Department also provided an evaluation performance for 10 bands that were not suited for or eligible for UIL competition. This evaluation performance provided these students with an opportunity to critically analyze their mastery of the TEKS for the Instrumental Music curriculum. In total, a record 47 bands, serving approximately 2,100 students in grades 7-12, were evaluated either internally or through UIL competition. While BISD has always had a strong band program, these results are the best the district has ever produced. Congratulations to our band students, parents, and directors on this history-making achievement! View the results.
Summer School Applications
Online applications for Summer School opportunities will re-open on Thursday, April 17 at 8 am and will close on Monday, April 21 at 5 pm. View the announcement, classified summer vacancy list, and certified vacancy list.
Employee Transfers
All BISD employees are eligible to apply for a transfer. Interested employees may apply online beginning Monday April 28. The deadline is Friday, May 9. For questions, contact Maricela Zarate Puente (Certified) at 548-8031 or Carmelita Rodriguez (Classified) at 548-8051. View the guidelines in English and Spanish.
Supporting March of Dimes
Special thanks to BISD employees for generously donating $5,327.21 to support the 2014 March of Dimes campaign. BISD students, parents and employees will participate in the March of Dimes March for Babies on Saturday, April 12 at 8 am at the Brownsville Events Center. View the March of Dimes thank you note.
Wellness Is Hot Stuff in BISD!
The BISD Wellness Fitness Center invites you to participate in several activities including a Co-Ed Employee Volleyball Wellness League, Bowling Tournament, Swim Competition, and Mother/Daughter Zumbathon. It’s fun and it’s free. Check it out!
Employee Health Screenings
Full-time BISD employees who missed the free biometric health screenings can still participate at another district location. Remember to fast 10 hours prior to the screening and water consumption is encouraged. For questions, call 548-8010. View the current schedule of available BISD screening locations.
Visual Art Rules in BISD!
Brownsville ISD student artists won 21 Exemplary Rating IV medals and five Distinguished Gold Seal medallions at the State Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) held on Saturday, April 5 in Bryan, Texas. Cristina Garza from Veterans Memorial High School won a $300 State VASE scholarship for her self-portrait in the chalk workshop. Twenty-five BISD students participated in the event attending art workshops and viewing the state art exhibit consisting of over 1,700 creations. Congratulations to our young district’s artists!
Summer Programs
The BISD schedule of summer academic programs is now posted on the BISD homepage. Find out the dates, times and locations for 14 programs that will be available to students this summer.
View the summer schedule.
Summer Schedule
Brownsville ISD offices will follow the following abbreviated summer administrative schedule beginning on Monday, June 16, 2014 and ending on Friday, August 1, 2014:

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

BISD offices will be closed the week of June 30 through July 4, 2014.
A College-Going Culture
Brownsville ISD high school seniors are applying to colleges in record numbers using the APPLY TEXAS APPLICATION. The April 11, 2014 report shows high percentages for 7 BISD high schools. Counts for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will not be reported until the end of February. The Brownsville Learning Academy, Lincoln Park School and Brownsville Academic Center are included in the counts. Current student enrollment numbers are used in the calculation. For questions, call Pilar Janis in Guidance and Counseling at 548-8251.

High School
# Apply Texas Applications
Apply Texas %
FAFSA Counts
FAFSA%
TASFA Counts
Hanna
619
100%
321
51%
6
Porter
366
96%
184
46%
8
Pace
362
100%
207
58%
16
Rivera
431
95%
234
50%
 
Lopez
450
100%
250
56%
 
Veterans
417
97%
258
58%
 
BECHS
53
100%
43
81%
 











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