Sold Out For Friday

The Santa & Friends show for today, Friday, December 2 at 7 pm, is sold out. There are no more tickets.

National Foundation Awards Grant to Stell

Stell Middle School will soon receive new musical instruments valued at $32,625 thanks to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. An application for support was submitted by Stell and the foundation found the program to be a worthwhile investment, allowing more students to be able to play and experience the benefits of music education. With many school music programs across the country losing vital funding, the foundation helps under-served schools with minimal budgets by donating new instruments, often replacing some that are more than 30 years old. The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation donates musical instruments to under-funded schools in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, help them to be better students, and inspire creativity and expression through playing music. The organization was inspired by the 1995 motion picture Mr. Holland’s Opus and founded by Michael Kamen, who composed the music for the movie and countless others. In the last 20 years, over 20,000 instruments have been donated to 1,415 schools across the country.

Zika Virus Facts

The National Center for Disease Control (CDC) has provided some basic information about the Zika virus. View the flyer in English and Spanish.

Santa & Friends Tickets Still Available

The BISD Department of Fine Arts will present its annual Santa & Friends Program on November 30-December 2 at the Central Administrative Building (CAB) Theatre. This year marks a decade for this holiday children’s extravaganza. Tickets are $7 cash only, children 2 and under are free. There is a limit of 9 tickets per person. Tickets must be purchased at the Fine Arts Department located at 708 Palm Boulevard. Call 982-3730 for more information.

2016 One Act Play Results

Five BISD middle schools took top honors at the Middle School One Act Play (OAP) Competition held on November 16 and 17 at the Brownsville Veterans Memorial ECHS Performing Arts Center. On November 16, Besteiro, Faulk and Vela Middle Schools placed. Karen Romos, a Besteiro student won Best Actress, and Jose Luis Peña, a Faulk student, won Best Actor. On November 17, Garcia, Lucio and Stillman Middle Schools placed. Breanne Ruiz, a Garcia student, won Best Actress and Aiden Anzaldua, a Stillman student, was named Best Actor. Congratulations to these talented BISD thespians and their directors.

National Bus Awards for Two BISD Students

Two BISD students earned recognition in the 2016 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest. Congratulations to Zeus Serrano, Skinner Elementary, 1st Grade, Division I-Second Place, and Luis Rivera, Perkins Middle School, 6th Grade, Division IV – Third Place. This is the first time in several years that a BISD student has won nationally in this poster contest which is sponsored by the National Association for Pupil Transportation. This year’s winning posters will be used to promote the 2017 National School Bus Safety Week.

New Officers

At the BISD Rescheduled Regular Board Meeting held on Friday, November 18, the Board of Trustees elected a new slate of officers. They are: Cesar Lopez, President; Carlos A. Elizondo, Vice-President; Joe A. Rodriguez, Secretary; and Laura Perez-Reyes, Assistant Secretary. The Members are: Philip T. Cowen, Minerva M. Pena and Dr. Sylvia Perez Atkinson.

ACE Earns State Award

The Texas Workforce Commission has selected Brownsville ISD to receive an Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Performance Quality Improvement Award for 2015-2016 at the 20th Annual Texas Workforce Conference on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. The AEL Performance Quality Improvement Awards recognize exemplary program performance in 5 areas: employer partnership, college integration, local workforce development board integration, educational functioning level achievement, and certificate of high school equivalency achievement. Congratulations to Dr. Debbie Alford and her Adult Continuing Education (ACE) employees on this recognition which could carry a monetary award up to $50,000.

Learn About Graphophonemic Knowledge

The UT Health and Science Center and BISD Curriculum and Instructional Department are hosting two professional development workshops on graphophonemic knowledge on Saturday, December 3 from 8 am to 4 pm for kindergarten teachers and Saturday, December 10 from 8 am to 4 pm for 1st – 2nd grade teachers at Hudson Elementary School. Take this opportunity to learn about recognition of letters and the understanding of sound-symbol relationships and spelling strategies. Call Oneida Peña at 698-3595 for more information. View the information.

Notice of Public Hearing

The Brownsville Independent School District will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, December 13 at 5:30 pm in the Administration Building Board Room located at 1900 Price Road. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss BISD’s rating on the State’s Financial Accountability System.

BISD Singers Post Top Results

BISD Early College High Schools placed 51 singers or 64% of the entire group in the Region Choir at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region and Pre-Area Auditions held on Saturday, November 5 at Cano Freshman Academy in Harlingen. A total of 29 BISD singers or 73% of the group were selected to advance. These students will compete in January at Rockport-Fulton High School in the final round of the TMEA All-State process. The students who placed as First Chairs in the Region Choir are: Rebekah Modesto, Soprano 2, Hanna ECHS; Emily Guerrero, Alto 2, Veterans Memorial ECHS; David Mejia, Tenor 1, Hanna ECHS; Daniel Ledesma, Tenor 2, Hanna ECHS; Janson Guillen, Bass 1, Veterans Memorial ECHS; and Gustavo Castillo, Bass 2, Pace ECHS. First Chairs for Pre-Area are: Emily Saldivar, Alto 2, Pace ECHS; David Mejia, Tenor 1, Hanna ECHS; Daniel Ledesma, Tenor 2, Hanna ECHS, Janson Guillen, Bass 1, Veterans Memorial ECHS; and Alejandro Cisneros, Bass 2, Veterans Memorial ECHS. Congratulations to all BISD participants and their directors. View the results by campus.

BISD 2016 Elementary Science Fair Results

Brownsville ISD hosted the 2016 Elementary Science Fair for Cluster 1-4 campuses on two Saturdays, October 29 and November 5. Students in grades 3-5 competed in 4 categories. Ten places for each category were recognized and each fair awarded overall honors to one Grand Champion and 1-3 Runners-Up. Special thanks to the hosting elementary campuses and middle school sites for making the 2016 BISD Elementary Science Fair a success! View the winners from each cluster.

Two BISD Schools Earn TEA Recognition

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has identified 2 BISD elementary campuses, Castañeda and Longoria, in a group of 300 campuses across the state as high-performing and/or high progress Title I schools for 2015-2016. Title I Schools are defined as campuses with a student population of at least 40% low-income. The identification of high-performing and/or high progress is based on statewide reading and mathematics assessments under the State Accountability System in the 2014-2015 school year and graduation rates. A high-performing reward school is identified as a Title I School with distinctions based on reading and math performance, as well as the highest graduation rates at the high school level. Brownsville ISD was included on a prestigious list of school districts with more than one campus identified as high-performing and high-progress. Congratulations to Castañeda and Longoria Elementary on earning this outstanding recognition. View the TEA media release.

28 BISD Elementary Schools Are Open Until 5:30 Each Day

Approximately 3,800 students currently participate in Brownsville ISD's Extended Day Enrichment Program each weekday. The school district offers the free program at 28 elementary schools, Aiken, Benavides, Breeden, Brite, Burns, Canales, Castañeda, Cromack, Del Castillo, Egly, El Jardin, Garden Park, Garza, Gonzalez, Hudson, Longoria, Martin, Morningside, Palm Grove, Paredes, Perez, Resaca, Russell, Skinner, Vermillion, Victoria Hts., Villa Nueva, and Yturria. The program assists parents with quality enrichment programs for students in grades pre-kinder through 5th from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM weekdays. The Extended Day Enrichment Program provides academic intervention, tutoring, homework assistance, and academic enrichment through sports, art and music activities depending on the individual campuses. A hot, nutritious supper is also provided. Student transportation will not be provided. For more information, contact the individual campus administrators.

BISD Launches Dollars for Champs and Champions Program

Dr. Zendejas has been visiting district campuses to launch the new BISD Dollars for Champs and Champions program which will provide college scholarships to outstanding early college high school graduates and fund educational grants for motivated teachers and employees. Several interested private and public organizations have also expressed a desire to match any funds raised by the BISD Dollars for Champs and Champions program. BISD employees who wish to support this worthwhile initiative may make a tax deductible donation by completing this form and sending it to the BISD Payroll Department. Get the form here.