Our Faculty Artists
The 19th BISD Faculty Art Exhibit is currently on display at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts located at 660 E. Ringgold Street. The collection, “Collaborations,” features the art work of several of the district’s very talented teachers. For more information, call the Fine Arts Department at 982-3730.
BISD Students Lead HOSA
BISD seniors will fill 3 of the 5 officer positions in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) for Area 7 during the 2014-2015. Congratulations to Keila Trevino, Vice-President, Veterans Memorial HS, Advisor Brian Rookstool; Corina Rodriguez, Secretary, Veterans Memorial HS, Advisor Erika D. Martinez; and Matthew Rodriguez, Reporter, Hanna HS, Advisor Julie Parker-Garza. HOSA Area 7, composed of 7,000 members, is the largest in Texas and stretches from Corpus Christi to Laredo to Brownsville. The officer selection process included a rigorous exam, challenging interview, and extensive credentialing process. The preparation for both students and advisors was tremendous. Congratulations to our BISD HOSA officers!! .
What’s for Supper?
Beginning on Monday, September 1, Brownsville ISD students will have access to a full meal at the end of the school day. Brownsville ISD is participating in the Supper Program through a federally funded program called the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) administered by the district’s Food and Nutrition Service and the Texas Department of Agriculture. The goal of the program is to improve and maintain children’s health and nutrition, promote good eating habits, and integrate nutritious food through organized after school programs. BISD campuses that offer afterschool programs or enrichment activities can also opt to have a cafeteria serving line at the end of the school day to serve supper. Students only need to provide a school ID to be served. BISD is participating in the Supper Program as part of a continuous effort to provide children with a quality learning environment and the tools necessary to succeed.
3 BISD Schools Get Cafeteria Makeovers
When school started on Monday, August 25, students at Canales, Cromack, and Vermillion Elementary Schools were greeted with a big surprise. Their school cafeterias had received stunning, new facelifts over the summer.
Students love the new spaces which were thoughtfully designed by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) staff with them in mind. The fresh, new cafeteria environments are energetic and very similar to the look and feel of popular chain restaurants. The new spaces sport vibrant colors, modern furniture, and large-scale signs that provide a kid-friendly atmosphere for students to dine and relax with their friends.
“We wanted to get away from the traditional, institutionalized look of school cafeterias and make them inviting places for students to gather. This is part of our program’s new branding concept developed by our in-house team,” said Silverio Capistran, FNS Administrator.View the media release.
3 BISD Schools to Receive Musical Instruments.
Three Brownsville ISD middle schools, Besteiro, Cummings and Lucio, will soon receive $134,882 in musical instruments, repairs, and mouthpieces thanks to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. An application for support was submitted by the schools and the foundation found their programs to be a worthwhile investment, allowing more students to be able to play and experience the benefits of music education.
“We applaud school leadership in Brownsville ISD for recognizing the importance of giving their students opportunities through music education. It’s our goal to remain a partner in the community to help more schools and more kids who want to play music,“ said Felice Mancini, President and CEO. View the media release.
BISD Open for Labor Day
All BISD campuses and offices will be OPEN on Monday, September 1.
Overview of TEA Accountability System
The Texas Education Agency produced a brief video which helps explain the state’s annual ratings of schools and districts in less than 2 minutes. View the video here.
54 BISD Schools Meet Standard,
Earn 204 Distinctions
The Texas Education Agency released a wealth of good news to Brownsville ISD in its latest 2014 accountability ratings. A total of 54 district schools earned the highest “Met Standard”
rating according to the performance index framework which was established last school year.
The BISD campuses earned the “Met Standard” rating by meeting four applicable index targets at the elementary and middle school levels and three targets at the high school level.
The index targets are: 1-Student Achievement, 2-Student Progress, 3-Closing Performance Gaps, and 4-Postsecondary Readiness. Brownsville also “Met Standard” as a school district.
BISD’s good news continues. On closer inspection, individual district campuses also earned 204 Distinction Designations, 134 in elementary, 43 in middle school, and 27 in high school. Distinction Designations are awarded for outstanding achievement in specific areas based on indicators of student performance when individual campuses are compared to 40 demographically similar campuses throughout the state.
A total of 28 BISD campuses also earned 100% of their performance safeguards established by the state in the areas of reading and mathematics. Another 11 campuses earned 90-99% of their state safeguards.
“These results are cause for celebration in Brownsville. Everyone involved deserves commendation. Our district and campus teams are passionate about student achievement and preparing students for college and careers. Student performance is a continuous process and the state accountability system is extremely complex. We will carefully analyze this student data and look for ways to continue improving our instruction,” said Dr. Carl Montoya, Superintendent. Read the release.