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June 27
Summer Bike Rodeo and Safety Expo

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Independence Day

July 14
Board Meeting
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(Cancelled)


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BISD Summer Break
Brownsville ISD will follow an abbreviated summer administrative work schedule beginning on Monday, June 15 through Friday, July 31, 2015. The administrative offices will be open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm on Monday through Thursday and 8 am to 12 noon on Friday. The BISD offices will be closed on Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 3, 2015 for summer break.
Zendejas Named Superintendent
At a Special Called Board Meeting held on Thursday, June 25, 2015, the Brownsville ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved Dr. Esperanza Zendejas to lead the Rio Grande Valley’s largest school district. Zendejas was previously named the lone superintendent finalist on June 2. She had been serving as the Interim Superintendent since February 16. View the release.
BISD to Offer More Pre-K Access
A total of 10 BISD elementary campuses will offer universal pre-kindergarten programs as the result of House Bill 731. The legislation redirects savings from BISD early graduates towards the funding of additional pre-kinder slots. The 10 campuses are Canales, Egly, Hudson, Martin, Palm Grove, Paredes, Pullam, Skinner, Victoria Heights, and Yturria.
Oliveira to Receive Musical Instruments
Oliveira Middle School will soon receive several musical instruments valued at $37,600, thanks to a generous donation by The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. With many music programs across the county losing vital funding, the foundation helps under-served schools that do not have adequate funds to purchase or repair instruments. An application for support was submitted by Gaspar Garcia, the Oliveira Band Director, 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.
Ortiz Sets Example
Ortiz Elementary School was recently highlighted on the Texas Education Agency website as a best practices case study. Ortiz, a High Performing and High Progress Title I Reward School, was recognized for excellence in critical areas such as academic performance, teacher quality, school climate, and leadership effectiveness. View the results of the study conducted at Ortiz Elementary in November of 2014.
BECHS Student Wins Car
Marcela Salazar, a 2015 Brownsville Early College High School, won the 2015 Mazda Hatchback in the BISD Student Attendance Contest drawing held on Wednesday, June 17 at Cardenas Motors in Brownsville. Salazar was one of the 14 finalists, 2 from each high school, who were pre-selected from a pool of eligible students. Interim Superintendent Dr. Esperanza Zendejas drew Salazar’s number at an event attended by BISD students, parents and employees, Cardenas personnel, and local dignitaries. The Cardenas Mazda Car Giveaway was the grand finale to the year-long contest designed to improve student attendance and enrollment. Three additional prizes were awarded to the runners-up. Congratulations to Travis Joel Cortez from Hanna ECHS who won a 40” Smart TV; Katelynn Quezada from Pace ECHS who won a Microsoft Surface Tablet; and Ana Fernanda Martinez from Veterans Memorial ECHS who won Dr. Dre Beats.
ES/MS Grand Prize Bundles Awarded
Twelve BISD elementary and middle school students won grand prize bundles in the Believe in BISD Student Attendance drawing held on Wednesday, June 18 in the Sunrise Mall Food Court. Interim Superintendent Dr. Esperanza Zendejas drew the winning numbers for the bundles which were valued at over $2,000 each. The Canales Elementary School Conjunto performed and Dr. Zendejas and Board Trustees awarded the prizes. Congratulations to Arely Martinez, Castaneda ES; Yahir Segura, Del Castillo ES; Cezar A. Flores, Benavides ES; Alice Marie Hepolito, Sharp ES; Bailey Garza, Benavides ES; Kevin Martinez, Garza ES; Rafael R. Chairez, Pena ES; Felipe A. Vela, Morningside ES; Ruben E. Morales, Faulk MS; Andrea P. Etheard, Perkins MS; Derek Alvarado, Oliveira MS; and Diego Rico, Faulk MS. Another 12 elementary and middle school students received bikes.
Operation Lone Star Will Offer Health Services in July
Operation Lone Star will offer health services on Monday, July 27- Friday, July 31 at Manzano Middle School, located at 258 W. Alton Gloor Boulevard. Brownsville residents who visit Manzano will receive a range of free health services including immunizations for children, sports physicals, and diabetic, blood pressure, vision and hearing screenings. Operation Lone Star is an annual joint military and civil humanitarian medical mission. The purpose of this collaborative effort is to conduct Medical Innovative Readiness Training Exercises while simultaneously providing free medical services to residents of the Rio Grande Valley. Operation Lone Star has provided free health services to Brownsville citizens for many years. View more information.
Student Summer Activities
The BISD Athletic Department has released the 2015 Summer Recreation schedule. For more information, call Mark Guess, BISD Athletic Program Administrator, at 548-8261.
Summer Programs
The BISD schedule of summer academic programs is now posted on the BISD homepage. Find out the dates, times, and locations of programs available to students this summer. View the Summer Student Academic Programs schedule here.
Eat For Free at BISD
Services will provide free meals to children 0-18 years of age at more than 40 designated school and community sites in Brownsville. The free meals are not limited to BISD students or Brownsville residents. Anyone 18 years of age or younger is welcome to eat for free. The program begins at most locations on Tuesday, June 9. To encourage participation, children can also enter a contest to win great prizes. Chances to win are multiplied when children eat two meals a day at any of the designated sites. Contest drawings will be held every Monday beginning June 15 until June 29. Summer meals will continue into August at several of the sites. Adults may purchase a meal at the nominal cost of $2.25 for breakfast and $3.50 for lunch. Fresh fruit, cold milk, healthy breakfasts, and nutritious lunches are all available for free. Call (956) 548-8450 to learn more. English | Spanish
Wellness is Hot Stuff!
Employees are welcome at the BISD Wellness Fitness Center during the summer. View the hours of operation and activities.
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%
410
83%
14
85%
PORTER
100%
275
74%
39
85%
PACE
100%
265
83%
42
96%
RIVERA
100%
359
83%
35
91%
LOPEZ
100%
323
89%
23
95%
VETERANS
100%
448
90%
9
92%
BECHS
100%
47
98%
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