Eight BISD Schools Make State Honor Roll

Eight BISD schools have been selected by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE) to receive the title of 2016 Texas Honor Roll School. Brownsville Early College High School, Pace Early College High School, Stillman Middle School, Vela Middle School and Ortiz, Paredes, Perez, and Pullam Elementary Schools were named to the Star Honor Roll. The STEM Honor Roll distinction was also awarded to Paredes Elementary. A total of 727 Texas public schools received the title of 2016 Honor Roll School. The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. Schools receiving this distinction from leaders in the Texas academic and business communities have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For High Schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness. Star Schools are those with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over time.

BISD Singers Earn Most Choir Chairs

On Saturday, April 22, auditions for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 28 Middle School 7th Grade Treble, 8th Grade Treble, and Tenor-Bass Choirs were held at Pace ECHS. Initial entries numbered over 1,200. BISD students earned 228 or 72% of the available 315 seats in the Region Choirs. The choirs will perform on Saturday, May 6 at 6 pm at the Harlingen CISD Performing Arts Center. Special recognition goes to the following 1st chair students: Alexandra Elvira, 7th Grade Treble Soprano 2, Manzano MS; Alyssa Rosales, 7th Grade Treble Alto, Stillman MS; Leah Rodriguez, 8the Grade Treble Soprano2, Stillman MS; Jorja Zamora, 8th Grade Treble Alto 1, Oliveira MS; Dominic Chavez, Tenor-Bass Choir Tenor 1, Oliveira MS; Rey Garza, Tenor-Bass Choir Tenor 2, Stillman MS; and Jose Ruiz, Tenor-Bass Choir Bass, Oliveira MS. View the campus results.

Brownsville Rotary Recognizes Teaching Excellence

Five BISD teachers won the 2017 Brownsville Rotary Club Endowment for Teaching Excellence in the amount of $1,000 each. Congratulations to Fatima Lai, Skinner Elementary; Juan Montiel, III, Pace ECHS; Sandra Gomez, Champion Elementary; Ruth Salinas-Augustus, Ortiz Elementary; and Andy Najera, Manzano Middle School. These outstanding BISD educators will be recognized at a Brownsville Rotary Club luncheon on Wednesday, May 3 at 12 noon at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art.

BISD Employee Transfers

The BISD Transfer Application is now available. The deadline is Friday, May 5, 2017. Click on the link and complete the application. Transfer Guidelines: English | Spanish

5 BISD Seniors Earn Top Dell Scholarships

Five BISD seniors have been awarded 2017 Dell Scholarships in the amount of $20,000 each. Congratulations to Karen Esperanza Garza and Miguel Angel Mascorro from Early College High School (BECHS) and Aisha Cantu, Sandy Martinez and Manolo Alvarez from Veterans Memorial ECHS. The Dell Scholars Program is a highly competitive scholarship funded by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation which provides students with resources and mentoring beyond financial assistance to ensure they have the support they need to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

Middle School Bands Score UIL Success

BISD middle school bands competed last week at the Region 28 UIL Concert & Sight Reading Contest held at the Performing Arts Center at Harlingen CISD. A total of 80 Rio Grande Valley bands competed for the coveted UIL Sweepstakes trophies. More BISD bands than ever before competed and earned high honors. Special congratulations to Manzano Middle School for being the first school in BISD history to earn 3 Sweepstakes awards. BISD middle school bands are the envy of Texas. Great job! View the results.

BISD Joins in Guitar Pilot Program

BISD Classical Guitar Ensembles competed in the Region 28 UIL Classical Guitar Concert and Sight Reading Contest on Saturday, April 8 at Veterans Memorial ECHS. BISD has joined with the Houston, Austin and El Paso school districts in pilot testing this UIL program. Congratulations to all participants and their coaches. View the regional results.

BISD Summer Administrative Schedule

Brownsville ISD will follow an abbreviated summer administrative work schedule beginning on Monday, June 12 through Friday, July 28, 2017. The schedule is 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8 am to 12 noon on Friday. All BISD administrative offices will be closed on Monday, July 3 through Friday, July 7.

BISD Students Apply Texas

BISD supports a college-going culture. A large percentage of the district’s seniors and graduating juniors have already put in their college applications to Apply Texas. For questions, contact Pilar Janis, Lead and Higher Education Counselor, at 548-8251. View the number of BISD applicants by campus.

Dr. Atkinson Joins TASB Board

The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has elected Dr. Sylvia Perez Atkinson of Brownsville ISD to an interim position on the TASB Board of Directors, representing Region 1A. With over 23 years of experience in public education, she currently serves as assistant superintendent in Rio Hondo ISD. View the media release.

Veterans Memorial Musician Headed for New York

Adolfo Peña, a sophomore at Veterans Memorial ECHS, is one of 78 young musicians selected by Carnegie Hall from across the country for the second session of NY02, a three-week, intensive summer program for outstanding American instrumentalists, ages 14-17. Peña is one of seven students from Texas and is the youngest selected for this year’s program. View the media release.