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Posted December 13, 2010
Board President to Address LULAC
BISD Board President Caty Presas-Garcia will speak at the Texas LULAC State Board Meeting which will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in McAllen on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 8:00 AM. Ms. Garcia will talk about the status of Brownsville ISD, the recent elections, and her new position as board president.

Grant for Porter
Porter High School has been awarded an “Online College and Career Preparation Technical Assistance Program” grant for $110,000 from the Texas Education Agency. This program will allow Porter students to create and maintain online portfolios for college applications, financial aid applications, scholarship applications, resumes, teacher recommendations, essays, etc. Congratulations to Principal Dora Sauceda and her team for securing these funds to help Porter’s students with college and career readiness.

The Tradition Continues
For 95 years, Brownsville ISD has provided a quality education for our community’s children. The addition of more public school students and schools has not changed the district’s mission. Each BISD campus from the original Putegnat Elementary School to the new Daniel Breeden Elementary School, currently under construction, has a fascinating history. Click here and select a BISD school to learn more.

Two UTB/TSC Doctoral Candidates from BISD
Norma Ibarra-Cantu, an assistant principal at Del Castillo Elementary School, will be the keynote speaker at the UTB/TSC 16th Winter Commencement to be held on Saturday, December 18 at 9:00 AM on the Cardenas South Hall Lawn.

Ms. Cantu and Aidee Vasquez, the dean of instruction at El Jardin Elementary School, are candidates for doctorates of education degrees in curriculum and instruction. They are part of the first cohort of doctoral students to enter the degree program at UTB/TSC. They started classes in the Fall of 2007.

Band Students Set Record
BISD band students have once again set a new district record. The students earned an astounding 52 chairs in the 2010 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) 9th Grade All-Region Band competition held on Saturday, December 4, 2010 in Harlingen. BISD students earned 10 of the 16 first chairs available and over one half of all available chairs.

BISD Musical Performances
BISD students are presenting holiday musical performances almost every night until December 17, 2010. Click here to view the schedules for:

Band and Estudiantina
Choir
Dance

BISD Holiday Celebrations
The Board of Trustees and Superintendent Brett Springston cordially invite you to attend the annual BISD Tamalada to be held on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at the BISD Administration Building at 6:00 PM when the Board recesses its meeting. The Administration Building Lobby and Boardroom have been beautifully decorated in preparation for this holiday event. In addition, musical performances by BISD student groups are scheduled each and every day until December 17, 2010 at the BISD Administration Building. If you would like to schedule a BISD student performance, call Daphnie Valdez in the Public Information Office at 548-8000. Click here to view the current schedule of student performances.

It's Flu Season
Seasonal influenza (flu) activity in the United States is low nationally, but there are early signs that it is on the rise. Click here to view what actions the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend to protect yourself and others from the flu.

Textbooks at the City Library

To better assist students and parents, the district has placed one complete set of secondary core subject textbooks, grades 6-12, at the Brownsville Public Library located at 2600 Central Boulevard and the Southmost Branch Library located at 4320 Southmost Road.

The core subject textbooks reside in the reference section of both libraries and may be used during regular library hours.

SBEC Updates Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics was updated by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), which oversees educator certification issues. The update addresses the use of social media by educators. Click here to read the entire Texas Education Agency media release.



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