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Posted May 31, 2011
Revised Code of Ethics
The Educators’ Code of Ethics has been updated and revised to include electronic communication. Click here to view.


Posted May 30, 2011
Superintendent’s Scholarship Recipients
Superintendent Brett Springston has announced the winners of the 2011 Superintendent’s Scholarships. A total of 70 graduating BISD seniors will each receive $1,000 to attend the college of their choice.

Over $70,000 in scholarship funds was raised at the 8th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament hosted by Springston at the Rancho Viejo Resort on Saturday, May 14, 2011.
Scholarship recipients were selected by a committee of local Brownsville leaders and district personnel. Over 150 student applications were reviewed.

“The participation of our local businesses and community organizations has made this
tournament one of the largest in the Rio Grande Valley. I sincerely thank our sponsors for
enthusiastically supporting our students and enabling them to continue their education,” said Springston.

In the last 8 years, the Superintendent’s Scholarship Golf Tournament has provided $500,000 in scholarships to 400 deserving BISD graduates.

Brett Springston will personally award the 2011 Superintendent’s Scholarships to the following recipients on Tuesday, May 31 at their respective campuses.

Click here to view the names.


Posted May 26, 2011
BISD Artists Excel
The Jr. VASE Art Competition was held in McAllen on Saturday, May 14. BISD middle school students brought home more medals than any other Rio Grande Valley district. Congratulations to our district’s talented young artists and their teachers. The fine arts are alive and well in Brownsville ISD. Click here to view the results.


Posted May 18, 2011
Website Wins Award
Brownsville ISD’s website won 2nd place in the national 2011 SchoolE Awards. Brownsville, with 1,886 votes, was edged out by Clear Creek ISD with 2,106 votes in the large district category. The SchoolE Awards recognize the best in school district website design and strategy. The voting included hits from more than 60 countries and thousands of people. Brownsville ISD’s website registers over 400,000 hits each month.


Posted May 17, 2011
Honors Day on Thursday
BISD will host Honors Day 2011 on Thursday, May 19 from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm at the district’s outdoor encampment located on FM 1421, west of Rancho Viejo Resort. Every year, the district rewards high school top 5% and achievement award winners with a fun-filled day of refreshments, food, music, and outdoor activities.

VIP at Hanna
U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis will speak to Hanna High School students on Friday, May 20 at 2:00 pm in the school’s gym. Solis will be in Brownsville to address graduates at Spring Commencement at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College on Saturday, May 21. Prior to her confirmation as Labor Secretary, Solis represented the 32nd Congressional District in California, a position she held from 2001 to 2009. A nationally recognized leader on the environment, Solis became the first woman to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2000 for her pioneering work on environmental justice issues. Her California environmental justice legislation, enacted in 1999, was the first of its kind in the nation to become law.

Vela Choir is Tops
The Vela Middle School A Cappella Choir has been selected to perform as an Honor Choir at the 2012 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Conference. Hundreds of choirs submitted recordings in a competitive process to select 3 or 4 honor choirs. The Vela choir triumphed again having been selected once before in 2004. Congratulations to the Vela students, Director Melody Eriksen, and Assistant Director Ginger Wheelock.


Posted May 13, 2011
Showcasing Our Students
The BISD Department of Advanced Academic Services will host the annual Galaxy Showcase of Stars on Tuesday, May 24 from 6:00-8:00 PM in the Central Administrative Building (CAB) cafeteria and auditorium, located at 708 Palm Boulevard. Gifted and Talented students will share their creativity and talents with parents and the community through project displays and artistic performances. Everyone is invited to help celebrate our G/T students and acknowledge their hard work.

Weather Make-Up Days
BISD will hold classes on Friday, May 27 and Monday, May 30 although these days were originally designated as holidays on the BISD calendar. The District-wide Educational Improvement Council voted to use these days as make-up days to replace the two instructional days lost on February 3 and 4 due to inclement weather. The Texas Education Agency did not grant waiver days for this severe weather and the two instructional days must be made up.


Posted May 12, 2011
Rising Student Stars
Brownsville ISD has 24 students selected to participate in The Academy for Rising Leaders, Subiendo, a five-day intensive summer program that brings together aspiring high school seniors, current juniors, for an unforgettable leadership development experience. Participants will have an opportunity to problem solve real-world issues with top business and political leaders. There is no cost for students to attend and travel is provided for students who need assistance getting to Austin. Click here to see the BISD students selected for Subiendo.


Posted May 11, 2011
Elementary Scientists at Work
Several hundred of BISD’s best young scientists will participate in the Elementary Science Fairs to be held at four middle schools across the city on Saturday, May 21. Click here to view the sites and schedule.

Supporting Our Dyslexia Program
Former First Lady Barbara Bush awarded Dr. Elsa Hagan, a local bilingual speech language pathologist, a check for $15,000 to match a challenge grant from the Brownsville Foundation for Health and Education for BISD’s Dyslexia Program. The funds are being used to assist all BISD dyslexia teachers in becoming licensed dyslexia practioners. No other school district in the United States has achieved this goal. BISD is partnering with the Neuhaus Education Center of Houston to mentor BISD’s dyslexia teachers and help prepare them to take the national examination and practicum. The former first lady gave the award at the 2011 Celebration of Reading Event held in Houston on April 28 to benefit the Barbra Bush literacy programs. Several Bush family members participated in the event including Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.


Posted May 10, 2011
Top Seniors Recognized
Two standout seniors from each of the five BISD high school graduating classes were recognized by The Brownsville Herald as 2011 Academic All-Stars. Each student wrote an essay, took a photo, and was videotaped. Congratulations to Luis Fernando Baez and Kimberly Carmona, Pace; Ana Blanco and Diana Reyes, Lopez; Joanna Patricia Lyles and Alejandro Eduardo Vargas, Porter; Cristina Alejandra Averill and Ravi Arvind Thakker, Hanna; and Monica Mendoza and Felipe de Jesus Velez, Rivera, on their outstanding achievements.


Posted May 6, 2011
Telephone Book Recycling
BISD students and employees are invited to participate in an expanded district wide recycling effort by donating their outdated phone books. The BISD Going Green Truck will pick up phone books with the usual recycled materials during the week of May 16-20. The truck will follow the standard pick-up schedule.


Posted May 5, 2011
BISD Seniors Earn Recognition
Eleven BISD seniors earned 2011 academic recognition from the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP). Congratulations to Lauren A. Atkinson, Dino X. Chavez II, Nicole M. Kidd, Karla V. Martinez, Leah R. Ramirez and Adam Tullos from Hanna High School; Lazaro E. Hernandez, Guillermo M. Montelongo, and James I. Murray from Porter High School; and Humberto F. De la Garza and Jose Rivas from Pace High School. Qualification for recognition is based on critical reading, mathematics and writing skill scores on the PSAT/NMSQT. A minimum grade average of 3.0 is also required. The NHRP identifies nearly 5,000 outstanding Hispanic/Latino students each year. A list all recognized students is sent to subscribing colleges and universities.

Summer Learning
Brownsville ISD offers summer programs to meet the academic needs of all students. Please note that summer school programs will follow the Monday-Thursday district schedule. Click here to view the complete 2011 Summer School booklet.


Posted May 4, 2011
Thank You
The Board of Trustees and Superintendent Brett Springston congratulate this year’s retirees and employees who have reached service milestones. They will be honored at the annual 2011 employee awards celebration, “Beneath the Ocean Blue.”

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Brownsville Events Center
1 Events Center Blvd.

5:00 PM…Doors Open
5:15–6:15 PM…Dinner and Entertainment
Note: No reserved seating.

6:15–8:30 PM…Awards Ceremony

Note: To facilitate parking, two BISD buses will transport guests between the Brownsville Events Center and Paredes Elementary School every few minutes beginning at 5:00 PM. The shuttle service will continue for one hour after the celebration. BISD police and security officers will be on duty at all parking areas throughout the evening.

Keep Your Fingers Crossed
The wait is almost over. Brownsville ISD is one of five finalists in competition for the 2011 H-E-B Excellence in Education Large District Award which includes a $100,000 prize. The district winner will be announced on Sunday, May 15 at the annual H-E-B awards dinner to be held in Austin. Colin Powell will deliver the keynote address. A team of judges made a site visit to Brownsville in February as part of the selection process. Conroe ISD, Edinburg CISD, Harlandale ISD, and Mesquite ISD complete the list of large district finalists. Ortiz Elementary School will also be recognized at the dinner as one of ten Texas schools to receive the new Fit Campus awards of $10,000. Dolores C. Emerson, Morningside Elementary School principal, will be recognized as a regional finalist in the Principal award category and find out if she has been named a state winner. The H-E-B Excellence in Education awards recognize the outstanding achievements of public school teachers, principals and school districts. They are the largest monetary rewards program for educators in Texas and one of the largest in the nation. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the H-E-B education awards.


Posted May 3, 2011
BISD Students Earn Duke Accolades
A total of 16 BISD seventh grade students have been qualified to participate in the State Recognition Ceremony of this year’s Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP). To qualify for the Duke TIP 7th Grade Search, a student must have scored at the 95th percentile or higher on the national norms of a grade-level standardized achievement, aptitude or mental ability test. A student qualifying for State Recognition is in the top 25th% of the Talent Search Pool. This year, 125 BISD 7th grade students participated in the Duke program. Click here to see the 16 BISD students who qualified for State Recognition.


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