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Posted September 29, 2011
Criteria for Inter-District Transfers Expanded
The Brownsville ISD Board of Trustees has expanded Policy FDA (Local) to begin accepting inter-district transfer applications without tuition costs for the children of parents who own businesses within district boundaries and that pay school taxes. Please note that an employee federal identification number will be required on the district application. Also included are the children of employees of businesses within district boundaries that pay school taxes.*

Please note that in approving inter-district transfers, the Superintendent or designee shall consider availability of space, instructional staff, the student’s disciplinary history, and attendance records. Violation of the district’s rules and regulations may result in revocation of the transfer agreement. An approved transfer may be revoked at the end of the six weeks if the campus or grade level have become overcrowded or if the parents or students fail to abide by the school standards for academic progress, attendance, discipline, and/or cooperation with school staff. An application for transfer must be completed and submitted to Pat Perez, BISD Board Secretary, 1900 Price Road, Suite #307E. Download a transfer application here for BISD employees or non-employees.

*Additional requirements may apply.

Ortiz Receives Grant to Get Kids Moving
Ortiz Elementary School is one of 50 recipients from across the United States to receive a grant from the ING Run for Something Better School Award.

Solomon P. Ortiz Elementary School will receive up to $2,500 in funding to support a minimum of an eight-week running program that will conclude with a culminating running event in celebration of the students’ achievements. Solomon P. Ortiz Elementary School will receive $1,000 immediately, with additional funds granted based on the participation in the program. View the media release.

Stellar Band Performances
BISD band students excelled at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 28 Jazz auditions held on September 17. Six students earned chairs in the 2011-2012 All-Region Jazz Ensemble. Two students, Mario Alvarado (Lopez HS) and Jose Carlos Izquierdo (Pace HS), earned 1st chairs in their sections. The Region 28 Jazz Bands will perform on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the Donna High School auditorium. Congratulations to the following district band students on their outstanding accomplishments.

Lopez High School
Mario Alvarado – 1st Chair Drums, will advance to area competition
Armando Garza – 2nd Chair Bass Guitar
Victor Mendez – 3rd Chair Bass Trombone

Pace High School
Jose Carlos Izquierdo – 1st Chair Trumpet, will advance to area competition
Diana Vasquez – 6th Chair Trumpet

Porter High School
Benjamin Rovelo – 2nd Chair Tenor Saxophone, will advance to area competition

Two BISD Schools Host JROTC Meet
Porter High School, in conjunction with Lopez High School, will host a Rio Grande Valley JROTC Competition on Saturday, October 1 at both campuses beginning at 8:00 AM. Almost 20 RGV high schools and 300 students and staff are expected to participate. Porter High School will host six categories of evaluation including colorguards and unarmed and armed drill teams from 8:00 AM-5:00 AM. Lopez High School will host the physical endurance training and shooting competition from 8:00-10:30 AM. Scores will be tabulated and awards will be presented to 1st-3rd place winners in every category of competition. For more information, contact Colonel Aaron Heard, Porter High School Senior Army Instructor, at (956) 698-0980.

Two BISD Schools Make Honor Roll
Two BISD elementary schools, Paredes and Ortiz, have been named to the 2011 Texas Business & Education Coalition (TBEC) Honor Roll. This is the most prestigious and demanding academic award that a Texas public school can receive. This year, 253 schools made the list representing less than 4% of all public schools in Texas. The Honor Roll recognizes schools that have demonstrated three years of consistent, high performance in all subjects serving similar student populations. TBEC Honor Roll schools have the highest percentage of students performing at the state’s most rigorous standard-commended-in every subject. This year’s standards are the most demanding in the organization’s history. TBEC will recognize all Honor Roll schools on Friday, December 2 at an awards reception and dinner in Dallas. A series of seminars will also enable educators to learn about some exciting new programs.


Posted September 21, 2011
Textbook Assistance
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.


Posted September 19, 2011
Local Astronomer Earns a Star
Carol Lee Andrews Lutsinger, BISD teacher and district astronomer, has been selected to receive the 2011 Texas Association for Gifted and Talented Award for Region I. Ms. Lutsinger, a teacher at Faulk Middle School, was recognized for her strong commitment to gifted education at the local, regional and state level. Lutsinger is passionate about teaching and has shared her love of astronomy within the school district and Brownsville community for many years. She brought the first portable planetarium to BISD through the STARLAB program and shares her expansive astronomical knowledge with teachers at annual district GT inservices. Lutsinger also writes a weekly column in the local newspaper about celestial events of all kinds. Ms. Lutsinger will be recognized at the BISD Board Meeting on September 20.


Posted September 14, 2011
Brownsville Earns Grant Award
Brownsville was one of four communities in Texas to earn Texas Early Learning Council Grants to improve local school readiness. The BISD Curriculum & Instruction Department Collaborated with the United Way of Southern Cameron County to secure the $110,000, two-year grant awarded. View the entire media release.


Posted September 12, 2011
A Message to Vendors
The BISD Purchasing Department has taken on the duty of issuing the letters of introduction for vendors to visit district campuses. To obtain a letter, visit the Purchasing Department located in the BISD Administration Building, 1900 Price Road, Suite #107, or call 548-8361. Rosario Peña is the Purchasing Administrator.

A Taste of Higher Education
The Guidance & Counseling Department will host “University Day” on Thursday, September 15 from 8:00 AM-12:30 PM at the Jacob Brown Auditorium. This annual event provides an opportunity for juniors and seniors from area high schools to visit with representatives from colleges and universities and learn about admission requirements and educational programs. Students from 15 local high schools will participate in this year’s “University Day.”

Walking for Graduates
Brownsville ISD wants every student in our community to graduate from high school. To reach that goal, Interim Superintendent Dr. Carl A. Montoya, Board Trustees and over 100 district and community volunteers will spend Saturday, September 10, 2011 participating in the district’s third “Walk for the Future.” The volunteer teams will campaign door to door to find students who have not returned to school or who have dropped out. Each team will visit with students and parents about the district’s many graduation opportunities. View the media release.

Faculty Artists

The BISD Department of Fine Arts will host the 16th Annual Faculty Art Exhibit on September 9-October 7 at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art located at 660 E. Ringgold Street. Everyone is invited to attend a reception on Friday, September 9 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. This year’s exhibit theme is Mother Earth. For more information, call 982-3730.

Beginning in Spring 2012, the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) will replace the TAKS as mandated by the legislature. STAAR is a more rigorous assessment program that will provide the foundation for a new Texas accountability system. The STAAR program in grades 3-8 will assess the same subjects and grades as TAKS. At high school, grade specific assessments will be replaced with 12 end-of-course (EOC) assessments in Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, biology, chemistry, physics, English I, English II, English III, world geography, world history and U.S. history.


Posted September 2, 2011
School Zones
Zoning maps for BISD schools are available on the district’s website. The zoning areas are updated annually by the Assessment, Research and Evaluation Department. Call 554-2806 if you have a question about a specific address or zone. View the online attendance zone for each school.

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The BISD Tradition Continues, 1915-2011
For 96 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 has a fascinating history. Click here and select a BISD school to learn more.

Labor Day Holiday
All BISD campuses and offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2011 for Labor Day. Regular district operation will resume on Tuesday, September 6, 2011.


Posted September 1, 2011
Vela Band is Tops
The Vela Middle School was ranked 11th in the final state round of honor band competition conducted by the Texas Music Educators Association on July 24 in San Antonio.

The Vela Band has advanced to state level competition 8 times since the school opened in 1990, an amazing record. No other Rio Grande Valley middle school band program has ever ranked at the state level with such consistency.

The Vela Middle School Band is under the direction of Mario Sarmiento. Congratulations to the students, parents and directors on their most recent state level achievement.

August Grads
Brownsville ISD hosted it annual summer graduation ceremony on Wednesday, August 31 at 7 pm in the Rivera High School gym. Over 100 BISD graduates wore their home-school caps and gowns and crossed the stage to receive their high school diplomas in a traditional ceremony. For over 15 years, BISD has held a special summer graduation ceremony at the end of August for students who were unable to participate in the district’s June commencements for various reasons. Click here to view photos of the district’s 2011 Summer Graduation.

3 Days to Rescind Early Notification
The Early Notification of Resignation/Retirement deadline was Wednesday, August 31, 2011. BISD employees have until Tuesday, September 6, 2011 to rescind their resignation/retirement if they wish to do so. Written notification to rescind a resignation/retirement must be submitted to the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources at 1900 Price Road, Suite 302.



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