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Posted October 27 2011
Lopez Students to Experience College
Six Lopez High School seniors, George A. Garcia, Jose I. Garcia, Armando Garza, Imelda Guerrero, Jose R. Leal, and Melissa Vera, have been selected to participate in a 3-day Celebration of Diversity Weekend at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Lopez students will have the opportunity to spend a day in the life of a Carnegie Mellon student and experience the diverse academic, extracurricular and cultural facets of the campus and Pittsburgh. Lopez students will be matched with current college students who will be their ambassadors throughout the weekend and they will also network with the faculty and staff at a special reception.

Best Wishes to Veterans Memorial Band
On behalf of the BISD Board of Trustees and administration, I wish the Veterans Memorial Charger Band the very best of luck when you take the field at the UIL 4A Competition on Saturday. Your long hours of preparation and practice will be rewarded at the Calallen contest. In a very short time, the Charger Marching Band has established a tradition of excellence. You are already recognized as a musical powerhouse in South Texas. Everyone in our district and community is proud of you and your accomplishments. Go Chargers! Dr. Carl A. Montoya Interim Superintendent of Schools

Band Students Set Another Record
High school band students from BISD earned 23 of the 29 available chairs at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 28 Orchestra audition held at Harlingen High School on October 25. BISD students earned 8 of the 10 first chairs. Fourteen of these students will advance to the TMEA Area audition where they will compete for a chair in the TMEA All-State organizations. These totals are significantly higher than last year and set a new all-time record for our district. The All-Region Orchestra will perform on Saturday, November 12 at the Weslaco Central Middle School Auditorium. View the results by high school.

Your Vote Counts
Morningside, Peña and Ortiz Elementary Schools are competing in the Clorox Company’s “Power A Bright Future” grant program to help fund new or ongoing programs that allow children to play, create and explore. The schools are in separate categories so adults and children 13 and older can visit to vote once a day for all 3 from October 24-December 9. The programs that receive the most votes will earn awards of $25,000 - $50,000. New this year, voting can be done by text message. Find your school’s keyword in its nomination listing and text that to 44144.

16 Schools Named Higher Performing
Sixteen BISD schools earned spots on the 2011 Higher Performing Schools in Texas list compiled by the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA). The list identifies those elementary, middle and high schools in Texas that have consistently outperformed their peers with similar student populations over a three-year period (the 2008-09, 2009-12, and 2010-11 school years). View the entire media release.

Brownsville Early College High School
Hanna High School
Lucio Middle School
Stillman Middle School


Posted October 26 2011
2 BISD Seniors Are Commended
Brownsville ISD is pleased to announce that two high school students earned “Commended” status in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to Siena C. McFetridge from Hanna High School and Jose R. Leal from Lopez High School. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (CPSAT/NMSQT).

Seven Top BISD Students
Seven top BISD high school students earned recognition in the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP). The district’s 2011-2012 recipients are:

Pablo Mayen – Scholar
Danielle Soto – Scholar
Sarah Rios-Honorable Mention

Carlo Alessandro Celballos - Honorable Mention

Cyntyhia Ibarra-Scholar

Armando Garza-Scholar
Jose Leal-Scholar

The National Hispanic Recognition Program identifies nearly 5,000 outstanding Hispanic students each year. The program sends a list of all recognized students to subscribing colleges and universities.

BISD Recognized in International Publication
The spotlight shined on Brownsville ISD in an article in the newsletter of the International Dyslexia Association. View the article.

Posted October 19, 2011
College Ready, College Connected, College Completed!
Brownville ISD is taking a bold, dynamic step in the creation of the Science, Technology, Architecture and Medical Professions (STAMP) College Preparatory Program scheduled to open in August 2012 at Veterans Memorial High School. Click here to learn more.

BISD Earns Highest Fiscal Rating
Brownsville ISD officials have announced that the school district has received a rating of “Superior Achievement” under the Texas Schools FIRST financial accountability rating system. The Superior Achievement rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of Brownsville ISD’s financial management and reporting system. View media release.

Project Share Tutorials
The BISD Instructional Technology Department offers Project Share classes on Mondays from 3:45 to 5:15 pm every week. Project Share utilizes a collection of Web 2.0 tools and applications to provide professional development resources for teachers across the state and build professional learning communities where educators can collaborate and participate in online learning opportunities. Click here for an online Project Share tutorial or register online in the ERO system for Monday training sessions. For more information, call David Mitchell, Technology Lead Teacher, at 548-8241 or email


Posted October 18, 2011
Celebrating Afterschool Programs
Hundreds of Brownsville’s students, parents and business and community leaders are invited to attend the first “Lights On Afterschool” Rally to be held in the Garcia Middle School gym and cafeteria on Thursday, October 20 from 4:30-6:30 PM. The event is designed to celebrate the achievements of afterschool students and draw attention to the need for more afterschool programs such as the Texas 21st Century Program. Similar events will be held nationwide on the same day to emphasize the importance of keeping the lights on and the doors open for afterschool programs. BISD’s “Lights On Afterschool” Rally will showcase activities from participating schools across the district. For more information, contact the BISD Grants/Texas 21st Century Program Department, Dwayne Salinas, 698-0248.

BISD Bands Deliver Pigskin Results
Brownsville ISD high school bands gave outstanding performances at the annual UIL Pigskin Jubilee Marching Contest held on Saturday, October 15 in San Benito. Five BISD bands, Hanna, Lopez, Pace, Rivera, and Veterans Memorial, earned perfect straight superior ratings on their performances. In an historic first, the Veterans Memorial Charger Marching Band will advance to UIL Area 4A competition on Saturday, October 29 in Calallen, Texas. The top 4A bands at Area will advance to the UIL State 4A Marching Contest to be held on Tuesday, November 8 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Congratulations to the band students, directors, parents, school and district administrators, and Board Trustees for their support of the district’s fine arts programs.


Posted October 17, 2011
Public Meeting on Financial Rating
Brownsville ISD will hold a public meeting at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, October 18 in the Boardroom to discuss the district’s rating on the state financial accountability system.

District Statement
The district has issued a statement to clarify recent Board action on a lawsuit settlement. View the statement.

College Essay Assistance
BISD juniors and seniors are invited to attend one of two workshops on “Writing the Perfect College Essay,” on Saturday October 22 at Pace High School or Saturday, October 29 at Porter High School from 9-11 am. Seating is limited so register early by emailing Pilar Janis, Higher Ed Counselor, at Send your name, your school, your phone number, and desired date. For questions call 548-8251. View the flyer.

Celebrating a Victory
In commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, BISD will recognize breast cancer survivors during the halftime program at the Rivera vs. Pace football game scheduled for Saturday, October 15 at 7:00 PM at Sams Stadium. Halftime will occur at approximately 8:00 PM. Breast cancer survivors are invited to attend the football game free of charge as guests of honor. Anyone who accompanies them must pay the regular $7.00 ticket price. Survivors may also submit a photo to be displayed on the Sams Stadium digital scoreboard during the game. Survivors who plan to participate should email Pat Perez at immediately so that arrangements can be made. Join us in celebrating breast cancer survival and the importance of prevention, detection and treatment.

3 Students Earn State Poster Awards
The Brownsville Fire Department Fire Prevention Division has announced that three BISD students earned trophies in the 2010-2011 (last school year) Firemen’s & Fire Marshal’s Association of Texas State Poster Contest.

Congratulations to: 1st Place – Ricky Garcia, Paredes Elementary
2nd Place – Kareen Luevano, Lucio Middle School
3rd Place – Luis Gracia, Lucio Middle School

College Talk
Aggie and Longhorn representatives will be available to talk to interested BISD high school students and their parents on Monday, October 24 at 6:30 pm at the Historic Brownsville Museum located at 641 E. Madison Street. The representatives will talk about admissions, scholarships, housing and financial aid. For more information, call Pilar Janis, Higher Ed Counselor, at 548-8251. Latest News


Posted October 3, 2011
Latest News on Employee Health Insurance
In an effort to meet our employees' needs, Blue Cross Blue Shield has designated a telephone number just for BISD employees and their providers. The number to call is 1-877-219-4303. If an employee has a doctor’s appointment prior to the insurance of a new ID card, call the BISD Employee Benefits Department at 548-8061 to obtain a user ID number. Click here to learn more.

BISD High School Choirs Hit All the Right Notes
BISD high school choirs dominated the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) District Choir Auditions. A total of 83 BISD students will advance to the next round of competition with 9 alternates. BISD students will make up 52% of the entire TMEA Regional Choir which includes all high schools from Brownsville to Donna. The next audition will be held on Saturday, November 5 at Harlingen South High School.

Choir results by campuses:
Hanna High School ……………………….35 students + 3 alternates
Lopez High School ………………………..7 students
Pace High School …………………………5 students
Porter High School ………………………..8 students
Rivera High School………………………..16 students + 3
Veterans Memorial High School…………12 students + 3

Sick Leave Bank Enrollment
BISD maintains a voluntary sick leave bank to assist employees in the event of a catastrophic illness or disability that affects an employee or immediate family member. BISD employees who are currently enrolled in the sick leave bank will be automatically enrolled for next year, if eligible. Employees who wish to enroll or discontinue membership must submit a form to the Human Resources Department, 1900 Price Road, Suite #106. The enrollment period is October 1 – October 31, 2011. No late applications will be accepted. Download forms here.



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