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Posted January 2012

Local Readers’ Vote on Favorites
Four BISD employees and two campuses earned recognition in the 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards sponsored by The Brownsville Herald. Congratulations to Principal Mary Solis, Veterans Memorial HS; Teacher Dora Chanes, Aiken Elementary; Music Teacher Joe Salinas, Sharp Elementary; Coach Mario Cisneros, Pace HS; and Vela MS and Hanna HS.

Update on W-2 Forms
All current BISD employees will receive their W-2 forms by Tuesday, January 31, 2012. The W-2 forms for former BISD employees will be mailed by Tuesday, January 31, 2012.

Middle Schools Dominate
BISD middle school band students swept the 2012 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 28 band auditions held on Saturday, January 21 at Rivera High School. The BISD students earned an amazing 155 All-Region Band chairs, 11 of the 16 1st chair positions. For the second consecutive year, all 11 BISD middle schools earned chairs. Congratulations to the middle school band students and their directors. View the schools and number of chairs earned.

Early Notification Program Begins Monday
At the regularly scheduled board meeting held on January 17, 2012, the BISD Board of Trustees approved the Early Notification of Voluntary Resignation Incentive Program. The time frame available for employee request will run from January 23, 2012 to February 22, 2012 for Special Assignment/District-wide Administration, Professional Hiring Schedule Employees, and Classified Personnel. The District will again offer an Early Notification Incentive Payment in the amount of: Classified Employees 20% of current gross salary up to $5,000 Professional Hiring Schedule Employees 15% of current gross salary up to $10,000 Special Assignment / District-Wide Administration 10% of current gross salary up to $7,500 Any employee opting for the Early Notification Resignation Incentive Payment must hand deliver a signed Letter of Resignation and a signed Waiver and Release Agreement to the BISD Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources office beginning January 23, 2012 at 8:00 AM and no later than February 22, 2012 at 5:00 PM. Click here to download the employee letters in English and Spanish, the resolution, and the employee agreement.

APQC Education offers valuable services to school districts in South Texas Meadows Foundation Provides $90,000 grant
Houston – The American Productivity and Quality Center, a Houston-based non-profit organization, is pleased to announce the addition of three school districts from South Texas to the APQC Education North Star Community. These three school districts – Harlingen CISD, Brownsville ISD and McAllen ISD – are joining the Community after winning scholarships made possible by a $90,000 grant from the Meadows Foundation and matching grant funds from APQC Education. “Our district is pleased to partner with the APQC Education North Star Community. Brownsville ISD will benefit from the expertise this organization will provide. Other school districts have seen significant improvement and we look forward to similar results,” said Dr. Carl A. Montoya, Superintendent of Brownsville schools. View media release.

Attention 2012-2013 STAMP College Prep Applicants at Veterans Memorial
The January pre-test scores in English and math have been eliminated from the list of STAMP College Preparatory Program pre-requisites. BISD will use your STAAR or EOC scores instead. Remember that you are required to maintain an 80% passing rate in each subject (reading, English, math, and science). All 8th grade algebra I students must maintain a 70% passing rate and 9th grade algebra I students must maintain an 80% passing rate. The end-of-year report cards of all STAMP applicants will be reviewed to ensure that this criteria has been met. For questions, contact Michelle A. Seney at 574-5618 or maseney@bisd.us.

Helping our Kids Shine
Texans benefit every day from the tireless work and countless hours dedicated by a group of more than, 7,300 men and women in communities across the state. These public servants are elected to serve by local constituents and receive no compensation for their efforts. These men and women are the school board members of Texas. January is School Board Recognition Month and Brownsville ISD will take this opportunity to thank our local leaders for devoting time to support public education and serve our local schools. “Even though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation to our board members, we realize their contributions reflect a year-round commitment,” said Dr. Carl Montoya BISD superintendent. “They selflessly give of themselves to ensure that decisions directly affecting our local schools are made by representatives of this community. In these challenging times, they face difficult choices and shoulder critical responsibilities. Their ultimate goal is always focused on the future success of every student enrolled in the district,” Montoya said. View our trustees, years of service on the board, and occupations.

Ortiz Earns 2012 H-E-B Grant
Ortiz Elementary School is one of 12 statewide recipients of an H-E-B “Healthy Campus” grant which carries an award of $15,000. The three-year grant will be used to enhance existing health and fitness programs at Ortiz or to add new ones. Last school year, Ortiz earned an H-E-B “Fit Campus” award for $10,000 that was used to educate children, parents, and staff about nutrition and fitness. Congratulations to the Ortiz Cougars! View the media release.

All-State Honors for BISD
A total of 29 BISD fine arts music students, the largest number in the region, earned top chairs at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Area G auditions held on Saturday, January 7. Choir students competed in Rockport-Fulton, Texas and band students competed in Alice, Texas. Students earned chairs in the 2012 All-State Band, Choir, Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra which ranks them in the top 2% of music students in Texas. They will perform at the TMEA Conference in San Antonio on Saturday, February 11. These 29 BISD students advanced through district, region and area auditions competing against students from Houston, Corpus Christi, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley to earn a place at the state level. Congratulations on a job well done! View the results by high school.

Notice of Public Hearing
Brownsville ISD will hold a public hearing for the 2010-2011 Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) Report during the regular Board Meeting scheduled for January 17, 2012 at 5:30 PM in the Boardroom of the Administration Building located at 1900 Price Road. Texas Education Code, Chapter 39, requires school districts to publish an annual AEIS Report Summary that includes district and campus performance, a report of violence or criminal incidence, and post-secondary performance. The presentation will include an overall district profile, including demographics, performance objectives, and finances. Parents, community members and other interested persons are invited to attend. View the announcment in English and Spanish.

Region One Area HS Completion Rates on the Rise
Across the Region One service area, gains in the percentage of high school graduates has increased while the number of students who have dropped out of high school has steadily declined, according to the 2009-2010 Texas Education Agency AEIS (Academic Excellence Indicator System) Report. Brownsville ISD is one of 37 school districts and 10 charter school systems in a seven county area along the Texas-Mexico border that is served by the Region One Education Services Center. See the entire news release.

Cummings Middle School Update
Regular school operation and classroom instruction has resumed at Cummings Middle School on Friday, January 6. School counselors are available at the campus to offer their services to students and staff. Brownsville ISD will also offer counseling services on Saturday, January 7 from 9 AM–1:00 PM at the Central Administrative Building (CAB) located at 708 Palm Boulevard for students, parents, employees, and community members who wish to talk to a school counselor.

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