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Posted March 2012

Two BISD Teachers Publish Children’s Book
Two BISD teachers, Jerry Cervantes and John Aguilar, wrote and illustrated a children’s book, “Hilda Bee’s Special Home.” Cervantes is a music teacher at Brite Elementary School and Aguilar teaches visual arts at Garcia Middle School. Their book about acceptance was spotlighted in the Wednesday, March 28 Education Extra in the Brownsville Herald. Click here to read the story.

Employee Health Screenings
Brownsville ISD has almost completed the employee health screenings. Everyone is to be commended for increasing this year’s participation rate to a new high. Kudos to Gallegos Elementary and Brownsville Learning Academy for 100% participation. There will be one final make-up screening at the Central Administrative Building (CAB) on Wednesday, April 11 from 6:30 am – 12 Noon for any employee who missed an opportunity at their campus or department. Participation in this final screening will be logged in at the employee’s work location. Thank you for taking advantage of the district’s health screenings. Wellness is Hot Stuff in BISD!

Attention BISD Employees
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Representative, Yenicia Dominguez, is available to assist you with any group health questions or concerns. She is located in the Employee Benefits Department in the Central Administrative Building (CAB), Suite #103, from 8 am – 5 pm weekdays, or you may contact her at 698-0112.

On-Line Summer School Application Now Open
The 2012 on-line summer school application is now open. The application will be open from 8 am on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, until 5 pm on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. You may apply on-line by going to

Bus Delays
Please be advised that some buses will be delayed today, Tuesday, March 27. Every effort is being made to minimize the delay. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience, support and understanding.

Summer School Apps Delayed
The opening of the Summer School Application has been delayed until Tuesday, March 27, 2012. We apologize for the delay. For questions, please contact the Curriculum & Instruction Department at 548-8121.

BISD One Act Play Success
Four high schools, Hanna, Lopez, Porter and Rivera, have made BISD history by qualifying to advance to the District One Act Play Competition next week. A total of eight campuses competed and only these four BISD campuses will advance, ensuring that a BISD school will earn the District Championship title. Congratulations to Juan Bazaldua from Rivera who was named Best Actor and Monica Ramos from Porter who was selected Best Actress out of 54 participants at the 5A Zone A contest. At the 5A B contest, Seth Johnson from Hanna earned Best Actor and Ilse Zacharias from Lopez earned Best Actress out of 73 participants. At the 4A Zone contest, William Abete earned Best Actor and Celia Lozano was named Best Actress. Both students are from Veterans Memorial. Veterans Memorial will also advance to the 4A District Competition. The 5A District competition will begin at 1:15 pm on Saturday, March 31 at the Pace High School Theatre. The 4A District Contest is scheduled for Tuesday, April 3 at 1:30 pm at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Everyone is invited to attend both contests. These successes prove that the theatre arts program is alive and well in BISD.

Middle School Choirs Are Tops in Region
BISD middle school choirs dominated the UIL Region 28 Concert & Sight Reading Competition held on March 7-8 in Brownville. A total of 12 BISD choirs earned the top sweepstakes rating making Brownsville ISD number one in the region. Click here to see all results.

Leadership Alliance Project is Accepting Application
Brownsville ISD is pleased to announce the new Leadership Alliance Project which is open to current BISD teacher and administrator applicants with mid-management/principals certificates and 5 years teaching experience for teacher applicants and 3 years administrative experience for administrative applicants. Applicants must submit a completed application by Friday, March 30, 2012 through the Certified Personnel webpage. Prepare yourself for a learning experience that will make you a higher performing BISD instructional leader. Click here to view flowchart or submit an application.

Attention BISD Employees
Summer School 2012 applications will be available online on Monday, March 26 at 8:00 AM and will close on Monday, April 9 at 5:00 PM.

Meeting Cancellation
The March 20, 2012 Regular Meeting of the BISD Board of Trustees has been cancelled due to scheduled holidays. The next Regular Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012.

BISD Students Advance to State
Brownsville ISD had a total of 36 middle and high school science and engineering projects that will advance to state competition as a result of the Rio Grande Valley Regional Competition held on Saturday, March 3 at the UTB/TSC campus. BISD students faced tough competition this year from schools as far away as Laredo and Corpus Christi but still managed to have two 2nd Runner-Up winners from Pace and Manzano. The Exxon/Mobil State Science & Engineering Fair wil be held in San Antonio on March 30-April 1. Click to view results. Two BISD

Two BISD Schools Earn Grants
Two Brownsville ISD high schools, Porter and Rivera, have been preliminarily selected by the Texas Education Agency to receive College and Career Preparation Technical Assistance, Cycle 2 grants for 2012-2014. The grants will provide online college preparation assistance to students, parents and high school counselors. Porter High School has been awarded $150,000 and Rivera High School received $147,840. Both schools will select an approved provider for assistance tools and resources for college and career planning. A total of 32 Texas high schools made the grant list. One other Rio Grande Valley high school from Edcouch-Elsa ISD was also selected.

BISD Spellers Advance
A total of 8 top BISD spelling finalists will compete at the 24th Annual Rio Grande Valley Regional Spelling Bee to be held on Saturday, March 3 at 9 am at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen. The 8 spellers were finalists in the BISD Spelling Bee held on February 12 at Gallegos Elementary School. The winner of the RGV Regional Bee will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee to be held in Washington, D.C. on May 27-June1, 2012. Everyone is welcome to attend the Regional Spelling Bee and support our BISD finalists:

Omar Hussain Hudson Elementary School (BISD Spelling Bee Champ)
Jenna Garcia Manzano Middle School (BISD Spelling Bee Runner-Up)
Bianca Lopez Paredes Elementary School
Jakob Medina Brite Elementary School
Isai Calderon Pena Elementary School
Laritzza Hernandez El Jardin Elementary School
Abigail Morales Champion Elementary School
Ivan Villanueva Ortiz Elementary School

Hanna Educator Named H-E-B Finalist
Graciela Guzman, a Hanna High School English teacher, is one of five Rio Grande Valley teacher finalists in the 2012 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. She was surprised in her classroom on Friday, March 2 by H-E-B representatives bearing balloons, flowers, cake, and a check for $1,000. Hanna also received $1,000. As a finalist, Ms. Guzman will represent the border region in the statewide competition for larger cash awards. View the media release.

Regional Fair on Saturday
Brownsville ISD has a total of 147 student projects, 85 from middle school and 62 from high school, advancing to the 52nd RGV Regional Science & Engineering Fair to be held at the UTB/TSC campus on Saturday, March 3. The middle school projects will be located in the ITEC Building and the high school projects will be in the Garza Gym. Judging will be held from 9 am to 1 pm. Public viewing for middle schools is from 2:30-3:30 pm and the high schools public viewing will be held from 3-4 pm. The awards ceremony for both groups will take place in the Jacob Brown Auditorium from 4:15-5:30 pm. Students who earn the top 3 places in each of the 17 categories will advance to the Exxon/Mobil State Science & Engineering Fair in San Antonio on March 30-April 1.

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Celebrate Brownsville Public Schools!
Brownsville ISD invites you to “Imagine, Explore, Discover” our public schools during the district’s celebration of Texas Public Schools Week, March 5-9, 2012. Each day, our students acquire new skills as they imagine, explore and discover new information, engaging their minds and bodies, building their educational foundations and futures. Our students are proud of their work and accomplishments and wish to share their discoveries with the entire Brownsville community.

“Public schools in Brownsville and throughout the state of Texas are committed to laying the foundation for a solid education for each of our students,” shared Dr. Carl Montoya, Superintendent. “Join us, as we share our map for a great education. We invite you to attend one or more of our upcoming Open House events.”

BISD Open House Schedule, 5:30-7:30 pm: Monday, March 5 Middle Schools

Tuesday, March 6 High Schools

Thursday, March 8 Elementary Schools

Trio Named Alliance/Merck Scholars
Three 2011 BISD graduates have been selected to receive Alliance/Merck Ciencia Scholarships of up to $42,500 in college and summer research internship support over the next 4 years. This year’s recipients are Peter Guerrero, a graduate of Pace High School, John Martinez, a graduate of Lopez High School, and Daniela Naylor, a graduate of Hanna High School. The awards mark the third round of Alliance/Merck Scholarships for Hispanic students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. The scholarships are limited to students in Brownsville, Los Angeles, California and Elizabeth, New Jersey. View the entire media release.



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