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Posted September

BISD Dominates District Auditions
Brownsville and five other school districts competed in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 28 choir auditions held on Saturday, September 28 at Weslaco East High School. A total of 87 BISD choir students earned places in the regional choir and secured 7 alternate positions. This number represents 54% of the choir spots that were available.

BISD choir results
-BECHS - 1
-Hanna – 31 +1 alternate
-Lopez  - 6
-Pace – 5, Brandon Binder won 1st chair in the bass I section
-Porter – 5+2 alternate
-Rivera – 25 + 1 alternate, Briana Salas won 1st chair in the soprano II section
-Veterans Memorial – 14 + 3 alternates and students on their achievements

White House to Honor Hanna Grad
San Juana Zavala, a 2009 Hanna High School graduate and current student at The University of Texas at Brownsville, will be recognized at the White House on Friday, September 21 as a Kiwanis International “Champion of Change.” She is one of 14 Kiwanis to be honored for doing great work in their communities. View the media release.

Campus Crimestoppers
BISD sponsors the Scholastic Campus Crimestoppers Program consisting of a tips hotline, 408-0049, to assist in maintaining safe and secure schools. Monetary rewards are available to reporting individuals upon completion of a prosecution or arrest for reported crimes. The identities of reporting individuals are kept confidential and no court testimony is required. Dancers Lead at State

Dancers Lead at State
A delegation of 100 ballroom dancers from Brownsville ISD earned 2nd place at the State Texarama Ballroom Competition held in Galveston, Texas on Friday, September 14. This was Brownsville’s first time to participate. The BISD students competed against hundreds of couples from the Houston area and as far away as Arizona and Colorado. Ten styles of dance were included in the competition, waltz, foxtrot, tango, Viennese waltz, rumba, chacha, swing, salsa, samba, and merengue. Brownsville’s dancers were the audience favorites. A total of 24 BISD campuses were represented at Texarama: Benavides, Champion, Egly, Ortiz, Paredes, Pullam, Skinner, Villa Nueva, and Yturria Elementary Schools; Cummings, Garcia, Lucio, Manzano, Oliveira, Perkins, Stell, Stillman and Vela Middle Schools; Hanna, Lopez, Pace, Porter, Rivera, and Veterans Memorial High Schools. BISD’s ballroom dancers have already achieved well-deserved recognition at the local level. Now, their skills have brought statewide success. Congratulations to our outstanding ballroom students and their teachers.

West Nile Virus Update
Brownsville ISD is closely monitoring any developments in our area related to the West Nile Virus. District officials have been in contact with the Brownsville Health Department to ensure that areas around BISD campuses are fumigated. District coaches have also adjusted their practice and game times to avoid having students outside at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

Here are some preventative measures that you can take:
•Use an approved insect repellent every time you go outside and follow the instructions on the label. Approved repellents are those that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
•Regularly drain standing water, including water that collects in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water.
•Wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
•Use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all doors and windows to keep mosquitoes from entering the home. For more information on West Nile virus, visit the City of Brownsville Health Department website at http://health.cob.us, call 956-542-3437, or visit the State of Texas DSHS website at www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/arboviral/westNile/.

Competition is Healthy
Brownsville ISD campuses are joining the City of Brownsville in participating in the Healthy at H-E-B Community Challenge which runs from September 1-October 31, 2012. Communities across Texas are competing by logging in their healthy initiatives to see which community can mobilize the most healthy action and win the title. Points are earned with activities such as zumba, running clubs, etc. Brownsville has already topped the Statewide Scoreboard in the mid-size city category with over 6,000 points. For more information, click here or contact Anisa Gonzalez, the BISD Wellness Coordinator, at
698-0194 or agonzalez@bisd.us, Wellness is hot stuff in BISD!

Veterans Makes Gridiron History
The Veterans Memo rial Chargers Football Team will play its first varsity game at Sams Stadium on Friday, September 14. The Chargers will take on the Porter Cowboys at 7:30 pm. Be there to watch this historic Brownsville game. David Cantu

Payroll Deduction for Employees
Brownsville ISD employees may use payroll deduction to enroll in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund, the state’s prepaid college program. The enrollment period started on September 1 and runs through February 28, 2013. This program provides a way to prepay all or part of a child’s undergraduate tuition and fees at Texas public colleges and universities at today’s prices. Read the release and guidelines in English or Spanish to learn more. Download an Employee Payroll Deduction Form.

Attention BISD Students and Parents
To 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 sectionof both libraries and may be used during regular library hours. They are not available for check out.

Wellness is Hot Stuff!
Anisa Gonzalez is the new BISD Wellness Coordinator. She is ready to launch the intramural sports season starting with the volleyball league. There will be an organizational meeting on Monday, September 10 at 5:30 pm in the BISD Wellness Fitness Center. A team captain or team representative must attend. View more BISD Wellness Fitness Center opportunities.

Brownsville ISD statement regarding settlement in lawsuits by Antonio Juarez and Hector Gonzales
BISD considered and voted to approve settlement in two lawsuits brought by a former BISD Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer concerning their former employment with the District. The Board took this action to avoid costly litigation that had a significant potential for damages and attorney’s fees far in excess of the settlement. It took this action in consultation and with the support of its employment practices liability insurer and the lawyers representing the District. The Board did not want to risk large jury verdicts and judgments, which would have to be paid from District funds; rather, it chose to pay a potentially much smaller amount from District funds. The potentially larger amount of several million dollars would have severely hampered BISD’s abilities to deliver its quality educational services to the students of Brownsville. The settlement monies paid by BISD will have an impact, but not at the disastrous level a jury and court could have awarded.

Read the entire media release.

BISD Students Welcomed to New Biomedical Science Degree, Health Scholars Program
Three BISD graduates from Hanna and Lopez High Schools are included in the first cohorts of the bachelor’s degree in biometrical science and Health Disparities Scholars Program at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. Read the entire release.

New Home for BLA
Beginning this week, over 200 Brownsville Learning Academy (BLA) students in grades 7–12 will begin moving into their new home, the former Brownsville Academic Center (BAC) located on Morrison Road. The BAC students recently relocated to a new building on nearby Robindale Road.

BLA students and employees will make the transition to the former BAC campus over a 3-week period beginning on Monday, September 3 with grades 7-8 moving from the Webb campus. Students in grades 9 and 10 will move from the Clearwater campus during the week of September 10-14  and grades 11-12 will follow on September 17-21.

BLA students have been attending classes at the historic Webb and Clearwater campuses for the past several years. This relocation will give BLA students an opportunity to regroup at one main campus and it will also give BISD Maintenance Department employees time to make much needed renovations at the Clearwater campus. BLA students will continue to receive the same transportation and food services at their new location.

The BISD College and Career Connections (CCC) Program will also be relocated to the new BLA campus. This program is designed to assist adults, ages 18-25, who are missing 6 or fewer credits to earn their high school diplomas.

“We are pleased to join both Brownsville Learning Academy campuses into one complete learning community to serve as a school of choice for students, grades 7-12, who are experiencing difficulties in a traditional school setting. Locating BLA at one campus will enhance our vertical and horizontal alignment and allow us to provide even better student academic services,” said Aimee Garza, BLA Principal.

West Nile Virus Prevention

•Use an approved insect repellent every time you go outside and follow the instructions on the label. Approved repellents are those that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

•Regularly drain standing water, including water that collects in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water.

•Wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

•Use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all doors and windows to keep mosquitoes from entering the home.

For more information on West Nile virus, visit the City of Brownsville Health Department website at http://health.cob.us, call 956-542-3437, or visit the State of Texas DSHS website at www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/arboviral/westNile/.

The BISD Tradition Continues, 1915-2012
For 97 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.

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