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Santa Sold Out
The Santa & Friends performance for Friday, November 30 is sold out. No tickets are available at the door for tonight’s performance.

Commissioner Williams defers 15 percent grading policy for 2012-2013 school year
AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams announced today that he is deferring implementation of the 15 percent grading requirement for the 2012-2013 school year. Under the rule connected to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) end-of-course examinations, a student’s score on the STAAR end-of-course exams would count 15 percent of the student’s final grade in each tested subject area. “Deferring the 15 percent rule for this school year relieves some of the pressure being felt in Texas districts as we continue the transition to a more rigorous accountability system,” Williams said. “This deferral also allows the Texas Legislature ample opportunity to address the various issues and concerns that have been expressed about implementation of the new system.” -Read more

Records Being Broken
The good news continues! A record 54 BISD band students have advanced to 5A Area Competition, the most students ever sent to the Area G contest by one school district. BISD dominated by earning 70 % of all available chairs. Area competition will be held on January 17, 2013 in Alice, Texas. Best of luck to the BISD Area candidates as they prepare to compete for a chair in a Texas All-State group.

A Message to BISD Employees
The open enrollment for the Chapter 125 Cafeteria Plan and other optional products such as dental and vision insurance will end on Friday, November 30. BISD employees still have time to enroll or verify their payroll deductions at the BISD Administration Building Lobby from November 28-30. This is the last chance for employees to make any changes or corrections. Call the BISD Employee Benefits Department at (956) 548-8061 for questions or concerns.

Bands Set New Record
The BISD high school band program has once again set a new district record at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 28 auditions held on Saturday, November 17. A total of 156 BISD students earned chairs and 207 earned TMEA patches, increasing the district’s student success rate for the 7th consecutive year. In addition, 102 BISD band students have advanced to pre-area and area competitions. The final area candidates will be determined on Tuesday, November 27. The TMEA Region 28 All-Region clinic will be held on Friday, December 7 at the Donna High School auditorium and the concert will follow at 7:00 p.m. Congratulations to the BISD Band students and their directors on these outstanding results.

Thanksgiving Kindness
BISD campuses and departments generously supported the district’s 2012 Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive.  Thanks to their efforts, local organizations dedicated to assisting Brownsville neighbors in need received approximately 20,000 donated canned food items.  Thank you.

Two BISD High Schools Earn College Readiness Awards
Hanna and Rivera High Schools are among the top 9% of Texas high schools to earn the 2012 College Readiness Award from the Texas ACT Council. The award recognizes significant increases in ACT composite scores over five years, while increasing the number of students taking the ACT assessment. A total of 170 high schools in Texas were honored for this superior level of accomplishment, five in the Rio Grande Valley.
View release.

Counting Our Bus Students
The BISD Transportation Department will conduct ridership counts during afternoon bus routes once a month in order to compile an annual service report for the Texas Education Agency.  On the following dates, routes may take a little longer to complete since bus drivers will be required to manually count the number of students riding on their buses.  This ridership count is very important to the district and we appreciate the patience of our parents and students.

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Chargers Advance to UIL Area Playoffs
The Brownsville Veterans Memorial Chargers will play the Del Rio Rams in the UIL Area Playoffs on Saturday, November 24 at 5 pm at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio, Texas. Tickets are on sale at the BISD Athletic Department located at Sams Stadium beginning on Monday, November 19. Call 548-8261 for information. Go Chargers!

Pace Team Earns Recognition
Pace High School was chosen as the Action 4 News/Rio Grande Valley Chevy Dealers Team of the Week. The school will host a pep rally at 2 pm on Thursday, November 15 in the lobby to honor the Pace Vikings football team.

The Chargers Got Spirit! Yes,They Do!
Veterans Memorial High School won the McDonald’s Dr. Pepper Friday Morning Pep Rally Championship as the most spirited high school in the Rio Grande Valley. To celebrate, Veterans Memorial will host a pep rally on Thursday, November 15 at 6 pm in the school’s stadium. Tony Forina, a RGV radio and TV personality, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. The rally will feature student performances, a presentation of the Bi-District Volleyball Trophy, a presentation of the City Football Championship Trophy, and a presentation of special guests. Congratulations Veterans Chargers!!!

BISD Schools Provide A Good Start
Brownsville ISD has consistently maintained its dedication to the youngest students in the district. As a result, a total of 21 campuses have been designated by the Texas Education Agency as 2012 PreK Centers of Excellence. The BISD schools are active participants in the Kindergarten Readiness System (KRS) which evaluates the effectiveness of prekindergarten, Head Start, and licensed child care programs in preparing children for kindergarten. Providers participating in the 2010-2011 Prekindergarten Early Start (PKES) grant and Texas School Ready! programs were required to report data to the school readiness certification system. The KRS used this data and public school data resulting from each student’s reading diagnostic instrument administered at the beginning of the child’s 2011 kindergarten year. The analysis determined the impact each preschool program had on improving student learning regardless of the characteristics of its student population or the specific literacy instrument used in kindergarten. TEA Designated the Following BISD Schools as 2012 Prek Centers of Excellence Aiken, Benavides, Castaneda, Cromack, El Jardin, Gallegos, Garden Park, Garza, Gonzalez, Hudson, Longoria, Palm Grove, Pullam, Putegnat, Resaca, Russell, Skinner, Southmost, Vermillion, Victoria Heights, and Yturria Elementary Schools.

Stipend News
Good news! The first half of the Board approved $1,200 stipend will be paid to all eligible BISD full-time employees in the November paycheck. BISD employees who were employed as of June 30, 2012 and who remain employed at the time the stipend is paid on November 15, 2012 will receive the first payment of $600 minus applicable taxes. Please note that the stipend is not eligible for Texas Retirement System (TRS) benefits. The final half of the stipend will be paid to eligible full-time BISD employees in their May paycheck.

Recognizing Our School Psychologists
Governor Rick Perry has proclaimed November 11-17, 2012, as School Psychology Week to highlight the many contributions that school psychologists make to the overall academic health of students. Their responsibilities include identifying learning disabilities and other special needs as well as offering counseling and intervention services to students and their families. View the Governor’s proclamation.

In Tribute
Several BISD school groups will participate in the 13th Annual Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 10 at 1 pm. The parade will began at Porter High School, proceed down Coolidge Street to Southmost Road concluding at Cromack Elementary School which is located on the corner of Southmost Road and 30th Street. The Veterans Day Parade is sponsored by the Southmost Veterans Day Parade Committee and the City of Brownsville to honor the brave men and women who have served or are serving in the armed forces of the United States. Please note that the parade will be held on Sunday, November 11 if there is rain on Saturday.

Two BISD Earn Top Marks
The Hanna Golden Eagle Band and Lopez Lobos Band both competed in the 2012 UIL Texas State Marching Band competition held at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Tuesday, November 6. Both Brownsville ISD bands presented their best performances of the year. Earning spots at the state contest ranks the Hanna and Lopez bands in the top 5% of 5A high school bands in the state. This also marks the third trip for Lopez and the sixth trip for Hanna. These BISD students have proven themselves to be among the best in Texas. Congratulations to the students, parents, directors, employees and administrators. 

Middle School Choirs Soar
Brownsville ISD middle school choir students participated in a Solo & Ensemble Contest in San Benito recently. Once again BISD schools dominated the competition. View the results. 2011-2012 Archived Headlines


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