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Posted March

A Message to Parents
BISD students will be STAAR/EOC testing on April 1-5, 2013. The new STAAR/EOC tests are timed.  Student attendance on these days is critical.  Please stress the importance of rest, proper diet, and a positive attitude so that our students do their very best.  It is also important that students arrive to school on time.  Please note that no cell phones or electronic devices are allowed on BISD campuses during testing.  As per the Texas Education Code, “Any irregularities in test security or confidential integrity may result in the invalidation of student results.” Thank you for your support of our students, schools and district. 

Attention BISD Employees
Summer School 2013 applications will be available online beginning Tuesday, March 26 at 8 am through Tuesday, April 9 at 5 pm.

Spotlight on Trio of OAP Schools
Three BISD high schools qualified to advance to district competition at the One Act Play (OAP) Zone competition held at Hanna High School on March 20-21. Congratulations to the theatre troupes from Hanna, Lopez, and Veterans Memorial High Schools. Both Pace and Porter High Schools were also named as alternates in the competition. Samantha Caso from Lopez and Bianca Gallardo from Hanna were named Best Actresses. Otoniel Rivas from Veterans Memorial earned Best Actor recognition. The OAP 32-5A Competition will be held on Wednesday, March 27.

District 32-5A Competition will take place on March 27th at Hanna HS starting at 1:00pm. Campuses will compete as follows:
1:00pm - Hanna HS performing "All My Sons"
2:00pm - Lopez HS performing "Boys Next Door"
3:00pm - Veterans HS performing "Gint"
4:00pm - Harlingen South performing "Flowers for Algernon"

STAMP Meetings
Students who have been accepted into the new STAMP College Preparatory Program and their parents must attend one of two important meetings at the Veterans Memorial High School auditorium on March 27-28 to learn about the required summer programs, transportation services, and course selections.

Wednesday, March 27…6:00-8:00 PM
For incoming 9th graders (2013-2014) whose last name begins with A-L.

Thursday, March 28…6:00-8:00 PM
For incoming 9th graders (2013-2014) whose last name begins with M-Z.

For more information, call Michelle A. Seney, STAMP Administrator, at 574-5657

Middle School Choirs Rock
BISD middle school choir directors and their students earned judges’ accolades at the UIL Choir Concert and Sightreading Contest held on March 5 and 6. Congratulations on their fine efforts.

Charro Days Artists
Congratulations to the Brownsville ISD students who placed in the 2nd Annual Charro Days Fiesta Art Contest.

BISD Supports a College - Going Culture
Brownsville ISD high school seniors are applying to colleges in record numbers using the APPLY TEXAS APPLICATION. As of March 7, BISD high schools reported the following number of student applications as reflected in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board APPLY TEXAS SUITE. Lopez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 428 students applied – 99% Hanna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .492 students applied – 75% Pace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354 students applied – 96% Porter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 353 students applied – 82% Rivera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312 students applied – 69% Veterans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .279 students applied – 85% Brownsville Early College . . . . . . . . . . . 51 students applied – 86% Brownsville Learning Academy, Lincoln Park and Brownsville Academic Center are included in the counts. Current student enrollment numbers are used in the calculation.

Public Notice
The March 19, 2013, Regular BISD Board Meeting has been cancelled, due to scheduled holidays. The next Regular Board Meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in the BISD Administration Boardroom.

Attention BISD Employees
Summer School 2013 applications will be available online beginning Tuesday, March 26 at 8 am through Tuesday, April 9 at 5 pm.

Garza Selected Coach of the Year
Brownsville, Tx.) – After leading his team to the Region IV-5A Tournament this past weekend, Brownsville Porter Head Coach Luis Garza was selected as the Coach of the Year for the All-South High School Sports Magazine Team. “This feels gratifying and I am very happy hearing this news,” said Garza. “All of the hard work year in and year out has finally paid off.” The Cowboys made school history as they went to the Class 5A Regional Tournament after defeating State Ranked McAllen Rowe 67-51 in the Regional Quarterfinals. Porter accumulated an impressive 33-6 overall record and their magical season ended against San Antonio Brandeis, the seventh ranked team in the State of Texas by a score of 72-61.

2012 Alliance/Merck Scholars
Three 2012 BISD graduates have been selected to receive Alliance/Merck Ciencia Scholarships for college as well as summer internship stipends.  The recipients are Elisia J. Campos, a  graduate of Rivera High School; George A. Garcia, a graduate of Lopez High School; and Ruben Santos, a graduate of Porter High School.  The awards mark the fourth round of Alliance/Merck Scholarships for Hispanic students pursuing STEM careers.  The scholarships are awarded to students in Brownsville, Texas; Elizabeth, New Jersey; and Los Angeles, California.

BISD Migrant Students Are Tops
Seven BISD students earned recognition in the 2013 Exemplary Migrant Students Program sponsored by The University of Texas in Austin. A total of 40 Texas students will be honored during the 26th Migrant Student Recognition Ceremony to be held in Austin on April 15.  The students were selected based on academic achievement, participation in extracurriculuar and community activities, overcoming obstacles, and performance in earning high school credits through distance learning.

 

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