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Posted September 30, 2013
BISD Welcomes the State Commissioner of Education
The Texas Commissioner of Education, Michael L. Williams, will visit Brownsville ISD on Thursday, October 3 as part of his “Texas Tour” of public schools. His visit will be led by District 2 State Board of Education member and Brownsville resident Ruben Cortez, Jr. Commissioner Williams and Cortez, accompanied by Superintendent Dr. Carl A. Montoya, will visit Yturria Elementary School at 9:15 am where Williams will address the BISD elementary principals. A little after 10 am, Williams and his entourage will visit Veterans Memorial High School to look at career and technology education programs. The Commissioner will visit schools in four Rio Grande Valley districts on Thursday.

Topping the Charts
Brownsville ISD high school choir students once again established supremacy at the Region 28 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) District Auditions with 76 students qualifying to advance in competition. Hundreds of mid and lower Rio Grande Valley choir students competed on Saturday, September 28 at Rivera High School. Rivera High School topped the Brownsville list with 21 students earning high marks followed closely by Veterans Memorial with 20 students and Hanna with 17. Pace had 8 students who advanced and Porter had 5. Pace’s Yarlett Navarro earned Soprano I. Congratulations to these students and their directors on a successful debut.

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Posted September 25, 2013
BISD Board Meets Monthly
At the meeting held on September 17, 2013, BISD Board Trustees approved changing Policy BE (Local) to hold only one regular Board Meeting per month rather than two. Beginning on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, the BISD Board will hold regular meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm in the Administration Building Boardroom located at 1900 Price Road. Agendas are posted in the lobby and outside display case of the Administration Building at least 72 hours before regular meetings. Meeting agendas are provided for visitors at the entrance of the Boardroom. Special meetings are called as needed and agendas are posted at least 72 hours in advance. Emergency meetings require a two-hour notice. All meetings are open to the public, except when the Board adjourns for closed meetings to discuss personnel matters, litigation, and property acquisition.

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Posted September 24, 2013
Hanna Choir to Perform for TMEA Statewide Conference
The Hanna Varsity Men’s Choir has been invited to perform for the 2014 Texas Music Educators
Association Convention (TMEA) in San Antonio, Texas this coming February. The Hanna Men’s Choir is
honored to be the first high school choir from Brownsville ISD as well as the first Men’s Choir from
South Texas to perform for this esteemed group of professional musicians and educators. The
Varsity Men’s Choir was the only high school men's choir selected to perform at this year’s
convention from over 120 recordings submitted.

The performance is scheduled for Thursday, February 13 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention
Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Hanna High School Varsity Men’s Choir will sing a half-hour
concert at the convention. The performance will feature two songs specifically written for the
occasion by Dr. Z. Randall Stroope (Oklahoma State University) and Dr. Thomas Juneau (St. Joseph
University, Philadelphia, PA). Both selections are being dedicated to the choir and written specifically
for their TMEA performance. Dr. Stroope is one of the most critically acclaimed choral composers
and Dr. Juneau is a native Texan whose choral works have brought wide acclaim throughout the
country. Read more.

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Posted September 23, 2013
BISD Chess in National News
Maria Antonieta Collins, Univision senior special correspondent, was in Brownsville on Saturday, September 21 to tape a story on the Brownsville ISD chess program. Collins interviewed students and parents at Paredes Elementary School. The story will air today at 5:30 pm on Univision national news, channel 48 or cable channel 3.

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Posted September 20, 2013
Flu Prevention
Flu season is already here and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommend 3 actions to fight it. BISD employees are also eligible for free flu shots. View the 2013-2014 BISD employee flu shot schedule and the CDC recommendations in English and Spanish.

Mirales Honored as a Hero for Children
The State Board of Education (SBOE) recognized 17 Texans, including BISD’s own Eloisa Mireles, for collectively providing more than 100 years of volunteer service to Texas public schools at the SBOE meeting held on Friday, September 20 in Austin. View the entire new release.

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Posted September 17, 2013
State First Place for Ballroom Dancers
BISD secondary ballroom dancers earned first place at the Texarama State Team Match held in Galveston on Friday, September 13. A total of 110 BISD dancers faced heavy competition from Fred Astaire Dance Studios from Clear Lake, Katy, Lake Houston, Cypress, Champions, Ft. Worth, Sugarland, River Oaks, and The Woodlands. The judges and audience were taken by the talent and enthusiasm of BISD’s talented ballroom dancers who continue to earn statewide recognition on the dance floor. Congratulations to our students and their supportive and dedicated teachers and parents.

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Posted September 12, 2013
BISD Employee Online
A new feature, Employee Online, has been added to the district’s homepage under “Employment.” BISD employees can now view their own payroll and benefits information with just a few clicks. In order to set up an Employee Online account, BISD users will need their employee ID number as the user ID and Social Security Number without hyphens as the password for the first time. Once this information is entered, the system will prompt employees to change their passwords. Once the password is set, employees should record it somewhere safe because the password cannot be retrieved. If you need help logging in, call the Business Software Help Desk at 698-1254. View the guidelines and link to the new BISD Employee Online System.

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Posted September 10, 2013
Walk Rescheduled
Due to possible inclement weather, the 5th BISD Walk for the Future scheduled for Saturday, September 14th has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 21st.

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Posted September 4, 2013
2013-2014 BISD Calendar Amended
At the Board Meeting held on September 3, BISD trustees approval amending the 2013-2014 instructional calendar to include a Memorial Day Holiday on May 26, 2014. As a result, the last day of school for students was adjusted to June 5, 2014 and the teacher preparation day was moved to June 6, 2014. The high school graduation schedule was also changed. View the amended calendar.

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Posted September 3, 2013
Public Meeting on Budget and Tax Rate
Brownsville ISD will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, September 10 at 5:30 pm in the Administration Building Board Room to discuss the school district’s budget which will determine the tax rate that will be adopted. Public participation in the discussion is invited. View more information.

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Posted September 2, 2013
BISD Continues Provision 2 Free Meals
Students of the Brownsville Independent School District will continue to receive a free breakfast and lunch under the Special Assistance Provision 2 program during the 2013–2014 School Year. Additional meals and a la carte menu items will also be available at a nominal price. The Food & Nutrition Service Department encourages students to take advantage of the free meals and low-cost, nutritious a la carte items. The FNS Department is fully committed to implementing the USDA’s School Meals Initiative and complying with the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans through a variety of meal planning approaches. The menus are planned to include a variety of well-balanced foods and are designed to increase the consumption of grains, fruits, and vegetables, as well as other food sources rich in essential vitamins and minerals. The FNS Department shall continue to build upon the standard of quality that the community has come to expect and ensure that the Dietary Guidelines are met. Menus will be available to students at the cafeterias. Parents may contact the FNS Department regarding any concerns or questions on the program at 956-548-8450 or on the web at http://www.bisd.us/foodservices.

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