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Posted January 31, 2013
NASA for Girls!
The Keller Elementary Library and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are partners in a new program for 5th grade girls entitled, “NASA Science4Girls and Their Families.” The first meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 7 from 5-7 pm. The program is designed to offer participants an opportunity to celebrate women in science, empower girls in our community to explore the role of science in life and careers, and learn about our amazing universe. The program will feature hands on activities, the STAR Lab, and a mini-book fair. For more information, call Keller Elementary at 547-4400.

Best Play!
Over 1,500 Rio Grande Valley chess enthusiasts turned out for the 2014 Texas Chess Association Region VIII Championship which was hosted by Paredes Elementary on January 25–26 at Veterans Memorial High School. Brownsville ISD schools dominated the championship by placing 1st in each section. The Region VII Championship is featured on the United States Chess Federation (USCF) website and in a KRGV Channel 5 story.

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Olympic Fever in the Lopez Cluster
All 7 elementary schools in the Lopez High School Cluster are hosting a series of school and community events which will coincide with the upcoming XXII Olympic Winter Games on February 6 – 27. Entitled “Going for the Gold,” the events are designed to increase student academic performance with activities that are cross-curricular and community supported. The elementary campuses, Aiken, Brite, El Jardin, Garza, Morningside, Palm Grove and Southmost, have created 11-member Olympic Committees that are composed of educators who have planned and developed student activities for each grade level. The H-E-B Store and Brownsville Public Library in the Southmost area are participating as well as nearby churches. Most Lopez elementary campuses will kick off their Olympic activities with an opening ceremony on Thursday, February 6. This Olympic initiative is one component of an overall effort by Lopez Cluster schools this year to provide Learning Opportunities and Various Experiences through Innovative Teaching practices known as LOVE IT! For more information about the “Going for the Gold” initiative, contact Ben Avalos at bavalos@bisd.us or call (956) 698-2120 / 459-7621.

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Posted January 29, 2013
Access to Grades Online
Over 10,000 BISD parents have already signed up to use the district’s online grade service known as Home Access Center (HAC) allowing them to stay informed about their child’s academic progress. A user ID and password can be obtained at a BISD campus with the proper identification and a signed user agreement. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s school to participate.

Breakfast is Served!
Breakfast will be served at all BISD campuses this morning when students arrrive to school at 10 am.

Business as Usual on Wednesday, January 29
Brownsville ISD schools will follow regular dismissal times today. School buses will run their regular routes after school.

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Posted January 28, 2013
UTSA Comes to Hanna
Hanna High School will welcome the University of Texas at San Antonio Mobile Go Center on Thursday, February 6 from 9 am to 3 pm. A brief kick-off ceremony will be held at 9 am in front of Hanna. The visit is to support BISD’s college - going culture by assisting students and parents in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Research indicates that 90% of students who complete a FAFSA go on to college. UTSA wants all BISD students to be college ready, college connected and college completed! View the announcement.

Delayed Start on Wednesday, January 29
Breakfast will be served at all BISD campuses this morning when students arrrive to school at 10 am. Delayed Start on Wednesday, January 29 Due to inclement weather, Brownsville ISD will have a delayed start on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at 10:00 am. All employees and students are to report to campuses and offices at 10:00 am. Bus students must report to bus stops at these times. • Middle Schools – 8:30 am • Elementary Schools – 9:00 am • High Schools – 9:30 am Note: Campus staff must report to work at 9 am to assist with the arrival of students. All BISD Transportation Department employees are to report by 7:30 am to the department. We apologize for any inconvenience. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Debido al mal clima, BISD tendra un comienzo retrasado el miercoles 29 de enero. Se les pide a todos los empleados y estudiantes reportarse a las escuelas y oficinas a las 10:00 a.m. mas tarde de lo normal. Los estudiantes que necesitan transportacion deben de reportarse al bus stop en los siguientes horarios: • Secundaria (MS) – 8:30 a.m. • Primaria (Elem.) – 9:00 a.m. • Preparatoria (HS) – 9:30 a.m.

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Posted January 27, 2013
Employee Online is 24/7
The new BISD Employee Online feature on the BISD homepage can now be accessed using devices both inside and outside the district network. Employees can view or print their own payroll and benefit information including check stubs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Follow these simple steps to use Employee Online or call the Business Solution Help Desk at (956) 698-1254 for assistance.

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Posted January 24, 2013
Peru and Brownsville ISD Connect
A group of Peruvian educators from the regions of San Martin, Ucayali and Lima will visit Brownsville ISD on Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30. They are participating in the 2014 Texas Study Tour sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development and Family Health International. Their one week visit to Texas is divided between Austin and Brownsville. In Brownsville, they will meet district leaders and learn about the planning and implementation framework that is effectively supporting many at-risk students. The Peruvian educators will observe classroom instruction in the early grades, and learn about curriculum, instruction and assessment practices that help to close achievement gaps. Read more about their visit.

Soccer Games Changes
Due to the cold weather, BISD high school soccer games scheduled for Friday, January 24 have been postponed until Saturday, January 25. The games and times are posted below: Lopez Vs. Los Fresnos @ Sams Stadium 12:30 (Girls), 2:30 (Boys) Rivera Vs. Pace @ Sams Stadium 4:30 (Girls), 6:30 (Boys) Hanna Vs. Veterans @ Hanna 12:00 (Girls), 2:00 (Boys) Porter Vs. Harlingen South @ Boggus Stadium 2:30 (Girls), 4:30 (Boys) Call the Athletics Department at 548-8261 for more information.

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Posted January 22, 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 on Thursday, February 13 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. 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 Hanna 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 local community is invited to see the Hanna Varsity Men’s Choir perform the TMEA program, “The Enduring Spirit” on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm in the Robert B. Buchanan Performing Arts Center at Hanna. Gene Holkup is the director, Jesus G. Morales and Selina H. Charles are assistant directors, and Robert G. C is the accompanist.

Tops in Region
Brownsville ISD middle school band students swept the 2014 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 28 All-Region Band auditions on Saturday, January 18. The students earned 152 All-Region Band chairs and 10 of the 16 available 1st chair positions. For the fourth consecutive year, all of BISD’s 11 middle school band programs produced students who earned chairs in the All-Region group and over one half of the schools increased their totals from last year. Congratulations to the middle school students, parents and directors. View the results by campus.

Running for Fun
William Dyson, the Marathon Kids National Program Administrator, will visit Ortiz Elementary School on Thursday, January 23 from 12:35-2:45 pm. Dyson will speak to students and run with them as part of the Marathon Kids Program. Yolanda Cortinas, the Ortiz P.E. Department Chair and 2013 Texas CATCH Champion, introduced the Marathon Kids Program to her students almost 4 years ago. The program is designed to get kids, teachers and families moving through the 26.2 challenge, promote positive nutritional habits to fuel minds and bodies, and provide tools and resources to motivate and support families and communities to reach their health goals. Dyson is in the Rio Grande Valley for the Marathon Kids Kickoff, sponsored by H-E-B and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, which will be held on Saturday, January 25 from 10 am to 12 Noon at Boggus Stadium in Harlingen.

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Posted January 21, 2013
Students Offer Tax Prep
Four BISD high schools, Lopez, Pace, Porter and Rivera, are designated as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. Students in the business classes have been specially trained to assist with free tax preparation for families or individuals earning $51,000 or less. View the VITA locations, dates, times and information necessary for tax preparation assistance.

The World of Science
Hundreds of district scientists competed on January 17 and 18 at the 2014 BISD High School Science and Engineering Fair held at Rivera High School. View the student results by category.

W-2 Forms on the Way
All current BISD employees will receive their W-2 forms no later than Thursday, January 23 at their work locations. The W-2 forms for former BISD employees will also be mailed by that date.

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Posted January 17, 2013
Pace Hosts Powerlifting Meet
Pace High School Athletics will host the 2nd Annual BISD Powerlifting Meet on Saturday, January 18 from 9 am to 4 pm. A total of 16 schools including Pace, Hanna, Lopez, Veterans, Porter, Rivera, San Benito, Los Fresnos, La Feria, Port Isabel, Rio Hondo, Lyford, Sharyland, Donna, Santa Rosa and Weslaco are expected to participate with over 250 athletes in attendance. Athletes will compete in the squat, bench press, and dead lift. There will be divisions for both boys and girls and medals will be awarded to the top lifters in 11 weight classes in each division and team champions as well as best light weight lifter and heavy weight lifter. This meet is sanctioned in compliance with all THSPA and THSWPA Guidelines. Admission is $2 at the gate and concessions will be provided. Meet directors are Bill Dean, and Patrick Boutwell.

Rivera Student Awarded Top TMEA Scholarship
Briana Salas, a Rivera High School Senior, has been selected as the recipient of the 2014-2015 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Executive Board Undergraduate Scholarship valued at $12,500. Briana was selected from an impressive group of more than 180 candidates from across the state. In his letter announcing Briana’s selection, the TMEA Executive Director Robert Floyd praised her commitment to excellence and to the future of music education. He also acknowledged Brownsville ISD’s quality fine arts programs and ongoing support of music education in district schools. Congratulations to Briana and Rivera High School!

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Posted January 15, 2013
Saying Thank You to Our Trustees
Brownsville ISD joins districts across Texas in thanking local school board members for their efforts. January 2014 is School Board Recognition Month and an ideal time to focus on the crucial role that an elected school board plays in our community and schools. Public school board members are those dedicated few who are elected to represent an entire community’s education values. The beauty of public education is that its opportunities are open to everyone, and it’s up to those who lead the schools to ensure that all students are given everything they need to achieve and succeed. Among those leaders, school board members stand out. Putting in long hours and working for no pay, they are dedicated public servants who strive day in and day out to preserve the dream of public education. School Board Recognition Month honors that dedication in Texas. Take a moment to thank a Brownsville ISD school board member for caring about the future of our community’s children.

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Posted January 14, 2013
Making Music
A total of 28 BISD secondary fine arts music students earned chairs in the 2014 All-State Band, Choir, Jazz and Orchestra ensembles. The students were selected based on their performances at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Area G Auditions held on January 11, 2014. They will perform in the All-State ensembles at the TMEA conference in San Antonio on February 15. This places them in the top 2% of music students in Texas. The students advanced through rigorous district, region and area auditions competing against students from Houston, Corpus Christi, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley. Congratulations to these outstanding young adult musicians. View the 2014 All-State students by school.

Making History
Several hundred young BISD historians participated in the district’s 19th Annual History Day event held on Saturday, January 11 at Rivera High School. The top two contestants in each category will advance to the regional contest to be held on February 28, 2014 at UT-Pan American. View the BISD History Day Awards Summary.

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Posted January 8, 2013
Get Fit
Wellness is Hot Stuff in BISD, even in cold January. The BISD Wellness Fitness Center, located in the Central Administrative Complex, is open for business. Check out the special hours and activities available for employees, parents and secondary students. For more information, call 698-0194. View the recreational league meeting dates.

Employee W-2 Forms
All current BISD employees will receive their W-2 forms no later than Friday, January 31, 2014. The W-2 forms for former BISD employees will also be mailed by that date.

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Posted January 7, 2013
Attention Employees
On November 5, 2013, the BISD Board of Trustees amended the 2013-2014 School Year Traditional Calendars. Based on the Texas Education Agency ruling for the September 16, Inclement Weather Day, BISD was not granted a waiver; hence, Monday, September 16, 2013, will be an inclement weather day and Saturday, June 7, 2014, will be a make-up day. View memo, traditional calendar, certified calendar, and classified calendar.

Seasonal Flu
It’s flu season and everyone needs to take precautions. Here are some helpful tips from the Centers for Disease Control to avoid getting sick. For more information, call BISD Health Services at 548-8191. View the posters in English/Spanish.

Employee Can Stay Healthy with Free Flu Shots
Free flu shots are still available to BISD employees as per the district’s group health plan. Flu shots are available at CVS, HEB, or Walgreens with a BISD Insurance ID card. If you are visiting your family physician, please specify that you are there for the flu shot, not an office visit, to avoid being charged for an office visit. For more information, call the BISD Employee Benefits/Risk Management Department at 548-8061.

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