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Posted February 27, 2013
Spelling Bee Champs
Brownsville ISD will send its top 8 spellers to the 26th Rio Grande Valley Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 1 at 9 am at the Irma Rangel Building on the Texas State Technical College campus. The public is invited to attend. The students representing BISD are:

Omar Nissan Hussain, Hudson Elementary (2014 BISD Champion)
Abigail Ytzel Morales, Perkins Middle School (2014 BISD Runner-Up BISD)
Soren Bugtong, Vela Middle School
Starlika Milinda Bauskar, Burns Elementary School
Danna Paola Villanueva, Ortiz Elementary School
Oscar Odilio Alejandro, Faulk Middle School
Alfonoso Reyna III, Gallegos Elementary School
Autumn Nichole Harrison, Benavides Elementary School


A total of 55 RGV spellers will compete for the opportunity to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee which will take place on May 25-31 in the Washington, D. C. area.

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Posted February 26, 2013
Employee Health Screenings
The BISD Employee Benefits/Risk Management Department is pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has approved free biometric health screenings for all full-time insured BISD employees. Screenings are already taking place at campuses and departments throughout the district. Employees are reminded to fast 10 hours prior to their screenings and water is encouraged. It is important to know your numbers, it could save your life. For questions, call 548-8061 or visit www.WellnessIsHotStuff.com. View the current schedule of district screenings.

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Posted February 25, 2013
5 BISD High Schools Approved for Early College
It’s official! Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has announced that five Brownsville ISD high schools, Hanna, Pace, Lopez, Rivera, and Veterans Memorial, have received Early College High School (ECHS) designations for the 2014-2015 school year. The announcement came on Monday, February 24. BISD received the largest number, earning 5 of the 44 new ECHS designations. The district already has one ECHS with the Brownsville Early College High School located at the University of Texas-Brownsville campus. Texas now has a total of 109 ECHS campuses across the state. “We are thrilled with this news. Five new early college high schools will offer opportunities to our Brownsville ISD students like never before. Our entire community will reap the benefits from these local high schools that allow students to earn substantial college hours and a high school diploma at the same time,” said Superintendent Dr. Carl A. Montoya. View the Texas Education Agency media release.

High Schools Artists Advance
A total of 25 BISD high school visual art students qualified to advance to the state Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) competition to be held on Saturday, April 12 in Bryan, Texas. The students’ work excelled at the regional competition in McAllen, Texas on Saturday, February 22. Congratulations to these BISD students and their teachers. Visual arts students continue to “Keep the Arts Alive” in our district. View the regional results by high school campus.

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Posted February 24, 2013
Community Leaders Go Back to School
Brownsville ISD hosted its popular Principal for a Day (PFAD) activity on Friday, February 21. Each BISD campus invited a business or community leader to serve as a guest principal for one entire morning. Guest principals began the day at their respective schools where they shadowed the campus administrator and participated in a variety of school activities. The day concluded with a luncheon where participants shared stories about the morning they spent in the principal’s office. Started in 1992, PFAD has enabled hundreds of local leaders to experience the joys and challenges of school administration. View the 2014 BISD Principals for a Day.


Canales Ready to Rumble!
The State of Texas took on the State of Oklahoma in the 2nd Annual Think Through Math Red River Rumble. Congratulations to Canales Elementary School fifth grade students. They were the 4th highest in Texas to have passed 10 lessons or more with the highest percentage. Canales will compete against students in Conroe ISD, Dallas ISD, Aledo ISD, and Midland ISD in the final round of competition which runs from February 24 to March 3, 2014 for the grand prize. Best of luck to the Canales 5th grade Bulldogs!

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Posted February 12, 2013
Online Insurance Resources
Brownsville ISD provides all full-time employees with group medical insurance with BlueCross BlueShield of Texas (BCBSTX) as the third party administrator. BCBSTX offers employees a multitude of resources including a rewards program for healthy living, online care condition management, a mobile app to locate the nearest in-network doctor, hospital or urgent care facility, and programs for tobacco cessation and weight management. BISD employees are encouraged to take advantage of these services. Login here.

District History on Display
The BISD Museum, located on the first floor of the Central Administration Building (CAB) at 708 Palm Boulevard, showcases the district’s history from its earliest days. Exhibits include the original Putegnat Elementary School bell, sports and band memorabilia and much, much more. The museum is open weekdays from 8 am to 12 noon and 1 to 5 pm. This week, the BISD Museum will award a Valentine’s Day gift basket to one lucky visitor whose name is drawn on Friday. For more information, call Hilda Williams at 698-1752.

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Posted February 11, 2013
A College-Going Culture
Brownsville ISD high school seniors are applying to colleges in record numbers using the APPLY TEXAS APPLICATION. The February 7, 2014 report shows high percentages for 7 BISD high schools. Counts for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will not be reported until the end of February. The Brownsville Learning Academy, Lincoln Park School and Brownsville Academic Center are included in the counts. Current student enrollment numbers are used in the calculation. For questions, call Pilar Janis in Guidance and Counseling at 548-8251.

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Posted February 10, 2013
Alford Earns Accolades
The Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education (TALAE) held its Annual Conference in Corpus Christi on February 6 and announced that Debbie Alford is the 2012-2013 Administrator of the Year for Adult Education Programs in Texas. There are 444 adult education providers listed in Texas, including the TWC-funded co-ops and EL Civics grantees, plus volunteer/community-based providers, church-based programs, etc. BISD’s Adult Continuing Education Program (ACE) is part of the state’s 55 Adult Education Co-ops, which includes 29 that are ISDs or ESC regions, 23 that are with community colleges, and 3 that are community based organizations. ACE provides adult basic educational services for General Educational Development (GED) and English as a Second Language (ESL).The average annual enrollment is 1,400 students. ACE was highlighted for the annual project-based learning activities, career fairs, community partnerships, and for meeting or exceeding all targets mandated by the federal government through the National Reporting System (NRS) for the last three years. This is Ms. Alford’s 4th year at ACE.

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Posted February 7, 2013
Dolphin Dash
Oliveira Middle School will host its first 1 mile/5K Run on Saturday, March 29. Everyone is invited to participate in the school’s Dolphin Dash. View the details.

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Posted February 5, 2013
Pride in Our Athletes
Congratulations to our BISD athletes who participated in the State Winter Games Bowling competition at the Texas Special Olympics held in Austin on January 30 – February 2. View the winners by campus.

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Posted February 4, 2013
Keeping Healthy
In conjunction with The Brownsville Challenge, the BISD Wellness Fitness Center will offer a Strength and Conditioning class on Saturday, February 8 from 8:30 to 9:30 am. The class is perfect for all fitness levels. Call 698-0194 for questions. View the information.

Readers’ Favorites
Four BISD educators and three campuses earned recognition in the 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards sponsored by The Brownsville Herald. Congratulations to Principal Celia de los Santos, Pullam Elementary; Teacher Carlos Garcia, Veterans Memorial High School; Teacher Jesus Morales, Hanna High School; and Coach Gilbert Garces, Garcia Middle School. Readers’ Choice campuses are Veterans Memorial High School, Stillman Middle School, and Hudson Elementary School. Winners were highlighted in the newspaper on Sunday, February 3 and will receive recognition plaques. View the list.



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