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Posted March 31, 2014
Summer Schedule
Brownsville ISD offices will follow the following abbreviated summer administrative schedule beginning on Monday, June 16, 2014 and ending on Friday, August 1, 2014: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm - Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 12 Noon - Friday BISD offices will be closed the week of June 30 through July 4, 2014.

House Bill 5 Grad Plan
The new House Bill 5 has changed graduation requirements for the incoming 2014-2015 freshman class. View the new requirements.

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Posted March 26, 2014
A Message to Parents
BISD students will be STAAR/EOC testing on March 31 - April 4, 2014. The 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.

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Posted March 25, 2014
Apply for Summer School
The 2014 BISD Summer School online applications are now open. Current, full-time employees may apply here. Late applications will not be accepted after Monday, April 7 at 5 pm.

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Posted March 24, 2014
Drumbeat to Success
The Porter High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble captured first place in Scholastic Marching AA at the Texas Educational Color Guard Association (TECA) state contest held at Canyon High School in New Braunfels, Texas. Congratulations to John Taylor, Drum Line Captain; Luis Solis, Front Ensemble Captain; Victor Camacho, Adrian Cantu, Eros Cisneros, Miguel Cortez, Ricky Garay, Jacob Hernandez, Ricky Hernandez, Ruben Hernandez, Alex Herrera, Juan Macias, Alfredo Morales, Lourdes Ruiz, Manny Rodriguez, and Laura Vera. The ensemble is under the direction of David Jimenez and Michael Segura serves as the percussion tech. This is the culmination of a dream for the Porter group.

3 BISD Schools Advance in One Act Play Competition
After amazing performances by all BISD high schools at the One Act Play Zone competition, Hanna, Veterans Memorial and Porter, were selected to advance to District 32-5A competition in Harlingen on March 26. Holly Sada from Pace and Shelby Mena from Hanna were named Best Actresses and Matthew Rodriguez from Hanna was named Best Actor. Congratulations to all theatre students and their directors. View more information about the upcoming District competition.

Drumbeat to Success
The Porter High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble captured first place in Scholastic Marching AA at the Texas Educational Color Guard Association (TECA) state contest held at Canyon High School in New Braunfels, Texas. Congratulations to John Taylor, Drum Line Captain; Luis Solis, Front Ensemble Captain; Victor Camacho, Adrian Cantu, Eros Cisneros, Miguel Cortez, Ricky Garay, Jacob Hernandez, Ricky Hernandez, Ruben Hernandez, Alex Herrera, Juan Macias, Alfredo Morales, Lourdes Ruiz, Manny Rodriguez, and Laura Vera. The ensemble is under the direction of David Jimenez and Michael Segura serves as the percussion tech. This is the culmination of a dream for the Porter group.

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Posted March 20, 2014
Middle Schools Make Beautiful Music
Our middle school choirs are the best in the region! At the Region 28 UIL Concert and Sightreading contest, BISD middle school students brought home 16 Sweepstakes trophies. The choirs earned sweepstakes by receiving a 1-Superior rating in both Concert and Sightreading. Job well done to the BISD directors and students. View the result by campus.

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Posted March 19, 2014
Porter Business Students Will Attend National Conference
Top students from Gladys Porter High School will be attending the Business Professionals of America (BPA) 2014 National Leadership Conference, “Accelerate Your Future,” in Indianapolis, Indiana, on April 3 - May 4, 2014. Gladys Porter High School chapter members, Jacob R. Benavides (12th), Jesus Castillo (12th), Gilbert Renteria, Jr. (12th), and Juan Vela (12th) will join over 5,000 other conference delegates from across the nation to participate in national level business skills competitions, workshops, general sessions, and the national officer candidate campaigns and elections. Besides having the opportunity to excel, they will experience the city of Indianapolis, Indiana. Business Professionals of America is a national organization for middle school, high school, and college students preparing for careers in business and information technology. The organization’s activities and programs complement classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through application of the skills learned at school. Alberto Velez is the BPA sponsor at Porter High School.

Let’s Play Football!
Brownsville ISD, in conjunction with the Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department, is pleased to announce the 2014 NFL Flag Football schedule for 4th and 5th grade BISD students. All games will be played after school at Oliveira Park, located at 104 El Paso Road, behind the swimming pool. Students must be enrolled at the participating elementaries. For more information, call Fred Tamez, BISD PE/Health Specialist, at 698-0149. View the list of established elementary teams and games.

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Posted March 17, 2014
Our Girls Are Powerful!
Congratulations to the BISD female high school powerlifters who placed at the State Championship in Corpus Christi. View their results.

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Posted March 6, 2014
Let's Celebrate 5 Early College High Schools!
Brownsville ISD will proudly announce that five of the district’s schools have received the Early College High School (ECHS) designation from the Texas Education Agency at a ceremony on Friday, March 7. Educational partners, school district and campus administrators, high school student leaders, and parents are expected to attend the announcement, scheduled for 10:30 AM in the Board Room at 1900 Price Road. Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams gave final approval to five district high schools, Hanna, Lopez, Pace, Rivera and Veterans Memorial. Brownsville ISD received the largest number of designations, earning 5 of the 44 new ECHS designations awarded statewide. The district already has one ECHS in operation 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. View the release.

Attention Employees
BISD 2014 summer school applications will be available beginning on Tuesday, March 25 at 8:00 am through Tuesday, April 8 at 5:00 pm.

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Posted March 5, 2014
2014-2015 BISD Calendar
At the meeting held on Tuesday, March 4, BISD Board of Trustees approved the calendar for the 2014-2015 school year. View the calendar.

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Posted March 3, 2014
W2’s on Employee Online
BISD’s new Employee Online feature has added the 2013 Employee W2 forms. Located on the BISD homepage, Employee Online can be accessed using devices both inside and outside the district network. BISD Employees can view or print their own payroll and benefit information including check stubs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call the Business Solution Help Desk at (956) 698-1254 for assistance. BISD’s new Employee Online feature has added the 2013 Employee W2 forms. Located on the BISD homepage, Employee Online can be accessed using devices both inside and outside the district network. BISD Employees can view or print their own payroll and benefit information including check stubs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call the Business Solution Help Desk at (956) 698-1254 for assistance.


9 Teams Earn Trip to State DI
A total of nine Brownsville ISD Destination Imagination (DI) teams will advance to the 2014 state tournament to be held on April 11-12 in Austin, Texas. Congratulations to Aiken, Gonzalez, Hudson, Morningside, Sharp and Skinner (2 teams) Elementary Schools and Stell and Stillman Middle Schools. DI is a school-based program devoted to helping students gain practical life skills through interesting, entertaining, and mind-boggling challenges. There are DI affiliates in most states but Texas has the largest number. Approximately 20,000 Texas students participated in Destination Imagination this school year. Congratulations to our DI students and the parents, educators, and community volunteers who support the art and skill of creative problem solving


Thank You!
Governor Rick Perry has proclaimed March 3-7, 2014 to be Educational Diagnosticians’ Week in Texas. Diagnosticians play a vital role in the success of students. Brownsville ISD joins districts across Texas in thanking educational diagnosticians for their many contributions. View the Governor’s proclamation.

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