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Posted April 30, 2014
One Last Heath Screening Session
The final session for health screenings for full-time employees will be held on Monday, May 5 from 7:30 – 11:30 am in the BISD Boardroom. Anyone who was unable to participate at a campus or department is encouraged to attend. To date, 74% of all full-time BISD employees have participated.

BISD Celebrates El Día de los Niños
Brownsville Independent School District will be celebrating El Día de los Niños on April 30, 2014. Celebrations of El Día de los Niños recognize the tremendous value our young children have in our community and in our collective future. Children represent the hopes and dreams of every community and family. On this day, BISD will celebrate childhood and continue to recognize the importance of ensuring each child in our community has what is needed to succeed. In order to accomplish this, BISD is committed to partnering with other agencies and organizations in our community that can support young children and their families.

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Posted April 29, 2014
NFL Champion!
Congratulations to the Castañeda Elementary Patriots for winning the NFL Championship Game. Castañeda played Benavides Elementary on Saturday, April 26 at Veterans Memorial High School. Way to go Patriots! Thank you to all the students, parents, and employees who made this a spectacular NFL season.

Appreciating Our Internal Auditors
Governor Rick Perry has officially proclaimed May 12-16 as Internal Audit Week in Texas. Internal auditors provide invaluable expertise and contributions. The Governor encourages all Texans to recognize and appreciate the role they play within their respective organizations. View the proclamation.

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Posted April 28, 2014
Students Earn Duke Notice
Congratulations to eighteen BISD 7th grade students who qualified for State Recognition in the 2013-2014 Duke University Talent Identification Program. The program identifies and supports talented students who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and stellar performance on the SAT and ACT by earning scores that match the scores of seniors on a national level. Congratulations to:

Priscilla Mayorga, Stell Middle School                  Vanessa Millot, Stell Middle School
Abigail Rocha, Stell Middle School                       Michelle Campbell, Vela Middle School
Majd Abusalim, Oliveria Middle School                  Kayla Pineda, Perkins Middle School
Carlos Soto, Perkins Middle School                      Tristan Alaniz, Stillman Middle School
Katilyn Carr, Stillman Middle School                      Roberto Delgado, Stillman Middle School
Jose Garibay, Stillman Middle School                    Javier Hinojosa, Stillman Middle School
Gerardo Lopez, Stillman Middle School                  Marisol Lujan, Stillman Middle School
Justin Medina, Stillman Middle School                   Juan Amieva, Manzano Middle School
Rodrigo Caraveo, Manzano Middle School              Eyne Palacios, Manzano Middle School

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Posted April 24, 2014
BECHS is the BEST!
The Brownsville Early College High School (BECHS) has been recognized as one of the best public high schools in the U.S. News and World Report survey. BECHS was ranked 30 out of 375 Texas schools and was labeled a Gold Medal school. View the rankings.

Funds for Libraries
Four BISD school libraries received 2014 grants from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. Congratulations to Benavides, Paredes, and Garden Park Elementary Schools and Hanna High School. The schools received grants of $5,000 each to expand, update and diversify their library book collections. View the media release and list of recipients.

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Posted April 22, 2014
NFL Football Fever!
Congratulations to all BISD teams that participated in the district’s successful first NFL Flag Football season. The Championships will be played on Saturday, April 26 beginning at 9 am at the Veterans Memorial High School football field. Benavides, Castaneda, Pena and Southmost Elementary teams will play in a single elimination tournament. All NFL Flag Football teams are invited to wear their jerseys and cheer the competing teams. Special thanks to the coaches, parents, students, and Brownsville Parks and Recreation employees who made this first season possible.

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Posted April 17, 2014
Summer School Applications
Online applications for Summer School opportunities will re-open on Thursday, April 17 at 8 am and will close on Monday, April 21 at 5 pm. View the announcement, classified summer vacancy list, and certified vacancy list.

BISD Bands Achieve Historic Success!
Brownsville ISD had more bands participate in the UIL Concert and Sightreading Contests than ever before in the 76-year history of district band programs. A total of 29 bands received UIL awards, 20 bands earned a UIL Sweepstakes award, and 16 improved their ratings over last year. The BISD Instrumental Music Department also provided an evaluation performance for 10 bands that were not suited for or eligible for UIL competition. This evaluation performance provided these students with an opportunity to critically analyze their mastery of the TEKS for the Instrumental Music curriculum. In total, a record 47 bands, serving approximately 2,100 students in grades 7-12, were evaluated either internally or through UIL competition. While BISD has always had a strong band program, these results are the best the district has ever produced. Congratulations to our band students, parents, and directors on this history-making achievement! View the results.

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Posted April 16, 2014
Employee Transfers
All BISD employees are eligible to apply for a transfer. Interested employees may apply online beginning Monday April 28. The deadline is Friday, May 9. For questions, contact Maricela Zarate Puente (Certified) at 548-8031 or Carmelita Rodriguez (Classified) at 548-8051. View the guidelines in English and Spanish.

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Posted April 11, 2014
Supporting March of Dimes
Special thanks to BISD employees for generously donating $5,327.21 to support the 2014 March of Dimes campaign. BISD students, parents and employees will participate in the March of Dimes March for Babies on Saturday, April 12 at 8 am at the Brownsville Events Center. View the March of Dimes thank you note.

National Food Service Leader to Visit BISD
Audrey Rowe, the top Administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to visit Brownsville ISD. Administrator Rowe is touring BISD’s innovative food service programs including the newly remodeled cafeteria at Skinner Elementary School which was specifically designed to encourage and support student reading. Most recently, Rowe served as Deputy Administrator for Special Nutrition Programs at FNS, leading the effort to pass the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the legislative centerpiece of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to end childhood obesity related to FNS programs. Her leadership has included roles as Human Resources Administrator in New Haven, Connecticut, and Social Services Commissioner for the State of Connecticut and the District of Columbia. FNS provides children and needy families with better access to food and a more healthful diet through its 15 national nutrition assistance programs and nutrition education efforts. The BISD FNS provides 41,000 student breakfasts and 41,000 school lunches each day with a $35 million budget. The FNS department operates under the USDA nationally and the Texas Department of Agriculture at the state level. The Special Assistance 2 Provision has allowed BISD to serve all students one free breakfast and lunch meal per day, free of charge, since 1992. BISD also offers free meals to children, ages 0-18, each summer.

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Posted April 10, 2014
Wellness if Hot Stuff in BISD!
The BISD Wellness Fitness Center invites you to participate in several activities including a Co-Ed Employee Volleyball Wellness League, Bowling Tournament, Swim Competition, and Mother/Daughter Zumbathon. It’s fun and it’s free. Check it out!

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Posted April 9, 2014
Visual Art Rules in BISD!
Brownsville ISD student artists won 21 Exemplary Rating IV medals and five Distinguished Gold Seal medallions at the State Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) held on Saturday, April 5 in Bryan, Texas. Cristina Garza from Veterans Memorial High School won a $300 State VASE scholarship for her self-portrait in the chalk workshop. Twenty-five BISD students participated in the event attending art workshops and viewing the state art exhibit consisting of over 1,700 creations. Congratulations to our young district’s artists!

Employee Health Screenings
Full-time BISD employees who missed the free biometric health screenings can still participate at another district location. Remember to fast 10 hours prior to the screening and water consumption is encouraged. For questions, call 548-8010. View the current schedule of available BISD screening locations.

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Posted April 7, 2014
Summer Programs
The BISD schedule of summer academic programs is now posted on the BISD homepage. Find out the dates, time and locations for 14 programs that will be available to students this summer. View the summer schedule.

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Posted April 4, 2014
BISD Celebrates Early Learning
Early childhood education is vital to our community. Children need a strong early learning foundation to succeed in school and to succeed in life. Week of the Young Child™, April 6-12, 2014, is a time to recognize the importance of early learning and early literacy, and to celebrate the teachers and policies that bring early childhood education to young children. Brownsville ISD recognizes the importance of a quality early childhood education for our youngest learners and takes this time to thank the many educators who work in preparing children acquire a firm foundation in order to be “College Ready, College Connected, College Completed!” Please join Brownsville ISD in continuing to advocate for young children and in thanking all the early childhood educators in our community who work with young learners. Make a difference in our community: • Support early literacy programs. Early reading skills are crucial for young children to be ready for school. • Reach out and thank parents, teachers, and all adults who help young children get a great start. • Support policies at the local, state, and federal levels that provide high-quality early learning opportunities for all young children. BISD campus celebrations for Week of the Young Child™ will include activities such as pajama day, stuffed animal day, purple day, crazy hair day, crazy hat day, and staff appreciation day.

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Posted April 2, 2014
Choirs Earn Sweepstakes
Brownsville ISD high school choirs had a banner year at the Region 28 UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest. A total of 17 BISD choirs participated and 10 were awarded the highest Sweepstakes title by earning a Superior rating in both concert and sightreading. Six choirs earned a Superior rating in concert and will receive plaques. Due to a conflict with the State HOSA state competition, five varsity choirs from Hanna and Veterans Memorial High Schools will compete in the upcoming concert and sightreading contest at the Region 15 Concert next week. View the Region 28 results.

Brownsville ISD Among the Best in Music Ed
Brownsville ISD has been nationally recognized as one of the 2014 Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) in the United States. The announcement was made by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. BISD was one of the 376 districts selected from over 2,000 districts that were considered for this prestigious designation. Only 32 school districts in Texas earned this distinction. Now in its 15th year, the Best Communities of Music Education program evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, and access to music instruction. The NAMM Foundation, with the assistance of researchers at The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas (an affiliate of the University of Kansas), evaluate participants on these factors. Designations are awarded to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and greater access to music education. View the media release.

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