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Posted June 19, 2014
Porter Students Wins Car
Illeana Quintanilla, a 2014 Porter High School graduate, is the winner of a brand new 2014 Mazda 3 Hatchback in the BISD Perfect Attendance Contest drawing held on Monday, June 23 at Cardenas Motors in Brownsville. She was one of the 14 finalists, 2 for each BISD high school, who were pre-selected from a pool of 9,570 eligible students. The car giveaway was the finale to the year long contest designed to improve student attendance and enrollment. Superintendent Dr. Carl A. Montoya drew Illeana’s winning number at the event which was attended by high school students, district and campus personnel, local dignitaries and representatives of Cardenas Autoplex and Mazda North American Operations, Gulf Region. Three 1st-3rd runner up prizes were also awarded. Sophia Jimenez, 9th grade, Hanna HS, won a Microsoft Surface tablet; Aguilar Trejo, 12th grade, Porter HS, won Dr Dre Beats; and Jose Moreno, 11th grade, Pace High School, won Dr Dre Beats.

ES/MS Grand Prize Bundles Awarded
Twelve BISD elementary and middle school students won grand prize bundles in the Believe in BISD Perfect Attendance drawing held on Monday, June 23 at 3 pm in the Sunrise Mall Food Court. The giveaway was the culmination of the 2013-2014 contest designed to improve student attendance and enrollment. A total of 96 finalists, 2 per school, were pre-drawn at an earlier date to determine eligibility. Superintendent Dr. Carl A. Montoya drew the winners of the bundles which contained 2 bikes, Dr Dre Beats, 40” Smart TV, Xbox One, iPod nano, and Microsoft Surface. Eight elementary and four middle school students won bundles valued at over $2,000 each. The Canales Elementary School Conjunto performed at the event. Attending school each day pays off in several ways at BISD! Congratulations to Eduardo Casas, Breeden ES; Daniel Garcia, Castaneda ES; Andrea Mendoza, Champion ES; Emily Lozano, Del Castillo ES; Sophia Delgado, Gonzalez ES; Julio Ledezma, Hudson ES; Reyna Morales, Martin ES; Jason Perez, Vermillion ES; Rebecca Pena, Besteiro MS; Maral Sanchez, Garcia MS; Jesus Rodriguez, Stell MS; and Jorge Bentancourt, Vela MS.

Posted June 19, 2014
Attendance Earns Rewards
Twelve BISD elementary and middle school students will win grand prize bundles in the Believe in BISD Perfect Attendance drawing to be held on Monday, June 23 at 3 pm in the Sunrise Mall Food Court. The giveaway is the culmination of the 2013-2014 contest designed to improve student attendance and enrollment. A total of 96 finalists, 2 per school, were pre-drawn at an earlier date to determine eligibility. Superintendent Dr. Carl Montoya will draw the winners of the bundles which contain 2 bikes, Dr Dre Beats, 40” Smart TV, Xbox One, iPod nano, and Microsoft Surface. Eight elementary and four middle school students will win bundles valued at over $2,000 each. The Canales Elementary School Conjunto will perform at the event. Attending school each day pays off in several ways at BISD!

Posted June 18, 2014
One BISD Student Will Win a New Car
One lucky Brownsville ISD high school student will win a brand new 2014 Mazada 3 Hatchback based on his/her attendance for the 2013-3014 school year. A drawing will be held on Monday, June 23 at 10 am at Cardenas Motors Brownsville located at 1500 North Expressway. The car was generously donated by Cardenas Autoplex, Inc. The BISD Perfect Attendance Car Giveaway is the finale to a year long contest designed to improve student attendance and enrollment. A total of 14 high school student finalists, two from each BISD high school, were pre-drawn at an earlier date to ensure their eligibility. Dr. Carl A. Montoya, Superintendent of Schools, will draw the winner of the car and award 1st-3rd runner-up prizes. Students from all 7 BISD high schools will be present as well as local dignitaries and representatives of Cardenas Autoplex and Mazda North American Operations, Gulf Region. The Hanna High School Drumline will perform. Perfect attendance pays off in BISD!

A College-Going Culture
Brownsville ISD high school seniors are applying to colleges in record numbers using the APPLY TEXAS APPLICATION. The June 6, 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.

High School
# Apply Texas Applications
Apply Texas %
FAFSA Counts
FAFSA%
TASFA Counts
FAFSA/
TAFSA%
Hanna
587
100%
501
85%
27
90%
Porter
354
100%
306
86%
38
97%
Pace
326
100%
285
87%
30
97%
Rivera
411
100%
321
78%
31
86%
Lopez
387
100%
361
93%
26
100%
Veterans
421
100%
337
80%
33
88%
BECHS
53
100%
47
89%
6
100%

 

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Posted June 17, 2014
Operation Lone Star Offers Health Services in August
Operation Lone Star will be held in Brownsville, Texas on August 4-8 at Manzano Middle School, located at 2580 W. Alton Gloor Boulevard. Residents who visit Manzano will receive a range of free health services. Operation Lone Star is an annual joint military and civil humanitarian medical mission. The purpose of this collaborative effort is to conduct Medical Innovative Readiness Training Exercises while simultaneously providing free medical services to residents across the Rio Grande Valley. Operation Lone Star has provided free health and medical services to Brownsville citizens for many years. View the detailed information in English and Spanish.

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Posted June 16, 2014
BISD Hosts World’s Largest Swimming Lesson
The Margaret M. Clark Aquatic Center will join the nation’s top water safety and training organizations to present The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) on Friday, June 20 at 10 am. The WLSL event is designed to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. On June 20 at the same time, waterparks, pools, and other aquatic facilities worldwide will simultaneously present a swimming lesson in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. Join in this free lesson at the district’s Clark Aquatic Center located at 2901 FM 802. Children need to register by 9:30 am. The same swimming lesson will be taught promptly at 10 am across the globe. For more information, call the Clark Aquatic Center at (956) 698-0060.

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Posted June 12, 2014
Public Meeting to Discuss Budget and Proposed Tax Rate
Brownsville ISD will hold a public meeting at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, June 25 in the Administration Building Board Room, 1900 Price Road, to discuss the school district’s budget that will determine the tax rate that will be adopted. Public discussion is invited. View more information.

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Posted June 10, 2014
Oliveira Band Students Selected for Special Scholarship
The Lagunitas Music Foundation will award $10,000 of summer music scholarship funds to the Oliveira Middle School Band Program in memory of William Carroll. This scholarship will be used to send Oliveira Dolphin band members to summer music camps at various universities throughout Texas. Three band programs in the United States have been selected for this award. Wheeling High School, Wheeling IL (Brian Logan, Director), St. Charles East High School, St. Charels, IL (Jim Kull, Director), and Oliveira Middle School, Brownsville , TX (Mike Kuntz, Director). These schools were selected because Bill Carroll taught all three of these Band Directors when they were students at Buffalo Grove High School. View the release.

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Posted June 6, 2014
Vote for Lucio Teacher
Alexandra Cornejo, a teacher at Lucio Middle School, has been selected to represent Brownsville ISD in the Target, Major League Baseball, and People Magazine’s All Star Teacher Contest. She is a finalist in the contest under the Texas Rangers Major League Team. You can cast your vote for Ms. Cornejo here.

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Eat for Free at BISD
Summer is here but the meals continue! BISD Food and Nutrition Service will provide free meals to children 0 to 18 years of age at several designated school and community sites in Brownsville. Free meals are not limited to BISD students. Anyone 18 years of age or younger is welcome to eat for free. The program begins at most locations on Monday, June 9. To encourage participation, children can also enter a contest to win great prizes just by eating at school from June 9 – 27. Chances to win are multiplied when children eat two meals a day for a total of 10 entries in a week. Drawings will be held every Friday until June 27. Adults may purchase a meal at the nominal cost of $2.00 for breakfast and $3.25 for lunch. Fresh fruit, cold milk, healthy breakfast, and nutritious lunches are all available for free. Call (956) 547-5086 to learn more. View BISD Summer Child Nutrition Program sites, dates and times.

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Posted June 5, 2014
Garcia Named to CUBE
Brownsville ISD Board Member Caty Presas-Garcia has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the prestigious Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Steering Committee. She will serve in this position until March 2015 when CUBE’s Annual Business Meeting takes place at the National School Board Association’s Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Garcia will have the opportunity to run for election to this seat to finish out the term which expires in 2017. Ms. Garcia’s consistent presence and support of CUBE events, coupled with her energetic and enthusiastic spirit, made her an obvious choice to represent Texas and the region on the Steering Committee. The CUBE is guided by the Steering Committee which seeks to foster effective school board governance in urban school districts. The Steering Committee is comprised of 16 school board members selected by representatives of the school districts that participate in the CUBE program. The BISD Board of Trustees was selected as the recipient of the CUBE Award for Urban School Board Excellence in 2008, the same year that the district also won the coveted Board Prize for making the greatest progress in raising student achievement.

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Posted June 4, 2014
BISD Athletes Earn Cavazos Endowment
The BISD Athletic Department announced the names of the 30 student athlete recipients of the 2014 Johnny N. and Nena S. Cavazos Endowment. The scholarship recipients, 5 per high school, each received $1,000 to continue their education. The annual endowments are available to both male and female athletes who participate in any University Interscholastic League athletic sport. View this year’s Cavazos scholarship recipients.

Attention Benavides ES and Manzano MS Parents
Benavides Elementary has been locked down since a little after 10 am today at the direction of local law enforcement officers due to a situation in proximity to the school. As per the district’s emergency operation plan, students are being relocated by school bus to the Good Shepherd Community Church located at 300 Morrison Road beginning at approximately 2 pm this afternoon. The church has been designated as a staging area so that school officials can release Benavides students to their designated parent or guardian. The parents and guardians will need to show a photo identification. The school is using the district notification system to inform parents and guardians about the relocation. All Benavides Elementary students and employees will be relocated to Good Shepherd Community Church out of an abundance of caution and under the direction of local law enforcement officers. Manzano Middle School students who ride school buses to the area around Benavides Elementary School will be held at the Manzano campus today for pick up by their designated parent or guardian after 2:50 pm which is the end of the school day. The Manzano parents are being notified via the district’s instant notification system which calls parents or guardians at the numbers they provide.

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Posted June 3, 2014
It’s Summer!
Brownsville ISD will offer several academic and recreational programs to students this summer. Free nutritious meals are also available to all children in the community, ages 0 to 18. Most programs will begin on Monday, June 9. View the summer opportunities.


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