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Posted September 30, 2014
Enroll in the Sick Leave Bank
The BISD Human Resources Department has announced the opening of the annual Employee Sick Leave Bank enrollment period, October 1-31, 2014, for new and current members. If a BISD employee or immediate family member has a catastrophic illness, the employee may be eligible to withdraw days. View the information. Call (956) 548-8051 or (956) 548-8031 for questions.

Choirs Are Tops Again
It has become a tradition! Brownsville ISD high school choir students once again dominated the Region 28 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) District Auditions by earning 93 chairs in the district choir on Saturday, September 27. This number is 20% higher than last year. In addition, BISD students earned four 1st chair positions and six alternate chairs. Hundreds of mid and lower Rio Grande Valley choir students competed at Rivera High School. The students who earned chairs will perform in the TMEA Region 28 District Choir on Saturday, November 15 in the Harlingen Performing Arts Center. Congratulations to these talented BISD students and their directors. View the results by campus.

Posted September 24, 2014
Supplies for BISD Students
The results are in. The top three winners of the Special Programs School Supply Drive are 1st Migrant Department (256 items), 2nd Human Resources (165 items) and 3rd Adult Continuing Education (97 items). The supplies will be given to students served by the BISD Homeless Youth and Migrant Programs. Thank you to all BISD department employees for your generous donations.

Border SPICES Grant to Benefit BISD
Brownsville ISD hosted a special grant announcement on Tuesday, September 23 in the Boardroom. The district is a partner in the Border SPICES (Special Interventionists in Childcare and Education Services) grant for $1,235,000 which was awarded to the UTB College of Education. The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education will increase the number of highly qualified personnel who serve young people, birth to 8 years, with disabilities including children from traditionally underrepresented groups. Specifically, 36 scholars will be given full scholarships to earn M.ED. Advanced Special Education degrees with an emphasis on early childhood and be fully prepared to take the state licensure exams in both special education and early childhood. The grants are available to BISD teachers and teachers from local school districts. For more information, contact Julie Trevino, BISD Grants Administrator, at (956) 548-8227.

Ortiz Selected by TEA for Best Practices
Ortiz Elementary School is one of 11 campuses identified by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to participate in a best practices case studies project. Each of the 11 campuses was designated by TEA as a High Performing and High Progress Title I Reward School. Congratulations to Ortiz Elementary for being selected. View the entire release.

A Splashing Good Time
The BISD Wellness Fitness Center and Aquatic Center will host a Water Volleyball Tournament for employees on Thursday, October 16. Learn more.

Posted September 23, 2014
Public Comment on Porter
The public is invited to comment on the Porter High School Formerly Improvement Required/Priority School Targeted Improvement Plan during a public presentation and hearing to be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 5:30 pm in the Brownsville ISD Boardroom located at 1900 Price Road. TEC 39.106 requires a public hearing since Porter High School received an Improvement Required performance rating in the 2013 state accountability system and Met Standard in 2014. Click here to view Porter’s Improvement Plan.

Posted September 19, 2014
The Flu: A Guide for Parents
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has provided a handy flu guide for parents. View the brochure in English/Spanish.

Posted September 15, 2014
Weather Notice
Please be advised that for safety reasons, Dr. Montoya has postponed and/or cancelled all afterschool activities for Monday, September 15 due to inclement weather.

Posted September 12, 2014
Public Hearing
Brownsville ISD will hold a public hearing to discuss the district’s state financial accountability rating on Tuesday, October 7 at 5:30 pm in the Boardroom of the Administration Building located at 1900 Price Road in Brownsville, Texas.

Posted September 11, 2014
Walk Rescheduled
The 2014 BISD Walk for the Future has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 20 due to the inclement weather forecast for this weekend. For questions, call the Special Programs Department at 586-8137.

Game Time Change
The starting time for the Hanna vs. Donna football game scheduled for Saturday, September 13 has been changed from 7 pm to 7:30 pm so that there is additional time for the Parents’ Night activities. For more information, call the BISD Athletic Department at 548-8261.

Posted September 9, 2014
Making History with Five Home Games
Five Brownsville ISD high school football games are scheduled to be played at home on Thursday, September 11 through Saturday, September 13. In the best interests of the student athletes, two of the games will be played at the same time on Friday. The Veterans Memorial High School Athletic Coordinator and the Edinburg High School Coordinator have agreed to play their football game on Friday, September 12 at 7:30 pm at the Veterans Memorial Stadium since Sams Stadium is booked with four other games on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. All in all, it promises to be an exciting weekend of high school gridiron action in Brownsville, Texas.

Posted September 3, 2014
AP Awards
A total of 83 current and former BISD high school students earned Scholar Awards in the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program. The AP Program provides willing and academically prepared students with an opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. The program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP Courses and Exams. Five BISD students earned the top AP Scholar with Distinction Award for receiving an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams. Eight BISD students earned the AP Scholar with Honor Awards which is granted to students who received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams. A total of 70 district students earned the AP Scholar Award for receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams. View the complete list of BISD students who were awarded these prestigious AP academic distinctions.

Block, Spike, Serve!
BISD employees are invited to join the Employee Co-Ed Volleyball League. A meeting to discuss rules and game times will be held on Tuesday, September 9 at 6:30 pm in the BISD Wellness Fitness Center Gym. View the announcement.

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Posted September 2, 2014
It All Starts with 60 Seconds
On International Literacy Day, September 8, Brownsville ISD will join organizations throughout the world to make literacy education accessible to all by supporting the “Lift Off to Literacy” campaign. The International Reading Association and NASA have partnered to help students “Lift Off to Literacy” by providing 60 seconds of literacy activities for 60 days. District educators will implement creative, cross-curricular activities that promote specific literacy skills and engage students of all ages. BISD will help share the international message that developing a habit of reading, writing, listening, and speaking will launch students into successful literate learners. After all, 60 seconds can change your life.

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Posted September 1, 2014
What’s for Supper?
Beginning on Monday, September 1, Brownsville ISD students will have access to a full meal at the end of the school day. Brownsville ISD is participating in the Supper Program through a federally funded program called the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) administered by the district’s Food and Nutrition Service and the Texas Department of Agriculture. The goal of the program is to improve and maintain children’s health and nutrition, promote good eating habits, and integrate nutritious food through organized after school programs. BISD campuses that offer afterschool programs or enrichment activities can also opt to have a cafeteria serving line at the end of the school day to serve supper. Students only need to provide a school ID to be served. BISD is participating in the Supper Program as part of a continuous effort to provide children with a quality learning environment and the tools necessary to succeed.

BISD Students Lead HOSA
BISD seniors will fill 3 of the 5 officer positions in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) for Area 7 during the 2014-2015. Congratulations to Keila Trevino, Vice-President, Veterans Memorial HS, Advisor Brian Rookstool; Corina Rodriguez, Secretary, Veterans Memorial HS, Advisor Erika D. Martinez; and Matthew Rodriguez, Reporter, Hanna HS, Advisor Julie Parker-Garza. HOSA Area 7, composed of 7,000 members, is the largest in Texas and stretches from Corpus Christi to Laredo to Brownsville. The officer selection process included a rigorous exam, challenging interview, and extensive credentialing process. The preparation for both students and advisors was tremendous. Congratulations to our BISD HOSA officers!!

Our Faculty Artists
The 19th BISD Faculty Art Exhibit is currently on display at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts located at 660 E. Ringgold Street. The collection, “Collaborations,” features the art work of several of the district’s very talented teachers. For more information, call the Fine Arts Department at 982-3730.


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