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Posted October 29, 2014
Brains at Work
The 2014 BISD Brownsville Inventions Competition was held on Saturday, October 25 at Manzano Middle School. Students from 33 district schools submitted 237 projects. Brainsville Inventions is an activity designed to promote problem solving skills. View the results of this year’s competition by student and category.

Spanish Educators to Tour BISD
Two distinguished educators from Spain will visit Brownsville ISD on Monday, November 3 and Tuesday, November 4. The district is pleased to welcome Esther Salat, Education Councilwoman, Sant Cugat City Hall, and Sam Lardner, Project Director for the Sant Cugat Living Lab. The focus of their visit is to learn about the district’s initial training of teachers ranging from the implementation of methodologies to the evaluation of students. The visitors will hear first-hand accounts from BISD teachers and administrators as they tour district campuses. They hope to take BISD’s best practices and use them with their own students in Catalunya, Spain. The BISD Curriculum and Instruction Department is coordinating their visit.

Hanna and Lopez Bands Are State Bound
Hanna and Lopez High Schools will host pep rallies to recognize their marching bands and wish them luck on their upcoming state competition on Tuesday, November 4 in San Antonio. Hanna’s Pep Rally is scheduled for Friday, October 31 at 12:15 pm in the gym and Lopez’s Pep Rally is Friday, October 31 at 3 pm in the school’s gym. Both schools will also recognize their bands during their football games this weekend.

Posted October 28, 2014
Two BISD Bands Advance to State Competition
Two BISD high school marching bands, Hanna and Lopez, proved to be the most successful in the entire Rio Grande Valley (RGV) at the UIL 6A Area G Marching Band Competition held on Saturday, October 25 at Gustafson and Farris Stadiums in San Antonio. Competing against 40 bands from San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Laredo, and the RGV, the Lopez Lobo Band earned 4th place and the Hanna Golden Eagle Band earned 6th place. Both BISD bands will advance to the UIL 6A State Marching Championship to be held on Tuesday, November 4 in San Antonio at the Alamodome. The Veterans Memorial Charger Band once again advanced to the final competition and the Rivera Raiders Band made its sixth consecutive appearance at the Area G event. All four BISD marching bands gave exceptional performances. Congratulations to Brownsville band students and staff on their record setting area and state achievements.

Brains at Work
The 2014 BISD Brownsville Inventions Competition was held on Saturday, October 25 at Manzano Middle School. Students from 33 district schools submitted 237 projects. Brainsville Inventions is an activity designed to promote problem solving skills. View the results of this year’s competition by student and category.

Posted October 21, 2014
Lights On Rally Cancelled
The Lights On Afterschool Rally scheduled for today, Wednesday, October 22, has been cancelled due to inclement weather. For more information, call BISD Grants at 548-8227.

Saluting Our Veterans
Several BISD schools will participate in the Annual Southmost Veterans Parade on Saturday, November 8 at 2 pm. The parade will begin at Porter High School and proceed down Coolidge Street to Southmost Road concluding at Cromack Elementary School, located at the corner of Southmost Road and 30th Street. The Veterans Day Parade is sponsored by the Southmost Veterans Day Parade Committee and the City of Brownsville to honor the brave men and women who have served or are serving in the United States Armed Services. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be held on Sunday, November 9 at 2 pm.

Posted October 20, 2014
Brownsville ISD: An Early College District
Brownsville ISD’s Early College High Schools were featured in the Fall Issue of Latino Education Magazine which was inserted in Rio Grande Valley newspapers on Sunday, October 19. Comments from Superintendent Dr. Carl A. Montoya were also featured in a SpaceX story in the same magazine. View the ECHS story and photos.

Great Bands, Great Sounds
Five BISD high school marching bands earned 1st Division, Superior ratings at the 72nd UIL Pigskin Marching Competition held on October 19 at the San Benito High School Stadium. BISD bands competed against 24 other UIL Region 28 schools for ratings from 1 to 5 on the level of mastery demonstrated in their performances. Four BISD 6A Bands, Hanna, Lopez, Rivera and Veterans Memorial, have earned spots in the 2014 UIL Area G Marching Contest which will be held on Saturday, October 25 in San Antonio. The BISD bands will compete to advance to the 2014 UIL State Marching Band Championship on Tuesday, November 4 in the Alamodome. Congratulations to these outstanding BISD band programs. View the results by individual BISD campuses.

Money Management for Seniors
Over 700 BISD seniors from all six high schools will attend the Financial Education Summit hosted by U.S. Congressman Filemon Vela on Tuesday, October 28 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Brownsville Event Center. Sessions include Financial Football/Soccer, Get Smart About Credit, Setting Financial Goals, College Calculator and much, much more. Students will also have the opportunity to win a $250 college scholarship. View the details.

Posted October 17, 2014
BISD Library/Media Services Wins 2014 Mora Honor Award
Brownsville ISD Library/Media Services has been selected to receive the 2014 Estela and Raul Mora Honor Award. The award was established by author and poet Pat Mora and her siblings in honor of their parents. The funds are to be used to promote El Dia De Los Ninos events on or near April 30 and link children to books, languages, and cultures.

Posted October 16, 2014
BISD Earns National Award
Brownsville ISD is the recipient of the 2014 School District of the Year Award by the National Hispanic Institute (NHI). BISD earned the award for taking the lead in providing special support to young men and women who will play significant future roles as professionals and trained community leaders. Of the many schools that support NIH efforts, Brownsville ISD was selected because it displayed the greatest commitment. Dr. Montoya will receive the award at the NHI Alumni Banquet and Awards Ceremony to be held on Saturday, November 15 in Dallas, Texas. In the letter of award notification, NHI cited the long history of individuals who have been educated by BISD schools and are now successful leaders.

Posted October 15, 2014
Principals Lead the Way!
Texas Governor Rick Perry has proclaimed October 2014 as “Principals Month” in Texas. Please join Brownsville ISD in recognizing the positive contributions that our elementary and secondary school leaders have made on student achievement in our great state. View the Governor’s proclamation.

Support Veterans Memorial and Safe Driving
Veterans Memorial Early College High School invites everyone to support the “Celebrate My Drive” campaign during National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 15-24, 2014. Veterans Memorial is participating in the program because teen driver safety is important and the school has a chance to win $100,000 or one of two hometown concert events. Make a safe driving commitment once a day, between October 15-24, by logging on celebratemydrive.com and indicate that you want to support Veterans Memorial ECHS by committing to drive safely! Log on here.

Posted October 10, 2014
BISD Artists Earn BPUB Awards
Several BISD secondary students earned awards in the Brownville Public Utilities Board Public (BPUB) Power Month Poster Contest. Congratulations to Daniela Sosa, Grand Prize, Pace High Early College High School; Alicia Chavez, Hanna Early College High School and Arendi Garcia, Manzano Middle School, People’s Choice Awards; Kathy Estrella, Hanna Early College High School, and Rebecca Cedillo, Stillman Middle School, Honorable Mention. The winning students will be presented with their prizes and certificates on Monday, October 13 at 5 pm at the Brownsville PUB administration building for a congratulatory advertisement in The Brownsville Herald.

It's Time for Pigskin!
Make plans to attend the 72nd Annual UIL Pigskin Marching Competition on Saturday, October 18 at the San Benito High School Stadium. The 5A groups will start performing at approximately 5:45 pm. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased from any BISD high school band director or at the stadium gate on October 18. Seats sold by the band directors are grouped together by campus. Come and support our marching bands from Hanna, Lopez, Pace, Porter, Rivera, and Veterans Memorial High Schools. The BISD students have been preparing since June for this competition and they are ready to entertain you with an enjoyable evening of music, dance, and precision. The 2014 Brownsville Band UIL presentations are titled: Hanna-Countdown; Lopez-Climb; Pace-Music of the Night; Porter-Ancient Voices; Rivera-Stonehenge; and Veterans Memorial-The Explorer.

Posted October 9, 2014
Power Outage at Veterans and Villa Nueva
Classes at Veterans Memorial High School and Villa Nueva Elementary School will be dismissed today, Thursday, October 9, at 11:30 am, due to a power outage caused by an early morning vehicle accident. Students have been served breakfast and lunch will be available before students leave their campuses. Brownsville PUB is working on restoring the power but all indications are that it will take most of the day. Both schools report that students and employees are safe and coping well with the situation but it is starting to get warm. It has been decided that in the best interests of the students, Villa Nueva Elementary parents will be asked to pick up their children. Parents at Veterans Memorial High School may pick their children up or the students may ride the bus in the cases where someone is available to look after them when they arrive at home. Students without supervision will be allowed to remain on both campuses until the end of the day.The principals are keeping their parents informed via the SchoolMessenger system.

BISD Earns Highest Fiscal Rating
Brownsville ISD officials announced that the school district received the top rating of “Superior Achievement” under the Texas’ Schools FIRST financial accountability rating system. The Superior Achievement rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of Brownsville ISD’s financial management and reporting system. This is the district’s 11th top rating in the Schools FIRST (Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas), a financial accountability system for Texas school districts developed by the Texas Education Agency in response to Senate Bill 875 of the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999. The primary goal of Schools FIRST is to achieve quality performance in the management of school districts’ financial resources, a goal made more significant due to the complexity of accounting associated with Texas’ school finance system. View the media release.

Top Tier Universities at BISD
Brownsville ISD, in collaboration with representatives from Princeton, Stanford, and Dartmouth Universities, invites Brownsville area 9th – 12th grade students and their parents to attend an information session on Tuesday, October 14 at 7 pm in the Porter High School Auditorium, located at 3500 International Boulevard. For questions, contact Pilar Janis, Lead/Higher Education Counselor, at (956) 548-8251.

Posted October 8, 2014
Our HR Department is Tops
Governor Rick Perry has proclaimed Wednesday, October 8, 2014 as Texas Human Resources Day. Brownsville ISD’s dedicated Human Resources employees play an important role in our educational system. They serve the needs of our students by recruiting and retaining qualified staff in a timely manner to maximize educational excellence. Hats off to the team in the BISD Human Resources Department. View the proclamation.

Posted October 7, 2014
Giving From the Heart!
BISD employees generously donated $282,300 to the district’s 2014 United Way campaign. Campus by campus, department by department employees contributed so that the United Way of Southern Cameron County can continue providing support services to local families. Thank you BISD employees for strongly supporting this community organization.

Posted October 2, 2014
BISD Live On Stage
The BISD Theatrefest Finals 2014 were held on Tuesday, September 30 in the Porter High School Auditorium. A standing-room only audience watched the 28 top performance entries that were selected during an earlier preliminary round. This year’s Theatrefest Finals featured dramatic and humorous interpretations, duet acting, and original monologues. BISD students who are seeking a viable career in theatre arts will be able to use their Theatrefest experience to prepare for the first annual South Texas Theatre Auditions which will be held on Tuesday, November 25 at PSJA North. Several top Texas universities, including UT-Austin, Texas A & M Corpus Christi, Texas A & M Kingsville, UTPA, Webster Conservatory, and the University of Houston, are scheduled to send recruiters to this audition. Since BISD’s Theatrefest first began in 2011, the number of entries has more than tripled with over 106 this year.

Pace Hosts THE BIG EVENT
Pace Early College High School Student Council Officers, Tanya Llanes and Yovanna Soto, in the spirit of community service, are spearheading THE BIG EVENT. On Friday, October 17, 2014, over 600 students have volunteered to provide one day of community service to the campuses in the Pace Cluster and other surrounding non-profit organizations and parks in the Pace zone. Students will clean, plant, paint and serve teachers, students and community members. Students will also earn community service hours for their respective programs and college applications. THE BIG EVENT is an opportunity for Pace Vikings to say “Thank You” to the residents of their community for the support, guidance and leadership they have provided to students throughout their educational careers. Working alongside or assisting the Pace students will be community partners from the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store, the City of Brownsville, Chick Fil A, State Representative Eddie Lucio III, BISD Maintenance Department, BISD Food and Nutrition Services, BISD Transportation Department, and KGBT TV. Tayna Llanes invites interested individuals to contact Pace High School at (956) 548-7700 if they are interested in donating gardening materials or want to participate in THE BIG EVENT. She states, “It will be an initiative unlike any other this community has ever seen. We challenge other community high schools to do something similar to take care of their little piece of Brownsville.”


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