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Posted January 26, 2015
W-2 Forms Are Online
Current BISD employees may download additional copies of their W-2 forms from the Employee Online link located on the BISD homepage under Employment.

Lopez Student Featured
Lopez Early College High School Student Krystal Rosas was featured on the Rio Grande LEAD website. Read about how Krystal is preparing for her future.

Posted January 22, 2015
BISD Middle School Bands Are Tops!
Brownsville ISD middle school band students swept the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 28 All-Region Band audition held on Saturday, January 17. BISD bands earned a total of 146 All-Region Band Chairs, including 12 of the 16 available 1st chair positions. For the fifth consecutive year, all BISD middle school bands had students earn chair. Over half of the middle school band programs improved their results from last year. The BISD All-Region Band students will perform on January 24 at 6 pm at the Harlingen ISD Performing Arts Center. Congratulations to our middle school musicians and their directors. View the number of chairs by campus.

Students Offer Tax Help
Six BISD High Schools, Hanna, Lopez, Porter, Rivera, and Veterans Memorial, have been designated as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. Students in the business classes at these schools have been specially trained to assist with free tax preparation for families or individuals earning $53,000 or less in annual income. View the VITA locations, dates, times, and information necessary for VITA assistance.

Posted January 20, 2015
Community Leaders Head Back to School
Brownsville ISD will host its popular Principal for a Day activity on Friday, February 20. Each BISD campus will invite a business or community leader to serve as a guest principal for one entire morning. Guest principals will begin the day at their respective schools where they will shadow the campus administrator and participate in a variety of school activities. The day will conclude with a luncheon where participants will share stories about their morning spent in the principal's office. BISD Principal for a Day began in 1992 and has enabled hundreds of local leaders to experience the joys and challenges of public school administration.

Posted January 19, 2015
Readers' Favorites
Four BISD educators and three campuses earned recognition in the 2015 Readers' Choice Awards sponsored by The Brownsville Herald. Congratulations to Principal Mary Solis, Veterans Memorial ECHS; Teacher Diana Cisneros, Russell Elementary; Music Teacher Stephanie Zamora, Stell Middle School; and Coach Mario Cisneros, Pace ECHS. The Readers' Choice campuses are Hanna ECHS, Stell Middle School, and Sharp Elementary School. Winners will be highlighted in the newspaper and receive recognition plaques. View the list.

New BISD mobile app
for the latest news and information from the Brownsville Independent School District. From a campus phone number to the day’s lunch menu to an update on classroom progress, a new BISD mobile app offers fast answers on all those topics and so much more. The free app, which features the BISD logo, can be downloaded for Smart phones and devices from the App store or Google Play store for Android. Developed in partnership with SchoolMessenger, a leading provider of communication solutions for education, the new app is both secure and flexible. It integrates the notification services that SchoolMessenger already provides to BISD stakeholders with many of the features available on the district’s website. Families will have 24/7/365 access to all things BISD. View the media release.

Posted January 15, 2015
BISD's Rich History
The BISD Museum, located on the first floor of the Central Administrative Building (CAB) at 708 Palm Boulevard, showcases the district's history from its earliest days to today. Exhibits include the original bell from Putegnat Elementary School as well as sports and band memorabilia. The BISD Museum is open weekdays from 8 am to 12 noon and 1 to 5 pm. Special tour arrangements can be made by contacting Hilda Williams at 698-1752.j

Posted January 14, 2015
Chavez Earns State UIL Award
Tom Chavez, Athletic Coordinator for Rivera Early College High School, has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2014 UIL Sponsor Excellence Award. Chavez will be honored locally with a trophy presentation and will receive a $1000 award. Rivera Principal Aimee Garza-Limon was notified by letter. The announcement was made at the BISD Board Meeting held on January 13, 2015.

Posted January 13, 2015
Milestone for the Porter Nation
Porter High School will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Saturday, February 17, 2015 from 2-4 pm in the school's gymnasium. All past Porter graduates and employees are invited to celebrate 40 years of quality education for students in the Porter Nation. Make plans to attend. This is an opportunity to visit with Porter alumni and past administrators. Call (956) 548-7800 for more information.

All-State Honors for BISD Band and Choir Students
The Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) held the Area 6 Audition to select the 2015 All State Band and Choir members. The Department of Fine Arts is pleased to announce that 33 BISD students, 5 more than last year, earned chairs in these prestigious ensembles, ranking them in the top 2% of Texas music students. The All-State Band and Choir will perform at the TMEA convention in San Antonio on Saturday, February 14, 2015. In order to earn a place at the state level, the BISD students went through rigorous district, region, and area auditions. They competed against students from Houston, Corpus Christi, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley. This year, BISD band and choir students earned more all-state chairs than any other school district in TMEA Area G. Congratulations to the outstanding BISD young adults who are top high school musicians in Texas for the 2014-2015 school year! View the results by campus.

Posted January 12, 2015
We Appreciate Our Board Trustees
January 2015 is School Board Recognition Month. Brownsville ISD joins districts across Texas in thanking local school board members for their efforts. This month provides an ideal time to express our appreciation to this special group of volunteers. The men and women who comprise the BISD Board of Trustees make the time to generously provide this important public service because they care about our children’s education. They care about our schools being the best they can be. They care about our next generation and the future of this community and our state. Board service is truly “a work of heart.” Take a moment to thank the BISD School Board Trustees for their dedicated service.

Posted January 9, 2015
No Classes for Victoria Heights
Victoria Heights Elementary School will not hold classes today, Friday, January 9. The water to the school has been cut off while BPUB crews repair a large water main leak which caused a sinkhole to develop on Roosevelt Street. Victoria Heights parents and students were informed of the cancellation via the School Messenger system. Repairs are expected to be finished in time for classes on Monday.

Posted January 8, 2015
Snack Packs Are a Success
Thank you to those who generously donated to the Snack Pack Project to provide food to BISD students in need during the two-week holiday break. A total of 318 Snack Packs were delivered to students at 16 BISD schools. The students were identified by school nurses and counselors as being especially dependent on breakfasts and lunches for their daily meals. The Snack Pack Project is an annual collaboration between Brownville ISD and the United Way of Southern Cameron County. This is the project’s fourth year to provide meal assistance.

Posted January 7, 2015
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.

Calling All Employees
The BISD Wellness/Fitness Center offers all sorts of activities for employees. To learn more, attend one of the upcoming basketball, ultimate frisbee, and/or soccer league meetings on January 13-14. Wellness is Hot Stuff in 2015! View the announcement.

W-2 Forms on the Way
current BISD employees will receive their W-2 forms no later than Friday, January 23, 2015 at their respective work locations. The W-2 forms for former BISD employees will also be mailed by that date.

Posted January 6, 2015
Basketball Webcast
Everyone is invited to view the Pace vs. Porter basketball game tonight on KBSD TV. The game starts at 6 pm.

 
     
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