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Holiday Greetings from Dr. Esperanza Zendejas
I wish our BISD students, families and employees a joyous season and a bright and happy new year. BISD campuses and offices will be closed December 21 – January 1, 2016. We look forward to welcoming our students and employees back to the district on Monday, January 4, 2016.

BISD Flag Football Championship
The NFL Flag Football Championship will be held on Friday, December 18, 2015 at the Brownsville Sports Park. Burns Elementary School is in first place with a 7-0 record. Garden Park, Peña, Morningside, and Southmost Elementary Schools are in a 4-way tie for second place. The games will start at 6:20 pm and the Championship Game will begin at 8:50 pm. Make plans to see the final BISD NFL flag football teams compete.

More Snack Packs This Year
Thank you to those who donated to the Snack Pack Project to provide food to BISD students in need during the two-week holiday break. A total of 424 Snack Packs were delivered to students at 35 BISD schools, a significant increase over last year's numbers. The students were identified by school nurses and counselors as being especially dependent on the food served by BISD for their daily meals. The Snack Pack Project is an annual collaboration between Brownsville ISD, the United Way of Southern Cameron County, and other local organizations. This is the project's fifth year to provide meal assistance to Brownsville.

Rivera Coach Wins National Awards
Congratulations to Daniel Espinosa, the Rivera ECHS Tennis Coach, who was named National Tennis Coach of the Year by Tennis Industry Magazine. Coach Espinosa was also named to the 2015 No-Cut Coach All Star Team by the United States Tennis Association. View the article on Coach Espinosa.

A Cummings Tradition
For an 8th great year, Cummings Middle School will sponsor the Red Ant 1 Mile/5K Run on Saturday, January 30, 2016 through Dean Porter Park. View the Red Ant Run information.

BISD Schools Named NCUST Award Finalists
Congratulations to Benavides, Breeden, Castañeda, and Resaca Elementary Schools and Pace and Veterans Memorial Early College High Schools for being named 2016 finalists in the Excellence in Education Awards sponsored by the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST). The national finalists all serve low-income communities with an array of challenges but still boast achievement results that exceed state averages for all students. Each school finalist will host a site visit by leading educational experts in February 2016. In 2015, Ortiz Elementary earned the silver NCUST award and Benavides and Breeden Elementary Schools were bronze award recipients. Paredes and Pullam Elementary Schools were both named to the honor roll.

BISD 9th Grade Band Students Excel
BISD band students earned 43 of the 85 available chairs in the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) 9th Grade All-Valley Band. BISD students also earned 11 of the 17 first chairs. The 9th Grade and High School All-Valley Bands will perform on Friday, December 11 at 7 pm at the Donna High School Auditorium. Congratulations to the students on their outstanding musical achievement. View the BISD results by campus.

BISD Elementary UIL Academic Results
Approximately 1,400 students representing all BISD elementary schools competed in the BISD Elementary UIL Competition held on Saturday, December 5 at several division sites including Castaneda, Keller, Ortiz, Palm Grove, Skinner, and Vermillion Elementary Schools. Congratulations to all the student participants, their coaches, and the many volunteers who make this annual UIL competition successful year after year. View the results of the 1st-3rd Place Overall Academic District Champions.

BISD Choir Students Advance
A total of 24 BISD early college high school choir students have qualified to advance to the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Area G audition for chairs in the 2016 TMEA All-State Choir. The Area G audition will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 in Rockport-Fulton, Texas. Congratulation to these outstanding student vocalists. View the BISD results by campus.

BISD Band Students Are Area Bound
BISD early college high school band students did it again! A total of 74 students advanced to the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Area G audition to compete for a chair in the 2016 All-State Band. BISD band students dominated the pre-area audition held on Tuesday, December 1 at Rivera ECHS by earning 60% of all available spots. The TMEA Area G audition will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 in Corpus Christi. Best of luck to our BISD musicians. View the BISD results by school.

Children’s Flu Shots
Free flu shots for children will be offered on Wednesday, December 16 from 4 to 6 pm at the BISD Health Services Department located at the Central Administrative Building (CAB), 708 Palm Blvd., Suite 111. The vaccines are being provided by On Guard Clinic. For more information, call (956) 548-8191.

10 Years of Holiday Fun
Tickets for the final performance of the Santa and Friends holiday show featuring BISD secondary fine arts students scheduled for Friday, December 4 at 7 pm are sold out. This is the 10th year that the BISD Department of Fine Arts has provided this amazing holiday entertainment to Brownsville students of all ages.

Movie Fun
The 18th Annual BISD Kids at the Movies is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15 at the Cinemark Theater located at Sunrise Mall. BISD special needs students will have the opportunity to watch the film, "The Peanuts Movie", as part of a community-based learning experience that coincides with the holidays. Over 1,000 students are expected to participate.

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