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Notice from the Texas Education Agency
Effective January 26, 2016, the minimum passing score for the high school equivalency exam has changed from 150 to 145 on all GED subject area tests. As a result, tests taken since January 1, 2014 in the score range from 145 to149 are now passing. By early February, the state will award and email high school equivalency credentials to those who have now passed all four tests. For Frequently Asked Questions and technical information, please visit www.GEDtestingservice.com/score-changes. If test takers have any questions, they should email ged@tea.texas.gov. View this information in Spanish.

BISD Brains At Work
A total of 275 students with 244 projects participated in the BISD Brainsville Inventions competition held on Saturday, January 23 at Perkins Middle School. Brainsville Inventions is an activity designed to promote problem solving skills and creative thinking for 3rd-12th grade students. Students use creative imagination to scientifically develop problems and solutions in selected categories and create a prototype of their inventions. View the 2015-2016 results by campus.

W-2 Forms Are Online
Current BISD employees may access their W-2 forms through the Employee Online Program. The paper copies will be distributed on Friday, January 29, 2016. The W-2 forms for former BISD employees will also be mailed by that date.

Notice of Public Hearing
Brownsville ISD will hold a public hearing for the 2014-2015 Texas Annual Performance Report (TAPR) during the Regular Board Meeting to be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 5:30 pm in the Boardroom of the BISD Administration Building located at 1900 Price Road. The TAPR includes a wide range of information on the performance of students. The report also provides extensive information on school and district staff, programs, and student demographics. Parents, community members and other interested persons are invited to attend.

Beyond Astronauts
The BISD SPACE Academy is featured in the January/February issue of RGVision magazine which is currently available on newsstands throughout the Rio Grande Valley. View the article.

Spring Training
The BISD Wellness Fitness Center is offering a 9-week training designed to help BISD employees run a 5k race. Training begins on February 29. Learn more.

Food Product Concern Addressed
The Brownsville ISD Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) meets all United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) procurement guidelines in the purchase of food products for student and employee consumption. In November 2015, a batch of meat product that was not up to district standards was immediately recalled from all BISD cafeterias. It is important to note that none of this meat product was served at any BISD campuses. The product was returned to the vendor for full credit. Several district and campus FNS employees noticed that the product was defective and proactively reported their concern. Out of an abundance of caution, BISD has discontinued the purchase of meat products that are processed in Mexico. This meat product was raised and purchased in the United States from a USDA vendor but was processed in Mexico according to USDA guidelines and under the supervision of a USDA inspector. It is allowable to purchase foreign processed food products and it not uncommon for child nutrition programs in the U.S. to buy foreign products such as produce. Brownsville ISD has and will continue to abide with all USDA procurement guidelines to ensure that quality products are served to BISD students. The BISD Food and Nutrition Service provides over 96,000 breakfasts, lunches, and suppers each weekday to district students.

ECHS Scientists at Work
A total of 265 secondary scientists competed with 163 projects at the BISD ECHS Science Fair held on Saturday, January 16 at Lopez ECHS. The top 5 winners from each category will represent BISD at the UTRGV Regional Science and Engineering Fair on February 12-13, 2016. Congratulations to all participants. View the BISD results.

BISD History Day Results
BISD’s secondary student historians competed on Saturday, January 9 at the 21st BISD History Day held at Porter ECHS. The 1st and 2nd place winners will advance to regional competition. View the BISD History Day results.

BISD Students Offer Tax Help
Five BISD early college high schools, Hanna, Lopez, Pace, Porter, and Rivera, have been designated as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites this year. Students in business classes at these schools have been specially trained to assist with free tax preparation for families or individuals with an annual earned income under $54,000. View the Cameron County VITA locations.

Reader’s Choice
Three BISD educators and three campuses earned recognition in the Reader’s Choice Awards sponsored by The Brownsville Herald. Congratulations to Portia Belmont, Lopez ECHS; George Treviño, Lopez ECHS; Jason Starkey, Lopez ECHS; Brite Elementary School; Oliveira Middle School; and Lopez ECHS. The winners will be highlighted in the newspaper and receive recognition plaques.

New Year, Better You!
The BISD Wellness Fitness Center has announced the 2016 Spring exercise classes for BISD employees. View the exercise opportunities here.

BISD Musicians Score A New Record
A record-breaking 45 BISD fine arts students earned chairs in the 2016 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Band and Choir Ensembles. The selections were made on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Area G Auditions. This ranks the BISD performers in the top 2% of all Texas music students. In addition, BISD band students earned 10 first chair positions, almost half of the available All-State chairs, and more than any other Area G school district. Two Veterans Memorial ECHS students, Eduardo Aquino, Bari Sax, and Manna Dellota, Soprano 2, earned 1st chairs for the 4th consecutive year. To place at the state level, the BISD students advanced through district, region, and area auditions against students from Houston, Corpus Christi, Laredo, and the Rio Grande Valley. They will perform at the TMEA conference in San Antonio on Saturday, February 13. Congratulations to these top Texas musicians. View the BISD results!

Thank You to Our School Board
Each January, Texas school districts celebrate School Board Recognition Month. This month provides an ideal time to express our appreciation to the special group of men and women who comprise the BISD Board of Trustees. These local volunteers provide an important public service because they care about our children’s education. They care about our next generation and the future of our community and state. They are super-heroes for schools. Take a moment to thank them for their dedicated service.

Early College High Schools Highlighted
Texas Scholars Magazine recently featured BISD Early College High Schools in the Fall issue. View the article here.

Employee Activities
The BISD Wellness Fitness Center is setting up the 2016 Employee Leagues. View the flyer to find out when the basketball, indoor soccer, and ultimate frisbee league meetings will be held.

W-2 Forms Are On the Way
All current BISD employees will receive their W-2 forms no later than Friday, January 29, 2016 at their respective work locations. The W-2 forms for former BISD employees will also be mailed by that date.



 
     
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