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All Valley Sports Honors BISD Athletes
Several BISD teams, student athletes and coaches earned awards at the 2017 All-Valley Sports Awards Banquet held on Saturday, June 10 in Mission. Congratulations to: Jordan Rudd, Veterans Memorial, Girls Basketball Player of the Year; Aaron Villarreal, Veterans Memorial, Boys Basketball Player of the Year; Jose Echavarria, Lopez, Boys Soccer Player of the Year; Santiago Garcia, Hanna, Boys Golfer of the Year; Julie Lucio, Veterans Memorial, Girls Golfer of the Year; Maya Athena Imperial, Hanna, Girls Swimmer of the Year; Jordan Rudd, Veterans Memorial, Sub-6A Female Athlete of the Year; Mia Anzaldua, Veterans Memorial, Softball Player of the Year; Noe Guerrero, Hanna, Baseball Player of the Year; Veterans Memorial Basketball, Golf and Softball, Sub-6A Girls Teams of the Year; Lopez Soccer, Sub-6A Boys Teams of the Year; Amadeo Escandon, Lopez Soccer, Boys Coach of the Year; Rayner Cardenas, Veterans Memorial Softball, and Peter A. Rodriguez, Rivera Softball, Girls Coaches of the Year; and Veterans Memorial, Sub-6A Program of the Year. The 2017 All-Valley Sports Awards Banquet was hosted by RGV and AIM Media Texas in conjunction with the RGV Sports Hall of Fame. A total of 98 athletes, coaches and teams were vying for 32 awards. View the complete list of awards.

New School Year Assignments
Superintendent Dr. Esperanza Zendejas has announced the following assignments for the 2017-2018 school year: Mary Solis, Principal, Porter ECHS; Hector Hernandez, Principal, Brownsville Academic Center (BAC); Dr. Juan Chavez, Jr., Assistant Principal, BAC; Obed Leal, Principal, Stell Middle School (Board Approved); Teresa de Saro, Principal, Brownsville Learning Academy (BLA) High School; Noe Garcia, Principal, BLA Middle School; Kathleen Jimenez, Principal, Garcia Middle School; Teresa Nunez, Principal, Besteiro Middle School; Norma Jean Canales, Principal, Rivera ECHS; Aimee Garza-Limon, Principal, Brownsville Early College High School (BECHS); Michelle Seney, Level 4, Curriculum Department; Dawn Hall, Principal, Lincoln Park High School; Richard Torres, Principal, Champion Elementary School; and Dr. Norma Ibarra-Cantu, Level 4, Professional Development. The Board of Trustees previously approved Blanca Lambarri, Principal, Hanna ECHS; Chester Arizmendi, Principal, Lucio Middle School; Patricia Garza, Principal, Ortiz Elementary School; and Alma Rosa Atkinson, Principal, Garza Elementary, at the Special Called Board Meeting held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Skinner Elementary School is pending.

BISD Expands Pre-K 3 Program to Four Options
BISD is pleased to announce four exciting half-day and full-day options for the new expanded Pre-K 3 Year Old Program for the 2017-2018 school year. Enrollment is still available at several BISD elementary schools. Contact the individual schools to register. Classes will begin on Monday, August 28, 2017. View the announcement in English and Spanish.

Honoring Our Students
Brownsville ISD Board Trustees and Dr. Zendejas recognized over 100 student groups for outstanding performance and achievement on May 30 and 31 at evening ceremonies held at the Rivera ECHS gym. View the district’s Flickr file to see the photos. May 30 / May 31

Girls Can Code Camp Openings Available @ Perkins MS
There are still a few slots available for the Girls Can Code Summer Camp, June 8-30, at Perkins Middle School. The tuition-free camp is open to incoming and current BISD females in grades 6-8. The camp will offer hands-on experiences that provide challenging and innovative concepts in learning, problem solving and analytical skills while fostering an interest in computer coding and programming. Call the Bilingual Department at 548-8271 for more information.

Photos of BISD Student Recognitions
BISD held Student Recognition ceremonies on Tuesday, May 30 and Wednesday, May 31 at the Rivera ECHS gym. View all photos in the BISD Flickr albums on: May 30, 2017 | May 31, 3017

Summer Fun for BISD Students
The BISD Athletic Department has released the 2017 summer recreation schedule for BISD students. For more information, call 548-8261. View the schedule.

Cavazos Scholarships Awarded to BISD Student Athletes
Congratulations to the BISD student athletes who received the 2017 Johnny N. & Nena S. Cavazos Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each. Thirty BISD seniors, five from each BISD early college high school, were recognized at the Student Recognition Ceremony held on May 31 at the Rivera ECHS gym. Mr. and Mrs. Cavazos generously established an athletic endowment that has provided college assistance to male and female students who have participated in athletics. View the 2017 Cavazos Scholarship recipients.

Preparing for the Next School Year
At the Special Called Board Meeting held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, BISD Board Trustees approved the following principals: Blanca Lambarri, Hanna ECHS; Chester R. Arizmendi, Lucio Middle School; Patricia Garza, Ortiz Elementary; and Alma Rosa Atkinson, Garza Elementary; for the 2017-2018 school year. Dr. Zendejas had previously assigned Mary Solis as the principal at Porter ECHS for the 2017-2018 school year.

Helping Others Through VITA
A total of 93 students at five BISD schools, Hanna, Lopez, Pace, Porter, and Rivera ECHS, were certified in Basic Tax Law this year. The students participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program sponsored by the United Way of Southern Cameron County. They prepared 570 tax returns for free and brought $690,396 in Earned Income Tax Credits to Brownsville working families. In all, the Cameron County VITA Coalition, including the BISD students, prepared 4,624 income tax returns with $4.8 million in Earned Income Tax Credits. Thank you to these BISD students and schools for their outstanding service to the community.

TWC Awards BISD Coding Grant
Brownsville ISD is one of 8 recipients of a Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) grant for Camp Code. The $47,992 grant will fund 120 scholarships for the Girls Can Code Camp, a summer program in partnership with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The program will introduce middle school girls to coding and computer science. View the media release.

102 BISD Grads Earn Superintendent’s Scholarships
Superintendent Dr. Esperanza Zendejas is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Superintendent’s Scholarships. A total of 102 graduating BISD seniors will each receive $1,000 to attend the college of their choice. The scholarship funds were raised at the 14th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament hosted by Dr. Zendejas at the Rancho Viejo Resort on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Scholarship recipients were selected by committees of local community members and district personnel. A total of 291 student applications were reviewed by the committees to determine the winners. View the media release. tot


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