Middle School Scientists Are State Bound

Congratulations to all the BISD students who competed on February 10, 2017, at the UTRGV Rio Grande Valley Science & Engineering Regional Fair. Congratulations to Steven Betancourt from Stillman Middle School who won 1st Runner-Up Overall in the competition. All BISD students who placed in the top 3 of their division are eligible to compete at the Texas Science & Engineering Fair on April 1, 2017. In the Junior Division, BISD has 15 projects with 17 student representatives who are eligible to participate at the State Science & Engineering Fair. View the UTRGV Regional Fair Junior Division results for BISD by category.

BISD Students Apply Texas

BISD supports a college-going culture. A large percentage of the district’s seniors and graduating juniors have already put in their college applications to Apply Texas. For questions, contact Pilar Janis, Lead and Higher Education Counselor, at 548-8251. View the number of BISD applicants by campus.

Charro Days Art Contest

The Charro Days Fiesta held the 6th Annual Art Contest on January 18, 2017. BISD students demonstrated their talents and created beautiful works of art to commemorate Brownsville’s distinctive and unique celebration. View the list of student winners.

Middle School Musicians Dominate Jazz Audition

BISD middle school band students earned 22 of the 40 chairs available in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 28 Middle School Jazz ensemble on Thursday, February 2. BISD students also earned 3 of the 9 available first chair positions. These students will perform on Saturday, February 18 at 4 pm at the Harlingen Performing Arts Center. Congratulations to our middle school musicians and their directors. View the results by campus.

Regional BISD History Qualifiers Are Off to State

A total of 65 BISD secondary students have qualified for the Texas History Day Competition on Saturday, April 29 in Austin, Texas. These students advanced after competing in the Rio Grande Regional History Day on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at UTRGV-Edinburg. View the RGV Regional History Day Awards Summary.

BISD ECHS Scientists Advance to Regionals

The Brownsville ISD ECHS Science & Engineering Fair was held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Hanna ECHS. A total of 193 projects and 285 students participated in this annual competition. BISD will have 83 projects and 135 students advancing to the UTRGV Regional Science & Engineering Fair on February 10-11, 2017. Special thanks to Hanna ECHS for hosting this year’s competition. View the results by category.

BISD Welcomes UT Austin Representative

Dr. Leonard Moore, Associate Vice-President of Academic Diversity Initiatives and Professor of History at the University of Texas Austin, will speak to students who have already been admitted to UT Austin on Thursday, March 2 at 2 pm at the Veterans Memorial ECHS auditorium. This is an opportunity for BISD students who have been admitted as incoming Longhorns to hear from one of the school’s most dynamic professors about the many opportunities that await them in Austin. For more information, call the BISD Guidance and Counseling Department at 548-8251.

BISD Selected to Apply for HEB Leadership Program

Brownsville ISD is one of 26 public school districts from across Texas invited to apply for The Holdsworth Center, a new leadership institute based in Austin. Founded by H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt, the Holdsworth Center has the goal of supporting and developing public school leaders in order to improve, over time, the quality of education offered to every child in every Texas classroom. View the media release.

Top 8 BISD Spellers Advance to Regional Bee

At the 2017 BISD Spelling Bee held on Saturday, February 4 at the Porter ECHS auditorium, 8 top spellers qualified to represent the district at the regional spelling bee. For a second consecutive year, Richard Emmanuel Zayas, a Stillman Middle School student, earned the BISD Spelling Bee Championship. Abraham Ramirez, a Garden Park Elementary student, was first runner-up. The other regional qualifiers are: Julian Ybarra, Breeden Elementary; Mariana Melendez, Gallegos Elementary; Paris Cho, Manzano Middle School; Sophia Jaramillo, Garza Elementary; Alexander Martinez, Castañeda Elementary; and Gerardo Lara, Perkins Middle School. They will compete in the 29th Annual Rio Grande Valley Regional Spelling Bee which will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at South Texas College in Weslaco in the New Instructional Building G Lecture Hall. The winner of the regional competition will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. during Bee Week, May 27 to June 2. View the BISD 2017 campus spelling bee finalists.

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 the business classes at these schools have been trained to assist with free tax preparation for families or individuals with an earned annual income under $54,000. View the BISD and Cameron County locations to receive this free tax assistance.

District Selected HEB Finalist

Brownsville ISD has been selected as one of five Large District Finalists in the 2017 HEB Excellence in Education District Award Category which includes a prize of $100,000. The four other finalists are Allen ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, Northwest ISD and Socorro ISD. BISD is the only district south of San Antonio to be selected. A panel of Excellence in Education judges will visit BISD on Thursday, January 19, 2017 to speak to the Superintendent, tour campuses, and participate in a round-table luncheon with district stakeholders. View the HEB media release.

5 BISD Schools Named NCUST Finalists

Five BISD Schools have been named 2017 Finalists in the Excellence in Education Awards sponsored by the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST). Congratulations to Breeden, Paredes, and Pullam Elementary Schools, Stillman Middle School, and Veterans Memorial ECHS. 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 BISD finalist will be visited by a group of leading educational experts in January or February 2017. In 2016, Pace ECHS won the prestigious NCUST Gold Award, Benavides Elementary earned Silver and Breeden and Veterans Memorial ECHS were Bronze Award recipients.