Magazine Highlights Canales

The Elementary State Honor Choir, the Canales Elementary Conjunto, is featured in Southern Music Magazine. View the story.

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.

BISD Middle School Bands Rock the Region

On Saturday, January 14, 2017, BISD middle school band students swept the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-Region Band audition held at Rivera ECHS. BISD students earned 180 All-Region band chairs and 11 of 16 first chair positions. Collectively, BISD won two-thirds of all available chairs. More than half of the BISD middle school programs improved their results from last year. Congratulations to our middle school band musicians, parents and directors on these outstanding results. View the number of chairs earned by campus.

2017 BISD History Day Results

The 22nd Annual BISD History Day was held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Hanna ECHS. All district middle and ECHS schools were represented with a combined total of 458 students. Stillman Middle School and Veterans Memorial ECHS won the district championships at their respective levels. All first and second place BISD winners will advance to the Regional History Day to be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at UTRGV-Edinburg. Special thanks to Hanna ECHS for hosting this year’s district History Day and to the BISD social studies teachers, UTRGV professors and community representatives who served as judges and monitors and made this year’s event a success. View the BISD History Day Awards Summary.

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.

BISD Fine Arts Students Earn Most Area All-State Chairs

The BISD Department of Fine Arts is proud to announce that 31 secondary fine arts students earned chairs in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) 2016-2017 All-State Band or Choir, more than any other school district in Area G. The final round of auditions was held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 in Corpus Christi and Rockport-Fulton. BISD students competed against students from Del Rio, South San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Laredo, and the Rio Grande Valley to earn a place at the state level. These 31 BISD students rank in the top 2% of Texas music students. They will perform in the prestigious All-State Band or Choir at the TMEA convention on Friday, February 10, 2017 in San Antonio. Congratulations to these top Texas high school musicians. View the results.

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.

W-2 Forms Are On The Way

All current BISD employees will receive their W-2 forms no later than Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at their respective work locations. The W-2 forms for former BISD employees will also be mailed by that date.

Insurance Contribution for New BISD Employees

At the Regular Board Meeting held on September 6, 2016, the Board of Trustees approved a salary-based health insurance contribution for all NEW BISD employees to offset rising healthcare costs. The insurance contribution will begin for all NEW BISD employees with a start of employment date on or after January 1, 2017. This contribution does not apply to current BISD employees. The salary-based health insurance contribution schedule for NEW BISD employees is below:

Salary Range                      Contribution
Less than $47,000               $50
$47, 001 to $93,000             $100
$93,001 to $140,000            $150
More than $140,000             $200

BECHS Recognized Twice for Best Design

The Brownsville Early College High School (BECHS) has earned two recent recognitions for its design. TexasHillCountry.com included BECHS on its list of “5 Beautiful Texas High Schools to See” which came out on December 16, 2016. BECHS was also 23rd on a list of “The 25 Most Beautiful High Schools in Texas” which was issued by Aceable, a national drivers education company, on December 13, 2016. View the links to these two articles. Aceable | Hill Country

Sharp Adds Extended Day Program Bringing Total to 29 Schools

With the start of the new semester, Sharp Elementary will join the ranks of BISD elementary campuses that offer the free Extended Day Enrichment Program beginning on Monday, January 9, 2016. This program assists parents with quality enrichment programs for students in grades pre-kinder through 5th from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm weekdays. The Extended Day Enrichment Program provides academic intervention, tutoring, homework assistance, and academic enrichment through sports, art and music activities depending on the individual campuses. A hot, nutritious supper is also provided. Student transportation will not be provided. For more information about each school’s Extended Day Enrichment Program, contact the individual campus administrators.

BISD Receives Superior State Finance Rating

Brownsville ISD received a top rating of “Superior Achievement” from the Texas School Finance Accountability Rating System for fiscal year end 2014-2015. The Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (School FIRST) is the financial accountability system for Texas school districts developed by the Texas Education Agency in response to Senate Bill 875 of the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 and Senate Bill 218 of the 77th Legislature in 2001. The primary goal of School FIRST is to achieve quality performance in the management of a school district’s financial resources. The rating of a school district is based upon its performance on 15 indicators. Congratulations to the BISD Finance Department on this outstanding achievement.

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.

ACE Program Earns $150,000

The BISD Adult Continuing Education (ACE) program received Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Performance Quality Improvement Awards totaling $150,000 at the 20th Annual Texas Workforce Conference held in Houston on December 7-9. The AEL awards recognize programs that demonstrate exemplary performance and outstanding AEL service delivery. The BISD program received $50,000 for Educational Functioning Level (EFL) achievement in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Adult Secondary Education (ASE), $50,000 for EFL achievement in English as a Second Language (ESL), and $50,000 for Overall EFL program achievement. Congratulations to the Brownsville ISD ACE program on this achievement.