RECORD SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS TO BISD GRADUATES
The Class of 2019 BISD graduates set a new record of $119 million dollars in scholarship offers. These graduates also completed their high school careers with the greatest number of college credits earned thus helping to accelerate their post-secondary education and reduce the total cost of a college education. BISD continues to expand its dual-enrollment agreements and offerings and with 7 early college high schools.
BISD SCHOOLS NAMED IN TEXAS HONOR ROLL
Fourteen BISD schools have been named by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) to the Texas Honor Roll. This honor roll recognizes public schools for demonstrating consistently higher levels of student academic achievement, for improvement over time, and for the reduction in achievement gaps. With regard to high schools, the Honor Roll recognition also addresses measures of college readiness.
The 2018 – 2019 Honor Roll schools are:
Brite Elementary, Burns Elementary, Garden Park Elementary, Keller Elementary, Ortiz Elementary, Paredes Elementary, Peña Elementary, Pullam Elementary, Yturria Elementary, Oliveira Middle School, Stillman Middle School, Brownsville Early College High School, Hanna Early College High School, and Veteran’s Memorial Early College High School.
ONLINE REGISTRATION • DON'T WAIT IN LINE • DO IT ONLINE!
In June of 2019 BISD implemented Online Registration for new students to BISD. The process was quickly expanded to include returning students as well. This development has allowed the district to better serve the BISD families by offering a convenient and efficient way to complete and submit the forms required of every student each school year.
BISD FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT TAKES CENTER STAGE
The BISD Department of Fine Arts presented BRAVO! BALLROOM Sabor & Style in May of 2019. The competition hosted a record number of participants from the Elementary, Middle School, and High School level.
“SMART CITY” STAKEHOLDERS’ MEETING
The Brownsville Independent School District (BISD) is committed to fostering innovation, promoting digital literacy, and supporting WIFI connectivity for its families. The BISD, the City of Brownsville, and the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce will shared this common platform with potential partners who in turn can help ensure that Brownsville is on the path to becoming a SMART CITY. It took place at a Brownsville Smart City - Stakeholders' Meeting on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Brownsville Events Center.
DR. WILLIAM P. FOSTER PROJECT AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: OLIVEIRA MIDDLE SCHOOL
The College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), Music for All (MFA), and National Band Association (NBA) are dedicated to the attainment of a high level of excellence for bands and band music at all levels of instruction. The Dr. William P. Foster Music Education Alliance “Award of Excellence” recognizes quality programs serving historically disadvantaged student populations. This exciting national initiative honors select educators, and their band programs, which are challenging students and reaching a high level of excellence.
The Brownsville Independent School District was extremely proud that not only was the Oliveira Middle School band named as one of the three winners from the Southwestern Division of the nation, but it was also selected as the 2018-2019 Dr. William P. Foster Project - Award of Excellence / National Winner! Sincere congratulations go out to the Oliveira Middle School band members, Principal, Cynthia Castro, Head Band Director, Gaspar Garcia, and Assistant Directors Michael Kuntz, Robert Barron, and Jose Manzano.
The Oliveira Middle School Symphonic Band will hosted a special concert on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the TSC Performing Arts Center at 90 Taylor Avenue, Brownsville, Texas. CTE FILM AWARDS
The Brownsville Independent School District hosted its first ever CTE Film Awards on March 19, 2019 at the Sunrise Mall Cinemark Theater. At this red-carpet event BISD students were recognized for their participation in the inaugural Career & Technical Education student- made-commercial contest. These students were challenged through their Audio and Video Production classes to create a commercial that highlighted the many industry certifications the Career and Technical Education Department offers and the hands-on curriculum that is carried out in CTE classrooms. The winner was announced at the event and their project was aired in all 16 theaters for at least one month
LOPEZ ECHS - “UP BEAT” BARBERSHOP CHOIR PERFORMS AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY
The Lopez ECHS - “Up Beat” Barbershop Choir was been invited to perform at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennessee on Friday, January 25, 2019. The Lopez “Up Beat” Barbershop Choir was one of twenty groups invited to sing and compete at the national level by the Barbershop Harmony Society. Founded in 1938, the Barbershop Harmony Society preserves and extends the reach of a uniquely American musical art form whose roots lie in African-American improvisation and European harmony traditions. Through active programs in music education, publishing, performance, and outreach, they reach over 27,000 members, friends, families, youth and educators every year
SPRINT DONATES 2100 TABLETS TO BISD STUDENTS
Telecommunications company Sprint launched year one of the 1Million Project Foundation (1MP) in August 2017. Its mission is to help one million high school students achieve their full potential by ensuring they have the connectivity they need to succeed in school. The Brownsville Independent School District has been selected to be a part of this initiative and will receive 2100 tablets that will be distributed to freshmen at the various high schools. The tablets are free for students and come with data plans and content filters that expire the August after a student’s graduation. The value of the donation is approximately $756,000, and could increase annually with additional device donations and data plans.
BISD HOSTED CAMPUC CELEBRATIONS FOR RECEIVING NCUST GOLD AWARD
The Brownsville Independent School District was extremely proud to announce that two of its elementary schools were named as winners of the 2018 America’s Best Urban Schools Award. Yturria Elementary was named a Gold Winner and Ortiz Elementary was named a Silver Winner. This award is sponsored by the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST). Schools across the country undergo an extensive review of student data followed by comprehensive visits that include classroom observations and interviews of campus personnel. At the NCUST-October Symposium a total of 15 winners are then announced.