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August 4
Board Meeting
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August 5-7
Back to School Administrators' Conference

August 11
UIL Coaches Annual Meeting

August 13-14
New Teacher Orientation

August 17-18
Campus Staff Development Days

August 19
District Staff Development Day

August 20
6th Annual BISD Vendor Fair
@ 9AM Brownsville Events Center

August 20-21
Teacher Preparation Days

August 24
First Class Day




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3-Year-Old, Pre-K
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Back-to-School
Health Fair
BISD Campuses Apply for TTIPS
BISD campuses that have been designated as "Focus" campuses based on campus performance for the past 2 years are eligible to apply for one of the five TEA Texas Title I Priority School (TTIPS) grants. The intent of the TTIPS grant program is to achieve lasting positive reforms in the state's most struggling campuses through highest-quality implementation of strong evidence-based interventions. These interventions are designed within a framework of one of seven school reform models.
In order to apply for these grants, these campuses need to have parents and community members involved in deciding which model to use for their grant reform activities.

The following meetings have been set up at eligible campuses:

Besteiro Middle School August 4, 2015 at 3:30 pm
Cumming Middle School August 11, 2015 at 10 am
Oliveira Middle School August 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm
Perkins Middle School August 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm
Stell Middle School August 3, 2015 at 11 am
Aiken Elementary August 4, 2015 at 3 pm
Cromack Elementary To be announced
El Jardin Elementary August 4, 2015 at 3:30 pm
Garza Elementary August 6, 2015 at 5 pm
   
New STAMP Requirements
The Science, Technology, Architecture, and Medical Professions (STAMP) Program is a district initiative started in 2012-2013. The STAMP entrance requirements for all 8th grade students for the 2016-2017 school year are as follows:

• Students must be in the 8th grade and be promoted to the 9th grade.
• Students must apply to the program.
• Students must pass all state-mandated assessments for promotion.
• Students must achieve and maintain exemplary academic status.
** Students must have successfully completed (passed) 8th grade Algebra.

** This is an important addition to the entrance requirements for the STAMP program for the 2016-2017 school year. All 8th grade students who have an interest in applying to the STAMP program for the 2016-2017 school year must take Algebra this current school year. A letter will be sent home to all 8th grade BISD students and parents notifying them of the additional program requirements.
Health Benefits Survey Results
The Employees Benefits Department recently surveyed employees about BISD health benefits including ways to reduce costs. Thank you to the many employees who responded to the survey. View the results.
New Faces, New Places
Dr. Zendejas has announced new campus administrator assignments for the 2015-2016 school year.

Elementary Schools  
Hudson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Keller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Palm Grove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Putegnat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Middle Schools

Faulk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Perkins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Stell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Early College HighSchools/
Alternative Schools

Brownsville Early College High School. . . .
Brownsville Academic Center . . . . . . . . . .
Rachel R. Ayala
Javier Garza
Carla Pereira
Oscar Cantu, Jr.
Dr. Aidee Vasquez


Benita Villarreal
Beatriz Hernandez
Liz Valdez



Acacia Ameel
Felipe Reyes

Additional assignments will be announced as they become available.
Oliveira Band Advances to State Finals
Congratulations to the Oliveira Middle School Band for advancing to the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Honor Band State Finals. The Oliveira Band, under the direction of Gaspar Garcia, will compete in the 2015 TMEA CCC State Honor Band competition on July 23 during the Texas Band Masters Association convention in San Antonio, Texas. In 5A, Pace ECHS Band ranked 3rd in area competition and is the 1st runner-up to state. The Lucio Middle School Band ranked as the 1st runner–up in middle school conference CCC and the Besteiro band ranked 3rd in area competition and 1st runner-up to state in the CC conference. Congratulations to our band students, parents, and directors on their outstanding achievements.
BISD Summer Break
Brownsville ISD will follow an abbreviated summer administrative work schedule beginning on Monday, June 15 through Friday, July 31, 2015. The administrative offices will be open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm on Monday through Thursday and 8 am to 12 noon on Friday. The BISD offices will be closed on Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 3, 2015 for summer break.
BISD to Offer More Pre-K Access
A total of 10 BISD elementary campuses will offer universal pre-kindergarten programs as the result of House Bill 731. The legislation redirects savings from BISD early graduates towards the funding of additional pre-kinder slots. The 10 campuses are Canales, Egly, Hudson, Martin, Palm Grove, Paredes, Pullam, Skinner, Victoria Heights, and Yturria.
BECHS Student Wins Car
Marcela Salazar, a 2015 Brownsville Early College High School, won the 2015 Mazda Hatchback in the BISD Student Attendance Contest drawing held on Wednesday, June 17 at Cardenas Motors in Brownsville. Salazar was one of the 14 finalists, 2 from each high school, who were pre-selected from a pool of eligible students. Interim Superintendent Dr. Esperanza Zendejas drew Salazar’s number at an event attended by BISD students, parents and employees, Cardenas personnel, and local dignitaries. The Cardenas Mazda Car Giveaway was the grand finale to the year-long contest designed to improve student attendance and enrollment. Three additional prizes were awarded to the runners-up. Congratulations to Travis Joel Cortez from Hanna ECHS who won a 40” Smart TV; Katelynn Quezada from Pace ECHS who won a Microsoft Surface Tablet; and Ana Fernanda Martinez from Veterans Memorial ECHS who won Dr. Dre Beats.
ES/MS Grand Prize Bundles Awarded
Twelve BISD elementary and middle school students won grand prize bundles in the Believe in BISD Student Attendance drawing held on Wednesday, June 18 in the Sunrise Mall Food Court. Interim Superintendent Dr. Esperanza Zendejas drew the winning numbers for the bundles which were valued at over $2,000 each. The Canales Elementary School Conjunto performed and Dr. Zendejas and Board Trustees awarded the prizes. Congratulations to Arely Martinez, Castaneda ES; Yahir Segura, Del Castillo ES; Cezar A. Flores, Benavides ES; Alice Marie Hepolito, Sharp ES; Bailey Garza, Benavides ES; Kevin Martinez, Garza ES; Rafael R. Chairez, Pena ES; Felipe A. Vela, Morningside ES; Ruben E. Morales, Faulk MS; Andrea P. Etheard, Perkins MS; Derek Alvarado, Oliveira MS; and Diego Rico, Faulk MS. Another 12 elementary and middle school students received bikes.
Eat For Free at BISD
Services will provide free meals to children 0-18 years of age at more than 40 designated school and community sites in Brownsville. The free meals are not limited to BISD students or Brownsville residents. Anyone 18 years of age or younger is welcome to eat for free. The program begins at most locations on Tuesday, June 9. To encourage participation, children can also enter a contest to win great prizes. Chances to win are multiplied when children eat two meals a day at any of the designated sites. Contest drawings will be held every Monday beginning June 15 until June 29. Summer meals will continue into August at several of the sites. Adults may purchase a meal at the nominal cost of $2.25 for breakfast and $3.50 for lunch. Fresh fruit, cold milk, healthy breakfasts, and nutritious lunches are all available for free. Call (956) 548-8450 to learn more. English | Spanish
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