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February 5-6
Region VIII 6-A Swimming & Diving Championship
@ BISD Aquatics Center

February 6
BISD Spelling Bee
@ 8AM Veterans Memorial ECHS

February 10
Principals' Meeting

February 11
SBOE Town Hall Meeting

February 14
Valentine's Day

February 15
-DEIC Meeting
-Presidents' Day

February 17
-ECHS Orientation for 8th Grade Students & Parents
-Groundbreaking Ceremony
@ 10AM Rivera ECHS

February 19
-End of 4th Six Weeks
-Principal for a Day

February 22
-Fiesta Folklorica
@ 6PM Sams Stadium

February 25
-Early Dismissal BISD Charro Days
@ 2:30PM

February 26
- Charro Days Holiday

March 1
BISD Board Meeting

March 2
-Department Administrators' Meeting
@ 9AM Boardroom

 




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Secondary Scientists Advance to Regional Fair
Over 235 BISD secondary students have qualified to compete at the UTRGV Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, February 13 at the UTRGV Brownsville campus. BISD’s middle school students, junior division, will compete in the Garza Gymnasium with public viewing from 3 pm to 4 pm. The Junior Division Awards Ceremony will be held on the UTRGV Student Union lawn from 6 to 7 pm. The high school students, Senior Division, will compete in the UTRGV Gran Salon with public viewing from 4 to 5 pm and the Awards Ceremony starting at 7 pm. The public is invited to attend the public viewing and awards ceremonies. Students who win 1st-3rd place in either division will advance to the ExxonMobil Texas State Science and Engineering Fair in San Antionio. The top two high school winners at regional competition will directly advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona.
College Connected
BISD early college high school students are actively applying to colleges and universities using the APPLY TEXAS Application. Check out the latest numbers below by BISD school. For questions, contact Pilar Janis, BISD Guidance and Counseling Department, at 548-8251.

Name of ECHS Apply Texas % FAFSA% TASFA FAFSA/TASFA %
HANNA 96%      
PORTER 92%      
PACE 99%      
RIVERA 71%      
LOPEZ 100%      
VETERANS 88%      
BECHS 80%      
         
Community Conversation
Ruben Cortez, Jr., District 2 State Board of Education Member, and Brownsville ISD will host a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, February 11 from 9:30 - 11:30 am at the Central Administration Building (CAB) auditorium located at 708 Palm Boulevard in Brownsville. Educators, parents, community members, and business leaders are invited to attend. View the Town Hall topics and registration information.
2016-2017 BISD Calendar Approved
The BISD Board of Trustees approved the 2016-2017 Academic Calendar at the Regular Board Meeting held on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. View or download next year’s school calendar here.
Guest Principals Head to School
Brownsville ISD will host its 24th Principal for a Day (PFAD) activity on Friday, February 19. Each BISD campus, 58 in all, will invite a business or civic leader to serve as a guest principal for one entire morning. Guest principals will begin their day at their respective schools where they will shadow the campus administrator and participate in a variety of school activities. Their day will conclude with a luncheon which allows participants to share stories about their morning spent in the principal’s office. Initiated in 1992, PFAD has enabled hundreds of local leaders to experience the joys and challenges of public school administration. Many of the guest principals, inspired by their experience, have continued their involvement with BISD schools.
Change in Location
The BISD Homeless Youth Connection Project has moved to a new location at the Clearwater Campus, Room 117. Everyone is invited to attend an Open House on Thursday, February 4 from 8-10 am. View the invitation in Spanish.
BISD Chess Champs
The 2016 TCA Region VIII Scholastic Chess Championship was held on January 30-31, 2016 at Veterans Memorial ECHS. Over 1,300 chess players from kinder to 12th grade participated. A total of 13 Brownsville ISD teams will compete at the National Chess Championships. View the BISD results.
Notice from the Texas Education Agency
Effective January 26, 2016, the minimum passing score for the high school equivalency exam has changed from 150 to 145 on all GED subject area tests. As a result, tests taken since January 1, 2014 in the score range from 145 to149 are now passing. By early February, the state will award and email high school equivalency credentials to those who have now passed all four tests. For Frequently Asked Questions and technical information, please visit www.GEDtestingservice.com/score-changes. If test takers have any questions, they should email ged@tea.texas.gov. View this information in Spanish.
BISD Brains At Work
A total of 275 students with 244 projects participated in the BISD Brainsville Inventions competition held on Saturday, January 23 at Perkins Middle School. Brainsville Inventions is an activity designed to promote problem solving skills and creative thinking for 3rd-12th grade students. Students use creative imagination to scientifically develop problems and solutions in selected categories and create a prototype of their inventions. View the 2015-2016 results by campus.
Beyond Astronauts
The BISD SPACE Academy is featured in the January/February issue of RGVision magazine which is currently available on newsstands throughout the Rio Grande Valley. View the article.
Spring Training
The BISD Wellness Fitness Center is offering a 9-week training designed to help BISD employees run a 5k race. Training begins on February 29. Learn more.
Middle School Bands Sweep All-Region
On Saturday, January 16, BISD middle school band students swept the 2016 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-Region Band Audition by earning 168 chairs and 10 of 16 first chair positions. Collectively, the BISD band students increased the number of All-Region chairs by over 15% from last year and more than half of the middle school programs improved their results. Congratulations to the band students, parents, and directors on their outstanding accomplishments. View the results by BISD campus.
ECHS Scientists at Work
A total of 265 secondary scientists competed with 163 projects at the BISD ECHS Science Fair held on Saturday, January 16 at Lopez ECHS. The top 5 winners from each category will represent BISD at the UTRGV Regional Science and Engineering Fair on February 12-13, 2016. Congratulations to all participants. View the BISD results.
BISD History Day Results
BISD’s secondary student historians competed on Saturday, January 9 at the 21st BISD History Day held at Porter ECHS. The 1st and 2nd place winners will advance to regional competition. View the BISD History Day results.
BISD Musicians Score A New Record
A record-breaking 45 BISD fine arts students earned chairs in the 2016 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Band and Choir Ensembles. The selections were made on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Area G Auditions. This ranks the BISD performers in the top 2% of all Texas music students. In addition, BISD band students earned 10 first chair positions, almost half of the available All-State chairs, and more than any other Area G school district. Two Veterans Memorial ECHS students, Eduardo Aquino, Bari Sax, and Manna Dellota, Soprano 2, earned 1st chairs for the 4th consecutive year. To place at the state level, the BISD students advanced through district, region, and area auditions against students from Houston, Corpus Christi, Laredo, and the Rio Grande Valley. They will perform at the TMEA conference in San Antonio on Saturday, February 13. Congratulations to these top Texas musicians. View the BISD results!
BISD Students Offer Tax Help
Six BISD early college high schools, Hanna, Lopez, Pace, Porter, Rivera and Veterans Memorial, have been designated as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites this year. Students in business classes at these schools have been specially trained to assist with free tax preparation for families or individuals with an annual earned income under $54,000. View the Cameron County VITA locations.
New Year, Better You!
The BISD Wellness Fitness Center has announced the 2016 Spring exercise classes for BISD employees. View the exercise opportunities here.
Employee Activities
The BISD Wellness Fitness Center is setting up the 2016 Employee Leagues. View the flyer to find out when the basketball, indoor soccer, and ultimate frisbee league meetings will be held.
BISD Schools Named NCUST Award Finalists
Congratulations to Benavides, Breeden, Castañeda, and Resaca Elementary Schools and Pace and Veterans Memorial Early College High Schools for being named 2016 finalists in the Excellence in Education Awards sponsored by the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST). 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 school finalist will host a site visit by leading educational experts in February 2016. In 2015, Ortiz Elementary earned the silver NCUST award and Benavides and Breeden Elementary Schools were bronze award recipients. Paredes and Pullam Elementary Schools were both named to the honor roll.
Apply to STAMP/SPACE Programs
The Brownsville ISD STAMP (Science, Technology, Architecture, Medical Professions) and SPACE (STEM Programs for Aerospace & Careers in Engineering) Programs are now taking applications for the 2016-2017 school year. BISD students may pick applications up from their 8th grade counselors. Students who attend school outside of BISD may download an application packet online at www.bisd.us/stamp or call 956-574-5657.
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