Faulk Math Teacher Earns Presidential Award
Robert Rivera, a Faulk Middle School 6th grade math teacher, has been selected as a Texas finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. This prestigious award recognizes Rivera’s outstanding contributions as a teacher of mathematics in Texas. The PAEMST are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. Established by Congress in 1983, the PAEMST program authorizes the President to bestow up to 108 awards each year. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspirations to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Congratulations to Robert Rivera on receiving this prestigious honor.
Lopez Band Advances To State
The Lopez ECHS Band advanced to the final round of State Honor Band competition on Friday, June 24 at the 2016 Texas Music Educators Association Area Honor Band Contest. This marks Lopez's 21st time in school history to advance to this level. The band is under the direction of George Trevino. The final round of state competition will take place on Thursday, July 21 in San Antonio at the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention. Brownsville ISD has a rich history of band excellence with three other state-designated honor bands. In 1965, Robert Vezzetti led the 4A Brownsville High School Band to a State Honor Band title. In 1987, Paul Flinchbaugh directed the Oliveira Middle School Band to 2C State Honor Band recognition and, in 2004, George Treviño and the Lopez Band won the 4A State Honor Band Championship. Congratulations to these fine Lopez band members and Mr. Treviño on this recent accomplishment.
Dr. Z Gives Car to Porter Grad with Perfect Attendance
BISD Superintendent Dr. Esperanza Zendejas presented a new 2015 Mazda 3 Sport Sedan that she purchased herself to Enrique Soto, a deserving Porter ECHS 2016 graduate with perfect attendance since the day he first entered school, on Friday, June 24 at the BISD Administration Building. Soto was the captain of the Porter 2016 UIL State Championship Soccer Team and has not missed a single day of school in his entire public school career. Enrique’s father is an employee at the BISD Media Center. Dr. Esperanza Zendejas has become well-acquainted with Enrique Soto since becoming Superintendent of Brownsville public schools. He is an outstanding student academically with perfect attendance and has excelled as a soccer athlete at Porter. She wanted to make her own personal contribution to his family to assist this student as he moves forward in his postsecondary studies. “This young man has touched my heart since the day I first met him. I have seen his academic progress and consistent attendance and I have been impressed with his determination and resilience. I wanted to do something to support Enrique and his family. Special thanks to members of the Cardenas family and Cardenas Motors for generously contributing and assisting with this initiative,” said Dr. Zendejas.
VMECHS Grad Wins Car
Gabriel Agustin Mascorro, a 2016 Veterans Memorial ECHS graduate, won the 2016 Mazda CX-3 in the BISD/Cardenas Mazda Student Attendance Contest drawing held on Wednesday, June 22. Mascorro was one of 14 finalists, 2 from each ECHS, who were pre-selected from a pool of eligible students. Dr. Zendejas drew Mascorro’s winning number 6 at the contest event held at Cardenas Motors in Brownsville. The Mazda Car Giveaway was the grand prize finale to the 2015-2016 contest designed to improve student attendance and enrollment. The 3 Runners-Up, Ruben Rios, Jr., BECHS; Diana Marie Flores, Hanna ECHS/BLA; and Luis Gerardo Banda, Pace ECHS; won computer tablets.
Students Earn Technology Bundles for Good Attendance
A total of 15 BISD elementary, middle school and ECHS (grades 9-11) students won grand prize technology bundles in the Student Attendance Contest drawing held on June 22 at the Sunrise Mall Food Court. Dr. Zendejas drew the winning numbers for bundles valued at $2,000 each and the Board Trustees congratulated the winners. The Canales Elementary School Conjunto entertained the audience before the drawings. Congratulations to Jorge Luis Stinson, Hanna ECHS; Natalia I. Sanchez, Veterans Memorial ECHS; and Kayla B. Urbano, Pace ECHS; April A. Rangel, Garcia MS; Ana K. Davila, Besteiro MS; Kevin G. Lopez, Stillman MS; and Andres E. Gonzalez, Vela MS; Kimberly N. Mendoza, Keller ES; Celeste S. Saldaña, Garden Park ES; Fernanda M. Chavez, Skinner ES; Anilu Zamarripa, Gonzalez ES; Lupita Yvet Cisneros, Champion ES; Julian Vasquez, Russell ES; Maria G. Gonzalez, Longoria ES; and Christian Ramirez, Champion ES.
TEA Announces Important Changes to STAAR Reporting Dates
The Texas Education agency has announced important changes to the reporting dates for the 2016 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) assessments. View the information.
State Honors For Stillman Choir
The Stillman Middle School Mixed Choir, under the direction of Tammie Polano and Assistant Jessica Chapa, has been selected as an Honors Choir by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). The Stillman Choir will perform at the TMEA conference in San Antonio in February 2017, date to be determined. Over 100 choirs from across Texas were asked to submit audition tapes to perform at the world-renowned TMEA convention. Over a span of 12 years, four BISD choirs have earned the TMEA Honors Choir distinction. Most recently, the Hanna Varsity Men’s Choir, directed by Gene Holkup with assistance by Jesus Morales and Selina Charles, performed in 2014. In 2012, the Vela Middle School Varsity Treble Choir, directed by Melody Eriksen, was named a TMEA Honors Choir and, in 2004, the Vela Varsity Mixed Choir, directed by Denise Pitcock, was selected. BISD fine arts students once again excel at the state level.
BISD Grads Earn UT Scholarships
Krista Quiroz, a 2016 graduate of Porter Early College High School, is the recipient of the Brownsville Texas Exes Chapter/Joe and Theresa Lozano Long Challenge Grant in the amount of $1,000. The scholarship is renewable for four years if the requirements are met every year. Three BISD 2016 graduates received $500 scholarships from the Brownsville Texas Exes alumni chapter good for one year. They are Viviana Castillo, Hanna; Esteban Salinas, Pace; and Aleida Olvera, Veterans Memorial. Congratulations to these grads on earning these college scholarships.
Pace Horn Player Heads to New York
Nick Ochoa, an upcoming junior at Pace ECHS, has been selected to participate in NYO2, an intensive two-week training program for talented young musicians in New York City. Ochoa was featured in The Brownsville Herald on Sunday, June 5. Read the article here.
Eat For Free at BISD
The BISD Food and Nutrition Services Department will provide free meals for children 0-18 years of age at more than 50 designated school and community sites in Brownsville this summer beginning on June 6. 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. Summer feeding will continue into August at several sites. Adults may purchase a meal for $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. View the flyer for locations, dates and times. English
Aquatic Center Closes in July
The Margaret M. Clark Aquatic Center will be closed July 1 for necessary maintenance and repairs. The community will be informed once the premier swimming venue reopens for regular operation.
Cavazos Scholarships Awarded to BISD Student Athletes
Congratulations to the BISD student athletes who received the 2016 Johnny N. and Nena S. Cavazos Athletic Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each. Sixty BISD seniors, ten from each early college high school, were recognized at the Student Recognition Ceremony held on Wednesday, June 1 at the Rivera ECHS gym. In 2007, Mr. and Mrs. Cavazos generously established an athletic endowment that has provided many college scholarships to male and female students who have participated in University Interscholastic League athletic sports over the years. View the 2016 Cavazos Scholarship recipients.
Benavides First at DI Globals
The Benavides Elementary School Destination Imagination (DI) team earned 1st Place at the Global Finals held on May 24-28 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Benavides team won the prestigious top award in the Get a Clue-Fine Arts Challenge. The Veterans Memorial ECHS team earned 5th Place in the Close Encounters-Improvisation Challenge, Ortiz Elementary won 16th Place in the In Plain Sight – Scientific Challenge, and Keller Elementary posted 27th Place in the Close Encounters Challenge. The DI Global Finals drew over 14,000 students from 20 countries. It is the world’s largest celebration of creativity. DI global competition encourages teams of learners to focus, frame challenges, take risks, and have fun while incorporating STEM, the arts, and service learning. The participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Congratulations to all the district’s DI participants and to the Benavides team for earning 1st Place at the international competition.
Pace Tops in U.S.
Pace ECHS was named the 2016 winner of the Gold National Excellence in Education Award in San Diego on Tuesday, May 24. View the story in The Brownsville Herald.
Pace Brings Home the Gold
Pace Early College High School received the prestigious 2016 Gold National Excellence in Urban Education Award. The announcement was made on Tuesday, May 24 at the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) awards ceremony held in San Diego, California. Dr. Esperanza Zendejas, Board Assistant Secretary Minerva Peña, Principal Rose Longoria, and Pace representatives received the award and a $5,000 check. Benavides Elementary earned the Silver Award and Breeden and Veterans Memorial were Bronze Award recipients. A total of 18 BISD elementary schools, Canales, Castañeda, Champion, Gallegos, Gonzalez, Keller, Martin, Morningside, Palm Grove, Paredes, Peña, Pullam, Resaca, Sharp, Skinner, Southmost, Vermillion, and Yturria were named to this year’s NCUST Honor Roll. All NCUST recognized schools serve low-income communities with an array of challenges but still boast achievement results that exceed state averages for all students. In 2015, Ortiz Elementary earned the NCUST Silver Award, Benavides and Breeden were Bronze recipients, and Paredes and Pullam were named to the Honor Roll.
Superintendent Awards $113,000 in Scholarships
Superintendent Dr. Esperanza Zendejas has announced the winners of the 2016 Superintendent’s Scholarships. A total of 113 graduating BISD seniors will each receive $1,000 to attend the college of their choice.
The scholarship funds were raised at the 13th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament hosted by Dr. Zendejas at the Rancho Viejo Resort on Saturday, May 7, 2016.
Scholarship recipients were selected by committees of local community members and district personnel. Over 433 student applications were reviewed by the committees to determine the winners.
“We sincerely thank the tournament sponsors and dedicated BISD employees who have made this tournament one of the largest in the Rio Grande Valley. We will award $113,000 in scholarships, the largest amount to date, to our 2016 early college high school graduates because of the generous donations of many businesses and organizations that value our students and want to see them continue their postsecondary education. It was a great golf tournament that truly benefitted a worthy cause, our students,” said Zendejas.
With this year’s proceeds, the Superintendent’s Scholarship Golf Tournament will have provided $901,000 to 800 deserving BISD graduates over the past 13 years.
Dr. Zendejas will personally award the 2016 Superintendent’s Scholarships to the following seniors at special ceremonies which will be held at their respective high school campuses on May
26-June 1, 2016. View the scholarship recipicents by campus.
Alhambra Announces Award Recipients
The Order of Alhambra Alva Caravan #91 has announced two educational awards. Perla Guerrero, a special education teacher at Pace ECHS, received the 2016 Teacher of the Year award for her demonstrated commitment to students with disabilities. The award includes $1,000. Veronica B. Garcia, a classroom aide at Rivera ECHS, received the 2016 High School Special Education Paraprofessional award and $500. They will be recognized on Thursday, May 12 at a meeting at the Galaxy Bowling Event Center. Congratulations to these outstanding BISD educators and thank you to the Order of Alhambra.
BISD Teachers Recognized for Excellence
BISD teachers won five of the six available 2016 Brownsville Rotary Club Scholarships for Teaching Excellence in the amount of $1,000 each. Congratulations to Elisa Moreno, Brownsville Academic Center; Delia Lopez, Champion Elementary; Lucrecia Alanis-Cruz, Russell Elementary School; Virginia Ramirez, Lopez ECHS; and Dawn Hill, Vela Middle School. These outstanding educators will be recognized at a Brownsville Rotary Club luncheon on Wednesday, May 18 at 12 noon at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art. For over 20 years, the Brownsville Rotary Club has sponsored this teaching endowment to recognize and reward local teachers.