BISD Bands Students Dominate Region
BISD high school band students, competing against 183 of the top regional players, earned 15 of the 27 available chairs in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 28 Orchestra auditions held on Tuesday, October 28 at Harlingen High School. BISD students also earned 7 of the 11 available first chairs. Twelve BISD students will advance to the TMEA Area audition to compete for chairs in the All-State Orchestra. The All-Region Orchestra will perform on Saturday, November 22 at the Harlingen CISD Performing Arts Center. Congratulations to our outstanding high school musicians and their directors. View the results by school.
Hanna and Lopez Bands Are State Bound
Hanna and Lopez High Schools will host pep rallies to recognize their marching bands and wish them luck on their upcoming state competition on Tuesday, November 4 in San Antonio. Hanna’s Pep Rally is scheduled for Friday, October 31 at 12:15 pm in the gym and Lopez’s Pep Rally is Friday, October 31 at 3 pm in the school’s gym. Both schools will also recognize their bands during their football games this weekend.
Spanish Educators to Tour BISD
Two distinguished educators from Spain will visit Brownsville ISD on Monday, November 3 and Tuesday, November 4. The district is pleased to welcome Esther Salat, Education Councilwoman, Sant Cugat City Hall, and Sam Lardner, Project Director for the Sant Cugat Living Lab. The focus of their visit is to learn about the district’s initial training of teachers ranging from the implementation of methodologies to the evaluation of students. The visitors will hear first-hand accounts from BISD teachers and administrators as they tour district campuses. They hope to take BISD’s best practices and use them with their own students in Catalunya, Spain. The BISD Curriculum and Instruction Department is coordinating their visit.
Brains at Work
The 2014 BISD Brownsville Inventions Competition was held on Saturday, October 25 at Manzano Middle School. Students from 33 district schools submitted 237 projects. Brainsville Inventions is an activity designed to promote problem solving skills. View the results of this year’s competition by student and category.
Two BISD Bands Advance to State Competition
Two BISD high school marching bands, Hanna and Lopez, proved to be the most successful in the entire Rio Grande Valley (RGV) at the UIL 6A Area G Marching Band Competition held on Saturday, October 25 at Gustafson and Farris Stadiums in San Antonio. Competing against 40 bands from San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Laredo, and the RGV, the Lopez Lobo Band earned 4th place and the Hanna Golden Eagle Band earned 6th place. Both BISD bands will advance to the UIL 6A State Marching Championship to be held on Tuesday, November 4 in San Antonio at the Alamodome. The Veterans Memorial Charger Band once again advanced to the final competition and the Rivera Raiders Band made its sixth consecutive appearance at the Area G event. All four BISD marching bands gave exceptional performances. Congratulations to Brownsville band students and staff on their record setting area and state achievements.
Saluting Our Veterans
Several BISD schools will participate in the Annual Southmost Veterans Parade on Saturday, November 8 at 2 pm. The parade will begin at Porter High School and proceed down Coolidge Street to Southmost Road concluding at Cromack Elementary School, located at the corner of Southmost Road and 30th Street. The Veterans Day Parade is sponsored by the Southmost Veterans Day Parade Committee and the City of Brownsville to honor the brave men and women who have served or are serving in the United States Armed Services. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be held on Sunday, November 9 at 2 pm.
Brownsville ISD: An Early College District
Brownsville ISD’s Early College High Schools were featured in the Fall Issue of Latino Education Magazine which was inserted in Rio Grande Valley newspapers on Sunday, October 19. Comments from Superintendent Dr. Carl A. Montoya were also featured in a SpaceX story in the same magazine. View the ECHS story and photos.
BISD Earns National Award
Brownsville ISD is the recipient of the 2014 School District of the Year Award by the National Hispanic Institute (NHI). BISD earned the award for taking the lead in providing special support to young men and women who will play significant roles in the future as professionals and trained community leaders. Of the many school districts that support NIH efforts, Brownsville ISD was selected because it displayed the greatest commitment. Dr. Montoya will receive the award at the NHI Alumni Banquet and Awards Ceremony to be held on Saturday, November 15 in Dallas, Texas. In the award notification letter, NHI cited the long history of individuals who have been educated by BISD schools and are now successful leaders. View the story in The Brownsville Herald.