Pace is a Star
Pace High School won the GenTX Star Award for completing the most college applications in the state at ApplyTexas.org. Pace will receive $1,000 in GenTX swag to support events and activities at the school. Congratulations to Pace High School for creating a college and career ready pathway for students.
The Christmas Parade scheduled for today, December 9 has been cancelled due to anticipated inclement weather. There are no plans to reschedule it.
Toys for Children
Dr. Montoya is sponsoring his annual Superintendent’s Holiday Toy Drive on December 4-18. Students, parents, employees, community organizations, and businesses are invited to donate new, unwrapped toys. The toys will be donated to local organizations that serve our neighbors in need including the BISD Homeless Youth Project. View more information.
Scientists at Work
Several hundred district middle school scientists will participate in the annual BISD Middle School Science Fair on Saturday, December 7. Special thanks to Principal Carla Pereira and her staff for hosting this important secondary scientific competition.
BECHS Senior Earns Gold
Blanca Estrada, a senior at the Brownsville Early College High School, received a gold award from The Hispanic Heritage Foundation. She was one of the 15 award recipients at the Houston Regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards ceremony this fall. As the gold medalist in the engineering and mathematics category sponsored by ExxonMobil, Blanca was awarded $3,000 to support her plans to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering.
New School Buses on the Road
On Thursday, December 5 at 10 AM, Brownsville ISD displayed several new school buses in the parking lot of the Administration Building located at 1900 Price Road. Representatives from the district’s Transportation Department were available to comment.
District officials took decisive action to replace over one fourth of its 300 bus fleet last school year. As a result, the district recently took delivery of 18 new special needs buses. Another 42 regular buses are also starting to arrive and 12 additional regular buses will be delivered later in the year for a total of 72 buses. All the new buses are manufactured by Thomas Built Buses, Inc. out of Raleigh, North Carolina. The $6.4 million school bus upgrade was approved by the Board of Trustees last May. The district is also implementing an automatic bus replacement schedule to ensure a continual upgrade of the entire school district bus fleet over the next few years. View the press release.
BISD Goes Paperless on Check Stubs in January
Beginning on January 6, 2014, Brownsville ISD will no longer issue check stubs to employees in conjunction with direct deposit on payday. All employees will have access to a computer and printer at their campus or department work locations to view or print their own payroll or benefit information including a check stub from the Employee Online feature located on the BISD homepage. For assistance logging into Employee Online, call the Business Software Help Desk at 698-1254.
Breeden is Water Smart
Breeden Elementary School is the overall district winner of the “Get Water! School Challenge!” Breeden had 100 % participation in the number of pledge forms completed by parents for the kindergarten - 5th grade enrollment. Parents pledged to drink more water and less sugary beverages. Breeden Elementary will receive a Hydration Station as the district winner. Three other BISD elementary schools, Gallegos, 76%; Paredes, 52%; and Burns, 46%; are to be commended on their efforts to secure parent pledges. The School of Public Health, Brownsville Regional Campus, awarded water bottles to those who returned their pledges.
Inventing for the Future
Brownsville ISD hosted the annual Brainsville Inventions Competition on Saturday, November 16 at Oliveira Middle School. Over 200 students participated in the event. View the article
that ran in The Brownsville Herald on Sunday, November 17. View the lists of winners
BISD Mobile Website
Brownsville ISD has a mobile-sized version of the district’s website designed especially for access with today’s smart phones. It features the most popular content on the district’s website. Students, parents, employees, and community members can stay up to date with the latest district news and information anywhere, anytime. To access the mobile site, simply navigate your phone to the district’s website address, www.bisd.us
, and you will be automatically redirected to the mobile website. You may also go to google.com or another internet search engine and search for Brownsville ISD. Give it a try and don’t forget to save the district’s new mobile site to your list of favorites.
Foundation Gifts Faulk Middle School
The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation has selected Faulk Middle School to receive a donation of 27 musical instruments valued at $25,685.00 for the 2013-2014 school year. The donation is made possible through generous funding from the NAMM Foundation, an organization dedicated to advocacy efforts that work to keep music education strong. The Faulk Band will receive 3 new trombones, 1 new bari saxophone, 1 new tenor saxophone, 5 new trumpets, 1 new bass clarinet, 7 new clarinets, 6 refurbished clarinets, 2 refurbished flutes, and 1 refurbished alto saxophone. In addition, the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation entered into a Commitment to Music Education Partnership with Brownsville ISD. The essence of this partnership is to work together to support, sustain and enhance music education in Brownsville public schools.