November 24-28
BISD Thanksgiving Holiday

December 1-5
Fall STAAR EOC Testing

December 2
Board Meeting (Rescheduled)

December 3-5
Santa & Friends "Frostbite"

December 6
BISD Middle School Science Fair

December 8
Brownsville Christmas Parade

December 9
Rescheduled Regular Board Meeting & Tamalada

December 12
-Pre-Regional Swimming Showcase
-Fitness Gram Testing

December 15
DEIC Meeting

December 16
17th Annual Kids @ the Movies

December 17
Principals' Meeting
-Child Find Screening

December 18
-End of 3rd Six Weeks
-End of 1st Semester

December 19
-Teacher Preparation Day
(No Classes)
-City Swimming Meet

December 19-January 2
Student Holiday Break

December 22-January 2
Employee Holiday Break

EOC testing
in December
Child Find:
Free Screening
BISD Makes AP Honor Roll
Brownsville ISD has earned distinction as one of 547 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll school districts in the U.S. and Canada, including 29 in Texas, for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the number of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. By reaching these goals, these districts are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work. This is the 5th year that the College Board has compiled the AP District Honor Roll. View the entire list of districts.
3 BISD Schools to Participate in GenTX Week
The GenTX Application Campaign, supported by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the GenTX Steering Committee, and GenTX partners, will be held November 17-21 at several Texas high schools including Lopez, Pace and Porter Early College High Schools. This initiative seeks to increase the number of students who are applying to college early in their senior year. View the story in The Brownsville Herald.
BISD’s Youngest Scientists Compete
The annual BISD Elementary Science Fair was held on Saturday, November 8 at four middle school sites, Cummings, Garcia, Oliveira and Perkins. Several hundred science fair projects were entered into this year’s competition. Special thanks to the hosting schools and the many judges who assisted. View the list of top winners by contest sites.
BISD Earns Financial Recognition
Brownsville ISD has received two certificates of achievement for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Reporting for fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. BISD received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International as well as a Certificate of Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association. These are the highest forms of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. BISD’s attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a governmental entity and its management.
The Flu: A Guide for Parents
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has provided a handy flu guide for parents. View the brochure in English/Spanish.
Six BISD Schools to Provide Tax Help
For the first time, all six BISD high schools will participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program during the upcoming tax season. Junior and senior business/accounting students at these campuses will train and become certified as volunteer tax preparers through the IRS VITA program. The students will prepare and electronically file basic tax returns for free for those with earned income under $53,000. Parents with children applying for college need to get their tax returns prepared as early as possible in February so that they can complete the on-line Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). More information regarding schedules and a list of what to bring to the tax appointment will be released at a later date.
Pursue Your Passion at STAMP
The Science, Technology, Architecture, and Medical Professions (STAMP) Program which is offered at six BISD Early College High Schools has two upcoming application deadlines on Thursday, December 18, 2014 and Friday, February 20, 2015. BISD 8th grade students can pick up applications from their school counselors and out of district students can download an application at and turn them into Michelle Seney, BISD Administration Building, 1900 Price Road, #208D. For questions, call 574-5657 or email
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