March 27
Deadline for Middle School STEM Applications

March 30-April 1

April 1
Intra-District Transfers Begin

April 2
International Children's Book Day

April 3
BISD Easter Holiday

April 5

April 7
Board Meeting
@ 5:30PM BISD Boardroom

April 8
Department Administrators' Meeting
@ 8:30AM BISD Boardroom

April 10
End of 5th Six Weeks

April 11
BISD Mini-Triathlon
@ 8:30AM Aquatic Center
Third Early Childhood Symposium

•STAAR English | Spanish
•EOC English | Spanish
New Kinder & First Grade
English | Spanish
New Pre-Kinder
English | Spanish
-English -Spanish
-English -Spanish
-Early Childhood Symposium
-Retiree Portraits
Parent Technology Conference -Engl -Span
Breeden and Lucio Earn Awards
Two BISD schools won the district’s March Madness Student Attendance Contest on Friday, March 6, 2015. Congratulations to Breeden Elementary and Lucio Middle School for having the highest attendance rate on the Friday before Spring Break. Both schools earned cash incentives.
Brownsville ISD Among the Best in Music Ed
For a second consecutive year, Brownsville ISD has been nationally recognized as one of the 2015 Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) in the United States. The announcement was made by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. BISD was one of the 388 districts selected from thousands of districts that were considered for this prestigious designation. Only 36 school districts in Texas earned this distinction. Now in its 16th year, the Best Communities of Music Education program evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, and access to music instruction. The NAMM Foundation, with the assistance of researchers at The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas (an affiliate of the University of Kansas), evaluate participants on these factors. Designations are awarded to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and greater access to music education.
Summer School On-Line Apps
The 2015 BISD Summer School on-line applications are now open to current, full-time BISD employees through Tuesday, April 7 at 5 pm. Late applications will not be accepted. For more information, call the BISD Human Resources Department at 548-8031 or 548-8051. Follow this link to the on-line application. Summer School Vacancy List: Certified Positions | Classified Positions | Important Dates
Thank You, Milligan!
Milligan College, located in Johnson City, Tennessee, has granted 8 Betty Goah Scholarships to Rio Grande Valley students, including 6 students from BISD. The BISD scholarships total $648,000. In the past 6 years, Milligan College has awarded over $4.3 million in scholarships to BISD students. Tim Snyder, BISD Career and Technical Education Administrator and Milligan alumni, has facilited this generous scholarship award. Milligan has a full-time enrollment of about 1,000 students.
Middle School Choirs Are Tops
BISD middle schools continue to excel! At the Region 28 UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest, BISD middle school choirs brought home 21 sweepstakes titles, 5 more than last year. A total of 13 BISD choirs also improved their ratings from last year. Congratulations to these students, teachers, and parents on their performances and results. View the results by campus.
Porter Business Students to Participate in National Leadership Conference
Top students from Porter Early College High School Prep will be attending the Business Professionals of America (BPA) 2015 National Leadership Conference, “Imagine, Believe, Become,” in Anaheim, California, May 5 – May 10, 2015. Porter ECHS chapter members, Cileo Ascencio, Rafael Gomez, Jr., Francisco Rodriguez, and Armando Silva, will join over 5,000 other conference delegates from across the nation to participate in national level business skills competitions, work-shops, general sessions, and the national officer candidate campaigns and elections. Besides having the opportunity to excel, the students will experience Anaheim, California. View the entire release.
Let’s Play Football
Brownsville ISD, in conjunction with the Brownsville Parks and Recreation Program, is pleased to announce the 2015 NFL Flag Football schedule for 4th and 5th grade BISD students. All games will be played after school at the Brownsville Sports Park. Students must be enrolled at participating elementaries. For more information, call Fred Tamez, BISD PE/Health Specialist, at 698-0149. View the list of established teams and games.
BISD's College-Going Culture
BISD high school students are actively applying to colleges and universities using the APPLY TEXAS APPLICATION. See the latest numbers below by high schools. Please note that the Brownsville Learning Academy, Lincoln Park School, and the Brownsville Academic Center students are also included in these counts. For questions, call Pilar Janis at the Guidance and Counseling Department, 548-8251.

Name of High School
# Apply Texas Applications
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Hanna Drumline Wins State Championship
The Hanna ECHS Indoor Drumline has been labeled as the 2015 Winter Guard International (WGI) Champion for Texas by placing first at the WGI Houston Regional Competition on March 7, 2015, qualifying the drumline to attend the National Championships in Dayton, Ohio in April. Hanna will represent the State of Texas in the Scholastic World Class Division, the highest classification of scholastic competition in this activity. In the entire history of the activity, since 1993, only 2 other Texas high schools in the World Class Level have earned this honor. Currently, Hanna Early College High School is ranked third on the national scale in the WGI activity. Congratulations to the students, parents, and directors of this outstanding ensemble. Best of luck to the members of the Hanna ECHS Indoor Drumline as they advance to national competition and represent Hanna, the City of Brownsville, and the entire State of Texas! View the national rankings.
2 BISD Cafeterias Get Facelifts
Students at Martin and El Jardin Elementary Schools were greeted with a pleasant surprise when they returned to their schools on Monday, March 16 after Spring Break. Their school cafeterias received stunning new makeovers while they were away. The fresh, new cafeterias are modern, vibrant and look very similar to popular chain restaurants. They provide a kid-friendly atmosphere for students to dine and relax with friends. The students love their new spaces which were carefully designed by the BISD Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) staff with students in mind. FNS previously renovated the Villa Nueva Elementary cafeteria over this year’s winter break and Canales, Cromack, and Vermillion Elementary cafeterias were remodeled last year. Plans are to continue improving the cafeterias at older BISD campuses as funds become available.
3 BISD Schools Among Nation’s Best
Three BISD elementary schools have been ranked among the highest performing urban schools in America. Final results of the National Excellence in Urban Education Award have been announced and both Benavides and Breeden Elementary Schools were named bronze winners. Ortiz Elementary has earned either a gold or silver award but the final announcement for Ortiz will be made at the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) awards ceremony on May 21 in Dallas, Texas. The 3 BISD schools were among 24 schools from across the U.S. selected as finalists for this distinguished national award. The finalists serve low-income communities with an array of challenges but still boast achievement results that exceed state averages for all students. Each finalist was visited by a team of national education experts before the final results were determined.
Next Year’s School Calendar
At the Regularly Scheduled BISD Board Meeting held on Tuesday, March 3, Trustees approved the 2015-2016 school calendar. View the calendar.
BISD students in several grades will be STAAR/EOC testing on March 30-April 1. The tests are timed. Please stress the importance of rest, proper diet, and a positive attitude so that our students do their very best. It is also important that students arrive to school on time. Please note that no cell phones or electronic devices are allowed on BISD campuses during testing. As per the Texas Education Code, “Any irregularities in test security or confidential integrity may result in the invalidation of student results.” Thank you for your support of our students, schools and district.
Employee Health Screenings
Free biometric health screenings for all full-time BISD employees will be conducted in February, March and April at BISD campuses and departments. Employees are reminded to fast for 10 hours prior to their screenings and water is encouraged. It is important to know your numbers. It could save your life. For questions, call the BISD Employee Benefits/Risk Management/Safety Department at 548-8061 or visit View the current schedule of district screenings.
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