November 23-27
BISD Thanksgiving Holiday

December 2-4
Santa & Friends
@ 7PM CAB Theatre

December 2
Department Administrators' Meeting (Rescheduled)

December 3
BISD Child Find Event
@ 9AM Brownsville Events Center

December 5
BISD Middle School Science Fair
@ Garcia Middle School

December 8
-BISD Board Meeting/Tamalada

December 9
Principals' Meeting
@ 9AM BISD Boardroom

December 15
18th Annual Kids at the Movies Event

December 17
-End of 3rd Six Weeks
-End of 1st Semester

December 18
Teacher Preparation Day



Extended Day
Enrichment Program
A Message to Parents:
2015 One-Act Play Results
BISD schools participated in the Middle School One-Act Play competition held on November 18-19 at the Brownsville Veterans Memorial ECHS Auditorium. On Wednesday, November 18, Faulk, Perkins, and Vela Middle Schools took top honors. Samantha Casares was named Best Actress and Noe Solis Best was selected Best Actor. Both students are from Faulk. On November 19, Garcia, Stillman, and Manzano Middle Schools earned top marks. Dayna Rodriguez from Manzano secured the Best Actress title and Issace Nicklow from Oliveira was named Best Actor. Congratulations to all BISD Middle School One-Act Play performers. View the results.
BISD Early Notification Incentive
On November 17, 2015, the BISD Board of Trustees approved an early notification incentive which applies to non-retired/rehired employees who have served BISD for at least 20 years.
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Get Your Santa & Friends Tickets Now
Just a few tickets remain for the Santa & Friends public performances on December 2, 3 & 4 at 7 pm at the Central Administration Building Theatre. Call the BISD Fine Arts Department at 982-3730 to obtain tickets.
Farmers Connect with BISD Students
The BISD Farmers’ Market held on Wednesday, November 18 in the Besteiro Middle School gym was a success. Over 1,000 Aiken Elementary School and Besteiro Middle School students had an opportunity to shop at the market and visit with local farmers. View the story in today’s Brownsville Herald.
Elementary Scientists Get Results
Brownsville ISD hosted the 2015-2016 Elementary Science Fair for Clusters 1-4 over two weekends. Students received awards in four categories for each grade level. Awards were presented to the Grand Champion and 1st – 3rd Runners-Up. Thank you to the hosting campuses and middle school sites and the many volunteers who made the BISD elementary science fair possible. View the list of winners.
Apply to STAMP/SPACE Programs
The Brownsville ISD STAMP (Science, Technology, Architecture, Medical Professions) and SPACE (STEM Programs for Aerospace & Careers in Engineering) Programs are now taking applications for the 2016-2017 school year. BISD students may pick applications up from their 8th grade counselors. Students who attend school outside of BISD may download an application packet online at or call 956-574-5657.
Hanna Writing Winners
Several Hanna ECHS students placed in the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival Writing Contest. Their teacher is Adriana Tovar. View the winners.
GenTx Week in BISD
Brownsville ISD will join school districts across the state in participating in GenTx College Application Week on November 16-21, 2015. GenTx Week is sponsored by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. During the campaign, students at BISD early college high schools will be assisted as they complete college applications during the school day. The goal for GenTx Week is that each participating student will submit at least one college application to any of the 148 public and independent institutions of higher education in Texas, or any institution of higher education they choose. The purpose of GenTx Week is to share information and build awareness of the college application process, provide advice, assist in completing applications, engage parents and community, and help students make decisions and plan ahead. For more information, call BISD Guidance and Counseling at 548-8251.
Cummings Team in Samsung Top Five
A Cummings Middle School team composed of National Junior Honor Society students has been selected as one of the five Texas finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. Out of more than 4,100 applications, the Cummings entry stood out as one of the top five, earning an award of two Samsung Galaxy Tabs. All teams are vying for an opportunity to win a share of $2 million in technology and prizes for their school. Congratulations to Efrain Amaro, Rudy Nava, Dominique Fraguso, Gaby Resendez, Clarrisa Puentes, Nohelia Contreras, Britney Flores, Ashley Cruz, and Rebecca Alvarez, the teacher sponsor. The Cummings team will now advance to the second phase of the contest by submitting a brief activity plan that will serve as the outline for the team’s project. The activity plan will be used to make a video in phase three of the contest. Congratulations to these outstanding Cummings Red Ants and best of luck as they advance through the next two stages of this competition.
BISD Earns State’s Highest Fiscal Accountability Rating
Brownsville Independent School District officials announced that the district received a rating of “P” for “Passed” under the Texas School FIRST financial accountability rating system. The “Passed” rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of Brownsville ISD’s financial management and reporting system. View the media release.
BISD Artists Place in Contest
A total of 17 talented BISD student artists earned places in the annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival Art Contest. Special congratulations to Alexandra Poggio from Pace ECHS who won “Best of Show.” The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, November 8 at 1:30 at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium at Fair Park. View the list of BISD winners.
Attention BISD Employees
The schedules for the Section 125 Cafeteria Plan and voluntary products including Cancer, Dental, Disability, Life, Vision and the Biometric Screening are available. For questions, call Employee Benefits and Risk Management at (956) 548-8061. View the Voluntary Product Schedule and Biometric Screening Schedule.
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