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February 26
BISD Charro Days Parade
@ 2:30 PM Elizabeth Street

February 27
Charro Days Holiday

March 2-6
National School Breakfast Week

March 2
-Read Across America
-Texas Independence Day
-Middle School Open House
@ 5:30 pm Middle Schools

March 3
-Centennial Reception
@ 4:30PM BISD Administration Building Lobby
-Board Meeting
@ 5:30PM BISD Boardroom
-High School Open House
@ 5:30 pm High Schools

March 4
-Department Administrators' Meeting @ 8:30AM BISD Boardroom
-BISD Night of Percussion
@ 7PM Rivera ECHS

March 5
Elementary Open House
@ 5:30 pm Elementary Schools

March 9-13
Spring Break





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Dance Stations Engl/Span
The Children's Parade Live
Watch today's 2015 BISD Children's Parade live on cable channel 17.17 or on YouTube at BISD-KBSD ITV beginning at 2:30 pm without leaving home. View all the action here.
BISD Fiesta Folklorica Has Been Rescheduled
Due to inclement weather, the BISD Charro Days Fiesta Folklorica has been rescheduled from today to Wednesday, February 25 at Sams Stadium at 6 pm. District administrators have been closely monitoring the weather and feel that conditions for the Fiesta Folklorica will be better for students, parents and employees on Wednesday. Thank you for your understanding.
BISD Students Compete at DI
On Saturday, February 21, hundreds of BISD students of all ages will be competing at the 15th Annual South Border Bridge Regional Destination Imagination Tournament being hosted at PSJA North High School, 500 E. Nolana Loop, Pharr, Texas. The public is welcome to come watch students perform their amazing solutions for their selected challenges. Performances will begin at 8:00 AM and continue throughout the day until the Closing Ceremonies at about 5:30 PM. For more information about the Destination Imagination program, visit www.destinationimagination.org or www.southborder.texasdi.org.
PASOS Parents Graduate
The Brownsville ISD Parental Involvement Department will host a Graduation Ceremony for parents who completed the Parent Academy for Success of School (PASOS) program on Wednesday, March 4 at 6 pm at the Central Administration Building Auditorium. Parents in the PASOS academy participated in 12 weeks of training designed to teach them strategies to assist their children along the educational pathway. PASOS is an initiative of the Texas Valley Communities Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Mercedes, that has partnered with the Brownsville Independent School District to train parents. The class series culminates in a PASOS graduation ceremony. The PASOS graduation is a celebration that is typically very powerful to parents who may not have a formal education and is an opportunity for children to see their parents as graduates themselves. View the invitation.
BISD Celebrates Its Past
The centennial celebration is on! The Brownsville Independent School District (BISD) turned 100 this year and activities are underway to recognize this significant milestone. The very first official BISD Board Meeting was held in March, 1915, after the district was created with the unanimous approval of House Bill 594 by the Texas House and Senate members. Fittingly, the public is invited to attend a Centennial Reception on Tuesday, March 3 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM in the Lobby of the BISD Administration Building, 1900 Price Road. It would not be a celebration without a birthday cake. Cake and other light refreshments will be served. The Centennial Reception is being held prior to the regularly scheduled Board Meeting at 5:30 P.M. At the Board Meeting, former BISD trustees will be recognized and KBSD TV will air a special anniversary video. View the media release.
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 www.wellnessishotstuff.com. View the current schedule of district screenings.
BISD Names Interim Superintendent
At a Special Called Meeting held on Monday, February 16, Brownsville ISD Board Trustees unanimously approved Dr. Esperanza Zendejas to serve as the Interim Superintendent of Schools, effective Tuesday, February 17. The appointment came after current Superintendent Dr. Carl A. Montoya notified trustees that he was the sole finalist for the top position in Judson ISD located in northeast San Antonio. View the media release.
ABE Teacher Ranked Best in State
The Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education (TALAE) selected Diana Hite, a BISD Adult Continuing Education (ACE) Teacher, as the 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year for Adult Education Programs in Texas. Hite was recognized for her leadership, dynamic teaching style, use of project-based learning activities and career fairs, and for retention and assessment scores which exceeded all targets mandated by the federal government. This is Ms. Hite's 7th year at ACE. The district's ACE program provides adult basic education services for General Educational Development (GED) and English as a Second Language (ESL). The average enrollment is 2,000 students.
Charro Days Artists
Congratulations to the BISD winners in the 2015 Charro Days Art Contest. View the results.
BISD Launches SPACE Academy
Brownsville ISD has launched a new SPACE (STEM Program for Aerospace and Careers in Engineering) Academy for 8th grade students who will be entering any of the district’s Early College High Schools (ECHS) in August 2015. The SPACE Academy is closely modeled after the district’s successful STAMP Program. In fact, at several of the BISD Early College High Schools, STAMP and SPACE students will attend the same freshman engineering courses. Applications for the SPACE Academy are available on the BISD homepage. Completed SPACE applications must be submitted to 8th grade counselors at BISD middle schools. The application deadline is Friday, February 20. For questions, contact Roman Gomez, BISD Curriculum Science Specialist, at (956) 698-1654 or regomez@bisd.us.
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
Apply Texas
HANNA
491
92%
PORTER
368
89%
PACE
374
100%
RIVERA
442
97%
LOPEZ
412
100%
VETERANS
445
88%
BECHS
48
100%

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