February 2
Groundhog Day

February 3
Board Meeting

February 4
Department Administrators' Meeting (Canceled)

February 7
BISD Spelling Bee

February 8-14

February 11
CTE Night

February 14
Valentine's Day

February 16
DEIC Meeting

February 20
-BISD Principal for a Day
-End of 4th Six Weeks

February 23
BISD Fiesta Folklorica

February 26
BISD Charro Days Parade

February 27
Charro Days Holiday

Lopez Student Featured
Lopez Early College High School Student Krystal Rosas was featured on the Rio Grande LEAD website. Read about how Krystal is preparing for her future.
BISD High School Scientists Rock!
Brownsville ISD's annual High School Science Fair was held on Saturday, January 17 at Pace Early College High School. Almost 200 projects were presented by students from all 7 BISD high schools. The top winners in each category will advance to the regional competition to be held on February 20-21 at the Student Union Building at the University of Texas-Brownsville. Special thanks to Pace for hosting the event and to the many judges, sponsors, and participants who make the district competition successful each and every year. View the results by categories.
Students Offer Tax Help
Six BISD High Schools, Hanna, Lopez, Pace, Porter, Rivera, and Veterans Memorial, have been designated as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. Students in the business classes at these schools have been specially trained and certified to assist with free tax preparation for families or individuals earning $53,000 or less in annual income. View the VITA locations, dates, times, and information necessary for VITA assistance.
BISD Middle School Bands Are Tops!
Brownsville ISD middle school band students swept the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 28 All-Region Band audition held on Saturday, January 17. BISD bands earned a total of 146 All-Region Band Chairs, including 12 of the 16 available 1st chair positions. For the fifth consecutive year, all BISD middle school bands had students earn chairs. Over half of the middle school band programs improved their results from last year. The BISD All-Region Band students will perform on January 24 at 6 pm at the Harlingen ISD Performing Arts Center. Congratulations to our middle school musicians and their directors. View the number of chairs by campus.
BISD Launches Custom Mobile App
Life on the go just got a lot easier for parents, students and employees searching for the latest news and information from the Brownsville Independent School District. From a campus phone number to the day’s lunch menu to an update on classroom progress, a new BISD mobile app offers fast answers on all those topics and so much more. The free app, which features the BISD logo, can be downloaded for smartphones and devices from the App Store and Google Play for Android. Developed in partnership with SchoolMessenger, a leading provider of communication solutions for education, the new app is both secure and flexible. It integrates the notification services that SchoolMessenger already provides to BISD stakeholders with many of the features available on the district’s website. Families will have 24/7/365 access to all things BISD. View the media release.
Community Leaders Head Back to School
Brownsville ISD will host its popular Principal for a Day activity on Friday, February 20. Each BISD campus will invite a business or community leader to serve as a guest principal for one entire morning. Guest principals will begin the day at their respective schools where they will shadow the campus administrator and participate in a variety of school activities. The day will conclude with a luncheon where participants will share stories about their morning spent in the principal's office. BISD Principal for a Day began in 1992 and has enabled hundreds of local leaders to experience the joys and challenges of public school administration.
Readers' Favorites
Four BISD educators and three campuses earned recognition in the 2015 Readers' Choice Awards sponsored by The Brownsville Herald. Congratulations to Principal Mary Solis, Veterans Memorial ECHS; Teacher Diana Cisneros, Russell Elementary; Music Teacher Stephanie Zamora, Stell Middle School; and Coach Mario Cisneros, Pace ECHS. The Readers' Choice campuses are Hanna ECHS, Stell Middle School, and Sharp Elementary School. Winners will be highlighted in the newspaper and receive recognition plaques. View the list.
BISD History Champs
Over 400 young BISD historians participated in the district’s 20th Annual History Day held on Saturday, January 10 at Veterans Memorial Early College High School. The top two winners in each category will advance to the Regional History Day to be held at the University of Pan American on Saturday, February 7. History Day participation promotes critical thinking, innovation, and intellectual development. It helps students harness the social studies skills that are tested on the U.S. History STAAR and End of Course exams. Congratulations to these outstanding BISD students and the many employees who helped make this annual competition a success. View the History Day Awards Summary by campus.
Milestone for the Porter Nation
Porter High School will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 2-4 pm in the school's gymnasium. All past Porter graduates and employees are invited to celebrate 40 years of quality education for students in the Porter Nation. Make plans to attend. This is an opportunity to visit with Porter alumni and past administrators. Call (956) 548-7800 for more information.
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