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May 3
Board Meeting
@ 3:30PM Boardroom

May 4
-Department Administrators' Meeting
@ 9AM Boardroom

-BISD Parent Recognition Ceremony
@ 5:45PM CAB Auditorium

May 5
Policy Committee Meeting
@ 12Noon Boardroom

May 6
-GenTx Day/College Awareness Day

May 7
13th Scholarship Golf Tournament
@ 8:30AM Rancho Viejo Resort

May 9
TLI 4th Launching Literacy Event
@ 4PM Buchanan Center @ Hanna ECHS

May 11
11th Annual BISD Estudiantina Festival
@ 7PM CAB Auditorium

May 19
Red Hot Ballroom Final Championship
@ 5PM Brownsville Events Center



 




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TLI Launching
Literacy Event
BISD Artists Tops at State
BISD early college high school art students excelled at the state Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) competition held in San Antonio on April 25. BISD sent the largest group of qualifiers in district history and 20 students earned exemplary ratings and state medals with their artwork. Four BISD students won the coveted Gold Seal. Their artwork will travel with the Gold Seal Exhibit to numerous Texas venues including the state capital. Out of 32,000 entries statewide, only 2,000 advanced to the state VASE exhibit. Congratulations to these artists and their teachers.
Tournament is Full
The 13th Annual BISD Superintendent’s Scholarship Golf Tournament is closed to additional teams. Donations and tee box sign purchases are still being accepted. Thanks for supporting our students with scholarship funds.
TSI Deadline
Friday, May 6 is the deadline for students who are interested in taking dual enrollment courses next school year to take the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment. This deadline is only for students new to BISD and current BISD 9th, 10th, and 11th graders. The deadline for current BISD 8th graders was March 1st , 2016. For more information, call the Advanced Academic Services Department at 548-8291.
5 BISD Seniors Named Gates Scholars
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program has announced the Class of 2016 award recipients which includes 5 BISD seniors. The BISD Gates recipients are Zahira Correa, Brownsville ECHS; Daniela Butanda and Paulina Montez, Pace ECHS; Yannira Herrera, Porter ECHS; and Cassandra Gonzalez, Veterans Memorial ECHS. Each of these students will receive a scholarship that can be used to pursue a degree in any undergraduate major and selected graduate programs at accredited colleges or universities. Established in 1999, the GMS program is funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
New Record for MS Choirs
Middle school choirs from Region 28 gathered in La Feria on Saturday, April 23 to audition for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Middle School Region Choirs. TMEA Region 28 is comprised of schools from Donna to Brownsville. A total of 29 middle schools auditioned for 315 spots in 3 choirs, 7th Grade Treble Girls Choirs, 8th Grade Treble Choir, and 7th and 8th Grade Tenor Bass (Boys) Choir. BISD schools earned 220 of the available positions, 70%, in the 3 choirs. Special recognition to Nichole Fierro-Ryan, 8th Grade Soprano 2, Stillman MS; Allen Lopez, Tenor 2, Manzano MS; Dominic Chavez, Tenor 1, Oliveira MS; and Diego Hinojosa, Bass, Stillman MS; for placing first in their sections. View the results by campus.
Challenging Schools
Pace and Hanna Early College High Schools made the list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools recently released by The Washington Post. Pace was ranked #888 and Hanna was #1685. View the list.
4 ECHS Named to Best Schools List
Four BISD early college high schools, BECHS, Veterans, Hanna, and Pace, have earned medals in the national U.S. News and World Report 2016 Best High Schools ranking. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded based on a methodology that incorporates state proficiency tests, participation in Advanced Placement, and other examinations and data. Brownsville ECHS was ranked #27 in Texas and #150 nationally earning the school a gold medal. Veterans Memorial ECHS at #145 in Texas and #1559 nationally earned a silver medal and Hanna ranked at #185 in Texas and #2182 in the nation also received a silver medal. Pace ECHS completed the list by earning a silver medal for ranking #192 in Texas and #2296 nationally. Over 21,500 U.S. public high schools were reviewed and more than 6,000 received medals. View the rankings for the 4 BISD schools..
2016 ECHS Graduations Relocated
Due to the maintenance and repairs being made at Sams Stadium, all six BISD 2016 Early College High School graduations will be relocated to the Brownsville Sports Park. This does not impact the Brownsville Early College High School, Brownsville Learning Academy or Lincoln Park School graduations which are scheduled at other venues. The district and community will be informed once Sams Stadium reopens for regular operation. View the graduation schedule.
Students Earn Coveted Duke Recognition
A total of sixteen BISD 7th grade students have earned State Recognition in the Duke University Talent Identification Program with one student earning both State and Grand Recognition. The Duke Program focuses on the identification, recognition, and support of high ability students and offers qualifying 7th grade students the opportunity to take college entrance exams alongside high school students. Duke students must score 95% or higher on the national norms of a grade-level standardized achievement, aptitude, or mental ability test. Students who qualify for State Recognition are in the top 42% of all Duke participants nationwide. Students who qualify for Grand Recognition are in the top 5% nationally. Congratulations to BISD's 2015-2016 Duke recognized recipients. View the BISD list by campus.
BISD Summer Schedule
Brownsville ISD will follow an abbreviated summer schedule beginning on Monday, June 13, 2016 through Friday, July 29, 2016. The summer schedule is 7:30-5:30 pm on Monday-Thursday and 8 am-12:00 noon on Friday. The BISD administrative offices will be closed on July 4-July 8, 2016.
College Connected
BISD early college high school students are actively applying to colleges and universities using the APPLY TEXAS Application. Check out the latest numbers below by BISD school. For questions, contact Pilar Janis, BISD Guidance and Counseling Department, at 548-8251.

Name of ECHS Apply Texas % FAFSA% TASFA FAFSA/TASFA %
HANNA 100% 71% 7 73%
PORTER 100% 53% 13 57%
PACE 100% 66% 10 69%
RIVERA 99% 61% 30 67%
LOPEZ 100% 88% 10 91%
VETERANS 98% 70% 15 73%
BECHS 100% 100% - -
         
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