Charro Days Art Contest

The Charro Days Fiesta held the 6th Annual Art Contest on January 18, 2017. BISD students demonstrated their talents and created beautiful works of art to commemorate Brownsville’s distinctive and unique celebration. View the list of student winners.

Middle School Musicians Dominate Jazz Audition

BISD middle school band students earned 22 of the 40 chairs available in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 28 Middle School Jazz ensemble on Thursday, February 2. BISD students also earned 3 of the 9 available first chair positions. These students will perform on Saturday, February 18 at 4 pm at the Harlingen Performing Arts Center. Congratulations to our middle school musicians and their directors. View the results by campus.

Regional BISD History Qualifiers Are Off to State

A total of 65 BISD secondary students have qualified for the Texas History Day Competition on Saturday, April 29 in Austin, Texas. These students advanced after competing in the Rio Grande Regional History Day on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at UTRGV-Edinburg. View the RGV Regional History Day Awards Summary.

BISD ECHS Scientists Advance to Regionals

The Brownsville ISD ECHS Science & Engineering Fair was held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Hanna ECHS. A total of 193 projects and 285 students participated in this annual competition. BISD will have 83 projects and 135 students advancing to the UTRGV Regional Science & Engineering Fair on February 10-11, 2017. Special thanks to Hanna ECHS for hosting this year’s competition. View the results by category.

BISD Principal for a Day Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Brownsville ISD will host its 25th Annual Principal for a Day (PFAD) activity on Friday, February 17. Each BISD campus, 58 in all, has invited a business or civic leader to serve as a guest principal for one entire morning. Guest principals will begin their day at their respective schools where they will shadow the campus administrator and participate in a variety of school activities. Their day will conclude with a luncheon which allows participants to share stories about their morning spent in the principal’s office. Initiated in 1992 by Dr. Esperanza Zendejas, PFAD has enabled hundreds of local leaders to experience the joys and challenges of public school administration. Many of these guest principals, inspired by their experience, have continued their involvement with BISD schools.

BISD Welcomes UT Austin Representative

Dr. Leonard Moore, Associate Vice-President of Academic Diversity Initiatives and Professor of History at the University of Texas Austin, will speak to students who have already been admitted to UT Austin on Thursday, March 2 at 2 pm at the Veterans Memorial ECHS auditorium. This is an opportunity for BISD students who have been admitted as incoming Longhorns to hear from one of the school’s most dynamic professors about the many opportunities that await them in Austin. For more information, call the BISD Guidance and Counseling Department at 548-8251.

BISD Selected to Apply for HEB Leadership Program

Brownsville ISD is one of 26 public school districts from across Texas invited to apply for The Holdsworth Center, a new leadership institute based in Austin. Founded by H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt, the Holdsworth Center has the goal of supporting and developing public school leaders in order to improve, over time, the quality of education offered to every child in every Texas classroom. View the media release.

Top 8 BISD Spellers Advance to Regional Bee

At the 2017 BISD Spelling Bee held on Saturday, February 4 at the Porter ECHS auditorium, 8 top spellers qualified to represent the district at the regional spelling bee. For a second consecutive year, Richard Emmanuel Zayas, a Stillman Middle School student, earned the BISD Spelling Bee Championship. Abraham Ramirez, a Garden Park Elementary student, was first runner-up. The other regional qualifiers are: Julian Ybarra, Breeden Elementary; Mariana Melendez, Gallegos Elementary; Paris Cho, Manzano Middle School; Sophia Jaramillo, Garza Elementary; Alexander Martinez, Castañeda Elementary; and Gerardo Lara, Perkins Middle School. They will compete in the 29th Annual Rio Grande Valley Regional Spelling Bee which will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at South Texas College in Weslaco in the New Instructional Building G Lecture Hall. The winner of the regional competition will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. during Bee Week, May 27 to June 2. View the BISD 2017 campus spelling bee finalists.

Veterans Memorial Boys Team Ranks at State

The 2016-2017 rankings by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches lists the Brownsville Veterans Memorial Boys Class 5A Team at #6. The rankings were released on January 30, 2017. Congratulations to the team and coaches. View the list.

Students Invent Solutions

The BISD Brainsville Inventions 2017 competition was held on Saturday, January 28 at Stillman Middle School. A total of 287 projects and 360 students in grades 3-12 participated. Students identified problems and created solutions by inventing products. Special thanks to Stillman for hosting this year’s Brainsville Inventions and to the community representatives, campus personnel, and Texas Southmost College students who served as judges and monitors. Your support made this inventors’ competition a big success. View the final results by category.

BISD Students Offer Tax Help

Five BISD early college high schools, Hanna, Lopez, Pace, Porter, and Rivera, have been designated as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites this year. Students in the business classes at these schools have been trained to assist with free tax preparation for families or individuals with an earned annual income under $54,000. View the BISD and Cameron County locations to receive this free tax assistance.

BISD Students Apply Texas

BISD supports a college-going culture. A large percentage of the district’s seniors and graduating juniors have already put in their college applications to Apply Texas. For questions, contact Pilar Janis, Lead and Higher Education Counselor, at 548-8251. View the number of BISD applicants by campus.

District Selected HEB Finalist

Brownsville ISD has been selected as one of five Large District Finalists in the 2017 HEB Excellence in Education District Award Category which includes a prize of $100,000. The four other finalists are Allen ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, Northwest ISD and Socorro ISD. BISD is the only district south of San Antonio to be selected. A panel of Excellence in Education judges will visit BISD on Thursday, January 19, 2017 to speak to the Superintendent, tour campuses, and participate in a round-table luncheon with district stakeholders. View the HEB media release.

Sharp Adds Extended Day Program Bringing Total to 29 Schools

With the start of the new semester, Sharp Elementary will join the ranks of BISD elementary campuses that offer the free Extended Day Enrichment Program beginning on Monday, January 9, 2016. This program assists parents with quality enrichment programs for students in grades pre-kinder through 5th from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm weekdays. The Extended Day Enrichment Program provides academic intervention, tutoring, homework assistance, and academic enrichment through sports, art and music activities depending on the individual campuses. A hot, nutritious supper is also provided. Student transportation will not be provided. For more information about each school’s Extended Day Enrichment Program, contact the individual campus administrators.

5 BISD Schools Named NCUST Finalists

Five BISD Schools have been named 2017 Finalists in the Excellence in Education Awards sponsored by the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST). Congratulations to Breeden, Paredes, and Pullam Elementary Schools, Stillman Middle School, and Veterans Memorial ECHS. The national finalists all serve low-income communities with an array of challenges but still boast achievement results that exceed state averages for all students. Each BISD finalist will be visited by a group of leading educational experts in January or February 2017. In 2016, Pace ECHS won the prestigious NCUST Gold Award, Benavides Elementary earned Silver and Breeden and Veterans Memorial ECHS were Bronze Award recipients.