BISD Scholarship Golf Tournament is Full
The 14th Annual BISD Superintendent’s Scholarship Golf Tournament is closed to additional teams. Donations, tee box sign purchases, and goody bag items are still being accepted. Thanks for supporting our students with scholarship funds.
4 BISD Schools Ranked on Best List
Four BISD early college high schools earned medals in the latest U.S. News
& World Report ranking of the Best High Schools in America. Brownsville
Early College High School (BECHS) received a Gold Medal Award ranking 56th
in Texas, out of 589 high schools. Veterans Memorial ECHS, ranked #132,
Pace ECHS, ranked #154, and Hanna ECHS, ranked #207, earned Silver Medal
Awards. Rankings were based on a 4-step process that determined if students
performed better than expected in their state, if disadvantaged students performed
better than the state average, if student graduation rates met or exceeded a national
standard, and if students are prepared for college-level coursework.
View more information about the BISD schools here.
Eight BISD Schools Make State Honor Roll
Eight BISD schools have been selected by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and
Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE) to receive the title of 2016 Texas
Honor Roll School. Brownsville Early College High School, Pace Early College High School,
Stillman Middle School, Vela Middle School and Ortiz, Paredes, Perez, and Pullam Elementary
Schools were named to the Star Honor Roll. The STEM Honor Roll distinction was also awarded
to Paredes Elementary. A total of 727 Texas public schools received the title of 2016 Honor Roll School.
The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful
practices that improve outcomes for students. Schools receiving this distinction from leaders in the Texas
academic and business communities have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement,
improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations.
For High Schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness. Star Schools
are those with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a
significant increase in grade-level proficiency over time.
BISD Singers Earn Most Choir Chairs
On Saturday, April 22, auditions for the Texas Music Educators Association
(TMEA) Region 28 Middle School 7th Grade Treble, 8th Grade Treble, and Tenor-Bass
Choirs were held at Pace ECHS. Initial entries numbered over 1,200. BISD students
earned 228 or 72% of the available 315 seats in the Region Choirs. The choirs will
perform on Saturday, May 6 at 6 pm at the Harlingen CISD Performing Arts Center.
Special recognition goes to the following 1st chair students: Alexandra Elvira, 7th Grade
Treble Soprano 2, Manzano MS; Alyssa Rosales, 7th Grade Treble Alto, Stillman MS; Leah Rodriguez,
8the Grade Treble Soprano2, Stillman MS; Jorja Zamora, 8th Grade Treble Alto 1, Oliveira MS; Dominic
Chavez, Tenor-Bass Choir Tenor 1, Oliveira MS; Rey Garza, Tenor-Bass Choir Tenor 2, Stillman MS; and
Jose Ruiz, Tenor-Bass Choir Bass, Oliveira MS.
View the campus results.
Brownsville Rotary Recognizes Teaching Excellence
Five BISD teachers won the 2017 Brownsville Rotary Club Endowment for Teaching Excellence
in the amount of $1,000 each. Congratulations to Fatima Lai, Skinner Elementary; Juan Montiel,
III, Pace ECHS; Sandra Gomez, Champion Elementary; Ruth Salinas-Augustus, Ortiz Elementary; and Andy
Najera, Manzano Middle School. These outstanding BISD educators will be recognized at a Brownsville
Rotary Club luncheon on Wednesday, May 3 at 12 noon at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art.
BISD Employee Transfers
The BISD Transfer Application is now available. The deadline is Friday, May 5, 2017.
Click on the link and complete the application.
5 BISD Seniors Earn Top Dell Scholarships
Five BISD seniors have been awarded 2017 Dell Scholarships in the amount of $20,000 each.
Congratulations to Karen Esperanza Garza and Miguel Angel Mascorro from Early College High School (BECHS)
and Aisha Cantu, Sandy Martinez and Manolo Alvarez from Veterans Memorial ECHS. The Dell Scholars Program
is a highly competitive scholarship funded by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation which provides students
with resources and mentoring beyond financial assistance to ensure they have the support they need to obtain a bachelor’s degree.
Middle School Bands Score UIL Success
BISD middle school bands competed last week at the Region 28 UIL Concert & Sight Reading Contest held at the Performing Arts Center at Harlingen CISD. A total of 80 Rio Grande Valley bands competed for the coveted UIL Sweepstakes trophies. More BISD bands than ever before competed and earned high honors. Special congratulations to Manzano Middle School for being the first school in BISD history to earn 3 Sweepstakes awards. BISD middle school bands are the envy of Texas. Great job! View the results.
BISD Joins in Guitar Pilot Program
BISD Classical Guitar Ensembles competed in the Region 28 UIL Classical Guitar
Concert and Sight Reading Contest on Saturday, April 8 at Veterans Memorial ECHS.
BISD has joined with the Houston, Austin and El Paso school districts in pilot
testing this UIL program. Congratulations to all participants and their coaches.
View the regional results.
BISD Summer Administrative Schedule
Brownsville ISD will follow an abbreviated summer administrative
work schedule beginning on Monday, June 12 through Friday, July 28, 2017.
The schedule is 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8 am to 12 noon on Friday.
All BISD administrative offices will be closed on Monday, July 3 through Friday, July 7.
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.
Dr. Atkinson Joins TASB Board
The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has elected Dr. Sylvia Perez Atkinson of Brownsville ISD to an interim position on the TASB Board of Directors, representing Region 1A. With over 23 years of experience in public education, she currently serves as assistant superintendent in Rio Hondo ISD.
View the media release.
Veterans Memorial Musician Headed for New York
Adolfo Peña, a sophomore at Veterans Memorial ECHS, is one of 78 young musicians
selected by Carnegie Hall from across the country for the second session of NY02, a three-week,
intensive summer program for outstanding American instrumentalists, ages 14-17.
Peña is one of seven students from Texas and is the youngest selected for this year’s program.
View the media release.