Tuesday, January 14, 2020

BISD Band and Choir Students Earn All-State Recognition

On January 11, 2020, the Texas Music Educators Association held the Area G audition to select the 2020 All-State Band and Choir members. In order to earn a position in an All-State performing ensemble, students went through district, region, and area auditions where they competed against others from the Rio Grande Valley, Corpus Christi, Laredo, Del Rio, and San Antonio. The BISD Department of Fine Arts is proud to announce that 43 Brownsville fine arts music students earned chairs in these prestigious ensembles, ranking them in the top 2% of music students in Texas! These students will perform in an All-State Band, Orchestra, or Choir at the TMEA convention in San Antonio on February 15, 2020.

This year, BISD students earned 18 first chairs at this level of competition! Also, Rebekah Modesto, Soprano II from Hanna, and Alejandro Cisneros, Bass II from Veterans Memorial, earned the distinct honor of becoming four-year All-State Choir members.

(In the list below, choir students have already been placed in a specific performing ensemble. The instrumental students will have one more competition at the convention to determine their rankings within one of the All-State Bands, Orchestras, or Jazz Band.)

Congratulations to the following magnificent, young adults who earned a place as one of the top high school musicians in Texas for the 2019-2020 school year and their respective, dedicated directors!

HANNA BAND
Karla Flores — Oboe, 6A All-State (1st chair, 6A Area)
Alex Hernandez — Bassoon, 6A All-State (1st chair, 6A Area)
Victor Sosa — Bb Clarinet, 6A All-State
Michael DeLeon — Alto Saxophone, 6A All State (1st chair, 6A Area)
JonCarlo Picazo — Alto Saxophone, 6A All-State
David Gonzalez — French Horn, 6A All-State (1st chair, 6A Area)
Joseph Sanchez — Trumpet, 6A All-State
Anthony Lozano — Percussion, 6A All-State

HANNA CHOIR
Rebekah Modesto — Soprano II, All-State Mixed Choir (1st chair, Area)
J. Robert Ruiz — Bass II, All-State Tenor-Bass Choir

LOPEZ BAND
Juan Hermosillo — Bass Trombone, 5A All-State (1st chair, 5A Area)
Leyla Rivera — Contra Bassoon, 6A All-State (1st chair, 6A Area)
LOPEZ CHOIR
Mario De La Garza, Jr. — Tenor I, Tenor-Bass Choir

PACE BAND
Isai Martinez — Eb Clarinet, 5A All-State (1st chair, 5A Area)
Brandon Sanchez — Bb Clarinet, 5A All-State (1st chair, 5A Area)
Axel Ramirez — Bb Clarinet, 5A All-State
Fidel Rodriguez —French Horn, 6A All-State

PACE CHOIR
Starlika Bauskar — Soprano II, All-State Treble Choir
Sarah Hinojosa — Alto I, All-State Treble Choir
Preetika Bauskar — Alto I, All-State Treble Choir
Angela Saldivar — Alto II, All-State Mixed Choir (1st chair, Area)

PORTER BAND
Karen Galan — Bb Clarinet, 5A All-State
Lesley Rivera — Bass Clarinet, 5A All-State (1st chair, 5A Area)
Juan Duenes — Percussion, 5A All-State (1st chair, 5A Area)

RIVERA BAND
Diego Arias — Flute, 6A All-State (1st chair, 6A Area)
Vianca Flores — Eb Clarinet, 6A All-State (1st chair, 6A Area)
Joshua Barron — Bb Clarinet, 6A All-State (1st chair, 6A Area)
Robert Andrade — Bass Clarinet, 6A All-State
Arturo Ortega — Tuba, 6A All-State (1st chair, 6A Area)

VETERANS MEMORIAL BAND
Rafael Longoria — Trumpet, All-State Jazz Band
Orlando Perez — Trumpet, 5A All-State (1st chair, Area)
Michael Arizmendi — Trumpet, 6A All-State
Miguel Rodriguez — Euphonium, 6A All-State (1st chair, 6A Area)

VETERANS MEMORIAL CHOIR
Crista Salas — Soprano I, All-State Mixed Choir
Yareli Lira — Soprano II, All-State Treble Choir
Regina Lerma — Alto I, All-State Mixed Choir
Natalia Gonzalez — Alto II, All-State Mixed Choir
Victoria Cobos — Alto II, All-State Treble Choir
Jacob Leal — Tenor I, All-State Tenor-Bass Choir
Michael Torres — Tenor II, All-State Mixed Choir
Rey Garza — Tenor II, All-State Tenor-Bass Choir
Alejandro Cisneros — Bass II, All-State Mixed Choir
Thomas Garcia — Bass II, All-State Tenor-Bass Choir

Grand Total: 43 students

Monday, December 16, 2019

2019-2020 High School District Science Fair Results

The C&I department would like to congratulate all the students and sponsors that participated at the 2019 - 2020 High School District Science Fair that took place on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Rivera ECHS. We had 210 projects with a total of 329 students competing in 22 categories. Attached is the list of the students that placed first through fifth in their respective categories. The top three projects in each category are eligible to advance to the Regional competition taking place on Feb. 14 -15, 2020 at the UTRGV Brownsville Campus pending IRB/SRC approval.

We would like to thank Ms. Norma Canales, Principal at Rivera ECHS, the Administrative Team, the Science Department, and Staff for hosting this event. They did an awesome job. A special thank you to Emilio Barrientos, Haydee Torres and Farely Trevino, for helping coordinate this event.

View the results.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Early Notification of Voluntary Resignation Incentive Program - Approved

At a Regular Board Meeting on December 10, 2019, the BISD Board of Trustees voted to open an Early Notification of Voluntary Resignation Incentive Program for all non-retired/rehired employees at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. To qualify for the supplemental payment, employees with 15 or more years of service must hand-deliver a Letter of Resignation signed by the employee and supervisor, to the BISD Human Resources Department starting on December 11, 2019, and ending January 31, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

The Early Resignation Incentive Payment specified shall be calculated as follows:

Employee with 15 - 19 Years of Service $ 2,000
Employee with 20 - 24 Years of Service $ 3,000
Employee with 25 - 29 Years of Service $ 4,000
Employee with 30 - 34 Years of Service $ 5,000
Employee with 35 - 39 Years of Service $ 7,500
Employees with 40 or more Years of Service $ 10,000









View and download the 2019-2020 Early Resignation Separation Notification Packet.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Middle School District Science Fair Winners

View the winners of the Middle School District Science Fair held on Dec. 7, 2019 at Lopez ECHS hosted by Lucio MS. The top three winners per category will advance to the Regional Science Fair pending regional scientific review committee (SRC) approval. The Regional Science Fair will be held on Feb. 15, 2020 at UTRGV Brownsville Campus.

View list of additional winners:
-Middle School Science Fair Grand Champion
-Winners of the Middle School Science & Engineering Fair: December 6 - 7, 2019

Friday, November 8, 2019

Rivera ECHS grad Highlighted on Jimmy Fallon's- The Tonight Show!!

Elizabeth Yun from Brownsville and a Rivera Early College High School alum was among three UT students brought on stage and surprised by Jimmy Fallon. In addition to receiving a gift bundle from Samsung, Fallon also announced that Samsung was covering the rest of their college tuition during their time at the University of Texas. Congratulations Elizabeth!