The first week of school is wrapping up for Brownsville ISD. Aside from kids getting acquainted with new classrooms and new teachers, the district has implemented a few changes.
Elementary schools are now starting ten minutes earlier. To align with the state required instructional minutes.
Dr. Esperanza Zendejas, BISD Superintendent says, “We are extremely positive that the changes we make and the support we give our schools will create another year of great academic progress.”
Dr. Zendejas says extended stay is now being felt across most campuses. Eight more schools will be added to the list.
Lily Cazares, Morningside Elementary Vice Principal says, “Our students stay after school from 3:30 to 5:30 and we provide them with academics and enrichment programs you know with the whole of hopefully enhancing their academics.”
Dr. Esperanza Zendejas, “We’re able to take care of their children while they get off of work and come to the school to pick up their children.”
This also means that the children are now being fed breakfast, lunch, and supper while at school.
What else is new? A coding club program for our fourth and fifth graders.
Dr. Zendejas, “We need as many of our students to learn more about the intricacies of the computer and that would be great for them because everything is about technology.”
Angelica Peña, Morningside Elementary Librarian, “These are skills that our students need now, and we need to prepare them for what’s coming.”
This is just the beginning of what’s to come. At the end of the day there’s one goal in mind. For BISD students to reach the 80 – 90 passing percentiles.
Dr. Zendejas adds, “That’s a major goal we’re embarking on, but it’s possible.”
In addition to these initiatives and new programs, Brownsville ISD is looking forward to the completion of some major capital improvement projects at places such as the football and soccer fields at some high schools.