Bishop and Petronila elementary schools, two of the Bishop Consolidated Independent School District's campuses, were selected as distinguished schools by the Texas Education Agency under Title I, Part A of the No Child Left Behind Act .

These awards are granted to schools which have shown high achievement historically on their TAKS scores.

"I am extremely proud of our students, parents and school personnel," said Christina Gutierrez, Bishop CISD superintendent. "These honors are reflective of our school community and the leadership on the campuses."

John Harris, a counselor for both schools, was given the honor of receiving the TEA awards on behalf of the two campuses, and attributed the students' success to the collective efforts of the central administration, the campus administration, the teachers, the students and the community.

"In the letter, advising us of the award, the letter asked for each recipient upon receiving their award to share what made the most difference on their campus," he said. "Mrs. Gonzalez and I looked at each other and immediately said, 'It's the teachers.'"

Eden Hernandez, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, also praised the teachers.

"The Bishop CISD teachers really care about the kids, and they'll do whatever it takes to facilitate student achievement," she said. "Their ownership of student achievement starts with them writing the curriculum and goes through planning and implementation year after year."

Out of 240 campuses in the 42 districts and seven charter schools that make up the Region 2 Education Service Center, only 18 campuses were selected by the TEA as Title I, Part A Distinguished Performance Schools.

The Bishop CISD was the only 1A, 2A or 3A school district in Region 2 that had two or more campuses selected. Other districts with two or more campuses selected included the Calallen (2), Gregory Portland (3), and Corpus Christi (5) independent school districts. There were six Region 2 districts which each had one campus selected.