Tuesday Tidbits!!

Honoring a Raider

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This Edition Dedicated to Irene Barrera-BMS Attendance Secretary

In Memory of

Irene M Barrera

February 7, 1945-January 8, 2014

Irene Martinez Barrera, age 68 of Plano, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Medical Center of Plano.

Irene was born on February 7, 1945 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She attended Roy Miller High School and graduated in 1963. On November 24, 1964 she married Edmundo Barrera, Jr. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Corpus Christi. They celebrated their 50th Anniversary this past November, surrounded by friends and family.

She is survived by her husband Edmundo, and her children Barry, Brett and Barbara. She had five grandchildren, Matthew, Jacob, Madeleine, Christopher and James, whom she adored. She is also survived by her sisters Mary Rodriquez and Sylvia Cadena.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Leonor Martinez, brother Guadalupe Rodriquez and son Barton Barrera.

Irene touched the lives of many in the Plano Independent School District, where she worked for 28 years. She began her career at Meadows Elementary School with the Headstart Program, then as Parent Liaison with PISD Practical Parenting Program and finally retired after serving 12 years at Bowman Middle School where she served as Counselor Clerk and Attendance Secretary.

Irene was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend, and will be greatly missed by all who love her.

Irene's daughter requests that anyone wishing to make a donation to please do so. Donations in the name of Irene Barrera can be made to the Marit Peterson Fund for Melanoma Research.

Make check to:

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Mail to:

Marit Peterson Fund for Melanoma Research
PO Box 4470

Houston, Texas 77210-4470

Online gifts can be made on the website at:


specifically on this page: http://maritmelanomafund.com/give

Happy Tuesday!!!

In the last few years that I have known Irene; I have known her to be strong woman with a big heart. Irene loved plants....she loved flowers...she loved ladybugs! She took care of as many of them as she could. She always made sure the one in my office was still alive...and if it was in dire straits....she brought life back to it! No questions asked, she always knew to come in and check on me...and my plant. Irene had a special hand for nature. I will always remember Irene for the great care and passion she took in doing what she did in all she did. It is still so unbelievable to me as it is to all of us that she is gone.

Aside from the flowers...Irene truly lived for her family. This is where I found her to be the strongest. She was faced with tragedy in the loss of one of her children; yet, she continued to live as a strong matriarch for her family.

I will always remember Ms. Irene as one who sought the life within the beauty of the simplest of things....In a flower and in people. Again I am reminded at how precious life is...and how quickly life can be taken. Be thankful for your loved ones...for your family and for all you have.

Ms. Irene....may you rest in peace and find an endless sea of all the beautiful flowers and ladybugs you so loved....We will miss you greatly and your spirit will live on within our campus....Thank you for all you gave to us and to the families in the PISD community.

To her family, you remain in our thoughts and in our prayers....

a few words.....

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MLK Holiday Next Monday, January 20th!



Tuesday, Jan. 14th 2014 at 3:45-4:30pm

Bowman Cafeteria

7th Grade Boys and Girls Basketball vs. Rice

Thursday, Jan. 16th 2014 at 6pm

Bowman Boys @Rice, Girls @Bowman

6th Grade 212 Presentations Begin

Wednesday, Jan. 15th 2014 at 8:30am

Social Studies Classes

7th and 8th Grade Presentations Begin

Thursday, Jan. 16th 2014 at 8:30am to Friday, Jan. 17th 2014 at 10:30am

7th Grade in the Bowman Library and 8th grade to be held in Science Classrooms

MLK Holiday

Monday, Jan. 20th 2014 at 8:30am-4pm

ALL PISD Buildings


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Bowman Middle School

"Bowman spirit has grown leaps and bounds, but spirit never grows old." (Plano Star-Courier, May 14, 1969)

Bowman Middle School, built in 1968 and first opened as Bowman Junior High, was named for banker George Washington Bowman (1844-1921). A Confederate veteran, and later a farmer, Bowman was one of the organizers of the Plano National Bank in 1887 and served as president of its board until his death. He was also on the Plano city council and PISD school board. (A Century of Excellence: A History of the Plano Independent School District, 1999).