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SISD adds to staff, shifts principals

sharyland-logo-copy-1After hiring five new teachers at the beginning of this school year, the Sharyland Independent School District Board of Trustees approved employment of an additional full-time teacher and two full-time teacher aides at Tuesday’s board meeting.

Harry Shimotsu Elementary will gain one kindergarten teacher, which distributes the students between four teachers. The student to teacher ratio was about 25-to-1. Texas law says that the student to teacher ratio cannot be more than 22-to-1 in grades kinder through second, unless a waiver is requested and approved. Interim Superintendent Filomena Leo said the ratio should be about 19-to-1 with the additional teacher.

One of the newly hired teacher aides will be placed at Donna Wernecke Elementary, the other at Olivero Garza Sr. Elementary, and both will work in special education. All three staff members start in the spring semester. The additional units cost the district $60,000 for salary and benefits for the teacher and $52,000 for each paraprofessional.

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The end of a Guerra; DA readies to leave office

Rene-GuerraAs his time as Hidalgo County district attorney comes to an end, Rene Guerra finds himself exactly where he was in 1972 when he was released from the Army–in the unknown.

“People are asking me that question now that I’ve been retired by the voters: What am I going to do?” Guerra said with just weeks left in his tenure. “I don’t know.”

Guerra has served as district attorney since 1982 when he beat Robert Salinas out for the office by 162 votes, “a landslide.”

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Danville Chadbourne exhibit opens at IMAS

20141219 Artist-Danville-Chadbourne-to-Present-Recent-Works-at-IMAS 14-10SA-1McALLEN – The works of sculptor Danville Chadbourne are on display in an exhibit at the International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS) now through April 12, 2015.

Chadbourne’s exhibition features 51 works, most of them created within the past year, including both large and small-scale wood and ceramic sculptures, a series of suspended works, wall-oriented works in ink and acrylic on wood panel, and several large-scale outdoor sculptures in ceramic and stone.

Primarily a sculptor in clay and wood, Chadbourne works in a range of materials and in both two- and three-dimensional formats. Known for his craftsmanship and use of primal materials, his work is often likened to a body of cultural artifacts. The visual and ritual impact of these beautiful objects is made more complex by their provocative, poetic and often paradoxical titles. They are, in essence, monuments to irrational ideas and human impulses.

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Mission church presents a white Christmas

20141213 MISSION Snow-Day 1478Jacob and Noel Salazar gathered up snowballs, displaying them for their grandparents who sat happily watching from a nearby haystack.

Ages 9 and 7, respectively, it was the first time the boys ever had experienced snow. Their grandmother, Melinda Salazar, lived in Ohio for five years, but their grandfather, Noel, grew up in the Valley.

“I did get to experience the snow in the winter time as a child, not as an adult, as a child,” Melinda Salazar said. “They’ve been having a grand ole time.”

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Community Christmas party for the National Guard

20141219 MISSION National-Guard-potluckThe National Butterfly Center will host a community Christmas party for the National Guard Troops stationed in the Rio Grande Valley as part of Operation Strong Safety on Saturday, Dec. 20.

The young men and women deployed here will not be able to join their families for the holidays, so everyone is invited to share the holiday spirit at this potluck supper.

The price of admission for this special event is a covered dish, dessert or ham, to help the center feed approximately 160 people. Food service will begin at 1 p.m., and continue until all shifts are fed. Packaged foods or donations to offsets expenses may be dropped off at the National Butterfly Center all week, for those who cannot attend Saturday.

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  3. Young Lady Diamondbacks are work in progress
  4. McAllen Holiday Parade delights thousands
  5. SISD searches for new lead mechanic
  6. Country Christmas at Las Palmas
  7. Win $200 Cash Before Christmas
  8. Austin-based firm to find SISD’s new leader
  9. ‘Beyond basketball’: Varsity Rattlers visit San Carlos
  10. SISD on the College Board’s 5th annual AP District Honor Roll
  11. Former JP takes plea deal, gets 10 years probation
  12. Annual Mission tree lighting set for tonight
  13. Celebrate with a "Merry TubaChristmas” Dec. 7 at UTPA
  14. Swinging in the season
  15. Rattlers fall to Timberwolves in regional playoffs
  16. TxDOT sets a roadblock for Water Corp.
  17. TxDOT hears concerns on Shary expansion
  18. Police officer to adopt retiring K-9
  19. Disney Pirates and princesses come to life Dec. 19
  20. Madden led Sharyland blanks Calallen, 28-0; Advance to Regionals to face Cedar Park

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