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Sharyland ISD approves new District and Campus Improvement Plan

Sharyland-LogoOn Monday, the Sharyland school board of trustees approved a new district and campus improvement plan.

Based on the plan, the core initiatives for the district will be to create quality curriculum guides for all core content areas with an ongoing system for monitoring and revision and to implement data point assessments to evaluate the curriculum, provide meaningful data for decision making and support improved student achievement.

“Most of our campuses are focusing on student growth, so they’re meeting the standards but they also have to have every single child growing or showing improvement,” Pam Montalvo, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction said. “So for the majority of our campuses, that is where they have to grow.”

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See you at the pole event draws hundreds

20180926 SeeYouAtThePleSNearly 250 students and their parents at a Sharyland ISD elementary school joined hundreds of campuses nationwide in a prayer rally Wednesday.

“See You at the Pole” is a global day of student prayer that is held every fourth Wednesday in September. This past Wednesday, John H. Shary elementary School became the first elementary campus in the district to participate in the event, according to Nikki Barker, an official at that campus.

“We want this to be a safe haven for students where they don’t feel like they’re being a burden on campus and that God is always with them,” Barker said. “That way, any kind of hardship students suffer, from bullying to stuff at home, they know God is with them.”

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STC unveils new public safety center

20180918 STCBuildingDedicationPHARR-As part of a partnership between multiple agencies across the Rio Grande Valley, South Texas College unveiled their brand new Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence. The $9.9 million facility is intended to meet the demand for more professionals in public safety and law enforcement.

At the Tuesday dedication ceremony, officials from STC, the city of Pharr and elected officials such as Gov. Greg Abbott attended the event.

“What you’ve done is help fulfill an essential mission for the state, to insure the next generation will be better educated than the one before us, and you are doing an outstanding job in making sure that vision comes to fruition,” Abbott said in his keynote address. “The reality is, higher education and public safety are essential to our future. Keeping communities safe must be our top priority. If we’re going to have the safety and security to be able to educate your kids or have the vibrant economy that we have, then law enforcement officers, firefighters, public safety professionals are essential to that top priority to ensure security in our state.”

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Pioneer Marching Band prepares 5th year

20180907 PioneerMatchingBandWoodwindsNow in its 5th year of existence, the Sharyland Pioneer High School Marching Band is preparing for its latest marching band season with what its director is calling a “visually arresting show.”

If you’ve attended a Friday night football game featuring the Pioneer football team, you’ve seen their band performing their latest show “Spiraling into Madness” at halftime. “Spiraling into madness” features music from award-winning composers Frank Ticheli, Eric Whitacre and Samuel Barber.

“It’s an entertaining production,” Pioneer Band Director Arnold Salinas said. “It takes the listener from a happy place to a much darker place at the end of the show. It starts light in an ethereal way with major chords, and then it turns dark quickly. There’s lots of minor chords, very abrasive and the articulation style changes completely from a very smooth and pretty style to a second movement that is accented and sharp, resulting in a darker tonality as the music spirals into madness. You’re going to see it and hear it.”

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South Texas College celebrates 25 years as enrollment reaches 34,000

STCLogoMcALLEN – As a young teen, Rose Benavidez, current STC trustee, recalls traveling with her father, the late Manuel Benavidez, across Starr County looking for support for what was then known as South Texas Community College (STCC) from the community.

Her father had just been appointed as a trustee for the college, and in the summer of 1995, public acceptance for STCC had snowballed in an election that saw voters approve three propositions essential for the college.

“When I was a kid driving around with my father I remember they were having classes in laundromats or they were allowed by school districts to have classes in old libraries,” Benavidez said. “I can recall my very first experience with the college was when I was maybe 15 years old. My father had just been appointed as a trustee at the college and they were going out for their first bond.

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Sharyland superintendent discusses TEA rating

20180817 VidaurriMeetandGreetVerticalWhen the Texas Education Agency released their latest accountability ratings last month, Sharyland ISD had a lot to celebrate.

Under these new ratings, schools were graded on an A-F scale and Sharyland was one of 9 districts with an “A” rating in Hidalgo County.

“The rating goes back to the excellence that is expected of the district,” Sharyland Superintendent Maria Vidaurri said last month. “We’re looking to see what areas we can improve on to ensure we are progressing in the way we should be.”

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