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Sharyland ISD creating district-wide radio system

Sharyland-LogoThe Sharyland school district is taking steps to strengthen security on campus thanks to a $166,000 federal grant the district is applying for.

At a board workshop last week, Sharyland district trustees were informed of the 2019-2021 School Safety and Security Grant which aids school districts in security improvement projects as they receive a cut of the $100 million total that makes up the grant.

The grant, district Technology Director David M. Culberson said, will help the district create a two-way radio system for the entire district to communicate with.

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Sharyland promotes CTE classes to sixth grade students

20191107 CTETourTo better prepare them for their life in high school, the Sharyland school district recently offered tours of its high school campuses to middle schoolers.

These tours, however, specialized in the campus’ respective Career Technology and Education department, or CTE.

“Our goal is to have them see what wonderful things we have at Sharyland ISD from the CTE department in the multiple clusters we offer from health science, STEM, agriculture, construction, law, business, arts, fashion design and more,” Sharyland Pioneer High School CTE Counselor Renee Huddleston said. “We want kids to stay in our district when they reach high school so we are showing them what they can have an opportunity to enjoy once they come here.”

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Jensen Elementary opens library ‘cafe’

20191004 StarbooksStudents at Sharyland’s Jessie L. Jensen Elementary School are given a new incentive to read more.

Earlier this month, the campus opened a library cafe-Starbooks- to recreate the experience of attending a Starbucks cafe in a Barnes and Noble store for a campus where the student population come from low income families.

“Starbucks is a place that because of the area they live in, students probably don’t get to visit,” campus Reading Interventionist Jenny Gonzalez said. “So we decided that if they don’t visit it, we will bring it to them.”

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Sharyland High holds self-defense seminar for female athletes

20190927 SHSSelfDefenseDespite being known as a place for peace, screams from hundreds of female student athletes from Sharyland High School in the library practicing self-defense techniques pierced through that silence last week.

“When someone is being attacked and they scream for all their worth, there’s a high chance that they’ll attract someone’s attention and get help, scaring their attacker away,” Martial Arts Instructor Bob Davis told the students. “This is your main weapon girls, please remember that.”

Davis was leading an introduction to self-defense seminar for the SHS female athletes Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. At the seminar, Davis and his other instructors from his McAllen-based martial arts studio provided tips on self-defense which included gun and weapons safety, having a buddy system when going out to ensure you’re never alone and basic self-defense moves such as blocking any attacks and striking back at an attacker.

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Sharyland ISD promotes parental engagement

20190919 SISDforumThe Sharyland school district is inviting parents to meet with administrators once a month to discuss the latest education topics in the district.

Last week, the Sharyland school district hosted their monthly Family Engagement Institute, where administrators did presentations on what parents needed to know about their student’s education.

The Family Engagement Institute, according to district Parental Engagement Specialist Eunice Garcia, happens every third Thursday of the month. The discussion that was held on Thursday, Sept. 19, was the first for the school year.

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Donna Wernecke Elementary hosts “Coffee with the principal”

20190917 CoffeewithCulberson

As part of the Sharyland school district’s open door policy, Donna Wernecke Elementary School Principal Lela Culberson gave parents a chance to meet with her.

Culberson hosted “Coffee with the Principal,” a Tuesday breakfast of coffee and pan dulce where Culberson listened to any concerns or questions parents had for the new school year. This was the first social gathering of its kind for Culberson since she became principal at Donna Wernecke in 2017.

“In any way you can communicate, most people prefer a face to face discussion,” Culberson said.

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