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Sharyland Pioneer’s Top 10 honored by the district

20190513 PioneerTop10With a little under a month to go before graduation, the Sharyland Independent School District celebrated the achievements of the Top 10 students at the Sharyland Pioneer High School campus Monday with a banquet in their owner.

Held at the Cimarron Country Club, the Top 10 ranked students at Pioneer were invited to attend a banquet and bring along their family and the educator they credit for serving as their mentor throughout high school.

Each of the 10 students were awarded a Chromebook by the district, and spoke about their experiences in high school, and how much their mentor impacted them.

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Sharyland school board swears in new member, elects new president

20190513 SISDBoardAfter a cancelled school board election that saw no challengers, the Sharyland School board swore in their newest member Monday and elected a new school board president.

Mission businessman Hector Rivera-of Hector Rivera EA-became the sole new name on the school board after he ran to replace exiting school board member, Dr. Noel O. Garza, who decided not to run for reelection after 12 years as a school board member.

“I have some big shoes to fill, Dr. Garza left behind a legacy, but I am 100 percent committed and ready to get to work,” Rivera said.

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Sharyland High School librarian on the board of Texas Association of School Librarians

NicoleCruzHeadshotThe lead librarian for the Sharyland school district was elected to be part of the board for a statewide organization that advocates for school librarians.

Nicole Cruz was elected to serve on the seven-member board of officers for the Texas Association of School Librarians as its councilor last spring, Cruz said.

“No other librarian from the Sharyland school district has had this position on the board,” Cruz said of the organization with 4,500 members across the state. “I'm going to be working with the chair of the TASL and look at people for our multiple committees and attend the American Library Association Conference in Washington DC in July.”

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Sharyland ISD to hold Baccalaureate ceremony next week

MicahCrumpThe Sharyland Independent School District will be holding their 5th Annual Baccalaureate ceremony next Wednesday, May 15 in the Sharyland High School gymnasium at 7 p.m.

The ceremony, a one-hour religious service to honor the graduating class, has been done in the district since 1995.

Then, the seniors of Sharyland High School have been celebrating the Baccalaureate ceremony with seniors from Mission Independent School District. Due to the growth in both school districts over the past 20 years, Sharyland, Pioneer High School and Sharyland Advanced Academic Academy started holding their own Baccalaureate ceremony.

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Valley veteran receives mortgage-free home

20190425 SimentalGroundbreakingSTHe thought he was going into a preliminary interview through a national nonprofit and a local construction company to receive a home. Instead, U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Miguel Simental and his family were surprised with a groundbreaking ceremony for their custom built, mortgage free house.

That was the scene last week when Simental and his family arrived to the Las Villas del Rio at the Groves and were met with a large crowd welcoming them to the site of their future home Thursday, April 25.

“This is an unbelievable feeling,” Simental told the crowd. “When I first told my daughters, about the possibilities of moving back to McAllen they were absolutely thrilled at the idea and I foresee the good things that will come from this and I'm excited to share the great moments that my family and I will make in this future home. Thank you so much for giving us peace of mind.”

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Sharyland middle school designated as a Texas school to watch

20190426 BannerAs part of a national recognition program, B.L. Gray Junior High School has been designated as a Texas School to Watch by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform and the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals.

With this recognition, B.L. Gray has become one of 34 campuses in the state to be recognized with this distinction.

“This means B.L. Gray is one of the highest achieving middle grade campuses in the country,” Billy Pringle, state director for Schools to Watch in Texas and TASSP associate executive director said.” This just means their doors will be open to sharing the great things going on in this campus to other schools so they can learn from them.”

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