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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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Sharyland Water Supply Corporation sends out notice on water contaminant

sharyland water supply corp logoThe Sharyland Water Supply Corporation was following protocol when they sent out a notice last month warning customers of a contamination level for chlorite in the water.

The letter, dated March 22, advises customers that an amount of chlorite-a chemical used to clean water- was found in the drinking water of the Sharyland WSC that exceeded the regular contaminant level.

“Some infants and young children who drink water containing chlorite in excess of the MCL could experience nervous system effects,” the letter states. “Similar effects may occur in fetuses of pregnant women who drink water containing chlorite in excess of the MCL. Some people may experience anemia.”

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McAllen Memorial High School celebrates student expression

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Librarians Lupita Nava and Tracy Frey have been trying to make A Starry, Starry Night happen for a long time.

Last Thursday evening the Vicki Stroud Library at McAllen Memorial High School, in collaboration with Communities in Schools and the McAllen Independent School District Parental Involvement Program, celebrated student art, music and poetry by showcasing their work for parents throughout the campus. With the library decorated and lit in deep blues and yellows as their centerpoint, parents and students alike gathered for A Starry, Starry Night, a poetry slam and open mic night.

At the same time, the McAllen Memorial mariachi, jazz band and orchestra serenaded attendees as they made their way through the halls, observing the paintings, sketches and sculptures from everyday students on display.

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Sharyland student diagnosed with rubella

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UPDATE: Monday, April 8, 2019.
In a statement released Sunday evening, the Sharyland school district retracted their statement of a student diagnosed with rubella and clarified the initial diagnosis was a suspected case and that the unidentified student did not have the infection.

“Sharyland ISD has been working with the Hidalgo County Health Department on a reported case of rubella at one of our elementary schools, a statement from the district states. “They have clarified through their investigation that the initial information we received was a suspected case and blood tests received today have confirmed it was not rubella.”

A spokesperson with the district said the initial letter to parents that was sent out last week was sent out as a precaution.

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