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Sharyland students participate in wreath cleanup

20180115 CemetaryCleanupA group of Sharyland elementary students participated in a beautification project last week at the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission.

The 12 students from Lloyd and Dolly Bentsen Elementary School spent the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 15 picking up holiday wreaths that were laid down at headstones for the veterans last month.

The students were 5th and 6th grade student council representatives from their campus, student council advisor Thelma Longoria said.

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Sharyland ISD approves District of Innovation

Sharyland-LogoThe 2019-2020 school year will officially start one week earlier than usual for students in the Sharyland school district.

During Monday’s school board meeting, trustees approved a plan for the district to receive a District of Innovation designation to exempt them from starting school in the fourth week of August as state law requires.

“It’s a great benefit for our students as they will now have instructional time in the fall,” Carolyn Mendiola, the district’s assistant superintendent for student services and community relations. “Five more days of instruction will make all the difference for students."

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SHS athletes donate $2,500 in shoes to migrant students

20181218 SISDShoeDonationWith the Christmas season approaching, athletes with the Sharyland High School Boys Basketball Program ensured that a group of students in their district received some holiday cheer.

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, students with the SHS Boys Basketball Program met with all the 55 elementary migrant students in the district to present each of them with a new pair of basketball shoes.

Jose D. Moran, head boys basketball coach, spearheaded the idea after discussing it with a former player, Moran said Tuesday.

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Sharyland school board discusses projected attendance

Sharyland-LogoDespite 345 students from outside the district transferring into Sharyland, the school district is still losing a large amount of students.

That’s according to a Student Transfers Report for the 2017-2018 school year provided by the TEA.

The report said that 345 students, most of them coming in from the McAllen and Mission school districts, transferred to Sharyland.

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Sharyland receives “superior” rating in state accountability report

New-SISD-logoFor the fifth year in a row, the Sharyland Independent School District received an “A” rating in the annual financial accountability report from the Texas Education Agency.

At a presentation last week, the Sharyland Board of Trustees heard from Jaime Ortega-the district’s finance director, of this achievement.

He informed the board this was the fifth straight year the district scored a perfect 100, or a “superior” rating as a result of the state Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas.

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Sharyland ISD takes first step toward District of Innovation plans

Sharyland-LogoThe Sharyland ISD Board of Trustees voted to have one of their own committees look into the possibility of receiving an exemption from the state to begin school earlier than state law requires.

At their Monday meeting, school board trustees held a hearing to discuss the benefits of receiving a District of Innovation designation.

The District of Innovation designation was created by the Texas Legislature in 2015 as a way to give independent school districts some of the flexibility that charters schools have under state law, according to the Texas Education Agency website.

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