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Pioneer HS students take advantage of volunteering opportunities during Thanksgiving break

20181120 AngelsWith most high school students enjoying their Thanksgiving break by spending time with family, 150 students from Pioneer High School spent their break volunteering.

Last week, students from several clubs and organizations in the campus volunteered at the Palm Valley Animal Shelter in McAllen and completed the Christmas shopping for 250 children from low-income families in the Valley.

On Monday, Nov. 19, a total of 150 students showed up to the Walmart Supercenter on 2800 W Nolana Ave. to participate in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program.

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Sharyland ISD to hold public hearing on District of Innovation designation

Sharyland-LogoThe Sharyland ISD Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing next Monday to discuss the possibility of receiving an exemption from the state to begin school a week earlier than state law requires.

The hearing, set for Monday, Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Sharyland High School auditorium, will be followed by a regular school board meeting where the board will be asked to appoint a committee to put a plan in place for the district to be designated as a District of Innovation.

The District of Innovation designation was created by the Texas Legislature in 2015 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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Sharyland hosts flu clinic for the community

20181110 SISDFluClinicAfter seeing flu cases on the rise in the county earlier this year, the Sharyland Independent School District helped prepare the community for the incoming flu season last weekend.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, the district held a flu clinic at the Sharyland High School campus where residents could receive a flu shot.

“We do this every year for the community,” Kristin York, head nurse for the district said Saturday. “Last year we had 100 people coming in to receive a flu shot and this year we decided to host two separate flu clinics at both of our high schools to be more convenient to residents on both sides of our district.”

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Sharyland High School participating in ALS awareness event

20181015 SHSALSAwarenessWhen her sister-in-law, Gracie Sanchez, died from a neurodegenerative disease a few years ago, Nicole Cruz recalled that watching Sanchez slowly pass away put an emotional toll on her family.

“She basically became completely paralyzed, losing the ability to speak in the end, it was one of her favorite things to do,” Cruz said. “To see her no longer able to talk was devastating.”

Sanchez passed away after being diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig ’s Disease, which attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, rendering most patients totally paralyzed and with a life expectancy of three to five years following a diagnosis, according to the ALS Association.

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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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