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‘Education is key;’ State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa visits SHS business class

SHS Hinojosa Visit 20171107 5605When he was a teenager and expressed an interest in being a lawyer, state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, remembered how everyone would laugh at him.


“‘Chuy, you want to become a lawyer? You can’t even speak English,’ they’d tell me.” Hinojosa recounted. “From then on I decided not to quit and learned to stay away from naysayers. I always say education is the best equalizer in society. Education is key in giving you knowledge, and knowledge is power. However, achieving knowledge takes work, time and effort.”

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SHS library to promote literacy with HEB prize money

SHS Library Grant 20171030 5427A $1,000 prize from HEB will help the Sharyland High School library promote literacy among its students. That’s according to Librarian Nicole Cruz, who made the announcement during a Monday check presentation attended by students, staff and HEB officials.


“What I’m looking to do with this $1,000 prize is to start a non-fiction reading challenge for students on our Sharyland High School and neighboring Sharyland Advanced Academic Academy,” Cruz said. “It’s so students can become familiar with reading outside the classroom for both pleasure and to gain more information.”


The check came after both campuses participated in a read-in challenge last month sponsored by the grocery store chain. The competition, held Friday Sept. 22, involved schools across the state getting as many of their students as possible to read for a one-hour block starting at 9 a.m.

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Sharyland ISD saves on new dictionary purchases

Sharyland-LogoThe Sharyland Independent School District will purchase more than 4,000 new dictionaries to better prepare their elementary students taking the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exam.


The purchase of these dictionaries total a little over $52,000, a savings of $126,150 for the district.


That was the action approved by the SISD Board of Trustees during their Monday meeting. The move, according to a district official, will help better update the district on the current policies of the STAAR exam as required by the Texas Education Agency.

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Overview: seven state constitutional amendments on ballot

People-VotingWith early voting beginning Monday and the general or “constitutional amendment election” Nov. 7, the Progress Times takes a look at the seven amendments to the Texas constitution in as many ballot propositions. The overview is based on information obtained from The League of Women Voters of Texas, Ballotpedia and published reports.


When not otherwise attributed, the majority of the arguments presented for and against a proposition were authored by the Texas House Research Organization and published by the League of Woman Voters and Ballotpedia. The HRO is a nonpartisan, independent department of the Texas House of Representatives comprised of 15 House members elected by the House membership. It provides impartial information on legislation and issues before the Texas Legislature.

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Sharlyland grad is MEDC’s next ‘Expert-in-Residence’

20171020 Albertoaltamirano JDLAn initiative meant to connect Mission residents to experts in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math will feature a Sharyland High School graduate as its leader.


The Mission Economic Development Corporation announced Oct. 6 their latest Expert-in-Residence will be the San Antonio-based company Cityflag. The “social engagement company” as it bills itself, has ties to the Rio Grande Valley as its chief executive officer and co-founder, Alberto Altamirano, is a 2008 Sharyland High graduate.


Launched in April, the Expert-in-Residence initiative is a mentorship program that rotates in-house distinguished professionals and companies in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math, or STEAM, in the Mission Center for Education and Economic Development. During their stay, the experts mentor members of the community via workshops devoted to civic technologies, according to Altamirano.

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B.L. Gray Jr. High School to use Mission Sports Center

20170920 PepsisportsPark006With both district junior high schools starting a baseball and softball team, the Sharyland Independent School District is getting help from the city of Mission so their athletes can practice.


During a Sept. 25 school board meeting, school board trustees approved an interlocal agreement between the city of Mission and the school district for use of the Mission Sports Center, also known as the Pepsi Sports Park Complex.


The 16-acre complex, located at 3930 Plantation Grove Boulevard in Sharyland Plantation, features shade canopies, restrooms, a playground, and three lighted fields for baseball and softball games that will be used by students at B.L. Gray Junior High School for their baseball and softball practice.

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