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Sharyland ISD High School marching bands compete at state

20171124 BandsFor the second time in the history of both schools, the marching bands for Sharyland and Pioneer High School competed at the state level in the University Interscholastic League Marching Band Competition.

 

Held Nov. 6 through 8, both bands placed in the top 25 out of of all the 250 schools who competed for a spot in the top 10.

 

SHS placed 23rd and PHS placed 18th, according to results on the UIL website. They, along with Rio Grande City High School, Roma High School and Brownsville’s Lopez High School were the only local schools that competed at state, the website states.

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Sharyland High School holds free diabetes screenings

20171114 GlucoseTestWhen her grandmother was diagnosed with diabetes, Sharyland High School senior Giselle Valadez feared the worst.

 

“It was a big scare finding that out because the diabetes diagnosis came after she survived a heart attack,” the 18-year-old student said. “She essentially had to change her lifestyle and give up drinking Coke and do daily walks to combat it.”

 

Valadez recounted this story Tuesday during a free glucose – or blood sugar – screening held at the Sharyland High School library as part of World Diabetes Day.

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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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