Thursday, January 17, 2019
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Sharyland participating in TEA study

Sharyland-LogoThe Sharyland Independent School district is one of 20 school districts across the state selected by the Texas Education Agency to assist them in developing local guidelines for the new accountability system, according to the district.

Sharyland, as well as Premier High School - a charter school system with five campuses in the Rio Grande Valley - are the only districts in the Valley participating in this study, TEA spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson said.

As part of this new accountability system - which was approved during the 85th Texas Legislature as House Bill 22 - establishes three domains for measuring the academic performance of districts and campuses: Student Achievement, School Progress, and Closing the Gaps, Culbertson said. According to the TEA website, districts began receiving a rating of A, B, C, D, or F for overall performance, as well as for performance in each domain last August.

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Diamondbacks strike down Patriots

20180312 Baseball VMHS vs SPHS LG-09After his eight year tenure as the head coach of the Mission Veterans Patriots baseball team, Casey Smith decided it was time for a change. That was why he applied for and was given the head baseball coaching position at Sharyland Pioneer High School in June of last year.

Citing the proximity of his home and of his three kids’ schools to Pioneer High School as the main reasons for the move, Smith seems to have fit right into his new job. And while it is still much too early to tell if he will be able to do at Pioneer what he did at Mission Veterans, turn a fairly young and struggling baseball program into a perennial winner, judging by the Diamondbacks’ success so far this season, it could very well be deja vu all over again for Smith, only this time at Pioneer High.

Case in point, the Diamondbacks’ combined District 31-5A record the previous three seasons was 7-33-0. So far this season, the Diamondbacks have a 13-4-1 overall and a 2-1 District 31-5A record. That is quite a dramatic improvement in winning percentage even if the sampling size so far this season is still quite small.

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Sharyland ISD welcomes new HR director

20180306 DeborahGarzaMore than three decades after graduating from Sharyland High School, a former student returns to the district - as its new Human Resource Director.

Deborah Garza, a Mission resident and student from the SHS class of 1983, started her new job with the district Monday after 11 years with the Mission Consolidated School District.

“I’m excited to be here,” Garza said Tuesday. “I’m a hard worker, I’ve been in human resources for 12 years so this was an opportunity for professional growth. I know each school district has a different way of implementing their own program and I want to see how Sharyland does it.”

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Pioneer FFA members shine at STAR Show

20180303 STAR Show PioneerMembers LG-01It is livestock show season once again here in the Rio Grande Valley and the 15th Annual South Texas Agricultural Roundup, more commonly known as the STAR Livestock Show, is now in the books. With hundreds of Hidalgo County youth having spent months, or even years, preparing their market steers, hogs, goats, lambs, rabbits, chickens and/or their breeding animals for this show, there were no losers among the exhibitors.

While it is true that some exhibitors’ animals were awarded ribbons and banners while others weren’t, participation in livestock shows such as this provides each and every young person involved a positive learning experience that builds character, leadership and life skills that will serve them well for many years to come. So while we will focus here on a few of the exhibitors whose entries were determined to be worthy of championships by the judges, congratulations go out to all the participants, their parents and their Ag teachers and/or 4-H sponsors for jobs well done.

With one grand champion, two supreme champions, two reserve grand champions and 11 breed champions, Sharyland Pioneer FFA members had more than their share of top winners. Two of those were junior Bella Alaniz with her grand champion market hog and sophomore Diana Garcia with her supreme champion ABC heifer and her reserve grand champion AOB market steer.

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Sharyland to host 2nd annual drug and alcohol intervention summit

New-SISD-logoAs part of a partnership between the Sharyland Independent School District and Uniting Neighbors in Drug Abuse Defense, Sharyland will hold their second ever drug and alcohol intervention summit tomorrow.


The “Straight Talk for Parents” summit, scheduled to take place from 8:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m., is set to be held at Sharyland North Junior High located at 5100 Dove Avenue in McAllen.


Sharyland ISD and UNIDAD-a program of the Drug Abuse Defense Coalition Behavioral Health Solutions of South Texas-will address dangers that parents and kids in the community need to be made aware of. These include current drug trends, misuse and abuse of prescription drugs and social media threats, according to a news release from the district.

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Sharyland ISD extends full day Pre-K districtwide

Sharyland-LogoCiting an expected growth in the kindergarten population, the Sharyland School Board of Trustees unanimously approved extending pre-kindergarten classes to all of their campuses during their Monday board meeting.


This extension comes after the district successfully completed a pilot program where half of the elementary schools in the district extended their Pre-K classes from a half-day to a full day, Pamela Montalvo - the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction said.


“We had a pilot program in Martinez, O. Garza, Jessie L. Jensen and Bentsen Elementary Schools last year and the results showed an increase in enrollment,” Montalvo said. “Overall, this year we’re seeing the half-day programs in our districts saw a student enrollment growth of 14 students while the full day classes grew by 59 students. This gives us an expected net growth of 45 students for our kindergarten program for the incoming school year.”

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