Jan 2024 BoardBits

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This e-newsletter highlights important news from the Jan. 23 regular meeting of the STISD Board of Directors and other recent and upcoming district and campus happenings.


 

School Board Recognition Month: Thank you, STISD Board Members!

It's National School Board Appreciation Month, and we are so grateful to the members of our unique school board for their support and commitment to our STISD community. During the Jan. board meeting, students and administrators addressed the Board members, thanking them for their service and presenting them with tokens of appreciation. The World Scholars mariachi and Health Professions folklorico dancers also performed in their honor.

Team of 24: Thank you for your advocacy, guidance and support year-round, and all that you do for the success of STISD! 👏🏻

Board members applaud during performances
Two Science Academy students present to and thank the STISD Board
STISD Board members applaud during performances
Medical Professions students and principal present to and thank the STISD Board
Board members look on during performances
Students and administrators address board
Health Professions student folklorico group performs during board meeting
Health Professions student folklorico group performs during board meeting
Health Professions student folklorico group performs during board meeting
Health Professions student folklorico group performs during board meeting
Health Professions student folklorico group performs during board meeting
Health Professions student folklorico group performs during board meeting
Health Professions student folklorico group performs during board meeting
World Scholars Mariachi group performs during board meeting
World Scholars Mariachi group performs during board meeting
World Scholars Mariachi group performs during board meeting
World Scholars Mariachi group performs during board meeting
Health Professions student folklorico group performs during board meeting
Health Professions student folklorico group performs during board meeting
Health Professions student folklorico group performs during board meeting
World Scholars Mariachi group performs during board meeting
World Scholars Mariachi group performs during board meeting
World Scholars Mariachi group performs during board meeting
World Scholars Mariachi group performs during board meeting
World Scholars Mariachi group performs during board meeting
World Scholars Mariachi group performs during board meeting
World Scholars Mariachi group performs during board meeting

 

Kudos: Rising Scholars Academy earns national distinction through designation as a Texas School to Watch

Decorative image: Student smiling in class - RSA earns national distinction through designation as a School to Watch

The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform and the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) as part of a national recognition program have designated STISD Rising Scholars Academy in San Benito as a Texas School to Watch. Rising Scholars joins approximately 60 other campuses across the state with this distinction and honor. 

Rising Scholars will be recognized in Austin at the Making Middle School Matter Symposium hosted by TASSP on March 3-5, 2024, and will be recognized nationally with all the other recognized STW schools from across the country in Washington DC at the National Forum of Schools to Watch Conference on June 20-22, 2024.

According to the Texas Schools to Watch program, state leaders selected RSA for its academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational structure and processes. In addition, RSA has strong leadership, teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction, and a commitment to assessment and accountability to bring about continuous improvement.

Click here to read the full story


 

Congressman Vicente Gonzalez recognizes Science Academy students as top 10 winners of annual Congressional App Challenge for District 34

Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-34) visited South Texas Independent School District’s (STISD) Mercedes complex last week to present awards to the top 10 winners of the annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC) competition for the 34th Congressional District of Texas. This year, all top 10 winners are students at STISD Science Academy in Mercedes.

According to the CAC website, the CAC is hosted by Members of Congress for middle school and high school students to encourage participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, develop coding skills, and create original applications that better their communities. The CAC is one of the most prestigious national prizes for students in computer science.

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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez TX-34 takes selfie with Science Academy students
Congressman Vicente Gonzalez TX-34, with 1st place winner of Congressional App Challenge District 34, and SA teacher
Congressman Vicente Gonzalez with administrators, teachers and students at awards ceremony

 

Congratulations: Rising Scholars Academy's Lindsey Clayborn named Region 1 Assistant Principal of the Year

Headshot photo of Lindsey Clayborn

Lindsey Clayborn, Assistant Principal at STISD Rising Scholars Academy in San Benito, has been named the 2024 Region 1 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). The peer-based award recognizes assistant principals from the 20 TEPSA Regions across the state for their commitment to student learning as evidenced by exceptional school leadership.

One TEPSA Region AP of the Year will be selected as the 2024 National Assistant Principal of the Year for Texas. Supported by Horace Mann, the national award recognizes leaders who are committed to excellence through programs designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students; have firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations; show strong educational leadership by setting high expectations for school staff and students; and exhibit exceptional leadership in a particular school program.

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Congratulations to our 2024 STISD Battle of the Books Winners

Congratulations to the Virtual Academy middle school team and the Health Professions high school team for winning in their respective divisions in the STISD District Battle of the Books Competition held earlier this month.

These teams will advance to the regional competitions to be held at Region One Education Service Center (ESC) this spring: Middle School Competition: Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 | High School Competition: Friday, May 23, 2024

Best of luck to our students as they represent us at the next level!

Virtual Academy - Middle School Division Winner

Virtual Academy middle school Battle of the Books team

Health Professions- High School Division Winner

Health Professions Battle of the Books team

 

Other Board actions

  • The STISD Board of Directors held a public hearing on the 2023 Federal Report Card and Texas Academic Performance Report. The reports are posted within the Accountability and Needs Assessment section of the district website.
  • The Board approved extending the contract with Luis Orozco, CPA, as the district’s auditor.
  • The STISD Board of Directors conducted the annual evaluation for Marco Antonio Lara, Jr., Ed.D., STISD Superintendent of Schools and voted to extend his contract for another year and to provide him with a salary increase.
  • As required by Senate Bill 763, the Board took a record vote on whether to adopt a policy authorizing a campus of the district to employ or accept as a volunteer a chaplain under Education Code Chapter 23. The Board voted to not permit a district campus to employ or accept as a volunteer a chaplain to provide support, services, and programs for students at this time. The district has the supports and personnel in place to provide these services.
  • The Board approved administration's request to use $1,103,432 from the MacKenzie Scott donation for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes at Health Professions, Medical Professions, Science Academy, and World Scholars.
  • The Board approved the request for a new professional position for the remainder of the 2023-2024 School Year and the announcement of vacancy for the Chief of Police.
  • District administration reported to the Board on several prospective partnerships and collaborations in the works.

 

Join Us: Virtual Session for STISD Parents/Families: Understanding Dyslexia: How Does It Work In School?

Understanding Dyslexia Feb 5 Virtual Session English flyer
Understanding Dyslexia Feb 5 Virtual Session Spanish flyer

 

STISD Health + Wellness

STISD Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health Resources Newsletters: January 2024

STISD SEL and Mental Health - Jan 2024 resources - goal setting

 

STISD College, Career and Military Readiness (CCMR) Newsletter: 2023-2024 Volume 3


 


 

STISD January 2024 Student in Frame: Science Academy's David Hovey

January 2024 Student in Frame David Hovey
January 2024 Student in Frame David Hovey

 

Partnership Spotlight: STISD Virtual Academy launches new partnership with South Texas College

Through this innovative new partnership between STISD Virtual Academy and South Texas College, students can complete their high school coursework and a certificate or associates degree 100 percent online.

Dr. Rebecca De Leon, Associate Vice President for Dual Credit Programs at STC; Antonio De La Cruz, Associate Dean for Dual Credit Programs at STC; and Maribel Valdez, Principal at STISD Virtual Academy, discuss new partnership benefiting students of the RGV.

South Texas ISD Virtual Academy and South Texas College (STC) recently announced an innovative new partnership that will benefit students and families throughout the RGV.

This new collaboration reflects the evolution of the longstanding partnership between STISD and STC, which was established in 1999.

STISD Virtual Academy, the district's only all-virtual campus, is the first campus to which STC will offer the opportunity for Dual Credit students to take their Dual Credit courses 100 percent online while working towards a certificate or an associate's degree. Initially, the program will begin with business, but STC and STISD will continue to explore student interests.

As STISD is an open-enrollment, public school district, there is no cost for students to enroll at STISD Virtual Academy. STC tuition is also waived, so there is no cost for students to participate in this program.


 

Inside STISD Video Highlights

STISD Athletic Programs Participate in 2024 McAllen Marathon Scott Crane Run Series

STISD Half-Day Programs Testimonial: Armandina Azocar

Musk Foundation Grant Funds Mobile Health Unit

2023 Year in Review Highlight


 

Help Support STISD Students: The Education Foundation of STISD is building its board

Decorative image: The Education Foundation of STISD is seeking individuals interested in serving on the board.

 

Holidays and Events

Student standing in classroom. Come see us between 6 and 8 p.m. at our Spring Open Houses. More info at www.stisd.net.
  • February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week. Let your counselors know they are appreciated!
     
  • Feb. 5: Virtual Session for Parents/Guardians - Understanding Dyslexia: How Does it Work in School?
     
  • There will be no classes on Monday, Feb. 12. It is a Weather Day, a district holiday for students and staff (except for 226 employees).
     
  • February 23 is a District Professional Development Day. There is no school for students on this day.
     
  • Open Houses are coming up. Reference the schedule in the newsletter to see when it will be held for your school.
     
  • March 11-15 is Spring Break.
     
  • There is no school for students on March 29, Good Friday (Weather Day).

The 2023-2024 Academic Calendar is posted within the Calendars section on the district website.

 

 


 

Upcoming Events

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  • South Texas ISD