March 2024 BoardBits

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This e-newsletter highlights important news from the March 26 regular meeting of the STISD Board of Directors and other recent and upcoming district and campus happenings.


 

District recognizes athletic teams that competed at state competitions

During the March 26 board meeting, the administration and Board recognized and congratulated cross country, volleyball and basketball teams who placed at regionals and advanced to the state competitions.

Health Professions Boys Cross Country Team

Health Professions Boys Cross Country Team being recognized at board meeting for placing at state

This team placed 7th overall at the State Competition.

Medical Professions Girls Cross Country Team

Medical Professions Girls Cross Country Team being recognized at the board meeting for placing at State competition

This team placed 8th overall at the State Competition.

Science Academy Cross Country Girls Individual State Qualifier

Science Academy individual state qualifier and coach recognized at board meeting

Congratulations on competing at state!


 

Health Professions Boys Volleyball Team

Health Professions Boys Volleyball Team being recognized at board meeting for placing at state

This team placed 2nd at the State Competition.

Science Academy Girls Volleyball Team

Science Academy girls volleyball team and coach being recognized at the board meeting for competing at state

Congratulations on competing at the State Competition!

Preparatory Academy Girls Premier Basketball Team

Preparatory Academy Girls Premier Basketball Team and coach being recognized at the board meeting

State Qualifiers

Health Professions Girls Varsity Basketball Team

Health Professions Girls Varsity Basketball Team being recognized at board meeting for competing at state

State Qualifiers


 

South Texas ISD Board approves the district's new Strategic Plan for 2024-2029

South Texas ISD is excited to share its 2024-2029 Strategic Plan, which was approved by the Board of Directors during the March 26 board meeting. Developed alongside The Center for Model Schools, this plan will drive the success of the district over the next five years.

Click here to learn more about STISD's Strategic Plan for 2024-2029

Thank you to our STISD Strategic Planning Leadership Team for your commitment to this process and your work to create our roadmap. 

STISD 2024-2029 Strategic Planning Leadership Team

 

Other Board actions

  • Alberto Tudon, Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) Coordinator, reported to the STISD Board of Directors on the TIA Expansion/Modification Application.
  • Dr. Nereyda Trevino, Chief Academic Officer, reported to the board on the district wide and campus-specific programs to be held during the summer.
  • The STISD Board of Directors voted to approve the AIA contract with Gerlach Builders for the Health Professions Gymnasium project, and authorized the Board President to execute the contract.
  • The STISD Board of Directors approved a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a Special Education Co-Op with La Villa ISD.
  • Amanda Odom, Administrator for Public Relations & Marketing, provided a report to the full board on the preliminary planning by the Community & Governmental Relations Committee for the district's upcoming 60-year anniversary event to be held in Nov. 2024.
  • Board Vice President Dr. Sylvia Sánchez Garza and Board member Yolanda Kamel reported to their fellow board members on their experience attending the 2024
    TASB Texas Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC.
  • The Board approved the following new Professional and Non-Professional positions for the 2024-2025 school year and the Announcement of Vacancies:
    Professional positions: Co-op Speech Language Pathologist, Co-op Educational Diagnostician, Co-op Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, Special Education Teachers (6) | Non-Professional positions: Co-op Special Education Clerk, Co-op Bookkeeper, Special Education Classroom Aide (1)

 

Invite your friends & family: Tour STISD continues on Saturday, April 13

Invite your friends & family! The Tour STISD Spring Campus Showcases continue on Saturday, April 13, at four of our campuses - Health Professions in Mercedes, Science Academy in Mercedes, Rising Scholars Academy in San Benito, and Virtual Academy (in-person in Mercedes and online via Zoom).

These free events are open to the public and are perfect opportunities for prospective students and families to tour the schools, meet administrators, staff and students, and participate in family-friendly activities.

Click here for more information on upcoming showcases

Tour STISD this Spring

 

STISD Health + Wellness

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

STISD SEL and Mental Health Resources - March 2024 newsletter

STISD Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health Resources Newsletter: April 2024

STISD SEL and Mental Health Resources - April 2024 newsletter

 

Join us: Upcoming events for parents of children with Autism

South Texas ISD is hosting events in April for parents of children with Autism. There will be a Parent Empowerment Session Series throughout the month, as well as a Parent Connection Autism Support Meeting on April 10.

Support for parents with children with high functioning autism event on April 10

STISD Parents/Guardians:

Join us on Wednesday, April 10, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for a South Texas ISD Parent Connection presentation - "Supports for Parents with Children with High Functioning Autism" by Dr. Terri McGinnis.

The presentation will be held in-person at the South Texas ISD Learning Center (7001 E. Expressway 83, Mercedes, TX), as well as virtually via Zoom.

Click here to RSVP for this event. If you register to attend virtually, the Zoom link will be emailed to you.

For more information, please contact your campus social worker.


 

Congratulations! Rising Scholars Academy celebrates its designation as a 2024 Texas School to Watch

STISD Rising Scholars Academy (RSA) in San Benito celebrated its recent designation as a 2024 Texas “School to Watch” (STW) during a campus assembly held on March 28.

Dr. Billy Pringle, Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) Deputy Director of Business Operations, Professional Development, Governmental Relations and High School Services, attended on behalf of the organization to present a banner to the campus community to commemorate the award.

According to the Texas STW program, state leaders selected RSA for its academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational structure and processes. RSA joins approximately 60 other campuses across the state with this distinction and honor. 

RSA staff and parents on stage during School to Watch celebration
STISD board members and administration with San Benito city officials on stage during School to Watch celebration
Texas Association of Secondary School Principals representative addresses audience during School to Watch celebration
City officials, district and campus board and admin, and students on stage during School to Watch celebration
City officials, district and campus board and admin, and students on stage during School to Watch celebration
Students presented with banner on stage during School to Watch celebration

 

Five STISD teams qualify for Final Design Review in Houston after March Critical Design Review

STISD students participating in the NASA HUNCH Program pose for photo with NASA engineers

STISD students participating in the NASA HUNCH Program pose with NASA engineers at the Critical Design Review on March 19.

Rio Grande Valley students participating in the Engineering Design, Biomedical and Software Development challenges as part of this year’s NASA HUNCH program converged at the STISD Central Administration Teaching & Learning Center on March 19 for the RGV NASA HUNCH Critical Design Review. During the event, students presented their completed projects to NASA engineers, for a chance to be selected to attend the NASA HUNCH Final Design Review to be held at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston April 16 and 17.

Five participating teams from STISD were selected to take their projects to the next level, including:

  • Science Academy: Two-Step System to Combat Biofilms: David S. Hovey, Ana-Laura Tamez, Estrella Palomo
  • Science Academy: IV Fluid Admin: Luis Gasca, Taylor Admire, Ethan Cheng, Diego Pina
  • Science Academy: Soothwave, Mental Health: Daniella Cedrillo, Sumita Dantu, Lauren Krawczynski
  • Health Professions: Astro Naps, Mental Health: Ariska Nguyen, Zaid Kokash, Vivian Jasso, Gael Jasso
  • Science Academy: Light Therapy Device, Mental Health: Makena Silva, AJ Simpson, Victoria Seguin

There were 68 teams from across the nation invited to present their projects in the Biomedical category of NASA HUNCH, and over 10 percent of those came from the RGV.


 

Making memories and enjoying the solar eclipse experience across the district

Medical Professions students look up at sky during solar eclipse
Campus community members look up at sky during solar eclipse
Students look up at sky during solar eclipse
Students look up at sky during solar eclipse
Students look up at sky during solar eclipse
Students look up at sky during solar eclipse

 

Seniors: The Education Foundation of STISD is now accepting applications for this year's scholarships

Photo of a graduate in cap and gown. The Education Foundation is awarding 4 $2,000 scholarships per campus. Apply by April 23.

The Education Foundation of South Texas ISD is providing $2,000 scholarships for graduating seniors from all four STISD high schools.

This year the Foundation will award 16 scholarships total, 4 - $2,000 scholarships per each STISD high school campus.

The link to the online application is available within the Education Foundation of STISD 2024 Scholarship Application section on the district website here. A PDF copy of the application can also be accessed at the same link, and hard copies can be picked up at the student's campus counseling office, if preferred.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, no matter the method used.

Best wishes to all our seniors!

Click here for additional information or to apply

 


 

STISD March 2024 Student in Frame: Health Professions' Coca Cola Scholar Alfia Bilal

March 2024 Student in Frame
March 2024 Student in Frame

 

Alumni Spotlights

Ethan Portillo | Health Professions Class of 2011

Agustin Brizuela | World Scholars Class of 2016


 

Inside STISD Video Highlights

World Scholars' Robotics Participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge

Science Academy's Nelly Houston Named 2024 UTRGV CECS Outstanding Teacher

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month Recap: Virtual Tours

Biomedical Science Program

Pharmacy Technician Program


 

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