October 2022- BoardBits

This e-newsletter highlights important news from the October 25 meeting of the STISD Board of Directors, as well as other recent and upcoming district and campus happenings.


 

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District recognizes students for excellence in academic, athletic, and/or extracurricular endeavors

During the October 25 board meeting, the administration and Board recognized and congratulated individual students and teams from throughout the district for excellence in academic, athletic, and/or extracurricular endeavors.

30 STISD students advance to the State Cross Country Meet

The following students qualified to compete at the Texas Charter School Academic and Athletic League (TCSAAL) State Cross Country Meet held on October 29th in Webberville, TX.

Health Professions Cross Country state qualifier being recognized during board meeting

Jason Puckett, Health Professions cross country state qualifier

Preparatory Academy's Girls Cross Country state qualifiers

Preparatory Academy girls cross country state qualifiers:
Annie Almaguer
Amelia Humphreys
Ily Lopez
Ava Thomas
Belicia Hernandez
Belen Berrocal
Isabella Pagan
Elisha Trujillo
Devani Martinez
Renata Lugo

Coaches: Alex Comple and Sonia Brown

Preparatory Academy Boys Cross Country state qualifiers and coaches

Preparatory Academy boys cross country state qualifiers:
Anthony Lara
Oscar Garcia
Emilio Montelongo
Sebastian Carbajal
Brady Lee
Christian Moya
Eduardo Estrada

Coaches: Alex Comple and Gerardo Monteagudo

Rising Scholars Academy's Cross Country state qualifiers

Rising Scholars girls cross country state qualifiers:
Miranda Ramos
Addison Lopez
Andrea Marquez
Victoria Garza
Naylea Pecina
Katalina Prukop
Caylie Govea

Rising Scholars boys cross country state qualifier:
Mariano Jimenez

Coaches:
Rico Benavidez and Amy Benavidez

 

Science Academy's Cross Country state qualifiers and coaches

Science Academy cross country state qualifiers:
Alexa Vallejo
Monica “Gigi” Gutierrez
Javier Rodriguez

Girls’ Cross-Country Coaches
Geronimo Perez and Alyssa Perez

Boys’ Cross-Country Coaches
Joseph Wilson and Gerardo Cavazos

World Scholars Boys Cross Country state qualifiers

World Scholars boys cross country state qualifiers:
Edgar Moreno
Anthony Trujillo

Coaches: Jabeth Azpeitia and Saire Moreno

2022 Superintendent's Cup Winners

Health Professions Girls Cross Country state qualifiers being recognized during board meeting

The Health Professions girls’ cross country team won their division in the 2022 Superintendent’s Cup.

Team members include: Monique Salinas, Genesis Fuentes, Lorena Hernandez, Madison Ross, Amanda Servin, Clarissa Melendez, Brianna Gomez, Victoria Herrera, Nicole Sevilla, Angelina Trinh, Elizabeth Vincent, Kailey Barrera, Danna Alvarez, Aisha Mumtaz, Emma Rubio, Abigail Sandoval, and Hailey Castellanos

Coaches: Priscilla Calderon and Diana Martinez

 

Health Professions Boys flag football team - Superintendent's Cup Champs

The Health Professions boys' flag football team won the 2022 Superintendent’s Cup.

Team members include: Ryan Rosales, Daniel Castillo, Brandon Garcia, Rey Griego, David Martinez, Arturo Nunez, Gabriel Ochoa, Marco Park, Seth Pina, William Quinton, Jeremias Rivas, Carlos Rodriguez, Gael Silva, Josue Sosa, Cruz Vega, Luis Verdiguel, Marcelo Mendoza, David Osazee, Alex Pena, Roy Leal, Amro Ahmad, and Albaro Gonzalez

Coaches: Eric Calderon and Priscilla Calderon

Student received award from prestigious national program

Medical Professions student recognized for achievements

Current Medical Professions student and former Rising Scholars Academy Rocket Eusebio Garza has been nominated for the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence for outstanding academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

 

Science Academy esports team qualified for State competition

Science Academy esports Valorant team who qualified for state playoffs

Science Academy's Valorant team made state playoffs in TexSEF's esports league. The team made it to grand finals vs. Hebron High School. After finishing second place overall, the team was invited to compete at the "Lone Star Invitational," an end-of-the-year tournament for the top high school esports teams in the state. It will take place at the Arlington Esports Stadium on April 29th.

Team members include: Severiano Cantu (Captain), Tomas Zamora, Taylor Admire, Andree de Jesus, Brandyn Bratley, Enrique Cisneros, Diego Pina, Ryan Higdon, and Joshua Maldonado

Esports Coaches: Travis Maldonado and Dr. Claudia Carranza


 

Staff, Board, and District Recognitions

STISD Board President and Superintendent stand with principals during Principals Month recognition

The STISD Board of Directors and administration recognized the seven STISD principals during the Oct. 25 board meeting in honor of National Principals Month.

STISD Board President and Superintendent stand with Human Resources staff during their recognition

The STISD Board of Directors and administration recognized the members of the Human Resources Department during the Oct. 25 board meeting in honor of Texas Education Human Resources Day.

STISD Board Secretary Dr. Sylvia Sánchez Garza recognized for reelection to TASB Board of Directors

Board member Sylvia Sanchez Garza

STISD Board President Douglas Buchanan and STISD Board Secretary Dr. Sylvia Sánchez Garza

Story from the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)

(Austin) - Sylvia Sánchez Garza of South Texas ISD has been reelected to a three-year term on the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Board of Directors, representing TASB Region 1, Position B. The election was held during the Association’s 2022 Delegate Assembly on Sept. 24 in San Antonio.

Click here to read the full story

Board recognizes district and campuses for ranking among the best in state and nation in Niche 2023 Rankings

STISD principals and superintendent presented with certificates for 2023 Niche Best K-12 Schools Rankings

From left to right: Dr. Cynthia Chairez, World Scholars principal; Dr. Reynaldo Rodriguez, Rising Scholars principal; Marco Zamora, Preparatory Academy principal; Criselda Rodriguez Flores, Medical Professions principal; Douglas Buchanan, STISD Board President; Eric Gutierrez, Science Academy principal; Marcos Flores, Health Professions principal; and Dr. Marco Antonio Lara, Jr., STISD Superintendent

The STISD Board of Directors recognized the campus and district communities for their collaborative work to earn STISD and the campuses spots among the best in the state and nation in the 2023 Niche Best Schools K-12 School & District Rankings.

With an A+ overall grade, STISD ranked 2nd in Texas (out of 1,018 school districts ranked) and 38th in the nation (out of 10,751 districts ranked) in the Best School Districts rankings.

For the second year in a row, the district also earned the top spots in the state in the Best Places to Teach  and the Districts with the Best Teachers in Texas. STISD also ranked 6th out of 11,687 districts ranked in the Districts with the Best Teachers in America. 

Click here to read the full story

 


 

Board approves updates to district policy, including new Employee Longevity Incentive

After a couple of months of research, discussion and review, the STISD Board of Directors approved a new Employee Longevity Incentive and changes to district policy to reflect it.

STISD DEC (LOCAL) Policy – Employee Longevity Incentive is being updated to include this incentive, as well as a benefit of Payment for Accumulated Leave Upon Death.


 

Board approves 2022-2023 Gifted and Talented Manual

Dr. Brenda De La Garza, STISD Special Programs Director, walked the board through the proposed 2022-2023 Gifted and Talented Manual during the Oct. 25 board meeting. All school districts are required to develop a comprehensive manual or program guide describing all gifted/talented programs, services, assessments, and communication, which is accessible to parents, community and students and includes district G/T program contact information (Fidelity of Services 1.10). With the Board's approval of the guide, it has now been posted within the Gifted and Talented page on the district website.

Click here to visit the STISD Gifted & Talented Program webpage


 

Board approves first set of campus course offerings for 2023-2024

The STISD Board of Directors approved the proposed course offerings for the 2023-2024 School Year for STISD Health Professions, STISD Medical Professions, STISD Science Academy, STISD Preparatory Academy, and STISD Rising Scholars Academy during the Oct. 25 board meeting.

Prior to the board meeting, the course offerings were reviewed and recommended by both the campus and district site-based councils. The course offerings, which make up the backbone of STISD curricular offerings, provide the student, parent, teachers, and administrators with clear curriculum expectations that are specific for each campus theme.

Considering many students are advancing in their high school coursework beginning in middle school, STISD removed the grade levels on the high school course sequences a couple of years ago.

The campus course sequences for 2023-2024 will be posted on the district website.


 

Construction Updates

  • The Buildings & Grounds Board Committee reported on related items and the committee's activity since being established.
  • Frank Trevino shared with the board the most recent progress and next steps on each of the projects.
  • Representatives from The Warren Group, the architect for the New Health Professions Gymnasium, were present to present to the Board the design development documents for review and approval. They showed renditions and samples of recommended building materials, and the Board members asked questions. The Board approved the design documents.

 

Other Board Actions

  • The Board approved the proposed admission qualifications for students and campus target populations for the 2023-2024 school year.
  • The Board passed a Resolution to convene the District’s School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) to recommend curriculum materials for human sexuality instruction and prevention of child abuse, family violence, dating violence, and sex trafficking. The committee is to hold at least two public meetings to allow it to make a recommendation to the Board at a public meeting by March 2023.
  • The Board approved changes to district policy BDB(LOCAL) Board Internal Organization: Internal Committees to add a Buildings and Grounds Committee to the other Standing Committees, which include Finance and Operations; Policy, Planning, Projects, and Partnerships; Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Community and Governmental Relations; and Executive.
  • In accordance with the STISD District of Innovation Plan, the District notified the Board of Directors of local teaching certificates for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year granted within career and technology fields.
  • Doug Buchanan, Board president, shared with the Board and attendees the South Texas ISD Board Member Training Continuing Education Report, which details whether each board member has met their training requirements as set forth by the State Board of Education. This is required to be done by the STISD Board President at the last regular meeting before an election of trustees.
  • Dr. Brenda De La Garza, STISD Special Programs Director, walked the STISD Board of Directors through the STISD Bilingual ESL Program Evaluation for 2021-2022. The data collected for the 2021-2022 school year shows the effectiveness of the program in preparing students for educational success.

 

Mental Health Matters - My Mental Health: Do I need help?

My Mental Health: Do I need help? Symptom checklist
My Mental Health: Do I need help? Symptom checklist in Spanish

 

Photo Galleries: Superintendent's Cup Flag Football + UTRGV Collegiate Partnership Celebrations


 

October Student in Frame: Science Academy's Mikayla Kester

Student in Frame Mikayla Kester
Student in Frame Mikayla Kester

 

Inside STISD Video Highlights

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at World Scholars

Science Academy named PLTW Distinguished School for fourth consecutive year

Inside STISD Video Highlights: Superintendent's Cup

Superintendent's Cup Flag Football Tournament

Superintendent's Cup Cross Country Invitational


 

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