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Flyer for Health Professions Trunk or Treat event to be held on Thursday, Oct. 31
Trunk or Treat Event at Health Professions in Mercedes on Oct. 31
Posted on 10/21/2019
The Business Professionals of America chapter at South Texas ISD Health Professions in Mercedes will host a Trunk or Treat event for the public from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.  Read more about Trunk or Treat Event at Health Professions in Mercedes on Oct. 31
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STISD Board Vice-President Reelected to State Board
Posted on 10/10/2019
The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has reelected Yolanda Cuellar of South Texas ISD to a three-year term on the TASB Board of Directors, representing TASB Region 1, Position B.  Read more about STISD Board Vice-President Reelected to State Board
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STISD Schools to Face Off in District wide Volleyball Tournaments on Oct. 12
Posted on 10/10/2019
All six STISD schools will face off in district wide volleyball tournaments to be held on Saturday, Oct. 12.  Read more about STISD Schools to Face Off in District wide Volleyball Tournaments on Oct. 12
STISD Parent Connection to host Fall Parent Meeting on October 24, featuring a college panel
STISD Parent Connection to Host Fall Parent Meeting on Oct. 24
Posted on 09/20/2019
STISD Parent Connection will host a university/college panel on Oct. 24 for its Fall Parent Meeting.  Read more about STISD Parent Connection to Host Fall Parent Meeting on Oct. 24
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Criselda Rodriguez Flores hired to lead Rising Scholars Academy
Posted on 09/09/2019
During the Aug. 27 meeting, the STISD board of directors hired Criselda Rodriguez Flores as the new principal of South Texas ISD Rising Scholars Academy (Rising Scholars).   Read more about Criselda Rodriguez Flores hired to lead Rising Scholars Academy
South Texas ISD World Scholars student Nicolas Strom
World Scholars Student Attends Tapia Say STEM Camp at Rice
Posted on 09/05/2019
South Texas ISD World Scholars student, Nicolas Strom, was among a select group from around the state to attend the prestigious Tapia Say STEM Camp at Rice University.  Read more about World Scholars Student Attends Tapia Say STEM Camp at Rice
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Science Academy Senior Tracks Near-Earth Asteroid through Summer Science Program
Posted on 08/30/2019
Science Academy senior Daniel Fleming, of Mission, was one of 35 students selected worldwide to participate in this summer's Summer Science Program.  Read more about Science Academy Senior Tracks Near-Earth Asteroid through Summer Science Program
Former STISD superintendent, Dr. Marla Guerra, is presented with honorary doctoral degree from Baylor College of Medicine
Long-time STISD Superintendent Receives Honorary Degree Commemorating Partnership with Baylor College of Medicine
Posted on 08/28/2019
Former STISD superintendent Marla M. Guerra, Ed.D., received an honorary doctoral degree from longtime educational partner Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in recognition of her many years of work to bring opportunities for students interested in medicine, science and the health professions, to the Rio Grande Valley.   Read more about Long-time STISD Superintendent Receives Honorary Degree Commemorating Partnership with Baylor College of Medicine
Upcoming Dept. Trainings + District In-Service
Posted on 08/05/2019
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. The District In-Service will be held on Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Harlingen Convention Center, located at 701 Harlingen Heights Drive.  Read more about Upcoming Dept. Trainings + District In-Service
Accepting applications for free and reduced lunch
Posted on 07/24/2019
South Texas Independent School District (STISD) is now accepting applications for free and reduced-price meals for the 2019-20 school year.  Read more about Accepting applications for free and reduced lunch
STISD Campuses to Offer Free Breakfast and Lunch During Summer
Posted on 05/31/2019
Children 18 and under are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch at four of South Texas Independent School District’s campuses from June 3 through July 10.  Read more about STISD Campuses to Offer Free Breakfast and Lunch During Summer
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Board approves BETA’s transformation to South Texas ISD World Scholars
Posted on 04/10/2019
The STISD Board of Directors approved a program change and name change for BETA going into the 2019-2020 school year. Learn more here.  Read more about Board approves BETA’s transformation to South Texas ISD World Scholars
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Serving others is an investment of a lifetime for Medical Academy sophomore
Posted on 03/27/2019
When Jesus Delgado, sophomore at South Texas Academy for Medical Professions (Medical Academy), commits to something, you best believe he’s following through with that commitment.   Read more about Serving others is an investment of a lifetime for Medical Academy sophomore
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Science Academy Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Empowering Students
Posted on 03/06/2019
The Science Academy of South Texas recently announced that it has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Computer Science, Biomedical Science, and Engineering.  Read more about Science Academy Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Empowering Students
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Lady Rockets basketball to make first-time appearance at state tournament
Posted on 02/08/2019
For the past three seasons, the Rising Scholars Academy of South Texas (Rising Scholars) Lady Rockets basketball team has qualified to compete at the regional tournament, and this year for the first time ever, the Lady Rockets clinched the win and will advance to the Texas Charter School Academic and Athletic League State Tournament.  Read more about Lady Rockets basketball to make first-time appearance at state tournament
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Med High & Medical Academy teams to compete in UTRGV School of Medicine competition
Posted on 02/08/2019
Students from South Texas Independent School District’s (STISD) South Texas High School for Health Professions (Med High) in Mercedes and South Texas Academy for Medical Professions (Medical Academy) in Olmito will participate in The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s (UTRGV) first Education Collaboration for Aspiring Health Professionals (ECAHP) competition, Saturday, Feb. 9, at UTRGV’s Medical Education Building Auditorium on the Edinburg Campus.  Read more about Med High & Medical Academy teams to compete in UTRGV School of Medicine competition
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STISD Boy & Girl Scouts to participate in Brownsville Scout Government Day
Posted on 02/07/2019
Eleven STISD students from Brownsville will represent the district and their respective campuses as they take on positions within the City of Brownsville during its 67th Annual Brownsville Scout Government Day on Friday, Feb. 8.   Read more about STISD Boy & Girl Scouts to participate in Brownsville Scout Government Day
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Chess teams from Rising Scholars and Science Academy earn first place at regional competition
Posted on 02/06/2019
Teams from our middle school Rising Scholars Academy of South Texas (Rising Scholars Academy) and high school The Science Academy of South Texas (Science Academy) took first place at the Texas Chess Association (TCA) Regional Chess Championships.   Read more about Chess teams from Rising Scholars and Science Academy earn first place at regional competition
The STISD Parent Connection Spring 2019 Parent Meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 6:00 p.m. at Biblioteca Las Americas in Mercedes.
STISD Parent Connection Hosts Spring Parent Meeting on Mapping the Road to College
Posted on 01/25/2019
STISD Parent Connection invites district parents to learn more about "Mapping the Road to College" during the 2019 Spring Parent Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 31.  Read more about STISD Parent Connection Hosts Spring Parent Meeting on Mapping the Road to College
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Science Academy Students Invited to Present at National Project Lead the Way Summit
Posted on 01/22/2019
Four students from The Science Academy of South Texas in Mercedes will present at the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Summit next month on how the program has influenced them.  Read more about Science Academy Students Invited to Present at National Project Lead the Way Summit
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2019-2020 Enrollment for STISD Middle and High Schools Begins Jan. 12
Posted on 01/07/2019
STISD will open enrollment for the 2019-20 school year for both middle schools and all four high schools at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12.  Read more about 2019-2020 Enrollment for STISD Middle and High Schools Begins Jan. 12
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Medical Academy Counselor Named Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction
Posted on 12/20/2018
Luz Zamora, a counselor at STISD's Medical Academy campus in Olmito, was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).  Read more about Medical Academy Counselor Named Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction
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STISD Board of Directors Welcomes Three New Members to Team of 24
Posted on 12/20/2018
Three new members took the oath of office to join the STISD board of directors during the Nov. 27 board meeting. Eduardo Roberto Rodriguez of Brownsville, and Martin Castillo, Jr., D.C., and Jaime Solis, who both reside in Edinburg, joined the team of 24.   Read more about STISD Board of Directors Welcomes Three New Members to Team of 24
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STISD Board Elects New Officers
Posted on 12/20/2018
Oaths of office were administered to newly-elected, appointed, re-appointed and re-elected directors from the STISD board, and the board elected new officers, during the Nov. 27 meeting.  Read more about STISD Board Elects New Officers
Board Recognizes STPA Student for Earning State Champion Title
Posted on 12/20/2018
STPA eighth-grader Ryan Servantes, of Mission, was recognized by the STISD board of directors during the Nov. 27 board meeting for earning an individual State Champion title at the Texas Charter School Academic & Athletic League (TCSAAL) Cross Country State Meet.  Read more about Board Recognizes STPA Student for Earning State Champion Title
Board Recognizes Former Members for Years of Service to the District
Posted on 12/20/2018
During the special called board meeting held on Dec. 12, the STISD board of directors recognized former board members Maria G. Leal, Joe L. Lopez, Eliceo Muñoz, III, and Berta Palacios for their years of dedicated service to STISD.  Read more about Board Recognizes Former Members for Years of Service to the District
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STISD Gets Excellent Audit Review for 2017-18
Posted on 12/20/2018
According to the STISD Annual Financial Report shared with the STISD board at the special called board meeting on Dec. 12, STISD received a clean audit for the 2017-18 school year, with no findings of weaknesses.  Read more about STISD Gets Excellent Audit Review for 2017-18
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Two Med High Students Develop Award-Winning Apps Through Congressional App Challenge
Posted on 12/13/2018
Two Med High students have been selected as district winners in the 2018 Congressional App Challenge.  Read more about Two Med High Students Develop Award-Winning Apps Through Congressional App Challenge
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Spartans Come Together for a Cause
Posted on 12/06/2018
STPA hosted the Fifth Annual Spartan Olympics 5K Run/Walk on Nov. 30.  Read more about Spartans Come Together for a Cause
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RSA Hosts 'Code and Coffee' Event to Engage Adults in Coding
Posted on 12/05/2018
RSA hosted a Code and Coffee community event on Dec. 4, during Computer Science Week, to promote coding amongst adults.  Read more about RSA Hosts 'Code and Coffee' Event to Engage Adults in Coding
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Science Academy Student Named a Coca-Cola Scholar Semifinalist
Posted on 11/28/2018
Divya Agarwala, a Science Academy senior, has been named a Semifinalist for the 2019 class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program.  Read more about Science Academy Student Named a Coca-Cola Scholar Semifinalist
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STISD Parent Connection to Hold Fall Parent Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23
Posted on 10/22/2018
STISD Parent Connection will hold the 2018 Fall Parent Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23.  Read more about STISD Parent Connection to Hold Fall Parent Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23
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STISD names Dr. Lara as Lone Finalist for Superintendent Position
Posted on 09/27/2018
All Six STISD Campuses Among Best in State and Nation in Niche 2019 Rankings
Posted on 08/10/2018
South Texas Independent School District (STISD) ranked 2nd in Texas and 9th in the nation in the 2019 Best School Districts rankings released this week.  Read more about All Six STISD Campuses Among Best in State and Nation in Niche 2019 Rankings
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STISD Welcomes Back Faculty & Staff for 2018-2019 School Year
Posted on 08/06/2018
South Texas ISD will officially welcome back all district employees through a day of professional development at the district’s annual in-service event, to be held on Monday, Aug. 13.  Read more about STISD Welcomes Back Faculty & Staff for 2018-2019 School Year
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STISD Superintendent Marla M. Guerra, Ed.D., Retiring from Life's Work in Education
Posted on 08/01/2018
After 17 years leading STISD – and a career in education surpassing 40 years – Marla M. Guerra, Ed.D., STISD superintendent of schools, is retiring from her life’s work.  Read more about STISD Superintendent Marla M. Guerra, Ed.D., Retiring from Life's Work in Education
STISD now accepting applications for free and reduced-price meals
Posted on 07/30/2018
STISD is now accepting applications for free and reduced-price meals for the 2018-19 school year.  Read more about STISD now accepting applications for free and reduced-price meals
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STISD to Hold Elections for School Board in November
Posted on 07/18/2018
South Texas Independent School District (STISD) will conduct school board member elections on Nov. 6.  Read more about STISD to Hold Elections for School Board in November
Weather Advisory: Early Release at 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, June 21
Posted on 06/21/2018
STISD Students and Staff Members to Learn to Fly Next Week
Posted on 06/01/2018
Nineteen STISD students and two faculty and staff members will learn to fly this summer as part of the 2018 Summer Aviation Camp.  Read more about STISD Students and Staff Members to Learn to Fly Next Week
STISD Campuses to Offer Free Breakfast and Lunch June 4-July 11
Posted on 05/31/2018
Children 18 and under are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch at four of South Texas Independent School District’s campuses this summer. The meals will be served at Rising Scholars Academy of South Texas (Rising Scholars), South Texas Academy for Medical Professions (Medical Academy), South Texas Business, Education & Technology Academy (BETA) and The Science Academy of South Texas (Science Academy).   Read more about STISD Campuses to Offer Free Breakfast and Lunch June 4-July 11
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Four STISD Campuses Named to Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll
Posted on 05/23/2018
Four campuses within South Texas Independent School District (STISD) were named to the 2017-2018 Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll for their high achievement and student success.   Read more about Four STISD Campuses Named to Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll
Graduation Ceremonies for STISD High Schools Scheduled for June 2 and 3
Posted on 05/23/2018
Graduation ceremonies for South Texas Independent School District will take place June 2 and 3.   Read more about Graduation Ceremonies for STISD High Schools Scheduled for June 2 and 3
Three STPA Students Recognized Through National Essay Contest
STPA Students Recognized Through National Essay Contest
Posted on 05/21/2018
Marcela Granados of Hidalgo, Kashish Kumar of Edinburg, and Victor Pardo of Mission, all received Honorable Mention recognition and $50 cash prizes for their essays on the subject of price “gouging” during emergencies through the Stossel in the Classroom eighth annual student essay contest.   Read more about STPA Students Recognized Through National Essay Contest
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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Four STISD High Schools Among the Best
Posted on 05/10/2018
All four South Texas Independent School District (STISD) high schools ranked among the best in the state and nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best High Schools list.   Read more about U.S. News & World Report Ranks Four STISD High Schools Among the Best
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Fifth Annual Sci Tech EDD Presents Conference Scheduled for April 27
Posted on 04/23/2018
The Science Academy of South Texas (Sci Tech) will hold its fifth annual “Engineering Design & Development (EDD) Presents” Conference – this year dubbed “EDD Presents 5.0” – on Friday, April 27.  Read more about Fifth Annual Sci Tech EDD Presents Conference Scheduled for April 27
Med High student Betsy Abraham is presented with Good Citizen Award by two representatives of Lt. Thomas Barlow Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution
Med High Student Recognized by Daughters of the American Revolution as a 'Good Citizen'
Posted on 04/03/2018
Med High senior Betsy Abraham recently received the Good Citizen award from the Lt. Thomas Barlow Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Read more about Med High Student Recognized by Daughters of the American Revolution as a 'Good Citizen'
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Student receives presidential recognition for serving community
Posted on 03/23/2018
A casual leisure weekend typically becomes the go-to for most after a busy week, but for Chris Choi, weekends are quite the opposite.   Read more about Student receives presidential recognition for serving community
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Medical Academy Students Combating Diabetes Epidemic in RGV
Posted on 02/20/2018
A group of three students from South Texas Academy for Medical Professions (Medical Academy) in Olmito has made it a mission to counter the diabetes epidemic in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV).   Read more about Medical Academy Students Combating Diabetes Epidemic in RGV
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Medical Academy Team Wins District Battle of the Books Competition Second Time, Qualifies for Inaugural Regional Meet
Posted on 02/12/2018
A team of three students from South Texas Academy for Medical Professions (Medical Academy) in Olmito won the district’s fourth annual face-to-face Battle of the Books district competition on Friday, Jan. 19, taking the coveted “traveling trophy” for the second year in a row.  Read more about Medical Academy Team Wins District Battle of the Books Competition Second Time, Qualifies for Inaugural Regional Meet
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STISD Parents Invited to Attend Parent Connection Meeting on Feb. 15
Posted on 02/06/2018
STISD parents are invited to attend the STISD Parent Connection Spring Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 15.  Read more about STISD Parents Invited to Attend Parent Connection Meeting on Feb. 15
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Ana Castro, STPA Principal, Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award
Posted on 02/05/2018
South Texas Preparatory Academy principal Ana Castro has been nominated for the 2017-2018 national LifeChanger of the Year award.  Read more about Ana Castro, STPA Principal, Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award
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STISD Continues to Outperform Others in College Entrance Exam Performance
Posted on 12/13/2017
STISD students continue to outperform others on the state and national level when it comes to college entrance exam scores.   Read more about STISD Continues to Outperform Others in College Entrance Exam Performance
STISD Continues to Encourage Participation in Advanced Coursework
Posted on 12/13/2017
In line with the district's belief in providing each student the opportunity to successfully participate in high quality advanced coursework, STISD actively recruits, encourages, and supports every student to participate in these courses.  Read more about STISD Continues to Encourage Participation in Advanced Coursework
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STPA PSTO hosts fourth annual Spartan Olympics
Posted on 12/13/2017
The STPA PSTO hosted the 4th Annual Spartan Olympics 5K Run/Walk on Friday, Dec. 1, raising more than $18,000 for the campus and the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children's and Hematology Center.  Read more about STPA PSTO hosts fourth annual Spartan Olympics
Ethnic Diversity Seen in STISD Student Population
Posted on 12/13/2017
The student body at STISD continues to reflect ethnic diversity.  Read more about Ethnic Diversity Seen in STISD Student Population
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STPA Student Recognized for His Essay on America's Gift to His Generation
Posted on 12/13/2017
STPA 8th-grader Sankirth Tippur of Mission recognizes the enormity of sacrifice veterans have made for all of us, and he recently found success in sharing his perspective on the topic through the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Patriot's Pen Essay Contest.   Read more about STPA Student Recognized for His Essay on America's Gift to His Generation
Inaugural BETA 5K to be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Edinburg Municipal Park.
INAUGURAL BETA 5K TO TAKE PLACE JAN. 13
Posted on 11/09/2017
BETA will host its Inaugural BETA 5K on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.  Read more about INAUGURAL BETA 5K TO TAKE PLACE JAN. 13
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Medical Academy Hosting 1st Annual 5K Run/Walk and 1M Family Fun Run on Dec. 2
Posted on 11/09/2017
Medical Academy is hosting its inaugural Run for Your Life 5K/Family Fun Run on Saturday, Dec. 2.  Read more about Medical Academy Hosting 1st Annual 5K Run/Walk and 1M Family Fun Run on Dec. 2
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All STISD Parents Invited to Parent Connection Fall Meeting on Oct. 26
Posted on 10/20/2017
The STISD Parent Connection organization will host its annual fall parent meeting on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 6:00 p.m. at Rising Scholars Academy of South Texas in San Benito.   Read more about All STISD Parents Invited to Parent Connection Fall Meeting on Oct. 26
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Ann Vickman Participates in Lilead Summer Institute at ODU
Posted on 09/05/2017
Ann Vickman, Lead Librarian for South Texas ISD, attended a 4-day Summer Institute from July 25-28 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, as part of the Lilead Fellows Program.  Read more about Ann Vickman Participates in Lilead Summer Institute at ODU
Harvey Update: STISD will keep campuses open throughout the day
Posted on 08/25/2017
Harvey Update: All classes will be open on Friday, Aug. 25
Posted on 08/24/2017
STISD Now Accepting Applications for Free and Reduced-Price Meals
Posted on 08/22/2017
STISD is now accepting applications for free and reduced-price meals for the 2017-18 school year.  Read more about STISD Now Accepting Applications for Free and Reduced-Price Meals
STISD Ranked #1 School District in Texas in Niche 2018 Best Schools
Posted on 08/11/2017
South Texas Independent School District (STISD) is the Best School District in Texas, according to the Niche 2018 Best Schools rankings released this week. Out of 985 school districts ranked throughout the state, STISD claimed the top spot.  Read more about STISD Ranked #1 School District in Texas in Niche 2018 Best Schools
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2017 District Convocation Kick-Off: Work Hard. Play Harder.
Posted on 08/07/2017
STISD's 2017 Kick-Off Convocation will be held on Monday, Aug. 14, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The morning will take place at the Med High and Science Academy campuses in Mercedes, and the afternoon will take place at a surprise location.   Read more about 2017 District Convocation Kick-Off: Work Hard. Play Harder.
BETA & STPA to Host Summer Camps for Middle School Kids
Posted on 06/22/2017
BETA and STPA will host three different summer camps for middle school-aged children in the Rio Grande Valley.   Read more about BETA & STPA to Host Summer Camps for Middle School Kids
23 STISD Students to Compete at National HOSA Competition
Posted on 06/15/2017
Twenty-three South Texas Independent School District (STISD) students, who are members of the HOSA-Future Health Professionals organization, qualified to compete at the HOSA International Leadership Conference, to be held June 19-24 in Orlando.   Read more about 23 STISD Students to Compete at National HOSA Competition
STISD Students to Participate in Leadership & Virtual College Symposium
Posted on 06/14/2017
157 rising eighth-graders and 129 rising eleventh-graders from South Texas Independent School District (STISD) will have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and plan for their higher education this summer through the district’s third annual Summer Leadership & Virtual College Symposium.   Read more about STISD Students to Participate in Leadership & Virtual College Symposium
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STISD Students and Staff Learning to Fly This Week
Posted on 06/05/2017
Twenty-two South Texas Independent School District (STISD) students and three faculty and staff members will learn to fly this summer as part of the 2017 Aviation Summer Camp.  Read more about STISD Students and Staff Learning to Fly This Week
All STISD Campuses Recognized for High Achievement and Student Success
Posted on 05/29/2017
All six STISD schools were selected by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE) as 2016 Texas Honor Roll Schools.   Read more about All STISD Campuses Recognized for High Achievement and Student Success
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STISD to Serve Free Breakfast and Lunch June 5- July 12
Posted on 05/23/2017
Children 18 and under are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch at four of South Texas Independent School District’s campuses this summer.   Read more about STISD to Serve Free Breakfast and Lunch June 5- July 12
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STISD Graduation Ceremonies Will Take Place June 2 and 3
Posted on 05/23/2017
Graduation ceremonies for the four STISD campuses will take place June 2 and 3.  Read more about STISD Graduation Ceremonies Will Take Place June 2 and 3
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EIC-Recommended Calendar for 2017-2018 Now Posted
Posted on 05/16/2017
The EIC-recommended calendar for the 2017-2018 school year has now been posted.  Read more about EIC-Recommended Calendar for 2017-2018 Now Posted
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All four STISD High Schools Rank among the Most Challenging in the State and Nation for Seventh Consecutive Year
Posted on 05/09/2017
All four high schools within South Texas Independent School District (STISD) ranked in the top 40 in the state in The Washington Post’s 2017 High School Challenge Index, which graded and ranked more than 2,300 public and private campuses nationwide on their commitment to effectively preparing students for higher education.   Read more about All four STISD High Schools Rank among the Most Challenging in the State and Nation for Seventh Consecutive Year
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STPA student honored at the Texas Association of School Librarians (TASL) Meeting for Placing First in Letters about Literature Contest
Posted on 05/09/2017
Over 2,000 Texas students entered the 2017 Letters about Literature Competition, and Cynthia N. Onyiorah, 8th-grader at South Texas Independent School District’s (STISD) South Texas Preparatory Academy (STPA) campus in Edinburg, placed first in the statewide level two division.   Read more about STPA student honored at the Texas Association of School Librarians (TASL) Meeting for Placing First in Letters about Literature Contest
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Lead Librarian Selected into National 2017-2018 Lilead Fellows Program
Posted on 05/04/2017
Ann Vickman, lead librarian for South Texas Independent School District (STISD), was selected as one of 22 new Lilead Fellows from a competitive, nationwide pool of applicants.   Read more about Lead Librarian Selected into National 2017-2018 Lilead Fellows Program
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STPA Spartans shine at Region X Chess Tournament
Posted on 02/21/2017
Twenty-four members of the South Texas Preparatory Academy (STPA) chess team competed at the Region X Chess Tournament at Edinburg High School, Jan. 28-29.   Read more about STPA Spartans shine at Region X Chess Tournament
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STISD Post-Game Tours
Posted on 02/03/2017
South Texas Independent School District (STISD) is hosting special 'Superbowl Post-Game Tours' at five of its six campuses on Monday, Feb. 6.   Read more about STISD Post-Game Tours
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STISD Seeks Community Involvement in Creating District Strategic Plan
Posted on 01/11/2017
STISD is seeking community involvement in the creation of a new strategic direction to guide the district for the next five years.  Read more about STISD Seeks Community Involvement in Creating District Strategic Plan
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Enrollment for STISD Middle and High Schools Begins January 14
Posted on 01/09/2017
STISD will open enrollment for the 2017-18 school year for all six of its campuses on Saturday, Jan. 14.   Read more about Enrollment for STISD Middle and High Schools Begins January 14
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STISD and Campuses Rank Among the Best in State and Nation in Niche Lists for Third Year in a Row
Posted on 01/09/2017
For the third year in a row, South Texas Independent School District (STISD) and five of its campuses were ranked among the best in the state and nation in the Niche Best K-12 Schools lists.   Read more about STISD and Campuses Rank Among the Best in State and Nation in Niche Lists for Third Year in a Row
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Tis the season of giving: Medical Academy HOSA members donate funds to Valley Regional Medical Center to fund women needing mammograms
Posted on 12/13/2016
Students in the HOSA- Future Health Professionals organization at South Texas Academy for Medical Professions (Medical Academy) in Olmito presented Valley Regional Medical Center (VRMC) in Brownsville with a $600 check on Tuesday, Dec. 6, to pay for ten mammogram screenings for women in need.   Read more about Tis the season of giving: Medical Academy HOSA members donate funds to Valley Regional Medical Center to fund women needing mammograms
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District of Innovation
Posted on 10/27/2016
At the Oct. 25 board meeting, the STISD Board of Directors adopted a resolution to begin the process of declaring eligibility to become a “District of Innovation.”   Read more about District of Innovation
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STISD Parent Connection Presents Making Connections-Fall Parent Meeting
Posted on 10/06/2016
The STISD Parent Connection organization will host its annual fall parent meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6:00 p.m. at South Texas Academy for Medical Professions (Medical Academy) in Olmito.   Read more about STISD Parent Connection Presents Making Connections-Fall Parent Meeting
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FAFSA/TASFA application available Oct. 1
Posted on 09/30/2016
Starting Oct. 1, the FAFSA/TASFA application will be available for families to fill out the form needed to apply for financial aid.   Read more about FAFSA/TASFA application available Oct. 1
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STISD board member Elected to State Association Board
Posted on 09/30/2016
The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has elected Yolanda Cuellar of South Texas ISD to a three-year term on the TASB Board of Directors, representing TASB Region 1, Position B.   Read more about STISD board member Elected to State Association Board
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Medical Academy Chess Prodigy Wins 2016 FIDE Master
Posted on 09/28/2016
For many, success comes later in life, but for others – including Priya Trakru, a sophomore at South Texas Academy for Medical Professions (Medical Academy) in Olmito – there is a different game plan.   Read more about Medical Academy Chess Prodigy Wins 2016 FIDE Master
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STISD receives highest accountability rating through state system
Posted on 09/28/2016
Jeff Hembree, deputy superintendent of STISD, reported on the district’s 2016 State Accountability Reports, with distinctions, during a public hearing at the Sept. 27 board meeting.   Read more about STISD receives highest accountability rating through state system
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STISD continues work to promote graduation under high-level programs
Posted on 09/28/2016
The STISD Board of Directors received an updated Graduate Report, which contains data from 10 years of graduates within the district (including the Class of 2016), as part of the Sept. 27 board meeting.   Read more about STISD continues work to promote graduation under high-level programs
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STISD Board Member Maria Leal Recognized for Years of Service on State Board
Posted on 09/26/2016
STISD board member Maria Leal was recently recognized for her 12 years of service on the TASB board.  Read more about STISD Board Member Maria Leal Recognized for Years of Service on State Board
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STISD Education Foundation Announces Back to Class Raffle Winners
Posted on 09/23/2016
The STISD Education Foundation's Back to Class Raffle drawing was held on Thursday, Sept. 22. Winners were selected for the four prizes.  Read more about STISD Education Foundation Announces Back to Class Raffle Winners
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Parent Connection Introduces STISD Connections
Posted on 09/02/2016
STISD Parent Connection released the first four videos in its new STISD Connections video series this week.  Read more about Parent Connection Introduces STISD Connections
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South Texas ISD Campuses are "Beating the Odds"
Posted on 08/25/2016
Science Academy, Med High and Medical Academy are among the top high schools in the nation for low-income students, according to Newsweek.  Read more about South Texas ISD Campuses are "Beating the Odds"
STISD Now Accepting Applications for Free and Reduced-Price Meals
Posted on 08/04/2016
South Texas Independent School District is now accepting applications for free and reduced-price meals for the 2016-17 school year.  Read more about STISD Now Accepting Applications for Free and Reduced-Price Meals
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2016 District Kick-Off Convocation: Creativity: FUNdamental to Learning
Posted on 08/04/2016
STISD will hold its 2016 District Kick-Off Convocation for all employees on Monday, Aug. 15, at the Science Academy's 1LT Andres Zermeno Memorial Gymnasium.  Read more about 2016 District Kick-Off Convocation: Creativity: FUNdamental to Learning
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STISD’s BETA partnering with UTRGV College of Education
Posted on 07/28/2016
A planning meeting for the new Holmes Cadet Program partnership between BETA and the UTRGV College of Education is scheduled for Aug. 2 and 3.  Read more about STISD’s BETA partnering with UTRGV College of Education
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STISD To Hold Elections for School Board in November
Posted on 07/21/2016
The first day to file for a place on the ballot will be Saturday, July 23. The last day to file for a place on the ballot will be Monday, Aug. 22, at 5 p.m.  Read more about STISD To Hold Elections for School Board in November
Registration for BETA Robotics Camp Begins at 6:00 p.m. on June 29
Posted on 06/23/2016
BETA will host its inaugural Robotics Camp July 18-20. Online registration for the camp will open at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29. It will be first-come, first-served, and will close once all seats fill.  Read more about Registration for BETA Robotics Camp Begins at 6:00 p.m. on June 29
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Region One ESC Selects Marla M. Guerra, Ed.D., as Regional Superintendent of the Year
Posted on 06/23/2016
Marla M. Guerra, Ed.D., superintendent of schools for STISD, was selected by Region One ESC as Regional Superintendent of the Year.  Read more about Region One ESC Selects Marla M. Guerra, Ed.D., as Regional Superintendent of the Year
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Twenty students competed at UIL State Solo & Ensemble Contest in Austin
Posted on 06/23/2016
During the June 21 board meeting, the STISD Board of Directors recognized 20 STISD students for their achievements at the UIL State Solo & Ensemble Competition at the University of Texas at Austin on May 28.   Read more about Twenty students competed at UIL State Solo & Ensemble Contest in Austin
In photo: Bottom: Josias L. Bahena; Middle row left to right: Seung Min Kim and Fanzhen Ding; and Top row left to right: Catarina Miranda and Diana Huerta
Five BETA students advance to UIL State Solo & Ensemble Contest in Austin
Posted on 06/02/2016
Under the direction of Ying Ching Jeter, five BETA students competed at the UIL State Solo & Ensemble Competition at The University of Texas at Austin on May 28.   Read more about Five BETA students advance to UIL State Solo & Ensemble Contest in Austin
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BETA senior selected as UTSA Top Scholar
Posted on 06/02/2016
Juan Andres Castillo, a BETA senior from Mission, has been selected to participate in the elite Top Scholar scholarship program at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Castillo is one of only 10 enrolling freshman throughout the state of Texas and the first student from the Rio Grande Valley to achieve UTSA Top Scholar status.  Read more about BETA senior selected as UTSA Top Scholar
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Students Tackle Real-World Problems During ‘EDD Presents 3.0’
Posted on 06/01/2016
During the district wide event, 63 two-to-three member teams made up of the members of the senior class, presented their end-of-year projects to judges – all of whom had a technical or engineering background – their parents, and their peers.   Read more about Students Tackle Real-World Problems During ‘EDD Presents 3.0’
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Med High to Hold Caduceus Camps for Current 3rd-6th Grade Students During Summer
Posted on 05/27/2016
Med High will hold two Caduceus Camps this summer - one for current 3rd and 4th grade students and one for current 5th and 6th grade students.  Read more about Med High to Hold Caduceus Camps for Current 3rd-6th Grade Students During Summer
STISD Graduation Ceremonies Start June 3
Posted on 05/26/2016
Graduation ceremonies for the four STISD high schools - Science Academy, BETA, Medical Academy and Med High - will be held June 3-5, 2016.  Read more about STISD Graduation Ceremonies Start June 3
STISD Campuses to Offer Free Breakfast and Lunch During the Summer
Posted on 05/19/2016
Children 18 and under are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch at four of South Texas Independent School District’s campuses this summer.  Read more about STISD Campuses to Offer Free Breakfast and Lunch During the Summer
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Med High art students receive regional and area gold medals at VASE Regional Competition
Posted on 03/04/2016
Art students from Med High competed at the regional Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) competition on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Nikki Rowe High School.   Read more about Med High art students receive regional and area gold medals at VASE Regional Competition
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BETA student participates in NASA High School Aerospace Scholars Program
Posted on 03/04/2016
Brishiy Cavazos of Donna, a junior at STISD’s BETA campus, was selected to participate in the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) program hosted by NASA.   Read more about BETA student participates in NASA High School Aerospace Scholars Program
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Med High students rank in Top 20 in National Deloitte Virtual Team Challenge
Posted on 03/03/2016
Students in Sylvia Odoms’ technology class at Med High placed in the Top 20 in the nation in the Deloitte Virtual Team Challenge.   Read more about Med High students rank in Top 20 in National Deloitte Virtual Team Challenge
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Rising Scholars students participate in global ‘Hour of Code’ event
Posted on 12/18/2015
Students from South Texas Independent School District’s (STISD) Rising Scholars Academy of South Texas (Rising Scholars) campus learned how to code this month through the campus’ involvement in the Hour of Code campaign.  Read more about Rising Scholars students participate in global ‘Hour of Code’ event
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STISD Board of Directors honors long-time board member for years of service to the district
Posted on 12/18/2015
The STISD Board of Directors and administration recognized long-time board member Eduardo “Ed” Gonzalez of Edinburg for his many years of service to the district during a special called board meeting held on Dec. 9 in Willacy County.   Read more about STISD Board of Directors honors long-time board member for years of service to the district
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STISD and Campuses Rank Among the Best in the State and Nation in Niche 2016 K-12 Rankings
Posted on 11/20/2015
For the second year in a row, STISD and its five eligible campuses rank among the best in the state and nation in various K-12 rankings released by Niche this week.  Read more about STISD and Campuses Rank Among the Best in the State and Nation in Niche 2016 K-12 Rankings
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Rescheduled 2015 Fall Parent Connection Meeting to be held on Thursday, Nov. 12
Posted on 11/06/2015
The 2015 Fall Parent Connection Meeting, which was postponed in October due to weather, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 6:00 p.m.  Read more about Rescheduled 2015 Fall Parent Connection Meeting to be held on Thursday, Nov. 12
STPA Scores High on STAAR Mathematics Exam
Jeff Hembree, deputy superintendent for STISD, shared the May 2015 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) mathematics results for the STPA campus during the Sept. 22 board meeting.   Read more about STPA Scores High on STAAR Mathematics Exam
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STPA promotes wellness and raises funds for local ACES3 organization through second annual Spartan Olympics Day
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BETA teacher earns National Teacher Board Certification
STISD receives excellent audit report
Stan Martinez, an auditor from Pattillo, Brown & Hill, L.L.P., presented the STISD Annual Financial Report for the year ended Aug. 31, 2015, to the STISD Board of Directors at the special called board meeting on Dec. 9.   Read more about STISD receives excellent audit report
STISD students excel in accelerated learning opportunities
The mission of STISD centers on inspiring and developing each student to achieve at the highest level, lead in a chosen field and contribute to a changing world.   Read more about STISD students excel in accelerated learning opportunities
Students score high on college entrance exams
As in years prior, STISD students continue to outperform their peers on the state and national level when it comes to college entrance exam scores.   Read more about Students score high on college entrance exams
Board approves course sequence for Rising Scholars Academy for 2016-17 school year and announcement of new professional vacancies
The 2016-17 course sequence for Rising Scholars Academy of South Texas (Rising Scholars) was approved during the Dec. 1 board meeting.   Read more about Board approves course sequence for Rising Scholars Academy for 2016-17 school year and announcement of new professional vacancies
BETA STUDENTS RECEIVE YOUTH AWARDS FROM THE HISPANIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION FOR LEADERSHIP IN THE CLASSROOM AND COMMUNITY
Two students from South Texas Independent School District’s (STISD) South Texas Business, Education & Technology Academy (BETA) campus in Edinburg were honored for their leadership in the classroom and community at the Rio Grande Valley Regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards ceremony, held on Thursday, Dec. 10, at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg Campus.   Read more about BETA STUDENTS RECEIVE YOUTH AWARDS FROM THE HISPANIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION FOR LEADERSHIP IN THE CLASSROOM AND COMMUNITY
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STISD students meet district 'Superheroes'
In honor of School Board Recognition Month, representatives from all six STISD campuses attended the Jan. 18 board meeting to express gratitude to the district’s 24 board members for their leadership and service to the district.   Read more about STISD students meet district 'Superheroes'
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55 BETA students compete at TAFE state competition— 12 advance to nationals
Fifty-five students from the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) chapter at BETA competed at the 2016 Teach Tomorrow Summit State Conference, held at the University of Houston, Jan. 30- Feb. 1.  Read more about 55 BETA students compete at TAFE state competition— 12 advance to nationals
STISD campuses recognized in 2015 Texas Honor Roll by national campaign of business and education leaders
Five STISD campuses were recently selected by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE) as 2015 Texas Honor Roll Star Schools.  Read more about STISD campuses recognized in 2015 Texas Honor Roll by national campaign of business and education leaders
Board approves 2016-17 campus course sequences
The STISD Board of Directors approved the course sequences for the 2016-17 school year for all six STISD campuses during the April 26 board meeting.   Read more about Board approves 2016-17 campus course sequences
2016-17 school year calendar approved
District commends district community for Spring 2016 STAAR scores
Jeff Hembree, STISD deputy superintendent, reported on the 2016 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) End of Course (EOC) results for all campuses during the May 24 board meeting.   Read more about District commends district community for Spring 2016 STAAR scores
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Districtwide Battle of the Books winning teams STPA & Science Academy advance to regionals