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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.   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.   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.   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.   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.   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.  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.   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.   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.   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.”   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.   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.   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.   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.   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.   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.   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.  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.  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.  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.  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.  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.  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.  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.  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.  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.  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.   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.   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.  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.   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.  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.  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.  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.   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.   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.   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.  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.   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.  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.  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.   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.   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.   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.   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.   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.   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.   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.  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.  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.   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.   more about District commends district community for Spring 2016 STAAR scores