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Sharyland chess teams advancing to nationals

Sharyland-LogoWithin the next few weeks, chess players from six Sharyland campuses will be competing at the national level.

Ivan Karr, chess coordinator for the Sharyland school district, announced that chess players from Pioneer and Sharyland High School, B.L. Gray and Sharyland North Junior High School and John H. Shary and Wernecke Elementary Schools qualified for the national competition after placing in the top two spots in their respective divisions at the State Chess Tournament that was held at Edinburg North earlier this month.

According to Karr, at least 60 students will be competing at the national level. The elementary students will be competing in Nashville, TN from Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 13. Middle school students will be competing at Atlanta, GA from Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8. High school students will compete in Columbus, OH from Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29.

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Oton Guerrero puts hat in ring for SISD Place 4

otonGuerreroOton J. “Tony” Guerrero has sent out his formal announcement and thrown his hat in the ring for the Sharyland Independent School District Place 4 position.

In the announcement sent to the Progress Times, Guerrero stated he has lived in the Mission/Sharyland area for over 37 years, graduating from Mission High School and then attended Pan American University. He graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in marketing.

He is married to Zelda Guerrero. They have two daughters, Dr. Judith Marie Guerrero of San Antonio and Emily Nicole Guerrero, a junior at Sharyland Pioneer High School.

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Jose Garcia seeks re-election for SISD Place 4

Jose-Pepe-GarciaIn a press release sent to the Progress Times, Jose “Pepe” Garcia made an official announcement seeking re-election in his Place 4 seat on the Sharyland Independent School District board (SISD).

Garcia said, “It has been an honor to serve as a trustee where our current members and I have worked as a team to ensure Sharyland ISD is as one of the most successful school districts in the state of Texas. As part of the current school board, we have proven our commitment to our community through our continued focus on educational opportunities for all our students and stewardship of our district resources.”

Looking to the future, Garcia noted, “With the upcoming search of a new superintendent, this is the right opportunity to move forward and continue being a part of a great team of visionaries for Sharyland ISD. Serving on the Sharyland ISD school board has allowed me, in collaboration with the team and the superintendent, to support the district’s projects and goals.”

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Sharyland participating in TEA study

Sharyland-LogoThe Sharyland Independent School district is one of 20 school districts across the state selected by the Texas Education Agency to assist them in developing local guidelines for the new accountability system, according to the district.

Sharyland, as well as Premier High School - a charter school system with five campuses in the Rio Grande Valley - are the only districts in the Valley participating in this study, TEA spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson said.

As part of this new accountability system - which was approved during the 85th Texas Legislature as House Bill 22 - establishes three domains for measuring the academic performance of districts and campuses: Student Achievement, School Progress, and Closing the Gaps, Culbertson said. According to the TEA website, districts began receiving a rating of A, B, C, D, or F for overall performance, as well as for performance in each domain last August.

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Diamondbacks strike down Patriots

20180312 Baseball VMHS vs SPHS LG-09After his eight year tenure as the head coach of the Mission Veterans Patriots baseball team, Casey Smith decided it was time for a change. That was why he applied for and was given the head baseball coaching position at Sharyland Pioneer High School in June of last year.

Citing the proximity of his home and of his three kids’ schools to Pioneer High School as the main reasons for the move, Smith seems to have fit right into his new job. And while it is still much too early to tell if he will be able to do at Pioneer what he did at Mission Veterans, turn a fairly young and struggling baseball program into a perennial winner, judging by the Diamondbacks’ success so far this season, it could very well be deja vu all over again for Smith, only this time at Pioneer High.

Case in point, the Diamondbacks’ combined District 31-5A record the previous three seasons was 7-33-0. So far this season, the Diamondbacks have a 13-4-1 overall and a 2-1 District 31-5A record. That is quite a dramatic improvement in winning percentage even if the sampling size so far this season is still quite small.

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Sharyland ISD welcomes new HR director

20180306 DeborahGarzaMore than three decades after graduating from Sharyland High School, a former student returns to the district - as its new Human Resource Director.

Deborah Garza, a Mission resident and student from the SHS class of 1983, started her new job with the district Monday after 11 years with the Mission Consolidated School District.

“I’m excited to be here,” Garza said Tuesday. “I’m a hard worker, I’ve been in human resources for 12 years so this was an opportunity for professional growth. I know each school district has a different way of implementing their own program and I want to see how Sharyland does it.”

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