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TEA: Sharyland ISD earns postsecondary distinction for 4th consecutive year

New-SISD-logoOnce again the Sharyland Independent School District has been rated among the top school districts in the state by the Texas Education Agency.

The district announced last month that only 58 school districts in 2017, including the Sharyland Independent School District, received a “Met Standard” rating for postsecondary readiness out of over 1,200 districts in the state.

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Pioneer HS media club takes top honors at local film race

20171208 Cinesol WinnersIn its fourth year competing Pioneer High School’s media club was awarded the top prize at  a local film festival last month.

 

The competition, in which filmmakers had 36 hours to write, film and edit a five to 10 minute long film, was part of the 24th annual Cinesol Film Festival and screened in McAllen’s Cine El Rey theater, said festival director Henry Serrato.

 

Pioneer High School’s Dream Team Cinematography took home six awards - the most of any film - including the best film award, said the club’s advisor, Charles Brenner, who serves as the school’s theatre director.

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From resilience to opportunity: SHS grad among Forbes’ 30 under 30

20171201 AlbertoAltamiranoWhen he was a senior at Sharyland High School, Alberto Altamirano’s father was deported.

 

“It was during my final semester of school and I found out his visa was being revoked and he could no longer spend time in the country,” Altamirano recalled. “He said I should still believe in the American dream and in myself, because that was the only way to embrace life, learn from its ups and downs, and move forward. That was a turning point for me where I knew I had to focus on what I wanted to do and leave the days as a young, irresponsible kid if I was to contribute to the household.”

 

A decade later, Altamirano, 28, has used his father’s words as his main motivation to get involved in politics and community engagement. From those interests, Altamirano co-founded Cityflag, a tech startup that has developed a mobile application that can be used by residents as a 311 service to report problems such as potholes, graffiti and broken streetlights to their local government.

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SISD’s Superintendent O’Connor announces resignation

Dr-Robert-OConnorNext August the Sharyland Independent School District will begin the school year without its current superintendent or human resources director.

 

At the Nov. 27 SISD Board of Trustees meeting, citing health reasons Superintendent Robert O’Connor announced he is resigning from his position before the start of the next school year.

 

The board also approved the resignation of Rosa O’Donnell, the district’s human resources director, effective at the end of the school year.

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Sharyland ISD High School marching bands compete at state

20171124 BandsFor the second time in the history of both schools, the marching bands for Sharyland and Pioneer High School competed at the state level in the University Interscholastic League Marching Band Competition.

 

Held Nov. 6 through 8, both bands placed in the top 25 out of of all the 250 schools who competed for a spot in the top 10.

 

SHS placed 23rd and PHS placed 18th, according to results on the UIL website. They, along with Rio Grande City High School, Roma High School and Brownsville’s Lopez High School were the only local schools that competed at state, the website states.

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Sharyland High School holds free diabetes screenings

20171114 GlucoseTestWhen her grandmother was diagnosed with diabetes, Sharyland High School senior Giselle Valadez feared the worst.

 

“It was a big scare finding that out because the diabetes diagnosis came after she survived a heart attack,” the 18-year-old student said. “She essentially had to change her lifestyle and give up drinking Coke and do daily walks to combat it.”

 

Valadez recounted this story Tuesday during a free glucose – or blood sugar – screening held at the Sharyland High School library as part of World Diabetes Day.

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