World Scholars News

Published 10/20/20
First page of the PDF file: CommonSenseRecognition





Making Connections Fall 2020 PArent Meeting
Published 10/14/20

Published 10/06/20




Hello World Scholars parents, we want to share with you that our students and teachers have been very busy learning and teaching about digital citizenship during the last 3 weeks. As part of an initiative with Common Sense Education, for leading digital teaching and citizenship to our virtual and hybrid classrooms, your children have been participating in lessons that take on real challenges and digital dilemmas that they face today. These research based lessons are giving them the skills they need to succeed as digital learners, leaders and citizens. 

And now, you can participate in this initiative too! Below we are sharing a few resources that show our approach to digital citizenship, and that will help you navigate the ups and downs of raising kids in the digital age. Please feel free to explore these and join us as we form a community of responsible and effective technology users.

Video Library: What is Digital Citizenship?

Family Tips: Help Kids Balance their Media Lives

Help Boost Kids' Safety, Privacy, and Security

Help Kids Fight Cyberbullying and Other Mean Online Behavior

Parents Need to Know: Tips and Scripts for Managing Screen Time When School Is Online


Eduardo Arias
Instructional Technology Specialist



Hola padres de familia de World Scholars, queremos compartir con ustedes que nuestros estudiantes y maestros han estado muy ocupados durante las últimas 3 semanas aprendiendo y enseñando sobre ciudadanía digital. Como parte de una iniciativa con Common Sense Education, para dirigir la enseñanza digital y la ciudadanía a nuestras aulas virtuales e híbridas, sus hijos han estado participando en lecciones que afrontan desafíos reales y dilemas digitales a los que ellos se enfrentan hoy en día. Estas lecciones basadas en estudios de investigación les están dando las habilidades que necesitan para tener éxito como estudiantes, líderes y ciudadanos digitales.

Y ahora, ¡también ustedes pueden participar en esta iniciativa! A continuación, compartimos con usted algunos recursos que muestran nuestro enfoque acerca de la ciudadanía digital, y que le ayudarán a afrontar los desafíos de criar niños en la era digital. Por favor, siéntase libre de explorar estos recursos y unirse a nosotros mientras formamos una comunidad de usuarios de tecnología responsables y eficaces.

Videoteca: ¿Qué es la ciudadanía digital? (En Inglés)

Consejos familiares:  Ayudemos a los niños a encontrar equilibrio en su vida digital

Ayudemos a los niños a mejorar su seguridad y privacidad en línea,

Ayudemos a los niños a luchar contra el ciberbullying y otros comportamientos crueles por Internet.

Los padres necesitan saber: Cómo mantener a los niños enfocados y sanos mientras aprenden a distancia.


Eduardo Arias
Especialista en Tecnología de la Instrucción  


STISD Zoom AccounTs
Published 08/28/20
Students and parents, 
Starting today, students will have their own STISD Zoom account. Having students log in with their STISD Zoom account is the best way to keep the virtual classroom safe and will allow us to provide them with a productive, reliable and secure environment while they learn. 
To activate their account students need to refer to an email sent by our Instructional Technology Specialist (
Students, please make sure that starting on Monday August 31st, you use your STISD Zoom account to login into your virtual classes. Note that now only students using their STISD Zoom account will be admitted into the virtual classes. Please take the time to login to your account as soon as possible so that we can address any potential issues now, and you can easily and effortlessly enter your virtual classes on Monday morning. 
If you encounter any problems, please contact via e-mail or through Microsoft Teams. 
Thank you and have a good weekend.
 World Scholars


Published 08/17/20



Click here to begin your First day of School 2020-2021



World Scholars SMART RESTART 2
Published 08/11/20

Hello again Lions!

We would like to welcome you to the 2020-2021 academic year. We are excited to begin this new "virtual" journey with you.
Please take a moment to go over this informative presentation about what students and parents need to know to be ready for the new 2020-2021 academic year.
Parents, please ensure you have an Infinite Campus Parent portal account. Our communication method will be via the Infinite Campus portal. Please locate the Parents' slide and go over the material we have put together for you. Ensure you fill out the Registration Packet and send it to Mrs. Mariana Reyna at
Students, please take a moment to go over the Students' slide. This slide has important information about your digital platforms and your login credentials.
To access the informative virtual module, please click here or in the image below. 



World Scholars SMART RESTART
Published 07/21/20

Dear STISD Family:


As we shared with you last week, STISD will start the 2020-2021 school year on Monday, Aug. 17, providing solely virtual instruction to students at all six of our campuses through our Flexible Learning Initiative. This mode will continue through Sept. 27, pending any updates from our local authorities. 


As we continue to prepare for the upcoming school year, we ask that you please take a few minutes to respond to our brief survey regarding the technology your child has access to, or will need, for online learning. A separate survey should be completed for each child you have enrolled within our STISD high schools. Your responses are essential for ensuring we provide the technology and resources needed to set your child up for a successful academic year, so please select the options that best reflect those needs.


The health and safety of our students, families and staff are of utmost importance to us at STISD. We thank you for choosing our district, and we look forward to the opportunity to continue providing our students with high-quality academic instruction in the safest manner possible this school year. 


Thank you for your time and feedback



World Scholars SMART RESTART
Published 06/18/20


World Scholars virtual graduation
Published 06/04/20

In-person World Scholars 

Graduate “Walk of Honor” Celebrations

Class of 2020! 

Because you 🎸 rock it, seniors! An achievement worth celebrating!



Information regarding in-person

World Scholars Graduate “Walk of Honor” Celebrations

Seat selection for event opens online at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, June 5

Dear STISD World Scholars Senior,


Congratulations on your graduation from STISD! 

Graduation is a symbol of accomplishment and a new beginning, and it should be a time of joy for you and your family. We continue to do all that we can to ensure this is a time of celebration, no matter the circumstances. 

We hope you enjoyed your virtual graduation last weekend alongside your family and friends. 

To continue our celebration of the Class of 2020, we are pleased to announce we are holding STISD Graduate "Walk of Honor" Celebrations at the H-E-B Park in Edinburg (1616 S. Raul Longoria Rd. #9169) June 10-13. STISD World Scholars will have its event at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10. Although not a formal graduation ceremony, this event will provide our graduates with the opportunity to experience their walk of honor across the stage and receive their diploma in-person.

The health and safety of our STISD community continues to be of utmost importance, and we are working with the venue staff to ensure the safest experience possible for all of our graduates, faculty and staff, guests, and H-E-B Park representatives. However, this cannot be achieved without the support and assistance from our graduates and guests. We want this event to be a special commemoration of this important milestone in your life, but we ask that you please be patient and understanding of the procedures and guidelines that will be in place to help protect all who attend.

Please take some time to review the Guidelines for STISD Graduate "Walk of Honor" Celebrations and the Prohibited Items List from H-E-B Park. 

Up to four family members are invited to attend per each graduate, or family, in the case of multiple graduates from the same family. We will be using the H-E-B Park ticketing system to accept the required RSVPs for the event and to allow for seat selection maintaining proper social distancing. Below is the link to follow to select the seats for your four guests who will be attending. The online system will open for seat selections and reservations at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, June 5, and seat reservations will occur on a first-come, first-served basis. All RSVPs must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 8. RSVPs submitted after this time will not be guaranteed a seat.


A unique passcode has been assigned to you by tomorrow morning.

The passcode will be assigned to four seats for your guests only. Do not share this passcode with anyone else. 


Link to H-E-B Park Ticketing System to Reserve Seats


We thank you in advance for your assistance with making this a joyous and safe event for all of our graduates and guests. On behalf of our administration and board of directors, congratulations, again, and we look forward to celebrating with you soon. 


Marco Antonio Lara, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

World Scholars virtual graduation
Published 05/20/20


Virtual Graduation for World Scholars Class of 2020! 

Because you 🎸 rock it, seniors! An achievement worth celebrating!

We are pleased to announce that we will host a virtual graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 30. These ceremony will include many of the same components as an in-person graduation ceremony and will allow for a customized video clip of each senior in cap and gown experiencing his or her "walk."

The district is also looking into options to host in-person events for the seniors during the summer.

World Scholars Virtual Graduation Ceremony:
Saturday, May 30 at 7 p.m. 

The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. We invite you, your family and friends to tune in and watch here on our website's graduation page, as well as on our South Texas ISD Facebook page. If you are unable to tune-in for the live graduation ceremonies, recordings of the virtual ceremonies will be available here after May 30.  

Links to access World Scholars ceremony coming May 30

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World Scholars Senior Parade Procession
Published 05/14/20

World Scholars Senior Parade Procession

Because you 🎸 rock it, seniors! An achievement worth celebrating!



·      Seniors are expected to arrive at South Texas ISD World Scholars by 4:00 pm on Tuesday May 19th  and park in the south faculty parking lot

·      Seniors, and families, will remain in their vehicles until approached by campus staff members


·      The parade is designed for seniors. Any graduating senior can participate

·      Participants will park and line up in the south faculty parking lot in front of the school entrance

·      Only immediate family may ride in each vehicle

·      One car per senior is allowed in the parade. Check-in and staging areas will be identified and communicated to seniors and senior parents

·      Everyone is asked to abide by social distancing guidelines and current county/city orders during the event for safety

·      Trailers will not be permitted in the parade

·      Students and families should remain in their vehicles at all times


·      Please decorate your car safely so as not to obstruct your view or cause a traffic hazard

o   Decorations should include “South Texas ISD World Scholars,” student name, and student photos

o   No electioneering, political ads or political displays will not be permitted in the parade

o   Music may be played from each vehicle during the parade—vehicles playing music with explicit and/or inappropriate language will be removed from the parade



World Scholars virtual graduation
Published 05/08/20


World Scholars Virtual Graduation

Because you 🎸 rock it, seniors! An achievement worth celebrating!

World Scholars COLLEGE scholarships
Published 05/06/20

Congratulations to all World Scholars students receiving a college scholarship

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Amanda Odom

Niche released its 2021 Best Schools K-12 School & District Rankings last week, and for the seventh year in a row, South Texas Independent School District (STISD) and its campuses ranked among the best in the state and nation.

With an A+ overall grade, STISD ranked 3rd in Texas (out of 1,019 school districts ranked) and 37th in the nation (out of 10,760 districts ranked) in the Best School Districts rankings. The district also earned the top spot in the state in the Best Places to Teach in Texas, and second in Districts with the Best Teachers in Texas.  

All six STISD campuses were ranked among the best in the state and nation in the 2021 Niche K-12 Schools lists, which grade and rank schools and districts based upon criteria ranging from academics to culture and teachers.

STISD’s two middle schools earned the top two spots in the Best Public Middle Schools in Texas and Best Public Middle School Teachers in Texas categories. South Texas ISD Preparatory Academy (Preparatory Academy) in Edinburg ranked first in the Best Public Middle Schools in Texas (out of 2,215 schools ranked) and second in Best Public Middle School Teachers in Texas (out of 2,131). South Texas ISD Rising Scholars Academy (Rising Scholars) in San Benito earned first place in the Best Public Middle School Teachers in Texas category and second in the Best Public Middle Schools in Texas. Both campuses received an A+ overall Niche grade. In the Best Public Middle School Teachers in America, Rising Scholars ranked 13th and Preparatory Academy
ranked 53rd out of 24,386 schools ranked. In the Best Public Middle Schools in America category, Preparatory Academy ranked 47th and Rising Scholars ranked 53rd out of 25,220 schools ranked. 

All four STISD high schools also ranked among the top in the state and nation in the 2021 Best Public High Schools lists again this year. South Texas ISD Science Academy (Science Academy) in Mercedes ranked 10th in the state (out of 1,729) and 139th in the nation (out of 19,532) and received an A+ overall grade. South Texas ISD Medical Professions (Medical Professions) in Olmito ranked 93rd in the state and received an A, while South Texas ISD Health Professions (Health Professions) in Mercedes ranked 96th in the state and received an A, and South Texas ISD World Scholars (World Scholars) in Edinburg ranked 126th in the state and received an A. All four high schools ranked among the top 20 in the state in the Best Magnet High Schools, with Science Academy ranking 6th, Medical Professions ranking 14th, Health Professions ranking 15th, and World Scholars ranking 19th. 

These are only a few of the categories by which Niche ranked campuses and districts. The following are links to access the detailed lists of district and campus rankings:

South Texas Independent School District:

South Texas ISD Preparatory Academy:

South Texas ISD Rising Scholars Academy:

South Texas ISD Health Professions:

South Texas ISD Medical Professions:

South Texas ISD Science Academy:

South Texas ISD World Scholars:

According to the company website, Niche has the most comprehensive data on U.S. schools and neighborhoods. The company rigorously analyzes dozens of public data sets and over 100 million reviews and survey responses to help people understand what a place is really like. 

Additional information on the methodology used for the grading and ranking is available on the Niche website here:

Medical Assisting student preparing to take EKG exam
Jaclyn Buelow

Students at South Texas ISD Medical Professions (Medical Professions) in Olmito continue to take Health Science specialty courses with opportunities to earn national and state certifications. 

Forty-seven seniors, enrolled in the Medical Assisting certification program at Medical Professions, were recently named Certified EKG Technicians, after passing the EKG exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association. 

The exam consists of three healthcare domains: Safety, Compliance & Coordinated Patient Care; EKG Acquisition; and EKG Analysis & Interpretation. 

Medical Professions is in its third year of offering this certification, and despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic, the campus saw an increase of 13 recipients having earned this certification as compared to the number from the 2019-2020 school year. 

Students in the Medical Assisting program will have the opportunity to add on two additional certifications upon graduation: certified patient care technician + certified clinical medical assistant. 

Due to the effects of the pandemic, the campus is currently revisiting its plans for clinical rotations offered to students taking health science courses through partnerships established with local hospitals and clinics. The campus is in communication with the hospital education department regarding safety protocols and training for future site visits. 

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Free Curbside meals available to STISD students + children 18 years and younger
Jaclyn Buelow

Starting on Tuesday, Sept. 15, all STISD students and children 18 years old and younger from our local communities will again be able to pick up free breakfast and lunch meals curbside.

Both meals will be served together via grab-and-go meal pick-up Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at four different STISD campus pick-up locations. 

These meals will be provided at no cost to the family, and children do not have to be enrolled within STISD to receive meals.

Curbside meal distribution locations include:

  • Edinburg: Gateway to the World Library parking lot- located between South Texas ISD Preparatory Academy and South Texas ISD World Scholars (510 S. Sugar Rd., Edinburg)
  • Mercedes: South Texas ISD Health Professions (100 Med High Drive, Mercedes) - loop between Health Professions and Science Academy
  • Olmito: South Texas ISD Medical Professions (10650 N Expressway 77/83, Olmito) - south side parking lot of the campus, first entrance off of the frontage road
  • San Benito: South Texas ISD Rising Scholars Academy (151 S. Helen Moore Rd., San Benito)- Enter the parking lot off of Paso Real, in front of cafeteria, and follow the orange cones leading to the back of the cafeteria to pick-up meals. 

For additional information, contact Oliver Galvan, Child Nutrition Director, at or 956.514.4236. View Breakfast + Lunch Menus here.  

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


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STISD Offering Curbside Meal Pick-up for STISD Students Starting Aug. 17
Amanda Odom

With the 2020-2021 school year in session, STISD is serving meals via curbside pick-up to students enrolled within the district.

These meals are only available to current STISD students, and are subject to regular meal rates for the year (taking into account free and reduced-price meal status).

Breakfast and lunch are being served together from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at all six STISD campuses. Students and parents do not have to visit the campus to which the student is enrolled. Rather, they can pick up their meals at whichever STISD campus is most convenient.

The district plans to continue with contactless pick-up, so students will need to bring their student IDs in order to pick up their meals. Parents are asked to put funds into their Food Services account through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal in order to allow for contactless payment. Cash payments are not encouraged.

If you do not have an Infinite Campus Parent Portal account, please contact your child's campus directly for assistance with getting one set up.

For additional information, visit the Nutrition page. For questions, contact Child Nutrition at 956.514.4236.

Teachers seen through electronic devices to communicate virtual meet-up experience
Jaclyn Buelow

Virtual 'Meet the Teacher' events kick off on Wednesday, Aug. 12. Dates, times and formats will differ by campus.

Plans by campus: 

  • South Texas ISD Preparatory Academy (Edinburg)
    • Wednesday, Aug. 12- 8th-grade session: 
      • 5:00 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.—Welcome and Introduction
      • 5:10 p.m. – 5:25 p.m.—Science
      • 5:25 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.—Math
      • 5:40 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.—English
      • 5:55 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.—Social Studies
      • 6:10 p.m. – 6:25 p.m.—PE and Support Staff
      • 6:25 p.m. – 6:40 p.m.—Technology/Fine Arts/Foreign Language
      • 6:40 p.m. – 6:55 p.m.—PSTO/Final thoughts and questions
    • Thursday, Aug. 13- 7th-grade session:
      • 5:00 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.—Welcome and Introduction
      • 5:10 p.m. – 5:25 p.m.—Science
      • 5:25 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.—Math
      • 5:40 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.—English
      • 5:55 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.—Social Studies
      • 6:10 p.m. – 6:25 p.m.—PE and Support Staff
      • 6:25 p.m. – 6:40 p.m.—Technology/Fine Arts/Foreign Language
      • 6:40 p.m. – 6:55 p.m.—PSTO/Final thoughts and questions

  • South Texas ISD Rising Scholars Academy (San Benito) 
    • Thursday, Aug. 13 | 6-8 p.m. 
      • 2- minute teacher welcome + introduction videos
      • Meet The Teacher page on campus website to include information by grade level, subject, and teacher with links to their videos and their e-mail address
      • All teachers will be available during the Meet the Teacher event time frame through Remind and e-mail to answer any questions from parents. 

  • South Texas ISD Health Professions (Mercedes) 
    • Thursday, Aug. 13 | 6-8 p.m. 
      • Meet and hear from teachers, counselors and administration through Zoom. Link will be e-mailed to parents.
  • South Texas ISD Medical Professions (Olmito) 


  • South Texas ISD Science Academy (Mercedes) 
    • Thursday, Aug. 13 | 6-8 p.m. 
    • Meet the Teacher Night is scheduled for the evening of August 13 (6:00-8:00 p.m. window). In order to accommodate fluid circumstances and busy schedules, the campus is providing various opportunities to ‘meet your teachers.'
      • Teachers will provide a video message to introduce themselves and their respective courses, which will be posted under staff directory of the campus webpage by August 11.
      • Syllabi for all courses will be posted on the campus website by August 12.
      • You can also email all or some of your teachers if you wish to participate in the “Meet the Teacher Night” meeting event. Once you email your teacher(s), they will send you a Zoom meeting link for some time within the 6:00-8:00 p.m. window, depending on quantity of meeting participants per teacher.
      • Administration and counselors will also have Zoom meetings; please visit the campus website for details if you wish to attend.


  • South Texas ISD World Scholars (Edinburg) 
    • Friday, Aug. 14 | 6-8 p.m. 
      • Event will be held via Zoom. Link will be e-mailed to families soon.

Please check your e-mail for additional communication from your child's campus in regards to these events.

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