World Scholars News

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. 

Sincerely,


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!

 

TIME

·      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

GUIDELINES

·      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

DECORATIONS

·      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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STISD will start the 2020-2021 school year delivering solely virtual instruction.
Amanda Odom

Dear STISD Family,

For the health and safety of students and staff amid the current COVID-19 conditions, South Texas Independent School District (STISD) will begin the 2020-2021 school year on Monday, August 17, delivering solely virtual instruction through the district’s Flexible Learning Initiative.

All six of our campuses used this method to provide instruction during the school closures in the spring, and the district has continued developing the initiative designed to deliver high-quality instruction to students from a distance. Additional professional development focused on virtual instruction is scheduled for administrators and faculty and staff leading up to the beginning of the school year.

As per the order issued by Dr. Ivan Melendez, Hidalgo County Local Health Authority, stipulating all public and private schools, from grades pre-kindergarten through grade 12, remain closed for in-campus instruction until after September 27, STISD will provide all instruction online during that time frame, pending any updates made by local authorities.

Prior to the order, STISD developed plans to offer three different instructional methods for students and parents to select from, including traditional (in-person), blended (combination of in-person and at home), and virtual (completely at home). Families could select the method that worked best for the individual family. The district will continue building out each of these methods to allow for possible transitioning to occur during the year.

On behalf of our administration and board of directors, I thank you for your support and for all that you and your family are doing to assist with our battle against COVID-19. Please know that the health and safety of our district community continues to be front and center in all that we do.

We will be in touch soon with additional details in regards to plans for the upcoming school year. Until then, I hope you and yours stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Marco Antonio Lara, Jr., Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

STISD will offer students options for the 2020-2021 school year. Students can choose from traditional, blended or virtual.
Amanda Odom

Message from the STISD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Marco Antonio Lara, Jr.

Plans for the 2020-2021 School Year: You choose the option that works best for you


Dear STISD Family,

I hope that you are having a pleasant summer break and that you are all remaining safe and healthy. I am sure that you are aware that the coronavirus has not come to an end. In fact, it is still very prevalent in our three-county area, as well as our state and nation.

Having said that, I want you to know that the safety of our district community members has been, and continues to be, of utmost importance in all of our planning for the new school year. This summer, your STISD leadership groups at the board, district and campus levels have been working together to develop several plans of action to welcome students back to a new school year in August that will address the conditions at that time.

Our school year will look very different in August compared to what you have been used to, so we have been preparing to offer all students options for learning. You can choose the traditional (in-person) option, the blended (in-person/at home) option, or the virtual option (completely at home). We want you to be in control of your learning and to be able to decide on the option that makes you and your family most comfortable.

Our Flexible Learning approach is designed to accommodate any of these methods, and I am proud to say that our teachers and campus leadership have been working hard to prepare for the new year by planning, training and preparing options for whatever the conditions are at that time. We will continue working to ensure the continuation of innovative and quality education safely to all of our students no matter the method selected.

We are preparing our facilities for the fall to be able to welcome back our district community members. You will receive additional information about our mandatory precautions and protocols as we move through the summer.

Remember that we are in a very fluid situation with the virus, and things change day-to-day. We are staying in tune with this, and are adjusting to whatever the conditions require.

A campus-specific survey will be launched in late July or August to prepare for classes to begin. Please stay connected with your campus and the district for updates, and revisit the board-approved academic calendar.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

Stay safe!

Sincerely,

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

STISD Curbside Meals Program paused June 29-July 17
Amanda Odom

STISD will suspend its curbside meal pick-up from June 29 through July 17, 2020. During this time period, the district and campuses will be closed and will not be serving meals to the local communities.

The district will resume its grab-and-go meal distribution for children ages 18 years and younger on Monday, July 20. Beginning again on this day, the district will provide breakfast and lunch meals for pick-up by parents between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays only, at the four campus locations where meals are currently being served.

These meals are 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)- parking lot off of Paso Real, in front of cafeteria

To allow for the packaging of several days’ worth of meals, the district will serve meals that can be refrigerated and warmed up. Instructions for storing and reheating will be provided along with each meal.

For additional information, contact Oliver Galvan, Child Nutrition Director, at oliver.galvan@stisd.net or 956.514.4236.

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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Cafeteria staff at Rising Scholars Academy serve food via curbside meal pickup
Amanda Odom

South Texas Independent School District (STISD) is committed to the nourishment of children within the local communities, and the district continues to serve meals for children 18 and under. 

 

The district will be modifying its curbside pick-up schedule for meals the week of May 25, 2020. For that week only, the district will serve bundles of meals to the community on Tuesday, May 26, and Thursday, May 28, only. 


Packs of grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals will be available for pick-up by parents between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. each day. Families will receive enough breakfast and lunch meals to serve their children Tuesday through Friday.

 

The following week, the district will go back to serving meals on Mondays and Wednesdays only. These meals are provided at no cost to the family, and children do not have to be enrolled within STISD to receive meals. 

 

STISD will continue the curbside pick-up process at the four campuses where meals are currently being served:

 

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)- parking lot off of Paso Real, in front of cafeteria

 

To allow for the packaging of several days’ worth of meals, the district will serve meals that can be refrigerated and warmed up. Instructions for storing and reheating will be provided along with each meal.

 

For additional information, contact Oliver Galvan, Child Nutrition Director, at oliver.galvan@stisd.net or 956.514.4236.

  • Child Nutrition
STISD Virtual Graduations to be held on May 30
Amanda Odom

STISD is pleased to announce it will host virtual graduation ceremonies for the four high schools - Health Professions, Medical Professions, Science Academy and World Scholars - at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 30.

The district is partnering with Dynamic Video Group to put together ceremonies that feel as real as possible for all of our graduating seniors and their families. The ceremonies 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 events will be livestreamed through our district website and Facebook account so that family and friends are able to “attend” and celebrate alongside the graduates.

The district continues to look into options for in-person events for the seniors later in the summer.

 

  • Graduation
  • Health Professions
  • Medical Professions
  • Science Academy
  • Seniors
  • World Scholars