World Scholars News

Published 07/28/21


Hey Lion Family! 

To kick off the 2021-2022 school year, we are hosting student registration.  Join us to get your student schedule, take your picture ID, and submit important documents. Please see attached Registration forms that can be prefilled to minimize your wait time. 

 Registration Schedule: 

 August 4th: 9th and 10th Grade

Time: 9:00am to 12:30pm and 2:00pm to 6:00pm

August 5th: 11th and 12th Grade
Time: 9:00am to 12:30pm and 2:00pm to 6:00pm

August 6th: Makeup Day
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

 Please bring the following items with you: 

Parent ID

Student Birth Certificate 

Student Social Security Card

Immunization Card


We look forward to seeing you! Please contact us at (956) 383-1684 if you have any questions.

 Thank you World Scholars Administration


Registration Packet

Formas de Registro


summer reading list
Published 06/02/21








mobile devices and materials return
Published 05/13/21





World scholars' SENIOR PARADE
Published 05/11/21

Go Green with World Scholars!
Published 04/13/21


Published 04/13/21-04/19/21

Click the image below to see the summary of the meeting (accessible with school's Office365 login credentials).


IB Testing
Published 04/13/21


Transportation link here

Parent Letter Link here

First page of the PDF file: IBTestingNotice
World Scholars’ OPEN HOUSE
Published 02/28/21

        World Scholars Welcome Back Newsletter

World Scholars family, 

Join us today 6:00 PM for our Virtual Open House via Zoom. 

We can't wait to see you!

Click here to Join!

World Scholars Open House

Passcode: 064224


Published 02/27/21



World Scholars’ Virtual Parent and Family Engagement Meeting
Published 02/22/21




World Scholars’ VOH
Published 02/23/21
WORLD SCHOLARS family literacy meeting
Published 02/04/21





Published 02/04/21



WORLD SCHOLARS making connections parent meeting
Published 01/29/21


You are invited to a Zoom webinar/ Lo Invitamos a la Presentación Virtual

When: Feb 4, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Topic: District Parent Connection Meeting

 To Join English Presentation:

 Passcode: 360638

 Para Entrar a la Junta Presentada en Español


Published 01/20/20




WORLD SCHOLARS 1st Semester Final Exam schedule
Published 12/07/20








WORLD SCHOLARS 1st Semester Final Exam schedule
Published 12/06/20



Published 11/18/20





WORLD SCHOLARS virtual family literacy night
Published 11/09/20




Published 11/02/20



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

World Scholars Logo



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

2021-2022 2ND Semester Final Exam Schedule
Amanda Odom

Click here for a PDF copy of the exam schedule.




Seniors 2B & 4B Exams

Friday, May 20, 2022

2B Exam

Regular 2nd Period

4B Exam

Regular 4th Period


Monday, May 23, 2022 (A Day)

Period 1A Exam

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Lunch/Study Hall

Period 3A Exam

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM


Tuesday, May 24, 2022 (B Day)

Period 1B Exam

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Lunch/Study Hall

Period 3B Exam

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM


Wednesday, May 25, 2022 (A Day)

Period 2A Exam

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Lunch/Study Hall

Period 4A Exam

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM


Thursday, May 26, 2022 (B Day)

Period 2B Exam

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Lunch/Study Hall

Period 4B Exam

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Friday, May 27, 2022 (A Day)

Seniors will have graduation practice/events


Medical Professions senior Alma Rodriguez signs her UTRGV Luminary Scholarship acceptance
Amanda Odom

On Tuesday afternoon, representatives from The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) visited South Texas Independent School District (STISD) Medical Professions (Medical Professions) in Olmito to present graduating senior Alma Rodriguez with two scholarships, including the university’s newest and top award.

During a special ceremony, UTRGV representatives presented Rodriguez with the UTRGV Luminary Scholarship, valued at up to $137,000. The scholarship covers her undergraduate degree in full, along with two years of campus housing, and tuition and fees for graduate school.

This year’s Medical Professions salutatorian, Rodriguez will enter the Biomedical Program at UTRGV in the fall, with long-term goals of attending the UTRGV School of Medicine and becoming a cardiologist.

She credits her experience at Medical Professions with not only preparing her for college and a challenging career, but also with helping her confirm her interest in the medical field, and exposing her to the specialty closest to her heart, cardiology.

Her interest in cardiology began in high school, through the two Health Science Technology courses she took during her sophomore year – Anatomy & Physiology and Pathophysiology. These courses first sparked her interest in this specialty, and she again felt that tug when she studied cardiology as part of the Pharmacy program.

She shares, “I have always kind of been interested in medicine, but as much as one can be interested without knowing too much about it. Gaining the experience of going to clinicals and having all my different health classes confirmed my interest for sure that I like this. This isn’t just an idea anymore. I really like this, and I can see myself being a part of the medical professions.”

According to UTRGV, the UTRGV Luminary Scholarship program offers the brightest incoming college freshmen from all disciplines a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in an unparalleled learning environment. By sharing unique skills and perspectives with the greater RGV community, each Luminary Scholar can enhance the experience of a fellow student or community member at any point along the academic journey. Luminary Scholars and their accomplishments will ultimately help elevate UTRGV’s status as a global leader in higher education and serve as ambassadors for the university wherever their light shines.

Qualifications for the scholarship include:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Leadership Experience
  • Community Involvement
  • Citizenship and Residency
  • College Admission
  • On-Campus Residency – commit to live on campus for the first two academic years
  • Rio Grande Valley Employment Commitment - Selected scholars must pledge to work in the RGV for each year beyond their undergraduate education that is funded. For example, a three-year graduate or professional program would require a three-year commitment to working in the RGV post-graduation.

Rodriguez was also awarded the UTRGV GM/EEOC Endowed Scholarship, worth $1,000.

Outside of school, Rodriguez enjoys reading books in any genre, playing the violin and chess, and golfing with her parents.


Image of gold medal
Jaclyn Buelow

40 students will represent STISD at the HOSA- Future Health Professionals International Leadership Conference, June 22-25 in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Teams and individuals from our two medically-themed high schools: South Texas ISD Health Professions (Health Professions) and South Texas ISD Medical Professions (Medical Professions) continue to set the bar and advance to this level of competition, and our two middle schools: South Texas ISD Preparatory Academy (Preparatory Academy) and South Texas ISD Rising Scholars Academy (Rising Scholars) are now also following in those same footsteps. 

This is the first year students from our Rising Scholars Academy in San Benito competed at the State Leadership Conference, and in its first year of competition, 15 students qualified to Internationals. 

Preparatory Academy, in Edinburg, had its first round of International qualifiers last season, as they too advanced after having competed at the State Leadership Conference for the very first time. 

STISD also had a team from Medical Professions: MRC Partnership, which provides members the opportunity to initiate and maintain a partnership with their local/state Medical Reserve Corps units, receive the ‘Top Fundraiser’ Award through the ‘Be the Match’ program, offering support to individuals dealing with life-threatening blood cancers and diseases like leukemia and sickle cell. Members of the team include: Marco Basurto, Trisha Bhakta, Zerni Bhakta, Ninia Menguito and Chantal Patino.

This season, high school and middle school students will compete in a mix of events in the following categories: health science, emergency preparedness, leadership and teamwork. 

Give it up for your STISD International HOSA qualifiers: 

Health Professions | Mercedes: 

  • Sealtiel Anulao - First Aid/CPR Team - 3rd Place 
  • Nilani Nmuthoo-Limon - First Aid/CPR Team - 3rd Place  

Medical Professions | Olmito: 

  • Jeri Escalona - Medical Art Poster - 3rd Place
  • Jose Garza - Speaking Skills - 2nd Place
  • Anjali Pisharodi - Clinical Specialty - 2nd Place
  • Alexa Isabella Valdez - Dental Science - 3rd Place

Preparatory Academy | Edinburg: 

  • Josceline Cantu - Life Threatening Situations - 3rd Place
  • Chanel De Leon - Health Career Display - 2nd Place 
  • Mikaela Dublado - Public Health - 2nd Place 
  • Erica Elizondo - Foundations of Medical Terminology - 1st Place 
  • Emilia Garcia - Public Health Team - 2nd Place 
  • Mahaa Gondi - Public Health Team - 2nd Place
  • Diana John - Public Health Team - 2nd Place
  • Greta Keller - Extemporaneous Health Poster - 3rd Place 
  • Chennah Kim - Extemporaneous Health Poster - 1st Place 
  • Gabriella Madrigal - Prepared Speaking - 3rd Place
  • Kaylee Mendoza - Public Health 2nd Place
  • Gouri Menon - Prepared Speaking - 2nd Place
  • Aleena Paul - Nutrition - 1st Place
  • Gabriella Recinos - Public Health - 2nd Place
  • Helena Solis - Health Career Display - 2nd Place 
  • Jeremy Thomas - Health Career Display - 3rd Place
  • Elsa Thomas - Health Career Display - 1st Place 
  • Evelyn Valdez - Foundations of Medical Terminology - 2nd Place 
  • Julianna Velasco - Health Career Display - 3rd Place 

Rising Scholars Academy | San Benito: 

  • Destynee Cuellar - Dynamic Decisions Team Event - 3rd Place 
  • Melissa De Leon - Foundations of Nutrition - 3rd Place
  • Juan Flores - Math for Health Careers - 3rd Place 
  • Felicity Fok - Prepared Speaking - 1st Place 
  • Valeria Garcia - Life Threatening Skills - 1st Place 
  • Liani Gomez - Dynamic Decisions Team Event - 3rd Place 
  • Grecia Hernandez - Dynamic Decisions Team Event - 3rd Place
  • Sofia Lucio - Medical Reading - 2nd Place 
  • Vladislava Milova - Dynamic Decisions Team Event - 3rd Place 
  • Alexandra Saavedra - Life Threatening Skills - 2nd Place 
  • Elizabeth Taw - Math for Health Careers - 1st Place 
  • Camila Trejo - Healthy Lifestyle - 1st Place 
  • Maria Trejo - Dynamic Decisions Team Event - 3rd Place 
  • Aisleen Villarreal - Healthy Lifestyle - 2nd Place 
  • Sarah Winkler - Foundations of Nutrition - 2nd place
Texas Envirothon State Champion team from South Texas ISD Science Academy
Amanda Odom

Story from the Texas Envirothon --- A five-member team of high school students from Mercedes, Texas, is the winner of the 2022 Texas Envirothon championship. Richardson High School earned second place, and third place went to the Academy of Science and Technology. The hybrid event took place April 8 through 12 in Houston and via Zoom.

“Envirothon is a way for students to get hands-on experience in environmental science,” said Wendy Reistle, program coordinator of the Texas Envirothon. “Preparation for the competition, as well as the competition itself, brings together natural resource professionals and students who may be interested in those careers.”

Students on the winning team are Linus Flores-Araujo, Sophia Cano, Alexander Vincent, Daniel Chen and Patrick Moss. The team will travel to Oxford, Ohio, to compete against teams from the states and Canadian provinces for scholarships at the NCF-Envirothon. Andrew Cortez and Esthela Pacheco served as the team’s advisers.

Top scoring teams on the field exam by topic and in the oral presentation were as follows: South Texas Academy Team Black Dragons and Academy of Science Alligator Gars tied for the top spot in Soils.   South Texas Academy Team Grey Dragons and Richardson High School team Giant Spiderwort tied for first place in Aquatics.  Forestry was won by the Giant Spiderwort team from Richardson High School.  The Dragonflies team from Carroll Senior High School won Wildlife.  There was a four-way tie for Current Issue by South Texas Academy Gray Dragons team, Richards High School’s Giant Spiderwort team, The Academy of Science Alligator Gar team and The Academy of Science Marsh Rice Rat team.   South Texas Academy Gray Dragons won the Oral Presentation.

Eight teams representing 4 Texas high schools participated in Hybrid Envirothon competition. Participating schools were Academy of Science and Technology, The Woodlands; Richardson High School, Richardson; Science Academy of South Texas, Mercedes; Carroll Senior High School, Southlake, Texas.

Financial support for the event was provided our Gold sponsor, Eastman Chemical Company. The University of Houston-Clear Lake hosted the event.  We would like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers (team leaders, station managers, photographers, runners, and judges) for making this event possible.  Special thanks to the test writers and graders: Cole Patton, Dennis Brezina, Mickey Merritt, Andrew Sipocz, Dr. Kathleen Garland, Dr. Megan Topham, Shannon Miftari, Dr. Sachiyo Mukherji, Brittney Barnett, Derek Sanford and the staff at Armand Bayou Nature Center.

Envirothon is an academic, extra-curricular environmental and natural resource education program and competition designed for high school students. Teams composed of five students answer questions focusing on five areas of study: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and the current environmental issue. In addition to the field experience, students also participate in an oral component focusing on a real-world environmental problem.

STISD is hosting a Job Fair on Saturday, April 9, at the Science Academy Gym.
Amanda Odom

South Texas ISD is hosting a district wide Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, at the South Texas ISD Science Academy Gym (1LT Andres Zermeño Memorial Gymnasium): 900 Med High Dr., Mercedes.

This event is open to the public, and attendees will have an opportunity to see what life is like at STISD, meet administrators, speak with department leads, and apply onsite.

Currently posted positions can be accessed through the district's NEOGOV site here. The district will be hiring for:

  • Teachers in core areas and Special Education
  • Administration
  • Counseling
  • Bus Drivers

Click here to learn more about this event.