World Scholars News

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

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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

Science Academy senior to compete at National Chemistry Olympiad
Jaclyn Buelow

For the third straight year, David Chi of Mercedes, will compete at the National Chemistry Olympiad Competition, in hopes of coming in the Top 20 to earn his seat to the well-sought after Study Camp, and perhaps also being one of the top four students in the U.S. to represent his country at the International Competition this summer.

The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad is a multi-tiered competition designed to stimulate and promote achievement in high school chemistry.

“The applications from chemistry and knowing the science is far beyond a test,” said Chi.” Learn more about his aspirations and about the program in video feature.


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HOSA students take on international competition
Jaclyn Buelow

Thirty-two STISD students will represent the district at the HOSA Future Health Professionals International Leadership Conference, June 23-26. 

In order to qualify to compete at the international competition, teams and individuals had to place 1st, 2nd or 3rd at the state competition in March. 

Individuals and teams from Health Professions, Medical Professions and Preparatory Academy will compete in their respective events virtually. 

Health Professions will have 11 competitors, Medical Professions will have four and Preparatory Academy (in its first year competing) will have 17. 

Please see below for breakdown of individual and team events by campus. 

Health Professions (Mercedes) 

Individual Events: 

Shiza Khan, 12th-grader of Mission, placed 2nd in Medical Reading.

Team Events: 

Juniors: Sealtiel Anulao of Edinburg and Nilani Nmuthoo-Limon of Mission placed 3rd in CPR/First Aid. 

Seniors: Jeff Ooi of Mission, Ihssan Al-Quadah of Harlingen, Andrew Sun of Edinburg, and Aisha Sharif of San Benito, placed 3rd in HOSA Bowl. 

Juniors: Krissa Jhaveri of Harlingen, Danielle Ebaseh-Onofa of Edinburg, Cassidy Nguyen of Edinburg, and Gillian Sanchez of Brownsville, placed 2nd in Public Health. 

Medical Professions (Olmito) 

Individual Events: 

Maria Atkinson, 11th-grader of Rio Hondo, placed 2nd in Speaking Skills; Erica Gonzalez, 12th-grader of Harlingen, placed 2nd in Personal Care; Victoria Hernandez, 12th-grader of Donna, placed 1st in Personal Care; and (Name not listed), 11th-grader of Mission, placed 1st in Life Support. 

Preparatory Academy (Edinburg) - Middle School Competition

Individual Events:

Jasmine Joseph, 8th-grader of Edinburg, placed 3rd in Medical Terminology; Nithya Santhoshkumar, 8th-grader of Edinburg, placed 2nd in Medical Reading; Gouri Menon, 7th-grader of McAllen, placed 2nd in Prepared Speaking; and Sofia Obregon, 8th-grader of McAllen, placed 3rd in Life Threatening Situations.  

Team Events: 

Eighth-graders: Vidhya Biju of Edinburg, Ann Jacob of Edinburg, Migha Jomon of Edinburg, Isabel Thoppil of Edinburg, and Siya Vinoj of McAllen, placed 1st in Public Health.

Daniella Olivarez, 8th-grader of Edinburg; Amy Hernandez, 8th-grader of Palmview; and Sreeja Mullapudi, 7th-grader of Edinburg, placed 2nd in Public Health.

Marian Hernandez and Weslee Brambila, both 8th-graders of Pharr, placed 2nd in Health Career Display. 

Gabriella Madrigal, 7th-grader of Edinburg; Ava Ponce, 8th-grader of McAllen; and Paris Aquino, 8th-grader of McAllen, placed 3rd in Dynamic Decisions.

  • Health Professions
  • Medical Professions
  • Preparatory Academy
Students seen preparing for HOSA competition
Jaclyn Buelow

In just its first year of competition, students from South Texas ISD Preparatory Academy, qualify to compete amongst other students from throughout the world in this international competition.

24 students competed at the state HOSA competition, and from those 24 competitors, 17 will be advancing to Internationals, June 23-26.

Students will compete in their respective events, attend workshops and seminars and have the opportunity to elect International Executive Council members at the conference.

Learn more from Preparatory Academy HOSA sponsor and qualifying student. 


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  • Preparatory Academy
Business Professionals of America students prepare to compete at nationals
Jaclyn Buelow

Fourteen STISD students advance to the 2021 Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference, April 26-May 9.

National qualifiers from Health Profession, Science Academy and World Scholars will compete virtually in their respective events.

According to BPA: The 2021 Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference is the culmination of hard work throughout the membership year. Thousands of students from around the country will come together virtually over several days of competitions, leadership development sessions, National Officer elections, a National BPA Day of Service, a virtual Walk for Special Olympics and so much more.

Hear from national qualifiers and campus sponsors for more.


  • Health Professions
  • InsideSTISD
  • Science Academy
  • World Scholars
Culinary arts instructor showing presentation demonstrations
Jaclyn Buelow

Students at World Scholars not only benefit from culinary arts classes offered through the Hospitality and Tourism division of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, but also have another opportunity to step into the kitchen and prepare meals through the Culinary Arts Club.

Hear from program + club instructor and students on their experiences with the program. 


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