World Scholars News

summer reading list
Published 06/02/21

 

20-21 SUMMER READING

ENGLISH I SUMMER READING

ENGLISH II SUMMER READING

ENGLISH III PRE-IB SUMMER READING

ENGLISH III HL Y1 SUMMER READING

ENGLISH IV HL Y2 SUMMER READING

ENGLISH COLLEGE TRANSITIONS SUMMER READING

 
 

 
 
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
 

 


 
FAMILY LITERACY MEETING 
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

 


 
 
World Scholars’ COMMON ASSESSMENT 4 AND MOCK EXAM SCHEDULE
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
 
 

 

 


 

 

WORLD SCHOLARS THIS WAY TO A WHOLE NEW WORLD
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:

https://stisd-net.zoom.us/j/81617041987?pwd=OFg4MENJTGxTWEFOUXBJWEpCeERMUT09

 Passcode: 360638

 Para Entrar a la Junta Presentada en Español

https://stisd-net.zoom.us/j/87851270019?pwd=MHBQZS9wa2kwTEVkTTFLQkNZY3puQT09

 

 
 
 
WORLD SCHOLARS IB INFORMATIONAL MEETING
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

 

 

 
WORLD SCHOLARS FALL PARENT & FAMILY ENGAGEMENT MEETING
Published 11/18/20

 


 

 

 

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

 

 


 

WORLD SCHOLARS NEwsletter
Published 11/02/20

 

 

 
WORLD SCHOLARS NOW A COMMON SENSE SCHOOL
Published 10/20/20
First page of the PDF file: CommonSenseRecognition

 


 

 

 

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

 
 
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP INITIATIVE
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

Thanks, 

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.

Gracias,

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 (eduardo.arias@stisd.net).
 
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 eduado.arias@stisd.net via e-mail or through Microsoft Teams. 
 
Thank you and have a good weekend.
 World Scholars

 


 
World Scholars FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Published 08/17/20

 

WELCOME BACK LIONS!

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 marianna.reyna@stisd.net.
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. 

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

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!

 

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

Teacher going over assignment with students
Jaclyn Buelow

South Texas Independent School District (STISD) is excited to announce its acceptance by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as one of up to 30 school districts in the state to participate in the agency’s first cycle of the High-Impact Tutoring (HIT) Implementation Workshop Series for the 2021-2022 school year.

The HIT Implementation Workshop Series is a training program designed for local education agencies (LEAs) interested in implementing a high-impact tutoring program. According to TEA, with early data indicating that school closures and disruptions in the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years are likely to result in unfinished learning for many students statewide, multi-year recovery and acceleration supports have become even more crucial. Many LEAs are considering high-impact tutoring, as there is strong evidence that it is one of the most effective ways to increase learning gains for students.

High-impact tutoring responds to individual needs and complements students’ existing curriculum, leading to substantial learning gains for students by supplementing their classroom experiences. Characteristics of these types of programs include: 

  • Well-trained, consistent tutors who build strong relationships with students
  • High-quality instructional material aligned to standards and core classwork
  • One-to-one or small groups for individualized support
  • Embedded in the school day or immediately before or after to maximize student access
  • Data-driven, utilizing aligned formative assessments, with tutors building sessions around student strengths and needs

TEA structured this month-long, intensive series of eight workshops to provide step-by-step technical assistance on the key decisions LEAs need to make to establish high-impact tutoring programs quickly (e.g., program design, program implementation, and tutor selection). The training, which will be led by an experienced provider specializing in high-impact tutoring, will involve a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous support, alongside networking opportunities with other members of the cohort for learning and sharing of best practices.

Upon receiving notice of acceptance, STISD committed to participating in Cohort 1 of the program, which is scheduled to run June 21-July 16. The STISD Curriculum & Instruction department will participate in the workshop, as the district works with current staff to build upon and improve existing tutoring programs and increase effectiveness to better serve students district wide. 

“We appreciate this opportunity for guidance and ideas for strengthening our tutoring programs for the benefit of our students,” said Nereyda Treviño, chief academic officer at STISD. “As a district, we have made proactive efforts to curb learning loss and to address needs for remediation along the way; however, we look forward to continual improvement in this area to help all students recover and reach the highest level of academic success possible.”

Teachers work on curriculum writing
Jaclyn Buelow

Using a wide variety of strategies and techniques, STISD educators together dive into the curriculum process, creating content that is both creative and impactful for student learning.
 

Learn more in video feature below. 

 

 

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Board recognizes students eligible to receive IB diploma
Jaclyn Buelow

Students were recognized by the STISD Board of Directors and administrators at a pinning ceremony for their hard work and perseverance. 

World Scholars is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme campus, with over 50 courses to choose from. Students are not only eligible to graduate with an international diploma, but also eligible for free college/university credit opportunities + an associates degree

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Cafeteria staff seen assisting with curbside delivery
Jaclyn Buelow

South Texas Independent School District (STISD) will continue serving free breakfast and lunch meals curbside to all STISD students and children 18 years old and younger from our local communities throughout the month of June.

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

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 through June 30 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 oliver.galvan@stisd.net or 956.514.4236.

P-EBT
Amanda Odom

This letter is for families with:

  • Children who are certified for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
  • Children who attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) or Provision 2 (P2) school that offers free meals to all students.*
  • Children born after Aug. 1, 2014, in families who received SNAP benefits for at least one month between October 2020 and June 2021.

*Contact your child’s school if you have questions about the school’s participation in these programs.

If you do not meet at least one of the requirements listed above, your child is not eligible for the P-EBT benefits described below.

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Enrolled students (up to 21 years of age) in families that temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals for the 2020–2021 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible to receive Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT). P-EBT benefits can be used to buy food from any retailer that accepts the Lone Star Card.
 
The application for P-EBT will open June 2, 2021. Go to yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT to apply. The application link is case-sensitive. The deadline to apply is Aug. 13, 2021.

Who Needs to Apply?

  • A parent/guardian must apply if eligible child is:
    • Enrolled in K-12 and NOT part of a family who received SNAP benefits for at least one month between August 2020 and June 2021.
    • Born on or before Aug. 1, 2014, and is part of a family who received SNAP benefits for the first time during the 2020–2021 school year in May or June 2021.

 

  • A parent/guardian does not have to apply if eligible child is:
    • Born on or before Aug. 1, 2014, and is part of a family who received SNAP benefits for at least one month between August 2020 and April 2021.
    • Born after Aug. 1, 2014, and is part of a family who received SNAP benefits for at least one month between October 2020 and June 2021.

 
For more information about eligibility, applying and getting your P-EBT benefits, visit hhs.texas.gov/pebt, or call the P-EBT Call Center at 833-442-1255, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Central time.

 

Esta carta es para las familias con:

  • Niños que están aprobados para recibir comidas gratuitas o a precio reducido a través del Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares (NSLP).
  • Niños que asisten a una escuela beneficiaria de la Cláusula de Elegibilidad Comunitaria (CEP) o a una escuela de la Cláusula 2 (P2) que ofrece comidas gratuitas a todos los estudiantes.*
  • Niños nacidos después del 1 de agosto de 2014 en familias que recibieron beneficios de SNAP durante al menos un mes entre octubre de 2020 y junio de 2021.

*Comuníquese con la escuela de su hijo si tiene preguntas sobre la participación de la escuela en estos programas.

Si usted no cumple con al menos uno de los requisitos mencionados anteriormente, su hijo no puede recibir los beneficios de P-EBT descritos a continuación.


Estimado padre o tutor,

Los estudiantes matriculados (hasta los 21 años de edad) de familias que perdieron temporalmente el acceso a las comidas escolares gratuitas o de precio reducido para el año escolar 2020-2021 debido a la pandemia de COVID-19 podrían reunir los requisitos para recibir la Transferencia Electrónica de Beneficios durante la Pandemia (P-EBT). Los beneficios de P-EBT pueden usarse para comprar alimentos en cualquier tienda que acepte la tarjeta Lone Star.

La presentación de solicitudes para P-EBT se abrirá el 2 de junio de 2021. Visite yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT (en inglés) para presentar la solicitud. El enlace para la solicitud distingue entre mayúsculas y minúsculas. La fecha límite para presentar la solicitud es el 13 de agosto de 2021.

¿Quién debe presentar la solicitud?

  • Un padre o tutor deberá presentar la solicitud si el niño que reúne los requisitos:
    • Está matriculado en K-12 y NO pertenece a una familia que recibió beneficios de SNAP durante al menos un mes entre agosto de 2020 y junio de 2021.
    • Nació el 1 de agosto de 2014 o antes y pertenece a una familia que recibió beneficios de SNAP por primera vez durante el año escolar 2020-2021 en mayo o junio de 2021.
  • Un padre o tutor no tiene que presentar la solicitud si el niño que reúne los requisitos:
    • Nació el 1 de agosto de 2014 o antes y pertenece a una familia que recibió beneficios de SNAP durante al menos un mes entre agosto de 2020 y abril de 2021.
    • Nació después del 1 de agosto de 2014 y pertenece a una familia que recibió beneficios de SNAP durante al menos un mes entre octubre de 2020 y junio de 2021.

Para más información sobre los requisitos, la presentación de la solicitud y cómo recibir sus beneficios de P-EBT, visite hhs.texas.gov/es/pebt, o llame al Centro de llamadas de P-EBT al 833-442-1255, de lunes a viernes, de 8 a.m. a 6 p.m. hora del centro.