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

Student seen smiling during graduation
Amanda Odom

Today the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the 2022 state accountability ratings for school districts and charter schools throughout the state, which included scaled scores and the first A-F ratings assigned since before the pandemic.

Like 2019, the district as a whole and all campuses received As for their overall letter ratings. The district received A ratings in all areas evaluated, with an overall scaled score of 97, and the Postsecondary Readiness Distinction Designation, the only one available at the district level. STISD has received this designation every year since it became available, a total of seven times.  

All STISD campuses also received A ratings, and three campuses received all distinction designations for which they were eligible – South Texas ISD Preparatory Academy in Edinburg, South Texas ISD Rising Scholars Academy in San Benito, and South Texas ISD Science Academy in Mercedes.

The current state accountability system “grades” campuses and districts on performance within three different domains: Student Achievement (All Students), School Progress (All Students), and Closing the Gaps (All Students and Disaggregated Student Groups). Based upon performance within the different domains, campuses and districts receive a raw score, which is then converted into a Scaled Score and eventually a letter grade (A-F). In addition to the score, campuses also have an opportunity to earn separate Distinction Designations, including those in ELA/Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Postsecondary Readiness, and Comparative Closing the Gaps. Districts are only eligible to receive the Postsecondary Readiness Distinction.

No A–F ratings, domain scaled scores, or overall scaled scores were assigned over the last two years, and all districts and campuses were labeled “Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster” due to the pandemic.

STISD is comprised of four magnet high schools – South Texas ISD Health Professions in Mercedes, South Texas ISD Medical Professions in Olmito, South Texas ISD Science Academy in Mercedes, and South Texas ISD World Scholars in Edinburg – as well as two middle schools – South Texas ISD Preparatory Academy in Edinburg and South Texas ISD Rising Scholars Academy in San Benito, and one stand-alone virtual campus, South Texas ISD Virtual Academy, which, now in its second year, currently serves students in grades 6-10 and will eventually serve students in grades 6-12. All campuses are tuition-free and serve students from Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy Counties. For more information, call 1-800-21STUDY or visit

Superintendent Dr. Tony Lara
Amanda Odom

Press release from Region One Education Service Center:

Dr. Marco Antonio Lara, Jr., Superintendent of South Texas Independent School District, has been selected as the Region One 2022 Regional Superintendent of the Year. As a regional winner, Dr. Lara will represent the Region One area in the statewide Superintendent of the Year Award Program. Under the direction of the Texas Association of School Boards, the Superintendent of the Year Program recognizes exemplary superintendents for excellence and achievement in educational leadership.

Dr. Lara has served the South Texas ISD community for the past four years and in that time, according to Douglas E. Buchanan, President of the South Texas ISD Board of Directors, change has been a constant and positive force at STISD. Those changes led by Dr. Lara included a rebranding of the district in 2019, establishing a new image for STISD of “Always Innovating,” a refocusing of the school campuses offering more opportunities for students, the addition of athletics programs for all campuses, and the  implementation of a Flexible Learning Plan to support student learning during the district’s most challenging time, COVID-19. The nomination essay, submitted on behalf of the STISD Board of Directors, described Dr. Lara as “steadfast and committed to doing what is best for the students.”

“The South Texas ISD community should be extremely proud of Dr. Lara for receiving this honor; it is recognition not only for Dr. Lara as the district’s educational leader but for the South Texas ISD community, as well,” says Region One ESC Executive Director, Dr. Daniel P. King. “Dr. Lara is a model educational leader who is worthy of this recognition. We are proud to have him represent our region in the State Superintendent of the Year program.”

Nominations for the regional award were submitted to Region One Education Service Center and reviewed by a select committee consisting of Region One School Board members who completed Leadership TASB training. Candidates are chosen for their strong leadership skills, dedication to improving educational quality in their districts, and commitment to public involvement in education.

Superintendents from any of the state’s 1,024 local school districts are eligible for nomination by their school boards. The State Superintendent of the Year Committee will select five state finalists from the nominations submitted by regional education service centers and the Superintendent of the Year will be announced during the annual joint convention of the Texas Association of School Boards and Texas Association of School Administrators on September 23-25, 2022.

Region One Education Service Center ( serves over 438,000 students and educators in seven counties in South Texas including Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Starr, Webb, Willacy, and Zapata counties. Region One works to assist school districts in improving student performance, assist districts to operate more efficiently and economically, and implement initiatives assigned by the legislature or the Commissioner of Education.

Back To School Resources for 2022-2023. View Resources
Amanda Odom

In preparation for the 2022-2023 school year and to allow families ample time to plan ahead and get needed items, STISD has published its 2022-2023 Dress Code + Backpack Guidelines. These guidelines are available in English and Spanish within the Back-to-School Resources section of the Parent Hub.

The 2022-2023 School year Calendar and A/B version of the calendar are also available in the same place. Additional resources will be added here as they are finalized this summer.

HARP RGV English update Social media image
Amanda Odom

The Texas General Land Office’s (GLO) Homeowner Assistance and Reimbursement Programs (HARP) is seeking additional applications in South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley for residents of Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy counties with home repairs or full reconstruction, as well as repayment of eligible out-of-pocket repair costs up to $50,000. The program opened a year ago and there is still funding available in these counties.

Dalia and Miguel Rodriguez of San Benito received a fully reconstructed home through GLO’s HARP. Flood waters came up through the floor and caused so much damage the home was unstable. “These keys can actually be made of gold because this is the most beautiful thing that we’ve gotten ever in our life and it is a blessing, said Dalia. “It has given us an opportunity to start new. It is the best gift anyone could ever get.” See their story here.

The GLO allocated more than $66 million of Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for damage caused by severe storms and flooding in 2018 and 2019. The funds can be used for repair or reconstruction of owner-occupied single-family homes and reimbursement up to $50,000 for certain out-of-pocket expenses incurred for reconstruction, rehabilitation, or mitigation. Repayment of SBA loans is also eligible for reimbursement.

A single application can be submitted for reimbursement and repair assistance. An application must be submitted along with required documents for consideration. HARP is a first-come, first-served basis and all homeowners are encouraged to apply immediately. HARP is only available for a main home (primary residence). GLO expects that funds will run out by the end of the summer so the time to apply is now.

Potential applicants should review the Homeowner Assistance and Reimbursement Programs Checklist to have all applicable documents ready prior to applying. Interested homeowners should visit to apply online or download a printable version of the application. Potential applicants can also find in-person assistance at regional Homeowner Assistance and Reimbursement Programs offices serving their area. For assistance, interested participants can email or call 1-844-893-8937.

General Land Office HARP Program Resources (English):

HARP Overview

HARP Checklist

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Texas GLO Programas de Asistencia y Reembolso para Propietarios en Busca de Solicitudes
Programas de reparación y reembolso de viviendas que ayudan a los propietarios de RGV a reconstruir sus vidas después de los daños causados por las inundaciones de las tormentas en 2018 y 2019
Visite para aplicar

Los Programas de Asistencia y Reembolso para Propietarios (HARP) de la Texas General Land Office’s (GLO) están buscando solicitudes adicionales en el Valle del Río Grande para los residentes de los condados de Cameron, Hidalgo y Willacy con reparaciones en la vivienda o reconstrucción completa, así como reembolso de los costos de reparación de bolsillo elegibles hasta $50,000. El programa abrió hace un año y todavía hay fondos disponibles en estos condados.

Dalia y Miguel Rodríguez de San Benito recibieron una casa completamente reconstruida a través de HARP de GLO. Las aguas de la inundación atravesaron el piso y causaron tanto daño que la casa quedó inestable. “Estas llaves en realidad pueden estar hechas de oro porque es lo más hermoso que hemos recibido en nuestra vida y es una bendición”, dijo Dalia. “Nos ha dado la oportunidad de empezar de nuevo. Es el mejor regalo que alguien podría recibir”. Vea su historia aquí.

El GLO asignó más de $66 millones de fondos de Subvención en Bloque para el Desarrollo Comunitario - Recuperación ante Desastres (CDBG-DR) del Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano (HUD) de Estados Unidos para los daños causados por tormentas severas e inundaciones en 2018 y 2019. Los fondos pueden ser utilizados para la reparación o reconstrucción de viviendas unifamiliares ocupadas por el propietario y reembolso de hasta $50,000 por ciertos gastos de bolsillo incurridos para la reconstrucción, rehabilitación o mitigación. El reembolso de los préstamos de la SBA también es elegible para reembolso.

Se puede presentar una sola solicitud de reembolso y asistencia para la reparación. Se debe presentar una solicitud junto con los documentos requeridos para su consideración. HARP es por orden de llegada y se alienta a todos los propietarios a presentar su solicitud de inmediato. HARP solo está disponible para una casa principal (residencia principal). GLO espera que los fondos se agoten para fines del verano, por lo que ahora es el momento de presentar la solicitud.

Los posibles solicitantes deben revisar la Lista de Verificación de los Programas de Asistencia y Reembolso para Propietarios para tener listos todos los documentos correspondientes antes de presentar la solicitud. Los propietarios interesados deben visitar para presentar su solicitud en línea o descargar una versión imprimible de la solicitud. Los posibles solicitantes también pueden encontrar asistencia en persona en las oficinas regionales de Programas de Asistencia y Reembolso para Propietarios que atienden su área. Para obtener ayuda, los participantes interesados pueden enviar un correo electrónico a o llamar al 1-844-893-8937 (se habla Español).

General Land Office HARP Program Resources (Spanish):

HARP Overview

HARP Checklist

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Nursing students seen checking vitals
Amanda Odom

The MENTORS Project (Model Education Networks to Optimize Rural Science), in collaboration with STISD Health Professions, STISD Science Academy, and Mercedes ISD, invite the community to attend the 5th Annual Community Health Expo, to be held on Saturday, June 11.

The Expo will be held at the Science Academy Gymnasium, located at 900 Med High Dr. in Mercedes (off of Mile 2 West Rd. and Expressway 83) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

It will offer fun activities and educational booths, including:

  • Zumba classes
  • South Texas Food Bank
  • Kids Zone
  • and many more

There will also be free screenings for Asthma, Body Weight, Blood Pressure, and Diabetes, as well as free vaccinations available, including those for COVID-19.

Attendees can also learn to prevent and manage:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Asthma

Students from the three local high schools have trained to serve as Health Ambassadors in their communities, and will provide useful and reliable health information (se habla español).

The MENTORS Project is supported by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) grant from the National Institutes of Health. The program provides research internships for students and teachers, health ambassadorships for students, and an annual statewide professional development conference for K-12 educators (K-12 Summer Institute). Additional support for the project is provided by the Texas A&M Center for Environmental Health Research (NIEHS/NIH).

2022 Health Expo Flyer