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Weslaco ISD Teachers of the Year
ARNOLD YBARRA

The Region One Education Service Center recently honored the Weslaco ISD Teachers of the Year during the recognition banquet themed “Celebrating Excellence in Teaching.”

The Region One Education Service Center recently honored the Weslaco ISD Teachers of the Year during the recognition banquet themed “Celebrating Excellence in Teaching.”

Representing Weslaco East High School, Homer Colunga and Maricela Galvan from Dr. R. E. Margo Elementary were celebrated as district secondary and elementary teachers of the year.   Region One Executive Director Dr. Cornelio Gonzalez along with other members of the board presented the teachers with golden apple bells. These apple awards were symbolic of the days when teachers began class by ringing a bell. 

Fifty teachers representing 26 school districts and from across Region One attended the banquet.

Weslaco ISD Teachers of the Year

Pictured are WEHS Principal Dr. David Gamboa, Homer Colunga, Superintendent Dr. Priscilla Canales, Maricela Galvan; and Margo Principal Ruby Martinez.

CTE_Check_Presentation
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WISD was a recent recipient of the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant through the Workforce Commission, totaling $268,501.

“It’s a blessing for our students,” Weslaco ISD Career and Technical Education Director Sandra Avila said.  “This was a team effort.” WISD was a recent recipient of the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant through the Workforce Commission, totaling $268,501.

The grant money will expand the current welding program at WISD.

"Our students will not have to be accommodated by additional welding facilities/equipment by traveling to McAllen STC Welding Program facility," Avila said.  “Through this grant, we will be able to procure additional welding equipment needed to best accommodate our welding students at WISD.”

WISD was one of 15 school districts from across the state to receive this grant.

The JET grant is part of an initiative by the Texas Workforce Commission in their efforts to enhance curriculum and high-demand job training for students in high school and community colleges.

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Weslaco ISD Assistant Superintendent Administration & Support Services Sergio Garcia, South Texas College President Dr. Shirley A. Reed, Texas Workforce, Commissioner of Labor Julian Alvarez, Weslaco ISD Superintendent Dr. Priscilla Canales, Director of Grant Development, Management and Compliance Dr. Virginia R. Champion, Texas Workforce Commissioner’s Office Emily Coldfelter, and Grant Compliance Officer Pablo Jasso.

Second row, STC Board of Trustees Chairman Paul Rodriguez, Weslaco ISD School Board Trustee Armando Cuellar, Jr., and STC Board member Gary Gurwitz.

Third row, Weslaco ISD Career and Technical Education Director Sandra Avila, Weslaco ISD CTE Supervisor Ivanelle Guerra, and Weslaco ISD CTE Career Development Advisor Rosie Perez. 

staff training
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WISD educators recently attended the second annual WISD Differentiated Instruction Fiesta
Conference in effort to reach our diverse learners and better lead them through the education
process

WISD educators recently attended the second annual WISD Differentiated Instruction Fiesta
Conference in effort to reach our diverse learners and better lead them through the education
process. 
“This two-day conference is designed to help all our teachers expand their instructional
delivery to include different styles of teaching,” said Elias Treviño, WISD Director of Assessment
and Accountability and Bilingual/ESL.  “Our teachers will head back to the classroom with
strategies and new mindset to help all students no matter their backgrounds and learning
needs.” 
Renowned children’s author, Lester L. Laminack, was the event’s keynote speaker.  Dr.
Laminack is a professor at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina and an
active member of the National Council of Teachers of English.  
Conference participants attended breakout sessions like “Dissecting Complexity through
Writing,” “Blended Learning and Problem-Based Learning in the Classroom,” and “Redirecting
Disruptive Behaviors and Reinforcing Positive Behaviors.”  More than 600 WISD educators
attended this amazing conference.

staff training

Weslaco ISD faculty review teaching strategies to enhance the classroom experience
for their students.

Rotary Club South Texas Regional Director Dr. Elaine Hernandez presents the Inspirational Award to WISD Food Service Director
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Because of their commitment to end hunger in the community, the Weslaco ISD Food Service Department was awarded with the Rotary Club Inspirational Award during the July Board Meeting held recently.

Because of their commitment to end hunger in the community, the Weslaco ISD Food Service Department was awarded with the Rotary Club Inspirational Award during the July Board Meeting held recently.

“Thirty percent of the children in Hidalgo county are food insecure,” Rotary Club South Texas Regional Director Dr. Elaine Hernandez told the WISD school board.  “The role of the school district in providing nutritious food fills that gap for families who are unable to provide enough nutrition to their own children.”

Currently the district provides breakfast, lunch and after-school meals to Weslaco ISD students at no cost to families during the school year.  The district also serves lunch as part of the summer meal program.

As part of the Texas Hunger Initiative, Rotarians recently took part in a Hunger Summit in May where the district’s efforts to end hunger in the community were first recognized. 

“It is an honor to be recognized,” WISD Food Service Director Dora Peña said. “I am excited to share this award with the entire cafeteria staff.”

 

Rotary Club South Texas Regional Director Dr. Elaine Hernandez presents the Inspirational Award

Rotary Club South Texas Regional Director Dr. Elaine Hernandez presents the Inspirational Award to WISD Food Service Director Dora Peña.