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How to vote and why you should vote were the topics discussed during the 2022 Voter Registration Drive held at Weslaco High School today.  With national, state and local elections coming up November 8, the drive helps eligible WHS seniors meet the October 11 registration deadline. 

League of Women Voters representative Sofia Kennedy and Precinct One Commissioner David Fuentes shared valuable information with the students.

“The first-time voter makes the most mistakes,” Kennedy said.  “An ID is required; the laws have changed in Texas.” 

The League offered information on VoteRiders, a national organization that helps eligible voters obtain a state-issued ID card if a driver’s license is not available. VoteRiders offers free transportation and may cover the cost of an ID. 

Fuentes urged students to take part in local elections.

“When you vote and you start engaging in your local government,” he told the seniors.  “That is when you have a say.  If you don’t like what they are doing, vote them out.  That’s the power of who you are as a voter.”

Policy and laws that impact funding for county, city and school district projects are determined by elected officials, Fuentes explained. 

Fuentes also encouraged students to consider running for office.

We need people like you that are educated and have the ability to think and solve problems not just for you or your family but the community. That is the important skill set that I look for when I support a candidate,” he said. “That is something you should consider at one point in your life.”

You get what you vote for, WHS Assistant Principal Melissa Mora-Rodriguez told the students.

“This is a privilege and opportunity not everyone in the world has,” she said.  “See that as an honor to participate in the legislative process to make sure you get what it is that you are voting for.”  

Over 100 seniors attended the Texas voter registration drive.  For more information on VoteRiders visit VoteRiders.com or www.votetexas.gov for election information.

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Can the livestock eat that grass, shrub or a tree? It was up to our CTE Future Farmers of
America students to figure it out during the annual Rio Grande Valley District Plant
Identification Contest held at the Livestock Show Grounds in Mercedes last week.
The Weslaco High FFA and Weslaco East FFA students competed against the Citrus Valley
District which included schools from Valley View, PSJA, Mission, La Joya and La Feria for this
year’s first competitive event.

“This was a good way for our students to learn about competing in FFA,” WEHS agricultural
teacher/FFA sponsor Lynette Suarez said. “The students did really well.”

During the one-minute rounds, students examined the characteristics of native and introduced
plants. Students had to identify plant’s life cycle, growing season, origin and presence of
poison. Students were not allowed to handle the plants during the competition and identified
60 samples.

This event helps students develop an interest in the wide-variety of plants that are important
habitat components for wild life and domestic livestock.

“This is a career development event,” Suarez said. “In case our students are interested, there
are additional courses they can take.”

The WHS FFA chapter Greenhand team placed 3rd and the senior team placed 4th. The WEHS FFA chapter placed 5th. Juan Cadena is the WHS agriculture teacher/FFA sponsor.

Members of the Greenhand team are: Chris Ramirez, Camryn Bravo, Madison Bravo and Diego Calderon. The WHS senior team includes: Edson Medina, Cora Ford, Anahi Tostado, Jazmin Garza, Ieesha Gomez and Lily Ford.  Members of the WEHS team are: William Kromer, Julio Salinas, Matthew Martinez, Angela Torres, Jacob Gonzalez, Eileen Martinez, Jesus Soto and Jaelynn Medellin.

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  WEHS FFA Team

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WHS Greenhand Team and senior team

 

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Congratulations to our Weslaco schools for their tremendous success with the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness exams earning the district an overall score of 89 in the STAAR accountability ratings for the 2021-2022 school year. 

“Our Weslaco ISD teachers and staff continually foster resilience and provide supportive learning environments for our students despite all the challenges they face,” Deputy Superintendent Abel Aguilar said. 

Campuses earning A ratings are: South Palm Gardens High School, CTE Early College High School, Justice Raul A. Gonzalez, Memorial, North Bridge, PFC Mario Ybarra, Dr. R. E. Margo and Airport Drive elementary schools. 

These ratings are a reflection of the tremendous performance at the campus level.

“We have more schools that are As than before the pandemic,” Assessment and Accountability Director Elias Treviño said.  

“In addition, South Palm Gardens High School not only earned an A, but is the first school at Weslaco ISD to have earned a perfect score of 100 in the overall rating,” he said.  “ When you consider the uniqueness of a perfect score and take into consideration the makeup of the population this school serves, you understand how great of an accomplishment this is.” 

To receive an A rating, schools must receive a score of 90 percent or higher in the overall rating. Domain I measures academic achievement which is made up of student performance on the exam, whether a student ‘approaches’, ‘meets’ or ‘masters’ the subjects tested. Domain II deals with school progress. This tracks a student’s academic growth and measures whether a student showed growth from one year to the next. 

Domain II also tracks relative performance by comparing our campuses to similar campuses in the state to determine how well our campuses are performing with groups such as the economically disadvantaged.  

Domain III involves closing the gaps. This domain measures the performance of specific groups such as English learners, students served in special education, and even race and ethnicity.

Our campuses were compared to schools across the State in groups of 40 according to size and demographics; and based on these comparisons, they received a Distinction Designation in either Reading/English Language Arts, Math, Science, Comparative Academic Growth, Postsecondary Readiness or Closing the Performance Gaps. In total, our campuses earned 44 Distinction Designations.  

Airport Drive Elementary earned all six of their Distinction Designations. 

“I am excited for our staff,” Airport Drive Principal Ida Cuadra said. “It was challenging to work through the pandemic and learning loss. A lot of our students were personally affected by COVID and our first goal was making our students feel comfortable and safe coming back to the classrooms.”

Cuadra credits her students and staff for the successful adjustment. “Our staff worked hard to engage our students through the many stages of COVID, with Zoom meetings, behind shields and masks and limited face to face instruction,” she said. “And our kids are resilient.”

Airport implemented different assessment and diagnostic tools to target learning loss.  Also, all elementary schools offered intensive tutoring from October through April.

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To say that this individual took initiative and ‘stepped up to the plate’ is an understatement.
Rodolfo “Rudy” Silva, Jr. Elementary assistant principal Liz Treviño is the first recipient of the
WISD A+ Employee of Month for the 2022-23 school year.

With the school year just underway, Treviño has already proved to be a seasoned
administrator.

As a newly selected assistant principal, she took on a leadership role when her principal was
away during a family emergency. She not only helped the new faculty open the campus, she
hired staff and helped the school transition into a new academy.

Her diligence reassured her principal who was able to focus on her family at home and for that she will be forever grateful.

“It’s an honor to have a caliber employee such as her in our district,” Principal Dr. Carolina
Lopez said.

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In front, from left, Lily Ford, Esmeralda Perez, Kaylee Luna and Eliza Gonzalez.  Back, Matthew Moore, Riley Gonzalez, Raymond Sanchez, George Sander, Diego Agado and Alan Garcia.

 

Weslaco ISD students continue to excel at the national level scoring in the top 10 percent of the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test or PSAT/NMSQT administered last Spring.  Ten Weslaco High School seniors received the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Scholar Award for these exceptional scores.

Diego Agado, Lily Ford, Alan Garcia, Eliza Gonzalez, Riley Gonzalez, Kaylee Luna, Matthew Moore, Esmeralda Perez, George Sander and Raymond Sanchez are among the 5,000 highest-scoring students from the 400,000 Hispanics/Latino juniors who took the PSAT/NMSQT exams.

“It gives me great pleasure to see our students achieving greatness at the national level,” WHS Advanced Academic Coordinator Melissa Mora-Rodriguez said.  “I am extremely proud of their hard work, dedication to their academic success, and their determination to excel in the area of post-secondary readiness.”

These students also maintained a 3.5 GPA or higher at the time of the exam. They are also eligible for this recognition if they score a 3 or higher on two or more distinct AP Exams. Seven out of the 10 NHS award recipients are AP Scholars and one was an AP Scholar with Honor.

“Our teachers and staff take great pride in creating a culture and climate of a championship vision, hence our students' excellence is evidence of its efficacy,” Rodriguez said.  “Congratulations to our students, staff, and parents that made this recognition possible.”

The NHRP identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students each year. Although the NHRP does not provide a financial reward, being named is an important academic recognition.  The NHRP shares this information to subscribing colleges and universities interested in communicating with academically exceptional Hispanic/Latino students.

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Before the rains came....

The WISD CTE Department took part in Weslaco's Alfresco to promote the wide-variety available for students.  From health science to cyber security and automotive technology, students are able to earn industry-based certifications and college credit before graduation.  CTE instructors were to hand to answer questions and help students enroll in the programs available.  CTE also offers extensive student organizations that allow students to gain marketable skills and valuable career insight. 

Unfortunately the evening was cut short because of rain.  For additional information about CTE, contact 969-6703.

   

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The school’s dual language redesign was one of the topics discussed during a parent meeting held at Rodolfo “Rudy” Silva, Jr. Elementary School recently.

“It is very important that we have open communication with our parents,” Principal Dr. Carolina Lopez said.  “I really do listen to the parents’ feedback.”

Silva will transition to the district’s only Dual Language Academy for the 2022-23 school year and it is crucial that parents and the community understand how the district will implement this new curriculum, she said.

“We will roll out the dual language academy for pre-K and kinder cohort,” she said. “And depending on your feedback, we may include first grade or even second grade.”

Lopez will continue to host monthly meetings throughout the school year and encourages any parent who is interested in enrolling their child in the Dual Language Academy to attend.

“I understand that parents may have a lot of questions,” she said.  “We are here to help each other.”       

Lopez also reviewed parent expectations, the importance of attendance, and campus security. 

For more information on the next meeting follow Silva Elementary on Facebook.

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Weslaco ISD administrators made their way to the head of the class to read their favorite book in celebration of National Read-A-Book day held September 6.

WISD Superintendent Dr. Dino Coronado was the mystery guest reader at PFC Mario Ybarra Elementary School where he read “Be Brave Little One,” to second grade students in the library which was broadcast live to all classrooms at Ybarra.  

"It was a pleasure reading to the students at Ybarra Elementary School,” Dr. Coronado said.  “As a district, our goal is to improve reading at all levels and as educators, we must set the example that reading is fun! Through reading, we can learn and we can dream!"

Other administrators also read to students. Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning and Innovation Eliza Gomez and Assessment and Accountability Director Elias Treviño visited with students at Dr. R. E. Margo Elementary for National Read a Book Day.    

“I had so much fun,” Gomez said. “As a former school teacher, I loved being in front of the students again.”

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“We are here for active lethal threats,” veteran law enforcement officer Jesus Villahermosa told Weslaco ISD employees.  “They are not going away. You are the true first responders.” Villahermosa shared chilling, research-based statistics about school shootings as part of the Crisis Reality Training presentation yesterday at the Susan M. Peterson Performing Arts Center.

Villahermosa has 33 years of experience in law enforcement, including 30 years as a member of the S.W.A.T. team. Crisis Reality Training's mission is to empower individuals with realistic training. 

Superintendent Dr. Dino Coronado said he hopes WISD employees leave the presentation with valuable insight.  

“Never think that it can’t happen,” Dr. Coronado said. “It can happen anywhere at any time. We are being proactive with this training. This training offers the most realistic approach.”

Villahermosa described what makes for a successful lockdown plan in the event of an active shooter and addressed the importance of the school’s public announcement system.  He pointed out that the PA system was not used during the Uvalde shooting. Villahermosa also shared actual news video clips of shootings to help illustrate the typical movements of a shooter. The audience watched how the shooter was able to enter Uvalde’s Robb Elementary school because an exterior door was unlocked.

“You can see him go into the classroom because that door wasn’t closed either,” he explained.  “He didn’t have to kick the door open.”  Robb Elementary never initiated its lockdown procedures during the shooting. 

“It’s better to have a plan and not need one then to need a plan and not have one,” he said.

WISD has now implemented a strict policy to ensure that all exterior doors are locked at all times. 

Overall the presentation was impactful and those attending found the training extremely helpful.

“This was very informative,” WEHS security guard Samuel Fernandez said. “Of all the trainings I’ve been to, this has been the best one.  There was a lot of information. It comes down to how to act, you have to do something.”

Villahermosa also shared tactics to minimize exposure to a lethal threat as part of the training: duck and cover, assess and move; evacuation, hiding, running, crawling, playing dead, the power of the voice or fighting.

“You do what you have to do to survive,” he said.  “You need to stop thinking civilly during an uncivil time.”

Villahermosa also recounted the time when his son’s own high school was the site of a shooting.

“I had just spoken to my son about this,” he told the crowd.  “I told him to run.”

Over 900 secondary faculty and staff members attended this first session. The training will continue for elementary campuses on October 31.

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The Weslaco ISD Student Support Services Department launched National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month today, Thursday, September 1, with a series of events in an effort to help dispel the stigma surrounding mental health challenges.

 “We want to create awareness,” Student Support Services Department Director Dr. Cindy Cid said.  “We want to fight against suicide and save lives.”

Dr. Cid hopes to make an impact on students and help them understand that they are not alone.

 “We need to change the school culture and remove the stigma from students who are experiencing depression or anxiety,” she said. 

Throughout the month, WISD students will take part in several activities designed to promote self-care. Students will create artwork that best depicts, “What Self-Care Looks Like” during an art contest to be held Sept. 11- 17.  Students will also pledge to “Be the Light” and offer to be better listeners with their classmates. 

The month will culminate with a HeART for Hope Family Event scheduled for Monday, September 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the WISD Professional Learning Center.  The art contest winner will be announced at this time.  Several WISD community partners will be available to provide additional information pertaining to mental health services.  

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In front from left, Kaylee Luna, Eliza Gonzalez, Iris Asebedo, Lily Ford and Nataly Lozoya.  Standing, Jose Javier Fuentes,   Adam Lopez, Jorge Benitez, Riley Gonzalez, George Sander, Alan Garcia and Matthew Moore.

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From left, Giselle Cerda, Omar Gonzalez and Mia Alcala.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program recently recognized several of our high school­­ students for their exceptional achievement on AP exams and were honored during the August School Board Meeting last week.  These students earned college credit after successfully completing these rigorous exams.   

 “We are providing many opportunities for our students to earn college credit,” Weslaco ISD Guidance and Counseling Director Cindy Cid said. “Through our dual enrollment and AP programs students are earning high school and college credit.  They are also getting the experience of college rigor for post-secondary.”  All tests are provided free to WISD students.    

Only a small percentage of the millions of students worldwide who take the AP exams performed at a sufficiently high level to earn an AP Scholar award.

Weslaco High School student Caleb Kingearned the highestAP Scholar with Distinction award.  He had an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scored a 3 or higher on five or more exams.   George Sander from WHS and Alexa Lujan from Weslaco East High School earned the AP Scholar with Honor distinctions. They averaged a score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scored a 3 or higher on four or more exams.  

AP Scholars completed three or more AP exams with scores of 3 or higher.

As a WHS junior, Matthew Moore took the calculus, English IV and computer science AP exams and credits his teachers for his results.

“I had helpful and supportive teachers,” he said. “Taking the exams is good way to challenge yourself and show colleges that we are committed.”

WEHS senior Omar Gonzalez also thanks his teachers.

“They were very diligent in explaining the material,” he said.  Omar took the Spanish III, English IV literature and U.S. history exams.

Classmates Giselle Cerda and Mia Alcala took the time to prepare for the exams.

“I did a lot of studying prior to the exams,” Giselle said.

“There were practice sessions,” Mia said.  “But I felt nervous taking the exams.”

Mia took the environmental science, European history and English III exams and Giselle took the Spanish IV and English IV exams.    

From WHS, Jose Javier Fuentes encourages students to take these rigorous tests. 

“You need a lot of time management,” he said.  “I had to take multiple tests on the same day, STC finals, STAAR and AP.  There is no downside to taking the AP exams.  You are not deducted if you don’t pass the exam but you will be rewarded.” Jose took the government, English language, calculus, U.S. history and economics AP exams.    

WHS AP Scholars are: Iris Asebedo, Joaquin Barron, Lily Ford, Jose Javier Fuentes, Alan Garcia, Eliza Gonzalez, Riley Gonzalez, Eileen Irisson, Clarissa Jasso, Adam Lopez, Nataly Lozoya, Kaylee Luna, Henry Sander, Jorge Benitez and Matthew Moore.      

WEHS AP Scholars are:Mia J. Alcala, Juan C. Arzuaga, Aaron Balderas, Giselle A. Cerda, Victoria E. Cruz and Omar Gonzalez.

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The first day of school was a tremendous success.  Weslaco ISD welcomes students from the inaugural pre-K 3 program.  This group of students will be graduate with the Class of 2038.  The WISD Transportation Department urges all drivers to be aware of school bus signals lights and school zones now that students will be traveling to and from school.

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Weslaco ISD parents will soon be able to track their elementary students in real time as they travel to and from campus with the full implementation of the school bus Zonar Z Pass system this school year. 

“It is extremely exciting for us to be able to bring this technology over to Weslaco ISD,” Transportation Manager Hector Gonzalez said. 

During the first week of school, WISD students in pre-K – 5thgrade will be issued ID cards that they will use to scan as they board the bus. The ID card utilizes a radio frequency that will transmit the student’s location every time it is scanned on the bus. Currently, only Transportation personnel and campus administrators can access the database.    

“The system will show the information to the database,” Gonzalez said. “Which student boarded the bus, which student exited the bus and what location.”

WISD is implementing the Z Pass feature to add a measure of security to students riding the bus.

“There is a safety issue on occasions when students get on the wrong bus,” Rafael Reyna, assistant route supervisor said.  “Small children don’t know their physical address.”   

Later this fall, parents will be able to receive notifications through the Zonar Z Pass Bus tracking app.  This app will instantly notify parents through text messages when and where their child got off the bus. 

The Z Pass is available for elementary students but will expanded to include all students who ride the bus to school. The Z Passes do not contain personal student information and will be issued to students free of charge.

Currently, about WISD 3,000 students use the school bus on a daily basis.  

Pictured below, Rafael Reyna demonstrates the Z Pass scanner.

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Student safety and security is at the forefront as Weslaco ISD gears up for the new school year. With classes set to begin August 22, Superintendent Dr. Dino Coronado wants to reassure parents and the community that the district is implementing several initiatives to safeguard students and staff. 

“These safety measures are sometimes looked at as an inconvenience to visitors,” Dr. Coronado said. “We want to be able to make our schools welcoming and still balance proper security measures.”

New Texas Education Agency mandates require that all campus entry doors are monitored. TEA will audit every district to ensure that all exterior doors are locked and maintained. The district will check exterior doors on a daily basis and report to TEA on a weekly basis.  

“What we have to do to increase our security measures is to improve our daily routines, door checks between passing periods, we have to be able to identify potential threats,” Dr. Coronado said. “As a district, we have a huge task of safety and security but this is also a community responsibility to identify those potential threats.”

The district will continue to coordinate and collaborate with the Weslaco Police Department to identify potential threats. Weslaco PD will utilize advanced technology to asses and identify potential threats out in the community and social media and will communicate with the school district.   WISD will also continue the Security Resource Officers (SRO) program first established in 2019 embedding Weslaco police officers at the high schools and middle schools.

The WISD Safety Task Force created this summer has implemented several layers of protection for students and staff.  ID checks, security cameras, sensors and perimeter patrols are all part of the district’s comprehensive security plan. Faculty and staff will also undergo training to help identify students who may be in need of mental health services. Once a student demonstrates “red flag” behaviors, the WISD counseling department will provide the appropriate services.

“We are doing everything that we possibly can and everything that we possibly know how to improve the safety and security of our children and our staff,” Dr. Coronado said. “We want to make sure that when our learning environments are safe we know that learning is better.”

WISD has continuously addressed the safety of students and staff. Perimeter fencing was installed at all schools in 2016 and access control systems were added at all elementary schools in 2019. 

“I think what will be different this year is that we remain vigilant and that we are always looking out for each other,” he said. “We feel confident in what we are doing in all of our schools.” 

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Weslaco ISD is expanding its curriculum to include a Dual Language Academy set to open August 2023. Currently, WISD administration is developing this English/Spanish bilingual magnate school at Rodolfo “Rudy” Silva Elementary set to begin for pre-K 3 and pre-K students at the start of the 2023-24 school year.

“This is huge,” Superintendent Dr. Dino Coronado said.  “What we really want to focus on is true biliteracy, where they can not only speak the language but they can also write the language and read. It’s the total literacy package that we are looking for.”

The Superintendent attributes Weslaco’s proximity to Mexico and the need for global citizens as the driving force behind this initiative.

“This was a collaborative decision between staff and board members,” Coronado said. “The vision of the district is to create productive global citizens who speak multiple languages.”

The Academy will serve students in a staggering enrollment schedule beginning pre-K to follow those students through the 5th grade. 

Longtime bilingual education advocate, Dr. Carolina Lopez was recently appointed as Silva principal, and will head the implementation of the Academy’s first student cohort to begin next school year.  Her goal is to create students who are bilingual, biliterate and bicultural.

“I am going to share a quote, ‘to know another language is to have another perspective,’ she said.  “When a person, as an adult, has the ability to see multiple points of view, that’s where the real learning and growing happens.  Not only will it help children be more marketable, if I’m an employer, I’m going to want someone who is bilingual.”

Currently, Dr. Lopez is developing the curriculum.      

“This is the planning year,” Silva Principal Dr. Lopez said.  “We are building our model.”    

Parents who wish to enroll their pre-K students in the Academy can apply in late Spring of 2023.  

Coronado encourages parents to seriously consider the Dual Language Academy for their children.

“We need to embrace the opportunity, especially here in the Valley where Spanish and English is prevalent,” he said.  “You don’t come to Weslaco ISD for a traditional education because what we want to do is make it non-traditional. We want to make it fun, we want to make it creative.” 

 

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Weslaco ISD teachers will fine tune their classroom strategies to better engage all types of students during the 5thannual Differentiated Instruction Fiesta Conference to be held tomorrow, June 30 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Susan M. Peterson Performing Arts Center. 

“We will be teaching the teachers,” Assessment and Accountability Director Elias Treviño said. “Every child has a different learning style and we will provide our teachers with the tools and resources to reach all their students regardless of their needs.” 

Kicking off this ‘Luchando con Cariño For All Learners’ conference is keynote speaker Dr. Amy Mares, a WISD alumni with an extensive background in bilingual education. She will address the general session scheduled for 8:30 a.m. 

Conference participants will also attend breakout sessions like “Debunking Myths of Bilingualism,” “Developing Teamwork in a Child’s Educational Experience,” and “Culturally Responsive Instruction.”  More than 200 WISD educators are expected to attend. 

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It is about more than just memorizing lines.  Students in the Weslaco ISD Fine Arts Enrichment Camp are not only preparing for a summer play production, they are getting ready for the film industry.

“Through this enrichment camp, we are extending classroom learning,” WISD Fine Arts Director Christopher Fernandez said. “Our students are receiving real-world applications and cutting-edge techniques of the industry. They will also be preparing headshots and building resumes.  We want them to be career-ready.” 

This camp culminates with a production to premiere Tuesday, June 28 at 6 p.m. at the Susan M. Peterson Performing Arts Center.

Currently, the budding actors are rehearsing for this retelling of the classic, Little Red Riding Hood.  The play will feature a mix of genres including musical theatre, avant-garde, Shakespearean, melodrama, storybook theatre and contemporary hip-hop.

“We want to grow our students through this camp," Fernandez said.

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“We are deeply heart-broken.” Weslaco ISD counselors and social workers will pay tribute to the victims of the Uvalde school shooting during a balloon release to be held tomorrow, June 14 at 8 a.m. in front of the WISD Central Administration Office.  White heart-shaped balloons will be released in memory of the children and staff lost. 

“I can’t even begin to imagine what they are going through,” WISD Student Support Services Director Cindy Cid said.  “Their community is our community. We want them to know we are thinking of them and we are here to support them.”

WISD licensed professional counselors are available to offer their services to the Uvalde community.

“Our group is willing to volunteer telehealth or in-person counseling services,” Cid said.

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Our precious cargo is in good hands at Weslaco ISD.  School bus drivers representing the WISD Transportation Department recently competed in the STAPT Chapter Safety Road-eo winning several top awards.  Aaron Solis won first place in the conventional division and Benita Guillean with assistant Yolanda Tello won first place in the special needs division.  

Fidencio Soto won second place in the transit division and Ismael Torres also won second place in the conventional division.  Janie Castillo and assistant Odilia Morales won third place in the special needs division.  

The drivers competed in the Region I, Area 5 contest against La Joya, Sharyland and Mission school districts.  The contest included a closed-course driving test and written test.

“This is a big motivation for the rest of the department,” trainer Rey Sanchez said.  “This is the first year that Weslaco competes.”

The top three winners of each division qualify for the state competition to be held June 10 in Mansfield, Texas.

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No more school supply lists. Weslaco ISD is pleased to announce that school supplies for all students will be provided by the district for the 2022-23 school year.  WISD parents are no longer required to purchase school supplies like crayons, pencils and notebooks for their students. Weslaco ISD will also provide all resources like Kleenex facial tissue paper, Clorox wipes, Ziploc bags and other items.   

“I want our students to be in school and be in class and not worry about having the resources they need to learn,” Superintendent Dr. Dino Coronado said. 

All school supplies will now be provided to students at their campus at the start of the new school year. 

This initiative was started by Dr. Coronado who would like for students and parents to focus on learning and not school supplies.  

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Today, the Weslaco ISD family is thinking about our colleagues at Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District and the Uvalde community as they go through a senseless tragedy.

As we approach the final day of school and the beginning of summer school, Weslaco ISD would like to outline the measures we have taken to ensure our campuses are safe.

Weslaco ISD has requested extra patrols from the City of Weslaco Police Department. 

We have also reached out to the Hidalgo County Constable's Office to provide added security to our schools outside of the city limits.

Even before yesterday’s tragedy, Weslaco ISD has been proactive about safety and security. 

All campuses have fencing to help control who comes and goes from the property.

We have made improvements to our security cameras.  We have increased our security personnel, and according to a recent TEA study, WISD has more security guards when compared to other school districts our size. 

Weslaco ISD also has also employed school resource officers from the Weslaco PD to help with security at our campuses.

Also, the Raptor Security System has been installed at all our schools. This system screens visitors at the front office before they enter the building. All elementary schools and soon all secondary schools will have a magnetic locking system that will not allow visitors into the school until they are allowed in by remote access. 

Weslaco ISD remains on high alert and we ask the community to report any suspicious activity.

We understand this is a difficult time for everyone in the education community. In addition, counseling is available to students who need support.

Please know, Weslaco ISD will use all resources available to keep students, staffand visitors safe.

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The Weslaco ISD Board of Trustees approved a $1700 pay increase for teachers for the 2022-23 school year during the May board meeting held recently. This three percent increase boosts the annual salary for starting teachers to $53,500.

“We want to recruit and retain high-quality educators,” Superintendent Dr. Dino Coronado said. “The board is taking steps to ensure our district is competitive.” 

According to a Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) report, WISD teachers are among the highest paid when compared to 12 neighboring school districts like Brownsville, Mission and Mercedes.

Professional and paraprofessional staff will receive a three percent raise from the midpoint of their pay scale as well. The board increased the hourly rate for school bus drivers to $20 an hour and for manual trades to $14 an hour.  Manual trades include bus aides, cafeteria and custodial staff. 

 “Weslaco ISD will continue to provide our students with innovative academic programs and our WISD family with competitive salaries,” Coronado said.   

The WISD board approved the pay increase while maintaining the lowest tax rate in the Hidalgo county.  Currently, WISD families pay $0.9807 per $100 in property valuation. 

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