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LJISD talks graduation rates

20120615 BudgetLA JOYA – The La Joya Independent School District school board discussed retention and graduation of students on June 11. School board members were given numbers from a cohort group of freshmen students at each high school from 2008-2009 and what their status was as of May 31.

The question board members wanted answered was how to get the students to stay in school and see them walk across the stage accepting their diplomas.

Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Adriana Villarreal told the board they are identifying needs and target areas where more work needs to be done to keep these students in school and help them graduate.


LIBRE focusing on economic freedom

20120601 A-Mano-Limpia-with-Oscar-HazaMISSION — A national non-profit organization cemented its status in the community last month, bringing in elected officials to talk with the group and the community about education and immigration with a focus on the economy and how Hispanics can help.

The LIBRE Initiative is a national non-profit that aims to increase awareness of and support for the principles of economic freedom among Latinos.


Rare hummingbird spotted at EWBC

20120601 Rare-HummingbirdThe Leucistic Black-chinned Hummingbird has been sited at the Edinburg World Birding Center. The white hummingbird has been seen feeding on the flowers of the Turks Cap, next to the Interpretive Center between 2 and 5 p.m. daily. First discovered and photographed on Sunday, May 20, by local photographer Mati Lopez, word has spread quickly and images have spread across the internet.

Black-chinned Hummingbirds are one of four hummingbird species commonly found in the Rio Grande Valley, though they are much less abundant than the resident Buff-bellied Hummingbird and migratory Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Black-chinned Hummingbirds are migratory species, spending their summers in the Western U.S. and Canada and their winters in Mexico. However, a few Black-chinned Hummingbirds have been known to winter and breed in South Texas.


Photo exhibit unearths Mexico’s unique beauty

20120525-Unearths-MexicoSouth Texas College’s Technology Campus Library presents “Beauty in the Cracks: Photographing Matamoros,” an exhibit featuring black and white photography by Rocío Rangel. The exhibit opens Thursday, June 7, and will be on view through Friday, Aug. 24. Admission is free and open to the public.

The exhibit pays homage to the city of Matamoros, Mexico, where Rangel was born and raised.

Rangel studied biology at The University of Texas at Brownsville, as well as art and photography. She organized a photography club in Matamoros and has coordinated exhibits in the border town, including one at the Instituto Regional de Bellas Artes. Her photographs have been exhibited in various shows at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts and at The University of Texas at Brownsville.


Mission Baccalaureate planned Thursday

MISSION — Trey Ware will deliver his message to the 2012 graduates at the Mission Baccalaureate, honoring graduates from Mission High School, Veterans Memorial High School and Sharyland High School at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, at the V.F. Neuhaus Health and P.E. Center on the Mission High School campus.

Ware is an institution in San Antonio media. A San Antonio native, he began his career 35 years ago at the age of 10 as America’s youngest DJ and is now the host of the popular "Trey Ware Morning Show" on 550 KTSA and


Archery tournament for all ages set for May 12

20120511_ArchersAn archery tournament will be held on Saturday, May 12, at the Mission Skeet and Trap Club facilities located on Conway Ave., 1/4-mile south of Expressway 83 adjacent to the Hike and Bike Trail. It begins at 10 a.m.

Medals will be awarded in all divisions and categories for compound, recurve, longbow and for seniors, men, women, youth, cubs and mini-cubs. Participants under 14 years of age must


Day camps bring kids closer to nature

On Saturday, May 12, Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center presents, “Amazing Daisy,” part of their Wild Things Day Camp series.

The May 12 program for 5 to 7 year olds is designed to inspire love for plants and gardening by increasing awareness of native wildlife and the close relationship between plants and animals. Participants will study daises growing wild at Quinta Mazatlan, identify plant parts, meet plant pollinators, and prepare a mini garden to grow at home.


STC, UTPA registrations underway

Summer and fall semester registration is underway for The University of Texas-Pan American and South Texas College.

The University of Texas-Pan American registration for the Summer I, Summer II and Fall semester registration deadlines are June 5 for Summer I (classes start June 4); July 12 for Summer II (classes start July 11); and Aug. 30 for Fall (classes start Aug. 27).


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