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Estimbo believes ‘the classroom is a stage’

20140523 Fred-EstimboMISSION—“The classroom is a stage” is a mantra Fred Estimbo lives by, and he tells his students not just to dream but to dream big.

This year, Estimbo received District Teacher of the Year for Elementary campuses with Mission CISD. He is originally from Edinburg but has found his educational family at Castro Elementary.

“After I got the award, my students were waiting and they had made cards for me,” Estimbo said. “One girl said, ‘I guess dreams do come true.’ I told her yes.”

The reading and writing teacher started his career in 1977 with MCISD after he heard of an innovative program that was Mission was going to implement. It was a program that utilized computers for curriculum.

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Math a universal language for former migrant

20140523 Jesus-RazoMISSION—Jesus Razo’s migrant parents worked hard to give him a better life. They were Mexican immigrants and had only received a second grade level education; they were his inspiration to have a career in teaching.

“They were always wanting us to have a better life than they did,” Razo said. “One of the things for me was math, that was the one thing that made sense to me. One of the subjects my parents did know was math; it just made sense to me growing up.”

His interest in math stemmed from the idea that numbers are a universal language; math has always come naturally to him.

Razo has been a math teacher at Mission Jr. High for the last four years. This year he was named District Teacher of the Year for Secondary campuses.

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Dr. John Guerra endorses Norberto Salinas for mayor

20140520 Guerra-Endorses-Mayor-Beto-Salinas JB 3831Dr. John Guerra, who captured 20 percent of the vote in the May 10 election for mayor of Mission, announced Tuesday evening that he is endorsing Norberto “Beto” Salinas for another term as mayor.

Salinas, who took 49 percent of the vote, is facing Jaime Gutierrez (31 percent of vote) in a runoff election on June 21, with early voting to take place June 9-17.

Although Guerra campaigned for improvements he saw that were needed in the city, he decided to support five-term Mayor Salinas after meeting with both Salinas and Gutierrez to assess which candidate he could support in the runoff.

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Memorial Day services planned

20130527 MISSION Memorial Day Ceremony JMB 0034Continuing a 10-year tradition, A.C.E. Club of Mission has organized a Memorial Day service to be held at Leo Pena Placita Park, located on Conway Ave. and 8th Street in downtown Mission. The service will be held Monday, May 26, at 6 p.m., in conjunction with the Mission Historical Museum.

Keynote speaker for the event will be Rolando Perez, a Purple Heart recipient who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Perez is currently works for the Mission Police Department as a senior instructor for the Police Academy.

Perez is a 16-year veteran of the U.S. Army. He was injured in Central Baghdad on July 22, 2003 by an IED and RPG attack. After being flown to Germany for treatment, he returned to the battlefield weeks later.

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Ortega-Ochoa, Garza take their seats on Mission council

20140519 Mission-City-council-swearing-in-ceremony JS  7632The newcomer and the political veteran both got choked up with emotion Monday after they were sworn in to serve on the Mission City Council.

“If I had a dollar for each person that told me it wasn’t my time, that I was too young, I would have paid off my campaign by now,” said Jessica Ortega-Ochoa, who won Place 1 with 53 percent of the vote, pushing out incumbent Maria Elena Ramirez. “I’m proud to say that I was an independent candidate all the way through.”

Ortega-Ochoa highlighted her experience in social work and communications, and she made sure to thank the 2,661 people who cast a ballot for her.

“And for the 2,337 that didn’t, by the end of my four-year term, I’ll have you believing in me too,” Ortega-Ochoa said.

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Mission CISD candidates took oath of office on Tuesday

20140520 MCISD-swearing-in-of-new-candidates AF  7738MISSION—The Mission CISD boardroom was filled to the brim with supporters of the A+ team as they took their oath to sit on the district’s board of trustees. On Tuesday, the district not only welcomed new board members but also said goodbye to those ending their term.

James E. Olivarez, Raymond Longoria and Oscar Martinez have each spent over a decade sitting on the district’s board. Each member addressed the community and thanked them for their continued support, especially to friends and family who would help campaign during election season.

In Place 1, Roy Vela won with 2,385 votes against Marcie Gonzalez Acosta who earned 1,149 votes; Vela replaced Longoria on the board of trustees.

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Mission CISD approved for a career-centered program

MCISDlogoMISSION— A pilot program will be housed at Mission High School for the upcoming school year targeting welding, precision manufacturing and diesel technology.

The Texas Education Agency approved Mission CISD as the only district in the western part of Hidalgo County to support the program.

The Career-Tech Early College High School will cater to an estimated 100-125 students in gaining professional certifications as well as a college degree.

According to Sergio Peña, career and technology director, there is large need for workers in these industries. There were 352,250 openings for welders, 68,000 openings in manufacturing and 250,800 openings for diesel technicians in 2012, according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics provided by Peña.

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New MCISD board members talk morale

20140513 MCISD-new-board-members AF  7606 featureMISSION—The A+ Team swept the Mission CISD School Board election Saturday, bringing 85 collective years of experience in education with them.

Minnie Rodgers, who ran for Place 7, said now that elections are over, the stress has been lifted and the fun begins. Rodgers won Place 7 with 1,489 votes. She had a 592-vote difference over incumbent Oscar Martinez who earned 897 votes. Rick Venecia, the third candidate for Place 7, earned 1,197 votes.

In Place 1, Roy Vela won with 2,385 votes against Marcie Gonzalez Acosta who earned 1,149 votes. Petra Ramirez took Place 6 with 1,490 votes, while A.C. Pruneda earned 1,133 votes and Rigo Sariñana earned 952 votes.

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