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Honored for perfect attendance since kindergarten

20120618 SISD Gabriela-GonzalezGabriela Gonzalez, a 6th grader at Jessie L. Jensen Elementary, has never missed a day of school since she started kindergarten. She was determined as a Pre-K student that it was important for her to attend school every single day.

Her parents, Noe and Leticia Gonzalez, said they never pushed their daughter to take attendance so seriously. It was Gabriela’s commitment and determination to attend school every single day.


MHS drum majors place first at leadership camp

Mission High School band drum majors recently joined others in the area at the Contempo Leadership Camp where they worked on conducting, leadership, teaching and problem solving techniques. The camp ends with a competition between the drum major teams. Each team conducts one movement of their 2012-2013 UIL contest marching show.


LEARNING OUTSIDE THE BOX: Tech Prep forms partnerships between students and businesses

20120615 Mission-Consolidated-Independent-School-District-teacher-Rene-Pena-featureMISSION—When a high school student has an opportunity to shadow a professional it can change his life. When a teacher or school counselor does it, it can change 100 lives, said Tech Prep of the Rio Grande Valley Executive Director Pat Bubb.

Tech Prep is an organization that creates partnerships between school districts and employers throughout the region to help high school students learn real-world skills while earning transferable college credits, which allows high school students a head start on their future.

Here’s how it works: Tech Prep of the Rio Grande Valley has formed partnerships with schools districts, businesses and community members from Port Isabel to La Joya and in between.


A dream fulfilled: Angel Ibanez drafted by Astros

20120615 Angel IbanezASHEBORO, N.C. — Sharyland High School graduate Angel Ibanez was at his host family’s house watching TV and surfing the Internet June 6 when he got a call from the Houston Astros.

“I was in and out of talks with the Astros all day,” he said over the phone from North Carolina. “They called and said, ‘We’re going to take you in the next round. I hope you’re ready.’”

Angel, a junior at the University of Texas-Pan American, was spending the summer keeping his skills sharp with the Asheboro Copperheads in the Coastal Plains League. But that was cut short when the Houston Astros drafted him in the 28th round. He said the Astros shut him down in North Carolina so he will be coming back to Mission soon. But he won’t be returning to UTPA for his senior season as Angel decided to jump right into the minors.

“It has been a dream of mine since growing up, and it’s a dream come true,” he said. “Since the news broke, I’ve gotten phone calls from my friends, my family, my coaches, my ex-coaches, everybody really.”


The grass is greener at Martin Valley Ranch Golf Course

20120607 Martin Valley Golf lg-16PALMVIEW — It’s been said that golf’s popularity is due to the fact that it combines two favorite American pastimes: Taking long walks and hitting things with a stick. That may or may not be true, but there is certainly no denying how popular the game of golf is across the country. So popular in fact that, according to a National Golf Foundation study, there were over 25 million golfers in the U.S. in 2011.

Golf’s popularity is certainly not lost on the many Rio Grande Valley residents who play golf on courses across South Texas on a regular basis, specifically, the Martin Valley Ranch Golf Course in Palmview.

Situated on land that was purchased over three decades ago by Jack Martin, Martin Valley Ranch Golf Course (MVRGC) is a 27-hole championship course with a par 72 on the first 18 holes and a par 36 on the back nine.


30 more feet: City council amends changeable copy sign ordinance

20120615 Changeable Letter SignMISSION—Mission City Council voted unanimously Monday, June 11, to amend the sign ordinance, increasing the size and height of changeable copy signs along the Expressway corridor.

The amendment changes regulations for changeable copy signs from a maximum height of 20 feet and a face size of 40 square feet to a maximum height of 50 feet and a maximum face size of 210 square feet.

The council members also approved a request by Bert Ogden to issue a changeable copy ground pole sign permit at 1400 E. Expressway 83. The sign Bert Ogden proposed is 49 feet, 6.5 inches tall and has a face of 203 square feet.


Teaching at a place they call home

20120608 MCISD Aaron-Clemons Teaching HomeFor a small group of teachers in Mission Consolidated Independent School District, their very first day of work may have given them a sense of déjà vu because while they are walking the hallways as teachers now, they once walked the same hallways as students.

More than 40 teachers responded to an email earlier this school year indicating they are now teaching at a school they once attended as a student. The responses to the email are a testament to the heart and commitment of all Mission CISD educators. The responses are also more than we should include in one story and so the decision was made to create more than one story — of their stories. We will begin with the Mission CISD high schools.


Shindig at MHM celebrates opening of “That’s Entertainment!”

20120608 MHM Mario-SaenzThe Mission Historical Museum is hosting a not-so-traditional shindig this Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. for the opening of their newest exhibit, “That’s Entertainment! Movies, Music and More from the Past in Mission.”

The special party features live music by Trio Nuevo Amanecer, Carlos Guzman and renowned singer and musician Mario Saenz. The nostalgia will be sprinkled with popcorn and Cokes at throwback prices, food vendors and a preview tour of the new exhibit designed by Maria Hurtado.

“In a time before computers, video on demand, or MP3 players, the citizens of Mission had to leave their homes to find entertainment,” said Casandra Karl, MHM director. “Although…a small community at that time, venues for movies, music and other diversions were prolific, and people had a lot to choose from when it came to entertainment.”


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