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Brenda Ochoa’s first love was attending school

20130531 LJISD-Teachers-of-the-Year-OchoaBrenda Ochoa, La Joya Independent School District’s Elementary Teacher of the Year, has always loved school. She said she remembers rushing to catch the school bus every morning. She was unconditionally devoted to school.

“The gravel road that separated my residence in Peñitas and the yellow school bus stretched out to what seemed like infinity,” says Ochoa.

Her mother’s voice would linger in her thoughts throughout the day, “Always try your best, mija.”

Ochoa grew up as the second oldest of seven children. By being the second child, she says she developed patience, listening skills and multi-tasking attributes.

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Ian Warshak inspires students at baccalaureate service

20130523 BACCALAUREATE jmb 0056 featureGraduating seniors from Mission, Veterans Memorial and Sharyland High School received a powerful life lesson last week. Baccalaureate speaker and Mission High alumnus Ian Warshak shared his experience of an illness last year that forced amputation of both legs and all of his fingers, putting him and his family through unexpected trials.

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Sharyland High School field house burglar arraigned

20130522 MPD SISD-Burglar 0009MISSION – A 25-year-old man was arraigned Wednesday morning for the theft of cell phones, wallets, credit cards, backpacks and cash. The items were stolen from the Sharyland High School Field House beginning May 14 until just recently.

Arnel Gonzalez was charged with three counts of credit card abuse, one count of theft and one count of criminal trespass. He received a $255,000 bond for the charges. The theft charge alone was $100,000 because of two previous thefts and advanced to a state jail felony theft.

According to the affidavit, surveillance video from Sharyland High School shows the suspect driving in to the parking lot and walking into the field house. The suspect then talked to a student about the whereabouts of coaches. The video then shows the suspect walking out of the field house with a white backpack, getting into his vehicle and leaving, the document states.

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Town hall meeting scheduled in superintendent search

MISSION—With some tight timelines in place, the process of finding a new superintendent for Mission Consolidated Independent School District is well underway. The Board of Trustees has hired George McShan to assist with the search process.

The job announcement has been posted locally and in statewide sources. The application deadline is June 25.

McShan is currently working to develop a leadership profile for a new superintendent that describes the preferred qualities and skills. To develop the profile, McShan has begun to meet with groups of district and community stakeholders that include every aspect of school district operations, community leaders, business leaders, parents and others.

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MCISD discusses magnet school implementation

MISSION—The Mission Consolidated Independent School District board heard presentations on May 8 from high school principals, discussing the possibility of creating magnet schools at each campus.

Superintendent Dr. Cornelio Gonzalez stated high schools in the district are planning to have magnet programs and work under the Texas-Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) program. He added that a magnet program is a school within a school, offering students choices in career related fields.

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MCISD board begins superintendent search

MISSION—George McShan, the consultant hired by Mission Consolidated Independent School District to conduct a search for a new school superintendent, made a presentation to the school board Wednesday evening, May 15, outlining the details of his responsibilities. McShan also presented a tentative timeline for the search process, with a deadline of August 1.

Superintendent Dr. Cornelio Gonzalez will be moving to his new position as the executive director for the board of Region One Education Service Center in July. The MCISD board plans to begin the search process immediately, and to sign a contract with a new superintendent before the beginning of the new school year.

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Parent meeting planned for special needs baseball team

MISSION—The Mission Boys & Girls Club has started to move forward with its adaptive baseball program for children with special needs. Boys & Girls Club board member Norma Cruz said they currently have a total of 20 children signed up to participate in the adaptive baseball league.

The participants who have signed up will be divided into two teams to practice and compete against each other. Children will have a buddy to help guide them through batting and running the bases.

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