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Mariachi band played at Mariachi USA Festival

Mariachi band played at Mariachi USA Festival

McHi Mariachi will be played on the stage of one of the most prestigious venues in the world at the legendary Hollywood Bowl in California this Saturday, June 25th as part of the 27th Annual Mariachi USA Festival, the 2nd longest running music festival at the Bowl! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity […]

Teacher earns state award

Teacher earns state award

Linda Gonzalez, a Texas history teacher at Michael E. Fossum Middle School, represented Fossum and McAllen ISD at the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars State Convention June 17 in Dallas. She received the State Citizenship Award emblematic of the best Middle School Teacher in the State. She was nominated by VFW Post 8788 in McAllen. […]

McAllen ISD Board of Trustees named Dr. J.A. Gonzalez as the lone finalist for the district’s superintendent

McAllen ISD Board of Trustees named Dr. J.A. Gonzalez as the lone finalist for the district’s superintendent

The McAllen ISD Board of Trustees named Dr. J.A. Gonzalez as the lone finalist for the district’s superintendent position July 14. Dr. Gonzalez has spent 18 years with McAllen ISD (20 overall), serving in multiple key roles. He has served as the District’s Associate Superintendent for Instructional Leadership since 2012. His primary role included coaching, […]

McAllen ISD superintendent to take new position

McAllen ISD superintendent to take new position

“District will remain a leader,” Dr. Ponce says In a bittersweet move that evoked strong emotions amongst staff, McAllen ISD Superintendent Dr. James Ponce announced today he has accepted a leadership position with an innovative, statewide school system. “Thank you for the privilege of having served McAllen ISD students, family staff and the community,” Dr. […]

McAllen High Mariachis qualify for state finals

McAllen High Mariachis qualify for state finals

The McAllen High School Mariachi Oro has qualified for the State Mariachi Finals for 2016. In the Area Competition held in early January in San Antonio, the group received straight Division 1 Superior Ratings from all three judges and advanced to the state finals for the third consecutive year. In 2014 and 2015, the McAllen […]

High school graduate publishes children’s book

High school graduate publishes children’s book

Local Weslaco resident Victoria Moreno published her first children’s book, “Arbez the Friendly Zebra” this year. The story is about a zebra trying to make friends on a farm. Her brother Leroy Moreno Jr illustrated the book. By Raul Garcia Jr. Most people will never write a book in their lifetime. One recent high school […]

McAllen ISD lays groundwork for HB5

McAllen ISD lays groundwork  for HB5

Now a 14-year-old freshman, Katherine points to this emotional connection as the A+ Moment that transformed her life, fusing it with her love of music and her determination to make it her career. “He really inspired me to be unique and to produce music that will hopefully inspire others.” Her dedication to the arts is […]

McAllen: Superintendent Dr. James Ponce

McAllen: Superintendent Dr. James Ponce

What is your vision for your school district? DR. PONCE: We want all our students to leave our system ready for the college or career of their choice. We want students to be well rounded, benefiting from the latest and most advanced resources the world has to offer. What inspires, motivates, and drives you? What […]

McAllen ISD grad gets head start on medical career thanks to dual enrollment

McAllen ISD grad gets head start on medical career thanks to dual enrollment

Like many 19 year olds, Jazmin Miranda is a college student. Unlike most people her age though, she is already a college senior. “I graduated both from South Texas College and from high school,” Miranda said. She earned both her high school diploma and her Associate’s Degree at the same time by going through McAllen […]

McAllen ISD PE Coordinator recognized by state

McAllen ISD PE Coordinator recognized by state

Mario Reyna, Health & PE Coordinator for McAllen ISD, received a special award from a state organization Dec. 6 in Galveston. The Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD) recognized Reyna as the 2014 K-12 Administrator of the Year. Pictured, Reyna (left) receives his award from TAHPERD President Dr. Henry Ross of […]

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