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Brownsville Herald (Newspaper) - November 30, 2007, Brownsville, Texas Rio Grande Valley Good Marks for area schools in Texas monthly Survey by Kevin Sieff the Brownsville Herald for the fourth time in seven years the National Center for educational accountability once a non profit organization focused on research related to the education system has teamed up with Texas monthly to compile its list of a the Best Public schools in Texas. This year 19 schools from Brownsville los Fresno and port Isabel made the list. Of the 19 local schools on the list 13 Are elementary schools and 6 Are Middle schools. No High schools from the three school districts made the list. Oncea and Texas monthly arrived at the distinction of a higher performing by following individual students Progress on Texas assessment of knowledge and skills tars exams from one year to the next. The organization explains that its methodology divides students into achievement groups based on previous test scores. Analysts then identify How far a above predicted or a below predicted the group performed in a Given Grade and subject. This years list Marks a significant improvement for port Isabel Brownsville and los Fresno institutions As Only 5 schools made last years list. A we Are ecstatic a said Paredes elementary principal Julie Trevino. Paredes was one of less than 35 schools in the state that was labelled a higher performing in every subject a Reading math writing and science. Trevino a first year principal at Paredes does no to take credit for the schools Success. Instead she Points to a committed faculty. A the teachers know where the students need to be at the end of the year a she said. At Paredes students and teachers will have an ice Cream social to celebrate the ranking. A this just proves that hard work pays off a said principal acacia ameel of Stell Middle school. Stell is one of the few schools that was listed in both 2006 and 2007. Ameel attributes her schools consistency to the faculty a willingness to focus on the needs of individual students. Teachers at Stell use the academic excellence indicator system apis to make goals for students before classes even Start. Administrators at Stell Are often asked about the secrets of their Success which they Are Happy to discuss. A we Tell them what we Are doing and what is working a she said. At Yturra elementary the faculty and staff Are honoured to be on the list again. The distinction comes Only weeks after the school was recognized thi bist pu81ic it i schools y r 2007 schools listed9 a be elementary schools Paredes Yturria Gonzalez Longoria Resaca Villa Nueva Benavides Gallegos Martin Morningside Putegnat Russell Sharp Middle schools Stell Lucio Oliveira Perkins Resaca los Fresno port Isabel Junior High by the Texas business and education coalition for the fourth year. A the faculty and staff Are ecstatic a said principal Norma j. Torres. Most of the Brownsville schools that were recognized by the recent list took a moment to celebrate their accomplishment but the Best Reward administrators say is watching their students succeed. A these rankings Are great accolades a principal acacia ameel says a but its just As rewarding to hear Back from Stell graduates who Are now in College. They Tell us How important their experience Here . Com police briefs dude where s my car the Brownsville Herald a 28-year-old Brownsville Man was arrested wednesday on charges of stealing a sport Utility vehicle. Marcos Gutierrez was arrested on an outstanding warrant obtained in june for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle Brownsville police spokesman Eddie Garcia said. Detectives believe that Gutierrez attempted to Cross into Matamoros on june 28 through the a amp a International Bridge driving a 1999 jeep grand Cherokee. Quot a police officer working an Auto theft detail stopped the Driver of the Cherokee and identified the Driver As Marcos Gutierrez Quot Garcia said. Quot Gutierrez at the time told the police officer that the vehicle belonged to his police officers were not Able to make Contact with the registered owner and let Gutierrez go. Quot a few minutes later the registered owner called police to report her vehicle stolen Quot Garcia said. Quot she was made aware that Gutierrez was driving her vehicle. The victim told police that he Gutierrez did not have permission to drive her vehicle and wished to file she told police detectives that Gutierrez and a Friend of his had been staying with her for about a week and that he had probably made a copy of the key to her Sun. Police detectives recovered the Sun at the 5700 Block of pm 802. Gutierrez s Bond was set at $20,000. Alleged furniture thief arrested a 35-year-old Man was arrested wednesday on charges of stealing More than $15,000 in furniture from a woman s Brownsville Home. Carlos Rodriguez or. Was charged with one count of theft a third degree felony Brownsville police spokesman Eddie Garcia said. Quot a 33-year-old woman reported that Carlos Rodriguez or. Had taken Over $15,000 Worth of bedroom living and dining room furniture Quot he said. Police detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Rodriguez on tuesday and arrested him Garcia said. Most of the furniture has since been recovered Garcia said. Police detectives continue to investigate the Case. Rodriguez s Bond was set at $25,000 . Marshals catch suspected sex offender agents with the . Marshal s Gulf coast violent offenders task Force arrested a 19-year-old Man wednesday on charges of sexually assaulting a teen. Robert Gutierrez is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl Brownsville police spokesman Eddie Garcia said. Quot a warrant was issued after an outcry was made by the female that Gutierrez had sexually assaulted her Quot he said. Quot Brownsville police and Texas department of family protective services conducted a joint Gutierrez s Bond was set at $15,000. Herald reporter Jose Borjon compiled these briefs from police reports and records. Shop today 10 . To 9 30 . Leather Coats Reg. $350. Choose from our Large selection of Roundtree amp Yorke luxurious leather jackets. 249&Quot receive so in Reward certificates when you open a Dillard a account. Earn Reward Points toward More Dillard s Reward certificates every time you shop Sutz act to credit approval. Certificates tor opening a Dillard s card account Wilt arrive with Tho Dillard s card and expire 60 Davs from issuance see credit application for rewards program terms. A try us on for size we think our Coats Are the Best fitting Coats you will Ever own Dillard the style of Christmas. Only a save up to Jap in. 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