School district hosts a day for parents

SAN BENITO — The school district has not had a parental conference in 12 years.

This month that will change.

On April 22, about 600 parents are expected to come together to participate in the district’s parental conference.

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., parents will have access to information on education, district initiatives and other bountiful sources of information about their children’s education at San Benito CISD.

The event will begin with a welcome by district leaders.

The theme of this year’s event is Aim, Acquire and Achieve, said Luis Gonzales, District Parent Coordinator.

The conference will consist of four breakout sessions with more than 40 topics. Session leaders will discuss current district initiatives, including the summer reading program and parent portal, a webpage that provides parents with up-to-date information on a daily basis.

Dr. Francisco Guajardo from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will be guest speaker. Guajardo is the executive director of the B3 Institute and Professor of Organization and School Leadership.

Guests will get an overview of each department, either academic or service areas, Gonzales said.

Parents will be able to obtain information on different community programs, including special education and mental health.

This year, Gonzales said the district has partnered with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services and the Cameron County Juvenile Justice Program to launch a mental health anti-stigma campaign.

Agencies from all over the area will be on hand to give parents information on mental health and outreach, Gonzales said.

He said it was one of the items parents requested the most. The campaign also targets bullying.

Keynote speaker Guillermo Willie Lopez from Homeboy to Harvard productions will also be in attendance.

Gonzales said he provides insight into his life, growing up as a migrant and staying away from the gang lifestyle. As a public speaker, he travels around the country promoting higher education.

The event is expected to be a big one with about 500 parents and community members already pre-registered. The event is open to everyone.

For those who have children, child care will be available in the form of a junior mini conference scheduled to coincide with the parental conference.

If You Go

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 22

WHERE: San Benito High School

CONTACT: Luis Gonzales at 956-361-6310 or by email at