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Montwood High Earns National Recognition as Model Campus

Montwood High School was recently named a 2017 Recognized ASCA Model Program School by the American School Counselor Association.

“I’m very proud of our counseling team,” said Rosemary Mireles-Menchaca, Montwood High School principal. “This process was long and rigorous but our counseling team has been working really hard to get systems in place that support the ASCA model of counseling. They work very well together to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of students.”

The campus is the only school in Texas and one of 104 across the country to be honored for its exemplary commitment to offering a comprehensive school counseling program.

The RAMP designation recognizes school counseling programs that are dedicated to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven and an exemplary educational environment to students.

“SISD is honored to have Montwood High School recognized as an American School Counselor Association model counseling program,” said Tammi Mackeben, SISD director of guidance and counseling. “This is very exciting as Montwood is the only Texas school to be recognized. This is a huge endeavor!”

To apply for the RAMP designation, schools must collect extensive data and information, a process that takes an entire academic year.

“This year’s RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession,” said Jill Cook, ASCA assistant director in a press release. “RAMP designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to strive for excellence.”

Montwood High School will be honored at the annual ASCA conference in July where they will receive an engraved plaque to display at their campus.

TEA approves Socorro ISD’s Trailblazers Early College

Trailblazers Early College, the Socorro Independent School District’s fourth early college program, has been designated as an Early College High School for 2017-2018 by the Texas Education Agency.

SISD’s three other early college programs also were re-designated by the TEA for the coming school year.

The new Trailblazers Erarly College will be housed at Americas High School, and will welcome 135 students during its inaugural year. Eighth-graders in the Americas feeder area may apply to the program, which offers students an opportunity to earn an associates of arts in a comprehensive high school environment.

“We are proud to have the official designation for our fourth early college high school program,” said SISD Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza. “This new program is another one of the endless opportunities we are offering our students to prepare them for college, careers and life.”

Early college high schools are innovative programs that provide dual credit courses at no cost to students; offers rigorous instruction and accelerated courses; provides academic and social support services to help students succeed; increases college readiness; and reduces barriers to college access. Inclusive of its early college high schools, SISD students earned 16,921 college credit hours saving families more than $6 million in college tuition in 2015-2016 alone.

Team SISD, in partnership with El Paso Community College, offers the most early college high school programs in the region. Mission Early College High School was the first early college high school to open in the region. Socorro Early College became the district’s first campus-based program in 2015. In 2016, the district opened Rams Early College.

Trailblazers Early College, in collaboration with EPCC, will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony June 5 at Americas High School.

Five Socorro ISD Campuses earn 2016 Texas Honor Roll Distinction

Five Socorro Independent School District campuses have earned the 2016 Texas Honor Roll distinction by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Educational Productivity (IPE) for their high levels of student achievement and college readiness efforts among ethnic minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged students.

“I’m extremely proud of our five Texas Honor Roll Schools,” said SISD Superintendent José Espinoza. “The honor is a result of the passion and devotion as a district to treat and educate all students as if they were our own children.”

Mission Early College High School, Benito Martinez, Elfida P. Chavez, Horizon Heights and Loma Verde elementary schools were five of 727 campuses in Texas to receive the award out of more than 1,240 public school districts in the state.

Team SISD had the most schools in the region selected for the honor.

The Texas Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and replicate its best practices to improve outcomes for students.

“Many schools across the country are doing well, even those with high numbers of historically disadvantaged students,” said Jim Lanich, ERP President and CEO in a press release. “The Honor Roll proves that all schools, no matter what zip code they are in, can achieve this kind of success. School and school district leaders have a great opportunity to find out what’s working at these Honor Roll schools and replicate it.”

The SISD Texas Honor Roll schools will receive a banner to display at their campus and will be featured on the EPR website. To view the list of Texas Honor Roll schools, click HERE.

31st Annual Socorro ISD Spring Games to Showcase Student Talent, Perseverance

The Socorro Independent School District’s Spring Games in Memory of James P. Butler are set for April 12 at the Student Activities Complex (SAC).

More than 850 special needs students are expected to participate in track and field events, such as 10 and 25 meter walks, assisted walks, 25, 50, 100, 200 and 400 meter runs. Other events include relay races, wheelchair races with and without assistance, bike races, ball throws and javelin throws.

A large audience of parents, families, teachers, students, community members are expected to attend the Spring Games to cheer on the athletes. Elementary students will compete from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and secondary athletes will be competing from 2 to 5 p.m.

Both sessions will begin with a mini parade for all athletes, the Butler family, SISD administrators and more than 200 volunteers.

The games are named after the late James P. Butler, a former physical education teacher, athletic coach and an adaptive physical education teacher in the special education department. Butler dedicated his life to ensuring students succeeded in athletics and special education.

The Spring Games, endorsed by Special Olympics Texas, allows more athletes from El Paso to compete in Texas Special Olympics statewide competitions.

What:             31st Spring Games in Memory of James P. Butler.

Who:               Special education students, teachers, volunteers, Butler family and community.

Where:           Student Activities Complex (SAC) 1300 Joe Battle

When:             Wednesday, April 12, 2017

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. elementary students

2 to 5 p.m. secondary students

Socorro ISD Homebound Student to Rejoin Classroom using VGo Robot

A student at John Drugan School, who has been homebound for nine months, soon will be part of her class again virtually using VGo, a telepresence robot, which allows her to be part of classroom instruction and activities while she is at home recovering from a chronic illness.

“Our district is always looking to be innovative and find new technologies that we can provide for our students,” said Miguel Moreno, the district’s instructional technology coordinator. “We are opening doors to so many possibilities of how to bring people together. In this case, there is no bond like that of a classmate who has been out of school and peers wanting that student to be part of the classroom again.”

VGo robot at Drugan 2The instructional technology team and campus administration are working with the student to teach her how to operate her robot-stand-in which can stream two-way video and is equipped with audio capabilities so she can quickly go back to learning in the classroom.

“This student has been ill since the start of the school year, and due to the nature of her illness she has been at home,” said Adalberto Garcia, principal at John Drugan School.

“In the past, her connection to the school was only her homebound teacher so this will allow her to interact with students and be part of our school again. It’s an amazing opportunity for her and another example of our district offering endless opportunities to our students,” Principal Garcia added.

The initiative was made possible after the Socorro Independent School District’s Technology Services Department worked with the campus to find a way to better accommodate the needs of the student and offer her a classroom experience.

Socorro ISD wins CoSN’s 2017 Team Achievement Award

The Socorro Independent School District was selected as the winner of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) 2017 Team Achievement Award for its transformative impact on education technology, and effective efforts in improving student learning, opportunities, and access to technology.

Team SISD, including Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza and the district’s Department of Technology Services, was recognized at the CoSN conference April 4 in Chicago, where they were presented a $1,000 honorarium for winning the prestigious award.

“We are honored to have been selected winners of the 2017 Team Achievement Award,” Dr. Espinoza said. “Our technology team is 100 percent committed to providing all Team SISD students advanced technology resources and endless opportunities that will guide them to become future ready graduates. All SISD students will succeed in the 21st century!”

Dr. Espinoza and the technology department were selected for the award for their commitment to Operation Future Ready, a proactive plan to provide technology resources and digital learning to all students. In addition, SISD was recognized for its outstanding leadership, building an effective team, and the district’s transformation of academic rigor through the use of technology.

CoSN 1Among the innovative programs using technology to develop 21st century confident, resilient and globally competitive graduates is the district’s WIN Academy, which supports vulnerable children to succeed academically with extra instruction and resources, such as a personal digital learning device and an online curriculum.

“We were deeply impressed by the commitment and measurable impact Socorro ISD initiatives had on student success,” said Keith Krueger, CoSN CEO in an email.

SISD’s Operation Future Ready efforts also includes the Digitally Nurturing Academics (DNA) 1:1 program that places technology in the hands of freshmen students across Team SISD.

The program provides freshmen students their own laptop to use throughout high school so they have 24/7 access to technology.

“We need to make sure all students have access to technology,” said SISD Chief Technology Officer Hector Reyna. “We started the program with freshmen, and we will continue to add a grade level every year so that students can engage in digital learning at all times.”

Another initiative that has propelled the district’s digital transformation is Operation College Bound. OCB is the district’s commitment to instill a college culture at every campus with technology-rich instruction and aligned to a college preparatory curriculum that will enable students to graduate ready for a college and career of their choice.

“College is for all 46,000 students in our school district,” Dr. Espinoza said. “Our district is going to prepare all students for a bright future no matter what their background or economic situation is.”

Socorro ISD honors Teachers of the Year, Announces Elite 8

Team SISD honored its 2016-2017 Campus Teachers of the Year and announced the Elite 8 Teachers of the Year at a reception Feb. 21 at the District Service Center.

Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza, Board Trustees and principals were part of the celebration to recognize the district’s outstanding teachers.

The Campus Teachers of the Year were named through a democratic election process at each school. The nominees are exceptional educators who inspire students, are respected by their peers and have the ability and willingness to make meaningful contributions to education.

“Our teachers are our heroes,” said Dr. José Espinoza, SISD Superintendent. “Teachers, you may not know this, but much of your kindness, your guidance and, also love, touches the lives of all 46,000 plus students. Our school district is on a journey to greatness due to our teachers’ dedication and their commitment and their hard work. Congratulations to all of you and remember in my book, all of you are winners.”

The Elite 8 will move on to the next round of the Teacher of the Year program, in which a committee will interview the finalists and select the 2016-2017 SISD Elementary Teacher of the Year and the 2016-2017 SISD Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Rod Liston, Pebble Hills High School Teacher of the Year and an Elite 8 finalist, has been an educator for less than two years. He was previously a police officer for 21 years with the El Paso Police Department. He enjoys his new job, but never expected to be rewarded for it.

“I am ecstatic,” Liston said. “I thought I had the personality to be a teacher, but not the right method of teaching. This is amazing.”

Mission Early College High School Teacher of the Year Christopher Nwihim was shocked when his name was announced as an Elite 8 finalist. But he plans to use this highlight in his life as a teaching moment for his students.

“Hard work does pay,” Nwihim said. “This is a nice surprise. It feels like a dream. I love teaching.”

Sue Shook Elementary Teacher of the Year Stephanie Estrada was happy to be able to represent her school, the teachers and the administration.

“These are the people who helped me become the teacher I am,” she said. “I am so grateful.”

The top two teachers will be announced at the SISD Teacher of the Year Gala, which will be celebrated May 13 at El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center. Tickets are on sale now and available through April 17. Tickets can be ordered through each campus secretary.

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Socorro ISD Students to Celebrate Digital Learning Day

Among the endless opportunities Team SISD offers for students to achieve success, technology remains at the forefront as the district provides increased access to the latest digital resources and web-based learning.

Team SISD students and teachers will celebrate the district’s current and future investments in technology and digital learning on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, the national Digital Learning Day.

“SISD has made great strides to give our students more connectivity and high-tech resources in their classrooms and schools,” said SISD Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza. “Our laser sharp focus on college and career readiness includes personalized digital learning opportunities for students and professional development for teachers to become experts in leading their students to use new technology tools and digital instruction.”

Team SISD remains dedicated to its Operation Future Ready efforts, which is aligned with the federal ConnectEd initiative and affirms the district’s commitment to invest in technology to advance teaching and learning, fully train educators to utilize new resources and offer more technological devices for student use. Dr. Espinoza signed the U.S. Department of Education’s Future Ready Schools Pledge in January 2015 to propel SISD’s technology efforts forward.

“As a Future Ready district, Team SISD has gained notable recognition for its use of technology in the classroom. We will continue to go above and beyond to give every student the technology they need and deserve to be ready for college, careers and life,” Espinoza said.

SISD’s Operation Future Ready initiatives include:

DNA 1:1 laptop program – The Digitally Nurturing Academics 1:1 program, which gives freshmen students their own laptop to use throughout high school, will be expanded to all SISD high schools in the 2017-2018 school year. Currently, students at five high schools have received laptops giving them access to 24/7 technology for digital learning at all times.

Wi-Fi hot spots – Team SISD added 275 Wi-Fi hotspots this school year to its student resources, making them available for students to use on a check-out basis. The hotspots are available at 16 WIN Academy campuses and high schools in Team SISD. Students can check-out the Wi-Fi hotspots from the library to use at home.

Tech E program – The program is a partnership between SISD and the University of Texas at El Paso to create opportunities for and provide access to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) skills development in support of longer-term social mobility for K-12 students. Socorro Middle, Desert Wind School and Mission Ridge Elementary students are participating in the program, which is exposing them to computer programming and coding to better prepare them for technological career and degree choices based on real-world hands-on experience.

WIN Academy – Students in the innovative and successful WIN Academy receive a personal digital learning device and are taught with the digital curriculum called Thrive. The student-centered program designed to ensure all Team SISD children have the opportunities and support needed to achieve academic success is in place at 16 SISD schools.

DNA Technology Conference – The second annual Digitally Nurturing Academics (DNA) conference will be offered this summer for PK through 12th grade teachers. The conference will provide a variety of sessions where teachers can explore topics such as: OneNote tools and functions, incorporating the Aurasma application into classroom instruction, and blending assignments with HTML coding to create publications. The trainings will be led by Team SISD’s technology department, SISD teachers, and experts from outside of the district.

Hour of Code Day – Team SISD students and teachers participated in a districtwide interactive, technological extravaganza in December, which gave them an opportunity to explore computer science and the basic concepts of computer coding.

Sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education, Digital Learning Day is a nationwide event which celebrates innovative teaching and learning through digital media and technology that engages students and provides them with a rich, personalized educational experience.

UTEP Surprises Socorro ISD Students with Scholarship Awards; El Dorado Tops in City with 34 Awards

Academic officials with The University of Texas at El Paso have been visiting schools throughout the area, handing out academic scholarships, however one Socorro ISD school has had more awards than most.

Thirty-four El Dorado High School students have received UTEP academic scholarships, the most in the city and the most in the school’s history.

Nine students at Mission Early College High School and 13 at Socorro High School also will receive scholarships.

The seniors at each high school who have won scholarships will be able to begin using them for the 2017 fall semester. SISD students collectively have earned some $1.1 million in the university’s Scholars Excellence Program.

In presentations that took place earlier this week, 19 Montwood High School students and eight Eastlake High School students were surprised with UTEP academic scholarships. At Americas High School, 17 students earned scholarships, as well.

UTEP’s Scholars Excellence Program recipients are selected based on their scholastic aptitude test scores, grade point average, student ranking and leadership skills.

New Wi-Fi Hotspots give Socorro ISD Students more Access to Internet

As part of its continued Future Ready efforts, Team SISD has added 275 Wi-Fi hotspots to its student resources and is making them available for students to use on a check-out basis.

The Wi-Fi check out system is part of Team SISD’s commitment to provide 24/7 access to technology for students and ensure they are engaged in high-quality, digital learning in order to be prepared for college, careers and life.

The hotspots are available at 16 WIN Academy campuses and high schools in Team SISD. Students can check-out the Wi-Fi hotspots from the library to use at home.

Team SISD is leading the way in digital teaching and learning, which includes expanding access to high-speed internet, providing more advanced technology tools, utilizing web-based instruction, and providing training for educators to be technology savvy.

“It is imperative that we connect our students to the internet and the latest technology in order for them to be successful in our fast-paced, high-tech society,” said Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza. “As a Future Ready school district, we are committed to doing everything possible to give students the technology they need to become globally competitive graduates.”

As part of Operation Future Ready efforts, Team SISD students have the latest digital tools, such as laptops and tablets, at their fingertips, and classrooms, labs and libraries districtwide are equipped with high-speed and Wi-Fi Internet access. The hotspots are the latest addition to give students increased access to the internet.

The high-tech tools give students more blended learning opportunities, which combines traditional face-to-face instruction with web-based online learning.

The students in the WIN Academy campuses are receiving instruction through a digital curriculum and use a personal digital learning device. The WIN Academy is a unique program that ensures students who struggle in a traditional education setting receive more learning time with a double dose of reading and math, more resources, and more personalized learning with a teacher who loops with them for multiple years.

“Offering more digital resources, especially to our WIN Academy students, enables us to provide Team SISD students rigorous, relevant instruction,” said SISD Chief Technology Officer Hector Reyna. “We’re proud to offer these Wi-Fi hotspots so that their learning doesn’t have to stop in the classroom. The increased internet access gives them the freedom to keep learning at any time in any location.”

Last year, the district launched an interactive web page ( with a comprehensive list where students and families can access free Wi-Fi services in the community.

The free Wi-Fi locations page allows students and parents to quickly locate establishments where they can use the internet for free on phones, tablets and other mobile devices. The Wi-Fi page includes a map and is user-friendly. Business owners and community members can also assist in keeping the list current by submitting information to add or remove locations that offer free Wi-Fi service.

Along with providing more technology tools, Team SISD is working hard to further expand and improve the district’s infrastructure to maintain high-speed internet access and technological support. The district was approved in 2015-2016 for $2.6 million in E-rate funds, a federal program that gives school districts and libraries the opportunity to apply for discount services with Internet access, broadband connectivity and network equipment.

Socorro ISD board approves Trailblazers Early College

The Socorro Independent School District Board of Trustees and SISD Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza approved the proposal to create another early college program for the 2017-2018 school year at the regular board meeting Oct. 18.

Trailblazers Early College, the district’s fourth early college program, will allow students the opportunity to earn an associate of arts degree or 60 college credit hours in a comprehensive high school setting. The school, which will operate at Americas High School, will welcome 125 students in its first cohort. Eighth-graders in the Americas feeder area may apply to the program.

“We are proud to announce that Team SISD will soon open its fourth early college program,” said SISD Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza. “With the support of our Board of Trustees and El Paso Community College, we continue to provide our students with a quality education, and endless opportunities through unique programs such as the Trailblazers Early College.”

Early college high schools are innovative programs that provide dual credit courses at no cost to students; offers rigorous instruction and accelerated courses; provides academic and social support services to help students succeed; increases college readiness; and reduces barriers to college access.

Inclusive of its early college high schools, SISD students earned 15,610 college credit hours saving families some $6 million in college tuition in 2015-2016 alone.

“As the proud principal of Americas High School, I’m elated to be selected as the next designated early college for SISD,” said Principal Patricia Cuevas. “It illustrates the foundation of our district, which is one of endless opportunities.”

Team SISD, in partnership with El Paso Community College, already offers the most early college high school programs in the region. Mission Early College High School was the first early college high school to open in the region. Socorro Early College became the district’s first campus-based program in 2015. In 2016, the district opened Rams Early College.

Each early college serves some 500 students, who are given the opportunity to graduate with an associate’s degree concurrent with their high school diploma.

“Our goal is for all Team SISD high schools to have an early college program,” said George Thomas, Career and Technical Education director. “Seven early college high school programs would make for 875 potential associate’s degree earners each year.”

El Dorado Teacher, Students Making a Difference with Nationally Recognized Project

El Dorado High School students, staff and community members have been working on a “trash to art” project that won the school national recognition for their commitment to clean-up the environment.

El Dorado art teacher Candace Printz, who won Barnes & Noble’s national community-oriented project inspired by Clinton’s “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!” book, has been leading the clean-up effort in the El Paso desert. The goal is to transform the trash into art and showcase the pieces in a traveling gallery exhibit later this school year.

Printz, her students, El Dorado teachers and staff and the community have spent Saturdays scouring a four-mile stretch of Montana Avenue picking up everything, including hundreds of cigarette butts, a television, high school diplomas and, even $10.

EDHS teacher students making a difference2“We have seen some really interesting things,” Printz said. “We have been getting a lot of help. It’s amazing because it has been El Dorado students and teachers, robotic students, people from EPCC (El Paso Community College) and from non-profits who are helping out. The word is spreading. I am really excited.”

The inspiration for the “trash to art” project occurred when Printz and her art club kids saw how new development, especially off Montana, was affecting the local landscape.

“We noticed tons of trash and debris had blown into the desert,” Printz said. “It just looked horrible. The students didn’t like it and I didn’t like it. That is not how we wanted our area to be represented. We thought ‘Why don’t we be inspired by sculptors in the world who have taken trash and turned it into art.’ We want to make a difference.”

When Printz saw a brochure at Barnes & Noble that asked teachers nationwide to submit a project that would help their community, she submitted the “trash to art” idea.

“It was just amazing,” Printz said. “I thought they were choosing multiple people throughout the U.S. Then I find out we were the sole winners. From all over the United States, they chose our project in El Dorado High School in El Paso, Texas.”

Besides a $100 gift card from the book giant, the high school also received a visit from Clinton, daughter of former President Bill and Sen. Hilary Clinton. Her book asked U.S. citizens to find things to make the world a better place. El Dorado’s project fit that criteria perfectly, Clinton said during her visit last April.

“I am really glad that schools like this exist,” Clinton said. “It gives me hope for the future.”

Now that the project has kicked off, Printz and her students are planning more cleanups through the end of October. They also will be sorting, washing and counting all the collected trash.

“We need a lot of help with what we have picked up already,” Printz said, who is planning sorting and washing Saturdays in November. “There is so much stuff.”

Artist workshops will be scheduled in November and December to help those interested in creating trash art.EDHS teacher students making a difference1

“It’s going to be a competition and we will give away prizes,” Printz said. “We will have elementary, middle, high school and adult categories.”

But the main goal of the project is to educate and bring awareness of the current condition that illegal dumping has on the El Paso desert and its long term effects on the environment, she said.

“We want to educate the community to get involved and help clean the environment,” Printz added.

The art pieces created will be showcased at different galleries to demonstrate the art, show the environmental consequences and instill a sense of pride in the city,” Printz said.

The art will be available for purchase, with the proceeds benefiting the community groups who have helped collect the trash, including the Humane Society of El Paso, the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The first trash to art exhibit is expected to be open April 2017, in celebration of Earth Day.

In addition to the “It’s Your World” project, Printz also is planning free workshops to teach the community how to turn trash to art. The classes will be funded through a $5,000 grant Printz received from the City of El Paso’s Museum of Cultural Affairs Department.

“The benefits of recycling will play a large role in these workshops,” Printz said. “I plan to use the grant money to hire artists for the citywide workshops and buy the art supplies needed. My students will be assisting me throughout this process and can attend any of the workshops for free.”

For more information on “It’s Your World” project: email Printz at or click HERE

Socorro ISD hits New Peak as it Welcomes 46,000th Student

The Socorro Independent School District has reached its highest level of student population, enrolling its 46,000th student on September 22nd.
“We are excited to welcome new students to Team SISD every day. Reaching 46,000 students is a milestone to be proud of and shows that parents and community members recognize that Team SISD is the right choice for endless opportunities for all students,” said Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza. “It is testament to the hard work and commitment that we maintain to treat and educate every child as if they are our own.”
SISD welcomes 46000th student1Reuben Ray Fish, a sixth-grader at Paso del Norte School, was the 46,000th student to enroll in SISD.
“I feel so lucky to be the 46,000 student in the district,” Fish said. “I’m proud to come to this district because they want everyone to be successful in life. Everyone also is very nice and it’s a cool school.”
Team SISD’s enrollment has increased by more than 700 students, compared to the enrollment number at this time last year. The district has more than doubled its student population in the last 20 years. In 1996, the district’s enrollment was 20,114.
Team SISD has been managing the rapid growth and balancing enrollment in the district with the completion of Bond 2011 projects, creating Pre-K hubs throughout the district, and utilizing every campus and facility efficiently and effectively.
The voter-approved $297.4 million bond was finalized one year ahead of schedule and under budget. Through Bond 2011, Team SISD added three new elementary schools, a new middle school and completed two high schools. With excellent management from the district’s facilities and planning team, Bond 2011 was completed with an overall savings of $37.4 million.
The surplus allowed upgrades to air conditioning systems and other improvements at four middle schools. In addition, the savings will SISD welcomes 46000th student3allow Team SISD to build a new elementary school in the Pebble Hills community without burdening taxpayers. The district will invest some $20 million from the bond surplus to build the new school.
“We will continue to manage the rapid growth in the district by maximizing our Bond 2011 savings and effectively using all of our existing facilities to offer our students a high-quality and equitable education,” Espinoza said. “Team SISD is dedicated to giving every child the education they deserve to be prepared for college, careers and life.”
For the 46,000th student in Team SISD, he and his family are eager to take advantage of the programs and resources available to succeed academically.
“This school looks great and I’m happy to have my child here,” said Kevin Nearents, Rueben’s father. “I would love for him to get into the programs that are available here, and receive the best education he can get.”
As enrollment numbers increase, the second-largest school district in the region is proud to offer unique programs and endless opportunities that will ensure every student in Team SISD succeeds.

Team SISD schools earn 140 distinction designations from TEA

More students in the Socorro Independent School District continue to improve in their academic performance showing gains in student achievement, student progress and postsecondary readiness as reported in the 2016 Texas Education Agency accountability ratings system.

The 2016 report reveals that all 47 SISD schools, and the district as a whole, earned the Met Standard rating and received a total of 140 distinction designations by the TEA for its student performance.

“I commend our students, teachers, staff and all members of Team SISD for their hard work and WINning attitude,” said Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza. “Earning these distinctions is further demonstration that we are going above and beyond to ensure all Team SISD children succeed and graduate from high school prepared for college, careers and life.”

Six Team SISD schools earned distinction designation in every category: Mission Early College High School, SPC Rafael Hernando III and Col John O. Ensor middle schools, as well as SGT Roberto Ituarte, Elfida P. Chavez and Dr. Sue Shook elementary schools.

This year, the district received 20 more distinction designations than those awarded in 2015.

In addition, Team SISD’s student-centered efforts have resulted in continued academic growth in the STAAR exams. For a third consecutive year, SISD surpassed the state average in all 17 STAAR exams in grades 3 through 8, and by an even larger margin this past year in spite of increased passing standards. Before 2014, SISD students had never before surpassed the state in all grades 3 through 8 exams.

To reach this pinnacle in student performance, over the last four years SISD has jumped 136 percentage points in the grade 3-8 STAAR exams, whereas the state has only increased 13 cumulative percentage points.

While the STAAR results and accountability ratings show great improvements in student performance, Team SISD will continue its efforts to ensure every student succeeds. With a focus on college and career readiness, utilizing digital teaching and learning, and maintaining a highly effective and qualified staff, Team SISD will continue to strive for 100 percent academic excellence.

Team SISD’s Walk for Success set for Sept. 17

Socorro Independent School District administrators, principals, assistant principals, counselors, and other staff members are gearing up to walk SISD neighborhoods and encourage students who have left school to return to the district during the third annual Walk for Success on Sept. 17.

Team SISD conducted a call-out day on Aug. 27 to begin the outreach to students who have not returned to school this year. During the call-out, high school principals and counselors personally called students to invite them back.As a result of the call-out, 13 students already have returned and re-enrolled in Team SISD schools.

In addition, as a result of the last two Team SISD Walk for Success events in 2014 and 2015, 26 students returned to school and graduated from high school.

The 2016 Walk for Success is the next step and a Team SISD effort to bring back more students who have left school. The Walk for Success call-out and walk events are part of Team SISD’s commitment to ensure every student succeeds and to provide them with endless opportunities for a lucrative future in college, careers and life.

The students who are reached during the walk will be given information about how to re-enroll and the support services that they will receive to help them continue their educational journey to earn their diploma.

What:             SISD’s third annual Walk for Success

Who:               SISD administration, principals, counselors, students

Where:           District Service Center, 12440 Rojas Dr. and Team SISD neighborhoods

When:             Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 8 to 11 a.m.