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Community Invited to Discuss Three YISD 2015 Bond Projects

The Ysleta Independent School District will host three community meetings this coming week to discuss and gain input on important new construction projects as part of the 2015 Bond program.

All meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Abigail Tarango, director of special projects and strategic initiatives, at 915-434- 0100.

The three meetings will be:

 New Del Valle Middle/Mission Valley Elementary Combination School; 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at the Valley View Middle School gymnasium, located at 8660 North Loop Drive.

 New Thomas Manor Elementary School; 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, at the Thomas Manor Elementary School cafeteria (located at the former Cadwallader Elementary School) campus at 7988 Alameda Ave.

 Eastwood High School; 6 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at the Eastwood High School cafeteria, located at 2430 McRae Blvd.

 

Ysleta ISD seeks Community Input for Prospective All-Boys Academy

Ysleta Independent School District has launched an online survey to seek input from parents and community members for the district’s new all-boys academy.

The survey aims to collect feedback from participants in order to develop attractive programs and curricula, as well as appropriate grade levels for the new school.

“This survey is an excellent opportunity for Ysleta ISD to hear directly from parents and the community as we develop the new all-boys academy,” said YISD Superintendent Dr. Xavier De La Torre. “Our goal is to provide an attractive school that not only builds on the district’s distinguished academic programs, but also provides students and parents with a slate of specialized programs and activities that will create a sound foundation for our boys to succeed not only at the academy, but throughout their lives.”

De La Torre announced plans to open El Paso’s first all-male public school at his annual State of the District Address in March. The campus location has not been determined; however, the school is slated to open for the 2018-2019 school year.

Parents and interested community members can access the online survey for the all- boys academy by visiting the Ysleta ISD website.

Ysleta ISD Principal Named Finalist for Prestigious National Honor

Capistrano Elementary School Principal Lynn Musel has been named one of eight finalists for the Texas National Distinguished Principal award by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).

“Being a finalist for the National Distinguished Principal is an amazing honor,” Musel said. “However, this would not be possible without our dedicated teachers and school staff, who are committed to changing the lives of children for the better.”

Musel was selected as a finalist not only for her extraordinary campus leadership, but her commitment to students and staff, serving the community, and contributing to the profession, including their professional associations. She was among 123 principals to be nominated for 2017 award, TEPSA officials said.

“The school principal is critical to student and teacher success,” TEPSA Executive Director Harley Eckhart said. “These exemplary principals are making a difference in the lives of students across Texas.”

The NDP program promotes educational excellence in pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade, and focuses on the fundamental importance of the school principal.

After a rigorous reading process, in which applicants shared their educational philosophies and accomplishments both in and out of the classroom, a peer-review committee selected eight finalists. These outstanding leaders then showcased their achievements during a school visit by a team of educators.

The winner will receive $10,000, and represent the state in Washington D.C. as the 2017 Texas National Distinguished Principal. In addition, all eight finalists, including Musel, will be recognized June 14 at a TEPSA awards reception in Austin.

Ysleta ISD Breaks Ground for new Bel Air Middle School Campus

The Ysleta Independent School District marked the official start of construction of the New Bel Air Middle School campus during a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning. Bel Air middle and high school students, as well as Bel Air alumni, community members, and YISD administrators were on-hand for the ceremony.

“We are committed to the four pillars we established for this and all of our bond projects: on time, under budget, up the quality our students deserve, and, all things being equal, done by local contractors and architects,” said YISD Superintendent Dr. Xavier De La Torre. “I am proud to say that the new Bel Air Middle School project is meeting those pillars and we are excited to see the end result.”

ASA Architects designed the campus and Urban Associates will build the new school, both El Paso-owned companies. Construction is expected to be completed in time for the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

During the ceremony, Bel Air Middle School Principal Dana DeRouen thanked the YISD voters who approved the 2015 bond measure, as well as volunteers, students, parents, and community members who contributed to designing the new campus.

“I know everyone in the community is very excited as we begin to watch the Ysleta Independent School District literally lay the foundation for the success of our students,” he said.

Located at the site of the former Bel Air Junior High School, Bel Air Middle School is the first new campus construction project of the 2015 Bond program.

The $40 million campus will accommodate up to 1,200 students, and will feature state-of- the-art classrooms, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) laboratories, and new athletics and fine arts facilities.

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Top 10 YISD Teachers of the Year Announced

The 2017-18 campus Teachers of the Year at the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) were honored during a reception Tuesday evening at Central Office, where officials also announced 10 finalists for the district’s top two teaching awards: the Elementary Teacher of the Year and the Secondary Teacher of the Year.

All campus Teachers of the Year, as well as all campus Support Employees of the Year, will be honored at the YISD Teacher and Support Employee of the Year gala that takes place at 6 p.m. May 5 at the Centennial Conference Center and Banquet Hall at Fort Bliss.

The top five finalists for the 2017-18 YISD Elementary Teacher of the Year are:

 Karla Bazan, Del Valle Elementary School

 Jessica Fette, Cedar Grove Elementary School

 Nancy Gonzalez-Uribe, Scotsdale Elementary School

 Heather Holmes, Pebble Hills Elementary School

 Bernadette Rey, Ysleta Pre-K Center

The top five finalists for the 2017-18 YISD Secondary Teacher of the Year are:

 Laura Fabela, Valle Verde Early College High School

 Nicholas Flood, Indian Ridge Middle School

 Allen Haynes, Ysleta High School

 Rebeca Montes, Young Women’s Leadership Academy

 Stephanie Bocanegra Morales, Bel Air High School

A list of all 2017-18 campus Teachers of the Year and Support Employees of the Year can be found on the YISD main website at www.yisd.net.

Ysleta ISD hosts 2017 Parental Engagement Conference Saturday

Ysleta ISD’s Parental Engagement Conference is set for Saturday, February 25th, and all district parents, administrators and community members are invited to the event.

YISD officials say the conference is designed to help parents learn how to help their children succeed in school.

The event features more than 30 small-group sessions that will address topics like social media and school discipline, as well as provide information on our Early College High Schools and adult education classes.

The keynote luncheon speaker is co-founder of Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E. LaVonna Roth. She is an internationally recognized keynote speaker, consultant, and author who specializes in helping people gain confidence in themselves and their talents so they can make a difference in their communities.

What: 2017 YISD Parental Engagement Conference

When: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25

Where: Bel Air High School, 731 Yarbrough Drive

Ysleta ISD Issues One-Time Lump-Sum Payment for Employees

Employees at the Ysleta Independent School District will receive a one-time lump-sum payment this week as part of the district’s compensation plan.

The compensation plan—part of the 2016-17 district budget that was approved during the June 1 meeting of the Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees—included a one-time lump-sum payment paid to eligible employees in December, in addition to a 1.5 percent pay increase.

“Our employees are the foundation to the success of the Ysleta Independent School District,” said YISD Superintendent Xavier De La Torre. “I am thankful that the Board of Trustees approved this one-time payment so our teachers, staff, and professionals can enjoy an extra payment in time for the holidays.”

To be eligible for the one-time lump-sum payment, employees must have been employed full-time at YISD on or before Aug. 22, and remain continuously employed through Dec. 21.

TEA: Ysleta ISD High Schools earn Most State Distinctions in El Paso

High schools in the Ysleta Independent School District earned the highest number of state distinctions among all El Paso school districts in connection with this spring’s testing results, according to figures released this week by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

All YISD schools achieved the rating of “Met Standard” in 2016 state test results, along with 7,667 campuses across Texas, TEA officials said. By earning the “Met Standard” rating, schools were eligible to receive “Distinction Designations” based on academic achievement in the seven areas below:

 English language arts/Reading;

 Math;

 Science;

 Social studies;

 Top 25%: Student Progress;

 Top 25%: Closing Performance Gaps

 Postsecondary readiness.

Three YISD high schools (Del Valle, Parkland, and Valle Verde Early College) each earned distinction designations in all seven areas – more than any other El Paso-area school district.

In addition, four high schools (Bel Air, Hanks, Riverside, and Ysleta) each earned distinction designations in six areas, while Eastwood High School earned distinctions in five areas. Del Valle and Parkland high schools were the only comprehensive high schools in the El Paso region to earn all seven distinction designations.

TEA officials said only 167 schools in the state – or 1.9 percent – earned all seven distinction designations for this year’s test results.

“Earning one or more campus distinctions is noteworthy and should be a source of pride,” said TEA Commissioner of Education Mike Morath. “Earning all possible distinctions is a significant accomplishment and should signal to parents that there is extraordinary work taking place on that campus.”

Distinction designations are awarded to campuses based on achievement in performance indicators relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size, and student demographics.

In the Northeast area, Parkland HS far outperformed neighboring high schools with its seven distinction designations – Chapin HS received distinctions in five areas while Irvin HS and Andress HS earned none.

In addition, three YISD elementary schools (Eastwood Heights, North Star, and Ramona) earned all six distinction designations awarded at the elementary level by TEA. Eastwood Knolls International School, and Valley View, Ranchland Hills, and Rio Bravo middle schools, earned distinctions in six of seven areas.

Edgemere, Loma Terrace, Scotsdale, Vista Hills, Glen Cove, and Lancaster elementary schools, as well as Alicia R. Chacon International School, won distinctions in five areas.

In total, YISD high schools earned a combined 50 distinction designations. By comparison, El Paso ISD high schools received 41, and Socorro ISD high schools received 21.

Ysleta ISD takes the wraps off Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program at 12 Schools

In an effort to promote healthier eating habits and improve overall student well-being, the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) is kicking off its Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the 2016-17 school year.

Beginning today, students at 12 YISD schools will receive fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day on Tuesdays and Thursdays through June 1, 2017.

YISD applied for the program in the spring, and 12 campuses were selected.

Participating campuses are Ascarate, Capistrano, Cedar Grove, Constance Hulbert, Del Valle, Marian Manor, Mesa Vista, North Loop, Pasodale, Ramona, South Loop, and Ysleta elementary schools. These campuses were awarded more than $282,000 by the Texas Department of Agriculture to purchase fruits and vegetables for the program.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is a program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is administered by the Food and Nutrition Service, which provides free fresh fruits and vegetables to students in participating elementary schools.

 

 

Newsweek: Valle Verde ECHS as Top-Ranked Public School in El Paso

Valle Verde Early College High School is the top-ranked public school in El Paso, and the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) has more nationally ranked schools than any other El Paso district, according to lists compiled by Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report.

Every year, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report release lists of rankings to highlight the best U.S. high school campuses. This is the third consecutive year that Valle Verde ECHS has landed on both of these national lists – and for the first time, Del Valle HS also made both lists in 2016.

In addition, Eastwood and Hanks high schools joined Valle Verde ECHS and Del Valle HS in being named among the Best High Schools in America by U.S. News & World Report, which means YISD again has more nationally ranked high schools this year than any other local district.

Newsweek’s “Beating the Odds 2016: Top High Schools for Low-Income Students” list compared more than 15,000 U.S. schools, and highlighted the top 500 schools that do an excellent job of preparing students for college while overcoming obstacles posed by economically disadvantaged students.

According to Newsweek’s list, Valle Verde is the highest-ranked public school in El Paso, fifth-highest among all early college high schools in Texas, ninth-highest among all Texas high schools, and 34 th among all schools in the nation. Del Valle HS was ranked 24 th – highest among all Texas high schools, and 157 th in the nation.

The 2016 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools in America” list ranks schools nationally and within each state. The goal is to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve all of their students in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills, as well as readiness for college-level work, according to the publication.

Out of 1,915 schools in Texas, U.S. News & World Report ranked Valle Verde ECHS at No. 83 (highest ranking among El Paso public schools); Del Valle HS at No. 184; Eastwood HS at No. 199; and Hanks HS at No. 203.

Among more than 21,000 schools nationwide, Valle Verde ECHS was ranked No. 717; Del Valle HS at No. 2,177; Eastwood HS at No. 2,466; and Hanks HS at No. 2,562.

Ysleta ISD Announces Appointment of 2 Principals, In-house Counsel

The Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of new principals at two campuses – Scotsdale and Thomas Manor elementary schools – as well as new in-house counsel at Central Office.

Sheri Pellicote, current assistant principal at Eastwood Knolls International School, is the new principal at Scotsdale Elementary School, effective July 25. Pellicote replaces former Scotsdale ES Principal Beth Harbison, who is now principal at Desertaire Elementary School.

A 23-year veteran in education, Pellicote began her career as a fourth-grade teacher at Pasodale Elementary School. She later taught second, fifth, and sixth grades, and served as an assistant principal within the Ysleta and San Elizario school districts.

She holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

Sandra Valdez, current principal of Blanco Vista Elementary School in Kyle, Texas, is the new principal of Thomas Manor Elementary School, effective July 18.

Valdez replaces former Thomas Manor ES Principal Sandra Oxner, who retired. Valdez, who graduated from Eastwood High School, began her career in 2000 as a fourth-grade bilingual teacher in the Socorro Independent School District, and later went on to serve as an assistant principal and principal. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree from UTEP.

At Central Office, Susan Austin has been promoted from grant specialist to YISD in-house counsel, effective July 12. Austin, a licensed Texas attorney since 1983, has previously worked as executive director of the El Paso Coalition for the Homeless; an independent consultant and grant writer; and business bankruptcy attorney and law firm partner.

Austin was also elected to represent District 1 on the El Paso City Council from 2003-2005.

Austin earned a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in Massachusetts and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston-Law Center in Houston.

Ysleta ISD Public Relations Department receives 9 National Awards

The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) has announced that the Ysleta Independent School District’s Department of Public Relations has received nine national awards for excellence in school public relations, the most for any El Paso school district.

“These awards are a testament of the hard work and dedication our Public Relations team contributes each day to enrich the educational experience for our 42,000 students,” said Patricia Ayala, YISD director of public relations. “We work tirelessly to establish an open line of communication with our parents and community in order to fully engage them in the academic process.”

YISD received the Golden Achievement Award for its 2015 Bond Informational Campaign, one of NSPRA’s highest recognitions. In addition, NSPRA has invited Ayala and Chris Lechuga, senior communication specialist, to present at the annual NSPRA Seminar next month in Chicago on the 2015 Bond campaign.

The awards YISD won are:

 Golden Achievement Award for the 2015 YISD Bond Campaign

 Award of Merit for the 2014 YISD Annual Report

 Award of Merit for the YISD Centennial Campaign

 Award of Merit for the Career and Technical Education recruiting videos

 Award of Merit for the 2015 YISD Bond Overview Video

 Honorable Mention for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy branding

 Honorable Mention for the 2015 YISD Bond op-ed

 Honorable Mention for the 2015 YISD Bond fact sheet

 Honorable Mention for the Fall 2015 The Communicator newsletter

Ysleta ISD Announces Appointment of 4 Principals, 3 Directors

The Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of new principals at four campuses – Sageland and Desertaire elementary schools, and Camino Real and Desert View middle schools – as well as three new Central Office directors.

Carmen CrawfordFormer Ranchland Hills Middle School Principal Carmen Crawford was named the new principal at Sageland Elementary School, effective June 8.

She began her career in education in 1984 as a first-grade teacher at Eastwood Heights ES, then served as counselor, assistant principal, and principal at various YISD campuses.

She has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

Mary Ann OlivasMary Ann Olivas, current principal of Desertaire Elementary School, is the new principal at Desert View Middle School, effective July 1.

A 28-year veteran at YISD, Olivas began her career as a special education teacher at Thomas Manor Elementary School, and previously worked as a student activities director and assistant principal.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from UTEP and a master’s degree from Sul Ross State University.

Beth HarbisonReplacing Olivas as the new principal at Desertaire ES effective July 1 is Beth Harbison, current principal of Scotsdale ES.

Harbison began her career at South Loop ES in 1994, and has worked as a teacher, instructional coach, curriculum coach, and assistant principal. She also worked at Region 19 Education Service Center and founded a private tutoring company.

Harbison earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from UTEP.

Ida PeralesIda Perales, current assistant principal at Ysleta High School, is the new principal at Camino Real Middle School, effective July 1.

She began her career in education in 2001 as a biology teacher at Ysleta HS, then worked in the El Paso and Socorro school districts for six years before returning to YISD in 2008 to serve as an instructional specialist and assistant principal. Perales has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from UTEP.

She replaces former Camino Real MS Principal Charlie Garcia, who is now principal at Bel Air High School.

Fernando MarquezAt Central Office, 15-year education veteran Fernando Marquez has been promoted to Director of Career Programs, effective June 27. He has more than 25 years’ experience in business and education, working as a business teacher, department chair, campus technology coordinator, coordinator, and interim director.

His knowledge and experience in career/technical education will enhance and build upon the pathways and endorsements as outlined in House Bill 5.

Marquez holds bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from UTEP, and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix.

Lorraine QuintelaAlso, Lorraine Quintela returns to YISD as the new Director of Risk Management after serving as SISD benefits coordinator since 2014.

Quintela has more than 30 years of benefits and risk management experience, including 21 years at YISD.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.

Quintela’s new job duties take effect July 1.

Michelle KehrwaldIn addition, current Desert View MS Principal Michelle Kehrwald has been named Director of Advanced Academics, effective July 1. Kehrwald has worked in education for 29 years, serving as a teacher, band director, assistant principal, and principal.

Her knowledge of college and career readiness will enrich student services, as well as enhance vertical alignment among middle- and high-school students to maximize postsecondary success.

Kehrwald holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska.

Ysleta ISD Announces Appointment of 6 Principals

The Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) is pleased to announce the appointment of new principals at the five elementary campuses of Constance Hulbert, Eastwood Heights, Glen Cove, Loma Terrace, and Vista Hills, as well as Riverside Middle School.

Leticia GutierrezLeticia Gutierrez, current Lancaster Elementary School assistant principal, is the new principal at Constance Hulbert ES, effective July 1.

She began her career in 1992 and has worked as a teacher, campus literacy leader, district early education facilitator, and instructional specialist.

She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

Raul MendozaThe new principal at Eastwood Heights ES effective July 1 is Raul Mendoza, current principal of Margaret Lundy ES in the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD).

He has been an educator for 23 years, working as a teacher and administrator in the El Paso, San Antonio, and San Marcos areas.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from UT Austin and a master’s degree from UTEP.

Margarita MendozaMargarita Mendoza has been named the new principal at Glen Cove ES after serving for three years as an assistant principal at North Star ES.

She began her teaching career in 2004 in the Socorro Independent School District (SISD).

She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from UTEP. Her new job duties take effect July 1.

Lourdes HinojosaFormer Edgemere ES assistant principal Lourdes Hinojosa has been named the new principal at Loma Terrace ES, effective July 1.

An educator for 20 years, Hinojosa has taught bilingual education and dual language in grades 2-6, as well as Special Education in grades K-6.

She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from UTEP.

Judith CalderonThe new principal at Vista Hills ES is Judith Calderon, current assistant principal at Ysleta High School.

She has been in education for 17 years, working as a teacher, counselor, and administrator at various YISD campuses.

Calderon earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from UTEP. Her new job duties take effect July 1.

Jonathan ValdezIn addition, the new principal at Riverside Middle School effective June 27 is Jonathan Valdez, current principal of Socorro Middle School.

He has been in education for a decade, serving as a teacher and administrator at EPISD and SISD.

Valdez holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from UTEP.

Ysleta ISD Honors 2016-17 Support Employees, Teachers of the Year

Pasodale Elementary School teacher Melainie Elliott and Parkland Middle School teacher Raquel Kuker were named YISD’s top 2016-17 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year at a special “Black & White Gala” that took place Friday, May 20, at the Centennial Banquet & Conference Center at Fort Bliss.

In addition, Drusilla Cardona from Desertaire Elementary School was named the 2016- 17 YISD Support Employee of the Year during the annual gala. A list of all 2016-2017 campus Teachers of the Year and Support Employees of the Year can be found at the district’s main website.

Elliot, a specialized support resource teacher at Pasodale ES, has taught elementary-and middle-school students for seven years in Texas, New Mexico, and Virginia. After earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in education, she discovered a passion for teaching through her oldest son, who has autism.

“There is no greater reward than the light in a child’s eyes who has found success through the struggle,” Elliot said.

Other finalists for Elementary Teacher of the Year were: Patrice Bedell (Ysleta Pre-K Center), Crystal Green (Parkland Pre-K Center), Marianna Rodriguez (Hacienda Heights ES), and Rosario Rodriguez (Lancaster ES).

Kuker, a science teacher at Parkland MS who holds a bachelor’s degree in education, discovered her love of teaching while pursuing an engineering degree. In college, she began tutoring students in math and absolutely loved it – and was quickly torn between studying engineering or becoming a teacher.

“I concluded I could become one engineer and help make the world we live in a better place, or I could use my passion to inspire hundreds more,” said Kuker, who has worked in education for 10 years. She hopes to influence as many youngsters – particularly minorities and girls – to go to college because that’s what changed her life.

Other finalists for Secondary Teacher of the Year included Rob Dibler (Bel Air HS), Felipe Martinez Jr. (Ysleta HS), Michael McLain (Eastwood HS), and Miriam Trejo (Parkland HS).

Cardona, who began at YISD 15 years ago as a parent liaison, performs a host of duties at Desertaire ES. They include overseeing parent classes and programs, training new parent liaisons, assisting the testing coordinator, and helping out in the front office.

Other Support Employee of the Year finalists were: Yvette Carreon (Indian Ridge MS); Armida Gallegos (Transportation); Arleen Garcia (Riverside HS); Veronica Gomez (Central Office); Jolynn Jacquez (REL Washington ES); Sylvia Lopez (Ysleta Pre-K Center); Guadalupe Morales (Del Valle HS); Manuelita Yanez (Riverside MS); and Alba Uribe (Eastwood Heights ES).

 

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