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SISD’s Helen Ball Elementary earns 2019 RAMP national counseling award

Helen Ball Elementary School is one of two schools in the state of Texas to earn national recognition by the American School Counselor Association for its commitment to maintain a comprehensive counseling program.

The campus was awarded the 2019 Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) distinction, a prestigious recognition that is awarded to less than 100 schools in the country for delivering a data-driven and an exemplary educational environment to students.

Maria Washington, counselor at Helen Ball, shared her feelings, saying she’s proud to receive the recognition, and to provide the best counseling services to her students.

“I am truly grateful for all the well wishes and acknowledgements that everyone has displayed towards our wonderful school,” Washington said. “I am very proud to be part of the best district in El Paso, with the finest counseling department, and an excellent leadership team.”

“Congratulations to Mrs. Washington for earning this enormous honor and accomplishment,” said SISD Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D. “The amazing work by Mrs. Washington as well as all of our outstanding counselors is a huge reason why I am beyond proud to be part of their team.”

In Texas, 13 schools have received the RAMP national recognition in prior years and nine of those are from Socorro ISD.

SISD RAMP counseling teams are Helen Ball Elementary School in 2019; Montwood High School in 2016; Capt. Walter E. Clark Middle School in 2013, El Dorado High School in 2010; Bill Sybert School in 2009; Ernesto Serna and Socorro High School in 2007; and Bill Sybert and El Dorado High School in 2006.

“Team SISD school counseling programs are focused on meeting the needs of all students using the American School Counselor Association National Model,” said Tammi Mackeben, SISD director of guidance and counseling. “We have stellar school counselors that work tirelessly to help our students, and we are very proud of their commitment and dedication.”

Washington and Helen Ball Principal Ana Soto will be recognized at the ASCA National Conference in July in Boston.

RAMP helps schools evaluate their school counseling program, discover areas for improvement and enhance the program’s efforts to contribute to student success. To apply for the RAMP designation, schools must collect extensive data and information, a process that takes an entire academic year.