Socorro ISD schools earn Texas Purple Star Campus Designation award

The Socorro Independent School District always has been committed to providing support and services to military-connected students.

Recently, the Texas Education Agency commended Team SISD for its long-time work in supporting military families by honoring numerous SISD schools with the prestigious Texas Purple Star Campus Designation for supporting military connected students.

The special award recognizes school districts across the state that show their support and commitment to meeting the unique needs of military-connected students and their families.

“We cherish our military students and families in Team SISD, and I am proud of the work that our staff does across the district to help them,” said SISD Superintendent Jose Espinoza, Ed.D. “We are here for our military-connected families with counseling services, daily support, special events and activities because they are an important part of Team SISD. We are especially grateful to the military parents for their service.”

Team SISD serves more than 5,200 military-connected students and each campus has a military-liaison responsible for reaching out to those families, especially during these unprecedented times.

“We are so proud of this prestigious designation for so many of our SISD schools and it is a tribute to the collaborative work we are doing to ensure we deliver the best services for our military-connected families,” said Director of Administrative Services Carmen Olivas-Graham.

TEA awarded schools with the Texas Purple Star Campus Designation if they provided various resources and assistance, including a campus-based military liaison, a web page that includes information for military-connected students and their families, a campus transition program, participation in Month of the Military Child and a partnership with a school liaison officer to encourage and provide opportunities for active duty military members.

During this critical time amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Team SISD has been having monthly virtual meetings with all military liaisons to ensure efforts are moving forward to continue delivery of services to all military families.

SISD also has created a campus-based Military Active Spouses Club to engage military parents virtually while remote learning is going on and access to campuses is limited.

In order to assist with the social and emotional needs of military-connected students, SISD maximizes support services by providing a military and family life counselor and access to local agencies such as NAMI, the YWCA, Child Guidance Center, local day care providers and the Paso del Norte Family Leadership Council.

The Texas Purple Star Campus Designation solicited many comments from SISD staff who were excited about the highly sought recognition.

“#TeamSISD is truly AMAZING! So excited to have Ituarte Elementary School designated as a Purple Star Campus for supporting military connected students!” said Zulema Zuniga, counselor at Sgt. Roberto Ituarte Elementary School via Twitter.

The Texas Purple Star Campus Designations were awarded to the following SISD schools:

William D. Slider Middle School
Vista Del Sol Elementary
Sun Ridge Middle School
SSG. Manuel R. Puentes Middle School
Socorro Middle School
Socorro High School
Sierra Vista Elementary
SGT. Roberto Ituarte Elementary School
SGT. Jose F. Carrasco Elementary
Salvador H. Sanchez Middle School
Purple Heart Elementary School
Pebble Hills High School
Paso Del Norte Elementary School
O’Shea Keleher Elementary School
Myrtle Cooper Elementary School
Montwood Middle School
Montwood High School
Mission Early College High School
Lujan-Chavez Elementary School
Loma Verde Elementary
John Drugan PK-8
Hurshel Antwine Middle School
Hueco Elementary School
Helen Ball Elementary School
H.D. Hilley Elementary School
Escontrias Elementary School
Escontrias Early Childhood Center
Elfida P. Chavez Elementary School
El Dorado High School
Dr. Sue A. Shook Elementary School
Col. John O. Ensor Middle School
Chester Jordan Elementary
Capt. Walter E. Clarke Middle School
Campestre Elementary School
Cactus Trails Elementary School
Bill Sybert School
Benito Martinez Elementary School
Americas High School