Cactus Trails Elementary School administration, faculty and staff gathered for the first time in preparation for the 2019-2020 school year.
The teachers of the Socorro Independent School District’s newest campus set goals to ensure they are ready for July 29, the first day of school.
“We came together to do a little bit of team building,” said Leslie Thomas, Cactus Trails Elementary School principal. “I thought it was important for us to lay the foundation down on instruction, where our framework is going, what our vision is and for our teachers just to start to feel comfortable with each other and with me.”
After individual introductions, faculty members participated in team building activities and toured Carrasco Elementary to get a feel of what their new campus will be like.
The team discussed building curriculum structures; social, emotional learning structures; and college and career initiatives.
“My theory is work hard and play hard,” Thomas said. “As teachers, we need to have a sense of humor. You need to have good balance. We are going to work hard but also be there to support them and have a little fun.”
Martha Rodriguez, who will be a fourth-grade teacher at Cactus Trails, is excited for the chance to open a new school.
“I worked with Ms. Thomas before, so I was all on board,” Rodriguez said. “We are already going in with a positive attitude. We are all going to be committed to what is coming up ahead in opening a new school.”
Rodriguez was inspired by the tour of Carrasco Elementary School.
“I was amazed at all the new furniture and all the technology that they have,” she said. “I am so excited about it all.”
A parent information night for the new elementary school will be 6 p.m. May 20 at Pebble Hills High School. Parents will have an opportunity to meet administrators, faculty and staff. In addition, information booths with the school nurse, the counseling department, child nutrition services and police services will be available.
The school, built through Bond 2017, will be similar to Purple Heart Elementary and Sgt. Jose F. Carrasco Elementary schools. The school is located at 14701 Ralph Seitsinger Drive.
The mascot is the Diamondback and school colors are teal, grey and white.
To learn more about Cactus Trails Elementary School, visit their school website.