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SISD’s Cactus Trails faculty, staff enjoy meet & greet, ready to open new school

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.

Socorro ISD Approves Boundary Adjustments, Campus Changes for 2019-2020 School Year

The Socorro Independent School District Board of Trustees approved boundary adjustments, which will go into effect January 2019 for new students and at the start of the 2019-2020 school year for current students.

“In planning for the boundary adjustments, Team SISD’s priorities are to be good stewards of all resources and to respect families in the existing school communities,” said Marivel Macias, assistant superintendent of administrative services.

“We focused on boundary adjustments that made best use of our existing campuses and adjusted for our new elementary school, while considering the needs of our students and families,” Macias said.

“Our commitment is to provide all students a high-quality education in a comfortable, safe learning environment.”

The boundary adjustments are being made in the El Dorado and Pebble Hills feeder patterns to maximize the use of existing facilities in those areas and to adjust for SISD’s newest elementary school, Cactus Trails Elementary School, which is set to open in the Pebble Hills area in July 2019.

Via a news release, Socorro ISD officials shared, “Team SISD is proactive in monitoring the growth in the district, demographics, and use of facilities in order to be poised to always provide students in all areas of the district safe and supportive learning environments.”

The boundary changes were carefully crafted taking into consideration many aspects, such as staffing, transition periods, student transportation, and potential facility renovations.

During October and early November, the district met with students, parents and community members at 10 community meetings to explain the proposed boundary adjustments and gain feedback from the stakeholders.

SISD also met with teachers, support staff, administrators, and district directors at 27 faculty and staff meetings to discuss the boundary changes.

The 2019-2020 boundary adjustments include the following changes:

  • Hurshel Antwine Elementary School will transition into a middle school for the El Dorado feeder pattern.
  • Paso del Norte K-8 School will become an elementary school for the El Dorado feeder pattern.
  • Sgt. Roberto Ituarte Elementary School will be the pre-k hub school in the El Dorado feeder pattern.
  • The new SISD elementary school, Cactus Trails Elementary School (PK-5), will serve students that currently go to James P. Butler and Chester E. Jordan elementary schools.

The changes were approved during SISD’s regular board meeting in mid- November; t learn more about the approved boundary adjustments, visit the district website.

New SISD School Named Cactus Trails Elementary School, Mascot will be Diamondbacks

The Socorro Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the name of the district’s newest elementary school: Cactus Trails Elementary School.

The district’s 49th campus is being built in the Pebble Hills area and will accommodate about 800 elementary students. The new campus will serve the rapidly expanding east side of Team SISD and alleviate James P. Butler Elementary School, which now overflows students to other schools in the area.

The $28.4 million facility is scheduled to be open for the 2019-2020 school year.

Leslie Thomas, formerly the principal of Jane A. Hambric School, will be the principal of Cactus Trails Elementary School.

Trustees and Superintendent Espinoza also approved the school mascot and colors. The mascot will be diamondbacks and the school colors will be gray, teal and white.

Trustees voted at the regular school board meeting on November 13, 2018.

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