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Canutillo ISD board approves pay raise for all employees

On Monday, Canutillo ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved a two percent general pay increase for all CISD employees for the 2020-21 school year. 

“I consider our faculty and staff our greatest assets,” said Superintendent Dr. Pedro Galaviz. “We truly appreciate the work they do in educating and supporting our students.”

Over the past four years, the District has been in a sound financial position to continually increase compensation.

“We are pleased to be able to provide these salary increases to our teachers and staff during such a challenging time,” said Board President Sergio Coronado. “They have worked so hard for our children and the present situation has demanded even more of their time and effort.”

The compensation plan, approved on May 26 at the regular board meeting, keeps Canutillo ISD among the highest-paying school districts in the region.

Starting teacher pay would increase from $52,500 to $53,150 a year and all other teachers’ pay will climb through pay-scale step increases.

Canutillo Alumni seek support for awarding scholarships as annual golf tournament canceled

While the Canutillo Alumni Foundation for Education had to suspend its annual golf tournament this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the alumni are still planning to award college scholarships and are asking for support.

The 2020 golf tournament, sponsored by Charlie Clark Nissan, was already postponed to July 17 from its original date in May, and CAFÉ hoped to hold it at Butterfield Trail Golf Club. The permanent closure of Butterfield Trail also added to the misfortune.

CAFÉ, a fund under the Paso Del Norte Community Foundation, believes that to protect the health and safety of the event participants, it is best to call off the event this year and plan for a date in 2021. But, the group is determined to do all that it can to sustain its scholarship program.

“We are disappointed that we could not hold this important event that provides much-needed assistance for our Canutillo and Northwest students,” Armando Rodriguez, CAFÉ Golf Tournament organizer said. “But, we are hopeful that through the generous support of our regular dedicated tournament sponsors and the community, our students will get the help they need to go to college.”

Anyone interested in contributing any amount to the scholarship program is encouraged to visit the CAFE’ donation page via the PDN Foundation. Donations of $1,000 or more will have the opportunity to have a scholarship acknowledgment in the name of their choice.

CAFÉ also has a monthly and annual giving membership program where members make regular automatic contributions with a credit card or payroll deduction for Canutillo ISD employees. To learn more and join CAFÉ, click here.

Canutillo ISD rolls out Summer program to meet learning needs during pandemic

Learning for Canutillo ISD students will not end when school officially concludes later this month, as the District’s Curriculum and Instruction Department (C&I) administrators have developed a distance learning program for their students this summer.

According to CISD officials the program, Summer S.A.L.T. (Sustaining Academic Learning Together), is “a robust remote instruction program that will launch June 8.”

“We are not about to lose the momentum we had when we rapidly switched to distance and online learning during the health crisis,” Canutillo ISD Superintendent Dr. Pedro Galaviz said. “Our students, teachers, and parents adapted very well to the dramatic change in the learning environment this spring and we are determined to take what we learned and deliver a high quality program to boost their progress.”

The program partners with parents and supports the continued growth and learning of their students to prevent a loss of information and preserve all they learned this year.

The C&I department explains that during typical school years, teachers can account for the summer slide, or loss of information, at the beginning of the next school year. However, this is not a typical year.

School closures due to COVID-19 may have a bigger impact on students and the amount of information students lose over the summer will be greater.

Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Debra Kerney says that CISD recommends a whole-child approach to learning and this is an opportunity to spice up the summer.

“This summer, we want students to relax, play outside, and experience adventures with their families,” Dr. Kerney said. “A dash of Summer S.A.L.T. daily will give children time to explore new ideas, play, and strengthen math and reading skills. This will help them to successfully leap into next year and land on their feet.”

Summer S.A.L.T. is a menu of activities for parents and children to choose from. Students are asked to spend a little bit of time each day reading and practicing math. In addition, the menu includes activities for social studies, science, art, community, citizenship, and exercise. There are an abundance of other fun activities to do while at home this summer.

Children will also be able to participate in a schedule of online lessons provided in English and Spanish by CISD teachers.

Every CISD student in Pk-5th grade will receive Grab ‘N’ Go Packs by mail, more than 21,000 books in all, to be used during Elementary Literacy-Extension Live-Stream Sessions.

In addition, dual language students will receive a set of books in Spanish.

Students will receive credit at the start of the next school year for the time they put into the menu this summer. Organizers plan contests for time spent reading and online use of Imagine Math, myON, and Istation, and students in PK through 8th grade are encouraged to login at least 4 times a week.

The Summer S.A.L.T. Menu and links to the live-stream sessions will be available on the District Website.

Canutillo ISD partners with El Pasoans Fighting Hunger food bank to feed entire families

The Canutillo Independent School District is partnering with El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank to feed entire families, in addition to children ages 18 and under.

“The district cares for the well-being and nourishment of our entire community, so when families are going to the school district, there may be others in the household who need food as well,” said Superintendent Dr. Pedro Galaviz. “Schools are trusted and highly accessible locations that families are used to visiting.”

The district, in partnership with El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank will be distributing boxes of groceries curbside at Bill Childress Elementary, every Monday and Friday, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  1,000 families will be served on a first come first serve basis.

The breakfast and lunch program provided to children ages 18 and under will continue as scheduled. Please visit the district’s website for times and locations.

In addition, the Canutillo Mobile Food Pantry distribution will take place Thursday, May 7th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Canutillo Middle School to serve 400 families.  Food will be provided on a first come first serve basis.

Bill Childress Elementary

7700 Cap Carter Road  |   Vinton, Texas 79821

Canutillo Middle School

7311 Bosque   |   Canutillo, Texas  79835

Canutillo ISD to purchase $4.8M worth of Apple devices for all students in the district

On Tuesday, April 28, the Canutillo Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a $4.8 million request to purchase Apple devices for every student in the district.

“We believe this substantial investment in devices is critical to ensuring that all students have equitable access to learning,” said Board President Sergio Coronado. “In this unprecedented time, Board members remain committed to supporting the needs of our students, families, staff, and community.”

Canutillo ISD partnered with Apple, Inc. in launching this one-to-one solution to be issued to all students fall 2020.  Students from Pre-Kinder through 12th grade will have access to their own device allowing faculty to expand the classroom beyond its four walls.

“This opportunity will keep CISD students at the forefront of this technological age and help fulfill the district’s mission of producing future-ready students,” CISD officials shared via a news release.

District officials add, “Through this agreement, Canutillo will purchase devices, professional development, project management, engineering solutions, and a comprehensive institutional technology training process….the total price tag is $4,804,806, with a 30% discount. ”

In addition to purchasing computer solutions for students, CISD has also purchased WiFi hotspots to be placed around the community and issued to families in need of internet connectivity.

“Technology has obviously benefited education in many ways. However, it can also create educational inequity when some students enjoy access, while others do not. This problem has been called the digital divide or technology gap. This purchase is intended to close this gap, thus providing equal opportunity for learning,” said Superintendent Dr. Pedro Galaviz. “This pandemic has caused us to act and rethink our educational environment.”

Canutillo ISD will also be updating its facility master plan in partnership with the community to build ‘Canutillo Connect’, a comprehensive solution to turning Canutillo into a “smart city”.

Canutillo ISD set to celebrate 60th Anniversary with December Diamond Jubilee

Canutillo ISD has come a long way since its establishment in 1959 and the entire community is celebrating its history, the people and the many accomplishments over the years.

Throughout the year, Canutillo ISD has been celebrating their 60 years of excellence and to mark the milestone, the Canutillo Alumni Foundation for Education (CAFÉ) will host a Diamond Jubilee Saturday, December 14, 2019. The event will include dinner and feature live music, dancing, door prizes, a silent auction. The entire community is invited to attend.

The 60th Diamond Jubilee event coordinator and Canutillo alum, Sergio Martinez, says that this event is a tribute to all of the accomplishments the District has achieved recently.

“There have been so many good things coming out of the District lately and we, as a whole community, join with them to celebrate what Canutillo has become today,” Martinez said. “This event honors the heritage and people of the past and the present.”

Headlining the dance party will be El Paso band and Canutillo natives, Mainstreet.

Tickets are $50 general admission, $400 reserved table, or $1,000 Diamond Sponsor, and only available through Friday, December 6.  To purchase tickets and get more information, click here.

Back in 1959, the area was a rural community surrounded by cotton fields in El Paso’s Upper Valley. Canutillo had fewer than 200 students walking the halls of a single school building. Canutillo students interested in continuing their education after eighth grade had to travel almost 15 miles to attend El Paso High School.

It wasn’t until 1963 that Canutillo ISD graduated its first senior class.  The new school district experienced growing pains through the 1960s until bonds were passed to support expansion.

The high school on Bosque Road opened for the 1974-75 school year. Canutillo Middle School on Talbot Road was completed in 1980. In 1987, voters passed a $7.1 million bond issue for construction of Jose H. Damian Elementary School and Deanna Davenport Elementary School in Westway.

The growth continued. Bill Childress Elementary School opened in 1996 and Canutillo Elementary School was added in 1998. Then, the new $7.3 million Canutillo High School was opened in 2005.

By 2006, Canutillo Middle School moved into the old high school and Jose J. Alderete Middle School was added. Gonzalo & Sofia Garcia Elementary School welcomed students in 2008.

Also in 2008, Canutillo ISD and El Paso Community College joined efforts to open Northwest Early College High School, CISD’s second high school, which provides high school students the opportunity to obtain a high school diploma and associate’s degree in just four years. Then, Canutillo’s most recent campus, Congressman Silvestre and Carolina Reyes Elementary School opened in 2015.

Today, fueled by an increasing student population and forward-thinking leaders, Canutillo ISD has emerged from its modest beginnings to become a top-rated, premier school district with ten innovative campuses serving more than 6,200 students.

Northwest Early College High School earned a 2018 National Blue Ribbon Award. And, the District was selected as a finalist for the statewide 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education award for the first time as an outstanding small district.

The accolades continue. In August, Canutillo ISD became the only traditional school district in the El Paso region to earn back-to-back “A” ratings in accountability from the Texas Education Agency. For the second consecutive year, the District received an Exemplary A-Rating with a grade of 91 in overall performance for the 2018-2019 school year. This makes Canutillo ISD the highest rated among districts in Region 19.

District leaders are pleased with the recent accomplishments that could be considered one of the most memorable and accomplished seasons Canutillo ISD has ever experienced.

“The Canutillo and surrounding communities have really taken notice of the remarkable progress our district has achieved over the years,” said CISD Board President Sergio Coronado. “We have a lot to be proud of and are thrilled for the prospect of an even brighter future.”

Canutillo students open graphic design and print shop next week

Graphic design students at Canutillo High School will get real-world experience by opening a graphic design and printing business on campus.

Canutillo ISD Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director Tracy Andrews says that students will gain valuable experience through the business.

“Our goal is to teach our students both knowledge and skills. CTE not only teaches skills for specific career fields, but it also teaches skills for life,” Andrews said.

The new business, DigiPrint, will expand on the student’s learning by offering real-life experiences from an owner’s viewpoint.  They will learn customer service, bookkeeping, marketing a service or product, managing a budget, and sales strategies.

In addition to the traditional training with graphic design software, they will learn to analyze, manipulate and finalize a design using a variety of mediums.

The CTE Career Cluster – Arts, A/V Technology and Communications (AAVTC) – focuses on careers in designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services.

Careers in the AAVTC Cluster require a creative aptitude, a strong background in computer and technology applications, a strong academic foundation, and a proficiency in oral and written communication.

The grand opening of DigiPrint is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 7 at Canutillo High School, located at  6675 South Desert Boulevard.

Canutillo ISD Board President Trout Selected for Leadership Program

The Texas Association of School Boards recently announced the selection of Canutillo Independent School District Board President Blanca S. Trout to take part in the 2019 Leadership TASB program.

“Leadership TASB is the premier leadership program in the state for school trustees, and I am honored to have been selected to represent Canutillo and the El Paso region,” Board President Trout said.

Trout added, “Board members have the large responsibility of setting policies and procedures that impact the lives of students, and this program will help me and other board members reach our goals.”

Board President Trout will join trustees from throughout the state in a year-long program designed to help experienced board members develop the leadership qualities necessary to lead Texas public school districts.

Class members are selected for demonstrated leadership in their local district and communities and for their representation of the diversity of Texas school districts.

According to her biography on the Canutillo ISD Website, President Trout attended EPCC, holds an Associate’s degree in Business Administration, is a business owner, and was recently appointed as Vice-Chair of the El Paso County Republican Party.

Canutillo ISD Awarded for Outstanding Financial Reporting

For the second consecutive year, Canutillo ISD was awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (COE) by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO).

“This award recognizes the excellent reporting by our dedicated finance staff,” Canutillo ISD Chief Financial Officer Martha Piekarski said. “The report informs our stakeholders about the healthy financial state of the district, making it an important tool for displaying transparency, building trust, and engaging with the community.”

ASBO International’s COE recognizes districts that have met the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability. CISD earned the Certificate of Excellence for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the 2017 fiscal year.

The District was recognized for the demonstration of their commitment to financial transparency. The CAFR is reviewed by a team of professional auditors, who provide feedback to improve future documents. If the CAFR meets the requirements of the program, the document may receive the Certificate of Excellence.

A district’s participation in the COE program can facilitate bond rating and continuing bond disclosure processes.

Canutillo ISD is proposing a balanced budget for the 2018-19 school year. And, the Canutillo ISD Board of Trustees recently approved an increase of the starting pay for teachers to $50,000 including a 2 percent general pay increases for all employees.

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