Dual language education in Canutillo ISD has gotten the attention of the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
Dr. Barbara Kennedy, TEA Director of English Learner Support, visited Canutillo Elementary School last week to observe how dual language instruction is being delivered in early childhood and throughout elementary levels.
In the Canutillo ISD dual language program, students continue developing their ability to speak their native language while becoming proficient English speakers. Students are exposed to both languages everyday in all their courses like Math, Science, Social Studies, English and Language Arts. Implementing daily instruction in all courses of study reinforces language mastery.
Dr. Kennedy was interested in observing Canutillo Elementary and how the District implements dual language courses in an effective way.
“I am happy to be here in Canutillo,” Dr. Kennedy said. “I’m pleased to see that there is hands-on learning around the instruction and engaging conversation. It looks like it’s fun to be a student here.”
According to Canutillo ISD Academic Language Services Director Maria Silva, the dual language program at CISD is successful due to various factors. She says that there is consistency and fidelity to the dual language program. CISD administrators and Academic Language Services work closely with teachers to monitor, assist and provide guidance to students.
Silva says that teachers are also provided with multiple opportunities to expand their knowledge through continuous professional development. And, networking with other bilingual programs in the region helps to enrich the program.
“Students in the dual language program at Canutillo have been making academic gains on state exams,” Silva said. Comparing the 2017 and 2018 STAAR results for only English learners, Reading increased from 59 to 62, Math from 65 to 78, and Science from 61 to 65 in approaching grade levels.”
Silva added that – in the near future – the program will be expanding to Alderete Middle School so that students can continue to be successful at the next level.
Staff Report August 23, 2018NewsComments Off on 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 topped the traditional districts with a 91, followed by Paso Del Norte Academy with a 91 as well. Via a news release, officials with Canutillo ISD shared their excitement.
“This new high rating tells us nothing new about the exemplary performance of our students under our outstanding teachers and staff,” Canutillo ISD Superintendent Dr. Pedro Galaviz said. “We have been seeing the evidence of significant improvement in student progress at our schools for quite some time now.”
Of their ‘B’ rating, Socorro ISD’s Superintendent José Espinoza said, “Our overall rating shows that Team SISD is doing a great job of ensuring our students are achieving, progressing and prepared for post-secondary education,” Espinoza said. “While the ratings reflect a new way that the state is looking at performance, it is based in a large part on a standardized test students take one day out of the year and doesn’t reflect the whole amount of work and investment we make in our students. However, there is always room for improvement and we are committed to continue working toward 100 percent academic excellence for all students.”
Officials with the El Paso Independent School District also reacted to the numbers, saying they “showed tremendous growth and improvement and surpassed other large urban school districts in Texas, according to accountability figures released by the Texas Education Agency today…EPISD’s score of 86 is the highest for urban districts that serve overwhelmingly large numbers of low-income students.”
EPISD’s Superintendent Juan Cabrera added, “We are building the best EPISD in our history…I am proud of our dedicated teachers who have done an exceptional job of adapting modern and innovative methods of learning. Thank you to our teachers and community who have supported our historic efforts over the past five years.”
According to the release from the TEA, campuses receive a rating based on performance in three areas:
Student Achievement measures what students know and can do by the end of the year. It includes results from state assessments across all subjects for all students, on both general and alternate assessments, College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) indicators, like AP and ACT results, and graduation rates.
School Progress measures how much better students are doing on the STAAR test this year versus last year, and how much better students are doing academically relative to schools with similar percentages of economically disadvantaged students.
Closing the Gaps looks at performance among student groups, including various racial/ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds and other factors.
Seventy percent of the accountability rating is based on the better of Student Achievement or Student Progress (whichever is better is the only performance measure counted). The remaining 30 percent is based on performance in the Closing the Gaps area.
To learn more about the A-F accountability system, click here.
Note that while 2018 campus ratings continued under the Met Standard, Met AlternativeStandard or Improvement Required labels, district ratings are based on an A-F scale. The A–F rating labels will be applied to campuses at the end of the upcoming school year.
Districts, charters, and campuses can appeal the rating assigned on August 15. TEA will release the final 2018 ratings based on the outcomes of the appeals in December. To view the 2018 state accountability ratings for districts, charters and campuses, visit the TEA website.
In the graphic below are the region’s schools, sorted by letter-grade average, as selected on the TEA website.
To view the specific schools, use the box below to search out each individual school via the searchable tool below.
Select a school or district below to get started. Use TXschools.org to see how well different schools and districts are doing. Each report provides an in-depth look into how campuses and districts are performing overall and in different areas.
El Paso Community College August 1, 2018NewsComments Off on EPCC Dual Credit, Early College High School Program Recognized as Example of Excellence Finalist
On Wednesday it was announced that EPCC’s Dual Credit and Early College Program has been recognized as a finalist in the Examples of Excellence in the associate level.
“EPCC’s Dual Credit and Early College High School programs are having tremendous results in getting youth in our region on a path to higher education,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said. “The data shows that students who take just one college course in high school are more likely to pursue a college degree and be successful.”
The EPCC’s Dual Credit and Early College Program gives students opportunities to earn college credit while still in high school.
EPCC’s Dual Credit and Early College High School program was one of only 21 finalists selected from more than 139 nominated programs from 27 states, DC and Puerto Rico.
The four 2018 Examples of Excelencia will be announced October 11th at the Celebración de Excelencia in Washington, DC.
“We are honored that Excelencia in Education has selected El Paso Community College’s Dual Credit and Early College High School Program as an Example of Excelencia. This nation-wide recognition highlights the work we are doing to provide students in our region the opportunity to take college courses while in high school,” Tonie Badillo, Dean of EPCC’s Dual Credit and Early College High School Programs said.
“These students have the opportunity to save time and money by getting a head start on their college career.”
Since being established more than a decade ago, EPCC’s Dual Credit and Early College High School program has addressed the region’s low educational rate in comparison with Texas and the Nation.
The program has become a nationally recognized model for its success rates. Students in EPCC’s Dual Credit and Early College programs have high graduation and completion rates in the courses they take and when they continue to 4-year institutions. The data shows that 58 percent of students who take just one college course in high school pursue an advanced degree versus 33 percent for those who do not.
Students in EPCC’s Early College High School Programs have a 75 percent success rate in completing their associate degree while still in high school which outperform the national and state averages which are less than 30 percent.
EPCC offers Dual Credit in the majority of area high schools. There are 12 Early College High Schools spread out through area school district partners including Canutillo ISD, Clint ISD, El Paso ISD, Fabens ISD, Socorro ISD and Ysleta ISD.
¡Excelencia in Education!is an organization that works to accelerate Latino student success, enhance our workforce, leadership, and economy. Examples of Excellence recognizes institutions and practices that bring attention to evidence-based practices that work for Latino students in education.
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.
Staff Report May 20, 2018Local NewsComments Off on Canutillo ISD Increases Teacher Starting Pay to $50k; All Employees Set for 2% Pay Hike
Starting pay for teachers in the Canutillo Independent School District will reach the $50,000 mark starting in the 2018-19 school year after the Board of Trustees approved a compensation package that gives all employees a salary increase.
“We appreciate our teachers and employees and we wanted to give them a compensation package that matches their commitment to our students and community,” said Superintendent Pedro Galaviz. “We know we have to compete for employees, and I feel this is giving Canutillo an edge over other districts in the region.”
The new salary package for CISD employees increased the salary for teachers with zero year’s experience to $50,000, up from the $47,500 they receive this year. This makes teachers in Canutillo among the highest paid in El Paso County.
The $1.3 million in raises the CISD Board approved last week includes a 2 percent general pay increases for all employees. The Board will approve the $56.2-million budget for the 2018-19 school year later this summer.
Canutillo’s compensation plan also makes adjustments to teacher stipends. Some of the stipend increases include $2,500 to $3,000 for secondary math and science teachers, as well as $1,500 to $2,500 for self-contained special education teachers.
Administrators said the stipend changes were necessary.
“The teaching field stipends we have approved will keep us competitive with peer districts in El Paso,” said Martha Carrasco, CISD’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “We know that in order to keep and attract high-quality teachers, we have to give them an incentive. I feel these stipends will help us recruit and retain the best.”
CISD Board President Blanca Trout said trustees were elated to be able to give employees throughout the District a just pay increase.
“We’ve raised the bar for our District and the expectations we set as a community are high,” Trout said. “Our compensation package needs to match the expectations we set for teachers and employees.”
Northwest Early College High School (NECHS) held a celebration Wednesday to commemorate the school’s opening in 2008.
“EPCC will be marking the 10th anniversary of two of its 12 early college high schools this summer: Northwest Early College High School, in partnership with Canutillo ISD, and Transmountain Early College High School, with El Paso ISD, both opened in July 2008,” Tonie Badillo, Dean of Dual Credit and Early College High Schools (ECHS) said.
“EPCC’s early college high school initiative has provided a unique opportunity to the youth in our region to earn an associate’s degree while in high school.”
ECHS initiative is designed to allow students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree in four years.
School officials, via a news release said, the ECHS “must target and enroll students who are historically underrepresented in higher education, including economically disadvantaged, first-generation, English language learners and minority students.”
The ceremony – held in the school’s grotto to honor current students, faculty and graduates – was followed by a field day at the adjacent West Side Soccer Complex.
Staff Report May 8, 2018NewsComments Off on Canutillo High’s Math Team Snags State Championship
Calculating mathematical formulas is a cinch to the Canutillo High School Math Team, and it all added up to a state crown for the Eagles.
The math whizzes competed last weekend at the UIL Academic State Meet at the University of Texas at Austin and took home first place as a team in the Calculator Applications event.
CHS mathematics teacher and team coach Rudy Medina says that this is the first UIL academic state championship to come out of Canutillo and also the first El Paso school to have a UIL State Championship team in a math-related event in recent history.
“It means so much to them and they take great pride in representing our school and the Canutillo community,” Medina said. “It’s something they worked so hard for and to come away with results that no one else in the city has been able to do by winning it all is a huge accomplishment. I’m very blessed to have coached them.”
All four Canutillo team members finished in the top 10 of 24 competitors. Leading the team and also earning individual medals at the state meet were Gabriel Carrillo, 2nd place, Ricardo Corona, 4th place, and Brian Lara, 6th place. Carlos Tovar finished in 8th place.
“Winning a state championship is a major achievement for any academic team given the talent and competition in the state of Texas,” CISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Pedro Galaviz said. “This is yet another example of how Canutillo continues to rise above and be recognized among the best in the state.”
All year, this team has held first place and swept competitions in the region and state. In April, they won first place at the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association (TMSCA) state competition for the second straight year in 5A calculator applications. They also won the UIL Academic Regional Meet at Texas Tech in the spring.
In January, the team took first in the city at the Franklin Math Meet. And, in November, they placed first in calculator applications among all schools class 1A to class 6A at the Texas Tech Fall Fandango competition.
Staff Report February 26, 2018Local NewsComments Off on Canutillo ISD Leader Named Region 19 Assistant Principal of the Year
Jessica Meléndez-Carrillo, Assistant Principal at Congressman Silvestre & Carolina Reyes Elementary School was recently selected as Assistant Principal of the Year in Region 19 by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).
Carrillo is being recognized among her peers for her exceptional leadership in the day-to-day operations of Reyes Elementary, instilling pride in the school’s accomplishments and reinforcing their leadership in helping children develop a lifelong love of learning. She says she is living the dream working in Canutillo with stellar educators whose goal is student success.
“I’ve had the honor to start my professional career in Canutillo ISD and get to know the community,” Carrillo said. “I am able to attain such an honor because I have learned from the best team of teachers, administrators, custodians, cafeteria staff, aides, librarians and counselors. Every single day is a new opportunity for learning and growth.”
Each year, TEPSA Region Assistant Principals of the Year have the opportunity to apply for the National Assistant Principal of the Year Award, a recognition program produced in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Carrillo will attend the Awards Reception June 13 during the TEPSA Summer Conference in Austin, Texas.
“I am always looking for ways to learn more and grow professionally in order to do a better job for our students and the community,” Carrillo said. “I look forward to representing Canutillo ISD and Region 19 this summer at the TEPSA Conference.”
Staff Report January 18, 2018NewsComments Off on TEA Taps Socorro, Canutillo ISD’s Early College High Schools for National Honors
Socorro Independent School District’s Mission Early College High School (MECHS) and Canutillo ISD’s Northwest Early College High School (NWECHS) have been nominated by the Texas Education Agency for national 2018 Blue Ribbon School honors.
For 2018, MECHS was nominated for the Exemplary High-Performing School category. The school was the first early college high school to open in the El Paso region and was previously designated as a national Blue Ribbon School in 2012.
Canutillo ISD’s Northwest Early College High School (NWECHS), also nominated in the Exemplary High-Performing category, has earned a list of accolades as the school celebrates its 10-year anniversary.
“This nomination is truly a defining moment in my career as an educator. We have made such progress here and have impacted so many student lives. I could not be more proud of the work that we do; work that could not be accomplished without the dedication of a wonderful faculty and staff”, said Tracy Speaker-Gerstheimer, Principal at Northwest Early College High School
In addition to SISD and CISDs’ nominations, the Texas Education Agency announced the nomination of 24 other Texas public schools for national 2018 Blue Ribbon Schools recognition.
“Northwest and Mission Early College High Schools continue to set the standard for early college high schools, not only in our region and the state, but nationwide.” Tonie Badillo, EPCC Dean of Dual Credit and Early College High Schools said. “We are very proud of their achievement in being named Blue Ribbon Schools nominees.”
Each nominated school has an economically disadvantaged population of 39 percent or greater.
The nominated schools must now complete a rigorous application process through the U.S. Department of Education. Announcements of the national award winners will be made in September 2018. Schools that receive the award are recognized at the Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The nominated schools in Texas (by district or charter) for 2018 include:
Exemplary High-Performing Schools
Alief Montessori Community School – Alief Montessori Community School (Houston)
Canutillo ISD – Northwest Early College High School
Devers ISD – Devers Elementary School
Houston ISD (3) – Challenge Early College High School; Debakey High School for Health Professions; East Early College High School
La Joya ISD – Jimmy Carter Early College High School
Mercedes ISD – Mercedes Early College
Mumford ISD – Mumford Elementary School
Socorro ISD – Mission Early College High School
Valley View ISD (2) – Valley View Elementary School; Valley View South Elementary School
Walcott ISD – Walcott Elementary School
Exemplary Achievement-Gap-Closing Schools
Arrow Academy – Arrow Academy-Liberation Academy (Meadows Place)
Edinburg CISD (2) – Anne L. Magee Elementary School; Hargill Elementary School
Golden Rule Charter School – Golden Rule School-Sunnyside Campus (Dallas)
Harlingen CISD – Dishman Elementary School
Hidalgo ISD – J.C Kelly Elementary School
IDEA Public Schools – IDEA Mission Academy (Mission)
Lamar CISD – Jackson Elementary School
Laredo ISD – J. Kawas Elementary School
Nacogdoches ISD – Nettie Marshall Academy of Dual Language
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (2) – Carmen Anaya Elementary School; Cesar Chavez Elementary School
Robstown ISD – San Pedro Elementary School
Founded in 1982, Blue Ribbon Schools is a U.S. Department of Education program that recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where exemplary progress has been made toward closing achievement gaps among subpopulations while maintaining high achievement levels among all students.
Staff Report December 30, 2017NewsComments Off on Herald-Post Best of 2017: Year in Pictures
It’s another year in the history books, as 2017 fades and 2018 dawns.
From the streets of downtown, to the football fields of the schools around town, to the houses of worship throughout the Borderland and locations in between, our photographers were busy documenting our story.
Below are the best shots from our team of photographers: Chief Photographer Andres Acosta, Steven Cottingham and Kevin Venegas.
Staff Report December 7, 2017NewsComments Off on EPCC Adopts Canutillo Elementary School to Promote ‘College-Going Culture’
El Paso Community College (EPCC) adopted Canutillo Elementary School as part of its elementary school adoption program during a proclamation ceremony held at the school on December 7, 2017.
EPCC President Dr. William Serrata welcomed Canutillo Independent School District (CISD) Superintendent Dr. Pedro Galaviz, Canutillo Principal Julie Melendez and the student body to the program.
“A student is never too young to learn the importance of going to college,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President said. “Reaching out to elementary school students and their parents allows students to learn that higher education is within their reach and we build a college-going culture.”
Canutillo Elementary School is EPCC’s fourth school adopted and first for CISD. “We are excited and invite this partnership with EPCC as it exposes our students at an early age to the future college opportunities available to them,” Dr. Pedro Galaviz, CISD Superintendent said.
Previously EPCC adopted Campestre Elementary from Socorro Independent School District (SISD), Frederick Douglass Elementary from El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) and Ramona Elementary from Ysleta Independent School District (YISD).
EPCC officials added, “We are committed to increasing the number of students going to college in the region…by building strong elementary school and college connections through campus tours, workshops, presentations, outreach programs and parental involvement, EPCC is building a college-going culture where college begins in kindergarten.”
EPCC has plans to continue adopting elementary schools across its district.
Staff Report November 23, 2017NewsComments Off on Reyes Elementary Students Train to Run, Empower Themselves
Girls at Congressman Silvestre and Carolina Reyes Elementary School are running to learn and be empowered thanks to several local health and leadership organizations around El Paso.
The Junior League of El Paso partnered with the El Paso Center Against Sexual and Family Violence to bring a Girls on the Run council to El Paso. According to Jessica Arvizu, an advocate with the Center, Girls Going the Distance is a life skills development pilot program based on the Girls on the Run model. Through a mentoring relationship centered on running, the program uses dynamic, interactive lessons and running games, to inspire and motivate girls and encourage lifelong health and fitness and build confidence through accomplishment.
RES Assistant Principal Jessica Melendez-Carrillo said they have about 35 3rd-5th grade girls in the 10-week program that is designed to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident, using various lessons addressing self-care, self-esteem, positive relationships and empowerment.
At the end of the program, the girls will participate in the Flying Horse 5K Race organized by Race El Paso November 18, 2017 in Anthony, Texas and New Mexico. Junior League member Danielle Adams was on hand to train and run with the girls.
“This is about empowering girls to not only be physical, healthy and strong but also brings the goal of accomplishing something,” Adams said. “The girls are going to be awesome in this run!”
The girls also received generous donations of brand new running shoes, socks and t-shirts from the Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation while Race El Paso provided the girls discounted registration fees for the race.
“Reyes Elementary is so excited to have this program here this year and appreciates all the effort from every organization that made this possible for the girls,” Melendez-Carrillo said