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Two El Paso ISD Schools among 26 Texas Blue Ribbon Nominees

Two El Paso ISD campuses are among the selective group of 26 Texas schools that have been nominated for the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Award recognizing the top schools in the country.

Dr. Green Elementary School and Maxine Silva Health Magnet High Schools were among the group of exemplary, high performing schools that are vying to compete for the privilege of being named a Blue Ribbon School. Winners will be announced in September.

“It’s an honor to be among the handful of Texas school districts that have schools on the list of nominees,” said Superintendent Juan Cabrera. “The fact that we have two schools on that list is proof positive that the focus on future readiness and innovation in our classrooms is paying off.”

If Green is selected, it would join nine other schools – including Silva – in EPISD that have received a Blue Ribbon since the program’s inception in 1982.

Silva’s nomination gives it the opportunity to win its third Blue Ribbon Award. The school earned the distinction in 2003 and 2011 — the most awards of any school in El Paso County.

Besides Silva, the other EPISD schools with Blue Ribbons are: Crockett Elementary, Schuster Elementary, Hillside Elementary, Coldwell Elementary, Douglass Elementary, Transmountain Early College High, Cielo Vista Elementary and Lamar Elementary.

Nominated schools must now complete a rigorous application process that will be monitored by the U.S. Department of Education. Winners will be recognized during a Blue Ribbon awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Retiring Cielo Vista ES Educators Leave Behind Legacy of Service to Children

Cielo Vista Elementary turned Monday, June 6th into Make your Mark Day — celebrating the legacy of three teachers retiring this June after a combined 110 years in EPISD.

The day started with a school-wide assembly showcasing the choir that led up to a surprise presentation honoring Xavier Murillo, Christine Nebhan and Eileen Moye-Garretson.

“They have left a mark on so many young lives,” principal Katherine McMillan said. “They’ve left on a mark where these kids had to be held back almost (during the assembly) because they wanted to run up and hug each one of these teachers who are very special to them.”

Physical education teacher Murillo retires with 46 years of service to EPISD including 28 at Cielo Vista. Both Nebhan, a first grade teacher, and Eileen Moye-Garretson, a second grade teacher, taught at Cielo Vista for their entire careers. They retire with 31 and 34 years, respectively.

“When children see the teachers in the cafeteria, they are always greeting them with joy,” McMillan said. “The children are really going to miss having these wonderful teachers helping them.”

Tears rolled down the eyes of Cielo Vista students and teachers as the third through fourth graders serenaded Murillo, Nebhan and Moye-Garretson with the classic song “Smile.”

“It’s been a joy working for the district but it’s time to move on,” said Murillo, a former Elementary Teacher of the Year finalist.

His philosophy: “Always the kids first. That’s what we’re here for.”

Moye-Garretson and her family have a rich history with EPISD. Her father H.R. Moye’s legacy is remembered through the EPISD elementary school name in his honor. Her retirement marks the first time since 1948 that a Moye hasn’t worked for EPISD.

“I’m going to miss these guys so much,” she said. “The kids are going to be the hardest part to leave.”

Moye-Garretson feels fortunate to have been able to spend her entire career at Cielo Vista.

“This has been home,” she said. “I fell in love with this school and I never wanted to go anywhere else — although I thought about going to Moye for a while but I couldn’t leave here.”

The day continued with students leaving their own impression of the last school year marking up the pavement in front of the campus with chalk drawings and messages to the retiring teachers.

Nebhan sat on the ground drawing with a group of fifth graders, many holding back tears.

“My job has been a blessing. There hasn’t been one bad time,” Nebhan said. “I’ve fallen in love with all the kids. They’re like family because I don’t have a family. I’m going to miss them.”

Students crowded around her reminiscing about their time in her classroom and enjoying the last few moments of their school year together.

“I’m new here and she’s been nice to me ever since I got here,” said Zoe Sisneros, a fifth grader. “She’s like a mother to me. I’ll never forget her.”

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