Staff Report August 21, 2017Local NewsComments Off on TEA: Ysleta ISD High Schools Earn Most State Distinctions in El Paso
High schools in the Ysleta Independent School District earned the most state distinctions among all El Paso school districts in connection with this spring’s testing results, according to figures released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
All YISD schools achieved the rating of “Met Standard” in 2017 state test results, along with 7,830 campuses across Texas, TEA officials said.
By earning the “Met Standard” rating, schools were eligible to receive “Distinction Designations” for academic achievement in English/reading, math, science, and/or social studies; or for placing in the top 25% for student progress, closing performance gaps, and postsecondary readiness.
Ysleta High School was one of only two comprehensive high schools in the El Paso region to earn distinction designations in all seven areas.
In addition, three high schools (Bel Air, Del Valle, and Riverside) each earned distinction designations in six areas, while Eastwood and Hanks high schools earned distinctions in five areas.
Overall, YISD high schools earned a combined 42 distinction designations. By comparison, El Paso ISD high schools received 38, and Socorro ISD high schools received 15.
Distinction designations are awarded to campuses based on achievement in performance indicators relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size, and student demographics.
Overall, six YISD campuses won every Distinction Designation available for their school type.
Lancaster, Vista Hills, and Ysleta elementary schools earned the maximum six distinctions for primary grades, while Camino Real Middle School, Eastwood Knolls International School, and Ysleta High School won all seven distinctions available for secondary grades.
TEA officials said only about 400 schools across the state earned all distinction designations available to their school type based on 2017 state test results.
“Amazing work takes place in classrooms across our state every school day, but especially on these campuses where every possible distinction has been earned,” said TEA Commissioner of Education Mike Morath.
At the primary level, five YISD elementary schools earned five of six designations – they are Eastwood Heights, Glen Cove, North Star, Ramona, and Scotsdale. In addition, Eastwood Middle School earned distinctions in six of seven areas.
For the second year in a row, high school football fans at the Ysleta Independent School District will be able to purchase 2017 season tickets that entitle them to reserved VIP seating at five home games, with priority being given to last year’s season ticketholders.
By purchasing season tickets, fans can enjoy watching home games from prime viewing areas not available to other ticketholders, such as the 50-yard line. In addition, season ticketholders sit in individual stadium seats featuring sturdy chair backs, rather than standard
Season tickets are $40 per person and will be sold to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to staffing variations at each high school, ticket sales will begin on different dates at different campuses. The schedule is as follows:
Hanks, Eastwood, Parkland, Riverside, and Ysleta high schools:
2016 season ticketholders may purchase the same seats for 2017 beginning Monday, July 31. Tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday, Aug. 8.
Bel Air and Del Valle high schools:
2016 season ticketholders may purchase the same seats for 2017 beginning Monday, Aug. 7. Tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday, Aug. 15.
Tickets can only be purchased with cash through the business clerk at each high school on weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon, or 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets will not be sold Friday, Aug. 4, when YISD campuses are closed.
Season tickets are good only for home football games at the high school where the tickets were purchased.
Beginning Sept. 1, any reserved seats from unsold season tickets will be available for purchase on the Friday of each home game at a cost of $10 apiece.
Staff Report February 14, 2017Local NewsComments Off on Ysleta ISD Announces ‘Supper Program’ for Three High Schools
In a bid to help support the wellness, health, and development of students, the Ysleta Independent School District has launched a new “supper program” at three high schools, primarily to provide free and nutritious meals to active students who remain on campus after school for extracurricular activities.
The supper meals are being offered from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. on school days at Del Valle, Hanks, and Ysleta high school. The meals are free of charge to children 18 years and younger, but are also available for purchase by adults.
The supper program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program.
“We launched this program not only to support students, but to help parents who may be concerned their active children don’t have access to healthy food outside the traditional school day,” said Michael Vasquez, YISD’s Director of Child Nutrition Services.
“We have numerous high-school students who stay on campus after school for sports, theater, band, or other clubs,” Vasquez added. “Our new supper program assures parents that their children can easily stop by the school cafeteria and eat a nutritious meal on their way to rehearsal or practice – instead of simply curbing their appetites with chips, candy, or fast food.”
The supper program was first piloted in January at Ysleta High School, expanding to Del Valle and Hanks high schools in February, officials said.
This new program is just the latest effort by YISD to increase student access to healthy meals. Already, 33 schools in the Bel Air, Del Valle, Parkland, Riverside, and Ysleta learning communities provide free lunch meals to every student, regardless of family income. In addition, all YISD schools offer free breakfast meals to all students.
Staff Report January 23, 2017Local NewsComments Off on Del Valle High School Earns Prestigious National Charter Status
DES MOINES, IOWA – The National Speech & Debate Association is proud to recognize Del Valle High School for earning charter membership in the organization.
Over the past three years, Del Valle High School has earned more than 50 degrees for outstanding participation in speech and debate activities. This is the highest school membership honor you can achieve in the National Speech & Association.
“Charter membership reflects sustained commitment to speech and debate,” said J. Scott Wunn, Executive Director of the National Speech & Debate Association. “We are extremely proud of our charter schools, coaches, and students for their hard work and passion for speech and debate.”
Schools earn charter membership status after receiving at least 50 degrees within a three-year period. Students and coaches earn points in the Honor Society through speech and debate competition, community service, public speaking, and leadership activities. The more points earn higher degrees of recognition.
Every school within the National Speech & Debate Association is designated a provisional chapter, member chapter, or charter chapter. Each status determines voting privileges, a district’s strength of chapters, and number of qualifiers to the annual National Speech & Debate Tournament.
The National Speech & Debate Association is the largest interscholastic speech and debate organization serving middle school, high school, and collegiate students in the United States. The Association provides competitive speech and debate activities, high-quality resources, comprehensive training, scholarship opportunities, and advanced recognition to more than 150,000 students and coaches every year.
For 90 years, the National Speech & Debate Association has empowered more than 1.5 million members to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our society. For more information, visit www.speechanddebate.org.
Andres Acosta November 11, 2016SportsComments Off on Story in Many Pics: Chapin defeats Del Valle 17 to 14
In the first round of the 5a playoffs, it was an evenly-matched pairing of team, as Chapin traveled to Del Valle Thursday night. It was a back and forth battle, eventually won by the Huskies, as their defense stopped Del Valle from scoring at the last minute.
Our very own Andres Acosta was there, and brings you his view of the game via today’s ”Story in Many Pics”
Andres Acosta September 23, 2016SportsComments Off on Story in Many Pics: HS Football Week 5 – Andress v El Paso | Canutillo v Del Valle
Again our very own Andres Acosta was moving through the Borderland, documenting the region’s interesting match ups for week 5 of the high school football season. Check out all the action from Canutillo at Del Valle, as well as Andress at El Paso.
Andres Acosta September 17, 2016SportsComments Off on Story in Many Pics: HS Football Week 4 – Del Valle vs Ysleta | Eastlake vs Riverside
Week 4 was a hard-hitting week for the teams in action, as rivalries and memories were rekindled and re-formed. We chose Del Valle vs Ysleta and Eastlake vs Riverside because of the intensity of the play shown by all four teams.
Enjoy Andres Acosta’s view of the high school football action from week 4!
Staff Report August 12, 2016NewsComments Off on Ysleta ISD: Season Tickets to be Sold for all HS Football Home Games
For the first time ever, the public will be able to buy 2016 season tickets with reserved VIP seating for home football games at all seven high schools in the Ysleta Independent School District, thanks to generous underwriting from Viva Auto Group.
Football season tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Monday, Aug. 15, in the business office at each of the seven YISD high school campuses. The season tickets are good only for admission to the home football games at the school where the tickets were purchased.
Ticket prices are $40 per person at schools with five home games – Del Valle, Eastwood, Hanks, Parkland, Riverside, and Ysleta – and $32 per person at Bel Air High School, which has only four home football games this year. Season tickets must be paid by cash or check only.
Thanks to its partnership with Viva Auto Group, season ticketholders will be able to watch home football games from the comfort of individual stadium seats that include sturdy chair backs.
This reserved VIP seating will also be located in a prime viewing area of the stadium.
In addition, YISD officials said 2016 season ticketholders will have the option to purchase seats in this reserved VIP area for home football playoff games (prices may vary). They will also receive the first opportunity to renew their season tickets in 2017.
The Andress Eagles flew east to take on the always-tough Del Valle Conquistadores Friday night and the Monsters of the Mission Valley did not disappoint, downing the Eagles 36 to 16. Our Mike C. was there and captured all the action just for you.