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Eastlake hosts International Educators via International Visitor Leadership Program

Educators from various countries in Africa visited Eastlake High School last month to learn about the innovative career and technical education programs provided in the Socorro Independent School District.

The International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. Department of State invited the individuals to visit cities across the country and learn how vocational education provides Americans with training and skills tailored to fit targeted employment needs.

“As far as I know, we’re the only school district in El Paso that they had come to see,” said Career and Technical Education Director George Thomas. “I believe it shows we stand out as a school district, and I do know we are the best CTE program in the region if not the state.”

The African delegates who visited Team SISD are from Benin, South Sudan, Morocco, Cameroon, and Senegal. They also visited Washington D.C., San Diego, San Antonio, and Atlanta.

“They wanted to come to Texas because it is among the largest states in the U.S. and, specifically, because of the minority population here in El Paso,” said Araceli McCoy, executive director of the El Paso Council for International Visitors. “Since we are bilingual, they wanted to learn about the opportunities for the Hispanic population.”

Representatives from Region 19, El Paso Community College, UTEP and Workforce Solutions also participated in the visit at the Eastlake library.

“We have learned the importance of dialogue with the young people, said State Minister of Education in South Sudan Pia Yangu. “Young people may have ideas about the jobs they want to do, so it’s good to have those conversations with them to create more jobs.”

The SISD CTE department offers students opportunities in more than 40 career programs, 60 career clusters, and more than 6,000 industry certifications. Some 300 teachers at the middle school and high school levels teach CTE courses across the district.

International educators visit Eastlake High School event gallery

Game in Many Pics: Falcons fall to Monterey 66-42

In a Saturday edition of ‘Friday Night Lights,’ the Eastlake Falcons played host to the Monterey Plainsmen at Socorro ISD’s SAC.

While the hosts kept it close for a while, the Plainsmen prevailed in the end, taking the game 66-42.

Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and we bring you his view of the contest in this ‘Game in Many Pics.’

SISD Homecoming festivities ignite school spirit for 2019-20 school year

Socorro Independent School District high schools revved up the school spirit at 2019-2020 homecoming celebrations, which included pep rallies, parades, football games, and dances.

Students, teachers, staff and alumni celebrated a week of festivities by showing off their school spirit and many enjoying victorious homecoming games.

El Dorado High School

El Dorado High School’s festivities were Sept. 9 to 14. The Aztecs theme was “Can I Have This Dance” from Disney’s High School Musical.  Their parade was Sept. 11 followed by the Birth of the Aztec Sun ceremony in the football field.

“Everyone is so excited for today, because the parade just starts the year off on a positive note,” said Theresa Maya, El Dorado student activities director.

They celebrated the pep rally on Sept. 12, followed by the El Dorado vs. Andress homecoming game at the SAC. Their homecoming dance was Sept. 14 at the Empire.

El Dorado High School homecoming parade photos

Pebble Hills High School

The Pebble Hills Spartans also celebrated their homecoming Sept. 9 to 14 with their theme “Don’t Stop the Music,” a tribute to music festivals. Their homecoming parade was Sept. 11. The homecoming pep rally was Sept. 13 followed by the homecoming football game, which they won against Chapin High School.

“Homecoming is important because it’s the kick off to the start of the school year and it’s just a fun way to bring the community together,” said Emily Cancellare, student activities director at Pebble Hills High School.

The homecoming dance was Sept. 14 in the Pebble Hill’s courtyard.

Pebble Hills High School homecoming parade photos

Socorro High School

The theme for the Socorro High School homecoming was “Deep In the Heart of Texas,” which was celebrated Sept. 16-21. The homecoming parade and the pep rally were on Sept. 19.

“The parade is pretty important because it shows our school spirit, not only of Socorro High School, but of the district, because there are other schools involved in the parade from the elementary and middle schools,” said junior Jennifer Betancourt, who performed with the Socorro High School mariachi group.

The homecoming game was against Burges High School Sept. 20 at Socorro High School. Their homecoming dance was Sept. 21 at the Pit.

Socorro High School homecoming parade photos

Mission Early College

Mission Early College High School celebrated its homecoming week Sept. 16 to 21 with a pep rally Sept. 20 and homecoming dance Sept. 21.

“We didn’t always have homecoming, but for a lot of students it’s a coming of age thing and we didn’t want them to miss out on that,” said Ben Ortega, principal of Mission Early College High School.

Mission Early College High School homecoming parade photos

Eastlake High School

The Eastlake High School Falcons celebrated their homecoming the week of Sept. 23 to 27 with the theme “Around the World.” A parade and a community pep rally took place Sept. 25.

“We’re here today for my son, and my daughter is next in line. He’s going to be the first one graduating and then, hopefully, going off to college, so this is a big deal for us,” said Adan Martinez, a parent from Eastlake. “We try to be involved as much as we can with all his extracurricular stuff so we’re definitely excited for the parade.”

The homecoming football game was against Pebble Hills Sept. 26 at the SAC and Sept. 27 was the homecoming dance in the main foyer of Eastlake High School.

Eastlake High School homecoming parade photos

Montwood High School

Montwood High School homecoming was Sept. 23 to 28 with the theme of “Rams Take Over the World.” A parade and carnival were celebrated on Sept. 25 at the school.

“Homecoming is one of the events that brings the community together and that makes our community better,” said Humberto Galindo, a senior at Montwood High School.

The Rams won the homecoming football game against Eastwood Sept. 27 at the SAC and had their dance Sept. 28 in the school gym.

Montwood High School homecoming parade photos

Americas High School

The Americas High School Trailblazers celebrated their homecoming the week of Oct. 21 to 26 with the theme “New York State of Mind.” The homecoming parade was Oct. 24.

“I think homecoming is a great way of getting all the schools in the feeder pattern involved, which brings the community together,” said parent Viviana Amezcun, who attended the parade to support her Trailblazer, as well as her son and niece from the Vista Del Sol soccer team.

The Trailblazers won their homecoming football game against Pebble Hills High School Oct. 25 at the SAC. Their homecoming dance theme was “A Night in New York” Oct. 26 at Americas High School.

Americas High School homecoming parade photos

Game in Many Pics: Eastlake soars over Del Valle 21-14

The nightcap between the two Far East El Paso powerhouses at the SAC did not disappoint, as the Eastlake Falcons hosted the Del Valle Conquistadores.

The battle was finally won by the home team, as the Falcons took flight over the Conquistadores 21-14.

Our very own Johnny Yturales was at the contest and we bring you his view via this ‘Game in Many Pics.’






Game in Many Pics: Burges rides past Eastlake 35-27

The Eastlake Falcons flew west to the campus of Burges High to take on the Mustangs in a Thursday Night Lights contest.

The Falcons and the Mustangs traded the lead numerous times, but in the end, Burges claimed the win, 35-27

Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and we bring you his view of the contest in this ‘Game in Many Pics.’


Back to School! Students in Socorro, Clint ISDs return to class Monday

Where, oh where has the summer gone?  That’s the question that’s on the minds of thousands of students and parents as both Socorro ISD and Clint ISD open the 2019-2020 school year Monday.

CISD students, staff and teachers now join SISD in a near year-round-schedule, although Clint officials call the change a ‘balanced calendar.’

Via a news release, officials say Clint’s new balanced calendar will allow students to have breaks which are more frequent and evenly spread out throughout the academic school year.

“This calendar will also allow for intersessions in the fall and spring in which accelerated instruction and opportunities for enrichment can be provided for students,” district officials shared via an emailed news release. “The financial benefits of the balanced calendar will assist the District in funding needed activities aligned to adding instructional initiatives for all schools.”

Students will have intersession breaks beginning September 30-October 11 and March 9-13, with the last day of school falling on June 4, 2020.  To view the complete Clint ISD Schedule, click here.

Just down the road, Socorro ISD students make their familiar trek back to the classrooms as well.

SISD officials say they will welcome more than 47,000 students for the 2019-20 school year on Monday, and they be greeted by more than 3,500 educators across their 49 campuses.

For SISD students, the new opportunities for the 2019-20 school year include a new open enrollment policy, the opening of a new elementary school, three new early college high schools, the new Dual Language Academy, more technological devices and resources to enhance student learning, and improvements and renovations at existing facilities through Bond 2017.

With the opening of three new early college high school programs, SISD will be the only district in the region to offer an early college high school program at each one of its comprehensive high schools.

The new early college programs are Empire Early College at El Dorado High School, Falcon Early College at Eastlake High School, and Pebble Hills Early College at Pebble Hills High School.

Early college high schools give students the opportunity to graduate with up to 60 college credit hours or an associate degree along with their high school diploma.

Two significant milestones are also in store for two of the district’s campuses, as Montwood High celebrates it’s 30th anniversary, while over in the High Desert, Eastlake High School will celebrate its 10-year anniversary this school year.

The district’s newest campus, Cactus Trails Elementary, is opening for the 2019-20 school year in the Pebble Hills area. It is the 49th school in the district and welcomes some 900 students in Pre-Kindergarten to fifth grade. The school was the first Bond 2017 project to be completed.

For more information on SISD, click here.

Two UTEP students receive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

A pair of students from The University of Texas at El Paso who will pursue research-based doctoral degrees earned fellowship offers from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Isabel Barraza, a senior chemistry major, and Jaime E. Regis, a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering, were selected for the program, which supports outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who are or will be pursuing full-time research-based doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education.

They will receive three years of support within a five-year fellowship period during their graduate education by proving they have “potential for significant research achievements.” The NSF estimates that 1,500 awards are made each year, with anticipated funding of $138,000 per award.

For Barraza, who will enter graduate school this fall at the University of California, Santa Barbara seeking her doctorate in chemistry, the fellowship presents the opportunity to be selective about her research endeavors.

The Eastlake High School graduate has a desire to pursue opportunities related to renewable energy research. She began undergraduate research as a freshman at UTEP as a member of the First Year Research Intensive Sequence (FYRIS) program, and she started volunteering in a formal research laboratory during her first semester.

Barraza was motivated to explore research experiences outside UTEP, which led her to a summer internship at Malawi Polytechnic in southeastern Africa developing water treatment technologies.

Back at UTEP, she earned a Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) scholarship, which allowed her to continue research focusing on energy conversion processes in the laboratory of Dino Villagrán, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry in UTEP’s College of Science.

Her interests in clean energy development led her to spend two summers at Stanford University and one semester at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, where she focused on studying catalysis and materials for energy conversion. She credits being able to take advantage of many of these opportunities to starting undergraduate research so early, something that she believes is unique and accessible at UTEP.

“For me, it’s such a great honor to be able to do this as a student from UTEP,” Barraza said. “That I was able to get this fellowship, which goes to the most competitive students across the nation, makes me happy. I am proud to represent UTEP as a Hispanic woman. The fact that I got it means I get to work with any professor I want. It frees me up from being a teaching assistant and it allows me to focus on my research and to further contribute to the community through outreach.”

For Regis, who will pursue his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at UTEP, the award is the continuation of a dream he once thought improbable. Regis described his desire to earn a college degree as a difficult task coming from modest means. But he persevered.

The Del Valle High School graduate, who was valedictorian of his class, arrived at UTEP with its Presidential Scholarship. He quickly found a passion for research through experiences with the Army High Performance Computing Research Center Summer Institute at Stanford University and with UTEP’s NASA MIRO Center for Space Exploration and Technology Research (cSETR).

Most recently, Regis has worked with a group led by Yirong Lin, Ph.D., associate professor of mechanical engineering, in the Functional and Energy Material Systems (FEMS) Lab, where he is developing functional composites fabricated through 3D printing.

Regis also dedicated time to tutoring peers at the university’s Advancement Center for Engineering students. He conducted outreach to the area’s K-12 students as part of the NSF’s Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) program. He hopes to continue doing outreach.

“To me, the idea of going to college had not always seemed very realistic,” Regis said. “Seeing that someone in the family made it through college has motivated my younger siblings to want to become something more. It is my pride and joy to know that I have changed their lives in such a significant way, and I want to light the way to more people just as I did with my younger siblings. Ultimately, if I can reach my career goal and become a STEM professor, I will impact many more students in minority communities and develop a pipeline for the next-generation STEM workforce.”

Socorro ISD students showcase strategies at annual Math Bee

Socorro Independent School District kindergarten to fifth-grade students showcased their math skills at the fourth annual Math Bee at Eastlake High School, held earlier this month.

Designed similar to a spelling bee and the only one of its kind in the El Paso region, the math bee uses number problems in a contest where students compete against their peers until only one is left standing.

“It allows them to practice mental math strategies,” said Elizabeth Marquez, instructional officer for pre-kindergarten to 2nd grade at SISD and Math Bee co-coordinator. “It motivates them to do better. This year, we had to increase the rigor because it’s gotten easier for students.”

The 2019 “Let’s Get Ready to Bumble” Math Bee featured more than 200 students. The competition consisted of five rounds per grade

level. Every round had a different math concept for students to master.

Concepts included math fluency starting with sequencing in kinder and three-step operations in fifth grade. Students had to answer three questions correct in each round to advance to the next.

Kindergarten winner James Kavanaugh, from James P. Butler Elementary, answered every math problem presented to him correctly.

“I really like math,” Kavanaugh said. “But I am surprised I won. I do like this trophy.”

His mother, Denise Kavanaugh, said James gets his math prowess from his father, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and an engineer.

“He’s a natural,” Denise Kavanaugh said. “I’m so glad the district offers this kind of contest. It’s healthy because it makes them think and practice their math skills.”

James isn’t the only one in his family to win the SISD Math Bee. Last year, his sister, Emilia Kavanaugh, took home the first place trophy in the first-grade category. She didn’t make it this year, but she did spend time helping her brother practice and gave him pointers.

“I’m proud of my little brother,” Emilia said. “He is so smart.”

2019 SISD Math Bee Winners

Kindergarten     James Kavanaugh       James P. Butler Elementary
1st grade          Emmett Ruppel           John Drugan School
2nd grade         Angel Espinoza           Dr. Sue Shook Elementary
3rd grade          Mason Davis               Sierra Vista Elementary
4th grade          AJ Lazarin                  Horizon Heights
5th grade          Tyesen Bradley           James P. Butler Elementary
Campus sweepstakes winner               James P. Butler Elementary

Photos of Math Bee event

Socorro ISD Science Fairs Sharpens Research, Presentation Skills for Students

More than 900 Socorro Independent School District elementary and middle school students participated in the annual district-wide science fairs in the fall.

About 400 elementary students displayed their projects at Pebble Hills High School and almost 500 sixth- to eighth-grade students showcased their projects at Eastlake High School.

“This is a good experience for a student,” said Danielle Navariz, elementary science instructional officer. “It’s important. Not only are they learning about science, but they are improving their presentation skills. The students have been preparing for months on their projects, culminating with the science fair.”

Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students created projects in various categories, including behavioral and social science, earth and environmental science, life science, physical science and engineering.

John Drugan School was named the sweepstakes winner again. Two Drugan students, Sophia Smith, fourth grade, and Christopher McDonald, fifth grade, also took sweepstakes. Smith’s category was behavioral and social science. McDonald had an earth and environmental science project.

James P. Butler Elementary third grader, Midori Moreno, was the sweepstakes winner for her physical science project.

At the middle school level, sixth- through eighth-grade students showcased projects in various categories, including sciences, behavioral and social science, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, cellular and molecular biology, earth and environmental sciences, mathematics, plant sciences, system software and translational medical science.

John Drugan again had top winners in several categories. Sixth-graders Aiden Veik and Fatima Franco won sweepstakes in the life and engineering categories, respectively. Joaquin Roman, a Montwood Middle School sixth-grader as well, took home the sweepstakes win in physical science.

In the seventh grade, Arella Orrosco and Gabriel Ramirez, both from John Drugan, and Mercedes Lopez, Socorro Middle School, were sweepstake winners. Orrosco took first place in life, Ramirez was tops in physical science and Lopez won the engineering category.

Eighth-graders Alan Martinez and James McDonald, from Drugan, and Samuel Fierro, from Ensor Middle School, took sweepstakes. Martinez and McDonald earned first for life and engineering, respectively. Fierro won for his physical science project.

Students worked hard on their projects, spending time researching, experimenting and creating their storyboards.

“This science project was based on my desire to be an architect,” said Roman, a middle-school sweepstakes winner. “I wanted to find the best building material and it turned out to be adobe. It was so much fun doing this and it will help me when I become an architect.”

The first-place winners, 66 students, from the middle school science fair advanced to the Sun Country Regional Science & Engineering Fair, which will be March 2 at Pebble Hills High School.

They will be joining the first- and second-place high school winners, who will compete at the district high school science fair on February 2 at Pebble Hills High School.

Story in Many Pics: Del Valle Downs Eastlake 44-7

The Eastlake Falcons few south from their roost in the High Desert to take on the Monsters of the Mission Valley, the Del Valle Conquistadores.

Del Valle defended their home turf fiercely, holding the Falcons to only one score en route to a 44-7 win.

Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and we bring you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’

Story in Many Pics: Eastlake Soars Over El Dorado 28-2

In the nightcap of a doubleheader at Socorro ISD’s SAC, the Eastlake Falcons played host to the El Dorado Aztecs.

The Falcons wasted no time, quickly rolling up the Aztecs en-route to a 28-2 victory.

Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was there and we bring you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics’

El Dorado vs Eastlake, SISD SAC, El Paso, TX, October 26, 2018, Andres Acosta El Paso Herald-Post

Eastlake High School SATA Students to Present at National Event in San Antonio

Students and educators from Eastlake High School in the Socorro Independent School District are among an elite group selected to present to hundreds of attendees at the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) national conference – PLTW Summit – in San Antonio later this month.

Eastlake is one of eight groups from across the country chosen to present; they were selected based on the school’s exceptional implementation of their PLTW program.

“Our SATA program is very unique,” said Matthew Coles, computer science instructor at Eastlake High School. “Students learn something different in the computer science field every year, and we are honored for the opportunity to showcase their work at the PLTW Summit this year. Projects include, coding, web development, videogame development, and cybersecurity. We owe a debt of gratitude to PLTW and SISD for their huge part in developing our program.”

The School of Advanced Technology Applications (SATA) is an advanced academics academy at Eastlake High School. The computer science program provides students with the opportunity to learn about advanced technology through a problem-based curriculum that prepares students to be college and career ready.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers, partnering with 11,500 schools across the U.S. to deliver hands-on programs in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. Eastlake offers all three of PLTW’s high school programs – PLTW Computer Science, PLTW Engineering, and PLTW Biomedical Science.

Eastlake students will present on the main general session stage on Oct. 29 to more than 500 guests. They also will have the opportunity to network with PLTW alumni and leaders from businesses and higher education institutions interested in students with STEM skills.

“Eastlake High School is a true champion of PLTW’s relevant, engaging approach to learning, teaching, and community engagement,” said PLTW Senior Vice President and Chief Engagement Officer David Dimmett. “We’ve invited them to share their stories to inspire attendees and provide best practices that can be taken back to other communities to benefit students across the country. We are thrilled to have PLTW students and teachers from Eastlake High School join us at PLTW Summit.”

In addition to PLTW Summit San Antonio, there are three other PLTW Summit experiences taking place this school year:

  • PLTW Summit Kansas City, Nov. 14-16, 2018
  • PLTW Summit Anaheim, Feb. 1-3, 2019
  • PLTW Summit Indianapolis, Feb. 17-19

PLTW Summit, sponsored by Chevron, is the premier gathering for individuals dedicated to preparing students with the in-demand and transportable skills they need to succeed in college and careers.

Guests will include PreK-12 educators, students, university leaders, and business and industry leaders.

For more information or to register to attend, visit the website.

Story in Many Pics: Montwood Outlasts Eastlake 22-13

It was a battle of the Far East Side titans as the Montwood Rams hosted the Eastlake Falcons at the SAC Friday Night.

And battle they did as the Rams grounded the Falcons 22-13.

Our very own Julio Vasquez was there and brings you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics’


Socorro ISD Set to Welcome 47k+ Students Back to School Monday

The Socorro Independent School District will begin the 2018-2019 school year on July 30 and continue its commitment to provide endless opportunities for students to succeed now and in the future.

More than 47,000 students are enrolled to begin classes at 48 campuses in Team SISD greeted by more than 3,500 educators.

Via a news release, SISD officials said, “[We] will continue working to ensure every student succeeds by providing a high-quality, well-rounded education with opportunities such as free Pre-K, free college classes, outstanding athletics and fine arts, advanced academic academies, top-notch career and technical education, the latest technology for digital learning, and state-of-the art facilities.”

Officials added that SISD continues to have the overall No. 1 student performance based on the latest assessment scores from the state, which shows the district outperforming the state and region overall in STAAR/EOC exams; while the district also has achieved its highest graduation rate ever at 91.5 percent.

The district also continues to provide a strong educational foundation to the youngest students in the community, as SISD provides free universal Pre-K to all 4-year-olds who live in the district.

A free half-day program is offered to all residents regardless if they meet state qualification requirements. A free full-day also is offered on a first-come, first-served basis to those who qualify based on state requirements, and a tuition-based half-day program is offered to those who do not qualify for free Pre-K to combine the free half-day with a tuition-based half-day for a full-day option.

In conjunction with the early childhood education, district officials said that Socorro ISD has “significantly increased” its free college classes at all high schools in the district giving students the opportunity to get ahead and save money in future college expenses.

Last year alone, Socorro ISD students collectively enrolled in college courses to earn some 26,000 college credit hours valued at some $9 million in college cost savings.

SISD also offers the most early college high school programs in the region – Mission Early College High School, Socorro Early College, Rams Early College and Trailblazers Early College. The early college high schools give students the opportunity to graduate with 60+ free college credit hours and an associate’s degree before they leave high school.

In addition, the Texas Education Agency has approved SISD to pursue an early college program in El Dorado High School, Pebble Hills High School, and Eastlake High School. This will establish an early college program in every comprehensive high school in SISD giving more students opportunities to earn free college credit hours to get ahead and save money.

To ensure a well-rounded education, SISD provides award-winning and competitive fine arts and athletics programs. The SISD fine arts program earned a second consecutive Best Communities for Music Education award by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) for its superb commitment to comprehensive music education for all students.

Last year, SISD’s athletics teams earned 34 team trophies – 12 district, 15 bi-district, 6 area and 1 quarterfinal title. Eighteen individual athletes qualified and competed at state and one wrestler won the state championship. In addition, 85 athletes earned scholarships to continue competing at the collegiate level.

Additional highlights for the 2018-2019 school year include a new advanced academic academy, a new school, afterschool and summer enrichment programs, and more technology.

The new Aztec Architectural Academy at El Dorado High School is the first advanced academics academy of its kind in the region. The unique program will allow students to gain a foundation in the fields of interior design, construction, civil engineering, and architecture. Students also will have the opportunity to take dual credit and career and technical education courses to be on an advanced pathway to earn a degree in architecture.

SPC. Rafael Hernando III Middle School has received candidate status as an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) for this school year. The innovative middle school program will give students a global experience with international studies and civic mindedness.

At the completion of the program, the Hernando IB students will be prepared for a smooth transition to the El Dorado International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The students in the El Dorado IB program commit to achieving academic success and serving their community in pursuit of obtaining a higher education and becoming active participants in a global society.

Currently, the El Dorado International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is accepting applications from out-of-district transfer students.

The district’s newest school, Sgt. Jose F. Carrasco Elementary, is opening for the 2018-2019 school year in the Pebble Hills area. It is the 48th school in the district and welcomes some 750 students in Pre-Kindergarten to fifth grade. The school was built with savings from Bond 2011.

Just eight short months after voters overwhelmingly approved Bond 2017, SISD already has all major projects under contract and is ahead of schedule to break ground on major improvements.

The district remains committed to maintain “Promises Made, Promises Kept” in delivering Bond 2017 projects, which will improve existing facilities and address continuing growth in the district. The projects include: the reconstruction of Socorro High School, construction of two elementary schools and one middle school, improvements for three high schools, athletic facilities and support services, and the construction of multipurpose rooms at 16 elementary schools.

SISD has been awarded a $1.4 million 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant from the Texas Education Agency. Team SISD is one of 51 entities in the state to earn the grant and the only school district in the region to be eligible for four years of grant funding.

The grant will allow the district to enhance its afterschool and summer academic enrichment programs providing students an additional safe learning opportunity while school is not in session. The grant will be used to implement Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (Texas ACE) program at Campestre, H.D. Hilley, Hueco, Escontrias and Rojas elementary schools; Escontrias Early Childhood Center; Desert Wind and Ernesto Serna K-8 schools; and Salvador H. Sanchez and Socorro middle schools.

The Digitally Nurturing Academics 1:1 program (one student to one laptop) continues to grow in Team SISD providing more students with personal technology devices for 24/7 digital learning.

This year, all students at Socorro, Pebble Hills and Mission Early College high schools, and seventh and eighth grade students at SPC. Rafael Hernando III, and Salvador H. Sanchez middle schools will receive a laptop.

In addition, eighth grade students at John Drugan, Socorro Middle, Sun Ridge and Ernesto Serna School will receive laptops for the 2018-2019 school year.

Three Socorro ISD High Schools win Safe Sports School Award

Americas, Eastlake and Pebble Hills high schools won the Safe Sports School Award by the National Athletic Trainers Association. The Safe Sports School Award recognizes secondary schools around the country that take crucial steps to keep their athletes free from injuries.

SISD athletic trainers said they are proud to offer the highest safety standards for students in various programs, such as soccer, football, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, marching band, and dance.

“We are very proud of this award because it champions safety and recognizes that we provide a safe environment for student-athletes,” said Christopher Lopez, athletic trainer at Pebble Hills. “It reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.”

Athletic trainers provide and coordinate physical examinations before and after games to promote safe and appropriate practices. They minimize risk of a concussion, fractured bones, sprained ankles, and other life-threatening injuries such as cardiac arrest, heat illness, and exertional sickling.

“We keep the standards high for our sports medicine program and athletic teams,” said Lindsay Parrish, athletic trainer at Eastlake High School. “It is our job and our passion to make sure that every student athlete is taken care of. This award just means that we take those responsibilities to the next level.”

Athletes between the ages of 5 and 14 account for almost half of all sports-related injuries treated in hospitals, with the severity of the injury increasing with the age of the participant, according to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Students in the athletic trainer program said they are happy to help protect student-athletes’ health and safety. They credit the recognition of the high school programs to the support of personnel, proper planning and equipment.

“Our administrators, athletic trainers, nurses and security officers always emphasize safety,” said Kyra Saenz, a senior at Americas High School. “One of the first things you do as an athletic trainer is become CPR certified. It’s rewarding to know that we have the knowledge to prevent injuries, handle allergic reactions, work with blood pressure machines, and know how to react to emergency situations.”

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