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Video+Story: El Paso ISD Principal Pens Book on ASARCO

Young Women’s Academy principal Dr. Cynthia Ontiveros is the co-author of a new book telling the story of the workers from the now-defunct ASARCO smelter in El Paso

What began as an air-quality grant aimed at improving the lives of students in El Paso has now turned into a published book co-authored by an EPISD principal.

Dr. Ontiveros, the principal at the Young Women’s Academy, wrote the book “Copper Stain: Asarco’s Legacy in El Paso” along with researcher Elaine Hampton. The book focuses on the stories of the men and women who worked at the now-closed Asarco smelter and the impact they had on the city.

“This is a story of perseverance and grit,” Ontiveros said. “It shows that through hard work, people can have influence on the future of their families and the community where they live.”

The idea of the book began in 2010 when the District received a grant to look into air-quality issues at several schools near the former Asarco plant.  Ontiveros was part of the team working on the research and, after speaking and receiving information from former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, a publisher was sought to finalize any interest in getting these stories on paper.

The book honors the legacy of the workers and the sacrifices they made for the community and their loved ones.

Copper Stain was published by the University of Oklahoma Press and is available for purchases at local book stores and online at stores like Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Teachers and students at the Young Women’s Academy already are looking for ways to incorporate the book into their day-to-day lessons.

“They want to see how they can work the book and the stories in it into the classroom,” Ontiveros said. “Here at the Young Women’s Academy we like to incorporate our community into our lessons. The book can help our students connect to our local history, our local government and create a link that will be valuable for our students.”

Author: Erika Loren Reyes | Photos: Leonel Monroy |  Video: Angel Dominguez  – EPISD

El Paso ISD’s Young Women’s Academy Accepting Applications for Upcoming School Year

The Young Women’s STEAM Research & Preparatory Academy – EPISD’s only single-gender school – is now accepting applications for girls interested in attending this rigorous and innovative campus for the 2018-19 school year.

Girls who will be sixth-, seventh- or eighth-graders next school year may apply. The school is free and open to any girl living in El Paso County.

Young Women’s Academy provides a focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts and math using the New Tech Network’s project-based learning techniques. Students also participate in extensive service learning and mentoring opportunities. Transportation is provided for EPISD students who are accepted into the Academy.

The school offers UIL sports and other clubs and organizations. Young Women’s Academy will add one grade level every year until it becomes a sixth- through 12th-grade campus.

To provide more information to potential students and their parents, the school is having two open houses from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on April 4 and 11 in the school’s cafeteria, 2231 Arizona Avenue.

Parents can also apply online.

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