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El Paso ISD Selects Names for Bond-Consolidated Schools

Trustees in the El Paso Independent School District picked the names of one a beloved middle-school coach, a legendary UTEP basketball icon, a bilingual education advocate, a respected veteran and philanthropist and an Irvin High School coach who just last year died while protecting his student athletes during a tragic bus accident for five of the eight schools that will be consolidated through the EPISD Bond 2016.

“The names our schools have had for years have served us well, but we are excited about this new era in EPISD,” said Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera. “We feel the names selected by the Board will help celebrate the students that will attend these modern schools for years to come.”

During Tuesday night’s meeting, board members approved the new names of the five campus consolidations expected to be completed within the next four years.

The consolidated campuses with new names are:

• Bradley/Fannin consolidation: Dr. Joseph Torres Elementary School.

• Dowell/Schuster/Crosby consolidation: Coach Archie Duran Elementary School.

• Henderson/Clardy consolidation: Dr. Josefina Tinajero PK-8 School.

• Lincoln/Bond/Roberts consolidation: Coach Don Haskins PK-8 School.

• Ross/Hughey consolidation: Coach Wally Hartley PK-8 School.

School names were chosen after an extensive community-based process that included students, teachers and community members. The public was asked to submit name suggestions for each campus, and a committee reviewed each name in order to provide trustees with recommendations.

The story behind the names is as varied and diverse as the students in EPISD. They include:

Dr. Joseph Torres was selected as the new name for the Bradley/Fannin consolidated school because of his contributions to the country as a World War II veteran and humanitarian in El Paso. Born in 1923, Dr. Torres attended El Paso High and the Texas College of Mines (now UTEP). He was a navigator and bombardier during the war and retired as a colonel with the U.S. Army.

A dentist by profession, he founded the El Paso chapter of the American G.I. Forum and provided free dental care to low-income students in the community.

Arcadio “Archie” Duran Elementary School will be named after the Irvin High School track and basketball coach who in 2017 died tragically in a bus accident when he and his students were returning to El Paso from a track meet in Lubbock. Duran was a beloved educator who is credited with giving hundreds of students access to competitive sports.

He was an Irvin High alum and grew up in the Northeast, where the new school is located.

Dr. Josefina Tinajero PK-8 School, the consolidated Henderson and Clardy campus, is named after a professor at the University of Texas at El Paso and a renowned advocate for bilingual education. A graduate of Jefferson High School, Dr. Tinajero grew up in the Clardy Fox neighborhood.

Her advocacy for bilingual education helped establish programs nationwide and improved access to education for children whose first language is not English.

Coach Don Haskins PK-8 School bears the name of the storied head basketball coach of the UTEP Miners. The school is the consolidation of Lincoln/Roberts/Bond. In 1966, when UTEP was known as Texas Western College, he and his players won the NCAA National Men’s Basketball Championship (the only Texas school ever to have done it to date) and made history by starting five African-American players for the first time ever in the tournament. He coached 38 seasons at UTEP and had only five losing seasons in his career.

Coach Haskins was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame twice: once as a coach and a second time as a member of the 1966 Miners.

Coach Wally Hartley PK-8 School is the consolidation of Ross/Hughey. It honors an educator at Ross Middle that coached football and track for 28 years. He is cited as one of the most influential people among former Ross students and found great success both on the field and in the classroom.

Coach Hartley was inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame – the only Ross coach to have that honor.

Board members selected names using District policy, which states that facilities should have names of geographic areas or individuals and concepts that celebrate the history of the District, El Paso, Texas or the United States.

The school-naming process for the other school consolidations that form part of Bond 2016 is already underway; those schools include MacArthur/Bonham, Morehead/Johnson and Terrace Hills/Collins.

Girl Power: Female Team Members help Henderson Chess Team Qualify for Nationals

 The Hornet Chess Team is headed back to nationals this week to defend their back-to-back title, and this year the girls are leading the way.

Henderson placed first in the JV and Novice divisions and earned the title of Grand Champion title at the 2018 Texas Scholastic Championship. Half of the 24-member team is made up of girls – a rarity among chess teams in the country.

“To my knowledge this makes them the first Latina students to win the state competition from El Paso,” coach Saul Ramirez said. “We are looking forward to competing at nationals again in Atlanta this Thursday.”

And while the boys helped the team qualify for nationals, Ramirez said the girls outdid the boys at state. They earned top awards in the individual competitions with eighth-graders Aime Argandona and Zahira Pichardo placing first in the Novice and JV divisions, respectively.

“It’s exciting because we have never had a team like this,” Ramirez said. “We are very happy to have more girls on our team. We grew from only having one to having 20 to 30 girls on the chess team, with 12 on the travel group.”

Eighth-grader Aime Argandona loves being part of the chess team, especially since more girls have joined since she started.

“I like it very much. I feel very proud of the girls on the chess team,” she said. “This is my first first-place individual trophy. I felt very good about myself, proud of myself. I proved to myself I am capable. It’s not just the boys earning first place.”

Joining the chess team was dream come true for sixth-grader Dalilia Ibanez.

“Ever since I was eight-years-old, I wanted to play chess. I thought it was interesting,” Ibanez said. “When I was in fifth grade they brought us to Henderson for a tour. I saw the huge trophies, and I said, ‘I want to win one.’”

True to her goal, Ibanez scored ninth at state, bringing home her own trophy and helping boost the team’s overall score.

“I feel proud. It’s very cool to win a trophy,” she said. “I feel really happy to win because all those tactics and problems we have been doing the last six to seven months helped me to win.”

She feels empowered being part of a club that promotes the success of girls and boys, especially since chess is a very male dominated sport.

“I like it because we are girls and we are strong. We have to prove that we are good,” Ibanez said. “When we do our mini tournaments, the girls always win.”

Besides helping students practice nonstop, Ramirez finds other way to inspire the young chess players. Recently, he invited Woman International Master Ivette Garcia Morales to speak to the team. Morales, who is only 24-years-old, talked about her upbringing in Chihuahua and competing at the international level.

“I felt very honored to have a master chess player come to Henderson to talk to us,” Argandona said. “It felt really good because she talked to us about her life and how girls can go up in the world. Now that I got first place in state I know that I can get there like she did.”

Story by Alicia Chumley | Photos by Leonel Monroy | Video by Angel Dominguez/EPISD

Henderson Students win local Do the Write Thing Competition

Two Henderson Middle School seventh-graders earned the Ambassador Award for the Do the Write Thing challenge Saturday, beating hundreds of students for the right to represent El Paso in a national competition.

Martha Rios and Joe Gonzalez will represent EPISD and El Paso in Washington, D.C., this summer. EPISD had 8 students qualify for the local tournament, including students from Henderson, Armendariz and Magoffin middle schools.

“Henderson is a force to be reckoned with. It’s nice for the students to see they can do it,” language arts teacher Bianca Rodriguez said. “It doesn’t matter from what side of town you come from, or what school you go to, as long as your heart is in it, you can do it.”

The Do the Write Thing program was launched by the National Campaign to Stop Violence to encourage middle-school students to examine the impact of youth violence on their lives. Teachers are provided with a lesson plan for classroom discussion and a writing assignment for students to begin the conversation on what can be done to reduce youth violence.

EPISD English and Language Arts facilitator Lisa Lyons shared the happy moment with the students.

042417Henderson010 copy“When it was announced that never in the history of the El Paso DTWT Program have the Ambassador Awards been selected from the same school, I was overcome with a wave of gratitude for the students’ accomplishments and sheer joy as I witnessed the ear to ear smiles beaming on their faces,” Lyons said. “I hope that Martha and Joe learned that through the power of the pen and the words they weaved together, their thoughts will be read and heard far beyond the projection of their voices.”

Rios focused on the bullying aspect of youth violence for her essay, writing about her own personal experience with bullying.

“I wrote about bullying, my experience with it and what we can do to help, as well as some ideas on how to prevent tragedies,” Rios said.

She was overcome with emotion when they called her name at the recognition reception.

“My heart stopped, and I felt like crying,” Rios said. “I’m looking forward to the national competition. We are going to compete with students from all over the U.S. who are also finalists.”

Rodriguez was not surprised Rios received the award.

“Since day one, she’s been an amazing writer. I had a feeling she was going to be selected because she put in so much emotion and personality,” Rodriguez said. “This was a very special topic for her so she really connected with it. She 100 percent deserves this award. I’m so proud of her.”

Student Joe Gonzalez also wrote about the bullying and how it has impacted close friends.

“I have many friends that have been bullied,” Gonzalez said. “I think it’s important to talk about these issues and share this message with others.”

Gonzalez feels nervous to present on such a personal subject, but he is looking forward to meeting other like-minded students.

Teacher Luis Lopez is proud of the seventh-grader, noting a discernible change in his confidence after participating in the writing contest.

“He has a quiet confidence about him. He doesn’t talk in class much, but he’s very perceptive,” Lopez said. “Now he’s walking tall, and I think he’s realizing the kinds of doors this opens.”

Lopez had confidence in his student’s piece and was beyond happy for Gonzalez when he received the Ambassador Award.

“I immediately knew it was a strong piece when I read it,” Lopez said. “It just had so much emotion that it jumped off the page.”

The students will present their essays during National Recognition Week to national leaders, such as the Secretary of Education and the Attorney General of the United States, among others. Their writings will also be published and placed in the Library of Congress.

El Paso ISD Students visit Apple Store to Learn Coding

Students from five EPISD middle schools rushed through Cielo Vista Mall earlier this month and it wasn’t to finish their Christmas shopping.

Bassett, Morehead, Armendariz, Charles and Henderson middle schools visited the Apple Store as part of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) grant and a push to introduce students to the fundamentals of coding.

“Coding is part of the larger STEM initiative that is happening all over the country to get kids interested in those areas that we are going to need students involved in,” said Timothy Holt, Executive Director of Blended Learning. “Some of these kids are already interested in coding, but others may have never tried it at all.”

Around 30 students from each school visited the store. Each group was slotted an hour to work with Apple trainers on coding using the Swift Playgrounds app on their iPads.

Using the app, which uses Swift programming language, students directed a character through a simple maze by creating code functions.

unnamed (26)“The app works like a game. So they are learning actual coding language while playing the game,” Holt said. “This is a way of showing them they can be successful in coding. In the future there is going to be a need for more computer programmers not less.”

For eighth-grader Johana Lara coding is part of her family’s legacy. She started coding when she was around eight-years-old, thanks to her older brother who graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and now works for the software developing company MathWorks.

“I’ve worked with JavaScript and HTML. I thought it was difficult at first, but when my brother started at MIT he told me I should start coding,” Lara said. “I was intimidated by it, but once you start it will start becoming more familiar.”

Although she was hesitant at first, Lara now understands the value of learning code.

“I think it’s important for kids to know coding because it is part of the future,” Lara said. “It’s really essential because a lot of jobs today require for you to know more about computers and how to do things with technology.”

Student Omar Mintz is new to coding but as an avid video game enthusiast, he is excited to learn more about it. unnamed (25)

“I’m someone that really enjoys technology. I’ve always liked being part of a virtual world that you can get lost in,” Mintz said.

His favorite games of the moment are Star Wars Battlefront and Final Fantasy XV. As part of the VILS tech team, Mintz has started to learn more about the inner workings of technology –specifically the coding language essential to creating the games he loves.

“We’ve done coding in homeroom, and I’ve enjoyed it so far,” Mintz said. “I like the puzzle aspect that it has to it. I’ve actually put in personal time and effort to learn coding.”

Mintz hopes what he is learning will help launch his future endeavors in programming, and after seeing the sequencing involved in a simple app he has come to appreciate the amount of time that goes into making video games.

“I think that game developers put a lot of effort into making these games,” Mintz said. “Coming here has been a great experience. I am glad they allowed Bassett to come.”

Students at 59 EPISD Campuses will get Free School Lunch, Breakfast

Students 59 El Paso Independent School District campuses will get free school lunches and breakfasts thanks to national program aimed at providing more nutritious meals students.

Laura Durán, EPISD’s Director of Food and Nutrition Services, announced that the District once again will participate in the Community Eligibility Program from the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

The Community Eligibility Program, or CEP, provides breakfast and lunch to all children at no cost and eliminates the collection of meal application for free, reduced-priced and paid students meals.

“The application process can be cumbersome for some families, and we know that there are many of our schools that will have a majority of the students qualify for free or reduced-priced meals,” Durán said. “This program gives us the opportunity to reach as many students as we can in order to give them a nutritious meal that will help them be ready for instruction.”

The CEP targets schools with high volumes of students who would already qualify for free or reduced-priced meals based on income or other eligibility requirements.

The schools participating the program are:

• Elementary Schools: About Face, Alta Vista, Aoy, Barron, Beall, Bliss, Bonham, Bradley, Burleson, Burnet, Clardy, Clendenin, Coldwell, Collins, Cooley, Crockett, Crosby, Douglass, Dowell, Fannin, Moye, Hawkins, Hillside, Johnson, Lamar, Lee, Logan, Moreno, Newman, Park, Putnam, Powell, Rivera, Roberts, Rusk, Schuster, Stanton, Travis, Whitaker and Zavala.

• Middle Schools: Armendariz, Bassett, Canyon Hills, LaFarelle, Charles, Guillen, Henderson, Magoffin, Morehead, Terrace Hills, Wiggs.

• High Schools: Austin, Bowie, Chapin, Irvin, Jefferson, Telles Academy and the College, Career and Technology Academy.

Students attending schools not participating in the CEP may qualify free and reduced-price meals through the traditional application process. Each school in EPISD, as well as the Food and Nutrition Services Department, has a copy of the eligibility rules and guidelines policy that are used to determine participation.

Applications may be picked up at each campus, or they may be downloaded from the EPISD website at www.episd.org under the Food and Nutrition Services Department. Applications are also available in at the Food and Nutrition Services office at 6531 Boeing.

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