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Graduating El Paso ISD Seniors Thank Elementary, Middle School Teachers

Magoffin Middle students got a glimpse of their future last week, when more than 200 Irvin Rockets touched down at the school, donning their blue and white caps and gowns.

The seniors made stops at all the Irvin High School feeder pattern schools, which include seven elementary and two middle schools.

These graduation visits — which allow seniors to honor the elementary- and middle-school teachers that helped them along the way toward commencement, and give younger students a chance to see successful students — have become a tradition throughout EPISD.

052517IrvinMagoffin081 copy“This gives the students the opportunity to see what the future holds,” principal Rogelio Segovia said. “The grads serve as good role models for our kids and pushes them to set goals and finish high school and beyond. I hope this remains a tradition.”

So far this year, Franklin, Burges and Austin have made the visits to their feeder patterns.

Irvin senior Javier Coronado was pumped to visit the school and see all his middle school teachers.

“It was good to see them. I miss my teachers,” Coronado said. “I have fond memories of coming here. Being here brings back memories. It feels good. I hope the kids can look up to us and keep pursuing their education.”

Magoffin teacher Donna Alford was drawn to tears as former students greeted her and asked to take selfies.

“I’m so emotional. It is so awesome to see my kids again,” Alford said. “They even remembered some of the songs we used to sing in class. You push them so hard and to see them again at the end is just wonderful.”

Magoffin eighth-grader Michelle Guye is looking forward to being an Irvin Rocket in the fall.

“I’m excited to go to Irvin and being part of the high school,” Guye said. “It’s really cool that the grads took the time to come say hello to us.”

EPISD Releases Statement on Charter Bus Wreck that Killed Irvin Track Coach

The following is a statement from El Paso ISD and Superintendent Juan Cabrera regarding the early Sunday morning charter bus wreck that killed an EPISD Coach and the driver of another vehicle.

At about 1 a.m. last night, I received a call from our Chief of Police notifying me that a charter bus carrying about 25 of our students plus coaches had been involved in an accident in Hudspeth County.

The teams were returning from a UIL regional track meet.

The bus carried students and coaches from Jefferson, Austin, El Paso, Burges, Andress and Irvin high schools.  Coaches from Chapin High School also were on the bus.

Tragically, two adults were killed in the crash, including one of our own.

Irvin High School social sciences teacher and track coach Arcadio Duran, passed away due to injuries he received.

Mr. Duran was a dedicated member of the Irvin faculty and a devoted coach. We will grieve along with his family and work with his students and players to help them get through this difficult time.

Our students and staff who sustained injuries were taken to Del Sol Medical Center and University Medical Center. Their injuries were non critical and non- life-threatening.

I visited the hospitals this morning and our students and staff are doing well.

I want to thank the staff at Del Sol and UMC for their kindness and support in taking care of our students, staff and their families.

I’d also like to thank our fellow District families. Buses from Canutillo and Socorro were also traveling in the caravan from Lubbock with their own students. The buses stopped and remained with our students during the ordeal. They gave our students shelter and comfort. They remained with us until all of our students and staff were cared for.

It is times such as these that remind us that we are all one family, one community – all focused on taking care of kids.

My sincerest gratitude to our coaches and trainers who also rendered aid, with no regard for their own injuries or safety. I’ve already heard many heroic stories of the help our staff gave at the scene.

Our thoughts and focus will remain centered around those students and coaches who were hospitalized and in doing whatever we can to help them and their families.

We will have extra counseling support available at all affected campuses.

Irvin ‘Observer’ Launches into the World of Fashion

The fashionable student journalists from Irvin High School’s Observer newspaper are coming after you and Vogue magazine.

The Observer this semester is set to publish its first-ever fashion edition, and students have been busy researching the latest trends and photographing the most stylish students on campus.

“We wanted to do something different that would appeal to the students,” junior and editor-in-chief Sonia Becerra said. “We thought the idea of creating a magazine would be cool because it’s something that the students are into.”

The print media classes brainstormed the concept for a fashion paper mag to get students excited about the school’s newspaper and generate more interest on campus.

One female and one male student from each class will be selected and featured in the magazine’s “Best-Dressed” category, providing the perfect opportunity for students on campus to get involved. Students nominated for the category are interviewed and treated to their very own fashion shoot.

For student photographer Jacob Alaniz the fashion edition is a dream come true. He has been setting up shoots in the classroom studio, as well as around campus.

“Fashion is my beat so this is pretty exciting. Fashion photography is the most interesting because it’s basically limitless to what you can capture,” Alaniz said. “It’s been great working with all the student models. Every person is different so it’s interesting to work with different personalities.”

Destinee Garcia’s personality definitely shined through during her photo shoot. She was selected as best-dressed senior girl and has really enjoyed the experience of being part of the Observer’s fashion edition.

“It feels really cool because I get to work with the photographers,” Garicia said. “I have gotten to meet new people and also show off my outfit.”

Besides Irvin students, the Observer will also feature students from other campuses. thanks to collaboration with the Center for Career and Technology Education (CCTE). The CCTE fashion technology classes welcomed Irvin to visit and do a cover story about what the students are learning.

“I wanted the students to have fun with the edition. I suggested we should tie in CCTE’s fashion technology classes, and their eyes just lit up,” Teacher Isaac Medina said. “The students were able to shoot in the classrooms and get photos of some student models and the clothes they were wearing.”

Besides local fashion, students are also focusing on more national fashion news.  Sophomore Alize Youngblood is writing a piece about makeup guru Manny Guiterrez, who will be the first man to stat in a Maybelline campaign.

“I think this story is important because it’s helping end gender stigmas. Everyone thinks makeup is just for women, but some men like to wear makeup too,” Youngblood said. “I think it’s cool that something like that can happen.”

news2_2622_mFashion isn’t something Youngblood is necessarily interested in, but she took it as an opportunity to write something out of her comfort zone.

“I feel like it’s going to help me think more about topics in a way I hadn’t before,” Youngblood said.

Medina is proud of his students for all the work they have been putting in the last few weeks. He feels working on the newspaper mag has taught the students valuable lessons.

“They are learning to book photo shoots and really work with time constraints to get their stories done,” Medina said. “Everything they are learning is very real world.”

He hopes the Observer continues to propel as the students continue to learn and grow more as journalists. The fashion edition will be available at Irvin High School in the next few weeks, once students have finalized the content and sent everything to be printed.

“My plan is for the Observer to become a catalyst in the northeast and creating a product that not only impacts the students but also the community,” Medina said. “The students are doing a great job. I’m really, really proud of them. They have come a long way.”

New Principals Announced for Irvin, Chapin High Schools

El Paso Independent School District Superintendent Juan Cabrera this week announced the appointment of two new principals and a new executive director in the human resources department.

Irvin-MaryAnnaH.GibaMary Anna Giba is the new principal at Irvin High School. Ms. Giba had been serving as interim principal at Irvin and previously served as principal at Cielo Vista Elementary School and assistant principal at Alta Vista Elementary.

She is a Northeast native and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Robert Marsh is the new principal at Chapin High School. Mr. Marsh had been serving as interim principal andChapin-RobertMarsh assistant principal at Chapin, and previously served as interim principal at Bassett Middle and Irvin and Austin high schools. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso and Sul Ross State University.

Mr. Marsh is a former head coach for the Austin High School football team.

Nancy Tovar is the new Executive Director of Talent Acquisition and Personnel Administration. Ms. Tovar had been serving as EPISD’s Director for Area Personnel and Recruiting. She will be charged with workforce planning to meet the current and future needs of the District.

EPISD-NancyTovarMs. Tovar – the current president of the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association – has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UTEP.

“I am pleased to have Nancy, Mary Anna and Robert on board as part of the school and central office leadership team,” Cabrera said. “Their appointment puts us on track to meet the goals of the District, which all center on providing high-quality teaching to our 60,000 students.”

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