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Montwood High students excel in video production, compete in local contests

Montwood High School audio/video production students put their talents in the spotlight with winning submissions in two recent local video production contests.

Students David Hernandez and Isaiah Anthony Chavez won the Better Business Bureau Paso del Norte Student Video Contest, and Carlos Olivares and Angelica Valdez placed second in the City of El Paso Environmental Services “Recycle Right, El Paso” video PSA contest.

“I’m very proud of my students for winning these contests and using their creativity to educate the community,” said Marvin J. Hanley, audio and video production teacher at Montwood High School. “It’s good for them to showcase their work outside of school, and share what they are learning with the rest of El Paso.”

Hernandez and Chavez won the BBB contest for their video production, Online Scams. The video demonstrates how to create a safe online environment, and teaches individuals how to report online fraud.

“We put a lot of effort into this video to show people how to watch out for hackers and scammers,” Hernandez said. “Everything is about technology now, so people need to be aware of everything they search the web for. Don’t trust private sellers, and if you are going to buy something online do your research, and look at reviews before listing personal information.”

Marybeth Stevens, president and CEO of BBB Paso del Norte said judging was extremely competitive. This year, 111 videos were submitted by schools in Juárez and El Paso. The combined student marketing efforts generated more than 51,000 online votes.

“We hope to continue to grow this contest as a positive educational opportunity that challenges students, promotes collaboration, and serves to reinforce the importance of being cautious and educated consumers who use the resources like the BBB to avoid being scammed,” Stevens said.

The students were recognized at the 2019 BBB Awards for Excellence luncheon on May 15, where they received a $150 gift card and up to $1,000 for their school.

Olivares and Valdez placed second in the “Recycling Write, El Paso” PSA contest. The students crafted a 30-second informative video that educates the community on what items can and cannot be recycled.

“Recycling is super important, especially in today’s age because of global warming,” Valdez said. “My partner and I hope that our video inspires a lot of people to take care of our planet by making sure they recycle items that have the recycling label, turning-off the lights when there is sunlight, not letting the water run while washing dishes, and by taking shorter showers.”

The PSA winners were recognized at the annual El Paso Earth Day celebration in April.

Montwood High School Unveils New Logo

Just ahead of the fall sports seasons, officials with Socorro ISD’s Montwood High School unveiled a new school logo.

The logo was officially unveiled at the school’s annual Light Up the Night pep rally on August 15 and will be seen soon on new athletic gear, shirts, posters, banners, and other areas and items across the school.

“We are extremely excited to update our school logo while keeping to the tradition of Montwood with our school colors and giving our new Ram the edge that our campus deserves,” said Montwood High School principal Carlos Guerra.

Via a news release, Montwood High officials saidd, “The mighty Montwood Ram depicted in the new logo represents the school’s tenacity and winning spirit. Montwood High School has a long tradition of outstanding academics, award-winning athletics, superb clubs, organizations and co-curricular activities.”

“The school embraces its history of success and continues providing endless opportunities for all students to achieve academic excellence and achievement in all areas of their education,” officials added.

The new Ram logo will be used school-wide to ramp up school spirit and uniformity among students, staff and the entire Montwood High School community.

Story In Many Pics: Eastwood Stuns Montwood 41-21

On the final, regular season game of the high school football season, the Eastwood Troopers certainly earned their ‘Trooper Clap’ and more, as they upset the formerly unbeaten Montwood Rams 41-21.

Our very own Andres Acosta was there and brings you his view of the game in tonight’s story in Many Pics.

Eastwood vs Montwood. November 10,2017


Story in Many Pics: Montwood Shoots Down Socorro 37-14

It was a Socorro ISD showdown in the SAC Thursday night as the district’s namesake school – Socorro High – took on their north-of-the-freeway rivals (and 1st ‘new’ high school added to the growing district in 1989.)

As always, the fight between the teams was intense, with the Montwood Rams’ defense forcing six turnovers en route to the 37 to 14 win over the Bulldogs.  You can listen to the replay of the game by clicking HERE.

Our very own Andres Acosta was there and brings you his view of the game in tonight’s story in many pics.

Montwood High Earns National Recognition as Model Campus

Montwood High School was recently named a 2017 Recognized ASCA Model Program School by the American School Counselor Association.

“I’m very proud of our counseling team,” said Rosemary Mireles-Menchaca, Montwood High School principal. “This process was long and rigorous but our counseling team has been working really hard to get systems in place that support the ASCA model of counseling. They work very well together to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of students.”

The campus is the only school in Texas and one of 104 across the country to be honored for its exemplary commitment to offering a comprehensive school counseling program.

The RAMP designation recognizes school counseling programs that are dedicated to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven and an exemplary educational environment to students.

“SISD is honored to have Montwood High School recognized as an American School Counselor Association model counseling program,” said Tammi Mackeben, SISD director of guidance and counseling. “This is very exciting as Montwood is the only Texas school to be recognized. This is a huge endeavor!”

To apply for the RAMP designation, schools must collect extensive data and information, a process that takes an entire academic year.

“This year’s RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession,” said Jill Cook, ASCA assistant director in a press release. “RAMP designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to strive for excellence.”

Montwood High School will be honored at the annual ASCA conference in July where they will receive an engraved plaque to display at their campus.

Team SISD to host Dual Credit Summer Program for Seniors

The Socorro Independent School District, in partnership with Gear Up and El Paso Community College, is preparing students to get ahead in college while in high school with a dual credit summer camp.

SISD Superintendent José Espinoza, EPCC President William Serrata, and GEAR UP Executive Director Juliette Caire will welcome the students to the camp at the opening ceremony.

The camp will allow SISD seniors to earn credit for two college courses in four weeks. The new program is a first-of-its-kind in the El Paso region, and will benefit 400 seniors from five high schools in the district. Seniors will take a morning and afternoon dual credit class in two of the following courses: Education 1300, Speech 1321, Government 2305 or Economics 2301.

“Team SISD is proud to offer our students with endless opportunities that will prepare them for the future,” Espinoza said. “The dual credit summer camp is a great opportunity for students and is financially beneficial for their familiesbecause they can earn college hours while in high school.”

In order to take college courses while in high school, students must pass the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) exam. This year, the district increased the number of students who took the TSI for free to more than 6,000 compared to the 1,250 students who tested last year.

In addition, Team SISD also increased the capacity of dual credit teachers in the district through scholarship opportunities that allow educators to obtain their dual credit teaching credentials. Currently, about 60 teachers in SISD are taking graduate courses to earn their credentials to teach dual credit courses.

What:             Opening ceremony for Dual Credit Summer Program

Who:               SISD incoming seniors, SISD superintendent, EPCC president, faculty, staff

Where:           Montwood High School, Tony Harper gymnasium | 12000 Montwood Dr.

When:             Tuesday, May 31, 2016  8 a.m.

Ft. Bliss Soldiers Help Keep Montwood Safe with Mentor Program

Soldiers from a Fort Bliss company are walking the hallways, stairways and classrooms daily at Montwood High School as part of a program called “Ram Watch,” designed to increase security at the school.

Started in January, the purpose is to give back to the community and help keep the students, staff and administration safe, said Capt. Daniel Sloan, who is with Alpha Company 47th Brigade Support Battalion 2/1 Armor Division.

“Every day two of our soldiers show up and spend the day here,” Sloan said. “We like to think of it as a mentorship program.”

Soldiers help keep Montwood safe2The idea for the program is part of Fort Bliss Commanding General Stephen Twitty’s goal of strengthening community ties. He wants the military to be a positive presence in the El Paso area, Sloan said.

The soldiers also assist special needs students, help students with homework, monitor lunch times and answer any questions the youngsters

“Often they will talk to us about what it takes to join the Army,” said El Paso native Sgt. Jasmine Bueno. “So many come up to us and thank us for serving.”

The soldiers do try to keep students in line, making sure they get to class on time and are not wandering the hallways, Bueno said.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” she said. “I have really liked working with the students.”

Ilyas Lujan, 17, is interested in joining the military and has talked to the soldiers about what he needs to do.Soldiers help keep Montwood safe1

“They really have been a good influence on us,” Lujan said. “I see them as role models we can look up to. Maybe that is why I want to join the

The battalion will take a break in the summer and return to Montwood for the 2016-2017 school year ready to help in whatever way they can.

“They are awesome,” said Ram’s Principal Rosemary Mireles-Menchaca. “They give us such a strong sense of safety. That is at the forefront of what we do, so it’s a joy to see them here.”

Montwood High School set for Third Annual Operation Prom

The Montwood High School student council group will host Operation Prom, an annual event that benefits students in need of a formal dress or gown for prom.

This is the third year the campus transforms its school cafeteria into a dress shop where any teen girl has the opportunity to receive a free prom dress and accessories. Last year, more than 100 dresses were distributed to teen girls in the El Paso area.

“We want to continue the tradition,” said Jazmine Cuevas, student council member and shopcoordinator.

“Any girl can come get a dress. The important thing is to help those girls who need it.”

The Rams student council, 50 members strong, collects gently used dresses throughout the year from students and members of the community. Since its inception, Operation Prom also has received hundreds of donations and help from various stores and churches. Other El Paso area high schools, including Chapin, Irvin, Riverside, Del Valle, Burges, El Paso, Socorro, Eastwood and Mountain View, also partnered with the Rams.

For more information about Operation Prom, please call Montwood High School at 937-2400.

What:             Montwood High School’s third annual Operation Prom

Who:               Teen girls in the area who are in need of a prom dress, MHS student council

Where:           Montwood High School – 12000 Montwood Dr.

 When:             Saturday, April 2, 2016 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Montwood High Student Council seeks Donations of Gently Used Dresses for Operation Prom

For more than three years, Montwood High School Student Council has transformed the school cafeteria into a dress shop where any teen girl can choose a free prom dress and accessories.

This year’s Operation Prom store will open April 2, which gives teen girls who cannot afford a new prom dress the opportunity to pick a dress for free.

2015 MHS state recognition prom project3“We want to continue the tradition and are looking for anyone who can help,” said Jazmine Cuevas, a member of the Ram’s student council. “The important thing is to help those girls who need it.”

Through the years, the Rams’ project has become a huge success. It has received hundreds of donations and help from various stores, other El Paso area high schools and churches.

The council is currently looking for dress contributions to start preparing for the event. Donations can be made at the school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Operation Prom was recognized in 2015 as one of the top 10 projects in the state by the Texas Association of Student Councils.

What:            Montwood High School’s Student Council is asking for contributions of formal dresses to open the annual Prom Dress Shop

Who:              Montwood staff and student council, community members

Where:          Montwood High School 12000 Montwood Dr.

When:            8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday

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