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Ysleta ISD Announces Appointment of Principals for Eastwood, Parkland High Schools

The Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) announced Thursday morning the appointment of two new principals for Eastwood and Parkland high schools, which were approved by the Board of Trustees during its regular meeting Wednesday night.

Penelope Bankston, current principal at Valley View Middle School, has been named the new principal at Parkland High School following a comprehensive selection process that included 15 applicants.

Bankston began her professional career in 1994 as an elementary school bilingual teacher in Alpine, Texas. Since that time, she has served as a middle-school reading teacher, a high-school dyslexia teacher, high-school instructional specialist, a high-school assistant principal and principal of Valley View Middle School.

Bankston has spent the majority of her career – 18 of 23 years – in northeast El Paso. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, a master’s degree in reading, and a master’s degree in educational administration, all from Sul Ross State University.

YISD officials say her knowledge of secondary curriculum, as well as her longtime experience working with the Northeast community, will play a pivotal role in leading Parkland High School toward continued academic success.

David Boatright, current principal at Eastwood Middle School, has been named the new principal of Eastwood High School following a thorough, comprehensive nationwide selection process that included 21 applicants.

Boatright began his career in education in 1991 as a physical education teacher at Irvin High School. Over the course of his career – 18 of which were spent in the Eastwood Learning Community – he also served as a world history teacher, world geography teacher, wrestling coach, Eastwood High School assistant principal, and Eastwood Middle School principal. Boatright holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology

from UTEP and a master’s degree in educational administration from Sul Ross State University.

The respect and success Boatright has earned in the Eastwood community, along with his awareness of Trooper traditions and knowledge of secondary curriculum, will continue to lead Eastwood High School toward higher levels of success, YISD officials said.

Bankston and Boatright’s new positions both take effect Monday, July 24.

Parkland HS to Participate in the College Board’s AP Capstone Program

Parkland High School is one of approximately 1,000 schools worldwide – and first in West Texas – to implement AP Capstone, an innovative diploma program that allows students to develop the skills that matter most for college success: research, collaboration, and communication.

“The addition of Parkland High School to this prestigious program highlights our commitment to all students in the Ysleta Independent School District to be prepared for college and careers,” said YISD Superintendent Dr. Xavier De La Torre. “The valuable skills and practices that will be taught in the AP Capstone program will no doubt set Parkland graduates apart from other students at any college they choose to attend.”

The program consists of two courses taken in sequence: AP Seminar and AP Research. Developed in direct response to feedback from higher education faculty and college admission officers, AP Capstone complements the in-depth, subject-specific study of other Advanced Placement courses and exams.

Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on AP Seminar and AP Research assessments and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing will earn the AP Capstone Diploma. This signifies their outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills.

Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on both AP Seminar and AP Research assessments only (but not on four additional AP Exams) will earn the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.

The AP Seminar course, typically taken in 10th or 11th grade, equips students with the ability to look at real-world issues from multiple perspectives.

Through a variety of materials—articles to research studies to foundational and philosophical texts— students tackle complex questions; understand and evaluate opposing viewpoints; interpret and synthesize information; and construct, communicate, and defend evidence-based arguments. Education, innovation, sustainability, and technology are examples of themes or topics covered in AP Seminar. However, teachers have the flexibility to choose subject content based on student interests, whether local, regional, national, or global.

By tapping into students’ personal interests, AP Capstone gives students from a wide range of backgrounds an entry point into stimulating coursework more than ever before. Students are assessed through: a team project and presentation, an individual project and presentation, and an end-of-course written exam.

In the subsequent AP Research course, students design, plan, and conduct a yearlong research-based investigation on a topic of individual interest, documenting their process with a portfolio. Students build on skills developed in the AP Seminar course by learning how to understand research methodology; employ ethical research practices; and collect, analyze, and synthesize information to build, present, and defend an argument.

“We are proud to offer AP Capstone, which enables students and teachers to focus on topics of their choice in great depth,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president for AP and instruction at the College Board. He adds, “This provides terrific opportunities for students to develop the ability to write and present their work effectively, individually, and in groups—the very skills college professors want their students to possess.”

Parkland will begin offering the AP Capstone Program in the 2017-2018 school year.

Ysleta ISD, EPCC aim to Open Two New Early College High Schools

The Ysleta Independent School District and El Paso Community College aim to open two new early college high schools at Parkland and Ysleta high schools.

The two schools will join Valle Verde Early College High School to make three total early college high schools in the district with approval from the Texas Education Agency.

The early college high school model has proven to be successful in the El Paso community. YISD’s Valle Verde ECHS has received numerous accolades from the TEA, including receiving all seven distinction designations and being named as a model campus.

In addition, Valle Verde ECHS has been named among the best high schools in the nation and the top high school in El Paso by Newsweek and US News & World Report.

The addition of the Parkland Early College High School and Ysleta High School Early College Academy would increase options for students to earn an associate’s degree from EPCC while simultaneously earning a high school diploma.

The “school within a school” model at Parkland and Ysleta would also provide students the opportunity to enjoy traditional high school activities such as athletics, fine arts and JROTC while taking dual credit courses.

“The Ysleta Independent School District prides itself on providing our students with programs that focus on college and career readiness,” said YISD Superintendent Dr. Xavier De La Torre. “The addition of early college high schools at Parkland and Ysleta is a testament of our commitment to increase the number of students earning a baccalaureate degree, which will translate into economic prosperity for our community.”

Ysleta ISD will host three information sessions for families to learn more about the programs and the application process.

Information session times and dates are listed below:

 Parkland Early College High School, 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, Parkland High

School theater, 5932 Quail Lane

 Ysleta High School Early College Academy, 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, Ysleta High

School Auditorium, 8600 Alameda Ave.

 Valle Verde Early College High School, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, Ysleta ISD

Central Office Theater, 9600 Sims Drive

More information and student applications are available on the YISD Early College High School website.

Parkland High Celebrates MayFest Saturday

Parkland High School will host this year’s MayFest beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at the campus to showcase the talents and hard work of the Parkland Learning Community, and increase community and parental involvement in education.

More than 25 Partners in Education, local clubs, businesses, and organizations will host informational booths, and guests will also be able to enjoy games, food, and drinks.

The highlight of the even is the presentation of the Royal Court.  The court will be composed of students from the Parkland Learning Community and will feature a king, queen, lady-in-waiting, princess, prince, duke, and duchess.

Pazos Entertainment will operate a bungee trampoline and a pedal cars attraction. Last year’s MayFest drew more than 2,000 people. The event is open to the public and entry is free of charge.

What: MayFest, the Parkland Learning Community showcase and festival

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21

Who: Students, teachers, staff, and community members

Where: Courtyard, Parkland High School, 5932 Quail Ave.

3 Parkland High Juniors accepted to NASA Scholars Summer Program

Three Parkland High School juniors have been accepted into the NASA Johnson Space Center High School Scholars Program.

The students, Jade Hernandez, Kevin Hernandez and Priscilla Parada, completed an extensive application process and will participate in interactive lessons on NASA activities related to space exploration, earth science, technology and aeronautics.

They will work on design challenges, such as building 3D CAD modules, creating videos and designing interactive posters.

In addition, the scholars will hold briefings with NASA engineers and scientists and are invited to attend a week-long event at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston during the summer to work on hands-on engineering activities.

They were recommended by T-STEM teachers Ms. Sandra Kneeskern, Ms. Laura Torres, and Ms. Marlene Gallegos. Congratulations to the Parkland Matador STEM scholars!

Author: Ysleta ISD

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