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Paso del Norte School Counselor named Finalist for National Award

Cristina Nuñez, counselor at Paso del Norte School, was selected as one of the six finalists for the 2018 National School Counselor of the Year Award by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

The award honors school counseling professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates for the nation’s students, helping them achieve success in school and in life.

“Going through this process has been emotionally overwhelming in such a great way,” she said. “To get to this point in the process is evidence of teamwork, dedication and devotion to our students who deserve to have a great support system that leads to academic achievement. Our work and efforts are invaluable and I remain blessed and honored to be a part of the everyday challenges that our students face.”

Nuñez, who has 15 years of experience in education, said she is grateful to serve as a school counselor and partner with students, teachers and families by providing them guidance and support.

To date, Texas and SISD, have had one national school counselor of the year and one national top five finalist.
“Mrs. Cristina Nuñez is a superstar, and I am very proud to be a part of her team,” said SISD Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza. “She represents all of our wonderful counselors in SISD as well as our region, state, and now nation. She is already the National Counselor of the Year in my eyes!”

Nominations for the School Counselor of the Year award were selected by the state school counselor associations. The panel selected finalists based on school counseling innovations, effective school counseling programs, leadership and advocacy skills, contributions to student advancement and other criteria. Nuñez was named the 2017 Texas School Counselor of the Year by the Lone Star State School Counselor Association in May.

“School counselors are significant contributors to the overall well‐being of students and their success,” said Richard Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director in a press release. “They are uniquely qualified to address students’ academic achievement, career development and social/emotional needs. Through the School Counselor of the Year award, we are able to acknowledge their diligence, commitment and excellence.”

Nuñez and her principal, Nathan Ballard, will travel to Washington, D.C. in January where they will participate in a congressional briefing, meet members of congress, and be recognized at the School Counselor of the Year Gala.

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) professional organization based in Alexandria, Va. ASCA promotes student success by expanding the image and influence of school counseling through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and systemic change.

SISD’s Paso del Norte Counselor named Texas School Counselor of the Year

Cristina Nuñez, counselor at Paso del Norte School was selected as the 2017 Texas School Counselor of the Year by the Lone Star State School Counselor Association for her outstanding service and achievement.

Nuñez was one of five Texas counselors in the running for the prestigious award which recognizes her as an advocate for Texas students. She has 15 years of experience in education, eight which have been in counseling.

“This is a wonderful honor,” Nuñez said. “I feel very humbled to have received this award. This recognition is indeed a team effort. The work we get to do every day is invaluable. I am honored to be a part of challenges that our students face and intervene with guidance and plant seeds of hope.”

The Paso del Norte counselor was nominated for the award by other school counselors, teachers and administrators. As the Texas School Counselor of the Year, she will represent Texas in the ASCA School Counselor of the Year Awards process which will be announced late September, early October.

Nuñez also will be recognized at the second annual LSSSCA conference in November. To date, Texas has had one national school counselor of the year and one national top five finalist.

Two other Socorro Independent School District counselors were selected as Texas School Counselor of the Year finalists: Angie Morales, school counselor at Campestre Elementary School and Jennifer Madrid, school counselor at James P. Butler Elementary.

“We are so proud of these three outstanding school counselors,” said Tammi Mackeben, director of guidance and counseling. “Each of the counselors has a comprehensive data driven program that follows the American School Counselor Association National Model and will not only represent Socorro ISD, but the state of Texas in a positive manner. What an honor for Team SISD!”

The three Team SISD counselors credit their accomplishment to the district’s guidance and counseling team.

“This recognition would not be possible without the amazing support of our campus administration and district counseling leadership team that guides us and provides us the tools to have a model counseling program,” Madrid said.

Morales agreed.

“I’m very grateful to have earned the nomination and it means a lot to be one of the five finalists,” Morales said. “Everything we do is for our students and we always keep in mind to treat and educate every one of them as if they were our own.”

Madrid has been a school counselor for five years and has more than 21 years of experience in education.  Morales has been in the counseling profession for eight years and has 11 years of education experience.

Socorro ISD’s VASSP Program Gears up for Soccer Playoffs

Socorro Independent School District’s Volunteer After School Sports Program, which draws more than 2,000 students and hundreds of parent volunteers yearly, will have its annual soccer playoffs from 5 to 9 p.m. January 27 at the Student Activities Complex.

School teams from grades Pre-K to sixth will play for first and second place. The schools represented include: H.D. Hilley Elementary, James P. Butler Elementary, Escontrias Elementary, Paso del Norte School, Mission Ridge Elementary, John Drugan School, Salvador H. Sanchez Middle and Socorro Middle.

VASSP LogoVASSP offers children in grades Pre-K to sixth a chance to participate in sports, motivating them to attain an interest in their classes, maintain their grade point average and help them develop a healthy lifestyle, said Caryn Gonzalez-Ayala, VASSP community services specialist.

“Our success comes from the number of students and their parents who get involved every year,” Gonzalez-Ayala said. “If it wasn’t for the volunteers, there would be no program.”

Children in the VASSP program can also participate in track and field, which will begin this spring. SISD students (grades PK-6th) interested in participating may sign up at their school.Vassp 2

The program also will be offered again in the 2017-2018 school year and will begin with soccer in the fall season.

At the soccer playoffs on Jan. 27, families and fans also will be able to enjoy a Kids Zone and concessions.

“The teams have played hard all season along with their volunteer coaches and are very excited to have advanced to the playoffs,” Gonzalez-Ayala said.

Soccer playoff schedule

5:00 p.m.
Pee-Wees Division (PK)
Hilley vs James Butler
5:30 p.m. Minors Division (K & 1st grades)

Escontrias 1 vs Paso Del Norte
6:00 p.m. Intermediates Division (2nd & 3rd grades)

Mission Ridge 1 vs John Drugan 2
7:00 p.m. Seniors Division (4th & 5th grades)

Mission Ridge 1 vs John Drugan
8:00 p.m. Pro’s Division (6th grade)

Socorro MS vs Sanchez MS
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