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Paso Del Norte boys, girls nab SISD Volunteer Sports Program basketball crowns

The Paso Del Norte School boys and girls teams took home the championships in this year’s Socorro Independent School District Volunteer Sports Program (VSP) basketball league after they won the final games in early March at Pebble Hills High School.

“Some students don’t really get the chance to play basketball in elementary school,” said Azulyn Montero, a fifth grader who played on the Paso Del Norte School team. “I am super excited that we won our first championship… It’s fun, you get to meet new people, and experience how it feels to be in a sport.”

Nineteen SISD schools participated in the volunteer basketball program, which gives the students an opportunity to have fun, get exercise and experience friendly competition.

The VSP also allows parents to get involved by serving as coaches and helping the teams throughout the season. The basketball playoffs included a single elimination bracket with the top four teams from each of the two divisions facing off.

This was the second year for the VSP to include basketball, which was a great addition for students and parents.

“This season went really well,” said VSP basketball league coordinator Chris Concepcion. “We had so much parent involvement and support. The kids were so excited for this year. Since the first day of school they were already asking me, ‘When does basketball season start?’”

Currently, the basketball program is offered to fifth graders only. Other VSP sports include soccer and track and field. Track and field was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

VSP Community Service Supervisor Isabel Griego said the program is successful due to the community assistance and the support from Superintendent Jose Espinoza, district leadership and the SISD Board of Trustees.

“This is an amazing opportunity,” Griego said. “We are the only district in the city to do this.”

To view photos from SISD Volunteer Sports Program basketball event, click here

Paso del Norte community unites to walk for breast cancer awareness

Paso del Norte Elementary invited parents and families to walk with their children for breast cancer awareness during their physical education classes last month.

The families wore pink as they walked the track three times to honor breast cancer victims, survivors and bring overall awareness and support for those being impacted by the disease. After the walk, students and parents were invited to physical activity and play with basketballs, hula-hoops and jump ropes.

“We’re walking around with our parents and friends for breast cancer,” said second grader Victoria Enciso. “It feels amazing to be out here walking with everyone.”

Popcorn and water were available for purchase with proceeds being combined with the funds collected from other breast cancer awareness events in the El Dorado feeder pattern and donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Parents at Paso del Norte are regularly invited to walk with their students on Fridays, but this Friday was particularly special because it had a whole different meaning. It gave parents the opportunity to explain the importance of supporting those fighting against cancer.

“Unfortunately, I have gone through it with some of my family and when we did, we had a lot of help, so we want to make sure we return that favor by doing the same for others,” said Christopher Vitela, parent of a kindergartener.

Paso Del Norte faculty, staff and administration said there are cancer survivors among them, while others have family who have battled the disease, making the walk particularly meaningful for them.

“We want to honor those survivors, those that have been taken, and those who are still fighting this battle,” said Karla Valdez, Paso Del Norte family engagement liaison.

Paso Del Norte counselor named as finalist in national awards program

Amanda Bustamante, a school counselor at Paso Del Norte School in the Socorro Independent School District, is a finalist in the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) 2020 School Counselor of the Year awards program.

Bustamante previously was named the Lone Star State School Counselor Association (LSSSCA) 2019 Texas School Counselor of the Year, which put her in the running for the national recognition as the representative for the state of Texas.

“I am extremely honored and humbled by this opportunity!  I hope to be an impactful advocate for ALL kids, as well as the profession of school counseling,” Bustamante said. “The role of school counselors is pertinent to the social and emotional well-being of all stakeholders in the educational setting. I am excited to be able to learn from school counseling leaders across the nation so that I can be the best school counselor for my students.”

The ASCA national award honors exemplary 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.

“We are so proud of Amanda.  She is a phenomenal leader with an enormous heart for students,” said Tammi Mackeben, SISD director of school counseling. “Amanda is committed to following the ASCA national model and providing a data driven program for all students. She is a true advocate for students and community as well.”

Bustamante is one of four finalists from across the nation. The other three finalists are from Missouri, Georgia and Ohio.

“These School Counselor of the Year finalists have demonstrated their commitment to the values and mission of the school counseling profession,” said Richard Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director, in the association’s press release. “The research is clear: school counselors have a significant impact on students’ academic achievement, social/emotional development and postsecondary planning. The annual School Counselor of the Year award highlights their dedication, contribution and excellence.”

The School Counselor of the Year judges panel selected the finalists based on several criteria, including school counseling innovations, exemplary comprehensive school counseling programs, leadership and advocacy skills, and contributions to student outcomes.

“I have the best calling in the world and I am blessed to be able to do what I do every day,” Bustamante said. “A synergistic approach to educating the whole child is a powerful thing, and I look forward to collaborating with my campus team, our district leaders, and the amazing counselors that I will be building relationships with to make this world a better place one child at a time.”

ASCA will announce the 2020 School Counselor of the Year in late fall. Bustamante will be honored at the National School Counselor of the Year Gala in January in Washington, DC.

Bustamante previously was a counselor at Hurshel Antwine Elementary School and a math and science teacher at Lujan-Chavez Elementary School and Sun Ridge Middle School.

City Approves Agreement that will Help Revitalize Historic Paso del Norte Hotel

The revitalization efforts in downtown continue as the El Paso City Council today approved an incentive agreement that will revitalize one of downtown’s most significant historic structures, the Hotel Paso del Norte (formerly known as the Camino Real).

The development was made possible by the City’s effort to work with our state delegation to obtain legislation that created state tax rebate worth $24.3 million.

Camino Real (lf) Paso del Norte ca 1970 (rt)
Camino Real (lf) Paso del Norte ca 1970 (rt)

The building, which sits at 101 S. El Paso Street will now undergo a renovation that will transform the space into a 4-star convention center hotel that will provide 300 guestrooms, a full service restaurant, function/meeting space, spa, fitness center, swimming pool, business center, airport shuttle, and upscale interior finishes.

The $70 million private investment from Meyers Group Acquisitions, LLC will qualify the property owners for an incentive package of more than $32 million:

  • State incentive of $24,364,727
  • $3,045,590.88 per year for a period up to 8 years
  • City to provide a maximum of $6,000,000 in redevelopment grants
  • Payments to occur at 50%, 75% and 100% construction completion
  • 100% Rebate or abatement of incremental Real/Personal Property
  • Incentive period limited to 8 years
  • Not to exceed $2,240,322.00
  • City to waive all building and development permit/inspection fees

Check out the previous stories below:

Meyers Group Closes on Purchase for Historic Camino Real Hotel; Renovations to take 18 Months, Will Reopen as Hotel Paso del Norte

Gallery+Story: Renderings for Restored Hotel Paso del Norte Revealed

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