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Socorro ISD Set to Welcome 47k+ Students Back to School Monday

The Socorro Independent School District will begin the 2018-2019 school year on July 30 and continue its commitment to provide endless opportunities for students to succeed now and in the future.

More than 47,000 students are enrolled to begin classes at 48 campuses in Team SISD greeted by more than 3,500 educators.

Via a news release, SISD officials said, “[We] will continue working to ensure every student succeeds by providing a high-quality, well-rounded education with opportunities such as free Pre-K, free college classes, outstanding athletics and fine arts, advanced academic academies, top-notch career and technical education, the latest technology for digital learning, and state-of-the art facilities.”

Officials added that SISD continues to have the overall No. 1 student performance based on the latest assessment scores from the state, which shows the district outperforming the state and region overall in STAAR/EOC exams; while the district also has achieved its highest graduation rate ever at 91.5 percent.

The district also continues to provide a strong educational foundation to the youngest students in the community, as SISD provides free universal Pre-K to all 4-year-olds who live in the district.

A free half-day program is offered to all residents regardless if they meet state qualification requirements. A free full-day also is offered on a first-come, first-served basis to those who qualify based on state requirements, and a tuition-based half-day program is offered to those who do not qualify for free Pre-K to combine the free half-day with a tuition-based half-day for a full-day option.

In conjunction with the early childhood education, district officials said that Socorro ISD has “significantly increased” its free college classes at all high schools in the district giving students the opportunity to get ahead and save money in future college expenses.

Last year alone, Socorro ISD students collectively enrolled in college courses to earn some 26,000 college credit hours valued at some $9 million in college cost savings.

SISD also offers the most early college high school programs in the region – Mission Early College High School, Socorro Early College, Rams Early College and Trailblazers Early College. The early college high schools give students the opportunity to graduate with 60+ free college credit hours and an associate’s degree before they leave high school.

In addition, the Texas Education Agency has approved SISD to pursue an early college program in El Dorado High School, Pebble Hills High School, and Eastlake High School. This will establish an early college program in every comprehensive high school in SISD giving more students opportunities to earn free college credit hours to get ahead and save money.

To ensure a well-rounded education, SISD provides award-winning and competitive fine arts and athletics programs. The SISD fine arts program earned a second consecutive Best Communities for Music Education award by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) for its superb commitment to comprehensive music education for all students.

Last year, SISD’s athletics teams earned 34 team trophies – 12 district, 15 bi-district, 6 area and 1 quarterfinal title. Eighteen individual athletes qualified and competed at state and one wrestler won the state championship. In addition, 85 athletes earned scholarships to continue competing at the collegiate level.

Additional highlights for the 2018-2019 school year include a new advanced academic academy, a new school, afterschool and summer enrichment programs, and more technology.

The new Aztec Architectural Academy at El Dorado High School is the first advanced academics academy of its kind in the region. The unique program will allow students to gain a foundation in the fields of interior design, construction, civil engineering, and architecture. Students also will have the opportunity to take dual credit and career and technical education courses to be on an advanced pathway to earn a degree in architecture.

SPC. Rafael Hernando III Middle School has received candidate status as an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) for this school year. The innovative middle school program will give students a global experience with international studies and civic mindedness.

At the completion of the program, the Hernando IB students will be prepared for a smooth transition to the El Dorado International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The students in the El Dorado IB program commit to achieving academic success and serving their community in pursuit of obtaining a higher education and becoming active participants in a global society.

Currently, the El Dorado International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is accepting applications from out-of-district transfer students.

The district’s newest school, Sgt. Jose F. Carrasco Elementary, is opening for the 2018-2019 school year in the Pebble Hills area. It is the 48th school in the district and welcomes some 750 students in Pre-Kindergarten to fifth grade. The school was built with savings from Bond 2011.

Just eight short months after voters overwhelmingly approved Bond 2017, SISD already has all major projects under contract and is ahead of schedule to break ground on major improvements.

The district remains committed to maintain “Promises Made, Promises Kept” in delivering Bond 2017 projects, which will improve existing facilities and address continuing growth in the district. The projects include: the reconstruction of Socorro High School, construction of two elementary schools and one middle school, improvements for three high schools, athletic facilities and support services, and the construction of multipurpose rooms at 16 elementary schools.

SISD has been awarded a $1.4 million 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant from the Texas Education Agency. Team SISD is one of 51 entities in the state to earn the grant and the only school district in the region to be eligible for four years of grant funding.

The grant will allow the district to enhance its afterschool and summer academic enrichment programs providing students an additional safe learning opportunity while school is not in session. The grant will be used to implement Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (Texas ACE) program at Campestre, H.D. Hilley, Hueco, Escontrias and Rojas elementary schools; Escontrias Early Childhood Center; Desert Wind and Ernesto Serna K-8 schools; and Salvador H. Sanchez and Socorro middle schools.

The Digitally Nurturing Academics 1:1 program (one student to one laptop) continues to grow in Team SISD providing more students with personal technology devices for 24/7 digital learning.

This year, all students at Socorro, Pebble Hills and Mission Early College high schools, and seventh and eighth grade students at SPC. Rafael Hernando III, and Salvador H. Sanchez middle schools will receive a laptop.

In addition, eighth grade students at John Drugan, Socorro Middle, Sun Ridge and Ernesto Serna School will receive laptops for the 2018-2019 school year.

Three Socorro ISD High Schools win Safe Sports School Award

Americas, Eastlake and Pebble Hills high schools won the Safe Sports School Award by the National Athletic Trainers Association. The Safe Sports School Award recognizes secondary schools around the country that take crucial steps to keep their athletes free from injuries.

SISD athletic trainers said they are proud to offer the highest safety standards for students in various programs, such as soccer, football, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, marching band, and dance.

“We are very proud of this award because it champions safety and recognizes that we provide a safe environment for student-athletes,” said Christopher Lopez, athletic trainer at Pebble Hills. “It reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.”

Athletic trainers provide and coordinate physical examinations before and after games to promote safe and appropriate practices. They minimize risk of a concussion, fractured bones, sprained ankles, and other life-threatening injuries such as cardiac arrest, heat illness, and exertional sickling.

“We keep the standards high for our sports medicine program and athletic teams,” said Lindsay Parrish, athletic trainer at Eastlake High School. “It is our job and our passion to make sure that every student athlete is taken care of. This award just means that we take those responsibilities to the next level.”

Athletes between the ages of 5 and 14 account for almost half of all sports-related injuries treated in hospitals, with the severity of the injury increasing with the age of the participant, according to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Students in the athletic trainer program said they are happy to help protect student-athletes’ health and safety. They credit the recognition of the high school programs to the support of personnel, proper planning and equipment.

“Our administrators, athletic trainers, nurses and security officers always emphasize safety,” said Kyra Saenz, a senior at Americas High School. “One of the first things you do as an athletic trainer is become CPR certified. It’s rewarding to know that we have the knowledge to prevent injuries, handle allergic reactions, work with blood pressure machines, and know how to react to emergency situations.”

Spartans Make Bold Statement with Win Over Andress 34-13

The Spartans entered week two with extra motivation, after predictions of an eight point loss at quickly vanished as they dominated the Andress Eagles 34-13 at the SISD Student Activities Complex (SAC) Thursday night.

Additionally, for the first time in school history, the Pebble Hills Spartans won back-to-back games, both in convincing fashion.

In a defensive statement, the Spartans were able to ground the Eagles; only allowing them six points the entire second half.  Andress previously scored 65 points versus Hanks in week one.

The game opened in favor of the Eagles, when Jalen Jospeh scored on a 3-yard run in the first quarter. Pebble Hills then answered by scoring a miraculous touchdown via pass from Orlando Puig that was intended for Kevin Averette, but was tipped and caught by Haredt Gonzalez, tying the game at 7-7.

Junior running back Caleb Gerber gave the Spartans the first lead via a 2-yard run before the end of the first half.

After turning the ball over three consecutive times to start the second half, head coach Mark Torres assured his team that they would do better if they worked together.

“It was just a lack of focus or they were just trying to do too much,” Torres said. “We addressed that as coaches.” Torres mentioned to his players that they had to be better teammates.

Senior Anthony Sapien recovered a fumble and ran it all the way back to score his first touchdown of the year; extending the lead, 28-13.

“We just came together as a team,” Anthony Sapien said. “We learned we have the chemistry together, we counted on another and we never gave up.”

With the Spartan’s defense improving on each down, the Eagles failed put forth a successful drive. Senior Kevin Esquivel made a statement for the entire defense, when he recorded a sack on fourth down; putting the Spartans in scoring position.

Puig and Gonzalez then connected on touchdown to put the Spartans up, 34-13.

The Spartans (2-0) open up the road portion of their schedule in a non-conference game against the Chapin Huskies Friday September 15 at 7 p.m.

Authors:  Ariel Castillo and Matthew Thomas – Pebble Hills High Reporters/Special to the Herald-Post

Socorro ISD, GECU Partner to Open First Branch in District

The Socorro Independent School District and GECU will celebrate the grand opening of the first SISD student-run credit union Monday.

“We are thrilled to provide another amazing opportunity for our students to gain real-world experience and skills for a lucrative future in college, careers and life,” said SISD Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza.

“This is a powerful partnership with GECU and I am proud of the great collaboration in our community to give our students an exceptional education in the Sparta Business Academy, at Pebble Hills High School and in Team SISD! We look forward to the experiences and advantages this GECU branch will bring for our students and employees,” Dr. Espinoza added.

The partnership between SISD and GECU will allow students at Pebble Hills High School, which houses the advanced academics program called Sparta Business Academy, opportunities to learn financial literacy, how to budget, operate savings and checking accounts and gain work experience in a financial institution.

The branch will be open for students, faculty and staff. Senior students will be able to work during their practicum time at the branch and have opportunities to work at other branch locations.

Socorro ISD Student Councils work to Raise Awareness for Organ Donations

In an effort to raise awareness and increase the number of organ donors within the state of Texas, student council organizations in the Socorro Independent School District partnered with Donate Life Texas to participate in “Dare to Dream. Dare to Do,” the annual Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) campaign to help the cause.

The statewide project will allow Team SISD student council groups to educate the community about the need for organ/tissue donations, and encourage them to register as donors. The goal is to make a difference by saving lives.

According to Donate Life America, 125,000 men, women and children await lifesaving organ transplants, and every 10 minutes another person is added to the list.

“A few weeks ago I met a lady who shared her story of battling cancer for more than ten years and how grateful she was for her lung and kidney transplant,” said Flor Dominguez, senior student at Socorro High School and the student council community service chair. “It wasn’t until I looked into her eyes that I fully understood the impact a donor can have.”

Each campus will strive to meet its goal of 200 registrations to have a collective total of more than 1,000 registrations. The schools will promote registrations at basketball games, school assemblies, parent nights and on their school websites.

“This is a unique project,” said Lorraine Varela, student activities director at Americas High School. “It’s teaching students the importance of giving back and true service, helping one another. We are extremely excited to be a part of such a large project that will essentially help save lives.”

To learn more about the “Dare to Dream. Dare to Do” initiative click HERE. Below are the links for the SISD school campaigns.

Americas High School

Eastlake High School

El Dorado High School

Montwood High School

Socorro High School

Pebble Hills High School

New Spartan mascot unveiled for Pebble Hills High School

Pebble Hills High School introduced the arrival of their new Spartan mascot, which is ready to represent the school at athletic events, campus activities and in the community.

Designed by its student council, the Spartan looks fierce, said Amanda Garay, who oversees Pebble Hills High School student council.

The group meticulously worked on the mascot to come up with the right look, then sent their ideas to the company that built the outfit.

“It’s a full body shell,” Garay said. “We wanted to design something that would best represent ourselves as Spartans. It had to look realistic. I think we achieved that. We are happy with it.”

Pebble Hills High School officially opened its doors on July 1, 2015 with 9th and 10th grade students.  The school colors are Teal and Desert Orange.

Pebble Hills High School First in City to Earn ‘Safe Sports’ Award

Pebble Hills High School has earned the Safe Sports School award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association for its comprehensive athletic injury health care and career-oriented education program. The school is the first in El Paso to receive the award.

The Safe Sports School Award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. It reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.

“Our efficacious and passionate athletic trainers have propelled Pebble Hills High School to achieve Safe Sports School status,” said Marivel Macias, SISD Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services. “They have worked 24/7/365 to promote, plan, develop, and provide a collaborative vision and system within our Pebble Hills community that ensures the needs of our student athletes are a priority for all stakeholders. In their hearts, our students’ health and safety comes first!”

In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, the Pebble Hills High School athletic program has:

  • Created a positive athletic health care administrative system
  • Provided or coordinated pre-participation physical examinations
  • Promoted safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities
  • Planned for selection, fit function and proper maintenance of athletic equipment
  • Provided a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes
  • Developed injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions
  • Provided or facilitated injury intervention
  • Created and rehearsed a venue-specific Emergency Action Plan
  • Provided or facilitated psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling/education.
  • Ensured athletes and parents are educated of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities

Fulfilling these safety requirements has always been the goal of everyone at the high school from the administrators to the athletic department, said Chris Lopez, one of the school’s athletic trainers.

“Ultimately we want to make sure our students are always safe, preventing as much injury as we can just to give them that opportunity to compete at the highest level possible,” Lopez said. “Every department was involved. This award validates that we are all focused on safety.”

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