Socorro ISD powerhouses Montwood and Pebble Hills collided Friday night at the Gem in Far East El Paso – The SAC – and the teams put on a show.
The two titans battled throughout, but in the end the Rams topped the Spartans 49-36.
Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was there and we bring you his view of the contest in this ‘Game in Many Pics.
Friday night football action got off to an early and exciting start, thanks to a prime time matchup between San Angelo Central and Pebble Hills at Socorro ISD’s Student Activities Center – the SAC.
The Spartans and the Bobcats battled all afternoon, with the tally of points growing as long as the early evening shadows. In the end, the Bobcats emerged victorious, surviving the Spartan onslaught 44-40
Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was there and we bring you his view of the contest in this ‘Game in Many Pics.’
In game two of a double header at Socorro ISD’s Student Activities Center – the SAC – Friday night, the Pebble Hills Spartans hosted the Chapin Huskies.
The Spartans again defended their home field, sending Chapin home with a loss, 31-13
Our very own ‘Ace’ Acosta was there and we bring you his view of the contest in this ‘Game in Many Pics’
The Pebble Hills Spartans headed to the Permian Basin Friday night to take on Midland High.
The Spartans and the Bulldogs went toe-to-toe the entire game, but Midland prevailed, eking out a one point victory.
Our very own David Lord was there and we bring you his view of the contest in this ‘Game in Many Pics.’
In a battle of SISD powerhouses, the Pebble Hills Spartans hosted their rivals the El Dorado Aztecs at the Crown Jewel of the Far East – the Socorro Activities Center.
The Aztecs started well, but the Spartans would defend their home turf, sending El Dorado packing 54-12.
Our very own Chief Photographer ‘Ace’ Acosta was there and we bring you his view of the game in this ‘Game in Many Pics’
Two Socorro Independent School District schools brought fashion and trash together by creating wearable art.
Students from William D. Slider Middle School and Pebble Hills High School used coffee filters, magazines, newspapers, clothing or whatever they could find in their classroom or home for their projects.
Several pieces of their collections were included in the 32 annual SISD Student Art Show, which was on display at the District Service Office.
“I wanted the students to think outside the box,” said Sonja Kern, theater teacher at Slider. “I wanted it to coincide with Earth Day, too. I wanted them to learn how to be creative and how to use everyday items, such as newspapers, duct tape, coffee filters, hula hoops, plastic tablecloths and other items, to create something special.”
Kern has been encouraging her classes to get involved in the “Trash ‘n’ Fashion” project for several years. She provides the supplies, or the students bring recyclables from home.
Students do research first on how to recycle materials and have two weeks in class to create the wearable art.
“We are so excited,” Kern said. “I am really impressed with my students. They went all out and did so well.”
Lorena Evans created the winning yellow mermaid-style dress and wore it to Destination Imagination contest. She is proud of her creation.
“I like making stuff from scratch,” Evans said. “I used coffee filters to create the bodice and added tulle that I had to the bottom of it. But I never thought I would win.”
At Pebble Hills, Rossy Sanchez has included a trash to fashion project for the past two years. Students take recycled clothing they own or fabric that has been donated to the class and recreate outfits, purses and other wearable items.
“It really is a collaborative effort,” said Sanchez, who teaches technical theater and fashion design. “The students work together in teams to create their item within two weeks. I want them to see the beauty in everything they use.”
She has been making clothes for her dolls since she was little but never thought about doing it for herself.
“This experience has been fantastic,” Vasquez said. “Using recycled objects to create something unique is amazing. I never thought it was possible.”
For Danae Morales, creating a dress from recyclable materials was a great experience. She has learned a lot about helping the environment just by reusing old clothes.
“You can bring it back to life,” Morales said. “My goal now is to be more thrifty and modernize my old clothes.”
More than 900 Socorro Independent School District elementary and middle school students participated in the annual district-wide science fairs in the fall.
“This is a good experience for a student,” said Danielle Navariz, elementary science instructional officer. “It’s important. Not only are they learning about science, but they are improving their presentation skills. The students have been preparing for months on their projects, culminating with the science fair.”
Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students created projects in various categories, including behavioral and social science, earth and environmental science, life science, physical science and engineering.
John Drugan School was named the sweepstakes winner again. Two Drugan students, Sophia Smith, fourth grade, and Christopher McDonald, fifth grade, also took sweepstakes. Smith’s category was behavioral and social science. McDonald had an earth and environmental science project.
James P. Butler Elementary third grader, Midori Moreno, was the sweepstakes winner for her physical science project.
At the middle school level, sixth- through eighth-grade students showcased projects in various categories, including sciences, behavioral and social science, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, cellular and molecular biology, earth and environmental sciences, mathematics, plant sciences, system software and translational medical science.
John Drugan again had top winners in several categories. Sixth-graders Aiden Veik and Fatima Franco won sweepstakes in the life and engineering categories, respectively. Joaquin Roman, a Montwood Middle School sixth-grader as well, took home the sweepstakes win in physical science.
In the seventh grade, Arella Orrosco and Gabriel Ramirez, both from John Drugan, and Mercedes Lopez, Socorro Middle School, were sweepstake winners. Orrosco took first place in life, Ramirez was tops in physical science and Lopez won the engineering category.
Eighth-graders Alan Martinez and James McDonald, from Drugan, and Samuel Fierro, from Ensor Middle School, took sweepstakes. Martinez and McDonald earned first for life and engineering, respectively. Fierro won for his physical science project.
Students worked hard on their projects, spending time researching, experimenting and creating their storyboards.
“This science project was based on my desire to be an architect,” said Roman, a middle-school sweepstakes winner. “I wanted to find the best building material and it turned out to be adobe. It was so much fun doing this and it will help me when I become an architect.”
The first-place winners, 66 students, from the middle school science fair advanced to the Sun Country Regional Science & Engineering Fair, which will be March 2 at Pebble Hills High School.
Socorro ISD fourth- through eighth-grade students spent a recent Saturday discovering college and profession possibilities at the fourth annual Career Awareness Showcase at Pebble Hills High School.
The event exposes students to different programs in the district so they can make an informed decision when selecting their endorsement for their high school career path. Students learned about Team SISD’s endless opportunities, including the Career and Technical Education program, advanced academics academies, dual credit courses and early college high schools.
“The Career Awareness Showcase is an opportunity for our students to learn about careers that they might not have considered,” said George Thomas, SISD’s Career and Technical Education director. “It really helps them and their parents when it comes time to choose their endorsement prior to high school.”
More than 70 presenters, including current high school students in various SISD programs; and business and industry professionals, answered questions about the district’s programs or their line of work.
Mike and Danielle Fisher made sure, Justin Walters, 10, attended the showcase. The Bill Sybert School fifth grader wants to be a pilot in the United States Air Force. He wore a vest with all his stepdad’s military medals and honors he earned while in the military.
“I wanted to find out more about the career I want to have,” Walters said. “I like to travel and I like the military, so becoming a pilot would help me achieve that.”
The Fishers were impressed by the event and said it was beneficial for their son and other students.
Danielle Fisher said she applauds SISD’s effort to teach their young students about college and career readiness.
“This allows students to have bigger and better opportunities before entering college,” she said. “It makes them think and gives them a chance to achieve their dreams. It’s really an amazing event.”
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Thursday night at the the SAC featured a battle of East versus West titans, as the Thunderbirds took on the Spartans in far-east El Paso.
The home-standing Spartans withstood Coronado’s assault for a bit, but the T-Birds were too much in the end, taking the game 42-25.
Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and we bring you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’
On Thursday night, the Midland High Bulldogs took on the home-standing Pebble Hills Spartans.
As promised, it was a tough game, but the Spartans showed their strength, and like the rapidly approaching storms around the SAC, unleashed their energy, beating the Bulldogs 42-38.
Our very own Johnny Yturales was there for the contest and brings you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’
The El Paso-area high school football season got off to a rousing start Thursday night, as the El Dorado Aztecs took on their inter-SISD rivals the Pebble Hills Spartans.
In the arena known as the SAC – Student Activities Center – the Spartans quickly jumped out to a lead, with their defense preventing the Aztecs from striking gold until late in the game.
Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was there, and brings you his view of the contest in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’
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.
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.”