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SISD students recycle to create wearable art, Pieces featured in student art show

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.

This year was the first time Slider entered art pieces in the SISD Student Art Show. Two of their projects, a yellow prom dress and a white summer dress, received first and second place respectively.

“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.”

One creation used recycled Vogue magazines to create a beautiful gown. Gwenevere Vasquez was one of the makers of the dress.

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.”

Socorro ISD Science Fairs Sharpens Research, Presentation Skills for Students

More than 900 Socorro Independent School District elementary and middle school students participated in the annual district-wide science fairs in the fall.

About 400 elementary students displayed their projects at Pebble Hills High School and almost 500 sixth- to eighth-grade students showcased their projects at Eastlake High School.

“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.

They will be joining the first- and second-place high school winners, who will compete at the district high school science fair on February 2 at Pebble Hills High School.

SISD’s Annual Career Awareness Event sets 4th-8th Graders on Path to Future Success

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.”

Students were able to hear about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), business and industry, public service, arts and humanities, and multidisciplinary studies.

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.

“This is excellent exposure,” Mike Fisher said. “It makes sure students are prepared for what they want to do in the future. I have never seen anything like it before.”

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.”

 

To view photos from the event, click here.

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Story in Many Pics: Coronado Tops Pebble Hills 42-25

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.’

Story in Many Pics: Pebble Hills Spartans Soar, Beat Midland 42-38

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.’

 

Story in Many Pics: Pebble Hills Conquers El Dorado 44-13

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.’

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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