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Putnam Principal selected to participate in state assessment advisory panel

A new Texas law requiring the state to look at new instruments to assess the progress of students will get valuable input and guidance from an experienced EPISD school administrator.

Putnam Elementary School Principal Cynthia Sanchez was nominated and appointed by Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath to serve on the Educator Advisory Committee for the implementation of House Bill 3906, which requires the Texas Education Agency to develop academically appropriate state assessment instruments.

According to the Texas Education Agency,  House Bill (HB) 3906 “addresses several components related to assessments and administration that expands input from educators, provides more flexibility at the campus level for test administration, and more.”

The TEA website goes on to outline the committee’s duty and makeup.

This educator advisory committee will advise the commissioner and the agency on the development of academically appropriate state assessment instruments. The committee will be comprised of experts in curriculum and instruction, higher education, school leadership, and individuals with experience supporting special populations. The committee will provide advice on the design and implementation of changes contemplated for the state’s assessment program.

Sanchez was selected to participate because of her vast knowledge of pedagogy and student assessment.  She will attend the first meeting of the advisory committee later this month.

For the 2019-20 school year, Sanchez is celebrating her 25th year as an educator with EPISD, as well as her 11th year as an administrator.

 

Students at 59 EPISD Campuses will get Free School Lunch, Breakfast

Students 59 El Paso Independent School District campuses will get free school lunches and breakfasts thanks to national program aimed at providing more nutritious meals students.

Laura Durán, EPISD’s Director of Food and Nutrition Services, announced that the District once again will participate in the Community Eligibility Program from the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

The Community Eligibility Program, or CEP, provides breakfast and lunch to all children at no cost and eliminates the collection of meal application for free, reduced-priced and paid students meals.

“The application process can be cumbersome for some families, and we know that there are many of our schools that will have a majority of the students qualify for free or reduced-priced meals,” Durán said. “This program gives us the opportunity to reach as many students as we can in order to give them a nutritious meal that will help them be ready for instruction.”

The CEP targets schools with high volumes of students who would already qualify for free or reduced-priced meals based on income or other eligibility requirements.

The schools participating the program are:

• Elementary Schools: About Face, Alta Vista, Aoy, Barron, Beall, Bliss, Bonham, Bradley, Burleson, Burnet, Clardy, Clendenin, Coldwell, Collins, Cooley, Crockett, Crosby, Douglass, Dowell, Fannin, Moye, Hawkins, Hillside, Johnson, Lamar, Lee, Logan, Moreno, Newman, Park, Putnam, Powell, Rivera, Roberts, Rusk, Schuster, Stanton, Travis, Whitaker and Zavala.

• Middle Schools: Armendariz, Bassett, Canyon Hills, LaFarelle, Charles, Guillen, Henderson, Magoffin, Morehead, Terrace Hills, Wiggs.

• High Schools: Austin, Bowie, Chapin, Irvin, Jefferson, Telles Academy and the College, Career and Technology Academy.

Students attending schools not participating in the CEP may qualify free and reduced-price meals through the traditional application process. Each school in EPISD, as well as the Food and Nutrition Services Department, has a copy of the eligibility rules and guidelines policy that are used to determine participation.

Applications may be picked up at each campus, or they may be downloaded from the EPISD website at www.episd.org under the Food and Nutrition Services Department. Applications are also available in at the Food and Nutrition Services office at 6531 Boeing.

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