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Reyes Elementary Students Train to Run, Empower Themselves

Girls at Congressman Silvestre and Carolina Reyes Elementary School are running to learn and be empowered thanks to several local health and leadership organizations around El Paso.

The Junior League of El Paso partnered with the El Paso Center Against Sexual and Family Violence to bring a Girls on the Run council to El Paso. According to Jessica Arvizu, an advocate with the Center, Girls Going the Distance is a life skills development pilot program based on the Girls on the Run model. Through a mentoring relationship centered on running, the program uses dynamic, interactive lessons and running games, to inspire and motivate girls and encourage lifelong health and fitness and build confidence through accomplishment.

RES Assistant Principal Jessica Melendez-Carrillo said they have about 35 3rd-5th grade girls in the 10-week program that is designed to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident, using various lessons addressing self-care, self-esteem, positive relationships and empowerment.

At the end of the program, the girls will participate in the Flying Horse 5K Race organized by Race El Paso November 18, 2017 in Anthony, Texas and New Mexico. Junior League member Danielle Adams was on hand to train and run with the girls.

“This is about empowering girls to not only be physical, healthy and strong but also brings the goal of accomplishing something,” Adams said. “The girls are going to be awesome in this run!”

The girls also received generous donations of brand new running shoes, socks and t-shirts from the Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation while Race El Paso provided the girls discounted registration fees for the race.

“Reyes Elementary is so excited to have this program here this year and appreciates all the effort from every organization that made this possible for the girls,” Melendez-Carrillo said

Boeing Research Grant Implements Science and Engineering Curriculum in Elementary Classrooms

UTEP researchers are working to start students on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at Congressman Silvestre and Carolina Reyes Elementary School.

David J. Carrejo, Ph. D., associate dean for undergraduate studies and educator preparation, and associate professor of math education, is leading his team on a one-year project that implements an environmental science and engineering (ESE) curriculum in the school’s 24 classrooms.

The elementary school, in the Canutillo School District, is LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.


That means the school was built to be resource efficient, high performing, healthy and cost-effective, making it an ideal site to implement the curriculum.

“The overarching goal of the ongoing and proposed project is to broaden student and teacher participation in STEM by increasing awareness, interest and competency in ESE,” Carrejo said. “Research shows that children who are exposed to engineering and science at an early age are more likely to pursue baccalaureate degrees in those fields.”

Carrejo’s team will use the $27,000 awarded from Boeing to implement the ESE curriculum in each classroom; increase the number of students who demonstrate evidence of becoming environmental conservators; and evaluate the project to determine gains in teacher knowledge and student interest.

“We are very excited to work with Reyes Elementary and Canutillo ISD to engage students in STEM and conduct cutting-edge research in STEM education,” Carrejo said.

Researchers started their work in October 2016 and expect initial results by April 2017. The project will end in May and final results will be reported by the summer.

$50k grant from Boeing to help start STEM program at Reyes Elementary

A $50,000 grant from the Boeing Company will allow Canutillo Independent School District’s newest school to start a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program.

This program, officially named “Improving Elementary STEM Education Through Inquiry-Based Curriculum,” will train 25 teachers at Reyes Elementary School the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) curriculum developed by the Boston Museum of Science.

The teachers will then instruct 500 Reyes students in grades kindergarten through three to design solutions to problems using the engineering design process. The grant is a result of the effort between the staff and faculty of the UTEP College of Education, Canutillo ISD and Reyes Elementary.

“This grant marks the arrival of STEM-related programs within our elementary schools,” said Dr. Pedro Galaviz, Superintendent of Canutillo ISD. “We are now able to instruct our children using industry-standard engineering modules to improve their skills and readiness for the workforce and link those skills to the STEM programs we have already implemented at our high school campuses. We are grateful to everyone involved in making this possibility a reality.”

The overarching goal of the proposed project is to broaden student and teacher participation in STEM by increasing awareness, interest, and competency in engineering design early in the school experience.

The objectives to meet this goal are to (1) implement an Engineering is Elementary module in each classroom in grades kindergarten through three at Reyes Elementary School during the 2015-2016 school year, (2) increase the number of students who experience designing a solution to a problem using the engineering design process, and (3) evaluate the project to determine gains in teacher knowledge and student interest in engineering design.

“The vision of Reyes Elementary School of becoming a STEM-focused school is now a reality,” said Dr. Debra Kerney, Principal of Reyes Elementary. “Our teachers are ready to receive the EiE training offered by the Texas Tech University T-STEM Center and implement the STEM modules in our classrooms.”

Author: Canutillo ISD