On Tuesday, San Elizario ISD officials announced that their Board of Trustees has earned the team certificate for completing the Lone Star Governance Workshop.
The LSG Governance Workshop is a two-day training where all Board of Trustees in collaboration with the Superintendent engaged in identifying adult behaviors that need to change in order to improve student outcomes.
“Since the Board of Trustees accepted the invitation to become a member of the Inaugural LSG Exemplar Cohort in October of 2018, through a needs assessment process, they have worked tirelessly to identify district goals that focus on improving mathematics, reading, and college and career military readiness,” officials shared via a web post. “In addition, they have committed to continue increasing the time spent on goal progress monitoring every month to include quarterly self-evaluations.”
Training and guidance from ESC Region 19 Lone Star Governance Coach, Monica Jaloma, also provided in depth perspective and personal reflection with additional support from TEA Deputy Commissioner, AJ Crabill. He states, “student outcomes don’t change until adult behaviors change.”
Officials added that the Board’s focus on goal progress monitoring has demonstrated “positive gains,” as the district’s latest accountability rating of a B with an 86 is a 3-point gain from last year.
The distinction of earning the team certificate also commemorates the journey of Trustees to identify the vision and values of students, faculty, staff, and community by engaging in campus and community meetings and establishing a two-way communication.
Current Board Trustees recognize the contributions of previous trustees whose participation assisted in making the necessary gains throughout the LSG framework: Mr. Ramon Holguin, Mr. Antonio Araujo, Mr. Armando Martinez, Mr. Ramon Rojas, and Staff Sergeant Norman B. Harrison.
In a weekly state poll of 4A Coaches, the San Elizario Eagles made their mark, with the team ranked 22nd out of 189 4A teams.
This distinct honor is something Coach David Desrosiers welcomes as he continues to have the Lady Eagles ranked.
The San Elizario High School Volleyball team is led by team captains senior Maryann Torres who says, “This team is special because of each player’s individual commitment to the team has elevated the overall team’s ability to achieve” and junior Desiree Morales who agrees “Our team’s unity is our strength. Our teamwork and collaboration are allowing us to achieve more as a team than any of us could achieve on our individual talent.” Both girls have played varsity since they were freshmen.
Coach Desrosiers began coaching in 2002 through 2008 in San Elizario and then held the varsity coaching position at Horizon from 2008 – 2015 and retuned to San Elizario in 2015.
“This is one of the best teams I have ever had the pleasure of coaching. The girls are awesome to work with. The opportunity to coach at San Elizario with the support we receive from both the campus and district administration promotes success,” Desrosiers said.
Coach added that he is “proud the team is not only experiencing success on the court, but also being recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association for their Outstanding Academic Performance in classroom.”
Other members and playing positions of the Lady Eagles include seniors: 21 – Maryann Torres (Librero); 5 – Destiny Loya (Defensive Specialist); 12 – Joselyn Reyes (Setter); 14 – Nayeli Ochoa (Outside Hitter); 15 – Camila Contreras (Middle Blocker) and juniors 1 – Maryanne Tapia (Setter); 4 – Desiree Morales (Outside Hitter); 6 – Anissa Chairez (Opposite) and sophomores 3 – Victoria Perez (Opposite); 7 – Brianna Montero (Defensive Specialist); 10 – Victoria Lopez (Defensive Specialist); 11 – Arlette Becerra (Middle Blocker) with the help of Manager Miguel Rodriguez, a junior.
Most recently, the members of the Varsity volleyball team ranked 10th in the El Paso area by the El Paso Times on August 28th and continue to be ranked 10th the week of September 4th.
A total of 220 third graders from San Elizario ISD’s elementary schools received a free dictionary courtesy of Kirk Robison, Chairman of Pizza Properties, Inc. and owner and operator of El Paso’s Peter Piper Pizza restaurants.
For over a decade, Robison has donated dictionaries to third grade students from across the El Paso County. It is an annual tradition he enjoys doing each year.
“The distribution of dictionaries to students is one more component to the Partner in Education program that Peter Piper Pizza is proud to do for El Paso area kids,” Robison said.
“Peter Piper Pizza’s Partner in Education program is designed to help educators help our kids reach their dreams and the dictionaries are one more way we hope to make a difference in a child’s education.”
Alarcon Elementary Assistant Principal, Leticia De Santos, said the dictionaries will certainly come in handy for third graders.
“These dictionaries are a valuable tool that will help students in their studies both in the classroom and at home,” De Santos said.
“They will also help students enrich their vocabulary skills. We are always very appreciative of Mr. Robison’s donation year after year,” she added.
Stepping into a classroom and teaching for the very first time can be quite nerve-wracking for most new teachers, but thanks to San Elizario Independent School District’s (SEISD) new program that may be a thing of the past.
With SEISD’s ‘First Year Teacher Academy,’ teachers can flourish and grow in their profession using several techniques.
The goal is to increase teacher effectiveness and higher teacher retention. First year teachers are provided with ongoing professional development throughout the year from the instructional team as well as a seasoned campus mentor.
“The life of a first year teacher can be overwhelming because they learn everything from curriculum to Human Resources to technology,” said Debbie Cortez, Instructional Officer at SEISD.
“Participating in a solid induction program, such as the First Year Teacher Academy, can make the transition a bit easier and provide our teachers with the time and support to succeed,” Cortez added.
The First Year Teacher Academy helps new teachers receive professional development in areas such as Classroom Management, Behavior, Stress Management, Rituals & Routines, and getting ready for the first day.
“I am glad SEISD has this Academy for new teachers because it is definitely helpful and beneficial,” said Daniel Morrow, Science teacher at San Elizario High School.
“It has taught me to include various activities and games to keep students engaged and always learning. I have grown so much as a person and as a teacher because of this Academy.”
The scholarship fund, established in 2017, will award a total of $20,000 in scholarships over the next 8 years to help students cover tuition or other costs associated with attending and completing college.
“I’m excited about the opportunities that CREEED is creating for our students to support their pursuit of a college degree,” said Sylvia Hopp, a former San Elizario ISD Superintendent. “During my time as an educator and administrator, I was constantly moved by the dreams and potential of our students and it’s important to have community advocates like CREEED who are providing the resources students need to succeed. Ms. Jasso is an exemplary student who has shown tremendous personal growth during her four years at San Elizario High School and is committed to making her dreams a reality.”
The scholarship fund builds on CREEED’s existing efforts to support El Paso students build the skills and knowledge they need to graduate college and career ready, including the launch of Girls Who Code chapters in El Paso, creating the ACT El Paso scholarship fund to expand the number of teachers who are credentialed to offer dual-credit courses in high school, and providing local school district and higher education institutions with grants to implement innovative initiatives.
“I’m very proud to have been chosen as the first recipient of the scholarship,” said Angelica Jasso who plans to study nursing at The University of Texas at El Paso. “I’m also grateful to organizations like CREEED who make an effort to support my dreams and offer financial help so I can reach my goals.”
Angelica is an accomplished student participating in many extra curricular activities including National Honor Society and the San Elizario campus improvement committee as well as varsity track and field, soccer, and cross country.
She is also an active volunteer for the Special Olympics and San Elizario’s special education department.
“The ultimate goal of the scholarship is to support and encourage students to strive for academic excellence beyond high school and obtain a post-secondary degree within 6 years of their enrollment,” said Eduardo “Eddie” Rodriguez, CREEED’s Executive Director. “In addition to preparing students to obtain a college degree or certificate, we need to provide them with the resources they need to obtain that degree. We are excited about the future college graduates that will benefit from the Sylvia Hopp San Elizario College Scholarship Fund.”
San Elizario ISD held its 2018 Teacher & Employee of the Year Awards Ceremony to honor six teachers and six employees nominated by their campuses for district-wide honors for their outstanding performance and commitment throughout the school year.
Sandra Tinajero from Sambrano Elementary was chosen as the Elementary Teacher of the Year, Andrew Avila from San Elizario High School was selected as the Secondary Teacher of the Year, and Luz Estela Martinez was named District Employee of the Year.
Tinajero has been teaching at Sambrano Elementary for the past three years. She is grateful to be working at the school that received her with open arms when she was a child; she is proud to be from the San Elizario community.
Avila has a total of five years working at San Elizario High School. He had the privilege to work with the Algebra One team, in which they collectively endeavored to earn the Academic Achievement in Mathematics State Accountability Distinction from T.E.A. in 2017.
Martinez has been working for the district as a bus monitor for the past four years. She has a great connection with district faculty and staff, but what she loves most about her job is the children. She believes that working with children is her true calling.
Presenting the winners with their awards the night of the banquet were San Elizario ISD Board President, Irene D. Jaquez; Board Trustee Sandra Licon; Board Trustee, Becky Romero, Board Trustee, Armando Martinez; Associate Superintendent, Ruben Cervantes; and Superintendent, Dr. Jeannie Meza-Chavez.
Both Tinajero and Avila will advance to the Region 19 Teacher of the Year , where they will represent San Elizario ISD this summer.
The winners were announced Friday evening, May 4th, at the Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel.
Five San Elizario ISD (SEISD) Middle School Students are among 40 semi-finalists who participated in the 2018 Do the Write Thing Challenge.
Evelyn Trejo, Arlette Esparza, Darlene Silva, Marcos Argumedo, and Dailyn Velez are among the 40 semi-finalists selected from over 7,000 students.
SEISD officials said, “They demonstrated important critical thinking abilities, creativity, and most importantly, their essays offered important solutions to the issue of violence.”
The Do the Write Thing Challenge gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of youth violence on their lives. Through classroom discussions and writings, students communicate what they think should be done to reduce youth violence.
They also make personal commitments to do something about this problem.
A recognition event honoring all student finalists will be held on Saturday, April 28th, at UTEP’s Union Cinema and two students will be announced as the National finalists.
The National finalists, a parent, and a teacher will be awarded with an expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. where they will attend the National Do the Write Thing Leadership activities.
Students and staff from Garcia-Enriquez Middle School (GEMS) in San Elizario have a new reason to celebrate as the doors to their new, state-of-the-art Cafetorium are now open.
The idea of remodeling and expanding the middle school’s Cafetorium was first discussed in 2006 during the TEA IFA funding allotment preceding. San Elizario ISD was awarded enough to money to only cover the middle school’s new library and classroom wing.
When the 2104 Bond was passed, the Cafetorium’s need for a face-lift was placed at the top of the list. The project included the complete renovation of the cafeteria, with an expansion of the kitchen.
The project floor plan increased the square footage from 9,000 square feet to 12,200 square feet with the ability to accommodate around 350 students.
The new Cafetorium comes with a snack bar, a stage with lighting, and sound-control booth.
The middle school’s original Cafetorium was built in 1986 for the sharing of meal services between San Elizario High School and the middle school.
It’s another year in the history books, as 2017 fades and 2018 dawns.
From the streets of downtown, to the football fields of the schools around town, to the houses of worship throughout the Borderland and locations in between, our photographers were busy documenting our story.
Below are the best shots from our team of photographers: Chief Photographer Andres Acosta, and Kevin Venegas.
San Elizario Independent School District Superintendent Sylvia Hopp has been selected as a state finalist for the annual Superintendent of the Year award sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards. Hopp is one of five finalists for the state award and is representing Region 19.
On August 22, the Education Service Center (ESC) Region 19 recognized Superintendent Hopp at its annual Teacher of the Year Awards Gala. Dr. Armando Aguirre, Executive Director for ESC Region 19 introduced Hopp on stage and presented her with an award in front of hundreds of educators from throughout El Paso and Hudspeth counties.
“I wish to thank the Region 19 Board of Directors and Dr. Aguirre for their continued support not only for myself but for all area superintendents. Together we can make a great impact for all students in Region 19,” Hopp stated.
Hopp has 35 years of experience in education administration and has been at the helm of San Elizario ISD for three years serving approximately 3,800 students.
Of note to the selection committee were San Elizario ISD’s English as a second language programs to bring parents into the schools, outreach efforts through home visits, and initiatives to build cooperative relationships with city leadership.
Hopp earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Texas at El Paso. She serves on the Commissioner’s Superintendents Cabinet, and is active in the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), Texas Association of Mid-Size Schools, Texas Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Far West Texas School Boards Association, among others.
The five 2015 finalists were then chosen based on their responses on issues as business engagement, teacher retention, diversity of the state’s student population, philosophy, educational leadership, challenges facing local school districts, and advocacy on behalf of public education.
The 2015 Superintendent of the Year will be announced October 3 at the TASA/TASB Convention in Austin where the winning superintendent will receive an award from program underwriter Balfour.