On Wednesday, officials with San Elizario High School announced their Honored Alumni for 2019: Samuel Sanchez
Sanchez is well known in San Elizario, as a member of the El Paso Historical Commission and as a previous President of the San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society. He presently works at T&R Chemicals, Inc. as a chemical technician. He also proudly served in the Marine Corps.
Aside from his community involvement, Mr. Sanchez also writes and illustrates.
In his memoir entitled, Memories are Made of This, and an article where he recalls his football experience titled Recollected Images: Football, San Eli Style, Sanchez captures moments in San Elizario during his childhood. His most recent work is the Pirates in the Desert.
His work as an illustrator includes having illustrated for Texas historian, Leon Metz, and Conroy Brison, the President of the El Paso County Historical Society, the Indian Artifact Magazine, and author Elroy Bode.
His daughter, Christine Ann Perez states, “My Dad is not only a football player, a chemist, a Marine, a historian, an artist, an author, an illustrator or an old-west reenactor, but he is a kind, loving father.”
San Elizario High School will honor Mr. Samuel Sanchez on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, during the annual San Elizario Homecoming Parade, which starts at the corner of Chicken Ranch Rd. and Socorro Rd. at 5:30 p.m. and will be immediately followed by the Honored Ex Assembly at 7:00 p.m. at the Eagle Stadium.
The San Elizario High School football team will have the Homecoming game against Tornillo on Friday, October 4, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.
Four teachers from Canutillo and San Elizario were selected to attend prestigious professional development institutes in Austin and Houston sponsored by Humanities Texas in partnership with the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin and Rice University this summer.
Anna Alvarez, who teaches English language arts at San Elizario High School, participated in “Teaching Literature,” which took place from June 10–13 on the UT Austin campus.
The institute provided strategies and resources for helping students to become better readers of fiction, poetry, drama and expository prose, while also addressing the critical reading and media literacy skills necessary for success at the post-secondary level.
The program also featured presentations on incorporating art and film in language arts courses and included an excursion to the Harry Ransom Center, where teachers learned about highlights from the Center’s literary holdings.
The program faculty included distinguished scholars from universities across the nation. During an evening event at the Byrne-Reed House, poet Naomi Shihab Nye read from and discussed her newest collection of poems, “The Tiny Journalist,” with participants.
Northwest Early College High School English teachers Heidi McConnell, Alisia Muir and James O’Keeffe participated in “Teaching Shakespeare,” which took place from June 17–20 on the Rice campus.
The institute covered topics including Shakespeare’s world, works and the sources he drew upon in his writing; approaches to teaching the major tragedies, comedies and sonnets; and intersections between Shakespeare and Latinx drama. The institute also included presentations on developing engaging writing assignments that emerge from the study of Shakespeare’s works.
Peggy O’Brien, director of education at the Folger Shakespeare Library, trained participants in performance-based teaching strategies. O’Brien worked with actors from the Houston Shakespeare Festival to demonstrate the interpretive possibilities of Shakespeare through performance.
Dennis Huston, Gladys Louise Fox Professor Emeritus of English at Rice University, delivered the institute’s keynote lecture. The program faculty included distinguished scholars from universities and educational institutions across the nation.
“Working in El Paso can feel isolating at times,” commented Muir. “This institute was an incredible opportunity to work with teachers from all over the state with varied school demographics.”
“Humanities Texas was pleased to cosponsor the Austin and Houston institutes,” said Director of Grants and Education Eric Lupfer. “The programs offered teachers the opportunity to study with leading scholars and interact with colleagues from across the state. Participants left the institutes energized and equipped with training that will enhance student learning.”
“Teaching Literature” and “Teaching Shakespeare” were made possible with support from the State of Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Humanities Texas is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Its mission is to advance education through programs that improve the quality of classroom teaching, support libraries and museums and create opportunities for lifelong learning for all Texans.
A group of National Honor Society (NHS) members from San Elizario High School (SEHS) had the privilege to attend the Leadership Experience and Development (LEAD) conference in Washington, D.C.
“This is the first time our NHS students take a trip like this,” said Wendy Valdes, Physics teacher at SEHS. “As an adviser, it was wonderful to see my students take part in this conference and also experience the history and culture of Washington, D.C. I know they will remember this trip for the rest of their lives.”
The primary focus of the conference is to help students and advisers sharpen their leadership skills, improve school culture and community, and network with peers from all over the U.S.
Students had the opportunity to attend individual workshops that focused on topics such as leadership, student voice, civic engagement, and service.
“This was an eye-opening experience for me,” said Lorenzo Leyva, junior at SEHS. “I met and collaborated with peers from different states, explored the city, rode the subway for the first time, and realized that decisions made in D.C. can affect us here at home in San Eli. I came back with some really good ideas that can help out our school and community.”
After the conference, the group got to visit the National Archives, the Smithsonian Museum of U.S. History, the Washington and Lincoln Memorials, and the Holocaust Museum. They also got free tours of the Capitol and the White House courtesy of Congressman Will Hurd.
The LEAD conference is open to NHS members from across the country. Initially there were 15 students from SEHS that were eligible to attend but due to athletics, academics, or other prior commitments, only nine were able to go.
The conference and tour was held earlier this month, from February 1st through 3rd, 2019.
Students from San Elizario High School’s (SEHS) Class of 2020 collaborated with a group of students in need of credit hours on various murals that show school spirit, including one called “The Talon.”
“The Talon” mural is known as an eagle’s large, hooked claw and it is painted on one of the walls of the Vicente Delgadillo Jr. Field House, right in front of the football team’s locker room.
“This mural is special because its purpose is to serve as a symbol of motivation for the football team,” said Karla Ruiz, Art teacher at SEHS.
“As they exit the locker room, it is the first thing they see and the intention is for each player to get pumped before their game.”
The football coaches and players were amazed when they saw the mural that was made for them and appreciate the gesture.
“Our school definitely has some of the most talented students,” said Albert Lopez, SEHS football linebacker.
“Every piece of art that they do is awesome but my favorite is “The Talon” because it best represents us as a team and as a high school.”
The San Elizario Independent School District (SEISD) is pleased to announce the creation of the College Credit Pathway Initiative to support the various opportunities for post-secondary success offered at San Elizario High School (SEHS).
“A campus that provides any type of college credit opportunity for their students, is a good school,” said Maribel Guillen, SEHS Principal. “We have the best of both worlds at our school. We are still a comprehensive high school with sports and extra-curricular activities while at the same time a Dual Credit institution.”
This initiative will help SEISD to incorporate the new Texas higher education plan, 60X30TX, by streamlining those goals within the post-secondary decision making of students at SEHS.
The College Credit Pathway Initiative is a bold plan as it hopes to ensure 100% of SEHS students are on track to earn a certificate, license or degree by 2030.
Students will be afforded the opportunity to enroll in one of four distinct college credit pathways offered at SEHS:
– Dual Credit (DC) Academy
The Dual Credit Academy at San Elizario High School is a comprehensive program that prepares students for continued success at a post-secondary institution. Students accepted into the academy are provided with an opportunity to earn as many as 43 dual credit hours.
These college credits are based on a focused concentration of courses aligned with El Paso Community College’s (EPCC) core curriculum plan (SB 1091). For school year 2017, dual credit students saved an estimated $70,000 in tuition.
– Advanced Placement (AP) Academy
The Advanced Placement Academy enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. SEHS offers 17 advanced placement courses along with an opportunity to take the AP exam.
A qualifying exam score helps students earn credit or placement at most four-year colleges and universities in the United States. For school year 2017, SEHS students who took and achieved a qualifying score on an AP exam saved an estimated $605,000 in tuition.
– APDC3 (Advanced Placement/Dual Credit Hybrid)
APDC3 allows students to take both dual credit and AP courses to achieve a tailored college ready experience. Students will be allowed the flexibility to select courses based on post-secondary goals while learning the skills to succeed in the workplace.
SEISD officials add, “Research shows that students who take either a dual credit or AP course are much more likely to complete a college degree on time-saving tuition.”
– Western Tech Associates Program
This partnership between Western Tech and SEISD will give SEHS students the opportunity to graduate from high school while at the same time obtaining an Associate’s Degree from Western Tech in the area of Refrigeration, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.
The cost of this program is usually $36,000 but because this is a Dual Credit instructional offering, this cost is being subsidized by local scholarships from Western Tech and a reduced tuition rate which will be paid for by SEISD.
This financial support ensures that this opportunity will not impact the students’ future federal financial aid and will be offered at zero cost to the families and students participating in the program.
“This initiative will transform the high school experience of our students by laying out a sequence of courses that students will follow while simultaneously being advised and monitored to ensure student success,” said Dr. Tomas Sigala, College & Career Readiness Facilitator for San Elizario ISD.