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Socorro ISD Students take part in 2016 National Purple Heart Run

Students and teachers at Purple Heart Elementary School decorated their school entry way and lined up along Campuzano Street to welcome veterans and to participate in the 2016 National Purple Heart Run.

The run is a national campaign that features a special vehicle that will be presented to a combat-wounded, disabled veteran. The truck is adapted to suit veterans who are paralyzed or who have lost legs or arms.

The vehicle made a stop at the school during the journey across the country, in which veterans are thanking fellow Americans for their2016 National Purple Heart Run2 support and care.

“Purple Heart is a big name for an elementary school,” said Jennifer Parker, campus principal. “We were excited to show that we are an honorable school, in an honorable community, doing honorable things.”

Purple Heart was the only school to receive a site visit from the Purple Heart truck, which is on a voyage to crisscross the nation in an effort to create awareness on the cost of freedom.

“It was beautiful to see the kids greet us,” said Joseph P. Tidwell Jr., National Coordinator of Homeless Veteran Program for the Military Order of Purple Heart. “This is a very special school to us. We had heard about it, but to be able to be here personally is big for me.”

2016 National Purple Heart Run3The students were excited to receive the visit and contribute to the campaign by presenting a donation as a way to honor and recognize military veterans for their sacrifice.

“I am really excited to be part of this,” said Briana Martinez, a fifth-grade student at Purple Heart. “It’s an honor to meet someone that has helped America and I feel proud to be able to contribute and help.”

The run is sponsored by the Wounded Warriors Family Support (WWFS) and the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH).

Members of the organization say that with the right vehicle for mobility, a combat-wounded veteran will have the freedom to live a productive and quality life with his or her family.

Free Pre-K Still Available at 5 El Paso ISD Campuses

Spots for free pre-kindergarten classes are still available at five El Paso Independent School District campuses for any 4-year-old child who lives in El Paso County, regardless of their income or language capacity.

Availability for the half-day pre-kinder program exists at Barron, Crockett, Fannin, MacArthur and Schuster elementary schools. The programs have morning and afternoon sessions.

Registration for the EPISD free pre-kinder program will be from May 16-20. Parents who are interested in participating should call the school to schedule a visit and reserve a spot.

The program is open free of charge to any child living within the El Paso County boundary.

Socorro ISD’s 2nd annual ROBOCOM set for Saturday

ROBOCOM 2.0, SISD’s 2nd annual robotics competition, will feature 70 teams — 47 elementary and 23 middle school — competing from campuses across the district.

“The event engages children in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM),” said Y. Stephanie Carrasco, a district instructional officer for science secondary education, who coordinates the event. “It heightens their awareness of STEM higher education and career opportunities.”

Robobcom 2015 participant
Robobcom 2015 participant

ROBOCOM also includes an important student-supporting-student component. SISD’s high school students help develop the competition and manage the competition fields on the day of the contest. Third-grade through eighth-grade students will build robots and put them to the test in the competition.

Teams are judged on how well their robot meets the criteria, how successful it performs each challenge and the creativity of each team’s video presentation.

 

What:             SISD ROBOCOM 2.0

Who:               SISD elementary, middle and high school students; school faculty, staff; district instructional technology staff

Where:           Pebble Hills High School

                        14400 Pebble Hills Blvd.

When:             Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

                   7 a.m. – 5 p.m.    Competition

Elementary first round –         7 a.m. preparation, 9 a.m. competition

Elementary second round –    11 a.m. preparation, 1 p.m. competition

Middle school –                      2 p.m. preparation, 4 p.m. competition

                        7:30 p.m.             Awards ceremony

Socorro ISD students showcase work at district science fairs

About 1,000 elementary, middle and high school SISD students competed in the district’s three science fairs and now those in 6th to 12th grade, whose projects ranked 1st or 2nd, will move on to the Sun Country Regional Science & Engineering Fair in February at UTEP.
Team SISD will have about 200 projects at the regional event, said Y. Stephanie Carrasco, the middle and high school science fair coordinator. Elementary winners do not move on to a regional meet.2016 Science Fair3The district science fair competitions began last November with elementary students. In December, middle school students took their turn. And on Jan. 23, high schoolers participated in the district science fair at Pebble Hills High School.

More than 250 students from grades 9th to 12th and 35 judges were at the annual event. Dressed in their Sunday best, the high school students answered questions from judges and others about their projects.

The quality of science projects this year was outstanding, Carrasco said. Students dealt with many subjects including global warming, robotics, and solutions for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Brianna Romero and Diana Lazare, seniors at El Dorado High School, showed how to best prevent soil erosion. The 16 year olds, who worked on the project for several months, discovered that the worst dirt for averting corrosion was caliche and the best was grass.

“Unfortunately, El Paso has a lot of caliche,” said Romero, who earned a third place for the project. “We have to find a way to add more grass (that doesn’t need a lot of water) to our area.”

Fourteen-year-old Koffi Amegble promised that his homemade portable solar powered generator works so well it can recharge a cellular telephone.

“I have charged two cell phones on this myself,” said the El Dorado High School freshman.

Amegble, who always has been interested in figuring out how electronic gadgets worked, placed first at the district competition and will move on to the Sun Country science fair. From there, the goal is making it to state in San Antonio and eventually he hopes for a career in the engineering field.

The district had the elementary and middle school science fairs on Nov. 14 and Dec. 5, respectively.2016 Science Fair2

Sixty elementary students attended the district’s November science fair at Mission Ridge Elementary. Twenty-six campuses showed up to the event and 32 school projects were named winners.

“This year’s elementary science fair almost doubled in size from last year; it was a great event with so much participation from around the district.” said Jennifer Ellis Martinez, coordinator of the elementary science fair. “I am so happy to see that SISD’s elementary science fair is growing and becoming more popular. It shows that teachers, students, and parents are interested in the sciences and learning about the world we live in.”

The sweepstakes winners at the elementary level were Caroline Garcia, a third grader from John Drugan School, and Ryan Olivas, fourth grader at Dr. Sue Shook Elementary School. The campus sweepstakes winner went to Dr. Sue Shook.

The December middle school contest for 6th to 8th grade students showcased 463 entries in 20 different categories. Every middle school, including K-8th grade schools, were represented. John Drugan, with 38-winning projects, was the campus sweepstakes winner, Carrasco said.

“The participation was great,” she said. “We had so many good projects. I think we will do well at Sun Country. Kids have worked so hard and it is paying off.”

Socorro ISD’s 2014-15 campus ‘report cards’ now on-line

The Socorro Independent School District is committed to providing a relevant and rigorous education for all students so that they are prepared for success in college, careers and life.

Team SISD is also dedicated to ensuring transparency and accountability to keep all district stakeholders informed of policies, procedures and assessments in our schools.

In order for parents and stakeholders to learn about the progress and success at SISD campuses, the State of Texas 2014–15 School Report Cards are now available on the SISD website and on the Texas Education Agency website. A print version also is available upon request at district schools or the District Service Center.

This is a report required by the Texas Legislature and prepared by the Texas Education Agency. It is to be shared with the parent or guardian of every child enrolled in a Texas public school. The report provides information concerning student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), as well as information on student enrollment, class size averages, and financial expenditures.

The information contained in the School Report Cards is required by state law and is briefly described in the “2014–15 School Report Card Definitions.” The report for each school may or may not have all the information described, because the information presented depends on whether the school is an elementary, middle, or high school.

State law requires that the school report card display information about the state, the district, and the school. Where possible, the information must be reported by race/ethnicity and socio-economic status of the students and must include at least two years of results.

The School Report Cards can be found at http://tea.texas.gov/perfreport/src/index.html

A more complete report about each school, the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR), is available by contacting each school’s front office or can be accessed online at https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/tapr/index.html

Parents and/or guardians may contact their child’s school if they have any questions concerning the campus report card. Working together, Team SISD is committed to ensure all students are Tomorrow’s Leaders Learning Today.

SISD’s Hernando Middle, MECHS are finalists for national education award

Two Socorro Independent School District campuses – SPC. Rafael Hernando III Middle School and Mission Early College High School — are finalists for the 2016 National Excellence in Urban Education Awards.

The two schools are the only ones from the El Paso area chosen. They will compete with 20 other campuses chosen nationwide by the National Center for Urban School Transformation. Hernando and Mission Early College meet all the rigorous criteria for the award, including high achievement, arduous curriculum, excellent instruction and enthusiastic student engagement.

2015 National Education Award2“This is phenomenal recognition for Team SISD,” said SISD Superintendent José Espinoza. “To be two of 22 schools in the country to become finalists is testament to the outstanding work that is being accomplished by the faculty and staffs of the schools.”

Beginning in early January, each finalist will receive a site visit from an NCUST evaluation team of researchers and practitioners. The schools with the greatest evidence of the criteria will be named bronze, silver or gold winners.

“These schools are among the best urban schools in the nation,” said Dr. Joseph F. Johnson, Jr., the center’s executive director, in a press release.

This is not the first time a SISD school has been recognized for this award. In 2014, Escontrias Elementary was given a bronze award by the National Center for Urban School Transformation.

For more information visit www.ncust.org

Author: Socorro ISD

Socorro ISD announces opening of 3rd Early College High School

The Socorro Independent School District will open its third early college high school for the 2016-2017 school year.

Rams Early College High School will be housed at Montwood High School and will give students the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree in science. It will be open to students from the Montwood feeder area. The focus of the four-year curriculum will be on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

“We are so excited about the opportunity that is being provided to our kids,” said Montwood Principal Rosa Mireles-Menchaca. “It will give students a chance to pursue post-secondary education while still in high school.”

The program gives SISD the distinction of having the most early college high schools in the El Paso area, said Margie Nelson Rodriguez, the Early College High School Coordinator for El Paso Community College.

“SISD has the most because of the momentum and commitment from Superintendent José Espinoza and from EPCC President William Serrata,” Nelson Rodriguez said.

The Ram program is one of 45 early college high schools sanctioned by the state. It is expected to have about 135 students in its first cohort.

Currently, SISD has two other programs. Socorro Early College opened this school year and Mission Early College High School began in 2005.

Early college high schools are innovative schools that allow students an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and either an associate’s degree or at least 60 college credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree. It offers dual credit courses at no cost to students, rigorous instruction and accelerated courses, and academic and social support services to ensure students succeed.

“This will be a great experience for students,” said Brandon Rios, an assistant principal at Montwood who will be director of the program. “They will be learning to have a college mind set in high school.”
Eighth graders in the Montwood High School feeder area may apply for Rams Early College now. The application deadline is Feb. 15 and students may turn in their applications to their middle school counselors.
Click here for the application.
Author: Socorro ISD

City of Socorro to ticket drivers who ignore bus stop-arms

Starting Tuesday, January 5th, drivers in the City of Socorro who pass Socorro Independent School District school buses that are stopped with the stop-arm displayed will be ticketed for the offense.

In line with SISD’s initiative to make streets safer for students with the use of cameras on school buses, the City of Socorro has approved the ticketing and fines to be issued to drivers who ignore bus stop-arms.

Every SISD school bus has been equipped with a camera system to catch bus stop-arm violators. The violation is a minimum $300 citation. Currently, SISD is working on agreements for ticketing and fines with the City of El Paso and Horizon City.

“This state-of-the art bus surveillance system will ensure we keep our streets safe for children and adults. We are doing everything possible to create a secure learning environment throughout the entire day and before and after school,” said Dr. José Espinoza, SISD Superintendent. “We greatly appreciate the collaboration of local law enforcement and governments in our school and neighborhood safety efforts.”

Team SISD tested the bus camera system on 10 of the district’s school buses in the 2014 spring semester. The SISD Board of Trustees approved the contract for the districtwide state-of-the-art camera system at the December 2014 board meeting and then approved a resolution in support of the districtwide camera system at the January 2015 board meeting.

SISD transports about 12,000 students daily to and from schools districtwide.

Author: Socorro ISD

Socorro ISD students, staff participate in worldwide Hour of Code

Team SISD is celebrated the global Hour of Code with students and teachers participating in various activities to learn the basics of computer coding on Friday.

SISD’s Hour of Code reinforces the district’s commitment to Operation Future Ready, a districtwide initiative to ensure all students are engaging in relevant and rigorous digital learning to prepare them to be globally competitive graduates.

_MG_6072“Team SISD is embracing the Hour of Code to give as many students as possible a foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in an engaging and meaningful manner,” said SISD Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza. “Our priority is to prepare students for college, careers and life. Giving them a fun way to learn coding can open their eyes to an exciting education and career in technology.”

The Hour of Code is one hour of activity in which students from kindergarten through 12th grade will gain an introduction to computer science, demystifying code and showing them that anybody can learn code.

The event provides coding tutorials for all teachers to share with students as enrichment activities, computer clubs, and/or alternative assignments. SISD students will learn solo, in pairs or in groups to be empowered in computer science and coding activities.

The Hour ofCode is being celebrated around the world this week in honor of Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 7-13.

Author: Socorro ISD

City of Socorro approves ticketing bus stop-arm violators caught on SISD bus cameras

In line with the Socorro Independent School District’s initiative to make streets safer for students with the use of cameras on school buses, the City of Socorro has approved ticketing and fines to be issued to drivers who ignore bus stop-arms.

Every SISD school bus has been equipped with a camera system to catch bus stop-arm violators. Effective January 5, 2016, drivers in the City of Socorro who pass the bus stop-arms will be ticketed for the offense. They will be issued a $300 citation. Currently, SISD is working on agreements for ticketing and fines with the City of El Paso and Horizon City.

“Our top priority is to keep all students and staff safe in Team SISD,” said Dr. José Espinoza, SISD Superintendent. “We greatly appreciate the collaboration of local law enforcement and governments in our safety efforts at our schools and surrounding neighborhoods.”

Team SISD tested the bus camera system on 10 of the district’s school buses in the 2014 spring semester. The SISD Board of Trustees approved the contract for the districtwide state-of-the-art camera system at the December 2014 board meeting and then approved a resolution in support of the districtwide camera system at the January 2015 board meeting.

SISD transports about 12,000 students daily to and from schools districtwide.

“This state-of-the art bus surveillance system will ensure we keep our streets safe for children and adults. We are doing everything possible to create a safe and secure learning environment throughout the entire day and before and after school,” Espinoza said.

A national news story released earlier this year reported the Department of Transportation says 23 million children ride a school bus every day and according to the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Information Services, vehicles pass stopped school buses more than 70,000 times a day, even though passing one with its lights flashing is illegal in all 50 states.

Author: Socorro ISD

Team SISD, Canutillo ISD gear up for charity flag football game

Team SISD and Canutillo ISD employees are uniting to donate school supplies to benefit students in the Canutillo school district.

Hundreds of supplies have already been collected and the drive will culminate in a flag football game between the Team SISD and Canutillo ISD superintendents, board members and administrators at Canutillo High School.

All participants in the game will donate school supplies to benefit Canutillo ISD children. The public is invited and admission is free with a donation of school supplies.

Items such as college or wide-ruled paper, composition notebooks, pens, pencils, glue, crayons, spiral notebooks, color pencils, highlighters, scissors, rulers, markers, and folders will be greatly appreciated.

What:         Go Grid Iron school supply donation drive and charity flag football game

Who:          SISD and Canutillo ISD leaders, Canutillo students

Where:       Julius & Irene Lowenberg Stadium at Canutillo High School  6675 S. Desert Blvd.

When:        Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015   5 p.m.

Author: Socorro ISD

Training helps SISD nurses learn more about diabetes

Sixty nurses from the Socorro Independent School District participated in a daylong training on diabetes at the District Service Center.
The Diabetes Academy, sponsored by Novo Nordisk, showed the medical staff the recent changes in treating the disease.

“We deal with a lot of kids with diabetes,” said Rebecca Madrid, the district’s nurse manager of health services. “We want the nurses to be familiar with the new treatments out there.”

The staff learned everything from the basics of Type I-II diabetes to meal planning.

“The 70 nursing staff members found value in the information. It increased their knowledge about diabetes,” said Cecilia Sheeren, Novo Nordisk representative.

2015 SISD Nurse Diabetes Training3One of the class highlights was watching Chef Doreen Colondres, a well-known chef on Univision and Fox, create healthy meals without sacrificing taste and how to make quick meals in 20 minutes.

The chef, who says cooking is relaxing, healthy and fun, demonstrated a quick meal. It included Peruvian chicken with pearl quinoa and a strawberry spinach salad. The dish also was recreated by Super Chef, a local catering company, and served during lunch.

“Healthy doesn’t mean boring,” Colondres said. “It’s about using fresh ingredients as part of a meal. Anyone can do this.”

Priscilla Hernandez, nurse at James P. Butler Elementary School, said the training was helpful. It gave her perspective on the disease.

“The more educated I can get, the better resource I can be for the teachers, students and staff,” Hernandez said. “I see students with diabetes on a daily basis. This was great training.”

2015 SISD Nurse Diabetes Training2

Author: Socorro ISD

History made: Socorro ISD enrolls student number 45,000

The Socorro Independent School District hit a significant milestone this week. The area’s second-largest district surpassed 45,000 students, which is some 2,500 more than just five years ago.

“This is a major milestone for Team SISD,” said Dr. José Espinoza, SISD Superintendent of Schools. “The rate of growth that we continue to experience speaks volumes to the trust parents and our community have in Team SISD to educate and support ALL students as if they were our very own children.”

Chester Jordan Elementary second grader, Leonardo Alvarez, was the 45,000th student to enroll in SISD on Aug. 12. His little sister, Danica Alvarez, who enrolled along with her brother, was the 45,001st student registered in the district.

“What made us enroll our children with SISD was the district’s reputation for having a great system in place and good educators,” said Georgina Hernandez, Leonardo’s and Danica’s mother. “Now seeing how they operate and how they help students, I know we chose the right district for my children.”

SISD continues to grow at a steady pace. In the 1982-1983 school year, the district had 6,095 students. By the 1995-1996 school year, the student population grew to 20,114 and has since more than doubled to 45,000+.

Growth has been managed with strong community support of bond programs and the strategic maximization of existing facilities. This year, the district opened its 47th campus and converted El Dorado 9th Grade Academy to Pebble Hills High School to absorb growth. Boundary adjustments and pre-k hubs have also helped balance enrollment districtwide.

“As we continue to grow, we will work closely with our community to ensure that we maximize all resources to ensure every student attends a great school and is provided an equitable education,” Dr. Espinoza added.

Author: Socorro ISD

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