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Schools, Businesses Collaborate to offer Socorro ISD Students Endless Opportunities

Socorro Independent School District school liaisons, non-profit organizations, and the business community gathered for a day of networking and fun at the 2016 Partner in Education Orientation and Expo.

The Team SISD Partners in Education program is composed of more than 290 business partners who work with 47 schools to help the district provide endless opportunities for all students.

“Our Partner in Education Program gets better and better each year,” said Maya Kirtley, program coordinator. “Our schools and businesses do a wonderful job in keeping their partnerships fun, fresh and innovative.”

2016 Schools businesses collaborate3Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza welcomed business partners and campus liaisons to the first meeting of the year.

“Thank you for all that you do for our students,” Dr. Espinoza said. “Your efforts really go a long way and our district continues to see great success because of the amazing support of our businesses partners!”

The expo allowed campus liaisons to strengthen their partnerships by getting acquainted with services and programs business partners offer. Campus representatives also had the opportunity to schedule events, meetings and visits for the 2016-2017 school year.

“Orientation is a great day for partnerships and SISD schools to connect,” said Bianca Adame, marketing coordinator for Texas Kids Dental. “Businesses get to come out, mix and mingle, and book events for the school year with the school liaisons.”

The partnerships in Team SISD mutually benefit schools and businesses. The PIE program supports students and schools with incentive opportunities, in-kind donations, fundraising, and volunteerism.

“We have great partnerships,” Adame said. “We build relationships that last for years. We are happy to help students and teachers by2016 Schools businesses collaborate1 providing them incentives, and judging science fairs and talent shows… we are family to them.”

Orientation day for campus liaisons also is exciting because it’s an opportunity to establish relationships, new partnerships and collaborate with other liaisons to grow their programs.

“Meeting new partners means so much to our campus,” Marla Sanchez, parent liaison at O’Shea Keleher. “This program benefits our students and our staff. Our partners give incentives, they provide the motivation and support that our students need in school.”

New to the Team SISD PIE program are Zero to 60 Motor Speedway, the Elks Organization, and Crime Stoppers of El Paso.

Team SISD schools earn 140 distinction designations from TEA

More students in the Socorro Independent School District continue to improve in their academic performance showing gains in student achievement, student progress and postsecondary readiness as reported in the 2016 Texas Education Agency accountability ratings system.

The 2016 report reveals that all 47 SISD schools, and the district as a whole, earned the Met Standard rating and received a total of 140 distinction designations by the TEA for its student performance.

“I commend our students, teachers, staff and all members of Team SISD for their hard work and WINning attitude,” said Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza. “Earning these distinctions is further demonstration that we are going above and beyond to ensure all Team SISD children succeed and graduate from high school prepared for college, careers and life.”

Six Team SISD schools earned distinction designation in every category: Mission Early College High School, SPC Rafael Hernando III and Col John O. Ensor middle schools, as well as SGT Roberto Ituarte, Elfida P. Chavez and Dr. Sue Shook elementary schools.

This year, the district received 20 more distinction designations than those awarded in 2015.

In addition, Team SISD’s student-centered efforts have resulted in continued academic growth in the STAAR exams. For a third consecutive year, SISD surpassed the state average in all 17 STAAR exams in grades 3 through 8, and by an even larger margin this past year in spite of increased passing standards. Before 2014, SISD students had never before surpassed the state in all grades 3 through 8 exams.

To reach this pinnacle in student performance, over the last four years SISD has jumped 136 percentage points in the grade 3-8 STAAR exams, whereas the state has only increased 13 cumulative percentage points.

While the STAAR results and accountability ratings show great improvements in student performance, Team SISD will continue its efforts to ensure every student succeeds. With a focus on college and career readiness, utilizing digital teaching and learning, and maintaining a highly effective and qualified staff, Team SISD will continue to strive for 100 percent academic excellence.

Socorro ISD BAC finalizes work with completion of all projects

The Socorro Independent School District’s Bond Accountability Committee (BAC) recently conducted its final meeting to discuss the completion of all Bond 2011 projects, and the allocation of the bond savings before presenting a final report to the board of trustees during a regular board meeting Sept. 19.

Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza thanked committee members for their service, commitment and dedication to Team SISD and helping the district remain true to its commitment of “Promises Made, Promises Kept!”

“Our district has had so many successes with the support of our Bond Accountability Committee,” Dr. Espinoza said. “Thank you for your service, trust and support. You are all vital members of Team SISD!”

The committee is composed of 13 members elected via an open application process; representing a cross section of stakeholders, including parents, employees, business owners, and other community members. BAC members were appointed to a two-year term and met regularly to receive updates and ensure the status of all projects were on time and within budget.

“I feel proud to have served on the committee,” said Robert Alvarez, committee chair. “We have done our due diligence to ensure all projects were finalized, as promised to the community.”

The voter-approved $297.4 million bond program offered Team SISD students state-of-the art facilities including three new elementary schools, a new middle school, science labs, the completion of two high schools, and improvements throughout the district.

The BAC worked diligently as a team and always kept focus on equitable education and facilities for all students in Team SISD.

“There has been total transparency throughout the process and the work has been completed in house, which is a tribute to the school district,” Alvarez said. “We didn’t have to hire a management firm to oversee the bond program. When we talked about what was needed, it was always about the children and the kind of school experience they would have, no matter where they are in the district.”

All Bond 2011 projects were completed one year ahead of schedule and well under budget with an overall savings of $37.4 million. The surplus allowed upgrades to air conditioning systems and other improvements at four middle schools — Capt. Walter E. Clarke, Socorro, Salvador H. Sanchez and William D. Slider.

The list of bond projects was based on a facilities master plan to proactively and equitably accommodate growth and meet the urgent needs of existing campuses and facilities.

“With the community’s support through the BAC, all projects were planned and monitored in house,” said Thomas Eyeington, chief operations officer. “It was a team effort and we have done what the community voted for. We completed the list on time, and made due with all the promises.”

Team SISD’s Walk for Success set for Sept. 17

Socorro Independent School District administrators, principals, assistant principals, counselors, and other staff members are gearing up to walk SISD neighborhoods and encourage students who have left school to return to the district during the third annual Walk for Success on Sept. 17.

Team SISD conducted a call-out day on Aug. 27 to begin the outreach to students who have not returned to school this year. During the call-out, high school principals and counselors personally called students to invite them back.As a result of the call-out, 13 students already have returned and re-enrolled in Team SISD schools.

In addition, as a result of the last two Team SISD Walk for Success events in 2014 and 2015, 26 students returned to school and graduated from high school.

The 2016 Walk for Success is the next step and a Team SISD effort to bring back more students who have left school. The Walk for Success call-out and walk events are part of Team SISD’s commitment to ensure every student succeeds and to provide them with endless opportunities for a lucrative future in college, careers and life.

The students who are reached during the walk will be given information about how to re-enroll and the support services that they will receive to help them continue their educational journey to earn their diploma.

What:             SISD’s third annual Walk for Success

Who:               SISD administration, principals, counselors, students

Where:           District Service Center, 12440 Rojas Dr. and Team SISD neighborhoods

When:             Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 8 to 11 a.m.

Socorro ISD Schools Commemorate Patriot Day with Various Events

Socorro Independent School District schools will pay tribute and remember the victims and survivors of 9/11 by hosting commemorative rallies and showing their patriotism at school events.

Chester E. Jordan Elementary students, faculty, staff, and community members will observe Patriot Day with a special event at9 a.m., Sept. 9 in the school’s playground area. The Lions will remember the victims and heroes of 9/11 featuring special guests from the El Paso Border Patrol, Partners in Education, military forces, and Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza. The event also will feature student and teacher performances.

The Eastlake High School Student Council will be hosting a 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony at 8 a.m. Sept. 9 at the flag pole in front of the building. There will be a performance from the band and the NJROTC will present colors. The student council and principal Gilbert Martinez will give comments. Students, faculty, and staff are being asked to wear white in remembrance of all those who have been impacted by the events of 9/11.

Socorro High School will have its commemorative event at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 9 at the school’s flag pole. The event will feature student performances by the choir and band. The Bulldogs will have a special guest from the El Paso Fire Department. All students will receive a flag and a balloon.

Vista Del Sol Elementary will have its event at 8 a.m. Sept. 12 by the flag in front of the school. Students, faculty and staff will gather around the flag to recite the pledge and sing patriotic songs. A veteran will read a poem about Patriot Day and students will have a parade around the school at the end of the ceremony.

Montwood High School will have its 9/11 observance rally at 8 a.m. Sept. 12 at the flag pole.

What:             Commemorative events in observance of 9/11

Who:               Team SISD students, faculty, staff, parents, and community members

Where:           Various schools in Team SISD. See schedule below.

When:             Sept. 9 and Sept. 12, 2016

Socorro ISD Librarian Selected to Review National Magazine

Pamela Thompson, Col. John O. Ensor Middle School librarian, has been selected to review for School Library Journal, a national magazine that evaluates a broad range of resources, from books and digital content to databases, in more than 6,000 reviews published annually.

School Library Journal Book Review is a selection tool used in both public and school libraries. Each year it offers professional reviews of current titles published for children and young adults across a wide range of genres and subject areas.

“It was always a dream of mine to review for School Library Journal,” Thompson said. “Because I review many books that teens read, I can help my students select books that they will enjoy.”

Thompson said she is excited and proud of the achievement as she will be a native voice evaluating and recommending new books that librarians, publishers, and authors will use across the country.

Marcy Sparks, SISD’s library services coordinator, said Thompson was the perfect fit for the job given her constant nature to read, find enthusiastic ways to engage students and provide them great book recommendations.

“Reviewing a book is a lot of work,” Sparks said. “She is a credible source. She always reads on her own time and looks for whatever is new to give our students great recommendations.”

Socorro ISD to Host Annual Military Fair Saturday

The Socorro Independent School District invites military families to its annual Military Fair from 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 13 at El Dorado High School (12401 Edgemere.)

The event is open to all active duty: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, National Guard, Reserves, veterans, and military retirees.

“The main goal of this event is to provide military families of all ages information and resources,” said Krista Moore, SISD military family liaison.

Participants will learn about opportunities available to them within the Fort Bliss and El Paso community, receive health resource information and view military recruitment options.

Families also will hear from organizations such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and other programs for veterans and retirees.

Socorro ISD Teachers Prepare for Successful new School Year

Teachers and administrators across the 47 schools in the Socorro Independent School District gathered at Eastlake High School earlier this week to kick-off the 2016-2017 school year.

Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza addressed the enthusiastic crowd of more than 2,700 educators and highlighted the many successes of Team SISD, welcomed new members to the team, and spoke about the endless opportunities the district provides its students.

2016-17 Staff return photos3“The success of our students is no accident,” said Superintendent Dr. Espinoza. “We hire the best educators and provide them the best training across the state. Let’s continue to work hard, educate, and empower our students as if they were our own children!”

Dr. Espinoza also outlined the district’s strategic directions Safe and supportive learning environment; College and career readiness;  Highly qualified and effective faculty and staff; Home, school and community partnerships; and Accountability for all.

Team SISD educators were motivated and cheered loudly as Dr. Espinoza announced the 2015-2016 STAAR and EOC results.

“For the third consecutive year, Team SISD continues to outperform the state,” Dr. Espinoza said. 2016-17 Staff return photos1

Teachers in the district said hearing how well SISD students score and the many programs and opportunities they can participate in got them even more excited for the new year.

“I have been very excited to come back to school since the Fourth of July,” said Christopher Silva, a journalism teacher at Pebble Hills High School. “I have a lab this year so I’m excited to showcase Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator and all these other programs that I thankfully have in this district that I didn’t have in another district.”

Christina Concepcion, a third-grade teacher at Helen Ball Elementary, said she has been teaching nine years and still gets butterflies at the beginning of a new year. Concepcion, who also is a parent in the district, said SISD is the district of choice for her family.

2016-17 Staff return photos2“I’m excited to go back to school,” she said. “I want students to have fun, learn and incorporate technology in the classroom. As a parent I wouldn’t pick another district for my child. The WIN Academy is amazing. I wish they had all these opportunities when I was in school.”

Mission Ridge Elementary teacher Zinnia Marrufo said she also is excited to start the new year and implement strategies she learned in trainings over the summer break.

“I’m proud to be a member of Team SISD,” Marrufo said. “SISD is the best district. We go above and beyond for our kids. They are always our main focus.”

Students return to class Monday, August 1st.

To view photos of the teacher professional development, click here.

Socorro ISD Technology Conference Focuses on Operation Future Ready

More than 800 teachers in the Socorro Independent School District will gather at the Digitally Nurturing Academics (DNA) “Learning is in our Genes” conference to learn the latest technological strategies and programs, as they prepare to welcome their students for the new school year.

“This conference will help teachers in our district learn new programs and applications so they can incorporate them into their instruction and equip our students to succeed in the new millennium,” said Miguel Moreno, SISD instructional technology coordinator.

The conference will include breakout sessions on a variety of topics, including exploring OneNote tools and functions, incorporating the Aurasma application into classroom instruction, blending assignments with HTML coding to create publications, and many others.

The sessions will be led by Team SISD’s instructional technology department and will include teachers from Socorro, Pebble Hills, Americas, El Dorado, and Mission Early College high schools.

Thousands of students at these schools will receive laptops to use 24/7 on school work and homework as part of the district’s DNA 1:1 digital technology initiative.

What:            Digitally Nurturing Academics (DNA) “Learning is in our Genes” conference

Who:              SISD high school teachers, administration, Instructional Technology department

Where:          El Dorado High School, 12401 Edgemere

When:            July 28, 2016    8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Socorro ISD Offering free Workforce Training Certification Classes for Adult ESL Students

The Socorro Independent School District’s Community Education department will be offering free workforce training certifications classes for adult ESL students.

Adult students who meet eligibility requirements, reside in Texas, and who are at least 18 years of age may be eligible for the vocational certifications and basic skill courses, which include security officer, HVAC technician, computer technician, general office specialist, and building maintenance.

Classes begin Aug. 8 at four SISD campuses and will be from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Candidates interested in participating must schedule an appointment with the SISD Community Education department at (915) 937-1700 to attend an information session on July 27. Course placement is limited.

All candidates must complete the registration process to be eligible to take a course. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive access to the certification exam.

Courses and course locations:

HVAC and computer technician: El Dorado High School, 12401 Edgemere

Security officer: Socorro High School, 10150 Alameda Ave.

General office specialist: Options High School, 12380 Pine Springs

Building maintenance: Montwood High School, 12000 Montwood Dr.

What:             SISD Community Education is offering free classes to earn workforce certifications

Who:               Adult ESL students, Community Education teachers, faculty, staff

Where:           El Dorado, Options, Socorro and Montwood high schools

When:             Classes begin Aug. 8, 2016 |  Monday through Thursday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Socorro ISD Offers Free Workforce Classes to Adult ESL Students

The Socorro Independent School District’s Community Education department will be offering free workforce training certification classes to adult English as a Second Language (ESL) students from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, beginning Aug. 8 at three SISD campuses.

Adult ESL students who reside in Texas and are at least 18 years of age are eligible for the vocational certifications and basic skill courses being offered, which include security officer, computer technician, HVAC technician or general office specialist with Microsoft Office software certification.

Candidates interested in participating must schedule an appointment with the SISD Community Education department at (915) 937-1700 to attend an information session on July 27. Course placement is limited.

All candidates must complete the registration process to be eligible to take a course, which includes a formal assessment. It is preferred that candidates have a high school diploma or equivalent. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive access to the certification exam.

What:SISD Community Education offers free workforce certification courses
Who: Open to adult ESL students who live in Texas and are at least 18 years old
HVAC, computer maintenance:
El Dorado High School
12401 Edgemere
Security officer
Socorro High School
10150 Alameda Ave.
General office specialist:
Options High School
12380 Pine Springs
Classes begin Aug. 8, 2016

Monday through Thursday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Socorro ISD earns National PR Awards for Excellence in Videos, Branding

The Public Relations Department in the Socorro Independent School District has earned five publication and electronic media awards from the National School Public Relations Association for projects produced in the last year.

SISD Public Relations earned two 2016 NSPRA Awards of Excellence, the most among school districts in the region, for branding materials and a video produced in-house. The PR department won an Award of Excellence for a video depicting the success and impact of the district’s innovative WIN Academy.

The WIN Academy, which launched last school year, gives extra support and resources to students to ensure all Team SISD children succeed. NSPRA will be featuring the WIN video at the association’s national convention this month in Chicago.

SISD won an Award of Excellence for branding materials for Purple Heart Elementary, the district’s newest elementary school. The PR team also won an Award of Merit for the SISD Realtor Fact Sheet, which was produced for the district’s annual meeting to update real estate professionals on the district’s boundaries, enrollment, programs and progress, and the “We are #TeamSISD” video, highlighting the district’s achievements and commitment to student success.

The Honorable Mention was awarded for Team SISD’s #SISDin8 Twitter campaign, featuring SISD students who posted photos and thoughts about their last days as high school seniors.

2016 NSPRA Award of Excellence

Branding/Image Package

  • Purple Heart Elementary

Video (produced in-house)

  • SISD WIN Academy


2016 NSPRA Award of Merit

Special Purpose Publication

  • SISD Realtor Fact Sheet

Video (produced in-house)

·         We Are #TeamSISD

2016 NSPRA Honorable Mention

Social Media

·         #SISDin8 Twitter Campaign

Socorro ISD saves Energy, Earns $61,000 Rebate in SCORE Program

The Socorro Independent School District continues to work with El Paso Electric to promote energy savings and efficiency through the company’s Schools Conserving Resources (SCORE) Program.

The district was presented a rebate check in the amount $61,116 at the regular June board meeting for using the SCORE Program during the 2015-2016 school year.

“By saving energy, money will go back to our facility programs and benefit our students and our staff,” said Tom Eyeington, chief operations officer for SISD.

SISD has been saving energy and receiving rebate checks annually since the program’s inception in 2008. Through SCORE, SISD has implemented energy efficiency projects totaling $223,150 in incentives and $494,392 in annual energy savings.

“Mr. Tom Eyeington and his crew have worked so well with us to install the energy efficiency measures,” said Desmond Mechucha, El Paso Electric energy efficiency program coordinator. “It has been a great partnership!”

The partnership allows Team SISD to provide no-cost building system analysis, technical recommendations and financial incentives based on the total amount of energy the district will save, according to El Paso Electric.

In 2015, the district saved 1,154,345 kilowatt hours (kWh), which is equal to electricity for 149 homes, removing 168 cars off the road, and abating CO2 emissions from 89,567 gallons of gasoline, according to El Paso Electric.

“Through the design of facilities and planning we can see how buildings offer natural resources to be sustainable and energy efficient,” Eyeington said.

As part of Bond 2011, the district upgraded numerous campuses with energy efficient HVAC systems and utilized high efficiency lighting in all projects.

“Not only did SISD upgrade their cooling system, but their new LED lighting will last thousands of hours longer than the old lighting,” Mechucha said. “The district will reap rewards of financial incentives and also will reduce the cost for maintenance and operations.”

Socorro ISD Transportation Employees Keep Winning Tradition Alive, Head to State Competition

Two Socorro Independent School District transportation employees will promote the safety of school bus transportation as they participate at the 43rd annual Texas Association for Pupil Transportation Conference & Trade Show June 25 in Beaumont, Texas.

Marc Anthony Villa, an SISD mechanic, and Alejandro Garcia, an SISD bus driver, are advancing to the state competition after earning first and third place in the 2016 School Bus Safety Road-eo contest. They were tested on a driver’s knowledge and skill with a written test and a driving obstacle course in the contest.

“We are very proud of them,” said Judy Moore, operations route specialist.
“This is a hard competition…for them to earn first and third place says a lot about them and it shows that we have the best drivers in the area.”

Villa and Garcia have both earned first place in previous years and aim to keep the winning tradition alive.

Villa has earned first place in the transit category three out of the five times he has entered the contest. The mechanic said he takes pride in his job because it ensures students are being transported to and from school safely. He also enjoys driving the school buses every day.

“Coming back with another first place is awesome,” Villa said. “It’s an honor to represent Team SISD at the state level and prove to myself that I can drive a school bus and transport our kids safely.”

Garcia, who earned third place this year, said he agrees that safety is the number one priority. The driver of bus No. 43 also said the competition allows transportation employees to learn a lot.

“I want students to be safe,” Garcia said. “By participating in these competitions we get more experience and we become better drivers…we get better at what we do.”

The two Team SISD employees will compete against 100 bus drivers from across the state in events which test for driving skills and abilities, such as maneuvering a school bus in and around various driving obstacle courses. The featured events are timed and rated through a point system.

“I scored 569 at the road-eo competition and my goal is to earn 600 points at this next competition,” Villa said. “I want to bring home the gold.”

Socorro ISD Online Registration is 80% Complete in only Five Weeks

The Socorro Independent School District successfully rolled out its online registration process for the 2016-2017 school year and will continue to assist Team SISD families with enrollment during the months of June and July.

The first day of online registration, May 9, drew more than 2,500 families to complete the process within the first 24 hours. Since then, the district has processed 80 percent of its enrollment, said Hilda Miranda, student systems coordinator for SISD’s Department of Technology Services.

Two elementary schools, James P. Butler and H.D. Hilley, already have completed the online registration process at 100 percent. The school administrators said doing so was a team effort.

“Everyone we talked to about online registration thought it was the way to go,” said Rosa Avedician-Chavez, principal at James P. Butler. “Our teachers contacted the parents and guided them through the process to make sure their child had a seat saved the following year. Our parents also were excited that they could get to register more than one child at a time.”

Other benefits of online registration include: allowing parents to easily verify student data, being able to update contact information, complete yearly required registration forms, and acknowledge/review critical district information and policies.

“Registering my son was very simple,” said Corina Fematt, a parent at Bill Sybert School. “The process was efficient and it saved me a lot of time. The campus staff also was very helpful.”

Parents of returning students who have not completed the online registration can do so with a valid email address and a Parent Portal account, which can be created at your student’s campus.

New students to SISD must register at their campus. For more information concerning online registration, contact your child’s campus.

For the steps on how to register your child online, click here.

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