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Two Team SISD employees earn Texas ASCD Teacher Trailblazer award

Two Socorro Independent School District educators, Elias Rangel, fifth-grade teacher at Campestre Elementary School, and Miguel Moreno, instructional technology coordinator, were selected as recipients of the 2016 Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Teacher Trailblazer Award.

Rangel and Moreno will be recognized for their implementation of unique and innovative technology ideas into education curriculum at the Ignite16 conference June 15 at the Irving Convention Center in Irving, TX.

“We are so proud of these two educators who are leading the way to student success through the use of technology in Team SISD. They both have been instrumental in using technology to ensure the success of the WIN academy and DNA 1:1 program,” said Superintendent José Espinoza. “We applaud their outstanding work in helping prepare our students for college, careers, and life through our Operation Future Ready efforts.”

The WIN Academy is an innovative, student-centered program created to ensure all children have the opportunities and support needed to achieve academic success. WIN is an acrostic for Work hard, I can do it Attitude, and Never give up. Students in the WIN academy are provided tablets and other technology resources to assist in their learning. The WIN program will be expanded to 16 campuses during the 2016-17 school year.

Rangel earned the Trailblazer award for his new approaches to teaching and learning as a WIN Academy teacher. Campestre principal Rosie Vasquez said Rangel is transforming the way students learn while developing winning attitudes.

“I’m so glad that Mr. Rangel received this award,” Vasquez said. “He is an exceptional educator who goes above and beyond to help students succeed. This award shows how dedicated we are when it comes to student success at SISD and Campestre Elementary School.”

In addition, SISD also implemented the Digitally Nurturing Academics (DNA) 1:1 initiative which creates transformational, digital age instruction to increase student achievement, a process Moreno played a large role in. Through the program, students receive laptop computers to use 24/7 for school work and homework. Students at Socorro and Pebble Hills high schools already have received laptops in the DNA program and students at Americas and El Dorado high schools will receive them for the 2016-2017 school year.

“I’m humbled and surprised to receive this award,” Moreno said. “It represents the commitment of the district, to include teachers and students, in helping our students experience education in a different way and broaden their opportunity through the use of technology.”

Socorro ISD’s Dr. José Espinoza named 2016 Region 19 Superintendent of the Year

Socorro Independent School District Superintendent José Espinoza has been named the 2016 Region 19 Superintendent of the Year for his achievements and excellence as a public school administrator.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this recognition,” Dr. Espinoza said. “This is certainly a result of the great leadership from our outstanding Board of Trustees and great work by our excellent students, teachers, support staff, and administrators over the last four years. I also credit the unwavering support from our dedicated parents, volunteers, Partners in Education, and community members.”

Espinoza,JoeDr. Espinoza earned the recognition as part of the Superintendent of the Year program which is underwritten by Balfour and sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards.

He will go on to represent the region in the state program. The state Superintendent of the Year award will be presented at the 2016 Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards (TASA/TASB) Annual Convention in Houston.

“Dr. Espinoza is an incredible leader with great vision and tremendous passion to ensure every student succeeds in Team SISD,” said SISD Board President Gary Gandara. “The SISD Board is proud of the work he has achieved to take this district to new levels of achievement. We value his commitment, collaboration, and tireless work ethic, which have earned him this prestigious award.”

Dr. Espinoza was chosen for his strong leadership skills, dedication to 100 percent student success, maintaining highly qualified and effective staff, and a commitment to parental and community involvement.

He has spearheaded several innovative initiatives in Team SISD to improve academic performance, including developing the WIN Academy to give vulnerable students extra support and resources, Operation College Bound to increase college awareness and activities, and Operation Future Ready, a commitment to invest in digital learning tools for students and training for teachers in the latest instructional technology devices and strategies.

“I am proud of everything that Team SISD has accomplished together to benefit our students and the entire school district,” Dr. Espinoza said. “We have an awesome team working to educate our students as if they are our own children. I am honored that our academic excellence and district achievements are being recognized.”

Socorro ISD Offer Summer Camp Opportunities for Students

The Socorro Independent School District will offer various summer camp opportunities for students of all ages.  Students can choose from camps including dance, cheer, baseball, basketball and tennis. See the list below for the summer camp opportunities.

Aztec Pride Basketball Camp

The Aztec Pride Basketball Camp will be from 9 to 11 a.m. June 6-10 at El Dorado High School, 12401 Edgemere. The camp is for boys and girls ages 7 to 15. Fee is $60.

Americas Baseball Camp

The Americas High School Baseball Camp will be from 9 a.m. to noon June 15-16 in the school baseball field. Registration begins at 8 a.m. June 15. The camp cost is $25 for a single day and $50 for both days. Lunch will be provided from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. Participants will receive a free t-shirt and a player evaluation. Team and family rates are available. For more information, email or call 920-5148.

Americas Baseball Camp 2016.pdf

Americas High School Tennis Camp

The Americas High School Tennis Camp will be from June 6-10 and from June 13-17 at the school, 12101 Pellicano. Fee is $20 per week. Ages 5 to10 is from 8 to 9 a.m. and ages 11 to 14 is from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Information: Coach Munoz at 256-2739

Americas High School Tennis Camp

Americas High School Volleyball Camp

The Americas High School Volleyball Camp kid’s session will be from 8:30-10:30 a.m. July 18-20. The cost of the kid’s session will be $35 cash only. The camp for students in grades 6-9 will be from 1-4 p.m. July 18-20 and the cost is $50 cash only. For registration information, contact coach Joseph A. Testerman by email at

Americas Volleyball Camp

Americas High School Football Camp

The Americas High School football team will host a free camp for students in grades 3 through 7 from 6-8 p.m. June 15 -17 at the SAC. The camp will help participants establish the fundamental skills necessary to become a competitive football player.

The free camp will be coached by Americas football coaching staff. Participants will learn about character building and confidence. Athletes are required to take their own football shoes and shorts. Water will be provided. A camp T-shirt will be available for purchase as well as concessions.

To register, sign and return the flyer below to coach Patrick Melton at Americas High School, 12101 Pellicano.

Americas High School Football Camp

Americas High School Basketball Camps

The Americas High School Girls Basketball Camp will be from 9 a.m. to noon June 6 through 8 at the school, 12101 Pellicano. Fee is $50 cash only. The camp is for girls in grades third through ninth.

Americas High School Girls Basketball Camp in June

The 15th Annual Americas High School Basketball Camp for boys and girls ages 8 to 14 will be from 9 to 11 a.m. July 11-13 at the school, 12101 Pellicano. Fee is $50 per camper and includes a T-shirt or $40 per camper for multiple family members and includes a T-shirt.

Americas High School Basketball Camp in July

Montwood High School Cheer Camp

Montwood High Cheer will have their annual cheer camp from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 11 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 12 at the school, 12000 Montwood Dr. Fee is $25 per participant for both days. The camp is for students ages 5 to 15 and all cheer teams are welcome to attend. Click on the link below for more information and application.

Montwood High School Cheer Camp

Montwood High School Dance Camp

The Montwood High School Emerald Dancers will host a children’s dance camp from 8 a.m. to noon June 13–17 for students ages 5-16. The camp fee will be $50 for entire week or $15 for a single day. Early registration is now through May 25. Late registration will be May 26– June 17. To register, email For additional information, contact Leslie Lopez by phone at 937-2564 or by e-mail at

Dance Camp Registration Form

Montwood High School Volleyball Camp

The 26th annual Montwood High School Volleyball Camp will be from 9 – 11 a.m. June 1 through 3 at Montwood High School. The camp is for students in grades 3- 9. The cost is $30. Registration begins at 8 a.m. June 1 in the school foyer. For more information, contact Sylvia Montano at 937-2603 or 526-1174.

Pebble Hills High School Basketball Camp

The Pebble Hills Basketball Camp is from 9 a.m. to noon May 31 to June 3. Registration is from 5 to 6 p.m. May 24 and 26 in the main gym at the school, 14400 Pebble Hills.

Police Services “Super School” summer camp

Team SISD students ages 5-11 are invited to the SISD Police Services “Super School” summer program from 8 to 11 a.m. June 6-17. For more information, call SISD Police Services at 937-4357.

SISD Police Services Summer Program Flyer


Socorro ISD’s Top Scholars Sign to Universities on Academic Signing Day at Eastlake High

The Socorro Independent School District celebrated the 100 seniors who received the most scholarships, grants and military financial aid at the 2016 Academic Signing Day at Eastlake High School.

The district’s top scholars earned more than $16 million in scholarships, grants and military financial assistance. In addition, the entire SISD Class of 2016 has been awarded more than $36 million in scholarships, grants and financial aid.

“Academic Signing Day is a very important event in our district,” said Tammy Mackeben, director of guidance and counseling. “Earning a scholarship isn’t easy. We want to honor these students for the work they have put into this task.”

2016 Top scholars Academic Signing Day2The district’s top scholars signed letters of intent to colleges and universities in front of family, friends and district leaders who attended the ceremony.

The recipients received scholarships from universities such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell, Texas Tech University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at El Paso, Abilene Christian University and many others.

Miguel Martinez, a senior at Eastlake High School, was one of ten SISD students who earned 2016 Gates Millennium Scholarships, the most in the district’s history.

“I am still in disbelief but incredibly grateful to have received this scholarship,” Martinez said. “It will help cover the cost of my attendance at Texas Tech where I plan to pursue a degree in music.”

The top earners for SISD were Americas High School senior Mireya Flores, El Dorado senior Amanda Johnson, and Socorro High School2016 Top scholars Academic Signing Day3 senior Sergio Dominguez.

The three students were awarded a combined amount of $1.7 million in scholarships.

“We are so proud of these students,” Mackeben said. “It says a lot about our district when students have had a rigorous curriculum and still work hard to take care of the financial barrier that might be keeping them from going to college and receiving a post-secondary education.”

Team SISD to host Dual Credit Summer Program for Seniors

The Socorro Independent School District, in partnership with Gear Up and El Paso Community College, is preparing students to get ahead in college while in high school with a dual credit summer camp.

SISD Superintendent José Espinoza, EPCC President William Serrata, and GEAR UP Executive Director Juliette Caire will welcome the students to the camp at the opening ceremony.

The camp will allow SISD seniors to earn credit for two college courses in four weeks. The new program is a first-of-its-kind in the El Paso region, and will benefit 400 seniors from five high schools in the district. Seniors will take a morning and afternoon dual credit class in two of the following courses: Education 1300, Speech 1321, Government 2305 or Economics 2301.

“Team SISD is proud to offer our students with endless opportunities that will prepare them for the future,” Espinoza said. “The dual credit summer camp is a great opportunity for students and is financially beneficial for their familiesbecause they can earn college hours while in high school.”

In order to take college courses while in high school, students must pass the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) exam. This year, the district increased the number of students who took the TSI for free to more than 6,000 compared to the 1,250 students who tested last year.

In addition, Team SISD also increased the capacity of dual credit teachers in the district through scholarship opportunities that allow educators to obtain their dual credit teaching credentials. Currently, about 60 teachers in SISD are taking graduate courses to earn their credentials to teach dual credit courses.

What:             Opening ceremony for Dual Credit Summer Program

Who:               SISD incoming seniors, SISD superintendent, EPCC president, faculty, staff

Where:           Montwood High School, Tony Harper gymnasium | 12000 Montwood Dr.

When:             Tuesday, May 31, 2016  8 a.m.

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.

Two Socorro ISD Seniors end School Careers with Perfect Attendance

Eastlake High School senior George I. Maldonado and Montwood High School senior Leslie Calderwood wake up eager to go to school every morning and have never missed a single day.

The seniors have had a perfect attendance record their entire educational career from kindergarten to 12th grade. A perfect attendance record means they have attended 179 instructional days each year for 12 years, which is equivalent to 2,148 days in school.

“We are extremely proud of these remarkable students,” said Superintendent José Espinoza. “Attendance is a crucial component when it comes to student success. We are confident that their commitment to education will take them far after graduation and that they will excel in college, careers, and life.”

Both Maldonado and Calderwood said their inspiration to graduate with perfect attendance started at the elementary level when they were recognized with trophies and incentives in front of their peers.

“Going to school is easy,” Calderwood said. “I want to be a role model for other students. If you miss one day of school, you fall behind, so there really is no point in missing.”

Maldonado agreed. “Being at school every day came natural for me,” he said.

Both students credited their parents in their achievement because they ensured that all appointments were made over the weekend or after school.

“I am incredibly proud of Leslie’s work ethic and drive,” said her father, Scott Calderwood. “She has always made school a priority, even when she was feeling ill she wanted to go to school.”

In Maldonado’s case, having zero absences is a family tradition. His mother, Claudia Maldonado, also held a perfect attendance record when she was in school.

She said despite illness or the death of a family member, her son was always determined to go to school.

“George is destined for great things,” Claudia Maldonado said. “He was recognized as an Eagle Scout in February, which is the highest rank in Boy Scouts of America. I am proud of him for many reasons, perfect attendance is just one of them.”

The principals at Eastlake and Montwood shared the parents’ excitement. They described the seniors as exceptional students who serve as role models for others at their school. They also are proud to provide students a safe and supportive learning environment that keeps them motivated to attend school daily.

“’Leslie is a true role model for the rest of our students,” said Rosemary Menchaca, Montwood High School principal. “She embodies what we want from every student at Montwood. She is committed and makes the most of everything. I am happy she enjoys the school environment here at Montwood, which keeps her coming back every single day.”

Gilbert Martinez, principal at Eastlake, said Maldonado has outstanding grades, is a top-notch student, and is involved in activities at school.

“George has done a lot more than come to school every day,” Martinez said. “He participates in extracurricular activities (football) so he is here before school, afterschool and even on the weekends.”

During football season, Maldonado spent an average of ten to 12 hours at school on a regular day and 15 hours on a game night.

“George has great qualities,” said his football coach Jimmy Calderon. “His high level of commitment reflects in his performance inside and outside of school.”

Calderwood also is involved at Montwood. She is an officer for the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), which requires her to attend meetings prior to the start of the school day. She also organizes community service opportunities for her group on a monthly basis. The projects usually run up to three hours and are on weekends, up to three times every month.

Calderwood and Maldonado agreed that being present at school daily is a good habit that will benefit them in life. After graduation, Maldonado plans to enlist in the U.S. Marines to serve and protect his country. Calderwood will pursue a post-secondary education and earn a degree in business administration.

“A perfect attendance record now, means good job opportunities later,” said Carmen Crosse, assistant superintendent of secondary education. “High attendance is something an employer looks for. We are happy that these students ‘Make it Count’ and have attended school every day.”

Team SISD’s “Make it Count” attendance campaign encourages students and teachers to attend school every day in order to maximize teaching and learning time.

Socorro ISD earns four honors in HEB Excellence in Education Awards

The Socorro Independent School District earned four honors in the 2016 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program for outstanding leadership, instruction, community engagement, and a dedication to student success.

Team SISD was recognized at an awards ceremony May 13 in San Antonio for being one of five school districts in Texas that were finalists for the large school district category.

In addition, the SISD Board of Trustees was named a semi-finalist in the school board category and two SISD teachers were named semi-finalists in the secondary teacher lifetime achievement and leadership categories.

“We are extremely proud to have earned four great recognitions for the outstanding work that our teachers, support staff, administrators, and entire team is doing for our students,” said SISD Superintendent José Espinoza. “To have our Board of Trustees, two teachers, and the district as a whole be acknowledged is a wonderful honor. We will continue our outstanding work to ensure every student succeeds in Team SISD!”

SISD is the first and only school district from West Texas be named a finalist. This is the first year the education award program has been open to school districts across Texas outside of H-E-B markets.

Rebecca McVay-Condra from Montwood High School and Candace Printz from El Dorado High School were among 140 teachers chosen from the state for the semi-finalist award out of the more than 1,400 submissions. They were awarded a $250 H-E-B gift card as a token of appreciation.

SISD Earns 4 HEB Honors5McVay-Condra said she was happy that the store recognizes far West Texas educators even though there is no H-E-B in El Paso. She earned the semi-finalist recognition for the lifetime achievement category, a category for teachers with more than 20 years of experience. She has been a teacher for 29 years.

“I am so passionate about teaching,” McVay-Condra said. “I feel fortunate to teach something I love and believe in.”

Printz was honored as a semi-finalist in the leadership category. As part of the application process, she was encouraged to share professional experiences, educational philosophies and achievements.

Printz said one of her latest accomplishments was receiving a visit from former first-daughter Chelsea Clinton after winning the national “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!” contest sponsored by Barnes & Noble.

The project will combat trash and pollution in the city through partnerships between the school and community groups in El Paso who will collect, sort trash and recycle items to create art work. Many students were eager to be part of the community project when Printz presented it at her school.

SISD Earns 4 HEB Honors2“I am passionate about teaching” Printz said. “Students constantly amaze me with their talent, enthusiasm, and wit.”

Both teachers said they will enter the contest again next year in hope of becoming a finalist.

“If you don’t try, you’ll never get it. That’s what I always tell my students. I should practice what I preach,” Printz said.

McVay-Condra also said she would like to try again.

“I agree with Ms. Printz, if we advise our students to try again, we do need to be the example.”

The semi-finalist recognition is another honor the SISD Board of Trustees has earned for their outstanding leadership. The board was named the Region 19 Board of the Year and a Texas Honor Board last year.

“We’re honored to be recognized in the HEB Excellence in Education awards,” said Board Trustee Angelica Rodriguez. “There are so many great school districts and school boards in Texas. We are humbled to receive recognition for our work and we thank everyone in Team SISD for contributing to all of these incredible honors.”

As a finalist for the large school district award, SISD received a $5,000 check that it will invest in its Operation Future Ready/WINning programs. A panel of H-E-B Excellence in Education judges visited SISD in February. The site visit included a tour of two SISD campuses, an informal meeting with the superintendent, and a lunch with representatives from the district.

Pebble Hills High Spartans Relishing Newcomer Role

There’s a new team in town, their name is the Pebble Hills Spartans and they are more than ready to to take on all comers this fall.

The Spartans wrapped up their spring football camp with their first-ever varsity scrimmage on Wednesday, taking the field with the energy of a Texas Football Friday Night…even though the calendar reads May.

Pebble Hills was formerly El Dorado’s ninth grade academy and the Spartans have been patiently waiting to take on big brother.  Just like head coach Mark Torres will take on his brother Ruben Torres, who leads the Aztec’s program at El Dorado, but don’t call it a rivalry just yet.

13231174_1190278200996287_1415258375_n“We’re going to have to beat them before there’s any kind of rivalry.” Torres said. “We haven’t played any varsity games so there’s no rivalries whatsoever. Somebody happens to take care of us and we don’t return the favor, it’s not a rivalry… it is what it is, we’re the new kids on the block, we’re everybody’s homecoming, we know it and we have to do everything we can to compete at a high level.”

The program that is currently made up of only freshmen and sophomores, holds 110 student-athletes; but the school is expecting 800 incoming students next fall.

With the influx in enrollment, the coaching staff also received a boost in numbers, something Torres said has made an immediate impact.

“It was a big transition because we gained a lot of coaches so that has been the biggest help,” Mark Torres said. “There’s more eyes on the details, we have more kids that are getting coached up in positions that normally wouldn’t get coached in.”

Players have been responding to the coaching in anticipation of their first ever varsity season, calling it an amazing experience to know that13231060_1190315174325923_1014895124_n they’ll be the first.

“All the coaches want to see what we’re all about, not just the school, but the whole city,” Sophomore Defensive End Johnny Santiago said.
“I think we can shock the city.”

As Torres spoke about not getting ahead in calling any rivalries, he gives that same message to his players as the focus remains on what’s present.

“We talk about what’s ahead of us tomorrow, not what’s ahead of us in the season.” Torres said. “If we look at it as if we have to play this team in the fall, they get ahead of themselves and that’s not good for us.”

As the campus grows in enrollment, so has the expectation for their football program, and the challenges that face Torres will be focused on getting his players mentally prepared for what’s to come.

phhs“Leading it is not a big thing, when you’re coordinating, you’re leading,” Torres said. “It’s the other stuff, dealing with other people’s problems that’s the difference and the challenge for me. The football stuff is the fun and easy stuff. With these young guys, it’s the psychology part of it,
trying to make sure they are prepared and they believe they can compete when they get on the field.”

While the preparation for spring is over, the countdown continues for the Spartans as they patiently await their inaugural varsity football season.

“We want to prove them wrong, we have to work hard,” Sophomore Linebacker Kevin Esquivel said. “We have a clock in our locker room, that shows us what’s next. It’s a countdown clock, we’ll just have to work hard until then, but time doesn’t stop so we shouldn’t either.”

Libertas Academy Students to host Citizenship Conference Saturday

Libertas Academy students, immigration attorneys, representatives from immigrant advocacy groups and others in the immigration field will assist legal permanent residents to apply for citizenship at Americas High School.

The fair will include refugee legal services for families. In addition, workshops will be available for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative, a federal policy that allows undocumented immigrants who come to the United States as children to get a reprieve from deportation; and for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, which grants deferred action status to certain illegal immigrants who have lived in the United States since 2010 and have children who are American citizens or lawful permanent residents.

Libertas Academy is a four-year program for students at Americas High School who are interested in studying the judicial system and government.

Libertas Academy is working in partnership with Socorro AFT, the Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Service Inc., Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, and the El Paso Immigration Bar.

What:            Americas High School’s Libertas Academy is sponsoring its first Education Conference on Citizenship and Immigration 101

Who:              Libertas Aacademy students, attorneys, legal aid providers and community members

Where:          Americas High School | 12101 Pellicano Dr.

When:            Saturday, May 14 |  9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

First Socorro ISD Parent to Register Online: “Process is Awesome”

Team SISD continues to offer the latest digital tools to make school operations easier and more convenient for students and parents, and has kicked off its new online registration with a great start.

In just 24 hours, five percent of the district enrollment (2,528) has been completed using the new program.

“We were pleasantly surprised the number is that high after only day two,” said Hilda Miranda, student systems coordinator for SISD’s Department of Technology Information Services. “It’s been great.”

The first parent to try out online registration was Daisy Sanchez, who registered her daughter Fernanda Ortiz. The student will be entering second grade at John Drugan School during the 2016-17 school year.

“It’s awesome,” Sanchez said. “No more waiting in line and filling out all that paperwork. It used to take me more than an hour. With online registration, I was done in five minutes. It really makes everything a lot easier.”

Sanchez also registered her son, Keven Zeijas, an eighth grader also at Drugan, online.

“I thought there would be problems with the website because so many people would be on, but it ran so smooth. There were no issues. I don’t think I would ever go back to registering the old way,” she said.

Any parent who currently has an SISD student returning for the 2016-17 school year can register them online. All that is needed is a valid email address and a Parent Portal account (which can be created at your student’s campus) to complete the process.

Registering online is not only easier, it also allows parents to verify student data, update contact information, complete yearly required registration forms, acknowledge/review critical district information and policies.

SISD parents can access online registration information by going to

Students new to the district must register at their campus. For more information concerning online registration, you may also contact your child’s campus.

Socorro ISD Educator Honored as Teacher of the Year thanks to Krispy Kreme

Socorro Middle School teacher, Karen Arras, was named the 2016 Krispy Kreme and Bush’s Chicken Teacher of the Year.

The eighth grade reading teacher was awarded a $500 prize, an engraved plaque and a Krispy Kreme prize pack. In addition, Socorro Middle also will receive $500.

“I feel on top of the world,” Arras said. “This is an honor given to many teachers across the country. I am so excited. I plan to go on a shopping spree with the money to be honest.”

2016 Krispy Kreme TOY1More than 100 teachers were nominated from the greater El Paso area, said Ricardo Vela, area director for Krispy Kreme.

This is the eighth annual event, Vela said. The award is given to the teacher who not only is a great teacher, but also has become a role model for her students.

“This is our way to show appreciation for those teachers and all they do,” Vela said.

Arras’s students nominated her for the award, said Jon Valdez, principal at Socorro Middle.

“It’s a great honor for our campus,” Valdez said. “This validates all the great things we are doing at Socorro Middle School. It validates all the hard work teachers put in every single day. More importantly, it validates the impact they have on students.”

He wasn’t surprised Arras was honored.

“She is one of our most dedicated teachers on our campus,” Valdez said. “All of them are dedicated, but she goes above and beyond. She has built really good relations with her students. She sets high expectations, she’s consistent and very persistent.”

2016 Krispy Kreme TOY3Second place went to J. Emmanuel Malanche, a teacher from Mission Ridge Elementary School. The special education teacher, received $250 and a plaque. His school also was given $250.

“This is very humbling,” Malanche said. “I am very honored and really surprised. I had no idea.”

The winners were announced at Socorro Middle in front of the eighth grade class. In addition to the prizes, Krispy Kreme handed out doughnuts and milk to the students and guests at the celebration.

Socorro ISD celebrates Teachers of the Year with Downtown Gala

The Socorro Independent School District celebrated its 46 Campus Teachers of the Year at the district’s 2016 Teacher of the Year Gala on May 7 at the Judson F. Williams Hall in the El Paso Convention Center.

The top two Teachers of the Year were named at the annual event.

Erica Loya, from Dr. Sue Shook Elementary School, was named the 2016 SISD Elementary Teacher of the Year. Loya is a fourth-grade

Erica Loya, Dr. Sue Shook Elementary School,
Erica Loya, Dr. Sue Shook Elementary School,

teacher and has been an educator for 13 years.

Diana Rios, Montwood High
Diana Rios, Montwood High

Dianna Rios, from Montwood High School, was named the 2016 SISD Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Rios is a ninth- and tenth-grade AVID teacher and has been teaching for 16 years. The district elementary and secondary winners will go on to represent SISD in the Region 19 Teacher of Year competition in August.

More than 1,000 people attended the event, including teachers, principals, family members and other SISD staff.

Each school’s Campus Teacher of the Year was recognized at the gala, including those who were selected as Elite 8 finalists.

Noticias 26 news anchor Ariadna Lopez was the master of ceremonies for the gala.

Socorro ISD to Host First-Ever College, Career and Job Expo Saturday

The College, Career and Job Expo will provide students ages 16 to 21 in Socorro Independent School District information about a post-secondary education and the opportunity to learn about skill requirements and qualifications for future careers.

Team SISD students will have the opportunity to speak with college and technical school representatives at the event to explore future careers opportunities available to them.

In addition, business and local industry partners will participate in the expo to share information about the education and skills necessary for those careers. Students will have the opportunity to interview with potential employers for summer jobs and internship opportunities.

District and school staff will be available for questions regarding college and career preparations. Refreshments for representatives will be provided by Montwood High School Culinary Arts students.

What:             SISD’s first annual College, Career and Job Expo

Who:               SISD students, ages 16-21

Where:           Montwood High School  12000 Montwood Dr.

When:             Saturday, May 7, 2016    8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Socorro ISD launches @SISD_Español to Connect with Spanish-Language Audience

The Socorro Independent School District has launched an extension to its Twitter page to connect with its Spanish-speaking audience.

@SISD_Español will engage Spanish-speaking stakeholders in the district through posts in Spanish that share accurate, timely information on current events, news and emergency situations.

“Social media is the fastest way to connect with our community members,” said Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza. “We pride ourselves on having open and transparent communication with our community. @SISD_Español will provide another avenue for us to connect with parents and other community members whose primary language is Spanish.”

Community members can access the district’s social media pages by searching for @SocorroISD and @SISD_Español. In addition to following SISD in English and Spanish, users are invited to follow Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza(@JEspinoza_SISD) on Twitter

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