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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.

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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

Story in Six Pics: Falcons fly high, pound Pirates 24-21

The Eastlake Falcons, riding a 10 game win streak, defended the SAC against the Pirates from Lubbock-Cooper, downing them 24-21. Our Falcon-eyed photog, Andres Acosta was there and brings you this week’s Story in Six Pics.

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Socorro ISD offers new app for parents

On Wednesday, the Socorro Independent School District introduced its new, free mobile app to keep everyone in Team SISD updated on the latest news, announcements and school events with ease and convenience.

The app is available for Apple and Android products via the App Store or the Google Play Store, by simply searching for “Socorro ISD.”

Officials say that the app is “perfect for parents who want to stay involved; a great way to keep up with daily activities such as homework, meetings and school events; and a great tool to have in case of emergencies or breaking news.”

Using the app allows parents to find top stories, district and school notifications, school events, lunch menus, calendar items, a directory, and much more. They can also customize the app to follow their child’s school and keep updated on the latest at that campus. Additionally parents can connect to student academic information to keep track of their child’s progress in school with grades, class schedules, assignments, absences, and access to email teachers.

Trainings open to all parents, employees and community members are being offered to learn how to use the app. Click here for a schedule of the trainings or visit

Author: Socorro ISD

Story in Six Pics: Americas sweeps Socorro in 1-6A Volleyball

It was an intra-ISD matchup as Americas took on Socorro in a Tuesday night 1-6a battle. Our Andres Acosta was there, check out the game in this Story in Six Pics (plus a couple more)

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SHS- 13               SHS- 16               SHS- 7

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Americas Julissa Mitchell #1 serve attempt vs Socorro
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Socorro’s Ivanna Garcia #2 directing her team vs Americas
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Americas during the timeout
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Americas #2 Charlene Rodriguez jumps for the attack on the ball
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Socorro defenders drive for the ball
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Socorro’s Keke Hawthorne goes for the Block
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Trailblazers Stephanie Monarrez with the spike attemp
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Americas Savannah Gonzalez #14 attempts to block the Bulldogs hit
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Tuesday night volleyball

Socorro ISD’s 2nd Annual ‘2015 Walk for Success’ set for Saturday

Team SISD educators have united for the second annual Walk for Success and have been making great progress since August in identifying and reaching out to students who have left the district or have not enrolled in school.

Photo: SISD
Photo: SISD

The efforts are leading up to the Walk for Success event, where the SISD superintendent, principals, counselors and other staff members will come together to walk SISD neighborhoods to personally find and encourage students to return to school.

The Walk for Success will be from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 19 beginning at the SISD District Service Center, 12440 Rojas Dr.

“We are 100 percent committed to supporting all of our students as if they are very own children,” said SISD Superintendent José Espinoza. “That means finding and talking to all students in our community who deserve a high quality education. We want to talk to them one-on-one, tell them that they are important to us, and that we are willing and able to help them come back to school to earn their high school diploma.”

On Aug. 29, SISD educators conducted a call-out as a precursor to the Walk for Success. Counselors and other school and district staff contacted students who have left SISD schools. As a result of the call-outs, nine students have re-enrolled in SISD schools.

The phone calls also helped in identifying and locating many other students who already have enrolled in schools in the area or out-of-town. More than 500 phone calls were made during the call-out event.

At the Walk for Success on Sept. 19, Team SISD staff will be looking for about 300 students who still have not been reached. The team members will be divided in groups to visit neighborhoods in each high school feeder area in the district.

Photo: SISD
Photo: SISD

Throughout the district’s Walk for Success initiative last year, Team SISD recovered 74 students. Five students who came back through 2014’s Walk for Success graduated last school year. These students will be invited to help with this year’s Walk for Success to connect with other students who may be inspired by their success.

“It’s a great time and we really want to bring our students back to school,” said Corey Craft, SISD School Compliance Officer. “It’s an amazing thing because when we visit students at their home they really feel that we care about them. As opposed to just waiting for them to come to us, we go to them.”

During the Walk for Success, Team SISD members will make every effort to talk to the students themselves or family members who may know where the students are, and explain to the students how to come back to school and the assistance that Team SISD will provide for them.

Author: Socorro ISD

Socorro ISD preps for 2nd annual ‘Walk for Success’

 Team SISD is conducting its second annual Walk for Success, a districtwide effort to recover students who have left school to re-enroll and graduate or return to earn their GED.

The Walk for Success day will be from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. This is when SISD administrators, principals, assistant principals and special guests will walk SISD neighborhoods to encourage students to come back to school.

In preparation for the Walk for Success, SISD administrators are having a call-out day on Saturday, Aug. 29 to reach out to students by phone. A phone bank will be set up in the district’s board room and a team of counselors and other district staff will call students to give them information on how to return to school and the assistance they will receive from SISD.

“Every student counts in Team SISD and we remain committed to go above and beyond to ensure all students in our community are earning the education they deserve.” said Dr. José Espinoza, SISD Superintendent.

Dr. Espinoza added, “We are proud to come together for another Walk for Success to find the students who have left and let them know that we are here to help them return to school and graduate. We are eager to welcome them back and assist them to successfully earn their diploma.”

What:             2015 Walk for Success student callouts

Who:               SISD superintendent, administration, counselors 

Where:           District Service Center, 12440 Rojas Dr. Board Room

When:             Saturday, August 29, 9 a.m. to noon

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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