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12 Ysleta ISD Schools Make 2017-18 Texas Honor Roll

Ysleta Independent School District officials announced on Monday that twelve schools have been named to the 2017-2018 Texas Honor Roll, the most of any school district in the El Paso region.

The program, sponsored by the Institute for Productivity in Education, is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes. A total of 729 public schools in Texas were recognized.

The Honor Roll campuses include: Alicia R. Chacon International School, Eastwood Heights Elementary School, Eastwood Knolls International School, Edgemere Elementary School, Mesa Vista Elementary School, North Star Elementary School, Ramona Elementary School, Scotsdale Elementary School, Valle Verde Early College High School, Vista Hills Elementary School, Young Women’s Leadership Academy, and Ysleta Elementary School.

Educational Results Partnership (ERP), a nonprofit organization that applies data science to help improve student outcomes and career readiness, developed the 2017-2018 Honor Roll. ERP maintains the nation’s largest database on student achievement and utilizes this data to identify higher-performing schools and districts.

Schools that receive the ERP Honor Roll distinction have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time, and a reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For high schools, the ERP Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness.

In Texas, the ERP Honor Roll program is supported by numerous businesses and organizations, including the Texas Business Leadership Council, American Automobile Association (AAA) Texas, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Chevron Corporation, and Enterprise Holdings Foundation.

Valle Verde ECHS Science Bowl Team Wins, Headed to DC In April

Ysleta ISD’s Valle Verde Early College High School National Science Bowl team will be headed to the national championship once again.

The VVECHS Spartans won the El Paso Regional NSB competition, defeating Northwest ECHS 42-0 in the finals.  This marks the fifth year in a row for the Spartans, as they are now headed to the national competition in Washington D.C. in April.

Coached by James Brown, the team members are Samuel Juardo, Angelica Amaya, Juan Vasquez, Jacob Lane, Daniel Lara, and coordinators Gabriel Mendoza and Jesusita Ibarra.

The National Science Bowl, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a national academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and math.

Teams from diverse backgrounds face-off in a fast-paced question and answer format, testing on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.

Each year, the National Science Bowl attracts over 17,000 students nationwide, challenging them to expand their knowledge of science and mathematics and their understanding of global energy and environmental challenges.

YISD’s Covey Wins Prestigious Leadership Award from US Department of Education

Paul Covey, principal of Valle Verde Early College High School (VVECHS) in the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD), has won the coveted 2017 Terrel H. Bell Award for serving as an outstanding school leader and playing a vital role in guiding students and schools to excellence, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced Wednesday.

Covey, who has led the 400-student VVECHS since 2009, was one of only eight principals in the nation – and the only principal in the state of Texas – to win this year’s Bell Award.

It is named in honor of the second U.S. Secretary of Education, who held education as his highest priority and trusted that all students would find it as their personal key to success, just as he had.

Bell Award winners are chosen every year from among the principals whose campuses are designated as National Blue Ribbon Schools. The principals nominated for this award are committed to fostering successful teaching and learning at their schools and doing whatever it takes to help their students meet high standards, officials said.

“It’s a privilege to honor this year’s Bell awardees and to recognize them for their achievement,” DeVos said. “Through their work, these principals show that when effective leadership is coupled with high expectations, we can expect great results for all of our nation’s students.”

Covey and the other seven Bell Award winners are dedicated to education as both a powerful and liberating force in people’s lives, officials said. They will be honored during the National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony on Nov. 6 in Washington, D.C.

VVECHS was the 11th YISD school to become a National Blue Ribbon School.

At VVECHS, students commit to a rigorous, four-year curriculum in order to graduate with a high-school diploma and an associate’s degree from El Paso Community College.

About 93 percent of its graduates go on to attend four-year colleges and universities.

Under Covey’s leadership, the school has been recognized multiple times as an Apple Distinguished School, a Texas Early College High School Demonstration School, and was listed in 2016 as the top-ranked public high school in the El Paso region by U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek.

A brief summary of Covey’s work at VVECHS is available online.

Valle Verde ECHS Named Apple Distinguished School

Valle Verde Early College High School (VVECHS) is among 11 campuses in Texas – and the only public high school in West Texas – to earn the prestigious Apple Distinguished School designation through 2019 for continuous innovation in learning, teaching, and the school environment.

This is the third consecutive time that VVECHS has won this designation from Apple, a company known worldwide for its popular and innovative products.

This year, only 400 schools in 26 countries earned this designation for serving as centers of leadership and educational excellence that demonstrate Apple’s vision for learning with technology.

Apple officials say its Distinguished Schools program highlights school leaders, faculty, and the extended community for having a clear vision that articulates how their technology-rich environment supports their goals for learning.

School leaders have established elements for continuous innovation to support their school’s vision, including culture, team, capacity, community, finance, and measurement.

VVECHS – and other Apple Distinguished Schools – understand that continuous innovation is an ongoing process that requires thoughtful planning, practice, and iteration along the way, officials said. They use Apple products to inspire student creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking.

This designation is the latest in a series of notable achievements for the 400-student VVECHS, which was also named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School in late September.

It has also been recognized as a Texas Early College High School Demonstration School, and was listed in 2016 as the top-ranked public high school in the El Paso region by U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek.

In order to attend VVECHS, students must commit to a rigorous, four-year curriculum in order to graduate with a high-school diploma and an associate’s degree from El Paso Community College.

Through the Apple Distinguished Schools program, VVECHS will not only receive a customized plaque and banner, but support through leadership events, opportunities to engage with experts, and collaboration with peers who share an interest in sustaining an innovative learning and teaching environment.

YISD’s Valle Verde Early College High School Wins 2017 National Blue Ribbon School Award

Ysleta ISD’s Valle Verde Early College High School (VVECHS) was honored Thursday morning by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School

Students and staff from VVECHS, as well as Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre, were gathered in the Ysleta ISD Central Office Theater watching a livestream feed from the U.S. Department of Education, announcing that the school had been named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School.

Upon the announcement, all began cheering and celebrating the national honor.

In January, VVECHS was among only 26 schools in Texas – and three in El Paso – to be nominated for the National Blue Ribbon Schools program. The school then completed a rigorous application process through the U.S. Department of Education.

VVECHS is the 11th YISD school to become a National Blue Ribbon School.

In recent years, the 400-student VVECHS has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School, a Texas Early College High School Demonstration School, and was listed in 2016 as the top-ranked public high school in the El Paso region by U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek.

WATCH: VVECHS Video 2017

Newsweek: Valle Verde ECHS as Top-Ranked Public School in El Paso

Valle Verde Early College High School is the top-ranked public school in El Paso, and the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) has more nationally ranked schools than any other El Paso district, according to lists compiled by Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report.

Every year, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report release lists of rankings to highlight the best U.S. high school campuses. This is the third consecutive year that Valle Verde ECHS has landed on both of these national lists – and for the first time, Del Valle HS also made both lists in 2016.

In addition, Eastwood and Hanks high schools joined Valle Verde ECHS and Del Valle HS in being named among the Best High Schools in America by U.S. News & World Report, which means YISD again has more nationally ranked high schools this year than any other local district.

Newsweek’s “Beating the Odds 2016: Top High Schools for Low-Income Students” list compared more than 15,000 U.S. schools, and highlighted the top 500 schools that do an excellent job of preparing students for college while overcoming obstacles posed by economically disadvantaged students.

According to Newsweek’s list, Valle Verde is the highest-ranked public school in El Paso, fifth-highest among all early college high schools in Texas, ninth-highest among all Texas high schools, and 34 th among all schools in the nation. Del Valle HS was ranked 24 th – highest among all Texas high schools, and 157 th in the nation.

The 2016 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools in America” list ranks schools nationally and within each state. The goal is to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve all of their students in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills, as well as readiness for college-level work, according to the publication.

Out of 1,915 schools in Texas, U.S. News & World Report ranked Valle Verde ECHS at No. 83 (highest ranking among El Paso public schools); Del Valle HS at No. 184; Eastwood HS at No. 199; and Hanks HS at No. 203.

Among more than 21,000 schools nationwide, Valle Verde ECHS was ranked No. 717; Del Valle HS at No. 2,177; Eastwood HS at No. 2,466; and Hanks HS at No. 2,562.

Instructor at Valle Verde ECHS Honored by Special Olympics

Valle Verde Early College High School Dual Credit English Instructor Mrs. Carol Herrera was named the 2016 Volunteer of the Year by the Special Olympics Texas Division in early May.

Mrs. Herrera participates in the Area Sports Management Team and helped to coordinate the Opening Ceremony for the spring games.

In addition, she helped to develop a community service program with Valle Verde’s National Honor Society which connects honor students with Special Olympic volunteer opportunities.

Their most recent community service project helped to facilitate the Annual Cycling Competition and El Paso Community College.