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The Ysleta Independent School District’s three early college high schools will be hosting information sessions for students and families to learn more about the schools and the application process.
These meetings are free and open to all eighth grade students and their families.
In August, YISD and El Paso Community College opened Parkland Early College High School and Ysleta High School Early College Academy as the district’s second and third early college high schools.
The “school within a school” model at Parkland and Ysleta provides students the opportunity to enjoy traditional high school activities such as athletics, fine arts and JROTC while they earn an associate’s degree from EPCC and their high school diploma simultaneously.
Valle Verde Early College High School, the district’s first early college high school, has received many recent accolades, including being named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School and an Apple Distinguished School.
The Hanks High School softball team, along with Coach Shelly Prather, extended a helping hand to softball players over 750 miles away.
The team gathered and donated softball equipment for softball teams who lost everything during Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area.
Coach Prather responded to an email that was sent to all Texas softball coaches from Houston Coach Billy Hicks. He was seeking help for teams who lost everything during the recent hurricane.
Coach Prather was the point of contact in El Paso and reached out area coaches in hopes of gathering items such as cleats, sweats, bags, gloves, balls, chalk, etc. Del Valle, Riverside, Franklin, Jefferson and Montwood high schools assisted the Lady Knights with this task. They gathered all equipment and made an inventory sheet of the donations.
The coach planned to fly to Amarillo, rent a Penske truck and travel east. When Coach Prather responded to his email, Coach Hicks decided to change his plans and start his trip in El Paso.
Coach Hicks was surprised with the donations he received from the El Paso area. The team assisted Hicks with loading the Penske truck on October 17 and he continued his journey across Texas, making stops in Pecos, Monahans, Big Lake, Midland and the Dallas area.
Coach Hicks is a retired teacher/coach/administrator, but is still very active in the world of softball.
Staff Report October 30, 2017NewsComments Off on YISD Board of Trustees Honors Student with President’s Award324
The Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees honored a student who has brought a new ritual to the school in honor of our country and flag with the October President’s Award.
Every school day, Pebble Hills Elementary School fourth-grader Nora Domko and her father walk in formation with the school’s Safety Patrol Club to raise the school’s U.S. flag and the Texas flag.
Once the flags are securely in place, Nora and her father turn and salute the flags as taught and practiced by the U.S. Army Corps. At the end of the school day, Nora, her father, and the Safety Patrol Club lower the flags and carefully fold them in the appropriate manner so they can be stored for use the following day.
The sacredness of this ritual has prompted even the school’s busiest parents and students to stop in their tracks and wait until the flags have been raised.
Nora and her father have elevated not only pride in these treasured symbols, but also respect for the treatment of the flags.
Nora’s fellow students and teachers say she never hesitates to lend a helping hand to those who need it.
District officials add, “Coupled with her winning personality and charismatic leadership, she is among our brightest stars at the Ysleta Independent School District.”
The President’s Award is given by the President of the Board of Trustees to a YISD student who has demonstrated exceptional and/or innovative, out-of-the-ordinary service to others, particularly those within the YISD community.
This award will be presented to the selected recipient a maximum of once per month during the regularly scheduled meeting of the YISD Board of Trustees.
Eligible YISD students must be nominated for the award by a school principal, assistant principal, or Trustee; and must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Staff Report October 26, 2017NewsComments Off on YISD’s Covey Wins Prestigious Leadership Award from US Department of Education1,124
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.
Staff Report October 24, 2017Local NewsComments Off on Chacon International Students Skype with Sister School in Russia215
Communicating across several continents is not unusual for students at Alicia R. Chacon International School, especially with their tovarish in Russia.
Seventh grade students in the Russian language program had their first Skype session with their sister-school of 13 years from Kostroma, Russia.
First, both schools developed a year-round plan that includes various topics important and interesting for teenagers. Then, students exchange Google Slide presentations to learn about each other.
During the first Skype session, students asked questions about school life in the USA and Russia.
Next session will be about music and its role in teenager lives.
The school has been using Skype for teaching and learning languages and cultures for eight years.
Alicia R. Chacon opened its doors in 1995, as a dual language program for kinder to 2ndgrade. It gradually added grade levels until reaching its current kinder through 8th enrollment.
Students are taught an enriched curriculum, which includes learning English, Spanish and either Chinese, German, Japanese or Russian. As part of their third language program, students participate in Kung-Fu, Gymnastics, Karate or Tennis.
Staff Report September 29, 2017NewsComments Off on Ysleta ISD Principal Tapped to Serve on National Education Board314
Dana Boyd, principal of East Point Elementary School in the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD), was among six U.S. education leaders and former governors who were appointed Thursday to serve on the nonpartisan National Assessment Governing Board by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
In her role on the Governing Board, Boyd will help set policy for The Nation’s Report Card – or the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) – which provides data on student performance to the public and to education policymakers at the national, state and local levels, officials said.
Boyd’s four year-term on the Governing Board begins Oct. 1. Other members include governors, state legislators, local and state school officials, educators and researchers, business representatives and members of the general public.
“It’s a privilege to have an accomplished educator such as Dana Boyd to oversee NAEP,” Secretary DeVos said. “The Board plays an important role in assessing student achievement, and her perspective will be critical as we work to close the achievement gap and ensure all students have equal access to a great education.”
During her tenure at YISD, Boyd has enjoyed a bevy of awards and honors, including being named 2016 Texas National Distinguished Principal and 2007 Texas Teacher of the Year, and being inducted this year into the El Paso Commission for Women’s Hall of Fame. In her seven years as East Point ES principal, she has led the development of professional learning communities and the use of data in implementing needed interventions and enrichment.
Since 1969, NAEP has served as a national yardstick of student achievement. Through The Nation’s Report Card, NAEP informs the public about what American students know and can do in various subject areas; and compares achievement between states, large urban districts, and various student demographic groups.
The 26-member nonpartisan, independent Governing Board determines the subjects and content tested by NAEP, sets achievement levels for reporting, and publicly releases the results.
Boyd takes office as the Governing Board fulfills its strategic vision, which calls for developing strategic partnerships with groups to disseminate NAEP data and resources; and advancing the content, design and reporting of NAEP. The National Center for Education Statistics, within the Institute of Education Sciences, administers NAEP.
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.