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Ysleta High School to Honor Paul Cain as Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal

Longtime Ysleta HS teacher Mr. Paul Cain will be remembered during the Ysleta HS Homecoming festivities on the reservation as Grand Marshal during the annual Homecoming parade.

The parade will take place on Friday morning, September 21.

Mr. Cain was a member of the Ysleta High School faculty for the entire 42 years of his career. He was born in Syracuse, NY, son of Paul V. and Mary D. Cain. Raised in New York City, he attended St. Francis Xavier High School, St. Bonaventure University and achieved master degrees from Oklahoma University and UTEP.

After graduation from college, Paul fulfilled a lifelong ambition to serve and joined the army, serving 10 years. For his service in Vietnam, Paul was awarded numerous citations including the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

In 1976, Mr. Cain began teaching at Ysleta High School where he continued to teach math, computer science, statistics and physics for 42 years up until last June. He perpetually put off retirement saying he would retire when teaching wasn’t fun anymore. Since that moment never came, he never retired.

Mr. Cain was widely known as a driving force in academic competition in El Paso – running city-wide High-Q tournaments, guiding his students through Academic Decathlon and UIL Academic competitions.

Ysleta’s team has won the city High-Q championship 10 times – most recently last year in a special televised match from the historic Plaza Theater, broadcast on KCOS-TV where he had served as tournament director for more than 30 years.

He has been an advocate, supporter and motivator for decades of students and their families. In 1992, five students from Ysleta’s graduating class were accepted to MIT – a remarkable achievement for any school.

The New York Times article about the event quoted then-principal Roger Parks as saying, “Three things the five students have in common are strong scientific and mathematical skills and one teacher: Paul Cain, an instructor in computer mathematics. They gravitate to him, and with him they build themselves to a competitive edge.”

The article goes on to say, “Mr. Cain said that the parents of the five students deserve most of the credit for their children’s accomplishment.”

Paul was a humble man but he deeply cherished the honor of being named Teacher of the Year from the state of Texas in 2008 and the nation-wide community of fellow Teachers of the Year the honor brought him. Mr. Cain passed away in August.

“We are the Indians. Our saying ‘Once an Indian…always an Indian’ means something to everyone who has ever attended this school. We ARE the Indians.” – Paul Cain

Schedule of Event for Friday, Sept. 21
9 a.m. – Homecoming parade begins at Speaking Rock employee parking, proceeds west on Alameda, concluding on Davis St. Parade will file into Hutchins Stadium for the Homecoming pep rally.

Homecoming Pep Rally – Immediately following parade. Enjoy performing groups and a message from Mr. Paul Cain’s family. All alumni, faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

7 p.m. – Homecoming football game vs. Bowie HS.

Story in Many Pics: Parkland Pounds Jefferson 55-6

Thursday night again kicked off the week’s football action, as the Parkland Matadors ran south to meet up with the Jefferson Silver Foxes at their still-new home field.

The Matadors made the most of the trip to South-Central, topping the Foxes 55-6.

Our very own Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta was there and brings you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics’

 

Ysleta ISD Expands “Supper Program” To 8 Schools Starting Monday

As part of its continuing efforts to support the wellness, health, and development of students, the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) will expand its after-school “supper program” to eight campuses in the 2018-19 school year, beginning Monday, September 10.

Via a news release, YISD officials say, “Given the numerous high-school students who stay on campus after school for sports, theater, band, or other clubs, the supper program gives students access to a nutritional meal in the cafeteria before rehearsal or practice.”

The supper program, which provides free and nutritious meals to active students who remain on campus after school for extracurricular activities, will be offered at the following campuses:

Bel Air High School
Del Valle High School
Hanks High School
Parkland High School
Riverside High School
Ysleta High School
Eastwood Middle School
Young Women’s Leadership Academy

The supper meals are being offered at various times depending on the campus, but generally begin about 4 p.m. The meals are free of charge to children 18 years and younger, and are available for purchase by adults.

The supper program was first piloted in January 2017 at Ysleta High School, and expanded to include four schools by September 2017.

This program is part of YISD’s overall efforts to increase student access to healthy meals – this includes free breakfast for all students at all YISD campuses throughout the year.

The supper program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Story in Many Pics: Mustangs Stampede Rangers 41-6

The Burges Mustangs headed to the Lower Valley to take on the Riverside Rangers Friday night at the newly-renamed Tom Work Field at Riverside Stadium.

The Rangers did their best, but the Mustangs would not be denied after last week’s win-as-a-tie, and won the game 41-6.

Our very own Steven Cottingham was there and brings you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.”

 

Ysleta ISD Names Celina Muñoz as New Director of Guidance and Counseling

On Thursday, officials with Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) announced the appointment of Celina Muñoz as the new Director of Guidance and Counseling.

Via a news release, YISD officials shared, “Muñoz’s immeasurable knowledge in guidance and counseling, social emotional development, and course catalog – among other vital attributes – will help her lead YISD’s Guidance and Counseling Department toward a higher level of success.”

Muñoz, an assistant principal at Eastwood Middle School, began her career in education in 1999 as a teacher at YISD’s Scotsdale Elementary School. She later went on to serve as an elementary school counselor, as well as an assistant principal at the elementary-, middle-, and high-school levels.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where she also earned the required hours for certification in Educational Administration.

Muñoz new position is effective Monday, September 3.

Deby Lewis Foundation Sells 560 Commemorative Bricks for Walkway at Renovated Eastwood High

With the help of the Paso del Norte Foundation, the family of a longtime Eastwood High School educator is ensuring her memory lives on by helping students fund their college education while creating a lasting tribute to their daughter.

“Eastwood was Deby’s life; she wanted to make it the best place she possibly could,” Deby Lewis’ mother, Betty, said. “Her goal was to see that every student would become what they were capable of being.”

With Eastwood High currently undergoing extensive renovations, the Deby Lewis Foundation — `part of the Paso del Norte Foundation’s Community of Philanthropy — saw an opportunity to raise more money to help send kids to college and honor the memory of Deby Lewis.

Photo courtesy Deby Lewis Foundation

Over the last several months, the foundation has been selling commemorative bricks that will be used to build a walkway at the school.

The bricks are engraved with names of Eastwood High students and faculty, past and present, and include their graduating class, high school legacy, groups, teams or a personal message.

Teachers, students and alumni have purchased about 560 commemorative bricks. Proceeds from the donations will go to fund scholarships for Eastwood High students.

The non-profit was founded by Betty Lewis to honor and memorialize longtime Eastwood High School educator Deby Lewis. Lewis was a graduate of Eastwood, who went on to a 36-year career as a tennis coach, student activities director and Ysleta Independent School District board member. Lewis passed away in 2015.

Since being founded in 2016, the Deby Lewis Foundation has awarded 16 scholarships to deserving students.

TEA Releases School District Grades; 4 El Paso Districts Earn A’s, Region’s Overall Average is ‘B’

On Wednesday, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the 2018 state accountability ratings for more than 8,700 campuses statewide.

Locally only four school districts – one traditional and three open enrollment charter schools – stood atop the list with an ‘A’ for a grade.

Leading the pack was Harmony Science Academy with an overall grade of 94, followed by Burnham Wood Charter School with a 92.  Vista Del Futuro Charter also earned a 92, however the TEA did not award them an ‘A,’ only that they ‘Met Standard.’

Canutillo ISD topped the traditional districts with a 91, followed by Paso Del Norte Academy with a 91 as well.  Via a news release, officials with Canutillo ISD shared their excitement.

“This new high rating tells us nothing new about the exemplary performance of our students under our outstanding teachers and staff,” Canutillo ISD Superintendent Dr. Pedro Galaviz said. “We have been seeing the evidence of significant improvement in student progress at our schools for quite some time now.”

Of their ‘B’ rating, Socorro ISD’s Superintendent José Espinoza said,  “Our overall rating shows that Team SISD is doing a great job of ensuring our students are achieving, progressing and prepared for post-secondary education,” Espinoza said. “While the ratings reflect a new way that the state is looking at performance, it is based in a large part on a standardized test students take one day out of the year and doesn’t reflect the whole amount of work and investment we make in our students. However, there is always room for improvement and we are committed to continue working toward 100 percent academic excellence for all students.”

Officials with the El Paso Independent School District also reacted to the numbers, saying they “showed tremendous growth and improvement and surpassed other large urban school districts in Texas, according to accountability figures released by the Texas Education Agency today…EPISD’s score of 86 is the highest for urban districts that serve overwhelmingly large numbers of low-income students.”

EPISD’s Superintendent Juan Cabrera added, “We are building the best EPISD in our history…I am proud of our dedicated teachers who have done an exceptional job of adapting modern and innovative methods of learning. Thank you to our teachers and community who have supported our historic efforts over the past five years.”

According to the release from the TEA, campuses receive a rating based on performance in three areas:

  • Student Achievement measures what students know and can do by the end of the year.  It includes results from state assessments across all subjects for all students, on both general and alternate assessments, College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) indicators, like AP and ACT results, and graduation rates.
  • School Progress measures how much better students are doing on the STAAR test this year versus last year, and how much better students are doing academically relative to schools with similar percentages of economically disadvantaged students.
  • Closing the Gaps looks at performance among student groups, including various racial/ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds and other factors.

Seventy percent of the accountability rating is based on the better of Student Achievement or Student Progress (whichever is better is the only performance measure counted). The remaining 30 percent is based on performance in the Closing the Gaps area.

To learn more about the A-F accountability system, click here.

Note that while 2018 campus ratings continued under the Met StandardMet AlternativeStandard or Improvement Required labels, district ratings are based on an A-F scale. The A–F rating labels will be applied to campuses at the end of the upcoming school year.

Districts, charters, and campuses can appeal the rating assigned on August 15. TEA will release the final 2018 ratings based on the outcomes of the appeals in December. To view the 2018 state accountability ratings for districts, charters and campuses, visit the TEA website.

In the graphic below are the region’s schools, sorted by letter-grade average, as selected on the TEA website.

**editor’s note** Graphic was created by combining all El Paso County schools, adding Fort Hancock and Dell City, via the TEA’s sorting data, via the letter grades.

To view the specific schools, use the box below to search out each individual school via the searchable tool below.

Select a school or district below to get started. Use TXschools.org to see how well different schools and districts are doing. Each report provides an in-depth look into how campuses and districts are performing overall and in different areas.

 

New Bel Air Middle School Nearing Completion, Public Invited for Tour

With construction nearing completion, officials with Ysleta ISD are inviting the community to take a grand tour of the new Bel Air Middle School on Saturday, August 25, from 9 a.m. to Noon.

District officials share that the new campus will accommodate 800 students in grades 7 and 8, with core capacity growth to 1,200 students.

The new school will be a state-of-the-art 21st Century Learning Campus with STEM labs, visual & performing arts, and full support for all athletics.

According to Ysleta ISD officials, the $40.6M project – as part of the Bond 2015 – replaced Ranchland Hills and Hillcrest middle schools.

The schools consolidated in 2016 and have been housed at the Hillcrest MS building on Yermoland.  The new school is located at 7909 Ranchland Drive.

Ysleta ISD Names Two New Principals for 2018-19 School Year

On Monday, officials with the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) announced the appointment of new principals at two campuses for the upcoming school year.

Alejandro “Alex” Armendariz, current principal at Valley View Middle School, has been appointed the new principal at Loma Terrace Elementary School, effective Aug. 13.

Armendariz began his professional career in 1999 as a science teacher at Hornedo Middle School, and has since worked as a support teacher and assistant principal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Sul Ross State University.

Due to Armendariz’s new position at Loma Terrace Elementary School, Camino Real Middle School Principal Ida Perales has also been appointed principal of the nearby Valley View Middle School campus.

Perales will oversee both schools until January, when the campuses will be consolidated at the new Del Valle Middle School currently being built as part of a new K-8 combination campus with Mission Valley Elementary School.

Perales began her career in education in 2001 as a biology teacher at Ysleta HS, then worked in the El Paso and Socorro school districts for six years before returning to YISD in 2008 to serve as an instructional specialist, assistant principal, and principal. Perales has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from UTEP.

The K-8 combo campus consisting of Mission Valley Elementary School and Del Valle Middle School is one of several new construction projects made possible through the $430.5 million facilities bond approved by voters in November 2015.

Ysleta ISD Wins 8 National Awards for Excellence in Public Relations

The Department of Public Relations at the Ysleta Independent School District captured eight national awards for excellence in branding, promotions, videos, and graphics as part of the 2018 Publications and Digital Media Awards given by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA).

Ysleta ISD was the only school district in El Paso to receive 2018 NSPRA awards. More than 1,000 entries from school districts and education agencies in the United States and Canada were submitted for the recognition, which highlighted outstanding school public relations work performed during the 2017-18 academic year.

Every year, NSPRA hands out various honors as part of its annual Publications and Digital Media awards program. The highest is the Award of Excellence, followed by the Award of Merit.

Ysleta ISD won the top award – Award of Excellence – for its branding/image package called, “For the Competitors,” which included multidimensional images of student athletes that were prominently featured on two district bus wraps, as well as still/digital advertisements for recruitment that also revolved around the themes, “For the Dreamers” and “For the Innovators.”

YISD also earned four Awards of Merit for its 2017 Annual Report; Vision 2020 Strategic Action Plan; the 2017-18 Support & Teacher of the Year Gala branding package; and the Service Excellence branding package, which was implemented districtwide in 2017-18 as part of a comprehensive effort to improve customer service.

Ysleta ISD also captured three other national awards for its 2017 “This is the Year” Convocation video; a video on Parkland Middle School students who mailed supportive letters to their peers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida; and a trifold summarizing the Vision 2020 Strategic Action Plan.

Since 1935, NSPRA has been providing school communication training and services to school leaders throughout the United States, Canada, and the U.S. Dependent Schools worldwide, with a mission of advancing education through responsible communication.

Ysleta ISD Names 3 New Principals, Administrator Ahead of 2018-19 School Year

On Tuesday, the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) announced the appointment of three new principals for the upcoming school year, as well as a new Central Office director.

Enrique Herrera, current principal at Slider Middle School, has been appointed the new principal at Hanks High School, effective August 2. Herrera began his career in 2000 as a fifth-grade teacher, and went on to serve as curriculum coach, high school assistant principal, and middle school principal.

Herrera holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Sul Ross State University, and a master’s degree in Middle Grades Education from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

Lisa Lopez, former principal at Del Valle Elementary School, is the new principal at Ysleta Pre-K Center, effective July 1. Lopez began her career as an English teacher in 1997 and subsequently went on to serve as an assistant principal and principal.

Lopez holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from UTEP and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Sul Ross State University.

Sandra Perez, former Ysleta Pre-K Center principal, is the new principal at Del Valle Elementary School, effective July 1. Perez, who has a 19-year career in education, has worked as a teacher, literacy leader, assistant principal and principal. Perez holds a bachelor’s degree in Bilingual Education and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from UTEP.

In addition, former YISD Director of Secondary Personnel Craig Lahrman has been appointed Director of Support Personnel, effective July 1. Lahrman began his career in education in 1994 as a teacher/athletic trainer at Del Valle High School. He went on to serve as assistant principal and principal before moving into the Human Resources Department in 2010.

Lahrman holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from DePauw University and a master’s degree from Indiana University.

YISD Board of Trustees, Administrators Named Best in Region

The Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) Board of Trustees has been named the 2017-18 Regional Honor School Board for demonstrating excellence, dedication, and ethics in their service to public education.

With the honor, the board will now go on to compete for statewide recognition from the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA).

YISD Trustees were selected for the Honor Board award by the Region 19 Education Service Center (ESC), which based its decision on criteria that included the board’s support for educational performance; educational improvement projects and school transformation initiatives; commitment to a code of ethics; and placement of the welfare of children served by the school system above other motives.

The elected members of the YISD school board are President Connie Woodruff; Vice President Sotero G. Ramirez III; Secretary Mike Rosales; and Trustees Carlos Bustillos, Richard Couder, Kathryn Lucero, and Cruz Ochoa. They will vie against other regional winners in August for one of five Texas Honor Board awards, which are given annually by TASA for dedicated, ethical service that makes a positive impact on schoolchildren of Texas.

“This past year, we have accomplished many things, ranging from continued implementation of our Bond Program to initiatives for increasing student achievement,” Woodruff said. “Not only do our board members have trust and respect for each other, but we also genuinely want the best for every student, teacher, administrator, and staff member at YISD. It is a pleasure to serve on this board, and I look forward to the challenges in the year ahead.”

Two administrators have also been named the best in the El Paso region for their professionalism, leadership, and dedication to serving Ysleta ISD students and schools.

Bel Air High School Principal Charlie Garcia was named the 2017-18 Regional High School Principal of the Year by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP), which annually recognizes outstanding school leaders who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students.

Garcia was chosen for the honor for demonstrating excellence in four areas: Personal Excellence; Collaborative Leadership; Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment; and Personalization. He is now eligible to compete for Texas High School Principal of the Year, which will be announced in mid-December.

As a regional winner, Garcia will also be recognized at TASSP’s awards dinner during this year’s Summer Workshop.

Lastly, YISD Student Health Services Director Carey Raymond-Holden was named 2018 Regional School Nurse Administrator of the Year by the Texas School Nurses Organization (TSNO) for her tireless efforts to improve working conditions for school nurses while keeping a pulse on the administrative side of the district and daily clinic routines.

She will receive a special plaque at the TSNO annual conference in November in Dallas to celebrate her excellence in school nursing and her leadership in school health, and is eligible to compete for Texas Affiliate School Nurse Administrator of the Year.

Sageland Students Win BizKids Entrepreneurship Contest; YSID Board Honors Team

The Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees honored a team of Sageland Elementary School students, who outperformed middle-school students from across Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas to win the BizKids Entrepreneurship Contest.

Sponsored and mentored by GECU, the MicroSociety students created the winning proposal for a business called “Sageland Scottie Treats,” which would market and sell fresh-baked goods to parents for classroom birthday parties and holidays.

The plan also called for a variety of menu choices, a website, and a community impact initiative to donate birthday celebrations to underprivileged children.

Sageland school officials said, “The students presented their business plan, products, and financial information to a panel of judges, who awarded them with the top prize…our Sageland Scotties have made us proud with their hard work, determination, and ambition, and we applaud them on a job well done!”

The Sageland MicroSociety BizKids are: Michaela Bueno, Jennelee Baeza, Brandon Carrillo, Amber Masoud, Michelle Olivas, and Amanda Sierra.

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.

The contest was sponsored by the Cornerstone Credit Union League to enhance financial education skills among today’s youth.

Ysleta ISD Appoints New Elementary School Principals, Assistant Principals for 2018-19 School Year

On Tuesday, the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) announced the appointment of new principals and assistant principals at five elementary schools for the upcoming school year.

Effective July 1, LeBarron Park Elementary School Assistant Principal Christopher Puga has been named the new principal at Capistrano Elementary School, following the retirement of principal Lynn Musel.

Puga began his career in education in 2007, and previously worked at Capistrano Elementary as a math/science  instructional coach from 2014-2016 before serving as assistant principal at LeBarron Park Elementary.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UTEP and a master’s degree in education from Lamar University.

Succeeding Puga at LeBarron Park Elementary is Valerie Chavez, current math/science instructional coach at Cedar Grove Elementary School. Chavez’s new position as LeBarron Park Elementary assistant principal takes effect August 2.

Norma Myers, assistant principal at South Loop Elementary School, has been appointed to serve as interim principal at South Loop, effective July 1, following the retirement of principal Rosa Lujan.

Myers has worked in education for 27 years, serving as an elementary school teacher, middle- and high-school counselor, and an assistant principal at both YISD and Socorro ISD.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master’s degree in education from UTEP.

Joining South Loop Elementary’s administrative team as assistant principal is Maritza Fernandez, an assistant principal at Socorro ISD. Fernandez’s new duties take effect August 2.

Rachael Blair, assistant principal at Parkland Elementary School, has been named the new principal of Sageland Elementary School, effective July 1, following the retirement of principal Carmen Crawford.

Blair has worked in education for 19 years as a teacher, literacy leader, and assistant principal at various YISD schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master’s degree in education from UTEP.

In addition, current Bel Air High School support teacher Javier Aguilera has been appointed as assistant principal at Thomas Manor Elementary School, which will open its new two-story, $28 million K-6 campus at 7900 Jersey Street this fall, with a capacity of up to 800 students. Aguilera’s new duties take effect August 2.

Ysleta ISD Salutes Partners In Education for 2018

Ysleta Independent School District officials gave a hearty ‘thank you’ to their Partners in Education to close out the school year.

Just over 270 Partners in Education (PIE), along with numerous Ysleta ISD school administrators, and PIE Campus Coordinators celebrated the end of the school year with a Partners in Education recognition luncheon.

The highlight of the luncheon was the announcement of five outstanding PIE awards.  At the conclusion of the program, all partners in education received a plaque to be displayed at their place of business.

The ceremony was held on May 24

The winners are:

  • Spirit of Ysleta Award – Border Therapy Services, nominated by Bel Air High School;
  • High Five Award – El Paso Community College, nominated by Ramona Elementary School;
  • Media Award – Chorus Nylander from KTSM TV, nominated by Ramona Elementary School;
  • Rookie of the Year Award –GE Healthcare Services, nominated by Presa Elementary School;
  • Power of One Award – Dr. Christopher Kazanjian with Kidz ‘n Coaches, nominated by Ramona Elementary School.
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