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YISD wins 13 national awards for outstanding graphics, videos, publications

Ysleta ISD officials announced Monday that the district’s Public Relations Department won 13 national awards from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA).

With the baker’s dozen of wins – more than any other local district – awards spanned categories from outstanding graphic design, videos, publications, and marketing/recruitment during the 2018-2019 school year, including a distinctive 3D bus wrap that features the district’s talented fine arts students.

Every year, NSPRA hands out various honors as part of its Publications and Digital Media awards program, which highlights outstanding school public relations work performed during the 2018-19 academic year.

The highest is the Award of Excellence, followed by the Award of Merit, and Honorable Mention.

Ysleta ISD won the top award – Award of Excellence – for three entries:

2018 YISD Annual Report
2018 Fine Arts Bus Wrap
YISD Homestead Exemption Informational video, which explains the 20% homestead exemption available only to YISD homeowners in a quick and easy-to-understand way

YISD also earned four Awards of Merit for four entries:

Thomas Manor Elementary School Information Campaign
2018 Nativity Scene Restoration video, where Bel Air and Del Valle high school students repainted and refreshed the Nativity Scene at the downtown Jacinto Plaza for Christmas
Taking a Stand Against the Tornillo Tent City video, which documented an effort by local education leaders to support family unification for immigrant children
2018-19 YISD Elementary Teacher of the Year: Carol Love video

The District also won Honorable Mention awards for six entries:

Class of 2018 Superintendent Commencement Speech
Digital Marketing for the new Thomas Manor Elementary School
“Start … Grow … Succeed … at The District!” Recruitment Campaign
2018 Suicide Prevention Campaign video for the local “915 Cares” coalition
2018 YISD Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon video
Six-Time Texas Girls Wrestling Champions: The Lady Knights video

Award winners will be featured at the 2019 NSPRA National Seminar, which takes place from July 14-17 in Washington D.C.

YISD’s De La Torre begins term as Chair of Texas Urban Council of Superintendents

Dr. Xavier De La Torre, Superintendent of Schools at the Ysleta Independent School District, took on a new statewide leadership role Sunday as the 2019 Chair of the Texas Urban Council (TUC) of Superintendents.

The TUC is a network of the state’s largest urban school districts that advocate for traditional urban public schools.

“I am humbled by the privilege to serve as the 2019 Chair of the Texas Urban Council of Superintendents, and I look forward to leading the discussion on the areas of greatest opportunity and challenge in our school districts,” Dr. De La Torre said.

“At the same time, I look forward to giving El Paso and the Ysleta Independent School District a much-needed voice at both the state and national levels.”

TUC, which was founded nearly 50 years ago, consists of nine member districts: Aldine ISD, Austin ISD, Corpus Christi ISD, Dallas ISD, El Paso ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Houston ISD, San Antonio ISD, and Ysleta ISD.

It represents nearly 800,000 students and 50,000 teachers.

As the districts all serve large urban communities, their schools share similar interests and challenges, such as second-language learning, increasing college access, and school turnaround. They also routinely serve larger percentages of children living in poverty, who are less likely to have parents with high levels of education, and constantly balance various barriers.

For more information about the TUC, click here.

Ysleta ISD names new principals, Central Office directors

In preparation for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year, the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) on Thursday announced the appointment of new principals and Central Office directors. All positions become effective July 1.

The new campus principals are as follows:

·    Norma Sierra, current principal at LeBarron Park Elementary School, will fill the vacant principal position at Mesa Vista Elementary School. Sierra, who has spent 29 years at YISD, has worked as teacher, curriculum specialist, curriculum coordinator, assistant principal, and principal. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree, both from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

·    Maritza Balderrama, current principal at North Star Elementary School, is the new principal at LeBarron Park Elementary School. An educator for 25 years at YISD, Balderrama has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from UTEP and a master’s degree from New Mexico State University.

·    Stephanie Lahrman, current Parkland Elementary School assistant principal, is the new principal at North Star Elementary School. Lahrman began her professional career in 2003, and has served as a teacher’s assistant, teacher, instructional coach and assistant principal. Lahrman holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Charter Oak State College and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Concordia University.

·    Juan Guzman, current principal at Tierra Del Sol Elementary School, will fill the vacant principal position at Scotsdale Elementary School. Guzman, whose career in education spans 19 years at YISD, has also served as an elementary schoolteacher, assistant principal, and principal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master’s degree, both from UTEP.

·    Michelle Romero, an elementary school principal at Socorro ISD, has been appointed the new principal at Tierra Del Sol Elementary School. Romero is a 24-year veteran in education and began her career at YISD as a teacher at Loma Terrace Elementary School. Since then, she has served as an instructional coach, assistant principal, and principal. Romero holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master’s degree in English, both from UTEP.

·    Irene Youngs, current Lancaster Elementary School assistant principal, has been appointed principal at Pebble Hills Elementary School following the departure of Stacy Vasquez. Youngs, who has worked in education for 26 years, has taught all levels of elementary content – including bilingual education – and served as assistant principal for nine years.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master’s degree in educational administration, both from UTEP.

·    Amy Bejarano-Alarcon is the new principal at Del Valle Middle School following the resignation of Ida Perales. An educator for 13 years at YISD, Alarcon began her career as a science teacher at Riverside High School before moving to her current position as assistant principal at Ysleta High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from UTEP, and a master’s degree in education from Sul Ross State University.

·    Javier Salgado, current principal at Parkland Middle School, is the new principal at Desert View Middle School following the retirement of Mary Ann Olivas. Salgado, a 23-year veteran educator at YISD, previously served as a teaching assistant, teacher, instructional specialist, assistant principal, and principal. He holds a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree in history, both from UTEP.

·    Dr. Angela Reyna, current Ysleta Middle School assistant principal, is the new principal of Parkland Middle School. An educator for 16 years at YISD, Dr. Reyna has worked as a teacher, middle-school assistant principal, and high-school assistant principal. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, and a master’s degree and doctorate degree in educational administration, all from UTEP.

·    Jacob Valtierra, current Eastwood High School assistant principal, is the new principal at Riverside Middle School following the resignation of Jonathan Valdez. Valtierra, whose career spans 12 years at YISD, previously worked as a teacher, as well as assistant principal at both middle and high schools. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University and a master’s degree in business administration from UTEP.

In addition, YISD has appointed the following three new directors at Central Office:

·    Sylvia Belmonte, current school nurse at Lancaster Elementary School, is the new Director of Student Health Services following the retirement of Carey Raymond-Holden. Belmonte began her career in 2005 at University Medical Center (formerly Thomason Hospital) before transitioning into school nursing, and has also served as a clinical nursing instructor at UTEP. Belmonte holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and a master’s degree in nursing and nursing education, both from UTEP.

·    Dr. Blanca Lopez has been appointed Director of Secondary Personnel after serving in that position on an interim basis in the 2018-19 school year. Dr. Lopez is a 26-year veteran in education, serving throughout El Paso as a teacher, mentor, coordinator, and recruiter. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree – both from UTEP – and a doctorate degree in curriculum from New Mexico State University.

·    Shelley Smallwood, current Instructional Technology Initiatives coordinator, has been appointed the new Director of Innovative Learning following the retirement of Micha Villarreal. Smallwood, who began her professional career as a teacher in 1991, has served in a variety of roles at YISD, including instructional technology specialist and Project Get Ahead director. Smallwood holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in curriculum and technology, both from UTEP.

Video+Story: Ysleta ISD approves budget for 2019-2020; Includes employee raises

On Tuesday night, the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) Board of Trustees has approved a $475.5 million budget for the 2019-2020 school year, which includes employee pay raises ranging from 5% to 6.5%, and a one-time lump-sum payment of $500 per full-time employee.

“On behalf of all employees at the Ysleta Independent School District, I’d like to offer our sincere thanks and appreciation to our dedicated Board of Trustees for providing these generous wage increases,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre said.

“We deeply value the passion, loyalty, and commitment of our employees, and we are proud to provide these pay raises as we continue striving toward greater heights of innovation and excellence in our programs and schools.”

The budget was approved Tuesday night at the school board’s regular meeting, and includes a $23.7 million employee compensation plan that calls for the following pay raises from the mid-point:

6.5% for full-time hourly employees (also classified as paraprofessionals or ancillary);
5% for teachers, nurses, and librarians with 0-5 years of service;
5.5% for teachers, nurses, and librarians with 6-18 years of service;
6% for teachers, nurses, and librarians with 19-30 years of service; and
5% for administration.

“Over the past five years, Ysleta ISD has steadfastly secured optimal revenue and delivered a balanced budget, while also providing annual pay raises and sustaining favorable health and welfare benefits,” YISD officials added via a news release.

“This year’s compensation plan is no different. Aside from the pay raises and one-time lump-sum payment, YISD will also contribute an additional $762 per employee to the district health plan. As a result, YISD employees will not see increases next year in their contributions toward their current health plans, officials said.”

In addition, full-time employees who meet certain requirements will receive a $500 one-time lump-sum payment on their last regular paycheck in November 2019.

This is the third year that YISD has offered the lump-sum payment to its employees.

Ysleta ISD announces new full-day Pre-K starting in August

On Tuesday, officials with the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) announced that the district is now offering a new full-day pre-kindergarten program free of charge at select campuses for qualified El Paso-area families for the 2019-2020 academic year that begins in August.

“Ysleta ISD is now the first among the city’s three largest public school districts to offer the new full-day pre-K program, thanks to the passage of House Bill 3, which was signed into law last week and provides state funding for full-day pre-K programs for families who meet certain criteria,” district officials shared.

Since HB3 was signed into law, YISD officials have worked promptly and diligently to make the full-day program available at select campuses to families this upcoming school year. As a result, registration packets are now available at each participating campus.

Families in El Paso County can qualify for full-day pre-K if their student is four-years-old on or before Sepember 1, and meets one of the following criteria:

  • Unable to speak and comprehend the English language;
  • Educationally disadvantaged, which means a student eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program;
  • Is homeless, as defined by 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 1143a, regardless of the residence of the child, of either parent of the child, or of the child’s guardian or other person having lawful control of the child;
  • Is the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who is ordered to active duty by proper authority;
  • Is the child of a member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who was injured or killed while serving on active duty;
  • Is in, or have been in, the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) following an adversary hearing held as provided by Section 262.201, Family Code; or
  • Is the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as a peace officer, firefighter, or emergency medical first responder.

Due to the limited space, spots in full-day pre-K classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Campuses with full-day pre-K classes are as follows: the Parkland and Ysleta Pre-K centers; and Constance Hulbert, East Point, Eastwood Heights, Edgemere, Glen Cove, LeBarron Park, Loma Terrace, Pasodale, Pebble Hills, Scotsdale, Tierra Del Sol, and Vista Hills elementary schools.

For more information regarding Ysleta ISD’s pre-K program and the registration process, visit the website.

13 Ysleta ISD schools named to Texas Honor Roll

Officials with the Ysleta Independent School District announced that 13 of the district’s schools have been named to the 2018-2019 Texas Honor Roll, the most of any school district in the El Paso region.

“We are tremendously proud of our Honor Roll campuses, which continuously demonstrate the kind of innovative instruction and leadership that is needed to ensure student success,” said Ysleta ISD Superintendent Dr. Xavier De La Torre. “This recognition once again proves that our bold, challenging, and ambitious approach to public education is not only yielding high academic achievement, but setting a gold standard for the entire El Paso region.”

The program, presented by Educational Results Partnership (ERP), is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes.

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

ERP, a nonprofit organization that applies data science to help improve student outcomes and career readiness, developed the 2018-2019 Honor Roll, and 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.

A total of 855 public schools in Texas were recognized.

Valle Verde ECHS freshman honored with YISD President’s Award for May

Earlier this week, the Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees honored Karlee Fey Rojas with their President’s Award for the month of May.

Rojas, a freshman at Valle Verde Early College High School, is described by YISD officials as “bright and motivated… whose daily life consists of challenges that most of her peers – and even adults – may never be able to understand or endure.”

Karlee’s teachers say she is the “perfect example of the perseverance and grit our students need to succeed in life.”

As a student with a visual impairment, Karlee regularly relies on materials such as recorders, Braille textbooks, and computer reader programs to help her complete her classwork and homework. But she refuses to let her impairment get in the way of her goals – specifically, her goal to become a certified Microsoft Office Specialist.

YISD officials say the process to earn this certification was a particularly challenging one, as it required Karlee to perform and explain all the necessary functions of Microsoft Word without the use of a reader.

Through much hard work, dedication, and persistence, Karlee passed the Microsoft Office Word exam in March, making her the first visually impaired student in district history to become a certified Microsoft Office Specialist.

Rio Bravo Middle student earns invitation to Washington for “doing the write thing”

Ysleta ISD officials announced that Rio Bravo Middle School eighth-grader Hennessy Mendoza has been selected to be one of two ambassadors to represent El Paso at the National Campaign to Stop Violence in June 2019.

Her essay was chosen regionally to win the “Do the Write Thing Challenge,” an educational program that gives middle-school students an opportunity to speak against violence.

The “Do the Write Thing Challenge” Program (DtWT) is an education program designed to give middle school students an opportunity to communicate in classroom discussions in written form, on the topic of bullying or violence and how it impacts their daily lives.

In addition to exposing the causes and impact of bullying and violence, students are asked to identify what they will do to address these problems.

Hennessy was presented with her award by Professor & Director of Mother-Daughter & Son Program at UTEP Dr. Josefina Tinajero; YISD Director of Academics – Middle Schools Naomi Esparza; Rio Bravo MS Principal Dr. Sandra Calzada; and Regional Coordinator of DtWT Maria Silva.

As part of the ceremony, YISD officials added, ” We would also like to also congratulate Hennessy Mendoza’s mother and her teacher Amy Navarette for a job well done.”

YISD announces 2019 summer school food service

The 2019 Summer Food Service Program at the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) will provide free breakfast and lunch meals to children ages 1-18 from Monday through Thursday during the summer break at select campuses.

Breakfast is typically served from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Most campuses are closed on Fridays; on these days, meals will not be served at those schools.

There are exceptions; please review the list below for program dates, locations, and meal times at participating campuses:

May 28 to June 27
Valle Verde Early College High School (breakfast from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.; lunch from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

June 10 to June 27
Eastwood MS, Indian Ridge MS, Parkland MS, Riverside MS, Rio Bravo MS, North Loop ES, Del Valle ES, Desertaire ES, Thomas Manor ES, Ysleta MS, Tierra Del Sol ES, Parkland ES, Ysleta Pre K (lunch from 10:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) , Ysleta ES, East Point ES, Eastwood Heights ES, Riverside HS, Plato, Tejas, Eastwood HS

June 10 to July 11 (closed July 4th)
Parkland HS, Hanks HS, Bel Air HS, Del Valle HS

June 10 to July 18 (closed July 4th)
Ysleta HS

Aug. 5 to Aug. 8
Young Women’s Leadership Academy (breakfast 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; lunch 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

For more information, please contact YISD Child Nutrition Services Verification Clerk Laura Lara at 915-434-0130 or Child Nutrition Services Director Alan R. Crawford at 915-434-0125.

U.S. News & World Report: Valle Verde ECHS top-ranked school in EP

According to a recent report on America’s best high schools, Valle Verde Early College High School is El Paso’s top-ranked high school campus among both public and charter schools, and the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) has the best-ranked campuses overall when compared to similar districts in the area.

“We have set up a successful blueprint and instructional framework that works, thanks in no small part to the persistence, dedication, and commitment of our teachers within the four corners of the classroom,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre.

“Fortune favors the bold – and we consistently strive to provide compelling, bold, and innovative instruction and programs that prepare our students for the global economy that awaits them upon graduation,” Dr. De La Torre added.

Every spring, U.S. News & World Report releases its Best High Schools list, which numerically ranks high schools nationally and within each state based on six areas:

College Readiness
Math & Reading Proficiency
Math & Reading Performance
Underserved Student Performance
College Curriculum Breadth
Graduation Rate

The 2019 rankings show Ysleta ISD far surpasses similar-sized districts locally when it comes to preparing students to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills, as well as readiness for college-level work.

Ranked 55th in Texas and 333rd in the nation, Valle Verde ECHS outscored the Silva Health Magnet, Harmony Science Academy, Davinci School for Science and The Arts, and all other Early College High Schools in the El Paso area.

Among local comprehensive high schools, four YISD campuses ranked in the top 10: Eastwood (#2 in area, #211 in Texas, and #2,469 in the nation); Del Valle (#3, #287, and #3,375); Bel Air (#5, #319, and #3,889); and Hanks (#7, #351, and #4,388).

Rounding out the 20 top-ranked high schools in the El Paso area were Ysleta (#11 in area, #437 in Texas, and #5,459 in the nation); Parkland (#17, #517, and #6,347); and Riverside (#20, #581, and #7,109).

This year’s list ranked 17,425 U.S. high schools, up significantly from 2,700 schools in 2018. 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.

By significantly increasing the number of campuses being ranked on the Best High Schools list in 2019, U.S. News & World Report officials said all communities can now see which schools in their area “are successfully serving their students – including historically underserved populations.”

Click here for more information on the rankings.

Riverside High earns regional awards in Environmental Engineering, Applied Mathematics

The month of April has been good to Riverside High School, as a team of students and a Ranger program each earned regional awards in the fields of environmental engineering and applied mathematics, one of which resulted in a $3,000 cash prize from the Prudential Foundation.

 

s a team of students and a Ranger program each earned regional awards in the fields of environmental engineering and applied mathematics

The most recent recognition took place Saturday, April 20, during the City of El Paso Environmental Services Department’s annual Earth Day celebration in downtown El Paso.

During this event, officials hosted the first-ever Environment Excellence Recognition Program (EERP) awards ceremony, a legacy program initiated by state Sen. Jose Rodriguez’s Senate District 29 Environment Advisory Committee.

Among the winners was Riverside High School’s Solar Technology program, which won the EERP award in the category of Education.

“The goal of the EERP is to identify, articulate and strengthen a regional culture of conservation, preservation and best practices for the environment,” said state Sen. Rodríguez. “The program will create an archive of leading projects, practices, and actors in the field, hopefully inspiring us all to do more in our areas of influence.”

The Riverside Solar Technology program, which began in 2017, is the first public high school in the nation to offer the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) associate photovoltaic certification.

With the NABCEP certification, students are able to enter the workforce anywhere in North America in the solar energy industry upon graduating from high school.

Earlier this month, a team of five Riverside High School students won first place at the Prudential Math Challenge, where high-school teams from the regions of Brewster, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, and Presidio counties competed to solve a real-world problem using applied mathematics.

The Prudential Math Challenge forms part of the 2019 STEAMx competitions hosted by STTE (Success Through Technology Education) Foundation, Workforce Solutions Borderplex, and The Prudential Foundation.

During the competition, participating teams were sequestered for 12 hours and challenged to research and solve a real-world scenario, then present their findings in a research paper.

In order to win, the Riverside students excelled in two separate 12-hour rounds of competition, then addressed an additional problem with findings and another research paper.

By winning the challenge, the Riverside team comprised of Francisco Ontiveros, Ashley De La Rosa, Raul Ramos, Edna Rodriguez, and Karemy Cruz won a $3,000 prize from the Prudential Foundation.

Ysleta ISD volunteers honored for outstanding achievement

More than 700 school volunteers and staff celebrated their hard work and dedication at YISD’s annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon  at Region 19 Head Start earlier this week.

The event honored and recognized volunteers and staff for their generosity and hard work at their individual campuses throughout the year.

According to YISD officials, more than 3,800 YISD volunteers have logged more than 278,000 volunteer hours so far this school year, resulting in a savings of more than $2 million in labor costs to the district.

Awards presented at the luncheon included:

Outstanding High School Volunteer of the Year:
Hope Gomez, Bel Air High School

Outstanding Middle School Volunteer of the Year:
Claudia Martinez, Rio Bravo Middle School

Outstanding Elementary School Volunteer of the Year:
Darrin Domko, Pebble Hills Elementary School

Years of Service Awards:
40 years –
Maria Vitela, Ysleta Pre-K Center

35 years –
Mirella Herrera, Rio Bravo MS

30 years–
Maria Elena Barrangan, Desertaire ES
Wanda Collins, Hanks HS

25 years –
Josefina Banda, Marian Manor ES
Christine Cooke, Eastwood MS
Maria Corona, Ysleta Pre-K Center

20 years –
Amparo Hernandez, Ascarate ES
Socorro Hinojos, South Loop ES
Raul Nuñez III, Lancaster ES
Maria Rosales, Marian Manor ES
Hortencia Serna, Marian Manor ES

Top Achievement Volunteer Hour Awards:
Alma Bustamante, Parkland HS
Margaret Chaffino, Scotsdale ES
Mirella Herrera, Rio Bravo MS
Ricardo Jauregui, Hacienda Heights ES
Concepcion Portillo, Pasodale ES
Elizabeth Rocha, Pasodale ES
Dora Molina, Dolphin Terrace ES\
Sandra Galvan, Edgemere ES
Denise Juarez, Edgemere ES
Bianca Molina, Dolphin Terrace ES

Top Ten School Awards:
Del Valle High School
Parkland High School
Hanks High School
Rio Bravo Middle School
Parkland Middle School
Del Valle Middle School
Pasodale Elementary School
Cedar Grove Elementary School
Dolphin Terrace Elementary School
Scotsdale Elementary School

EPCC, UTEP team up to register all Ysleta ISD Seniors for college

As part of as part of the Operation College Bound Initiative, officials with El Paso Community College and the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) partnered with Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) to assist seniors in registering for college.

“EPCC is proud to partner with the school districts and UTEP to ensure graduating seniors in our region go to college,” EPCC President Dr. William Serrata said. “Operation College Bound helps students enroll and receive the information they need to make a successful transition from high school to higher education.”

Operation College Bound day at the YISD high schools provided seniors the ease and convenience to enroll in college in a familiar environment with assistance from representatives from the college and university.

“The success of our students is of paramount importance at the Ysleta Independent School District,” said YISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre.

“It is our privilege to partner with UTEP and EPCC to host Operation College Bound Days at our high schools, which supports our work to provide students with the opportunity, academic skills, and access toward realizing their dreams of postsecondary education. This allows our students to begin the transition from high school to college in a setting that is familiar to them, with resources for one-on-one assistance that they might not otherwise seek out on their own.”

Operation College Bound took place for Parkland High School on April 15th, the remaining YISD schools will be visited during April.

Dallas Cowboys, Texas Lotto team up to bring football clinic to EPISD, YISD at El Paso High

Historic Jones Stadium at El Paso High School will play host to a free football clinic for over 200 El Paso and Ysleta ISD student-athletes.

Now in its third year, The Dallas Cowboys High School Clinic presented by the Texas Lottery will give students from high schools represented the opportunity to learn both on- and off-the-field lessons.

At the clinic, Dallas Cowboys Youth Camp Coaches will instruct students on techniques and skills.

Camp Coaches will also be joined by a Dallas Cowboys current player to assist in sharing football insights and other life lessons.

Student-athletes were selected by their coaches for the high school football showcase.  Officials with the clinic share that the two school districts are expecting great competition during the day.

The clinic will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 30 at El Paso High School’s Jones Stadium.

• WHAT: Dallas Cowboys High School Clinic – El Paso, TX – Presented by the Texas Lottery.

• WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30.

• WHERE: Historic Jones Stadium at El Paso High School, 800 East Schuster.

• WHO: Dallas Cowboys Youth Camp Coaches with over 200 EPISD and YISD student-athletes.

Hanks High senior honored with March Ysleta ISD President’s Award

The Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees honored Hanks High School senior Kristen Apodaca with the President’s Award for March.

“Kristen is a kind-hearted student leader whose commitment to service extends far beyond her campus to the youngest and most vulnerable children in our community,” YISD officials shared Monday. “But what makes Kristen exceptional is that she has purposefully learned the name of EVERY student at Pebble Hills Elementary. In one semester, she has gotten to know the students on an individual basis, and is able to pinpoint when they are struggling so she can give them help and attention when they need it most.”

Kristen volunteers in the library at Pebble Hills Elementary School, helping with a variety of tasks that include reading to students, helping students with their homework, or finding and checking out books students will enjoy.

Teachers and administrators say that Kristen is all heart, and never misses an opportunity to highlight the “awesomeness” of others. Her compassion, kindness, and devotion to community service makes her a stand-out among her peers.

Kristen also volunteers at El Paso Children’s Hospital and the Center Against Family Violence, where she dresses in costume as “Elsa” from the popular Disney movie, “Frozen,” and sings to the children with her twin sister, Kayla.

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.

 

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