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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.

Eastwood High Senior Awarded YISD’s President’s Award for February

The Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees honored Eastwood High School senior Ryan Solis, who has devoted nearly 500 hours of his free time over the past four years to community and public service, with the February President’s Award.

Aside from participating in more than 20 extracurricular clubs, Ryan is an active part of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, where he served as an associate director and the youngest member of the Board of Governors for two terms. He is also a district office intern with State Senator Cesar Blanco in the Office of Texas House Minority Whip.

In addition, Ryan co-founded a community project called Safety in Cognizance, which seeks to combat human trafficking on the U.S.-Mexico border by working with international organizations. Through this project, Ryan has given presentations on safety and prevention that have impacted more than 1,200 students.

Ryan’s exceptional work has been honored nationwide with a Disney Dreamer Award – and last week, he accepted a community service award in Washington D.C. from the National Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Ryan’s efforts to improve the lives of all residents in the El Paso region are admirable, and YISD is proud to honor his passion and dedication to public service.

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.

Ramona Elementary Students Get Hands-On Experience on Robotic Surgery

Fifth and sixth grade students at Ysleta ISD’s Ramona Elementary School got the unique chance to be part of a surgical team.

Recently, students participated in a medical session on surgical procedures and careers that make up a surgical team. The students learned about techniques such as open surgery, robotic surgery and laparoscopic surgery.

Using hands-on simulator, students had the opportunity to become familiar with some of the tools used, practice with tools.  The students learned the responsibility of each member on a surgical team and the care and dedication that it takes from each of them to function as a team.

Students also discovered what services other members of the surgical team provides a patient whether dealing with a minor situation or a life-saving procedure.

Ramona Elementary School is a Dual Language campus, with kinder through sixth grade students experiencing STEM challenges throughout the year utilizing the engineering design process.

Herald-Post Best of 2017: Year in Pictures

It’s another year in the history books, as 2017 fades and 2018 dawns.

From the streets of downtown, to the football fields of the schools around town, to the houses of worship throughout the Borderland and locations in between, our photographers were busy documenting our story.

Below are the best shots from our team of photographers: Chief Photographer Andres Acosta, Steven Cottingham and Kevin Venegas.

Ysleta ISD Honors Student for Successes in School, Disaster Relief Work

Valle Verde Early College High School junior Paloma Michel was honored by the Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees, as they bestowed the President’s Award during their December board meeting.

Paloma participates in organizations that include the STEM Club, National Honor Society, and the Garden Club, where she works with other students throughout the year to beautify the school’s exterior with sunflowers and other vegetation.

But Paloma’s most significant contribution this year extends far beyond the walls of Valle Verde. When a devastating earthquake hit Mexico in September, Paloma’s heart went out to the victims because she spent much of her childhood in Mexico. When she saw a Facebook post about a love note discovered among the ruins by a firefighter, it became her call to action.

She organized a school drive to collect items for quake survivors, and was able to gather six truckloads of donated items that included personal hygiene products, diapers, first-aid kits, canned goods, and water.

Via a news release, YISD Officials said, “We commend Paloma for her initiative, generosity, and spirit for community service.”

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.

YISD Investigation into Hanks Tuberculosis Exposure Yields Two Positive Test Results

On Wednesday afternoon, the Department of Public Health (DPH) announced two individuals have tested positive for Tuberculosis (TB) infection in the recent investigation involving Hanks High School.

The department identified 140 individuals who may have been exposed to a person at the school who was diagnosed with active TB disease and a 138 individuals have been screened. Tests revealed two positive results.

The following is a chart describing the current investigation standings.

Persons Potentially Exposed 140
Tested To-Date 138
Test Rate 99%
Results Known 136
Number of Positive Results 2
Positivity Rate 1.5%

Public Health officials estimate a positivity rate for El Paso between 5% and 10%, and the actual rate of 1.5% is well below what is expected.

Those tested by DPH have been notified of their results and the two patients who tested positive for TB infection will be evaluated by a nurse specializing in TB. They will also receive X-rays to ensure the disease has not developed in their lungs. Those who tested negative for TB will be retested within the next 8 to 10 weeks as a precaution.

“While we wish there were no TB in El Paso, the fact is that the disease is part of our everyday life,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “We are pleased with this low number, and hope to see similar results in February when we retest these individuals.”

Last year, 43 cases of active TB were identified and treated in the greater El Paso region with 38 in 2015 and 44 in 2014. Every year, the department identifies and treats approximately 250 latent cases of the disease.

Residents with questions or concerns are urged to visit www.EPHealth.com and click on the TB Investigation section for updated information and data regarding TB, how it is spread, and how to protect yourself from the disease.

YISD Turns to Public for Help in Naming New Del Valle-Area Middle School

The Ysleta Independent School District is taking recommendations for the new name for the middle school in the Del Valle area.

Students from Camino Real Middle School and Valley View Middle School, as well as Mission Valley Elementary School, will benefit from a newly built combination campus.

The two schools will have separate entrances, classrooms, offices, and cafeterias, but will share kitchens, fine arts facilities, and a gymnasium.

The shared facilities will maximize the economies of scale and minimize maintenance and operations costs, while providing students will upgraded facilities. Mission Valley Elementary School will retain their school name.

Nominations must be completed on the 2017-2018 Nomination Form to Name a New School/Facility (link below).  The form should be submitted along with supplemental material via electronic mail or by mail.

Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, January 11, 2018.

Click here to visit the project webpage.

Click here to download the nomination form.

Health Department: Possible TB Exposure Approximately 150 students in Ysleta ISD

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health is currently investigating a possible Tuberculosis (TB) exposure involving approximately 150 students in the Ysleta Independent School District.

“The cooperation offered by Ysleta ISD officials has been excellent, and we will continue to work closely with school officials to make sure those specific students who have been identified at-risk are tested,” said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director. “The health and well-being of our community is our utmost priority, and we ask that parents who receive the Department of Public Health letter participate in the screening process so we can determine whether or not their child is infected, and provide appropriate evaluation and treatment.”

The Department will be sending letters to the parents informing them that their child(ren) may have had close contact with someone with active TB.

As a precaution, the Department of Public Health is recommending that these individuals be screened for TB through a blood draw that will be tested at the Department of Public Health laboratory in El Paso.

Parents who receive a letter from the Department of Public Health who have additional questions may call the City of El Paso Department of Public Health at 915-212-6609.

Tuberculosis is a bacterial illness acquired through breathing in infected droplets from the cough or sneeze of a person with active TB. Tuberculosis is not easily transmitted. The likelihood of transmission increases with length of exposure to the cough/sneeze of someone with active TB.

Additional information about TB can be found at online by clicking TB Control under “Programs”.

Ysleta ISD officials released the following statement:

“The Ysleta Independent School District is cooperating fully with the El Paso City Department of Public Health regarding this case. The district is following all procedures as prescribed by district and city health policies. The district has been directed by the City Department of Public Health to refer all inquiries to them. Please contact them at (915) 212-6609.”

YISD Introduces New App to Report Bullying, Campus Concerns

The Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) announced Thursday the introduction of a new communications system, Anonymous Alerts, which makes it easy for students and parents to quickly and confidentially report bullying and other sensitive incidents to school administrators.

“We believe the best way to address student problems is through personal contact with a teacher, administrator, psychologist, or counselor,” said YISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre. “However, we understand there may be instances where a student or parent would prefer to communicate anonymously. Anonymous Alerts affords our students and parents the opportunity to speak up about harmful behavior without fear of retribution.”

To help launch Anonymous Alerts, YISD is encouraging all stakeholders to participate in “Download Day” on Friday, December 1, which calls for students, staff, and parents to download the free Anonymous Alerts app from the iPhone or Google Play store.

With the app, users will be able to send anonymous and encrypted private messages to school administrators on urgent or sensitive topics, such as bullying, self-harm, family difficulties, weapons, drug/ alcohol abuse, dating violence, depression, or gang-related issues, among others.

Via a news release, YISD officials add “Both the app and online forms are available in English or Spanish and all reports remain completely anonymous, though users have the option to reveal their identity if they prefer to have a person-to-person discussion…the program is monitored from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the school year, and should only be used for serious and urgent matters.”

A parent letter has been sent to all YISD homes with a code and password to activate their Anonymous Alerts mobile app.

Students and parents also have the option to submit confidential online reports by clicking on the “Anonymous Alerts” button on the district’s main webpage.

For more information visit Anonymous Alerts.

YISD’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy Holding Mandatory Info Sessions

Ysleta ISD’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA) will hold five mandatory information sessions beginning November 30 for parents interested in enrolling their daughters for the 2018-2019 school year.

WLA Principal Malinda Villalobos will speak in detail about the school, its core values, programs, and course offerings, as well as logistical information including transportation. Parents will have the opportunity to speak with YWLA administrators before receiving an application packet.

The information sessions are free and open to any current fifth-grade girl and their families. In addition, limited spaces are available for current sixth grade girls who are interested in enrolling at YWLA for seventh grade.

All students interested in enrolling in YWLA must be in good academic and behavioral standing at their current school, live in El Paso County, and complete an application packet to be considered for enrollment.

Information sessions schedule:

6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at YWLA
6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at YWLA
8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 19, at YISD Central Office Theater
6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at YWLA
8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at YISD Central Office Theater

To RSVP for an upcoming information session, or for more information, parents should call the YWLA office at 915-434-1300.

REPLAY: Greater El Paso Football Showcase Draft (Parts 1 & 2)

High school football fans will be able to watch the Greater El Paso Football Showcase’s first-ever draft!

From the unveiling of the team names, to the first picks and on through the five rounds, you can catch all the draft action!

The broadcast is available to fans via any web-enabled device. No App Needed. Just Log On and Watch the Fun.

Part 2 of the draft is below:

Story in Many Pics: Del Valle Downs Chapin 49-28

Friday Night Football in the Mission Valley featured the Del Valle Conquistadores hosting the Chapin Huskies in the night’s closest playoff match up.

While the Huskies were able to keep it close, Del Valle eventually defeated Chapin 49-28.

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

Chapin Huskies vs Del Valle Conquistadores, Conquest Stadium, El Paso Texas, November 17, 2017
Chapin Huskies vs Del Valle Conquistadores, Conquest Stadium, El Paso Texas, November 17, 2017

Story in Many Pics: Parkland Pounds Burges 45-6

In day two of the bi-district playoffs, the Burges Mustangs rode into Northeast El Paso to take on the Parkland Matadors.

Once in the famed ‘bullring,’ it was the Matadors who ended up on a bull run, beating Burges 45-6.

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

Herald-Post Scoreboard+Schedule: Bi-District Playoffs!

Every week, the Herald-Post Scoreboard will feature the latest scores from the region’s high school football, volleyball, basketball and soccer action.

Parkland vs Riverside
Texas UIL Bi-District Championship Game Midland Bulldogs vs Montwood Rams, SISD Student Activities Complex, El Paso Texas November 16, 2017

Eastwood vs Montwood. November 10,2017
Andress vs Chapin, November 10, 2017
Franklin vs Coronado
Franklin vs Socorro
Ysleta vs Riverside

 

Burges Mustangs vs Andress Golden Eagles, October 27, 2017
Eastlake vs Del Valle
Thursday Night Football, Austin Panthers at Burges Mustangs, Burges High school El Paso, TX October 19, 2017

Clint Lions vs Fabens Wildcats at the Amador Villalobos Jr Athletic Complex, Fabens Texas October 12, 2017
Montwood Rams vs El Dorado Aztecs, SISD S.A.C., El Paso Texas October 6, 2017
Americas Trailblazers vs Socorro Bulldogs, SISD S.A.C., El Paso Texas October 6, 2017
Parkland vs Del Valle
Andress vs Bowie
Coronado Thunderbirds vs Americas Trailblazers, SISD S.A.C., September 29, 2017
Austin vs Chapin
Franklin vs Pebble Hills
Socorro vs Montwood
Canutillo vs Hanks
Del Valle vs Horizon
Riverside vs Jefferson
Hanks vs EPHS
Bowie vs Horizon
Burges vs Ysleta
Pebble Hills Spartan Running Back Caleb Gerber shoots past an Irvin defender | Photo by Audrie Aguilar
Texas High School Football opening weekend, Eastlake vs El Dorado, SISD Activities Complex Aug 31, 2017
Texas High School Football opening weekend, Eastlake vs El Dorado, SISD Activities Complex Aug 31, 2017
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