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Story in Many Pics: Ysleta Ropes Riverside 32-21

In a classic Ysleta ISD match up, the district’s namesake school – the Ysleta Indians took a ride down the road to Riverside; beating the Rangers Friday night 32-21.

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

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.

Chacon International Students Skype with Sister School in Russia

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.

Ysleta ISD Principal Tapped to Serve on National Education Board

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.

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

Ysleta ISD kicks off Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program at 4 schools

Beginning September 12, students at four YISD schools will receive fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day on Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 31, 2018.

Participating campuses are Capistrano, Cedar Grove, Constance Hulbert, and North Loop elementary schools.

These campuses were awarded more than $89,000 by the Texas Department of Agriculture to purchase fruits and vegetables for the program.

Officials with the district say the program is an effort to promote healthier eating habits and improve overall student well-being.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is administered by the Food and Nutrition Service, which provides free fresh fruits and vegetables to students in participating elementary schools.

YISD applied for the program in the spring, and four campuses were selected.

Ysleta ISD Raises More than $31K for Southeast Texas Flood Victims

In the span of a day, Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) students and employees raised more than $31,000 to aid flood victims in southeast Texas through its “Jeans for Texans” fundraiser, with the proceeds being donated to the American Red Cross during Wednesday’s regular meeting of the YISD Board of Trustees.

“It has been extremely humbling, gratifying, and heartwarming to see our YISD community come together so quickly to aid in vital recovery efforts for our fellow Texans,” YISD Superintendent Dr. Xavier De La Torre said. “Not only did employees and students help YISD raise a substantial amount of money for the storm victims, but many went a step further and adopted Houston-area schools devastated by the torrential rains.”

“Once again, we are reminded that by working collectively, there is much we can accomplish to help those in need,” De La Torre added.
To participate in “Jeans for Texans,” YISD employees and students were asked to donate $5 per employee or $1 per student to wear jeans to work and school on Thursday, Aug. 31 – only three days after the 2017-18 school year began.

YISD’s jean-day fundraisers are among the most effective methods for raising money districtwide, routinely bringing in donations of more than $20,000. It has been used in the past to support those who have suffered devastating, tragic, or catastrophic losses.

However, the one-day “Jeans for Texans” fundraiser appears to be the most successful to date. Students and employees reached deep into their hearts and pockets to donate a total of $31,244.57 to the American Red Cross El Paso and Southern New Mexico chapter, which is helping provide shelter and supplies to Gulf Coast residents affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The check will be presented to Red Cross representatives at Wednesday’s board meeting, which takes place at 6 p.m. in the Ysleta Room at YISD Central Office, 9600 Sims Drive.

Community Service Hour Requirement Now in Full Effect for High Schoolers

Tutoring, campus clean ups, working with non-profit organizations and other volunteering opportunities have added up to hundreds of thousands of hours donated by the Class of 2018 back to the community.

This year’s senior class is the first cohort required to complete 30 hours of community service per year or 120 hours for their four years of high school. The requirement began in fall 2014.

“EPISD believes that education is more than just about textbooks and laptops,” said Tim Holt, director of Innovation and Pilot programs. “It’s about teaching our students to give back to the community.”

Holt has been working on the community service project since its inception. He encourages students to look to their campuses for opportunities to volunteer and even consider reading or tutoring to students in their feeder pattern.

“Too often people stereotype teenagers as lazy, uncaring, and self centered,” Holt said. “By creating a district wide army of students that volunteer, we hope to break down some of those perceptions. Not only are we building a better citizen, we are creating a more empathetic student, one who will take the idea of giving back into their college years and beyond.”

Students also find the experience rewarding.

“Giving back to the community is very important in the development of a person,” said senior Irvin High School senior Alyssa Lomeli. “We as students, need to humble ourselves in order to help others.”

Lomeli plays an active role on campus, too. She’s StuCo treasurer, Community Service chair and senior class vice president.

“Volunteering teaches you to be compassionate, responsible and develop life skills that seniors will use later on in life,” she said.

EPISD has partnered with the United Way of El Paso to help students find volunteering opportunities, login hours and give campuses a place to list their volunteer needs. Students can set up an account with United Way on its volunteerelpaso.org website, which is also linked from the District’s Community Service page. Both pages are available for students to use to log hours.

“It is important for students to volunteer because it creates a sense of initiative, leadership, and engagement for our community,” said Brandon Guzman, community impact associate with United Way. “Volunteerism is based on the premise that we all have some time and talent to give, and that bringing people together, rather than working in isolation, strengthens and can achieve greater impact.”

More than 250 agencies are accessible through Volunteer El Paso with a wide range of opportunities for community service.

“This service is a free online source for students to create individual profiles and search for volunteer opportunities right here in our community,” said Brandon Guzman, community impact associate at United Way. “This service provides additional support for our students to help meet their volunteer service hours required for graduation, community support, and overall success.”

Opportunities include helping at local food banks, homeless shelters and providing administrative support, marketing and outreach for nonprofit organizations.

“We also have one-time specific events that students can volunteer with such as the McKelligon Canyon Green Up, which helps beautify our parks, and Project Bravo Paint-A-Thon, which helps our seniors and physically disabled by re-painting their homes,” Guzman said.

The service also gives EPISD campuses a place to post their volunteer opportunities on the volunteerelpaso.org website. Campus volunteer (VIPS) chairs can contact Guzman to set up an account to show campus-based volunteering opportunities for students such as mentoring, homework assistance and event help. United Way is working with the VIPS program to ensure volunteers are eligible to participate.

For more information, email Guzman at bguzman@unitedwayelpaso.org.

Ysleta ISD to Aid Flood Victims with ‘Jeans for Texans’ Fundraiser

In a show of support and solidarity with the victims of widespread flooding in the southeast Texas area, the Ysleta Independent School District will hold a district-wide “Jeans for Texans” fundraiser on Thursday, August 31, to help raise funds for those suffering the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

To participate in “Jeans for Texans,” YISD employees and students were asked to donate $5 per employee or $1 per student – in exchange, they will be allowed to wear jeans to work and school on Thursday.

All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross El Paso and Southern New Mexico chapter, which is helping provide shelter and supplies to Gulf Coast residents affected by Hurricane Harvey.

By and large, the YISD “jeans” fundraiser is one of the district’s most successful campaigns to raise money – it routinely brings in donations of more than $20,000 in a matter of days, and has been used in the past to support those who have suffered devastating, tragic, or catastrophic losses.

“YISD employees are second to none when it comes to helping those in need,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre. “It gives me great pride to see the kind of care, compassion, and generosity that is consistently demonstrated by our employees, students, and families.

“By working collectively with our stakeholders, as well as relief agencies such as the Red Cross, there is much we can accomplish to help our fellow Texans in need,” De La Torre said.

The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the public’s generosity to help perform its mission to help shelter, feed, and provide emotional support to disaster victims. It also supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, teaches skills that save lives, provides international humanitarian aid, and supports military members and their families.

The Red Cross has a massive relief response underway in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Those who would like to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey should visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

TEA: Ysleta ISD High Schools Earn Most State Distinctions in El Paso

High schools in the Ysleta Independent School District earned the most state distinctions among all El Paso school districts in connection with this spring’s testing results, according to figures released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

All YISD schools achieved the rating of “Met Standard” in 2017 state test results, along with 7,830 campuses across Texas, TEA officials said.

By earning the “Met Standard” rating, schools were eligible to receive “Distinction Designations” for academic achievement in English/reading, math, science, and/or social studies; or for placing in the top 25% for student progress, closing performance gaps, and postsecondary readiness.

Ysleta High School was one of only two comprehensive high schools in the El Paso region to earn distinction designations in all seven areas.

In addition, three high schools (Bel Air, Del Valle, and Riverside) each earned distinction designations in six areas, while Eastwood and Hanks high schools earned distinctions in five areas.

Overall, YISD high schools earned a combined 42 distinction designations. By comparison, El Paso ISD high schools received 38, and Socorro ISD high schools received 15.

Distinction designations are awarded to campuses based on achievement in performance indicators relative to a group of 40 campuses of similar type, size, and student demographics.

Overall, six YISD campuses won every Distinction Designation available for their school type.

Lancaster, Vista Hills, and Ysleta elementary schools earned the maximum six distinctions for primary grades, while Camino Real Middle School, Eastwood Knolls International School, and Ysleta High School won all seven distinctions available for secondary grades.

TEA officials said only about 400 schools across the state earned all distinction designations available to their school type based on 2017 state test results.

“Amazing work takes place in classrooms across our state every school day, but especially on these campuses where every possible distinction has been earned,” said TEA Commissioner of Education Mike Morath.

At the primary level, five YISD elementary schools earned five of six designations – they are Eastwood Heights, Glen Cove, North Star, Ramona, and Scotsdale. In addition, Eastwood Middle School earned distinctions in six of seven areas.

Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees Approve Tax Rate Decrease

The Ysleta Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a 1.5-cent tax rate decrease for 2017 during its regular meeting Wednesday night.

The 2017 tax rate decrease of one and a half cents per hundred dollars of valuation, coupled with the additional homestead exemption will result in an average decrease in property taxes of $12 per year.

“This tax rate decrease for our community is another way we are fulfilling our promise to be good stewards of our citizens’ hard earned tax dollars, “ said YISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre. “Every year, we strive to implement cost-effective strategies in our budgeting while still providing our nearly 42,000 students with a quality education.”

The 2017 tax rate of $1.46 per $100 of home valuation is a decrease from the $1.475 tax rate from 2016.

The tax rate reduction is a result of favorable market conditions for the January 2017 bond sale and additional state funding in the form of Existing Debt Allotment and Instructional Facilities Allotment.

YISD continues to be the only local school district that offers its homeowners an additional homestead exemption of 20 percent of total home value.

Ysleta ISD Announces Two New Middle School Principals

The Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) announced Monday the recent appointment of two middle school principals.

Alex Armendariz Alejandro “Alex” Armendariz, current Bel Air Middle School assistant principal, has been named principal of Valley View Middle School.

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 UTEP and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Sul Ross State University.

Sarah Venegas

 

Sarah Venegas, current Title I instructional coordinator at the El Paso Independent School District, has been named principal of Eastwood Middle School.

Venegas began her 17-year career in education as a third-grade teacher at Helen Ball Elementary School.

Since that time, she has also worked as a middle-school English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) facilitator, instructional coordinator, and assistant principal.

Venegas holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master’s degree in educational leadership, both from UTEP.

Ysleta ISD to sell Season Tickets for 2017 High School Football

For the second year in a row, high school football fans at the Ysleta Independent School District will be able to purchase 2017 season tickets that entitle them to reserved VIP seating at five home games, with priority being given to last year’s season ticketholders.

By purchasing season tickets, fans can enjoy watching home games from prime viewing areas not available to other ticketholders, such as the 50-yard line. In addition, season ticketholders sit in individual stadium seats featuring sturdy chair backs, rather than standard
bleacher seats.

Season tickets are $40 per person and will be sold to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to staffing variations at each high school, ticket sales will begin on different dates at different campuses. The schedule is as follows:

 Hanks, Eastwood, Parkland, Riverside, and Ysleta high schools:
2016 season ticketholders may purchase the same seats for 2017 beginning Monday, July 31. Tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday, Aug. 8.

 Bel Air and Del Valle high schools:
2016 season ticketholders may purchase the same seats for 2017 beginning Monday, Aug. 7. Tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday, Aug. 15.

Tickets can only be purchased with cash through the business clerk at each high school on weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon, or 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets will not be sold Friday, Aug. 4, when YISD campuses are closed.

Season tickets are good only for home football games at the high school where the tickets were purchased.

Beginning Sept. 1, any reserved seats from unsold season tickets will be available for purchase on the Friday of each home game at a cost of $10 apiece.

For more information, call your high school or visit the district’s Athletics Department page.

‘Transformers’ Descend on YWLA Campus for Summer Camp

The Young Women’s Leadership Academy will host a week-long summer camp for more than 300 incoming sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students that’s designed to unite and prepare them for the 2017-18 school year.

The interactive camp includes energetic team-building exercises, introductions to the students’ upcoming academic classes, and group activities such as painting river rocks, creating friendship bracelets, exploring the Google Suite of apps, and conducting a fashion show of “dos and don’ts” for the school uniform.

Students will also be able to bring in school supplies for the year to their classrooms and receive school uniforms.

A Field Day of outdoor activities wraps up the camp on Friday.

What: Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA) summer camp
When: Monday, July 31 through Friday, Aug. 4
Who: YWLA students in grades 6-8, teachers, administrators
Where: YWLA campus, 7615 Yuma Drive

Ysleta ISD Announces Appointment of Principals for Eastwood, Parkland High Schools

The Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) announced Thursday morning the appointment of two new principals for Eastwood and Parkland high schools, which were approved by the Board of Trustees during its regular meeting Wednesday night.

Penelope Bankston, current principal at Valley View Middle School, has been named the new principal at Parkland High School following a comprehensive selection process that included 15 applicants.

Bankston began her professional career in 1994 as an elementary school bilingual teacher in Alpine, Texas. Since that time, she has served as a middle-school reading teacher, a high-school dyslexia teacher, high-school instructional specialist, a high-school assistant principal and principal of Valley View Middle School.

Bankston has spent the majority of her career – 18 of 23 years – in northeast El Paso. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, a master’s degree in reading, and a master’s degree in educational administration, all from Sul Ross State University.

YISD officials say her knowledge of secondary curriculum, as well as her longtime experience working with the Northeast community, will play a pivotal role in leading Parkland High School toward continued academic success.

David Boatright, current principal at Eastwood Middle School, has been named the new principal of Eastwood High School following a thorough, comprehensive nationwide selection process that included 21 applicants.

Boatright began his career in education in 1991 as a physical education teacher at Irvin High School. Over the course of his career – 18 of which were spent in the Eastwood Learning Community – he also served as a world history teacher, world geography teacher, wrestling coach, Eastwood High School assistant principal, and Eastwood Middle School principal. Boatright holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology

from UTEP and a master’s degree in educational administration from Sul Ross State University.

The respect and success Boatright has earned in the Eastwood community, along with his awareness of Trooper traditions and knowledge of secondary curriculum, will continue to lead Eastwood High School toward higher levels of success, YISD officials said.

Bankston and Boatright’s new positions both take effect Monday, July 24.

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