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Ysleta ISD Public Relations Department receives 9 National Awards

The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) has announced that the Ysleta Independent School District’s Department of Public Relations has received nine national awards for excellence in school public relations, the most for any El Paso school district.

“These awards are a testament of the hard work and dedication our Public Relations team contributes each day to enrich the educational experience for our 42,000 students,” said Patricia Ayala, YISD director of public relations. “We work tirelessly to establish an open line of communication with our parents and community in order to fully engage them in the academic process.”

YISD received the Golden Achievement Award for its 2015 Bond Informational Campaign, one of NSPRA’s highest recognitions. In addition, NSPRA has invited Ayala and Chris Lechuga, senior communication specialist, to present at the annual NSPRA Seminar next month in Chicago on the 2015 Bond campaign.

The awards YISD won are:

 Golden Achievement Award for the 2015 YISD Bond Campaign

 Award of Merit for the 2014 YISD Annual Report

 Award of Merit for the YISD Centennial Campaign

 Award of Merit for the Career and Technical Education recruiting videos

 Award of Merit for the 2015 YISD Bond Overview Video

 Honorable Mention for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy branding

 Honorable Mention for the 2015 YISD Bond op-ed

 Honorable Mention for the 2015 YISD Bond fact sheet

 Honorable Mention for the Fall 2015 The Communicator newsletter

Ysleta ISD Announces Appointment of 4 Principals, 3 Directors

The Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of new principals at four campuses – Sageland and Desertaire elementary schools, and Camino Real and Desert View middle schools – as well as three new Central Office directors.

Carmen CrawfordFormer Ranchland Hills Middle School Principal Carmen Crawford was named the new principal at Sageland Elementary School, effective June 8.

She began her career in education in 1984 as a first-grade teacher at Eastwood Heights ES, then served as counselor, assistant principal, and principal at various YISD campuses.

She has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

Mary Ann OlivasMary Ann Olivas, current principal of Desertaire Elementary School, is the new principal at Desert View Middle School, effective July 1.

A 28-year veteran at YISD, Olivas began her career as a special education teacher at Thomas Manor Elementary School, and previously worked as a student activities director and assistant principal.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from UTEP and a master’s degree from Sul Ross State University.

Beth HarbisonReplacing Olivas as the new principal at Desertaire ES effective July 1 is Beth Harbison, current principal of Scotsdale ES.

Harbison began her career at South Loop ES in 1994, and has worked as a teacher, instructional coach, curriculum coach, and assistant principal. She also worked at Region 19 Education Service Center and founded a private tutoring company.

Harbison earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from UTEP.

Ida PeralesIda Perales, current assistant principal at Ysleta High School, is the new principal at Camino Real Middle School, effective July 1.

She 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 and assistant principal. Perales has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from UTEP.

She replaces former Camino Real MS Principal Charlie Garcia, who is now principal at Bel Air High School.

Fernando MarquezAt Central Office, 15-year education veteran Fernando Marquez has been promoted to Director of Career Programs, effective June 27. He has more than 25 years’ experience in business and education, working as a business teacher, department chair, campus technology coordinator, coordinator, and interim director.

His knowledge and experience in career/technical education will enhance and build upon the pathways and endorsements as outlined in House Bill 5.

Marquez holds bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from UTEP, and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix.

Lorraine QuintelaAlso, Lorraine Quintela returns to YISD as the new Director of Risk Management after serving as SISD benefits coordinator since 2014.

Quintela has more than 30 years of benefits and risk management experience, including 21 years at YISD.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.

Quintela’s new job duties take effect July 1.

Michelle KehrwaldIn addition, current Desert View MS Principal Michelle Kehrwald has been named Director of Advanced Academics, effective July 1. Kehrwald has worked in education for 29 years, serving as a teacher, band director, assistant principal, and principal.

Her knowledge of college and career readiness will enrich student services, as well as enhance vertical alignment among middle- and high-school students to maximize postsecondary success.

Kehrwald holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska.

Ysleta ISD Announces new Bel Air High Principal, Central Office director

The Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) is announcing the appointment of two new administrators, who will provide their seasoned leadership and expertise at two sites within the district: Central Office and Bel Air High School.

James Vasquez, who most recently served as principal at Paso Del Norte School in the Socorro Independent School District, has been hired as the new Director of Pupil and Parent Services at YISD’s Central Office.

His new position, which takes effect June 20, will include working collaboratively with students, parents, and administrators to provide information and resolve concerns at the campus and district levels on a variety of issues.

Vasquez began his career as a third-grade teacher in 1995 before being promoted to several positions over the years at SISD, including curriculum coordinator, assistant principal, and principal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master’s degree in educational administration, both from UTEP.

In addition, Camino Real Middle School Principal Charles Garcia has been appointed the new principal of Bel Air High School, effective July 1. Garcia replaces outgoing BAHS Principal Louis Martinez, who has been named director of the Ysleta Community Learning Center.

Before becoming principal at Camino Real MS in 2014, Garcia worked as a teacher, counselor, administrator and assistant principal in SISD. He also served concurrently as a YISD counselor between 2009 and 2012.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Edward’s University, and a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix.

Ysleta ISD Honors 2016-17 Support Employees, Teachers of the Year

Pasodale Elementary School teacher Melainie Elliott and Parkland Middle School teacher Raquel Kuker were named YISD’s top 2016-17 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year at a special “Black & White Gala” that took place Friday, May 20, at the Centennial Banquet & Conference Center at Fort Bliss.

In addition, Drusilla Cardona from Desertaire Elementary School was named the 2016- 17 YISD Support Employee of the Year during the annual gala. A list of all 2016-2017 campus Teachers of the Year and Support Employees of the Year can be found at the district’s main website.

Elliot, a specialized support resource teacher at Pasodale ES, has taught elementary-and middle-school students for seven years in Texas, New Mexico, and Virginia. After earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in education, she discovered a passion for teaching through her oldest son, who has autism.

“There is no greater reward than the light in a child’s eyes who has found success through the struggle,” Elliot said.

Other finalists for Elementary Teacher of the Year were: Patrice Bedell (Ysleta Pre-K Center), Crystal Green (Parkland Pre-K Center), Marianna Rodriguez (Hacienda Heights ES), and Rosario Rodriguez (Lancaster ES).

Kuker, a science teacher at Parkland MS who holds a bachelor’s degree in education, discovered her love of teaching while pursuing an engineering degree. In college, she began tutoring students in math and absolutely loved it – and was quickly torn between studying engineering or becoming a teacher.

“I concluded I could become one engineer and help make the world we live in a better place, or I could use my passion to inspire hundreds more,” said Kuker, who has worked in education for 10 years. She hopes to influence as many youngsters – particularly minorities and girls – to go to college because that’s what changed her life.

Other finalists for Secondary Teacher of the Year included Rob Dibler (Bel Air HS), Felipe Martinez Jr. (Ysleta HS), Michael McLain (Eastwood HS), and Miriam Trejo (Parkland HS).

Cardona, who began at YISD 15 years ago as a parent liaison, performs a host of duties at Desertaire ES. They include overseeing parent classes and programs, training new parent liaisons, assisting the testing coordinator, and helping out in the front office.

Other Support Employee of the Year finalists were: Yvette Carreon (Indian Ridge MS); Armida Gallegos (Transportation); Arleen Garcia (Riverside HS); Veronica Gomez (Central Office); Jolynn Jacquez (REL Washington ES); Sylvia Lopez (Ysleta Pre-K Center); Guadalupe Morales (Del Valle HS); Manuelita Yanez (Riverside MS); and Alba Uribe (Eastwood Heights ES).

 

Free Pre-K Still Available at 5 El Paso ISD Campuses

Spots for free pre-kindergarten classes are still available at five El Paso Independent School District campuses for any 4-year-old child who lives in El Paso County, regardless of their income or language capacity.

Availability for the half-day pre-kinder program exists at Barron, Crockett, Fannin, MacArthur and Schuster elementary schools. The programs have morning and afternoon sessions.

Registration for the EPISD free pre-kinder program will be from May 16-20. Parents who are interested in participating should call the school to schedule a visit and reserve a spot.

The program is open free of charge to any child living within the El Paso County boundary.

Ysleta ISD to Announce deal with Nike for District’s Sports Teams

On Thursday, Ysleta ISD officials are announcing a new exclusive partnership with Nike and BSN. According to a release by district official, the new agreement will provide significant discounts on Nike products for all district high school and middle school athletic teams.

The five-year agreement will offer certain sports teams exclusive pricing and rewards programs to purchase game uniforms, practice uniforms, equipment, and accessories.

The total value of the discounts will benefit the district more than $1 million over the five-year contract.

YISD announces new CFO, Director of Special Projects

The Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) is pleased to announce the hiring of Lynly G. Leeper as the district’s new Chief Financial Officer, and Abigail Tarango as the new Director of Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives, effective Monday, Feb. 29.

Leeper, who replaces the recently retired YISD Associate Superintendent of Finance Rolyne Kafka, most recently served as chief budget officer for the City of El Paso from March 2011 to October 2014, where she oversaw an $850 million annual operating budget and a $250 million annual capital budget.

She began her career in 1987 as a registered securities principal for Edward Jones & Co., then served as an accountant with Energon Oil & Gas Inc. in Pampa, Texas. She later worked as a certified public accountant for 10 years with Leeper & Leeper Inc. in El Paso, and as chief financial officer/assistant director for the City of El Paso’s Sun Metro/First Transit Contract Management.

Leeper holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting from Texas Tech University, and became a certified public accountant in 1997.

Tarango, a Family & Consumer Sciences Education agent for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Education-El Paso, will serve as Director of Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives at YISD – a new position that entails project management and support for the implementation of key district initiatives, including the “Vision 20/20: Strategic Action Plan” recently determined by the Board of Trustees and Superintendent of Schools.

Over the course of her career, Tarango has worked as a teacher at Mayfield High School in Las Cruces and Sunshine Christian School, a freelance writer, a coordinator with the nonprofit El Paso Marathon Kids, and a faculty member in the UTEP-TRIO: Upward Bound program.

Tarango holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, both in Family & Consumer Science, from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

 

Ysleta ISD selects 8 El Paso-area Architectural Firms for Bond Projects

In a show of support for local businesses – and reaffirming a commitment to help create new jobs to boost the local economy – the YISD Board of Trustees approved a list of eight El Paso-area architectural firms Wednesday night to provide professional services for the first phase of bond projects.

Those firms include ARTchitecture, ASA Architects, Carl Daniel Architects, GA Architecture, Mijares Mora Architects Inc., MNK Architects/DLR Group, PSRBB Commercial Group, and In*Situ/WRA Architects – all of which have El Paso offices, and some of which date back more than 60 years.

The firms have all previously performed work for YISD and several other area school districts, as well as El Paso Community College, UTEP, and the City of El Paso.

“Not only are the lead architects for the first 11 bond projects from local firms, but their pool of local consultants includes businesses such as HKN Engineering, Fluid Systems, Desert Elements Landscape Design, Borunda & Associates, and others,” YISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre said.

“Each of these reputable firms will make up very strong teams for each one of our Phase I projects,” De La Torre added.

In November, YISD voters approved a $430.5 million bond referendum to repair, renew, and renovate many of the 100-year-old district’s campuses. Throughout the bond campaign, De La Torre stressed the commitment of hiring local firms to work on bond projects whenever possible.

The largest bond projects that YISD is expected to undertake in Phase 1 over the next two years include:

 Installation of artificial turf at stadium fields of all seven comprehensive high schools;

 Construction of three new schools, including Bel Air Middle, Thomas Manor Elementary, and Del Valle Middle/Mission Valley Elementary;

 Renovation of Parkland Middle School;

 Design work for the renovation of Eastwood High School; and

 Cafeteria, gymnasium, and fine arts additions and/or renovations at various schools, as well as structural repairs to Constance Hulbert Elementary and Riverside Middle.

UPDATE: EPCC joins UTEP, El Paso, Socorro, Ysleta ISDs to close during Pope’s visit

In a Thursday night news release, El Paso Community College (EPCC) announced they will cancel classes for Pope’s Visit on February 17th.

The EPCC Board of Trustees voted Thursday, January 21st at its monthly meeting to close all campuses, including the Administration Services Center.

Previous story from January 19th—————-

Three of the area’s largest school districts, El Paso, Ysleta and Socorro ISDs all decided Tuesday to close during Pope Francis’s historic visit to Juarez in February.

Ysleta ISD officials announced late Tuesday afternoon that they will be shutting down on February 17th for the Pope’s visit to the Borderland.  Soon after, El Paso ISD officials joined their colleagues in making the decision to shutter their schools for the day.

EPISD officials released their decision via a Tuesday evening tweet, adding that the day would be swapped for President’s Day (February 15th.)  About an hour later, Socorro ISD officials announced the closure of their district for the day as well.

SISD’s message, sent via Twitter, simply said, “ schools and offices will be closed on Feb. 17 to ensure the safety and security of school communities during the papal visit.”

YISD Officials shared their decision via a news release, stating, “After thoughtful deliberation and a survey of principals, the Ysleta Independent School District will close its offices and schools on Feb. 17 in anticipation of a substantial decrease in student and staff attendance due to the scheduled papal visit to Ciudad Juarez.”

Detailed information will be provided this week to all YISD students, parents, and employees whose instructional and/or professional schedules will be impacted by the closure on Feb. 17.  Officials added that  instructional and professional time will be made up in accordance with  their district policy.

The release went on to state “While YISD administration recognizes and supports the separation of church and state as outlined in the U.S. Constitution, the decision to close the district on Feb. 17 is based on the potential detrimental financial impact to YISD related to student, faculty, and staff absenteeism, as well as an increased demand for substitute teachers.”

The release from EPISD said, “EPISD has collaborated with local, state and international agencies to facilitate the historic papal visit. Trustees weighed several options — including road closures, safety and security, accessibility to facilities and potential higher-than-normal absenteeism — in reaching their decision.

El Paso ISD officials added, “The District joins the Ysleta and Socorro independent school districts, as well as the Universityof Texas at El Paso, at taking the recommendation of local, state and federal agencies to cancel classes for the day.”

Socorro ISD officials expanded on their reasoning for the closure on Wednesday morning, stating via news release, “The decision was based on the impact the Pope’s visit will have on the SISD and entire El Paso community, including the anticipated increased traffic congestion and county and city emergency responders being occupied on that day.

The release also added the information that SISD Students will not have to make up the school day, as “the district will be in compliance with the state-mandated instructional minutes for the school year. Exempt employees will not have to make up the time. Non-exempt employees may take a personal day or make up the time as agreed upon with their supervisor.”

The districts join UTEP in their decision to close during the visit. The University will be hosting a huge viewing ceremony at the Sun Bowl that same day.

Ysleta ISD sells $250m bonds, officials tout savings to taxpayers

The Ysleta Independent School District announced today that the first portion of bonds have been sold as part the 2015 Bond initiative, totaling approximately $250 million.

Thanks to the forward-thinking strategies of YISD’s financial advisors First Southwest, the sale took advantage of the district’s favorable credit rating and strong bond market to lock-in a lower interest rate and debt burden than first anticipated in December.

As a result, the  district’s tax rate for 2016 is projected to be $1.46, two cents less than what was initially promoted during the bond information campaign. Also, the district will save approximately $30  million over the life of the 30 year note than what was initially presented to the YISD Board of Trustees.

 “Today is a great day for the Ysleta Independent School District, and more importantly for our students,” said YISD Superintendent Xavier De La Torre, Ed.D. “This is the first important step in making our dreams of providing new and modern facilities and learning spaces for our children a reality.”

Voters approved the $430.5 million bond referendum in November, which will result in an overall investment in YISD schools for the first time in 11 years. The first $250 million in bonds sold today will be used to fund the first list of projects, which are slated to be approved by the

YISD Board of Trustees at its Jan. 13 meeting. The remainder of the bonds will be sold to fund the rest of the projects after the first projects in the future.

Author: Ysleta ISD

Ysleta ISD’s new Young Women’s Leadership Academy Receives $30k Grant

The Ysleta Independent School District has received a $30,000 grant from the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation in support of the new Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

This new school will open for the 2016-2017 school year with the first class of 125 sixth and 125 seventh grades. Each year, another grade level will be added until the Academy accommodates approximately 800 students from grades 6-12.

Young Women’s Leadership Academy is the eighth school to be added to the Young Women’s Preparatory Network, a Dallas-based nonprofit organization that partners with public school districts across the state of Texas to operate the largest network of all-girls, public, college preparatory schools in the nation with incredible academic achievements.

The grant will support improvements and equipment for the Academy’s Innovation Space Laboratory. The space will include innovate technologies and workspaces for students to learn and engage, and will be housed in the schools eventual permanent campus at the present site of Hillcrest Middle School.

“This grant supports the mission and vision of the Young Women’s Leadership Academy to provide our students with a unique academic experience that prepares them for college, career, and life,” said Principal Malinda Villalobos. “The support of the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation will help our young ladies learn in a state-of-the-art space that can accommodate so many subjects as part of our focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.”

The Young Women’s Leadership Academy is currently accepting applications from fifth and sixth grade girls from across El Paso. Students and parents who are interested in applying for the school are encouraged to attend one of the information sessions listed below.

  • Monday, Dec. 14, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, 9:00-10:30 a.m. and 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

All meetings will be held at the YISD Central Office Theater, located at 9600 Sims Drive.

Ysleta ISD, a two-time national Broad Prize finalist, serves 42,000 students in pre-K through 12th grade in 63 campuses, including three international schools and one early college high school.

Author: Ysleta ISD

3 Parkland High Juniors accepted to NASA Scholars Summer Program

Three Parkland High School juniors have been accepted into the NASA Johnson Space Center High School Scholars Program.

The students, Jade Hernandez, Kevin Hernandez and Priscilla Parada, completed an extensive application process and will participate in interactive lessons on NASA activities related to space exploration, earth science, technology and aeronautics.

They will work on design challenges, such as building 3D CAD modules, creating videos and designing interactive posters.

In addition, the scholars will hold briefings with NASA engineers and scientists and are invited to attend a week-long event at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston during the summer to work on hands-on engineering activities.

They were recommended by T-STEM teachers Ms. Sandra Kneeskern, Ms. Laura Torres, and Ms. Marlene Gallegos. Congratulations to the Parkland Matador STEM scholars!

Author: Ysleta ISD

Ysleta ISD school gets makeover courtesy of Lowe’s

On Tuesday morning, local Lowe’s Home Improvement team members descended on the Lower Valley campus of Cedar Grove Elementary to revamp one of the common areas of the school.

The Lowe’s employees are donating their own time and materials to paint portable classrooms and build a brick patio deck for students, as well as assembling and painting  5 brand new benches. The area will be used for students to read and relax during the school day.

Lowe’s Foundation contributed more than $5000 to support this project as part of their Lowe’s Heroes Grants.

The grants are part of  Lowe’s stores and their employees dedication to benefit and help public schools and nonprofit organizations in the United States.

Photos by Eduardo Romero

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