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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.

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.

Ysleta ISD reveals 2019-2020 Support Employee, Teachers of the Year

Ramona Elementary School teacher Fernando Arriaga and Parkland Middle School teacher Michelle Marie Sandoval were named YISD’s top 2019-2020 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year, respectively, at a special event Friday, May 3, at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center at Fort Bliss.

In addition, Linda Bustillos from South Loop Elementary School was named the 2019-2020 Support Employee of the Year.

Arriaga, a P.E. and health teacher at Ramona Elementary School, has managed to successfully combine his love of martial arts, physical education, and teaching during his 11 years at YISD and 25 years as a martial-arts instructor.

Arriaga credits his success to an inspirational Army veteran named Isaac Perea, who taught him martial arts as a child and young man. “He is an influential man who lives every day as if it’s his last, and I developed a passion for teaching through his influence,” he said.
“I love my job, and I am passionate about my profession,” said Arriaga, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

Other finalists for Elementary Teacher of the Year were: Veronica Aguirre (Dolphin Terrace ES), Gaylynn Caraveo (East Point ES), Laura Fonte (Glen Cove ES), and Lisa Martinez-Medina (Pebble Hills ES).

Sandoval, a math teacher at Parkland Middle School, has worked as a teacher for the past 10 years. Her enthusiasm for education has not waned since the day she stepped inside the “energetic and loving” classroom of her first-grade teacher, whom she describes as “ultimate example of an educator and true role model that I still aspire to be.

“Her impact on my life was grand,” said Sandoval, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from UTEP. “I knew I wanted to become a teacher who would touch the lives of so many young minds.”

Other finalists for Secondary Teacher of the Year were George Padilla (Bel Air HS), Casey Rangel (J.M. Hanks HS), Jasmine Estrada (Riverside HS), and Jessica Pussman (Desert View MS).

Bustillos, who has worked for the district for six years, is currently a Special Education aide at South Loop Elementary School. She routinely goes above and beyond in her duties at YISD – including creating new learning stations at her campus this year.

Teachers are able to use all four stations (exercise movement, writing, reflection, and cool-down) to enhance student learning.

Other Support Employee of the Year finalists were: Barbara Licon (Cesar Chavez Academy); Lorraine Baeza (J.M. Hanks HS); Bernadette Ross (Parkland ES); and Ida Ruiz (Central Office).

Arriaga and Sandoval will now go on to compete in the Teacher of the Year competition for Region 19.

A list of all 2019-2020 YISD campus Teachers of the Year and Support Employees of the Year can be found on below.

Campus Teacher of the Year Support Employee of the Year                
Bel Air MS David A. Stott Sandra Lechuga
Del Valle MS None Steven A. Soto
Desert View MS Jessica Pussman Rafael Flores
Eastwood MS LuAnn Baker Allen Cesar R. Chacon
Indian Ridge MS Rachael Douglas Norma Garcia
Parkland MS Michelle Marie Sandoval Yvette Ramos
Rio Bravo MS Arlene Lucero Julian A. Covarrubias
Riverside MS Melissa Garcia Juan A. Gamboa
Young Women’s Leadership Michelle Vela Maria Golston
Ysleta MS Karen Nelson Maria Castaneda
Bel Air HS George Padilla David Nieto
Cesar Chavez Academy Felipe Sarabia Barbara Licon
Del Valle HS Marisol Manriquez Rivera Sylvia Muniz
Eastwood HS Ashley Nicole Oropeza Elizabeth Arellano
J. M. Hanks HS Casey A. Rangel Lorraine Baeza
Parkland HS Daniel R. Valdez Naomi Castro
Plato Academy Shirley Anne Talley Norma Flores
Riverside HS Jasmine Estrada Ana M. Holguin
Tejas School of Choice Ida Jean Tovar Natalie N. Morales
Valle Verde ECHS Ruben Amador Veronica Bailon
Ysleta HS Amelia Garcia Maria E. Corona
YCLC NA Ana M. Ortega


Campus                 Teacher of the Year Support Employee of the Year                
Alicia R. Chacon Int’l Evangelina G. Rodriguez Jennifer Guzman
Ascarate ES Cesar Jacquez Leticia Couder
Capistrano ES Cristina Luna Jennifer Marines
Cedar Grove ES Irma Irene Hurtado Jovita Jaquez
Constance Hulbert ES Virginia Beltran-Aldaco Olga Chavez
Del Norte Heights ES Stephanie Beltran Alejandro Garcia
Del Valle ES Rebecca Rivera Estela Valenzuela
Desertaire ES Andrea V. Caraballo Maria E. Barragan
Dolphin Terrace ES Veronica Aguirre Iris Calzadillas
East Point ES Gaylynn Caraveo Joan A. Samaniego
Eastwood Heights ES Liliana V. Gomez Belinda Mojica
Edgemere ES Angelica Ingles-Vasquez Maritza Loya
Eastwood Knolls Int’l Brett Allen Heimer Karen Flores
Glen Cove ES Laura Fonte Ida L. White
Hacienda Heights ES Susana Lara Teresita D. Alvarez
Lancaster ES Rosario G. Diaz Eleonora Arrieta
LeBarron Park ES Lorena Alvarez Badillo Nancy Valenzuela
Loma Terrace ES Carmen Arevalo Reed Luis O. Serna
Marian Manor ES Martha Carrillo Denise Rodriguez
Mesa Vista ES Jacqueline Angerstein Arturo Ceniceros
Mission Valley ES Julio Chaparro Beatriz Marquez
North Loop ES Yvette Gutierrez Juan A. Flores
North Star ES Maria N. Avalos Natalie Delgado
Parkland ES Teresa Rodriguez Bernadette Ross
Parkland Pre-K Cecilia Torres Guadalupe Vega
Pasodale ES Diana Angeles Sandra Johnson
Pebble Hills ES Lisa Martinez-Medina Veronica Pompa
Presa ES Victor Salazar Lorenzo Elias
Ramona ES Fernando Arriaga Diana Rodriguez
REL Washington ES Jenny Marquez Maria Ortega
Sageland ES Araceli Delgado Minerva Wright
Scotsdale ES Debbie Vasquez Eunice Torres
South Loop ES Michel L. Acosta Diaz Linda Bustillos
Thomas Manor ES Aracely Baca Yvonne Loera
Tierra Del Sol ES Candace Lee Gonzalez Enrique Payan
Vista Hills ES Cynthia Frederick Maria D. Estrada
Ysleta ES Diane Emiliano Rosa I. Samaniego
Ysleta Pre-K Norma A. Rios Chante C. Santibanez
Central Office NA Ida Ruiz
Central Services NA Lourdes Villa

YISD honors Kindergartner battling illness, as she continues acts of kindness, community service

Earlier this week, the Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees honored a young student fighting a big battle with the heart of a superhero with the YISD President’s Award: Eastwood Heights Elementary School kindergartner Zoey Spinks.

Despite her tender age, Zoey already has years of experience raising awareness and money to fight cystic fibrosis – a rare, genetic disease that she has been diagnosed with.

While most adults might feel defeated or helpless after receiving this kind of diagnosis, Zoey’s realization of her illness has only inspired her to make the world a better place.

She is an active spokesperson for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation created by her mother to support El Pasoans with the disease.

Locally, Zoey helps promote the nationwide Great Strides Walk, the largest fundraising event for cystic fibrosis. She has recorded public service announcements about her disease and medications, made public presentations, conducted media interviews, and distributed flyers to raise awareness of the Great Strides Walk.

On the day of the event, Zoey not only rolls up her sleeves to help with set-up, but she participates with her team called, “Zipping for Zoey,” which has raised more than $30,000 in the past four years!

In addition, Zoey goes the extra mile to help others in need, she’s gone so far as to try and donate her allowance to a homeless woman she once saw in a wheelchair.

Instead, Zoey and her mom decided to create care packages with toiletries, socks, granola bars, and peanut-butter crackers, which Zoey hands out to the homeless at stoplights.

She also performs community service through her Girl Scout troop; and she recently won the Extraordinary Eagle Award at Eastwood Heights for demonstrating kindness in all she does.

Though she is still very young, Zoey has already proven that she is more than capable of making a profound difference in other people’s lives.

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.

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.

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.


Bel Air High Senior Earns 2 Prestigious Scholarships worth $40k

Bel Air High School senior Vanesa Carrillo is one of 12 students in Texas – and the only student from El Paso – to be selected as a 2019 Coca-Cola Scholar.

Carrillo is also one of 500 students in the country to be awarded the prestigious 2019 Dell Scholarship, bringing her postsecondary funding so far to $40,000.

“I feel blessed, grateful, and excited to have been chosen among an extensive number of applicants for the Coca Cola and Dell scholarships,” said Carrillo. “Being able to represent my Hispanic community and becoming a role model for many students is a privilege, and I am beyond grateful for the support that my family, teachers, and advisors provide for me.”

As a Coca-Cola Scholar, Carrillo will attend a four-day Leadership Development Institute at the Coca-Cola Company’s International Headquarters in Atlanta next month, where she will participate in activities and workshops to develop leadership skills, as well as tour local landmarks and participate in a group community service project.

The Dell Scholarship will not only provide Carrillo with $20,000 towards college tuition, but will also provide academic, financial, and emotional support throughout her college career, as well as funding for textbooks and a new laptop computer.

This award is funded by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.

Carrillo, who is also a finalist for the Terry Foundation Scholarship, plans to study marketing and psychology this fall.

This is the second year in a row that a YISD student has been selected as a Coca-Cola Scholar.

Staff, Students at YISD’s Tierra Del Sol ES celebrate 100 days of school

Each year, students across the region celebrate the 100th day of the school year with creative and imaginative events.

Students at Tierra Del Sol Elementary School celebrated “100 Days of School” with an event to learn about the importance of this large, three-digit number.

Preparation for the special day began prior to the designated day by creating their individual “100” project at home. Everything from cheerios and sequins, to stickers, seeds, Legos, and gumballs were used to create their unique set of 100 objects.

When the 100th day arrived, students participated in a 100-day parade chanting “100 days brighter.”

Special guests included the Hanks High School drumline, cheerleaders, Renaissance dance team and Pikachu from Los Amiguitos.

The students spent the day refining their math skills by participating in a variety of games and activities centered around this very important number.

Each of the activities reinforced the point that hands-on activities not only actively engage children in the learning process, but also prove that learning can be fun

Alicia R. Chacon Int’l School students win at regional Destination Imagination competition

The Elementary Destination Imagination (DI) team from Alicia R. Chacon International School won 1st place at the regional DI competition recently held at Eastlake High School.

Destination Imagination is a global creative problem-solving organization that prepares kindergarten to high school students for college, career and life through 21st century thinking and learning principles.

More than 145 teams and about 28 districts from El Paso County participated in the day-long event. Teams competed in academic challenges in the fields of technical, science, fine arts, improvisation, engineering and service learning.

Students took part in two challenges: a central challenge, which they have been working on months prior to competition, and an instant challenge, which is spontaneous and they learn about on day of the contest.

Participants solve challenges by generating ideas with team members through research, exploration and presentation of solutions.

The Alicia R. Chacon School opened its doors in 1995  as a dual language program for kinder to 2nd grade. As the years passed, the school gradually added grade levels until reaching its current kinder through 8th enrollment.

The team will now represent the area in the state competition held at Corpus Christi, later this year.

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