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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.

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.

UTEP Awards Ysleta ISD Seniors $1M+ in Scholarships

The University of Texas at El Paso announced its 1st round of scholarship recipients awarded to graduating seniors in the El Paso region and Ysleta ISD seniors were well rewarded for their academic achievements.

Overall YISD seniors received $1.6 million in scholarships to the class of 2018.

The Presidential Scholarship is awarded to the senior ranked #1 at the end of their junior year for $8,000 per year, $32,000 four year total. It includes free on-campus housing for first academic year.

The Excellence Scholarship is awarded to the senior ranked #2 the end of their junior year for $6,000 per year, $24,000 four year total.

Other scholarships awarded by UTEP are: Andalusite Award $3,000 per year / $12,000 four years, Tanzanite Award $2,000 per year / $8,000 four years, and Jaspilite Award (Level 2) $1,000 per year / $4,000 four years.

UTEP will announce a second round of scholarships in March. Scholarship deadline is March 1.  Applying seniors must be admitted to UTEP first to be considered for a scholarship award. Interested students can apply for admissions at

For the UTEP General Scholarship Application, applicants need to visit ScholarMine to submit and apply for additional scholarship opportunities available. SAT test scores and transcripts must be submitted by the deadline.

Click here to learn more about the UTEP scholarships.

Ysleta ISD seniors receiving scholarships during this round are:

Bel Air High School – $136,000
Autumn Russell, Presidential ($32,000)
Ashley Hernandez, Excellence ($24,000)
Emily Hogenson, Andalusite ($12,000)
Sarahjane Legaspi, Andalusite ($12,000)
Desiree Nieto, Andalusite ($12,000)
Victoria Ruiz. Andalusite ($12,000)
Gary Williams, Andalusite ($12,000)
Brianna Gonzalez, Tanzanite ($8,000)
Luis Arellano., Jaspilite ($4,000)
Trinity Ballesteros, Jaspilite ($4,000)
Ayana Reyes, Jaspilite ($4,000)

Del Valle High School – $152,000
Janeth Sandoval, Presidential ($32,000)
Natalia Gonzalez, Excellence ($24,000)
Miriam Aguirre, Andalusite ($12,000)
Carlos Baeza, Andalusite ($12,000)
Vivian Cigarroa, Andalusite ($12,000)
Cooper Dubrule, Andalusite ($12,000)
Brianna Jordan. Andalusite ($12,000)
Bruce Jordan, Andalusite ($12,000)
Crystal Martinez, Andalusite ($12,000)
Nahomi Navar, Andalusite ($12,000)
Paola Villa, Andalusite ($12,000)

Eastwood High School – $240,000
Andrew Lowrance, Presidential ($32,000)
Leonardo Moraveg, Excellence ($24,000)
Tiffany Aguilar, Andalusite ($12,000)
Ruby Del Villar Solis, Andalusite ($12,000)
Brittney Fierro, Andalusite ($12,000)
Noah Jimenez, Andalusite ($12,000)
Crystal Licon, Andalusite ($12,000)
Elizabeth Mendoza, Andalusite ($12,000)
Andrea Meraz, Andalusite ($12,000)
Maria-Adeliz Ordonez, Andalusite ($12,000)
Edwardo Pallares, Andalusite ($12,000)
Ethan Ramos, Andalusite ($12,000)
Ryan Solis, Andalusite ($12,000)
Paulina Torres, Andalusite ($12,000)
Jacob Tullius, Andalusite ($12,000)
Aaron Beltran, Tanzanite ($8,000)
Briana Morales, Tanzanite ($8,000)
Diana Orozco, Tanzanite ($8,000)
Jesus Moore, Jaspilite ($4,000)

Hanks High School – $128,000
Nicole Melendez, Presidential ($32,000)
Valerie Hernandez, Excellence ($24,000)
Hannia Gamboa, Andalusite ($12,000)
Natalie Padilla, Andalusite ($12,000)
Sergio Perez, Andalusite ($12,000)
Jorge Rodriguez, Andalusite ($12,000)
Melissa Torres, Andalusite ($12,000)
Sarah Ramos, Tanzanite ($8,000)
Michaela O’Hara, Jaspilite ($4,000)

Parkland High School – $80,000
Cassandra Hernandez de la Cruz, Presidential ($32,000)
Jordan Dominguez, Excellence ($12,000)
Victoria Gurrola. Andalusite ($8,000)
Anne Soderborg, Andalusite ($8,000)

Riverside High School – $116,000
Lizbeth Carmona, Presidential ($32,000)
Britney Baca, Excellence ($24,000)
Anthony Chacon, Andalusite ($12,000)
Stephanie Cisneros-Flores, Andalusite ($12,000)
Yanira Rocha, Andalusite ($12,000)
Cynthia Rodriguez, Andalusite ($12,000)
Daniel Valles, Andalusite ($12,000)

Valle Verde Early College High School – $100,000
Cynthia Bautista, Presidential ($32.000)
Katelyn Johnson, Excellence ($24,000)
Mauro Guerrero, Andalusite ($12,000)
Jacob Lane, Andalusite ($12,000)
Klarissa Siebert, Andalusite ($12,000)
Megan Cordova, Tanzanite ($8,000)

Ysleta High School – $116,000
Pedro Mendoza-Amaya, Presidential ($32,000)
Xena Tame, Excellence ($24,000)
Jennifer Aragon, Andalusite ($12,000)
Gabriel Lujan, Andalusite ($12,000)
Ana Perez, Andalusite ($12,000)
Amanda Ramos, Andalusite ($12,000)
Ashley Scheinfled, Andalusite ($12,000)
Henry Segovia, Andalusite ($12,000)

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 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.

HP’s Live Coverage of the ‘March to State 2017’

Coverage Sponsored by El Paso Electric and the YMCA of El Paso

         &      YMCA of El Paso

After our success in the coverage of the 2017 Socorro ISD MarchFest, we here at El Paso Herald-Post continue our commitment to great news, especially about our local students and their achievements.

In a history-making event, four bands – Bel Air, Del Valle, Hanks and Horizon – have all made the coveted UIL State Championships in San Antonio.  All four bands will be performing at the Alamodome, taking on the best of the best from around the State of Texas.

The contest starts on Monday, but our local bands don’t take to the field until Wednesday. For a full schedule of events, click here.

We here at EPHP will be in the Alamo City, interviewing the bands, fans and their directors before the contest, as well as right after their performances in the preliminary round.  Those interviews will be streamed above, and archived below. Also look for photo galleries throughout the day.

As for live coverage of the performances, the UIL has contracted with Box5 Media to stream the entire three-day event.   Band fans can order each of the class sessions individually.

To order the streams from Box5, click here (Sign up & cost is required by Box5 Media)

Special thanks to El Paso Electric and the YMCA of El Paso for their support of all our Bandies, Pit Crews, Color Guards, and Parents!

Previous Marching Band coverage: 2017 Socorro ISD MarchFest – VIDEO + GALLERY

2017 State Preliminary Results 

4:00pm Hanks Post Prelim Performance!  

3:35 Hanks Enters the Alamodome


2:55 Hanks Knights Warm Up For Their Prelim Performances 


1:50 Del Valle Post Prelim Performance 

1:35pm Conquistadors Enter The Alamodome!


12:30 Del Valle Prelim Warm Up! 

10:10am Horizon High Post Performance!


Horizon Enters the Alamodome


8:55am Horizon High School Scorpions Pre-Prelims!  Silver, Black & White! Fight! Scorpions Fight! 


Bel Air Post Prelims! 


Bel Air Warms Up for Prelim Performance – Go Big Red! 


Update Tuesday, November 7, 2017



YISD Early College High Schools Host Information Sessions

The Ysleta Independent School District’s three early college high schools will be hosting information sessions for students and families to learn more about the schools and the application process.

These meetings are free and open to all eighth grade students and their families.

In August, YISD and El Paso Community College opened Parkland Early College High School and Ysleta High School Early College Academy as the district’s second and third early college high schools.

The “school within a school” model at Parkland and Ysleta provides students the opportunity to enjoy traditional high school activities such as athletics, fine arts and JROTC while they earn an associate’s degree from EPCC and their high school diploma simultaneously.

Valle Verde Early College High School, the district’s first early college high school, has received many recent accolades, including being named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School and an Apple Distinguished School.

Applications are open to all current eighth grade students and are available on the YISD Early College High School website.

Information session times and dates are listed below:

Parkland Early College High School, 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, Parkland High School theater, 5932 Quail Lane

Ysleta High School Early College Academy, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, Ysleta High School Auditorium, 8600 Alameda Ave.

Valle Verde Early College High School, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 15, Ysleta ISD Central Office- Ysleta Room, 9600 Sims Drive

Hanks Softball Team Leads Effort to Help Houston Area Softball Teams

The Hanks High School softball team, along with Coach Shelly Prather, extended a helping hand to softball players over 750 miles away.

The team gathered and donated softball equipment for softball teams who lost everything during Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area.

Coach Prather responded to an email that was sent to all Texas softball coaches from Houston Coach Billy Hicks. He was seeking help for teams who lost everything during the recent hurricane.

Coach Prather was the point of contact in El Paso and reached out area coaches in hopes of gathering items such as cleats, sweats, bags, gloves, balls, chalk, etc.  Del Valle, Riverside, Franklin, Jefferson and Montwood high schools assisted the Lady Knights with this task. They gathered all equipment and made an inventory sheet of the donations.

The coach planned to fly to Amarillo, rent a Penske truck and travel east. When Coach Prather responded to his email, Coach Hicks decided to change his plans and start his trip in El Paso.

Coach Hicks was surprised with the donations he received from the El Paso area. The team assisted Hicks with loading the Penske truck on October 17 and he continued his journey across Texas, making stops in Pecos, Monahans, Big Lake, Midland and the Dallas area.

Coach Hicks is a retired teacher/coach/administrator, but is still very active in the world of softball.

Story in Many Pics: Canutillo Crushes Riverside 49-7

The Riverside Rangers traveled to Northwest El Paso Friday night to take on the Canutillo Eagles, at a stadium only a few miles from the river itself.

The Eagles came out firing, rushing past the Rangers en route to a 49 to 7 win.  Our very own Steven Cottingham was there and we now bring your his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’

YISD Board of Trustees Honors Student with President’s Award

The Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees honored a student who has brought a new ritual to the school in honor of our country and flag with the October President’s Award.

Every school day, Pebble Hills Elementary School fourth-grader Nora Domko and her father walk in formation with the school’s Safety Patrol Club to raise the school’s U.S. flag and the Texas flag.

Once the flags are securely in place, Nora and her father turn and salute the flags as taught and practiced by the U.S. Army Corps. At the end of the school day, Nora, her father, and the Safety Patrol Club lower the flags and carefully fold them in the appropriate manner so they can be stored for use the following day.

The sacredness of this ritual has prompted even the school’s busiest parents and students to stop in their tracks and wait until the flags have been raised.

Nora and her father have elevated not only pride in these treasured symbols, but also respect for the treatment of the flags.

Nora’s fellow students and teachers say she never hesitates to lend a helping hand to those who need it.

District officials add, “Coupled with her winning personality and charismatic leadership, she is among our brightest stars at the Ysleta Independent School District.”

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.

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’

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.

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