Staff Report October 30, 2017NewsComments Off on 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.
Staff Report October 24, 2017Local NewsComments Off on 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.
We here at El Paso Herald-Post are proud to bring you the replays of our streaming coverage of the 2017 SISD Marchfest.
“This program is like the halftime that doesn’t end, paired with day-long qualifying similar to what you’d see at Daytona or Indy,” said Chris Babcock, long-time play-by-play announcer.
“These kids, the directors, the parents and the pit crews have been working since mid-summer for this event, with their eyes on the prize of a state championship, as a 7-year-band dad I felt the time was right to give them the spotlight they deserve.”
Babcock was joined by Lorraine Kubala, retired band director and band blogger, for the special all day event.
The finals are above, while you can check out your favorite band during the prelims via the player below.
Photos by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald-Post
In a battle for the top spot in the district, the Eastlake Falcons rolled into the Mission Valley to take on the Del Valle Conquistadores.
Billed as the game of the week by almost every media outlet in the Borderland, the game certainly lived up to the hype, as Del Valle orchestrated a final drive comeback with much less than two minutes on the clock to beat Eastlake 25-21.
Our very own Steven Cottingham was there and brings you his views of this classic match up in today’s Story in Many Pics.
Staff Report September 29, 2017NewsComments Off on 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.
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.
Staff Report September 18, 2017Local NewsComments Off on 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.
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.
Staff Report August 30, 2017Local NewsComments Off on 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.
Staff Report August 21, 2017Local NewsComments Off on 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.
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.
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
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.