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

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

All YISD schools achieved the rating of “Met Standard” in 2016 state test results, along with 7,667 campuses across Texas, TEA officials said. By earning the “Met Standard” rating, schools were eligible to receive “Distinction Designations” based on academic achievement in the seven areas below:

 English language arts/Reading;

 Math;

 Science;

 Social studies;

 Top 25%: Student Progress;

 Top 25%: Closing Performance Gaps

 Postsecondary readiness.

Three YISD high schools (Del Valle, Parkland, and Valle Verde Early College) each earned distinction designations in all seven areas – more than any other El Paso-area school district.

In addition, four high schools (Bel Air, Hanks, Riverside, and Ysleta) each earned distinction designations in six areas, while Eastwood High School earned distinctions in five areas. Del Valle and Parkland high schools were the only comprehensive high schools in the El Paso region to earn all seven distinction designations.

TEA officials said only 167 schools in the state – or 1.9 percent – earned all seven distinction designations for this year’s test results.

“Earning one or more campus distinctions is noteworthy and should be a source of pride,” said TEA Commissioner of Education Mike Morath. “Earning all possible distinctions is a significant accomplishment and should signal to parents that there is extraordinary work taking place on that campus.”

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.

In the Northeast area, Parkland HS far outperformed neighboring high schools with its seven distinction designations – Chapin HS received distinctions in five areas while Irvin HS and Andress HS earned none.

In addition, three YISD elementary schools (Eastwood Heights, North Star, and Ramona) earned all six distinction designations awarded at the elementary level by TEA. Eastwood Knolls International School, and Valley View, Ranchland Hills, and Rio Bravo middle schools, earned distinctions in six of seven areas.

Edgemere, Loma Terrace, Scotsdale, Vista Hills, Glen Cove, and Lancaster elementary schools, as well as Alicia R. Chacon International School, won distinctions in five areas.

In total, YISD high schools earned a combined 50 distinction designations. By comparison, El Paso ISD high schools received 41, and Socorro ISD high schools received 21.

Ysleta ISD takes the wraps off Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program at 12 Schools

In an effort to promote healthier eating habits and improve overall student well-being, the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) is kicking off its Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the 2016-17 school year.

Beginning today, students at 12 YISD schools will receive fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day on Tuesdays and Thursdays through June 1, 2017.

YISD applied for the program in the spring, and 12 campuses were selected.

Participating campuses are Ascarate, Capistrano, Cedar Grove, Constance Hulbert, Del Valle, Marian Manor, Mesa Vista, North Loop, Pasodale, Ramona, South Loop, and Ysleta elementary schools. These campuses were awarded more than $282,000 by the Texas Department of Agriculture to purchase fruits and vegetables for the program.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is a program by 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.

 

 

Newsweek: Valle Verde ECHS as Top-Ranked Public School in El Paso

Valle Verde Early College High School is the top-ranked public school in El Paso, and the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) has more nationally ranked schools than any other El Paso district, according to lists compiled by Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report.

Every year, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report release lists of rankings to highlight the best U.S. high school campuses. This is the third consecutive year that Valle Verde ECHS has landed on both of these national lists – and for the first time, Del Valle HS also made both lists in 2016.

In addition, Eastwood and Hanks high schools joined Valle Verde ECHS and Del Valle HS in being named among the Best High Schools in America by U.S. News & World Report, which means YISD again has more nationally ranked high schools this year than any other local district.

Newsweek’s “Beating the Odds 2016: Top High Schools for Low-Income Students” list compared more than 15,000 U.S. schools, and highlighted the top 500 schools that do an excellent job of preparing students for college while overcoming obstacles posed by economically disadvantaged students.

According to Newsweek’s list, Valle Verde is the highest-ranked public school in El Paso, fifth-highest among all early college high schools in Texas, ninth-highest among all Texas high schools, and 34 th among all schools in the nation. Del Valle HS was ranked 24 th – highest among all Texas high schools, and 157 th in the nation.

The 2016 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools in America” list ranks schools nationally and within each state. 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.

Out of 1,915 schools in Texas, U.S. News & World Report ranked Valle Verde ECHS at No. 83 (highest ranking among El Paso public schools); Del Valle HS at No. 184; Eastwood HS at No. 199; and Hanks HS at No. 203.

Among more than 21,000 schools nationwide, Valle Verde ECHS was ranked No. 717; Del Valle HS at No. 2,177; Eastwood HS at No. 2,466; and Hanks HS at No. 2,562.

Ysleta ISD Announces Appointment of 2 Principals, In-house Counsel

The Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of new principals at two campuses – Scotsdale and Thomas Manor elementary schools – as well as new in-house counsel at Central Office.

Sheri Pellicote, current assistant principal at Eastwood Knolls International School, is the new principal at Scotsdale Elementary School, effective July 25. Pellicote replaces former Scotsdale ES Principal Beth Harbison, who is now principal at Desertaire Elementary School.

A 23-year veteran in education, Pellicote began her career as a fourth-grade teacher at Pasodale Elementary School. She later taught second, fifth, and sixth grades, and served as an assistant principal within the Ysleta and San Elizario school districts.

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

Sandra Valdez, current principal of Blanco Vista Elementary School in Kyle, Texas, is the new principal of Thomas Manor Elementary School, effective July 18.

Valdez replaces former Thomas Manor ES Principal Sandra Oxner, who retired. Valdez, who graduated from Eastwood High School, began her career in 2000 as a fourth-grade bilingual teacher in the Socorro Independent School District, and later went on to serve as an assistant principal and principal. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree from UTEP.

At Central Office, Susan Austin has been promoted from grant specialist to YISD in-house counsel, effective July 12. Austin, a licensed Texas attorney since 1983, has previously worked as executive director of the El Paso Coalition for the Homeless; an independent consultant and grant writer; and business bankruptcy attorney and law firm partner.

Austin was also elected to represent District 1 on the El Paso City Council from 2003-2005.

Austin earned a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in Massachusetts and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston-Law Center in Houston.

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 Appointment of 6 Principals

The Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) is pleased to announce the appointment of new principals at the five elementary campuses of Constance Hulbert, Eastwood Heights, Glen Cove, Loma Terrace, and Vista Hills, as well as Riverside Middle School.

Leticia GutierrezLeticia Gutierrez, current Lancaster Elementary School assistant principal, is the new principal at Constance Hulbert ES, effective July 1.

She began her career in 1992 and has worked as a teacher, campus literacy leader, district early education facilitator, and instructional specialist.

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

Raul MendozaThe new principal at Eastwood Heights ES effective July 1 is Raul Mendoza, current principal of Margaret Lundy ES in the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD).

He has been an educator for 23 years, working as a teacher and administrator in the El Paso, San Antonio, and San Marcos areas.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from UT Austin and a master’s degree from UTEP.

Margarita MendozaMargarita Mendoza has been named the new principal at Glen Cove ES after serving for three years as an assistant principal at North Star ES.

She began her teaching career in 2004 in the Socorro Independent School District (SISD).

She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from UTEP. Her new job duties take effect July 1.

Lourdes HinojosaFormer Edgemere ES assistant principal Lourdes Hinojosa has been named the new principal at Loma Terrace ES, effective July 1.

An educator for 20 years, Hinojosa has taught bilingual education and dual language in grades 2-6, as well as Special Education in grades K-6.

She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from UTEP.

Judith CalderonThe new principal at Vista Hills ES is Judith Calderon, current assistant principal at Ysleta High School.

She has been in education for 17 years, working as a teacher, counselor, and administrator at various YISD campuses.

Calderon earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from UTEP. Her new job duties take effect July 1.

Jonathan ValdezIn addition, the new principal at Riverside Middle School effective June 27 is Jonathan Valdez, current principal of Socorro Middle School.

He has been in education for a decade, serving as a teacher and administrator at EPISD and SISD.

Valdez holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from UTEP.

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).

 

Ysleta ISD’s Boyd named 2016 Texas National Distinguished Principal

YISD administrators and representatives from the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) held a surprise campus ceremony  Friday morning to announce that East Point ES Principal Dana Boyd has been named the 2016 Texas National Distinguished Principal (NDP).

Boyd – a former Texas Teacher of the Year received a $10,000 check courtesy of longtime TEPSA business partner Mentoring Minds, and is scheduled to represent Texas at the National Distinguished Principals program sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals in October in Washington D.C.

In March,  Boyd was named a finalist for Texas National Distinguished Principal not only for her extraordinary campus leadership, but her commitment to students and staff, serving the community, and contributing to the profession. She was among 97 principals to be nominated for 2016 award, TEPSA officials said.

“These exemplary principals are guiding the future and proving students from all walks of life can be successful,” TEPSA Executive Director Harley Eckhart said.

Boyd, who taught first, second, and third grades before becoming a principal, was selected as Texas Teacher of the Year in 2007. She is a firm believer in the philosophy of a professional learning community at her campus, and instills the culture of a “family” at the school.

She is also known as an out-of-the-box leader who pushes her staff to do what they think they can’t.

Ysleta ISD to hold Three Community Meetings Seeking Input on Special Projects

The Ysleta Independent School District will host community meetings  this week to seek input for three separate projects. All meetings will begin at 6 p.m.

On Monday, May 2, a select group of students, teachers, community members, and administrators will meet for the third “charrette” meeting to provide input in the design for the Eastwood High School renovations. The meeting takes place at Eastwood High School library, located at 2430 McRae Blvd. The meeting is free and open to the public. Members of the public may observe the charrette process only.

Tuesday, May 3. The first charrette meeting for the design of the Del Valle Middle/Mission Valley Elementary combination school takes place. A select group of students, teachers, community members, and administrators representing Camino Real and Valley View middle schools, as well as Mission Valley Elementary School will learn about the design process from VLK Architects.

The meeting takes place at Valley View Middle School library, located at 8660 North Loop Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public. Members of the public may observe the charrette process only.

On Wednesday, May 4, district officials will host a community information meeting on the sale of Robert F. Kennedy Pre-K Center in the school’s gymnasium, located at 9009 Alameda Ave. The meeting will provide an opportunity for families to ask questions regarding the sale of the property, as well as the options they have for pre-K in the district.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

2 Ysleta ISD Schools Among 15 in Texas Named Pilot Sites for ‘Blended Learning’

Pasodale and Ysleta elementary schools have been chosen as pilot sites for a new statewide network designed to promote “blended learning” by Raise Your Hand Texas (RYHT), a non-profit group that seeks to advance public education through innovative leadership and advocacy.

Ysleta ISD was among 15 in the state to be chosen by RHYT to conduct Pilot Network Sites to help catalyze statewide expansion of blended learning. In turn, RHYT will provide expert implementation assistance, coaching, and professional development to these pilot sites.

“Blended learning” refers to classroom instruction that blends online learning and brick- and-mortar schooling. Students get the benefits of attending a physical school, but they also learn online – at least in part – with some element of student control over the time, place, path, and/or pace of their learning.

This is a departure from the broader trend of simply equipping classrooms with devices and software, according to RYHT.

At YISD, blended learning has become a principle of professional development that emphasizes the use of digital tools and applications to personalize learning for students. As a result, YISD students are able to extend learning beyond the traditional hours and walls of the classroom by making the best use of online content and resources.

To help other districts and schools interested in learning more or pursuing blended learning, Raise Your Hand Texas has also launched a public blended learning resource portal with curated national resources and materials. For more information, visit RaiseYourHandTexas.org.

Ysleta ISD School Awarded $2,000 UNthink Grant

East Point Elementary School has received a $2,000 “UNthink My School” grant from The Wahl Foundation and the National Association of Elementary School Principals as a reward for approaching a challenge with a creative solution.

The “UNthink My School” program was created by the Wahl Foundation, a group dedicated to enabling positive change in the learning process through the integration of artistic concepts and creative expression. The foundation was created in order to reinforce themes in founder Erik Wahl’s book, “UNThink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius.”

“Reading the hundreds of grant applications we received, we were filled with gratitude and hope for the future of education,” said Tasha Wahl, the foundation’s executive director. “It was extremely difficult to choose between so many innovative ideas.

“We based our final decisions on the applicant’s creative concept for how to ‘UNthink’ their school environment and how they integrated their school community and neighborhood demographics in the projects,” she added.

At East Point ES, the UNthink grant will allow students to create and display tangible evidence of how they resolve conflicts in a fair and peaceful way. Students will follow a “Peace Path” process for resolving conflict, and will sign posters or cloth banners for their Peace Path.

The posters and banners will be displayed at the school throughout the year, officials said.

“Young people need proof that they matter,” said Maria McNulty, East Point ES counselor. “These banners will help demonstrate – in a creative way – the importance of students’ feelings and their personal growth.”

The Wahl Foundation also offered one $20,000 grant and nine other $2,000 grants. To learn more about the Wahl Foundation and its work to foster innovation and help the underserved, visit www.thewahlfoundation.com

4 Ysleta ISD High Schools Named to Nation’s Best High Schools List

For the third year in a row, Valle Verde Early College High School (VVECHS) has been named among the best high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, which surveyed nearly 29,000 high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in determining its 2016 list.

In addition, three other YISD campuses – Del Valle, Eastwood, and Hanks high schools – were also named to the 2016 Best High Schools in America list by U.S. News & World Report, which was released Monday.

VVECHS was the highest-ranked public school in El Paso, coming in at #83 in Texas and #717 in the nation.

In relation to other Early College High Schools, VVECHS was the only El Paso-area school of its kind to earn state and national rankings – it was ranked #11 in Texas out of more than 150 Early College High Schools.

Out of 1,915 schools in the state of Texas, Del Valle HS came in at #184; Eastwood HS was ranked at #199, and Hanks HS came in at #203. Nationwide, Del Valle HS was ranked #2,177; Eastwood HS was ranked #2,466; and Hanks HS came in at #2,562.

The 2016 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools in America” rankings reviewed the highest-scoring campuses out of 28,561 public high schools to reflect how well these campuses serve all students – not just those planning to attend college.

The methodology for the rankings was based on two key principles: that a great high school must serve all of its students well – not just those who are college-bound – and it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.

This year, U.S. News & World Report added a new step to its methodology – schools now alsohave to meet or exceed a national standard high school graduation rate to be considered top-performing schools and ranked at a national level.

Ysleta ISD Pre-K for all El Paso Families Enters Second Year

Early registration takes place this month at the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) for the 2016-2017 “Pre-K for All” program, which offers all El Paso-area families the opportunity to enroll their children in a quality pre-kindergarten program at no cost to them.

The free pre-K program is being offered in the upcoming school year at 15 campuses: the Parkland and Ysleta Pre-K centers; and Cedar Grove, Constance Hulbert, East Point, Eastwood Heights, Edgemere, Glen Cove, LeBarron, Loma Terrace, Pasodale, Pebble Hills, Sageland, Scotsdale, and Tierra Del Sol elementary schools.

In previous years at YISD, students were eligible for free pre-K programs only if they were 4 years old and either unable to speak English, educationally disadvantaged, homeless, the child of active duty U.S. armed forces member, or in conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services following an adversary hearing.

But in 2015, YISD made its free “Pre-K for All” program available to all El Paso-area families. Parents interested in free “Pre-K for All” should take note of the following important dates:

 April 8: Pre-K registration packets available at participating campuses

 April 25-29: Early registration at participating campuses. Parents registering for the free “Pre-K for All” program will be placed on a waiting list until August, when available slots will be determined.

 May through July: Normal pre-K registration. Parents registering for the free “Pre-K for All” program will be placed on a waiting list until August, when available slots will be determined.

 Aug. 8-12: “Pre-K for All” waiting list reviewed and parents notified of available slots

 Aug. 22: First day of classes for 2016-2017 school year

There are a limited number of slots, so parents are advised to register children as soon as possible. The child must be present at registration and must be 4 years old by Sept. 1. Documents required to complete pre-K registration include the child’s Social Security card, immunization record, and birth certificate, as well as the parent’s photo I.D. and the current month’s utility bill (gas, water, or electric only), or a home contract or lease.

The YISD pre-K program is designed to help develop children’s social, emotional, self-help, and cognitive skills while providing hands-on activities and immersing them in a literature-rich environment.

For more information on “Pre-K for All,” please contact the campuses where it is being offered or visit www.yisd.net

Ysleta ISD Administrators win Regional Honors, Qualify for National Awards

East Point Elementary School Principal Dana Boyd has been named one of nine finalists – and the sole finalist in El Paso – for the Texas National Distinguished Principal award by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).

In addition, Ascarate Elementary School Assistant Principal Michelle Casillas was named Assistant Principal of the Year for TEPSA’s Region 19.

Casillas, who previously served as assistant principal at East Point ES, is now eligible to apply for the National Assistant Principal of the Year for Texas, which honors exceptional leadership in a particular school program or finding a solution to a problem faced by a school, and setting high expectations for staff and students.

Boyd was named a finalist for Texas National Distinguished Principal not only for her extraordinary campus leadership, but her commitment to students and staff, serving the community, and contributing to the profession. She was among 97 principals to be nominated for 2016 award, TEPSA officials said.

“These exemplary principals are guiding the future and proving students from all walks of life can be successful,” TEPSA Executive Director Harley Eckhart said.

Boyd, who taught first, second, and third grades before becoming a principal, was selected as Texas Teacher of the Year in 2007. She is a firm believer in the philosophy of a professional learning community at her campus, and instills the culture of a “family” at the school. She is also known as an out-of-the-box leader who pushes her staff to do what they think they can’t.

“The caliber of principals in the state of Texas is monumental. For me to be one of nine finalists in the entire state of Texas is quite humbling and I am honored,” Boyd said. “But this would not be possible without the teachers, students, parents and colleagues I work with on a daily basis. It is because of them that I love my job every day!”

TEPSA will now send a team of principals and other personnel to conduct a site visit at East Point Elementary School in the next two weeks, officials said. The goal is for the team to spend a typical day on the campus, learn more about the school, and take new ideas back to their school districts. The team will arrive before the morning bell, conduct a walk-through of the campus, and interview teachers and staff as part of their visit.

The 2016 Texas National Distinguished Principal winner will be announced in May, receive $10,000, and represent Texas in Washington D.C. as the 2016 National Distinguished Principal. Boyd will be recognized as a finalist June 15 at a TEPSA awards reception in Austin.

Casillas will also be recognized at this awards reception for winning Regional Assistant Principal of the Year.

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