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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

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

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

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.

Top 10 Ysleta ISD Teachers of the Year Announced

The 2016-17 campus Teachers of the Year at the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) were honored during a reception Tuesday evening at Central Office.

District officials also announced 10 finalists for the district’s top teaching awards: the Elementary Teacher of the Year and the Secondary Teacher of the Year.

The top five finalists for the 2016-17 YISD Elementary Teacher of the Year are:

• Patrice Bedell, Ysleta Pre-K Center

• Melainie Elliott, Pasodale Elementary School

• Crystal Green, Parkland Pre-K Center

• Marianna Rodriguez, Hacienda Heights Elementary School

• Rosario Rodriguez, Lancaster Elementary School

The top five finalists for the 2016-17 YISD Secondary Teacher of the Year are:

• Rob Dibler, Bel Air High School

• Raquel Jimenez, Parkland Middle School

• Felipe Martinez Jr., Ysleta High School

• Michael McLain, Eastwood High School

• Miriam Trejo, Parkland High School

The campus Teachers of the Year will be honored at the Teacher and Support Employee of the Year “Black & White Gala,” which takes place at 6 p.m. May 20 at the Centennial Conference Center and Banquet Hall on Fort Bliss.

Ten YISD Schools Earn Texas Honor Roll Status

Ten schools from the Ysleta Independent School District were named to the Texas 2015 Honor Roll by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE), the most of all school districts in El Paso County.

The YISD campuses named as 2015 Honor Roll schools include: Alicia R. Chacon International, Del Norte Heights Elementary, Edgemere Elementary, Glen Cove Elementary, Mission Valley Elementary, Ramona Elementary, Scotsdale Elementary, Eastwood Middle, Ranchland Hills Middle, and Valle Verde Early College High.

“We have come a long way as a school district to becoming the premier choice for public education in the El Paso region,” said YISD Superintendent Xavier De La Torre. “This prestigious recognition from ERP is a testament of the hard work and dedication of our administration and faculty to serve the children of this community.”

The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools list and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. Schools receiving this distinction have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations.

For districts with high schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness. In total, 713 Texas schools were recognized by ERP and IPE.

Ysleta ISD Publications win Statewide Awards for Excellence

At an awards dinner Wednesday night near Austin, the Ysleta Independent School District’s “Renaissance of Excellence” campaign and several of its publications and videos were named among the best in the state by the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA).

Each year, TSPRA recognizes communicators in school districts, education foundations, education associations and organizations for outstanding work in print and electronic media categories. There are numerous categories covering various media such as newsletters, programs, reports, writing, image/identity packages, photography, graphics, and video.

YISD earned four Gold Star Awards for its 2014 annual report; centennial logo; Superintendent’s 2014-2015 Executive Cabinet photo; and the Renaissance of Excellence branding campaign. Gold Star Award recipients are honored for achieving a desired purpose with noticeable creativity, craft, and skill – but in an exceptional way.

YISD also earned four Silver Star awards for special-interest videos on the Superintendent’s ALS ice bucket challenge; Riverside High School Ivy League student Patricia Rodarte; the Eastwood High School swim team; and the 2015-2016 top 10 YISD Teacher of the Year finalists.

Silver Star Award recipients are also honored for achieving a desired purpose with noticeable creativity, craft, and skill.

In addition, a “Best of Category” medallion – given to an entry that stands out from all others for its exceptional creativity and quality – was also awarded to the YISD Renaissance of Excellence branding campaign. The campaign was an across-the-board initiative to convey a unified, crisp, professional image of YISD that promotes consistency among all schools and departments.

The awards dinner took place Wednesday night during TSPRA’s annual conference,

which got under way Feb. 22-25 at Horseshoe Bay Resort near Austin.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Renovation of Parkland Middle School;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ysleta ISD to hold final informational meetings, tours on upcoming bond election

YISD will hold the last in a series of community meetings to inform the community about its proposed $430.5 million bond on the Nov. 3 ballot. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre will give a brief informational presentation on the proposed bond and its projects, and take questions from the audience. All meetings are open to the public. The final three meetings are listed below:

Monday, Oct. 5

6 p.m. Constance Hulbert Elementary School cafeteria, 7755 Franklin Drive

Wednesday, Oct. 7 (bus tours to follow both meetings)

9 a.m. Glen Cove Elementary School library, 10955 Sam Snead Drive

6 p.m. Eastwood High School theater, 2430 McRae Blvd.

On Oct. 7, both bond meetings will be followed by a bus tour of three schools for guests to get a firsthand look at the condition of YISD facilities. Bus transportation will be provided by Ysleta ISD, and guests will tour Valley View and Eastwood middle schools, as well as Eastwood High School.

The community bond meetings began Sept. 22 and were scheduled in each Learning Community (Bel Air, Del Valle, Eastwood, Hanks, Parkland, Riverside, and Ysleta) on different dates and various times of day.

Also before voters in the November election is Proposition 1, a proposed state constitutional amendment that would raise the state homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000.

If Prop. 1 and the YISD bond are both approved by voters, many Ysleta homeowners would pay less in taxes than they currently do.

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