• Fort Hancock ISD Awarded TEA Grow Your Own Grant

    Posted by Angela Saavedra on 2/6/2019

    Fort Hancock ISD awarded TEA Grow Your Own grant


    TEA News Release Online - Jan. 23, 2019


    AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced that 36 applicants, representing Texas school districts and educator preparation programs including Fort Hancock ISD, have been awarded funding through the 2019-2021 Grow Your Own Grant Program, Cycle 2.


    Grow Your Own grants will be used to encourage high school students to consider teaching as a career, as well as paraprofessionals and teacher aides to pursue certification. The grant will also assist recipients in providing support to student teachers during their year-long clinical teaching or intensive pre-service experience prior to their first year of teaching full time.


    “Research shows that 60 percent of educators in the United States teach within 20 miles of where they went to high school,” said Commissioner Morath. “Because we know our future teachers are currently in our high schools, the goal of Grow Your Own is to help increase the quality and diversity of our teaching force and to better support our paraprofessionals, teacher’s aides and educators, especially in small and rural school districts.”


    This initiative comes as a direct recommendation from Commissioner Morath’s Texas Rural Schools Task Force, whose members identified this priority issue and presented a strong recommendation to address it. 


    Based on information shared in the applications of grant recipients, 2019-2021 Grow Your Own grants will fund:

      • 51 current teachers to receive stipends to lead Education and Training courses, including for dual credit, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year;
      • 123 paraprofessionals to receive a bachelor’s and teacher certification and project them to be full-time teachers starting the 2021-2022 school year;
      • 51 paraprofessionals to receive a teacher certification and project them to be full-time teachers starting the 2020-2021 school year;
      • 15 teacher candidates to participate in an intensive pre-service experience and project them to be full-time teachers starting in the 2019-2020 school year;
      • 94 teacher candidates to participate in a year-long clinical teaching placement and project them to be full-time teachers starting the 2020-2021 school year; and
      • 52 high schools to start or grow Education and Training programs.


    The Grow Your Own initiative supports TEA’s Strategic Priority to recruit, support, and retain teachers and principals. 


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  • EPCC, UTEP, McDonalds Announce Partnership to Benefit Students

    Posted by Angela Saavedra on 2/5/2019

    left to right: Richard Castro, McDonald’s El Paso; Dr. Diana Natalicio, UTEP President; Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President


    El Paso Herald Post Staff Report


    Officials with El Paso Community College (EPCC), the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and McDonald’s El Paso announced Monday a scholarship partnership between the three organizations.


    Attendees included Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President, Dr. Diana Natalicio, UTEP President and Richard Castro of McDonald’s El Paso.


    For 2019, McDonald’s El Paso will be awarding $50,000 in scholarships to qualifying El Paso students who wish to attend UTEP or EPCC during the 2019-2020 academic school year.


    The academic institutions will be supporting this initiative by matching the scholarship amounts for a grand total of $100,000 in scholarships–attesting to its outstanding commitment towards education and the community of El Paso.


    “The initiative’s sole purpose is to provide financial support to local, dedicated students who don’t have the financial means to realize their academic goals and seek an opportunity to better their lives through education,” said Richard Castro founder of the McDonald’s El Paso Scholarships program. “By partnering with UTEP and EPCC we take this initiative to a whole new level, enabling the cause to cover the tuition of a student’s entire academic year.”


    The application process begins February 4th and ends March 11th. 


    For more information on how to apply visit:


    The Foundation for EPCC will match the money received from McDonald’s El Paso creating 11-$4,000 EPCC scholarships for graduating El Paso high school seniors to use in the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.


    “The scholarships will help students get off to a great start in their college career,” Dr. Dolores Gross, Executive Director of the Foundation for EPCC said.


    Dr. Gross added, “McDonald’s El Paso is showing its leadership by investing in El Paso’s future.”


    The Foundation for El Paso Community College purpose is to raise funds to provide scholarships to EPCC students.


    EPCC officials say, “The Foundation envisions a greater border community where all individuals pursue learning and improve their quality of life through education.”


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  • McDonald's El Paso Scholarships

    Posted by Angela Saavedra on 2/5/2019

    UTEP McDonald's El Paso Scholarships


    The McDonald’s El Paso Scholarships is awarding a total of $8,000 annually to seven entering freshmen attending UTEP in Fall 2019. Apply and learn more about this opportunity. Follow the instructions and submit your completed application.



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  • Fabens ISD to Host "Meet the Superintendent" Community Event

    Posted by Angela Saavedra on 2/1/2019

    Dr. Veronica Vijil


    El Paso, Texas (February 1, 2019) – Fabens Independent School District (FISD) will be hosting a community event to meet the newly appointed superintendent, Dr. Veronica Vijil.

    Fabens ISD "Meet the Superintendent"
    Wednesday, February 6, 2019
    4:30 pm – 6 pm
    Fabens High School Gym
    601 NE "G" Ave, Fabens, TX, 79838

    This event is free and open to the public. Parents, community members, students and staff will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Vijil before she begins serving as Fabens ISD Superintendent on February 11. The media is invited to cover this event.

    Dr. Vijil is transitioning to FISD after serving as Associate Superintendent for Canutillo Independent School District since 2016. She is proud of Canutillo ISD's many accomplishments including receiving the only State Accountability Rating of “A” in the region for 2017-2018 and feels a strong connection to the smaller districts in the El Paso Area.

    “I was born and raised in El Paso and am honored to give back to the region that provided me with great opportunities," Dr. Vijil said. "Fabens ISD is a community with a rich history that has a quest to provide excellent education, access, and opportunity to all students - I want to be a part of that effort and believe that I can make a positive impact toward these efforts. My vision for Fabens ISD is to build a community of learners where no student goes backward. I will commit to being visible, present, and advocate for what is best for the district while being fiscally responsible with our finances.”

    Dr. Vijil is a graduate of Burgess High School and began her educational career as an English teacher at Riverside Middle School. After a seven-year teaching position in Indianapolis, Dr. Vijil relocated to the Houston area where she served as a science teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Executive Director of Data Management & Compliance for Spring ISD. Since September 2012, Dr. Vijil also served as an Adjunct Professor at Sam Houston State University where she taught a Campus Business Management course as part of the Master of Education in Administration and the Principal Certification programs.


    “We’re excited for R19 on Fabens ISD’s selection of Dr. Vijil for their new superintendent,” Education Service Center – Region 19 Executive Director, Dr. Armando Aguirre said. “Her experiences are vast and her dedication to creating opportunities for all students will have a great impact on the Fabens community.”


    Dr. Vijil earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Master of Education from Indiana Wesleyan University in Indianapolis. Vijil later earned her Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, after completing her dissertation entitled, “Experiences of High School Hispanic Girls in Pursuit of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics-Related Coursework and Careers.” She has also earned five Texas Educator Certificates and is the recipient of numerous accolades including the Spring ISD Secondary Principal and Teacher of the Year and two-time state semi-finalist in the HEB Excellence in Education Award.

    For more information about the the Fabens ISD "Meet the Superintendent", please contact Sandra Valladolid at (915) 780-5074.

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  • 2019 Texas OnCourse Fellowship Application

    Posted by Angela Saavedra on 1/30/2019

    Become a Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow


    Apply to become a Texas OnCourse leader fellow! This two- year fellowship recognizes, develops, and rewards school-level leaders in the field of college and career advising.


    Texas OnCourse leader fellows serve as virtual and in-person support on college and career advising and instruction for their colleagues across the state. Fellows earn up to $10,000 over the two-year fellowship, and leader fellows’ schools receive a $5000 stipend.


    The fellowship is limited to educators with 3+ years of experience working in schools directly advising or instructing students. The Texas OnCourse website has more important eligibility information.


    Click here to learn out more and apply.


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  • 2019 BBB Student Video Contest: Registration Open

    Posted by Angela Saavedra on 1/29/2019

    2019 BBB Student Video Contest


    The BBB Student Video Contest is an interactive contest designed to engage young people and encourage the creation of high-quality user-generated video content.


    High School students will use creation and promotion skills, have the opportunity to interact with local PR and advertising professionals, and have the chance to win cash prizes for the school and team.


    This year theme is “Even you could get scammed.”


    Submitted videos will be judged based on students’ ability to follow the contest guidelines, judging criteria, and marketing their video to get maximum online votes. Along with the learning experience, student finalists will have the opportunity to “pitch” their video to the judges and make valuable contacts in the business community. 


    There will also be monetary prizes (up to $1000) for the district department, program, or club that is working with the students, and the winning students (usually teams of four) will receive prizes (gift cards) with a value of up to $150. 


    This project is something that will certainly add to a class or club curriculum, but can be done entirely as an extra-curricular activity.


    To register your teams go to https://www.bbbvideocontest.org/el-paso/account-registration/


    View the detailed 2019 Playbook that contains information on the contest, including deadlines, theme, rules, prizes, etc.


    For more information, contact:

    BBB Paso del Norte
    Karla E. Garcia
    Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Friday 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.


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  • San Elizario ISD Elementary Schools Launch New Music Program

    Posted by Angela Saavedra on 1/25/2019

    San Elizario Music Program


    Hector Gonzalez


    SAN ELIZARIO, TX – The San Elizario Independent School District (SEISD) is proud to welcome its new music program to all three elementary schools. Students from Lorenzo G. Alarcon, Alfonso Borrego Sr., and Josefa L. Sambrano will get to learn how to play a musical instrument for the very first time and also understand the basic fundamentals of music.


    “Having music in our elementary schools will help introduce students to music at an earlier age with the hopes of growing our fine arts program at the secondary level,” said Dr. Jeannie Meza-Chavez, Superintendent at SEISD. “In addition, it will also help support an already rich, artistic San Elizario ISD community.”


    “Our students are really excited to learn about music and how to incorporate it into their daily school routines,” said Genesis Lopez, music teacher at Sambrano Elementary. “Besides all of the statistics and tests that show that music in the school curriculum enhances tests scores, music is important to students because it lets them express themselves in ways that they cannot do so in other classes or in other activities.”


    Faculty and staff from the elementary campuses are thrilled to have music on board and have expressed their desire to help facilitate the new music program.


    “We are proud to launch an elementary music program for the 2018-2019 school year, which will soon include our Kindergarten students as well,” said Lisa Renegar, Director of Instructional Programs at SEISD. “We want to give our children one more reason to love school and look forward to coming to class every day.”


    Besides learning how to play an instrument, students will also learn about music theory, music terminology, and famous music composers.


    Borrego Elementary music teacher, Kevin Elizalde, believes students should keep an open mind when it comes to accepting other genres of music.


    “Students should be exposed to all types of music,” Elizalde said. “By getting a taste of the different types of music that there are, they will broaden their music spectrum which will allow them to fall in love with music in general.”


    “Music class should never be boring and the expectation is to have students singing, dancing, and playing various instruments on a daily basis,” said James Conrow, music teacher at Alarcon Elementary.


    Even though these new, talented music teachers get to build their own music program from scratch, they all share the same goal— to have students gain a better appreciation for music and the benefits of having music as a class.


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  • 2019 DECA Conference

    Posted by Angela Saavedra on 1/17/2019

    Students competed in business, marketing and finance events at the 2019 District 10 DECA Career Development Conference on Thursday, Jan 17.


    DECA 2019


    DECA 2019


    DECA 2019


    DECA 2019


    DECA 2019


    DECA 2019


    DECA 2019


    DECA 2019



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  • TEA College and Career and Military Prep Listening Tour

    Posted by Angela Saavedra on 1/17/2019
    TEA listening tour
    The Texas Education Agency (TEA) College and Career and Military Preparation (CCMP) Division visited ESC Region 19 as part of a statewide listening tour to receive parent opinions about the development of statewide programs for STEM education and Work-based Learning (WBL).
    TEA listening tour
    TEA members met with administrators, workforce representatives, and institutions of higher education to gather information and feedback around creating meaningful cross-sector partnerships and ensuring students are successful in post-secondary endeavors.
    TEA listening tour
    The team is working to gather information and feedback from stakeholders across the state on the major components of Perkins V, as well as current challenges and areas of success around implementing and expanding high-quality STEM and Work-based Learning to all students in Texas.
    TEA listening tour
    The information brought up during the Listening Tour will determine the direction the state moves over the next few years in STEM education.​

    Click here to view more photos.

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  • ESC 19 Staff Runs for Clint ISD Super Scholars

    Posted by Angela Saavedra on 1/16/2019

    The ESC 19 team participated in the Clint ISD Super Scholars 5K Run, 1 Mile Walk and Health Fair on Jan 12, 2019 to help raise funds for student scholarships.


    ESC19 at Clint Run


    ESC19 at Clint Run


    ESC19 at Clint Run


    ESC19 at Clint Run


    ESC19 at Clint Run



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