• ESC Region 19 & Wells Fargo Scholarship: Orientation Night

    Posted by Sean Christmas at 10/20/2017

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    EL PASO, TX (OCTOBER 18) --The ESC Region 19 & Wells Fargo scholarship program drew 344 Head Start graduates, who are on track to graduate from high school this year, to register and start their road towards a college degree. Orientation night was the first step and throughout the year the students must complete several requirements to be eligible for scholarships. Some of those requirements include passing Texas Success Initiative (TSI) tests and attending a Leadership Program to better prepare students for transitioning to college.

     

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    Hundreds of parents accompanied their children to orientation night and were excited about the prospects of their children’s academic future. “My daughter works very hard in school and deserves the opportunity to attend college,” said Sandra Martinez whose daughter is currently enrolled in dual credit classes in the Socorro Independent School District. “It’s great to learn that Region 19 and Head Start, who were there for us in the beginning, plus the community, are helping us reach our children’s goal to attend and graduate college.”

     

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    The purpose of creating an ESC Region 19 – Wells Fargo scholarship is to provide financial support and community recognition of outstanding students who are graduates of the Head Start program and have persevered in public education, arriving at their senior year on track to graduate with their academic cohort and are encouraged by the prospect of furthering their education at the collegiate level.  Increasing the education level of students throughout the county has additional benefit of providing a more skilled labor force.  The creation of these scholarships also establishes partnerships between private sector entities and public education. 

     

    These partnerships serve as the bridge from the classroom to the real-world.  Strong relationships also serve the role of providing information of where philanthropic efforts are needed along with informing sponsors of how their donations are used in a transparent and efficient manner.

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  • Garcia-Enriquez MS receives national recognition

    Posted by Laura Chaidez at 10/18/2017

    Garcia-Enriquez MS receives national recognition

    Garcia-Enriquez MS receives national recognition

     

    SAN ELIZARIO, TX – Garcia-Enriquez Middle School (GEMS) has received National Recognition from Project Lead The Way (PLTW) based on the success of the PLTW Computer Science program being taught in their 7th and 8th grade ICS courses (Introduction to Computer Science). PLTW has invited the CTE Coordinator, Michael Rodriguez, PLTW instructor, John Jara, and three students from GEMS to attend the National PLTW Summit 2017 in Orlando, Florida later this month. This is an all-expenses paid invitation to present to over 2,000 students, educators, business leaders and policymakers from across the country.  

     

    San Elizario’s Garcia-Enriquez Middle is one of 18 schools from across the United States to receive an invitation to this event. Of these 18 campuses, only five are middle schools and GEMS is the only middle school campus in Texas to receive an invitation. Garcia-Enriquez students will be presenting and showcasing our PLTW program alongside middle schools, high schools and early college high schools in an effort to demonstrate the learning, discovery and innovation that occurs in programs such as ours all across America.

     

    San Elizario Independent School District is a true champion of PLTW’s relevant, engaging approach to learning, teaching, and community engagement,” said PLTW Senior Vice President and Chief Engagement Officer David Dimmett. “We’ve invited them to share their stories to inspire attendees and provide best practices that they can be taken back to other communities to benefit students across the country. We are thrilled to have PLTW students and teachers from San Elizario Independent School District joining us in Orlando for PLTW Summit 2017.”

     

    The three students that will be representing GEMS at the National PLTW Summit 2017 are Emily Norman, Angel Arroyo, and Gael Valle.

     

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  • Print and Digital Media Editor

    Posted by Sean Christmas at 10/17/2017

    Print and Digital Media Editor

    Position

    Print and Digital Media Editor

    Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications, English, Journalism or a Related Field. Master's Degree preferred. Experience in newspaper, advertising, written media or related field and experience in a marketing/communications environment. Special Knowledge/Skills: Excellent knowledge of editorial writing techniques. Familiarity with advertising and newspaper writing styles. Creative writing skills desired. Proofreading skills and attention to detail required. Experience in applying technical writing skills to create announcement, blogs, reports, articles, press releases, educational publications, and essays. Excellent writing, proofreading, and organizational skills required. Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of audiences. Must have the skills necessary to artistically and technically formulate creative and innovative ideas that translate into high quality written productions and reports. Experience with Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Professional required. Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud preferred. Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred. Knowledge of writing and translating in both English and Spanish preferred.

    Description

    The primary responsibility of this position involves written promotion of ESC Region 19's brand and educational programs. This position plays a role in the building of positive, long-term relationships that result in an increased understanding of advocacy for and commitment to the program. This position is responsible for the planning, execution, and coordination of written reports, articles, press releases, and other material written for online media and/or advertising. Maintains a positive attitude and establishes good interpersonal relationships with school districts, the media, and community agencies. Promotions efforts include coordination with Marketing Dept. and develops, implements, monitors, and executes written campaigns on behalf of ESC Region 19. This person develops strategic communications initiatives including public relations, media relations, internal communications, and written content to support ESC 19 initiatives across a broad range of media including print and internet. This individual effectively communicates the organization's mission, goals, and accomplishments through appropriate channels of communication and may serve as a liaison for written news stories. This position develops and offers print media services to client specifications. Designs, enhances, and maintains online media content. Can produce billable revenue for print and online services. Provides print media services to the federally funded program Head Start. Attention to detail is required as this position serves as proofreader. Suggests and makes corrections and recommendations for all related print media for Education Service Center Region 19 and the Head Start.

    Details

    Job Posting No. 1439
    Location 6611 Boeing Dr. El Paso, Texas 79925
    Annual Salary $36,472-$45,609
    Level Professional/ 1
    Employment Days 235
    Posted 9/28/2017
    Closing Date Until Filled
    Contact Linda Epstein 915-780-5017
     

     
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  • SISD counselor named finalist for national award

    Posted by Sean Christmas at 10/16/2017

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    EL PASO, TX (OCTOBER 16) —Cristina Nuñez, counselor at Paso del Norte School, was selected as one of the six finalists for the 2018 National School Counselor of the Year Award by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). The award honors school counseling professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates for the nation’s students, helping them achieve success in school and in life.

     

    Nuñez, who has 15 years of experience in education, said she is grateful to serve as a school counselor and partner with students, teachers and families by providing them guidance and support.

     

    For more information, please vist: SISD.net

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  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Posted by Laura Chaidez at 10/13/2017

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    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. To celebrate survivors here at ESC Region 19, we would like to share a bit about their stories, and how they beat cancer in order to help raise awareness and emphasize the importance of speaking with your doctor about getting checked.

     

    Mercedes Medina and Carmen Imai, employees of ESC Region 19, were diagnosed with breast cancer a couple of months apart in October of 2015 and January of 2016.

     

    Carmen Quote Carmen did not have any of the risk factors such as age, weight or genetics that are common in those diagnosed with breast cancer, but still decided to express her doubts to her doctor. One thing that she would like to share with other women is to “get to get [checked] and to never think, ‘Oh it won’t happen to me, because it’s not in my family’, ‘It won’t happen to me because I’m too young’, or ‘It won’t happen to me, because I eat well, I’m in shape’, because I was all of those.” She recommends women start getting tested from a younger age, and to consider starting in their mid-thirties as opposed to waiting until their forties or fifties. “[I recommend women] also do visual checks, where you stand in front of the mirror and say ‘ok what does cancer look like’, not just what does it feel like, because sometimes you don’t feel the lump, but you already have symptoms you can see.” There are many symptoms that can visually indicate if you have cancer (click here for more information) and it is important to discuss any worries or possible issues with your doctor. She states it is also important to find the best possible care to help you on your road to recovery. When Carmen was diagnosed in January of 2016, she went to the Mayo Clinic in Arizona where she began her treatment, before coming back to El Paso and finishing her road to recovery here at home. For Carmen, it also helped to surround herself with her family, to have her faith, and serve her community through her work. If you are diagnosed with breast cancer she recommends “to be brave, to be patient and to have faith.”

     

    Carmen was declared cancer-free on January 2017.

     

    Due to previous health issues, Mercedes would often do self-examinations per request of Mercedes Quote her doctor to ensure everything was as it should be. Regardless of benign cysts, she never showed symptoms of cancer, until in October of 2015 when she noticed a new lump. After bringing it up to her doctor, she was sent to get an ultrasound, and after that a biopsy. That same month she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She started her treatment of chemotherapy, and while going through the treatment didn’t feel any of the side effects related to chemotherapy, which allowed her to keep going to work. Mercedes had cancer insurance, she states that it helped her and recommends looking to see what coverage you have, or considering purchasing it for yourself. Since receiving her treatment she states, “I’m really vigilant of any changes”, always keeping on the lookout for any changes. When asked what she felt helped her get through it she responded, “I think it was my attitude, you’re allowed to be angry. I needed normalcy, I needed to come to work, I needed to go home and make dinner, because for me as long as everything was normal, everything was fine.” Mercedes states that surviving breast cancer changed her perspective on life, “This has probably been one of the best “blessings” that has ever happened to me. I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore.” It made me realize what was truly important in my life. If you or someone related to you has been diagnosed she recommends, “to not be afraid. I know everyone is afraid to a point, but they need support and encouragement. Find support groups, talk to other survivors or come to me.” She recommends to, “Just be vigilant, know, and listen to your body. If you feel something isn’t right and you’re not sure, ask questions.”

     

    Mercedes was declared cancer-free March 2016.

     

     

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    Some resources they recommended are:

     

    The Rio Grande Cancer Foundation

    American Cancer Society

    YMCA LiveStrong

    Spectrum Therapy Consultants

     

    Cleaning for a Reason assists those going through chemo with up to 4 free house cleaning visits

    http://cleaningforareason.org/ 

     

    If a loved one has just been diagnosed with cancer here are some ideas of what to gift them to show them your support:

     

    • A Chemo Gift Basket; they put chapstick and lotion, magazines to read during chemo, fruit, hard candy/gum, and snacks like small bags of flavored popcorn/nuts 
    • Chemo Port seatbelt pillow
    • An electric throw or blanket

     

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  • ESC Region 19 partners with Wells Fargo for Head Start Scholarship opportunity

    Posted by Sean Christmas at 10/13/2017

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    EL PASO, TX (OCTOBER 12) — The purpose of creating an ESC Region 19 – Wells Fargo scholarship is to provide financial support and community recognition of outstanding students who are graduates of the Head Start program and have persevered in public education, arriving at their senior year on track to graduate with their academic cohort and are encouraged by the prospect of furthering their education at the collegiate level.  Increasing the education level of students throughout the county has additional benefit of providing a more skilled labor force.  The creation of these scholarships also establishes partnerships between private sector entities and public education. 

     

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    These partnerships serve as the bridge from the classroom to the real-world.  Strong relationships also serve the role of providing information of where philanthropic efforts are needed along with informing sponsors of how their donations are used in a transparent and efficient manner.

     

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  • SkillsUSA Conference

    Posted by Laura Chaidez at 10/10/2017

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    EL PASO, TX (October 6)—On Friday, October 6, students from El Paso and surrounding regions gathered at the Region 19 Head Start Multi Purpose Center to be introduced to Skills USA and become active members of the organization. Skills USA is a U.S. career and technology student organization, geared towards middle school and high school students. Each year the program has competitions in around 60 subject areas at the regional, state and national, as well as a focus to promote leadership skills. This event is the first regional event, with regional competitions coming up soon.

     

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    Fernando Lozano, the regional president, joined Skills USA and takes part in the engineering program. “I think I’ve developed myself in the aspect of teamwork and working with others,” he stated, “Throughout Skills USA and actually going through the engineering program has helped me talk to people outside my comfort zone, be able to just throw myself out there, and talk to other people. [That is] just one of the things other than developing professionally, that is just one of the most impactful things out of this entire experience for me at least.”

     

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    Another member, Kaehlah Diaz a sophomore, has been in Skills USA for only a couple of months, but had participated in Principled of Law previously, and will be participating in Correctional Services this year. “I’ve learnt to work together with many of the students here, from different schools and also in my own school. We do have practices almost everyday, which I do dedicate a lot of time to.”

     

    “If you are looking forward to joining for Skills, it is really interesting, fun. You get to meet a lot of new people during trips and everything like that. But do be dedicated to it and don’t pass up the offer.”

     

    If you are interested in joining, reach out to your school advisor, or contact the district advisor. For more information, click here.

     

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  • Congratulations to Sylvia Hopp — 2017 UTEP Golden Nugget Recipient

    Posted by Sean Christmas at 10/9/2017

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    For over 30 years, the University of Texas at El Paso has recognized exceptional graduates from each of its colleges and schools who have excelled in their professions, given back to their communities and alma mater, and serve as an inspiration for future generations of Miners.

     

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    Sylvia Hopp was named as 1 of 9 Golden Nugget recipents. As the superintendent of the San Elizario Independent School District for five years, Sylvia Hopp was responsible for the education of 3,900 students in one of the poorest districts in Texas. In 2015, Hopp was recognized with the Region 19 Superintendent of the Year award and was one of five finalists for Texas Superintendent of the Year. After 42 years in education and administration, Hopp retired in June of 2017.

     

    ESC Region 19 Executive Director, Dr. Armando Aguirre, was a recipient of the 2016 UTEP Golden Nugget. 

     

    source: https://www.utep.edu/newsfeed/campus/2017-Gold-Nuggets.html

     

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  • SISD 3rd Annual Benefit Car Show

    Posted by Sean Christmas at 10/3/2017

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    The Socorro Independent School District’s 3rd Annual Benefit Car Show

     

    Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 9 a.m.

    Socorro ISD District Service Center

    12440 Rojas Dr., El Paso, Texas 79928

     

    10 categories including Best of Show!

    All proceeds benefit Options High School scholarships and students.

     

    Food Trucks / Halloween Costume Contest / Candy for the kids!

    Pre-Registration is $15 and day of show $20

    Mariachis will be playing!

     

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  • Congratulations to the El Paso Schools that received the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Honors

    Posted by Laura Chaidez at 10/3/2017

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    AUSTIN, TX (September 28)—Three schools in El Paso have been awarded the 2017 National Blue Ribbon honors. This is a very prestigious award and we are thrilled to congratulate:

     

    EPISD—Green Elementary School

     

    EPISD—Maxine Silva Health Magnet School

     

    and YISD— Valle Verde Early College

     

    The Texas Education Agency said each school selected was high performing, as measured by state assessments, and each school has an economically disadvantaged population of 22 percent or greater.

     

    You can learn about the recognized schools here: Recognized Schools

     

    Source: elpasotimes.com

     

     

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