TEA College and Career and Military Prep Listening TourPosted by Angela Saavedra on 1/17/2019The 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 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.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.The information brought up during the Listening Tour will determine the direction the state moves over the next few years in STEM education.
ESC 19 Staff Runs for Clint ISD Super ScholarsPosted 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.
2019-20 FAFSA Priority Deadline NOT affected by Partial Federal Government ShutdownPosted by Angela Saavedra on 1/11/2019
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has received several inquiries regarding the partial federal government shutdown and the potential impact on the upcoming 2019-20 State Priority Deadline of January 15, 2019. The THECB encourages institutions, counselors, and students to use the filing date on the FAFSA for determining whether the state priority deadline has been met.
The Department of Education (ED) is not included in the partial shutdown and is still processing FAFSAs that are submitted by students, even if there are challenges with the verification process. Applications should proceed even in cases that require FAFSA database matches to verify eligibility through the Selective Service System (SS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), or Department of Justice (DOJ). It is not clear at this time the extent of the impact of the shutdown on FAFSA database matches through these agencies, however the agency continues to encourage students to file the FAFSA in a timely manner and not to delay their submission based on a partial federal government shutdown.
For more information on the FAFSA visit: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa
UTEP Attains National Research Top Tier RankingPosted by Angela Saavedra on 1/9/2019
Last Updated on January 08, 2019 at 12:00 AM
Originally published January 08, 2019
By UTEP Communications
The University of Texas at El Paso has attained a coveted R1 designation (top tier doctoral university with very high research activity) in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UTEP is one of only 130 (4.5%) universities among the 2,883 four-year higher education institutions across the U.S. to earn this prestigious R1 distinction, joining the ranks of such universities as Stanford, M.I.T., Michigan, Arizona, California-Berkeley and UT Austin.
“This newly earned Carnegie R1 classification in the top tier of national research universities strongly validates UTEP’s success in delivering on our innovative access and excellence mission,” said President Diana Natalicio. “It also powerfully affirms the stature of UTEP faculty researchers, the quality of their innovative work, and their competitiveness in securing funding to support it. What makes UTEP’s rise to this R1 level even more impressive is our abiding campus commitment to access, which places a high priority on ensuring that research excellence always be accompanied by a deep and sustained access commitment. Engaging our students, both graduate and especially undergraduate, in this growing research activity at UTEP provides them with outstanding learning opportunities and raises their aspirations to pursue advanced degrees and research careers. Of significance, too, is that this R1 classification enhances UTEP’s national brand and increases the value of a UTEP degree.”
Read the full story at: www.utep.edu/r1
EPCC Adopts SEISD Alarcon Elementary To Promote College Bound CulturePosted by Angela Saavedra on 12/17/2018
SAN ELIZARIO, TX – El Paso Community College (EPCC) welcomed Lorenzo G. Alarcon Elementary School as part of its school adoption program during a proclamation ceremony held at the elementary school on December 6, 2018.
“A student is never too young to learn the importance of going to college,” said Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President. “Reaching out to elementary school students and their parents allows students to learn that higher education is within their reach and we build a college-going culture.”
“It means a lot to us to be given the opportunity of partnering up with EPCC,” said Julissa Esquivel, Principal at Alarcon Elementary. Our daily vision is to give our students the very best we have to offer them to be successful in their academics. We look forward to working with our College-Ready mentors in building upon our literacy focus that will assist us in a systematic alignment towards a secondary education.”
Stephanie Ceballos, a 6th grader at Alarcon Elementary, was among the many students that received a college acceptance letter from EPCC.
“When they handed me the letter of acceptance, I felt super excited,” Ceballos said. “I had to read it twice because I could not believe what I was reading. To me, going to college is very important because it is the key to success. My dream is to one day become a Sign Language teacher and I know I will make that dream a reality thanks to EPCC.”
The faculty and staff at Alarcon Elementary are the students’ biggest supporters, especially when it has to do with pursuing a college education. Day after day, they remind them that anything is possible with hard work and perseverance.
“I feel so blessed that my students had the opportunity to receive not only recognition, but praise and words of wisdom from important individuals such as the President of El Paso Community College,” said Valeria Lara, 6th grade English & Language Arts teacher. “This has definitely made my students open their eyes to the endless possibilities life can offer you when you set your mind to a college enriched life.”
EPCC is committed to increasing the number of students going to college in the region. By building strong elementary school and college connections through campus tours, workshops, presentations, outreach programs and parental involvement, EPCC is building a college-going culture.
Alarcon Elementary is the seventh school adopted by EPCC.
Community Partners Treat Head Start Students to a Holiday ShowPosted by Angela Saavedra on 12/12/2018
~ Community staff and volunteers continue to brighten the holiday season for Head Start children ~
El Paso, Texas (December 11, 2018) – The Rotary Club of El Paso, Walmart employees, and Books Are Gems will host their annual Christmas Show at the El Paso County Coliseum on Wednesday, December 12 from 9:30-11:30 am for more than 4,000 preschoolers.
Spreading the gift of joy to thousands of underprivileged children during the holiday season has been a long-time tradition of the Rotary Club of El Paso. For over 25 years, the club has hosted this holiday event particularly for Head Start children of El Paso.
“The Rotary Club of El Paso is very appreciative to continue the tradition of this Children’s Holiday Show,” said AC Sanders, Rotary Club of El Paso President. “We wish to be an inspiration for serving and giving the gift of joy to our children in the El Paso area.”
This year’s Rotary Club holiday celebration will bring to life “STAR Power in the North Pole” a Christmas play, produced and performed by Head Start employees. Head Start children will sing along with Santa and other favorite characters as Santa’s little helpers learn to stay calm in order to finish making all the toys on time.
The El Paso Rotary helps disadvantage children in our community and through a partnership with community organizations, the club has been able to reach out to more kids than ever. For this particular event, the local Rotary partners with Walmart-West employees, Books Are Gems and the El Paso County to help with the use of the Coliseum, gift collection and distribution.
After enjoying the holiday show, Rotarians provide children holiday stockings filled with gifts, goodies and a hard-bound children’s book. “We’re very excited to see how much the children enjoy this day during the holiday season,” said Sanders. “And we are very grateful to be part of a community that comes together to make this happen.”
Head Start is a federally funded early childhood education and development program for children of low-income families. It promotes school readiness in children by enhancing social and cognitive development through educational, health, nutritional, social and other services.
San Eli HS Student Represents El Paso At The Nike Cross Nationals ChampionshipPosted by Angela Saavedra on 12/11/2018
By Hector Gonzalez
SAN ELIZARIO, TX – San Elizario High School’s Edwin Gomez, a sophomore, recently participated in one of the most important Cross Country races in the nation— the Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) Championship. The race was held in Portland, Oregon where 210 elite runners from all over the country competed for the top spot in the national rankings.
Before qualifying for the NXN Meet, Gomez competed in the Nike Cross Regional (NXR) South Meet in The Woodlands, Texas. Out of 350 runners, Gomez came in 5th place, securing him a place in the national competition.
“The NXR South was not an easy race,” said Cesar Morales, Head Coach for Cross Country at San Elizario High School (SEHS). “His top 5th finish is a result of his hard work, dedication, and respect to the sport. I had a feeling he was going to do well at the NXR South Meet and advance to the Nike national meet. He is a fighter who does not give up easily.”
Competing at a national level is something Gomez never imagined would happen this early in his high school years. For him, this was an experience he will always remember.
“I did not know what to expect at all,” Gomez said. “When I ran at the NXR South, I gave it my all but I never thought I would move on to the next level. Both races were tough, but to me it was not about placing a high rank. It was more about the experience and getting to meet and network with other top athletes from across the nation. To me, that was a real privilege.”
Jorge Maese, Assistant Coach for Cross Country at SEHS, says he could not be more proud of Gomez and his accomplishments.
“Edwin’s hard work has truly paid off and we are all extremely proud of him for making it this far,” Maese said. “The NXN Meet was an eye-opener for Edwin and us as his coaches because it showed us what we need to do as a team and as a program to get to that level of competitiveness. We have a lot of work to do, but nothing is impossible.”
Gomez finished 84th out of 210 national qualifiers and is the second individual qualifier to represent the El Paso region at the NXN Meet.
Together for AUTISM Celebrates 15th Annual ConferencePosted by Angela Saavedra on 12/7/2018The Together for AUTISM Conference celebrated 15 years in El Paso, Dec 6-7, 2018!The conference provides families, educators, and the community with strategies, resources, tools and evidence-based practices in the education of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.The conference featured presentations from 15 accomplished and inspiring individuals with ASD.It also featured three keynote speakers including
- Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D. (President of AAPC Publishing, Author and National Consultant for Autism and Low Incidence)
- Julie and Grant Manier (Artist, Self-Advocate) “Our Journey of Living with Autism and How a Mother and Child Changed the Perception of what Different Minds Can Do”
- Sasha Long, BCBA, M.A. (Founder and President of “The Autism Helper, Inc.”) "Can’t Do or Won’t Do? Solving Classroom Challenges Using Positive Reinforcement & Executive Functioning Skill Building"
Extra Parking Lot Coming To SEISD Loya PrimaryPosted by Angela Saavedra on 11/27/2018
By Hector Gonzalez
SAN ELIZARIO, TX – Construction is underway for more parking spaces at Lorenzo G. Loya Primary School.
“The need for additional parking became a priority for Loya Primary when the City of San Elizario passed an ordinance that prohibits vehicles from parking adjacent to any public school extending 50 feet passed the school property line,” said George Luevano, Director of Support Services at San Elizario ISD. “This means parents can no longer park on the side of the road near or across the primary school. Those who refuse to abide by this ordinance, are subject to citations and fines.”
To help ease the matter, district personnel met with San Elizario ISD’s Board of Trustees and proposed adding more parking to the primary school. After much consideration and review, the Board gave the green light to proceed with the construction project of more parking spaces.
“Approximately 100 new spots will be available for parents,” Luevano said. “It is going to cost about $420,000 and this money comes from bond savings realized from the original bond projects that were approved by community voters in November 2014.”
Ruby Martinez is the mother of a child who attends Loya Primary and she says more parking spaces will make things much easier for her and other parents.
“Every time the school has an awards assembly, parent-teacher conference, or any other school celebration, parking gets extremely full and it sometimes takes us several minutes trying to find a place to park,” Martinez said. “With the upcoming parking lot, we will no longer have to park our vehicles far and make the long walk.”
The project is expected to reach completion February of 2019.
STTE Foundation Awards Region 19 EducatorsPosted by Angela Saavedra on 11/13/2018
Success Through Technology Education (STTE) foundation awarded a select group of local educators who are preparing this region’s next generation of professionals to become leaders in the quickly evolving technology fields. ESC Region 19 congratulates all the honorees and is proud to work with all regional technology teachers through our Career & Technology Education programs.
Congratulations to our Awardees
- Entrepreneurship Producer Award – Melissa Alvarez, Del Valle, YISD
- Technology Cultivator Award – Catherine Tabor, Canutillo ISD
- Math Architect Award – Francisco Aguilar, Pebble Hills, SISD
- STEM Creator Award – Raul Santos, Eastwood Robotics, YISD
- Outstanding School Achievement Award – Harmony
- Regional Innovator Award – Lydia Hammond, NMSU Arrowhead
- Inspirational Pathway Award – Mike Pitcher, UTEP
- Education Leadership Award – Eric Winkelman, EPISD
More information at: https://sttefoundation.org/news/
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