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A Message from Diana Sayavedra

Dear El Paso ISD, 

There are only two weeks remaining in our fall schedule. It's amazing how quickly the 2023-2024 academic year is progressing. As we reflect on the incredible accomplishments earned by our students, teachers and campuses, I am compelled to reinforce our shared commitment to creating a future that is as exceptional and dynamic as the community we serve. 

As we continue to champion the goals laid out by our Hopes and Dreams Realized strategic blueprint, let us be reminded that the path to a brighter future is not a solitary journey. It is a collective effort, one that requires the dedication, passion and collaboration of every member of our El Paso ISD family. 

Let us embrace innovation, empower our educators, and inspire our learners to thrive. Together, we have the power to shape the destiny of our district and leave an indelible mark on the lives of those we serve. 

This week, a contingent of district leaders engaged with thought leaders and visionaries while participating in the prestigious Holdsworth Center Partnership Program. One of those individuals who challenged us to embrace innovation and set new standards for academic excellence was Craig Boyan, the President of H-E-B. He emphasized the power we hold to shape the future – a future that must be distinct from the past. As an alumnus of Harvard and the Columbia Business School, Boyan's words echo the caliber of excellence we aspire to achieve in El Paso ISD. 

We are honored to be one of seven districts selected for this program by the Holdsworth Center. It is an initiative designed to fortify our principal ranks. This program aligns with our ongoing efforts to foster leadership, instill innovation and pave the way for a brighter tomorrow. Learn more about it here.  

Also this week: 

• We welcomed a dozen new student-teachers to El Paso’s District as part of the UTEP Miner Teacher Residency Program to our district. This collaboration with the University of Texas at El Paso exemplifies our commitment to preparing the highest-quality teachers who are equipped to meet the diverse needs of our learners.   

• Students from Austin High School led a memorial ceremony honoring Sandra Day O’Connor. The first woman to be a U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice is one of the most pivotal figures in American history. As a 1946 Austin High School graduate, she is also one of our district’s most distinguished alumni. Thank you to Judge Sue Kurita, Judge Diane Navarrete and others who joined us to remember Justice O’Connor’s tremendous impact.  

• Congratulations to Ana E. Aranda, Ph.D., who was appointed as the new principal of Herrera Elementary School. Aranda previously spent 15 years in El Paso ISD as an assistant principal and other roles. We’re glad to welcome her back to the district to continue our commitment to student success. 

• Our student-athletes are keeping busy. High-school boys and girls basketball, wrestling and swimming are all under way. Support our hard-working students as they proudly represent our campuses. Check our schedules to see where your school will complete next. 

• Today marks 185 days until the start of our graduation season. It’s never too early to make plans to celebrate your student’s success. See when your child will walk across the stage here. 

Thank you, all, for your unwavering commitment to the success of El Paso ISD. The future is bright, and together, we will create it. 

It starts with us. 

Sincerely,

Diana Sayavedra
Superintendent of Schools

Dec. 8, 2023