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A Message from Diana Sayavedra

Dear El Paso ISD, 

For 140 years, our district has inspired and empowered the region to thrive by providing the best possible academic experiences for generations of students. At the heart of our mission is a dedication to offer parents a diverse array of academic programs, ensuring that each child has access to the resources and environments that will foster their individual success. 

It’s essential to emphasize that the development of these programs is the result of ongoing collaboration with parents and community members. We have continually sought and valued your input, recognizing that your perspectives are integral to shaping the direction of our district. In recent days, discussions have centered on the existing Montessori program at Paul C. Moreno Elementary School and the introduction of Montessori on the district’s West Side, as well as proposed adjustments to school attendance zone boundaries throughout the district. While these matters have sparked dialogue and debate within our community, it’s imperative to underscore that our intentions are rooted in providing families with meaningful choices that align with their educational aspirations for their children. 

Together, we remain committed to maintaining the pioneering legacy of El Paso ISD by delivering academic excellence while honoring the diversity of needs and preferences within our vibrant community. Keep an eye on your inboxes and social media channels in the coming days for more opportunities to share your input with us on specific matters.

Along with parents, our Board of Trustees is instrumental in moving our district forward. The board is seeking dedicated individuals committed to serving constituents in District 3. Applications to fill the vacancy in that seat through appointment are being accepted through March 25. Interested individuals can access the qualifications, required application forms and relevant policies here. The community is invited to join the candidate forum and learn more about each candidate at 5:30 p.m. April 2, 2024, at Austin High School.

To learn more about what our trustees reviewed during their regular meeting, please watch this month’s edition of Dialogue With Diana.

Whether on the stage, in the pool or on the court, our students continue to excel.

• Four El Paso ISD schools are in Seguin, Texas, this weekend to compete in the 2024 UIL State Mariachi Festival. Our talented musicians from Austin, Chapin, Coronado and Franklin high school earned their spots at state after garnering Division 1 ratings at regionals last month.

• Swimmers from El Paso High, Coronado and Jefferson high schools will compete in the 5A/6A State Swim Meet today and Saturday at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

• Two of our boys basketball teams are still alive in the area round of the Class 5A playoffs. Today, Chapin faces Amarillo Tascosa in Monahans while Andress takes the floor against Lubbock Cooper in Fort Stockton. 

Good luck to all of our student competitors!

Our teachers and staff are exceptional as well, and not only for what they do in the classroom. Four employees from Capt. Gabriel L. Navarrete Middle School received the El Paso Fire Department’s highest honor for civilians this week for their actions and quick thinking in helping a colleague during a health crisis. Principal Nuri Robles, school nurse Maria Moreno, former campus patrol officer Christine Martinez and school counselor Catherine Roy were all recognized for their heroism at the Starlight Event Center. Kudos to all for being a shining example of bravery and compassion! 

A reminder to parents that to ensure you receive important updates, events and news, please take a moment to verify that your contact information is accurate with your child’s campus. We appreciate your ongoing partnership in the education of your children.

We have one week of school left before intersession and two weeks until spring break. Let’s make it safe and productive. 

It starts with us. 

Sincerely, 

Diana Sayavedra
Superintendent of Schools

Feb. 23, 2024