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A Message from Diana Sayavedra

Dear El Paso ISD, 

We’re five months from the start of football season, but the gridiron held prominence this week as the city hosted this year’s Bowl Season meetings. Representatives from all major bowl games descended on the Sun City to plan college football’s next postseason. It seems fitting since our district is at the heart of two of football’s most venerated customs. Texas’ Friday Night Lights tradition started here in 1928. And, the Sun Bowl — the nation’s second-oldest continuous bowl game — was first played in 1935 at El Paso High’s Jones Stadium. Football folklore starts with us! 

Amid the excitement of the football fandom gracing our city, we were grateful to host a visit to two of our campuses from representatives of the College Football Playoff Foundation, Bowl Season, and the Sun Bowl Association as part of the Extra Yard for Teachers program. Three El Paso ISD teachers were recognized for their work and contributions to the educational experiences of students. Congratulations to Rosa Guillermo and Florangela Calderon from Charles Middle School, and Helen Rivera from Magoffin Middle School. The trio each received a $1,000 check to support their work in the classroom.  

More of our teachers and staff are currently generating a buzz on social media as we celebrate their commitment to academic excellence. Throughout this week, we have introduced you to the top 10 finalists of our prestigious Teacher of the Year and Educational Support Personnel of the Year awards through showcase videos. These vignettes highlight each of these remarkable individuals whose passion and dedication shape the future of our community. Keep your eye on El Paso ISD’s social media channels to watch more videos through next week. Winners will be announced May 3!  

This Tuesday, our Board of Trustees welcomed new Trustee Dr. Jack Loveridge during April’s regular board meeting. Dr. Loveridge was recently appointed to represent District 3. His family’s extensive background in education will be vital to our district as we move beyond our 140th year of putting young people on the path to bright futures. Watch for the next edition of Dialogue With Diana to learn more about this week’s board meeting.  

Our students continue to make waves as we close in on the final seven weeks of the school year:  

• A pair of second-grade students at Rusk Elementary School are celebrating a big accomplishment. Sophia Salas won first place in the Texas Poison Center Network’s Poison Prevention Poster Contest, and her classmate, Mia Manzo, won second place. Way to go, girls! 

• A contingent of our track and field athletes are competing at the UIL regional meets this weekend in Lubbock. Along with their counterparts from other schools, our students will also contend with the weather. Meet officials are keeping an eye on potential rain that could delay the meet. Our district leadership has plans in place for several contingencies. We will keep you posted on social media if our athletes’ stay in Lubbock is extended. But our students and coaches are safe and ready to contend for state meet qualification. Good luck!  

• Congratulations to Austin High School’s one-act play troupe for claiming the UIL area championship. The Panthers will take the stage next week in the regional competition. Applause also goes to Bowie High School for earning alternate play designation at the area competition.  

In less than two weeks, we are eager to engage with you to discuss Destination District Redesign, a transformative initiative aimed at ensuring high-quality educational opportunities for every child. DDR sets forth a rigorous set of standards to ensure excellence in every classroom throughout the district. We want to hear what you envision for your child’s ideal school. As we work to build the El Paso ISD of tomorrow, what are the conversations we should be having about the ideal school for your child? Click here to share your thoughts.  

It's a great time to be part of El Paso’s District! Join us this Saturday for our Registration Rally. All El Paso ISD campuses will be open from 9 a.m. to noon to guide you through the registration process and answer your questions. We’ll see you there! 

It starts with us.

Sincerely,

Diana Sayavedra
Superintendent of Schools

April 19, 2024