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A Message from Diana Sayavedra

Dear El Paso ISD:

Valentine’s Day is almost here! It’s a day of affection and gratitude, where young students craft paper hearts and deliver treats amid a supportive environment where every student can feel valued, supported and empowered to thrive.  

Before that day arrives, I want to take a moment to reflect on the boundless love and care that El Paso ISD’s school counselors infuse into their work, shaping the future of our more than 49,000 students with every heartfelt interaction. The district joined the nation in celebrating National School Counselors Week, a time to honor the invaluable contributions of these individuals who support the holistic well-being and academic success of our students. Thank you, counselors, for all you do! 

The attention of teachers and staff figured into the success of one Andress High School senior who has been selected as the regional and Texas finalist for the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators (NAFEPA) scholarship. Gerardo Lopez, a captain for the Golden Eagles soccer team, will compete for one of four NAFEPA national scholarships. Gerardo was surprised with the news of his selection this week by fellow students, family members and representatives from ESC Region 19’s Migrant Education program. Congratulations, Gerardo! 

Former El Paso ISD students also show their devotion to our children. Late last week, Texas Supreme Court Justice and Austin High School alumna Rebeca Aizpuru Huddle visited her alma mater to impart knowledge to students in the campus’ Sandra Day O’Connor Criminal Justice and Public Service Academy. Huddle graduated from Austin High School in 1991. She spoke to students about the possibilities that exist for them in the criminal justice, forensics, and legal studies fields. Thank you, Justice Huddle, for sharing your expertise with your fellow Panthers! 

Feet will be tapping this weekend during the El Paso ISD Fine Arts Border Dance Competition at Bowie High School. The two-day show begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, and continues at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Come out to see some stellar choreography performed by El Paso ISD’s amazing student dancers. Click here to get your tickets.  

Congratulations to our Austin and Burges high school girls' basketball teams for claiming district championships in their respective leagues. The Panthers and Mustangs are part of a seven-team contingent that qualified for the state basketball playoffs. Other schools include Bowie and Irvin from District 1-4A; El Paso and Chapin from District 1-5A; and Franklin from District 1-6A. The girls’ bi-district playoffs begin next week while the boys will conclude their regular seasons Tuesday, Feb. 13. Good luck to all our El Paso ISD teams!  

Teachers, staff and parents, keep your eyes on your emails next week. In our effort to prioritize the opinions, perceptions and needs of our school communities, El Paso ISD will conduct a short survey to help us understand your perceptions of school culture and overall climate across our schools. Be on the lookout for a secure link to the survey in your inbox. When we know better, we can do better.  

Don’t forget, we will have early release Feb. 14. Let’s enjoy the week with our loved ones.  

It starts with us.  


Diana Sayavedra

Superintendent of Schools

Feb. 9, 2024