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San Ysidro School District

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  • 4350 Otay Mesa Road, San Ysidro, CA 92173 • (619) 428-4476
  • With seven schools and a preschool, the San Ysidro School District serves more than 5,230 students. It offers a rigorous and engaging instructional program, with the strong belief that every child deserves a high-quality education that effectively prepares them for life beyond its classrooms.

  • Superintendent: Dr. Julio Fonseca
  • Board of Trustees: Rosaleah Pallasigue, president; Irene Lopez, vice president; Marcos A. Diaz, clerk; Rodolfo Linares, member; Antonio Martinez, member;

New San Ysidro School School District Program Improves Student Morale, Behavior

Just two months into the school year, San Ysidro School District’s Willow Elementary is already seeing results from a newly launched program designed to reinforce positive conduct, boost academic success and decrease behavioral issues. The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) System emphasizes ways to teach students about behavioral expectations and reinforces lessons with praise and incentives. “We’ve already seen fewer children being sent to the office for behavior issues – it’s great to see the program is working,” Assistant Principal Consuelo Carranza said. “Our new PBIS program is helping to ensure that our students have an amazing experience at Willow School while also praising them for their positive attitudes.” Media Contact: Katie Rucke, 858-371-4260(office)Read More

Science Labs Inspire San Ysidro Middle Schoolers to Explore Biotechnology

San Ysidro Middle School eighth-graders studied, extracted and analyzed deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in mutant fruit flies and wheat germ this month as part of a program guided by scientists from the La Jolla-based Salk Institute for Biological Studies. This is the second year that the institute’s scientists have visited the school to lead a three-day program on genetics and biotechnology. Photos are available Media Contact: Katie Rucke, 858-371-4260(office)

San Ysidro’s Elementary School Launches Discipline Program

Just a month into the school year, San Ysidro School District’s Willow Elementary is already seeing results from a newly launched program designed to reinforce positive conduct, boost academic success and decrease behavioral issues. The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports system emphasizes ways to teach students about behavioral expectations and reinforces lessons with praise and incentives. Media Contact: Katie Rucke, 858-371-4260(office)

100-plus Students Join Willow Elementary’s Walking Club

Follow-up Story: Energetic rhythms fill the air at San Ysidro’s Willow Elementary on weekday mornings when more than 100 TK through sixth-graders, joined by their older siblings, moms, dads and even a few abuelitas, walk or run laps around the school’s soccer and kickball fields for 30 minutes. Members of Willow’s new Walking Club carry bright yellow cards for staff members to stamp for each lap. After each mile, students can pick prizes from the treasure chest, such as a pencil, bracelet or ball. Photos are available Media Contact: Katie Rucke, 858-371-4260(office)Read More Photos

San Ysidro Principals Train at Google Campus

Follow-up Story: San Ysidro School District middle school principals Maria Rodriguez and Roberto Carrillo recently got the chance of a lifetime – learning to incorporate technology such as YouTube, Google Hangouts, Google Classroom and virtual reality into classrooms as part of a first-of-its-kind training course at Google’s Mountain View headquarters. Media Contact: Katie Rucke, 858-371-4260(office)Read More

San Ysidro School District Celebrates Renovated Elementary Schools

Follow-up Story: The San Ysidro School District community celebrated the completion of a $27.9 million renovation project at La Mirada and Smythe elementary schools with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 31. The event, held at Smythe Elementary, was attended by students, alumni, parents, teachers, staff, administrators and community members. Visitors toured Smythe, then walked about a block to view the finished project at La Mirada. Photos are available Media Contact: Valerie Martinez, Katie Rucke 909.445.1001 (office)

San Ysidro School District to Celebrate Completion of School Renovations at Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

San Ysidro School District Superintendent Dr. Julio Fonseca and Board of Education will celebrate renovation of La Mirada and Smythe elementary schools at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 at Smythe Elementary, 1880 Smythe Ave., San Ysidro. Over summer, the two schools received $27.9 million in upgrades funded chiefly by Proposition C. Crews gutted each school and replaced drywall, air conditioning ducts, ceiling tiles, lighting, doors, carpet, furniture and more. Tours of both schools – located about a block from each other – will follow. Media Contact: Valerie Martinez, Katie Rucke 909.445.1001 (office)Read More

Luis Ramos Named Principal at La Mirada Elementary

Luis Ramos, a lifelong San Ysidro community member, was named principal of La Mirada Elementary School on Aug. 10 after serving in an interim capacity over the last year. Ramos joined the San Ysidro School District in 2005 as a sixth-grade teacher at La Mirada. He taught eighth grade and served as an assistant principal at San Ysidro Middle School before becoming assistant principal at La Mirada. Ramos was raised in the South Bay and graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in education. Media Contact: Katie Rucke, 858-371-4260(office)Read More Photos

San Ysidro School District Hosts 3rd Annual Families First Resource Fair

San Ysidro School District will host its third annual District-wide resource fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 at the District Office, 4350 Otay Mesa Road, San Ysidro. Backpacks filled with supplies will be provided for K-8 students in need. Free food and drinks will be available for all attendees. Additional resources for community members will include job assistance programs, housing and food programs and information on county benefits. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)