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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; Rodolfo Linares, clerk; Marcos A. Diaz, member; Antonio Martinez, member;

2 San Ysidro Schools Achieve CBEE Honor Roll Listing

San Ysidro’s Ocean View Hills and Vista Del Mar elementary schools have been listed on the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) Honor Roll for demonstrating high student academic achievement, improving over time and narrowing the achievement gaps. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

San Ysidro Students Raise Awareness, Funds at 7th Annual Walk 4 Autism

Follow-up Story: Students at San Ysidro School District’s Smythe Elementary generated $1,121 at their seventh annual “Walk 4 Autism” event on April 6. Proceeds were donated to Autism Speaks, which funds global bioresearch into causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism, which has become one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

San Ysidro School District Unveils New Logo to Reflect 21st Century Focus

The San Ysidro School District has adopted a new logo to reflect the district’s modernization and 21st century ideals. The image, which was approved during a March 9 school board meeting, features the silhouette of a student carrying a torch, while the sun rises over mountains in the horizon. The logo will be featured on all district materials by the start of the 2017-18 school year. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

San Ysidro Students Introduced to Potential Careers at Internship Day

Follow-up Story: San Diego Outlets at the Border opened Feb. 23 to more than 100 Willow School seventh-graders who gained work experience during San Ysidro School District’s third annual Internship Day. Students met with professionals from management, marketing, customer service, security and maintenance departments. Job functions and responsibilities were discussed to give students an idea of what the industries entail. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

San Ysidro Schools Upgrade Technology with Samsung TV Donations

San Ysidro School District received 10 new televisions donated by Samsung, allowing teachers to better integrate technology into classroom instruction. La Mirada and Willow Elementary schools will each receive three TVs, while San Ysidro Middle School will receive four. The installations are expected to be completed this month. To qualify for the donation, schools submitted competitive grant applications and demonstrate their need and intentions for the televisions. The donation is part of an agreement between Samsung International Inc. and South County Economic Development Council that aims to offer students more access to cutting-edge educational tools. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

San Ysidro School District to Switch to Digital Flier System

San Ysidro School District is transitioning to an online distribution and management system for District and school fliers. By using the PeachJar system, the District hopes to reduce printing costs and improve school-to-parent communication. PeachJar emails fliers directly to parents and posts them on school websites, making the information more accessible. As the District makes the transition, it will continue to provide print fliers at schools and posted on bulletin boards to ensure all families stay informed. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

Athlete Featured in ‘McFarland USA’ to Speak at Willow School Movie Night

Thomas Valles, a member of the 1987 state-champion McFarland High cross-country track team featured in Disney’s “McFarland USA,” will speak to students at Willow Elementary School’s Movie Night on Friday, March 3 about his experiences. Today, Valles coaches the McFarland Track Club in addition to working as a correctional officer at Kern Valley State Prison. The 2015 movie, which will be the evening’s featured film at 6:30 p.m., depicts the struggles and triumph of an all-Latino boys’ cross-country team from a small farming community in Kern County. It stars Kevin Costner. Doors open at 6 p.m. at Willow Elementary, 226 Willow Road, San Ysidro. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More

San Ysidro Preschoolers Honor Dr. Seuss With Read Across America

Follow-up Story: The San Ysidro School District Preschool and Child Development Center celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America with a day of reading on March 3. The San Ysidro Women’s Club joined other community members, District employees and teachers to reach their favorite children’s books to preschoolers. The day of reading culminates the center’s Dr. Seuss-themed spirit week, which allowed students to learn the joys of reading and express their creativity. Photos will be available. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More

San Ysidro Parents Learn Nutrition, Wellness Tips in Weekly Workshops

San Ysidro parents are learning nutrition and exercise tips during a month of workshops through the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program. San Ysidro Preschool and Child Development programs are hosting weekly classes to help families with limited resources adopt healthy habits. Classes include demonstrations and cooking lessons, and cover how to plan nutritious, budget-friendly meals and find fun ways to boost activity. The final workshop will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

San Ysidro School District Offers Students Unique Career Day Opportunity

Follow-up Story: Celebrity chefs, flash mobs and students dressed as doctors, nurses, engineers and athletes highlighted Ocean View Hills School’s inaugural College and Career Readiness Day, held Jan. 26. Over 170 OVHS eighth-grade students listened to community leaders, including Superintendent Dr. Julia Fonseca and San Diego chef Jeff Rossman, who demonstrated how to prepare fresh salsa. As OVHS Principal Nadia Aviles was addressing the students, 35 members of the Ocean View Hills leadership team stood up and formed a flash mob, dancing and singing as the audience clapped and cheered them on. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)