CA School News Report

San Ysidro School District

  • 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;

Free Adult ESL Classes Now Offered at San Ysidro Schools

Follow-up Story: Spanish-speaking parents in the San Ysidro School District learned fundamental English skills – alphabet, numbers, how to tell time, days of the week, colors and more – through a free class offered this spring by the District. Now, following the success of the inaugural English as a Second Language (ESL) class, SYSD will work with partner Southwestern College to offer two introductory English classes this fall at La Mirada and Willow elementary school parent centers, and a second-level ESL class at the District parent center. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos

San Ysidro Schools’ Local Control Plan Highlights Gains in ELA and Math

San Ysidro School District’s Board of Education has approved a 2017-20 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) that establishes a District coordinator of English language services for the 2017-18 school year and continues programs that have led to gains in English language arts and math state tests. The LCAP describes how San Ysidro will spend $56 million to promote achievement, school climate and parent engagement, with an emphasis on professional development and student/family well-being. The District will also update its technology plan, adopt new math textbooks and review new English language arts textbooks. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

State Superintendent Tours San Ysidro School, Hails District as Model for Management of Water Quality Issue

Follow-up Story: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson visited the San Ysidro School District to discuss water quality issues facing California school districts and how the District successfully addressed the problem locally on June 1. Torlakson, who was joined by a representative of Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher’s office, toured La Mirada Elementary, where the District has replaced aging water fixtures to ensure high-quality, safe drinking water for students. Board members and administrators shared information about initiatives and programs that are improving student achievement at San Ysidro schools. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos

Parents Graduate from PIQE Program at San Ysidro Schools

Parents are graduating this week from a nine-week workshop that seeks to educate, empower and inspire parents of K–12 students to take an active role in encouraging and enabling their children to: stay in school; improve their academic performance; develop healthy and constructive relationships with their parents, teachers and counselors; and prepare themselves for a post-secondary education. Media Contact: Leslie Reilly, 858-371-3738 (office) or 619-818-4922 (cell)Read More

Hollywood Actor to Attend San Ysidro Student Performance

Celebrated actor Tony Plana, known for his roles on “Madam Secretary,” “Ugly Betty,” and “¡Three Amigos!,” will attend San Ysidro School District’s upcoming “Beyond the Bell Broadway” musical theater performance, featuring nearly 100 students from six SYSD schools, on Saturday, May 20. “Beyond the Bell” is provided through a partnership with East Los Angeles Classic Theatre (ELACT) company, of which Plana is co-founder and executive artistic director. Media Contact: Leslie Reilly, 858-371-3738 (office) or 619-818-4922 (cell)Read More

San Ysidro School District Seeks Candidates for Oversight Committee

San Ysidro School District is seeking at least seven members to serve on its Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, which will review expenditures under the District’s $250 million Proposition C bond measure. The District is accepting applications to form the committee, which will consist of parents and guardians of San Ysidro students, local business owners, senior citizen representatives and a member from a taxpayer organization. Members serve two-year terms, reviewing financial reports to ensure bond funding is spent only on school facilities projects. They will report their findings to the Board of Education and to the public. Media Contact: Leslie Reilly, 858-371-3738 (office) or 619-818-4922 (cell)Read More

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)