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

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)

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