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

San Ysidro School District Expands Locally Sourced Recipes for Students

San Ysidro School District and a local fishery have created a new locally sourced dish for the District’s 5,200 students as part of California Thursdays, a program that brings locally sourced produce and food products to San Ysidro each week. The new recipe, a parmesan crusted corvina fish fillet and freshly baked potato wedges, marks the efforts of a deepening partnership with Catalina Offshore, a San Diego fishery that adheres to strict catch regulations to ensure fish populations remain in good condition. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

San Ysidro Fifth-Graders Gain Real World Experience at BizTown

Follow-up Story: Students from San Ysidro School District’s La Mirada and Sunset elementary schools discovered how the “real world” works on Oct. 6 and 7 as they ran their own 10,000-square-foot mini-town and managed businesses, wrote checks and operated banks. Approximately 167 La Mirada and 133 Sunset fifth-graders became Junior Achievement BizTown “citizens,” making financial decisions, working in one of 21 businesses, paying taxes and donating to charity. The interactive experience not only educated students on the importance of financial responsibility and planning for a successful future, but allowed them to apply the concepts learned in the classroom to the “real world.” This was SYSD’s first time attending BizTown. The District will attend again in April 2017. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

San Ysidro Students Celebrate Perfect Attendance with Dance Party

Follow-up Story: Students from San Ysidro School District’s Vista del Mar Elementary who maintained perfect attendance during August were rewarded with a dance party on Sept. 16. Over 240 students from transitional kindergarten to third grade danced away during lunchtime to celebrate their accomplishment. Students also received certificates and a free-dress pass so they could set aside school uniforms for the day and don their dance-party best. Vista del Mar is pursuing an ongoing campaign to keep encouraging students to maintain good attendance. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Mobile Dairy Visit to San Ysidro Elementary Promotes Healthy Eating

Follow-up Story: Students from San Ysidro School District’s Vista del Mar Elementary shrieked with delight when Ms. Melinda the cow and her doe-eyed calf were revealed during an Oct. 3 visit by the Dairy Council of California’s Mobile Dairy Classroom. The Dairy Classroom educates students on cow anatomy, animal husbandry, agriculture and the food supply. Vista del Mar’s Dairy Classroom taught bovine-related words, reviewed the scale of milk production and explained cow biology and the technology used in dairy production. After the lesson, students had the opportunity to pet Ms. Melinda’s young steer. Vista del Mar is also a recipient of a U.S. Department of Agriculture Team Nutrition grant, which will enable the school to continue implementing healthy changes in cafeteria offerings while teaching students about California agriculture. Photos are available. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

San Ysidro School District Encouraged by Rising Test Scores

San Ysidro School District students showed impressive improvement on their year-over-year performance in the state’s second round of standardized testing on the new California Standards for English language arts (ELA) and math, according to a recently released state report. Students boosted proficiency on the ELA test by 4 percentage points and on the math test by 5 percentage points – keeping pace with San Diego County’s overall growth. The District credits its rising scores to its Instructional Design Plan, a three-year plan to ensure the District’s curriculum aligns with the new California Standards for ELA and math. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

San Ysidro School District Students Celebrate Mexican Independence Day

Follow-up Story: San Ysidro School District celebrated Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16 with art, music, food, dancing and students dressed in traditional Mexican attire. Celebrations spanned across the District from San Ysidro Middle School to Willow Elementary. Seventh- and eighth-graders at SYMS kicked off festivities with a chalk art contest with illustrations depicting what Mexican independence meant to them. Students drew vivid images that perfectly captured the spirit of the celebration. Winners of the eighth-grade team included Ily Mariscal, Rodolfo Linares and Andrea Partida. Rounding out the seventh-grade winners’ circle were Yenia Valle, Paola Ramirez and Abigail Velazquez. Ballet folklorico dancers performed choreographed dances from varies regions of Mexico in their traditional “charro” attire, which inspired the crowd of SYMS students to respond with gritos – expressions of joy and excitement. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

San Ysidro Commemorates Sept. 11 Attacks with Local Police, Firefighters

Follow-up Story: In advance of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, San Ysidro School District’s Smythe Elementary held its annual commemorative assembly on Sept. 9 to honor the heroes of that tragic day. Local police officers, firefighters, border patrol, school staff, SYSD board members, Superintendent Julio Fonseca, parents and community members accompanied all 650 students in observance of the anniversary. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

San Ysidro School District Launches New District Website

A redesign of San Ysidro School District’s website has added a notification system that posts critical messages from the superintendent as alerts and a user-friendly structure that makes it easier to navigate. The sysdschools.org site provides information on school events, board meetings, district events and school schedules with a new calendar feature. Users can access in-depth information on the District’s seven schools through a drop-down menu. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

San Ysidro Inspires Perfect Attendance with Tickets to Viva La Lucha

Follow-up Story:  San Ysidro School District students witnessed the return of former WWE World Champion and current Lucha Underground star, Rey Mysterio, on Saturday, Aug. 13, as the luche libre fighter returned to his hometown for a one night only event at his former high school, Montgomery High. Students from SYSD’s La Mirada Elementary with perfect attendance during the first week of school entered to win a pair of tickets for themselves and a parent to Viva La Lucha: Live In The 619. Seven winning names were pulled from a mix of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

San Ysidro Schools Roll Out College Readiness and Tech Programs

San Ysidro School District will implement new technology and college readiness programs as part of its 2016-19 Local Control and Accountability Plan. The three-year technology plan will provide students with Chromebooks and iPads starting this fall to deepen their level of lesson understanding and classroom engagement. The District is launching Project Lead The Way engineering courses and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) college-preparation classes. New math and English curriculums will also be piloted. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More