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;

San Ysidro School’s Performing Arts Program Hosts Performance Series

Follow-up Story: Students from San Ysidro School District’s Language in Play program performed for parents and friends at culminating events at all seven school sites Dec. 14-15, demonstrating techniques learned during the program’s first semester. Language in Play – a creative after-school program – applies theater arts techniques to improve literacy and math skill and enhance self-confidence in children. The second semester of the program will begin Monday, Jan. 25. Media Contact: Mary Roach, 909-206-5316 (office)

San Ysidro School’s Safety Patrol Recognized for Commitment to Safety

San Ysidro School District’s Ocean View Hills School Safety Patrol has been awarded Best School Safety Patrol in the Southern Division by the San Diego Police Department. The School Safety Patrol Program (SSP) assists elementary children cross uncontrolled intersections on their way to and from school and reduces the number of pedestrian and bicycle collisions involving elementary-age students. The SSP is in nearly 90 schools throughout San Diego. Media Contact: Mary Roach, 909-206-5316 (office)

San Ysidro Middle School’s Winter Program Celebrates Music and Dance

Follow-up Story: More than 175 seventh- and eighth-graders performing a diverse lineup of music and dance pieces to a packed audience in San Ysidro Middle School’s Winter Music Program on Dec. 10. The evening included performances by various student ensembles, including mariachi, dance, string, guitar, chorus and band. The concert was held to encourage students to continue their involvement in the performing arts. More than 80 percent of the performers have been playing for less than six months. Media Contact: Mary Roach, 909-206-5316 (office)

San Ysidro Schools Open Highly Anticipated Parent Community Center

Follow-up Story: San Ysidro School District unveiled its new Parent Community Center to more than 150 community members during a Dec. 16 celebration featuring live music from the San Ysidro Middle School Mariachi Band, presentation of colors by the Willow Elementary School Color Guard and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Center will offer parent workshops, English classes, computer and Internet access and additional learning opportunities to parents and community members. The Center is located at the San Ysidro District Office, 4350 Otay Mesa Road, San Ysidro, and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Media Contact: Mary Roach, 909-206-5316 (office) Read More Photos

San Ysidro School Board Appoints New Board Member

Follow-up Story: San Ysidro School District’s Board of Education on Dec. 10 appointed Rosaleah Pallasigue to fill a board vacancy until the regularly scheduled 2016 Board election. The Board made its selection based on a review of applications and interviews with candidates during the meeting. Media Contact: Mary Roach, 909-206-5316 (office) Read More

San Ysidro School District Declares Homelessness State of Emergency

The San Ysidro Board of Education declared a local state of emergency on Nov. 19 to protect the nearly 30 percent of its student population that is identified as being homeless before the region is hit by extreme weather conditions associated with El Niño. The resolution – designed to support academic achievement for all District students – requests that Gov. Jerry Brown proclaim a state of emergency for the San Ysidro School District and designates some District facilities as temporary emergency shelters for SYSD homeless children in the event of a major storm. Media Contact: Mary Roach, 909-206-5316 (office) Read More

Community Ideas Spark Push for Rigor, Tech Upgrades and College Focus at San Ysidro School District

San Ysidro School District Superintendent Dr. Fonseca has provided a recap of his 100-day transition plan to the San Ysidro community and is working to reformat the District’s instructional design to incorporate new rigorous, relevant curriculum into all schools over the next year, including the integration of Project Lead the Way, the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum, at San Ysidro Middle School. The District is also introducing the “No Excuses University” program to elementary schools. “No Excuses” builds a college-going culture for students through interventions, tests and data, while ensuring curriculum is aligned with the new California Standards. Media Contact: Mary Roach, 909-206-5316 (office) Read More

San Ysidro Swap Meet to Host Blanket Drive to Aid School District

Answering the call to help local students stay warm during the cold fall and winter months, the San Ysidro Indoor Swap Meet will host a “Cobijemos a Nuestros Niños” blanket drive from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Swap meet attendees are encouraged to bring three new twin or full-size blankets to donate to San Ysidro School District’s “Project Dream” blanket drive campaign, which aims to collect 3,000 blankets to give to children who may be living in foster care or homeless shelters. Local non-profit organization WESUPPORTU will offer free mammogram screenings and breast exams. The Swap Meet is at 2388 Via Segundo, San Diego. Media Contact: Mary Roach, 909-206-5316 (office)

San Ysidro School District Evaluates School Site Configuration

The San Ysidro School District is evaluating the configuration of its seven school sites to ensure the District is serving students as effectively as possible. The District has partnered with a K-12 school facility planning consultant to help compile and evaluate data and recommend ways SYSD can optimize instructional programs, school sites and resources. The District is also examining the feasibility of a K-12 charter school that would allow students the option of continuing their education in San Ysidro after middle school. Recommendations will be made to the school board in April 2016. Media Contact: Mary Roach, 909-206-5316 (office)

San Ysidro Board of Education OKs 6 Percent Boost to Staff Salaries

The San Ysidro School District Board of Education has unanimously approved a collective bargaining agreement with the California School Employees Association, recognizing the commitment and skills of the District's 154 classified staff members and further demonstrating the improving financial health of the District. The agreement mirrors a recent pact with the San Ysidro Education Association. It boosts classified staff salary schedule amounts by an average of 6 percent retroactively to July 1. The agreement runs through June 30. Media Contact: Mary Roach, 909-206-5316 (office) Read More