San Ysidro School District

  • 100-plus Students Join Willow Elementary’s Walking Club

    Energetic rhythms fill the air at San Ysidro’s Willow Elementary on weekday mornings when more than 100 TK through sixth-graders, joined by their older siblings, moms, dads and even a few abuelitas, walk or run laps around the school’s soccer and kickball fields for 30 minutes. Members of Willow’s new Walking Club carry bright yellow cards for staff members to stamp for each lap. After each mile, students can pick prizes from the treasure chest, such as a pencil, bracelet or ball.

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  • Luis Ramos Named Principal at La Mirada Elementary

    Luis Ramos, a lifelong San Ysidro community member, was named principal of La Mirada Elementary School on Aug. 10 after serving in an interim capacity over the last year. Ramos joined the San Ysidro School District in 2005 as a sixth-grade teacher at La Mirada. He taught eighth grade and served as an assistant principal at San Ysidro Middle School before becoming assistant principal at La Mirada. Ramos was raised in the South Bay and graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in education.

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  • Free Adult ESL Classes Now Offered at San Ysidro Schools

    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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.