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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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.

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.

San Ysidro Middle School Celebrates Achievement of 189 Students

San Ysidro Middle School is honoring the academic achievement of 189 students at a formal honor roll ceremony, which will recognize students who earn a 3.0-3.49 GPA (Vice Principal Honor Roll) or 3.5-4.0 GPA (Principal Honor Roll) on Friday, Oct. 16. The event will include a drawing for free prizes, including goodie bags, vouchers for “free dress (non-uniform)” passes and snacks. The ceremony will be held at San Ysidro Middle School, 4345 Otay Mesa Road, San Ysidro.

San Ysidro School District OKs Pact with Education Association

Follow-up Story: The San Ysidro School District Board of Education in September recognized the dedication and talents of its nearly 200 teachers by unanimously approving an average increase of 6 percent to salary schedules for the 2015-16 academic year, effective July 1. The raise is the teachers’ second since 2007.

Actor Launches After-School Performing Arts Class at San Ysidro Schools

San Ysidro School District will launch an after-school performing arts program on Monday, Oct. 12 at four elementary schools and a middle school following an Oct. 1 visit to the District by the program’s founder, Hollywood actor Tony Plana. The program, called Language in Play, applies theater arts techniques to improve literacy and math skills and enhance self-confidence in children. The program will be offered at La Mirada, Ocean View, Sunset and Willow elementary schools and San Ysidro Middle School. Plana, known for his role as Ignacio Suarez on the ABC series “Ugly Betty,” developed Language in Play in partnership with the East Los Angeles Classic Theatre.

San Ysidro Unified Seeks Blanket Donations to Benefit Students in Need

Hoping to make the upcoming holiday season a bright and happy one for students in need, the San Ysidro School District is encouraging community members to collect or donate new blankets for SYSD students as part of “Project Dream.” The District wants to give children who may be living in foster care or homeless shelters a special gift to show that they have a significant place in their community, and to keep them warm during the winter months. Blanket donations will be accepted through Monday, Nov. 23 at the San Ysidro School District Office, 4350 Otay Mesa Road, San Ysidro.

San Ysidro School District Appoints New Board Member

Follow-up Story: San Ysidro School District’s Board of Education appointed Steven Ben Kinney on Sept. 24 to fill a board vacancy until his seat comes up for election in November 2016. The board made its selection based on a review of applications and interviews with candidates during the meeting.

San Ysidro School District’s LCAP Approved by County Office of Education

The San Diego County Office of Education has formally approved the San Ysidro School District’s 2015-18 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), which demonstrates the District’s sweeping commitment to boosting the rigor of English language arts and mathematics instruction, while increasing student success and providing more support for English learners.

San Ysidro School District Offers Free After-School Program

San Ysidro School District has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of South County to provide a community-based, youth-oriented after-school program, tailored to meet the needs of students with working parents, combining academic assistance and enrichment activities with a lively and social atmosphere. The program is available at all six SYSD elementary schools and San Ysidro Middle School, beginning when the school day ends – 3 p.m. on regular school days and 1:22 p.m. on minimum days – until 6 p.m. Parents wishing to register their children may fill out and submit enrollment packages at their schools. Enrollment is limited and based on need. There is no cost.