• Department of Defense Educational Activity (DoDEA)

    The Socorro Independent School District is proud to announce that the Department of Defense has contributed funding for several grants this year. Student ranging from elementary to high school at participating campuses will have the opportunity to take part in activities that promote academic and personal growth and development. Current grant funding includes Project SMART, Project SPEED, Project PCS, and AYPYN.


    Project SMART

    About Project SMART

    Project SMART provides extended learning opportunities incorporating real life STEM (Science, technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) experiences through daytime school enrichment classes, after school programs, clubs, camps and competitions, while providing high school mentorship opportunities and family/students nights. project SMART aims to improve teacher effectiveness through professional development which includes STEM teacher education kits and planning guides, workshops for project-based learning and STEM courses from UTEP faculty with an emphasis on grade-appropriate content knowledge.

    Goals for Project SMART

    1. Increase 5th and 8th grade student achievement in Mathematics.
    2. Increase 5th and 8th grade achievement in Science.
    3. Increase high School achievement in Engineering.

    Project SMART Campuses

    El Dorado High School, Pebble Hills High School, Hernando Middle School, Sun Ridge Middle School, Sgt. Roberto Iterate Elementary, Paso Del Norte School, John Drugan School, Dr. Sue Shook Elementary, Lujan-Chavez Elementary, O'Shea Keleher Elementary, and Hurshel Antwine Elementary School.

    Project SMART is currently in a No-cost Extension from September 2016 through August 30, 2018.

    Contact Information

    For more information regarding Project SMART you may contact Project SMART Coordinator Zaide Cabezuela at (915)937-0310. Email: zcabez@sisd.net.


    Project SPEED

    ABOUT Project SPEED: SPED Programs for Educational Enhancement and Development

    Project SPEED is being funded for twelve campuses in SISD that have been identified as having a significant enrollment of military-connected students that are receiving special education services. Campuses will receive funding for four years to provide students with instructional resources, technology and licensing, and the opportunity to take part in differentiated inclusive instruction. The faculty at the participating campuses will be provided professional development sessions to target key instructional strategies aimed at helping students succeed academically and social/emotionally.

    Goals for Project SPEED

    1. Improve Reading Performance for students through inclusive differentiated instructional practices.
    2. Create the opportunity for campus and students connectedness through activities enhancing child's social wellbeing.
    3. Participating campuses will be working alongside district personnel to offer parents informational sessions, military activities, and family night. Our goal is to work with our military families to create an environment that not only helps our boys and girls to succeed, but to truly flourish.

    Project SPEED Participating Campuses

    Slider Middle School, SSG Manual R Puentes Middle School, Sierra Vista Elementary School, Lujan-Chavez Elementary School, Paso Del Norte School, John Drugan School, Hurshel Antwine School, Dr. Sue Shook School, SGT Roberto Ituarte Elementary School, Chester E Jordan Elementary School, and James P Butler Elementary School.

    Contact Information

    For more information regarding Project SPEED you may contact the Project SPEED Coordinator Nidia Ramirez, at (915)937-0129. Email: nramir717@sisd.net.


    Project PCS

    About Project PCS

    Provide support to military students' social and emotional needs by providing a Military Liaison, SPARC training and the Student Ambassadors program.

    Enhance and expand instructional support to help students meet the requirements of a rigorous curriculum using innovative models of instruction including blending learning, flipped classrooms, Response to Intervention, digital devices, and educational software that specifically address the Texas Education Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

    Goals for Project PCS

    1. Increase the academic achievement of military dependent middle school students in math.
    2. Increase the level of social and emotional supports for middle and high school military dependent students to foster a positive school climate for military dependent students.

    Participating Campuses

    Pebble Hills High School, El Dorado High School, Sun Ridge Middle School, SPC. Rafael Hernando Middle School, and SSG. Manuel R. Puentes Middle School.

    Contact information

    For more information regarding Project PCS you may contact the Project Coordinator Neal Sanders, at (915)937-9444/0126. Email: nsande@sisd.net.