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Team SISD announces first-of-its-kind WIN academy
Socorro Independent School District Superintendent José Espinoza announced a new initiative on May 20 geared toward students who need more support and resources that are offered in the “one-size-fits-all” traditional public education system.
Team SISD’s WIN Academy, which will open for the 2015-2016 school year, will give students who are lagging academically the opportunity to receive two years of knowledge in one year and give them the chance to catch up.
“This is totally outside the box. We want every single child in SISD to be successful,” said Espinoza as he spoke to teachers, principals, parents and students at the press conference. “We have great kids and we want to give them the proper education they deserve. Not one single SISD student will be left behind.”
Ten schools will have the WIN Academy (which stands for Work Hard; I Can Do it Attitude; Never Give Up) at their schools this coming school year. They are James P. Butler, Purple Heart Elementary, Jane A. Hambric School, Bill Sybert School, Desert Wind School, Mission Ridge Elementary, Robert R. Rojas Elementary, Campestre Elementary, Hueco Elementary and Socorro Middle.
Twenty students from each grade level who have been identified by school leaders and teachers will participate. The students will receive more one-on-one time with their teachers. In addition, the teachers will stay with the same cohort of students for several years.
“This is a phenomenal opportunity for students,” said Bill Sybert Principal Malissa Parham. “I know the teachers in the program and the students are very excited. One of our students was told about the program and proclaimed ‘Next year will be the best year of my life.’ ”
Liliana Carrillo, a teacher at Sybert, said WIN would offer more hands on learning, technology, different resources and parent involvement. Both parents and students will sign a pledge to follow the programs requirements.
“It gives students, parents and teachers more continuity,” Carrillo said. “I see it giving students that extra push and support they need to succeed.”
Liliana Terrazas readily agreed to let her 9-year-old daughter, Alexandra, to sign up for WIN Academy. She said the program will help her daughter because it would offer her more opportunities and a chance at better grades.
“What a great idea,” Terrazas said. “I am ready to help anyway I can. I want my daughter to succeed.”
Marcus and Maria Land signed the pledge along with their son Matthew.
“Matthew has struggled,” Marcus Land said. “But after everything I have heard, this academy will help him. He gets one-on-one time with his teacher, which I think is key. He will have someone who can challenge him, but at the same time help him.”
Click here to read more about the WIN Academy.
Click here to view photos from the WIN Academy Announcement.
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