Ector County ISD gets TMEA Elementary Music Grants

Ector County ISD gets TMEA Elementary Music Grants

Big2 News Sunrise Edition version of Texas Music Educators Association funding of 15 grants for elementary music programs in ECISD.

Ector County School District Has a Plan Ready For Severe Weather Events

Ector County School District Has a Plan Ready For Severe Weather Events

Two elementary schools were hit by the terrifying tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday. At one of those schools, seven students were killed by the twister. NewsWest 9 spoke with the Ector County ISD about whether or not they are ready if and when a twister strikes our area. Children who went to class Monday morning at Plaza Towers Elementary School went to learn math and science. But at the end of the day, they learned something more valuable, survival. Seven students perished when that deadly twister ripped through Moore, Oklahoma. It left several others crawling out of the rubble bloodied and bruised. "We do have processes and plans in place when in case something like what has happened in Oklahoma were to happen here," Mark Rowden, ECISD Chief of Police, said. Rowden says those emergency plans are tested at least annually to make sure Ector County schools are safe whenever such a weather event occurs. "Our schools conduct a minimum number of tornado drills, our severe weather drills, every year. That way the students are aware of what to do, yes they do have specific procedures that they follow," Rowden said. "They have specific things that they do, areas within the school that they're taken that have been deemed the safest in the event of a severe weather event. " New schools are set to be built after a school bond was approved recently. It's still in planning stages and NewsWest 9 asked Rowden if he knew if any of the new buildings would be built to withstand tornadoes or even include bunkers. "Those things are considered in the design. I'll be honest with you we haven't gotten that far along in the design of the buildings to this point. But yes, its always safety in every way is a consideration in the construction of a new school," Rowden said. Right now, the school district has an emergency alert system to notify parents minute by minute when an emergency crisis arises. "That's one of the reasons why we have those cooperatives between the governmental entities is simply because the fact if one fails, or say for instance, our administration building was to be hit, then we have another way communicating to the public. Another thing is we would use the news media," Rowden said. Back in Moore, the school superintendent, Susan Pierce, said teachers and administrators put their well rehearsed crisis plan into action as the tornado approached. But she says there are limits to what people can do in the face of such a powerful storm.

2018 STL: Dr. Lee Buice ES, Ector County ISD

2018 STL: Dr. Lee Buice ES, Ector County ISD

Ector County ISD Executive Athletic Director Search Update

Ector County ISD Executive Athletic Director Search Update

More information here.

Ector County ISD

Ector County ISD

Luz and Gloria from Ector County ISD are crossing their fingers that they get to work with Project ELL.

Comparing School Spending with Student Success in West Texas

Comparing School Spending with Student Success in West Texas

Measuring school spending with student success just got a little bit easier. Through a new online public schools application, every detail about your school district is just a click away. Today The Texas Tribune recently released the "Public schools Explorer." All of the information on the site is already publicly available but this comprehensive application makes it easier to find data all in one place. "You can pull up your school district and look automatically at graduation rates, the test scores, per student spending, teacher experience and it's all right there in front of you," explains Texas Tribune reporter Morgan Smith. So we decided to check it out for ourselves, comparing spending with student success in West Texas schools. Here's what we found... Midland ISD spends higher than the state average when it comes to accelerated and gifted and talented programs but Ector County ISD spends below the state average. When it comes to test results, both MISD and ECISD boast scores above the state average on the ACT but on the SAT, ECISD falls short while MISD averages a 1060 on the test; much higher than the state average of 985. The site also reveals detailed graduation results. "With the schools app I've been able to select out school districts that are doing a good job at graduating certain segments of the population," Smith explains. Statewide graduation rates are improving but The Tribune says what's even more telling, is the schools that graduate students with risk factors. For example, Presidio ISD is described as overwhelmingly Hispanic with. 96.8% of the students are Hispanic, 86.1% of the students are economically disadvantaged and over 70% are considered at risk, yet the school shows a 100% graduation rate. "That's significant," Smith claims. Another important factor is teacher experience. "You might see a school that appears that it's not spending a lot on instruction but maybe has a couple of really good teachers in the classroom that are really getting the job done," Smith claims. In Andrews ISD teacher experience exceeds state averages. Over 30% of teachers have more than 20 years of experience, therefore the average salary is also higher than the states. Overall, the Tribune hopes parents will take advantage of the site so they can use the information and make a difference in their child's school If you want to look up your district or find information about a specific campus go to http://www.texastribune.org/public-ed/explore/ and type in the district of your choice to view results

Ector County Shooting Investigation

Ector County Shooting Investigation

Many agencies came together to help at the scene

DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS (020218) - NEW FOOD PANTRY AT ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL

DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS (020218) -  NEW FOOD PANTRY AT ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL

ODESSA, TEXAS/FEBRUARY 2,2018 - STUDENTS FROM THE AVID PROGRAM AT ODESSA HIGH SCHOOL PREPARED MEAL KITS AND DELIVERED THEM TO THE NEW FOOD PANTRY AT ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL TO MEET THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS AT ECTOR, WHO DON’T GET ENOUGH TO EAT. (CRISTINA GONZALEZ, 7TH GRADE READING TEACHER, ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL) “WE NEEDED TO START A RPOGRAM AT IN SCHOOL WHERE WE CAN MEET ALL THE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS AND HUNGAR IS ONE OF THE NEEDS THAT NEEDED TO BE MET.” COMPLEX COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION ALONG WITH STUDENTS FROM OHS PREPARED OVER 11,000 MEALS IN OCTOBER 2017. THIS EVENT IS A LESSON FOR STUDENTS AND IS PART OF A PROGRAM DEVELOPED BY COMPLEX COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION CALLED “PAY IT FORWARD.” (JASON BERRIDGE, PRESIDENT/CEO, COMPLEX COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION) “THERE’S A STATISTIC THAT ONE IN THREE KIDS HAVE SOME SORT OF FOOD INSECURITY AND THAT’S WHERE WE GOT STARTED WITH OUR “IMPACT HUNGER”, A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO. THIS EVENT IS PART OF A BIGGER EVENT, WHICH WE FED OVER 60,000 PEOPLE OVER THE PERMIAN BASIN IN ALL THE COMMUNITIES WHERE WE HAVE BRANCHES.” THE UP AND DOWN CYCLE OF THE OIL ECONOMY IN THE ODESSA AREA CAN HAVE A NEGATIVE AFFECT ON THE STUDENTS OF ECISD SCHOOL DISTRICT. (ROY GARCIA, ASSISTANT SUPERINDENDENT, SECONDARY SCHOOLS, ECISD) “WHEN WERE OIL BASED ECONOMY, THE PEOPLE THAT ARE MAKING THE MONEY ARE MAKING BIG MONEY. THE PEOPLE THAT AREN’T, IT’S TOUGH TO COMPETE, ‘CAUSE HOUSING IS EXPENSIVE, FOOD. EVERYTHING IS A LOT MORE EXPENSIVE THE OTHER PEOPLE ARE MAKING GOOD MONEY. SO, I WILL SAY TIPICALLY FOR OUR DISTRICT, ABOUT HALF OUR KIDS ARE AT FREE AND REDUCED, BUT THE REAL NUMBER ARE LARGER THAN THAT. ‘CAUSE THE KIDS AND PARENTS DON’T FILL OUT THE APPLICATION. THE ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOD PANTRY RECIEVES FOOD CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE WEST TEXAS FOOD BANK AND NEW PANTRIES WILL OPEN AT BONHAM AND AT THE ALTERNATIVE CENTER. FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA

Kermit ISD Sticks With "Abstinence Only" Sex Ed

Kermit ISD Sticks With "Abstinence Only" Sex Ed

"Of course abstinence is the only sure way to protect yourself from pregnancy," explains Abstinence Educator Ed Ainsworth. Despite high teen pregnancy numbers, some schools aren't ready to change they way they teach sex education. While many West Texas school districts, including Midland and Ector County, have changed their sex education program to one that includes information about contraceptives and birth control, others are sticking to what they know. Now parents in Kermit are the ones hearing the "abstinence only" message. He's been on Dr. Phil, MTV and now he's in Kermit, Texas. Ed Ainsworth travels the country talking to students about abstinence. But tonight's presentation was for parents in Kermit ISD, giving them an inside look at the message their kids will hear later this week. "As a parent we all hope our kids wait until they get married," claims parent and Student Health Advisory Council president Sheila Michel. And at school these parents hope that's the message their kids hear. So they're bringing in Ed Ainsworth. "I'm not a sex educator...there's a difference. It's the parents job to tell their kids about the biological and physiological aspect of sex," Ainsworth says. That's why Ainsworth focuses his message on abstinence, encouraging students to wait until marriage before having sex. "I approach it from a simple perspective, that when you keep sex in marriage and abstain, it protects you physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially," he says. Michel says Kermit ISD has used his program before, and claims the students seem to relate with Ainsworth and feel comfortable asking him questions. "Questions that I don't think a child would want to ask their parents." Ainsworth uses personal testimonials in his curriculum, reading letters he's received from teenagers across the country. "It's the voice of students somewhere calling to these kids 'hey make a better choice than you're thinking about because of these consequences" School administrators say, despite the high teen pregnancy numbers, Kermit ISD is not ready for an abstinence plus curriculum. "He has such a powerful message, not only when talking to kids about abstinence, he goes a step further, explaining the ramifications of what would happen," Michel claims. School administrators would not tell us the number of pregnant girls in the district, but did say that figure has nothing to do with why they chose an abstinence only curriculum. At the end of the meeting, parents were given the option to sign a form and "opt" their child out of the program. Midland and Ector County ISD SHAC members both say they believe changing to abstinence plus sex education is one way to lower high teen pregnancy numbers in their district.

DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(061418) - ECISD & OPD HOST ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING

DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(061418) - ECISD & OPD HOST ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING

ODESSA, TEXAS/JUNE 14, 2018 - THE ECTOR COUNTY ISD POLICE ALONG WITH THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT HELD THE LEVEL 2 ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING AT ECTOR MIDDLE SCHOOL. 28 POLICE OFFICERS FROM NINE DIFFERENT AGENCIES TOOK PART IN THE ADVANCED LAW ENFORCEMENT RAPID RESPONSE TRAINING ALSO KNOWN AS ALERRT. (LT. JEFF DANIELS, ECISD POLICE-ODESSA, TEXAS) “THE FIRST LEVEL IS ACTUALLY RESPONDING TO AN ACTIVE SHOOTER EVENT. THIS INCORPORATES, AFTER THAT EVENT IS STOPPED, THE DRIVING FORCE IS STOPPED, THE TREAT IS NO LONGER A THREAT, AND NOW THE OFFICERS HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE CASUALTIES LEFT BEHIND.” THE ALERRT PROGRAM HELPS PREPARE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TO EFFECTIVELY RESPOND TO ACTS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST SCHOOLS AND THE PUBLIC. (LT. JEFF DANIELS, ECISD POLICE-ODESSA, TEXAS) “IN CASE IT EVER DOES HAPPEN. WE WANT ARE FIRST RESPONDERS TRAINED ON HOW TO REACT TO THAT SITUATION, AND BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THE INNOCENT CIVILIANS THAT ARE CAUGHT IN IT.” THE 40 HOUR COURSE BEGAN ON JUNE11TH, AND ECISD POLICE PLAN TO HAVE SEVERAL MORE ALERRT TRAINING SESSION THOUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR. (LT. JEFF DANIELS, ECISD POLICE-ODESSA, TEXAS) “WE’RE GONNA BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER AND ABOUT, I THINK WE’VE GOT NINE SCHEDULED THOUGOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR TO ACTUALLY HOST THEM HERE AND BRING 20 OFFICERS FROM SURROUNDING AGENCIES TO BE TRAINED.” THE ALERRT TRAINING IS THE RESULT OF RESEARCH-BASED AND BEST PRACTICES INVOLVING ACTIVE SHOOTER INCIDENTS. IN MARCH OF 2013 THE FBI ANNOUNCED THAT ALERRT IS THE NATIONAL STANDARD FOR TRAINING THEIR AGENTS. FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

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