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Message from Board President Patsy Mendoza

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Message from Board President Patsy Mendoza - Nov. 1711/17/2023

Dear Canutillo Familia,

As I reflect on the past year, I find myself filled with immense gratitude and a profound sense of accomplishment. It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve as the President of our School Board. As my term ends, I want to express my heartfelt thanks to each member of our wonderful community for the trust and confidence you placed in me.

Representing the children and employees of our district has been a responsibility I have cherished, and I am thankful for the opportunity to have been a part of shaping the educational landscape for our students. The journey has been both challenging and rewarding, but it is with great pride that I can say we faced these challenges head-on and emerged stronger and more united than ever. Together, we have accomplished much, and I am deeply grateful for the collective efforts that have made these successes possible.

Serving as your Board President has been a truly fulfilling experience, and I want to extend my sincere appreciation to the entire community for your unwavering support. Your dedication to the betterment of our schools and the well-being of our students has been a driving force, and I am confident that, with continued collaboration, we will overcome any obstacles that lie ahead.

As I transition from the role of President, I am excited to announce that Armando Rodriguez will be stepping into this leadership position. Armando has been a valuable member of our Board, and I am confident that his passion, dedication, and skills will translate into numerous successes for both the Board and our district. I have complete faith that under Armando's leadership, the Board will continue to thrive and achieve new heights. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Armando and wish him the very best in this important role.

While my term as President concludes, my commitment to serving our community remains steadfast. I will continue to be an active member of the Board, and you can be assured that I am ready to roll up my sleeves and continue the important work that lies ahead. The challenges in education are ever-evolving, but with the support of this incredible community, I am confident that we will navigate these waters successfully.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to each and every one of you. Our community's strength lies in its unity and resilience, and I am thankful for the collaborative spirit that defines us. May this Thanksgiving be a time of joy, reflection, and shared moments with loved ones. I extend my warmest wishes to you and your families for a happy and fulfilling Thanksgiving.

Thank you once again for the honor of serving as your Board President. Together, we have achieved much, and I am excited about the bright future that lies ahead for our community and our schools.

¡Un fuerte abrazo!

Patricia Mendoza
Canutillo Independent School District Board of Trustees

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Message from Board President Patsy Mendoza - Nov. 1011/10/2023

Dear Canutillo familia,

Canutillo ISD this week played host to a group of educators from every corner of the state who were in town as part of the innovative Leadership TASB, a program from the Texas Association of School Boards. As the School Board President, it was a moment of immense pride to showcase the incredible initiatives and achievements that make our district a beacon of educational excellence.

Leadership TASB, a program that gathers trustees from various districts across the state to explore and learn from exemplary public school systems, made its way to Canutillo for the third time in its history. It was an incredible opportunity to present the exceptional work being done in our schools and to receive affirmation and support from distinguished figures in the field of education.

Throughout their visit, the Leadership TASB delegates had the chance to delve into the innovative and impactful programs that define Canutillo ISD. They learned about our groundbreaking Montessori program at Garcia Elementary, experiencing firsthand the nurturing and student-centered learning environment that empowers our young learners.

Moreover, our visitors engaged with students from all three of the Academies at Alderete Middle School, witnessing the enthusiasm, dedication, and remarkable skills cultivated within these specialized educational pathways. The interaction with the emerging professionals at the Law Enforcement P-TECH program at Canutillo High School provided a glimpse into the hands-on training and educational opportunities preparing our students for successful careers.

The dialogue and exchange of ideas during their brief visit were incredibly enriching, and it was truly heartening to receive words of encouragement and appreciation from these influential individuals in the education sector. The recognition of the hard work and dedication of our educators, staff, and students was a testament to the collective efforts and commitment towards excellence within our district.

While the visit was an invaluable opportunity to showcase some of the extraordinary programs in our schools, it is regrettable that time constraints prevented the Leadership TASB group from experiencing the entirety of our diverse and outstanding initiatives. Our district takes immense pride in being recognized as the Best Small District in Texas and as El Paso's only Triple A Rated School District, accolades that reflect the dedication and success of our entire educational community.

The desire to share more of our exceptional programs and achievements was palpable, as these initiatives collectively contribute to the holistic development and success of our students. It is our commitment to continue fostering an environment of innovation, excellence, and inclusivity within our district.

As we move forward, we remain committed to furthering our mission of providing a world-class education to every student in our district. The support and recognition from such esteemed individuals only serve to reinforce our determination to continue striving for excellence and ensuring the success of every student in our care.

Thank you to everyone involved for their dedication, hard work, and commitment to the success of Canutillo ISD.

A quick reminder that the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14. We hope to see you there as we discuss important issues impacting our schools and students.

¡Un fuerte abrazo!

Patricia Mendoza
Canutillo Independent School District Board of Trustees

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Message from Board President Patsy Mendoza - Nov. 311/03/2023

Dear Canutillo Familia,

Your voice matters in shaping the future of our educational institutions. The Canutillo Independent School District is at a critical juncture, and we need your valuable input to navigate the way forward.

The state of our school buildings is a pressing concern that requires our collective attention. Our campuses are, on average, 25 years old, with some structures nearing the 50-year mark. These facilities served admirably, but now we find ourselves in a challenging situation. Our students are being asked to perform 21st-century duties in facilities that are predominantly relics of the 20th century. We cannot afford to let our infrastructure hinder the educational opportunities and experiences of our future leaders.

Following the setbacks of the past two bond elections, the District has regrouped and stands resolute in setting a new trajectory to address the needs of our school buildings. To achieve this, we need your active participation. Your thoughts, opinions, and concerns are instrumental in charting a path forward that aligns with the aspirations of our community and the educational needs of our students.

We are inviting students, parents, community members, and alumni to participate in the Canutillo Facilities Priorities survey. This survey comprises an open-ended question aimed at gathering comprehensive information about what our community perceives as the most critical issues affecting our school buildings. Your insights will provide the necessary guidance for the Board of Trustees and the Administration to understand the priorities and concerns of our community accurately.

To access the Canutillo Facilities Priorities survey, please follow this link:

The Board of Trustees is committed to delving into discussions with the Administration to develop a strategic plan addressing critical areas such as deferred maintenance, growth, and safety and security within our school facilities. However, this plan cannot be effective without your invaluable contributions.

Your participation in this survey is crucial in ensuring that our schools remain safe, conducive to learning, and equipped to nurture the potential of our students. Together, let's create an environment that empowers our learners and supports their success.

I urge each and every one of you to take a few moments to share your thoughts. Your input will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our educational landscape. Together, we can make a difference and ensure that our students have access to the best possible learning environments.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to the Canutillo Independent School District.

¡Un fuerte abrazo!

Patricia Mendoza
Canutillo Independent School District Board of Trustees