• Category 1

    Selected in 2019

  • Grades: pre k - 4
    School Setting: suburban
    Town Population: 93,638
    Student Enrollment: 470
    Student Demographics:

    Black/African American: 0%
    White/Caucasian: 0.4%
    Hispanic: 98.9%
    Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    Asian: 0.2%
    Native American: 0%
    Other: 0%

    Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:19
    % Reduced Lunch: 69.2%
    % ELL Learners: 78.7%
    Founded: 1925
  • PRINCIPAL:
    Jesus Cerda
  • CONTACT:
    600 North Jackson Road
    Pharr, TX 78577
    956-340-1450
    jcerda@vviewisd.net
Valley View Elementary School
Pharr, TX
“The use of data is extremely important."
What are your school’s top two goals for the next year?
The top goal at Valley View Elementary is to provide the highest quality education to the students we serve. In order to do this, we must continue providing the training the staff needs to continue growing professionally. In addition to providing the training, we must retain the teachers. To do this we must continue maintaining the culture we currently have. We see each other as a family members, we help one another, and we provide staff appreciation activities. We also want to continue promoting reading. To do this our staff mus continue encouraging children to read. We must ensure all children are reading on grade level or above grade level.
Describe the most successful activity your school has initiated to strengthen ties to your community.
Valley View Elementary prides itself on building a strong, healthy, and prosperous relationship with its community. Our staff takes advantage of opportunities that allow our students to display their talents and love of the community. Our dance team, for instance, performs at various community events, such as adult daycare centers, parades, and social events. Ours student council members and other students participate at community clean up events (promoting pride and a clean community), parades, food drives, toy drives, and other events. Our campus encourages parents to join their children at the school library to read. In addition, our campus holds events, such as afternoons of fun, Code Jam event, the Fall Festival, where parents participate in various activities with their children. Our school actively contributes and participates in our District's Annual Thanksgiving Feast of Sharing, and our administrators seek ways to improve by walking the neighborhoods and talking to parents.
Explain how ESEA federal funds are used to support your improvement efforts.
The ESEA federal funds are used to supplement the instructional needs of our students. These funds provide the additional opportunities our students need to excel in math, reading, writing, and science. These funds allow us to purchase materials so our students can go to the science lab and conduct experiments. Without these funds, our students would miss the hands on lesson. The funds also enable us to supplement the math, reading and writing instruction. With these federal funds, our school purchases manipulatives, supplemental instructional material, and enhances the technology resources that enable our student to hone their math, reading, and writing skills. In addition, these funds allow us to provide reading, math, and writing tutorials. These additional resources enable our students to excel academically.
Describe your school culture and explain changes you’ve taken to improve it.
Valley View Elementary (VVE) has a tradition of academic excellence. Through hard work and team work, the campus has excelled and created a culture readers. The staff provides various opportunities for children to read and offer numerous incentives to children who read. Whether for an award or a friendly competition, students frequently read and steadily develop the love of reading. The school encourages parents to read with children and opens its library to parents every morning. Parents join their children at the library to read books. Students are encouraged to start their own library, and annually gives each child a book. The staff encourages and rewards children with incentives such as educational field trips, afternoons of fun, field days, movie and ice cream days, motivational banners, "goodie" bags, and parades. The staff is committed to providing the best possible education to its students.
Describe how data is used to improve student achievement and inform decision making.
The use of data is extremely important. At Valley View Elementary, the staff recognizes the role assessments play in monitoring student mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and in predicting student performance on the state assessments. Our staff administer pretest and use the data to measure student academic growth. The teachers provide instruction based on the TEKS, test students, analyze the data, and use the data to make essential educational decisions and shape upcoming instruction. With the data management system, our staff analyzes the weekly assessments data and the six weeks assessments data and determine areas of need. Through the use of data, our staff determines whether a specific population needs additional help, a given skill needs to be retaught, a given question needs to be explained, or specific terms need to be explained. Data is essential, and our staff analyzes it, then comes up with a plan of action, and provide the additional academic help.
Stats
  • Category 1

    Selected in 2019

  • Grades: pre k - 4
    School Setting: suburban
    Town Population: 93,638
    Student Enrollment: 470
    Student Demographics:

    Black/African American: 0%
    White/Caucasian: 0.4%
    Hispanic: 98.9%
    Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    Asian: 0.2%
    Native American: 0%
    Other: 0%

    Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:19
    % Reduced Lunch: 69.2%
    % ELL Learners: 78.7%
    Founded: 1925
  • PRINCIPAL:
    Jesus Cerda
  • CONTACT:
    600 North Jackson Road
    Pharr, TX 78577
    956-340-1450
    jcerda@vviewisd.net