Latest News from Ybarra Elementary

Art Student Recognized on WISD Magazine Cover

5th Grade Ybarra Elementary student, Elyssa Marroquin, and her artwork were featured on the Advantage Magazine cover this month. The WISD magazine features exemplary students from across the district and highlights projects and accomplishments received by Weslaco staff and students. Ybarra Elementary is proud to have one of our own on the front cover, recognized for her artistic achievements. She is a part of our Ybarra Art Club with our art teacher Mrs. Cynthia Duran. 


Ybarra Elementary is a Duke TIP Participating School

We are excited to announce the following 4th and 5th graders that were selected to participate in this year's Duke TIP Program. Identified for their outstanding academic achievement, the following students received the honor of being a Duke TIP recipient. 

4th grade:

Flores, Abram
Garza, Ethan
Garza, Monique
Lopez-Martinez, Naomy
Marquez, Tien
Perales, Apple
Trevino, Tristan

5th grade:

Ambriz, April
Avalos, Diego
Cabello, Roberto
Carrillo, Gabriella
Castano, Andy
Grimaldo-Harrizon, Avril
Martinez, Jose
Ortiz, Rogelio

Identified last year...

Jerimiah Cardona
Makayla Carrasco
Hector  Diaz
Alberto Gomez
Sean  Gutierrez
Nahomy  Ibarra
Maria Jimenez
Alexis Lopez
Priscilla Quintanilla
Emmanuel Robledo
Jonathan Vielma
Madison Zamora

Purple Heart Distinction

PFC Mario Ybarra Elementary received a Purple Heart Distinction on March 20, 2019. Purple Heart Recipients and military personnel were here to celebrate with us as we received this honor on behalf of Mr. Mario Ybarra Sr. Thank you to all of the Ybarra staff, students, and WISD personnel who helped make this event such a beautiful one. 

Ybarra Bluebonnet Celebration

Ybarra students in 3rd - 5th grades, who read five or more 2018-2019 Texas Bluebonnet Books, participated in our annual celebration at Ybarra Library. The students engaged in book talks as they reviewed and discussed each book. They then voted for their favorite book using paper ballots. After they participated in the activities, they enjoyed cookies and juice. Thank you to each Ybarra student who was a part of this exciting experience! 



Ybarra Elementary wins "Battle of the Books"

Ten schools, five books and hundreds of pages later, the PFC Mario Ybarra Elementary team emerged as repeat champions of the Elementary Battle of the Books. Teams representing all WISD elementary schools faced off at the Weslaco East High School Library answering questions from selected books.

“The students did such a great job,” Renee Dyer, WEHS Librarian and Battle of Books moderator said.  “This is such a fun way to promote reading.” The Battle of Books is one of the many programs that reinforce the district’s focus on literacy.  

The selected books were: “The Bicycle Spy,” by Yona Zeldis McDonough; “Stef Soto, Taco Queen,” by Jennifer Torres; “Me and Marvin Gardens,” by Amy Sarig King; “Hello, Universe,” by Erin Entrada Kelly; “The Harlem Charade,” by Natasha Tarpley.

battle of the bands winners

Elementary Battle of the Books Champions are from left, Ethan Garza, Tristan Treviño, Sean Gutierrez, Edgar Lopez, Alexis Lopez, and Coach Ruby Garza.