Ortiz and Cessna celebrate new school and new spaces

Ortiz Elementary held a ribbon cutting to dedicate the brand-new school. From left, Executive Director of Elementary Schools Tiffinie Irving, Board of Education President Lynn Rogers, student Angel Maldonado, Superintendent John Allison, students Alise Robles and Brisa Pedraza, Martin Ortiz’s wife Linda Ortiz and principal Michele Ingenthron.

Ortiz Elementary dedicated its brand-new building and Cessna Elementary celebrated the addition of new classrooms during special events at their schools. 

There was a large turnout for the dedication of Ortiz Elementary on August 30. Dozens of family members of Martin Ortiz, the school’s namesake, wore matching t-shirts with the school’s name to celebrate the honor for their family member. John Ortiz, Martin’s brother, talked about how his brother never stopped learning and never stopped being a teacher. He encouraged the students to also continue to learn throughout their life. 

Alex Tenorio, a graduate of Whittier College in California where Martin Ortiz taught, read an official proclamation from Whittier expressing gratitude and a promise that the college will support the school for years to come. Tenorio also spoke about Ortiz encouraging him, and many others, to go to college and teaching him about the importance of a higher education. 

Ortiz students show off the new backpacks they received at the dedication.

Superintendent John Allison talked about the history of the Arkansas Avenue school and the impact it had on the community. Ortiz Elementary was built on the site of the former Arkansas Avenue school, which opened in 1923. Superintendent Allison held up a framed history of the Arkansas Avenue school that will be displayed to remind Ortiz students of its legacy. Former Arkansas Avenue staff and students were at the dedication to see the new building.

As part of the event, visitors toured the building and enjoyed music by the North High School String Orchestra. Students went on a scavenger hunt to introduce their parents to all of their teachers. Every student received an Ortiz backpack after completing the hunt. 

Some of the features of Ortiz include a large library, computer lab, two music rooms, an art room, a separate cafeteria and a multipurpose room which is also the school’s storm shelter. 

Click here to see photos from Ortiz’s dedication

Students at Cessna Elementary tour the school’s new improvements.

At Cessna Elementary, the school held a special ceremony on August 28 to thank the families for supporting the bond issue. After the presentation, principal Matt Snodgrass led guests on a tour of the school’s improvements. Cessna received two fourth-grade classrooms and a remodeled kindergarten room with a new closet and restrooms. 

Parents of prekindergarten and second-grade students met with their child’s teachers after the celebration to learn about classroom expectations and how they can help their child learn throughout the school year. 

Click here to see pictures from Cessna’s bond celebration.

Last Updated: 8/31/12
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