Points of Pride
Dolphin Terrace Elementary School was built in 1960 and was the original elementary and middle school to serve the YISD community in the Northeast. We have had only five principals since its opening. Mrs. Lorraine Martinez, the current principal, has been at the helm since May of 2015. We currently serve kindergarten through 5th grade of approximately 600 students who then feed into Parkland Middle School for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.
Our elementary campus volunteer program has been named one of the top 10 in the district since 2008 for most participation. All parents are encouraged to participate in our volunteer program, walk with us on Fast Feet Friday’s and attend school events. Each year our community donates food, blankets, toiletries, school supplies, games, toys and clothing to help our families.
Our instructional focus is to develop critical thinking skills and use them in mastering an integrated curriculum suitable for the 21st century. We implement technology through various learning games, applications and programs to include the use of Google Chromebooks and all its capabilities. In addition, programs such as Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop, Fundations, Wilson Language, Esperanza, Daily 5, Accelerated Reader, Texas Fitness, Eduphoria, Texas State Curriculum Standards and textbook adoptions are implemented throughout the day in a whole group and/or a targeted small group setting.
Students are encouraged to participate in after school clubs, robotics, extended day school, and other activities. Our school is proud to recognize our students on a weekly basis with “Dolphin of the Week”, grade level attendance challenges, Fast Feet Friday’s, grade level competitions, AR levels/points and honor roll incentives to name a few. Our AR Nights on Mondays, semester parent nights, evening festivals, yearly health fair, Marathon Kids, Jump Rope for Heart, band and orchestra concerts, robotic competitions, UIL competitions, extended day school and Saturday school are highlights that help bring our community together.
In 2019 the Ysleta ISD community voted to continue looking toward the future for our students and our district by passing a new bond. Dolphin Terrace will be one of the many beneficiaries of the bond through the construction of a new campus. Our school will be on the forefront of educational settings to meet the needs of our students of today and the future. We are excited for what our school will bring to our community for the next sixty years.