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Ed Downs Elementary School

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1302 N Dowling, San Benito, TX 78586 Phone: (956) 361-6720 Fax: (956) 361-6728

Principal's Message

Ed Downs Learning Community,


Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  We have so many exciting initiatives to implement into our curriculum this year.  Our teachers are all ready and eager to have your son/daughter back for another fantastic school year!  As members of the Ed Downs Team, we will ensure that our students receive the best education possible. 


We would like to start off by showcasing our wonderful Fine Arts Academy, which is led by Mrs. Leslie Whittemore.  Mrs. Whittemore has been a member of our faculty for several years and will be having a new home at Ed Downs.  We have converted our Science Lab to a Fine Arts Academy where students will have the option of selecting between Band (Pit Ensemble, Drum line, Flag Corp., French Horn Choir, Recorders, Hand Bells, Music Theory, or Composition), Orchestra (Suzuki Method/Hal Leonard, Violin, Cello), Choir, Theater (Dance, Drama, Story Telling), or Art (Design, Sketching, Sculpture, Painting). 


This year our campus and district will be part of the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE).  Campuses will have a coach visit their school to assist teachers in the integration of the rigor and relevance Quad D framework. Technology will play a huge role in this endeavor to ensure student success in the classroom and real-world situations.  The ICLE representative will make frequent visits to our campus solidifying we are providing all the components required of a 21st century education.


The Texas Education Agency announced the accountability ratings once again on August 17, 2018.  Bestowed upon our faculty and staff were five distinctions!  Ed Downs, you have once again proved your dedication to excellence.  We received distinctions in ELA/Reading, Mathematics, Science, Comparative Academic Growth, and Comparative Closing the Gaps.   The school was awarded a letter grade of “B.” Our goal for next year is to receive all six distinctions and move our letter grade to an “A.”


Of course this isn’t possible without your help.  We need to have your son/daughter here daily.  Punctuality is also very important since our teachers begin instruction immediately following the Pledge of Allegiance  @7:45 A.M.  We would also like to encourage you to be a part of our great parent volunteer program led by Mrs. Francis Garcia and our Parent Teacher Organization as well. I know that if we work together our school will continue to reflect the “Gold Standard” in all areas of public education!


We will continue to keep you informed by posting all our events via social media and our campus website.  School schedules, student expectations regarding attendance and behavior, policy and procedures will be available via our school website or in our school office.  Once again my door will always be open if you have any questions or concerns that need to be addressed.  You may reach me at (956) 361-6720 or via email  I thank you in advance for entrusting us with the privilege of educating your son or daughter.





Mrs. M. Lopez