Stipes Fact Sheet

Principal-Bonnie Richardson
Assistant Principal-Julia Peña
Administrative Liaison-Demesha Webster

Current Enrollment-764 students

Demographic Information of Students
African American-7.9%
Hispanic-53.2%
White-23.9%
Asian/Pacific Islander-14.5%
Economically Disadvantaged-69%
LEP-42%
At-Risk-56.9%

Number of Staff Members-73

Demographic Information of Staff
African American-6%
Hispanic-20%
White-70%
Native American-0%
Asian/Pacific Islander-4%


Grade Levels represented-Kindergarten through 5th grade

Recognition Level of School
2010 Accountability Rating-Recognized

Specialty Programs
Bilingual/ESL, Gifted and Talented, Special Education

Stipes Elementary
Built in 2005-2006; Opened in August 2006
Built by Charter Builders
Dress code-uniform khaki or navy bottoms, uniform white, blue, red or hunter green top
Namesake-John W. and Margie Stipes
School hours-7:30am-2:45pm
School colors-blue and green
School Mascot-Stipes Stallion
School Logo-Stallion


Principals

Jackie Gorena became the lead stallion in 2008.  Mrs. Gorena was born in Rhome, New York.  She grew up in San Antonio and met her husband when they were seniors in high school. She has two sons who attended Irving schools.

She graduated from Texas State University and taught grades 2-5 from 1991 to 2001.  After receiving her master's degree in Educational Adminstration from East Central Oklahoma, she joined Irving ISD in 2001. She has served as an assistant principal at Paul Keyes Elementary and at J.O. Davis Elementary.

Mrs. Gorena served as the principal at Otis Brown Elementary from 2004-2008. She is proud to be a resident of Irving and the Stipes' neighborhood and is committed to success for all students.

 Marty French opened Stipes Elementary.  She was selected as the Principal prior to the 2005-2006 school year to dedicate her time to the setup of the school.  Prior to this time, she served as a Principal, Vice Principal, and 1st grade teacher at Townley Elementary.  Her remaining educational experience includes being a 1st grade teacher at Good Elementary.  Mrs. French ended her Stipes' tenure with her move to South Carolina where she continued as a principal of an elementary school. 


Mission of Our School


Mission Statement:  We engage learners to become critical thinkers, leaders and contributors in a diverse and competitive world.

Vision Statement: Excellence and equity for all.

Value Statement: Succeeding Together In Pursuit of Excellence for Students

Motto:  Stipes Elementary...Where Great Minds Roam 

Mascot:  Stipes Stallion

Colors:  Blue and Green
Blue to represent the sky and the expanse of learning and ideas.  Green to represent the prairie, the roots of learning, and being grounded in thought, basic knowledge, and moral character.


History

Irving ISD’s 20th elementary school is named after two of the district’s most ardent supporters – John and Margie Stipes. The school is formally called John W. & Margie Stipes Elementary School.

The late John Stipes was a parent, booster, trustee, and volunteer in Irving ISD for many years. He received Texas and National Life Membership Awards from the Irving City Council of PTAs. He was elected to the IISD Board of Trustees in 1970 and served 15 years including two terms as president. From 1977 to 1985, he was director of the Texas Association of School Boards. Stipes received the Golden Apple for outstanding volunteer service to IISD in 1998. He was a deacon at First Baptist Church of Irving for 43 years. While serving as an IISD trustee, he and Assistant Superintendent James Day met with parents from Davis School and leading citizens in the black community (among them Jackie Townsell, another IISD elementary namesake) to help bring desegregation to IISD. Stipes served as president of the Irving Schools Foundation for two terms. After his death, the foundation established the John W. Stipes Motivational Scholarship for students who have overcome hardships in their school years.

John’s widow, Margie Stipes, has also been an active supporter of Irving schools. She has been president of the Nimitz High School Booster Club numerous times, and she received a National PTA Life Membership from the Irving City Council of PTAs. She, like her husband, has received the Golden Apple Award for volunteerism. She also received the High Spirited Citizen Award from the Irving City Council. Margie is active in Keep Irving Beautiful, First Baptist Church, and the Irving Schools Foundation.

John and Margie’s children – Larry, Randy and Stacie Stipes – all attended IISD schools.