Friday, December 19, 2014


Happy Friday! EPISD schools & offices will be closed for Winter Break from
December 22 - January 2.
 
Classes will resume Jan. 5. See you in 2015!
 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Results from the 2014-2015 UIL Meet

SWEEPSTAKES RANKING



























Want to see individual scores, check out all the scores from the EPISD 35th UIL District Meet 



http://ccwinn.eaglepassisd.net/uilresults/


                       
School Name Sweepstakes Points
Graves Elementary 235
Liberty Elementary 228
Glass Elementary 202.5
Ray Darr Elementary 166
Armando Cerna Elementary 149
Perfecto Mancha Elementary 126.5
Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary 105
Robert E. Lee Elementary 97
Benavides Elementary 90.5
Seco Mines Elementary 88
Rosita Valley Elementary 61.5
Sam Houston Elementary 60
Pete Gallego Elementary 44
San Luis Elementary 40
Kirchner Elementary 12
Copyrighted © 2012 Jose Jimenez All Rights Reserved.

2014-2015 Elementary UIL Sweepstakes Champs

 CONGRATS GRAVES ELEMENTARY TIGERS
 


 
 

December Teacher of the Month- Raul Zambrano

EPISD Teacher of the Month
The Eagle Pass Independent School District has partnered with local businesses throughout our city to highlight the Teacher of the Month program, which honors educators who have made a difference in our community.  The program recognizes outstanding kindergarten, elementary, junior high, and high school teachers in Eagle Pass, Texas.

Mr. Raul Zambrano, of Seco Mines Elementary School has been named the “Teacher of the Month” for December 2014.  Mr. Zambrano teaches Math and actively participates as a chairperson to his grade level.  He is also a UIL coach and an after school tutorial instructor. Within his classroom he fosters an environment which encourages all students to challenge themselves and that is certainly showcased in his assessment scores at the end of the school year.   The impact he has on his students is truly a testament to his diligent teaching practices within his subject.  Mr. Zambrano has a strong commitment to his school but above all his involvement, and dedication to his profession makes him a strong asset to our district.  Mr. Raul Zambrano is truly an asset to the students of Seco Mines.  He is a strong leader and an outstanding teacher who recognizes the importance of overall academic success within his campus.  It is for all these reasons that we are honored to designate Mr. Zambrano as the “Teacher of the Month” for December 2014.

A segment will appear on iVision throughout the month of December detailing many more accomplishments of Mr. Zambrano.  This month he will also appear on community media, news publications and the EPISD website throughout December 2014.

A teacher will be selected each month through June 2015 for a total of nine (9) honorees.  The “Teacher of the Month” will be chosen based on educational achievements in the classroom, community contributions and innovativeness of the program/techniques used by the teacher. The “Teacher of the Month” will receive a certificate of recognition and will be featured on iVision, local media news, news publications and radio broadcasting.  Additionally, each “Teacher of the Month” will receive donations from local businesses.

This month we would like to thank our sponsors, Walmart, Ashley Furniture and Ancira Ford – Eagle Pass.  

ECC Lil Hero

A 5-year-old Early Childhood Center (ECC) student was recently honored by the community for saving his parents from a house fire.

The Eagle Pass Police Department along with several other community and school officials gathered on the morning of December 15, to recognize a brave young boy from Early Childhood Center (ECC) named Matheew Hernandez

EPISD and City Officials were invited to participate with the staff of ECC as they gave special recognition to Matheew Hernandez naming him "Hero for a Day."
This brave 5 year old saved his family from a fire that caused the family to lose their home and all personal belongings.  Luckily for the Hernandez family, Matthew remembered his fire safety and prevention visit to our local EPFD and alarmed his family.
Because of his quick thinking he saved his parents, little sister and grandfather.


Yesterday Matheew was declared Honorary Mayor for a Day by Mayor Ramsey English Cantu.
 




Monday, December 15, 2014

Mark Your Calendars!


Way to go Mav Cheer Squad!

Congratulations to this AWESOME group of girls from C.C. Winn High School!
The Maverick Cheer Squad competed this past weekend in the AMERICAN CHEER POWER CHAMPIONSHIP and placed 1st against tough competition. We would like to congratulate Winn sponsors, Angie Vasquez-Venegas and Melissa Jacquez for their hard work and dedication to the squad. Way to go girls!
                   

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Liberty Elementary Raises its Blue Ribbon Flag

On Monday, December 8, Mayor Ramsey English Cantu along with city and school board officials, visited Liberty Elementary School for a ceremony to raise the Blue Ribbon Flag.  Liberty Elementary School recently received the prestigious National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C. and, since then, it has been a year of celebration for the students, faculty and staff. Liberty Elementary, accepted a National Blue Ribbon Award at a ceremony this past November hosted by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for the winners.

The award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or for their progress toward significantly improving student academic achievement levels. Receiving the National Blue Ribbon Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon any school, public or private. It’s a reflection of the extraordinary professional educators  who  are  at Liberty Elementary.


Congratulations to their Principal Mrs. Barcena, the students and entire staff of Liberty Elementary on their commitment to excellence!

 
 





 
 
 
 
 

 


Monday, December 1, 2014

LDC

 Classes for the Language Development Center (LDC) will resume tomorrow morning, December 2, 2014 at their regularly scheduled time of 9:00 a.m.
Water services have been restored to the campus.

Early Dismissal for LDC - December 1, 2014

A broken water line at Language Development Center has caused EPISD to send students home early Monday December 1, 2014, and cancel classes for the entire day.

Early dismissal time is 10:00 a.m. for all LDC students.  As of 10:00 a.m. EPISD busses will begin picking up students who are on campus and returning them to their homes.

EPISD plans to resume classes tomorrow morning after assurance that service will be restored to the campus.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

EPISD November Teacher of the Month

The Eagle Pass Independent School District has partnered with local businesses throughout our city to highlight the Teacher of the Month program, which honors educators who have made a difference in our community.  The program recognizes outstanding kindergarten, elementary, junior high, and high school teachers in Eagle Pass, Texas.

Ms. Vanessa Gonzalez of Robert E. Lee Elementary has been selected as the “Teacher of the Month” for the month of November.  Her highly effective, caring, and enthusiastic attitude personifies what it is to be an excellent educator. Vanessa instructs her second graders with fun and effective lessons that target the student experience that help them develop an appreciation for learning.  She makes concepts and skills come to life.  When she isn’t teaching her second grade class, Ms. Gonzalez volunteers in her spare time.  She sponsors the Lee basketball team and actively participates in PTO.  She is a true advocate for student success and well-being.  Great teachers like Vanessa challenge, motivate, and inspire. It is those characteristics that have awarded her the title of Teacher of the Month.

A segment will appear on iVision throughout the month of November detailing many more accomplishments of Ms. Gonzalez.  This month she will also appear on community media, news publications and the EPISD website throughout November 2014.

A teacher will be selected each month through June 2015 for a total of nine (9) honorees.  The “Teacher of the Month” will be chosen based on educational achievements in the classroom, community contributions and innovativeness of the program/techniques used by the teacher. The “Teacher of the Month” will receive a certificate of recognition and will be featured on iVision, local media news, news publications and radio broadcasting.  Additionally, each “Teacher of the Month” will receive donations from local businesses.

This month we would like to thank our sponsors, Walmart, Chilies, Ancira Ford – Eagle Pass and Ashley Furniture.

  

                                                             

                       

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Live Streaming Blue Ribbon Recognition Ceremony

 
The 2014 National Blue Ribbon Recognition Ceremony including two of EPISD's very own will be live-streamed. The coverage will include representation from Liberty Elementary and will feature Monday’s Opening Plenary (12:45 to 2:00 pm); Tuesday’s Investing in Leadership Session (8:00 to 9:30 am) and Tuesday’s 2014 Recognition Ceremony luncheon with Secretary Duncan's congratulatory remarks followed by the award presentations to schools. (12:30 to 4:30 pm).  Our community can watch by accessing the U.S. Department of Education channel this Today: http://liveeventaccess.com/blueribbon/

Thank a Vet

Eagle Pass ISD students and staff recognize the importance and significance of the selfless contributions of our Veterans. 
 
 
Thank you to all of our Veterans
 

Monday, November 10, 2014

BOOK IT!


BOOK IT! Program Honors National Young Readers Week November 10-14 with PRINCIPAL CHALLEGE

On November 10-14, Pizza Hut and its BOOK IT! Program will continue its tradition of challenging principals across the United States to become shining examples for literacy and the BOOK IT! Program.  This year the challenge continues by choosing one day to read all day long, from first bell to last during “National Young Readers Week” in fun, unique and engaging ways.   

The Principal Challenge is part of Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Programs.  National Young Readers Week is a celebration that is an annual event co-founded by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.  One lucky elementary school principal will win 101 copies for their library of the ninth book in the Wimpy Kid series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul which releases on November 4th.   Jeff Kinney, author of the Wimpy Kid books, will personally autograph one of the books for the principal who read their heart out.

This year, Principal Rosanna Rios from Nellie Mae Glass will be reading to the entire school from first bell to last on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 to celebrate BOOK IT!’s 30th birthday and to raise awareness for the importance of literacy and generate a passion for reading among young people.

In addition to National Young Reader’s Week, Pizza Hut is offering exciting elements this year for current BOOK IT! kids including a BOOK IT! Alumni program, passport to $30k college plan sweepstakes, the first ever BOOK IT! mobile app and a free custom online story from Jeff Kinney.

STATISTICS:       
More than 630,000 classrooms annually use The BOOK IT! Program

Over the past 30 years, Pizza Hut has rewarded more than 60 million students for reading more than 54 billion minutes

Jeff Kinney, The New York Times best-selling author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, has been a proud partner of BOOK IT! since 2012


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Congratulations to the Eagle Pass Education Foundation (EPEF) recipients on being awarded grant money for use in their classrooms. A special "thank you" to all the  applicants for submitting their projects for approval. These applicants demonstrated enthusiasm in improving their students learning achievement.
The grants are part of the EPEF's annual program, in which proposals for innovative classroom programs are selected to receive funding through a competitive process.

The non-profit organization formed in 2011, recognizes educators’ efforts to fund innovation.

EPEF received double the amount of applications this year, a testament both to its continued growth and the needs of Eagle Pass Schools.  All of the funding requests were compelling and worthy of attention, which made the selection process that much more challenging.  Those chosen represent EPEF’s best efforts to fund a broad range of innovative student experiences.


Education Foundation Prize Patrol consisting of (pictured L to R) Andres
Beattie, Olga Ramos, Enrique Montalvo, Claudio Heredia, Claudia
Wright, Gilberto Gonzalez, Hilda Martinez, Norma Serna and
Jesus Sanchez



 
The Eagle Pass Education Foundation is run by a volunteer board working to support the EPISD by advocating for excellence in education, connecting schools and our community, and supporting students and teachers.  They are committed to making these kinds of grants and continue to increase both the numbers and funding amounts of grants as the foundation grows.

 




Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Volleyball playoffs continue tonight- Good Luck to our Eagle Pass High School Lady Eagles as they take on the McAllen High Lady Bulldogs in Laredo!

 GO LADY EAGLES! BEAT THE LADY BULLDOGS!
It's Election Day- have you voted?
 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Congratulations to the Eagle Pass High School Cross Country Team. On Saturday November 01, the team competed at the UIL Region IV Cross Country Championships.

The Varsity Boys Team, under the guidance and direction of Mr. Juan Gonzalez place 2nd and qualified for the State Meet for the 5th year in a row.

Jezabelle Rodriguez, who is a member of the Varsity Girls team, qualified individually. She is the first female from Eagle Pass High School since 1984 to qualify to the State Meet.

The State Meet will be held in Roundrock, TX at Old Settlers Park on November 8th. The girls and boys are both scheduled to compete at 12:00pm and 12:30pm

Congratulations to BOTH VARSITY TEAMS on A JOB WELL DONE and BEST OF LUCK at STATE!
San Antonio's spookiest boos and ghouls!
Just a little FYI for you….. Ambar Rodriguez, Graves Elementary 6th grade student was featured on KENS News station for her VERY original Halloween costume, “Tim Duncan-Donut”.  Ambar also won the “Most Original Costume” at the Graves Halloween Costume Contest & Parade.  Way to Go Graves Tigers!  Always so spirited and always surprising with great costumes!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween EPISD


Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2014



The CC WINN Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Oct. 30, and will start at 6:30 p.m. at the San Juan Plaza.

The Pep Rally will begin right after the parade loops around to the Plaza.

Show your community SUPPORT today at the parade, and again at tomorrow's game. CC WINN Homecoming will be at the Student Activity Center 7:00p.m. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

EPHS volleyball team has qualified for the UIL state playoffs as the fourth place team from district 29-6A.

The first round playoff information is as follows:
EPHS vs. McAllen HS 
-Site of match is Laredo Martin HS (2002 San Bernardo Avenue, Laredo, Texas 78040)
-Day/Date is Tuesday, November 4, 2014
-Time is 6 PM
-Ticket prices are $4 for adults, $2 for students
 
 

Maverick Debate competes at “Tournament That Teaches”

On Saturday, October 25th, the Maverick Debate Team traveled to Burnet High School to compete in the “Tournament That Teaches”.  Twenty nine participating schools competed in seven speaking events.  Paola Garcia-Zuazua competed in Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate; Luis Contreras & Adriana Ibarra competed in Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate; the team of Adrian Gonzalez/Issac Turribate competed in Varsity Cross Examination Debate; the teams of Francisco Becerril/Alberto DeLaCruz & Eric Chavarria/Juan Ortiz competed in Novice Cross Examination Debate, and Stephanie Martinez competed in Informative Speaking.

Placing first in Novice Cross-Examination Debate was the Maverick team of Francisco Becerril and Alberto De La Cruz.  Placing third in Novice Informative Speaking was Stephanie Martinez. 
 
Congratulations go out to the whole team for a good performance at a very competitive event.

Maverick Speech Team


Juniors:               
Paola Garcia-Zuazua   
Adrian Gonzalez
Issac Turrubiate
Luis Contreras
Sophomores :    
Alberto De La Cruz
Franciso Becerril
Adriana Ibarra
Eric Chavarria
Juan Ortiz
Stephanie Martinez
 
Coach/Drivers:  Randy & Phyllis Laurence

Monday, October 27, 2014

EPISD College Night

The annual EPISD College Night will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4 from 6:00-8:00 pm drawing colleges and universities from across the nation.
 Hundreds of EPISD students are expected to attend the event which will be held in the Gym at C.C. Winn High School off of Foster Maldonado.

College Night is an excellent event that provides students and their parents the opportunity to become more familiar with institutions of higher education from all over Texas and the nation. Face-to-face interaction with representatives from various colleges and universities is informative for parents and a valuable experience for our students when faced with making important decisions about their future.
It allows students to plan accordingly for their future and prepare for what lies ahead.

It is suggested that students arrive early and should remember to:
  • Bring a pencil and paper
  • Decide which colleges to visit before arrival
  • Think about questions for the college representative ahead of time
  • Ask for the college representative's business card

Monday, October 20, 2014

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK

Eagle Pass Independent School District celebrates National School Bus Safety Week on October 20-24, 2014. Schools and safety advocates throughout the Maverick County are using the week as an opportunity to highlight the importance of school bus safety. This week, The Texas Department Public Safety has been working side by side with our School District bus drivers to ensure public vigilance within our school zones. Motorists should be reminded of their important role in stopping and exercising care and patience when a school bus flashes its red lights and extends its stop arm. 

For years, school buses have provided safe access to learning for Eagle Pass school children through secure and dependable transportation to schools. School Bus Safety Week reminds students, parents and motorists of their important role in school bus safety

More than 5000 students ride the school bus in Eagle Pass, Texas each day, with more than 26 million school children transported in 480,000 school buses nationwide.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

EPISD October Teacher of the Month

EPISD Teacher of the Month

The Eagle Pass Independent School District has partnered with local businesses throughout our city to highlight the Teacher of the Month program, which honors educators who have made a difference in our community.  The program recognizes outstanding kindergarten, elementary, junior high, and high school teachers in Eagle Pass, Texas.

Mrs. Graciela Villalobos has been inspiring students in our District for over twenty five years. This Veteran educator was named the EPISD October “Teacher of the Month.”  Graciela began her teaching career as an instructional assistant where she worked hand and hand for over twenty years with numerous educators. Gaining experience and working with children of the district, she continued her professional educational career and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. For the last six years this “Kennedy Favorite” has been a highly requested Pre-Kindergarten teacher. She is compassionate, understanding, and loving towards all of her students and her Kennedy family.  Her style of teaching incorporates the use of technology and engaging manipulatives which stimulate little learner’s minds.  She is the perfect example of a teacher who teaches from the heart.  It is for all these reasons that she is an outstanding Teacher and the Teacher of the Month for October.   

A segment will appear on iVision throughout the month of October detailing many more accomplishments of Mrs. Villalobos.  This month he will also appear on community media, news publications and the EPISD website throughout October 2014.

A teacher will be selected each month through June 2015 for a total of nine (9) honorees.  The “Teacher of the Month” will be chosen based on educational achievements in the classroom, community contributions and innovativeness of the program/techniques used by the teacher. The “Teacher of the Month” will receive a certificate of recognition and will be featured on iVision, local media news, news publications and radio broadcasting. Additionally, each “Teacher of the Month” will receive donations from local businesses.

This month we would like to thank our sponsors, Walmart, Chili's, and Ancira Ford – Eagle Pass

Facts YOU should know!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Red Ribbon Week


Lets Fight the Flu!

EPISD Health Services Department would like to inform everyone that October marks the official month when seasonal influenza starts.  School nursing staff
actively conducts yearly influenza-like symptoms surveillance during the flu season. They monitor all those students that present with fever of 100 degree Fahrenheit and display any flu-like symptoms such as cough, sore throat, runny nose or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches and fatigue. Those students will be sent home with the instructions not to return to school until, they are fever free without any use of medication for fever. Parents are instructed to seek medical attention if fever and symptoms persist for more than 24 hours.  All school nurses keep a log tracking the number of cases reported and on a weekly basis submits those numbers to the Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

We would like to remind everyone that good hand washing with the use of soap and water is the best way of practicing preventive measures of spreading communicable diseases.  We will continue to assess, refer, and provide instructions to students, staff, and parents as needed.

 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Striking Winn Silver Guard and Drumline

On Saturday, October 11, 2014  the C.C.Winn Striking Silver Guard obtained 1st place in the 5A Classification at the North Side Marching Band Festival.
C.C. Winn Thundering Band obtained 3rd place in the 5A Classification at the Harlandale Marching Festival. The Striking Silver Guard and Drumline obtained the "Best Color Guard" and "Best Drumline" Awards at the same festival.

 Congratulations the Mighty Mavericks and their accomplishments!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

EPISD Fall Festivals


EPISD Red Ribbion Campaigns



SARS PREP for 2014-2015


 
Eagle Pass ISD Service Advocate Recruiters attended two days of inservice in preparation for school year 2014-2015. In addition to the ESC Region 20 Migrant Program Certification Training held Thursday, September 25, they received extensive information the following day regarding an Overview of Migrant Program Duties and Responsibilities; Documentation & Evidence of Services; New Generation System and PEIMS Reports; Services for Homeless

Families/McKinney Vento; Title I, Part
A Services/Economically
Disadvantaged; Instructional Support
Services and Migrant District Wide
Recruitment.
Pictured addressing the SARS is
Rolando Salinas, Federal Programs
Director. Assisting with the training
was Rodolfo Musquiz, Migrant
Program Coordinator, Gilberto
Sanchez, Bilingual/GT/Fine Arts
Director, Tracy Mynar-Melendrez,
Title I Evaluator, David Camarrillo,
Director for Instructional Services
and Lana Harper, Staff
Development/Parental Involvement.