Thursday, March 27, 2014

Don't Forget

Don't forget- tomorrow (March 28) is an early release day for elementary and middle schools and high schools

High School       1:00

Junior High       1:00

Elementary       12:15

Kindergarten   12:45

PreK (AM)         10:45

PreK (PM)          12:45

MJH Spring News Letter


{1st Row: L to R} Alan Reyes Rodriguez, Frank Chavarria, Bethzaida Navarro, Paola Zuazua, Herminia Cruz, Sofia Casas, Jesus Vasquez; {2nd Row: L to R} David Chavarria, Juan De Hoyos, Jose Pedro Jimenez, Alberto Hernandez, Rodrigo Borrego, Adrian Gonzalez, Juan Guerra

On March 21-22, 2014, C.C. Winn High School traveled to Alexander High School in Laredo, Texas and participated in the District 29-5A Academic District Meet. Individual results are as followed:

In Computer Science: Jesus Vasquez – 2nd Place {Advances to Regionals}, David Chavarria – 3rd Place

(Advances to Regionals)

In Feature Writing: Arianna Gomez – 5th Place

In Headline Writing: Sofia Casas – 1st Place {Advances to Regionals}

In Lincoln Douglas Debate: Paola Garcia-Zuazua – 1st Place {Advances to Regionals}, Juan Guerra – 2nd Place

{Advances to Regionals}, and Rodrigo Borrego – 3rd Place {Advances to Regionals}

In News Writing: Arianna Gomez – 5th Place

In Persuasive Speaking: Adrian Gonzalez – 3rd Place {Advances to Regionals}

In Poetry Interpretation: Karina Esquivel – 6th Place

In Prose Interpretation: Frank Chavarria – 2nd Place {Advances to Regionals}

In Ready Writing: Arianna Gomez – 5th Place

In Social Studies: Herminia Cruz – 1st Place {Advances to Regionals}, Juan De Hoyos – 4th Place, and Bethzaida Navarro – 6th Place

The C.C. Winn High School took 1st Place team in Computer Science, and in Social Studies. They also took 2nd Place team in Speech.

The Computer Science team is comprised of Jesus Vasquez, David Chavarria, Jose Pedro Jimenez, and Alan Reyes. The Social Studies team is comprised of Herminia Cruz, Juan De Hoyos, Bethzaida Navarro, and Alberto Hernandez. Both teams will also be advancing to Regionals.

The Region IV Academic Meet is scheduled for May 1st – 3rd at UTSA in San Antonio, Texas. We wish the best of luck to all advancing competitors and their coaches. A round of applause is in order for all of the C.C. Winn HS UIL participants and coaches on a job well done.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Memorial Junior High HERO

Hero MJH janitor Mr.Tovar sprang into action this Monday when he saw student gasping for air in the cafeteria.

Ryan Namapee, an 8th grade student at Memorial Jr. High, was choking during lunch and could not breathe.  Mr. Tovar was on duty and noticed Ryan struggling.  He came to Ryan’s aid and assisted him by slapping him on the back until the food was dislodged. 

At Memorial Junior High custodians are also known as Blue Angels because of all they do to help keep our school running smoothly. In addition to their other duties, they are on duty and monitor every day during lunch. 

Tovar exemplifies the best in public education in general, and Eagle Pass in particular. The moral imperative that guides his life is the safety of the children who attend MJH. His selfless act could very well have saved this young man's life. We are fairly certain that Tovar would say that he was just doing his job, but every parent is certainly thankful for people like Tovar who are looking after the safety and welfare of their children.

 We want to thank Mr. Tovar for his quick action.  He knew what needed to be done and remained calm while assisting the student.  

Excellence in Admission College Counseling Award

Texas Tech University has awarded C.C. Winn College Advisor, Mrs. Maria Luisa Uriegas with the first ever
Excellence in Admission College Counseling Award. 

Her level of commitment is truly a testament to the fantastic counselor that she is.  For her dedication and  always going above and beyond in providing access and opportunity to each CC Winn student, we applaud her. Congratulations

MJH Science teacher, Alejandra Martinez selected to attend G-Camp

Geology Camp (G-Camp) is a 17-day field camp for 5th - 12th grade science teachers that gives teachers first-hand experience with the principles of geology in the field, helps develop new curriculum and virtual fieldtrips for their classrooms, and makes learning fun and exciting out of doors. This field experience puts teachers on the outcrop, on the slope of a volcano, on the footwall of a fault, in a spectacular glacial valley, at the toe of a landslide, and in a pristine flowing stream - to mention just a few of the opportunities of G-Camp.
This year, Ms. Alejandra Martinez, who had previously  attended a G-Camp through Texas A&M  was selected to attend a continuation and upper level course this summer.  

In the fall Ms. Martinez will be required to attend a workshop as follow up to the summer field camp. This workshop focuses on the integration of inquiry learning with TEKS objectives to bring the excitement of geology in the field to learning in the classroom.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

7 MJH students accepted into GeoForce program.

GeoForce is an outreach program from the University of Texas at Austin that hopes to get students interested in the earth sciences. this program rewards outstanding 8th through 12th grade students from select South Texas and Houston schools. Students who are selected commit to participate in week-long summer academies that allow students to see the many geological wonders of the United States.  Over the next four years, these students will have the opportunity to travel to Florida, Utah and Arizona, Washington and Oregon, and Virginia and Washington D.C.  Students from 18 school districts in Texas are eligible to apply for the program, but they must meet strict requirements to be selected.

The following Memorial Junior High students were selected for the GeoForce outreach program:

Eliab Chavez
Gladys Contreras
Sasha Corral
Melissa Cura
Alan Gonzalez
Elvis Morales
Daniela Rodriguez-Gomez

 These students who were admitted into the program are given the opportunity to travel around Texas and throughout the country, meet new and inspiring people, and learn about geology and about the career paths in the geosciences. 

Congratulations on these young individuals and this wonderful opportunity. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Eagle Pass Jr High is Moving for Monarchs

The Eagle Pass Junior High School Science Club and science teachers released Monarch
Butterflies during the migration period in Fall 2013 and were featured on a brochure for

EPJH is attempting to create the Butterfly Effect. The idea that small actions can have BIG repercussions  "Saving the world one butterfly at a time..."
The butterflies were shipped from Christine Stahle (Pennsylvania)  and made the overnight trip via air mail.  Seeds were also shipped and EPJH Science Club successfully planted in hopes of the Monarch Butterflies’ returning to South Texas in Spring 2014.

EPISD Teacher of the Month - Angelita Menchaca

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. Angelita Menchaca, the Eagle Pass High School Career and Technology department head, is the “Teacher of the Month” for March 2014.  Angelita is a passionate, creative and assiduous teacher and leader who emphasizes and encourages all her students to pursue a post -secondary education.  Angelita oversees the largest department at EPHS, the Career and Technology Department (CTE), and ensures that the CTE teachers are adequately trained and supplied to provide the highest level of education within the CTE programs.  Angelita truly is an asset to the students at Eagle Pass High School and to her colleagues.  This veteran educator has demonstrated reliability, dependability, resourcefulness and professionalism.  She works very closely with the Counseling Department and College advisors to ensure that she is getting the latest updates on any and all deadlines and applications available to her senior students.   It is for all these reasons that she is an outstanding EPISD Teacher.
A segment will appear on iVision throughout the month of March detailing many more accomplishments of Mrs. Menchaca.  This month she will also appear on community media, news publications and the EPISD website throughout March 2014.
A teacher will be selected each month through June 2014 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, Fuddruckers, Downtown Cupcake Shoppe, and Ancira Ford – Eagle Pass.  

School Board Meeting Reminder

The Eagle Pass Independent School District will be changing the date and the location for their monthly School Board Meeting this March. 

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18 at the De Luna Center located at 649 Webster St.

Monday, March 17, 2014


iVision works to keep the community informed and engaged while promoting the mission, achievements, and challenges of Eagle Pass Independent School District. iVision Channel 16  produces a variety of informational and promotional videos about EPISD educational programs, schools, staff members, students, challenges and successes.

In addition to special event coverage, iVision produces and streams District events such as graduations, school programs, and special events can be viewed on the cable access channel. Videos are also available on demand at EPISD YouTube Channel.


Friday, March 7, 2014

Spring Break

Happy Friday! Not that you need any reminder, but next week is Spring Break! EPISD schools and offices will be closed.
We will reopen Monday, March 17.
Have a happy, safe, and relaxing Spring Break!

Spring Forward

Don't forget to 'spring forward' an hour this weekend! Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Early Childhood students and staff across Eagle Pass ISD are taking part in a celebration of reading this week that honors the birthday of beloved children's author  Dr. Seuss.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
                                                                                 Dr. Seuss


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Spring Festival

Armando Cerna Elementary will be having their annual Spring Festival this Thursday, March 6th from 5:00-7:30p.m.

 Join them for some Spring FUN!

There will be games, food booths, pony rides, train rides, jumping castles, and so much more! 

There will also be a raffle… So mark your calendars for a good time.

What's on your plate?

March is National Nutrition Month
Ask yourself this.... What's on your plate?

Thank You EPISD Diagnosticians

One week in March each year is designated as Educational Diagnostician Week.  This year, Governor Rick Perry designated March 3-7 2014. 

As an ongoing effort to highlight their contributions we would like to thank them for all they do.  These professionals' advanced training in intelligence, psychological and academic assessments, as well as their help developing particular teaching strategies, methods and materials provide educational fundamentals for our students' lifelong success!

Thank you Eagle Pass Independent School District diagnosticians for all you do to serve our students, parents and teachers!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Way to Go Winterguard

C.C. Winn Winterguard was awarded 1st place at Jourdanton High School Invitational this past Saturday.