Friday, April 22, 2016

CC Winn Robotics

On February 26 through the 28 Francisco Becerril, Norberto Barragan, Joaquin J. Contreras and Jose D. Noriega traveled to Laredo, Texas and competed in Texas A&M International University Robotics Competition. They competed amongst a large pool of Gear Up students from all over south Texas including Early College and La Hoya High School. These students showed the true excellence C.C. Winn students have to offer by being awarded Best Design for this year’s objective which was to rescue a man from Mars. They also received a Congressional Certificate of Recognition from U.S Representative for Texas's 28th congressional district, Henry Cuellar.
These students will travel to Dallas to tour the stomping grounds of Texas Instruments. They will get a full tour so students are aware of the different areas Texas Instruments works with in the hopes that they would soon intern and become the future of the STEM community.

Written by Aylin Garcia

CC Winn Made Sweepstakes

C. C. Winn Student Council President, Vice President and sponsors attended the TASC State Report Judging this past Saturday at O’Connor High. After a full year of projects and hard work....WINN StuCo is happy to announce that they've made Sweepstakes for yet another year! They were awarded recognition in all 5 categories: Pride & Patriotism, D.A.S.H. (Drugs, alcohol, safety, and health), Energy & Environment, Community Service, and Outstanding Council.  Next, the C. C. Winn Student Council will be attending the annual State Convention in April in Arlington, Tx.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Local organization, Eagle Pass HEROES, donated over 40 iPads to Eagle Pass Independent School District Special Education classrooms on April 20, 2016.  At an event hosted by the Eagle Pass Independent School District Administration and Special Education Director, Elizabeth Torres, the iPads were delivered to special education representatives for every campus in the district.

Eagle Pass HEROES was formed by a local group of individuals who were interested in improving access to resources for children with special needs in our community.

“Our organization was formed to assist children in our area with special needs obtain resources that will assist in their developmental and educational success,” said Catrina Purcell Longoria, the organization’s Executive Director.  As the parent of a child with autism, Mrs. Longoria understands the importance of providing resources to the children in the community to help them develop into successful adults.  With the support of fellow board members Wendy Maurer, Elizabeth Perez and Nikolas Libson, the organization was able to generate sufficient funds to get iPads into the special educations classrooms district-wide. 

“Working on this project for the kids in our community reminded me why I love Eagle Pass and why I came back to Eagle Pass to pursue my career,” said Mrs. Longoria.  “The generosity of our community and the way everyone comes together for a good cause makes me proud to call Eagle Pass my home.”  Eagle Pass HEROES has already received commitments from other contributors and expects to donate additional iPads to the district before the end of the 2015-2016 school year.  Eagle Pass HEROES is working closely with newly appointed Special Education Director, Elizabeth Torres, to identify the needs of the special education children and find funding sources to meet those needs.

The purpose behind the donation of the iPads to the special education classrooms was to put proven technology in the hands of the children who can benefit from it the most.  Numerous studies have supported the use of devices such as iPads for the development and education of children with special needs.

There are 5 key features that make the iPad most beneficial to helping children with disabilities[1]:

1. Accessibility Features

2. Special Education Apps

3. Over 20,000 Education Apps for iPad

4. Portability

5. Motivation

It is well known that iPad touch technology supports interactive features that include drag and drop, tap, swipe, shake and drawing. These features add an element of fun to activities, making many apps a cross-over between “educational” and “games.” This creates motivational incentives for children to engage who might otherwise be less motivated.

The donation of the iPads by Eagle Pass HEROES was made possible due to the generous support of community partners like Aguila Construction, Morris & Dora Libson Family, Hilda Martinez Caballero & Family, Dr. Hector Alvarez and Eagle Pass Dental Clinic, La Guadalupana Adult Day Care, Superintendent of Schools--Mr. Gilberto Gonzalez, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Johnson, EPHS Administrator--Mr. John Cox, Ms. Sandra Ruiz Rodriguez with Rio Insurance Agency, Kunafin-The Insectory and Escamilla and Poneck, Inc.

For more information about Eagle Pass HEROES, please contact Catrina Purcell Longoria at 830-773-6700.

Eagle Pass HS Robotics Competition

Eagle Pass High School had 4 teams participate in the Robotics Competition which took place at Texas A&M International University.The Az-Tech team was given the Most Spirted Award for showed the most spirt as a whole while working together to accomplish the task they were given. Not only did each member receive a personal TiNspire calculator but they are going on a 4 day tour around Texas visiting the top engineering schools sponsored by Gear Up IV and Texas Instrument. They also received a Congressional Certificate from Congressman Henry Cuellar. Please me know if you have any other questions.

From the top left we have Mr. Cox (Principle), Cosme Rodriguez (Student), Miguel Gonzales (Student) , Arnulfo Gonzalez (Gear Up Coordinator), Sergio Escamilla(Student), Michael Cole (Student), Mr. Bryne (Ast. Principle)
From Bottom left we have Oscar Pena (Student), Janell Garza (Student), Pele Manaku (Student), Matthew Escobedo(Student) .

Friday, April 15, 2016

Memorial Jr. High supports Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness month.
This is Memorial Jr. High Special Ed Department sporting their Autism Awareness shirts

Eagle Pass FFA Keeps the Drive Alive

On April 14, 2015 the Eagle Pass FFA Chapter traveled to Robstown to compete in the Area X Career Development Event (CDE) competitions. Students who traveled competed in Milk Quality and Products, Farm Business Management, Entomology, Poultry, Vet Science, and Livestock Judging.  Results were 1st Place in Milk Quality & Products out of 24 teams and advances to State, 5th Place in Farm Business Management out of 11 teams and advances to State, 6th Place in Poultry out of 31 teams, 8th Place in Entomology out of 26 teams, 14th Place in Vet Science out of 38 teams, and 39th Place in Livestock Judging out of 75 teams.  Top individuals are listed by their name. Congratulations to all those who competed and good luck at state!

Milk Quality & Products
Farm Business Management
Sebastian Adan (4th)
Naila Telles (8th)
Ashley Martinez
Monica Adan
Eduardo De La Garza (3rd )
Karina Garcia (10th)
Amanda Martinez
Jazmin Guerra
Pearl Jimenez (9th )
Julieta Leija – De Leon
Alexis De La Garza
Jesse Dena
Thaliza Martinez
Hannah Wauson
Andrea Flores
Martha Salazar

Vet Science

Livestock Judging


Maghan Trevino
Orlando Nava
Keren Munoz

Fatima Salinas
Yakelyn Mascorro

Victor Villasana
AnnMarie Aza

Veronkia Lopez
Ty Ramirez

Alex Flores