Monday, September 29, 2014

State FFA Convention

On July 14th the Eagle Pass FFA Chapter traveled to Fort Worth to the 86th Annual Texas FFA Convention. Students competed at the state level in speaking competitions, compete in a talent competition, received their Lone Star FFA Degree, and serve as voting delegates for our chapter. Alexis De La Garza competed in the State Soil Stewardship in where she prepared 5-7 minute speech over a topic related to soil and placed 9th. Karina Garcia competed in the Spanish Creed Speaking where she competed against 48 other students from around the state of Texas and placed 3rd. Dustin De La Garza had an outstanding performance in front of 8,000 people but came short with votes. Dakota Betancourt, Larissa Buentello, and Bertha Alicia Torres all received their Lone Star FFA Degrees.
Congratulations to these fine individuals, the FFA program, and of course the CTE program for supporting the students of EPISD. 

True Act of Kindness

In an act of kindness Mrs.Renteria of Memorial Junior High took it upon herself to formulate an online auction to collect money for one of her co workers.  During this time of stress  Mrs.T. Irracheta; 7th grade Math teacher and her family find themselves facing  an adverse situation.  One of her nine month old twins is in need of a heart transplant.

In an admirable gesture, Mrs. Reniria  took it upon herself to start an online auction and be able to collect sufficient fund to help the cause.  Over $1, 400 dollars is to be donated to Baby Lexy Irracheta.

Memorial Junior High has showcased True Staff Support and for that we CONGRATULATE Mrs. Renteria and her true example of care and consideration!


Congratulations, Mr. Mendoza!

It is with a heavy heart that Memorial Junior High  says farewell to Mr. Mendoza, Social Studies teacher and department chair.  Mr. Mendoza served Memorial Junior High for 20 years! He was and will continue to be remembered on his campus as symbol of loyalty, honesty, friendship, go-getter, mentor, and leader.

He leaves the MJH campus to continue his loyal service to our community at C.C. Winn High School in where he will be administering the position of Assistant Principal.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

LIVE the DREAM Tour visits CC WINN

Voted North America's #1 Youth Motivational Comedian two years in a row, David Edward Garcia made a visit to C.C. Winn High on September 24 to share his message of hope and motivation.  He delivered his message with a motivational comedy routine that has dazzled and moved audiences, from elementary schools to high schools and college campuses around the globe.

With, what he states as an "nomadic upbringing," he began traveling internationally as a teen and this early exposure to different cultures earned him many valuable insights that he shares from the stage.  He is a YouTube legend, elite-level athlete, and for many border students, the ultimate hero.
The Mighty Maverick Senior class enjoyed  the hour long presentation  from his LiveTheDreamTour.  The tour itself includes 10,000 students, 1,254 miles, 14 shows, 5 days, 1border, 1 tour, 1 Dream!

Within the presentation David empathized with students who face border challenges because he was once considered an "at-risk student" living along the Texas-Mexico border himself before defying the odds and graduating with a bachelor's degree and then continuing his education and earning his Master’s Degree.  David is taking his message of hope and sharing it with the students across the border.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September is Attendance Awareness Month

September for Attendance Awareness Month! The Eagle Pass Independent School District wants to be certain that all students are in their classrooms on a daily basis.

Celebrated for the first time in September 2013, Attendance Awareness Month is a nationwide event recognizing the connection between school attendance and academic achievement.

Together, as a district lets  promote the value of good attendance but also to take concrete steps toward reducing chronic absence with in our classrooms.

Motivating students after a long summer is not an easy task. A lot of children may never be as enthusiastic about school as you would like, but there are some things you can do to get your students to at least show some interest in being "PRESENT" in their education.

1. Be Enthusiastic
Hearing you have an interest in what they have done during the day may be all the motivation your student needs.  Also ask questions to find out what your students likes and dislikes about school. There may be something going on at school that is causing your them to be unmotivated. It may be a another teacher who is giving them a hard time or a fall-out with a friend. If you are able to help uncover the problem, your child they be more eager to go to school

2. Remind them of the Benefits of Education
Take time to explain to your unenthusiastic student the benefits of getting an education and how that will affect their future. Describe the different careers that will be available to them when they are educated versus when they are not, and the different salaries they can earn. A reality check can do wonders for motivation.

3. Celebrate Achievements
Letting your students know you are proud of what they accomplish in your classes can be a huge motivator. Even if it is just a " Good Job!"

Say goodbye to summer EPISD!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Drug take-back day set for September 27th

Now is the perfect time to empty medicine cabinets, bedside tables, and kitchen drawers of unwanted, unused, and expired prescription drugs as the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) along with the Eagle Pass Police Department will  hold its annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, September 27.

The Take-Back Day, focuses on providing a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal.  All unused, unneeded, and expired prescription medicines will be accepted – NO QUESTIONS ASKED.  This past fall, the DEA collected 390 tons of prescription medications from more than 6,000 locations nationwide.

The collection site will be located in the parking lot of the IBC Bank located at 2395 East Main St. from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  This is a free and anonymous service will help keep your home safe and could save lives.   For more information, please feel free to visit, or contact the DEA at (830) 752-4005.

 The Eagle Pass Independent School District
       Is seeking TEACHER nominations for the

District-Wide Educational
Improvement Council

Elections for the Council will be
 held September 25, 2014.
 Deadline for filing nominations is

September 18, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Nominate Your Favorite Educators Now for an H-E-B Excellence in Education Award

Know of an educator in Texas who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of their students and their community? Submit the name of a teacher, school district, early childhood facility or school board today for a 2015 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award, placing them on the path toward winning cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $100,000.  Nominations for the awards are being accepted online at through December 7, 2014.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Today we remember those who were lost on 9-11 and honor all those who serve our country.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Former EPHS student named "Battalion Honor Man"

Jacob Escamilla, a former Eagle Pass High School student and Texas 92nd AFJROTC Wing Commander, finished his Marine Corps basic training on the 5th of September as the "Battalion Honor Man." 
The "Battalion Honor Man Award" recognizes the top Marine Recruit for the entire Battalion at Camp Pendleton MCRD.  Lance Corporal Jacob Escamilla bested 436 other recruits from around the country to take the coveted award.

Good Luck Liberty

The Texas Education Agency announced the nomination of 25 Texas public schools for national 2014 Blue Ribbon Schools recognitions back in February 2014.
Founded in 1982, Blue Ribbon Schools is a U.S. Department of Education program that recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels. 
The nominated schools in Texas include Eagle Pass’ very own Liberty ElementaryAll schools that have been nominated for the 2014 honor were selected as exemplary high performing schools as measured by state assessments.  The nominations where just an early step in a rigorous application process  of awarding National Blue Ribbons.  The U.S. Department of Education will announce this year’s winners on Tuesday Sept 30, 2014.
Best wishes to Liberty Elementary and Congratulations on the excellent service they are providing to their students.

Congratulations Rogelio Gonzalez

Back on April 12, 2014 six Eagle Pass ISD School Bus Drivers competed against Regions 20-13 at the annual Bus Rodeo.

The competition consisted of 12 events including but not limited to Vehicle Inspection, Railroad Crossing, the Curb Line Event, Stop Line Event and General Knowledge Test.

Eagle Passes very own Rogelio Gonzalez placed 2nd at the Rodeo and competed at the state level on June 21 in Corpus Christi Texas.  He competed at the Texas Association of Pupil Transportation State Conference and it was there that Mr Gonzalez placed 3rd place.

This past July, Mr. Gonzalez competed on a national level in South Carolina where he was ranked in the top 15. 
Congratulations to Mr Gonzalez for his efforts and dedication to being one of the best in the state of Texas!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Eagle Pass Independent School District’s (EPISD) communications and public information office is responsible for maintaining effective communications within the Eagle Pass Independent School District.  It also serves parents and other members of the community and the news media by delivering clear, timely and accurate information about EPISD.  We communicate the objectives and accomplishments of EPISD so that the public effectively understands district functions and goals.

The communications office also encourages and coordinates news coverage with media, arranges staff interviews and provides responses to requests for information to promote full public understanding of EPISD issues, policies and accomplishments.
Our role at EPISD is to produce publications or television segments with substantive and timely information that showcase the strength and diversity of EPISD academic, artistic, athletic and extra-curricular programs and promote EPISD numerous awards, honors and accolades earned by the students, teachers, and administrators.
We highlight and support individual schools, teachers, principals, our  superintendent, school board, and other executive staff in actively communicating, new policies and procedures and EPISD programs.
How we communicate : 
In order to provide timely information both internally and externally, EPISD communicates using the following methods:
 Our daily updated BLOG, includes important dates and announcements and will keep you informed on the latest district updates.

The EPISD Web site includes press releases and other useful information such as calendars and contact information. 

Channel 16 iVision and the EPISD YouTube channel showcases talented student accomplishments, accolades and campus visits.

Social Media, keep up with the latest tweets on our district with TWITTER
 Stay informed and connected to your district!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Watch the Friday Night Lights starting at 7:30 pm tonight for C.C. Winn vs. Carrizo Springs at Carrizo Spring Stadium or EPHS vs. Laredo Nixon in Laredo .


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sept. 8-11, 2014
Back to School Meet the Teacher Night & PTO Meeting from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm!

Up Coming Events
Sept. 1-5, 2014
❦ Secondary School Schedule Changes
September 2, 2014
❦ Pealized Math for 1st Grade Group A @ De Luna Center 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

September 3, 2014
❦ Pealized Math for 1st Grade Group B @ De Luna Center 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

September 4, 2014
❦ Sharon Wells Math Training for 2nd Grade Group A @ De Luna Center 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

September 5, 2014
❦ Sharon Wells Math Training for 2nd Grade Group B @ De Luna Center 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 8-12, 2014
❦ BOY DRA/EDL 1st Grade Students & New Students to District

❦ Credit-By-Exam Registration Window

September 8, 2014
❦ Sharon Wells Math Training for 3rd Grade Group A @ SAC Fine Arts 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 8-11, 2014
Back to School Meet the Teacher Night & PTO
Meeting [5:30 pm to 7:30 pm]
September 9, 2014
❦ Sharon Wells Math Training for 3rd Grade Group B @ SAC Fine Arts 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

❦ Board Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.

September 10, 2014
❦ Sharon Wells Math Training for 4th Grade @ SAC Fine Arts 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

September 11, 2014
❦ Principals’ Meeting @ De Luna 8:00 a.m.

❦ “Six Pillars of Character” Character Counts Counselors’ Meeting 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ SAC Conference Room B

❦ Sharon Wells Math Training for 5th Grade @ SAC Fine Arts 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

❦ Kinder Math TEKS Training Group A @ DSC Board Room 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

September 12, 2014
❦ Kinder Math TEKS Training Group B @ DSC Board Room 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

September 15, 2014
❦ Reading Comprehension for 3rd Grade Group A @ De Luna 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 15-26, 2014
❦ BOY TMSFA (7th-8th)

September 16, 2014
❦ Reading Comprehension for 3rd Grade Group B @ De Luna 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

September 17, 2014
❦ Reading Comprehension for 4th Grade Group A @ De Luna 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

❦ Dropout Committee Meeting #1 Migrant PBMAS @ De Luna IT Lab

September 18, 2014
❦ Reading Comprehension for 4th Grade Group B @ De Luna 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

❦ 6th Grade Math Training @ District Service Center Board Room 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM

❦ G/T Training Day 4 for All New Teachers @ SAC Fine Arts 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

September 19, 2014
❦ LPAC Due

❦ G/T Training Day 5 for All New Teachers @ SAC Fine Arts 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

September 22, 2014
❦ Autumn Begins

❦ Reading Comprehension for 5th Grade @ De Luna 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

September 23, 2014
❦ STAAR Narrative for 2nd/3rd Grade ELAR Teachers Group 1@ De Luna Center 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

September 24. 2014
❦ STAAR Narrative for 2nd/3rd Grade ELAR Teachers Group 2 @ De Luna Center 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

September 25, 2014
❦ ASVAB @ CC Winn HS

❦ STAAR Narrative for 2nd/3rd Grade ELAR Teachers Group 3 @ De Luna Center 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

September 26, 2014
❦ Texas Instruments (TI) training for 7th/8th Math teachers @ De Luna Center 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

❦ Scholars of the Month Nominations Due

September 29-Oct. 3
Annual Title I Part A Fall Parental Meeting [9:00
a.m. & 5:00 p.m.] & Teacher/Parent ConferenceNight [6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.] Window

September 29, 2014

❦ Permanent Records Update Deadline

September 30, 2014
❦ Coffee with the Principal @ 9:00 a.m. Jr. High