Friday, January 30, 2015


Hat's off to C.C Winn's
It’s heartwarming to see these young folks enjoying their visit to the sale barn while learning about livestock.

EPISD Shows its LOVE for PIGGY'S

EPISD received recognition at the MCJLS Thursday, January 29 for their contribution to the livestock show and  for their "piggy gram" support!

For the past month piggy grams were sold at participating campuses throughout the district to support  the students in the sale of their MCJLS animal.  Each "piggy" sold helped raise $3857.00

We cant wait to help this project grow over the years.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Since the 1940's, the Maverick County Livestock Show and Sale has been an Eagle Pass ISD tradition that has quietly raised thousands of dollars in college scholarships for students. This year’s event will again draw hundreds of students and livestock bidders.  A portion of the show will also be dedicated to long-time show supporter Jesus (Chuy) Sanchez.

The Maverick County Livestock Show and Sale is scheduled January 26 through January 31 at the Maverick County Show Barn, Maverick County Lake (REAR) in Eagle Pass, Texas.  The event is open to the public, and there is no admission charge.

After months of preparation, hundreds of Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4H students hope their hard work with their animals will pay off, literally.  Animals sold in the Maverick County Livestock Show’s auction earn money for their owners to help pay for college.  In fact, last year’s Grand Champion Steer brought in $14,000, and the Reserve Grand Champion Steer sold for $5,900.

In addition to the judging in the main area, there’s always a flurry of activity in the pens as students prepare their animals for their turn in the show arena.  Hundreds of parents, family members, and fellow competitors are also on hand to watch the judging and support the event.

Students whose animals “place” in the show, can sell them in the auction on Saturday morning. Last year’s sale and auction raised thousands of dollars for students and scholarships.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Let's Celebrate School Counseling

National School Counseling Week 2015, "Celebrate School Counseling," is from February 2nd -6th.  EPISD along with other school districts will focus this week on gaining public attention on the unique contributions of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems.

MCJLS Queen - Miss Maria Consuelo Flores

Maverick County Junior Livestock Show Queen 2015-
Miss Maria Consuelo Flores. 

Maria Consuelo is a sophomore at C.C. Winn High School.

Did you miss the MCJLS Beauty Pageant?
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T.O.M Magdalena Chavez in Action!

She has a passion for teaching and all the energy to match!  Magdalena Chavez teaches 5th grade math at Seco Mines Elementary and was awarded the title Teacher of the Month for January.
Take a minute to view a our T.O.M in this months district segment!

Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 MCJLS

This week is the 2015 Maverick County Junior Livestock Show and Sale. Hundreds of our students will be participating in this event which last year helped benefit a number of scholarships. Good luck to everyone participating- students, parents, teachers, and volunteers!

Our Eagle Pass ISD students have been working for months in preparation for the Maverick County Junior Livestock Show competition. We are proud of their commitment to raising an animal and/or making a project. The show is open to the public, so please support this long-running EPISD tradition.

Mav Golf Gals place 3rd

The girls’ varsity golf team from C.C. Winn HS played a golf tournament at Casa Blanca in Laredo, TX on Monday, January 26, 2015.  The girls finished in 3rd place receiving medals and a team plaque.  The team of five is led by C.C. Winn veteran coach Pat Hernandez.  
We congratulate the Lady Mavs and wish them the best of luck at their next tourney!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Liberty's First 5K

Lace up those running shoes because Liberty Elementary in conjunction with Liberty Elementary PTO will host their first annual 5K.  The event will take place on Saturday, February 21, 2015.  The 5K/1 mile walk run will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will benefit the Liberty Elementary Scholarship.
The event will promote fitness awareness for our community. The committee hopes this event will help encourage children in the community to get active.  Please join us for this fun event and help us support our Sixes Elementary community.
For more information, contact Diana Betancourt at Liberty Elementary (830)758-7156 or

Thursday, January 22, 2015

REMINDER: Friday is the final day to buy a PIGGY

Please help support the Maverick County Junior Livestock Show by purchasing a Piggy Gram at your campus for $1.00 per pig.  The money will go towards the students in the sale of the MCJLS sale in purchase of an animal. Each pig will be sold by each school in EPISD in competition for the school to compete in the Top Buyer for EPISD.  The totals for each school will be announced at the MCJLS cowboy breakfast on 1/27/2015 and the top 3 schools will be recognized by the MCJLS association. Thank you for your support for this project towards our MCJLS sale and we look forward to see you at the MCJLS show!

If you have any questions please contact any MCJLS board member or Wendy Maurer at 

Reminders to Campuses already Selling MCJLS Piggy's

·              Money for the Piggy Grams will be due and collected on 1/23/2015 from each campus from 2 MCJLS board members.

·              Make it fun!  Pigs can be displayed in the hall, cafeteria, or classroom doors.  Kids can make designs on them or write their name.

·              Please send 1st notice of notes out the 1st week back to school in January.

·              Send Reminder notices so they are able to be notified or make announcements.

·              Have pigs ready for selling, each campus if different in their function of school sales, whatever works best for you.

·              Money should be pre-counted before Friday 1/23/2015 so we are able to go around to each school and recount together and have a sign-off log.

·              All schools will be recognized for their Piggy Grams.

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EPISD Launches Mobile App

The Eagle Pass Independent School District is proud to announce that it has launched a district mobile application.  The official mobile app was designed to enable parents, staff, students and the broader community to stay informed and up-to-date on important issues, information and activities within the school community.  The free app, which proudly displays the EPISD logo, mascot, colors and content, can be downloaded for Apple iOS and Android.   The app was developed to provide easy, direct access to the District’s most sought-after information in the most convenient format—the user’s mobile device.  

Developed in partnership with SchoolMessenger, the leading provider of communication solutions for education, the new app will provide families with 24/7/365 access to calendars, lunch menus, directories, events, sports schedules and results and more.  New information feeds will continue to be made available in the app over the coming school year.

The EPISD app offers the ability to easily access information that is frequently visited on the school district’s website.  Highly secure and flexible, the school’s new app is built on a communication platform that permits the district to manage and share content easily.  Key features include:

·    District and school news

·   “Push” notifications for the District/school to send out instant alerts to   the user’s mobile device

·     Sports schedules

·     Cafeteria menus

·     Calendar information for schools and District events, including the ability to add events from school calendars to the user’s device calendar

·     School and District directories

·     Links to the District’s Twitter and YouTube sites

The district first wanted to develop an app to make the resources available to parents and students who might not have Internet access at home but do have a smartphone. Although they could access the district's website from their smartphone browser, the app cuts out a step and provides the information faster and smoother.

While the app can be downloaded from iTunes or Google Play stores at this time, the District is promoting January 24, 2015, as the official launch day.  The app will be promoted at the Title I Annual Parent Conference on Saturday, January 24, 2015 and on the District’s website and social media pages.


Monday, January 19, 2015

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. Magdalena Chavez, of Seco Mines Elementary, has been selected as the “Teacher of the Month” for the month of January.  Mrs. Chavez is a meticulous and dedicated 5th grade math teacher.  She inspires students to begin with the end in mind and to set academic goals.  Her students are proactive and take responsibility of their academics and behavior, setting a great example for other students at Seco Mines.   As a fifth grade teacher, she truly is team leader.   Mrs. Chavez works with her team to ensure that the needs of all students are met.  She deciphers test results and generates targeted lessons that allow for her students to not only pass minimal math skills, but to master advanced concepts.  Her dedication to her craft can be appreciated with her continuous exceeding test results, and respect from her peers, and students.  Great teachers like Magdalena 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 January detailing many more accomplishments of  Mrs. Magdalena Chavez.  This month she will also appear on community media, news publications and the EPISD website throughout January 2015.

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, Walgreens, Ancira Ford – Eagle Pass and Ashley Furniture.

EPISD offers flu reminders for families

The flu season is upon us. EPISD is seeing a small increase in illness outbreaks at some schools, although not all cases are the flu but also are seasonal allergies and colds.

Precautions can be taken to prevent the spread of illnesses.   The Centers for Disease Control encourages making healthy choices at school and home, which can help prevent the flu and spreading flu and other illnesses to others. 

1.      Get the flu shot. Even in January, there are still a few months left in the flu season, so it's still a good idea to get protected.

2.      Stay home when you are sick. Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

3.      Teach your family to cough/sneeze in their sleeve, not in their hand. The second best option is to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after use, and wash your hands.

4.      Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

5.      Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way...

Thank you for partnering with Eagle Pass ISD to keep the spread of illness to a minimum this flu season!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Hispanic Heritage Youth Award

C.C. Winn High School is proud to announce its 17th Hispanic Heritage Youth Award Recipient.  Established by the White House in 1987, this nonprofit organization seeks to inspire, prepare, and position Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce. C.C. Winn has been working this scholarship since the inception of its College Advising program. This year they had one recipient in Dallas and one in Houston.

Congratulations to Juan Omar De Hoyos, who was a silver recipient in the Innovation and Technology category in Dallas, TX.  The award ceremony took place at Southern Methodist University

Congratulations to Jose Sanchez who was also a Silver recipient in the Innovation and Technology category in Houston, TX. The award Ceremony took place at Rice University.
Entering its 16th year, the Youth Awards honor Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community for their focus in various categories including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, Healthcare, Education, and Business and Finance.

Congratulations to the C.C Winn High School and best of luck to these two ambitious young men.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Title I Annual Parent Conference

24th Annual Partners in Education
Parent Conference
C.C. Winn High School
Saturday, January 24, 2015
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 Keynote Speaker:

Dates to Remember

January 16 (Friday)     END OF 2nd NINE WEEKS
  • Early Dismissal for Students
  • Staff Development for Teachers
January 19 (Monday)  TEACHER WORK DAY
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • No classes for students
January 20 (Tuesday)  Classes resume for students

Early Dismissal Memorial Junior High

A broken water line near Memorial Junior High has caused EPISD to send students home early Tuesday, January 13, 2015, and cancel classes for the entire day.

Early dismissal time is 10:00 a.m. for all MJH 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.

Monday, January 12, 2015

January is School Board Recognition Month

January is designated School Board Recognition Month in Texas, and Eagle Pass ISD is joining other districts across the state to gratefully acknowledge the invaluable contributions that elected Board of Trustees make to their communities.
Superintendent Gilberto Gonzalez said that even though the District is making a special effort in January to show appreciation to Board members, their work takes a year-round commitment.
“As elected officials, they are the voice of our community,  serving first and foremost in the best interest of children of Eagle Pass." he said. "Board members are remarkable people who voluntarily tackle the job of governing school districts. Their ultimate goal is always focused on the future success of every student enrolled in our district."
"Our board members provide vision and leadership in their roles as advocates, and they will continue to stand up for public education, our children,  and our public schools," Gonzalez added. “They serve as a crucial link between the community and classroom.  We applaud their efforts.”
Our seven elected individuals represent the interests of all Eagle Pass: our students, staff, parents, business owners, taxpayers and senior citizens.  They fully understand their role as leaders and policy makers.
Serving on the Eagle Pass Independent School District:  President Ignacio J. Saucedo, Vice- President Glenna Purcell, Secretary Lupita Fuentes, Trustee Hilda Martinez,  Trustee Rudy Bowles,  Trustee Humberto Torrabla, and Trustee Dr. Hector Alvarez.
EPISD Trustees will receive special recognition during the next regular Board meeting, January 13, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Deluna Center, 649 Webster.

Friday, January 9, 2015

EPHS All State

Congrats to the Eagle Pass High School Volleyball Varsity Team.

Mrs. Lucy Hooper, Head Coach of the EPHS Lady Eagles just announced that three of her players have made the All -State Academic Team.  
Congratulations to
Sophia Gomez, Linda Hesles, and Sierra McGehee.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Project Blankets

7th grade student, Yesenia Jimenez, from Memorial Junior High is making a big difference this winter and warmed the hearts of many senior citizens at our local nursing home. 

The MJH student founded "Project Blankets" this year and was able collect 90 blankets to donate to the senior citizens of Maverick Nursing Center. 
This is just one example of the excellent leadership that comes from Memorial Junior High.  Well done Mavericks!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Thank You

ThankYou School Board Members
for Serving the Children
in Our Community!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Armando Cerna Elementary dismissed EARLY due to power outage

A power outage has caused EPISD to send students home early this Tuesday January 6, and cancel classes for the entire day.

Early dismissal time is 11:00 a.m. for all Cerna students.  As of 10:55 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.

Monday, January 5, 2015

January is School Board Recognition Month

Welcome back students and staff!

Each January, we pause to express our appreciation for a very special group of volunteers: the school board members.  Usually, we don’t think of school board members as school volunteers, but they do in fact volunteer to serve.

School board members give their time, energy, and counsel to the school district—without pay. They take on the job of governing the district—making the best decisions they can for our children—with the full understanding that they will receive only the satisfaction of their contribution.

The men and women who make the time to generously provide this important public service do so because they care. They care about their own children’s education. They care about the schools being the best they can be.  They care about the next generation and the future of the community and the state.  Board service is truly “a work of heart.”

Join with me in celebrating School Board Recognition Month in January, and take a moment to express your appreciation for the volunteer efforts of school board members. Our district benefits greatly from their service.