Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Airman of the Year from EPHS

On Monday, April 27, 2015, Air Force Senior Airman Jesse Garcia visited Eagle Pass High School. A 2008 graduate of Eagle Pass High School, Jesse presented Captain Shockey with a flag that flew on a combat mission in Afghanistan as appreciation for the skills he developed during his 4 years in the TX-092 AFJROTC program.

Senior Airman Jesse Garcia was recently named Airman of the Year at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas besting 1,300 other Airman for the coveted title. He returned from deployment to the Middle East and is the only member of his contingent to receive the Air Force Achievement Medal for his participation in the deployment. Airman Garcia’s unselfish actions bring credit to himself, his family, his community, Eagle Pass High School and The United States of America.

Monday, April 27, 2015


Alexia Villarreal, Sofia Casa

On April 24-25, 2015, C.C. Winn High School UIL Academics competed in the UIL 5A Academic Regional Meet in UTSA in San Antonio, Texas.

In Headline Writing, Sofia Casas took 1st place, advancing her to the State Meet. Her Journalism coach is Ms. Dionni Olivares.

In Ready Writing, Alexia Villarreal took 3rd place, advancing her to the State Meet and Sofia Casas took 4th place, advancing her as an alternate to the State Meet. Their Ready Writing coach is Mrs. Angelica Camarillo.

The UIL 5A Academic State Meet will be held at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas on May 26, 2015. The UIL Coordinator is Mr. Jose Jimenez, and the C.C. Winn High School Principal is Mr. Jesus Diaz-Wever.  On behalf of all the students and staff of C.C. Winn High School, we wish both of our state finalists the best of luck.


"Kat" signs with A&M

On April 22, Krystal De La Cruz, Eagle Pass High School's starting pitcher, signed her National Letter of Intent to attend Texas A&M International University next semester.  "Kat" was celebrated along her parents, in at the Lecture Room while Coach Coca Ruiz, Tom Gonzalez and Assistant Principal John Byrne honored her past and future successes.

Byrne stated, "There are 1,096 districts in the State of Texas and roughly 8,000 high schools and only 1% of all high school athletes get to play at the next level, so it is an amazing accomplishment, young lady.  You should be proud of yourself and I know your parents, teammates and coaches are proud. Congratulations again on behalf of Mr. Moreno and the entire EPHS."

Friday, April 24, 2015

On Thursday, April 9, the Memorial Junior High Bands competed at the UIL Concert and Sightreading competition at C.C. Winn High School. 
The varsity band, under the direction of Mr. Jorge Vargas, received its 8th consecutive sweepstakes award. The Junior Varsity band, under the direction of Mr. John Munoz, also received a sweepstakes award. The Junior Varsity band has been in existence for two years, and they have received a sweepstakes award both years.
Congratulations to Memorial Junior High and their outstanding music program!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Winn Jazz Band attends Longhorn Jazz Festival

On April 10, 2015 the C.C. Winn Jazz Band traveled to Austin Texas to compete in the University Of Texas Longhorn Jazz Festival on April 11, 2015. The Jazz band, under the direction of Mr. Alejo Garza Jr., took the stage early Saturday morning and opened with All Of Me which featured Senior Brianna Martinez on Vocals. The second tune was ‘Arnge Drank, a Funk tune which featured Seniors Amado Esqueda on Piano, Jaime Luna on guitar, Linda Talamantes on drums, Rey Morales on bass trombone, Valentin Salinas on trumpet, and Junior Abel Gonzales on saxophone. The Jazz Band closed with Night In Tunisia which featured Rey Morales, Linda Talamantes, Brianna Martinez on Piano, and Valentin Salinas once more. Every student that was featured received an Outstanding Soloist Award. The Jazz Band was awarded 2nd place out of 15 Jazz Bands who competed in their category. Once the competition finished the students enjoyed the performance of The University of Texas Jazz Orchestra, which featured world-renowned drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts. The C.C. Winn Music Program is very proud of the student’s hard work throughout the semester, placing at a competition such as the UT Longhorn Jazz Festival is a clear example that hard work pays off.  

EPHS Cheer Squad places 1st in SA

Eagle Pass High School cheerleaders competed on Sunday, April 19 in San Antonio at Fiesta Texas. They placed 1st in their category, winning the championship award. They also won the High Point Award, by scoring the highest points overall out of all the high schools that participated. These young ladies are extremely hard working and fully dedicated to always bettering themselves in cheerleading and in the classroom. They are proud Eagles and representatives of Eagle Pass High School.

Eagle Pass High School Cheer Squad, Coaches are Ana Garcia and Rachel De Leon. Cheerleaders are captain Lori Ovalle, co-captain Alexia Saucedo, Sheila Zarate, Alexandra Mendoza, Karina Gonzalez, Chelsea Alvarez, Jennifer Snyder, Erica Aguirre, Samantha Vielma, Anissa Cardona, Tere Ortiz, Monizza Perry, Ariana Cisneros, Kylee Finleyson, Karla  Velez, Tonya Rodriguez

Congratulations Eagle Pass High School Cheer Squad!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Dress for the Occasion

EARTH DAY.......everyday!!!

On behalf of the Eagle Pass Independent School District Family we would like to wish all the students of EPISD the BEST OF LUCK on your exams.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Mr. Jose Jimenez - April "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. Jose Jimenez, of C.C. Winn High School, has been selected as the “Teacher of the Month” for April 2015.  Mr. Jimenez demonstrates every characteristic of an accomplished veteran educator.  He continually exhibits outstanding dedication, professionalism, and a genuine passion for teaching.  As an expert of his subject, Mr. Jimenez frequently stays abreast of recent technological advancements and updates his course material accordingly.  Mr. Jimenez routinely attends professional development and training courses to broaden his skill set.  In addition to personal development, he has been the UIL coordinator for the past six years and has led C. C. Winn High School to their first ever District Title in UIL academics. 

In addition to leadership qualities, he epitomizes the definition of team player by consistently helping other teachers with lessons and activities.  Mr. Jimenez is known as a tough, but extremely fair and approachable teacher that is admired by his students and respected by parents.  Most importantly, Mr. Jimenez selflessly provides assistance to students who need additional help and encourages them toward success with his methods.  It is because of all these reasons Mr. Jimenez is our “Teacher of the Month” for April 2015. 

A segment will appear on iVision throughout the month of April detailing many more accomplishments of Mr. Jose Jimenez.  This month he will also appear on community media, news publications and the EPISD website throughout April 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, Chili’s, Ancira Ford – Eagle Pass and Ashley Furniture.            


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Graves Pennies For Patients Donation

Graves Elementary has been an active participant of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients. In the last couple of years Graves Students have managed to collect $6, 092.19 in pennies from donations.  Students have been joining others across Texas in a program that is instrumental in raising funds for the research of therapies that save lives every year. 

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.  The money donated to this organization are spent on patient and community services, research, public health and professional education.  Graves Elementary Principal Sandra Koenig is a strong supporter of this organization and she will continue to allow her school to support this beautiful cause.  The donation window is conducted in the month which students learn about "Citizenship" during their character education lessons under the guidance of Counselor Ana Morales.  Graves Elementary students will like to encourage everyone in the community to help others by visiting the Coinstar machine located at HEB and selecting "Donate to Charity" and then donate to their organization of choice. 

 Pictured below are sisters Alejandra & Elizabeth Ruvalcaba, who donated over $450 dollars together this year.

Congratulations to French Symposium Students

Texas French Symposium is an annual competition event that allows Texas high school students to compete in their knowledge of the French language and culture. Students compete in events such as poetry, prose, dramatic interpretation, sight reading, and dictée. In addition, students are also allowed to compete in musical events by performing pieces written  by francophone composers. There are also art events reflecting french culture and history. In short, the event provides a platform for student to showcase their skills and knowledge of the language within the framework of healthy competition. Schools from all over Texas compete with some students receiving scholarships and even a "Séjour en France" or a stay in France. 
I have had the opportunity to take students these past two years for competition in the Houston Area. This year, several students were able to advance to the semi-final and final rounds of competition in some of the aforementioned events. The group in the picture consists of the following students: Abel Martinez, Jorge Garcia, Conrado Jimenez, and Jose Antonio Lerma. This group competed in the dramatic interpretation event in the débutant or beginner category. They reached finals and placed fifth out of 30 schools in this event. 

My hope is that we continue to have students compete each year as a way of promoting the language program and overall educational experience for our students. 

National Jazz Grand Champions - Graves Tigerettes

The Graves Elementary Tigerettes were named the National Jazz Grand Champions at the Jr. High level this past Friday in San Antonio, Texas. The Tigerettes won the title while competing in the Red Line Cheer and Dance Grand National Finals. Competition was fierce and yet the girls managed to snatch enough points to come in behind a San Antonio high school.
In addition to the recently obtained title, the dance team was also named Jazz champion, High Point Champions and obtained The Best Choreography Award at the 2015 TAMIU Cheer and Dance Competition in Laredo this past February.
The Tigerettes started off strong this season by obtaining the 2015 City of Eagle Pass Dance Championship Title and have only been exceeding all expectations with each performance. As the season comes to an end we want to congratulate them for their hard work and perseverance. Congratulations Tigerettes and coaches!
·         Maylin Cardenas         
·         Riley Delagarza
      ·         Joann Garcia                
·         Jennifer Guzman
·         Janelly Ledezma          
·         Karina Negrete
·         Alyson Morales          
·         Makayla Reyes
·         Daisy Rivas               
·         Kamila Rodriguez
·         Sarah  Salinas             
·         Ana Laura Soto
·         Sofia Soto                 
·         Kimberly Vasquez

Sponsors: Claudia Rodriguez and Alva De Luna

Wintergarden District Convention

On April 14, the Eagle Pass FFA Chapter traveled to Pearsall for the Wintergarden District Convention. Representing the incumbent officers for the 2014-2015 year are Alexis De La Garza as Wintergarden District president and Colin Byrne as the Wintergarden District Chaplin. Congratulations to the new 2015-2016 officers elected representing the Eagle Pass FFA Chapter are Karina Garcia as the new Wintergarden District President and Shawnee Betancourt newly elected Wintergarden District Chaplin. Albert Jimenez performed two songs for his FFA Talent and was chosen to represent the Wintergarden District FFA Talent at the Area X Convention. Albert composed one song himself and with a friend as one of his performances. Awards for District Leadership Development Events were handed out: First place in Junior FFA Quiz, First place in Agricultural Issues, Second place in Chapter Conducting, Second in Senior FFA Quiz, Second in Public Relations, Second in Chapter Farmer Land, and Third in Junior Agricultural Skills. Congratulations to the newly elected officers!

Monday, April 13, 2015

National Library Week 2015

EPISD Celebrates National Library Week 2015 (April 12-18, 2015)
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.
Today's libraries are more than just books. Increasingly, they are places of creativity where people can meet to share a hobby, cook, learn about robotics, edit a video, or use software to record their own music. Libraries offer access to the tools and technology essential to the economic and cultural lives of their communities.
What have you created with the help of your local library? Did you research or write a book report? Did you learn how to make a hand-knitted scarf or culinary creation? Have you used the library’s printer or produced a video? Did the library help you write a research paper, read an e-book? Or perhaps the library’s homework help service made a difference in your child's last report card. The possibilities really are unlimited!!!

Eagle Pass Education Foundation celebrates 3rd Annual Gala

The Eagle Pass Education Foundation (EPEF) held its 3rd Annual Gala and Grant Award Ceremony on April 10, 2015 at the La Residencial Ballroom.  The event achieved record attendance and the EPEF distributed a total of $7500 to eleven different campuses.   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.

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.

The following are the grants and grant writers who were recognized at the Gala:

Project:               Creativity Through Art

Applicant:           Sonia Tapia

Principal:             Rosa I. Valderrama

Project:               Planting the Seed of Knowledge with Technology in Mind             

Applicant:           Laura Chacon, Araceli Jimenez, Carla Ortiz

Principal:             Lisa Ruiz

Project:               Ayudame a Aprender Ingles

Applicant:           Arianna Celedon

Principal:             Rosanna Rios

Project:               Teaching to the 21st Century: iLearn with iPod

Applicant:           Genella Fernandez

Principal:             Lety Sandoval

Project:               Astronomy Day

Applicant:           Cesar Picazo

Principal:             Adelita Olivares

Project:               Discovering Science: “A Night Beneath the Stars”

Applicant:           Ruth Jimenez, Apolonio Rodriguez

Principal:             Luz Lazarski

Project:               Leaping Toward Success

Applicant:           Victoria Herrera

Principal:             Aida Pang-Villa

Project:               Science for All

Applicant:           Amalia Riojas

Principal:             Amalia Riojas

Project:               Positive Peer Resolutions

Applicant:           Melissa A. Wynne

Principal:             Veronica Soto-Gonzalez

Project:               FFA Lead Community Garden

Applicant:           Carlos Cardenas

Principal:             Vale Moreno

Project:               Star Gazing Party

Applicant:           Leticia Guzman

Principal:             Mario Escobar

Project:               ESL Reading Smart

Applicant:           Erika Herrera

Principal:             Mario Escobar

EPISD Robotics place 1st

On Saturday, April 11, 2015 our first ever EPISD Robotics team competed at San Antonio’s Southwest Prep VEX Robotics Competition. They competed against ten other high schools.

Mr. Muñoz, the Career and Technology (CATE)Engineering teacher and Robotics sponsor, would like to congratulate his team for achieving and receiving the Top Robot Design Award and for becoming Tournament Champions.

Students that comprise the Robotics team are:

Jose Noriega, Alfredo Hernandez, Nancy Luna, Michael De Leon, Gaby Gomez, Francisco Becerril, and Alejandra Limon.

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying every year.  What’s even more alarming than this number, is that by age 14, LESS than 30% of boys and 40% of girls will have reached out to someone.  

C. C. Winn High School is taking a stand against ALL types of bullying. After identifying the 4 most common forms, they have created a week in effort to raise awareness. Join them by wearing a different color each day and learning about the different types of bullying that affect students on a daily basis. Together, let’s stop being a statistic.

One school can make a difference; an entire district can make an IMPACT. Will you take the challenge?  Join WINN this week, and let's help EPISD take a stand against bullying.
 Click here to learn more about #IMPACT WEEK 

Friday, April 10, 2015


The Eagle Pass Education Foundation goal is to foster community involvement in innovative educational programs by generating and disbursing funds and other resources to provide enrichment for students of the Eagle Pass Independent School District.

The EPISD 3nd Annual Education Foundation Gala will take place at the El Residencial Banquet Hall on April 10, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

6th Annual Maverick 5K

Lace up those running shoes because the C.C. Winn Mavericks are once again hosting their Annual Maverick 5K.  All proceeds benefit the C.C. Winn Senior Class.
This event is for everybody!  The run/walk is for the serious athlete and for the weekend runner. 

The event will also promote fitness awareness for our community and will encourage children and adults in the community to Get Active while benefiting a worthy cause.

Come and enjoy the event!
  • Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
  • C.C. Winn High School, 265 North Foster Maldonado Boulevard
  • Easy & free parking in the lots surrounding the school
  • Pre Registration April 22, 2015 
  • Race Day 5K Run begins at 8:00 a.m.
For more information, contact Mrs. Maria I. Uriegas (830) 757-0828 ext.1451

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Winn Lady Soccer - Year at a Glance

JV 2015.jpg

JV Record 3 wins, 2 ties, and 9 losses. Last year JV did not win one game. Top left to right: Coach Jose Tomas Munoz,Lizbeth Hernandez, Priscila Fuentes, Itzel Aguilar,Angelica Aguirre, Sasha Corral, Sofia Castillo, Marcela Oviedo, Rebecca Archer, Coach Norelisa Tovar, Coach Abel de los Santos. Bottom left to right:
Ana Reyes, Andrea Martinez, Deborah Montoya, Anna Ruvalcaba, Leslie Garza, Aylin Santana, Jennifer Mauricio, Marissa Cardenas, Genesis Rodriguez. The team consisted of 4 Sophomores, 1 Junior, and the rest 12 Freshmen.

Varsity 2015.jpg
Top from left to right: Coach A. de los Santos, Coach N. Tovar, Lucero Carmona, Amairany Romero, Carolina Perales, Julia Escalante, Valeria Martinez, April Cantu, Briza Granados, Dominique Ibarra, Cassandra Elias, Coach J.T. Munoz, Bottom left to right Nayeli Garcia, Shaila Gamez, Marbella Rosas, Jaqueline Ortiz, Priscilla Gonzalez, Roxana Lopez, Chelsea Garcia, Marian Balderas, Lidia Martinez, Stephanie Hernandez.
Varsity district record 3 wins, 2 ties, 7 losses. In the last 3 years Varsity has only accumulated 2 wins and one tie. Varsity improved this year.  
All district Selections:1st team Carolina Perales Soph., and Julia Escalante Soph.
2nd team Jaqueline Ortiz Soph., and Stephanie Hernandez Soph.
Honorable Mention: Marbella Rosas Junior and Valeria Martinez
The team consisted of two Seniors, Roxana Lopez and Chelsea Garcia. Good luck in your future.
One Junior, Marbella Rosas, two freshmen, April Cantu and Lucero Carmona, and the rest are sophomores. We are going to work hard this summer so we can win more games next year. Work Hard! Play Hard!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

2015 American Power Dance Nationals

The C.C. Winn Silverline Dance Team participated in the Annual American Power Dance Nationals in Galveston, Texas on March the 14th -15th. 

The Ladies of Silver and Black have worked tirelessly throughout this school year perfecting their routines and preparing for competition.  This year they earned the title of American Power Dance Champions in the Varsity Jazz Category.  They were also awarded Best Costume in the same category.  Congratulations to this wonderful group of young ladies who continue to make C.C. Winn and the district proud. 
Captain - Karen Limon
Co-Captain - Daniela Avalos
2nd Lieutenant - Stevana Salazar
Social Officer- Karisa Hernandez
Valerie Andrade
Adriana Ayala
Mar Corral
Khiara Estrada
La'Kira Flores
Chelsea Garcia
Iliana Guzman
Leslie Ibarra
Stephanie Mendoza
Alexandra Pedroza
Alexis Perez
Krystal Vasquez
Valeria Vasquez
Karen Vidaurri

Sound Technician - Andres Echaverria
Manager - Emilio Ruiz

The Silverline Dance Team is under the direction of Sponsor Mrs. Denisse Villarreal and Co Sponsor Miss Daniella Byrne.

Winn Marching Band WINS BIG

On Saturday, March 29, 2015, the C.C. Winn High School Marching Band participated in the Annual International Friendship Parade.

The Mighty Maverick Band under the direction of Mr. Ruben Rodriguez, Mr. Robert Rodriguez, Mr. Alejo Garza, Mr. Raul Perez, Mr. Jorge Vargas, and Mr. John Munoz.  The Mighty Mavs strut down the Streets the of downtown Eagle Pass and showcased their talents to the community.  This year they were awarded the Best Marching Band Award.
The band performed classical music, traditional marching music, and even "spiced it up" and played some more familiar tunes including some tejano favorites and cumbias.