Monday, November 30, 2015

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5th Annual Christmas on Main Street

On Thursday December 17, the City of Eagle Pass with some help from the Eagle Pass Independent School District will be hosting its fifth annual "Christmas on Main Street."  From 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Eagle Pass locals and visitors are invited to the downtown area to take part in what is quickly becoming a holiday tradition.  The celebration will take place throughout the entire street.   Among the many festivities and performances taking place, a debut from St. Nick is sure to bring a smile to the faces of both the young and “the young at heart.”  
Various groups and organizations throughout our district will be performing.  The night will include dances, caroling in two languages, and musical performances from an array of instruments.  "Christmas on Main St." is a fun-filled opportunity were children, teenagers, and adults can all come together in the holiday spirit, and enjoy a few hours of safe and fun entertainment, crafts, and treats. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Kirchner Cowboys celebrate with a Pow Wow

From the staff at M.M. Kirchner Elementary 
"On Thursday, November 19, 2015 the Kickapoo dancers (David Valdez and Julio Elizondo) joined in with our Cowboys at Kirchner in their traditional Pow-Wow celebration.  Along with the dancers the Kickapoo national history was read by Joaquin Polendo and a power point presentation by Mr. Jose Gallegos, was viewed by our students and staff.  Parents at Kirchner helped with great displays of decorated Tee Pees, dressed our cowboys with traditional Indian outfits and head pieces.
Wishing the district staff a blessed and safe Thanksgiving!"

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Congratulations to Ms. Melanie Mendoza of EPHS who today has signed to play with the UT Arlington women’s softball team.
High school senior student-athletes from across the country – including Eagle Pass– are signing binding national letters of intent, officially accepting athletic scholarships offered to them by a college or university. UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox announced the signing of eight freshmen that will join the Mavericks in the 2017 season which include Mel Mendoza.
Mendoza was awarded the Eagle Excellence Award in 2014-15 at Eagle Pass High School. The middle infielder is a member of National Honor Society and played travel ball for the Texas Bombers Gold Elite. Mendoza is the younger sister to Sandra Mendoza, who enjoyed a stellar freshman campaign as part of the Maverick softball team in 2015.
Melanie Mendoza, will be following in the footsteps of a family legacy… to play ball at the collegiate level. “Mel” the daughter of Reynold and Tinna Mendoza is the 2nd base, 2nd year, 1st team, All District Player for the Mighty Eagle Softball Team. She is a four year letterman and Captain to her teammates. She is described by Coach Oscar Ruiz as, a great student athlete, role model and friend to those around her.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Career Day at Mancha Elementary

Perfecto Mancha Elementary had Career Day on Tuesday, November 17th.  Many parents and people from the community volunteered their morning to share their careers with the "Mustang Students."  This included many C.T.E (Career and Technology) staff and students who brought pamphlets and literature to pass out.   

All Perfecto Mancha students had the opportunity to learn about various careers throughout the morning. Students were actively engaged in many activities including CPR lessons and music sessions.  Everyone had a great time and learned a lot about different types of careers to be had. A huge congratulations goes out to the entire staff at Mancha for putting together a very elaborate event.
Maverick County citizens will certainly have some fine future leaders coming from Perfecto Mancha Elementary.

Friday, November 13, 2015

If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the POLLUTION!

You are on your way to making great strides in helping us all secure a healthier and better future.
Did you know that recycling is currently NOT required in schools nationwide. This means that the responsibility falls into our hands. EPISD has therefore developed tips that provide students with the tools and support to lead the effort to promote recycling in their own schools. With the information included, you will have the building blocks you need to start your own program.

The purpose of this recycling guide is to increase awareness about the negative impact of human consumption on the environment, and to inspire young people to start recycling programs within their schools.

1. Start collecting
  • Arrange bin placement location(s) with your school.
  • Make signs as to what goes in which bin.

2. Spread the word! Promote your program to other students. Be creative
  • Make flyers and posters to hang around school
  • Make an announcement to the student body
  • Give a speech or presentation during a school assembly
  • Write an article for your school newspaper
  • Sponsor a recycling contest and offer a prize to those who collect the most.
  • Talk to relevant clubs at your school (service or environmental) 
Eagle Pass Junior High has already incorporated the GO GREEN CONCEPT in their campus.  Here are some great ways that they are bringing the topic to life at EPJ. 

The students of EPJ feel really strong and motivated about this topic so they decided to design T-shirts, they also made banners and posters rewarding recycling, and they came up with a pledge that benefits the entire campus. 

EPJH students will have a presentation for their teachers on December 18th of 2015. EPJH students are extremely excited because they are going to be able to attend a city counseling hearing rewarding the recycle of plastic bags. EPJH is ready to make a change…..ARE YOU?


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Congratulations Cesar Picazo of Ray H. Darr

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. Cesar Picazo, of Ray Darr Elementary, has been selected as the “Teacher of the Month” for November 2015.   This compassionate, caring, and highly respected educator has been with the district for 10 years.  Within that time his students have continuously achieved high scores in the STAAR test reviving 80% and 90 %.  Mr. Picazo establishes high expectations of his students and he encourages every one of them to work at their best level. Furthermore, Mr. Picazo has incredible knowledge on the subject of Science and is always prepared to answer questions and keep material and lecture interesting for his classes.  He establishes clear objectives for each lesson and works to meet those specific objectives during each class.
He maintains open communication with parents and keeps them informed of what is going on in the classroom as far as curriculum, classroom expectations, student progress, discipline, and other issues.  Mr. Picazo is an overall team player and collaborates well with staff members with whom he shares information about curriculum, lessons, and activities.  He is a “lifelong learner” and continues to learn about Science through professional development, college courses, and technology trainings.  He is currently the UIL Science Coach, Grade Level Chairperson, and a tutorial teacher.  It is because of all these reasons that he is being awarded the title of “Teacher of the Month.”
A segment will appear on iVision throughout the month of November detailing many more accomplishments of Mr. Cesar Picazo.  This month he will also appear on community media, news publications and the EPISD website.
A teacher will be selected each month through June 2016 for a total of nine (8) 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.  
Each T.O.M is receiving a “V.I.T (Very Important Teacher) Parking Pass”, a jean voucher for a month, 20 free meals at the Campus CafĂ©, and Class Cash to purchase class room supplies. Additionally, each “Teacher of the Month” will receive donations from local businesses. Thank You Ancira Ford–Eagle Pass, Ashley Furniture, and Bath and Body Works.  

Monday, November 9, 2015

Maverickville Minitropolis at Ray H. Darr Elementary gets ready for KMAV

On Thursday, November 5, students from Ray H. Darr Elementary visited our local KINL-KEPS Radio Station to experience the World of Radio.  The students are learning about how to run a radio station since currently they are incorporating "KMAV" to their Maverickville Minitropolis.
Ray H Darr has partnered with KINL/KEPS and they have selected /"hired" Radio DJ's and News Directors for the new school radio station which will be called KMAV. The new hires took a tour of KINL/KEPS last week and were a part of the morning show.
Thank you Alejandra Godina from KINL/KEPS Radio Station and Rachel Drager, of IBC BANK MARKETING for sharing this experience with our students.

Friday, November 6, 2015

We welcome all footage from downtime to showtime!

iVision is currently running  #YourShotsMatter campaign in order to expand coverage around our school district.  This campaign is about highlighting events where iVision could not attend with videos and pictures of people who were there present at the event recording with their own devices. Any parents, students, and staff who are documenting any school event are encouraged to email us their footage to or simply when they post their event to social media to include the #yourshotsmatter  ---This way we can pull them from social media and use them to highlight Your event through our channel and Youtube to the community.

With that said---We are very excited to showcase your teams accomplishments of this past month of October. In order to do that WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please ask your students, parents or anyone with footage to send them our way through #YourShotsMatter campaign.

Congrats to the EPEF Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the Eagle Pass Education Foundation (EPEF) grant recipients. 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.   Each of the classrooms visited by the EPISD Prize Patrol can be seen on this link:

A special "thank you" to all the  applicants for submitting their projects for approval. These applicants demonstrated enthusiasm in improving their students learning achievement.


Monday, November 2, 2015

C.C. Winn Music Program makes History

 A letter from C.C. Winn Head Band Director, Mr. R. Rodriguez: 
For many years, students who have gone through our music program, have waited to hear our school’s name called out to qualify for Area Finals and State at our Area Marching Competition.  Every band in the state of Texas must earn a 1st division at the UIL Region Marching Competition in order to qualify for the next level of our playoffs which is UIL Area Marching Competition.  Our Sweepstakes award (1st division which were straight one’s) came on October 17, 2015 in San Antonio’s Gustafson Stadium.  We qualified to advance to UIL Area Competition in Corpus Christi, TX on Saturday, October 24, 2015.  However due to inclement weather, our competition was moved to Gregory-Portland on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.  Our C.C. Winn Band performed at 10:15 a.m.therefore we had to wait until 5:30 p.m. for all 31 bands from Region 11, 14,15, and 28 to finish performing for our Prelims session.  Every band is recognized for their participation in the Area Marching Contest at 5:30 p.m.  The top ten Finalists are then announced shortly after the conclusion of those recognitions.  Every band student, director, family member and friend hold their breath as the announcer starts announcing the ten bands who qualify to preform again for Finals, which start at 8:00 p.m.  The announcer calls out five bands before we hear our school’s name “C.C. Winn from Eagle Pass” called out in front of a packed stadium where students have to stand outside of the stadium because of the lack of sitting room.  It brought us the music staff, joy to see our students celebrate the huge accomplishment.  Many congratulatory texts, posts on social media, and phone calls were made to our students and music staff after word spread throughout our community.  Our C.C. Winn band performed at 9:00 p.m. among nine other bands.  Six out of ten were going to advance to the UIL State competition which is going to be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.  Our band came out in 7th place and missed advancing to UIL State Marching Competition by one point.
Our program accomplished more than just advancing to Area Finals which is the first in our school’s history.  This accomplishment united a community of marching band followers.  For example, many community members from C.C. Winn, Eagle Pass HS, Del Rio, San Antonio, and Austin (just to name a few) were united as they cheered our accomplishment of being selected as one of ten Area Finalists.  Many citizens were on pins and needles as they awaited our Finals performance and the results to see who was going to move on to the UIL State Marching Competition.  
Our music program has dedicated our accomplishment to all the former band students and band directors who went through Mr. Brian Harper, Mr. Raul Gonzalez, and Mr. Carlos Martinez.  These individuals (former students and staff) sacrificed and paved the way for our students to have the facilities and equipment we have today and for that, we give them thanks.  We would also like to thank Mr. Diaz and his administrators, our school board members, and Mr. Gonzalez, our EPISD Superintendent.  All of them have given us the love and support needed to nourish our student’s education.  We are eternally grateful of all they have done for the Arts and our respective music departments. 
We will continue to display our commitment and work ethic as we continue to positively represent EPISD and our Eagle Pass community as we look forward into our future.