Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Winn Soccer Season is Making History

Lady Mavericks have plenty to cheer about these days. The fierce "Mavs" beat Somerset by the score of 4-0. Junior Jocelyn Lopez scored a "hat trick" during the game meaning she scored three goals in a single game! Senior Marbella Rosas scored the last with two minutes left. For the first time in Maverick history the Lady Mavericks are going to the playoffs. District record 6-5-2. Overall 9 - 13 - 3.
The Lady Mavericks would like to invite the entire community to their next game against Victoria East at Floresville.

March Teacher of the Month - Rosa Ochoa, of Sam Houston Elementary

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. Rosa Ochoa, of Sam Houston Elementary, has been selected as the “Teacher of the Month” for March 2016.  Mrs. Ochoa is an exemplary educator for many reasons.  The minute you walk into her classroom you sense that she has created an environment that is engaging, charming, effective, vibrant, and designed with high expectations for all students. Her 4th grade students respond to her and look up to her for guidance, leadership, wisdom, and knowledge.  She blends her delivery of instruction with a combination of high expectation, technology, real world applications, laughter, collaboration, and so much more.  Her teaching strategy ensures that each student is cared for and that each of them reach their maximum potential. Mrs. Ochoa has an infectious laugh and positive outlook that is transmitted to staff and students alike.  She demonstrates her leadership skills as a grade-level chair by creating strong professional working relationships that promote synergy and collaboration.  She creates opportunities for her team to develop ideas and to find solutions that will target student achievement and progress.  She volunteers her time to campus-wide events, initiatives, team building, and therefore, she channels her energy to the overall strength and bond that has developed at Sam Houston Elementary.  It is because of all these reasons Mrs. Ochoa of Sam Houston Elementary, is the “Teacher of the Month” for March 2016. 

A segment will appear on iVision throughout the month of March detailing many more accomplishments of Mrs. Ochoa.  This month she will also appear on community media, news publications and the EPISD website throughout March 2016.  
A teacher will be selected each month through June 2016 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 innovative programs and 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. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Mariachi Aguilas del Norte is going to FINALS!!

This year is the first year that UIL has held a State Mariachi Competition.  In order to advance to finals the group must have been awarded a 1st division rating at the region level. Our Mariachi Aguilas Del Norte received a 1st division Superior Rating on Feb. 4, 2016.  Eagle Pass High School was one of 60 groups selected to the finals. 
 They received a Distinguished Performance Award and Jorge Torres was awarded an "Outstanding Performance Medal" for his performance on the song Acompaname. Mariachi Aguilas del Norte is under the direction of Mr. David Solis.

Congratulations to this exceptional group of hard working students!  Mr. Cox commends Mr. David Solis and all his staff for their efforts and preparation for this competition!

 Individual photo is of Jorge Torres, who was chosen as an outstanding performer at the UIL State Competition! 


The Lady Maverick girls soccer team, qualified for the first time in school history to the 2016 Soccer Playoffs. They will be playing Victoria East, Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 7 p.m. The historical match up will be played at the Floresville ISD Stadium.  
CONGRATULATIONS to the Mavs soccer team and their coach, Abel De Los Santos for their outstanding performance this season. We wish them the BEST OF LUCK and remind them they are "WINNers" already!

These are the arrangements for the EPHS and the Winn HS girls soccer teams first round (bi-district)  playoff games:

EPHS vs. Mcallen Memorial HS
Day/Date - Thursday, March 24, 2016  
Time - 5:30 PM
Site - UISD SAC Stadium (5208 Santa Claudia Lane, Laredo, TX. 78045)

Winn HS vs. Victoria East HS
Day/Date - Thursday, March 24, 2016
Time - 7 PM

Site - Floresville Stadium (1813 Tiger Lane, Floresville, TX  78114)

Friday, March 11, 2016

Stormy the FORECAST

Due to inclement weather, and the forecast for more rain today, the Winn High School softball game against Cigarroa High School has been postponed until Monday (March 14), at 5p.m., at the EPISD Student Activity Center softball field

Congrats, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) - Eric Herrera

Eric Herrera (EPHS Class of 2016) has recently advanced in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Clinical competition in Biomedical Laboratory Science. It is his fourth consecutive year advancing as a state finalist representing Career & Technical Education/EPISD and Texas’s first district at state convention this year in Galveston, TX. The academic competition will consist of conducting controlled medical procedures and experiments in a laboratory as well as hands-on medical knowledge such as cloning and production of drug products.

Furthermore, Eric also represented Career & Technical Education/EPISD and Eagle Pass FFA at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo where he presented a research project to doctors and professors from UT Austin, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech on the possibility of transplanting tissues from animals and using it to regrow human organs in efforts to cure diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, childhood blindness, and paralysis arising from spinal cord injuries, all currently incurable by today’s technology. Eric was reserve champion and was awarded a $10,000 scholarship he will use to pursue a degree in Neuroscience pre-med. Career & Technical Education/EPISD-CTE Director, Ana L. Castill√≥n and Eagle Pass HS Principal-John Cox congratulates Eric Herrera.

All EPISD Classes will begin at their regularly scheduled time today Friday, March 11!

Let's make it a great Friday EPISD!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

FYI - Due to inclement weather and the forecast for continued rain, the Del Rio Junior High track meet scheduled for today has been cancelled. EPJH and MJH track and field teams will not be traveling to Del Rio this afternoon.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Due to inclement weather and the forecast for additional rains, the JV baseball game between Winn HS and Medina Valley HS has been cancelled.

Also, the EPISD JV baseball tournament scheduled for this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday has been cancelled.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Let the 2016 Special Olympics Begin!

The 2015-2016 EPISD Special Olympic Games were held at the Student Activity Center (SAC) on March 8, at the Cozel Foster Stadium at 9 a.m. Athletes are represented from the various schools within the EPISD school district, including elementary, junior high and high school level. While a majority of the Special Olympics track-and-field events are similar to traditional ones, there are some adjustments made for these athletes as well as some different events.  These special athletes love to participate and have fun!

The annual event utilizes hundreds of volunteers. Special education staff is responsible for much of the success of the day. The event is coordinated by Ms. Elizabeth Torres, Special Education Director.

Friday, March 4, 2016


Within our great district we have talented and highly intelligent students. Creativity can be found in all of our campuses, but recently C.C. WINN HS student, Maria V. Martinez has been putting those SKILLS to work in the form of a screen play. 
The screen play writer has a lot to offer in the story telling business and she is getting her story ready for the masses. Soon enough, "The Frontera Film Festival" will be upon us and we will get to see her skills in motion. 

We applaud her efforts, her excellent instructor, Mr Jesse Fuentes, and the entire CATE Department. 

We can't wait to see what this talented young lady has to offer!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Our Bulldogs LOVE TO READ

Benavides Heights Elementary School students and families warmed up with a good book on Thursday, January 21.
Families and staff gathered to celebrate literacy with an evening of reading. Students, teachers, staff and community, joined together to celebrate literacy at its finest. 
Families listened to a special read-aloud from special guest readers  from our neighboring High School C.C. Winn and people from our community.  Guest readers were: Matthew Uriegas (C.C. Winn Asst. Principal); Marilu Uriegas (C.C. Winn College Advisor); Joe Cruz (Eagle Pass Historian/Downtown Manager); Walter Galindo, Juana Rodriguez, and Irene Moreno (SWTJC Creative Writing Club); John Byrne (EPHS Asst. Principal); Luis Sifuentes (City Councilman); Juan De Luna (EPHS English Teacher); Olivia Garcia (EPHS Dean of Instruction) Pablo Garcia (C.C. Winn Student Council Rep.) Hilda De Leon (UMC Physician Assistant); Rudy Bowles (EP School Board Member); Eric Villasenor (C.C. Winn Head Football Coach); and Jay Mendoza (C. C. Winn Asst. Principal).
 Everyone enjoyed an exciting night of celebrating reading.

For more highlights on the night visit our Facebook and Twitter page. 

March 7th -11th, 2016, Educational Diagnosticians' Week

"Making a DIFFERENCE in the Lives of Students with Special Needs"

"A rigorous and well' rounded education places young Texans firmly on the path to success.  For some children, learning new things and succeeding in their classes is a smooth process.  For others, additional of specialized instruction is necessary for maximum success. when this happens: educational diagnosticians play a vital role." - Gov. Greg Abbot

Educational Diagnosticians share an ability to assess and diagnose the learning problems of students.
They are a part of a multidisciplinary team who utilize their particular skills and areas of expertise to make the best decisions for placing students with learning problem.  They also provide support to personnel who counsel the children and consult with teachers, parents, and others on the child's progress.

Therefore, in an effort to recognize the important efforts of these folks, a week in March is designated each year as Educational Diagnostician' Week.

Let us take the time to encourage all of our EPISD family to recognize the important efforts of our diagnosticians.  Their hard work contributes to the future of our students  

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


C. C. Winn Student Council President, Vice President and sponsors attended the TASC State Report Judging on February 26, 2016 at  O’Connor High in Helotes, TX. 
WINN StuCo member include:
President—Andrea Martinez
Vice President—Jazmin Hernandez
Treasurer—Griselda Solis
Recording Secretary—Valeria Sornia
Corresponding Secretary—Benny Ibarra
Historian—Miguel Maldonado
Reporter—Pablo Garcia
Parliamentarian—Luisana Moreno
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.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Attention EPISD Students and Parents.......

The application deadline has been extended for all EPISD Advanced Academies. 
If you are interested in applying there is still time. Applications must be submitted before 
March 11, 2016!