Thursday, March 29, 2018

Bulldogs Represent at Special Olympics

The Benavides Life Skills Unit participated in the 2018 EPISD Special Olympics. 
Mrs. Cantu’s Class represented Benavides with a lot of spirit. After the event, Mrs. Cantu’s Life Skills Class celebrated their achievements at Peter Piper Pizza. 
Thank you to the Bulldog Cheerleaders for showing a great support for their fellow Bulldogs at the Special Olympics. 
Go Bulldogs!

Student Honors Winn Teacher

There are so many teachers all over the district that inspire and motivate students; one such teacher is C.C. Winn's Criminal Justice teacher Mr. Jose Montes.   
C.C Winn student Bethany Martinez recognized Mr. Montes with a wall plaque that she personally made in appreciation of his commitment.
Maverick Nation would like to thank Mr. Montes for all he does for their students and his work with the Law Enforcement Club. 
Mr. Jose Montes worked for the San Antonio Police Department for 23 years and is a training instructor for active shooting scenarios with the ALICE institution.

Rescheduled Winn Baseball and Softball Games

Due to the recent rains in San Antonio, Winn High School Baseball and Softball games against Harlandale High School have been rescheduled for Friday, March 30th
According to UIL rules, games rescheduled because of inclement weather must be rescheduled for the next available date.

Game  times for Friday, March 30th 
Varsity Baseball Game  5 PM

Varsity Softball Game - 5 PM

Stallions Mix Easter and Science

Thursday, March 29th, the 4th grade students Armando Cerna Elementary learned about the different properties of soil and were able to tie it into a neat Easter treat!
The students used Peeps, coconut shavings, and jelly beans to create a Scientific Easter surprise!
Go Stallions!

Future Lady Mavericks Visit Winn

Wednesday, March 28th, Benavides Heights Elementary visited CC Winn High School to receive insight on the school's accomplished volleyball and softball programs.
Coach Iracheta and Coach Benavidez spoke to the Lady Bulldogs about the expectations of the programs.
Also, the Seniors from both teams attended this presentation to let the Bulldogs know what is expected from them as Maverick Athletes.
Both coaches and athletes expressed that it isn’t just about skills, but it is also about personal responsibility and dedication from their part!
The Seniors really wanted the Bulldogs to know that work needs to be put in both on the court/diamond and off!
They all hope to see these Lady Bulldogs in a Maverick uniform one day!

Lobos Represent at Parks and Rec Opening Ceremony

Pete Gallego Division I Lobo Baseball Team is ready to begin their season with Eagle Pass Parks and Recreation!
Wednesday, March 28th, the Lobos came out in full force at the Baseball/Softball Opening Ceremony.
The Cheerleaders, Dance Team, and parents all showed tremendous spirit and support for their baseball boys!
Go Lobos!

Bobcats Recognize Police Officer

Henry B. Gonzalez would like to thank Officer Rudy Valdez from the Eagle Pass Independent School District  Police Department for all he does!
He is constantly patrolling and working to keep Bobcat Country safe and secure. 
Thank you Officer Valdez!
Way to go EPISD and Bobcats!

FFA Preps for Competition

Tuesday March 27th, the Eagle Pass FFA Veterinary Science team made their way to Eagle Pass Veterinary Diagnostic Hospital to prepare for their competition on April 4th at Pleasanton, Texas. 
The purpose of the Veterinary Science Career Development Event is to promote college and career readiness by providing opportunities to develop technical knowledge and demonstrate practical skills in the field of Veterinary Science. 
Participants demonstrate professional ethics, decision-making, business competency, communication and problem-solving skills. 
Eagle Pass FFA would like to thank Dr. Levi Hancock and his assistants for their time and patience.
The participants were able to see how he prepares for surgery, what type of tools he uses and what tools they will need to be familiar with for their practicums at the competition. 
They were able to identify different kind animal breeds, apply a muzzle and Elizabethan collar, and Dr. Hancock also showed them how to do conversions when dealing with medication for the animals. 
This hands on experience really helped out the Veterinary Science team in their preparation!
Thank you once again Eagle Pass Veterinary Diagnostic Hospital for your support with our local FFA Chapter!

Stallions Represent at International Friendship Parade

Saturday, March 24th, Armando Cerna Stallionettes Dance Team proudly represented their campus at the City of Eagle Pass' Annual International Friendship Parade.

The girls did an amazing job by dancing their hearts out .
Go Stallionettes!

Miners Represent at Parks and Rec Opening Ceremony

Wednesday, March 28th, Seco Mines Division II Softball team participated in the City of Eagle Pass Parks and Recreation Baseball/Softball Opening Ceremony. 
The girls have been practicing every day and ready to start the season!

The Miners would like to wish them the best of luck this season!
Go Miners!

9th Annual Frontera Festival

Ready, set, ACTION! 
The official date for the 9thAnnual Frontera Film Festival has officially been released! 
It will take place on May 4th & 5th at the Student Activity Center in Eagle Pass, TX. 
It will be located at the performing arts auditorium and will run all-day for two days. 
This is an amazing opportunity where young talented individuals get to showcase their work in film and compete for awards in the many categories the festival holds. 
The Frontera Film Festival is a locally-run film festival made possible by the Audio Video teachers from both Eagle Pass High School and C.C. Winn High School and sponsored by the Eagle Pass Independent School District Career and Technical Education Department. 
The fest gets submissions from all across the state of Texas and an abundance of entries always get submitted! Film competition is open to all 7th -12th grade students, college students, and to non-lucrative indie producers. 
The founder of this festival is C.C. Winn Audio Video teacher, Mr. Jessie Fuentes, who established it back in 2010.  
His ultimate objective for the festival was to create a platform for upcoming and creative individuals where they could showcase what they’re truly passionate about. 
Whether you’re behind the camera filming, in front of the camera acting, or just simply a movie enthusiast, come on out and enjoy a weekend full of endless creativity and witness for yourself how this much awaited film festival will all unfold. Hope to see you there!

For more information please visit our official webpage:

EPHS’ Jorge Emiliano Garcia Wins First Place in LD Debate

Eagle Pass High School would like to congratulate Jorge Emiliano Garcia for winning 1st place in Lincoln Douglas Debate at the UIL Academics District 29-6A on March 24th held at Eagle Pass High School. 

Emiliano went through 3 preliminary rounds of debates to get to the semi finals and finally onto the finals. 
This was no small feat as each debate lasts up to 45 minutes against the sharpest minds in the district. 
He beat out UIL giants Alexander and United High Schools. 

Emiliano will be competing at the Regional meet at UTSA in April. 
Emiliano is being coached by Dolores Rodriguez. 

Bobcats Represent at Parks & Rec Opening Ceremony

Wednesday, March 28th, Henry B. Gonzalez the City of Eagle Pass Parks and Recreation's Baseball/Softball Opening Ceremony.  
The Bobcats would like to send a special congratulations to 6th grader Juan Torres for winning the First Annual Mascot Race at Moncada Field.
Way to go Bobcats!

LDC Wins Baseball Championship

Wednesday, March 21st, the LDC T-Ball  team along with Coach Daniel played in their big Championship game. After a long game and coming back from behind, LDC brought home the WIN!  
The kids ended the season undefeated and were tournament champions. 
LDC is very proud of all the hard work the kids put in during the season!
Go Lil' Mavs!

Mavericks Experience Blast from the Past

English II students in Ms. Cruz's class at CC Winn High School were assigned a "Blast from the Past" research project. 
Students were expected to 
specific, well-known historical figures which included finding ​
some of the contributions
​ each one of these
 made to International Human Rights or Social Justice
Some of the figures included were Alexander Hamilton, Amelia Earhart, and Nelson Mandela (to name a few).

Using both online and book resources provided by Winn's Library, students successfully researched ​all required information and presented their findings to their peers. 

​ ​As students prepare for the English II STAAR Exam being administered on Thursday, April 12th, teachers are taking creative approaches to help students reinforce and review what has been taught in class.

Art Appreciation Students Visit Muesuems

Wednesday, March 28th, 18 Eagle Pass High School Early College Academy students currently enrolled in an Art Appreciation course traveled with Winn High School to visit the San Antonio Museum of Art and the McNay Museum.
The students were led on docent led tours at each museum, then afterwards were allowed to wander about the museum visiting art pieces of their choice. 
This was the first museum visit for all the students and they enjoyed the experience tremendously. 
This field trip is part of their art appreciation curriculum and will help them with an upcoming project.

Cardinals Thank Lady Maverick Softball

On behalf of the San Luis Lady Cardinals, they would like to say thank you to the Lady Maverick Softball team for inviting them to be a part of their softball game on Friday, March 23rd
The Lady Cardinals had a chance to meet the Lady Mavs and experience firsthand the thrill of playing at the High School level.  
The Cardinals were very excited to spend time and root for the Lady Mavs. 
In addition, The Mavericks went above and beyond to take the time and write heartwarming personalized letters of encouragement for the Cardinal Softball players.

Once again thank you and good luck Lady Maverick Softball! 

Lobos Hit TTM Milestone

Pete Gallego Elementary would like to congratulate Mrs. Yruega's 4th grade classes for reaching their 100% goal on TTM!
Wednesday, March 28th, the Lobos rejoiced in their success with a well deserved movie day.
Go Lobos!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Stallions Hop Into Writing

Wednesday, March 28th, Ms. A. Roque’s 4th grade class at Armando Cerna Elementary prepare for their upcoming STAAR Writing test.
The Stallions worked on a great Easter activity that combined holiday creativity and writing skills essential to a great STAAR score!
Happy Easter from the Armando Cerna Stallions!

Kennedy Annual Easter Egg Bash

Wednesday, March 28th, Kennedy Hall was "Eggs-cited" about their annual school egg hunt!
The Hawks waited patiently as the eggs were being distributed evenly around camps.
Confetti was flying and smiles burst through the air! 
What a way to kick off this holiday weekend!

Graves Wishes Custodian Happy Birthday

On Wednesday, March 28th, Graves Custodian, Pedro, was pleasantly surprised by Mrs. Claudia Rodriguez' 3rd grade students with many birthday wishes!
The Tigers had a surprise gathering with a delicious cake to thank Pedro for all he does from them and their school!
Happy Birthday Pedro and Go Tigers!

Miners Turn Lemons to Lemonade

Wednesday, March 28th, the 2nd grade students in Mrs. Ortiz' class at Seco Mines Elementary studied about producers and consumers. 
To bring this topic more to life, they created a time honored childhood tradition...LEMONADE! 
This lemonade was later sold to consumers as part of their fundraising activities!
Go Miners!

Congratulations to Mrs. Marisa Villarreal: March Teacher of the Month

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.
March's Teacher of the Month is none other than Seco Mines Elementary's Marisa Villarreal. For the past 32 years, Mrs. Villarreal has had exceptional performance in the classroom, motivated students to persevere and achieve, and happily collaborated with her peers. She is dedicated in helping students and identifies the academic standards required to help students master objectives. She is always prepared and presents her lessons in a clear and structured way. Mrs. Villarreal devotes her school and personal time to creating strong teacher-made materials that enhance student learning.
Mrs. Villarreal is always eager to collaborate with her colleagues and is willing to share her very innovative ideas. This school year, Mrs. Villarreal welcomed teachers from Pearsall ISD into her classroom to share with them her best practices. For many years, Mrs. Villarreal had mentored students from Sul Ross State University and she is currently assigned one this Spring 2018 semester.
Aligning with setting academic goals, she builds opportunities into her lesson plans for students to work at different levels differentiating instruction to meet and accommodate all students' needs. Meticulous in her lesson preparation, she looks at every detail and plans according to student success. In detail, she analyzes the curriculum and makes sure she accommodates all her students' needs and prepares specific individual activities for her students so all her students succeed.
Mrs. Villarreal also strives to form strong relationships with students and parents thus demonstrating that she cares about them. With 32 years of experience she continues to make learning fun and has a contagious passion for teaching that radiates through her students' excitement to learn. The positive and supportive relationship she creates in the classroom environment helps her shape a class where learning can flourish. To further connect parents and schools, she regularly stays after school and makes herself available to students and parents who need her. In addition, she communicates frequently with parents through conferences and doesn't hesitate to pick up the phone to call if she is ever concerned. She is a very conscientious teacher who works hard and goes the extra mile to help each student achieve success.
Mrs. Villarreal is the epitome of an authentic teacher and is not afraid to jump into action and do what needs to be done. Unquestionably, she motivates other teachers and her personality radiates the fact that everyone is a valuable and cherished asset with the talent to catapult success. She is also active in her church community, having participated in ACTS locally and helping with fundraisers for charity. Mrs. Villarreal is always willing to better herself personally and professionally. 
Her energy, enthusiasm, and dependability make her an exceptional teacher who merits recognition for her fervor to teach, reach, shape, transform, and cultivate the passion of learning in all students. A passion that inspires a sense of accomplishment that students carry for life! For all these reasons and more, Mrs. Villarreal is Teacher of the Month.
A segment will appear on iVision throughout the month of March detailing many more accomplishments of Mrs. Villarreal.  This month she will also appear on community media, news publications and the EPISD website throughout March 2018.  A teacher will be selected each month through May 2018 for a total of eight (8) 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.  Additionally, each “Teacher of the Month” will receive donations from local businesses.

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, Peter Piper Pizza, and Stat Emergency.        

Roadrunners Tee Up with Reading

Wednesday, March 28th, Ms. Gonzalez' 6th Graders at Rosita Valley Elementary demonstrated their creative side in applying their reading skills. 
The students designed their own book report t-shirt based on their favorite book.
The Roadrunners are very proud and congratulate their students on their hard work and creativity!

Bobcats Hit TTM Milestone

Congratulations are in order for Ms. Ibarra's 3rd grade class at Henry B. Gonzalez!
The Bobcats completed the TTM Program on Wednesday, March 28th.
Way to go Bobcats!

Graves Decorates Board Room

Tuesday, March 27th, Mrs. Libson and Mrs .Byrne from Graves Elementary spread a bit of Spring Fever at the District Service Center Board Room.
The duo decorated one of the room's bulletin board in honor of Easter!
It seems like the Tiger Easter Bunny came early to EPISD!
Go Tigers!

Hawks Represent at International Friendship Parade

Saturday, March 24th, Kennedy Hall Hawks had the time of the lives representing their campus at the annual International Friendship Parade.
Ready to wave to the crowd was the adorable 2018 Mr & Ms Kennedy Hall, Daniel Castaneda & Zarita Martinez.
Also, feeling footloose and fancy free was the Diamond Doll Dance Team!
The girls boot scooted all the way down the street in their adorable western wear.
Go Hawks!

Reading Buddies Rewarded

Tuesday, March 27th, the 6th grade Library Reading Buddies at Graves were rewarded by Librarian, Mrs. A. Libson.
Mrs. Libson treated her students to goodie bags, Bush's Chicken Kids Meal, and a certificate for all their help during the 3rd nine weeks. 

The Tigers are very proud of these students taking the time to show the little Tigers how to succeed with reading!

Miners Discover Inherited Traits

March 26th - March 28th, the Miner 5th graders investigated inherited traits. 
Inherited traits are described as unique characteristics that make you who you are. 
Every person is a unique individual because they possess some traits that were pass on from their parents for example eye color and height. 
Not only do people inherit traits from their parents but also plants and animals such as stripes on a tiger or spines on a cactus. 
The Miners realized that they have their own unique features such as dimples, dark hair, colored eyes, hitchhikers thumb and the ability to roll their tongue. 
Students enjoyed exploring their own physical characteristics and comparing them to their classmates!

Tigers and the Oobleck

Tuesday, March 27th, Miss Martinez' class at Graves conducted a Science experiment to determine how pressure, instead of temperature can change properties in some materials.
The Oobleck is a nod to the book "Bartholomew and the Oobleck" by Dr. Seuss. 
The students worked hard and had fun playing with their Oobleck
They also were amazed to find it so similar to quicksand!
Go Tigers!

Bobcats Represent at International Friendship Parade

Saturday, March 24th, Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary's Cheer Team completely embraced the City of Eagle Pass' International Friendship Parade theme, "Where Yee-Haw Meets Ole!" 
The team wore bright and beautiful costumes and rode on the beautifully decorated float their parents prepared for them.
The Bobcats would like to thank their parents for all their support in this event.
Go Bobcats!

Tigers Race to the Bunny Hop

Monday, March 26th, the 2nd graders in Mrs. R. Moreno's class at Graves Elementary practiced their writing skills and celebrated Easter at the same time!

The students were tasked write an essay to the prompt "If I were the Easter Bunny" and create their very own Easter Bunny.
This activity was both great writing practice and egg-cellent decoration for Easter!

Seco Mines Students of the Month

Each month, Seco Mines teachers choose a Student of the Month. 
These students are chosen for their contributions to their school and community. 
They also display caring, responsible, and respectful characteristics that help them serve as great role models for the other students.