Friday, August 30, 2019

Bobcats Welcome New Superintendent

Thursday, August 29th, Henry B. Gonzalez Administration heralded in Eagle Pass Independent School District's new Superintendent, Mr. Samuel Mijares.
The entire Bobcat family would like to congratulate Mr. Mijares on his new position and look forward to continuing a positive and successful school year.
 #WeLead #HBG2020

Bobcats Ring in College Colors Day

Thursday, August 29th, Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary celebrate National College Colors Day!
Throughout the campus, you could find Bobcat staff and students alike representing their favorite university.
College Colors Day is a great way to promote higher education in our classrooms.
Go Bobcats!

Bulldogs Have a Case of Jitters

Monday, August 26th, Mrs Castillo’s 1st grade class was treated to the very fitting story.
"First Day Jitters" follows a certain someone who is very nervous about going to a new school.
The students think it is about a child not wanting to go to school on the first day, but in the end they find out it was the teacher!
It was a great ice breaker for the students to become familiar with Mrs Castillo.
To toast to the first day the class enjoyed some Jitter Juice.
Jitter Juice is a recipe created to take away those first day jitters!

Go Bulldogs!

Reading Takes the Bulldogs Places

This school year, Benavides Heights Elementary has taken a page right out of their favorite books to prove that "Reading Takes You Places".
Monday, August 26th, Mrs. Ruan unveiled her Harry Potter inspired masterpiece to her new students.
Mrs. Ruan wants her students to know that everyday is magical and that with reading you can take flight just like in the mystical world of Harry Potter.
Go Bulldogs!

Graves Welcomes New Tiger

Graves Elementary would like to welcome the newest addition to their Tiger Family!
This school year, Graves is happy to add Mrs. Claudia Salinas to their campus.
Mrs. Salinas joined Tiger Country on Tuesday, August 27th, as the new Crossing Guard.
Welcome to the home of the blue and gold Mrs. Salinas, the Tigers know their students are in safe hands!

Miners are at Odds

Thursday, August 29th, Mrs. Villarreal's 2nd grade class at Seco Mines Elementary was treated to a very special read aloud with their teacher.
The Miners read Doris Fisher and Dani Sneed's "One Odd Day" and "My Even Day" as an extension of their math lesson on even and odd numbers.
After the read aloud, the students worked together using pairing counters or links to explore even and odd numbers.

Go Miners!

Darr is Lit for Reading

Wednesday, August 28th, Mrs. Ritchie's 6th grade class at Darr was super excited to receive their new Intro to Literature notebooks.
The Mavs were thrilled to kick off the year perusing the new selections and working on their academic vocabulary.
They also were ecstatic that they now are able to annotate on the book!
Way to go Mavs!

Darr Looks to the Future

Friday, August 30th, Mrs. Flores' 1st grade class at Darr dove into the importance of college on National College Colors Day.
Mrs. Flores' Mavs transformed into Sul Ross Lobos for the day and created a Sul Ross name card that listed all the reasons why a degree is important.
The Mavs ended the lesson by each receiving a "diploma" and transformed into campus alumni!
Go Mavs!

Darr Takes Precaution

Friday, August 30th, Ray Darr Literary Specialist, Mrs. Marquez and Computer Lab Manager, Ms. Martinez only had student safety on their minds.
The dynamic duo spent their afternoon reviewing and making posters that outlined cafeteria safety.
They then made sure to display the rules in high-traffic areas on campus to make sure their Mavericks are well aware at all times.
Safety is of the utmost importance in Maverick Country!
Go Mavs!

Darr Lab Manager Sets up Shop

Friday, August 30th, Ray Darr Computer Lab Manager, Ms. Martinez unveiled her new boards for her message to her students.
This school year, Ms. Martinez will continue to stress the importance of iStation and Imagine Math.
The students love seeing their avatars on the bulletin boards and watch their points soar!
Go Mavs!

Darr Accelerates for Reading

Friday, August 30th, Ray Darr's AR Committee kicked off the year with a great brainstorming session.
The Mavericks were hard at working to come up with grade level goals, motivational rewards, and activities for the students.
The committee made sure to come up with great ways for the students to get fired up with reading.
Go Mavs!

Darr Searches for the Value

Friday, August 30th, the 5th grade students in Mrs. Vasquez' class at Darr Elementary were hard at working learning decimal place value. 
The students were able to work with manipulatives to see decimal value in a real world type of situation.
Way to go Mavs!

Mancha Welcomes Newest Mustangs

Perfecto Mancha Elementary would like to welcome the newest Mustangs to their family.
The school heralded 5 new faces to Mustang Country on 
Monday, August 26th.

Gabriela Avila - Special Education Teacher
Ariana Farias - Special Education Teacher
Sandra Ortiz - 3rd grade Teacher
Jeniffer Montoya - 1st grade Teacher
Rosa Sotelo - Nurse

The Mustangs are excited for their newest additions!
Welcome and have a fantastic year!

Darr Ring in College Colors Day

Friday, August 30th, Darr Elementary celebrate National College Colors Day!
Throughout the campus, you could find Darr staff and students alike representing their favorite university.
College Colors Day is a great way to promote higher education in our classrooms.
Go Mavs!

Darr Finds the Plot

Friday, August 30th, Mr. De los Santos' 5th grade class at Ray Darr Elementary dove into the magical world of plot!
Plot refers to the sequence of events inside a story where each event affects the next through the principle of cause-and-effect.
To understand the concept more, the class created plot diagrams of their favorite stories.
A plot diagram is an organizational tool focusing on a pyramid or triangular shape, which is used to map the events in a story. 
Go Mavs!

Darr Cafeteria Staff Treated

Friday, August 30th, Darr Principal Ms. Chacon set up a tasty surprise for all her cafeteria staff to thank them for all they do for the Maverick students.
Each cafeteria staff member received a tasty treat from Texanita!
Ms. Chacon wanted to thank this group of hard working staff members for an excellent 1st week back and to celebrate the beginning of the 2019 - 2020 school year.
Go Mavs!

Darr Finds Odd One Out

Wednesday, August 28th, Ms. Carrillo's 2nd grade class at Ray Darr identified even and odd numbers during their math block.
The Mavs wrote out their names and counted the letters in it.
They then were asked if their name consisted of an even or odd number of letters.
Go Mavs!

Tiger T-Shirt Sale

Graves Principal, Mrs. Soto-Gonzalez would like to remind all Tiger parents and students about PTO'S upcoming Spirit Shirt sale.
Orders are due by Wednesday, September 4th.
Please make sure to fill out student's size and information completely.
Go Tigers!

Darr Hops to It

Friday, August 30th, Coach Mata at Ray Darr had his kids hit the floor running during their PE classes.
Coach Mata  had the students play Hoops to Hop!
The game involves students jumping through the hoops and challenging their teamwork and locomotion.

Way to go Mavs!

Darr Receives Sweet Surprise

Friday, August 30th, Mrs. Felan's 1st graders at Darr Elementary were all smiles!
Mrs. Felan awarded her class for tackling and conquering their 1st week of school.
To end their first Friday, they were each treated to a tasty sugar cookie!
Way to go Mavs!

Tigers Prep for Exam

Friday, August 30th, Ms. McBride's 6th grade class at Graves only had Science review on their mind!
Ms. McBride's class practiced strategies with their teacher on the in their packet before their first big Friday test.

Go Tigers!

Tigers Catch Football Frenzy

Friday, August 30th, Graves Elementary rang in Friday Night Lights spirit!
The Tigers wore their Eagle and Maverick spirit shirts to celebrate the teams and their coaches.
Tiger Country would like to wish EPHS and WHS Football the best of luck this season!
They are behind you 100%!

Darr Wraps Up 1st Week of School

Friday, August 30th, Mrs. Felan's 1st graders at Darr Elementary were all smiles!
Mrs. Felan awarded her class for tackling and conquering their 1st week of school.
The Mavs had a busy week full of sight words and learning class and cafeteria procedures. Mrs. Felan is very proud of her students accomplishments and can't wait to see what this whole year has in store for them!
Awesome job Mavs! 

Darr Learns Procedures

Friday, August 30th, Ray Darr Elementary worked on their morning procedures and classroom routines.
Darr Principal, Ms. Chacon was happy to see her 1st grade classes instilling the importance of lining up where they are supposed to be and remaining quiet and attentive.
1st grade teachers, Mrs. Felan and Mr. Flores were very detailed in their expectations for their students.
Way to go Mavs!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Darr Sounds it Out

Thursday, August 29th, Ms. Cruz' 1st grade class at Ray Darr began the year by reviewing their letters and sounds. 
They were highly engaged in cooperative learning groups analyzing pictures and matching them to their corresponding sounds. 
They are on the road to a successful new year! 
Go Mavericks!

Darr Gets Scientific

Thursday, August 29th, the 5th grade students in Mr. Picazo's class at Ray Darr Elementary prepped for their 1st visit to the Science Lab.
To prepare for a big, upcoming experience, Mr. Picazo reviewed the safety procedures and lab rules.
It is essential for the students to have a firm grasp on the procedures and the proper way to wear your safety googles, gloves and apron.
They also learned that some gasses are flammable so they must always remain cautious.
Go Mavs!

Darr Conquers Subject Predicate

Wednesday, August 29th, Mrs. Benavides' class at Ray Darr engaged in subject predicate.
The subject of a complete sentence is who or what the sentence is about, and the predicate tells about that subject.
To further their investigation, they worked as a class to identify the concepts.
Go Mavs!

Miners Meet Up with BFCU

Friday, August 23rd, several staff members from Seco Mines Elementary enjoyed a hearty breakfast at the Border Federal Credit Union Appreciation Breakfast.
3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Rodriguez even won a gift card to The Energy Den in one of the raffles!
The Miners enjoyed their prizes and would like to thank Border Federal Credit Union for the awesome breakfast.
Thank you BFCU for all you do for our district!

Miners Prep for STAAR

Thursday, August 29th, Mrs. Alvarenga's 5th grade class at Seco Mines only had STAAR reading review on their mind!
Mrs. Alvarenga practiced with her students new reading strategies that will help them become stronger readers.

Go Miners!

Miners Find the Value

Thursday, August 29th, Mr. Zamora's 4th grade class at Seco Mines Elementary learned all about place value.
Place value is the basis of our entire number system. 
A place value system is one in which the position of a digit in a number determines its value.
The Miners learned about 10 digit place value.
They also learned that place value helps them determine the value of numbers, and in the base-10 number system, each place has a value that's 10 times the value of the place immediately to its right.
Go Miners!


Bobcats Look to the Future

Thursday, August 29th, Henry B. Gonzalez Counselor, Mr. Zamora opened up the year with an excellent presentation with the 6th grade Bobcats.
Mr. Zamora spoke with the students about the importance of college and explained the procedures and steps to become a successful college student.
The Bobcats enjoyed the presentation and were eager to hear more about the colleges of their choices.
Go Bobcats!

Bobcats Got the Spirit

Monday, August 26th, the students and staff at Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary were treated to a spirited time courtesy of their Bobcats Cheer Squad!
The ladies rose bright and early to make it to school in time to cheer everyone into school on their 1st day back.
It was a cheerful day in Bobcat Country!

Bobcats have Totally Awesome Time at Convocation

Thursday, August 22nd, Henry B. Gonzalez showed up bright and early to show off their school spirit at the annual EPISD Convocation.
The Bobcat staff would like to congratulate their very own Mrs. Leos for proudly representing their campus in the big 80's inspired teacher dance!
She was awesome!
Way to go Bobcats!

Bobcats Set the Bar High

Tuesday, August 27th, Mrs. Galvan's 5th grade class at Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary added a touch of class to their reading block.
The Bobcats practiced writing in cursive in their daily reading journals.
Cursive is a style of penmanship in which letters are connected.
Go Bobcats!

Miners Add Up

Tuesday, August 27th, Mrs. Villarreal's 2nd grade class at Seco Mines warmed up their addition skills.
The Miners were tasked with adding 3 one-digit numbers and 2 two-digit numbers.
The twist was that they had to do it once regrouping and once not.
Way to go Miners!

Miners Utilize Vocabulary Words

Wednesday, August 28th, Mrs. Rodriguez' 3rd grade class at Seco Mines found a great way to review their new vocabulary words before their 1st big test.
The Miners were tasked with using their vocabulary words of the week and writing complete sentences with them.
This helped the students develop an understanding of the words as to make a complete sentence they had to know the meaning.
Way to go Miners!

MIners Work A- Z

Wednesday, August 28th, Miss Salinas' 1st grade class at Seco Mines was tasked with learning the alphabet.
The Miners were tasked with identifying the various letters and then drawing images that corresponded with each of their letter sounds.
They were excited to work with the alphabet and use their new booklets.
Way to go Miners!

MIners Touch a Little Part of the Earth

Wednesday, August 28th, Mrs. Moreno's 2nd grade class at Seco Mines was blasted had the opportunity to journey all around the world!
The Miners had little pieces of the world transported to their classroom in the form of sand!
The students were tasked with observing sand from all over the world with a hands lens.
They were treated to sand of all kinds; soft, white, rough, and colored.
Way to go Miners!

Miners Run, Walk, and Ride

Wednesday, August 28th, Mrs. Ramon's 1st grade class at Seco Mines discovered the various modes of transportation that exist in our community.
The Miners learned that their fellow classmates all get home after school in many different ways. 
They found that some students walk, bike, ride the bus, and get picked up by Day-Care/Community Center Van/parents/ guardian.
The Miners were fascinated that so many different options all have the same end goal!
Go Miners!

Miners Break it Down

Wednesday, August 28th, Mrs. Macias' 3rd grade class at Seco Mines Elementary dove into the magical world of story elements!
Story elements are the characters, the setting, the plot, the conflict, and the resolution. 
These essential elements keep the story running smoothly and allow the action to develop in a logical way that the reader can follow.
Mrs. Macias had her students identify each of the elements in their interactive notebooks.
Go Miners!

Miners Get Scientific

Wednesday, August 28th, Mrs. Macias' 3rd grade class at Seco Mines stepped into the world of scientific discovery.
The Miners became investigators as they were tasked with demonstrating an understanding of scientific inquiry.
This included the processes, skills, and mathematical thinking necessary to conduct a simple the simple scientific investigation.
Go Miners!

Miners Prepped in Lab Rules

Wednesday, August 28th, Seco Mines' Computer Lab Manager Miss Ramos kicked off her students' visits to the computer lab with orientation. 
They went through the rules, procedures, and expectations.
This orientation prepared the Miners for a fun-filled lab experience!
Go Miners!

Miners Find Odd One Out

Wednesday, August 28th, Mrs. Ortiz' 2nd grade class at Seco Mines identified even and odd numbers during their math block.
The Miners paired off and learned that even numbers are numbers where everyone has a buddy. 
They then discovered that when a student doesn't have a buddy that is an odd number!
Go Miners!

Miners Work on Pronouns

Wednesday, August 28th, Mrs. Diego's 3rd grade class at Seco Mines engaged in learning new words, specifically pronouns.
A pronoun is a word that substitutes for a noun or noun phrase.
To further their investigation, they identified the referent and used context clues to determine precise meaning of new words
Go Miners!

EPHS StuCo Brightens Tigers' Day

Friday, August 23rd, Eagle Pass High School's Student Council had a great surprise in store for their neighboring campus, Graves Elementary.
StuCo surprised the school with a handmade banner for their 1st day of school.
On behalf of Tiger Principal, Mrs. Soto-Gonzalez and her staff, they would like to thank Mrs. Rodriguez and her Student Council students for this amazing banner.
They truly appreciated the gesture!
Go Tigers! Go Eagles!

Tiger Meet Up

Thursday, August 22nd, Graves Elementary kicked off the new school year with a staff meeting in the cafeteria.
All Tiger teachers met up with Tiger Administrators for a debrief on the 1st 9 Weeks.
They also discussed an overview of the year and plans for improvement.
Go Tigers!

Tigers Receive Sweet Treat

Friday, August 23rd, Graves staff had a surprise in store for them courtesy of Tiger Admin
Mrs. Soto Gonzalez, Mr. De la Cruz, and Mrs. Morales wanted to not only reward their staff for a very productive week, but also send them off to the weekend in a big smile.
Each staff member was treated to a fruit and pan dulce.
Go Tigers!

Tigers Treated by BFCU

Friday, August 23rd, several staff members from Graves Elementary enjoyed a hearty breakfast at the Border Federal Credit Union Appreciation Breakfast.
Mrs. Ibarra even won an coffee maker in one of the raffles!
The Tigers enjoyed their prizes and would like to thank Border Federal Credit Union for the awesome breakfast.
Thank you BFCU for all you do for our district!

Tiger Country Hosts Inservice

Wednesday, August 21st, Graves Elementary Library proudly hosted the EPISD 2nd grade inservice. 
ELA Director Mr. Muzquiz’ lead the training and presented new and vital information to his teachers.
It also provided a great opportunity for the teachers to mingle and organize their thoughts.

Tiger Admin Makes the Rounds

Monday, August 26th, Graves Elementary Principal Mrs. Veronica Soto-Gonzalez and Counselor, Mrs. Ana Morales hit the ground running and made sure to visit every single Tiger classroom.
The dynamic duo hit up every class to personally welcome the students to Tiger Country and let them know that they are there as resources for the students.
The made sure to wish each student a happy school year and remind them that they are there to help at all times!
Go Tigers!