Monday Message

From the desk of Dr. Harrell

January 13, 2020

Good Evening-

This Monday Message is full of district information and activities our district is involved in. This edition once again displays our students doing amazing work. They are working with community leaders; participating in campus activities; questioning, experimenting, and thinking like scientists; and using their skills in robotics representing our high school and district. It is engaging activities and experiences such as these that get our students to dream and realize opportunities exist and await them.

Each one of us has dreamed of what we would like to become or would like to accomplish in our lifetime. Our students have dreams and I hope they share them with you. No doubt there are times we question ourselves and self-doubt makes an appearance and if allowed can often take over. However, the truth remains with perseverance, hard work, and belief in ourselves and others anything is possible. "I Believe" by Bon Jovi serves as the perfect backdrop for this message about Believing in Your Dreams... Pass It On.


All I know is what I’ve been sold,
You can read my life like a fortune told.
And courage built I won’t let go,
What we need right now is ....soul!
I can’t do this, you can’t do that,
They feed us lines but I won’t act,
And all good things will come to pass.
But the truth is all you have to have,
And would you lie for it? Cry for it? Die for it? Would you?
I believe, I believe.
Believe we’re still worth,
The fight you’ll see,
There’s hope for this world tonight.
I believe, I believe.

Believe. Pass It On!

I Believe In ‘U’

Dr. Harrell

UHS Robotics Team Represents ~ Coyote Pride

We are proud to announce our UHS Robotics Invention Team TAAG earned 3rd place on Saturday, January 11th at the TCEA Robotics Competition! The team consists of Enrique Morales, Andrea Valdez, Sofia White, Nationa Boone, Trisha Perez, and Jacob-Adam Stephenson under the leadership of UHS Teacher Roberto Cantu. The Uvalde High School Robotics Program is made up of two invention teams, The Anti-Arsonist Team (TAAG) and The Delta Squad. The Delta Squad consists of Esteban Guereca, Rodrigo De Leon, Kevin Garcia, Sara Balderas, and Juliette Morris placed 4th in the event. Mr. Cantu shared, "The students in the course will continue to develop their programming skill, using the Lego Mindstorms System." Our district was represented by the entire UHS Robotics Team with Coyote Pride!

Leona River Restoration Project

On January 9, 2020, Uvalde C.I.S.D.’s 3rd through 6th grade, Gifted and Talented students embarked on a real-world problem in our community, the Leona River Restoration Project. This project is an experience-based project in partnership with the City of Uvalde Parks and Recreation Department, Nueces River Authority, and El Progreso Memorial Library STEAM Expo. This project is enhancing our current Gifted and Talented Program by exposing our students to a real-world problem, right in our community. This 3-year project is an experience-based project which will be showcased annually at the El Progreso Memorial Library STEAM Expo.

Uvalde C.I.S.D.’s 3rd through 6th grade, Gifted and Talented students began the exploration process with a tour of the Leona River guided by Rob Fowler. The tour included a discussion on the current condition of the river. Students then moved to the Civic Center to begin the discussion and planning of how to improve the Leona River. Mary Bales and Sky Jones-Lewy, representatives from the Nueces River Authority lead classroom presentations.

We are looking forward to including more community agencies as our students begin working on their projects. The annual STEAM Expo showcase will allow our students to share with the community the progress of their projects and continue to move forward.

Morales Junior High Local Science Fair

The following students were first second and third place at the MJH Local Fair.
I am currently getting together the top 6 to 8 students who will advance to regionals.
Overall the event was a huge success with 37 out of 42 pre-ap students who participated. I was also provided some excellent feedback from our judges as to how to make the process smoother for them as well.

1st place: Elina De La Fuente
Project title: What’s My Heart Rate?
2nd place: Annalia Gonzalez
Project title: Which Object is Dirtiest?
3rd place: Victoria Martinez
Project title: Body Grounding

Hot Chocolate Reading Challenge

Anthon scholars were given a "Hot Chocolate Reading Challenge" over the Winter break. Students were asked to read 15 minutes a day and read at least 10 books. A total of 89 Anthon Scholars rose to the challenge! 51 First Grade students and 38 Second Grade students completed the challenge. Scholar readers were celebrated with a hot chocolate dance party. Way to go Anthon Scholars!

El Progreso Memorial Library January Artist of the Month...Ella Dorris

El Progreso Memorial Library's January Artist of the Month is Uvalde High School Junior Ellenore "Ella" Dorris. The exhibit includes 20 pieces of artwork including paintings, drawings, scratch art, photography, and even a book she illustrated. Ella's art will be on display until the end of January. Please take some time to visit El Progreso Memorial Library to view the unique and creative artwork.


A selected group of students visited iFly in San Antonio for a great experience. Students participating were from the UHS College, Career & Military Readiness, N.J.R.O.T.C, and Morales JHS S.T.E.M program. The group was under the leadership of Lt. Tidd and had a very successful trip. The 25 participating students took the opportunity to "Rep the U" after their flights and course work. The experience will leave a last impression with students as they begin to consider the next steps after high school.

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KVOU UCISD Weekly Update

On Thursday, January 9th, our district was represented on Coyote Country 104.9 KVOU by Dr. Harrell, Rob Fowler, and Anabel White. The interview segment included district information, district events, and highlighted our Board of Trustees in honor of Board Appreciation Month. Please join us in appreciating our Board of Trustees for their service to our district.

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Mansfield's Pizzeria

Students in Mrs. Mansfield's Classroom enjoyed a hands-on, interactive, and discussion filled lesson on fractions and fact vs. opinion. The classroom was transformed into Mansfield's Pizzeria with students wearing chef hats to roleplay! Students completed fraction task cards using pizza and toppings then created their own to glue into their pizza box. Students also completed a fact and opinion spaghetti sort. The activities were very well received by students with students stating, "Wow! We are like real Chefs", "I wish we could do things like this every day", and "Fractions are FUN!" This is sure to be a lesson remembered!

Flores Elementary's 3rd Annual Merry Mile

Flores Elementary's 3rd Annual Merry Mile took place on Friday, January 10th. Students eagerly gathered on the playground to warm up before the start of the race. Parents, faculty, staff, and fellow classmates all cheered participants. Runners ran one and a half laps around the playground followed by one lap around the outskirts of the school before crossing the finish line to complete their 1 mile race. Top 20 Girls and Top 20 Boys from each grade received a medal. Over 150 students participated in this year's race. We extend a heartfelt thank you to Coach Flores and Coach Guzman for organizing the race and to everyone who helped make this year's race a success. Congratulations to all participants, everyone is a Winner!
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TRS Regional Offices Survey

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As we published in our December Update newsletter to Reporting Employers (REs) as well as our December TRS News for active members and retirees, TRS is exploring the idea of opening TRS regional offices across the state in order to expand our member service delivery options to our ever-growing membership.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could please notify your employees that TRS has emailed a TRS Regional Offices Survey to active members and retirees to get their input on regional offices. We highly encourage them to participate as we value all comments and are always looking for ways in which we can better serve our members. The deadline for members to complete the survey is Jan. 21, 2020.

Members can check the TRS website, social media channels, newsletters and publications for updates to the project.

Thank you for your support and coordination efforts to help us make this survey a success.


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