Monday Message

From the desk of Dr. Harrell

April 5, 2021

I hope everyone had a great 3-day weekend and a Happy Easter. I hope you found time to unwind and throttle down for a little bit. Over the weekend, while watching the news, I began thinking about how much uncertainty there seems to be right now, whether dealing with politics, immigration, foreign countries, COVID, accessing immunizations, returning to or not returning to school, and the list goes on.

I know uncertainty is not new, I know my parents had the same thoughts when they watched the news, but they only had three channels to choose from and no social media. As adults, these reports make you curious and how we approach the days ahead. However, as educators, we always prepare for and take care of our students.

Over the weekend, I was reading ‘Dare to Lead’ by Dr. Brene Brown, and I came across this passage that made me stop and think that this is a big part of our objective as educators.

Teachers and campuses need to provide students with classroom space to attend without concern of judgement. Space that allows students to breathe and be curious and explore the world and be who they are without suffocation. We should never underestimate the benefit to a child of having a place to belong - even one - where they feel that they belong (Italics and bold are mine). -Brene Brown

To me, this is one powerful statement. In my doctoral research, this is the number one thing that keeps students in school and successfully enrolled until graduation; being involved, feeling included, and the confidence to participate.

As educators, we have been given the responsibility to provide our students safe areas and space. Never underestimate the power you carry into the classroom or the love, excitement, and anticipation a student walks in with to see what the day holds. Daily routines or activities that allow students to serve and be given responsibility are huge in a child’s eye. At the secondary campuses, all students should be given and guided to an opportunity to be involved and represent their school and classroom.

Take care of yourself.

I am proud to work with each one of you.

I Believe in ‘U’!

Dr. Harrell

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The Paw Print Pause is a weekly PD Digest created by Natalie Arias, Blended Learning Specialist for Uvalde CISD Teachers. The purpose of the podcast is to bring educators together through common topics and tips with a little humor and light-hearted conversation. The first two podcasts are linked below for your listening pleasure.

Crossroads Academy

Crossroads Academy Celebrates 3/31/21

Dalton Elementary

PreK and Kindergarten Registration...

It is time to register for Prek and Kinder. The process is all ONLINE at We need the help of our community in sharing this information with families who have a child ready for Prek or Kinder. We encourage all families to register their child now so we are ready to receive all future Coyotes and Lobos for the 2021-2022 school year.

There is an option to register on-site at Dalton Elementary:

  • On-Site Registration Dates:

    • April 6th & April 13th

      • 5:00pm-7:00pm

If any parent would like more information please contact Mandy Pruitt, principal at Dalton Elementary at 830-591-4933

SLAR Writer's Workshop...

Students in Mrs. Guevara's kindergarten dual language classroom work on SLAR writer's workshop. Mrs. Gonzales calls out different letters for students in her PreK classroom to write down on individual chalkboards. What a fun activity for students to share their learning with classmates and show off their skills with capital and lowercase letters!

Batesville Elementary

Meet a Baby Rabbit...

Batesville Elementary Pre-K and Kinder students worked hard on an informational writing piece on the story Meet a Baby Rabbit. The students put forth a great amount of effort and earned a visit from a special guest. Ms. Diaz's family pet Max made a special appearance to visit the students! Students enjoyed the bunny-ful review of living things.

Flores Elementary

Calculating Area...

This week in Mrs. Kindell's math class students are learning how to calculate the area of trapezoid, parallelogram, and triangles. Each student was given a different cut out of a shape and they had to use their skills to measure and then calculate the area.


Morales Mingle 03/31/2021

Uvalde High School


The Stop the Bleed Training will be focused on U.C.I.S.D. secondary students who express an interest in attending a Stop the Bleed Training. Stop the Bleed Training is designed to encourage secondary students to learn the skills necessary to save someone's life with an emphasis on how to stop traumatic bleeding. The class is one hour of simple, life-saving information. If you would like your Uvalde C.I.S.D. secondary student to participate in this training, please click the link below.

For more information contact:

Mr. Mueller


Where Ms. Brewer & Ms. Coggins give valuable information on testing & college readiness.

Virtual Libraries

The Uvalde CISD Library Services has created Virtual Libraries. Virtual Libraries contain great library resources in one location. Students will find reading resources such as IXL Learning, Accelerated Reader, read aloud collections, Multicultural Book Collections, Character Books, and so much more. This is a great resource for our students to explore all in one location!

Uvalde CISD Dual Language Academy Application

Uvalde CISD is accepting applications for the Uvalde CISD Dual Language Academy. This is an opportunity to have students PreK through 6th-grade on one campus developing stronger cognitive and academic skills through the development of onlevel bilingualism and biliteracy.

The application window is open with limited space! There are two applications to choose from which can be found on the UCISD Dual Language Website at

Please know current UCISD students enrolled in the Dual Language Program DO NOT need to apply or complete either of the applications.

For more information on completing a UCISD Dual Language Academy Application please call Dr. Ferron at 830-278-6655 or visit

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KVOU District Update

On Thursday, April 1st, our district was represented on Coyote Country 104.9 KVOU by Dr. Harrell and Mandy Pruitt. The interview segment included an update on the PreK and Kinder Registration, celebrating our students’ accomplishments and the Stop the Bleed Secondary Student Training. It was a great opportunity for us to share district information.
Coyote Pact

We have a shared responsibility to take steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections on our campuses. Every member of our Coyote and Lobo community – including you – must do their part.

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Honey Bowl Guidelines

Visit the Honey Bowl Guidelines for information on events, safety, and health protocols.

Have eNews or an event to share? Please use the Submit eNews or an Event form to submit eNews or events.

Use this form to brag about the awesome activities going on in your school, classroom, organization or department. News stories may be published in any of the following areas Dr. Harrell's Monday Message, campus webpage, District Facebook, District App or in various district publications. News stories may include opportunities for student involvement, highlights of significant student achievement, events, programs, and much more!

Please fill in this form with all the details necessary to create a story. The pictures to accompany this submission should be uploaded to Google Drive using the link provided in this form. If you have any questions please contact Anne Marie Espinoza by email at, or by phone at 830-278-6655 Ext. 1075.

Uvalde CISD App

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