Monday Message

From the desk of Dr. Harrell

November 29, 2021

I hope each one of you had a Wonderful and Thankful Thanksgiving week. It was a nice break to have, the weather, for the most part, was nice, and hopefully, you were able to relax. Over the Thanksgiving break, I was introduced to a book, "The Talent Code" by Daniel Coyle. One section of the book, "Effort Based Language," discussed the importance and strength of our words that can ignite a person's motivation to achieve audacious goals. In this section, Carol Dweck's research with 400 fifth-grade students and their results were utilized. She gave all of the students the same initial test, but when she delivered the results, she used two different, six-word statements of praise. Half of the students received the praise statement "you must be smart at this," and the other half received the statement "You must have worked really hard."

In preparation for the second test, students were able to choose the level of difficulty of the test. Those praised for their intelligence most often chose an easier test, not wanting to disappoint. However, the students praised for their hard work chose a more difficult test as they wanted a challenge to impress.

A third and more difficult test was given. The students praised for their hard work, kept going, wanting to work harder, and enjoyed the challenge. However, students praised for their intelligence put in less and less effort, ultimately taking shortcuts and quitting earlier.

Finally, a fourth test was given, which had the same difficulty level as the 1st test. Students initially praised for their intelligence now scored 20% lower. Students who were praised for their effort and hard work now scored 30% higher when compared to the 1st outcome.

The article emphasized how deeply language and motivation are connected. The power of language and encouraging words influence the success of our students and the growth of our staff. There is a correlation of influence between the language used about us and our level of motivation, especially when our effort is praised. Carol Dweck also shared the power of using the word yet. Such as, we haven't reached our goal yet, but I know what to do and have the motivation to improve; therefore, I'm not finished yet. Positive language motivates us to keep working, putting in the effort, to study and live well.

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving week, with lots of food, family, and fun. I am thankful and blessed to work with each one of you. We have 3 weeks until the end of the quarter. Let's all focus and continue to rise to the challenge of our students' needs. Our students are doing very well and blessed because each one of you works for UCISD.

"The limits of my language mean the limits of my world" - Ludwig Wittgenstein.

I Believe in U

Loyal and True

Rep the U

Dr. Harrell

Association for Migrant Educators of Texas Lifetime Service Award:

We are very proud to share news of two individuals who have served the Migrant Students in our district for over 35 years each for receiving the Association for Migrant Educators of Texas Lifetime Service Award!

Dianna Diaz - 37 years of service

Maria Margot Balderas - 35 years of service

Mrs. Diaz and Ms. Balderas serve the district in the Migrant Office located at the Benson Complex. The purpose of the Migrant Education Program is to provide migratory students opportunities to achieve excellence and equity in the classroom. Mrs. Diaz and Ms. Balderas meet the mission of the office of Migrant Education by providing excellent leadership, technical assistance, and financial support to improve the educational opportunities and academic success of migrant children, youth, agricultural workers, fishers, and their families. Mrs. Diaz and Ms. Balderas graciously and kindly administer academic and supportive services to the children of families who migrate to find work in the agriculture and fishing industries. Dr. Ferron shares, “Their commitment with the migrant community is their most valuable asset; Mrs. Diaz and Ms. Balderas perform their work with passion, always searching for more and better ways to serve our migrant students and their families. For me, it is an honor to be part of their team.” Dr. Harrell shares, “These ladies have done and continue to provide outstanding services for our students and their families for over 35 years. We are blessed to have them as part of our district serving our students and their families.”

MJH & UHS Batesville Student Engagement Meeting:

Batesville Parent & Student Engagement Meeting


MJH and UHS Batesville Students

Batesville parents of students attending Morales Junior High and Uvalde High School are invited to attend a Student Engagement Meeting. This meeting will be an open discussion on how students who live in Batesville are engaged with extracurricular activities at the Morales Junior High and Uvalde High School.

Batesville Parent & Student Engagement Meeting


MJH and UHS Batesville Students

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Batesville Elementary Cafeteria

6:30 pm

Parents and students are invited to attend together to share information on processes that are working well. Please come with ideas on services or activities that would improve student engagement.

For more information contact: Lally Lopez at 830-333-7012

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UHS Semester Exam Schedule and Early Release Option

UHS 1st Semester Finals have been scheduled for Monday, December 13th thru Thursday, December 16th. Semester Finals will be 1 1/2 hours and students will take two a day. Students will be dismissed at 12:20 pm each day.

The following arrangements are available:

Lunch will be available for students during the normal lunch schedule.

Students are welcome to remain at the campus until 4:30 pm if needed.

UHS parents and students with questions are encouraged to call the

Uvalde High School front office at 830-591-2950.

1st Semester Final Schedule:

Monday, December 13th:

1st Period: 8:45 am - 10:35 am

5th Period: 10:40 am - 12:20 pm

Tuesday, December 14th:

6th Period: 8:45 am - 10:35 am

8th Period: 10:40 am - 12:20 pm

Wednesday, December 15th:

3rd Period: 8:45 am - 10:35 am

7th Period: 10:40 am - 12:20 pm

Thursday, December 16th:

2nd Period: 8:45 am - 10:35 am

4th Period: 10:40 am - 12:20 pm

Friday, December 17th:

Student Holiday/Staff Professional Development

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2021 Bullying-Prevention Poster Contest Winners!

The UCISD Police Department encourages students to develop a special poster on a theme related to Bully Prevention. The five winners were selected, will receive a plaque, and their posters will be made into district posters to be displayed next year at each campus during the month of October. Thank you to all the contestants for submitting great artwork!

The top five winners this year, in order of grade-level category, are:

PreK-1st Grade Category Winner:

“Di No Al Bullying” - Yarelli Escalera - UDLA

2nd - 4th Grade Category Winner:

“Kindness Takes Courage” - Alithia Ramirez - Robb Elementary

5th - 6th Grade Category Winner:

“We Need to Stop Bullying” - Madison Laffere - UDLA

7th - 8th Grade Category Winner:

“Don’t Bully” - Katelynn Cruz - Morales Junior High

9th - 12th Grade Category Winner:

“Reach Out to Stop Bullying” - Kianna Rodriguez - UHS

The Uvalde CISD Blended Learning Team publishes monthly newsletters for internal and external community members to share updates, tips, and bright spots from our district-wide blended learning initiative.

Please visit to check out our latest updates!


Blended Learning Specialist, Uvalde CISD
Natalie Arias


60 Seconds of Excellence UDLA 3rd Grade Math

Batesville Elementary Powwow

Dalton Elementary Powwow

Morales JH

Morales Junior High Esports Team Makes the Playoffs:

Morales Junior High Esports Team qualified into the playoffs as the 28th seed! This is exciting news to share especially because this is only the second year Esports has been offered to the students at Morales Junior High. Esports can be described as the world of competitive, organized video gaming. The team is under the leadership of Mr. Diego Ruiz. The MJH eSports Team roster is:

Starter: Javi (HomieChips)

Starter: Abel (HomieAbel)

Starter: Aiden (Grinsler)

Sub: Byron (Apparently Byron) {Byron is our free agent from another school}

The MJH Esports Team will play in the first playoff match today, Monday, November 29th at 7:00 p.m. against the 5th Seed James Monroe Middle School. Please join us in wishing the team the very best of luck!

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El Progreso Memorial Library Saturday Cooking Class:

Morales Junior High School Spanish Dual Language Science Teacher, Inma Vitaller and her husband Jose Domingo Martinez-Ibañez are extending an invitation to the third Saturday School cooking class at El Progreso Memorial Library on Saturday, December 11th from 10 am to Noon. The recipes will be ajoarriero, penne frutti di mare, and tiramisu. The cooking class will be a nice day where people of all ages can learn and enjoy Spanish and Mediterranean culture and gastronomy. The Saturday School Cooking Class is free and open to the public, registration is not required.

Morales Moments of Success 11/19/2021

Robb Elementary

Balloon Parade
Robb Balloon Parade

Uvalde High School

UHS Construction Trade Students Playscape Enhancements:

UHS Construction Trade Students have been reviving playscapes in the Uvalde Community. Students will be repairing Esperanza Park, Memorial Park, and De Leon Park. The Esperanza Park repairs have been completed. The De Leon Park is next on the plan to revive playscapes right after the Thanksgiving break. Students will finish reviving community playscapes at Memorial Park.

Mr. Nevarez shares, "I would like to thank Mr. Fowler, the Director of Parks and Recreation for his efforts in making this possible. He has helped us by providing the materials on a trailer with a generator for power to run our tools. His efforts have made it easier for the students to do the repairs."

This community project has provided UHS Construction Trade students with hands-on experience. Students are excited to be involved in a community project by helping to maintain the playscapes, keeping them safe for the community children.

Mr. Nevarez shares, "I've got to give a lot of credit to the former Construction Trades instructor--Mr. Delafuente. They did a great job with the design and building of the city playscapes. They have withstood the test of time."

The following students are involved in the reviving of the community playscapes:

Diego Barrera

Heriberto Hernandez

Vincent Mejia

Robert Villareal

Sebastian Avila

Augustine Aviles

Joseph Flores

Joleo Hernandez

Edgar Lara

The reset of the Construction Trade students will be involved in helping in the repairs. The schedule is being organized to allow all classes to participate in this great community service project.

Egg Drop Project:

Students in Mr. De La Rosa's physics classes studied the topic of the Effects of Earth Gravity. As an extension activity, students build cases to protect an egg from a 7.62 meter (25 feet) drop. The activity produced mixed results with some eggs in tack while others were scrambled. Mr. De La Rosa shared, "This lesson allowed students to see the acceleration due to gravity in action and how we can look at the results to compare it to other bodies of gravity in our universe.

UHS College Fair - A Great Success!

On Wednesday, November 17th Uvalde High School hosted the first college fair of the school year. Mrs. Carol Brewer, the CCMR/CTE Coordinator, organized an opportunity for seniors and juniors to visit over 24 colleges and universities. Students were given access to register for the college fair creating personalized barcodes to share information with college representatives at the event. College and university representatives included:

Our Lady of the Lake University

UT Tyler

Texas A&M International

Texas A&M University

UT Dallas

University of the Incarnate Word

University of North Texas

McMurry College

Dallas Baptist University

Southwestern Assemblies of God

Tarleton State University

Sam Houston State University

The United States Coast Guard Academy

Mary Hardin Baylor

Texas A&M Kingsville

Angelo State University

Schreiner University


Abilene Christian University

The University of Texas

Texas Tech University

Texas State University


UT Rio Grande Valley

Texas A&M Corpus Christi

UHS students are welcome and encouraged to visit with Mrs. Carol Brewer at Uvalde High School for guidance with college applications, financial aid, career, and military choices.

UHS FFA Jr. FFA Agricultural Skills Team off to STATE:

We are very proud to announce that Uvalde High School was represented by 9 UHS FFA Students at Blanco High School in the area VII FFA Contest.

Our students did outstanding as they competed against the top 12 teams that advanced from district competitions!

The results are:

FFA Jr. Creed Speaker:

Ava Schlessiger placed 7th

Sr. FFA Agricultural Skills Team:

Tres Colvin, Trevor Black & Morgan Dreyer placed 4th

Jr. FFA Agricultural Skills Team:

Anika Shaw, Devere Willis, Wyatt Hughes, Jaxon Parker, and Hiler Haby are AREA CHAMPIONS and STATE BOUND!

Join us in congratulating the successes of our UHS FFA Students!

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KVOU District Update

On Thursday, November 18th, our district was represented on Coyote Country 104.9 KVOU by Dr. Harrell, Mr. Harris, and the Coyotech Robotics Leadership Team. The District News for U segment included successes such as the UHS FFA Team qualifying for state, Migrant Staff Members being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, and an update from the Coyotech Leadership Team on the Texas State Competition, and much more. It was a great opportunity for us to share district information.
KVOU District News for U on November 18, 2021 with special guests Coyotech Robotics Leadership Team

Paw Print Pause Season 2...

The Paw Print Pause is a weekly PD Digest created by Natalie Arias and Margaret Tarski-Rodriguez, Blended Learning Specialists 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 podcast is linked below for your listening pleasure.
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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.

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