Monday Message

From the desk of Dr. Harrell

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March 3, 2020

I saw this quote today and thought of the work teachers in our district do every day in building trust with our students. When you break down the quote, many times it is not a grandiose event or a visibly public experience that makes the most impact with a student. Yet it is the personal connections and effort made that fabricate a special bond. It is the time each of you spends paying attention when a student needs it the most, most often out of the view of others. It is emphatically listening to a student’s story or at their time of need giving them the attention as if nothing else mattered. It is the genuineness you show each one of your students. Show you care, that they matter, that they are important and that you support them. It is the connection you never knew you made but lasts a student’s lifetime, that will emerge one day when you least expect it, probably in HEB.

Our bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and each employee of the district provide valuable encounters with our students as well. You provide safety and security for our students; you provide their nourishment and ensure our facilities are functioning and clean.

I want to say ‘Thank You’ to each one of you for the love and support you share with our students. You do a fantastic job, and your passion and dedication bless our students.

I Believe In ‘U’!

Dr. Harrell

Construction Management Off To State

Uvalde High School Construction Management II class under the leadership of Albert Nevarez represented our district with Coyote Pride! Uvalde High School students Raymond Cano, Joe Vasques & Angel Bueno Rios submitted a pool table in the Carpentry Job Exhibit in the Skills USA content in San Antonio. We are proud to announce the project was awarded a Blue Ribbon! The team is now off to compete at the State Competition on April 1st - 5th in Corpus Christi.

Texas FFA Day at the Capitol

16 Uvalde FFA students attended Texas FFA Day at the Capitol during a non-legislative year. Students were able to engage with individuals on a wide variety of legislative topics with guest speakers and representatives while touring the State Capitol Building.

Sahawe Dancers

Class of 2020 Sahawe Dancers performed in their last Winter Ceremony. Andrew Maldonado, Rene Garcia, and Jesse Fernandez, all longtime Sahawe Dancers, have represented this great organization well. Way to go, young men, you make us proud!

Uvalde Mentor and Beginning Teachers Academy

We love our first-year teachers! This year’s cohort of beginning teachers gathered at Benson on Saturday for their session on differentiating instruction for special populations. They networked, shared, and added items to their instructional tool belts on formative assessments, grouping, stations, and classroom management.

Blended Learning Strategic Design Team

UCISD put together a strong team made up of parents, community members, four students, teachers, administrators & district personnel to work on the vision of the District’s Blended Learning Plan over a two day period. The new framework, “UCISD Pawprint”, as named by the students, will be the “blueprint” on how our students will learn in our classes. A smaller group met on Friday to clean up and finalize our beliefs and vision of the district’s Blended Learning initiative. Pictured below is the team that met over the two days of Wednesday & Thursday of this week.
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Texas Public School Week

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Flashlight Friday

Mrs. Holmes’ class has started their very own “Flashlight Friday!” You can almost see their minds growing while they work on silent sustained reading!

Dressing for the Weather

Mrs. Kirkham’s class learns about the weather and how to dress for it. Learning about weather helps us pick the right shoes such as Rain boots or water shoes or the right closes such as a t-shirt or sweater. Students enjoyed dressing for the forecast.

KVOU District Update

On Thursday, February 27th, our district was represented on Coyote Country 104.9 KVOU by Miguel Castillo and Dr. Harrell. The interview segment included district information, district events, and highlighted the Blended Learning Strategic Planning as well as the upcoming Dual Language Community Meeting. It was a great opportunity for us to share district highlights.
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All Region Choir Concert

Fabulous Flores Choir students under the direction of Mrs. McCarty have been working hard in preparation for their performance at the All Region Choir Concert on Saturday, February 29th at Clemens High School in Schertz. This is the first time 6th-grade has been included in the region concert. Only five students were allowed to participate to represent our district. Mrs. McCarty took into consideration the students' good behavior, great work skills, and their commitment to the choir program. Representing Fabulous Flores are Kaitlynn Hernandez, Destiny Brown, Miguel Rocha, Devon Kendrick, and Jaslyn Aguilar.

A+ Academics UIL Meet

On Monday, February 24th, Flores Elementary hosted their second A+ Academics UIL Meet for the 2019-2020 school year with Batesville School students attending. Flores UIL Coordinator & coach, Elizabeth Schreiber, hosted the meet with her coaches Vanessa Enriquez, Siria Arizmendi, Norma Castillo, Ryland Scott, Stephanie Hernandez. Batesville School coordinator & coach Vanessa Turner and coach Elizabeth Gutierrez brought two 6th grade students to compete, totaling close to thirty student participants. As usual, students were treated to Little Caesars pizza, juice, and snacks while waiting for the completion of all events. An awards ceremony was held in the Flores Elementary courtyard where participation certificates and 1st through 6th place ribbons were awarded. These are the results from the Flores Elementary and Batesville School 5th and 6th-grade UIL Meet:

Number Sense

1st place-Joey Camacho

2nd place-Lyndon Diongzon

3rd place-Lezley Moreno

4th place-Ace Vasquez

5th place-Serenity Moreno

6th place-Derek Terrazas

Dictionary Skills

1st place-Alexis Ruiz

2nd place-Jaydyn Arredondo

3rd place-Aubrey Moreno

Impromptu Speaking

1st place-Aubree Garcia

2nd place-Adeline Garcia

3rd place-Jaydyn Arredondo

4th place-Oami Gutierrez

5th place-Sammy Herrera

6th place-Joshua Castillo & Aubrey Moreno


1st place-Dominiek Fernandez

2nd place-D'edren Tenorio (Batesville)

3rd place-Jessica Deleon

4th place-Dominik Ramirez

Oral Reading

1st place-Jessica De Leon

2nd place-Annaliesse Lara (Batesville)

& Angelina Sanchez

Ready Writing

1st place-Raelynn Arriaga Garcia

2nd place-Lezley Moreno

3rd place-Joey Camacho

4th place-Lyndon Diongzon

5th place-Onni Contreras

6th place-Kailey Gonzales

7th place-Serenity Moreno

8th place-Dylan Ibarra

Phonics in the Yard

When it's a beautiful day outside and students have a portable learning device, the walls of a classroom can be taken down. Batesville students took a phonics lesson outdoors.

PBIS Field Trip to San Antonio Aquarium

Batesville students traveled to the San Antonio Aquarium on Saturday. Students explored exhibits of amphibians, lorikeets, a parakeet aviary, and a variety of cold water and tropical fish including sharks and stingrays. Students were able to hand-feed sharks, rays, birds, and fish. Get up close and personal with a red ruffed lemur, and pet caiman lizards. Above all, the San Antonio Aquarium promotes education through an engaging experience in a safe and comfortable environment. Our students were amazed at the soft skin of sharks and rays. This was an unforgettable experience.

Last Chance to Participate

Spring 2020 Wellness Campaign

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please complete the seven questions below.

Uvalde C.I.S.D. Dinner and Awards Ceremony Save the Date

The date has been set for our 2019-2020 Uvalde C.I.S.D. Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 29th, at the Civic Center beginning at 6 pm. This is a special evening to celebrate our years of service (10 yrs, 15 yrs, 20 yrs, 25 yrs, 30 yrs+), Teachers of the Year, Bus Driver of the Year, UHS Top Ten Students, and Retirees. This year’s honorees are as follows:

Celebrating 10 Years of Service

Benjamin Blanco

Antonia Contreras

Hilda Davis

Eddie Earwood

Liza Elizondo

April Elrod

Angelica Maria Gomez

Jennifer Haby

Angelita Pena

Francisco Javier Perez

Tracie Quiroz

Veronica Reyes

Yolanda Rodriguez

Sylvia Rubio

Andrea Sagemuehl

Jennifer Shae Salazar

Patricia Salazar

Maria Del Carmen Sosa

Sergio Valdez

Maria Ester Velasquez

Celebrating 15 Years of Service

Kathy Cortez

Melissa Escamilla

Melodye Flores

Cynthia Garza

Sylvia Guerrero-Huerta

Geneva Gutierrez

Marilyn Edna Henriksen

Maria Teresa Martinez

Eva Mireles

Estela Cano Morales

Rebecca Moreno

Roxanne Rivera

Rosa Maria Ruiz

Leticia Vasquez

Tamra Wash

Celebrating 20 Years of Service

Irma L Garcia

Mandy Moreno Gutierrez

Georgia Michelle Molloy

Eliazar Moreno

Cecilia Reyna-Lara

Yvette Rios Silva

Juan J Vazquez

Celebrating 25 Years of Service

Emma Albarado

Patricia Castillo

Deborah A Chapoy

Frank M Gonzales, Jr

Susana Serna Lugo

Gail R Lumm

Elida M Luna

Brenda K Mueller

Consuelo M Rubio

Lauri L Welch

Celebrating 30 Years of Service

Norma Campos

Maribel C Correa

Vanessa M Escamilla

Celebrating 35 Years of Service

Dianna B Diaz

Sandra A Gonzales

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