Monday Message

From the desk of Dr. Harrell

February 9, 2021

Good Evening-

I am a day late with this message, I do apologize. As I type and check the local COVID numbers, we see a downward trend that I am optimistic will continue as we move forward. We have spent many hours and brainpower on the dark clouds and media attention COVID has sent our way. With that said, I encourage you to look and focus on the positive aspects of your world.

You can only control what you can control. I urge you not to focus on the negative ‘what ifs’ but instead focus on all the strong possible outcomes we can learn from this disruption. You all are educators. You interact with the world’s greatest resource, our kids. Never lose sight of that. We all need reminders and encouragement to keep us on track.

A colleague of ours, Jennifer Garcia, sent the following TED talk to me to share with each of you as we continue moving forward. It brings a great perspective to the difference-making ability each one of you possesses and shares as educators.

Take Care and Stay Safe,

I Believe in ‘U’!

Dr. Harrell

How radical love transformed a school | Hamish Brewer | TEDxChristchurch


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100th Day of School Challenge Winners…………...

The 100th Day of School Challenge Winners was drawing using the Wheel of Fortune program. The video segments have been included in Dr. Harrell’s weekly message and can be viewed at minute marker 3:20. It was a fun way to recognize our students and staff for entering the 100th Day of School Challenge on Social Media. The prizes will be delivered to the campuses on Monday.

Student Winners:

Dalton Elementary - April Munoz

Batesville Elementary - Dawson Wagner

Anthon Elementary - Austin Avila

Robb Elementary - Jaylan Perales

Flores Elementary - Itzayana Perez

Crossroads - Savannah Martinez

Teacher Winners:

Batesville Elementary - Norma Campbell

Robb Elementary - Lauren Rabon

Dalton Elementary


Dalton Elementary hosted our first week of Saturday classes for PreK and Kinder students. Teachers welcomed students in the morning with breakfast and enjoyed the opportunity to work in a small group setting. Students participated in various activities including creating letters out of playdough, using shaving cream to draw numbers, they practiced writing their names, worked on IXL and so much more!



Morales Junior High has opened the Morales Counseling Center. The mission of the MJH Counseling Center is to assist all students in their social-emotional health and academic wellbeing. The counseling center will provide a safe and calming environment where all students are welcome. This mission can and will be accomplished due to the very generous donation from the Texas Home Furnishing Family. Texas Home Furnishings has gifted the Morales Junior HIgh Counseling center with 6 Kwale chairs, 4 ottomans, and a beautiful rug.

Spongebob Trial:

MJH Students in Ms. Ayala and Mr. McCleery’s 8th-grade co-teach ELAR class participated in a remake of a Spongebob Trail. Last week's lesson focused on analyzing the characteristics and structures of argumentative text. Teachers implemented a Spongebob Trial lesson and created a crime scene in the classroom. To enhance the lesson District Police Officers Lt. Hernandez and Officer Flores spoke to the class on the importance of argumentative details.
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Robb Elementary

Robb Champions:

Congratulations to María E. Aviles and Ernest Bustamante for being chosen as the Robb Champions for the month of January by their colleagues!

Uvalde High School

UHS Lobo Golf Team...

The Lobo Golf Team finished in 1st place on Tuesday at the Devine Invitational Golf Tournament. Members of the team were Sofia White, Macey Fowler, Morgan Dreyer, Vada Willis, and Brinlee Goggans. We are proud to share Sofia White finished in 3rd place individually out of 41 players. Way to go Lobo Golf Team!

UHS Lobo Swim Team at Regionals:

The Lobo Swim Team represented our district at the Regional Competition in Corpus Christi. Overall this team has done VERY well! We've been at three different pools this year and somehow managed to keep the program running. Special Thanks to The City of Uvalde parks and Recreation Department, Southwest Texas Junior College, and the Herby Ham Activity Center for allowing us access to your facilities. A huge thank you to all UCISD Employees and staff that helped make this possible.

We have seen much growth over the past six months, not only as swimmers but also as young scholars. These athletes manage to juggle 5:45 M-F Swim practice, all receiving good academic grades, most are in other sports or extracurriculars as well. Making it to Regionals alone has been unheard of for Uvalde for at least a few years, so for them to make it at all is a HUGE feat! Also, they advanced in various events (many qualifying in all four!). It was also a harder year to advance due to covid restrictions on how many could move on.

Coach Nordwick shares, "This is a wonderful program that I believe helped provide some stability in many athletes' lives. I knew these girls would take care of business and make that splash on UHS Swimming! Way to go LOBOS!"

200 Medley Relay:

Carissa Esparza (Back), Sofia White (Breast), Shelby Colvin (Fly) Brinlee Goggans (Free)- Team Time of 2:33.73/ 9th Place Overall

200 Freestyle:

Macey Fowler (Captain) with a time of 2:09.37 and 6th Place

Brinlee Goggans with a time of 2:42.55 and 14th Place

50 Freestyle:

Shelby Colvin with a time of 0:25.85 and 8th Place.

100 Butterfly:

Shelby Colvin with a time of 1:14.87 and 11th Place.

100 Freestyle:

Carissa Esparza with a time of 1:13.49 and 16th Place.

500 Freestyle:

Macey Fowler (Captain) with a time of 5:47.95 and 4th Place.

100 Backstroke:

Brinlee Goggans with a time of 1:27.49 and 12th Place.

Carissa Esparza with a time of 1:34.21 and 14th Place.

4x100 Freestyle Relay:

Brinlee Goggans, Sofia White, Carissa Esparza, and Joeleigh Guerrero finishing with a time of 5:25.21 with a place of 13th.

KVOU District Update

On Thursday, February 4th, our district was represented on Coyote Country 104.9 KVOU by Dr. Harrell, Leslie Munoz, and Jessica Tijerina. The interview segment included an update on the UHS Class of 2021 scholarship success, an appreciation for our school counselors, Stockshow highlights, and celebrated student achievements. It was a great opportunity for us to share district information.
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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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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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