Monday Message

From the desk of Dr. Harrell

November 11, 2019


I hope that each of you had a great weekend. Yesterday was Veteran’s Day and I saw wonderful and heartfelt accounts of recognition at many of our campuses. Veterans Day is a day for us to pay our respects to all those who have served. On this day we stand united to pay our respect for all those who served in the armed forces, our veterans. This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country's service and was originally called Armistice Day. We celebrate and honor all of our veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

I want to say ‘Thank You’ to each one of our employees, board members, community members, family members and everyone else who served. I received the following statistics yesterday morning in an email from Sara Bixler a former UCISD administrator. The information demonstrates the incredible effort of just one generation of Americans, men and women, who sacrificed to ensure victory.

During the 3-1/2 years of World War II that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December of 1941 and ended with the surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, "We the People of the U.S.A." produced the following:

22 aircraft carriers, 8 battleships, 48 cruisers, 349 destroyers, 420 destroyer escorts,

203 submarines, 34 million tons of merchant ships, 100,000 fighter aircraft, 98,000 bombers,

24,000 transport aircraft, 58,000 training aircraft, 93,000 tanks, 257,000 artillery pieces

105,000 mortars, 3,000,000 machine guns and 2,500,000 military trucks.

We put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services, invaded Africa, invaded Sicily and Italy, won the battle for the Atlantic, planned and executed D-Day, marched across the Pacific and Europe, developed the atomic bomb and, ultimately, conquered Japan and Germany.

Again ‘I want to Thank All Those who have Served.’

Have a Wonderful Week!

I Believe in ‘U’SA

Dr. Hal Harrell


November Employee of the Month

Christela Mendoza

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Employee of the Month for November as Christela Mendoza, Theater Arts Teacher at Uvalde High School. Ms. Mendoza has built wonderful relationships with students and parents involved in the Theater Arts Program. Students flourish in a safe environment exploring their talents in the arts. A parent shared, "My daughter is so excited to go to Ms. Mendoza's class. Ms. Mendoza makes learning fun. It’s a great feeling when your daughter comes home feeling positive about school."

Ms. Mendoza oversees classes of Theater, Theater Production, Technical Theater, UIL Competitions, and the Summer Fine Arts Academy. Ms. Mendoza is building a great Theater Arts Program for our students. Please help our district congratulate Christela Mendoza as our Employee of the Month!

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Robb Student Growing Home Library Collection

Education Service Center, Region 20 hosted a Book Box Sugar Skulls coloring contest as a cross-curricular activity. The winner in the 3rd - 5th-grade category is Robb Student Anayeli Bravo. Anayeli is the winner of a hardcover copy of the book Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh and Scott Campbell. Anayeli now has a new book to add to her collection.

Smokin' Yotes are Headed to State!

On Saturday, November 9th, the Uvalde High School BBQ Team competed at James Madison High School in the Kingsford State of Texas High School BBQ Championship Regional. The UHS Smokin' Yotes competed against eleven other high school teams in five different categories. The results were 4th in DESSERTS, 8th in RIBS, 1st in CHICKEN & 3rd in BRISKET for an over ranking of 5th place! The UHS Smokin' Yotes are:

Trevor Black

Parker Haby

Rylan Kenney

Dylan Sieckenius

Coach: Joel Barbosa

Sponsor: Charlie Black

The success of the team has earned them a spot at the State Championship which will be held on May 8th - 9th in Burnet, Texas. Help us congratulate our Smokin' Yotes!

UHS Success in High School Rodeo

Congrats to FFA member, Liza Elder as she had success over the weekend at a High School rodeo!

Saturday: 1st in poles and 7th in barrels

Sunday: 4th in barrels

Champion Hamp AND Reserve Champ

Congrats to Karley Stephens on winning Champion Hamp AND Reserve Champ overall at the Leakey FFA Classic!
Hard work paying off!

Family Literacy Night

On Tuesday, November 5th UHS held a Family Literacy Night in the library. There were a variety of activity tables and stations for students to visit. The event brought together a group of students with a common literary theme.

Facebook “Shout Out” to Judy Holmes

The following Facebook posting was posted by Melissa Ahlschlager, parent to Dalton Student Brooklyn in Ms. Judy Holmes class. “I need to do a shout out to Judy Holmes, Brooklyn’s teacher. This morning Brooklyn went out the door with one shoe on and one in her hand (running late). Well, I dropped off Emmett and Roman and when I got to work with Brooklyn, she couldn’t find her other shoe. Y’all, I tore apart my car looking for that shoe and did not find it. (Probably fell out at Emmetts school or daycare) Now I have a crying kindergartener, who doesn’t want to walk into class because she’s missing a shoe and is embarrassed and worried about what her classmates will think. We walk into Mrs. Holmes class and Brooklyn is hiding behind me, afraid of her peers. I explain to Mrs. Holmes and her class what happened and guess what Mrs. Holmes did! She told all the class to take off their shoes so they could be like Brooklyn. Brooklyn went from sooo sad to the happiest girl on earth! She felt so special and so important to her teacher and all her classmates. What a wonderful example of an amazing teacher who is willing to go the extra mile to make all students feel included and a part of a family in her classroom! Thank you, Judy Holmes, for all the things you do for your students! You are such a role model for all teachers and parents and an example of what it truly means to love our children. ❤️”

Ms. Holmes then took it a step further and used the students’ shoes to create a real object graph for math. The students had a great day in their socks!

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Nellie Bly, Trailblazer

Mrs. Cheryl Renfro's students are studying Literary Non-Fiction. They read the book, Nellie Bly, about the first woman to travel around the world in 72 days. “Energy rightly applied and directed will accomplish anything.” said Nellie Bly, known as a trailblazer. Students marked all the places Nellie Bly went to on a map as they read the story. At the end of the story, each student chose a partner with whom to research one of the countries on their map.

UHS NJROTC Join Forces

UHS NJROTC joins Sabinal Students to honor local Veterans on Saturday. The ceremony honored local Veterans with a special presentation. It was an honor for our UHS NJROTC to complete the presentation to honors those who have served our country.

Bus Driver of the Year Nomination

Please help us again this year to recognize the driver in our school district who best exemplifies the Five Character Points of an outstanding driver:




Student / Parent Relationships

Technical Skills

Nominations may be completed by any transportation stakeholder: drivers, other staff members, managers, teachers, administrators or parents.

Nomination Forms:

Bus Driver of the Year Nomination Form - English

Bus Driver of the Year Nomination Form - Spanish

Please submit nomination forms to:

Diana Karau

Option 1: Drop off at UCISD Central Office

Option 2: Email to Diana Karau at

Paper nomination forms can be picked up at Central Office.

The nomination deadline is Friday, December 6th by 5 pm.

For more information please contact:

Diana Karau at 830-333-7003 or by email at

KVOU UCISD Weekly Update

On Thursday, November 7th, our district was represented on Coyote Country 104.9 KVOU by Morales Junior High Assistant Principal Humberto Torres. The interview segment included district information and Morales Junior High’s TEA accomplishment. We are proud to celebrate the campus TEA Distinction Designations of:

Top 25% Comparative Academic Growth

Top 25% Comparative Closing the Gaps

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