Monday Message

From the desk of Dr. Harrell

May 24, 2021

I hope each of you had an enjoyable weekend. This is the last Monday Message for the 2020-2021 school year and what a year it has been. The growth our staff made in the last 12 months is staggering. I fully anticipate the skills we learned, the growth we made, the confidence built and the resilience we compiled this past year will not go in vain. I foresee these characteristics being utilized and moving our students further, making them more resilient and providing them with richer, more robust lessons as we move into 2021-2022. We'll get to that in a few months.

A few weeks ago, I was reading The Hero Code and came across a descriptor I thought was fitting to describe UCISD teachers and staff as we moved through this year, the word was Hope-Givers. Admiral McRaven described hope as the belief that tomorrow will be better than today and hope-givers have a talent they can share to make that happen. Throughout this year each one of you has been a Hope-Giver, you prepared for tomorrow with confidence, reached out to missing students, reassured present students, developed individualized lessons, passed out meal-kits, hosted virtual classroom, had virtual and in-person classes, drove a school bus and ensured students were socially distanced, cleaned classrooms, fixed HVACs, retrofitted water fountains, coached and sponsored extracurricular activities and the lists goes on. Regardless of the position you hold you have been an anchor to so many in many different ways whatever task you had you did it with care and love, you were a Hope-Giver.

I want to say ‘Thank You’ for making this year, as difficult as it was, one to remember and for the love and caring you brought each and every day.

Have a Great Summer.

I believe in ‘U’

Loyal and True.

The Paw Print Pause has completed Season 1! This is a 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. Season 1 podcasts are linked below for your listening pleasure.

UCISD Robotics Showcase 2021

On Saturday, May 22nd our district hosted the UCISD Robotics Showcase. Student campus teams showcased their work and skills in a competitive game designed by Mr. Roberto Cantu of UHS. Students of all ages and levels were represented. Hosting the showcase allowed students to look at the work of progressing levels, making this a fantastic recruitment event. It was a wonderful showcase!

A robot is a mechanical device program to follow a set of instructions. The robot has a processing unit, sensors to perceive its environment, and motors and actuators to move its limbs or wheels. It may speak, make other sounds, or flash with lights and colors in response to the environment as per instructions. Robots need the ability to follow programmed instructions and not just be controlled remotely.

Ten teams competed, using the EV3 robot kits, in this TCEA mock competition and Dalton and Anthon showcased their engineering skills with their Code & Go Robot Mice and Ozobots.

Robotics programs develop problem-solving skills and creativity and are fun. Programming teaches self-confidence. Shout outs are due to our great, motivated STEM staff and also our robotics coaches- Nicole Diaz at Batesville, Deidra Barroso at Dalton, Maylin Pedroza at Anthon, Monica Martinez at Robb, Robert Valadez at Flores, David Gonzalez at Morales Jr. High, and for our HS instructor is Roberto Cantu.

We had stem kit drawings such as a Crashapult STEM challenge kit, 96 pieces set of interlock to name a few. Kids love to use them in our library and STEM labs. This was a wonderful opportunity to promote STEM in our community.

Special thanks to the robot game judges who volunteered their time to help make this event a huge success. Aidan Suarez and Celeste Sandoval, UHS Students, Rebeca Arguello, Flores Elementary teacher, Elizabeth Sanchez and William Garza, UHS instructors.

Great leadership by our UHS robotics team who monitored the pit area while teams worked on their programs: Sophia White, Fiona White, Nathaniel Vasquez, Daniel Martinez, and Brinlee Goggans.

We had a great crowd and it was a huge success, students showcasing how learning can be FUN!

UHS FFA...A Year to Celebrate

Uvalde FFA has had a very successful year! Members were able to travel all across the state of Texas to compete in numerous competitions! Some highlights include the Smokin’ Yotes BBQ Team placing 5th at state with their ribs, the Cotton Judging team placing 17th at state, and the entomology team placing 9th at the state contest! Trevor Black competed as our talent team this year and was the district champion! Uvalde FFA was well represented at the Uvalde County Junior Livestock Show as well. The chapter brought home several champions and reserve champions including the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Ag mechanics projects. Even though summer is approaching, Uvalde FFA is not done for the year. We have members attending the Area Leadership camp in June and several members attending the State FFA Convention in July.

Crossroads Academy

CAHS Celebrates B. Peña & J. Duron

Flores ACE Elementary

Texas ACE and NASA STEM Challenge Showcase...

On Wednesday, May 19th our very own Flores ACE students participated in the Texas ACE and NASA STEM Challenge Showcase under the leadership of Flores ACE Site Coordinator, Ms. Kassandra Reyna, and ACE Teacher Robert Valadez. This amazing showcase celebrated the power of STEM by recognizing students that participated in the NASA and ACE STEM Challenge this past year. The Flores Force Team consists of Atticus Villescaz, (6th grade), Cristiano Gonzales, (6th grade), and Geronimo Najera, (6th grade). The team participated in the Lunar Water Challenge Project by designing and creating a water filtration system. The Flores Force presented their Lunar Water Challenge project in the Student Presentations portion of the showcase. The presentation was captured for your viewing pleasure, our students did an outstanding job!

Flores ACE STEM Student Presentation Final

Morales Junior High

Willie Garcia an 8th-grader at Morales Junior High is a Region 8, Three-Time State Qualifier for the Texas Junior High Rodeo Association. He will be competing in Gonzales, Texas in the TJHRA State Finals from May 23 through May 29. Willie has qualified to participate in 4 events; Team Roping, Tie Down Calf Roping, Chute Dogging, and Goat Tying. Willie will be advancing to the high school rodeo next school year. Joining us in wishing him the very best of luck!

ACE Karate Club at Robb Elementary

This month ACE is showcasing our ACE Karate Instructor, PJ Talavera, and his work with our UCISD ACE program. The below photo showcases his Karate club at Robb ACE and the class's attention to structure, discipline, and detail. These 3 student learning outcomes are lifelong skills our ACE students learn through the study of martial arts and use in other areas of their life throughout their lifetime.

Mr. PJ Talavera is the owner of Blackbelt Academy, a locally owned and operated business here in Uvalde, and for the past 5 years has provided Karate instruction at five of our ACE campuses: Dalton, Anthon, Robb, Flores, and MJH. We are grateful for the partnership!

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2021 Submission Hunter Pro NATIONALS

Zoe Castano, a Robb Elementary Student, won the 2020 Nationals in Oklahoma in November 2020, she won the 2021 Nationals in Florida in April, she competed in three Pro Submission Hunter fights where she won 2nd and one draw. Her most recent pro fight was in San Antonio against Victoria Gauna where she won by submitting her with a triangle armbar in 2:40!

Zoe is 10 years old and has been matched up with girls that are bigger and older but she has never backed down from a challenge. She will continue to work hard and train over the summer preparing for the Worlds Competition at the end of June.

Zoe is representing Robb Elementary and Uvalde CISD with Coyote and Lobo Pride!

Uvalde High School

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Celebrating 7 UHS Athletes...

UHS Athletics hosted a Spring Signing Day on Tuesday, May 18th to celebrate the following outstanding achievements!

Ariana Reyes - Cheerleading - Stephen F. Austin State University

Landon Haynes - Cheerleading - Angelo State University

Esmy-Angelee Garcia - Track - Our Lady of the Lake University

Alexa Luna - Track - Texas A & M University, Kingsville

Jacob Ibarra - Football - McMurray University

Tanner Bowman - Football - Abilene Christian University

Sofia Torres - Powerlifting - Midland University Nebraska

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