Monday Message

From the desk of Dr. Harrell

February 10, 2020

In the last few days, I’ve been part of student recognitions and received emails sharing recent student successes. On Friday, I participated in the celebration of two of our students who received state recognition for their performance on the football field. As I watched these two young men receive their awards, I reflected on the fact that they both had been enrolled in our school system since kindergarten. I knew that their former teachers would be thrilled to see their accomplishments.

Later in the weekend, I received the weekly UHS newsletter and saw more UHS students enjoying success in their different events and activities such as steel drum, wrestling, meat judging, FFA, soccer, construction trades, and many more. As I shared in this Monday Message, students at all grade levels are involved. They are getting to enjoy successes like never before. Students in these photos have been a part of our district, learning from you, looking to you for direction, and depending on your encouragement. These successes are made possible because you are a champion for them.

In order for our students to be champions, we first must champion them and provide the support and encouragement to take risks; to step out of their comfort zone knowing they have a safe haven here.

Uvalde has incredible students who are successful and want to be involved. Some may need a bit more guidance and encouragement than others, but the greatest thing about our district is that we are here to champion ALL students; to challenge them to greatness, and to celebrate when those successes come.

When we talk about championing students, I always come back to Rita Pierson’s TED Talk. As I mentioned about a year ago, I often listen to her, hear her passion, and it re-ignites the passion I have for this work. I hope it does the same for you.

I Believe in ‘U’CISD Students!

I Believe in ‘U’CISD Staff!

I Believe In ‘U’CISD!

Dr. Harrell

UCISD Blended Learning Strategic Design Committee Invitation

Uvalde CISD is in the midst of the strategic design process for the TEA Blended Learning Grant that will roll out for the 2020-2021 school year, and we are in need of community members and parents to help with the Strategic Design Committee. This committee will meet on February 26-27 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and committee members are needed for the entirety of the two days.

If you are interested in being a part of this transformation for Uvalde CISD students, please complete the form below as soon as possible.

Please contact Natalie Arias, Blended Learning Specialist at if you have any questions at all.

Wrestling District 14-5A Championships

On Friday, February 7th, our district hosted the Wrestling District 14-5A Championships in the Kinchlow Gym. The following schools were in attendance Uvalde HS, San Antonio Veterans Memorial, San Antonio Burbank, San Antonio Highlands, San Antonio Wagner, and SA Brooks Academy Sci & Eng. It was a great event filled with outstanding skills and sportsmanship! Overall, Both Coyotes and Lobos finished in 3rd place. Below are the results from the District 14-5A wrestling meet:

Nathalia Quiroz- 95 lb District Champion

Karyssa Davila- 102 lb District Runner-Up

Bailey Chapa- 110 lb District Champion

Alexandria Nolasco- 148 lb District Runner-Up

Arlin Padilla- 106 lb District Champion

Reynaldo Perez- 120 lb District Champion and Most Valuable Wrestler

Jose Martinez- 132 lb 3rd Place

Dominique Quiroz- 138 lb District Champion

Jesse Robles- 145 lb District Champion

Joleo Hernandez- 160 lb District Runner-Up

George Willemin- 182 lb District Runner-Up

Isaiah Castillo- 195 lb 3rd Place

All of the Wrestlers mentioned have advanced to Regional Wrestling Tournament that will take place at the Delco Activity Center in Austin, on February 14th-15th.

Lobo Soccer defeat Floresville

Friday, February 7th our Lobos defeated Floresville, 4-3. With the win, the Lobos improve to 4-2-1, and are currently in third place in District 28-5A. Lobo Soccer will be on the road to close out the first half of District play.

February 11th

Uvalde Lobos @ Southside (JV-5:00 P.M./ Varsity-6:30 P.M.)

UHS FFA Meats Team Competes

The Uvalde FFA Meats Team competed at the Florence & La Vernia Meat Judging Invitational Saturday, February 8th, at La Vernia High School. This was the team's first contest. The team had a great experience with many valuable learned skills and techniques that are sure to improve their next competition.

They will compete again tomorrow morning, bright and early, at the San Antonio Meat Judging Contest.

Career Day at Batesville Elementary

On Friday, February 7th Batesville Elementary hosted its annual Career Day. This event is organized around the goal of bringing awareness to our students of the many careers available to them in their future. Career Day included many presentations and activities which excited and engaged our students. We are thankful to our community partners for taking the time out of their busy schedules to participate in our Batesville Elementary Career Day!

Lobo Golf Open The Season with a Tournament Win!

Congrats to the following Lobos; Macey Fowler, Nayeli Silva, Vada Willis, and Sofia White. These Lobos provided a strong performance that created an opportunity to win the Devine Golf Tournament. This was led by a 2nd place individual finish from Macey Fowler, and a 3rd place finish from Sofia White. Once again, congrats to our Lobos and Coach Torres. Lobos next tournament will be the Somerset Invitational, that will take place at Pleasanton C.C. on February 12th.

100 Words of Thanks and Appreciation

Students in Ms. Cynthia Warrington's 6th ELAR/SS classes participated in a mini-lesson on the Pacific Ocean Theater of WWII for their 100 Days of School activity. After viewing a brief news story on Major Bill White (Ret.), a 104-year-old Veteran of WWII who survived the Battle of Iwo Jima and who was subsequently awarded a Purple Heart for his efforts. Students wrote down their thoughts and reactions to such a pivotal yet unfortunate chapter of our nation's history. They then set about generating "100 Words of Thanks and Appreciation" for Major White, which they included with a letter and Valentine's Day card to be mailed this week. Major White had requested via social media back in January that he would like to receive as many Valentine's Day cards as possible, which he promised to keep among his scrapbooks which detail each year of his life. He is currently residing in Stockton, California at the Oaks at Inglewood surrounded by his many military accolades and memorabilia. This is a great way to show our love and respect for our Veterans.

Uvalde High School FFA Competes in the Junior Purebred Gilt Show

Uvalde High School students Rylee Dodson and Karley Stephens had a great week representing our district and community in San Antonio! The students competed in the Junior Purebred Gilt Show with outstanding Coyote Pride, showmanship, and technique! We are proud to announce Karley secured 8th place while Rylee secured 10th place in the Berkshire Gilts in the Junior Purebred Gilt Show on Thursday, February 6th. To place in the Top 10 in San Antonio is tough and these girls showed great!

KVOU UCISD Weekly Update

On Thursday, February 6th, our district was represented on Coyote Country 104.9 KVOU by Anne Marie Espinoza, Niki Henderson, and Christy Perez. The interview segment included district information, district events, and highlighted our counselors and family & student support specialists in honor of National Counselors Week. Mrs. Henderson and Mrs. Perez shared information with our community about the roles of the support specialists and school counselors. It was a great opportunity for us to inform our community of the district focusing on the whole student to include academics and social-emotional well being.

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Mrs. Cheryl Renfro's students have been reading the novel Al Capone Does My Shirts. Al Capone Does My Shirts is a historical fiction novel for young adults by author Gennifer Choldenko. In this story, Moose Flanagan and his family move from Santa Monica to Alcatraz Island. The move was caused by the father's new job positions as an electrician and as a guard in the well known Alcatraz prison. Students were involved in a discussion on how everyone hides behind some kind of mask. Students were able to create a mask that represented themselves and what they hid behind. After the completion of the masks, students wrote a brief paper as to what their mask represented.

Ryan De La Cruz and Donovan Davila Earn All-State Recognition

We are proud to announce recipients of the Padilla Poll Coaches All-State 2nd Team as our very own Uvalde High School students Ryan De La Cruz and Donovan Davila. Join us in congratulating these outstanding athletes!

ACE Family Literacy Night

On Thursday, February 6th ACE hosted a Family Literacy Night at El Progreso Memorial Library. The evening included the following guest readers:

Dr. Hal Harrell, UCISD Superintendent ​​​reading “Hooray for Diffendoofer Day” by Dr. Seuss​

Officer Cecelia Flores, UCISD Police Department reading “The Recess Queen” by Alexis O’Neill

Lauri Welch, Reading Literacy Teacher (Dalton Elementary) reading “I Can Read with my Eyes Shut” by Dr. Seuss

After each guest reader, a drawing was held to gift the book to a child in attendance. The evening was enjoyed by all!

UHS Coyote Band - Division 1 Rating

Congratulations to all of our Uvalde Coyote Band Students that attended the UIL Solo/Ensemble Competition on Saturday, February 8th. We are proud to announce our band brought home Division 1 rating for a total of 22 Division 1 medals with 3 events advancing to State Competition!

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The UHS Steel Drum Ensemble, performing a musical piece entitled: Hush

100th Day of School

On Wednesday, February 5th our district celebrated 100 days of school. Schools across our district celebrated in a variety of ways. Some of the activities included Flores Elementary staff members making 100 calls of kindness to parents, a Dalton class collected 100 cans of food to donate to the Uvalde Food Pantry, in Mrs. Mansfield class students were gift pictures of themselves aged to 100 years old to be used as a writing prompt and much more. Our students have enjoyed 100 days of engaged learning!

UHS Principles of Construction

Mr. Nevarez' Principles of construction class is working on installing the new Trophy case for the High School. We are excited about the opportunity to fill it with our students' outstanding achievements!

TCEA Convention

Our STEM Teachers and Technology Coaches attended the TCEA Convention this past week. TCEA’s annual convention showcases more than 1,000 informative learning opportunities, access to the latest ed-tech resources, and innovative strategies for integrating technology into classrooms. Teachers earned certifications and many new techniques to implement in their classrooms. We look forward to them discovering new resources and tools that are sure to engage our students and strengthen our district programs.

Uvalde Powerlifting adds another Regional Qualifier!

Uvalde Powerlifting competed at the Somerset Invitational, on February 1st. The meet hosted over 500 lifters and here is a look at how our Uvalde lifters competed:

*Daniel Almeida finished in 2nd place with a 445 lb squat, 255 lb bench, and a 555 lb Deadlift for a total of 1,255 pounds lifted.

*Zachary Lambert finished in 3rd place with a 450 lb squat, 245 lb bench, and a 480 lb Deadlift for a total of 1,175 pounds lifted.

*Abraham Davila finished in 5th place with a 455 lb squat, 275 lb bench, and a 420 lb Deadlift for a total of 1,150 pounds lifted.

*Amanda Aguilar finished in 1st place with a 275 lb squat, 110 lb bench, and a 270 lb Deadlift for a total of 655 pounds lifted.

*Andriah Trevino finished in 1st place with a 320 lb squat, 150 lb bench, and a 310 lb Deadlift for a total of 780 pounds lifted.

*Kelsey Garcia Qualifies for the Regional Powerlifting Meet. Kelsey finished 3rd overall, with a 350 lb squat, 165 lb bench, and a 275 lb Deadlift for a total of 790 pounds lifted.

*Amber Gonzales finished 3rd overall, with a 205 lb squat, 120 lb bench, and a 210 lb Deadlift for a total of 540 pounds lifted.

*Arianna Sanchez finished 2nd overall, with a 105 lb squat, 55 lb bench, and a 145 lb Deadlift for a total of 305 pounds lifted.

*Jocelyn Bustamante finished 2nd overall, with a 360 lb squat, 200 lb bench, and a 340 lb Deadlift for a total of 900 pounds lifted.

Uvalde powerlifting will be in action on February 15th, at the Harvey Kinchlow Gym. The competition will begin at 9:00 AM. Uvalde Lobos have three lifters that have already qualified for regional competition.

Lobo Basketball Win a Thriller!

On Tuesday, February 4th, Lobos defeat Eagle Pass CC Winn, 57-56. Lenisa Tomasini was able to put back the missed free throw as time expired to give the Lobos the 57-56, win. Lobos hosted Somerset on Friday, as they celebrated senior/parent night. Lobos will close out the season on the road, against Floresville. Freshmen/JV will play at 5:00 P.M., and Varsity will follow at 6:30 P.M. Below is a video to the highlights of the Tuesday night thriller, along with a post-game interview with Lenisa Tomasini.
Highlights CC Winn Lady Mavericks vs. Uvalde Lobos

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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