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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Uvalde Lobos @ Southside (JV-5:00 P.M./ Varsity-6:30 P.M.)
UHS FFA Meats Team Competes
They will compete again tomorrow morning, bright and early, at the San Antonio Meat Judging Contest.
Career Day at Batesville Elementary
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
Uvalde High School FFA Competes in the Junior Purebred Gilt Show
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
Ryan De La Cruz and Donovan Davila Earn All-State Recognition
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!
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!
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!
*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!
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
Angelica Maria Gomez
Francisco Javier Perez
Jennifer Shae Salazar
Maria Del Carmen Sosa
Maria Ester Velasquez
Celebrating 15 Years of Service
Marilyn Edna Henriksen
Maria Teresa Martinez
Estela Cano Morales
Rosa Maria Ruiz
Celebrating 20 Years of Service
Irma L Garcia
Mandy Moreno Gutierrez
Georgia Michelle Molloy
Yvette Rios Silva
Juan J Vazquez
Celebrating 25 Years of Service
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
Maribel C Correa
Vanessa M Escamilla
Celebrating 35 Years of Service
Dianna B Diaz
Sandra A Gonzales
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