Medina Valley High School

9/16 - 9/21 Culture of Excellence Newsletter

MVHS Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Pam Clary is the 2019-2020 MVHS ExCEL Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Clary teaches Algebra II at the High School. With a heart for children as big as Texas, Mrs. Clary is relentless in her desire to help all of her students not only succeed, but excel. She exemplifies the Culture of Excellence that pervades Medina Valley High School and impacts all of her students beyond simply teaching them math. Mrs. Clary is leaving a legacy of excellence among her students that will transcend generations.
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Attendance Percentages

Week of 9/9/19

1. Freshman - 96.2%

2. Juniors - 95.8%

3. Sophomores - 95.6%

4. Seniors - 95.3%

School Wide Attendance - 95.8% - GOAL - Get back to 97%

MVHS Model Citizens of the Week

MVHS Model Citizens of the Week are nominated by students and staff. Selection criteria is based on the American Citizenship Awards for students who:

  • Participate in school and/or community service
  • Show a positive attitude toward classmates, school, and the community
  • Display an understanding and appreciation of civic responsibility
  • Possess strength of character and the courage to do what is right
  • Promote citizenship with their school or community through other activities

The American Citizenship Awards criteria are endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Congratulations to the MVHS Models Citizens of the Week (Pictured L-R):

Senior - Kendra Cadena

Junior - Katelyn Burris

Sophomore - Rylee Burkholder

Freshman - Joseph Bazan

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Cross Country Update

On Saturday September 14th the Mighty Panthers welcomed a cool morning as they toed the line in Bandera. The Varsity Girls placed 2nd, Varsity and JV Boys 4th and the JV Girls 3rd. The top 5 MV finishers were as follows:
Varsity Girls: (Out of 30 Runners)
Macy Livingston 1st
Clara Arroyos 2nd
Kayleigh Corliss 6th
Jazmin Pulido 9th
Audra Clark 10th
Varsity Boys: (Out of 124 Runners)
Carlos Dominguez 23rd
Joseph Bazan 25th
Jackson Lowell 26th
Cade Mangan 27th
Mathew Gonzalez 28th
JV Boys: (Out of 85 Runners )
Ty Mangan 11th
Angelo Remmers 12th
Travis Schindler 18th
Pablo Padilla 20th
Jesus Clopton 24th
JV Girls 5K Running with Varsity Girls: (Out of 30 Runners)
Sarah Adams 12th
Angelina Pulido 13th
Hannah Huron 14th
Katelyn Battros 15th
Jasmin Salazar 16th
JV Girls 2 Mile: (Out of 85 Runners)
Alyssa Sanchez 11th
Alyssa Lopez 22nd

This Saturday the Panthers will compete in the 2019 Islander Splash in Corpus Christi. Run Panthers Run!!!

Volleyball Update


Freshman suffered a loss to Southwest in 2 sets Tuesday night. A combination of missed serves and serve receive errors put us in a hole early in the game. We did better about fighting through adversity and being scrappy but inconsistently was our greatest enemy in the end. Final set points were 25-16,25-18
Brooke Piper 3
Bella Terrazas 1
Audrey Koonce 1
Paiten Throwbride 1
Kellie Harlow 1
Brooke Piper 1
Karli Clarke 3
Toni Holzhaus 2
Rosalee Hernandez 2
Payton Keller 2

The JV played a nail biter last night against Southwest High School. They pulled out a close win in the first game 25-21 and then pulled out a hard fought come back in game two with a final score of 28-26. Kylie Mutz led the panthers in kills with 7 while Logan Galyon and Gabrielle Cancino owned the backrow with 19 and 18 digs respectively.

The Varsity defeated Southwest in three sets 25-16; 25-11; 25-22. Stat leader for the night were:

Kills: Kyla Solis-11, Meghan Haan- 8, Hannah Hurtado and Spencer McCool both with 6

Assists: Kamryn Griggs-25, Madalynn Sanchez-9

Aces: Meghan Haan-3, Kamryn Griggs, Hannah Hurtado and Madalynn Sanchez all with 2

Digs: Hannah Hurtado-11, Madalynn Sanchez-8

Blocks: Kyla Solis, Meghan Haan and Madison Haby all with 1


The Freshman made great strides this weekend with competitive play against some great teams. We came out strong Friday against Harlen playing our best volleyball this season but fell short in both sets 26-24,25-18.
Stats from Harlen
Brooke Piper 1
Toni Holzhaus 1
Julia Guzman 1
Payton Keller 4
Karli Clarke 1
Kellie Harlow 1
Toni Holzhaus 1
Rosalee Hernandez 1

Saturday we traveled to Smithson Valley and came away on the day with a win against Florseville and losses against Smithson Valley and Antonian. We communicated well and took care of the details in the Florseville game that helped us take the win 25-12, 25-18. The second game of the day was Smithson Valley which was an intense, energetic game that rallied every point. Ultimately we could not close out the game due to self inflicted hitting errors that gave the Rangers a lead in both sets 25-21 and 25-15. Directly after the Smithson Valley loss we faced Antonian who came at us with a quick offense and scrappy defense that we struggled with due to lack of communication and energy. We dropped the last game to Antonian 25-11, 25-15

On Friday the JV volleyball girls took on Harlan. The panthers fought a valiant battle but ultimately lost to Harlan in three hard fought sets. On Saturday the girls traveled to Smithson Valley to tackle some really tough competition. Overall it was a rough weekend for the panthers but adversity builds character and these girls just keep getting tougher. For the season so far they hold a 18-6 record

Friday night the varsity volleyball team traveled to Harlan High School The Ladies got off to a slow start and lost the first set to 12-25. Midway through the second set, trailing by 10, the girls dug in their heals and started to battle back. The came back and won that set 25-22. The girls fought hard the rest of the game but lost the next two sets 19-25 and 21-25. The girls have made great strides since the first time they played Harlan in preseason and will continue to work to hard and improve daily. Stat leaders for the night were:

Kills-Kamryn Griggs-10, Kyla Solis-8, Meghan Haan and Spencer McCool-7

Aces-Madalynn Sanchez and Hannah Hurtado -1

Assists-Kamryn Griggs-23, Madalynn Sanchez-13

Digs-Spencer McCool-21, Hannah Hurtado and Madalynn Sanchez-11

Blocks-Kyla Solis-9, Kamryn Griggs and Haylie Mitchell-3

Football Update


The Panthers defeated Hondo 41-14 in the Black and Blue Bowl on Friday. Medina Valley was dominant on offense and defense. Outstanding play by the offensive and defensive line made for a memorable night for the Panther backfield. Behind great blocking, James Gipson rushed for 4 touchdowns while Charlie Marsh added a rushing touchdown of his own. Marsh connected with James for the only touchdown pass of the night. The defense looked strong once again, coming away with 3 takeaways on interceptions by Noah Raygosa, Michael Tomaselli and Sebastian Gutierrez. This week the Panthers open district play when Lockhart comes to town, Friday at 7:30 PM. Come support the Panthers.


The JV Football team took on the Hondo Owls Thursday night. The Panthers came away with a dominating victory 22-6.

The Panthers scored touchdowns on runs on 10 yards and 5 yards by Nick Rash. Bobby Peterson kicked field goals of 38 and 44 yards. Other key contributors on offense were the offensive line of Noah Pena, Brandon Book, Connor Suehs, Frank Sierra, and Tim Rios. Adam Chavez added some power off the edge. Running backs Patrick Jass, Ethan Garza, and Josh Bazan added potent runs.

Defensively, the Panthers stymied the Owls all night. Fumbles were recovered by Layne Canada and Noah Caldwell. Arturo Gonzalez and Alex Luna lead the defense in tackles. But the entire group of defense shut the Owls down.


The Freshman football team played the rival Hondo Owls Thursday night. The Panthers jumped out to a big lead with two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown by quarterback Asael Moreno. The panther D shut down the Hondo offense, led by leading tackler Jaxon Vogel, only giving up one touchdown in the first half. The second half was close but the Panthers were able to pull it out in the end with a final score of 38-22. Next week the freshman are at home against the Lockhart Lions.

Founder's Day

MVHS Theatre and Dance students participated in Castroville's Founders Day. The Theatre students participated in a skit and puppet show to review Castroville's history while the dance students showcased different dances.

Theatre Students - Mackenzie Noakes,Trinity Duncan, Jackson Bitters, Gregory Youngblood, Paige Gantzler, Kassandra Martinez, Skylar Balkbourne, Katharine Rodriguez

Dance Students - Leah Larkin, Iliana Mauricio, Jordan Schott, Isabeau Shoenfeld, Savannah Lopez, Lilia Martinez Patino, Hailie Lara, Jadyn Evans, Tristyn Hollander, Angelina Garcia, Jenesisi McDavitt, Zelah Santillan, Amrie Obregon, Abigail Parkhurst, Brittany Woodford

Tennis Update

Varsity Tennis had a great match this past Wednesday against the Somerset Bulldogs even after a bit of a rough start due to the impending weather and strong winds. After a few lightning delays, singles finally went on the courts and won all 12 matches with ease. Then doubles went on, we won all matches until the very last one of the evening. Final score 18-1. It was great to have a sweeping match after the tough loss to Harlan the week before. Looking forward to another strong match against Southwest at home this Thursday at 4:30pm at Home. Come out and support Panther Tennis and the boosters concession stand. Go Panthers!

Counselor's Corner

PSAT signups will start the week 9/23. Students can come by the Counseling Center to pick up a form to fill out so they are ready and have it done once registration starts. Tests are reserved on a first come first serve basis. The cost is $17 in the form of check, money order, or exact cash.

Information about AP tests, costs, and registration will be given out the week of September 23 in all AP classes. Please look for that information coming soon- College Board is requiring registration and payment much earlier this year compared to years past

Class of 2020-

Even though your senior year is just starting, in the blink

of an eye graduation will be here!!! Is your resume ready? Do you know

what colleges you want to apply to?? Get a jump start on your “to-dos” to

get into the college of your choice! Application windows opened to most

Texas college/universities on July 1st . Do you have an Apply Texas

Account? If you are currently in any dual credit class, you do. Make sure

you know your log-in and password and go ahead and get started on that

application. The wonderful thing about Apply Texas is that you can

create/complete one application and then copy it to another “new”

application for another college so you are not filling out the same

application over and over! As always come by the Counseling Center if you

have any questions.

Class of 2021-

If you haven’t already started thinking about college- now

is the perfect time to do so. You should have a high school resume that is

an ongoing working document that you are adding information to regularly!

PSAT is coming up in October if you need to take it for the first time OR

again. Additionally, ACT will be offered various Saturdays throughout the

school year and on an actual school day-October 1. Studying and

preparing for tests can be very beneficial!! Scoring well on one or both can

qualify you for various things such as dual credit classes and/or


Class of 2022-

One down three to go!!! Now is the time to start thinking

about rank and GPA!! Begin thinking about what college or career path

you would like to pursue and share that with your counselor!!! Don’t wait

until junior or senior year to start doing this, as it may be too late to start

making repairs. Make sure you understand the courses/programs that will

be offered to you and the routes you must take to get into those courses-

such as prerequisites and minimum qualifying scores!!

Class of 2023-

Welcome to the BEST high school in Texas!!!! Freshman

year is such an exciting time! As you begin to settle in and become

accustomed to high school life start exploring different extracurricular

activities and clubs you can become involved in. With the future in mind

start a high school resume. As you begin to become active in all of the

different activities the high school has to offer, document it within that

resume. This will help tremendously when the time comes to start

applying for college… will be here before you know it!


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Volleyball Pays it Forward

Varsity volleyball players visited elementary and middle school campuses this past Wednesday to mentor future Panthers.

Class Spotlight - AP Environmental Science

AP Environmental Science students are showcasing their knowledge of biogeochemical cycles by designing a sustainable ecosystem in a sealed container.

MVHS Open House

Monday, Sep. 30th, 6-7:30pm

Medina Valley Independent School District High School, Castroville, TX, USA

Castroville, TX

Upcoming Events

9/16 -

9/17 - Volleyball vs. Eagle Pass Winn 5:00 PM

9/18 -

9/19 - Freshman Football vs. Lockhart 5:30 PM

JV Football @ Lockhart 5:30 PM

9/20 - Varsity Football vs. Lockhart 7:30 PM

Volleyball @ Somerset 5:00 PM

9/21 - Cross Country @ TAMUCC 8:00 AM

9/26 - Graduation Planning Meetings for Juniors and Seniors

9/30 - Open House 6pm-7:30pm

10/1 - ACT during School Day

10/16 - PSAT during School Day

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