Thursday, March 31, 2011

Veterans Middle School Basketball District Champs

 RGCCISD Press Release
 VETERANS MIDDLE SCHOOL – Congratulations to the Veterans Middle School Basketball District Champs! VMS is very proud of its 7th and 8th grades boys’ basketball teams for achieving the ultimate honor of earning the District Championship trophies after a very successful season. Three of the school’s basketball teams earned the distinctive District Champs title in their respective categories.  The teams who received the District Champs trophies were the 7th Grade A Team, 8th Grade A Team, and 8th Grade B Team.  In addition, all three VMS basketball teams were undefeated with a district record of 9-0.  Congratulations to these basketball players, their coaches, and their parents for their dedication and support all season.  Pictured below are the 7th Grade A Team (top l-r) Coach Raul Garcia, Milton Gonzalez, Daniel Garza, Shane Melton, Carlo Montalvo (bottom l-r) Israel Silva, Aaron Castillo, Alonzo Armendariz, Ivan Garcia. 8th Grade A Team (top l-r) Eddie Garcia, Rene Gonzalez III, Homero Toscano, Balde Garcia, Victor Saenz, Jason Gorena (bottom l-r) Anniel Lopez, Derek Jones, Aaron Gutierrez, Alex Castaneda, and (not pictured) Coach Omar Garcia. 8th Grade B Team (top l-r) Joel Alaniz, Justin Salinas, Jaime E. Hinojosa, Giovanni Barrera, Jose Pulido, Jacob Canales, Alexis Morin, Pedro Morin III (bottom l-r) Justin Guerra, Esteban Sepulveda, David Garcia, Urbano Benavidez, Norberto Cantu III and (not pictured) Coach Humberto F. Mireles.

General Ricardo Sanchez Elementary Places 2nd in Cafeteria Contest!

RGCCISD Press Release
During February, General Ricardo Sanchez Elementary students and staff decided to send a message about the importance of loving our mother earth and taking care of it by beautifying the cafeteria with students’ crafts and positive messages.  This joint effort placed General Ricardo Sanchez Elementary 2nd in the district cafeteria contest thus proving that the recipe for success is comprised of two main ingredients: teamwork and a cup of love.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

RGCCISD Librarians Receive Training

RGCCISD Press Release
Rio Grande City CISD Librarians receive training on making the most out of the Accelerated Reader Program.  As part of the Professional Development Action Plan, a six hour seminar entitled " Renaissance Place" was scheduled recently for district librarians.  They were able to attain techniques to impact their students through this successful reading program.  The students are encouraged to work as a team and to cheer for each other as they advance in their reading skills.  Reports can be generated to access the progress in order to better assist students.  The seminar also suggests ideas on how to make libraries more welcoming to students and how placement of furniture and books can be conducive to learning through reading.  Mrs. Adelina Villarreal and her staff are very diligent in securing staff development that promotes growth and knowledge for all students.  Pictured with Ms. Paul Co-Founder of "Renaissance Learning  are Mrs. Armandina Villarreal-Grulla High School, Mrs. Adelina Villarreal- Director, Mrs. Ambarina Perez - John and Olive Hinojosa Elementary, Ms. Paul, Ms. Patricia Montes-Alto Bonito Elementary, Miss Laura Garza- Grulla Elementary and Mrs. Linda Chapa-La Union Elementary.  (RGCCISD Photo).

Thursday, March 17, 2011

RGCCISD Celebrates National FFA Week

RGCCISD Press Release
The Rio Grande City High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) celebrated National FFA Week February 19-26, 2011. Infinite Potential was the theme this year and it embodied all the best of the FFA members. The most recognizable symbol of the organization, the blue corduroy jacket that symbolizes pride and tradition, to the bright future of agriculture. Members participated in a week long of activities at the local and state levels in celebration.

The focus of National FFA Week is to tell America about the great opportunities that are available for all youth. From its beginnings in 1928 as the Future Farmers of America, the National FFA Organization today reaches out to all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA is committed to developing character and leadership skills while preparing members for a lifetime of civic leadership and career success.

Rio Grande City FFA members are the leaders of tomorrow. They are well-mannered, perceptive and willing to help others through community service. They are success oriented students who are driven to achieve their goals. FFA gives many young people an important push to consider their futures. The kind of people, citizens and professionals they intend to be.  FFA builds leaders, and leaders impact the future.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

RGCCISD Celebrates Counselors Week

RGCCISD Press Release
Grulla Middle School celebrates Counselors Week during the month of February. Campus administration, Mr. Trillayes and Mr. Ozuna, presented Mr. Santana and Mrs. Moreno (Counselors) a cake appreciation for all the hard work that they do for the kids and campus.

General Ricardo Sanchez students and staff would like to thank Mrs. E. Margo and Mrs. P. Marroquin for their unconditional support and guidance.  As a token of appreciation for playing a pivotal role in the development of our children, the staff celebrated their successes with cake and thank-you gifts. Congratulations and thank you again for everything you do.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Free Diabetes Classes To Be Offered

Free classes for persons with Diabetes will be offered on Friday, March 11 starting at 8:30am.  The classes will be held at the conference room at the San Juan Plaza located at 606 N. Garza Street Rio Grande City, Texas.

Those wishing to attend “must” register at the County Extension office at 487-2306 by March 7.  Classes are limited to 15 participants so it is important to register as soon as possible.

Participants will receive meters, strips, and have an opportunity to monitor blood sugar levels.

Local Org. Reminds; March is Nutrition Month

Color may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to food – if you’re hungry, you probably focus on what would taste good rather than a rainbow of colors comments Yolanda Morado – County Extension Agent.

But that’s exactly what experts are urging you to do – focus on the colorful fruits and vegetables that can help to keep you healthy.  Those in the know about that colorful habit include the American Dietetic Association, which has decided that the theme for its annual National Nutrition Month in March will, “eat right with color.”

When it comes to that color palette, thing about these things:

•Things that are colored red.  That would include such foods as red apples, beets, red grapes, red peppers, radishes, strawberries and tomatoes.
•Foods that orange or yellow, such as butternut squash, carrots, oranges, peaches, pears, sweet corn and pumpkin.
•Green fruits and vegetables, including such foods as artichokes, asparagus, lettuce, honeydew melon, limes, spinach and zucchini.
•Blue and purple foods, like blackberries, blueberries, plums, prunes and raisins.
•And white foods, like bananas, garlic, mushrooms, onions and potatoes.

Our mothers use to tell us way back when: eat your fruits & vegetables.  Turns out they were right about that too—

Remember that March is Nutrition Month so focus on eating more nutritious and make it habit to eat at least “5” fruits and vegetables a day.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Summit Explores Solutions for RGV's Low HS Grad. Figures

Approximately 50 percent of the residents of the Rio Grande Valley aged 25 and older have not earned a high school diploma, much less college credits. Of that 50 percent, approximately one half have earned a ninth grade education.

“When you are confronted with this data, it is startling and causes serious concern,” said Dr. Shirley A. Reed, South Texas College president. “That is why we continue to host our annual Summit on College Readiness. Collectively, we have to do more to stress the importance of education, because the journey to college must begin the day a child is born. Our region will simply not continue to prosper if we don’t develop a high skill, competitive, and educated workforce, which includes all deep South Texans.”

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cancer Screening Awareness Event to be Held in RGC

On Friday, March 11 Texas AgriLife Extension Service along with F.J. Scott Study Club will be hosting a major event. “Pink Party” at the MultiPurpose Center in the Fort Ringgold Campus starting at 2:00pm.  The purpose of the event is to raise the awareness for the “need” for screening for various cancers. 

The program will include a presentation by a health professional, small group discussions on screening barriers women might have encountered, and an opportunity to sign up to sign up for screenings.  There will be door prizes, exhibits and refreshments for those attending the event.

The event targets Hispanics women over 40 living in small rural communities.  Women in this age group are less likely to be screened for breast and cervical cancers which are curable if detected early.  This is a free event.

Person wishing to attend or who need additional information can call the Extension office at 487-2306.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Local JROTC to be Featured in National Magazine

RGCCISD Press Release
The Rio Grande City High School JROTC cadets were recently interviewed for an article that will be highlighted in The Cadet magazine. The Cadet is issued quarterly and is programmed to be released nationwide in February of 2011 to all the JROTC and Senior ROTC programs. This program was selected for its unique feature of the Mounted Cavalry and the tie to Fort Ringgold’s history.

“We are proud of the kids, we have something unique here, and it’s nice to be able to share that and show other JROTC programs and cadets the tie to the history,” said Major David Rutledge, JROTC Instructor. According to Rutledge, it was the uniqueness of having a mounted cavalry as well as a regular ground cavalry caught the author’s eye.

Grulla Cheerleaders Perform for NBA Team

RGCCISD Press Release
Grulla High School Cheerleaders had a Gators Night on January 19, 2011 at the State Farma Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. The squad performed a choreographed dance and cheered for the Vipers.  The GHS Cheer squad is responsible for maintaining school spirit at  different sporting events. They also participate in various community projects and events. The Rio Grande Valley Vipers is a basketball team that is part of the NBA Develpment League. Congratulations to the GHS Cheerleaders for participating at this basketball game.

VMS Cheerleaders Win Big at Tournament

RGCCISD Press Release 
VETERANS MIDDLE SCHOOL – Congratulations to the Veterans Middle School Diamondettes for earning the 1st Place Trophy at the Cheer America Cheer and Dance Championship in Corpus Christi on January 16, 2011.  VMS is extremely proud of the Diamondettes who practiced diligently and also thanks the parents and coaches for their dedication and support to the team.  Members of the Diamondettes are Lizbeth Alanis, Yarely Alaniz, Ashley Arredondo, Odaliz Barrera, Andrea Barron, Jackie Garcia, Priscilla Garza, Paulina Martinez, Julaika Moreno, Jaslyn Resendez, Claudia V. Saldivar, Victoria Salinas, Cecilia Solis, Reyna Villarreal, Denise De Leon, Guadalupe Hernandez, Priscila Leal, Jovita C. Gonzalez (Coach), and Brenda L. Garza (Coach).

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

RGC High Varsity Basketball Ladies End Season

RGCCISD Press Release
Rio Grande City High School Varsity Basketball Lady Rattlers had a strong finish to their season this year. Coach Compean and Coach Valenciana would like to thank the girls for their hard work, effort and dedication to the sport. A few of the girls on the team will be returning next year and are looking forward to an even better season. Pictured left to right are; (Top) Coach Compean, Monique Diaz, Mayra Garcia, Alexis Bazan and Coach Valenciana. (Bottom) Joelda Olivarez, Ana Laura Pruneda, Kelly Alderman, Cassandra Guerra, and Daniela Garza. RGCCISD.