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Family Meeting/Junta de Padres (FACE)

Family & Community Engagement (FACE) Meeting
Thursday, September 28, 2023
Junta de Padres (FACE) jueves, 28 de septiembre del 2023


The Region One Education Service Center is applying for a new initiative that will help adults in our communities earn their high school diploma.

El Centro de Servicios Educativos de la Región Uno está solicitando una nueva iniciativa que ayudará a los adultos de nuestras comunidades a obtener su diploma de la preparatoria.

School Board Recognizes ZHS Golf Team

Board of Trustees and Dr Treviño recognized the 2022-2023 ZHS Golf Team for their outstanding performance during their season. Their coach, Mr. Dago Hinojosa, proudly announced each of their achievements during this evening’s regular school board meeting. Best of luck to these great students on their upcoming season.

ZHS Students attend STW Youth Career Fair

ZHS seniors attended the South Texas Workforce Solutions Youth Career Expo at the Sames Auto Arena. Students had a wonderful time while receiving valuable information. A huge shout out to all who made this happen for our students.

North Elementary Honors Patriot Day

Zapata North Elementary School students received a presentation to honor and remember the historical events of 9/11. We would like to extend a special thank you to the Zapata County Sheriff's Office, Zapata County Fire Dept., and the National Guard for coming out and supporting this event

Patriot Day "In Memory of Many, In Honor Of ALL"

Zapata High School September 11th -22th Anniversary Commemoration.
ZHS honors and remembers all those who lost their lives, lost friends and loved ones on that day. We honor the courage of the first responders and all those involved. We remember the heroic efforts of so many that day.

Superintendent's Student Advisory Council (SSAC) Meeting

🌟 The Superintendent's Student Advisory Council (SSAC) hosted their first meeting of the year with Dr. R. Trevino. 🌟
Students representing Grades 3 thru 12 from every campus serve on the council to provide feedback and insight to the Superintendent regarding district and campus initiatives, events, and systems. The SSAC plays a vital role in two-way communication between the Superintendent and the students. #EmpoweringTomorrowsLeaders

Digital Sponsorship Available

Digital Situational Sponsorship:
Scoreboard signage displays advertiser’s logo on the digital message board.
Size: 18’ x 8’ situational digital message through the 2023-2024 School Year.
Fee: $300.00 per year.
Digital Situational Sponsorship benefits include the following:
Digital message displayed during Varsity Football games.
Frequency of advertisement shall be determined by the District based on the number of committed advertisements for the season.
Logo link featured on the Zapata Co. ISD Athletic Department Website.
This Agreement is for services beginning August 30, 2023 and ending June 30, 2024. Sponsorship fee shall be paid in full by September 8, 2023.
Contact the Finance Department at 956-765-6546 (Naomi Benavides) or email [email protected] to signup. Space is limited!


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 ZSE AR kick- off…students and teachers dressed up as their favorite book character. Students Kicked-Off AR reading with a parade and lots of reading!

Zapata Middle School students sporting their favorite jerseys to kick off AR! Students are challenging themselves to read and comprehend by completing their first reading challenge. Good job Merlins!!

Arturo L. Benavides Elementary School went through the election process by voting for their student council officers

VES AR Kickoff!! We are Building readers!

Students had a parade to start off AR and enjoyed story time presented by the principal Mrs. Saldana.

Mrs. Joanna Guzman’s Honors Biology class enjoyed learning about DNA structures.


On Thursday, September 14th, Region One GEARUp, in partnership with the Small Town and Rural Students (STARS) College Network, hosted a Family Admissions Seminar at Laredo College where attendees received information from Case Western Reserve University, Caltech, The University of Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis, USC and Yale holistic admissions and applying. Zapata High School students and parents attained valuable information; this was shared with the GEARUp Coordinator and ZHS counselors on Friday, September 15th.

Arturo L. Benavides Elementary Golden Eagles Cheerleaders joined the ZHS Cheerleaders to cheer for the Mighty Hawks against Roma.

On September 16, 2023, our ZHS JROTC, STUCO, ZHS NHS, ZMS NHS students participated in the National Clean-Up Day, a global movement that is held every year in September. Students worked in groups and picked up trash along Hwy 16. This event helped promote student understanding of life skills such as personal responsibility. We take pride in our environment and gained valuable experience caring for our community. Thank you to sponsors, parents, ZCISD Police Department & Zapata County Sheriff’s Office for your presence. It is greatly appreciated. Together we make a difference! Zapata Hawk Pride!
#NationalCleanUpDay  #TrashTag   #HawkPride  #adoptahighway                 

Zapata Middle School girls & boys in Coach Villarreal's & Coach Alvarez's 6th grade athletics class are having a little fun Friday after a good week of hard work.

ZSE students and staff dressed up as their favorite Superhero for Attendance Awareness Month.

Zapata Middle School representing Attendance Awareness Month. Our beautiful ladies wore a Wonder Woman t-shirt for all the wonders they do for our staff and students.

Villarreal Elementary celebrated National Patriot Day with U.S. Border Patrol Agents and Zapata County Sheriff Office Deputies greeting our students yesterday morning. Agents were then greeted and thanked by the students and staff by having a parade. We would like to thank all law enforcement personnel for their courageous duties and everyday sacrifices to keep our community safe.

Zapata South Elementary Staff and students remember and observe the 22nd Anniversary of 9/11!

Always remembered, Never forgotten

Congratulations ZHS Cross Country girls team! The girls were team Champions.

Zapata Middle School Merlins

Z.S.E staff and students proudly wore maroon today in support of Uvalde paired with their favorite hat in celebration of Attendance Awareness Month.

Zapata North Elementary School shows their support for Uvalde by wearing maroon and Attendance Awareness by wearing their favorite hat!

Villarreal Elementary students and staff show support to Uvalde by wearing Maroon along with their favorite hat for Attendance Awareness Month.


"Mini College Fair "presented helpful information to our seniors. Thank you to all who helped make this a wonderful learning opportunity for the Class of 2024.

Team bonding moments are something to cherish and never forget. Lady Hawks “buried the ball” today. They wrote all their negative thoughts on their ball, buried it and left it behind. They finished off the day with an ice cream treat! Wishing our Lady Hawks the best of luck as they face their district opener tomorrow against La Feria! Please go out and support our Lady Hawks! Go Lady Hawks!!


Zapata High School seniors in Mrs. Marie Gutierrez’s English IV class highly engaged in journal writing.

Merlins Barbie at the Beach pep rally!

Zapata Middle School students in Ms. L. Castillo's 6th grade RLA class had a fun day at the library. Students learned how to checkout books and how to properly put them back in the fiction and nonfiction sections. They also enjoyed their silent reading time.

Villarreal Elementary

In a Character Education Class conducted by our Counselor Mrs. Flores the students shared "All About Myself" with the class.

Hawks vs Toros.

Hawk Nation conquered, off to the next battle. See you next week in Tiger territory.

2023 ZNE - Gingerbread Man Hunt
2023 ZNE - Gingerbread Man Hunt

ZHS Strutters’ Officers ready for Friday Night Lights!


Ms. Zapata's Pre- Kinder class at ZSE were reviewing their Locomotive Skills,
while practicing spatial awareness during PE class.

Kindergarten students from Villarreal Elementary were on a mission! Students explored the campus and the community until they found the Gingerbread man!

We would like to thank all the local establishments where the students stopped to look for the Gingerbread man.

The ZCISD Child Nutrition Department celebrated National Eat a Peach Day! The staff prepared fresh peaches in different ways, including some fresh frozen peach cups. Educational information on the health benefits of this delicious fruit was also shared.

Congratulations to the ZHS Tennis Team on their 15-4 victory over the La Feria Lions today. 
The Hawk/Lady Hawk Tennis Team is currently ranked 25th in the State. #HawkPride

Villarreal Elementary students are enjoying learning different band instruments at the new band program

 for students in 4th and 5th grade.

ZHS students presenting the country assigned in their Spanish 2 class with Mrs Wanda Cuellar-Garcia.

✨✨✨Zapata High School First Day of School!! Go Hawks!!! ✨✨✨

It was a successful first day at Z.N.E.S. We’re looking forward to an amazing school year!✏️🍎🤩

It was a successful first day of school at Zapata South Elementary! 🍎✏️

Zapata Middle School is ready to kick off the year with a positive attitude. Thank you parents and students for coming to our 6th grade Meet the Teacher!

Zapata Royalty joins Villarreal Elementary’s Administrators and office staff at the Back to School Bash!

Thank you Villarreal Elementary parents and students for joining us at Meet the Teacher night. It was a success!!

ZNE welcomed Mrs. E. Lopez and Ms. H. Garza for a teacher training to improve student achievement. The presentation entitled "Celebraing Our Culture-Platica" kept teachers engaged.

The Zapata Tennis Team defeated the Laredo Martin Tigers 19-0 yesterday. The Hawks/Lady Hawks are now 3-2 on the season and will play Devine on Friday and Laredo Nixon on Saturday. “Go Hawk Tennis Go”

ZCISD Technology -- Working hard and working late! Setting up student mobile devices to be ready for the first day of school!!! Huge thanks to the team!!! #EmpoweringTomorrowsLeaders One Click At A Time! 😎🙌🎉🌟

Congratulations to Zapata High School teacher, Ms. Selina Mata, for being selected as a Region One Teacher of the Year nominee!

Villarreal Elementary would like to congratulate Region One Teacher of the Year Nominee Roxana Dominguez 🎉

ZHS GEARUp 2024 Seniors are on the Tour of Texas with the Texas A&M Construction Science Academy…representing and making ZHS proud!!!   #PuroHawkPride   #GEARUPworks

GEARUp Class 2024--our Future!

Thank you to our JROTC Colorguard for leading the 2023-2024 School year with a bang. 

 Zapata High School JROTC Color guard at the Miss Falcon Lake Pageant.

Zapata High School Strutter, Perla Garcilazo, made the Miss Kick Dance Company at ADTS competition at dance camp. Congratulations, Perla!!

Marine Toys for Tots Literacy Program. 

This year Mrs. Suzette M. Barrera, Director of Federal Programs, sought to bring the Literacy Program to the children that participated in the ZCISD Summer School Program.

Auto Tech Summer Skills Camp

ZHS Summer Skills Camp for students learning automotive maintenance and car wash basics. 

Camp was being taught by Mr. Juan G. Villarreal.

The Zapata County ISD Child Nutrition Summer Staff is ready to begin service on Monday June 5th.

Don't forget to log in @ for more information regarding our Summer Seamless Program.

Zapata Middle School would like to recognize the 8th graders who attended the award ceremony. Thank you so much for joining us, congratulations and good luck in high school!!

ZSE HONORS 5th-grade students with a ZSE spirit parade in honor of their promotional ceremony. Best of luck to all of our students at ZMS

ZSE Staff and students proudly recognize Z.S.E. Campus Police Officer Mario Garcia, support staff Truancy Officer Reyna Yanez, and Campus Security Ray Moya during the 2023 National Police Officer Week. Thank you for all you do to keep our students, staff, and school safe. You are greatly appreciated

Zapata Middle School 7th graders enjoying their field trip at Main Event.

Donuts with Dad at Villarreal Elementary! Thank you to everyone that were able to join us today. A special thank you to the Border Patrol agents that came in to help us.

A special thank you to the following students for showing Villarreal Pride all day, every day. These students show up to school daily, work hard on their academics, and display a positive attitude with their teachers and peers. The following students were selected to be part of the VES Student Advisory Committee to help administrators and teachers meet the needs of all students that attend Villarreal Elementary. These students are excited and ready to take on the 2023-2024 school year. We would like to acknowledge George Mendoza, Olivia Villarreal, Jose Quiroz, Daleyssa Martinez, and Tristian Martinez for all your dedication and commitment to VES.

Zapata South Elementary Kinder students had a great time on their end of year field trip. They got to watched the Super Mario Bros. movie and followed with lunch at Chuck E. Cheese!

Zapata Middle School would like to recognize our amazing nurses for all they do. Happy National Nurses' Week, and know that you always have the support of ZMS staff!

Z.S.E. Staff and students are excited to congratulate our 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Kristina Serna, and Instructional Assistant of the Year, Mrs. Juanita Lopez for receiving this honor. Thank you for your love and dedication to our students and our school! You have made this year so sweet!

Cinco de Mayo celebration at Zapata North Elementary School!

VES celebrates Principal Mrs. Patricia V. Saldaña.
May you be Proud of the Work you do, the Person you are, and the Difference YOU MAKE ✌🏼♥️☺️‼️

Zapata Middle School would like to congratulate Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Ana Del Bosque & Instructional Assistant of the Year, Mr. Jorge Gutierrez for receiving this honor. Good job guys, we are proud of you!!

Thank you, Mr. Clyde Guerra, Jr., for your outstanding leadership. ZHS appreciates everything that you do!
#HawkPride #HawkNation #SchoolPrincipalsDay

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to the best teachers in the world! Thank you for all you do for our students! ZNE loves you and appreciates all you do every day.

A big congratulations to Ms. Isela Dominguez and Mrs. Claudia Paredes for being selected as Teacher of the Year and Instructional Assistant of the Year at Zapata North Elementary School. We appreciate and thank you for all your hard work and commitment to our students!

Teacher Appreciation at Villarreal Elementary!! Words can not express the gratitude we have for all our teachers. THE BEST TEAM EVER! #villarrealpride  Enjoy your week❤️✌🏻

Congratulations to Mrs. Roxana Dominguez and Ms. Renee Maya for being chosen as Teacher and Instructional Assistant of the year. VES is proud of you ✌🏼 #villarrealpride

Congratulations to Zapata High School Teacher of the Year, Ms. Selina Mata and Instructional Assistant of the Year, Ms. Mari Elizalde. Thank you for your dedication to our students!!


Happy Administrative Professional’s Day to our amazing ZSE secretaries! Your hard work and dedication to our school, staff, and students is greatly appreciated! We are lucky to have you!

Z.N.E.S.  recognized their amazing front office team and wish them a Happy Administrative Professional’s Day. You all are greatly appreciated for everything that you do!

Z.N.E.S. would like to wish the ZCISD Transportation Department a happy School Bus Drivers’ Day. Thank you for always ensuring our journeys are safe. You all are awesome!

Congratulations to the following students from Zapata North Elementary for being selected as students of the week for 

the week of April 10 - April 14. 🎉Great job students! Keep up the good work!🌟

A.L. Benavides Elementary students kick-off the Spring season with a positive attitude by flying a kite. Each student was given a kite provided by the school. Students' ultimate educational goal is to "FLY & AIM HIGH, THE SKY IS THE LIMIT!". Special Thank You to Mr. Pedro Morales, County Commissioner Pct. 2 for lending us the baseball field

Author Rosella Newman, and illustrator, Javier Ivan Perez presented their new book to Zapata North Elementary students in PreK-2nd grade. Special thanks to Mocha, the Chihuahua dog who was so good to all our students, allowing them to pet her after the reading.

Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Meeting/ Reunión de Participación Familiar y Comunitaria (FACE) April 12, 2023

Thank you to all parents for participating in today’s Family and Community Engagement Meeting. Special thanks to our Federal Programs Department for hosting this event!!

A.L. Benavides Elementary students participate in an Autism Awareness and Acceptance Walk in their quest of being heard in support of individuals with Autism and their families. "AUTISM SPEAKS" campaign.

These students participated at the Solo and Ensemble Contest this past weekend. Very proud of their hard work and dedication. #purohawkpride

Zapata Middle School is proud to recognize the following Merlins who successfully completed 100 days of perfect attendance this school year. A huge CONGRATULATIONS goes out to you and keep up the good work!!

Zapata High School held a PTO meeting on Feb. 2. Very important information was shared by principal, Mr. Clyde Guerra. Parents were treated to mariachi music and donuts! Thank you to all those who attended! #HawkPride

JRTOC Cadets competed Sat. Jan. 28, 2023 at a Drill Meet @ Henrietta M. King HS in Kingsville, TX.

Congratulations to Hawk Tennis Players Juan Reyes and Steven Gonzalez on winning the Laredo Winter Classic Boys Doubles Championship. Also congratulations to Pedro Gonzalez for getting third place in Boys Singles. The Hawk Tennis Team had a very solid start to the Spring Season at this tournament. 

Hawks vs Pirates
On Thursday, January 12, 2023, a group of ZHS GEARUp students toured Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Harlingen, TX. Students had the opportunity to inquire and gather information on a plethora of certifications #GEARUPworks #HawkPride
Zapata High School team building Christmas Scavenger Hunt!

Congratulations Ashley Dominguez!

Jump-Start Prep Program 2022

ZHS Counselors Kick Off Red Ribbon Week:
North Elementary Celebrates Red Ribbon Week!

Lady Hawks XC Team! Congratulations on advancing to regionals. Way to Go Lady Hawks! #hawkprideforever!

ZNE students learn all about bus safety during Bus Safety Week. Special thanks to our ZCISD bus drivers who presented a very informational lesson to our students.

ZHS Counseling Dept ”United” with students to stand against bullying. #unityday2022

ZHS Family Reading Night.
Zapata Middle School Family Reading Night
Our teachers and supportive staff were showered with love today in honor of World Teacher Day. Over 600 flower dedications were collected and personalized for our wonderful staff! Students were delighted for the opportunity to share their love and gratitude for past and present educators who have shaped their academic journey thus far! Thank you for all you do and the tremendous influence you have had on our students! You are so loved! 

ZNES would like to thank Sherriff Ray Del Bosque and his deputies for donating over 30 pumpkins for our Pumpkin Patch!! 

Special thanks to Mrs. Adriana Lopez's 4th-grade class for helping set up the ZNE Pumpkin Patch.

Middle School Students

wrote "Messages of Hope" in recognition of National Suicide Month.

Zapata Middle School

ZHS Freshmen Orientation.. making the transition from middle school to high school a positive one.
Hawk Pride!

 Merlin Pride! 6th Grade Orientation!

ZHS Cheerleader Choreography Camp.

Pre-Kinder, Kinder, and First Grade students went on an instructional field trip to the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, Texas, as a culmination activity for what they learned throughout our time in Summer School. This field trip allowed our students to engage with animals, inspire appreciation for our seas, and support wildlife conservation. 

Join Us!! Free meals for kids up to 18 years old. The ZCISD Child Nutrition Department is currently participating in the Seamless Summer Program at various sites.

Sites include;  Zapata High School, Zapata Middle School, Fidel & Andrea Villareal Elementary, Zapata South Elementary, Lopeno Learning Center, Falcon Nutrition Center, Siesta Shores Park, Zapata Community Center.  The program will continue throughout the month of June, with the last day of service being June 30, 2022. Join us at any of the participating sites!!!

2022 Hawk Tennis Camp

ZMS Mariachi Summer Camp

Zapata Middle School future 6th graders are attending the Summer Mariachi Camp where they will be learning the foundations and skills needed to play a mariachi instrument. Good job Merlins!

Educational enrichment programs can be an excellent opportunity for gifted students to develop a variety of skills and interests. ZCISD Elementary Summer Camps are being offered at the South Elementary starting May 31-June 6. 

  Zapata Middle School and Communities In Schools students won a smart TV and Gift Cards as incentives for their all-year academic excellence.