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ZCISD Leadership Team attends the Think 2021! Conference.


Huge thank you to Mrs. Laura Villarreal and Mr. Michael Villarreal, ZMS teachers, representing ZCISD at the Lead4ward dare ya …think! 2021 Conference.

ZHS English teachers preparing students for STAAR exams during their Eng. 1 and Eng. 2 Academies.
Great Job teachers and students!

Best of luck to our Zapata High School Students and staff!

Zapata High School students will be taking their EOC STAAR exam next week.
Tuesday, December 7th - ENGLISH I
Wednesday, December 8th - US HISTORY/ALGEBRA I
Thursday, December 9th - ENGLISH II/BIOLOGY
Make sure you bring your
Chromebook/laptop fully charged, earbuds, and calculator for Algebra.


No School- Thanksgiving Break
November 24-26, 2021

Zapata Middle School Art Club did an amazing job creating pumpkin sculptures out of clay! 6th, 7th, and 8th graders have all been showing and practicing their creativity. Way to go, Merlins!

Zapata High School students Class of 2023 were invited to attend the Texas A&M International University Night on Wednesday, Nov. 17th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the TAMIU Student Center Ballroom. Students were able to visit and gather information about financial aid and admissions requirements from many colleges and universities. Pictured are students from the Class of 2023 that were able to attend.

Mrs. R. Johnson's  6th grade science class  students are conducting a lab experiment on determining speed.  


Congratulations Lady Merlin's 7th grade team on you victory (12-2) against Ringgold Middle School!

Congratulations Lady Merlin's 8th grade team on you victory (12-0) against Ringgold Middle School!

             Zapata Middle School honored our veterans. Thank you veterans for you service.

Zapata HS - Laredo College Early College Cohort Class of 2025

STEM Student & Teacher Camp on Google Applied Digital Skills

2021 ZHS Fall Festival 

                                                                           Zapata High School Fall Festival!

In honor of Fire Safety Week, our wonderful Firefighters Miss Gabriela Gonzalez, Mr. Joe Resendez, and Mr. Roel Gonzalez from our Zapata County Fire Department visited Z.S.E to teach our students about fire safety. Through the use of an interactive presentation honoring the late, Captain Isreal “Ike” Gutierrez # 146, whose passion was to educate our youth and community about fire safety, our students learned about personal safety, exit strategies, and the importance of safety equipment. Thank you to our ZC Firefighters for keeping our community safe!

ZCISD Transportation Bus drivers and bus aides participate in sensory integration training. Thank you for your participation. Special thanks to our presenter, Mrs. Lucy Vela Garcia. #loveourschoolbusdriver

Staff and students at Z.S.E. kicked off Red Ribbon Week by wearing RED as a pledge to be drug-free. ❣️Our students aRe “RED-dy to make a DIFFERENCE and say NO to drugs!”

Z.N.E. welcomes McGruff the crime dog to our campus! Students enjoyed a presentation on crime prevention, personal safety, and the importance of saying no to drugs! We would like to extend a big thank you to the Laredo Police Dept. for bringing this presentation to our community.

2021 National Red Ribbon Week Theme, "Drug Free Looks Like Me"

Unity Day 2021

Unity Day at ZHS

                                                         Happy Pharmacy Technician Day to our Pharmacy Tech Students! 



The ZHS Pharmacy Technician students visited our local pharmacies, Daniel’s Pharmacy and CVS Pharmacy, to wish them a Happy Pharmacy Technician Day! We appreciate all they do for our community!

McGruff visits ALBES!
Students at A.L. Benavides learned about drug and crime prevention, bullying, cyber bullying, and safety tips for Halloween through a very special presentation with McGruff the Crime Dog. A special thanks to Officers : Jose Ceballos, Cesar Gutierrez, Dora Aguilar, Raul Cantu, and Mario Gonzalez of the Laredo Police Department for teaching our students to say, "No!" to drugs!

The FFA Area X Homesite Contest was held on Sat. October 9 in Hondo Tx. The Greenhand team placed 4th overall. The team consisted of Nadina Rodriguez, Monique Garcia, Rafael Garcia, and Rogelio Gonzalez.  CONGRATULATIONS!

The FFA Area X Homesite Contest was held on Sat. October 9 in Hondo Tx.  The Chapter Farmer Team placed 4th overall with Julissa Peña placing 1st (high point individual) and Dalia Gutierrez placing 8th (high point individual). The team consisted of Julissa, Dalia, Caleb Guerra, and Derek Garcia. The Chapter Farmer team will be advancing to state and will be competing at Tarleton State University in the spring. Congratulations teams and Good Luck!!

October 11-15 is National School Lunch Week! This week was created to highlight the importance of a healthy school lunch, and how it helps inside and outside the classroom. This year's theme is "Feed Your Creativity with a Healthy School Lunch".

Zapata Middle School staff sporting their crazy socks on Homecoming Week. Go Merlins Go!

Great Schools Have Great Principals!


The students at A.L. Benavides Elementary School learned about EMT and Fire Prevention/Safety in a presentation given by Gabriela Gonzalez and Joe Guerra from the Zapata County Fire Department. The presentation was dedicated to Captain Israel "Ike" Gutierrez, #146, who grew up in San Ygnacio, Texas. The students got a close look at a fire truck and the special equipment used in case of a fire. Students were able to work on fun activities given by the Zapata County Fire Department

Zapata Middle School would like to recognize and honor a very important part of our staff on National Custodial & Maintenance Appreciation Day. Thank you all very much for everything you do for our students and for keeping our school looking great!

Parents can use their username and password from last school year or contact your campus PEIMS clerk to create a new account. 

The Zapata FFA Greenhand Plant ID Team won first place in Area Competition. The team includes from L-R: Joey Gutierrez, Ralphie Garcia (second high individual), Sara Elizondo, Rogie Gonzalez, and Rigo Cantu (High Point Individual). Congratulations!

The Zapata FFA Chapter Farmer Team placed 7th in Area. The team included Osiel Gonzalez, Ferny Valadez, and Ashley Dominguez.

Students and Staff at Zapata South Elementary celebrated their AR KICKOFF on Monday, September 27 with a small student parade. Students celebrated their love for reading and dressed up as their favorite book characters. Thank you for share your love for reading!

              First Grade Students at Villarreal Elementary welcomed the Fall Season by learning about Fall and doing fun activities.


                                                                 Win or lose, we never stop waving the flag #Hawknation

                                                                             Mighty Hawks ready for flight!

ZNES Kinder students continue the Grandparents Day celebration. Sending all our love to our Grandparents!!

Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month at ZNES. Students and staff celebrated 16 de septiembre by learning about the history of this tradition and dressing up in Mexican attire.

Zapata High School September 11th 20th Anniversary Commemoration

Zapata High School September 11th 20th Anniversary Commemoration

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Zapata Middle School had their first pep rally at Hawk Stadium this morning. 

Good luck to the Merlins as they play against Veterans tonight here at home!

Great job teachers and students on our first ADSY Day! 

ADSY days are special days for students who are invited to attend school.  ADSY days are a great way for students to catch up or get ahead in their schooling.  

ADSY Days are "going beyond the call of duty and doing more than others expect." ADSY Days are what Hawk Pride is all about!


Lady Hawks placed 2nd at the Border Olympic XC meet on Saturday,  August 21, 2021.

Mrs. Priscilla Garcia's Kindergarten class learned about the Gingerbread Man this past week. Students were given the opportunity to explore the beautiful A.L. Benavides Elementary school campus to familiarize themselves with school leaders and support staff. The students received a gingerbread man cookie to decorate on their own. The gingerbread cookies were donated by a parent volunteer, Griselda Garcia

Kindergarten students at Villarreal Elementary School went around school in search of the Gingerbread Man.  

This thematic unit is taught so that students get familiar with the school, administrators, teachers and staff.

Students had fun looking for this popular character!

Congratulations to our ZHS students for placing at the Rio Grande XC Meet! 
Freshmen boys placed 1st as a team.

              Zapata North Elementary- Congratulations to Weekly winners of the Sight Word Bingo/Spelling Bee Contest! 


           ZMS Principal, Mrs. M. Guerra, met with 6th-8th graders to go over the rules and expectations for the school year. 

           Go Merlins Go!

            Zapata Middle School science class in Coach Villarreal's class completing a "Moving on Up" activity

            "Backpacks for Success" students donated backpacks and school supplies for the students at  Villarreal Elementary School . 

            Thank you to all the members for this kind gesture! 

Zapata County ISD would like to extend a warm welcome to all new teachers joining us for the 2021-2022 school year.

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Calendar and Events

STAAR Testing
Date: 12/7/2021
Location: Zapata High School
STAAR Testing
Date: 12/8/2021
Location: Zapata High School
STAAR Testing
Date: 12/9/2021
Location: Zapata High School
STAAR Testing
Date: 12/10/2021
Location: Zapata High School
ACT Test
Date: 12/11/2021
Location: Zapata High School

Latest News

Flu Clinic Coming to ZCISD

Open to ZCISD Employees and Families
Monday, November 22, 2021
Administration Office 1302 Glenn St.
2:00 - 5:00 PM

Bi District Playoff Zapata Hawks vs Calallen Wild Cats

Falfurrias Jersey Bull Stadium Friday, November 12 at 7:00 pm
Bi-district Football
Hawks vs Wildcats will be streamed live here:
***No Online Ticket Booth***

Football tickets are available for purchase at ZHS Font Office from 9am - 12pm & 1pm - 4pm.
Pre-Sale prices are $3- Student/Child and $7- Adults
All ticket sales at the gate will be $8

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