Free ESL, GED courses to be offered at Mary B. Erskine School

Seguin ISD's Mary B. Erskine School will open its doors to students once again as Education Service Center Region 20 will host free adult education and literacy courses at the campus.


Registration for free General Equivalency Diploma (GED) courses is March 5 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Orientation is March 7 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Classes begin March 19.


Eligible GED students must be 19 years or older or 17-18 years of age with withdrawal form from last school attended and parent/guardian permission. Parent/guardian must be present at registration. Sixteen year olds are eligible based upon requirements for 17-18 years olds plus court ordered documentation.


Free English as a Second Language (ESL) courses begin March 20. Registration and orientation is March 6 and 8, respectively, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. both days.


Attendance at registration and orientation is mandatory for GED and ESL courses. It is recommended that attendees arrive 30 minutes early.


Mary B. Erskine School is located at 216 E. Market St. in Seguin.

For more information, call (210) 370-5498 or visit

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Florida Tragedy

Dear Seguin ISD family,


I am deeply saddened by the tragic events that unfolded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday.


As a public school administrator responsible for the safety of nearly 7,500 students, the senseless loss of innocent lives truly touches my heart.


Prior to the holidays, our students and staff at Seguin ISD were trained in the ALICE safety protocol. At our campuses we will continue to perform monthly ALICE safety drills to ingrain these best practices into our day to day operations.


Our students and teachers serve as our best first line of defense as the eyes and ears of our schools. You can help keep our schools and community safe by remaining vigilant and reporting any unusual or potentially threatening comments or situations to a teacher, school administrator or law enforcement officer.


Seguin ISD enjoys great partnerships with the Seguin Police Department and the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office. We will continue to work closely with these law enforcement entities to maintain the safe learning environments in Seguin schools.


I ask that you keep the friends and families of the Parkland, Florida students in your thoughts and prayers and thank you for your role in the safety of our students.




Dr. Matthew Gutierrez

Seguin ISD Superintendent

Seguin High School UIL brings home gold

Seguin High School students finished second out of 15 teams in the Wimberley UIL Invitational Sweepstakes after receiving the most awards for all events combined.


"Our Matadors are unstoppable. A huge congratulations to these fine students. Whether a student places or not they are all winners and contribute to the overall success of this great organization," said Sharon Booth, Seguin High School UIL coordinator and coach.


The Matador teams took first in Science, Computer Science and Journalism. Students earned additional first place honors in News Writing, Chemistry, Feature Writing and Computer Science. They also placed sixth in Ready Writing, fifth in News Writing, third through fifth in Editorial Writing, second and fourth in Science, sixth in Feature Writing, third in Computer Science, fourth in Poetry, fifth in Extemporaneous Lincoln-Douglas Debate and seventh in Prose.


The next UIL event will take place in Austin on Feb. 24.

Mat Band excels at Regionals, on to State

Thirty-four Seguin High School Matador Band students won First Division Superior ratings and 30 qualified for State at the Regional Solo and Ensemble Contest on Feb. 10 in Spring Branch.


First Division Solo winners are Angel Hernandez, flute, Brianna Souvenir, clarinet, Mickey Zuckerman, alto saxophone, Ethan Bowles, tuba and Christian Deharde, multiple percussion. Twenty students earned the honor in keyboard percussion, including Amber Brown, Maya Clark, Mason Crow, Lena Deharde, Dustin Durben, Ben Gustafson, Beckett Legore, Juanita Lozano, Jeremy Marmolejo, Cindy Martinez, Anthony Penalver, Jeremy Porter, Valen Poyner, Roman Ruiz, Casey Silvius, Cheney Stephenson, Cori Taylor, Brennen Turner, Colton Williams and Ella Wilcox.


Soloists who qualified for State include Zuckerman, C. Deharde, Brown, Clark, Crow, L. Deharde, Durben, Gustafson, Legore, Lozano, Marmolejo, Martinez, Penalver, Porter, Poyner, Ruiz, Silvius, Stephenson, Taylor, Turner and Williams.


In the Ensemble category, First Division was awarded to Norma Cazares, Nathaniel McHenry and Lauren Sharpe for flute, clarinet and bassoon trio; Stephanie Clark, Danielle Croll and Chloe Luna for flute, oboe and clarinet trio and Aryian Clack, Flor Ramirez, Genesis Weitman and Mickey Zuckerman in saxophone quartet. These three ensembles advanced to State competition.


The State Solo and Ensemble Contest will be held Memorial Day weekend at UT Austin.


Matador Band directors include Stan Mauldin, Collin Barry, Jennifer Beck and Craig Turner.

Matador Soccer news
Matador Soccer fans, please read this letter for important information concerning home soccer games.

Feb. 12 Public Hearing, Special Board Meeting
Seguin ISD is hosting a Public Hearing and Special Board Meeting on Monday, Feb. 12 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at District Office. Both meetings pertain to the District of Innovation initiative. Meeting agendas are available at and

Nominate a student volunteer for 2018 Student Heroes Award
 AUSTIN – The State Board of Education (SBOE) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Student Heroes Award.

The Student Heroes Award program recognizes Texas public school students in prekindergarten through high school who voluntarily work to assist or benefit their fellow Texas students.

SBOE Chair Donna Bahorich urged school and community members to nominate those students who voluntarily perform acts that improve their school or community.

Action of past recipients include mentoring struggling students, creating a program that provides essential supplies to children in foster care, providing stuffed animals to sick children, hosting birthday parties for students living at homeless shelters, establishing a school drumline, providing a support group for emotionally fragile students and voluntarily coaching a cheer squad that performs at Special Olympics events.

“Every day in our schools, students quietly commit unselfish acts of kindness. They don’t do so because it is a class assignment. They do so because they are people of good character who care about their fellow students. These young people make their schools and communities a better place because of their unselfish work,” Bahorich said.

“The Student Heroes Award given by the State Board of Education provides an opportunity for Texans to spotlight and recognize these caring students,” she said.

Up to 15 students – one per State Board of Education district – may receive the award each year. Anyone may nominate a Texas public-school student for the award.

Award requirements include the following:

·         The service, assistance or good deed must be voluntary and not part of any curriculum, graduation requirements, class, or community project.

·         The service, assistance or good deed must benefit other students in Texas, either individually or collectively.

·         The benefit may be to students of one campus, a district, or a community.

Nominations will be accepted through 5 p.m. (CST) March 9.

Recipients of the Student Heroes awards will be announced in May. A plaque will be awarded to the Student Hero by his or her State Board member.

Nomination forms and program guidelines are available at or for more information please email

SBOE Support Division
Texas Education Agency

Matador Band nominated for national award

The Seguin High School Matador Band has been nominated for the 2018 National High School Heart of the Arts Award sponsored by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).


Seguin High School was nominated for the award by the University Interscholastic League (UIL).


The Matador Band filled in for the Rockport-Fulton High School Band during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey which devastated parts of the Texas coastal bend in August 2017. When the Rockport-Fulton and Leander Glenn football game was played at Matador Stadium in Seguin on Sept. 15, 2017, the Mighty Matador Marching Band was on hand to play and support the Rockport players and families in attendance.


"This was a grassroots effort that involved the entire Seguin community. Not only did the Matador Band learn the Rockport fight song and volunteer to play at the football game, our cheer squads, band boosters, sports boosters, student body and families collaborated to welcome, comfort and assist the Rockport-Fulton High School community," said Stan Mauldin, Seguin ISD director of bands.


The National High School Heart of the Arts Award was created by the NFHS to recognize those individuals who exemplify the ideals of the positive heart of the arts that represent the core mission of education-based activities. This is the fifth year that the National High School Heart of the Arts Award has been offered.


The National High School Heart of the Arts Award is annually conferred to eight section recipients as well as one national recipient. The nine winners will be announced later this spring.

Patlan archers arrow their way to State

Proving that their aim is true, the Patlan Elementary Archery Club members have made great strides in a short time since participating in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) this school year.


"We started the program with P.E. Coach Jessica Kirksey and Aide Jennifer Autry becoming certified instructors through NASP," said Teacher Kevin Engler, who is also a certified NASP instructor and team trainer.


Kirksey and Autry integrated the NASP curriculum into P.E. classes for third, fourth and fifth grade students.


"Once the students completed the safety orientation and demonstrated that they could safely shoot an arrow, we began meeting after school as a club with Coach Kirksey, our fourth grade ELA Teacher Juan Hernandez and I working with our archery club members. Fast forward to Jan. 29-31when we had 21 students participate in the first-ever State Qualifying Tournament," he said.


More than 3,000 students from 121 schools participated in the 2018 State Qualifying Tournament and approximately 81 percent of them shot the minimum score, either as a team or as an individual, to qualify for State.


"Two of our Patlan Elementary archers, fifth graders Eddie Barrera and Abren Ham, finished in the top 100 in their division and will represent Patlan and Seguin in the 13th Annual 2018 Texas-National Archery in the Schools Tournament and Scholarship Championship in Belton on March 21-22, he said.


"Naturally, we are super proud of our archery team as well as our two archers who advanced to state. Their achievement would not be possible without Trinity Oaks Guadalupe River Camp, Lone Star Bowhunters Association, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for providing grant money and equipment for our archery program," he added.

Seguin ISD DI update

Seguin ISD's Destination Imagination Rising Star Tournament for grades K-2 is Feb. 10 from 9-11:45 a.m. at Patlan Elementary. Performances are from 9-11 a.m. and the awards ceremony begins at 11:15 a.m.


Also, the Central Texas Region Destination Imagination Tournament is slated for Feb. 10 at Brandeis High School located at 13011 Kyle Seale Parkway in San Antonio. The event will last all day.

Parent presentation slated for Feb. 8 in the PAC
Nationally renowned author, speaker, educator and crime expert Phil Chalmers will present his True Lies program at Seguin High School on Feb. 8. A parent presentation will be offered at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. His program addresses the topics of substance abuse, bullying, teen violence, self abuse and suicide, plus the dangers of social media. Special thanks to Guadalupe County Sheriff Zwicke for providing Chalmers at no cost to all school districts in the county. To learn more, visit

UIL releases Athletics realignment

On Feb. 1, UIL realigned high school athletic districts. Seguin High School's football program is now in 5A Division I, Region 3, District 12 along with Austin Crockett, Austin Johnson, Austin Lanier, Austin McCallum, Austin Reagan, Austin Travis and Dripping Springs through 2020.


Basketball and Volleyball for 2018-19 are in 5A DI District 26 with Boerne Champion, Kerrville Tivy, SA Veterans Memorial, San Antonio Harlandale, San Antonio Kennedy, San Antonio McCollum, San Antonio Memorial and San Antonio Wagner.


For statewide District alignments, visit

Voter registration deadline is Feb. 5 for March 6 joint primaries

Public education and the educated citizenry created by public education are the greatest safeguards to the State of Texas and the continuation of a free society.

Further, the institution of public education is best protected by a robust and informed electorate.

Seguin ISD believes that voting is a fundamental responsibility for all citizens and that voting can help chart a positive course into the future.

Seguin ISD supports a culture of voting and seeks to encourage maximum participation by district employees and eligible students in the elections process.

Based upon the Guadalupe County Elections Office election calendar, Feb. 5 is the last day to register to vote in the March 6 joint primaries.

There are several ways to register to vote in Guadalupe County:

1. Pick up a voter registration application at either one of the Elections Office locations and return it at least 30 days before the election date. Applications can be picked up at 215 S. Milam St., Seguin and 1101 Elbel Rd., in Schertz. Completed and signed applications may be turned in at either office or mailed to P.O. Box 1346, Seguin, Texas 78155.

2. Applications are also available by visiting the Texas Secretary of State's website and completing the online application at The completed application must be printed, signed and mailed.

3. The Elections Office will mail an application to you upon request. Call (830) 303-6363.

Regardless of which application option is used, it is important to fill out the application completely and legibly. Voter registration will become effective 30 days after it is received.

If you move to another county, you must re-register in the county of your new residence. If you lose your certificate, you may contact the elections office at (830) 303-6363 to request a new one.

For more information, visit the Texas Secretary of State's website at or call the Guadalupe County Elections Office at (830) 303-6363.