The RoboSharks, FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics team #4641, from Palacios High School competed at the South Super Regional Robotics Competition with 71 other teams from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. The competition was held in Athens, Georgia. The team competed with some of the best teams in the World, finishing in 28th place with four wins and five loses in the qualification rounds. At the end of the competition, the RoboSharks were honored to be awarded a Wild Card position to advance to the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in Houston, TX on April 18th – 21st. The RoboSharks would like to thank our many sponsors, Palacios ISD, and our community for the continued support of this great program. We would like to dedicate our season to the founder of PISD Robotics, Mr. Warren Morris III. We are excited to compete at the World Championship and hope to make everyone proud.
Back row L – R Noah Zamarripa, Jamie Gatica, Edwin Miranda, Tyson Nguyen, Captain – Clayton Stuhrenberg Front Row L – R Co-Captain – Lisa Nguyen, Jordan Nguyen, Griffin White, Kaleb Mikeska, Joe Pena, Erin Claudon
The PHS band is pictured with their UIL Sweepstakes trophy they earn Tuesday, March 6th. They were the only high school band to earn the coveted trophy all day. The event was hosted at the Palacios High School Fine Arts Building. 18 bands competed all day. Bands presented a concert program selected from a UIL required list of songs. They also had to perform a piece they had never seen before. The director has only seven minutes to explain the song before the band has to perform for the judges. Palacios scored the only sweepstakes of any high school all day. This means that they have received top judge ratings for marching band, concert performance, and sight reading. This is the second year in a row PHS has earned this honor. The band is directed my Jim Popham and Briana Harmon.
The 2018 Yearbook Campaign is here. Yearbook staffers will be available during lunch beginning March 9th to assist you in ordering your yearbook. As a special bonus, students who order now through March 30 will receive the special “March Madness” price of $40.00. After that, the price goes up to $55.00. So, be sure to order your 2018 Ebb Tide yearbook early. Please make checks payable to PHS Yearbook. If you have any questions, please email Amy Morales at or call (361) 972-2571
The recent tragic events which occurred in Florida serve as a brutal reminder of the importance of the safety and security of our schools. The Palacios Independent School District would like to reassure our community that the safety and security of our students and staff perpetually remains our top priority. Our schools have up-to-date emergency operations plans which were reviewed and improved upon at the end of last year to include increased collaboration with our local law enforcement. Additionally, members of our staff have been trained on the specifics of these plans under which we conduct periodic drills to ensure that everyone knows their respective roles during any time of crisis.  Click here to read full story.
Part of the tasks and responsibilities our administrative team is charged with every spring semester include the future planning and proactive preparation for another upcoming new school year. After much thought, research, discussion, and deliberation, the decision has been made to include 6th grade as part of the Palacios Junior High Campus beginning in the 2018-19 school year.  Click here for a letter to parents of current 5th grade students.
Junior High Construction Trades class built 12 raised garden boxes for Central Elementary.  These planters will be used by the various grade levels at the Central Campus for gardens and flowers.  Great job students.  
Congratulations to our February Rotary Students of the Month,  Lisa Nguyen and Joe Pena.
On Friday, January 26th, the Palacios ISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Mr. Chad Graves to be the next Athletic Director/Head Football Coach for PISD. Coach Graves is coming from Natalia ISD where he has been the Athletic Director/Head Football Coach for the past six years.  They recently experienced their most successful football season with a record of (9-2) and getting the Natalia Mustangs into the state playoffs for the first time in over a decade. Coach Graves brings nineteen total years of successful teaching, coaching, and administrative experience while working for other districts such as Galena Park ISD, Mathis ISD, and Odem-Edroy ISD. Coach Graves is excited for the opportunity to make a difference for the students and community of Palacios. Please join us in welcoming him to our family.  Welcome to Shark Territory Coach Graves!
On Friday, January 19th, POWER SET traveled to the campus of the University of Texas - San Antonio to meet with professors and students in the School of Engineering, as well as tour many of their labs to learn about current research being done. Members learned about the fields of chemical, mechanical, environmental, and civil engineering, as well as how current professors and students became interested in their prospective fields and why they chose to attend UTSA. Also, the group went on a campus tour to explore different areas and opportunities available there. Saturday, the group traveled to the San Antonio Zoo and participated in a Real. Wild. Classroom event where zookeepers talked about animal care within the zoo. They even brought a ball python named Savannah out for the members to touch. After learning about the care given, members were able to go behind the scenes to see the lions and tigers, as well as talk to their keeper about her education and path to becoming a zookeeper for large mammals. To end the behind the scenes portion, POWER SET members met the zoo’s only white Rhino, Kutu. Not only were they able to pet him and touch his famous horns, but they were able to learn about the importance of volunteering and interning when pursuing a career as a zookeeper. Group picture names: Back row, L to R: Bailey Grones, Chelsea Campbell, Christina Peterson, Lili Vu, Carmen Serrato, Montserrat Garcia, Quynh Nguyen, Maria Hurtado, and Mai Nguyen. Middle Row: Karla Goytia, Lisa Nguyen, Katie Nguyen, Kayla Vu, Dorothy Nguyen, Kaitlynn Marroquin, and Guadalupe Mancera. Front Row: Summer Brandstatt, Maria Muniz, and Sara Tran.
Erika Espinosa and Zach Seaman are Rotary Students of the Month for January. Erika is the daughter of Armando Jr. and Ofelia Espinosa.  She is president of FCCLA, treasurer of Interact and Drum Major of the band.  She also is a member of POWERSET, NHS, Scrub's Club, TAFE, and Harmonie Club Valentine Sweetheart candidate.  After graduation, Erika plans to attend Wharton County Junior College and transfer to a university to earn a master's degree in Occupational Therapy. Zach is the son of Greg and Sherri Seaman.  He is involved in varsity basketball, track, WIT, NJH, and band.  After high school, Zach plans to attend college to pursue a business degree.