August 26, 2016
Volume VIIl, Issue 1
“The hard days are the best because that’s when champions are made, so if you push through, you can push through anything!” — Gabby Douglas
Welcome back Laredo ISD,
I am honored to begin my eighth year as superintendent of this dynamic school district. We have teachers
who are committed to the children
we serve and kids who come to school every day willing to learn
. Evidence of this is the fact that we don’t have a single campus on the Texas Education Agency’s Improvement Required list. I am proud to say that all of our campuses met all State Standards in the most recent TEA ratings. With the kind of momentum that we are witnessing in our 134 year-old district, I am convinced that LISD is about to experience its best year ever.
I spent the first week of the 2016-2017 school year visiting
our campuses. What a pleasure it is to be greeted by our parents
and over 24,000 kids. As a career educator, back to school
season is my favorite time of year. Thanks to our custodial staff and the Division of Operations our campuses were shiny and clean. I appreciate everyone’s hard work in having everything ready for our youngsters. I saw some very attractive bulletin boards
in our hallways and classrooms. I also want to thank the LISD Police Department, Webb County Sheriff’s Department and Constables, along with the the City of Laredo Police Department for keeping our school zones safe.
On Thursday morning, LISD showed off a brand new bus wrapped with an important message. Made possible by the Laredo of Tomorrow Coalition Health Task Force, this special advertisement on our bus reminds us that every child can have a medical home, the first place a child can turn to for non-emergency healthcare
. A medical home is a private physician, a private clinic, or a public clinic. I would like to thank Coalition co-chairs Sister Maria Luisa Vera and Sister Rosemary Welsh with the Sisters of Mercy for thinking of our children’s well-being.
I cordially invite you to join us at the HEB on Calton Road and San Dario Avenue next Tuesday, August 30, from 6:00 p.m., to 8:00 p.m. HEB is hosting a Back to School Sampling Showcase
to benefit LISD. Come enjoy some new products and visit with your colleagues. Our talented high school students will provide live entertainment during the showcase.
Every student, every day.
Dr. Marcus Nelson
“Try never to be the smartest person in the room. And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people or find a different room. In professional circles it’s called networking. In organizations it’s called team building. And in life it’s called family, friends, and community. We are all gifts to each other, and my own growth as a leader has shown me again and again that the most rewarding experiences come from my relationships.” – Michael Dell
"Trate de no ser la persona más inteligente en la habitación. Y si es así, le sugiero que invite a las personas más inteligentes o encontrar una habitación diferente. En el ámbito profesional se llama redes. En las organizaciones se llama la formación de equipos. Y en la vida se llama familia, amigos y la comunidad. Somos todos los regalos el uno al otro, y mi propio crecimiento como líder me ha demostrado una y otra vez que las experiencias más gratificantes provienen de mis relaciones."- Michael Dell