September 2, 2016

Volume VIIl, Issue 2

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” – Picasso

Hello Laredo ISD, 

What a great week this has been for Laredo ISD.  Two benevolent institutions showed their support for our school district with generous donations.  The Ford Motor Company’s Ford Driving Dreams Grants program, Sames Motor Company, and LULAC Council #7 presented a $20,000 check to Jose A. Valdez High School on Tuesday morning.  Valdez High School was one of eight schools in the country to win this grant. The money will be used to stimulate academic achievement, high school completion, and college enrollment.  Recent studies clearly illustrate that most students do not want to drop out of high school.  This grant will help students to stay in school until they have earned their high school diplomas and continue on to college. School Board Trustee Jose Valdez and Principal Melissa Valdez gratefully accepted the grant on the school’s behalf.  We are indebted to the Ford Motor Company, Sames and LULAC #7 for helping LISD reach their goals.

On Tuesday evening, HEB hosted a Sampling Showcase to benefit LISD.  Participants sampled new products now available at the grocery store. The Martin High School Mariachi, Tigerettes, Cheerleaders, Basketball Team, Nixon High School Cheerleaders, and the Trevino Magnet School Choir added a festive air to the event. Each of the students took turns volunteering their time and talents to the fundraiser which was held at the HEB Mercado on Calton Road and San Dario Ave. The climax of the evening was the presentation of a big check with much applause and cheers by those present which included Board of Trustees Vice-President Hector Noyola. We thank HEB for their continued support and their staff for being such gracious hosts. 

We are very proud of the 13 students from Martin, Nixon, and Cigarroa High Schools who graduated with the LISD Summer Class of 2016 last Friday. The ceremony began with Martin High School Band Director Bobby Castro directing his talented musicians through “Pomp and Circumstance.” Nixon High School graduate Jennifer Perez led the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Noyola congratulated the students for persevering until they completed their graduation requirements.

Campuses across LISD were all about lights, cameras and reading action during the annual Accelerated Reader kick-off. Hollywood-themed activities were scheduled at various schools. This year the AR program includes students in the Early Childhood program beginning with K3 to be able to read and test as a class and experience the program.  In addition, the goals for the 2016-2017 school year have increased by 15 points. Accelerated Reading helps our children boost their reading level at their own pace. The boys and girls can choose a book that’s interesting to them which makes the experience more enjoyable. I am most appreciative of our library staff efforts headed by our Director of Library Services, Mely Paez. The Accelerated Reading program helps our children become better readers which is critical to their academic success. 

I look forward to all the games and community events that I’ll be attending this weekend.  Hope to see you there.

Dr. Marcus Nelson 

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