September 16, 2016

Volume VIIl, Issue 4

“No particular race is the enemy.  Ignorance is the enemy.” – George Lopez

Buenas tardes LISD, 

Congratulations to the 18 Laredo ISD schools who earned distinctions for areas of high performance according to information released by the Texas Education Agency. The district earned 47 distinctions in the state’s accountability system, up from 40 in 2015.

Distinctions are based on high levels of achievement in the following four areas or indexes: Student Achievement, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps and Postsecondary Readiness. Distinctions can also be earned in the areas of Reading/ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies These indexes are also used to determine if a school receives a Met Standard; Met Alternative Standard; or Improvement Required rating. All LISD schools Met Standard for 2016. 

I am very proud of our students’ efforts because the numbers show that our kids are outperforming their peers across the State of Texas.  Furthermore, only one middle school in all of Webb County, Memorial Middle School, earned seven out of seven possible distinctions.  Only 400 campuses in Texas earned seven out of seven including 35 middle schools of which Memorial is one of them. Earning seven distinctions is a significant accomplishment and demonstrates that remarkable working is taking place in the classroom. Cigarroa Middle School, which had once been on the Improvement Required list, earned six distinctions.  Heights and J.C. Martin Elementary School scored five distinctions.  The Hector J. Garcia Early College High School merited four distinctions, while Martin High School, Nixon High School, and Santo Nino Elementary School netted three distinctions.  Also receiving distinctions were Cigarroa High School, Bruni Elementary School, Tarver Elementary School, Leyendecker Elementary School, Milton Elementary School, Alma Pierce Elementary School, Santa Maria Elementary School, D.D. Hachar Elementary School, Zachry Elementary School, and Ligarde Elementary School. 
You may have noticed many students and teachers wearing yellow or gold this week.  Our campuses are observing Go Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. On Tuesday morning, Webb County Judge Tano Tijerina read a proclamation during the Commissioners Court meeting to publicly acknowledge the challenges faced by children suffering from cancer and to memorialize those whose lives were cut short by this disease. Milton Elementary School sponsored a walk and balloon release in honor of their student Christian Angel Ramos, who is battling Relapse Refractory Neuroblastoma.  Christian is fighting a brave battle while he receives treatments at the Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all children bearing this sickness.

We wish to thank KGNS-TV, ABC Laredo, and the Disney Corporation for the gift of storytelling and 250 children’s books.  A presentation was held on Tuesday morning at J.C. Martin Elementary School where KGNS News Director Jerry Garza and Morning Show host Richard Noriega read to a very attentive group of students. KGNS donated books to J.C. Martin, Heights, Leyendecker, Alma Pierce, and Santa Maria Elementary Schools through their Magic of Storytelling project.  LISD Board of Trustees President Dr. Cecilia May Moreno, KGNS Station Manager Luis Villarreal and Ana Rivera Soto joined the young ones who got into the spirit by wearing Disney t-shirts, Mickey Mouse ears, and costumes. 

Tonight I will be at Shirley Field for the Nixon versus Cigarroa varsity football game. Best wishes to both the Mustangs and Toros. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m.

I hope to see you at the fourth annual Dr. Sara Carrasco Cross Country Meet on Saturday morning at Shirley Field for young runners from LISD’s elementary schools.  We are pleased to honor Dr. Carrasco for dedicating her life to the education of local students.  This runs for you.

Viva Mexico!

Dr. Marcus Nelson

“We are all concerned about the future of American education.  But as I tell my students, you do not enter the future – you create the future. The future is created through hard work.” Jaime Escalante

"Todos estamos preocupados por el futuro de la educación americana. Pero como les digo a mis alumnos, no entras al futuro – se crea el futuro. El futuro es creado por el trabajo duro." Jaime Escalante 
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