September 23, 2016

Volume VIIl, Issue 5

“Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect of other cultures.” – Cesar Chavez 

Buenas tardes LISD, 

Excellence: Every Student, Every Day is the banner we bear at Laredo ISD. This expectation is even more important for children with challenges such as kids with hearing impairments. All students have the right to access full communication in the educational setting so they can learn and succeed. This week, LISD observed Deaf Awareness Week with activities such as learning to sign your name.  Did you know that 15% of the population are deaf to some extent?  Out of every 10,000 people, ten will be extremely deaf and 100 will be partially deaf.

By the way, American sign language classes begin next Wednesday, September 28, at 5:30 p.m., at Daiches Elementary School. Parents, teachers, administrators, and community members are welcomed to attend the free weekly classes.

The Laredo Sector Border Patrol begins its 29th year of celebrating the accomplishments of our most outstanding high school students. The Border Patrol and 20 generous local sponsors shower our best kids with praise and awards. The September Youth of the Month were introduced during ceremonies on Wednesday morning at Alexander High School. Dessarae Nicole Rios of Cigarroa High School, Melissa Bustamante of Nixon High School, Yajaira Ramirez of Garcia Early College High School, and Josue Vela of Martin High School were applauded for their many achievements. I’m certain these young men and women will become tomorrow’s community leaders.

Last Saturday we found ourselves at Shirley Field for the fourth annual Dr. Sara Carrasco Cross Country Meet for LISD’s elementary school students.  Hundreds of boys and girls braved the high temperatures to run the one mile course as fast as they could.  The Visitors Side stands were filled with parents cheering and taking photos. I would like to recognize the Athletic Directors Office and all the coaches who organized and helped at the event.  This is how we develop future varsity athletes.  

Meanwhile, across the parking lot at the Civic Center, our friends at Farmers Insurance Agency were collecting school supplies and clothing for LISD’s homeless and migrant kids. I would like to thank Hector Chapa, Jr., Enrique Mendez, Martin Ramirez, Melissa Gomez, and the rest of the staff who spent Saturday gathering box loads of shoes, supplies, and new outfits for our boys and girls.  We appreciate their efforts and interest in our students. In addition to hosting the collection, Farmers Insurance is sponsoring the Thank America’s Teacher program which supports local educators for their chance to win classroom grants.  

The KGNS-TV cameras rolled into Nixon High School’s Montes Field on Wednesday morning to announce the KGNS/Academy Sports Player of the Week. Defensive tackle Chris Casas was applauded for his efforts on and off the field.  His fellow Mustangs, coaches, and school administrators patted him on the back for winning this award.  Chris will be featured by KGNS sportscaster Ryan Bailey during the show, “Friday Football Fever.” Way to go, Chris.

Shine bright!

Dr. Marcus Nelson 

“Speech is the birthright of every child; it is the deaf child’s one fair chance to keep in touch with his fellows.” – Helen Keller“El habla es el derecho de nacimiento de cada niño; esto es una posibilidad justa del niño sordo para mantenerse en contacto con sus compañeros.” – Helen Keller
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