October 7, 2016

Volume VIIl, Issue 7

One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears --- by listening to them.” Dean Rusk

Good afternoon LISD, 

We are 32 days away from electing the next Commander in Chief of the United States. If you are eligible to vote but haven’t registered, you have until October 11. Any of our school principals and Office of Communications staff can sign you up. Did you know that Webb County has more than 122,000 registered voters? However, less than 55,000 voters cast their ballots in the last general election. All of us need to be informed on the important decisions we will be making at the polls on November 8. The eight-page ballot lists candidates for federal, state, and local races along with local referendums. Early voting is scheduled from Monday, October 24, through Friday, November 4. We will have temporary mobile branches for early voting located at Daiches, Dovalina, Macdonell, Ligarde, Santo Nino Elementary Schools, and Cigarroa High Schools. Remind your family and friends of the importance of participating in the electoral process.

The Laredo Police Department and KGNS held the first Outstanding 8th Grader of the Month ceremony of the school year at the Civic Center. The ceremony was hosted by Bruni Middle School. This month's ceremony honored students who have demonstrated a commitment to their studies and activities both at school and around the community. The students representing LISD for the month of October are Omar Cruz of Cigarroa Middle School, Krystell Estella Conde of Christen Middle School, Brianna Lee Santos of Lamar Middle School, and Frida Trevino of Memorial Middle School. Congratulations to the students and the nominating educators as well as the parents for this honor. I would like to acknowledge all of the sponsors and campuses who contribute to the monthly ceremonies. 

Martin High School’s Quarterback Mathew Duron was named the Pro 8 News-Academy Sports and Outdoors Player of the Week for week six. Mathew led the Tigers to a 24-7 victory over Valley View. He rushed for 117 yards and one touchdown. He also threw for 87 yards. I am very proud of this athlete’s outstanding performance on the field. KGNS will feature Mathew tonight during the “Friday Football Fever” show. 

This has been an unusual week at Laredo ISD. The wave of online threats against our secondary schools resulted in distractions in our classrooms and hundreds of absences. These threats have caused great anxiety amongst our parents, students, and staff. I can promise you that once we have sufficient evidence the persons behind this will suffer consequences to the fullest extent of the law. That being said, I would like to assure our community that LISD schools are secure and conducive to learning. Thanks to the support we receive from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Border Patrol, Laredo Police Department, Webb County Sheriff’s Department, and Constables Office, in cooperation with the LISD Police Department, our campuses were thoroughly protected. With deep gratitude I thank all the law enforcement officers who have helped to keep our schools secure.

Several LISD students and teachers are starring in a local production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Our high schools sent students to the production which is part of the Laredo Theatre Guild International’s Class on Stage program. The play continues tonight and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.., at the TAMIU Fine and Performing Arts Center. Admission is free to all local students with a school ID card. Trevino Magnet School Dean of Drama, Vernon Carroll, is directing the play with original music composed by Dr. Mary Grace Carroll.

Our good friends at McDonald’s Restaurants of Laredo hosted a McTeacher Night to benefit Dovalina, Farias, Ryan, Macdonell, Santa Maria, and Kawas Elementary Schools. McDonald’s of Laredo and their owners, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Dobski and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Marasco, are exemplary partners in support of our educational goals. We appreciate everything they do for our school district.

It was great to see the unsung heroes of our school district get thanked and appreciated. LISD celebrated Custodial and Maintenance Appreciation Day this week. We can’t thank our custodians enough for all they do to make our campuses conducive to learning, clean, and presentable for our staff, students, and community. Thank you for all you do.

Join us at Shirley Field this Saturday morning for an exhibition of Laredo’s finest musical entertainment. LISD is hosting a Marching Band Festival from 8:30 a.m., to 10:50 a.m., with music from Alexander, United South, Johnson, United, Crystal City, Cigarroa, Nixon, and Martin High Schools. The weather is going to be great for this competition.

Enjoy your weekend

Dr. Marcus Nelson 

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” – J. Pierpoint Morgan

"El primer paso para llegar en aluguna parte es decidir que no va a permanecer donde usted está." - J. Pierpoint Morgan
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