October 14, 2016

Volume VIIl, Issue 8

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many races, one after another.” – Walter Elliott

Good afternoon LISD,

It’s not everyday that you see all 33 LISD school principals board a school bus. Our principals spent the morning exploring each other’s schools during the annual Organized Team Activity (OTA). The buses dropped off the educators on Tuesday morning to look for the use of objectives, writing journals, and differentiated instruction at Alma Pierce Elementary, Ligarde Elementary, Leyendecker Elementary, Memorial Middle, Cigarroa High, and Martin High. We were very pleased to see so many teachers using the Super 8 and I can tell it’s making a difference in our children’s education. More OTA’s will be scheduled in the near future.

Following the OTA’s, we treated our school principals to lunch in celebration of School Principals Month in Texas. As school leaders, principals are entrusted with our most precious resource — the next generation of leaders for our community. Principals are more than just caretakers of our schools. We expect them to serve as curriculum experts, disciplinarians, spokesmen for their campuses, budget analysts, and guardians of initiatives. Principals set the academic tone for their schools and work hand-in-hand with teachers to set high standards. I am blessed to work with such a committed group of hard-working principals and acknowledge the important role they play in the success of our students.

The KGNS-TV and Academy Sports presented their Player of the Week honor to Nixon High School Offensive linemen. Varsity football players Francisco Torrecilla, Jesus Pescador, Josue Tobias, Fernando Hernandez, and Marco Munoz accepted the honor during a presentation at the Freddy Montes Field Thursday morning. Led by the entire offensive line, the Nixon Mustang offense broke a school record with 71 points in their victory over Mission Veterans. Thanks to the superior blocking by these five Mustangs, the Nixon offense gained 617 yards on 68 plays, and scored ten touchdowns. The offense had zero penalties and zero turnovers that night. Way to go, Mustangs.

Hundreds of children turned out for the National Night Out, an annual event that heightens crime prevention awareness and generates support for local anticrime programs. NNO shows criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Kids shook hands with local law enforcement officers and community officials while enjoying an evening of dance performances from our youth, food, music, games and much more. I would like to thank Council Member Roberto Balli and the City of Laredo for hosting the event at the Jesus Martinez Performing Arts Center, formerly known as the Civic Center.

All over the school district today staff members and students were sporting pink in observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to honor survivors of breast cancer. NBCAM is held every year to increase awareness of the disease and to fund research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The annual campaign also provides information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

Enjoy your weekend

Dr. Marcus Nelson

“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” - John Homer Miller

“Tu vida es determinada no tanto por lo que la vida te brinda si no por la actitud que tu traes a la vida; no tanto por lo que te sucede, como por la forma en que tu mente ve lo que sucede.” - John Homer Miller

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