October 21, 2016

Volume VIIl, Issue 9

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”- Edmund Burke

Good afternoon LISD,

What an impressive sight it was to see dozens of yellow school buses traveling down Clark Boulevard for the annual National School Bus Safety Week Parade. The parade and proclamation ceremony held this year at the UISD Student Activity Center draws attention to the importance of school bus safety. This year’s theme, “Bully Free Zone,” was depicted in all the decorated buses. I would like to thank our Transportation Department Director, Esteban Rangel, the bus drivers, bus aides and monitors, mechanics, and all the crew members who assure that our students make it safely to school and back home everyday.

Members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council served as guest readers at Gallego, Sanchez-Ochoa, Dovalina, Farias, Kawas, Daiches, Alma Pierce, and Bruni Elementary Schools this week as part of the Literacy Reading Project with the Curriculum and Instruction Department. Student leaders from Martin, Nixon and Cigarroa High Schools read “Turkey Trick or Treat” to first and second graders. I appreciate our students’ efforts to foster a love of reading with our little ones.

This morning Laredo and United ISD honored their Special Students during an event at the Civic Center Ballroom. Nine outstanding LISD pupils were recognized during the Special Student Honor Award Ceremony on Friday Morning at the Civic Center Ballroom.  As a district we are proud to host an event which acknowledges the achievements of our special students as well as the countless sacrifices that families make to support their sons and daughters in their academic endeavors. The honorees included Priscilla Garay, Julio Verdiguel, and Antonio "Tony" Arispe from Cigarroa High School, Ashley Martinez, Daniela Contreras, and Kevin Diaz of Martin High School, and Jocelyn Cantu, Raymundo Garcia, and Carlos Zapata of Nixon High School.

This Saturday you have the opportunity to drop off your unused, expired, or unwanted drugs during the sixth annual National Take Back Pill Day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Ryan Elementary School and Martin High School will be open from 10:00 a.m., to 2:00 p.m., to accept your unwanted medications. The DEA will make sure that the medications are disposed safely. Families can clean out their medicine cabinets and prevent drug use, abuse, and overdoses.

Early voting for the General Election starts Monday, October 24, and ends on Friday, November 4. This morning at a press conference sponsored by the non-partisan “Yes I Will Vote” Coalition, eligible voters were urged to cast their ballots in this very important election. Voting sites during the first week of early voting will be open from 8:00 a.m., to 5:00 p.m. Voters may cast their votes at any location in the county as long as they have proper identification. Polls will be open from 8:00 a.m., to 8:00 p.m., during the second week of early voting. I suggest you inform yourselves on the candidates and the issues on the local referendum. Copies of ballots are available online and at the Webb County Elections office. Click here to view Early Voting Sites.

The lights will be shining brightly on Shirley Field Friday and Saturday night as our three teams face each other on the gridiron. Tonight’s game between the Martin Tigers and the Cigarroa Toros promises to be an exciting match. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday night football comes alive in Laredo this weekend. The Nixon-Sharyland varsity game will be televised live in its entirety on the CW this Saturday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. The plans also include televising the Martin-Nixon game on November 5.

I would like thank all of the principals, assistant principals, and staff members for making me feel so special during Bosses Day. I enjoyed the abrazos, greeting cards, plants, and sweets. I'm blessed to work here.

See you at the game.

Dr. Marcus Nelson

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” - Audre Lorde

"Cuando me atrevo a ser fuerte, para usar mi fuerza al servicio de mi visión, entonces se vuelve menos importante el que tenga miedo." - Audre Lorde

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