October 28, 2016

Volume VIIl, Issue 10

“Knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks

Good afternoon LISD,

Students at the Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications are doing their best to encourage eligible young voters to get involved in the democratic process. On Wednesday, the VMT School hosted a Rock the Vote event and Mock Debate with students portraying Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Fourth Court of Civil Appeals Judge Patricia Alvarez reminded her young audience that “voting is a precious right.” Also addressing the students was Judge Jason Pulliam.

I take this opportunity to remind all Nelson’s Notes readers to exercise their right to vote. You have one more week to vote early in the General Elections at locations throughout Webb County. During early voting, eligible voters may cast their ballots at any early voting site. An identification or voting card is required. Early voting ends on Friday November 4, 2016.  Election Day is November 8, 2016. On Election Day, voters can only cast their ballots at their designated precinct voters site. I’m not endorsing any candidate or political party, but I do urge you to participate in our electoral process. Every vote counts.
Four LISD high school students were highlighted this week during the U.S. Border Patrol’s Youth of the Month ceremony for their stellar performance in the classroom and for being role models.  Martin High School was host to the recognition program and students received numerous awards for being among the best students in Laredo high schools. Daphne Ramos of Cigarroa High School, Genesis Munoz of Nixon High School, Mario Valle of Martin High School, and Karina Isabel De Guzman of Hector J. Garcia Early College High School were described as exceptional students and active community leaders. Congratulations to these students, their parents, the nominating educators, and all those who actively support these students in achieving success. A special thanks to the U.S. Border Patrol and all the sponsors who continuously work to highlight the best and brightest in Laredo. 

More than 1,000 LISD sixth grade students attended the Webb County Sheriff's Drug Free Concert at the Laredo Energy Arena on Thursday morning. The talented Lamar Middle School Prancers participated and won of the dance-off. Students attending the concert were treated to music by the Jolly Ranchers and listened to Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar, District Attorney Isidro Alaniz, and Webb County Attorney Marco Montemayor speak on the importance of living a drug free life and dedicating their efforts to school and making our community a safer place to live. I would like to thank Sheriff Cuellar and his staff for putting on a wonderful display of entertainment for the students of Laredo.

LISD officially has a new police chief. Robert Villarreal was sworn-in an as the chief for the LISD Police Department on Friday morning. Webb County Judge for the 341st District Court Becky Palomo administered the oath in the presence of family, co-workers, and representatives from all local law enforcement agencies. Chief Villarreal’s daughter, Janissa, pinned the new badge on her father’s uniform. We welcome Chief Villarreal and look forward to working with him in keeping our district safe.

Best wishes to the Nixon High School Lady Mustangs Volleyball Team who is headed to the playoffs this weekend. The Mustangs will play the Sharyland Rattlers on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., in the Roma High School to determine the third and fourth place seedings for District 31-5A representatives for the playoffs.

We have a busy week ahead with Halloween and the 52nd annual Martin-Nixon game. Please make it a point to heed every safety precaution. Watch out for trick-or-treaters on Monday night. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. We want all of our kids back in school safe and sound on November 1.

Have a great weekend.

Dr. Marcus Nelson

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison

"Muchos de los fracasos de la vida son las personas que no se dan cuenta de lo cerca que estaban del éxito cuando se dieron por vencidos." - Thomas Edison
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