November 11, 2016

Volume VIIl, Issue 12

“Don’t worry about how far you have to go. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and press on.” – Mandisa

Good afternoon LISD, 

Reactions across the country varied over the results of the General Election. In January, Donald Trump be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. The businessman/television producer turned politician received 279 votes from the Electoral College. As the transition for the new Commander-In-Chief begins, Barack Obama urged his fellow countrymen to come together as a country. “We have to remember that we're actually all on one team…We’re not Democrats first, we're not Republicans first, we are Americans first. We're patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country,” Obama said.

I’m proud of the number of Webb County voters who cast their ballots. LISD did its part by registering close to 900 new eligible voters at our high schools, and reminding employees and parents to vote through social media, television commercials, and our annual "Rock the Vote" campaign coordinated by Dr. Martha Villarreal at the Trevino Magnet School.

Also, all of our students were given the opportunity to participate in a district-wide mock election. Close to 15,000 kids used their iPad or laptop to vote and learn about the democratic process.  Communications students at the Trevino Magnet School provided up-to-the minute results during live broadcasts.  

Election Day was also a good day for LISD because the Molina Foundationgave us 30,000 new books. The good folks at the Molina Foundation hope to give area children a learning boost during the fall holiday season. According to a news release issued by the Molina Foundation, research shows that South Texas continues to have significant academic achievement gaps — including competency in basic reading skills — between children in poverty and their peers. There is also a strong correlation between illiteracy and its impact on a community’s social and economic progress. We are grateful to the Molina Foundation and Molina Healthcare for such a large gift that promotes the love of reading.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and our Health Services Coordinator Gracie Lopez informs us that Type One Diabetes occurs when the immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing Beta cells in the pancreas. Type One Diabetes is not caused by eating too much sugar. LISD has close to 60 students suffering from some form of diabetes. Next Monday, November 14, is World Diabetes Day and we would like our staff and students to wear blue. You can also write, "Hope” on your hands in blue ink. Special thanks to our nurses and nurse assistants for all they do to care for our diabetic students.

Today is Veterans Day and I remind you to express your appreciation to the men and women who bravely served our country.  Flag raising ceremonies and assemblies were held throughout the district this week to pay tribute to America’s heroes. Our high school marching bands, ROTC cadets, and cheerleaders participated in the annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Laredo. I thank our veterans for taking up arms and defending our way of life.

Best wishes to Coach Tommy Ramirez and the Nixon High School MustangsFootball Team who are traveling to Roma where they will play Brownsville Lopez High School in the Bi-District playoff game. Several bus loads of Nixon fans are traveling to Gladiator Stadium for the game which kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

We are also rooting for Martin High School's Abril Escamilla who is competing at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock at the state cross country meet. Abril will be competing against the state’s fastest and strongest runners from throughout Texas. All those hours of practice and discipline have paid off for Abril. On to state!

We have so many outstanding students and employees at LISD that I can brag about every day. It makes me so proud to be your superintendent. It’s a privilege to work at LISD.

Have a great weekend.
Dr. Marcus Nelson 

“Talent is a dreadfully cheap commodity, cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work and study.” – Stephen King

“El talento es una comodidad terriblemente barata, más barata que la sal de la mesa. Lo qué separa el individuo talentoso del éxito es mucho trabajo duro y estudio.”- Rey Stephen
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