December 2, 2016

Volume VIIl, Issue 14

“It is impossible for anyone to learn that which he thinks he already knows.” – Epictetus 

Good afternoon LISD, 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at LISD! Schools have decked their halls with holiday decorations. My mailbox is full of Christmas cards and invitations to posadas and tamaladas. 😀

Earlier this week our Fine Arts Department staged a festive holiday concert featuring the Honor Choirs from each of our elementary schools. Children belted out the sounds of the season much to the delight of their parents and younger siblings. The concert was the perfect start for the holidays and I would like to recognize our Fine Arts Director, David Garza, and the following music teachers: Joel Izquierdo, Israel S. Joseph, Steven Martinez, Aileen Gonzalez, Esther Colunga, Luis Munoz, Jacqualyn Mccaulley, Lisa Marianne Salas, Julissa Gonzalez, Alejandra Rodriguez, Sonia Rizo, Enrique Rodriguez, Fernando R. Martinez, Melissa J. Tijerina, Vanessa Rodriguez, Cynthia Mendoza, Audrey Esparza, Beatriz Escudero, Leonardo Galvan, and Miguel Garza.

I was also very impressed with the level of projects and research at the LISD Elementary Science Fair organized by Science Dean Gene Ovalle and his committee of science teachers this week. A total of 546 projects were on display with 165 students winning trophies and ribbons on Thursday night. At the end of the evening, Ryan Elementary School principal Elsa Flores accepted the Grand Champion Trophy on behalf of Ryan. I am looking forward to the LISD Secondary Schools Science Fair in March.

Tonight I will be joining hundreds of Laredoans attending the LISD City-Wide Christmas Parade along San Bernardo Avenue. The parade starts at 6:00 p.m., and features close to 100 units from Laredo and United ISD, private schools and local institutions. We are grateful to BBVA Compass Bank for supporting our parade with a sponsorship. Our Office of Communications, Civic Center staff, Division of Operations, LISD Police Department, and Transportation Department have worked hard to provide a well-organized and fun activity. Immediately following the parade, Martin High School’s All-State Cross Country Runner, Abril Escamilla, will be lighting our 40-foot Christmas tree. Don’t forget to take your umbrella and raincoat in case it rains. 

The LISD Child Nutrition Department hosted the annual Food Expo Extravaganza. LISD students sampled food from current vendors that are being considered for next year’s school breakfast and lunch menus. The students were able to voice their opinions on new and present food items by rating each in a survey. 

The Parental and Family Engagement Workshop is Saturday morning in the Ballroom of the Civic Center. We encourage our moms and dads to become involved in their children’s learning by attending this annual meeting. The theme of this fall’s conference is “From Dreaming to Achieving: The Role of Parents in Student Success.” Jaime Carias, who will deliver the keynote presentation at 9:30 a.m. He is a leading urban educator, author, and national keynote speaker known for his ability to inspire parents and students of all ages.  The conference includes exhibits on education topics, law enforcement services, and community partnerships available to students. Free breakfast will be provided to those in attendance and a kiddy camp will be held for children ages 3 -12 whose parents attend the meeting. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the conference.

Have a great weekend,

Dr. Marcus Nelson 

“There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” - Norman Vincent Peale 

"Hay una verdadera magia en el entusiasmo. Describe la diferencia entre la mediocridad y el logro." - Norman Vincent Peale
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