December 9, 2016

Volume VIIl, Issue 15

“My strength lies solely in my tenacity.” – Louis Pasteur

Good afternoon LISD,

We have had an awesome week here in LISD. This time of year is filled with holiday spirit and a host of musical programs throughout our wonderful school system. My favorite presentation of holiday cheer this week was the Caribbean-style steel drum band concert held at VMT. The live entertainment made me feel like I was on an island somewhere listening to my favorite Christmas carols. Congratulations to Dr. Martha Villarreal and Steel Drum Director, Mr. Carlos Torres, for a wonderful event. I look forward to the other performances from our various campuses and I appreciate the work of our teachers and staff as we highlight our excellent students.

Santa’s elves delivered Christmas gifts to little ones all over the school district this week. IBC employees invited students from Santo Nino, Ligarde, Zachry, Kawas, and Daiches Elementry Schools over to the bank’s facilities for their annual “It’s a Brighter Christmas” event.  The kids enjoyed holiday movies, refreshments, and photos with Santa Claus. Each child was also given a winter jacket and toy.

BBVA Compass Bank employees surprised youngsters at D.D. Hachar Elementary School on Tuesday morning. The bankers read books to the kids, shared Christmas cookies and distributed toys much to the delight of the students. For BBVA Compass City Bank President Susana Valencia, the visit to Hachar Elementary was extra special because that’s where she went to school in second through fifth grades.

As part of the Office of Communications 8th annual Coat them with Love campaign, approximately 400 LISD elementary students will be receiving a new jacket this holiday season. The LISD Office of Communications staff are distributing new jackets to students across the district. The jackets were purchased with proceeds from the district’s annual Bowl for Kids bowling tournament. I want to thank the Communications staff for organizing this annual coat distribution.

Lastly, I encourage you to do some research on the TEA’s new A-F school rating system, and Districts of Innovation. You’ll be hearing a lot more about these two topics in the weeks ahead.  Just yesterday, the TEA released the 2015-2016 School Report Cards (SRC).  Designed to inform parents about a school’s characteristics and achievement, the SRC combines portions of recently released accountability reports to provide a variety of campus-level information concerning student and campus performance. It includes the following information for each campus in Texas: 2016 state academic accountability rating, campus distinction designations, attendance rates, enrollment figures, dropout rates, class size averages, STAAR results, ACT/SAT results, and per-student financial expenditures. As required by Texas law, these campus reports will be sent to the parents of every child enrolled in our schools. 

Have a great weekend,

Dr. Marcus Nelson

"You will never be the person you can be if pressure, tension, and discipline are taken out of your life.” – James G. Bilkey

“Nunca seras la persona que puedes ser si sacas de tu vida la presion, la tension, y la disciplina.” – James G. Bilkey

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