December 16, 2016

Volume VIIl, Issue 16

“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.” – The Polar Express

Good afternoon LISD,

The cafeteria of the Hector Javier Garcia Early College High School was filled to capacity on Wednesday morning for the dedication ceremony officially naming the campus. Close to 200 friends, family, and colleagues cheered when the new lettering on the building was unveiled. Praises for Mr. Garcia’s lifelong tradition of community service were mentioned in speeches by LISD Board of Trustees President Dr. Cecilia May Moreno, TAMIU President Dr. Pablo Arenaz, and Dr. Minita Ramirez. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed brunch compliments of La Posada Hotel. Congratulations to Mr. Garcia for this special honor reserved for remarkable individuals.

So many generous friends and institutions brought joy to our little ones this holiday season. The week began with the massive Angel of Hope project at the Laredo Energy Arena. Spearheaded by Webb County Constable for Precinct One, Rudy Rodriguez, hundreds of LISD elementary school students received Christmas gifts. The Angel of Hope Committee works year round to raise funds, purchase gifts and organize volunteers such as our Parent Liaisons, who wrap the presents. Special thanks to Constable Rodriguez and his team for all they do for kids.

The Core Civic Laredo Processing Center (formerly known as CCA) employees spread holiday cheer at Tarver and Zachry Elementary Schools presenting close to 100 students with toys and goodies.  Dressed in festive gear, the CC employees assisted the students in opening their gifts.  The students at Tarver Elementary School were very appreciative for the gifts and gave the employees thank you cards and chocolates on behalf of the school.  The school district and hundreds of students who received gifts, coats, and bicycles this holiday season, courtesy of our community partners and friends, will definitely have so much more to smile about this holiday season. 

Our school librarians finished the school year with a festive event celebrating LISD’s top accelerated readers. The students gathered at the Civic Center ballroom where they enjoyed breakfast compliments of McDonald’s Restaurants of Laredo, greetings from our board president Dr. Cecilia May Moreno, a movie, door prizes, an appearance by Santa Claus, cookies by the Great American Cookie Company, and other goodies. Our top middle school students were treated to a bowling party for exceeding their reading goals. I would like to thank our Director of Library Services, Mely Paez, for organizing this activity.

St. Augustine High School hosted the December Youth of the Month this week in their chapel. Receiving accolades for their academic achievements were Regina Rodriguez, Cigarroa High School; Ashereena Tanedo, Garcia Early College High School; Stephanie Benavides, Nixon High School; and Maria Rodriguez, Martin High School. 

The Eighth Graders of the Month were recognized this week during a ceremony at United Middle School. Recognized for their outstanding character, grades, and extracurricular activities were Stephanie Ontiveros, Cigarroa Middle School; Rosa Lozano, Christen Middle School; Laysha Renee Gonzalez, Lamar Middle School; and Preston Salazar, Memorial Middle School. 

I am very thankful for all the community partners who take the time to recognize our students and appreciative of the support our parents and teachers provide these outstanding youngsters. 

We were blessed once again this year with academic success and positive outcomes for our students. Please accept my gratitude for all you do to support our mission. In the spirit of the holidays, I would like to wish you a safe and happy season. Enjoy your break and we will see you back at LISD on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Dr. Marcus Nelson 

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

"La prueba de nuestro progreso no es si agregamos más a la abundancia de los que tienen mucho, es si proporcionamos lo suficiente para los que tienen poco." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
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