January 13, 2017

Volume VIIl, Issue 18

“Decide…whether or not the goal is worth the risk involved. If it is, stop worrying.” - Amelia Earhart.

Good afternoon LISD,

Cheers to the Hector J. Garcia Early College High School for being nominated by the Texas Education Agency for the Blue Ribbon honor. The GECHS is one of 26 schools in Texas nominated for this coveted award and the only one in Webb County. All schools that have been nominated for the 2017 honor were selected as exemplary high performing schools as measured by state assessments. Each school has an economically disadvantaged population of 22 percent or greater. By prioritizing academic success, GECHS students and faculty have made LISD history. The nominated schools must now complete a rigorous application process through the U.S. Department of Education. Announcements of the national award winners will be made in September 2017. Schools that receive the award are recognized at the Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. I am elated that our students and teachers are being recognized for their hard work.

We also have good news from the Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts. For the second year in a row, Katelyn Elizabeth Kahn was named to the 2017 Texas All-State Choir. Katie is now preparing for her performance at the Texas Music Educators Association conference in February in San Antonio. With the help of her choir teacher, Celia Hernandez, Katie is practicing eight songs in English, Latin, French and German for the TMEA audience. This accomplished singer also attends Nixon High School where she is active with the Film Society and the UIL One Act Play. 

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a reception hosted by the International Good Neighbor Council honoring the 2017 Abrazo Children. Milton Elementary School student William Joseph Palumbo, III, was selected to represent the United States during the International Bridge Ceremony of the annual Washington’s Birthday Celebration. The ceremony brings dignitaries from both sides of the Rio Grande as they walk to the middle of the bridge and exchange abrazos. The embrace symbolizes the friendship between the United States and Mexico.

The eighth season of the Laredo Theater Guild International continues this weekend with their production of “Real Women Have Curves.” The play will be staged for the next two weekends at TAMIU’s Samuel N. Johnson Experimental Theater. This Latino comedy features a cast of five talented actresses including Sophia Alonzo, who graduated from the Trevino Magnet School last year. Also adding their support to the play are VMT student April Salazar, and LISD teachers Marco Gonzalez, Erin Perez, Vernon Carroll, and Stephanie Solis. Best wishes to the cast and crew.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed nationwide this Monday. A Baptist minister by profession, King was an inspirational civil rights activist who was also one of the best orators in American history. I hope you take time to remember MLK’s legacy.

Have a great weekend.

Dr. Marcus Nelson

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"La última medida de un hombre no es donde se encuentra en momentos de comodidad y conveniencia, pero donde el se encuentra en momentos de desafío y controversia." - Martin Luther King, Jr
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