January 27, 2017

Volume VIIl, Issue 20

“Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” Mary Tyler Moore

Good afternoon LISD,

January has turned out to be a great month for student achievement in LISD. We’ve had several bright young men and women noted for their efforts. It warms my heart to see our children perform their best in activities for which they have a passion. That’s why a significant amount of my time is spent attending athletic events, recitals, and visiting classrooms. It’s my sincerest desire to see all of our kids succeed and make their mark on this world.

Among our district’s achievers are the four outstanding students who were named the January Eighth Graders of the Month by the Laredo Police Department. The students were acknowledged for their noble character, academic prowess, and community service. This month’s top eighth graders are Eslie Leon of Cigarroa Middle School, Ajetza Perales of Lamar Middle School, Leslie Ann Fraire of Christen Middle School, and Angel Soliz of Memorial Middle School. Each of these students received an engraved plaque, certificate, and tokens of appreciation. Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz offered words of praise for their accomplishments. Thanks to our sponsors, the City of Laredo Police Department, KGNS-TV, Laredo Emergency Room, and local attorney and County Commissioner Rosaura “Wawi” Tijerina for continually recognizing our students.

I’m very proud of the F.S. Lara Academy students who helped Habitat for Humanity build a residence for the Gomez Trejo family. Lara Academy has partnered for three years with Habitat. LISD Board Member Cindy Liendo, who is also Habitat’s Resource Development Manager, expressed her appreciation to the teenagers who worked on this house for six months. The Lara students celebrated as the keys were handed over to the new homeowners. I applaud Lara Academy Director Robert Chaney for instilling a spirit of volunteerism in his students.

Nixon High School football player Emil Oliva brought a statewide honor to his community. Emil was selected as a member of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football 2016 Subway Super Team for his outstanding performance on the field this season. Oliva was one of 300 players out of 3,000 nominated for the statewide award. Emil had a dominating season as he finished with 4.9 yards a carry for 524 yards rushing, 119 yards receiving and 7 touchdowns.  He also completed a 24-yard pass in a playoff game to gain momentum and pull away for the victory, while leading the Mustang football team on a historic season winning the District 31-5A title and claiming a Bi-District Championship. Emil will be presented with the Subway Super Team Award plaque by Subway representatives at a special ceremony at Nixon High School in the very near future where he will be joined by his parents, coaches, teammates, and campus administrators.

More than 100 young ladies participated in the Young Women’s Leadership Conference this week at the Civic Center Ballroom. The sixth and ninth graders listened attentively to guest presenters including LISD Board Secretary Ricardo Garza, who spoke to them about chivalry and being treated with respect.  In addition, community members gave presentations on dating and relationships, table etiquette, body image, and health topics.  The group was treated to lunch and the girls were able to share their experiences with each other and the group.  I would like to thank Mr. Garza and our Director of Guidance and Counseling Rosina Silva for organizing this conference.

Three cheers for the cheerleading teams that represented Laredo ISD at the National Cheerleaders Association 37th annual Senior and Junior Championships in Dallas last weekend. NixonCigarroa and Martin High School cheerleaders ranked in the top 10 teams nationally in their division. All three schools competed in the High School Intermediate Non-Tumbling Division with Nixon High School winning second place, Cigarroa placing fifth, and Martin High School coming in seventh among 15 squads. You can see our cheerleaders during the upcoming Washington’s Birthday Celebration parades and Youth Dance Festival. The teams also continue with school spirit activities by cheering at athletic events year round.

This week, I had the pleasure of meeting Dallas Cowboy legend Daryl “Moose” Johnston during a check presentation at BBVA Compass Bank. Johnston presented a check from BBVA Compass to the Laredo Boys and Girls Clubs of Laredo. Several of our students from Bruni Elementary, who are also members of the Boys and Girls Club, accepted the generous donation. The Moose was very personable as he mingled with everyone, took time to autograph footballs, t-shirts, helmets, and take photos with our youngsters who were thrilled to meet the Moose. I would like to thank BBVA Compass and the Boys and Girls Club of Laredo for allowing our students the opportunity to shake hands with the Moose. 

Enjoy your weekend.

Dr. Marcus Nelson

“I have never felt that anything really mattered but the satisfaction of knowing that you stood for the things in which you believed, and had done the very best you could.” - Eleanor Roosevelt 

"Nunca sentí que algo realmente importara, sino la satisfacción de saber que usted defendía las cosas en las que creía y que había hecho lo mejor que pudo". - Eleanor Roosevelt
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