February 3, 2017
Volume VIIl, Issue 21
“If you don’t like change, you are going to like irrelevance even less.” Eric Shinseki
Good afternoon LISD,
This week I traveled to Austin to attend the Texas Association of School Administrators Midwinter Conference along with 1,500 other superintendents. It was my pleasure to present a session entitled, “Super 8, Super Schools, Super Students” along with our Chief Academic Officer Dr. Sylvia Rios, and Executive Director of Student Services, Maggie Martinez. I firmly believe that our Super 8 has helped us achieve some tremendous goals for our students including the TEA’s Met Standards rating, and 47 Distinctions earned. Most recently, the Hector J. Garcia Early College High School has been nominated for the 2017 Blue Ribbon Award by the United States Department of Education. Combined by our teachers’ dedication and their fidelity to the Super 8, these research proven best practices can result in academic excellence.
As I was telling the members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council when we met at Nixon High School, I had much to boast about during my trip to Austin. I bragged to my counterparts that we have six teams in the UIL basketball playoffs. I am very proud of our students and their teachers. As you know, I have always considered myself to be very competitive and I want our kids to experience the thrill of victory over their opponents.
LISD’s middle school students are considering where they will spend the next four years of their high school education. This week LISD’s three magnet schools and the Garcia Early College High School hosted showcases of their programs for prospective students. Moms and dads were also invited to a Parent Information Night. The application process continues through Friday, Feb. 24. I would like to thank our CTE Director Rogelio Garcia for organizing our magnet school recruiting efforts.
Recently we have suffered the loss of two former LISD Board members. Last week Bebe Zuniga, who served on the LISD Board in 1981 and again in 1996 was laid to rest on January 27. Viola Moore, who served as principal of Nixon High School and was elected to the LISD Board of Trustees after she retired from the district, died earlier this week. We owe a debt of gratitude to these dynamic leaders for their service to the school district and we send our sincerest condolences to the Zuniga and Moore families.
Enjoy your weekend.
Dr. Marcus Nelson
“The sea is dangerous and its storms terrible, but these obstacles have never been sufficient reason to remain ashore.” Ferdinand Magellan
"El mar es peligroso y sus tormentas terribles, pero estos obstáculos no han sido razón suficiente para permanecer en tierra". Ferdinand Magella