February 10, 2017

Volume VIIl, Issue 22

“Change is the process by which the future invades our lives.” - Alvin Toffler

Good afternoon LISD,

The highlight of the week was definitely the homecoming of United States Air Force Tech Sgt. Jesus Joaquin Garza.  Sgt. Garza was stationed in Turkey for three years and had not seen his two sons since last summer. His assignment in Turkey ended this week and he surprised his two children upon arriving at Ryan Elementary School on Thursday morning.  Tears flowed as his eight-year-old son, Jesus Emiliano Garza, quickly spotted his Dad who was dressed in military fatigues.  His younger brother was speechless when their Dad strolled in to the library. The Garzas stood in an emotional embrace while cameras captured the moment. The Ryan Bobcat Cheerleaders welcomed the soldier while Coach Israel Lerma provided patriotic music in the background.  We thank Sgt. Garza for his service to our country and we’re glad he’s home safe and sound.

Washington’s Birthday Celebration is in full swing for the next two weeks in Laredo. During last weekend’s Youth Dance Festival, two deserving LISD students won $1,000 scholarships contributed by WBCA and Macy’s. The scholarships winners were Leonel Ayala, Jr., and Ramon Alberto Garza who attend J.W. Nixon High School and the Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts. Leo and Ramon were selected based on their academic merits, community involvement, and extracurricular activities. Also, Alma Pierce Elementary School’s Cowboy Dancers won $500 for their dance number, compliments of Sames Kia and WBCA. Yesterday our special education students were invited to an afternoon of carnival fun provided by WBCA, 20th Century Rides and McDonald’s Restaurants of Laredo. Hundreds of kids attended the American Historical Theater performance sponsored by Castellano and Carpenter Dental Associates at TAMIU where they learned about the Stars and Stripes design of the U.S. flag and its maker, Betsy Ross. This weekend I will be the master of ceremonies for the Princess Pocahontas Pageant. I look forward to seeing our children march in the IBC Youth Parade Under the Stars and the WBCA Grand Parade.

"School Counseling: Helping students realize their potential," is the theme for National School Counseling Week. The week highlights the unique contributions school counselors provide our students. Our counselors have a tremendous impact in helping students achieve school success and prepare for a postsecondary education, a career, or the military. School administrators, teachers and students recognized their counselors with events and activities held in their honor.  I commend all of our counselors and our Director of Counseling & Guidance Rosina Silva for guiding our students through their school years. 

A proclamation ceremony was held at City Hall’s Council Chambers Monday morning in celebration of Career and Technical Education Week. Today’s cutting edge and relevant CTE education prepares LISD students for a variety of high-wagehigh-skillhigh-demand careers. One example of a high demand career is law enforcement. This week criminal justice teachers from Cigarroa, Martin, and Nixon High Schools were introduced to a new simulator that will be incorporated into LISD’s law enforcement curriculum. The new simulator provides realistic law enforcement virtual reality scenarios for teachers and students. Teachers were trained on how to make the right judgement call under certain situations.  Criminal Justice students will have a chance to use the equipment during their class time.  

Congratulations to the Martin High School Boys’ basketball team who claimed the outright District 31-5A Championship on Tuesday night by defeating the Nixon Mustangs 68-47. The Tigers remain undefeated in district with a record of 14-0 and finish the season against Veterans Memorial and Rio Grande City. Best of luck to our girl’s basketball teams from Cigarroa, Martin, and Nixon High Schools as they are advancing to the UIL state playoffs next Tuesday, February 14. The 31-5A District Champions Cigarroa Lady Toros will face Donna at Alice High School at 8:00 p.m. The second place Martin Tigers will play Brownsville Pace at Rio Grande La Grulla at 7:00 p.m. The third place Nixon Mustangs will face Mercedes in Roma Middle School at 7:00 p.m. 

We have a busy weekend with several activities happening concurrently on Saturday. The LISD Track Invitational starts at 9:00 a.m., at Shirley Field featuring athletes from LISD, UISD, St. Augustine High, Del Rio Consolidated and Eagle Pass ISD. Running finals begin at 1:00 p.m. 

The 10th annual Tech Expo is also scheduled for Saturday at the Hector J. Garcia Early College High School beginning at 9:00 a.m. Close to 400 students will showcase their technology projects on Digital Animation, Digital Artwork, Digital Audio/Video, Multimedia Projects/Presentation & Web Design.  Also, some schools will feature work in 3D Printing and Robotics.  

Have a great weekend.

Dr. Marcus Nelson

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” - Steve Jobs

"Tu trabajo va a llenar gran parte de tu vida, y la única formar de estar realmente satisfecho es hacer lo que crees que es la gran obra. Y la única manera de hacer un gran trabajo es amar lo que haces. " - Steve Jobs
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