February 16, 2017

Volume VIIl, Issue 23

“Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi

Good afternoon LISD,

I have to give recognition when recognition is due. This week I would like to highlight the quick action, compassion, and immediate assistance provided by our employees beginning with bus driver Antonio Barrientos and bus monitor Norma Gomez of the LISD Transportation Department. Both were concerned when a special ed student boarded the bus on Monday morning and said that his father had not gotten up from bed all weekend. Mr. Barrientos and Ms. Gomez immediately reported this information to dispatch. LISD Police sent a patrol car to the residence and Sgt. Antulio Garza and Officer Alberto Carreon proceeded to administer CPR until the ambulance arrived. Memorial Middle School administrators also came to the student’s aid in his hour of need all because Mr. Barrientos and Ms. Gomez listened to a student and took action. I am most grateful for staff members who react to our students’ needs.

Four students who demonstrate excellence were honored as "Youth of the Month" for February.  These stellar students were recognized by the U.S. Border Patrol during a ceremony at United High School.  I applaud these exceptional young men and women and their parents for setting high standards and exceeding our expectations.  I thank their counselors and teachers for taking a special interest in their students' education on a daily basis. I would especially like to thank our good friends at the U.S. Border Patrol for their diligent service to our community and for continuing a strong recognition partnership program that highlights the work and achievements of our best and brightest.  Congratulations once again to Maribel Perez of Cigarroa High SchoolKayla Martinez of Hector J. Garcia Early College High SchoolBen Mora of J.W. Nixon High School, and Gerardo S. Gutierrez of Martin High School

Two Nixon High School students are heading to state competition in March. Mario Rodriguez and Michael Chavez competed in the UIL District CX Debate Meet held last weekend at Valley View High School in Pharr, Texas. Their topic was “The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China.” Mario and Michael came in second place which qualifies them to participate in the State Debate Meet in Austin. Congratulation to these two students and their debate coach Jose Flores.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of serving as Master of Ceremonies for the Princess Pocahontas Pageant in the Civic Center Auditorium. Ten lovely maidens and their handsome chiefs participated in the impressive program. I applaud the president of the Princess Pocahontas Council, Rosie Santos, for leading this outstanding group of civic minded ladies.

The State UIL basketball playoff are in full swing as two of our girls teams enter the area round on Friday and two of our boys teams kick-off the bi-district round next week. The Cigarroa Lady Toros basketball team has advanced to the area round of the 5A state playoffs. On Tuesday, the Lady Toros defeated Donna High School 61-44 in the first round of the playoffs and were crowned Bi-District Champions.  The Lady Toros will take on Corpus Christi Ray Friday in Alice at 8:00 pm. The Lady Mustangs defeated Mercedes High School 62-45 in the first round of the playoffs and were crowned Bi-District Champions. They will take on Corpus Christi Veterans Friday at San Antonio Southwest at 8:00 pm. The Martin and Nixon High School Boys Basketball teams have also advanced to the 5A state playoffs. The Martin Tigers claimed the District 31-5A title going undefeated with a district record of 16-0 and are 23-9 overall. The Tigers will face Brownsville Pace on Tuesday in La Grulla at 7:00 p.m.  The second place Mustangs will take on Edcouch Elsa in the Bi-District round on Tuesday in Falfurrias at 7:00 pm. The Mustangs finished the season with a 12-4 district record and are 20-13 overall. Best of luck to all our teams in the playoffs.

Enjoy the WBCA festivities.

Dr. Marcus Nelson

“It’s not necessarily who has the most talent, but what team sticks together and executes their fundamentals the best.” - Tony Dungy 

"No es necesariamente quien tiene más talento, sino cual el equipo permanence unida y ejecuta sus fundamentos mejor." - Tony Dungy

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