February 24, 2017

Volume VIIl, Issue 24

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle

Good afternoon LISD,

It might not be the Academy Awards but we have a student whose movie creation was selected for the State Finals of the UIL Young Filmmakers’ Contest. Daniela Garcia, a senior at Nixon High School and the Trevino Magnet School, is traveling to the State Finals at the State Capitol on March 1. This is the first time a Laredo school advances to the state level in the competitive Narrative Category. The film was selected out of a pool of over 300 submitted films and will be one of six films representing the state. Daniela directed the film which is entitled, “Dirty Laundry.” Daniela will be present in Austin next week, along with key crew and cast members, for the screening and awards ceremony. “Dirty Laundry” tells the story of high school private detective, Charlie Vargas, who attempts to solve a string of pranks against several popular seniors with a muddy past. I am very proud of this achievement and congratulate the students and their audio-video production teacher, Marco Gonzalez. The film can be viewed at this link: https://vimeo.com/199111447

Four LISD students were named February Eighth Graders of the Month award recipients by the Laredo Police Department during a ceremony hosted by Blessed Sacrament Middle School. This month’s winners include Michelle Duenas of Cigarroa Middle School, Roque Ibarra of Lamar Middle School, Leandro Muniz of Christen Middle School, and David Adan of Memorial Middle School. The outstanding students were honored and acknowledged for their academic accomplishments and volunteering their time to numerous organizations in our community. I want to acknowledge the support system for these young leaders which includes their parents, teachers, and counselors. I would also like to thank our sponsors the City of Laredo Police Department, KGNS, Laredo Emergency Room, and Rosaura “Wawi” Tijerina Attorney at Law for their continued support of our future leaders.

Parents of students who participate in our Gifted and Talented Program gathered for a meeting organized by the Advanced Academics and GT Department this week.  GT Coordinator Yvonne Degollado offered important information regarding the nature of a gifted and talented student and how to identify and support their child's unique gifts and characteristics.  Parents learned breathing techniques to assist their child with any anxiety they may experience during upcoming exams and were also informed of the Texas Performance Standards Project that must be completed and presented by all GT students by the end of the school year.  I would like to thank Ms. Degollado for sharing resources and assisting parents in helping them understand their children and how to support them.  It is also important that as educators and as an educational institution that we know how to identify students who perform at or show potential for performing at high levels. We also want to identify kids who possess an unusual capacity for leadership roles so that we may help them reach their highest potential and hone in on their unique skills and talents. 

Things are heating up on the hard court as both the Martin Tigers and Nixon Mustangs continue their quest for a State Championship. On Tuesday, the Martin Tigers claimed their bi-district championship by defeating Brownsville Pace 67-50. The Tigers have advanced to the area round and will face Corpus Christi Miller on Saturday at Weslaco High School at 6:00 p.m. The Nixon Mustangs claimed their bi-district crown by defeating Edcouch Elsa 109-78. The Mustangs will play Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial at San Antonio Southwest High School on Friday at 7:00 p.m. The Cigarroa Lady Toros great season has come to an end as they lost in the Regional Quarterfinals. Congratulations to the Lady Toros and Coach Mary Encinas on a fantastic season and best of luck to both the Martin Tigers and Nixon Mustangs this weekend. 

The winner of an essay contest sponsored by the Quality of Life Task Force of the Laredo Tomorrow Coalition was announced during a press conference last week.  Zaynah Ramos, an eighth grade student at Lamar Middle School, expressed herself clearly on her definition and concerns about quality of life. Zaynah is a member of the Area Health Education Center’s youth group.

One of the highlights of the week was joining the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Diversity Committee and Laredo Community College at the National Black History Month Celebration. Ms. Cassandra Wheeler from TAMIU was the speaker and spoke of her journey to becoming the first African American chairwoman of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce.  Dr. Marissa G. Longoria from LCC recited a beautiful rendition of the poem “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou.  I was especially proud of sisters Xerina Coleman of Milton Elementary School and Vivian Coleman of Nixon High School for participating in the program by singing the National Anthem.  Congratulations to my good friend from CBP Elwynn Sherman and all of the participants in a very nice event celebrating the winner of an essay contest sponsored by the Quality of Life National Black History Month. 
This has been a most difficult week for LISD with the loss of Lt. David Medina, who served with the LISD Police Department for 12 years. We send our thoughts, prayers and expressions of condolences to the Medina family. A visitation is planned for Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Hillside Funeral Home. Services will be held Tuesday morning at Holy Redeemer Church at 9:00 a.m. His passing leaves a void in our hearts.

Enjoy your weekend.

Dr. Marcus Nelson

“Without leaps of imagination, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” – Gloria Steinem 

"Sin esfuerzo de la imaginación, perdemos la emoción de las posibilidades. Soñando, después de todo, es una forma de planificación."-Gloria Steinem

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