March 3, 2017

Volume VIIl, Issue 25

“Success is the intentional, premeditated use of choice and decision.” – Gary Ryan Blair

Good afternoon LISD,

The Martin High School Varsity Basketball Team is on the brink of making history for Laredo, Texas. Not since the Tiger team of 1956 have the MHS athletes gone this far. With their 19th consecutive victory, the Tigers claimed the Region IV Quarterfinals by defeating #4 ranked Brownsville Veterans Memorial 47-39 on Tuesday night. The Tigers who are 29-6 have earned a trip to the Sweet Sixteen where they will face Dripping Springs in the Regional Semifinals tonight at Northside ISD Farris Athletic Complex Gymnasium in San Antonio. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Best of luck to Coach Hecky J. Noyola, Jr. and the Tigers as they continue to make us proud in representing Tiger Nation and Laredo ISD. On to State!

For the second year in a row, Nixon High School studentJazmine Cardenaswas declared the Grand Champion winner of the LISD Secondary Schools Science Fair. Jaszmine impressed the judges with her thoroughly researched biological, medical, and health science category project. Nixon student Maegan Yeary, was the Grand Champion runner-up, with her outstanding Physics, Engineering, and Computer Science project. Jazmine and Maegan will now represent LISD at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest pre-college science competition with over $5 million in awards. This year’s competition will be held in May in Los Angeles, California. Also winning the Grand Champion trophy for the middle school level at our fair was Memorial Middle School student Katrina Haynes with her project in the Physical Science category. I am so proud of our young scientists and I can only imagine what global challenges they will resolve in the future. I would also like to thank our Secondary Science Dean Rocio Lopez for organizing this annual event.

“Lights, camera, read!” The theme for this year’s Read Across America celebration and Dr. Seuss’ birthday highlight the importance of literacy and reading in a child’s education. Festivities began with a proclamation read by our City of Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz.  Our students and staff followed by dressing up in glamorous Hollywood style. Kids wore crazy socks and ate green eggs and ham. On Tuesday night, our elementary schools hosted Family Reading Night with guest readers joining in the fun. It was certainly very pleasing to see the tremendous turnout and support of parents at schools reading with their little ones. I would like to thank our Director of Library & Media Services Mely Paez, our school librarians, administrators, and teachers for encouraging literacy in such an entertaining manner.

You might recall that last week I included information about the Nixon High School Filmmaker’s Society traveling to Austin for the state finals of the UIL Young Filmmaker’s Contest. I am proud to report that Nixon’s entry won second place. This is the first time that a Laredo school advances to the state level in the Narrative category. Congratulation to the talented Mustang movie makers. 

I also want to tip my hat to the Office of Communications for winning five Best of Category, eight Gold Stars, seven Silver Stars, and five Bronze Stars at the Texas School Public Relations Association conference last week. The Best of Category medals were won for the Trevino Magnet School Recruiting and Information Booklet, LISD Scholastic Calendar 2015-16, Zachry Elementary School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony invitation, Superhero Headquarters poster, and A Plus News Employee Newsletter. 

It’s time to nominate deserving educators for the Laredo Chamber of Commerce’s annual School Bell Award. A press conference was held this morning announcing plans for this year’s awards program. Leyendecker Elementary School students Ashley Gonzalez and Javier Lopez assisted in making the big announcement. Applications are due by April 10, and may be turned in at the Chamber which is located at 2310 San Bernardo Ave., or online at liz@laredochamber.com. The winners will be announced during a ceremony at TAMIU on May 4, 2017.

Lace up your bowling shoes for the seventh annual LISD Bowl 4 Kids Bowling Tournament. The event is set for Thursday, April 27, at 5:30 p.m., at Jett Bowl North. Join your co-workers, friends, and family for a fun and exciting night while helping raise funds to purchase back-to-school clothing for LISD’s underprivileged students. To sign up a team or for more information, please contact Bobby Trevino at 956-273-1732. 

Dr. Marcus Nelson

“The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.”
  —Richard Moss

"El regalo más grande que puedes dar es la pureza de tu atención." Richard Moss
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