Friday, March 31, 2017

Volume VIIl, Issue 27

“The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.” – John Wooden

Good afternoon LISD,

Laredo ISD is the successful institution that it is today because of the educators who came before us. Therefore, it is only fitting that the LISD Board of Trustees honors former teachers by naming our facilities in their honor. 

This past Monday, the Division of Operations facility on Lyon was dedicated in honor of Conrado Cruz who started his career at LISD as a teacher at Farias Elementary School. Cruz became the head of the Division of Operations for a combined 23 years of service to the district. A real treat during the ceremony was the music provided by Mr. Cruz’s son, Mick, who sang the National Anthem, and grandchildren who led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

This morning the library at Daiches Elementary School was named in memory of Maria Del Carmen Lanese who was a first and second grade teacher at Daiches for 32 years. Lanese understood the importance of those child developmental years, when children not only learn to read and write, but when they also learn to develop trust with one another and the adults around them. Her children, Arnaldo, Claudia, and Nicola, offered their heartfelt thanks to the LISD Board for the recognition.

LISD’s top middle school students were recognized as Eighth Graders of the Month during ceremony hosted by Memorial Middle School. I would like to congratulate Leopoldo Esquibel Carrera of Cigarroa Middle, Jessy James Herrera of Christen Middle, Megan Melissa Trevino of Lamar Middle, and Omar Medina of Memorial Middle. These students deserve this honor for excelling in their academics, attendance, and extracurricular activities. We thank all the sponsors and the City of Laredo Police Department for organizing this monthly program.

The Nixon High School Golden Spurs have done it again. This time the Spurs traveled to Houston for the Crowd Pleasers National competition where they outscored their competitors in three or more routines and were named National Champions in Military, Kick, Jazz, Pom and Novelty dance. They were the only high school dance team to receive top honors in every category. Out of 50 dance officer squads from Houston, Dallas. Austin, and Northern Texas, the Golden Spurs Dance Officers were selected among the Top 5 Silver Elite Team. The award, which is the highest honor, was given to the young dancers for receiving a cumulative score of 95 or better on their routines. In addition, the dancers received the Crowd Pleaser Award for Team Pom Best Audience Appeal, as well as best outstanding choreography, outstanding technique, outstanding precision, and outstanding performance quality.

The Cigarroa High School Silver Roses also brought home numerous awards from the American Dance Drill Competition. They brought home three Judges Awards for military, pom and jazz, the Gussie Nell Davis/Sweepstakes Award, 1 Bronze Level Best Overall in Choreography and Best in Class Runner-Up. from Overall, the Silver Roses earned 20 awards this season, which is quadruple the number of accolades won last year. The Silver Roses officers won the Judges Award for their lyrical dance and a Double Division One Rating for lyrical/pom. The Silver Roses also won the Grand Champions Awards at the recent Danceline USA Coastal Regional Competition in Corpus Christi, along with a Platinum Sweepstakes Awards, two in Best in Category, and Crowd Choice Award. I am proud of our dancers for all their hard work and talent.

The Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts wrapped up their fourth annual Laredo Media and Film Festival with 65 students attending. Participants heard from industry professionals in radio, television, photography, and film. Many of our students submitted film entries for the festival and won awards. Daniel Bocanegra and Daniel Flores of the Trevino Magnet School and Martin High School, captured First Place in the Copyright Public Service Announcement category. Viktoria Eller Castillo of the Trevino Magnet and Nixon High School won First Place for the Experimental Video Category. I fully expect to see these talented kids involved in future Tony, Grammy, Emmy, and Academy Award winning productions. 


Dr. Marcus Nelson

“I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.” – Mia Hamm

"Soy miembro de un equipo, y confío en el equipo, me aferro a él y me sacrifico por él, porque el equipo, no el individuo, es el campeón definitivo." - Mia Hamm 
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