4-7-2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

Volume VIIl, Issue 28

“Never say goodbye, because goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting.” Peter Pan

Good afternoon LISD,


In July, 2009, I came to this beautiful city and grew to love this exceptional community. Words do not even begin to scratch the surface of how deep my love for Laredo is. My affection for this community has made the announcement by Waco ISD to select me as the lone finalist for their Superintendent position bittersweet. The last eight years in LISD have been the most special moments in my career. I have worked with some of the finest educators and staff who give so freely of their time and effort to our mission at LISD. As we transition and complete the WISD search process, I have mixed emotions about leaving the awesome team we have assembled here in Laredo. The hardest part is going to be leaving my friends at LISD. We have shed tears together, celebrated victories, and cheered when our students succeed. If it all comes together, I will be relocating to Waco in late June. We will have time to say goodbye.  

Meanwhile, we know there is more work to do. I am still focused on the Class of 2017 and I look forward to shaking hands with each and every graduate from Martin, Nixon, Cigarroa, Valdez, and Garcia Early College High Schools. Our Board of Trustees will begin planning our transition and the formal search for LISD’s next superintendent.

The Nixon High School One Act Play cast is traveling to San Antonio today where they will be starring in the UIL 5A Regional IV Contest. These talented young actors are staging, “Mother Courage and Her Children,” by Bertolt Brecht. They will be competing against the best thespians from Austin south to the Rio Grande Valley. At last week’s area competition, Daniella Trevino won Best Actress for the fourth consecutive year. Winners from today’s contest will advance to the state level. Best wishes to the cast and sponsors Marco Gonzalez, Jose Flores, and Erin Perez. As they say in show biz, “Break a leg.”

I am so proud of the Nixon High School Boys Soccer team for their great season and a fantastic run in the 5A state playoffs. The Mustangs started their playoff run by defeating the defending state champion, Brownsville Porter, in a thrilling overtime game 2-1 to claim the Bi-District Championship. The Mustangs advanced to the area round where they defeated former district rival San Antonio Southside 1-0. The Mustangs advanced to the Regional Quarterfinals and finally lost to a talented Brownsville Lopez team. The Mustangs finished the season with a district record of 10-6 and 16-9-1 overall. Congratulations to Coach Julian Rodriguez, the coaching staff, and entire Mustang team for their accomplishments on the soccer field this year. 

The Martin High School Counseling Department along with students, faculty, and staff participated in the ChildSafe CardBoard Kids Reveal Day. As part of April's Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Awareness Month, the participants created and decorated cardboard kids as a silent reminder of the hundreds of children who suffer abuse and neglect at the hands of an adult. The cardboard kids are displayed on the school fence along San Bernardo Avenue.  I would like to thank MHS Counselor Ana Montemayor and the entire counseling team for spearheading a cause that educates our youth on the importance of speaking up and having a voice.  

Please take a moment to review our calendar options A & B for the 2017-2018 scholastic year in our annual survey. The survey will be open through Monday at 1:00 p.m. Survey results will be presented to the DEIC Committee on Monday afternoon and the Board of Trustees next week. Your opinion is important and highly valued. 

The LISD Bowling Tournament is coming up in three weeks. You still have time to sign up a team. Funds raised go to purchase back to school clothing and school supplies for our neediest children. The fun evening includes door prizes, camaraderie with your colleagues, and goodie bags. Sign up by contacting Bobby Trevino in the Office of Communications.

As we near the end of the Spring Semester, I continue to be proud of the important work that takes place in LISD’s classrooms. Everyone on our staff can take credit for the educational experience we provide. I am grateful that this school district is in a better place in 2017 than it was when I arrived in 2009. Our success is not because of me. It’s because of the 4,000 loyal employees who give their best to transform kids’ lives every day. 

Most sincerely,

Dr. Marcus Nelson

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Todos pueden ser grande personas ... porque todos pueden ayudar. No tienes que tener un título universitario para servir. No tienes que hacer que tu sujeto y verbo estén de acuerdo en servir. Sólo necesitas un corazón lleno de gracia. Un alma generada por el amor. "- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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