Thursday, April 13, 2017

Volume VIIl, Issue 29

“In our democratic society the library stands for hope, for learning, for progress, for literacy, for self-improvement, and for civic engagement. The library is a symbol of opportunity, citizenship, equality, freedom of speech, and freedom of thought, and hence, is a symbol of democracy itself.” Vartan Gregorian

Good afternoon LISD,

How fitting it is that during National Library Week, LISD dedicated the library at J.C. Martin Elementary School in memory of Guadalupe “Lupita” Rodriguez . A ceremony was held on Monday morning with numerous friends and family gathered to recall Lupita’s legacy to LISD. She began her career as a second grade teacher at Leyendecker Elementary and eventually became head librarian with offices at J.C. Martin Elementary until she retired with 36 years of service. LISD Board President, Dr. Cecilia M. Moreno, and Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz shared some of their memories of Mrs. Rodriguez with the audience. She is credited with transforming LISD libraries by developing district-wide procedures and introducing accreditation programs for the libraries and their staffs. The Nixon High School Orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Elias Flores, provided the awesome entertainment. The Nixon High School ROTC, under the direction of Sgt. Major Juan Hernandez, presented the colors.  The J.C. Martin Jr. Elementary School Choir added to the festivities with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. 

Following the Rodriguez ceremony, I went to Zachry Elementary School to attend the annual National Library Week proclamation and recognition luncheon. Mayor Saenz read a proclamation recognizing April 10-14, as National Library Week in Laredo. Deborah Garza-Garcia of Martin High School was selected as LISD’s Librarian of the Year. Ligarde Elementary, Memorial Middle, and Martin High were recognized as the schools with the most books circulated.  Milton Elementary, Memorial Middle, and Martin High Schools were noted for having the most attendance at LISD’s Family Reading Night. I want to thank all our librarians and librarian assistants for their efforts to captivate our students hearts and minds and develop a love for reading.

Two Nixon High School teams are heading to Austin for state competition. I am so proud of the Nixon One Act Play cast and their award-winning production of “Mother Courage and Her Children.” The young actors are staging their play tonight as they compete against the best thespians from around the state. Best wishes to the students and their sponsors Marco Gonzalez, Jose Flores, and Erin Perez.

Nixon’s UIL Accounting Team also travels to Austin next week for state competition after winning First Place in the regional contest. Congratulations to Christian Veriz, Joana Aguilera, Monika Rodriguez, and Michelle Fraire, and sponsor Elvia Boyless. I want to congratulate these future accountants for their expertise in assets, liabilities, balances, debits, credits, and reconciliations.

Four exceptional LISD students were recognized by the U.S. Border Patrol as Youth of the Month for April during a ceremony hosted by Cigarroa High School. They are Alondra Maldonado of Cigarroa High School, Timothy John Domingo of Garcia Early College High School, Rachel Mora of Nixon High School, and Andrea Arana of Martin High School. They are brilliant examples of the enthusiastic students we have here at LISD. I would like to thank the educators for nominating the students. I applaud the parents for their supervision and instilling values in their children. I also would like to thank the U.S. Border Patrol for continuing to acknowledge the academic achievements of our future community leaders. 

Last Friday, the Civic Center Ballroom was filled with the smiling faces of our special needs students participating in the annual Pee Wee Young Athletes Competition Field Day. The adaptive physical education class kids competed in soccer, bowling, beanbag toss, giant ball push, obstacle course, and a variety of other activities with the assistance of our high school student athletes. I want to thank our Adaptive Physical Education coaches, teachers, and teacher aides, under the supervision of Special Education Director Raul Gomez, for making this event possible and accessible for our boys and girls. 

Our kids had a great time last weekend at the annual Fishing Derby at Lake Casa Blanca. Former Webb County Judge Danny Valdez has been organizing this outing for years. I was there and can tell you that the youngsters were thrilled when they cast their line into the water and caught a fish. I thank Judge Valdez and everyone who assisted with this popular activity.

Have a safe and happy Easter weekend.

Dr. Marcus Nelson

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