Friday, April 21, 2017

Volume VIIl, Issue 30

“A key to success is playing the hand you were dealt like it was the hand you wanted.” – Kaitlyn Walsh

Good afternoon LISD,

As we get close to the summer months, it is easy to daydream about vacations and tranquil hallways. However, I ask that you not shift into summer mode just yet. We still have six weeks left to give our children the quality instruction and extra attention they deserve. 

Through your efforts we are developing world class leaders and award-winning students such as Martin High School’s Erendida Esmeralda Castillo who was recognized by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Explorer Post 2304 with the LAW (Leadership and Wisdom Enforcement) Award during a ceremony at the school’s library on Tuesday afternoon. Erendida, who is graduating in the top ten percent of her class with a GPA of 95, wants to pursue a degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. The LAW award is a monthly merit-based award that recognizes local youth who are enrolled in their school’s Criminal Justice Program and demonstrate good judgment, justice, initiative-driven leadership skills, academic work, and community involvement. Thank you to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and their sponsor Falcon International Bank for recognizing our outstanding young men and women.

Nixon High School football player Emil Oliva was selected as a member of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football 2016 Subway Super Team for his outstanding performance on the field this past season. Oliva was one of 300 players out of 3,000 nominated for the statewide award and one of only 40 players to be selected for the Super Team. David Hernandez, Subway Regional Manager, presented Emil with the award at a special ceremony at Nixon where he was joined by his parents, coaches, teammates, and administrators on Wednesday morning. Oliva was also named to the All-District 31-5A second team and is on the Nixon High School Track and Field team.

The faculty, staff, and students at Cigarroa Middle School held special activities and a ceremony to promote Autism Awareness.  CMS Principal Jose Cerda addressed the invited guests on the importance of educating the public and our community about autism and our services for autistic students. The CMS cheer and dance team welcomed the audience and guests from Zachry Elementary School. Special Education teachers and community members also highlighted the importance of promoting autism awareness and encouraged family, friends and colleagues to become partners in movement toward acceptance and appreciation

I had a very special meeting with the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council on Thursday morning at Martin High School. The MHS Culinary Arts Class, under the direction of Ann Resendez, prepared and served a delicious Mexican lunch. The MHS Student Council, sponsored by Claudia Zuniga, decorated the library in a festive manner. We had a candid discussion on the behavior we expect from our students during the upcoming prom and graduation season. I reminded them that participating in graduation ceremonies is a privilege. Our graduates earn their high school diploma but we can mail their diplomas to them if they bring any attention to themselves between now and the end of the school year.

We also talked about the upcoming search for LISD’s next superintendent. I explained to the students that our Trustees recently voted to hire the Texas Association of School Boards to assist LISD in conducting a formal, nation-wide search. The process is expected to take 120 days to allow time for posting the vacancy, reviewing applications, conducting interviews, and visiting school districts of finalists. The Board will also schedule a series of meetings during the summer for the community to develop a profile of the district’s next instructional leader. 

The Laredo ISD Police Department participated in the “Cops on Doughnut Shops” event to raise funds for Area 21 Special Olympics on this Friday morning. Chief Roberto Villarreal climbed to the top of Krispy Kreme and stayed there for several hours to encourage giving to Special Olympics. Representatives from local law enforcement agencies sponsor this fundraiser annually. Next week our officers will lace up their tennis shoes for the yearly Torch Run at the UISD SAC prior to the start of the Special Olympics featuring some of our finest athletes.

Finally, I would like to congratulate the Nixon High School One Act Play cast and stage crew for representing Laredo ISD at the State competition last weekend in Austin. I am especially proud of Daniella Trevino who was named Best Actress. Vivian Coleman was selected to the All-Star Cast while Katelyn Kahn was awarded Honorable Mention. Nixon will stage their award-winning play “Mother Courage and Her Children,” at the Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications Theater tonight and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. I look forward to attending the play this weekend, along with several baseball and softball games.

Have a great weekend.

Dr. Marcus Nelson

“An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t.” - Anatole France

"La educación no es cuánto has comprometido con la memoria, o incluso cuánto sabes. Es ser capaz de diferenciar entre lo que sabes y lo que no."- Anatole France
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