Friday, April 28, 2017

Volume VIIl, Issue 31

“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” – Michael John Bobak

Good afternoon LISD,

In 1971, Veronica Yolanda Noyola started her job as a teacher and librarian at Macdonell Elementary School. She would spend the next 22 years instilling the love of reading in her students at Macdonell.  Her passion for the library and its collection of books encouraged the youngsters to read more and become lifelong learners. Therefore, it is fitting that the LISD Board of Trustees dedicated the Macdonell Library in memory of Mrs. Noyola during ceremony on Friday morning. Friends and family filled the library to hear LISD Board of Trustees Dr. Cecilia May Moreno, Councilman Albert Torres, and family members reminisce about Noyola’s devotion to her students. 

The Martin High School Band staged an entertaining evening of music during their Spring Concert this week. The musicians dedicated their program to Dr. Moreno and sounded like seasoned professionals. Drum majors for next year’s band were announced by band director Bobby Castro. One of the highlights of the concert was the presentation of a generous donation in memory of Lizzy De La Chica Trevino who graduated from Martin High School in 1999. The band and mariachi received a hearty applause from the audience. 

Our little ones were guests of honor during the annual Week of the Young Child activities. Hundreds of children had fun participating in fitness activities and games last Friday at Shirley Field during the All-Star Kids Day directed by our Early Childhood Dean Brenda Sepulveda. Ronald McDonald mingled and posed for selfies with the kids. City of Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz read a proclamation celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. Heights Elementary School held a festive Week of the Young Child Parade with International Bank of Commerce of Laredo President Imelda Navarro leading the procession. After the parade, Miss Navarro, who is a graduate of Nixon High School and a Mustang Legend, provided a lesson in financial literacy. 

This week I had the pleasure of carrying a torch around the track at the United ISD Student Activity Center for the Special Olympics. I am so proud of the boys and girls who competed with such joy on the field. Through the power of sports, our kids discover new strengths, skills, and gain more confidence in their abilities. Many of these children overcome great challenges everyday. Their triumphs inspire all of us.

For 29 years the U.S. Border Patrol of Laredo has been recognizing Laredo’s top students for their educational excellence and community service. For the month of May, four highly motivated young leaders were highlighted by the CBP.  We congratulate and celebrate these young individuals for excelling and wish them the very best as they continue their education.  The "Youth of the Month," for May are Gilbert Berrones, III, of Cigarroa High School, Agustin Guerrero of Garcia Early College High School, Harper Zimmermann of Nixon High School, and Jose L. Ramos Jr. of Martin High School. 

Four outstanding LISD students were named Eighth Graders of the Month by the Laredo Police Department during a ceremony at Clark Middle School. LISD’s recipients for April include Maria Robles of Cigarroa Middle School, Gael Alejandro De LA O of Christen Middle School, Krista Lopez of Lamar Middle School, and Evelyn Perez of Memorial Middle School. The students were honored and acknowledged for their academic accomplishments and civic involvement.

For the third year in a row, the Laredo Independent School District’s Hector J. Garcia Early College High School (GECHS) was named as one of the best high schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in their 2017 Best High School Rankings. GECHS was named the 113th best high school in the nation and 22nd in the State of Texas. In additions, the GECHS was awarded the Gold Medal. U.S. News along with RTI International collected data on more than 22,000 public high schools from 50 states and the District of Columbia. Without a doubt, the GECHS continues to be the top rated high school in Webb County. I am very proud of the accomplishments achieved by the students and staff.

Last night close to 200 LISD employees packed Jett Bowl for LISD’s 7th Annual BOWLING 4 KIDS tournament. I was thrilled to hear that our employees had a great time while raising funds for underprivileged students. I would like to congratulate the team winners from the tournament. In third place was Cigarroa High School’s Attendance Department, second place was the staff from Kazen, Meurer & Perez, and our first place winners were the Martin High School Science Department. Thank you to our sponsors BBVA Compass, Kazen, Meurer & Perez. I also want to thank the Office of Communications for organizing this event for our employees and students. 

Best wishes to all of our students, teachers, and staff next week during the 2017 assessment of the STAAR exam. I know that everyone has worked very hard to prepare for these important tests. I am confident that our students will perform to the best of their abilities.

On the occasion of Administrative Professionals Week, I would like to thank all LISD secretaries for the multiple ways they assist the district on a daily basis. These are the unsung heroes of our school district. They juggle so many responsibilities and they make it look easy. I know I couldn’t serve as your superintendent without the assistance of my three angels, Josie Rodriguez, Mary Gomez, and John Baker. I am very grateful for their presence in my life.

Enjoy your weekend.

Dr. Marcus Nelson

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

"Usted gana la fuerza, valor y confianza por cada experiencia en la que realmente dejas de mirar el miedo en el rostro." - Eleanor Roosevelt 
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