January 29, 2018

Volume I, Issue 7

"Just as man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope. If dreams reflect the past, hope summons the future." Elie Wiesel

Good afternoon LISD,

Amidst the winter weather, we have wonderfully exciting news to share with all of our LISD family. Kawas Elementary School has just been nominated as another LISD Blue Ribbon Nominee! We would like to commend all Kawas Elementary students, administration, staff and their entire learning community for this distinction. The next step will be to complete all application requirements for final consideration.

This is another fine example of the great work that is being done by our students and staff, as well as a testament to the support and guidance that our schools continuously receive from our Board of Trustees and all staff who assist our students on their journey towards excellence!!!

I am so proud of our LISD schools, staff and students. Once more, a hearty congrats to all Kawas students, staff, administration and parents for all of the hard work that made this nomination possible. Kawas and the Hector J. Garcia Early College High School remain the only two schools in Webb County with this honor in 2017-2018.

There is so much good news coming out of our district these days. We have three students who have earned the All-State designation in music. Cigarroa High School senior Jonathan Martinez was selected All-State in Trumpet. Martin High School's Eliud Soto was named All State French Horn, while Monserrat Menesis earned the title in Clarinet. The trio will be performing at the Texas Music Educators Association annual upcoming conference in San Antonio.

Nixon High School students Maegan Yeary and Isabella Lopez will be traveling to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to compete in the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in mid-May. Maegan's science project entitled, "The Effects of Isolated Frequencies on Wildlife in its Natural Habitat" was declared the Grand Champion winner at the LISD Secondary Schools Science Fair this week. Lopez came in second with her project on "A Chemical Reaction Study: Activated Carbon on Neutralizing Agent of the Pesticide Malathion." Memorial Middle School students Gabriela Hernandez and Carolina Balderas were named the Middle School Grand Champions.

It's not just our students who are being recognized for their excellence. Nixon High School Advanced Placement Computer Science teacher Efrain Lopez has been celebrated at the national level. Lopez was presented with the "Champion for Computer Science" Community Impact Award in the teacher category by the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and The award was given to four teachers nationwide who have made a significant impact in computer science education for their students and communities.

While many factors contribute to a student's academic success, research proves that being in a classroom with an effective teacher has a great impact on pupil achievement. I am most grateful for LISD educators who teach a student to think and reason, help them to work cooperatively with each other, instill good study habits, and to foster heathy lifestyles. Keep up the good work.

Best always,
Dr. Sylvia G. Rios
Laredo ISD Superintendent of Schools

"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today." - Malcolm X

"La educación es nuestro pasaporte para el futuro, porque mañana pertenece a las personas que se preparan para el día de hoy." – Malcolm X



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