Archive for the ‘April 2017’ Category
In honor of Earth Day, Commissioner Jesse Gonzalez, Pct. 1 and City of Laredo Council Member Rudy Gonzalez, Jr., District I, donated trees to Veterans Memorial Elementary School and held a tree planting ceremony on April 21, 2017. Pre-kinder and kinder students gathered for a ceremony to plant the trees in the back area of their campus. Pictured are Veterans Memorial Elementary School students with their principal, Luz Serna Ramirez, various United ISD Administrators, Superintendent Roberto J. Santos, Board Member Ricardo Molina, Sr. and Commissioner Gonzalez. The students said the project helped them learn about the importance of taking care of the earth. They thanked both the Commissioner and the City Council Member for their generous donation.
United ISD Held a formal groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Lyndon B. Johnson High School’s 9th grade campus. Leading the groundbreaking was United ISD Board of Trustee Ramiro Veliz, III and Superintendent, Mr. Roberto J. Santos. Also in attendance were Leyendecker Construction, Franks Architects and Pfluger Architects. L.B. Johnson’s 9th grade campus is projected for completion for the 2019-2020 school year.
The New 9th Grade Campus is a standalone 2-story building incorporating an FFA building totaling 201,000 square feet to support an enrollment of twelve hundred students. The structures will sit in a 20-acre tract of land. The facility will have 30 classrooms, 6 science lecture labs with 3 shared prep rooms, 6 business information magnet labs, and a CTE Magnet Lab. In the area of fine arts will have 2 art labs and a dance Studio, while Athletics and P.E. will share a competition and practice Gym, a weight room and access to outdoor sport fields. Student spaces will include a 600-student cafeteria with an indoor and outdoor dining area. Security for the campus will start at the perimeter with a guardhouse, followed by a security station located in the main entrance foyer where visitors check in and request entry into the building. The campus will also include Card Reader Access Control at the School’s main entrance and other limited areas where employees would need to swipe District issued access control cards to gain entry in to building. The Parking lot will accommodate 250 vehicles.
This project was made possible through the funds allocated from the 2013 Bond Program. United ISD is committed to incorporating the 9th grade concept model in all of its high schools in an effort to further foster our mission of inspiring all of our students to become responsible world citizens by pursing excellence through life-long learning.
The 2017 Special Olympics Texas Area 21 Spring Games kicked off at UISD’s SAC on the beautiful morning of April 25. Approximately 900 athletes from UISD, LISD, and area school districts participated in the opening ceremonies. The event started with the traditional promenade of the special athletes and their campuses. The presentation of colors was executed by the United South High School (USHS), Marine Corps ROTC, under Master Sergeant Joselito Tijerina. The USHS band performed the National Anthem under the direction of Francisco J. Sosa, and dance performances by the vibrant USHS Silver Steppers and Cheerleaders (under the direction of Maria Cordelia Solis), were enjoyed by all. Following a one lap run of the Olympic torch by local, district and area law enforcement volunteers, UISD Superintendent Roberto J. Santos lit the official Olympic flame with UISD’s high school Athletes of the Year, Emanuel Saucedo from United South High School, and Leslie Blanco from Lyndon B. Johnson High School. Special thanks to all UISD employees and students who assisted the athletes and their schools.
United ISD’s Afterschool Adventures Program is joining Afterschool Programs across the United States to celebrate the professionals that are at the heart of afterschool programs during “Afterschool Professional Appreciation Week,” April 24-28, 2017.
“Our Afterschool professionals are making a difference in the lives of our children,” said United ISD Superintendent of Schools Roberto J. Santos. “I encourage everyone to join us this week in thanking their child’s afterschool care providers,” added Santos.
At present, the District’s afterschool program called, Afterschool Adventures, is under the leadership of Dr. Alicia Carrillo, Executive Director of Federal and State Programs and Elsa Cantu, Coordinator. The program services 22 elementary schools, serving 1,700 students grades from PK-5th.
City of Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz was present to proclaim this week as “Afterschool Professional Appreciation Week,” in United ISD and presented District Afterschool Adventures representatives with a proclamation.
The Afterschool Adventures Program takes great pride in providing a safe and nurturing afterschool environment, while also providing opportunities for children to expand their knowledge in literacy, arts, health and technology.
For more information on the District’s Afterschool Adventures Program, call (956) 473-6301.
AEP Texas recently presented United ISD with a check in the amount of $152,951.00 for its partnership with the SCORE (Schools Conserving Resources), program. CLEAResults, who manages the SCORE program, evaluated energy saving improvements in the district, and determined that United ISD qualified for the incentive dollars. In 2016, the districts’ Energy and Environmental Management department replaced standard interior fluorescent lamps and exterior security light fixtures with LED lamps and fixtures. District-wide, more than 165,000 LED lamps, 400 parking lot light fixtures, and close to 1,500 exterior wall packs were replaced with LED light fixtures. It is estimated that the District will save approximately 27,225 kilowatt-hours a day and over 4.5 million kilowatt hours annually. According to EPA calculations, the energy savings is enough to power 341 homes per year and savings to the District is expected to be $458,000.00 annually.
Laredo, Texas, United ISD: It has been confirmed that United High School, senior Gabriel H. Acosta II will attend the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS), located on Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island. Acosta, who is enrolled in the Science Engineering Magnet School at UHS, is focused on becoming a navy aviator and expert in military law.
Congressman Henry Cuellar officiated the ceremony and presented Acosta with a formal certificate of acceptance to the school. The mission of NAPS is to enhance Midshipman Candidates’ moral, mental, and physical foundations to prepare them for success at the United States Naval Academy.
Acosta’s background is that of an excellent student with 1,000 community service hours to his credit. This aspiring young man is also active in multiple organizations including the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee, National Honor Society and Student Council. Moreover, he has spent many hours participating in extracurricular activities at UHS. Acosta also created the United Fitness “U-Fit” program at his campus, for which he served as its President for three years. The program advocates for better health among students and staff by promoting healthy lifestyle choices and habits. U-Fit also hosts fundraisers to benefit other UHS clubs and organizations. Acosta is the son of Assistant Chief Patrol Agent, Gabriel and Veronica Acosta who along with his sister, Talisa Acosta, reside in Laredo.
Acosta is ecstatic about being accepted into an academy that he has dreamed of attending since he was a sixth grade student. “I am truly honored and deeply appreciative of this opportunity to serve our country. I am committed to doing my best and hope I can serve as a role model for our youth and community,” said Acosta, who is grateful for the support he has received from his parents, sister and grandparents.
Acosta comes from a long line of military service, which is noteworthy to mention that his paternal grandfather, Hipolito Acosta, is the most highly decorated officer in the history of the U.S. Immigration and Nationalization Service. The son of Mexican-American migrant workers, Hipolito Acosta rose through the ranks from Border Patrol Agent to District Director in the Department of Homeland security, and who has also become an accomplished author. Acosta’s maternal grandfather is Rudy R. Rodriguez, a retired Assistant Field Officer Director for United States Immigration Customs Enforcement.
Dedication to academics and responsibility and service to their campus paid off for 41 students at Killam Elementary School as the students were inducted to the “National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS)”. This is the first time the school has a NEHS program and they were very proud to inducted many students inducted into the group.
“It is with great pride that we start a National Elementary Honor Society group at our campus and we look forward to inducting many students into this prestigious group for many years to come,” said Killam Elementary principal Agapito Palizo, Jr.
The students were celebrated and recognized by their teachers and their family members. Also on hand was Board member Ricardo “Rick” Rodriguez and other school administrators.
“I would like to congratulate our NEHS students on a job well done. Each of you should be so proud,” said Board member Rodriguez.
According to the National Elementary Honor Society website, NEHS joins the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and National Honor Society (NHS), the nation’s two oldest and largest student recognition programs, in creating a continuum of excellence being established throughout the elementary, middle, and high school education community.
Killam Elementary School, located at 5315 Fairfield Drive, is the home of the mighty cowboys. Their school colors are: blue and silver. The school is home to over 700 students.
The National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS), at Ruiz Elementary held a collection drive to provide the Laredo Animal Protective Society (LAPS), with much needed pet supplies and food, leashes, collars flea/tick shampoo toys and treats. The total value of donations was $650.00. Ruiz Elementary is proud to have a NEHS that takes the lead in various community service projects throughout the year.
United high school was ground zero for two scholarship signings on April 18, 2017. Graduating senior Alexia Nava accepted a cross country scholarship from the University of Texas Permian Basin. She was accompanied by her proud parents Ms. Angelica Nava and Mr. Jose Nava. In addition to participating in cross country at the collegiate level, Alexia also plans to major in kinesiology. ” I want to thank my parents for their love and support. I also wish to thank coach Eduardo Gonzalez for always encouraging me to work hard and go the distance” said Nava.
United senior Erika Lozano signed to play volleyball at Laredo Community College (LCC), and plans to enroll in the school’s nursing program. Ms. Lozano was accompanied by her parents, Ms. Susan Lozano and Mr. Fernando Lozano. Lozano expressed gratitude to her parents for supporting her in all of her academic and sports endeavors. She also thanked her coach Leti Longoria and assistant coaches Miriam Garcia, Debbie Martinez and Ashley Everett.
LAREDO, TX – United ISD: With the theme, “Libraries Transform,” United ISD librarians, referred to as Media Specialists, held a proclamation event at the Student Activity Complex in honor of “National Library Week.” The District’s librarians were present at the event and honored with a special proclamation by City of Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz.
“On behalf of our Board of Trustees, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our school librarians for the outstanding work they do, said United ISD Superintendent Roberto J. Santos. “They work continually to promote the importance and love of reading among our students.”
School libraries have come a long way in offering state-of-the art educational experiences. For example, in United ISD libraries, students can find online reading programs and resources that can help them further their studies.
“I believe our librarians have taken their jobs to the next level,” said United ISD Lead Librarian Carmen Escamilla, who mentioned that District librarians invite special guest authors, hold writing workshops for students, sponsor special library-themed contests, and hold special events during and after school to attract students.
Most recently, many United ISD libraries have been hosting skyping sessions that allow students to talk to special guest authors who live throughout the United States and abroad.
“Our librarians will tell you that the library is the heart of the school,” added Escamilla. “It’s a place where students can learn, grow, have fun, and be imaginative and creative if they want to.”
For the month of April, United ISD Librarians have a slew of activities planned for students at their respective campuses. Some of these activities include, book bingo, a book spine contest, a guess-the-number-of-books, library scavenger hunt, family reading picnic, guest readers, poetry contest, ice cream party, daily trivia, and much more.