Archive for the ‘December 2016’ Category

Webb County Sheriff’s Swat Team & Malakoff Elementary Club collects toys

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Holiday Schedule for UISD

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Notice on District Holiday Schedule

For the upcoming holiday season, United Independent School District will observe the following special schedule:      

 – December 19, 2016 through January 2, 2017 – all United ISD campuses and administrative offices, with the exception of the Tax Office, will be closed.  All employees will return on January 3, 2017 and all students and will return on January 4, 2017.   

 The United ISD Tax Office, located at 3501 E. Saunders, will be open to patrons who want to pay their taxes.  The Tax Office schedule will only be opened to patrons on the following dates:December 19, 20, and 21 (closed on December 22, 23, & 26) open 27, 28, 29, & 30 (closed on January 2) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Taxpayers may also pay their taxes anytime online at the United ISD website located at and click on the “Pay Taxes Online” icon.  They may also contact the District’s delinquent tax attorneys, the Law Offices of Alarcon and Saenz at (956) 727-8585 or visit the office located 1302 Washington Street.   

 The District Main Offices located at 201 Lindenwood Drive will be manned by a receptionist and will only be open December 19, 20, and 21 and December 26, 27, and 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information regarding the District holiday schedule, please contact your child’s campus.  For any questions during the winter break, please call the District’s main office at (956) 473-6201 or the 24/7 UISD Police Dispatch Phone Number at (956) 473-6361. United ISD wishes all students and their families a wonderful holiday.

It is the policy of United Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, or disability in its programs, services, or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

Diciembre de 2016

Horario del distrito para vacaciones navideñas

Para la próxima temporada navideña, United Independent School District tendrá un horario especial: 

Del 19 de diciembre al 2 de enero de 2017, todas las escuelas y oficinas administrativas de United ISD, a excepción de la Oficina de Impuestos, permanecerán cerradas.  Todos los empleados regresarán el 3 de enero de 2017 y los estudiantes el día 4.

La Oficina de Impuestos de United ISD, ubicada en 3501 E. Saunders, abrirá sus puertas para las personas que deseen pagar sus impuestos.  El horario de la Oficina de Impuestos será el siguiente: el 19, 20 y 21 de diciembre (estará cerrado el 22, 23, y 26)27, 28, 29 y 30 (estará cerrado el 2 de enero) estará abierto de 8:00 a.m. a 4:30 p.m.  Los contribuyentes también pueden pagar sus impuestos en línea en el portal de United ISD en al presionar el ícono “Pay Taxes Online” (pagar sus impuestos en línea).  También pueden contactar a los abogados del distrito para pago de impuestos atrasados, a las Oficinas Fiscales de Alarcon and Saenz llamando al (956) 727-8585 o acudir a su oficina ubicada en 1302 Washington Street.  

 La oficina central del distrito, ubicada en 201 Lindenwood Drive, será atendida por la recepcionista y solamente abrirá el 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 y 28 de diciembre de 8:00 a.m. a 4:00 p.m.    

Para más información sobre el horario de Navidad del distrito, favor de comunicarse a la escuela de su hijo.  Para cualquier pregunta que pudiera tener durante estas dos semanas de vacaciones, por favor comuníquese a la oficina central del distrito llamando al (956) 473-6201 o al teléfono de la Policía de UISD al (956) 473-6361, las 24 horas del día los 7 días de la semana.  United ISD desea a todos los estudiantes y sus familias unas felices fiestas.

Es política de United Independent School District no discriminar por motivos de raza, religión, color, nacionalidad, sexo o discapacidad en sus programas, servicios o actividades como lo requiere el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según su enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas a la Educación de 1972 y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según su enmienda.

United South High School Celebrates the Renaissance Era

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

United South High School (USHS), recalled the Renaissance period with a festival that offered an abundance of fun and learning opportunities. Students were joined by teachers to re-create the era, which spawned a cultural movement that spanned the 14th to 17th century. It is a time in human history that had a profound effect on art, literature, philosophy, fashion, religion, music, theater,and other aspects of culture. The fair allowed students to connect the old world to the new with a unique curriculum based learning experience. Some of the activities included Shakespearean performances, art & poetry contests, chess tournaments, golf, and the coronation of the King and Queen. The festival was coordinated by 10th grade world history teacher and department chair Andrea Garza.royal-court-ushs

Blue Santa visits Newman Elementary and gives toys to students

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016


Centeno Dance Team “Best Dance Squad” at the 2016 LISD Christmas Parade

Monday, December 12th, 2016


Killam Elementary Cheer Squad Top School & Level Grand Champions!

Monday, December 12th, 2016


District to Hold First Public Hearing on District of Innovation on December 14, 2016

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

District to Hold First Public Hearing on District of Innovation on December 14, 2016

United ISD will hold a Public Hearing on District of Innovation Program, which allows for exemptions from certain areas of the Texas Education Code. The Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at the Bill Johnson Student Activity Complex Fine Arts Auditorium located at 5208 Sta. Claudia Lane.

United ISD is considering 5 areas which will be presented to a local committee appointed by the UISD Board of Trustees. Through the District of Innovation program, the scope of considered exemptions will be narrow and limited to key areas for improvement.

The only five areas up for consideration are:

  • A uniform start date (calendar);
  • Minimum attendance for class credit or final grade;
  • Teacher certifications specific to Career and Technical Education Programs and Dual Credit Classes;
  • Campus Behavior Coordinator;
  • Minimum minutes of Instruction for Pre-Kindergarten and Optional Flexible School Day Program (PASS).

 The following is a proposed timeline for the District of Innovation process, but is subject to modification as allowed by statute:


Discuss process of proposing to become a District of Innovation by identifying provisions currently in place that could be exempted on this plan-Review with Leadership Team.


Present information to School Board Instructional Committee regarding the intention to become District of Innovation, present resolution, and announce Public Hearing.


Present District’s intent of becoming a District of Innovation to campus and district administrators.


At Regular Board Meeting: Resolution is presented to Board of Trustees for approval.

**** Should the board approve the resolution, the following timeline will ensue ****


Hold Public Hearing to determine whether the district should develop an innovation plan. Board of Trustees appoints District Advisory Committee (DAC) to develop plan with:

  1. Comprehensive educational program with innovations, and
  2. List of Education Code provisions to be exempt.


First Meeting with DAC. DAC identifies exemptions to include, reviews local district policies affected, and drafts Innovation Plan to present to the Board of Trustees.


Second Meeting with DAC. DAC continues to identify exemptions to include, reviews local district policies affected, and continues to draft Innovation Plan to present to the Board of Trustees.


Send DAC (via email) the finalized plan for review.

1/25/2017 to 1/30/2017 

DAC Members will present final plan to campus personnel. Feedback will be collected and provided to the chairperson.


Third Meeting with DAC. Present final Innovation Plan to DAC.  DAC must vote for plan approval (majority to pass and continue). Vote must take place at a public meeting.


Post Innovation Plan on UISD website for at least 30 days and notify TEA Commissioner. Post notice for Public Hearing.


Hold Public Hearing & Present to Board of Trustees for approval.


If approved, District functions in accordance with plan and will be exempt from the Texas Education Code mandates noted in plan.

 TEA notified of Board approval and exemptions contained in District of Innovation plan. District administration begins to formulate policies and regulations to implement District of Innovation plan.


UHS Band Honored by Mayor and City Council

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

UHS Band Longhorn Pride: The City of Laredo Mayor and City Council recently honored the United High School Band for advancing to state competition that was held on November 8 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.  They were the only 6-A high school band from Laredo to advance to state competition and competed against other 6-A high school bands from around the state. Pictured left to right, front row, is: Jose M. Castro, Assistant UHS Band Director; Vanessa Garcia, Karlah Adan, Vanessa Trevino, Mariana Elizondo, and Jadee Dovalina, UHS band members; Mayor Pete Saenz; John J. Mallon, UHS Band Director; Carlos Borja, Carlos Rojo, Amanda Ramos, Ivan Briones, UHS band students; Michael Garcia and Michael Valdez, UHS Assistant Band Directors. This  year, the UHS band show was entitled “Star Crossed,” which is the story of Romeo and Juliet and includes the music of Tschaikovsky, Samuel Barber, Lady Gaga, Adele and Kelly Clarkson. The UHS band is comprised of over 300 members which include band and color guard members. 


Wendy’s Heisman School Winners

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Eligibility begins with maintaining a GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better. Applicants also need to be proven leaders and role models within their school and community. And applicants must perform in at least one of the 43 school sponsored sports recognized. Wendy’s has awarded nearly $2 Million to support education while honoring more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed high school scholar-athletes who share Wendy’s values of giving back to their communities, treating people with respect, continuing education and excelling on the athletic field.


Hispanic Heritage Youth Awarded to United South High School

Monday, December 5th, 2016

The Hispanic Heritage Award identifies, inspires, promotes and prepares Latino leaders through national leadership, cultural, educational and workforce programs.  The Awards are considered among the highest honors for Hispanics.  Approximately 10,000 applications are collected from qualified seniors who have an average GPA of 3.5 or higher.  Students receive grants for education or community projects to encourage social innovation and entrepreneurship.  Youth Awards begin with a high profile, national search through a celebrity-based multimedia campaign that includes partnerships with more than 5,000 high schools and hundreds of colleges, media, elected officials, businesses and organizations.

This prestigious award was bestowed to Four United South High School Students;  

• Jose A. Medrano, was selected as the 2016 Gold Award recipient for the Education category in the Houston region.

• Anissa D. Hernandez,was selected as the 2016 Bronze Award recipient for the Education category in the Houston region.  United South High School received two out of three award recognitions under the Education category.

• Ingrid Jimenez, was selected as the 2016 Gold Award recipient for the Healthcare and Science category in the Houston region.

• Adalberto Vargas, was selected as the 2016 Gold Award recipient for the Innovation & Technology category in the Dallas region.


Youths of the Month

Monday, December 5th, 2016

The United States Border Patrol announced the Youths of the Month for November 2016 during a ceremony hosted by United South High School. The ceremony honored students from Laredo’s public and private high schools. Four United ISD students were among the honorees to receive the recognition, which is based on extra-curricular activities, volunteer work, and of course being exceptional students at their campuses. Among the recipients were Carolina Nañez from J.B. Alexander High School, Diana Vargas from Lyndon B. Johnson High School, Marco V. Morales from United High School, and Jesus A. Posada from United South High School.


Notice of Public Hearing on School FIRST

Friday, December 2nd, 2016



(Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas – Sistema de Clasificación sobre Integridad Financiera de Texas)

La junta se llevará a cabo el 6 de diciembre de 2016 

6:15 p.m. 

Salón de conferencias, 201 Lindenwood Drive

Para más información, favor de comunicarse al (956) 473-6201