Archive for the ‘February 2017’ Category
United ISD, in partnership with Laredo Community College, announced the forthcoming Biotechnology and Life Sciences Innovative Academy Program (B.L.S.I.A.), at a press conference held at Lyndon B. Johnson High School library. The program will start during the 2017-2018 school year, and focus on healthcare related sciences . The academy is an expansion of the Early College High School Program (E.C.H.S.), Program that has been in place at the campus since 2015. The highly anticipated academy is designated by the Texas Education Agency (T.E.A.), and will give students an opportunity to earn an Associates of Science degree with emphasis on pre-nursing requisites and the Nurse Assistant Level 1 Certificate. Students may pursue a career as a certified Nurse Assistant if they pass the state level exam.
The possibility of launching the B.L.S.I.A. began in the fall of 2016 when the T.E.A. announced new funding opportunities through a competitive grant that would expand E.C.H.S. programs across the state. As a result of Governor Greg Abbot’s Tri- Agency Workforce Initiative. T.E.A.’s goal was to create partnerships between school districts, higher education, and industry in order to enhance learning opportunities that prepare students for high demand jobs that are being created in Texas. T.E.A. and workforce leaders announced the availability of 7.2 million dollars for the creation of Industry Cluster Innovative Academies within Texas public schools. United ISD was 1 of 19 school districts in the state to be awarded $400,000 to develop it’s forthcoming B.L.S.I.A.
Curriculum at the new academy will be challenging and rigorous, and students will be required to successfully complete 60 hours of college coursework while in high school. The program will accept a limited number of 100 incoming 9th grade students per year, and all candidates for the program must reside within United ISD boundaries. The final selection of students into the program is based on a performance-blind, open-access lottery system that takes all applicants into consideration. Parents of all candidates must attend one of two Early College High School Parent Orientation Meetings to acquire student application forms for B.L.I.S.A..***
On February 21, 2017, Ana Cristina Martinez, a Spanish teacher from Lyndon B. Johnson High School, was presented with the 2016 James F. Veninga, Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award. During a ceremony held at Lyndon B. Johnson High School, early college students, administration, and LBJHS alumni gathered to honor and congratulate her for this prestigious award. She was nominated by Yesenia Sandoval, Dean of Early College at LBJHS, and was selected from over 700 nominees from throughout the state of Texas.
Nine United ISD 8th graders were among those recognized as outstanding students for February 2017. The top performing students were honored for their academic excellence, participating in projects that benefit our community and being excellent role models. This month’s recognition ceremony was hosted at Blessed Sacrament School. The program is sponsored in part by Friends of the Family, KGNS-TV, Family Nissan, Telemundo, Laredo Emergency Room, Rosaura ‘Wawi” Tijerina, Attorney at Law, and the Laredo Police Department.
Alexander High School has qualified two teams for the 2016-17 University Interscholastic League State Cross-Examination Debate Meet to be held March 13-18 at The University of Texas at Austin.
The 1st place team of Daniella Cuellar and Ivan Garcia and 2nd place team of Alexander Chapa and Alessandra Garza
The students qualified for the state meet by placing first or second at the UIL Cross-Examination District Meet held at United High School on February 10 -11, 2017.
“UIL debate competition motivates students and provides them with practical application for the skills they are developing,” said Jana Riggins, UIL State Debate Director. “This year’s debate topic prompted students to research and form their own thoughts and opinions on the real-world issue our government is challenged with in order to provide national security while maintaining privacy for its citizens.
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China”
Through participation at the UIL Academic State Meet, students qualify for Texas Interscholastic League Foundation scholarships. Since its inception in 1959, the TILF has provided more than $28 million to more than 18,000 students. This year TILF expects to award an estimated 600 new and renewed grants, valued at more than $1 million. Grants and donations from foundations and individuals have funded these academic scholarships. One hundred percent of each dollar TILF receives goes directly for scholarships, with no administrative or other expenses being deducted.
Four United I.S.D. students were among those celebrated as Youths of the Month for February 2017. The monthly program honors local high school students who excel in academics and volunteer in their community. All students are nominated for the recognition by their teachers and counselors. This month’s ceremony was held at United High School.
The Youth of The Month program is sponsored in part by the U.S. Border Patrol, The Senate of Texas, United States Congress, Royal Laser Wash, McDonald’s, H.E.B., Area Health Education Center, Rock Fitness Center, Laredo Energy Arena, Entravision, Fox 39, Mundofox, LATV, Unimas, Univision, Meals 4 Lbs., Lin’s Chinese Restaurant, Mattress Firm, Super Transport International, Awardmasterz, Dr. Sara E. Campos, M.D., P.A. and the City of Laredo Public Access Channel.
Laredo, Texas-United ISD: With the theme, Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow, participants in United Independent School District’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program joined others from across the nation in recognizing the month of February as “National Career and Technical Education Month.” CTE programs can be found in high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, and four-year universities. These programs offer courses that are specifically designed to prepare students for high-wage and high-demand careers. At United ISD, the CTE program offers high school students various field options, known as “career clusters.” In many cases, students can earn a certification for their chosen field while still in high school.
“I am very proud of the District’s CTE program and the wide range of field options our high school students can pursue,” said United ISD Superintendent Roberto J. Santos. “These range from oil and gas production, to tax accounting, computer networking, and diesel technology, just to name a few.”
The full range of United ISD’s CTE Career Clusters include: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Arts, A/V Technology, and Communication; Business Management and Administration; Education and Training; Finance; Government and Public Administration; Health Science; Hospitality and Tourism; Marketing; Manufacturing; Information Technology; Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM); and Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics.
Additionally, students enrolled in the District’s CTE courses are encouraged to earn industry certifications, which recognize mastery of the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the respective fields. CTE students also have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in the real world through participation in various internships and practicums, as the District has affiliations with many local businesses, hotels, hospitals, educational institutions, and governmental entities.
“United ISD CTE classes offer our students rigor and relevance–a real-world experience,” said CTE Director Angelica Sanchez. “We maintain contacts with the business community so that we can provide the latest technology, skills, and training to our students to ultimately prepare them to become successful employees and future leaders.”
According to the Association for Career and Technical Education, CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students in the United States. At a time when opportunity for employment is so critical, CTE programs ensure that students are equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.
For more information about the United ISD CTE program, call (956) 473-2147 or 473-2117.
On February 3rd, United ISD held its 4th Annual Spelling Bee for students in grades 3-8 at the SAC Auditorium. Thirty six (36) contestants representing United ISD elementary and middle schools competed on stage in front of an audience comprised of friends, family, and District staff. All students in the District spelling bee qualified for the competition by winning first place at their campus spelling bees.
After nineteen intense rounds, Emmanuel Rimocal, a 4th grader at Kennedy-Zapata Elementary, eased into a 1st place ranking. Moreover, Rimocal placed third at his first Spelling Bee competition in 2016. Other winners included Kiran Malik, an 8th grader at United Middle School. Malik took the 2nd place trophy. Third place winner Karlos Tamez also emerged as a victor. Tamez is an 8th grader who attends Clark Middle School.
All 36 contestants from United ISD’s 4th Annual Spelling Bee will enter the City-Wide Spelling Bee scheduled for March 25, 2017 at TAMIU. Their competitors will include students from Laredo ISD and area private schools.
Public Meeting planned as United ISD pursues District of Innovation Designation:
United ISD District Advisory Committee to meet February 6, 2017
United ISD (February 2, 2017)- The public is invited to attend a meeting of United ISD’s District Advisory Committee on Monday, February 6, 2017, at the Bill Johnson Student Activity Complex Meeting Room #2 (5208 Santa Claudia Lane, Laredo, TX, 78045). The meeting will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
During the meeting, members of the United ISD’s Local Innovation Committee are planning to present a Local Innovation Plan for the consideration of the United ISD’s District Advisory Committee in accordance with rules established by the Texas Education Agency.
Following approval of the District Advisory Committee, the Local Innovation Plan will be posted online for a 30 day public comment period, followed by a public hearing of the Board of Trustees. The Local Innovation Plan will be taken to the Board of Trustees for consideration for approval on March 22, 2017, at the Regular Board Meeting.
United ISD’s District Advisory Committee, comprised of teachers, school administrators and parents began meeting in December to explore innovative ways the District can better meet student needs.
To learn more about United ISD’s District of Innovation process, visit www.uisd.net
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact: The Office of the Superintendent at 956-473-6219