Archive for the ‘January 2017’ Category

United ISD’s Untamed Zumba Master Class Sets New Record

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Laredo, Texas-United ISD: “Let’s Move for Scholars” Untamed Glow Zumba Master Class delivered a high-energy party atmosphere that emphasized the importance of health, fitness, while raising funds for student scholarships.  The sense of community and positive energy in the room was remarkable, filled with over 360 participants.  The event took place on Saturday, January 28th at United High School’s 9th grade Gymnasium.  “United ISD wants to thank all the participants, sponsors and volunteers who helped make our 6th annual event a great success,” said United ISD Superintendent, Roberto J. Santos.  A special thanks to our powerhouse Zumba instructors, Ana Gutierrez, Karina Mendoza, Veronica Vidal, Erika Mendoza, Luis Torres and Ricardo Pena.   Also, thanks to our Master of Ceremonies, Miguel Amante of Univision for your incredible energy that set the tone for our high energy Zumba Master Class.   Over $7,000 was raised at this year’s event.  Events such as this one would not be possible without the help and support of the community. 

Event sponsors included; Blue Cross Blue Shield, Knockout Women’s Boxing Gym, Rock Fitness, Toxic Crossfit, 4 Life Center, Momentum Running and I Love Laredo Newspaper. 

2017 United ISD 5K Run/Walk “Run Wild for Scholars”

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

2017 Zumba “Untamed”

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

6th Annual UISD 5K Run, Walk & Health Fair, A Tremendous Success!

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

The event that emphasized the importance of health, fitness, while raising funds for student scholarships was a resounding success as close to 350 individuals turned out for United Independent School District’s 6th Annual 5K Run, Walk, and Health Fair. The event was held on January 21 at the Student Activity Complex.

“United ISD wants to thank all participants, sponsors, health fair partakers, volunteers and supporters who helped make our annual event a resounding success,” said United ISD Superintendent Roberto J. Santos. “We appreciate all the support!”

The event was dedicated to the community’s first responders, military and law enforcement personnel. At a brief dedication ceremony before the race, District representatives said that it will always instill in its students, the importance of the jobs that each of these individuals does to ensure we all live in a safe and secure community.  The event was also dedicated to the memory of two educators, Adriana Rodriguez and Karina Villarreal, who passed away in August 2015.  Rodriguez, was a teacher at Ruiz Elementary, and Villarreal, was a teacher at St. Augustine Elementary, who started her career in education at Clark Middle School. Both were known, not only as outstanding educators, but as avid runners.

The top overall male and female runners received a trophy at the event, while first, second, and third place runners (female and male) in each age category received a medal. Results of the 5K Run were as follows: 


 TOP OVERALL FEMALE RUNNER: Adriana Alcaraz Medina with a time of 21:50 (30-39 age group)

 TOP OVERALL MALE RUNNER: Leroy Raya with a time of 16:50 (15-19 age group)

 Age groups categories for female and male with times were as follows:


 1ST     Kaylee Dakota Cox               33:54

 2ND    Elsa Lavulavu                        41:49  

 3RD    Tania Lavulavu                     50:37



 1ST     Giselle Aguillar                      22:27

 2ND    Kaitlyn Martinez                   23:16  

 3RD    Cristina Benavidez                23:20



1ST     Jazmin Prado                                    23:26  

 2ND    Julissa Garza                         23:27

 3RD    Alexis Canales                       23:32



 1ST     Raquel Martinez                   26:09

 2ND    Mirna Peña                            28:18

 3RD    Barbara Benavidez               28:29



1ST     Adriana Alcaraz Medina      21:50

 2ND    Lilybeth Rendon                   23:12

 3RD    Lorranie Rodriguez              26:09



1ST     Anna Melissa Maldonado     27:09

 2ND    Laura Rubio York                27:12

 3RD    Elizabeth Sanchez                 27:17



1ST     Wendy Reyes                         29:18              

 2ND    Alicia Miranda                      30:57

 3RD     Maria Winn                          32:31



1ST     Norma Herbeck                     32:14

 2ND       Patti Garza                            39:29



1ST     Levi Calderon                        25:17

 2ND    Rolando Cazares                   25:47

 3RD    Alexandro Waldo                  26:33



1ST     Chris Navarrete                    18:43

 2ND    Jose Martinez                        20:15

 3RD    Carlos Toscano                      21:03



1ST     Leroy Raya                            16:50  

 2ND    Alejandro M. Cruz               16:56

 3RD    Juan Mancillas                      17:00



1ST     Justo Idrogo                           16:56

 2ND    Alex Rocha                            21:22

 3RD    Christopher Cruz                  24:07



1ST     Leonardo Maldonado           20:39

 2ND    Manuel Vidaurri                   23:03

 3RD    Arturo Rios                            24:08



1ST     Frank Sciarrafa                    25:17

 2ND    Karey Tucker                        26:01

 3RD    Enrique Waldo                      27:14



1ST     Julian Miranda                      19:50  

 2ND    Antonio Gonzalez                  21:25

 3RD    Jose Navarro                         30:40



1ST     Juan F. Hernandez               24:23


United ISD greatly appreciates the support of following entities that contributed to the success of the event:

Event Sponsors: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Sames Kia, Powell Watson Motors, Juan Cruz & Associates, Winstead, Fuddruckers, Westside Produce, LLC and Gulf Coast Paper Co., Inc.

Health Fair participants/sponsors were: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Texas A&M University Colonias, Driscoll Health Plan, Preventive Solution, Mercy Clinic/CASA, AHEC, Gateway Community Health Center, STAT Emergency, Upbringing Foster in Texas, Doctor’s Hospital of Laredo, State Farm (Agent Roberto Gonzalez), Miles of Smiles, Scan, Inc. Ruthe B. Cowl, Rock Fitness, TOXIC CrossFit II, Laredo Medical Center, United ISD Police Department, United Health Plan, Airrosti, and Tots for Teens.

 A photo gallery of the event will be available on the United ISD website at

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2017



Trautmann MS Cheerleaders 2017 National Champions

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Congratulations to the Trautmann Middle School Cheerleaders 2016-2017 NCA National Champions and specialty award for Best Use of Tumbling!

TMS Cheerleaders have been undefeated this season with:

• NCA Alamo City Championship 1st place, high point, and Grand Champions!

• Cheerpower Christmas Open with 1st Place, high point Grand Champions!

• Texas Cheerleader Open State with 1st place, high point, Grand Champions, and Overall Grand Champion!

They are coached by Olivia E. Cardenas and assistant coach Megann Ruiz .

Alexander HS Cheerleaders 2017 National Champions

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

United South HS Cheerleaders 2017 National Champions – Advanced Non-Tumbling

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

John B. Alexander HS Library Seeking Community’s Votes

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Schools Receiving Most People’s Choice Votes Will Win $8,000 Each​

John B. Alexander High School (AHS) Library has entered a $200,000 national education contest hoping for a chance at one of the 13 prizes that will be awarded to recognize the most unique and inventive K-12 programs. In addition to completing an online application for the annual Follett Challenge, the AHS Library also submitted a short video to promote its program that teaches students the 21st-century skills they need to be prepared for life.

Ten of the prizes, valued at $8,000 each, to be given away are from the People’s Choice category and will solely be based on how many votes applicants have received for their videos from the public. Video voting beginsJanuary 23, 2017. AHS Library’s  video is now posted on the Follett Challenge website ( at the following link:

After registering, users can cast one vote per day through January 27, 2017, when voting ends.  Not only are the public’s votes significant in the video-voting portion of the contest, but they also will play a role in the overall rubric as 20 percent of each school’s final score is based on the number of votes generated for their video.

AHS is only one of 15 schools that are participating in this contest. The other schools are from some of the following school districts: Garland ISD, Northside ISD, Frisco ISD, Keller ISD, Pasadena ISD, Lewisville ISD, Socorro ISD, Galena Park ISD, El Paso ISD, and Round Rock ISD.

“We hope our community will support us by viewing our video and voting for our submission,” said AHS Principal Ernesto Sandoval, Jr. “Participating in the Follett Challenge recognizes our educators for the great job they are doing with the resources they have and, should we win, reward them with resources to do more, It also will give our educators here a platform to share their innovation with other schools across the country and throughout the world.”

A total prize value of $200,000 in products and services will be awarded by Follett, a global education solutions leader. The overall winner will earn a $60,000 prize, plus a celebration at the school, while each of the other two Semi-finalists will earn $30,000 prizes. The 10 People’s Choice awards are worth $8,000 each in products and services and will be announced February 28, 2017, along with the Semi-finalists. This year’s Follett Challenge will honor Semi-finalist winners in three categories: elementary, middle and high school.

The judges will be seeking applications that illustrate critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration between students and among teachers and other members of the school staff. Last year’s Grand Prize winner was Ben Eielson Jr/Sr High in Fairbanks, AK. The 2017 Grand Prize winner will be announced April 28, 2017.

For more on the Follett Challenge, visit


Lyndon B. Johnson High School Video Production Club Submits – Legacy

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Nine Students Set United ISD Record as “All-State” Musicians

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Laredo, Texas: The United ISD Fine Arts Department is proud to announce that nine music students, representing each of the District’s high schools, have been named “All-State” musicians with the Texas Music Educators Association.  This is first time all four high schools have an All-State recognition which is also a record achievement for United ISD.

“On behalf of our Board of Trustees, I would like to congratulate these outstanding students on their All-State recognition,” said United ISD Superintendent Roberto J. Santos. “These students make us exceptionally proud…they prove that hard work and dedication towards a goal does pay off and now these students are the best of the best in the State!”

The United ISD All-State Musicians are as follows:

J.B. Alexander High School: Kihoon Rim, Bassoon; and Martin Tolentino, Bb Clarinet

Lyndon B. Johnson High School: Alex Moncivais, Trumpet

United High School Band: Joel Hernandez, Bb Clarinet; Rommel Nunez, Alto Sax; and

Jesus Diaz, Bass Trombone

United High School Choir: Sofia Briones, Choir (Soprano 1)

United South High School Band: Josue Gonzalez, Tenor Sax; and Jesus Mendoza, Trumpet

These students will perform with the Texas All-State (Band and Choir respectively) in San Antonio, Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2017 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention.

“I would like to congratulate these fine students on their recognition as well as their band directors and assistant directors. This achievement is equivalent to winning the Super Bowl…these students have won the Super Bowl of Music!” said United ISD Fine Arts Director Javier Vera who explained that All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive.

Each of the students listed play at their respective campus under the direction of the following band directors and choir director:

J.B. Alexander High School Director: Joshua A. Martinez

Lyndon B. Johnson High School Director: Rene Peña

United High School Choir Director: Debbie Hernandez

United High School Band Director: John J. Mallon

United South High School Band Director: Francisco J. Sosa

Each band director is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, a 12,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin.

These students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed across the state through several levels of auditions, District, Region, an Area levels, beginning in the fall of 2016 to qualify at the state level. Over 1,600 students are selected through a process that begins with over 64,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs). Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the Texas All-State competition. This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 33 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from their Region to compete against musicians from other areas in seven TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group. Only the top 3% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.

First Responders Remind Community About United ISD’s 5K Run

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Law enforcement individuals representing various entities turned out at a press conference this morning to remind the community about United ISD’s 6th Annual 5K Run/Walk and Health Fair that will take place on January 21, 2017 at the Student Activity Complex located at 5208 Santa Claudia Lane. 

Proceeds from the event will benefit United ISD students with scholarships to college. The event is extra special to the District because United ISD is dedicating them to first responders, military and law enforcement personnel of the community.

The event will also honor the memory of two very special educators who passed away in 2015. Adriana Rodriguez, who was a 2nd grade teacher from Ruiz Elementary School and Karina Villarreal, was a teacher at St. Augustine Elementary School and started her career in education as a teacher aide at Clark Middle School. 

  At the event, United ISD Police Chief Clemente Camarillo issued a challenge to all city, state, and federal law enforcement and emergency agencies encouring them to partcipate in the event. 

On-site registration for the 5K Run/Walk will be held on January 21 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. A program dedicated to first responders, military and law enforcement personnel as well as Rodriguez and Villarreal will be held from 8:30 to 8:50 a.m. with the race starting at 9:00 a.m. ​Registration and the Health Fair will be held inside the Gonzalez Middle School gym which is located at the SAC Stadium Complex Area. Medals to the top three winners (male and female) will be given out for each age division (10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29,30-39,40-49,50-59, and 60+).

The Health Fair will include various community and non-profit organizations that will give out items and offer health screenings to participants.

Paid registration for each of these events includes a t-shirt and goody bag and ticket for door prize giveaway. Information about both events can be found at the District’s website at

For questions call, (956) 473-6201, 6279 or 6283. 

​​Individuals representing the City of Laredo Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and United ISD Police Department are gearing up to compete in the District’s upcoming 5K Run on Jan. 21 at the SAC. Proceeds from the event will benefit students with scholarships to college.

Alfonso Calderon New Athletic Coordinator/Head Football Coach at LBJ High School

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

During a press conference hosted by Lyndon B. Johnson High School (LBJ),, Superintendent Roberto J. Santos, District  Athletic Director Roberto “Coach” Cruz  and  Principal Armando Salazar introduced Mr. Alfonso Calderon as  the new Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach for LBJ. The announcement of Calderon’s new post was celebrated by fellow administrators staff, teachers and the LBJ football players, cheerleaders and band members who were also  present for the official announcement. Calderon was head softball coach from 2008-2014 before becoming Assistant Athletic Director. He also helped to coach varsity football during those six years. He has a Master of Education degree in administration. Mr. Cruz said that the LBJ football team is fortunate to have such a  talented coach in the their corner. Coach Calderon expressed an eagerness to get started. “I wish to thank everyone for their confidence in me and for allowing me to work in a place that I love. I am from here, and I will coach our LBJ team in the game and life as well. I also wish to thank my wife for her support”, he concluded.  

​The mighty LBJ Wolf pack football team congratulated their new coach with a victory huddle and smiles galore!

United ISD High Schools To Have Early Release Schedule Due To Final Exams

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Due to the administration of final exams, all United ISD high schools (J.B. Alexander, Lyndon B. Johnson, United South and United High Schools) will follow an early release schedule for January 11, 12, and 13. Arrival time to the campuses will be the same. However, dismissal time from high school campuses (only) will be as follows:


All United ISD High Schools: 12:45 p.m.

United HS Ninth Grade Campus: 12:30 p.m.

This schedule also allows high school teachers to prep, grade, and plan end of Fall semester details.

For additional questions, parents are urged to contact their child’s campus.


Thank a School Board Member Today!

Monday, January 9th, 2017

During the month of January, the United Independent School District proudly recognizes the dedication of our Board of Trustees, as it is “School Board Recognition Month.” This year’s theme is “All-Star Team,” which reflects their outstanding commitment to serve as tireless advocates for our students.

“Although we are making a special effort in January to thank our Board members, we recognize that their contributions reflect a year-round commitment,” said United ISD Superintendent Roberto J. Santos. “They shoulder enormous responsibilities and volunteer their personal time to attend District Board meetings, seminars, and conferences. They also interact with business leaders, parents, and the community on a regular basis. Their ultimate goal is always focused on the future success of our students,” added Santos.

The Board of Trustees diligently worked to pass the $408.7 M bond election in November 2013 which resulted in the approval of 14 new schools, upgrades to safety and security, additional technology, and additions and renovations to existing facilities.

“This is a wonderful accomplishment will benefit students of the District now and in the future,” said Santos.

As the governing body for United ISD, the Board of Trustees oversees an annual budget of $363M (includes general operating, debt service, and child nutrition funds) for over 43,600 students from pre-k through 12th grade.

The Board of Trustees is elected by local citizens who work without pay to ensure that our students get the best possible education. United ISD urges the community to take a moment and thank school board members for caring about our children and giving so much to make United ISD #1. Let them know their dedicated service is recognized and truly appreciated.

The current United ISD Board of Trustees are:

• Judd Gilpin, President

Elected in 2008

• Juan Roberto Ramirez, Vice-President

Elected in 2002

• Aliza Flores Oliveros, Secretary

Elected in 2014

• Ricardo Molina, Sr., Parliamentarian

Elected in 1996

• Ricardo “Rick” Rodriguez, Member

Elected in 2009

• Javier Montemayor, Jr., Member

Elected in 2010

• Ramiro Veliz, III, Member

Elected 2012