Archive for the ‘March 2017’ Category

SGMS Cougars win the LISD Invitational Track Championship

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Students and coaches

USHS Spanish Club to put on comedy “Los Disque Candidatos”

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

AHS Takes Top Honors at District UIL Meet

Monday, March 27th, 2017

United High School, United South High School, Alexander High School, L.B. Johnson High School, Del Rio High School, South San High School, Eagle Pass High School, and Southwest High School competed in the Annual UIL district academic championship held on March 24-25, 2017 at United High School. Students and Sponsors from the Sweepstakes winning School (J.B. Alexander High School) are included in the attached picture. Students who placed in the top three at district or were members of winning teams will advance to the UIL regional meet, to be held at the University of Texas – San Antonio (UTSA) on April 7-8, 2017. Alexander High School garnered the most points to capture the Academic Sweepstakes award of 1st place followed by United High School, and United South High School.

“These students devote countless hours preparing for UIL academic competition,” said Dr. David Stevens, UIL director of academics. “Like their athletic counterparts, they practice before, dur- ing and after school and attend invitational meets and competitions. For many schools, the UIL academics serves as the school’s best gifted and talented program. And for virtually every school in Texas, it serves as an extension to the regular classroom for highly motivated, intelligent young men and women.”

The UIL offers contests in the following events: Accounting, Calculator Applications, Computer Applications, Computer Science, Cross-Examination Debate, Current Issues & Events, Editorial Writing, Feature Writing, Headline Writing, Informative Speaking, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Lit- erary Criticism, Mathematics, News Writing, Number Sense, One-Act Play, Persuasive Speaking, Poetry Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, Ready Writing, Science, Social Studies and Spelling & Vocabulary.

“In its own way, each contest is intended to teach the thinking skills students will need in college and in their careers,” Stevens said. “We have tremendous anecdotal evidence from students who testify to the importance UIL academic contests played in their high school careers. We also know that employers want workers who can solve problems, speak effectively and write clearly. Each contest is designed to help students reach those goals.”

For more information regarding the UIL academic program, contact Stevens at 512/471-5883 or look on the UIL website at www.uiltexas.org. Or contact the school’s UIL academic coordinator.

Students with medals and awards

Alexander Senior Diego Mendez to Attend U.S. Air Force Academy

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Alexander High School (AHS), senior Diego Mendez will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado following his graduation this year. Mendez expressed the great enthusiasm he feels in being given an opportunity to serve his country. “I have always had the desire to answer the call of duty,and I also hope to become a neurosurgeon in the future”, said Mendez, who hopes to gain admission to the  Uniformed Services University in Health Sciences. The health science university is run by the U.S. Federal government in Bethesda, Maryland.  “I used to watch medical shows on the Discovery channel from the time I was a young boy, and the programs got me to start thinking about health sciences and becoming a doctor. I have maintained a high G.P.A., and I must do well on the MCAT assessment exam to see it through.” he continued.

     Mendez is vice-president of the National Honor Society at his campus, and has been enrolled in the AHS health science magnet school since his freshman year. He is currently certified as a dental assistant, administrator of c.p.r., and trained to use a defibrillator. Mendez looks forward to the future and thanks his parents (Ricardo and Delia Mendez) for their encouragement and support. “I am looking forward to serving my country and the exciting challenges ahead” he concluded.

League of Legends 2017 Awards Ceremony

Friday, March 24th, 2017

United ISD Proud of Outstanding 8th Graders for March 2017

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Nine United ISD 8th graders earned the Outstanding 8th Grader of the Month merit for March 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 ceremony was hosted by Laredo ISD’s Memorial Middle School at the Civic Center Ballroom. Key speaker for the awards ceremony was Dr. Christian Cabello. The Outstanding 8th Grader of the Month 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.

Students with awards

United ISD Youths of the Month for March 2017

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Four United I.S.D. students were among those celebrated as Youths of the Month for March 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 Nixon 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.

Border Patrol Agents and students at award ceremony

United I.S.D. 29th Annual Science Fair Winners

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

United I.S.D. hosted its 29th Annual Science Fair for middle school and high school students at the SAC on February 24, 2017.  Science projects were judged by a distinguished panel of professionals that included local professors, doctors and engineers. The Grand Champion for the high school division is United High School’s Carlos Alberto Mendez. In addition to earning the top spot, Mendez also earned an Air Force CertificateNaval Science Award and a citation from the Yale Science and Engineering Association Inc.  Mendez will go on to represent United ISD  at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), in Los Angeles, California on May 14-17, 2017.  The high school Reserve Status Champion is Alexis Morales from Alexander High School. Morales also earned a Naval Science Award  and an Air Force Award. 

 In the middle school division, Patricio Riddle from United Middle School nabbed the Grand Champion title and Naval Special Awardand Trautmann Middle School student Lui Yanning emerged as the Reserve Champion Yanning also won  the Naval Award  and the Broadcom Special Award . 

Middle School Science Fair Winners

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

United I.S.D. hosted its 29th Annual Science Fair for middle school and high school students at the SAC on February 24, 2017.  Science projects were judged by a distinguished panel of professionals that included local professors, doctors and engineers. The Grand Champion for the high school division is United High School’s Carlos Alberto Mendez. In addition to earning the top spot, Mendez also earned an Air Force CertificateNaval Science Award and a citation from the Yale Science and Engineering Association Inc.  Mendez will go on to represent United ISD  at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), in Los Angeles, California on May 14-17, 2017.  The high school Reserve Status Champion is Alexis Morales from Alexander High School. Morales also earned a Naval Science Award  and an Air Force Award. 

 In the middle school division, Patricio Riddle from United Middle School nabbed the Grand Champion title and Naval Special Awardand Trautmann Middle School student Lui Yanning emerged as the Reserve Champion Yanning also won  the Naval Award  and the Broadcom Special Award . 

UHS TAFE Students Place in All Events at the TAFE State Summit

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

The Chapter brings home Top Five in three events, and advancing to the Educators Rising National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona this coming June are Juniors Jose Arreazola and Mariana Flores in Job Interview, Inside Our School Video, and K3-K4 Children’s Literature.

The State Summit was held in Arlington, Texas in February. Congratulations United TAFE for a job well done!

Group of Students at Arlington, Texas

Notice of Spring Break Closure

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Krispy Kreme Teacher of the Year Nomination Form

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Borchers ES Cheer Squad Win 1st Place at Fun Cheer National Competition

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Killam ES Cheerleaders Win 2nd Place in the Overall FunCheer Nationals Competition

Monday, March 6th, 2017

HEB Announces Dr. Myrtha Villarreal, CSBES Principal as Finalist in “2017 HEB Excellence in Education Awards”

Monday, March 6th, 2017

H.E.B. Names United ISD, School Principal Dr. Myrtha Villarreal of Colonel Santos Elementary School as a finalist for the 2017 H.E.B. Excellence in Education Awards

Since 2002. the H.E.B. Excellence in Education Awards has been the largest awards program in Texas where educators across the state have been awarded with over $500,000 in cash prizes. The application process selects educators who exhibit characteristics of exemplary leadership in both their schools and district.

Students gathered for a pep-rally style assembly for what they thought was a visit from the Texas Department of Agriculture. Instead, Regional and Local (Store #8) H.E.B. representatives, along with H.E. Buddy, made their last stop to United Independent School District. Together with students, various district officials, and Dr. Villarreal’s family, Linda Tovar Senior Manager of Public Affairs for H.E.B. presented Dr. Villarreal with flowers, various gifts, and a $1,000 check for herself and a $2,500 dollar check for her school.

“This is such an honor for me and our school. I am deeply humbled by this surprise. I love my students, I love my teachers, and I love my staff. I am extremely blessed and thankful to H.E.B. and my colleagues for this honor,” stated Dr. Villarreal.

Dr. Myrtha Villarreal has been in the education profession for 25 years.  She has moved up the ranks from teacher, assistant principal to her current position as principal of Colonel Santos Benavides Elementary School, a continuous high performing Pk-5th grade campus. 

“We are extremely pleased and proud of Dr. Villarreal. She is an incredible principal in our district. We are confident that she will represent United ISD very well up in Austin,” stated Roberto J. Santos, Superintendent of Schools for United ISD.

Dr. Villarreal is among 39 educators across the states that have been named as a finalist with this prestigious award. Recipients of the H.E.B. Excellence in Education Awards are treated to a weekend of fun-filled events that closes with a dinner and reception where one lucky educator is named 2017 H.E.B. Excellence in Education Award, is awarded a $10,000 check for his/herself and a $25,000 check for their school. Overall statewide winners will be announced in May during a reception held in Austin, Texas.