Archive for the ‘May 2017’ Category

Emmanuel Rimocal Goes to Round 2 of the 2017 National Spelling Bee

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Boy smiling

Graduation 2017 – Important Information

Monday, May 29th, 2017


Over 3,000 United Independent School District high school students will don graduation caps and gowns for commencement ceremonies that will take place June 2 and 3 at the Laredo Energy Arena, located at 6700 Arena Boulevard.

 The schedule for the 2017 United ISD high school graduation ceremonies will be as follows: 

June 2, 2017                Sames “Kia in the Klassroom” Car Drawing         5:30 P.M.

June 2, 2017                Lyndon B. Johnson High School                           6:00 P.M.

June 3, 2017                United High School                                                   9:30 A.M.

June 3, 2017                Alexander High School                                             1:30 P.M.

June 3, 2017                United South High School                                      6:30 P.M.

Additionally, United ISD is expecting large crowds at each graduation ceremony and would like to remind family and friends of the following items: 

Please inform your guest that doors will open one hour before each graduation ceremony begins (with the exception of UHS which will open 1 ½ hours before the ceremony)

Admission to each graduation ceremony is free. However, each person two years of age and above is required to present their ticket at the door. Each ticket is for one general admission seat. Tickets have been bar-coded and will be scanned upon entrance to the LEA. No exceptions will be given to anyone who has lost their ticket. 

Please remind your guests of the following: 

The Laredo Energy Arena is a non-smoking venue.

The following items will NOT be allowed in the arena for any of the graduation ceremonies: 

  • Balloons, Signs or Banners
  • Backpacks
  • Food/drinks
  • Floral arrangements in glass vases or containers of any kind
  • Baby Strollers
  • Confetti, Streamers, Noisemakers, etc.
  • Tripods for photographic cameras or video cameras. 

School organizations have been designated to sell graduation items at each ceremony.  These booths will be set up in the foyer by the main entrance.

For family members and friends who are unable to attend the ceremonies, United ISD will provide a free live broadcast of each ceremony on the Internet during their respective dates and times.  Individuals wanting to view any high school graduation ceremony can log-on to the District’s website at and click on the graduation icon on the home page.  The District recommends that individuals wanting to view a graduation ceremony via the Internet, log-on at least 30 minutes before the ceremony starts. 

Happy Memorial Day!

Friday, May 26th, 2017

USA Flag Memorial Day

AHS Science Students Explore During Loving Laredo Hike

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Students at the riverENJOYING SCIENCE AND THE OUTDOORS:  The John B. Alexander High School Environmental Science students took part in a Loving Laredo Hike field trip at Rancho Verde with the Rio Grande International Study Center (RGISC) with Dr. Tom Vaughan and Birder guides, Daniel Perales, Raul de Laredo and Tricia Cortez on May 16, 2017. 

Amparo Gutierrez Elementary Celebrates 25 Years of Quality Education!

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Amparo Gutierrez elementary school celebrated its 25 year milestone in grand style. Principal Claudia C. Dovalina-Guzman and Assistant Principal Michelle Cantu co-hosted the event.  The guest roster included UISD Board Members, Superintendent Roberto J. Santos, several District officials, former and present teachers and administrators. Former Principal Rita Peters, who opened the school in 1992, was also in attendance. Members of the Amparo Gutierrez family, including Mrs. Odilia Yzaguirre  (daughter of the late Amparo Gutierrez), were presented with tokens of appreciation for the families’ innumerable contributions to education and the District.

Other highlights of the affair included the presentation of colors by the school’s safety patrol, tributes by the 5th grade National Elementary Honor Society, and a musical performance by the Honors Choir. Principal Dovalina-Guzman summed up the event as an opportunity to honor the school’s past and present.  “As we reflect on the success that our school has experienced over the last 25 years, we recognize the significant amount of teamwork and collaboration that has existed between all the different stakeholders represented here and how their love and passion for working with students and providing support to one another has truly given our students positive direction for life”, said Dovalina-Guzman.

United ISD Proud of its Outstanding 8th Graders of the Year!

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Nine United ISD middle school students were announced as Outstanding 8th Graders of the Year. Parents, teachers and administrators applauded the group of students who had been previously recognized as Outstanding 8th Graders of the Month during the course of the school year. In addition, Clark middle school student Arabellah Lozano was honored as one of the Top 3 Overall 8th Graders of the Year for her essay about putting an end to bullying. Students who garner the Outstanding 8th Grader title are excellent students and role models who also serve our community through various charities and projects. This year’s final awards ceremony was co-sponsored by the Laredo Police Officers Association, Friends of the Family, KGNS-TV and affiliated stations, Laredo Emergency Room, Family Nissan and Rosaura “Wawi” Tijerina, Attorney at Law.

Staff Development Day

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Classes Canceled At Washington Middle

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

United ISD: Classes canceled at Washington Middle
School WILL NOT be in session for May 23, 2017

Due to the extensive damage that Washington Middle School sustained from Sunday’s storm, Washington Middle will not be ready to receive students on Tuesday, May 23, 2017; therefore, no classes for students who attend Washington Middle. Classes shall resume by Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

Teachers and staff assigned to Washington Middle are to report to work at 8 a.m.

For more information, parents may call the District Police Dispatch 24-hour phone number at 956-473-6361.


Classes And Work Resume With Exception Of Washington Middle

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

United ISD: Classes and work resume with exception of Washington Middle

After cleaning and repairing the damage to our facilities sustained from Sunday’s storm, United ISD classes and department work schedules will resume on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 with the exception of Washington Middle School. Students who attend Washington Middle will not have classes; however, teachers and staff members assigned to that school shall report to the campus.

A SchoolMessenger notice will be sent to all parents and employees informing them of this information as well.

Transportation will also resume but parents please be advised that buses may not be able to enter muddy roads.

United ISD would like to thank AEP for restoring power to our schools as quickly as possible and thanks all employees who worked to clean and repair the schools for the students.

For more information, parents may call the District Police Dispatch 24-hour phone number at 956-473-6361.


Job Fair

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Job fair details

Alexander HS vs. McHi

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Baseball and Alexander HS Mascot

United vs. SA Southwest

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Baseball and United HS Mascot

Girl Rising, Documentary Screening

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Powell Watson Rewards UISD’s Teachers of the Year

Monday, May 15th, 2017

It was the start of a great year for two UISD teachers when they arrived for a press conference hosted by Toyota of Laredo on Bob Bullock Loop. The dealership, a division the Powell Watson Auto Group, organized the press conference to congratulate UISD’s  Elementary School Teacher of the Year(Miguel Angel Chavez from Centeno Elementary), and Secondary School Teacher of the Year (Andrea J. Garza from United South High School). To reward their excellence, Powell-Watson allowed the teachers to pick the car they wanted to drive at no charge for one full year. Mr. Chavez chose a GMC Yukon and Ms. Garza opted for a Mercedes Benz. Operations Manager Zachary Powell said that supporting the great work of local educators and students has always been a priority for the locally owned company.

The Powell Watson Motors Auto Group is also the official title sponsor for UISD’s Golf Tournament “Fore” Our  Students , which has raised $150,000.00 since 2015.  All proceeds from the annual tournament are administered as start- up scholarships for college bound UISD seniors. This year’s tournament is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2017 at the Max A. Mandel Golf Course located at 27700 Mines Road (FM1472).  For sponsorship information or reservations, please call Bobby Cruz, UISD Athletic Director, at 473-7102 .

A Free Ride for UISD’s Teachers of The Year!

Left: Miguel Angel Chavez, “Elementary School Teacher of the Year” is a GMC Yukon man!

Right: Andrea J. Garza, “Secondary School Teacher of the Year” will look sharp driving her sporty Mercedes Benz!  

Teachers with brand new cars

LBJ Students admitted into Wolf Pack Leader’s Organization

Monday, May 15th, 2017