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Newman Elementary Celebrates New Cafeteria Expansion and Corridor Enclosure

Monday, October 31st, 2016

The “Home of the Mighty Toros,” Newman Elementary School, is going to be more comfortable with the expansion of the school cafeteria and corridor enclosure – thanks to construction projects that were made possible by voters who approved the school bond in 2013.

A formal ribbon cutting ceremony was held this morning in the school’s newly expanded cafeteria. The school choir provided entertainment while students of school’s Courtesy Club welcomed special guests.

Additions and renovations at the campus include a state-of-the art kitchen, complete with a new serving line area and new food preparation equipment such as an oven, kettle and skillet that will continue to serve warm, delicious and nutritious meals to students. The new cafeteria expansion will be better prepared to serve students faster and more efficiently. The added seating space to the cafeteria will also allow Newman Elementary students, parents, faculty and staff members to enjoy various programs, events, activities for many years to come.

Moreover, the school’s open canopy and walkway that once lead from the main campus to the Pre-Kinder, Kinder and 1st grade building has now been enclosed, offering more safety, security, and protection from outdoor elements.

“These construction projects are really making a difference for our students, faculty and staff members,” said United ISD Superintendent Roberto J. Santos. “The addition and renovation projects here at Newman Elementary School are a perfect example of that.”

At the ceremony, United ISD Board member Aliza Flores-Oliveros spoke as well as David Newman, whose late father was B.P. Newman and for whom the school is named after.  The Newman family has maintained close ties with the school, helping its students, faculty and staff members with various activities throughout the school year.

School principal Leticia R. Garcia, spoke at the ceremony and thanked United ISD and the community for the much needed improvements at the campus. She also took the opportunity to recognize Mary Calderon, who has been the cafeteria manager at the campus for 25 years. Additionally, the audience heard from students David Martinez and Melanie Colonel, both members of the school’s National Elementary Honor Society. Juan Cortez, Newman Elementary School parent, spoke and praised the improvements that have been made at the campus.

The Newman Elementary School Cafeteria Expansion & Corridor Enclosure Project has provided over 600 sq. ft. of new area to the cafeteria for student seating and about 2,120 sq. ft. for the state-of-the kitchen.  Approximately, 1,850 sq. ft. was added for the corridor enclosure. The building’s structure is comprised of load bearing concrete masonry unit walls on spread footings and steel structure for the roof.   The building is a full masonry veneer building which matches the existing buildings facade.  The roof is constructed from a seamless standing seam metal roof system.

The construction was done by Zertuche Construction. The architect was Delfino Garza and Interior Design was Norma Aradillas of Design Group International.  Newman Elementary School is located 1300 Alta Vista and is home is over 580 students. Their school colors are yellow and orange and the school mascot is the “Toro.” The school opened in 1980.


Muller Elementary students receive perfect attendance incentive

Monday, October 31st, 2016


UISD’s 2016 Annual Parent Learning Summit a Total Success

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

United ISD’s Parent Learning Summit took place on Saturday, October 22 at United High School (UHS). The free event, coordinated by the United ISD Office of Federal and State Programs, offered a range of informative sessions designed to help parents with their children at home and in the classroom.  This year’s featured guest speakers were brothers David & Danny Diaz and coach Jimmy White, who were depicted in the film McFarland USA. In addition, Mrs. Juanita Diaz, mother of the Diaz brothers, attended this years’ event as the proud matriarch of seven first-generation college graduates.  Activity camps for children offered play time as well as  S.T.E. M. related activities. The summit was capped off by a complimentary lunch and presentation by the Diaz family and Coach Jimmy White. “The goal of the Parent Learning Summit is to emphasize the importance of parental engagement in every child’s life” said Dr. Alicia G. Carrillo, Executive Director of Federal and State Programs. “This year’s program was well received by our United ISD parents,and they truly benefited from the information provided by our departments, campuses, teachers and special guests”, she concluded. The United ISD Parent Learning Summit is an annual event.


United ISD Marching Bands Take 1st Division Rating Honors at UIL Marching Band Competition

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Laredo, Texas-United ISD: United ISD is very proud of all its high school marching bands as each of them took top honors at the Region XIV UIL Marching Band Competition. The event took place on October 22 at the United ISD Student Activity Complex Stadium.

“On behalf of our Board of Trustees, I would like to congratulate all of our outstanding high school marching bands on a job well done,” said United ISD Superintendent Roberto J. Santos. “Hard work and dedication has clearly paid off and each high school band has made us very, very proud.”

United ISD Director of Fine Arts Javier Vera conveyed his congratulatory comments and thanked the high school band students, band directors, assistant band directors, visual (color guard) instructors and band parents for their commitment to music and to the District’s music education program.

Each high school band will now advance to the Area G Marching Contest on  October 29, at Phar San Juan Alamo Stadium in Pharr, Texas.

The results of the competition were as follows:

1st Division Rating: Lyndon B. Johnson High School Marching Band. Head band director is Rene Peña. Assistant band directors are: Saul Cabello, David Ortiz, and Jose Luis Vara. Visual Instructor is Idalia Salinas.

1st Division Rating: United South High School Marching Band. Head band director is Francisco J. Sosa. Assistant band directors are: Christopher Sanchez, Roberto Ortiz and Rodolfo Montalvo. Visual Instructor is Griselda Dozal.

1st Division Rating: United High School Marching Band. Head band director is John J. Mallon. Assistant band directors are: Jose M. Castro, Michael Garcia and Michael Valdez.  Visual Instructor is Ivan Espinoza.

1st Division Rating: J.B. Alexander High School. Head band director is Joshua Martinez. Assistant band directors are: Lyle Perkins, Patrick Lewis and Jacob Thompson. Visual Instructors are: Ana Ezeta, Priscilla Rangel, and Jasmine Flores.

Congrats! Each United ISD High School Marching Band Takes 1st Division Honors:  Pictured with their coveted UIL 1st Division Rating awards are, from left to right: Joshua Martinez, head band director for Alexander High School; Francisco J. Sosa, head band director for United South High School; Javier Vera, Director for Fine Arts; John Mallon, head band director for United High School; Rene Peña, head band director for Lyndon B. Johnson High School. Each United ISD High School Band took top honors at this past weekend’s UIL Region Marching Competition. uil-bands

United ISD Celebrates Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Friday, October 21st, 2016

United ISD held two special ceremonies to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month.  October is designated as Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a chance to spread awareness.

The ceremonies where held at Zaffirini Elementary and Nye Elementary with special guests from Laredo Down Syndrome Association and Laredo Down Moms.

United ISD students from special education classes joined in on the celebration and released blue and yellow balloons and displaying an official awareness banner.  School organizations such as; Gonzalez middle “meet in the middle” and Nye elementary wildcat cheerleaders joined in to help celebrate and spread awareness.

“This is a special time where we can share with the world what it means to have Down Syndrome and celebrate their abilities and not their disabilities,” said Cynthia Ramirez, Executive Director of United ISD Special Education.

Pictured: United ISD Administration, Special Education Students, Nye Elementary Staff along with local community organizations to celebrate Down Syndrome Month Awareness.


Alexander Freshman Attends National Series

Friday, October 21st, 2016

United ISD’s very own Sergio “TC” Chavez III represented Laredo at the National Team Identification Series (NTIS), in Cary, North Carolina. NTIS is a comprehensive player identification program that facilitates coaches with access to America’s finest up and coming athletes. The preliminary qualifier to the series is an invitation only event where coaches from the National Team scout the top players from across the country in hopes to fully equip our nation’s team with the best our country has to offer. Chavez was selected as the sole player from Laredo to participate in the trials in Cary.

At the event, Chavez participated in several skill development sessions and various off-field educational sessions where he delved into learning skills from some of the top coaches in the U.S. Chavez stated, “This experience is really going to stay with me for a long time. I learned a lot of skills that are going to help me make become a better athlete.” As the only player from Laredo to be invited, Chavez is paving the way for Laredo athletes to get the recognition they deserve. Impressive for any player, but even more so for Chavez because at the ripe age of 14 he continues to raise the bar surpassing goals one by one. A competitive and determined mindset has made Chavez a force to reckon with on and off the field, but one wouldn’t know it because in conversations with Chavez he smiles easily and often.

Chavez who is currently a Freshman at Alexander High School is representing the Class of 2020 on the field as a defensive end with the 9th Grade football team. If he’s not on campus practicing for an upcoming game you can find him working on his signature pitch or working on his power swing. “I work hard to play well. The sacrifice is worth it when I’m on the field helping my team win the game,” said Chavez of his busy practice schedule.

Chavez wants to attend UT in Austin and hopes to play baseball while in college. Chavez attributes his success to hard work and the support of his parents. So whether he’s swinging a bat or pushing his way through a offensive line Chavez is just as many other youths in our district UNITED with one vision and one goal; SUCCESS!



Local School Districts Combine School Bus Safety Week Celebrations

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Officials from United ISD and Laredo ISD were joined by the Webb County Sheriff’s Department, Laredo Police Department, and local dignitaries to celebrate National School Bus Safety Week with students from both districts. The observance began with a  bus parade that started at the Civic Center and arrived at the SAC Auditorium, where an official proclamation was recited by Judge Tano Tijerina. The observance was combined with a No Bullying Allowed theme. United ISD Board President Judd Gilpin expressed appreciation for school bus drivers, who serve the transportation needs of students throughout the school year. “The task of transporting thousands of students to and from school on a daily basis requires great teamwork. I thank our drivers, monitors, mechanics, and everyone who looks after the safety of our students” said Gilpin. United ISD Police Chief Clemente Camarillo echoed those sentiments and offered his own words of advice to students. “It’s very important to follow all of the rules at your school, and it’s also important to  report bullying when it happens to you or to one of your classmates. It’s also your responsibility to practice good behavior on the school bus, because the driver must concentrate on getting everyone to their destination safely. Together, we all make things safer on our buses and at our campuses”, concluded Camarillo.


United ISD Board Vice-President Juan Roberto Ramirez was joined by Minions characters  to say yes to safety and no to bullying!


Killam Cowboy cheerleaders ready to roll!


Salvador Garcia M.S.Bus Safety Crew arrives at the SAC for the celebration!




October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016


United ISD Hosts Groundbreaking for Alexander High School’s 9th Grade Campus

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Laredo, Texas: United ISD held a formal groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of John B. Alexander High School’s 9th grade campus.  Leading the groundbreaking was United ISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent, Mr. Roberto J. Santos.  Also in attendance were Leyendecker Construction and Franks Architects. Alexander’s 9th grade campus is projected for completion for the 2018-2019 school year.

The campus totals over A 104,000 Square feet in a single story building built to serve approximately 950 young students.  The structures will sit on a 20-acre tract of land.

The Alexander High School 9th Grade Campus is a standalone 2-story building with a detached FFA building totaling over 201,000 square feet to support an enrollment of 1,200 students.  The campus will sit on a 20-acre tract of land and is located east of Bob Bullock Loop and Del Mar Blvd.  The facility will have 30 classrooms, 6 science lecture labs with 3 shared prep rooms, 6 Business Information Magnet Labs, and a CTE Magnet Lab.  In the area of Fine Arts, 2 art labs, and a dance studio will be housed.  Athletics and P.E. will share a competition and practice gym with access to outdoor sport fields.

Common areas will include a 600 student capacity cafeteria with indoor and outdoor dining areas.  Security for the campus will start at the perimeter with a guardhouse, followed by a secure foyer, where visitors are cleared before entering the building.  The parking lot will accommodate 250 vehicles with access to turn into school from Loop 20.

This project was made possible through the funds allocated from the 2013 Bond Program.  United ISD is committed to incorporating the 9th grade concept model in all of its high schools in an effort to further foster our mission of inspiring all of our students to become responsible world citizens by pursing excellence through life-long learning.


United ISD High School Marching Bands To Compete in Region XIV Marching Contest

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Anyone who is a music enthusiast is invited to attend the Region XIV UIL Marching Band Competition that will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon on October 22 at the Student Activity Complex Stadium located at 5208 Santa Claudia Lane.  Gates will open at 9:00 a.m.

The schedule of high school band performances will be as follows:

  • 10:00 a.m. Martin High School (5A)
  • 10:15 a.m. Cigarroa High School (5A)
  • 10:30 a.m. Nixon High School (5A)
  • 10:45 a.m. United South High School (6A)
  • 11:00 a.m. Alexander High School (6A)
  • 11:15 a.m. Johnson High School (6A)
  • 11:30 a.m. United High School (6A)
  • *Noon – Exhibition and Awards Ceremony

*At the conclusion of all high school band performances the Texas A&M University at Kingsville “Javalina Pride” Marching Band will have an exhibition for all audience members to enjoy.

The award ceremony is scheduled for noon.

In this competition, all bands are vying to receive a 1st Division Superior Rating from a panel of three judges. Any band that receives a 1st Division Rating receives a coveted UIL trophy.

For 6-A bands, this is an advancement year to area competition.

“On behalf of our Board of Trustees and Superintendent Roberto J. Santos, I would like to encourage everyone to attend this great community event,” said United ISD Fine Arts Director Javier Vera.  “Each high school band is ready to put on a great musical performance.”

Admission is $5.00 per person and the event is open to the public to attend.  Tickets may be purchased at the gate on the day of the event.  All seats are general admission.


UISD’s Second Annual Golf Tournament “FORE” Students 3rd Place Winners

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016


UISD’s Second Annual Golf Tournament “FORE” Students 2nd Place Winners

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016


UISD’s Second Annual Golf Tournament “FORE” Students 1st Place Winners

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016


Notice of Public Hearing – Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Monday, October 17th, 2016


United ISD Breaks Ground to Mark The Construction For San Isidro Elementary

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Laredo, Texas: United ISD began a new chapter today with a formal groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the construction for Elementary #29, San Isidro Elementary.

Leading the groundbreaking was United ISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent, Mr. Roberto J. Santos. Also in attendance were Leyendecker Construction, Juan Homero Sanchez Architect, and Metaform Architects Studio.  They are the Engineers and Architects who are leading all construction efforts at United ISD.  San Isidro Elementary is projected for completion by August 2017school year.   Mr. Blackstone Dilworth donated the 10 acres of land where this school is being constructed.

The campus totals over 104,000 square feet in a single story building built to serve approximately 950 young students.  The main building entrance incorporates a security station manned by district police officers to enhance school security and monitor the day-to-day activities.

When visitors, students and staff pass the security station and enter the building, they are received in a large lobby overlooking the central courtyard. The four corners of the school are anchored by the community-friendly library, computer lab, cafeteria and gymnasium, which also act as a stage for school events and performances. Over 45 classrooms overlook an enclosed courtyard or the surrounding campus, including 28 standard classrooms, 16 early education classrooms, 2 special education classrooms, 2 state-of-the art computer labs, a multi-purpose room, a science classroom and a music room as well.  An exterior play yard houses a play scape for younger students.  The central courtyard houses an outdoor amphitheater, which acts as an exterior teaching laboratory. Visitor parking is available at main entry, while staff parking is separate and secure.

This school is being constructed through bond funds that were approved by the voters in 2013.  This campus will provide much relief for existing schools in these areas as well as provide incoming students with innovative classrooms that will help advance students into the future.