Archive for the ‘September 2016’ Category
Congressman Henry Cuellar Congratulates Trautmann Teachers for 2016 National Blue Ribbon School AwardFriday, September 30th, 2016
Anyone who loves music and enjoys seeing a great music arts competition is invited to attend United ISD’s Annual Marching Band Festival Competition. The event will be held on Saturday, October 1 at the Student Activity Complex Stadium located at 5208 Santa Claudia Lane. Gates open at 5:00 p.m.The schedule of performances will be as follows:
6:15 p.m. Cigarroa High School
6:30 p.m. Martin High School
6:45 p.m. Nixon High School
7:00 p.m. Johnson High School
7:15 p.m. Alexander High School
7:30 p.m. United South High School
7:45 p.m. United High School
The award ceremony is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.
“We invite the community to this event to enjoy an evening full of musical talent,” said United ISD Fine Arts Director Javier Vera. “Each high school band works so hard to put on an impressive musical performance. They all do an outstanding job.”
Admission is $7.00 per person and children five and under will have free admission. All seats are general admission and may be purchased at the gate on the day of the event.
This event is organized and hosted by the United ISD Fine Arts Department and Texas Music Festivals. For additional information contact the United ISD Fine Arts Department at (956) 473-7121.
On September 29, 2016 United ISD held a ribbon cutting event to signal the completion of a project that called for the expansion and remodeling of the Clark Middle School (C.M.S.), Band Hall. Local dignitaries, administrators and feeder school principals accompanied United ISD Board Members Javier Montemayor Jr. Ricardo “Rick” Rodriguez, Superintendent Roberto J. Santos and Principal Melissa Ramirez for the festivities. The expansion of the band hall added 1070 square feet of additional space to the facility. In addition, durable vinyl composite tile replaced carpeting and new sound absorption paneling was installed.
Clark Middle School Band Head Director Gilbert Cuellar said that the additional space would allow for more students to get involved with the school’s music programs. His sentiments were echoed by Ms. Ramirez, who thanked the school board and Mr. Santos for their support. “I appreciate and commend them for getting behind this project, and for extending much needed improvements throughout our campus. Thanks to them, we have a larger music facility for our students, plus our campus was repainted and detailed during the summer months. Everything looks great, and most importantly, our students and their parents were very pleased with the outcome” said Ramirez.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was highlighted by performances fby the C.M.S. Mighty Husky Band and Mariachi Del Norte. Campus groups including the C.M.S. Middle School Dance Team, School Cheer Team and National Junior Honor Society welcomed visitors at the school’s entrance, and assisted with mini-tours of the campus. Clark Middle School was established in 1978 and serves 764 students in grades 6-8. Its current staff is comprised 48 teacher and 44 employees and staff members. The campus is located at 500 Hillside Road (rear).
Laredo, TX: United ISD began a new chapter with a formal ceremonial groundbreaking to mark the construction for Hwy 359 Schools, Elementary #28 and Middle School #10.
Leading the groundbreaking was United ISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent, Mr. Roberto J. Santos. Also in attendance was, Paul Leyendecker, from Leyendecker Construction, Juan Homero Sanchez Architect, working as the principal architect for Elementary 28, in collaboration with Metaform Architects Studio. Working as the principal architect for Middle School #10, is Munoz and Company Architects, in collaboration with Cavazos Architects and Sepulveda Architects.
Hwy. 359 Schools, Elementary #28 and Middle School #10 are projected for completion for the 2017-2018 school year. The 30 acres of land where these schools are being constructed, was land that belonged to the late Eloy and Bonnie Garcia. United ISD worked in partnership with the Garcia family to extend the EG Ranch Road Blvd. They were instrumental in extending all utilities and providing the necessary infrastructure for the development and construction of our new schools. “ Mr. & Mrs. Eloy and Bonnie Garcia, would never of dreamed of all the benefits that would result from their sacrifice many years ago in the purchase of this property,” said family representative, Mrs. Betty Flores.
Elementary school # 28, totals over 104,445 square feet in a single story building who will serve approximately 950 young students. The main building entrance incorporates a new security station manned by district police officers to enhance school security and monitor day-to-day activities. When visitors, students and staff alike 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 library and computer lab, the Cafeteria and a multi–purpose gymnasium which also acts as a venue for school events and performances as it has a stage. 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.
Middle School #10 is a state of the art two-story educational building designed for a capacity of 1000 students for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. It is 110,050 total square feet in area, organized by a central mall between a wraparound classroom wing on one side and the major school assembly spaces on the other. The school has 27 classrooms, 4 science labs, 2 computer labs, 2 special education classrooms, an art classroom and a home economics classroom. A Fine Arts wing, which has a Band Hall, an Ensemble Room, a Rehearsal Room and 5 practice rooms with special acoustical treatments.
The school library is situated at the front of the school and a 10,340 square foot gymnasium with all amenities. The kitchen and cafeteria features indoor/outdoor seating areas and a raised platform stage for events. The building entry is equipped with a security station manned by a District police officer to monitor traffic into the building, with a secure entry vestibule. Along with the internal police station it will have camera surveillance capability of the facility. And for our athletes, on site practice playing fields area.
Mr. Frances Atwell from U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar’s Office gave a special recognition presentation to United ISD’s School Board of Trustees for their devotion to our community and children of United ISD.
United ISD Continues the tradition of excellence, working diligently in keeping up with the population growth by improving and building educational facilities to offer a high quality education for our children.
Earlier Today, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner, Mike Morath, announced the 26 Texas public schools recipients of the national 2016 Blue Ribbon Schools recognition. United ISD’s Trautmann Elementary School is a second-time recipient of this prestigious award.
Founded in 1982, Blue Ribbon Schools is a U.S. Department of Education program that recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels.
“I congratulate the teachers, administrators and staff members at each of these nationally recognized campuses in Texas,” said Commissioner of Education Mike Morath. “A strong commitment to successful student outcomes is evident throughout the school year at every National Blue Ribbon campus, past and present, across our state.”
“On behalf of our Board of Trustees, I would like to congratulate School Principal Zaida G. Gonzalez and all of the hard working faculty and staff at Trautmann Elementary School. You make United I.S.D. proud,” said United Independent School District Superintendent Roberto J. Santos.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. Each recognized campus will receive a commemorative flag. This flag is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. National Blue Ribbon Schools are an inspiration and a model for schools still striving for excellence.
Now in its 34th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on fewer than 8,500 schools. On Nov. 7 and 8, the Department will formally recognize the 279 public and 50 private schools at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
All schools are recognized in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:
- Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
- Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years.
Laredo, Texas—United ISD: Excitement, appreciation and gratitude filled the air at Arndt Elementary School this morning, as students, teachers, and administrators held a ribbon cutting ceremony to formally dedicate the school’s new classroom wing addition and parking lot expansion. The school-orientated event featured guest speakers, several performances from the school choir and a dance number from the Arndt Elementary School Dazzlers dance team. United ISD Board Trustees Ricardo Molina, Jr., Ramiro Veliz, III, and Superintendent Roberto J. Santos gave congratulatory remarks.
“It is wonderful to see how these construction projects are really making a difference for our students. Projects such as this one, remind us all that these new learning environments are great spaces for our students to learn, grow and thrive,” said United ISD Superintendent Roberto J. Santos who toured the new classroom wing and visited teachers and students in the classrooms with Board members and United ISD representatives.
The construction additions at Arndt Elementary School are a direct result of the school bond that was passed by voters in 2013. The scope of projects at Arndt Elementary School included an addition of a new classroom wing and a new staff parking lot. Wing extensions to existing classroom wings are currently being worked on and will be available to students later in the school year.
The new classroom wing is approximately 16,900 sq. ft. and connects to the school’s existing, main building. The new wing features 11 state-of-the-art classrooms, with the most update to technology and current furnishings, a Science lab, restroom and storage facilities. The new parking lot is located on the west side of the school’s property and includes 29 additional parking spaces that connect to the school’s main traffic loop, making drop off and pick up easier and more safe for parents and students.
Arndt Elementary School Principal Juanita Zepeda thanked everyone for the much needed improvements at her campus. She noted that 4th and 5th students, who were previously in portable classrooms, can now be in the school’s main building, where the rest of the student body is housed and areas such as the library, cafeteria, and gym are located.
Also at the ceremony, Arndt Elementary School parent volunteers, Cecy Macias and Mireida Quiroga, spoke about the beautiful campus and said that the recent construction additions will make a tremendous impact at the school for students, parents and teachers.
Arndt Elementary School is located at 610 Santa Martha Boulevard. There school mascot is the cardinal and their school colors are red and yellow. The original campus was built in 1999.
Alexander High School’s Performing Arts Building Agricultural Science Building and Athletic Projects GroundbreakingWednesday, September 21st, 2016
United ISD began a new chapter today with a formal groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the construction for John B. Alexander High School Performing Arts Building, Agricultural Science Building FFA Complex and numerous Athletic Projects.
Leading the groundbreaking was United ISD Board of Trustees, Superintendent, Mr. Roberto J. Santos and John B. Alexander High School Principal, Mr. Ernesto Sandoval. Also in attendance were various local and state officials as well as our very own City of Laredo Mayor, Pete Saenz.
This project will consist of two phases and is projected to be completed for the 2017-2018 school year. Phase I will include the Performing Arts Building and Agricultural Science Building FFA Complex, and various Athletic Projects.
The Performing Arts Building will be approximately 17,275 square feet and includes a band hall, ensemble room, practice rooms and storage rooms. As well as a Second Band Hall, Orchestra and Choir Room. The Performing Arts building will incorporate Xeriscape Landscaping. This unique manner of landscaping is where native plants are used to enhance the aesthetics of the facility.
The Agricultural Science Building includes a 5,634 square foot building and will be the home to building houses, an Education/Welding Shop with 6 welding booths, a woodworking area, and a classroom. A 1,386 square foot green house will also be on site as well as a 620 square foot exterior animal pen area. The animal pen area includes 6 covered pens where students will be able to house animals during our winter season. The agricultural complex will also incorporate xeriscape landscape.
The athletic and infrastructure projects will include the relocation of the softball field to facilitate a new up to date facility that includes, a canopy, bathrooms for the tennis courts, which will make it a stand-alone facility. The complex also includes the infrastructure leading to the new buildings and surrounding areas.
“We just want to thank the voters, the School Board, and Mr. Santos for giving us an opportunity to facilitate our students with a platform to showcase their diverse interests in the areas of the performing arts, agricultural sciences, or athletics. We are grateful for everyone who has mades this possible,” said by J.B. Alexander High School Principal, Ernesto Sandoval.
Infrastructure improvements will include enhancements to storm water drainage systems and a new road named “BULDOG Avenue” connecting to Del Mar Blvd. These additions are much needed to facilitate our growth in student population.
Phase II of the projects will include the conversion of the existing band hall into the new engineering and science labs. These additions will provide students with the modern updates our schools need to stay current and up to date. The implementation of the new Organic Chemistry & Microbiology Labs, Engineering AutoCAD, Robotics Labs and a Theatre Arts Classroom.
Mr. Frances Atwell from U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar’s Office attended the event to honor Mercedes Oronoz the 2016 Yale Educator Recognition Award. Mrs. Oronoz is a veteran Mathematics teacher at John B. Alexander. The Yale Educator Recognition program recognizes outstanding educators worldwide who have supported and inspired students to achieve at high-levels.
Clown Bolitas dropped by Centeno elementary to get students motivated for this year’s Accelerated Reader (A.R.) program and the opening of the campus library. Students were energized by their special guest, who engaged them in games and learning activities. Last year, Centeno elementary school circulated over 50,000 books, and is projecting to break that record this year.
This past summer, KGNS-TV hosted a social media campaign entitled “The Magic of Storytelling.” The campaign encouraged local youth to text a photo of themselves reading a book to “#selfie.” For each photo received, KGNS pledged to donate a book to a United ISD student. KGNS news anchors Jerry Garza and Richard Noriega made good on their promise and delivered over 250 books to Finley Elementary School. Third, fourth and fifth grade students were presented with the books in the school’s library and then enjoyed listening to stories read aloud by Mr. Garza and Mr. Noriega.
By placing new books in children’s hands, the KGNS Magic of Storytelling campaign promotes the importance of reading and highlights the tremendous benefits that reading can have on a child’s life. United ISD thanked KGNS for their generosity. The station hopes to conduct the social media campaign and book donation again next summer.