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If your children have any gently used school uniforms they may have outgrown or no longer use, the United Independent School District asks that you consider donating them to help students in need.
Beginning now until school starts on August 21, 2017, UISD will have nine convenient locations to drop off gently used school uniforms for students. Donations of new or gently used uniform tops, such as blouses and polo shirts, as well as, uniform bottoms such as pants, shorts, skirts are needed. Additionally, donations of new or gently worn shoes and belts would be greatly appreciated.
The student uniform drop-off locations are as follows:
All uniform sizes are needed for boys and girls in elementary, middle and high school. All donations will benefit students of the District as all students enrolled in UISD from pre-k through 12th grade must wear a school uniform as per student uniform dress code policy.
For more information call (956) 473-6349 or 473-6283.
Congratulations are in order for United High School graduate Marlon Williams who recently signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball for U.T. Rio Grande Valley. Williams’ accolades as a basketball player include being selected as an All District 29-6A player in 2015-2016 and District Co- M.V.P. for District 29-6A in 2016-2017. Coach Archie Ramos described Williams as a great student who is respected and admired his peers, teammates and teachers. “Marlon is very caring, compassionate and always conscientious about doing the right thing. As an athlete he is fast on his feet and knows how to get to the rim, draw, and finish”, he concluded. Marlon hopes to achieve a level of skills that will one day put him on a roster of potential NBA draft picks. He is also interested in becoming a physical therapist or coach. ” I thank my parents, coaches, teammates and friends for supporting my efforts on and off the court. I will miss everyone back home, but am looking forward to what’s ahead” said Williams, who is the son of Devonne Adams and Lakeesha Williams.
LAREDO, TEXAS – The United Independent School District Board of Trustees and Superintendent Roberto J. Santos are pleased to announce Claudia C. Dovalina-Guzman as the new director of the District’s Special Education Department.
Dovalina-Guzman is currently the principal at Gutierrez Elementary School, where she has been since 2005. She previously served as the assistant principal at United D. D. Hachar in Rio Bravo. Prior to this, she was an Educational Diagnostician at J.W. Nixon High School and was a Special Education Teacher at Memorial Middle School and Martin High School with Laredo ISD.
“Ms. Dovalina-Guzman is passionate about the success of our students and will dedicate her efforts to see that every child reaches their fullest potential,” said United ISD Superintendent Roberto J. Santos. “As a director, her goal is to improve and enrich the lives and future of our students,” added Santos.
Dovalina-Guzman obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas in San Antonio. She received her certification in Special Education in 1994. She later obtained her Master’s in Educational Diagnostics from Texas A&M International University in 1997 and then obtained her principal certification in 2002.
“It is with great pride and excitement that I take on this new challenge,“ said Dovalina-Guzman. “I would like to thank all my staff members, students, parents, and community members from Gutierrez Elementary School for their support throughout the years. I look forward to this new opportunity and will continue to encourage and promote student achievement.”
Dovalina-Guzman will lead the Special Education Department along with Executive Director of Special Education Cynthia M. Ramirez.
For additional information, please contact the United ISD Public Relations Office at (956) 473-6286.
State Representative Richard Peña Raymond held a press conference at the UISD Boardroom to announce that he will introduce a bill during the upcoming Special Legislative Session of the Texas Legislature providing Texas Public School Teachers with a $1000 annual pay raise. Rep.Raymond was joined by UISD Trustees Juan Robert Ramirez, Javier Montemayor Jr., Superintendent Roberto J. Santos, and teachers from UISD and LISD for the big announcement.
Rep. Raymond first introduced the bill during the Regular Session earlier this year, and Texas Governor Greg Abbott has indicated that he will include it on the list of the bills to be considered during the next Special Session, which begins on July 18. “As the son of a school teacher, I know how important teachers they are to improving the future of Laredo and the entire state of Texas, and I believe this raise is long overdue. I’m very pleased Governor Abbott agrees with me,” said Rep. Raymond. I hope this will encourage more people to get into the teaching profession, because we still have a teacher shortage in many of our Texas schools”, he concluded.
Police Chief Ray Garner swore in Pedro “Pete” Arredondo as captain for the United ISD Police Department on June 5, 2017. For over 8 years Arredondo served as commander for the Webb County Sheriffs Office and has been a peace officer for a total of 24 years. “I am excited to take-on this position as Captain and work collaboratively with my colleagues to protect and serve the children of our community,” stated Arredondo. He added, “Working under the direction of Chief Garner is a big deal for me, since I have great respect for him and his expertise in the field of policing.”
The United ISD Police Department is comprised of 76 sworn peace officers, 105 security officers, 3 K-9 Handlers, 5 Radio Operators and 5 staff members. All police officers of this department are licensed peace officers of the State of Texas. They have full arrest powers and all rights, privileges and immunities similar to municipal police officers.Additionally, officers are assigned to F.T.O. Program, Honor Guard, Safety Patrol Program, and U-Watch. These units work in conjunction with local law enforcement authorities and other related departments. The focus of all officers is to work as a positive influence on students and to protect the schools by providing a safe learning environment.
“This marks a new day for United ISD’s Police Department and its commitment to protecting our students, teachers and campuses,” said Superintendent Roberto J. Santos.
Please check out the resources below to learn more about the features on the new Student Report Card, questions you can ask teachers and counselors and how to log online to dive even deeper.
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Pictured is Victoria Davila with her family members, Evelyn Sames, United ISD Board Member Juan Roberto Ramirez, and fellow program sponsors A&K World Class Driving School and Laredo Federal Credit Union.
Attending school every day has really paid off for United South High School graduate Victoria Davila, as she was the winner of a brand new 2017 Kia Soul!
The give-a-way announcement was made June 2 at the Laredo Energy Arena in front of a live audience, just before the Lyndon B. Johnson High School graduation ceremony. The car give-a-way was part of the 4th Annual Sames Auto Group “Kia in the Klassroom” Program which promotes the importance of daily school attendance for high school students throughout the school year. Each time a student had perfect attendance for at least one nine-week period, they were given a special voucher to drop off at the Sames Kia dealership which was entered into the drawing for the free car.
“Sames is proud to support local education as it is the pillar upon which we have built our 107 year legacy. We will continue to partner with the UISD in their efforts to promote daily student attendance and student academic success,” said Evelyn Sames of Sames Auto Group.
A total of 16 semi-finalists, four from each high school, were selected for the final phase of the give-a-way. These students were: Robert Ruiz, Jocelyn Bernal, Enrique Zapata and Abigail Escalera, from Lyndon B. Johnson High School. Jose R. Sanchez, Victoria Davila, Derek Rubio, and Cristina Seña, from United South High School. Alexa Diaz, Jorge Reliac, Camilo Flores, and Homero Frausto Castillo from Alexander High School. Evan Borjas, Anna Karen Lara, Vanessa Rodriguez and Gabriel Garza from United High School.
In addition to receiving a free car from Sames Auto Group, the Laredo Federal Credit Union paid the tax, title and license on the vehicle and A&K World Class Driving School offered a free drivers education course to Davila. The other 15 semi-finalists received a tablet, courtesy of Sames Auto Group and free sandwiches for a year were given to three students. These items were from Chic-fil-a Marketplace located at Bob Bullock Loop and Clark Blvd.
Sames Kia, and fellow sponsors, look forward to 5th Annual Kia in the Klassroom Program. Sames reminds all to…DRIVE LOCAL. DRIVE SAMES.