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8th Graders of the Month for February 2011 (2/23/11)

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

2011 International Aviation Art Contest (2/23/11)

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

UISD Community Role Models for February 2011 (2/23/11)

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Congratulations! Gonzalo Rubio 2011 February Youth of the Month (2/23/11)

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Congratulations L.B.J. Cheerleaders, 2nd Place at NCA. (2/23/11)

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Thank You, Webb County Constable Rodolfo “Rudy” Rodriguez Jr. (2/23/11)

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Alexander Students Place 3rd in 400 Free Relay (2/23/11)

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

8th Graders of the Month for January 2011 (2/7/11)

Monday, February 7th, 2011

2011 Class of Future Laredo Lady Leaders (2/7/11)

Monday, February 7th, 2011

USHS Awarded Patriot Scholarship (2/7/11)

Monday, February 7th, 2011

USHS Cheerleaders NCA National Champions (2/7/11)

Monday, February 7th, 2011

AHS Cheerleaders NCA National Champions (2/7/11)

Monday, February 7th, 2011

UISD Community Role Models (2/7/11)

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Young Boy Saves Best Friend Using Heimlich Maneuver (2/7/11)

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Congratulations to UISD All State Musicians (2/7/11)

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Download January Newsletter 2011 in PDF Format

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Lights, Cameras, Report Student Newscast

Monday, January 10th, 2011























The Instructional Television Department produces weekly student programming which airs locally on several channels.  For 2011, the Department will also produce the popular “Knowledge for College” academic game show.

G.W.M.S. Parents Assist with Scoreboard Donation

Monday, January 10th, 2011























G.W.M.S. Parents Assist with Scoreboard Donation: John and Claudia Hourigan recently donated two scoreboards to George Washington Middle School, home of the Mighty Bobcats. Pictured are the Hourigan’s in front of one of the scoreboards.  They are the owners of Star of Life Home Care, Inc.  The proud G.W.M.S. Bobcats say “thank you!”

Exxon Mobil Foundation Recognizes Student

Monday, January 10th, 2011

ExxonMobil Foundation Recognizes United I.S.D. student with Engineering and Mathematics Award and Scholarship






















Alberto Rodriguez, a senior at the Engineering and Technology Magnet Program of United High School, recently received a Hispanic Heritage Youth Award from the ExxonMobil Foundation at ceremony at Rice University in Houston.  Alberto was named a Gold Medallion winner and received a scholarship award in the amount of $3,000.  He was among 12 students recognized from the South Texas region, and the only student selected from Laredo.   The 2010 Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards program offers educational grants to Hispanic high school seniors in 10 regions: Chicago, Dallas,Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, San Antonio, northern California, and Washington, DC.  Students from each region receive awards in the following areas of accomplishment:  Engineering and Mathematics, Business, Education, Journalism, Leadership and Sports. Award recipients are chosen by regional selection committees based on their academic achievement, community service, and an essay about the importance their heritage has played in their success.

United I.S.D.’s Business and Finance Department receives more accolades for fiscal responsibility

Friday, December 17th, 2010

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has once again awarded the United Independent School District (UISD) Business and Finance Office the “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” and “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.”  This is the tenth and the thirteenth consecutive time, respectively, that the Office has garnered these achievements.

“On behalf of our Board of Trustees, I would like to congratulate the dedicated staff members of the Business and Finance Office,” said UISD Superintendent Roberto J. Santos.  “To have consecutively attained these awards reflects their commitment to UISD and the community,” he continued.

The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award represents a significant UISD achievement.  It manifests the responsibility of the governing body and UISD staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.  In order to receive the budget award, the District had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.  These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as:

  • A policy document
  • A financial plan
  • An operations guide
  • A communications device

Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and in the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

“Our goal is to remain focused on the fiscal responsibility we have for the District and our taxpayers,” said Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Laida P. Benavides, CPA.

The Department also received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).  The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.  It represents a significant accomplishment by a governmental entity and its management.

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The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a non profit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C.

For information contact the UISD Business and Finance Department at (956) 473-6222.

The United Independent School District is the largest employer in Laredo serving approximately 42,000 students and employs 6,700 employees.  UISD is comprised of 41 campuses, three magnet programs, one Career Academy, and an alternative education campus.  UISD encompasses 75% of Laredo and serves communities in Rio Bravo and El Cenizo.

ExxonMobil Foundation Recognizes United I.S.D. student with Engineering and Mathematics Award and Scholarship

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Alberto Rodriguez, a senior at the Engineering and Technology Magnet Program of United High School, recently received a Hispanic Heritage Youth Award from the ExxonMobil Foundation at ceremony at Rice University in Houston. Alberto was named a Gold Medallion winner and received a scholarship award in the amount of $3,000.  He was among 12 students recognized from the South Texas region, and the only student selected from Laredo.   The 2010 Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards program offers educational grants to Hispanic high school seniors in 10 regions: Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, San Antonio, northern California, and Washington, DC.  Students from each region receive awards in the following areas of accomplishment:  Engineering and Mathematics, Business, Education, Journalism, Leadership and Sports. Award recipients are chosen by regional selection committees based on their academic achievement, community service, and an essay about the importance their heritage has played in their success.

Arndt Elementary School Learns about the Real World

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Congratulations to Laura Rodriguez STAR Educator

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Honors to Janet Sanchez-Enriquez

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

November Head of the Class

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

A.A. Lic. Eduardo A. Garza Robles, owner of Uni-Trade made Christmas a little brighter for 33 Migrant students from the Building Bridges Program

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

A.A. Lic. Eduardo A. Garza Robles, owner of Uni-Trade made Christmas a little brighter for 33 Migrant students from the Building Bridges Program.
A.A. Lic. Eduardo A. Garza Robles, owner of Uni-Trade made Christmas a little brighter for 33 Migrant students from the Building Bridges Program

Thank you, Gateway Electric your generous donations brighten the holiday season for UISD Migrant families

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Thank you, Gateway Electric your generous donations brighten the holiday season for UISD Migrant families.
Thank you, Gateway Electric your generous donations brighten the holiday season for UISD Migrant families

Ing. Humberto Gonzalez Betancourt, owner of Gateway Electric Co., donated $4,100 to help the United ISD Migrant Program purchase holiday gifts for the many families that it serves

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Ing. Humberto Gonzalez Betancourt, owner of Gateway Electric Co., donated $4,100 to help the United ISD Migrant Program purchase holiday gifts for the many families that it serves.

United I.S.D. and the Fernando A. Salinas Charitable Trust Fund Art Contest in honor of the District’s 50th Anniversary

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Art Contest Theme: “Educational excellence at the elementary, middle, or high school level”

Three students will win a two-year college scholarship to Laredo Community College and have their winning art entry transformed into a stained glass window that will be showcased at United I.S.D.

United I.S.D. Art Contest Sponsor: Mr. Javier Santos, Trustee to the Fernando A. Salinas Charitable Trust

Is there a theme? Every entry must reect how the United Independent School District has provided educational excellence and/or has been dedicated to student academic success at either the elementary, middle, or high school level for 50 years.

Who can enter? Students from 2nd through 12th grade, currently enrolled and attending United I.S.D., may submit one entry that will be entered in one of the following categories:

  • Elementary School (2nd-5th grade)
  • Middle School (6th-8th grade)
  • High School (9th-12th grade)

When can I start? Students can start working on their entry right away.

What is the deadline? All entries must be turned in to the Fine Arts Department located at 5208 Santa Claudia Lane by Monday, January 10, 2011 by 5:00 p.m., no exceptions will be allowed and no late entries will be permitted.

All entries become property of United I.S.D. and will not be returned to students.

Additionally, the following information needs to be attached to the back of the entry: student’s name, age, home address, home phone number, grade, and name of school.

What are the art requirements? Artwork entries must be original and the exclusive work of the student, entering the contest in idea, design, and execution. All artwork should be positive and inspiring.

Additional requirements are:
Size: 12”x18” or 18”x24” surface
Surface: Paper or canvas

Media (art materials): Any two-dimensional media including paint, pastel, color pencil, crayons, etc. (collage, digital imagery and black and white entries will not be accepted).

Format: Vertical

How are the entries judged? Criteria for the selection of one winning overall entry from each category will be
based on the following:
1. All art entries must be symbolic of the appropriate level of education (i.e. elementary, middle, or high school level).
2. Originality of the entry and how the theme or idea is expressed in the entry.
3. Artwork and its execution.
4. Visual impact of the entry.

What are the prizes? There will be one Districtwide winner from each elementary, middle, and high school categories. Each winner will receive a two-year scholarship to Laredo Community College.

Additionally, the three Districtwide entries will have their art transformed into a stained glass window which will be installed at United I.S.D. that will commemorate the District’s 50th anniversary.

For more information, contact the United I.S.D. Oce of Public Relations at (956) 473-6283.

Fernando A. Salinas Art Contest Poster 1

Fernando A. Salinas Art Contest Poster 2

United I.S.D. to observe Thanksgiving holiday

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

With the upcoming holiday season fast approaching, the United Independent School District (UISD) would like to remind all parents and students about the designated schedule for the week of Thanksgiving.

Please note, November 22 and 23 will be regular school days for all UISD students. Beginning November 24-26, all UISD campuses and administrative offices will be closed in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday. UISD will resume its’ regular schedule on November 29.

UISD would like to wish all families a wonderful Thanksgiving.

For more information, please call the Office of Public Relations at (956) 473-6286.