Archive for the ‘Press Releases’ Category

Maverettes on America’s Got Talent (2/15/11)

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

United Middle School Maverettes were invited to audition for the national N.B.C show, America’s Got Talent. The dance group went to Houston, Texas, to Reliant Arena, to audition in front of the America’s Got Talent judges. They received the opportunity after a representative from the show saw them perform at a Spurs half time show. These girls have already won 21 awards including Best in Show and Best Choreography

UISD Shares Information on New STAAR Assessment (2/10/11)

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

UISD Campuses To Remain Open And Will Operate As Regularly Scheduled for Thursday, February 3

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

The United Independent School District will hold classes for tomorrow, February 3. Classes will begin at their regularly scheduled time and parents should plan accordingly. Students are reminded to dress warmly in layers, observing the District’s dress code, and cover exposed skin when outdoors. 

Students who take the bus are reminded not to arrive at the bus stop more than 10 minutes prior to the scheduled pick up time.  The UISD Transportation Department will work to ensure that buses are running on time.  If an emergency notice should be issued for students living in the colonias of Hwy 59, Hwy 359, and Penitas along Mines Road, the Transportation Department will notify the schools affected so that information can be made available to parents/guardians.  Additionally, parents/guardians may contact the Transportation Department at (956) 473-5230 for this information. 

Like many residential homes and businesses in the City today, UISD also experienced rotating power outages, known as “brownouts” at some of its campuses.  UISD Officials were informed of these rotating “brownouts” in the morning when the school day was in progress, by representatives of American Electric Power (AEP) Company.  A schedule of when or where these “brownouts” were going to take place was not provided.  However, by about 3:00 p.m. today, ERCOT discontinued them, according to news reports.

The District will continue to post information via its website, SchoolMessenger, and with local media outlets.

The District urges all to be prepared for the cold temperatures and to be mindful of the hazards and safety rules of winter weather.

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.

United Independent School District campuses and offices to be closed during spring break

Friday, March 12th, 2010

United Independent School District campuses, administrative offices including the UISD Tax Office, will be closed during Spring break beginning Friday, March 12, 2010, at 5p.m.-through Sunday, March 21, 2010.

Also, as a friendly reminder, DO NOT forget that this Sunday, March 14, 2010 will be daylight savings time. Please remember to SPRING FORWARD all clocks one hour ahead!

UISD campuses and administrative offices will reopen Monday, March 22, 2010. Students and teachers will also be returning on Monday, March 22, 2010.

Happy Spring Break!!!

For information contact the UISD Public Relations Office at (956) 473-6286.

The United Independent School District is the largest employer in Laredo serving approximately 40,900 students and employs 6,700 employees. UISD is comprised of 40 campuses in addition to 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.

United High School Choir still need help to raise money for a chance to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City

Friday, March 12th, 2010

The United High School (UHS) Longhorn Choir has been invited to perform the Mozart Mass in C Major “Coronation Mass” under the direction of Maestro Myron Flippin, at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 3-7, 2010. Although the choir has worked to raise money for this trip, they are still in need of $40,000 by April 1, 2010 in order to take part in this momentous and historic occasion.

According to UHS Choir Director Paul Foster, fundraising began in May of 2009 with a plate sale and other activities. The effort received an extra boost when the UHS Longhorn Choir was given the opportunity of a lifetime when they performed with legendary rock group, Foreigner at the Laredo Entertainment Center on February 10, 2010. When Foreigner had heard of the choir’s efforts in raising money for the trip to New York City, the rock group immediately jumped at the opportunity to help the school by asking choir members to sell copies of their latest CD at the venue in exchange for 50% of disc profits.

“It’s amazing how United High School has taken on this project with sheer determination in order to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall where many legendary musicians and artists have performed over the years,” said UISD Superintendent Roberto J. Santos. “It shows that no matter how high or steep the mountain is, anyone with the will and drive can make it the top,” Santos continued.

“Let’s get everyone involved in order for this dream to become a reality. We still have a couple of more weeks in order to raise more money. I really have complete faith and confidence that we can make it happen.” said United High School Choir Director Paul Foster.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the UHS Longhorn Choir may do so by contacting Foster at 473-5751.

For information contact the UISD Public Relations Office at (956) 473-6286.

The United Independent School District is the largest employer in Laredo serving approximately 40,900 students and employs 6,700 employees. UISD is comprised of 40 campuses, in addition to 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.

U.I.S.D. proclaims March as “United I.S.D. Census Month” and announces the winners of the 2010 U.S. Census Essay Contest

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Today March 8th, 2010, Juan Antonio Molina, Jr. UISD Board of Trustees Vice-President proclaimed March as “United I.S.D. Census Month.” He stated that United I.S.D. fully supports the effort of the Census and asked everyone in our community to complete the 10 question survey because that translates into more dollars for our communities and schools.

Additionally students from Arndt Elementary performed the “Census Chant” to motivate the public to take part of this once-in-a-decade experience! Sandra Cavazos, UISD Executive Director for Student Services announced the winners of the United I.S.D. 2010 U.S. Census Essay Contest. The winners wrote an essay explaining how important it was to participate in the census and how it will affect our community.

The first place winner was Luis Antonio Diaz, an 8th grade student from Trautmann Middle School, second place went to Berenice Torres, a 6th grade student from Lamar Bruni-Vergara Middle School, and third place went to Amanda Sanchez, a 7th grade students from United South Middle School.

1st place
Luis Antonio Diaz, 8th grade
Trautmann Middle School
Principal: Mr. Raymundo Gonzalez, III

2nd place
Berenice Torres, 6th grade
Lamar Bruni-Vergara Middle School
Principal: Ms. Annabel Gomez-Rubio

3rd place
Amanda Sanchez, 7th grade
United South Middle School
Principal: Mrs. Selma Santos

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

Pictured L-R: Juan Antonio Molina, Jr. UISD Board of Trustees Vice-President; Sylvia Martinez, U.S. Census Partnership Specialist; Amanda Sanchez 3rd Place winner; Luis Antonio Diaz, 1st Place winner; Berenice Torres, 3rd Place winner; Sandra Cavazos, Executive Director for Student Services; Roberto J. Santos, UISD Superintendent of Schools.

Pictured L-R: Juan Antonio Molina, Jr. UISD Board of Trustees Vice-President; Sylvia Martinez, U.S. Census Partnership Specialist; Amanda Sanchez 3rd Place winner; Luis Antonio Diaz, 1st Place winner; Berenice Torres, 3rd Place winner; Sandra Cavazos, Executive Director for Student Services; Roberto J. Santos, UISD Superintendent of Schools.

United Independent School District Launches New Innovative Website – new site features a RSS feed plus many online services for parents, students, and community

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

The United Independent School District (UISD) recently launched their new website, making this one more innovative for all its users. Of the many features and online programs offered, one notable service, which is free to individuals who sign up, is the “RSS” (Really Simple Syndication) feed. The “RSS” service will allow prospective subscribers to receive up-to-date information about news and events in UISD via their favorite web browser. UISD encourages parents, students, and the community to learn more about these services by visiting the new site at www.uisd.net.

“Our new website has been designed with the importance of our students, parents and members of the community in mind,” said UISD Superintendent Roberto J. Santos. “The features we’ve added, such as the RSS feed and other online services is ready to be used by our various stakeholders. Additionally, there is important information on our site that is very useful,” noted Santos who explained the resourceful information that has been posted under the “Parent” tab of new site.

On the “RSS” feed feature, a free service where interested subscribers can sign up by clicking on the “RSS” icon found on the District’s homepage, parents or members of the community can receive immediate notification and up-to-date news and information about UISD. .

Other convenient and innovative features that are on the site are: an online tax payment service, which offers a convenient option for UISD taxpayers to pay their taxes online; the “Lunch Money Now” program which allows parents to open an account and pay for their child’s breakfast and lunch online; a “School Locator” program which allows families, based on their home address, to find which elementary, middle, or high school their child should attend; a “photo crawl” which highlights various District events and is updated periodically; and several educational District and public service announcements that can be played directly from the site.

Website users can also find out information and background on the District’s various academic programs and student services, biographies of the Board of Trustees, along with each trustees boundary map, contact information for the schools and departments, job opening information and more.

Other useful information on the site includes: student immunization requirements; school bus routes, daily breakfast and lunch menus; parent tips and newsletters; guidelines on parent organizations (along with a presentation); information on the Student Code of Conduct and Dress Code; and the school calendars for the current and the upcoming 2010-2011 school year, plus much more.

For information about the new UISD website contact the Public Relations Office at (956) 473-6286.

The United Independent School District is the largest employer in Laredo serving approximately 40,900 students with 6,700 employees. UISD is comprised of 40 campuses in addition to 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.

UISD's new Website

United Independent School District Congratulates The United High School Boy’s Basketball Team And Coaches On A Recording Breaking Season

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

There’s only one word that can describe the achievements of the United High School (UHS) Longhorn Boy’s Basketball Team on their 2009-2010 season: IMPRESSIVE! Whether it was their “impressive” number four state ranking, or their “impressive” record of thirty-four consecutive wins in a season (which broke the all-time District record), or their “impressive” wins at the Harlingen Tournament, Border Olympics Tournament, and Lone Star Tournament-of which the Lone Star Tournament was a state ranked competition.

“Impressive” is the only word to sum up the achievements of this talented team. More impressive, however; is the dedication, respect, and determination these high school athletes show on and off the court.

Before heading off to their Semi–Finals game to be played in San Antonio, at the University of Texas in San Antonio, City of Laredo Mayor Raul G. Salinas, together with State Representative Richard Raymond and United Independent School District Board of Trustees President Pat Campos, proclaimed a day in their honor and wished them well as they headed to San Antonio.

Indeed, it was a close game but these talented athletes are to be commended for putting Laredo Basketball “back on the map” with their winnings at home and away. Most importantly, the UHS Basketball Team has taught us that working together as a team will yield victory and success! As Sir Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

The names of the UHS Longhorns Basket Ball Team for the 2009-2010 winning season are:

UHS Players
Jairo Batista
Alfonso Bustamante
Manuel Canales
Johnathon Cortazzo
Michael Elizondo
Austin Gates
Thomas Johnson
Federico Juarez
Charles Kattan
Mathew Kuriata
John P. Montalvo
Daniel Rosas
Abraham Rubio
John Velasquez
Steven Vielma
Luis Vila

UHS Basketball Statiscian
David Lopez

UHS Basketball Managers
Jeffery Chawgo
Paolo Del Barrio

UHS Basketball Trainers
David Orosco, Trainer
Paula Garcia, Trainer

UHS Basketball Coaches
Archie Ramos, Head Coach
Eduardo Mendoza, Assistant Coach
Douglas Gates, Assistant Coach
Leopoldo Guardiola, Assistant Coach

The United Independent School District wishes to congratulate the UHS Basketball team and coaches for a job well done!
UHS Basketball