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October 2018 Newsletter (English)

Dear Leopard Nation,

Greetings! The motivational speaker and coach Michael Altshuler once stated, “The bad news is TIME flies, the good news is YOU’RE THE PILOT.”  As one United Family, we have taken control of our classrooms and have started to steer our students in the path to success.  As we head into October, we are now a full 7 weeks into the 2018-2019 school year, and it has been a remarkable whirlwind of a start. As we continue down this trek, I would like to share with you some initiatives that we are working on to make October a true success.

We are kicking off the first-ever SOUTHTOBER READING FEST for the month of October.  The activities that we will implement include:

1.     Achieve 3000 campus-wide reading initiative through our third block classes. This web-based program will help our campus develop a reading culture. Students will be able to read on electronic devices.

2.    District-wide Reading Challenge where students must read 3 books for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th six weeks for a total of 9 books in a span of 18 weeks.  Students will have to also write corresponding book reports for each book they read.

3.    Book Review Raffle where students are entered into a movie tickets give away upon completion of a book review. The more books they read the more chances they have to win.

In addition to our Reading Initiatives, we will continue with our tutorials after school in order to enhance our daily instruction and help our students reach their academic potential.  We have taken our first Campus-Based Assessment (CBA) and we will take our second CBA at the end of October.  Please remember that we need every child to be here every day, without fail. It is of the utmost importance that all our students attend their classes on a daily basis in order to receive excellent instruction.

We definitely started the year on a great note with great enthusiasm, attitude, and energy.  I look forward to facing the challenges that may arise as a united team and with the same positive spirit we started with.  Winston Churchill once said, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”   I foresee greatness from our students and staff and know that our success will shine through in May when our students show growth not only in STAAR related materials, but also on how they have developed their minds, attitudes, and abilities.



Carlos Valdez

Carlos Valdez



It is the policy of the United ISD not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or handicap in programs, services or activities, as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.