Category: Community

Coat Drive

NHS will be having a coat drive this week and encourages the students of Carter to donate jackets (including hoodies), coats, gloves, and scarves.  NHS currently has a goal of at least 50 of the clothing above items by Friday, December 6th, and would be appreciative of the donations. The items do not need to be new; however, they must be in good condition and be clean/washed before donating. All clothing items will be given away at La Joya Public information Center from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. The purpose of the coat drive will be to give coats to those who are not fortunate enough to buy one of their own.

Find a mentor.

 Seek out a knowledgeable adult to guide you through the college application process. An experienced parent, counselor, teacher, or family friend can be a valuable advisor on your journey to college. Talk with someone who works in a career that sparks your curiosity.

 Seek out a knowledgeable adult to guide you through the college application process. An experienced parent, counselor, teacher, or family friend can be a valuable advisor on your journey to college. Talk with someone who works in a career that sparks your curiosity.

Early college students to compete at STC sports tournament

South Texas College will be hosting its annual sports tournament at the Pecan campus on Sat., Nov. 23. The tournament gives early college students an opportunity to participate in sports activities at least once a year. Students must be passing all their classes in order to compete at the event.

Students formed teams and began practicing in each of their respective sports a month before the tournament. Competitors from different early colleges will compete against each other in volleyball, three versus three basketball, and soccer. 

Visit college campuses.

 A college education opens doors to boundless career opportunities. College isn’t limited to four-year gigs. Your options for college include two-year schools, technical schools, certificate programs, as well as universities. Visit campuses and make the choice that’s right for you.

You can’t get in if you don’t apply

You can’t get in if you don’t apply.

Texas makes it easy. lets you submit one application to all Texas public universities as well as many private and two-year colleges.

CarterCares: Organizing Volunteers

Carter fosters the growth of academic organizations and community focused clubs. During the fall of 2019 CarterCares emerged as an organization whose sole aim is to provide opportunities for students to give back to the community by volunteering and earning hours. CarterCares is sponsored by Ivan Silva and Leslie Gonzalez. 

“It is our goal for our students to not only have academic experiences, but also to take part in activities and functions that build their sense of service, duty, and strengthen their identity within our community. We service students from across our entire district and building a sense of unity is integral,” Silva said. 

While working on character building students are also able to log hours to use in their resumes and college applications.

“We get our hours and we also get to interact with others,”  Freshman Dominique Brown said. 

Annual Art Competition

On November 1, 2019, students of the La Joya District are going to share their holiday Christmas spirit and their present their artistic abilities in this year’s annual Art Competition of 2019.

Students will need to create their original artwork in a five by seven greeting card, following the theme called “Shine Bright and Show your Holiday Pride.” 

The greeting cards will be published and printed throughout the district web page for everyone to see, and the cards will be mailed out to the teachers and staff from the La Joya I.S.D.

Carter students will compete within their grade level and from other schools in the district. Competitors should submit their artworks to the art teacher, Nilda Valle, by Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, by 4:00 p.m.

The school superintendent, Gisela Saenz, and the administration of the La Joya ISD will be the ones judging and selecting the top five students from the district as the top finalists. They will post their artworks on the Facebook page, and the artworks with the most likes will be the winner. The winners will be announced at the La Joya ISD Facebook page on November 14, 2019.

The winner of 2019 will be recognized and receive a special gift

 Students of Carter who want to participate in the art competition should talk to the art teacher Nilda Valle for more information.

Carter UIL Beginning …

Carter UIL season will begin next week, and many students lack information on the program benefits. 

As posted on their website UIL (University Interscholastic League) is an extracurricular competition program that covers a wide selection of academic areas against students from other schools within their district.

Students and coaches involved in UIL agree that confidence and learning are enhanced.

Placing in UIL helps with scholarship applications and gives students experience with real-life use of their school work.

Summer Fun at Harvard for Carter Student

During the summer, current Carter junior Marissa Llamas visited Harvard University on a trip sponsored by the Texas Graduate Center on June 25 through June 28.

Marissa was invited to by carter teacher, Queen, a Harvard alumnus. She has known Llamas since her freshman year. Although Llamas has never been one of her students, she has participated in UIL mathematics, one of the events that Queen coaches, for the past school years.

 Llamas said,” I’ve been with her since freshman year, even though I’ve never have had her for a class, I was still in UIL mathematics, and like I’ve stuck with her, so I guess she stuck with me by allowing me to go to Harvard.”

Llamas hopes to one day become a math teacher and teach high school students.