Category: Community

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.

Carter Student Experiences Touring Washington University at St. Louis

Sophomore Kayla De Leon toured Washington University at St. Louis this summer. She was invited by Harvard alumnus Queen Martin and Carter principal Claudia Gomez-Perez.

Kayla was one out of two students that were afforded the opportunity to travel outside of Texas and tour universities. Kayla was chosen by freshman Algebra I teacher, Queen Martin, a recent graduate from Harvard University and by Carter’s principal because of her involvement in UIL Math and her academic accomplishments. 

Being a minority while Hispanic

Younger generations of Millennials drive all increase in LGBT identification in the last five years. The legalization of same-sex marriage came about only four years ago, June 26, 2015, when the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, legalizing same-sex marriage in every single U.S. state.

Individuals who openly identify as LGBT are growing, even though they still make up a minority of the population. The Gallup Daily indicates that Americans exceed four times the estimated amount of LGBT. While there is an increase in self-identification and legalization of same-sex marriage, LGBT individuals are still subjected to widespread discrimination. The discrimination often stems from cultural views such as in Hispanic culture and religion as reported by Pew Research Center.

Students Set Sight On Holocaust Remembrance Week

Students are looking forward to the 2019-2020 Holocaust Remembrance Week as interest is piqued by two Carter students who were selected as winners last year. Maya Carrizales and Lean Lopez won $500 each for their submission to the contest. 

Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission is a state agency that was established to promote awareness of the Holocaust and events like it according to its website. “Survivors of the Holocaust and modern genocides share their stories so we can learn from their experiences and prevent future genocides. By engaging with survivors’ testimonies, Texas students can serve as a witness and use their knowledge to improve the world in which we live. ” 


“Needs Closet” is being made a reality by the T.A.F.E. Club at Carter school making sure everyone is provided with what they need.     

         T.A.F.E. stands for Texas Association of Future Educators. It is a club for students who wish to partake in any services for the school, and for those who are interested to become teachers or be part of the Education field. 

        The service project is a 4-cabinet closet available to place pads, tampons, razors, snacks, deodorants, shampoos, and conditioners. The T.A.F.E. members are doing this with the “hope” to be able to provide what some students may not have access to on their own at home. This project is not only for those who are missing these items at home but also for students who just didn’t get to eat breakfast or lunch. 

Kayla De Leon Shares Her Experience on touring Washington University

Sophomore, Kayla De Leon, was invited to tour Washington University at St. Louis this past summer by Harvard alumnus and Jimmy Carter principal. Kayla was one out of two students in the entire Early College High School  that got to tour and visit universities, and travel outside the state of Texas. She was chosen by the freshman Algebra I teacher, Ms. Queen Martin, a recent graduate from Harvard University and by Ms. Claudia Gomez-Perez, Jimmy Carter’s very own principal because of her involvement in UIL Math and academic history. 

The Washington University at St. Louis is a diverse private research university most noted for their sub-schools dedicated to Medicine, Business, Engineering, Biological and Biomedical Sciences and more. 

”It was pretty cool, I had never traveled outside of Texas before and on a plane so I saw many new places and it was very interesting,” Kayla said. 

 Overcoming the challenges of the future

       Jimmy Carter Early College High School seniors talk about their struggles in taking college classes. They talk about their motivation, and how they can improve on negative perceptions; to finish their associate’s degree.

        High School students look at College as an essential way. Each of these students has a type of sentiment towards taking a big step that will change their future.

        Anahi Polanco, a senior, said, “having college classes are challenging” She fears of being unsuccessful, but what motivates her to keep going is her family and friends.

        The various students involved around the ECHS programs realize the obstacles they have to overcome, throughout time.

        Jasmine Alcala, a senior, said, ” The worst fear of having college classes is not to pass them. When I’m taking college classes, I don’t have time to spend with my family because I’m just stuck in your room doing homework. The only reason why I keep on going is that I want to make my family proud.”