Category: Community

Three Students Place at Texas Youth Creators Awards

Juliana Mendez, Kayla De Leon, and Melanie Garcia earned top honors to submit to the Texas Youth Creators Awards.

Juliana Mendez – 1st Place with “Tech Sky” (color photography)
Kayla De Leon – 2nd Place with “Relaxing” (color photography)
Kayla De Leon – Honorable Mention with “Bright Future”
Melanie Garcia – 2nd Place with “Freedom” (color photography)
Melanie Garcia – 3rd Place with “Firestarter” (B&W photography)

Jimmy Carter’s staff is immensely proud of these exceptional students and their amazing artistic talents. The submission and students are guided and mentored by Ms Valle.

2021 Curbside LJISD Educational Opportunities Expo

Join us at any of our 3 locations for our 2021 CURBSIDE La Joya ISD Educational Opportunities EXPO!!
On Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 6PM-8PM
We will have information on enrollment for the 2021-2022 Academic School Year, Program Opportunities, Campus Personnel, Raffles, Prizes, and much more!!
#LJISDTogetherApart

The United States New Era

Joe Biden was announced to be the 46th president of the United States. Still, Donald Trump refused to lose the 2020 presidential elections claiming that the election was rigged by voting fraud and illegal ballots. Current students have been through about five to six presidential elections and have never heard about an unfair election and unlawful acts with voting ballots.

When a new president is elected to office, there’s a shift of ideas and preferences, especially when the newly elected president is the opposite political party from the current president. Since Biden won this presidential the transition of power will be from republican to democratic.

“There has been no physical change yet, but spiritually wise, so many people are standing up, and we are all looking forward to seeing the nation being run by the people and not a cult,” Esmeralda Loera said. “We can also see many global leaders ease and start to understand that now is the time to work to be a better world,” Jared Valdez said.

Comparing the 2020 presidential electrician to the past election, this is the most important and crucial election. Not only it’s up to the people to choose who will represent the United States and lead the country but which candidate will help the country’s economy, social issues and handle the pandemic.

“This presidential election is the most crucial because we are at a time where so many people’s lives are in danger because there’s no leadership or order from Donald Trump,” Kimberly Suchil said. “Because of that, there’s been so much chaos that leads up to this horrible year filled with problems that have caused so many innocent people to die.”

Districts Holds Special Board Meeting to Swear-in Newly Elected Members.

On Friday the 13th, La Joya ISD called a special board meeting at the La Joya Football stadium for a swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected board members as of the November third election. The newly elected school board trustees that have been sworn into office are Dr. Alda T. Benavides of Place 4, Armin Garza of Place 5,  Oscar “Coach” Salinas of Place 6, and Alejandro Alex Cantu of Place 7.

Dr. Alda T. Benavides was the first sworn in and was done so by state representative Sergio Munoz Jr. . After pledging her oath to the board, she gave a speech thanking her family and supporters for encouraging her to run for office while also acknowledging those who have passed away recently.

“Especially Mr. Sergio Munoz Sr., who told me right before he went into the hospital, “you don’t have to wait for anyone to give you permission to run if you want to run, you run” he also told me that all super ex intendants win, and I guess he saw something that I didn’t because he was right.”

Following Dr. Alda T. Benavides’s speech, Armin Garza was then sworn in to the board by Rodrigo Lopez, the Mayor of the City of Penitas. Following Armin Garza’s pledge of the oath, he gave a speech giving gratitude to his supporters and family.

“One of the biggest people I want to say thank you to and show my gratitude, and I want them to know that they are the reason I am elected for another four years, is our voters and supporters. For a better part of six months, our supporters gave up days and nights in the cold weather, the hot weather, whatever it may be, but they gave up their time with their families because they believed in a vision that our slate put forth.”

Oscar “Coach” Salinas then followed suit and was sworn in as the school board secretary and was also sworn in by Mayor Rodrigo Lopez. As with the previously elected officials, after Oscar Omar Garcia took his oath, he also gave a speech except that he only said a small part of it in English and Spanish.

Oscar “Coach” Salinas starts off by thanking his family members for always being there for him and acknowledging some of the people that have passed away in his life recently. 

He continued on by saying that if it weren’t for them then he would be where he is now. 

He also stated that he would keep the promises he made throughout the campaign and ensure that La Joya ISD will come out on top of the other districts.

Alejandro Alex Cantu was the final of the four elected trustees to be sworn in and was succeeded by Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez. Like the other elected officials, he also gave a speech thanking his many supporters and family members.

“Now it is not about one or two people; it is about all of us working together, we are in the middle of a crisis, and at the end of the day, we all have to work together to prove and be there for our community, our staff, and most importantly our students.”

Following this, School Board President Esperanza “Espie” Ochoa congratulates each of the elected members, and thanks everyone for coming to the meeting. Superintendent Dr. Gisela Saenz continues by thanking everyone that helped to make the meeting possible.

The meeting is then closed off with a presentation, including a firework display, a video of the district, and a music clip from the “Three Schools, One Voice” Mariachi and Folklorico concert from November of 2019. After the presentation, Espie Ochoa officially ends the meeting.

The meeting totaled to be about an hour, and due to many of the Covid-19 restrictions, very few people were in attendance. Some people were seated on the track, these being the elected officials’ family members, and a majority of people sat up in the stands cheering the newly elected board members on.

The Afterlife: Dia de Los Muertos Celebration

From sugar skulls to a countless amount of marigold petals stretching from house to house. The smell of pan de Muerto at every bakery and music playing from all directions. Cemeteries are full of people visiting their loved ones that have passed. Homes are adorned with homemade altars filled with food and pictures of loved ones. 

Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration to honor the dead. Families celebrate in their homes and at the graves of loved ones from November 1-2.

 It is a Hispanic tradition to celebrate and remember those who have passed by making an offering altar where they place their pictures and food they used to enjoy and share memories of them. 

Many people wonder where the idea of honoring the dead comes from; most will agree that it came from Spaniards when they started to colonize south and central America. Others will argue that the idea comes from the Mayans, Aztecs, and Inca. 

“It is something that the pre-hispanic cultures like the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas celebrated. They have very similar rituals to the ones we still have,” South Texas College instructor Claudia Camarillo said. 

The Hispanic community takes this tradition to heart by taking their time to prepare the ofrenda, preparing food, and feeling close to passed away relatives again as if they were still alive. 

 “I start preparing the ofrenda on the 28th because it is believed that the souls have to travel, so we cannot do everything in one day,” Camarillo said.

Families gather around the dinner table to enjoy the very same food their loved ones enjoyed when they were living. 

 “We have a traditional dinner, most of the time it is pozole, my mom’s favorite food, and we remember them, we pray for them and celebrate their lives, ” Camarillo said. 

There’s a concern that the tradition of Dia de Los Muertos will come to an end because they feel that the future generation won’t continue the tradition or stop passing it down as their family tree grows. 

“I don’t think it will because many Hispanic parents teach their kids about the tradition, and so many grow up to make it their own as well,” Betsaida Rivera said. 

A Disney film “COCO” was produced to represent the celebration of Dia de Los Muertos, but when the film was released, there was a debate on whether it did show the true meaning of Dia de Los Muertos. 

“It shows how families come together to celebrate the memory of the people who have died,” Yanesie Martinez said. “It also gives an insight into how this tradition goes and how most Hispanic families celebrate it.”

Dia de Los Muertos is a tradition not to honor evil but to honor the souls of those who have passed away. This celebration is by welcoming those souls back into the world, sharing memories about them with the family, and passing the tradition from generation to generation.  

Last year Battle of the Books
Last Year

Battle of the Books : Fourth Member

This year, Mrs. Cavazos, Jimmy Carter Librarian, is looking for a fourth member to join the club called Battle of the Books to compete for the upcoming February 2021.

“How can you participate in the Battle of the Books?”

The librarian answered, ” In order to join the club, you need to be completely sure that you’re reading the five books this year. Then you need to test on them in renaissance learning and have a good grade. Also you need to keep up with your classes for these two semesters.”

“What are the activities once you join in”

” The activities that we do is by reading the books in a group, writing questions that seem important to the story. And once we finish a book we go online and play on kahoot or on quizzes on the same book that we finish.”

“When is the competition?”, I said

She replied, ” The competition is in February, 2021, and it is on virtual meaning online.”

If you have any question regarding or wishing to be in the please contact Mrs. Cavazos 

phone number : 956 – 624 – 6342

gmail: e.cavazos5@ljisd.com

COVID-19: TAFE Conference At Risk

The Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) chapter at Carter is dealing with the uncertainty of this year’s state competition due to COVID-19. Schools around the state are currently closed down, and classes being hosted remotely, which leads to whether there will be any competitions.

Regional Secretary Vanessa Brown and the regional committee are planning to host the regional conference.

“Just based on where we are in the region, we have seven counties in our region with very high numbers, our goal is for us to do it online,” Brown said. “But because the state hasn’t given us any guidance, we have to plan for both cases.”

During the regional conference, members can run and campaign for a regional officer to represent the whole region and have the opportunity to run for State Officer.

“The campaigning is really what we see in our national election, some ads and some emails going out,” Brown said. “It really does give our officers more of an opportunity to campaign because before they could only campaign the day of the regional conference.”

Current TAFE Regional Vice-president Susan Silva is willing to keep everyone safe and plan accordingly.

“Plans can change. I can assure you we are working for everybody’s best interest, and that we are ensuring that through all the panic and unknown, we are hoping to achieve everybody’s comfort and satisfaction,” Silva said.

The regional committee will follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines if the events are hosted in-person to keep every individual safe.

“Some of the things we talked about, this leadership team I’m very impressed with, the group we have running the region, we are very much believers in science,” Brown said. “We very much believe if the CDC has proposed these guidelines, then those are the guidelines we are going to follow.


TAFE will continue to recruit members and hoping to expand the organization. Both current and new members are still expecting this year to be as equally as productive as last year.

“As a new TAFE member, I would like to have the same experience as other students. I would like to have an insight into how future teachers are learning new skills,” Joselyn Ibarra said.


TAFE does expect to receive more updates on regional events and hopes to hear from the state committee for the 37th Annual Teach Tomorrow Summit hosted in Round Rock, Texas. As well as keep up with the COVID-19 situation throughout the state.

Attention La Joya ISD Family

⚠️ Attention La Joya ISD Family⚠️
La Joya ISD will remain 100% on its Remote Learning Model for the first 8 weeks of school. The first day of school continues to be September 8, 2020.🍎📅
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⚠️ Atención Familia de La Joya ISD
La Joya ISD permanecerá 100% en su Modelo de aprendizaje virtual durante las primeras 8 semanas. El primer día de clases sigue siendo el 8 de septiembre del 2020. 🍎

⚠️ Attention La Joya ISD Family⚠️


Today La Joya ISD School Board of Trustees approved a recommendation made by our Administration Team for La Joya ISD to delay the start of the 2020 – 2021 Academic School Year. This recommendation was made to ensure the safety of our students, parents and community given the significant number of active COVID-19 cases in our county. Our new First Day of School will now be September 8, 2020. This new start date will not only ensure the safety of our students, employees and community but will give our district the opportunity to ensure our online program is stronger and highly effective as we begin our 100% online Remote Learning Model on September 8th.
Together or Apart We Will Shine Bright at La Joya ISD!


⚠️ Atención Familia de La Joya ISD ⚠️
Hoy, la Mesa Directiva de La Joya ISD aprobó una recomendación hecha por nuestro Equipo de Administración para que La Joya ISD retrasara el inicio del año escolar académico 2020-2021. Esta recomendación se hizo para garantizar la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, padres y comunidad dada la cantidad significativa de casos activos de COVID-19 en nuestro condado. Nuestro primer día de clases será ahora el 8 de septiembre del 2020. Esta nueva fecha de inicio no solo garantizará la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, empleados y comunidad, sino que también le dará a nuestro distrito la oportunidad de garantizar que nuestro programa en línea sea más sólido y altamente efectivo al comienzo de nuestro modelo de aprendizaje 100% remoto el 8 de septiembre.
¡Juntos a La Distancia Brillaremos en La Joya ISD!

⚠️ Attention La Joya ISD Family⚠️

⚠️ Attention La Joya ISD Family⚠️


Today La Joya ISD School Board of Trustees approved a recommendation made by our Administration Team for La Joya ISD to delay the start of the 2020 – 2021 Academic School Year. This recommendation was made to ensure the safety of our students, parents and community given the significant number of active COVID-19 cases in our county. Our new First Day of School will now be September 8, 2020. This new start date will not only ensure the safety of our students, employees and community but will give our district the opportunity to ensure our online program is stronger and highly effective as we begin our 100% online Remote Learning Model on September 8th.
Together or Apart We Will Shine Bright at La Joya ISD!


⚠️ Atención Familia de La Joya ISD ⚠️
Hoy, la Mesa Directiva de La Joya ISD aprobó una recomendación hecha por nuestro Equipo de Administración para que La Joya ISD retrasara el inicio del año escolar académico 2020-2021. Esta recomendación se hizo para garantizar la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, padres y comunidad dada la cantidad significativa de casos activos de COVID-19 en nuestro condado. Nuestro primer día de clases será ahora el 8 de septiembre del 2020. Esta nueva fecha de inicio no solo garantizará la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, empleados y comunidad, sino que también le dará a nuestro distrito la oportunidad de garantizar que nuestro programa en línea sea más sólido y altamente efectivo al comienzo de nuestro modelo de aprendizaje 100% remoto el 8 de septiembre.
¡Juntos a La Distancia Brillaremos en La Joya ISD!

⚠️ Attention La Joya ISD Family⚠️

⚠️ Attention La Joya ISD Family⚠️


Today La Joya ISD School Board of Trustees approved a recommendation made by our Administration Team for La Joya ISD to delay the start of the 2020 – 2021 Academic School Year. This recommendation was made to ensure the safety of our students, parents and community given the significant number of active COVID-19 cases in our county. Our new First Day of School will now be September 8, 2020. This new start date will not only ensure the safety of our students, employees and community but will give our district the opportunity to ensure our online program is stronger and highly effective as we begin our 100% online Remote Learning Model on September 8th.
Together or Apart We Will Shine Bright at La Joya ISD!


⚠️ Atención Familia de La Joya ISD ⚠️
Hoy, la Mesa Directiva de La Joya ISD aprobó una recomendación hecha por nuestro Equipo de Administración para que La Joya ISD retrasara el inicio del año escolar académico 2020-2021. Esta recomendación se hizo para garantizar la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, padres y comunidad dada la cantidad significativa de casos activos de COVID-19 en nuestro condado. Nuestro primer día de clases será ahora el 8 de septiembre del 2020. Esta nueva fecha de inicio no solo garantizará la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, empleados y comunidad, sino que también le dará a nuestro distrito la oportunidad de garantizar que nuestro programa en línea sea más sólido y altamente efectivo al comienzo de nuestro modelo de aprendizaje 100% remoto el 8 de septiembre.
¡Juntos a La Distancia Brillaremos en La Joya ISD!

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