Lago Vista ISD News

Check out the news and happenings in the Viking Nation!

Welcome Back from Superintendent Darren Webb

I hope you all had a fun and relaxing summer with your families. First, I want to thank you for being a part of Lago Vista ISD and dedicating yourselves to making this the best district in Texas!


For our new families, I welcome you to Lago Vista ISD. I know you will find LVISD to be an excellent place to learn. Here at Lago, we embrace the small school atmosphere that allows us to build relationships throughout the community and, more importantly, with each student on our campuses.


With the beginning of a new year comes the start of extra-curricular activities, such as volleyball, cross-country, band, and football. It is exciting to see the students and coaches working hard for their seasons, which will no doubt be successful. Last year was an incredible year for success and accolades at Lago Vista ISD, not only in the classroom, but also in many different activities throughout the District. I believe it was just a preview of what lies ahead for our schools. I encourage you to be a part of the success of our extracurricular activities by attending and supporting our kids.


We are proud of our success in the past and will continue to improve the quality of education we provide for our children and their futures. “Excellence in ALL We Do” is the mantra for the Lago Vista ISD Vikings and we are ready to prove it in the upcoming school year!

Resources for New and Returning Viking Families

We are excited to begin another excellent year of teaching and learning in Lago Vista ISD. Our beginning of the year district enrollment of 1,448 shows significant growth at all three campuses - an increase of 82 students from this time last year! First, we want to welcome our new Vikings to the LVISD family...we are glad you are here! To help you get an excellent start to the year, here are a few resources that both new and returning families will find useful:


Month-at-a-Glance

Each month, the District publishes a "Month at a Glance" calendar of events. This is located on the LVISD website under the "Parents and Students" tab. Here is a link to the September-at-a-Glance. To submit an event, please contact Holly Jackson at holly_jackson@lagovista.txed.net.


2015-2016 Academic Calendar

For a complete listing of school days and holidays, here is a link to the 2015-2016 Academic Calendar.


LVISD Publications and Forms

The District has a one-stop shop for all District publications and forms, including course catalogs, student handbooks, grading guidelines, and special programs information...and we are continuing to build this resource as documents and handbooks become available. Our "Publications and Forms" page is located under the "Parents and Students" tab, as well as on the "Quicklinks" menu on the right side of our homepage. Here is a link to the Publications and Forms page, as well as a few other key resources:


2015-2016 LVISD Student Handbook (Each campus has a supplement at the end!)

2015-2016 LVISD Student Code of Conduct

Student Dress Code

2015-2016 LVISD Grading Guidelines

Student Procedures for Varsity Football Games

In a continuing effort to assure the safety and enjoyment of all Lago Vista High School football games, we will continue to enforce the following procedures during home varsity football games at Viking stadium:


1. All students 4th grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult guardian in order to attend Lago Vista High School varsity football home games. The students must remain under the supervision of that guardian while at the stadium.


2. Standing, loitering, or horseplay under and around the stadium stands, concession stands, or any other area is prohibited. Revealing, provocative and/or inappropriate dress will not be allowed, nor will inappropriate behaviors or foul language. Repeat offenders will be required to leave the stadium and campus.


3. Once inside the stadium, middle school and high school students with a student ticket will be allowed to sit in the designated student area on the home side of the stadium. Students may sit in the reserved or general admission sections only if they are under the supervision of an adult guardian.


4. The use of alcohol, controlled substances, tobacco, and electronic cigarettes are prohibited on school premises.


Lago Vista ISD appreciates everyone’s cooperation and support as we work to keep a safe and enjoyable environment at Viking football games.

Early Release Dates for 2015-2016

Early Release Times by Campus

Lago Vista Elementary: Students dismiss at 11:30am on Early Release dates.

Lago Vista Middle School: Students dismiss at 12:30pm on Early Release dates.

Lago Vista High School: Students dismiss at 12:30pm on Early Release dates.


Early Release Dates for 2015-2016

September 30 - All campuses

December 17 - All campuses

December 18 - All campuses

January 22 - LVES & LVMS Only

June 1 - All campuses

June 2 - All campuses

LVHS Government Class Takes on the Texas School Finance Lawsuit

Coach Grant and his government students were featured on KXAN for taking on the Texas school finance funding case, which is currently being heard by the Texas Supreme Court. Students did a Skype interview with KXAN political reporter Phil Prazan to gain a better understanding of the issues. They also learned how the school finance system directly affects Lago Vista ISD. Students are currently writing letters to the members of the Texas Supreme Court. Click here to check out the full story!

News from the LVISD Gifted & Talented Program

The Fall G/T Referral Window is Now Open!

School employees who wish to refer a student for gifted and talented should send a referral form home to be signed by the student's parent/guardian. Parents who wish to refer their student for gifted and talented may access the referral on the LVISD Gifted & Talented page. Parents who consent to having their child screened for the Lago Vista ISD Gifted and Talented Education Program should complete the referral form and return it the student's school by the due date. The referral deadline for fall semester screening is October 1st for students in grades 1-12. The referral deadline for spring semester screening is February 1st for students in grades 1-12. As all students are screened in kindergarten (with parent consent), referrals are not needed for students in kindergarten.


To access the G/T referral, please click here:


G/T Student Referral

Recomendación para el Programa de Dotados y Talentosos (G/T)


Questions?

If you have questions about the Gifted & Talented program at Lago Vista ISD, please contact Dr. Suzy Lofton at suzy_lofton@lagovista.txed.net.

Character Education is Important in LVISD

This year, LVISD will provide character education enrichment through monthly character traits. Each month, the campuses will provide a focus on these character traits through counselor lessons and activities. To learn more about the District's Character Education program, speak to your student's campus counselor. To see a list of the monthly character traits, please click here:


Lago Vista ISD Monthly Character Traits


For the month of September, our character education activities will focus on Trustworthiness.

Big image

Lago Vista ISD Joins the Central Texas "Missing School Matters" Attendance Campaign

Students in Central Texas miss more days of school than their peers across the state in every grade. The problem worsens in high school, when Central Texas students are absent far more than in other parts of the state. Over half of absences in Central Texas were potentially preventable, including routine medical or dental checkups, traveling, or just skipping school.


Student absences are costly to our region in a variety of ways:

  • Students can’t learn: If a student is not present at school, they are missing opportunities to learn, to socialize, to gain confidence, and to be inspired.
  • Teachers can’t teach: It is much more difficult for teachers to teach effectively when they are “catching up” students who have missed.
  • Lost funding for instruction: Many parents are unaware that the state funds schools based on daily attendance - so every day missed costs schools money. This means missing out on teachers, sports programs, and electives due to lack of funding. Each day your student misses costs the school district about $38.


Last year, our overall attendance rate in Lago Vista ISD was 95.57%, which is below the state average. Campus attendance rates for 2014-2015 were:

  • Lago Vista Elementary - 95.46%
  • Lago Vista Middle School - 96.13%
  • Lago Vista High School - 95.20%


Our goal is to increase our attendance district-wide to 97% at each campus, or an average of two school days per student. An increase in student attendance will ensure that more students will be in their classrooms, learning and preparing for their futures - and that’s the most important thing!


How Can I Help?

Absences from school may result in a serious disruption of a student’s mastery of the instructional materials. We understand that there are times when an absence in unavoidable, however, we encourage students and parents to make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences.


  • Help your child get into the habit and learn the value of regular routines.
  • Teach your child that attending school is nonnegotiable unless they are truly sick.
  • Schedule appointments outside of school hours as much as reasonably possible.
  • Avoid picking up your student early on a regular basis, which results in missed opportunities for learning.
  • Remember that, even though absences may be excused or unexcused, all absences count for the 90 percent state requirement for earning credit or a final grade. This rule applies in grades K-12.
  • Punctuality is a vital life skill; it is very important that your student be on time everyday. Official state attendance is taken every day at 10:00am (9:50am at elementary).


Regular school attendance is essential for students to make the most of their education—to benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build each day’s learning on the previous day’s, and to grow as individuals.


Need More Information?

Please visit www.missingschoolmatters.org to learn more about the Central Texas Attendance Campaign. For information on policies and procedures related to absences, please refer to the LVISD Student Handbook.

Check Out These Upcoming District & Community Events

Free Teen Party at K-Oaks Clubhouse this Sunday!

Sunday, Sep. 6th, 4-11:30pm

7000 Bar K Ranch Road

Lago Vista, TX

LVPOA Members - You are Invited!! Please come join the community for a birthday bash celebrating K-Oaks Clubhouse’s 15th year in operation. See full event details at www.lvpoa.org.

ESL Parent Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 16th, 7:45am

20311 Dawn Drive

Lago Vista, TX

We will host our first ESL parent meeting with our District ESL Specialist, Cathy Evans. Information about the program will be shared, as well as parent resources. We hope to see you there!

Annual G/T Parent Orientation

Wednesday, Sep. 23rd, 6-7pm

8039 Bar K Ranch Road

Lago Vista, TX

This meeting is for parents of currently identified students and will focus on LVISD's program design and resources for parents. The event will be held in Viking Hall. We hope to see you there!

Parent Volunteers Needed for Lago Vista ISD Communications Focus Group - Please Email to Participate!

Wednesday, Sep. 30th, 1-4pm

8039 Bar K Ranch Road

Lago Vista, TX

We will be hosting a District Communications Focus Group to gather feedback on ways LVISD can improve and streamline our communications. The focus group will consist of parents, teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders. We will have 3 parent representatives from each campus - first come, first serve. If you would like to volunteer to participate in the focus group, please email Dr. Suzy Lofton at suzy_lofton@lagovista.txed.net.

Annual Fall Parent Meeting for Title I

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 6-7pm

20311 Dawn Drive

Lago Vista, TX

Join us for our annual fall parent meeting for the Title I program at LVES. Parents will learn about the Title I program in LVISD and receive resources for student success.

2nd Annual G/T Spring Showcase

Thursday, April 14th 2016 at 6-7:30pm

TBD

It's many months away, but we wanted to make sure you have plenty of time to prepare for the 2nd Annual G/T Spring Showcase. Stay tuned for additional updates!

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations for helping us sponsor our New Teacher Orientation and Convocation:


  • 1431 Real Estate
  • Bush's Chicken
  • Chili's
  • Costco
  • PDQ
  • Raising Cain's
  • Snap Fitness
  • Sonic
  • Tessera
  • White Dove Yoga


Lago Vista ISD appreciates your support!

About Us

Lago Vista Independent School District will continue to establish a tradition of excellence by providing engaging curriculum and instruction that encourages collaboration, communication, and critical thinking, by leading educational innovation in technology and facilities, and by fostering community partnerships that create a community of learners dedicated to promoting high expectations and achievement for all students.