Lanier Ledger

Weekly Newsletter 2-25-19

Principal's Post

Viking Nation,

I hope everybody had a restful and fun weekend. It is important for all of us to remember the importance of taking time to refresh and recharge, especially this time of year as this week begins testing season! I want to offer thanks to everyone who works so hard behind the scenes to make this part of the year as smooth as possible as well as thank our teachers for their thoughtful attention and hard work during this busy time.

Please be on the lookout for TELPAS emails and reminders from Ms. Glienke and Mr. De La Cruz. Soon we will move into EOC and AP testing, the culmination of a year’s worth of work for many of you. I know our students are prepared and will be ready to perform.

During the stress of testing season it is also important to remember all the great things happening at Lanier! The spring is the time to reflect and celebrate on all we have accomplished this year, even as we begin to plan for an even better next school year. Keep an eye out for new ways Lanier High School will work to recognize and celebrate all the great things going on here on campus.

Three weeks until Spring Break Lanier! Let’s stay focused all the way through. Have a great week everyone.


Reminder for GT teachers who teach any Pre-AP or AP course that this is the last week (2/28) to update GT training. Please email Foad Idais with any questions or concerns.

Planning Forward

February 25th- March 2nd: Glienke on Duty

Library is CLOSED for TELPAS Testing until Thursday PM

Monday February 25th:

  • TELPAS Testing (AM and PM sessions- check rosters) in Library

Tuesday February 26th:

  • TELPAS Testing (AM and PM sessions- check rosters) in Library
  • Boys & Girls Club Guitar Lessons: 4:30-6:00pm Cafeteria
  • Lanier Boys Soccer vs Dripping Springs @ Dripping Springs JVB 5:00pm JVA 6:00pm V 7:45pm
  • Lanier Baseball vs Lampasas @ Nelson JVA 7:00pm JVB 7:30 pm V 7:00pm
  • Softball vs Reagan @ Noack #3 V 7pm

Wednesday February 27th:

  • TELPAS Testing (AM and PM sessions- check rosters) in Library
  • Progress Report Window Opens (7am)
  • Black History Presentation- Advisory, Theater
  • Black History Luncheon (for Staff Room 16)
  • Welcome Wellness 5-6pm (Portable T-6)
  • PPfT Opt-In Presentation: 5:30-6:30, Cafeteria
  • Girls Soccer vs Dripping Springs @ Noack #1 JVA 6:00pm V 7:45

Thursday February 28th:

  • TELPAS Testing (AM session- check rosters) in Library
  • JVA and Varsity @ AISD Baseball Tournament
  • Softball @ Taylor Tournament
  • Viking Track & Field: TX State HS Invitational

Friday March 1st:

  • TELPAS Testing (make up session- check rosters) in Gold Room
  • JVA and Varsity @ AISD Baseball Tournament
  • Softball @ Taylor Tournament
  • Softball vs East Austin Prep @ Lanier V 5pm
  • Lanier Boys Soccer vs Crockett @ Nelson JVB 4:45pm JVA 6:00pm V 7:45pm
  • Theater Lock-In Rehearsal

Saturday March 2nd:

  • Saturday School- 9am-12pm (Library)
  • JVA and Varsity @ AISD Baseball Tournament
  • Softball @ Taylor Tournament
  • Girls Soccer vs Crockett @ House Park JVB 9:00am V 10:45am JVB 12:30pm

March 4th- March 9th: Bohanan on Duty

Monday March 4th:

  • Costco Representative: 100s Wing (12:00-1:30pm)
  • Healthy Living Parent Workshop: Gold Room 10-11am

Tuesday March 5th:

  • Progress Reports Due (1pm)
  • Boys & Girls Club Guitar Lessons: 4:30-6:00pm Cafeteria
  • Boys Soccer vs LBJ @ Nelson JVB 4:45pm JVA 6:00pm V 7:45pm
  • Softball vs Travis @ Noack #4 JV 5:30pm V 7:00pm
  • Baseball vs Smithville @ Smithville JVA 7:30pm V 7:30pm

Wednesday March 6th:

  • Girls Soccer vs LBJ @ Nelson JVB 4:45pm JVA 6:00pm V 7:45
  • Facility Master Plan 19: 6pm-8pm Cafeteria

Thursday March 7th:

  • Late Start
  • JVA and V Baseball @ Manor Tournament
  • JVB Baseball @ Austin ISD Tournament
  • JV Softball @ Connally Tournament

Friday March 8th:

  • Just Keep Livin': S'mores After School!
  • JVA and V Baseball @ Manor Tournament
  • JVB Baseball @ Austin ISD Tournament
  • JV Softball @ Connally Tournament
  • Softball vs Dripping Springs @ Dripping Springs JV 5:30pm V 7:00pm
  • Boys Soccer vs Lockhart @ Lockhart JVA 6:00pm V 7:45pm
  • Band Lock-In

Saturday March 9th:

  • Saturday School: 9am-12pm (Library)
  • SAT Administration: 8am-1pm (100 & 150 Wings)
  • JVA and V Baseball @ Manor Tournament
  • JVB Baseball @ Austin ISD Tournament
  • JV Softball @ Connally Tournament
  • Viking Track & Field @ Hays High School
  • Girls Soccer vs Lockhart @ Nelson JVA 9:00am V 10:45am


  • Bruce Spelman (2/24)
  • Ursula Hofman-Durden (2/24)
  • Tracey Cortez (2/25)
  • Michelle Caldwell (2/26)
  • Eduardo Vaca-Amaya (2/26)
  • Lung Su (3/1)
  • David Gonzalez (3/3)
  • Kathryn Moten (3/5)
  • Karla Enriquez (3/5)
  • Mary Martinez (3/6)
  • Juan Barrientos (3/6)

In the distance...

  • March 12th: Spring Family Fun Night hosted by Lanier Business
  • March 18th-22nd: Spring Break

Middle School Showcases

Over the past few weeks, Lanier students and staff have been showcasing key programs on campus to potential middle school students.

On January 31st, teachers traveled to Burnet to show off all that Lanier has to offer.

In addition, Webb MS, Dobie MS and International High School visited Lanier HS on Friday, 2/22. The first part of their visit was to speak with program representatives (students and staff) of all the different programs we have at Lanier. The students also joined the LHS counselors to choose classes for the next school year.

Please see a video of picture galleries combined from these two showcases below.

Maker Mania Success!

Maker Mania 2019 was a huge hit! Hundreds of parents and students from the greater Lanier community and beyond piled into the library to enjoy a full morning of creating, exploring, reading, and more.

Special thanks to:

  • Ari Colasanti and the Green Teens for leading seedball- and mask-making
  • Kaci Myrick and the Tech Girls for leading slime making
  • Medina Willis for teaching crochet to eager learners
  • Valentina Lagunas for organizing the food and raffle prizes
  • Katherine Frasier from our FRC for organizing visiting community groups
  • Ready, Set, Teach students -- and so many other Lanier students -- for volunteering
  • Plus all the Lanier staff who brought their own kids to enjoy the fun: Laurie Beaman, Gretchen Calderon, SRO Luis Marquez, Kevin Owens, Mirtha Tabasco, and others I'm sure I'm forgetting (apologies!).

Please see the video highlighting and celebrating Maker Mania 2019 below.

Happy Retirement, Mr. Bonney!

Lanier expressed well wishes to our beloved security guard Mr. Bonney last Thursday. Mr. Bonney retired this week after 18 years of service. The celebration included delicious cake, performances by theater students, and send offs from both students and staff.

Special thanks to:

  • Ms. Martinez & Ms. Sanchez for coordinating the celebration & gifts
  • Ms. Tabasco and her student council students
  • Ms. Cobb and her students
  • Ms. Hersh and Ms. Leslie
  • Nurse Watson, Ms. Michelle and the office staff

An elated Mr Bonney stated, " I feel the love. I feel the love".

Best wishes Mr. Bonney! We appreciate your service and time that you gave to Lanier more than you know.

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Green Teens & Aquatic Science Day of Service

10 awesome Lanier students representing Lanier’s: Green Teens, Eco Team, and Interact Clubs, as well as our Aquatic Science class and the Lanier's students from the Austin Youth River Watch program woke up early on MLK Day and turned their day off into a day of service.They were a part of group of 80 volunteers from around Austin who helped Austin Youth River Watch clean almost a ton of trash from Buttermilk Creek and plant native Eastern Gamma grass to help restore native riparian habitats. If you see any of these awesome student be sure to thank them for helping out their community.

Cosmetology- A Career While Still In High School

We call it a recession proof career! No matter where you land up you can always continue with your cosmetology career. It is a skill that will never get lost.

While this field has become a billion dollar industry, it is no longer limiting you behind the salon chair. You can advance yourself by starting your own business, or you can become a marketing /sales specialist of the beauty industry. It is not uncommon to find Cosmetologist making a six figure income. Other avenues include working in MedSpa’s as an esthetician. Not to forget, working in TV, films, educators and many more.

  • Our department here at Lanier is very proud of all our graduates who passed their state exams and were hired in salons before even graduating. Some of them are continuing with their college career while practicing cosmetology on the side and paying their tuition. It is a very passionate, interesting and fun career.
  • Our services not only include hair but it is also extended to nail and skin care. Facials, acrylics, gel nails, henna tattoos, makeup, hair styling---you name it, our trained team will do it. Our students enjoy advance learning from guest speakers, formal trainings at the host site, field trips, participation in hair shows and working on clients.
  • Most private Cosmetology schools around Austin cost around $20,000, and require students to take out loans that will last for years. Here at Lanier, our Cosmetology students’ graduate beauty school with no debt, which gives them a tremendous head start in life.

Come and visit us anytime to get a feel of our department and talk to our energetic team. We are open 7:30 am to 6 pm. Also if you are interested in getting a hair, skin or nail service feel free to stop by or email us to make an appointment with one of our students.

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-Last Friday, 2/22/19, Jazz band played during lunch on the cafeteria stage in honor of the African American Heritage Month. A special thanks to Viking Orchestra Director David Gonzalez for sitting in on the drum set.

Also, this Thursday, February 28, the jazz band will be performing at the MASBA (Mexican American School Board Association) reception at the Renaissancce Hotel. Jazz band has been working very hard this year, and are looking forward to performing at this event.

College & Career Corner

We are going strong in the College and Career Center! 51% of our seniors have completed their financial aid and we still have students who are working on it! A lot of seniors have also started to get or have already received acceptance letters to some of the best universities in the state!

We also have had a lot of students who are getting scholarships and financial aid awards! It is an exciting time as the students are gearing up for their future!

Reminder- Bright Spot Program

Please help spread the word about the Bright Spot program, as it has officially started! So far, we have had only a few requests for supplies and we know the need has great. What is Bright Spot? The Bright Spot Program (subsidiary of the Austin Diaper Bank) is working with Kotex to bring feminine products (pads and pantiliners) to all Lanier HS students AND their families. There are signs in the girls' bathrooms to let the students know who they can see to get free period supplies for both themselves and their families if needed.

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Wellcome Wellness Wednesdays

Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 5pm

Portable T-2

Wellcome Wellness Wednesdays happens every Wednesday from 5-6pm in portable T-2.

Yoga is facilitated by a certified yoga & wellness teacher, Tammy Edwards and designed for every body. Sessions vary from meditative restorative flow to more energetic cardio flow; themes such as gratitude, community connections, and self-care are explored. Group suggestions are encouraged.

All yoga materials/supplies are provided; you just need a positive/open mind and comfortable clothes.

Interested in Joining the Color Run?

Calling all staff and students- the Color Run is coming up April 27th! Email Ms. Willis if you are interested in participating as a group. Students can sign up after school with Ms. Shay or Ms. Willis. See details about the event from their website below.

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Spring Vibes Family Fun Night

Tuesday, March 12th, 5-7:30pm

1201 Payton Gin Road

Austin, TX

On March 12th from 5-7:30 pm, Lanier Business classes will be hosting the Spring Vibes Family Fun Night which will be a mix of field day and water games. We encourage all students and staff to bring their families for some fun in the sun (weather permitting). Games are free! Food and drinks will be on sale. Come Please RSVP for a chance to win a free Chili's kids meal:


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