October 2018 - Monthly Recap

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Expect the Best, Expect Success!

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The month of October brought some great opportunities for community, student and parent engagement. We celebrated homecoming, held various campus fall festivals and learned about fire safety amid our normal classroom learning.

The Lancaster ISD Communications Department released a new quarterly digital and printed publication titled, We Believe that will share the great happenings in Lancaster ISD.

Additionally, Superintendent of Schools Elijah Granger shared the state of Lancaster ISD Schools with the business community.

We are looking ahead to the great work that will occur within our classes in the month of November along with the football playoffs and the start of the basketball season.

As always, we are proud to have your partnership as a Lancaster ISD parent and hope that you enjoy this publication designed for you.

We Want to Honor All of Our Lancaster ISD Veterans…

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As our nation prepares to remember all those who have served on Veterans Day,

we also want to honor you, our parents, who have served our nation as a member of the U.S. Armed Services.

Please help us in this endeavor and ensure that we have a current record of our veterans

by completing the information no later than Thursday, November 8th.

Superintendent Elijah Granger Presents the State of Lancaster Schools to Chamber of Commerce

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By: E’ja Alexander, LHS Tiger Student Media

The State of the Schools is “outstanding” says Lancaster ISD Superintendent of schools Elijah Granger as he addressed the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce during their annual State of Schools Luncheon at the Lancaster Recreation Center.

This event is all about transparency and accountability for the stakeholders whose taxes pay for public education. It provides a rundown of the district’s academics, finances, bond projects and gives Lancaster ISD the opportunity to share information with potential business partners and community members.

“The traditional approach to transforming or improving a district relied heavily on the school system itself. However, we believe that committed stakeholders within a community must unite in their efforts to truly improve a school district as community empowerment can serve as a catalyst for change in the public education system,” states former Lancaster ISD Chief Communications Officer Sonya Cole-Hamilton.

This provides Lancaster ISD with new opportunities to communicate and connect with people from the business community.

“To truly improve and ensure that our students have access to every opportunity afforded to them, we must have a viable relationship with our business and community partners,” Ms. Cole-Hamilton states.

At the luncheon, there were district leaders such as Shemeka Millner-Williams, Dr. Tonia Howard, Gary Williams and Beverly Humphrey who spoke about the recent achievements, new goals and upcoming events of some of the Lancaster ISD Departments.

“We know the students will rise to whatever expectations we set, and as adults we have to have high expectations. We have to believe in our students,” says Superintendent Granger after his speech.

The goal for this year is to increase student achievement in all content areas by 10% and maintain our high 98% of graduation rates.

After the event, Lancaster Mayor Clyde C. Hairston stated, “There is an old saying that it takes a village to raise a child, so partnerships brings a sense of unity and everybody standing on common grounds to make the city Lancaster,and the school district better.”

Approximately, 100 guests attended the annual Lancaster state of school luncheon and all had the opportunity to hear the talented voices of the award-winning Lancaster High School Choir, Docio Elite.

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News From the Academic Services Team...

Lancaster ISD Hosted Its 5th Annual Hispanic Heritage Bowl

On October, 27, Lancaster ISD hosted its 5th Annual Hispanic Heritage Bowl at Lancaster High School.

The event was themed “Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead” and featured activities and crafts for all ages.

The featured speaker for the event was Clara Alaniz, Digital Learning Specialist in Plano, TX. She is a former educator who is now a dedicated change agent for digital literacy and digital citizenship as well as a passionate advocate for all students. She shared a unique story that admonished the audience to let nothing stop you from achieving your goals.

Then, the teams were released to begin their preliminary rounds in their specific categories.

All the teams in both the elementary and secondary categories gave a strong effort, but there was only room for one first place winner in each division.

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The secondary winners are ... Lancaster STEM Early College Team Uno!

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The elementary winners are ...the Rosa Parks Millbrook Annihilators

The School Board Also Selected the Art Contest Winners

Secondary Second Place Winner: Estaban De Hoya, Lancaster Middle School

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It was a fun day of student performances from Dallas ISD W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy Folklorico and Dance Company and the Lancaster High School Jazz Band. Attendees also enjoyed the vendors as well as the maker spaces arts and crafts table and the bounce house.

Lancaster ISD Gifted and Talented Exploration Academy 6th Grade students attend SMU TEDTalk for Kids

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This year, we started GT services at Carver called Exploration Academy 2.0 to expand our Gifted and Talented Program to this secondary campus. A group of secondary students attended the TEDXKids Talk at SMU on Friday, October 19th as an extension of the skills they are learning in their Exploration Academy class.

TEDxKids@SMU is a one-of-a-kind experience and the first ever TED style conference for kids. Middle school students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade from across North Texas came to SMU’s campus to engage with other students and thought leaders to exchange big ideas and have great conversations.

This day was specifically dedicated to kids; adults were asked to sit in the balcony while high school volunteer hosts sat with the students on the main floor.

During the breaks, the energy and raw curiosity of 800 young minds all in one room was virtually contagious. As ideas are presented on stage then debated with the speaker, partners demonstrate the latest technology and teach creative expression, with the goals of forming future leaders. The experience was free and also equated to four hours of community service.

Lancaster ISD Athletics Events and Schedules

Lancaster VolleyBall Team Makes It to the Playoffs for the First Time in 15 years

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After a 15 year drought of not making the playoffs, the Tiger volleyball team traveled to Duncanville to take on the Red Oak Hawks. While the team came up short losing in three matches 11-25, 23-25 and 15-25. This was not a complete loss to the team as they experienced the playoffs under new head coach Montonya Jackson who is a Lancaster Tiger volleyball alumni.

“Individually each player on this team believes in themselves and collectively as a team we believe in each other,” Jackson said. “The sky is the limit for this program and the young ladies that will lead next year.”

Team Schedules

Lancaster Football

  • November 8 - Varsity Senior Night- vs Woodrow Wilson
  • November 8 - JV Black 11/8 - @ Woodrow Wilson
  • November 8 - 9th Grade 11/8 - vs Woodrow Wilson (Dallas)

Lancaster Basketball (Girls)

  • November 6 - Midlothian Heritage - (Freshman) 5:00 pm, JV 6:15 pm, Varsity 7:30 pm
  • November 9 - Everman (Freshman) 5:00 pm, (JV) 5:00 pm, (Varsity) 6:30 pm

Lancaster Basketball (Boys)

  • November 10 - Cowtown Tipoff-Varsity in Crowley, Tx
  • November 14 - Dallas Kimball at Ellis Davis Fieldhouse 5 P.M./6:30 P.M. / 8 P.M.
  • November 23-24 - Houston Jamboree-Varsity in Houston, Tx
  • November 23-24 - S.O.C. 9th Grade Thanksgiving at Dallas S.O.C.
  • November 23-24 - Carter J.V. Thanksgiving Classic at Dallas Carter

News From the College and Career Readiness Department

We want to ensure that all of our Lancaster High School students are college ready and career-prepared, especially our senior students. Therefore, parents we want to ensure that you are aware that we have a college, career and military readiness center on the Lancaster High School campus that is equipped with college advisors who are dedicated to ensuring that you and your child are planning well for life after high school. If you have not stopped by the LHS CCMR, please check it out.

The advisors are hosting various sessions in the upcoming months to assist students with their college applications, financial aid and scholarships, as well as helping students to understand college life.

Also, there will be various sessions to ensure that you are aware of the partnership that Lancaster High School has with the Dallas County Promise to allow our graduates to attend college free.

Here is a tentative schedule below. Please ensure that you and your child are connected to the Remind 101 App used by the college center to stay abreast of events and resources.

  1. November 12 - Dallas County Promise Meet n' Greet for LHS students
  2. November 13 - HBCU Talk ( panel discussion, activities)
  3. November 14 - FAFSA/ Dallas County Promise and College Admissions Day (Sessions will be presented in Spanish)
  4. November 15 - College Admissions Day - ( Admissions Reps will discuss what they look for on applications, essays, scores and Etc....
  5. November 16 - Professional Professor Interviews (Students will interview college professors)
  6. November 26-28 - Social Media Workshop (business and personal use)

This just a tentative list of the workshops, meetings that are designed to help our students. Please contact the LHS CCMR Center Advisor, Whusheane Perry and his staff at 972-218-1849 for updated times and locations as well to answer any questions that you may have.

The Lancaster STEM Early College High School Parent Meeting November 14

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This meeting is aimed to connect all parents of eighth grade students to the concept of the early college high school experience and also to share the distinct benefits of this pathway to higher education.

  • November 14 at 6:30 pm (LHS Auditorium) - General Program Presentation
  • December 5 at 6:30 pm (LHS Auditorium) - Parent Panel Presentation

If you are a parent of a current eighth grade student, please be sure to attend one or both of these sessions. Also, please feel free to contact the Lancaster STEM Early College Campus at 972-218-1861 if you need additional information.

Child Nutrition Meal Management Information

The Child Nutrition Department Food Service Provider is Sodexo. The mission of this department is to provide well-balanced meals for the students of Lancaster ISD.

All Lancaster ISD campuses provide students with breakfast and lunch daily. Please contact the campus to confirm the meal times.

Meal Prices:

Breakfast: K-12 Free for all district students

Lunch Full Paid: K-5 $2.35

Lunch Full Paid: 6-12 $2.60

Lunch Reduced: K-12 $0.40

School Lunch Application

We encourage parents to complete the school lunch application at the start of the school year during enrollment. Do you still need to complete the lunch application? Click Here

School Lunch Menus

You don't have to wonder what your child will eat each day. You can see the monthly take home menus for elementary students from our district web page.

Find the menus here

Manage Lunch Accounts Easily Online

Do you need to add money to your child's meal account but cannot do it in person nor do you want to send the money via your child? You can add money to your child's meal account online through the My School Bucks link on the child nutrition home page.

Click here to open the My School Bucks webpage.

News from the Fine Arts Department...

Middle School Band Students Visit the Meyerson Symphony Center

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The beginner bands from both GWC and LMS went to the Meyerson to see the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) prepare for their performance featuring one of Beethoven's Piano Concerto. The purpose of this trip was to expose our students to a live professional ensemble in a rehearsal setting, give our students the opportunity to witness what the professionals do to prepare for a performance and how it correlates to our band.

Prior to viewing the orchestra, we were given a brief tour of the building in which the students learned about the overall concept of the design of the Meyerson Center in relationship to the important role of the principal players and conductors of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Both GWC and LMS students were praised for their attentiveness, behavior while displaying proper concert etiquette.

News From the School Health and Safety Departments...

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu. The tips and resources below will help you learn about steps you can take to protect yourself and others from flu and help stop the spread of germs.

1. Get Vaccinated

The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. There are several flu vaccine options for the 2018-2019 flu season.

  • Avoid close contact.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you are sick.

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

3. Cover your mouth and nose.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.

4. Clean your hands.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives

Tips on hand washing and using alcohol-based hand sanitizers

It’s a SNAP Toolkit: Handwashing

Hand washing resources from the It’s A SNAP program, aimed at preventing school absenteeism by promoting clean hands. From the School Network for Absenteeism Prevention, a collaborative project of the CDC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Cleaning Institute.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

6. Practice other good health habits.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Non-pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs)

Everyday preventive actions, like nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), are actions – apart from getting vaccinated or taking medicine – that people and communities can take to help slow the spread of illnesses like influenza (flu)

Preventing Flu at Work and School

At School

• Find out about plans your child’s school, child care program, or college has if an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs and whether flu vaccinations are offered on-site.

• Make sure your child’s school, child care program, or college routinely cleans frequently touched objects and surfaces, and that they have a good supply of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand rubs, and disposable wipes on-site.

• Ask how sick students and staff are separated from others and who will care for them until they can go home.

Learn more about preventing the flu, common questions and answers, and poster materials for schools: Resources for Schools, Childcare Providers and Parents

At Work

• Find out about your employer’s plans if an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs and whether flu vaccinations are offered on-site.

• Routinely clean frequently touched objects and surfaces, including doorknobs, keyboards, and phones, to help remove germs.

• Make sure your workplace has an adequate supply of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand rubs, and disposable wipes.

• Train others on how to do your job so they can cover for you in case you or a family member gets sick and you have to stay home.

• If you begin to feel sick while at work, go home as soon as possible.

Learn more about how you can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like flu at work : Flu Prevention at Work

Student Affairs/Parent Engagement Activities:

Lancaster High School and Lancaster Middle School Celebrated Homecoming

...Scenes from the LHS Senior Homecoming Benefit Gospel Concert w/ Dr. Tony Wade

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2018 Lancaster ISD Homecoming Parade

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Photo by M. Torres ( LHS student Journalist)

Watch the Lancaster ISD Homecoming Parade

Click to watch Tiger Student Media coverage of the 2018 Lancaster ISD Homecoming Parade.

Sparky and the Lancaster Fire Personnel Offered Fire Safety Sessions to all Elementary Campuses


Lancaster ISD ESL Classes for Parents Are in Progress...

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The Lancaster ISD Special Programs and Parent Connect Departments are offering the ESL, GED and Transition Classes. The ESL classes began in the month of October and are currently in progress. If you are interested in learning more about the courses offered to parents, please contact Brenda Corpus at 972-218-1554 or via email at brendacorpus@lancasterisd.org.

Campuses Celebrated the Season with various Fall Festivals and Literacy Events...

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We Have Space For A Few Excellent Customer Service Professionals...

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Community Partnership Events

Lancaster Education Foundation Gave over 5,000 in Opportunity Grants for Teachers

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Twice each school year, the Lancaster Education Foundation seeks to a fund select number of additional classroom and student experiences and projects through small opportunity grants up to $500 dollars each. The teacher or student advisors apply to the Foundation and the winners are selected. The foundation then makes surprise check deliveries to the winners at their campuses. This fall, the total number of grants equaled about $5,000.

Upcoming District Events

November 6, 2018 is Election Day. The polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM. You must vote in your precinct location on this date. This is an opportunity for you to be civically engaged on a local, state and in some cases, the national level.

Dallas County Election Information

Join Us for the Next Lancaster ISD School Board Meeting on November 15

We love to see our parents in the audience at our monthly meetings. Please take time to stop by the Lancaster ISD Administration Building to see your school board trustees at work. The monthly meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of the month at 7 PM in the boardroom located at 422 S. Centre Avenue in Lancaster, Texas. We hope to see you at the next meeting.

The City of Lancaster Turkey Bowl - November 17

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Join the City of Lancaster and other residents on Saturday, November 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the annual Turkey Bowl and Turkey Shootout.

The Lancaster Police and Fire Personnel will team up against the Pastors and Ministers for the Turkey Shoot Out Basketball Game. Also, enjoy inflatables, bowling for a turkey, bumper balls, a D.J, games, and program demonstrations for all.

District Holiday - Thanksgiving Break

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In Lancaster ISD, our VISION is 2020!

Lancaster ISD Beliefs:


    Equity in education is a human right.


    Educators, parents and students share in the responsibility of developing well-rounded individuals.


    Engaged, relevant learning experiences provide for a quality education leading to a quality life.


    Learning is a life-long process that is enhanced by taking risks.


    A person has the capacity to learn from past experiences.


    Purposeful planning to meet individual student needs leads to intentional outcomes for student success.

    The Mission of Lancaster ISD

    The mission of Lancaster ISD, in collaboration with parents and communities, is to ignite learning that translates into sustainable success for all students in an ever-changing society.
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