LVMS Weekly Staff Newsletter

Week of January 30th


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3rd Consecutive District UIL Victory!

Thank you to our amazing UIL coaches and to the many staff members who helped make this event a success. And, finally, thank you to Mrs. Gearing for organizing this event...she worked her heart out this week to get us ready and we are incredibly grateful.

A complete list of the standings for each event can be found in our Parent Newsletter.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 2nd

Basketball vs. Comfort (Girls Home / Boys Away)

Saturday, February 4th

District Basketball Tournament

Wednesday, February 8th

Faculty Meeting (Option 1)

Thursday, February 9th

Faculty Meeting (Option 2)

Friday, February 10th

School Dance

Monday, February 20th

Student Holiday/ Campus PD Day

Friday, February 24th

Track and Field Meet at Blanco HS

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LVMS Attendance this week: 94.86%...our goal is 98%!

As always, we appreciate staff for encouraging students and parents to make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences.

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Interim Principal Update

Just a quick note to let you know that we are continuing the process to identify an interim principal to serve for the rest of the year. We hope to have an official update for you by mid-week (Wednesday or Thursday). You have done a fabulous job working together as a campus to help get everything done.

Mrs. Jackson will be on hand from LVES during the first part of next week while Dr. Lofton-Bullis and Mr. Webb are at the TASA Midwinter Conference. What a team effort!

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February 8th/9th Faculty Meeting

Our next mandatory faculty meeting will be held on February 8th and February 9th. You have the option to choose to attend one of these 2 times...don't pick a time that conflicts with your duty schedule, please!

Wednesday, February 8th at 4:10pm


Thursday,February 9th at 7:45am

Please click on the link below to let us know which faculty meeting session you will attend:

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Principal Candidate Profile Survey for Current Staff

Lago Vista ISD is seeking input to assist in setting the skills and qualifications to be used in selecting the new principal for Lago Vista Middle School. Your input will be a critical part of the District's process.

The survey below consists of 33 questions and should take 10-15 minutes to complete. All input is anonymous and confidential and is for the sole use of the District. Input will be accepted until February 24, 2017.


We appreciate you for taking the time to provide us with feedback!

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Remember: New Duty Schedule Starts Monday!

Mrs. Spexarth and Dr. Lofton-Bullis adjusted the second semester duty schedule to ensure appropriate coverage. While attention was paid to ensure equity and availability, please email Jayme if you have an ongoing conflict with your assigned duty.


Remember, it is your responsibility to arrange coverage if you will not be there. Thanks for being awesome!

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Appraisal Observations

Dr. Lofton-Bullis and Mrs. Spexarth will be sure to communicate changes in appraisers this week. Appraisal observations for any folks with a new appraiser will be completed shortly. And, again, thank you for your patience!
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LVMS Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures Review

As we begin the second semester, we would like to take a moment to review arrival and dismissal procedures, particularly as they relate to car riders. Student safety is our top priority and your observance of these procedures is greatly appreciatedI


As a reminder, supervision is not provided for middle school students who arrive to school before 7:30am. Car riders are dropped off directly in front of Viking Hall. Parents must use the entrance on Bar-K and follow the loop around. This is to ensure that cars are not forced to line up on 1431.

  • Please make sure your students are ready to quickly exit your vehicle so that the line moves quickly.
  • Also, we ask that you pull forward in the line (even if it is past the doors to Viking Hall). This will help keep our drop-off line running efficiently so that you'll be on your way in no time!


Car riders will wait to be picked up directly in front of Viking Hall.

Parents who are parked for pick-up in the baseball field parking lots on Bar-K must be waiting for immediate pickup at dismissal.

  • To ensure their safety, students must proceed directly to this area using the doors that exit to the faculty parking lot behind the gymnasium and may not walk through the car pickup lane.
  • Students may cross at the crosswalk only when given clearance by the crossing guard.
  • Students may not wait in the area by the crosswalk to be picked up. They will be escorted to the pickup line.
  • Students waiting for pickup must remain in the supervised pick-up line at Viking Hall.

At 4:15pm, any student who is still waiting to be picked up will be escorted to the front office for pick-up. This is to ensure our students’ safety and supervision while they are in our care. Finally, for their safety and the safety of others, young children are asked to wait in cars with their parents.

Thank you for helping our Vikings remain Respectful, Responsible, and SAFE!

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Cafeteria Expectations (Review for Teachers AND Students!)

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Please review this information and reinforce it with students.

Student Expectations in the Cafeteria

Be Respectful

· Exhibit appropriate peer interactions.

· Use appropriate language.

· Follow adult directions.

· Clean up after yourself.

· Wait your turn in line.

Be Responsible

· Keep your technology off and away.

· Pick up anything you drop.

· Remain in your seat.

· Use hand signals to communicate your needs.

· Wait for permission to get up out of your seat.

Be Safe

· Keep your hands, feet, and belongings to yourself.

· Keep backpacks and belongings out of the walkways.

Hand Signals

Once seated, students may not get up out of their seats in the cafeteria without permission. The hand signals above should be used to indicate to the adults in the room what a student needs. Here's a rundown:

1 Finger = I need a utensil (or napkin, ketchup, etc.).

2 Fingers = I would like to return to the line for seconds or to purchase something.

3 Fingers = I need to throw away my trash.

Crossed Fingers = I need to go to the restroom (1 at a time ONLY).

Reminders for Adults on Duty

  1. Students may NOT use personal electronic devices once the instructional day begins (including lunch).
  2. Noise level should be conversational. Any yelling or inappropriately loud voices will result in consequences.
  3. Tables are dismissed one by one. All trash should be picked up and there should be no food in the floor.
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Grading Reminders

Don't forget that grades should be updated in a timely manner, as they are a way to communicate students' mastery of skills to parents. Progress reports are available to parents every 3 weeks, and we are approaching the first progress report of the 3rd nine weeks grading period.
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PLC This Week

Core teachers - Get with your team and identify a day that Jayme can meet you to discuss student data. Get ready to DIG! Team leads, let Jayme know what day works for your team.
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Success is a Journey, Not a Destination!

Success does not happen over night. We will all face challenges this year...and we will face great moments, too. However, when it gets tough, it's important to remember that success is like an iceberg. We only see the top of the iceberg in other people's lives. But I'm here to tell you, people who find success also faced persistence, failure, sacrifice, and disappointment.

Success is rarely found without a lot of tremendous hard work and sacrifice. Real success comes from practice, hard work, good habits, and dedication. Keep in mind success is a journey, not a destination!

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The Lady Vikings faced off against Florence this Thursday.

The 8th grade B team played a great game against the Lady Buffaloes. The Lady Vikings took the lead in the first half with 4 points early on. Florence came back though to tie the game at the end of the half. With great pressure on defense and hustle, the Lady Vikings scored another 8 points and won 12-9 in the second half. Kylee Raggio and Bree Greenless both scored 4 points. Dakota Hutchins and Ryleigh Oliver had 2 points.

The 8th grade A team came out guns blazing and continued to put the pressure on Florence the entire game. The Lady Vikings shut out Florence in the first quarter with a score of 13-0. In the second quarter, we gave up only 3 points and score 8 more, putting the score at 21-3. At the end of the game, the score was 27-6. The Lady Vikings and the Lady Buffaloes showed great sportsmanship throughout the whole game. Jade Press scored 10 points. Madysen Shepard and Emily Peiklik both scored 4 points. Grace Rohne had 3 points. Heather Power, Esther Long, and Josey Kannmacher contributed 2 points.

The 7th grade Bleacher Report will be included in next week's newsletter.

Way to go Lady Vikings! We have our last game next week at home against Comfort starting at 5pm.

The boys were off this week. They travel to Comfort February 2nd.

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Do Your Duty!

Your presence at your duty station is crucial, so please plan ahead. If you cannot attend your duty, you are responsible for finding someone to cover you. If you do not get your duty covered, assume students will be unattended and unsafe in your area.

Here's the link to the current duty schedule. Again, if you are scheduled to be off campus during your scheduled duty time, please make sure that you find someone to cover you. Thanks!

Budget Requisition Process Update - Super Important!

If you are a team leader or activity sponsor, Dr. Lofton-Bullis will be approving all purchase orders and requisitions. Please scan all Department Purchase Order Forms (with quote) to her email, which is Remember: Please do not send them to her directly from the copier. Instead, please send it to yourself and forward it with the subject line "Purchase Order Request"...she gets a lot of emails and a lot of scanned documents, so this will keep it at the top of her "to do" list!

If you need help remembering the requisition process, or need the form, here’s the link:

Also, Dr. Lofton-Bullis will be providing departments with their remaining budget amounts next week. As we approach testing and prepare for the summer, please remember to plan ahead for what you need (i.e., lab supplies, summer reading novels, calculator batteries, etc.).

Absence Request Process Update - Also Super Important!

Dr. Lofton-Bullis will also approving all requests in Aesop. You don't need to do anything different when putting in an absence in Aesop (SWEET!).

If you're submitting a request to use discretionary leave (i.e., not sick leave), you must do so at least 48 hours in advance. PLEASE be sure to also email Jayme Spexarth to let her know you requested an absence.

Last minute requests due to sickness or emergencies must be put in Aesop and followed up with a phone call to the campus substitute coordinator (Sue Kunze) and Jayme Spexarth. If you don't get an answer, please leave a message. Thanks!

Fundraiser Process - Make SURE You Follow The Steps to Get Them Approved in Advance (THIS INCLUDES FUNDRAISING WEBSITE PAGES)!

Our CFO, Melissa Lafferty, sent out an email about this last week, but here's a recap (just in case!). Remember that a Lago Vista ISD fundraising form must be completed, approved by the campus principal, and approved by the Superintendent in advance of ALL fundraising activities...this includes opening an account on a donor website (such as GoFundMe and other crowdfunding online fundraiser sites).

You can find all the forms you need here:

For now, please submit all fundraising forms to Dr. Lofton-Bullis. And, of course, let us know if you have any questions!

Quarterly Self-Assessment Forms

Remember: Quarterly Self-Assessment Forms are due on the last day of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Nine Weeks in Eduphoria Appraise. If you are a new staff member, or have any trouble logging into Eduphoria, please contact Holly Jackson at

Remember to Be in the Hallways During Passing Periods

In order to keep our hallways orderly during transitions, please make sure to stand at your door in between periods. We totally get people needing to use the restroom or grab something from the copier, but a glance down the hallway during passing periods should have more teachers than empty doors. Again, we appreciate you SO much for helping to keep our students safe!

Exchange Hours are Due April 3rd

All folks are required to have 12 hours of staff development on non-contract time prior to April 3. These hours will be exchanged for 2 days (June 1st and June 2nd) that you don't have to come to work!

You must submit these through Eduphoria (Workshop). The steps are listed below, but please make sure that you request Exchange Hour credit (and NOT compliance video credit).

Grading Guidelines - Please Make Sure You Know Them AND Follow Them!

The LVISD Grading Guidelines outline the expectations for grading in our District. The purpose of grades is to provide students and parents with feedback on mastery of content and to document academic progress. So, please remember that teachers’ grades are expected to be a reflection of a student’s mastery of the state standards. We are also required by policy and statute to provide reteach/retest opportunities, which is outlined in the LVISD Grading Guidelines.

Here is a link to the LVISD Grading Guidelines for your reference:

Curriculum Expectations and Information

This information is provided to revisit instructions and clarify expectations for curriculum documents, especially for our new staff members. Please let Dr. Lofton-Bullis know if you have any questions.

Expectations for EACH Course

  • 1 Snapshot (in Word) - Due at the beginning of the school year
  • 1 Unit Organizer for Each Unit (in Word) - Due on the last day of each 9 weeks

Where can I find the Snapshot template?

The snapshot templates in Word are located here. If your TEKS have been updated (LOTE, for example), please be sure to update them in your snapshot. If you have an old snapshot and have uploaded a new one, please remove the old version from the Google Drive folder. If your snapshot has a year listed in the title, please delete that.

Where can I find the Unit Organizer templates?

The unit organizer templates with TEKS check boxes are located here. There are instructions on how to "lock" the forms; otherwise, you will need to double click the check boxes. Plain versions of the template without checkboxes are located here.

Where can I access existing documents?

Go to "Shared with Me" and search for "LVISD Snapshots & Unit Organizers". If you need editing rights to your folder, please request it from Dr. Lofton-Bullis.

What do I do when I'm done with my documents? How do I submit them?

Once you are done, save your document to your grade level folder on Google Drive. This is the folder appraisers will check to verify completion of these documents. Remember: no Google docs...Word only!

How should I name my documents (so we don't have 120 Unit 1s)?

Naming conventions are very easy. Yes, please put spaces in the document name, just like below:

  • Grade # Subject Snapshot - Example: Grade 6 Math Snapshot
  • Grade # Subject Unit # - Example: Grade 4 Math Unit 1

What if I did an awesome job last year and don't have any changes to make?

You should review your snapshot, make sure your priority standards are those you wish to keep, and UPDATE THE REVISED DATE. (We can see the last time it was updated and there are a few 2014-2015s out there!)

Anchor Time Expectations for Students Doing SSR (Silent Sustained Reading)

Here's a reminder of the expectations for students who are doing SSR during Anchor Time. (Thanks to Rachel Karg for putting this nifty slide together!) You guys have been doing a great job...keep it up!
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Make Sure You Know About StayALERT (...and Talk About it With Our Kiddos!)

Prevention is key! If you need a poster or window decal with this information, please email Dr. Lofton-Bullis. Here's a rundown of what StayALERT are using it to report things, so make sure to provide them with reminders that it exists!

Lago Vista ISD uses StayALERT to help keep our schools safe. StayALERT is a bilingual, confidential website, e-mail, phone and texting avenue for students, teachers, staff, parents and community members to be able to confidentially report unsafe behaviors, suspicious activities, bullying, acts of violence, harassment, and a host of other potential disruptors to school safety.

Users may anonymously report concerns 24-7-365 via the StayALERT website, an e-mail, a phone call to a recorded and monitored line, or via a text message from a cell phone. Photos and video clips pertaining to the StayALERT report may be included. No special app required! Reportable information will be forwarded in a timely manner to a pre-designated school official for review.

To make a report, use one of the methods below:


Call or Text: (206) 406-6485


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Need an LV Window Decal for Your Car?

There is a school-endorsed Etsy store selling window decals to promote school spirit for our Lago Vista Vikings. Each decal has a detailed description along with the option to personalize it.

Visit and enter "LV Flightline" in the search engine. When you get to the store, pick out the decal or decals of your choice. There are different types of payment accepted, including PayPal.

Decals are shipped locally free of charge. Thanks for your school spirit and GO VIKINGS!

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LVISD Monthly Character Traits

September – Trustworthiness
Be honest • Don’t deceive others, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country

October – Respect
Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit, or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements

November – Compassion
Care about how others feel • Do kind and thoughtful things for people in need • Put other people’s needs before your own • Volunteer your time and resources for charity • Be willing to listen

December – Caring
Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Forgive others • Help people in need

January – Citizenship
Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in your community • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer

February – Fairness
Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded and listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly

March – Responsibility
Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others

April – Integrity
Be strong enough to do what you know is right • Do the right thing, even when it is difficult • Be your best self • Resist peer pressure • Choose words and actions that are sincere • Set high standards for yourself and stick to them

May – Gratitude
Say thank you for the things that you receive • Think about what you are thankful for and why • Show others how nice it feels to be remembered and appreciated by someone • Write thank you cards • Enjoy giving back • Understand that you are not owed things; you earn them

Lago Vista Middle School

Mission Statement: Lago Vista Middle School will provide a positive and supportive environment, which builds self-confidence, develops responsibility, and assists each student in becoming a successful life-long learner.