LVHS Newsletter

Excellence In All We Do.

November 3, 2017

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What's Been HAppening?

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Parent Meetings and Training - Mark Your Calendar:

LVHS will be holding monthly parent meetings or trainings this year. Unless otherwise noted, they fall on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 in the LVHS MAC:

Wednesday, November 8: Hey Dude, Nice Shoes - Advice for Parents in the Age of Bullying and Cyberbullying (this event is districtwide and will be in the PAC)
Wednesday, December 13 - Principal's Corner - Project Vinatta and Working Together Towards Kindness
Wednesday, January 10: Scholarship deadlines and opportunities
Wednesday, February 14: Principal's Corner (topic TBD)
Wednesday, March 21: Principal's Corner (topic TBD)
Wednesday, April 11: Principal's Corner (topic TBD)

If you have ideas or suggestions on meeting topics, please email heather_stoner@lagovista.txed.net.
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Congratulations to Ben Hammar, Class of 2018 National Merit® Commended Scholar!

We are thrilled to recognize Lago Vista High School senior, Ben Hammar, for being named a Class of 2018 National Merit® Commended Scholar. This prestigious designation is awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Program in recognition of Ben’s tremendous academic promise, based upon his success on the PSAT/NMSQT®.


In order to qualify as a National Merit® Scholarship Commended Scholar or Semifinalist, students must take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) as a high school junior and indicate their qualification for the contest on their answer sheet. In order to enter the competition, a student must:

  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT® no later than the third year of high school;
  • Be enrolled as a high school student and planning to accept admission to college no later than the fall following completion of high school; and
  • Be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. lawful permanent resident (or have applied for permanent residence, the application for which has not been denied) and intend to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law.


Of the 1.6 million entrants taking the PSAT/NMSQT®, students scoring in the top 3% in the nation on the PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (calculated by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis, while Commended Scholars are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score (which varies from year to year). National Merit® Semifinalists may continue in the competition to become a Finalist to receive a National Merit® Scholarships. Commended Scholars may become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

Every year some 1,200 of the top performing National Merit® Program participants apply for and are awarded Special Scholarships provided by corporations and business organizations. Special Scholarships may either be renewable for four years of undergraduate study or one-time awards.


We are exceptionally proud of Ben for this amazing accomplishment and know we will see great things from him in the future!

Picture and yearbook info:

Underclassmen picture retakes are Wednesday, November 8! This is the last chance for students to have a portrait in the yearbook!


Senior picture retakes are November 13! Seniors can schedule a time by scanning the QR code in their English class, or you can schedule it for them by going to this link!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054fada728a7fa7-senior14


The Yearbook sale has been extended to November 17th! You can continue to buy a yearbook at the lowest price of the year, $45, until the day before Thanksgiving Break! Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and enter school #6814 or just search for Lago Vista!

Parents of LVHS Seniors:


There's been some confusion about childhood pictures for the yearbook, and I wanted to send an email to you all to clarify.


We're currently collecting pictures for 3 different projects that will overlap in some ways:

1. The "Guess Who" page of the yearbook, where the seniors' baby pictures will be presented with their names

2. The video Slideshow that will be played at graduation, where pictures of the class of 2018 as they grew up will be presented (group shots are better for this one!)

3. The "Diploma walk" slideshow at graduation, where your student's cap and gown photo will be displayed next to their baby photo as they cross the stage


The Nov 1st deadline is for #1, the "Guess Who" page of the yearbook. This is NOT your senior ad page; senior ads are available for purchase and will be available until early March!

Due to the confusion, I'm allowing parents to email and bring in pictures for the "Guess Who" page until November 6th. We'll use any baby pictures we have at that time for the yearbook page.

Need a tutor?

Morning tutorials starts next week - Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:45 in the MAC. Send your student in early to get help from some of our great junior and senior members of the National Honor Society.

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AP Corner

1. Forrest Gump has nothing on our girls cross country team! Go watch them run at state tomorrow.

2. Let's fill the stands for volleyball as they roll through playoffs!

3. Does your student skip school or show up late? Saturday school and truancy court may be in their future!

4. Only two weeks until Thanksgiving Break!

5. Basketball season is upon us, time to reinforce the backboards for the monster dunks! Come early, Be Loud, Don't Stay Late!!! :)

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LVHS Band made Area finals for the first time in its history!

What's the 411 on the PTO!?

We are in the process of starting a Parent Teacher Organization at Lago Vista High School. Don't worry, it's not nearly as intense as the PTA that you were a part of when your son or daughter was in elementary school.

Our PTO's purpose is simple:

Provide support for the teachers, students, and staff of LVHS by increasing

parent volunteers, providing additional student educational opportunities,

and supplementing teacher and school resources.


There will be very little fundraising, but a lot of opportunities to get involved in your student's education during their last four years of public school!

If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact meghin_huerta@lagovista.txed.net.

FREE COATS & CLOTHING!

Anyone in need of a coat or to spice up your wardrobe, come to the LVISD Clothing Closet this Sunday to find free coats and clothes for the whole family.

Located in portable #6 behind LV Intermediate School.

Important Facts about the upcoming bond vote:


The amount of bond is $2.9 million.


Will taxes increase? No, the tax rate will remain the same $1.32


What is the bond for? HVAC replacements, transportation needs, technology needs, maintenance equipment, and service road repair.


How long will it take to pay off the bond? The bond will be paid off in 6 years.


Will we have to send any of the bond money back to the state? No, LVISD will be able to keep 100% of the money.

Election Day - November 7, 2017

If you didn't get a chance to vote early, remember to get out and exercise your right to vote on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 7:00am-7:00pm at the following:


Precinct 371 - LV Middle School
8039 Bar-K Ranch Road

Precinct 373 - LV City Hall
5803 Thunderbird Dr.

StayAlert System Reminder!

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:


Website:
stayalert.info

Call or Text: (206) 406-6485

Email: report@stayalert.info

Use of Canvas gradebook this year!

A weekly average only will be posted in TxConnect and parents can use Canvas to see the posted assignments that make up that current grade. Here are a few of the benefits of using the Canvas gradebook:

  • Integration with the Assignments and Quiz functions within Canvas (auto grading, streamlined feedback, peer editing).
  • Instant and improved communication with students on their assignment grades.
  • Observer view (Parent view) allows for the parent to see grades and have access to the content as well as teacher comments.
  • Uniformity of Canvas gradebook use across campus.
  • Parents can still use TxConnect for a “big picture” look at a student’s grade and use Canvas for a detailed contextual look at student’s grades.
  • In many cases, parents can access the actual assignment turned in by their student. This eliminates student responses of “I turned it in.” and “I’m not sure why I got a bad grade.”


Parents can create a Canvas Parent account by following the steps found here: http://classroom.lagovistaisd.net/default.aspx?LagoVistaHighSchool/Canvas. An even easier option is to have your student log in to their Canvas account and show you their current assignments and grades.

Attendance Matters

The vast majority of our students with excessive absences fail to pass their classes. Students need to be at school everyday.

Our schoolwide attendance goal for this year is 97%. Our state funding is based on the percentage of students at school at 10:15 am every day. Higher attendance rate = more money for resources for your student.

For students who exceed our 96% goal, we are planning some more exciting rewards this year, such as a movie in the PAC, Kona Ice, and exam exemptions!


For students who miss school, here is some very important attendance information:


  • 3 or more unexcused absences in a 4 week period - warning letter sent home, phone conference with at-risk coordinator and attendance improvement plan.
  • 5 or more unexcused absences in a 6-week period - warning letter sent home, phone conference with administrator, attendance behavior plan reviewed.
  • 7 or more unexcused absences in an 8-week period - warning letter sent home and Behavior Intervention Plan meeting called with the parents, student, and assistant principal.
  • 10 or more unexcused absences in a 6 month period - truancy charges are filed. Parent, student and school administrator will be summoned to appear in truancy court.


Our campus goal is to reach 97% attendance each day.


Thanks for your support!
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To whom should I talk about...

Attendance - including absences, doctor's notes, students needing to leave school early : Our attendance clerk, Jennifer_Chiappone@lagovista.txed.net, 512-267-8300, extension 5500


Registration, Transcripts: Our registrar, Tyra_Becker@lagovista.txed.net, 512-267-8300, extension 5503


Student Emotional Support, College Readiness, Student Schedules: Our counselor, Meghin_Huerta@lagovista.txed.net, 512-267-8300, extension 5504


Student Discipline, Ideas for School Improvement: Our assistant principal, Justin_Walker@lagovista.txed.net or principal, Heather_Stoner@lagovista.txed.net, 512-267-8300, extension 5500

Academic Integrity Policy at LVHS.

This week, all students went over our academic integrity policy during advisory. Students will sign receipt and understanding of the policy through English classes in the next week. You can access the policy at:


http://classroom.lagovistaisd.net/users/0093/docs/Academic%20Integrity%20Policy.pdf