Lively Middle School

November 18, 2022

Greetings Falcon Nation,

As we get ready for Thanksgiving Break, I want to express my gratitude for our school community. I am thankful for all of our teachers, staff, students, and parents that make our school one of the best schools in Austin! We could not do what we do with out you. A special thank you goes out to our Lively PTSA and Lively families that provided all of the delicious food yesterday for our annual Thanksgiving Day Luncheon.

This week’s newsletter has information about:

  • Coats for Lively

  • Evening of Wonder

  • MAP Growth

  • HSR opt-in forms

  • SEL Advisory Update

  • Falcon Flex

  • Important Dates

  • Parent and Student Resources

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The weather is chilly and coats that have been donated to our Falcon Showroom are gone! If you are able to donate new or gently used coats and jackets for our community, we would greatly appreciate it. Please bring all donations to the front office.

Evening of Wonder

Mark your calendars to attend or help with this year’s Evening of Wonder on December 6, 2022 from 5:30-7:30 pm. The Evening of Wonder is Lively’s annual showcase where prospective families can learn about all of our incredible programs, classes, and activities as well as meet the fabulous students, staff, and families that make our community so special.

We need your help to represent the Lively community and support our teachers as they promote their classes. We are seeking parent and student volunteers to help us setup the lights, and support during the event. Complete this Parent and Student Volunteer form if you are interested in supporting the Evening of Wonder. Let’s use the Evening of Wonder as an opportunity to connect as a community and celebrate all of the great things happening in our school.

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MAP Growth

MAP Growth testing will take place the weeks of November 28- December 9th. This assessment will measure students’ growth in Math and Reading from the beginning of the year. All testing will take place in students’ regularly scheduled ELAR and Math classes. Please reach out to your child’s Math or ELAR teacher if you have more questions.

HSR opt-in forms

Human Sexuality and Responsibility (HSR) curriculum will be taught this fall during your child’s science and HS credit health class. The 9 lessons in grade 6 cover developmentally and age-appropriate information related to relationships, abuse and trafficking, puberty and adolescent development, reproductive systems, abstinence, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, and boundaries and consent. This curriculum has been established to provide information and skill development for students so that they may reach their highest potential for physical, emotional, mental and social health. If you haven’t done so already, we invite you to preview the curriculum online at (under the K-HS Lessons button).

As the primary educator in your child’s life, AISD believes that you are the most important source of information regarding human sexuality. The HSR curriculum is intended to support what students are learning at home, respecting your individual family values and teaching students to respect the family values of others that may differ from their own.

HSR lessons are taught in all grade level science classes and HS credit Health. If you would like your child to participate in HSR lessons you must complete the HSR opt-in form. Students that do not turn in the opt-in form will be provided with alternate lessons. You are not required to opt-in unless you want your child to participate in the lessons. Opt-in forms are due on Dec 1st. The HSR curriculum will be taught from Dec 7 to Dec 16th. For questions regarding the curriculum, please contact your child’s science or health teacher.

6th Grade HSR

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7th Grade HSR

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8th Grade HSR

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HSR Link

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SEL Advisory

We will have a lot happening in Advisory when students return from the Fall break! Students will participate in small group team building games and knockout basketball competitions. We are also busy prepping for our Pep rally to celebrate basketball season. AVID students have prepared and will lead a high school and college fair during advisories. We are excited to have fun and enriching opportunities as we finish out the Fall semester.

Falcon Flex

Maria Nieto is one of our new custodians. Simply put: she is amazing. She has an amazing work ethic and takes it upon herself to ensure that our school is clean and ready for our kiddos. She also volunteers on Saturdays to help our teachers and PTA. We salute you, and we appreciate you so, so much!

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  • Week of November 28th class schedule is:

A day, B day, A day, B day, C day

  • November 29th- 5th Graders Visit Lively MS
  • November 30th- Girls BB vs Small 7th @ Small/8th @ Lively @ 6:00p.m.
  • December 1st- Virtual Parent Coffee @ 5:00p.m.
  • December 2nd- In Person Parent Coffee @ 9:00a.m.
  • December 3rd- Boys Soccer A/B vs Bailey @ Bailey @ 9:00a.m.
  • December 4th- Magnet Testing @ 9:00a.m.

Have a restful break and I’ll see you in one week on Monday, November 28th!

Dr. Stacie Holiday, Principal



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Students who lose or damage their Chromebooks must pay $50 before they are issued a new one. Students who lose or damage Chargers must pay $15 before they are issued a new one. If you're Chromebook or charger isn't working, bring it to the library and it will be exchanged.

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guitar concert

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Ms. Amador's Pod Class

Ms. Vincent AP Spanish Class

My students researched and made oral presentations about the origin and history of cold and/or typical dishes from Spanish-speaking countries, as well as the procedure of how these dishes are prepared and at the end they tasted these foods.

Advanced Guitar

Advanced guitar won an honorable mention from Educa Austin for their submission during Hispanic Heritage month! The class won $200 for a class party and 5 gift bags!
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Model UN

Please congratulate 27 of our Model UN students who participated in The University of Texas's Central Texas Model UN Conference for three days last weekend. Lively delegates were the only middle schoolers there and competed with 700 other high school students from all over the state. Our delegates participated in Global Simulation Crisis Committees representing American, Russian, Chinese and German perspectives, Harry Potter Committees, The Bandung Conference, Winter War Committees representing Finland and The USSR, The Human Rights Council, The World Economic Forum, UNHRC, UNHRC, UNESCO, Rebuilding Post-War Japan and tackled issues of ethics in consumerism. Special shout out goes to George and Charlie who both won Honorable Mention in their committees. Way to go Falcons!

Advanced Art

This week Intermediate and Advanced art students helped finished painting the "Painting Positivity" murals that PTA started this weekend, learned about Claus Oldenberg and created their own armatures for paper mache. Our Beginning artists celebrated Fall and cooler weather by water coloring their pumpkin drawings.

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Giving Tuesday is around the corner so please think of supporting us on our last stretch to meet our goal. The last day of our Snap! Raise fundraiser is November 24th . Your support will help us offer a higher-quality art experience for all students. You can donate and see details using the link below. Help us spread the word about our fundraiser by sharing it with your friends via Email, Facebook, and Twitter. We would greatly appreciate it! ~ Ms. Waguespack and Ms. Pratt


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you need a book, don’t forget we have digital books through MackinVIA in the AISD portal. Thanks!

Lively’s Gratefulness Chain!

Lively students made gratefulness chains this week which are displayed in the library. We have so much to be grateful for!
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The Book Fair is coming! December 5 - 9, 2022

The Lively Library is hosting a book fair the first full week of December. To find out more, check out the website:

We need book fair volunteers! Sign up here:

If you have any questions about book fair, please contact me:

Food Free Fun and more!

We keep Food Free Fun open during Día de Los Muertos Stations! Parent volunteers also came to assist our students with their LASA applications.

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LASA Mentors and More!

LASA mentors are in the Library every Wednesday to help 8th grade students with their LASA applications during Advisory. If you would like to sign up, please contact our 8th grade counselor, Michelle Garcia:
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Breakthrough meets weekly with students in the library.

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AISD Million Minute Challenge

Please record your reading minutes in this form! We can do it! Go Falcons!

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Happy Reading,

Yvonne Steckel, Lively Librarian


The ART of Being Present

There are many ways to bring mindfulness into your daily life, even when you don’t have a chance to sit down in a quiet place. We call this the “ART” of being present.

Activities. Bring mindfulness into the activities you love to do, such as gardening, exercising, baking, etc.

Routines. Choose one of your daily routines and bring mindfulness to it: folding clothes, washing dishes, vacuuming, walking to work, eating lunch.

Triggers. We all have things that set us off: snarky emails, annoying humans, mindless drivers. Choose one and decide to replace your angry reaction with the flash of being present.

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PTSA Board Positions Open

There are two new openings on the PTSA Board. These amazing volunteer positions will help support our Lively Community.

Appreciation Chair - Helps appreciate teachers, faculty, and staff by sharing wish lists, coordinating appreciation meals, and other efforts.

Advocacy Chair - Leads and promotes advocacy efforts for Lively PTSA as well as updates membership on advocacy efforts of the Austin Council PTAs.

Please email Gretchen Otto for more information

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