Lago Vista High School News!

A newsletter for the parents, students, and staff of LVHS!

September 12, 2014

What's Been Happening?!

Well, it's been Homecoming Week!

iPad Optional Damage and Theft Coverage fee is due on Monday!

If you have not yet sent in your $50 for the iPad Optional Coverage, it is due on Monday! We would prefer that you not send cash, but rather send in a check or money order made out to Lago Vista High School. Receipts will be sent home with students. Thanks!

Official LVHS Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!

It is final!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 4:00 PM at the Main Entrance

All LVHS buildings will be open for all to tour. Volleyball games begins at 5 PM. Tickets to the game will be discounted to $1!

We hope to see you all there!

It's About Time to Check Grades!!

This year, progress report grades and report card grades are available in electronic format. Parents may view and print their child(ren)’s interim progress report grades and report card grades by using txConnect, rather than receiving paper copies. Parents will be notified as soon as the interim progress report grades and report card grades are available in txConnect.

The grade on txConnect are identical to what is available on the campus.

Parents will be notified of progress report grades through our parent communication system, Parentlink. Progress report dates are also posted on the district calendar. When grades are posted,parents will receive an electronic notification alerting them to log into txConnect to check grades. Due to advances in technology that give parents real-time access to their student’s grades, progress reports are not mailed home. Parents without Internet or mobile access may obtain a paper copy of their child’s progress report by contacting the front office of your child’s school.

Information on how to access your student's grades was sent home with your student today! If you need a copy, please contact our front office. The first progress report notification is scheduled for 4:00 pm on Wednesday, September 17.

From Randy Mathisen...Our Tech Guru.

Greetings Parents. This past week we went live with our LMS (Learning Management System) Canvas!

Many teachers are already using Canvas and we are currently in the process of getting all teachers and students support to ensure that everyone knows their log in credentials. This work will continue next week and will be completed by the end of the week.

One of the features of Canvas is the parent account which allows parents to view assignment due dates, announcements, and other course content. I have included a link that walks you through the process of setting up the account Instructions on how to set up a Canvas parent account. All you need is your students Username and Password.

Student usernames and passwords all follow the same naming convention.



Password: Viking(six digit student ID)

ex. Viking012345

If you have any questions or need assistance in setting up this account, please fell free to call or email me.

Also part of the first parent workshop, on September 16th at 6 in the MAC, will include a section on how to set up this account.

Randy Mathisen

Alan Haire receives UIL Award!

The University Interscholastic League is proud to recognize 17 of the best UIL sponsors in Texas as the 2013 UIL Sponsor Excellence Award winners.

The winners were selected by a panel of judges in the areas of academics, athletics and music from nominations submitted by school principals and superintendents across the state.

The award, now in its 23rd year, was created to identify and recognize outstanding sponsors who enable students to develop and refine their extracurricular talents to the highest degree possible within the educational system.

“The merits of interscholastic competition and student performance can only be achieved through the hard work and dedication of sponsors, coaches and directors like these,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “On behalf of the UIL, I commend these outstanding educators.”

Each winner will receive $1,000 and a symbolic memento from the UIL in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the pursuit of educational excellence through interscholastic competition. The League continually strives to strengthen and promote the role of extracurricular activities in Texas through programs like the UIL Sponsor Excellence Award.

In his 13 years as head football coach, Alan Haire has accrued playoff appearances in five of the last six seasons. His teams have also been a state semi-finalists, and three-time district champions. In addition to football, Haire has coached softball, boys basketball, boys and girls track, boys and girls golf and baseball.

“Athletics plays a vital role in enriching the lives of those involved,” Haire said. “It is important that youth have strong positive lessons, examples and experiences that can be gained in the arena of athletic competition. As coaches, we have an opportunity to be an integral part of the solution, depending on what we teach, expect and demand through our athletic programs.”

Coach Haire was recognized in front of his fans before the Homecoming game tonight.

Way to go, Coach! Thank you for all you do for our students of LVHS!

When Can My Student Come and get extra help?

Students are encouraged to get help from their teachers during TEAM time, which is 2:55-3:25 each day. Most teachers are also available before school with prior notice. All students have access to TEAM time. While in-season athletes report to their coaches to ensure they are supervised during this time, they will always be allowed to leave with a pass from a teacher. And the earliest bus does not pick up until 3:30, so even bus riders can take advantage of this time for support!

Site Based Decision Making Committee Parent Representatives!

Thanks to those who volunteered to serve on the committee! Your parent representatives for this school year are Connie Waddle and Melissa Callan! They will be meeting with school personnel about once a month to plan for school improvement! Be sure to reach out to these ladies if you have any comments or concerns you would like brought to the table! Thanks, Mrs. Waddle and Mrs. Callan for your involvement and support of LVHS!

Who do I talk to about...

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

Registration, Transcripts: Our registrar,, 512-267-8300, extension 5503

Student Emotional Support, College Readiness, Student Schedules: Our counselor,, 512-267-8300, extension 5500

Student Discipline, Ideas for School Improvement: Our assistant principal, or principal,, 512-267-8300, extension 5500


Be sure to see our September At A Glance at!

A few extra events not on the calendar:

Tuesday, September 16: LVHS Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Main Entrance

Wednesday, September 17: 4:00 pm - Progress Report grades available online

Friday, September 19: NOPep Rally, "Hunt the Hawks and Cougars" - (Wear Camo)

Friday, September 26: NO Pep Rally "The Vikings are Hot" - we will have our first fire drill!

Bell Schedule!

A – Day

7:55 – 9:25 – Period 1

9:30 – 11:10 – Period 2 (announcements from 11:00-11:10)

11:15 – 11:45 – Period 3A lunch

11:50 – 1:20 – Period 3A

11:15 – 12:15 – Period 3B

12:15 – 12:45 – Lunch 3B

12:50 – 1:20 – Period 3B

1:25 – 2:55 – Period 4

3:00 – 3:25 – Tutorials/Enrichment/Acceleration/Mentoring (TEAM)


7:55 – 9:25 – Period 5

9:30 – 11:10 – Period 6 (announcements from 11:00-11:10)

11:15 – 11:45 – Period 7A lunch

11:50 – 1:20 – Period 7A

11:15 – 12:15 – Period 7B

12:15 – 12:45 – Lunch 7B

12:50 – 1:20 – Period 7B

1:25 – 2:55 – Period 8

3:00 – 3:25 – Tutorials/Enrichment/Acceleration/Mentoring (TEAM)

Information about TEAM time:

1. Required attendance for those students who have mandatory tutorials (failed STAAR, RtI plan, etc).

2. All teachers will be available for tutoring during TEAM time.

3. In-season athletes will be required to report to the head coach of their sport until 3:25. They may be dismissed from their coach during TEAM time to attend tutorials or a club.

4. Clubs, UIL teams, and other extracurriular, non-athletic groups may meet during TEAM time.

5. Athletic practices will not start until after TEAM time is finished.

6. Students not required to stay during TEAM time will be dismissed at 2:55.

7. If your student rides a bus, they will be assigned to a classroom to wait for their bus to arrive at 3:25. They may be dismissed from their room to attend tutorials or a club.