Tiger Talk


District to begin 2020-2021 school year with remote learning at home for all students

Dear Lake Travis ISD Staff, Parents and Guardians,

As you may already know, Austin Public Health Interim Director Dr. Mark Escott has ordered all school districts in Austin-Travis County to delay the reopening of campus face-to-face instruction until after Monday, September 7, 2020. This includes athletics and extracurricular activities. However, according to the order, remote instruction shall be permitted as per a school district’s own plans. As a result, we will begin the 2020-2021 school year on Wednesday, August 19 with remote learning at home for all students. We are grateful to Austin Public Health and the flexibility the order provides as we continue to prepare for the safe reopening of our schools in September.

Clearly, circumstances are changing rapidly. We are in the process of determining how this new order affects our process and timeline to ask parents to commit to in-person or remote learning. More information will be forthcoming.

Please be reminded that our decisions for the new school year are guided by the highest concern and care for staff and student safety. We will continue to operate within the guidelines and requirements mandated by Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Education Agency, and Austin Public Health, taking all precautions available to us to operate schools safely and effectively. This is a constantly evolving process, and we will continue to update you as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your continued patience, understanding and flexibility during this time.

Brad Lancaster, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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Pick Up Yearbooks July 23!

Our 2019-2020 yearbooks are here!!!!

Families who purchased 2019-2020 yearbooks in advance may drive by the front entrance of the school on Thursday, July 23, to pick up their yearbook(s.) Please do not leave your vehicle, for we continue to practice safe-distancing in accordance with the Governor's guidelines. We are offering two pick-up times:

  1. between 9 am and 11 am on Thursday, July 23.
  2. between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm on Thursday, July 23.

To pick up yearbook(s) that you purchased during the school year:

  • place a sign in your windshield, in large print, showing the name of the student(s) who purchased the yearbook(s) and the name of his/her classroom teacher(s.)
  • drive by the main, front entrance of the school building.
  • remain in your vehicle. We will deliver your yearbook(s) to your vehicle.

When we see your sign in the windshield, we'll deliver your yearbook(s) to your vehicle.
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Buy Yearbooks July 23 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm

Families who did not purchase a yearbook in advance can purchase yearbooks on July 23.

To purchase your 2019-2020 yearbook(s.)

  • drive by on Thursday, July 23, between 4:30 and 6:30 pm.
  • have your $40 payment ready for us to pick up from your vehicle.
  • we accept cash (exact amount only) or check payable to Balfour.

We'll pick up your $40 payment and deliver your yearbook(s) to your vehicle.

Any yearbooks not sold by 6:30 pm on July 23 will be available for purchase from the Front Desk of the school beginning August 17.

Forgotten if you bought a yearbook? Contact us by email to confirm.

Overview and FAQs from LTISD Regarding the 2020-2021 School Year

Dear Lake Travis ISD Staff, Parents and Guardians,

On Wednesday, August 19, we will welcome more than 11,400 students and their families back to school. Whether in person or remote, the Lake Travis Independent School District will be ready to support learning for all students.

District and school leaders are working to finalize safe and viable opportunities to meet the diverse educational needs of our students. We have published an overview and Frequently Asked Questions for both In-person Learning on Campus and Remote Learning at Home on our website, linked here.

The information shared on this and subsequent sections of our website outlines our plans for resuming instructional services this fall. Please note, any and all information is subject to change in response to directives provided by governing authorities and/or health officials, or as environmental conditions warrant. Please visit this site often for updates.


Marco Alvarado

Director of Communications, Media & Community Relations

School's Out For The Summer!

To celebrate the arrival of summer, and to stay connected as a Tiger Community, we invite you to participate in West Cypress Hills Summer Bingo!

Photograph your family in any of the board selfie challenges and post to Twitter, tag @mbeninga and @leannapestaedd, and add #wchessummerselfiebingo.

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What Fun! Shop @ Original Works Thru July 31!

School code is Wcye. To find your Tiger's art, click the teacher search box. Select your Tiger's classroom teacher. Art from that class is then displayed. Scroll through to find the art of your dreams! Happy shopping!

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WCHE Staff Presents "Happy Summer" Video

Some people & a tiger you may know and love wish you a happy summer.

Respond with your own video!

Send your music video to Mrs. Hill or to #WCHLipSyncChallenge.

Have a great summer!

Press for Kinder & Any New-to-LTISD Student Enrollment

Welcome to the Lake Travis Independent School District and West Cypress Hills Elementary! Please complete and submit new student registration here. This link is not for returning LTISD students. Returning student enrollment info coming soon!

Please tell us how your Tiger(s) will be going home.

At the end of the school day, how should your child go home...the first day of school? The first week of school? And thereafter? Please take a moment to tell us about your child's dismissal arrangements.

2020-2021 West Cypress School Supply Lists

If you purchased your WCHE student school supplies online before the June 12 deadline, your supply kits will be delivered to West Cypress Hills Elementary before the first day of school.

Our grade level supply lists are available here for WCHE 2020-2021 so that you can purchase the supplies on your own from any source convenient to you. Feel free to drop off the school supplies that you've purchased at our Meet the Teacher Event in August.

*3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students also need to have student planners for the 2020-2021 school year. These are sold separately from the prepackaged supply kits. Planners cost $6 each. We can accept cash or checks payable to WCHE. Planners can be purchased at the school during the Meet the Teacher Event or from the front desk any time on or after the first day of school.

To Follow Principal Beninga on Twitter

Melanie Beninga provides info, photos, and updates via Twitter, too. If not already following Melanie Beninga in Twitter, you can follow her @principalwch and @mbeninga.

Thank you for picking up your Tiger Property Bags!

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We started out with over 900 bags....now we have a handful left.

If you missed the Tiger Property Pick Up Event, please email us to arrange to pick up your Tigers' things.

More News from Sheila White, WCHE School Counselor!

As our students continue to do a tremendous job in remote learning, and our teachers continue to engage and interact with their classes virtually, please know that I am also available to support families during this time. Should your family need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or by phone at (512) 533-7589.

Please explore the following counseling resources for students and parents.

Resources For Students:

Resources for Parents:

  • 24/7 Helpline 512-472- (HELP) - Integral Care’s 24/7 Helpline provides around the clock crisis support as well as access to all of our programs and services for adults and children, including appointments and billing. Our team is here to help. We’ll listen to you and care about you, support you without judgment, and provide immediate support in a mental health crisis.

Resources from our Librarians

Our school Librarian, Cathy Seidenberger, with other LTISD elementary district librarians have created a Schoology group which contains books, stories, resources, links, and more in every subject area. Your child has been added as a member of this group.

To reach the library group, after logging into Schoology using your child's login, please click the "GROUPS" tab at the top of the page and select "LTISD Elementary Libraries Online.

Mrs. Seidenberger Releases the West Cypress Summer Reading Program

Be smarter than ever when you read for fun over the summer!

The best way to become a better reader is to spend time reading.

Did you know that when kids don’t read over the summer they are likely to fall behind when they head back to school? These learning losses are often called the “Summer Slide,” and our school has made it a priority to keep our students’ skills sharp by encouraging them to read all summer long. Spending just 20 minutes of reading time each day will make a dramatic difference in your child’s success in the coming school years.

This summer reading packet contains booklists, activities, community library programs, and even an ice cream recipe! We hope you also visit the elementary librarian Schoology group to find additional resources, books, and activities.

Have a great summer, Tigers!

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Lake Travis Community Library Book and Media Drops are Open!

The Lake Travis Community Library is now accepting returns of library materials.

  • We will continue to wave fines and fees for items currently checked out.
  • We are not able to accept donations at this time, so please keep your items at home until we can receive them again.

We are continuing to monitor the current crisis and its impact on our community as we plan and prepare for a safe, phased reopening. Click the link below to learn more about our curbside reserve pick up. We appreciate your patience and thank you for your continued support of the library!

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Field Trip Updates

In order to keep our Tigers sheltered safely at home, all of our spring field trips planned for March through May were canceled. Some of our first and fourth graders' families had already paid for their field trips and may, therefore, be concerned about the funds turned in to teachers before we realized that the field trips could not take place.

Please rest assured that we have deposited your payments, have recorded your payments, and have a record of the resulting credit balance of each family.

And, we have plans to ensure that you receive full credit for your payment(s.)

  • For students returning to West Cypress Hills Elementary School for the 2020-2021 school year, the credit balance due your family for West Cypress Hills' canceled field trips will be applied toward the purchase price of West Cypress Hills classroom t-shirts and/or field trips that take place during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • For students who are not attending West Cypress Hills Elementary School during the 2020-2021 school year, a refund check will be issued to your family by West Cypress Hills Elementary School by the end of the school year. Please complete the WCHE Field Trip Refund Request Form to request your reimbursement check.

Upcoming Events

On 07/23/20..........Pick Up Yearbooks Ordered in Advance from 9 am to 11 am

On 07/23/20..........Pick Up Yearbooks Ordered in Advance from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

On 07/23/20..........Purchase a 2019-2020 Yearbook for $40 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

By 07/31/20..........Place Custom Art Orders @ Original Works Code Wcye