LVMS Weekly Newsletter

Week of May 1st, 2017

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday May 2nd

Algebra 1 STAAR/EOC

Thursday May 4th

MS Golf - Salado

Friday May 5th

Last Middle School Dance

Saturday May 6th

MS District Tennis - Jarrell

Monday May 8th

STAAR Testing

6th Grade Math

7th Grade Math

8th Grade Math - retest

Tuesday May 9th

STAAR Testing

6th Grade Reading

7th Grade Reading

8th Grade Reading - retest

Wednesday May 10th

STAAR Testing

8th Grade Science

Thursday May 11th

STAAR Testing

8th Grade Social Studies

MS Golf - Lago Vista

Thursday May 25th

Last Day of School

Early Release - 12:30pm

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Attendance this week...

Our goal is 98% attendance and our attendance was 96% this week.

Remember: Students must be in attendance at least 90% of the days the class is taught in order to receive credit or a final grade in a class. We appreciate our parents' efforts in helping us minimize student absences and prepare our students for their futures!

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Interim Principal Update: A Note From Mr Tucker

How much do you earn?

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.

SON: “Daddy, may I ask you a question?”
DAD: “Yeah sure, what is it?” replied the man.
SON: “Daddy, how much do you make an hour?”
DAD: “That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?” the man said angrily.
SON: “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?”
DAD: “If you must know, I make $100 a day.”
SON: “Oh,” the little boy replied, with his head down.
SON: “Daddy, may I please borrow $50?”

The father was furious, “If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room.The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.

The man had calmed down, and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $50 and he really didn’t ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door.” Are you asleep, son?” He asked.
“No daddy, I’m awake,” replied the boy. “I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier” said the man. Here’s the $50 you asked for.”
The little boy sat straight up, smiling. “Oh, thank you daddy!” He yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills.The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father. “Why do you want more money if you already have some?” the father grumbled.”Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,” the little boy replied.
“Daddy, I have $100 now. Can I buy your time?
Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have the rest of the day with you.”
The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness.

The story hits home for too many of us. We can become consumed with making a living which can make it difficult to have a life. I really had to guard against this syndrome in my own life, particularly as a high school principal. Like so many, my work week averaged around seventy hours. That left far too few hours for my family. That made no sense since the family/home is supposed to be a place of refuge. As we make our way in this world, it is important to take the time needed to address the things that truly count.

Best wishes, ct

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Classroom Distractions

Dear Parents:

The teachers are concerned about the class disruption associated with "spinners", cubes and putty/slime. Students are preparing for the STAAR, to be followed shortly by final exams. The kids need to be focused. Thanks for having your child keep all spinners, cubes and putty/slime at home.

I would also ask you to remind your children that cell phones should be placed in back packs once the school day begins. The cell phone should not be accessed during the day without teacher/adult permission.

Again, thanks for your support as we focus on learning this last 20 plus days.

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Texas Math and Science Coaches Association - TMSCA

The 2017 LVMS State Team came home winners! This is Lago Vista's second year to compete in TMSCA competitions and have students qualify for State.

The TMSCA State Meet is composed of the top students around the state in each event per division.

Awards are given as follows:

Top 6 teams (team a trophy and top 4 scores for team each get a medal)

Individual 1st-10th are awarded a trophy

Individual 11th-20th are awarded a medal


Ryder Phillips--4th place 7th grader

Katelyn Coldicott--9th place 8th grader

Grace Coldicott--13th place 8th grader

Leah Coldicott--16th place 8th grader

Saydie Kassell--17th place 6th grader

Other participants: Morgan Burke, Rhett Kahlen, Lucas Lawless, Esther Long, and Adeline Womack

***5th Place Team (Katelyn, Ryder, Grace, and Leah)


Ryder Phillips--2nd place 7th grader

Grace Coldicott--8th place 8th grader

Leah Coldicott--11th place 8th grader

Katelyn Coldicott--15th place 8th grader

Other participants: Morgan Burke and Saydie Kassell

***2nd Place Team--by 1 point (Ryder, Grace, Leah, and Katelyn)


Schuyler Burke

Garrett Phariss


Reece Whitelaw--4th place 8th grader

Lucas Lawless--9th place 8th grader

Katelyn Coldicott--11th place 8th grader

Leah Coldicott--15th place 8th grader

Ryder Phillips--16th place 7th grader

***5th Place Team (Reece, Lucas, Katelyn, and Ryder)

These students have put in lots of hours before school, during lunch, and after school. They are not only scholars, in the National Honor Society, and crazy smart...they are also athletes in multi sports, artists, thespians, in the band, part of Student Council, and members of FCA. Our LVMS students are simply the best all around young men and women.


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Girls' Golf Results from Lampasas

The 3A LVMS Golf Team traveled to Hancock Park in Lampasas on Thursday to compete in their first 9 hole tournament of the season against 4A, 5A, and 6A schools. Middle school golf is unique in that 7th and 8th graders compete on the same playing field and are not separated by grade level for scoring.

The Lago Vista ‘Gold’ Team of Schuyler Burke, Esther Long, Sarah Long, Kylie Cagle, and Gabby Nolette took 7th place out of 11 schools.

The Lago Vista ‘Blue’ Team of Makenna Walker, Gina Chiappone, Cailey Nuckolls, Bella Zaleski, and Kate Burke took 10th place out of 11 schools.

We had 2 medalists- Kylie Raggio tied for 36th place, and Lorelee Felix tied for 54th place.

The ladies really had a great time and learned a lot at their first tournament. I am very proud of them for speaking up for themselves and the rules in a ‘first-tournament-of-the-season’ setting. Golf is a unusual sport where the players are responsible for keeping the score and being their own referees of rules. Parents and spectators are only permitted to cheer and not to step in to help with rules decisions or coaching. It is very much a learning experience! We all look forward to traveling to Burnet next week for a chance to improve their scores and knowledge of golf.

Below is a break down of the team and individual scores. You can see that even a few strokes make a huge difference at the end! There were a total of 67 golfers.

7/8 Girls Team Total Scores

1st- Salado 197
2nd- Lampasas 200
3rd- Belton ‘A’ 200
4th- Cove 207
5th- Marble Falls ‘A’ 220
6th- Belton ‘B’ 235
7th- Lago Vista Gold 237**
8th- Marble Falls ‘B’ 238
9th- Llano 240
10th- Lago Vista Blue 241**
11th- Unknown 251

7/8 Overall Girls Individual Places and Scores

22nd- Sarah Long 57 (11th best score)
26th- Cailey Nuckolls 58 (12th best score)
32nd- Schuyler Burke 59 (13th best score)
32nd- Makenna Walker 59 (13th best score)
36th- Kylie Cagle 60 (14th best score)
36th- Kylie Raggio 60 (14th best score)
46th- Gina Chiappone 61 (15th best score)
46th- Gabby Nolette 61 (15th best score)
54th- Lorelee Felix 62 (16th best score)
60th- Esther Long 63 (17th best score)
60th- Bella Zaleski 63 (17th best score)
60th- Kate Burke 63 (17th best score)

(11th best score means there were 10 actual scores better than that players score, but ties pushed the overall places back)

Boys' Golf Results from Lampasas

The Viking golf teams played in the Lampasas MS Invitational last week at Hancock Park GC. The Vikings 7th grade team finished tied for 8th and the 8th grade team finished 10th. There were 16 teams represented at the tournament with 11 schools participating and those are: Belton, Marble Falls, Lampasas, Salado, Fredericksburg, Llano, S.C. Lee , Copperas Cove, Liberty Hill, Hutto & Lago Vista.

The 7th grade team finished with a team total of 213. Those team members were: Bryce Jackson, Lance Shook, Jeremiah Phillips, Wyatt Forbes & Tyler Brown. A number of them were only 3-5 shots out from being in the top 5 golfers. The following are the place finishes for each 7th grade team member.

T-10th Bryce Jackson

T-26th Lance Shook

T-29th Jeremiah Phillips

T-48th Wyatt Forbes

T-61st Tyler Brown

The 8th grade team had a total of 218. Those team members were: Cash Jennings, Hunter Phillips, Anson Eleuterius, Ryan Davis & Lucas Lawless. A couple of these youngsters were only 4-6 shots out from the top 10. The following are the place finishes for each 8th grade team member.

T-21st Cash Jennings

T-35th Hunter Phillips

T-35th Anson Eleuterius

T-52nd Ryan Davis

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Pictures from District Track Meet April 7th

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Thank you parents and the PTO for providing us with a wonderful "Burgerfest Luncheon" today. It was a great way to kick off Staff Appreciation Week. We truly appreciate all that you do for us.
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Special Olympics Results from Fredericksburg

Our Special Olympics team competed this Thursday in Fredericksburg. All of our students did a great job and worked really hard. We ran fast and threw far! Eighth grader Johnny Williams didn't hold anything back when throwing the shot put! Rafael Chavez ran his heart out! Landin and Andrew both threw the best they have yet! I am so proud of this group! We will be traveling to Leander next Fridayand Saturday for the area competition. Please congratulate these athletes if you see them!

- Annette Hambright

Johnny Williams

1st place shot put

3rd place 100m dash

Rafael Chavez

1st place 50m dash

2nd Place shot put

Landin Campbell

4th place javelin

5th place 50m dash

Andrew Lofton

2nd place wheelchair obstacle

4th place softball throw

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Support our Education Foundation

Viking Parents - the Educational foundation supports our schools and students by awarding grants to Staff Members to purchase items that will enrich their classrooms and instruction.

In return, let us support them by liking the LVISDEF Facebook Page.

LVISDEF Facebook Page:

Also, please consider supporting their June Fundraiser.

The LVISDEF Facebook June Jamboree Post:

To purchase tickets:

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Students have been working on making their course selections for next year. We will be entering the information and before school is out, students and parents will be able to preview the choices that have been entered for next year.
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Get Your Viking Gear Here!

Want to show your Viking Spirit? Loving our new logos? Sounds like you need to check out our official store! Click here to buy your favorite Viking some snazzy threads and gear!

Stay Connected With These Parent Resources

Parent Connection

Parents are valued partners and we believe that successful learning is best achieved through collaborative partnerships with parents and families. Our Parent Connection page is a one stop shop of resources for parents in LVISD. Click here to check it out!

Stay Connected with ParentLink by Blackboard

Lago Vista ISD uses the ParentLink communication system from Blackboard to assist in alerting parents, families, and employees of important information, such as school closures. ParentLink communicates via telephone, SMS text message, email and push notifications from the ParentLink app. Be sure to add a filter to your inbox so that emails containing the word “Blackboard” are not delivered to Spam. Download the FREE ParentLink app from the iTunes app store or on Google Play.

LVISD Publications and Forms

The District has a one-stop shop for all District publications and forms, including course catalogs, student handbooks, grading guidelines, and special programs information...and we are continuing to build this resource as documents and handbooks become available. Our "Publications and Forms" page is located under the "Parents and Students" tab, as well as on the "Quicklinks" menu on the right side of our homepage. Here is a link to the Publications and Forms page.

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Make Sure You Know About StayALERT (...and Talk About it With Your Kiddos!)

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


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.