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Update from Dr. Lancaster

Dear Lake Travis ISD Staff, Parents and Guardians,

As you may already know, Governor Greg Abbott earlier today announced the “opening of Texas” will begin to occur in various stages. However, he also indicated all public and private schools will remain closed through the remainder of the current school year. Please note, the current school year will not be extended into the summer.

While LTISD buildings and facilities will remain closed, we will continue to engage our students through our online learning platform. We will also continue to provide essential operations as needed including grab and go meals, cleaning and custodial services, and other critical functions. As we have done throughout the closure, all district employees will continue to be paid, and I fully expect our employees to continue to be paid next year as well.

Additionally, the governor’s order results in the cancellation of all LTISD events scheduled through Friday, May 22, our final day of instruction for the current school year. These cancelled events include our Lake Travis High School graduation ceremony originally scheduled to be held Friday, May 22 at Cavalier Stadium. Instead, LTHS staff will provide a virtual ceremony for our seniors and their families on Friday, May 22, and plans are in progress for an alternate graduation event to be held in person on Saturday, August 1 at the HEB Center at Cedar Park.

I know you have many questions regarding the return of school-issued items such as books, uniforms, technology devices and other materials, the pickup of personal belongings, and the status of summer school, camps and other such programs. I will be hosting another Facebook Live event late next week where I will attempt to answer these and other questions. Additional details for the event will be shared with you next week.

In the meantime, I ask for your continued patience, flexibility and support. Please know I will keep you updated with any developments. I wish you and your family much health during this time.


Brad Lancaster, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

A special message from the WCHE 1st Grade Teaching and Collaborative Team

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Getting Ready for the 2020-2021 School Year

At this time of year, we begin winding down the current school year at the same time that we begin winding up for the upcoming school year. One of the most important tasks we complete at the end of the school year is to plan for the most suitable placement of our students in the most appropriate classrooms for the upcoming school year. With this goal in mind, we ask for your input now.

In making class assignments, our goal is to place each child in a class in which he or she can be most successful while maintaining a balance among classes in terms of gender, academic ability, disciplinary and social needs, learning styles, and individual needs of the students. All information shared is confidential and submitted electronically to your 2020-2021 elementary school.

We hope to make classroom assignments that will maximize the opportunity for your child’s success. If you have information that you would like to have considered in your child’s placement, please complete your 2020-2021 school's form no later than May 11, 2020. Please limit your input to the way your child learns and special needs that we should consider. We will do our best to honor your feedback. Please bear in mind that staffing and staff assignments for next year have not yet been finalized. Thus, we are unable to honor requests for specific teachers.

West Cypress Hills Class Placement Input Due May 11

If your child(ren) will be attending school at West Cypress Hills Elementary in the next school year, please complete the West Cypress class placement form.

Rough Hollow Class Placement Input Due May 11

If your child(ren) will be attending school at Rough Hollow Elementary in the next school year, please complete the Rough Hollow class placement form.

2020-2021 West Cypress School Supply Kits and Supply Lists

Thanks to our fabulous West Cypress PTO, supplies for WCHE Tigers can be ordered online from schoolkidz at your convenience! The online prepackaged grade level supplies can be ordered until June 12, 2020. If you purchase your WCHE student school supplies online, the supplies will be delivered to the West Cypress Hills Elementary before the first day of school. Grade appropriate kits are available to order online now. Click here and use account #79519 to view the kits.

We also have lists of the school supplies for WCHE 2020-2021 so that, if you prefer, 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.

2020-2021 School Supplies for Rough Hollow Elementary School

Each LTISD elementary school campus usually posts information about their school supplies on their websites and in their school newsletters. If your child(ren) will be attending Rough Hollow Elementary for the 2020-2021 school year, the RHE school supply lists will be posted soon in an upcoming Rough Hollow newsletter.

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PTO's Parent Mixer Auction Will Now Be an Online Auction May 15 - 21!

As you all know, we had to cancel our PTO Parent Mixer that was scheduled for the end of March. The PTO had already collected some AMAZING items from local businesses and beyond and were planning on an auction the night of the mixer. However, since we were unable to do that, our fabulous PTO is holding an online auction next month. Yay!

Proceeds from this auction will go toward the support of our students and teachers, both at WCHE and RHE.

We know this is a really weird time for all of you, but we hope to come together to raise money for a good cause. In addition, the local businesses especially need our patronage right now more than ever!

More details to come soon...

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.

Shop the WCHE Jungle Book Fair Online April 27 - May 10

Since you cannot come to shop at school, we're bringing the store home to you. Shop from the convenience of home 24/7! All orders ship directly to your home.

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.

Notify the Classroom Teacher if Your Child Needs LTISD Technology for Class

Teacher Office Hour Schedule

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It takes a great captain and lots of grand volunteers to help Tigers find great treasures in the library.

It's National Library Week!

As Dr. Lancaster stated recently....

....With the theme “Find Your Place at the Library,” Lake Travis ISD joins the American

Library Association (ALA) to celebrate April 19-25, 2020 as National Library Week in

recognition of our school librarians and their unique contributions to public education.

According to the ALA, this year’s theme was chosen some time ago, well before the

emergence of the COVID-19 global pandemic that would force our schools and

libraries to close their physical spaces. However, our libraries are open for business

online, providing the virtual services and digital content our students need now more

than ever. In fact, this year’s theme has been creatively repurposed to reflect our

current environment: “Find the Library at Your Place.”

Our librarians actively and creatively engage students in developing the most

fundamental of skills, collaboratively plan with teachers and other school staff to

deliver quality instruction through cutting-edge technology, and work with parents to

by creating an interest in reading or by helping students connect to the Internet, our

LTISD librarians have a direct impact on student learning and achievement.

The West Cypress Hills Librarian is Mrs. Cathy Seidenberger. Mrs. Seidenberger has been a teacher for over 25 years, 20 of those years in Lake Travis. She attended the University of Texas at Austin for her undergraduate degree in Applied Learning and Development and Sam Houston State University for her Masters degree in Library and Information Science.

She has been a classroom teacher, special education teacher, and bilingual teacher, with her newest role as school librarian. Mrs. Seidenberger and her husband, a middle school science teacher, have 2 children and live in the Spicewood area. Together, they enjoy reading, hiking, mountain biking, and traveling.

Some of her favorite reading quotes: “So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: they begin to take flight to whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky.” -William James "If you touch the heart with one book, it can transform a life." -Allan Bloom “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” -Frederick Douglas

West Cypress Hills Tigers are extremely fortunate to have a most kind, caring, and lovely librarian, Mrs. Cathy Seidenberger. We thank you, Mrs. Seidenberger, for all that you do to make WCHE a great place to be!

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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.

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More Fun Resources for Tigers from our Lake Travis Community Library

Although the Lake Travis Community Library building is closed at this time, our West Cypress Tigers are not forgotten. Anyone who lives in Texas can get a library card online here, free of charge. If you have questions about the resources available to us while the library building is closed, feel free to contact them by text @ 512-643-2802 or by email.

And, while the Bookmobile visits to our neighborhood are unavailable, now you can craft your own family bookmobile. The Lake Travis Community Library has very kindly provided the DIY LTCL Bookmobile cutout shown below. Enjoy!

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Who are these masked superheroes?

Behind the masks left to right: Melanie Beninga, Rachel Stewart, and Corinne Stewart

Student Health Services

Monday, March 23, Lake Travis ISD staff began providing free meals to children 0-18 years of age. Packaged breakfast and lunch are available for pickup together between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. at each of our three middle school campuses:

Meals are provided in drive-through fashion at the bus drop-off location at each middle school campus. Parents do not need to exit their vehicle. As of March 26, the US Department of Agriculture allows school districts to serve meals to a parent or guardian without his/her children having to be present in the vehicle. However, there are guidelines parents and guardians must follow. Guided by the USDA, the Texas Department of Agriculture requires the parent or guardian to present validation of their children with any one (1) of the following options:

  1. Official letter/email/electronic school application from the school listing the indiviudal child's current enrollment
  2. Report card for each individual child
  3. Attendance record from parent portal of the school website, printed or electronic, for each individual child
  4. School ID of each individual child

Please note, hot meals are not provided. Instead, meals consist of packaged cereals, sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, fruit juice, milk and/or water.

While some of you may be eager to volunteer your time and services during our meal pickup, we must keep in mind and adhere to local and state restrictions limiting public gatherings. Our outstanding food service department has this under control. We sincerely appreciate your concern and willingness to help.

For more information, visit the Coronavirus section on the Lake Travis ISD website, or email foodservice@ltisdschools.org.

Yearbooks are a great way to remember the school year.

The 2019-2020 edition of the WCHE yearbook is still available for purchase through May 1.

Order at your convenience at Balfour on line. Once in the Balfour site, enter "West Cypress Hills" as the school name and then select "yearbook." Orders may be be placed by phone, too, at 1-800-944-5930.

And, if you are wondering if you have already purchased our 2019-2020 yearbook, please contact Ms. Brymer. She will be happy to respond by email to let you know.

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Information Concerning Class and Spring Individual Photos

Wondering what happened to our class and spring individual photos that were taken February 20? No worries! They are safe and secure at the school.

We will notify you when we can make them available for pick up/delivery.

Field Trip Updates

In order to keep our Tigers sheltered safely at home, all of our spring field trips planned for March through May are 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.

Upcoming Events

By 05/11/20..........2020-2021 Class Placement Input Due! WCHE or RHE

By 06/12/20..........2020-2021 School Supply Kits Available for Order Online

04/19 - 04/25/20......National Library Week & Public School Volunteer Week

04/22/20..................Administrative Professionals' Day

04/27 - 05/10/20.....Shop the WCHE Jungle Book Fair Online from Home!

05/01/20..................School Lunch Hero Day

05/01 - 05/31/20......National PE & Sports Month

05/04 - 05/08/20......Teacher Appreciation Week & School Nutrition Employee Week

05/06/20..................National School Nurses' Day

05/06/20..................Public School Paraprofessional Day

05/11/20..................2020-2021 Class Placement Information Form is Due

05/15 - 05/21/20......PTO Online Auction to Support WCHE & RHE