Cavalier Caller (Parent Edition)

Your weekly update for all things LTHS Vol. 3

Open House Recap

Parents,


First, thank you to those of you who were able to make it to our Open House this past Monday. We appreciate you for making an effort to come and meet our wonderful staff that will be supporting your students' learning this school year.


We received tremendous feedback on how we can improve the Open House experience for next year. If nothing else, I think many of you walked away with a new found appreciation for how far your student has to walk on a daily basis.


This year our focus is on the "inner scoreboard" instead of the "outer scoreboard" for measuring our success. The "outer scoreboard" is what most people judge a school on; test scores, attendance rate, the percent of students involved in extracurricular activities, etc. All of those metrics listed are important, but they are surface level successes. It is my hope that collectively we move our focus to the "inner scoreboard"--- the little things than can be overlooked. The "inner scoreboard" looks at processes and procedures that ultimately impact the "outer scoreboard" metrics. I borrowed this philosophy from Nick Saban (no judgement please!) because I believe it will be key in advancing our school forward. I will continue to share more about what this looks like throughout the year.



Have a great week.


Go Cavs,


Gordon Butler, Principal

Calendar for the Week

Monday, September 19th - B Day
Choir - Parent Meeting, 6:30pm, L-130


Tuesday, September 20th - A Day - CavTime Schedule

School Photos - 9th thru 11th Grades - PAC Lobby
Community Job Fair, 2:30 - 4:30pm, Annex DMC
Tennis - Varsity HOME vs. Westlake, 4:00pm
Volleyball - HOME vs. Lehman, 9th Black & JV - 5:30pm, 9th Red & Varsity - 6:30pm


Wednesday, September 21st - B Day

School Photos - 9th thru 11th Grades - PAC Lobby
Tennis - HOME vs. Westlake, Varsity Boys & JV - 4:00pm
Cheer - Booster Meeting, Board - 5:30pm, General - 6:00pm, Room E203


Thursday, September 22nd - A Day

FFA - Lone Star District Meeting, 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Tennis - JV AWAY vs. Westlake, 4:00pm
Football - 9th Gr Red HOME vs. Austin High, 6:00pm, Track Stadium
Football - 9th Gr White AWAY vs. Hays, 5:30pm, 9th Gr Black AWAY vs. Hays, 7:00pm
Football - JV White HOME vs. Buda Hays, 5:30pm, JV Black HOME vs. Buda Hays, 7:00pm
Boys Soccer - Parent Meeting, 6:30pm, Men's Field House Meeting Room
Junior Parent Meeting, 6:30pm, Annex Recital Hall, College Application Process
Project Graduation Meeting, 6:30pm, Room E203


Friday, September 23rd - B Day - CavTime Schedule
Golf - Boys at Lake Travis Shootout, Lakecliff GC
Tennis - Varsity HOME vs. Klein, 4:00pm
Volleyball - AWAY vs. Hays, 9th Gr Black & JV at 5:30pm, 9th Gr Red & Varsity at 6:30pm
Football - Varsity AWAY vs. Buda Hays, Shelton Stadium, 7:30pm


Saturday, September 24th
Aquatics Class to Port Aransas, 5:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday School, 8:00am to 4:00pm, Room E-203
Cross Country - Texas A&M Invitation, Watts XC Course

LTHS Students Doing Great Things!

  • Congrats to the Cavalier Band who made the long trek to McAllen for the Bands of America competition. Our band made the finals and placed 4th overall. This is the first stop on the road to State this year! Great job to everyone involved!
  • LTHS had 5 students named as National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists: Spencer Buckner, Hussam Djadi, Sara Flinn, Jake Ruggiero,Jenny Wu. These students represent less than 1% of all high school seniors across the nation.
  • We also had 14 National Merit Commended Scholars: River Aguirre, Emily Bian,Olivia Bowers, Patrick Cavanagh, William DeSimone, Natasha Fisher, Matthew Hammond, Catherine Johnson, Milana Knaplund, Kyle Knight, Sameer Mohamed, Amanda Moulckers, Derrin Ngo, Kenneth Palmer. These students represent the top 2/3 of test takers.

College and Career Information

The Hills of Texas College Fair is coming to Lake Travis High School on Tuesday, September 27 during the school day. Admission representatives from over 200 universities from across the country will be in attendance. This event is available for only Juniors and Seniors.

Please visit the counseling office page for more information.

http://www.ltisdschools.org/Page/12559


Seniors, remember our goal of one complete application by 11/1; make an appointment with your counselor to get started.

Articles of Note

Now that we are in the full swing of school and grades, I believe that the article below is very timely. Many of you have expressed dismay at the cheating that goes on at the high school level. It is not a problem unique to LTHS, but a high school problem that can only improve if the school, parents, and students all confront the issue collectively.


http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/12/i-cheated-all-throughout-high-school/282566/

Student Job Fair

The Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a job fair specifically targeted for our LTHS students that are of working age. The job fair will be on Tuesday, September 20th from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Annex Digital Media Center. Businesses will be interviewing onsite. Please have your student bring their resume (even if it only includes volunteer or school activities) and dress appropriately.

In need of...

Two of our LTHS Teacher Lounges are in desperate need of "gently used" refrigerators with ice makers. If you can help, please email me at butlerg@ltisdschools.org.