LCISD CTE Weekly Newsletter

December 18, 2020

Message from the Director

You did it! You made it through the first semester! Ya'll 2020 is almost over, and I am so ready for 2021!

You have worked so hard this first semester, and I am incredibly grateful to be able to work with you. Please take the next two weeks to rest and refill your cup. Take time to disconnect from work completely and to do something that makes you happy!

When you get back on January 4, there will be time to meet and plan in the afternoon. As I did my campus tours, one thing that was discussed over and over again was the need for more time with your counterparts on different campuses. After speaking with building admin, if you choose, you will have time to meet as a PLC with colleagues on different campuses. I know that time together, across campuses, is so important, and I hope that you are able to take advantage of this time on the fourth. If you need help connecting with your cross-district content PLC, let me know, and I will be happy to connect you via e-mail.

A couple of notes as you prepare for January 4:

  • All building PD and building-level PLC meetings are priority--but between @2:30-4:00pm is a window of time that connecting with cross-district peers is possible (verify your building info and let me know if you have any questions).

  • This is optional, as I know many of you teach multiple preps and have LOTS of things to do, just a window of opportunity to connect with your PLC.

  • If you have items you'd like to share with the team, especially if not all members of our PLC can make it, please do. :)

  • I will have office hours open during this time, for questions, support, brainstorming during this time, via Zoom (Please, don't hesitate to jump in!)

Zoom Link:

Just a couple of reminders from Mrs. Guntle: Please put the program code on all of your PO requests. Also, any correspondence coming from CTE staff and teachers needs to have the non-discrimination clause on it. This is what is used at the bottom of her paperwork and e-mails:

Educational opportunities are offered by the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or disability.

El Distrito Escolar Consolidado Independiente de Lamar, ofrece oportunidades educacionales sin cuenta de raza, religion, nacionalidád, sexo o disabilidades.

Have a wonderful winter break, and I look forward to seeing you in 2021!

Kayse Lazar, Ed.D.

2021-2022 Classroom Budget Planning Worksheet

Just a reminder that this form must be returned to Mrs. Guntle by February 1, 2020 (no exceptions). This form needs to be filled out for next year, and you need to make sure you include everything you need above your normal miscellaneous supplies budget. That includes all on -line subscriptions, extra-large equipment, CareerSafe, Kaduceus, PassAssured, Applied Education, etc. If you do not include it, there will be no funds for it. If you need any help, don't hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Guntle.

CTE Advisory Committee

We had our first CTE Advisory Committee meeting this Wednesday! We will be meeting as a council at the end of every six weeks. Members of the committee have been provided your school phone number and your e-mail address. The will be reaching out to some of you very soon to schedule phone conferences or Zooms to provide feedback prior to our February meeting. Please be honest and open with them as I believe this committee plays an integral role in improving our programs and provide industry perspective to what is happening in your classrooms.

Furthermore, we need to add to the committee! We are missing representatives for the following areas:

  • Floral design
  • Animal science (specifically veterinary medicine)
  • Architecture
  • HVAC
  • Design and Multimedia
  • Digital Communications
  • Business Management
  • Education (specifically k-12)
  • Pharmacy
  • EMT
  • Culinary
  • Family & Community Services (i.e., social worker)
  • IT
  • Computer Science
  • Automotive Technology

If you know anyone in these industries that would be willing to serve on our committee, please send them my way!


Pig Dinner Trophies

This year we presented pig trophies to all of the schools that had 100% administrator participation in our pig dinner. Dr. Randle has always been our biggest supporter in LCISD CTE! Naturally the pig trophy for Top Supporter and Contributor went to Dr. Randle!

Foster High School

Floral Design Classes at Foster HS created Christmas Arrangements. Loved all the creativity and how much fun they had! FHS is ready for Christmas Break!!!!!

Things to look into...

CTE TEKS Revision Work Groups

CTE TEKS Revision Announcement:

Application for State Board of Education Career and Technical Education TEKS Revision Work Groups for Education and Training, Health Science, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Additional CTE Courses that Satisfy a Science Graduation Requirement

The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) is now accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on a TEKS review work group for select subchapters of TAC 130. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The SBOE identifies individuals, including educators, parents, business and industry representatives, and employers, to serve on TEKS work groups. The work groups will review the course TEKS for courses included in Chapter 130 Subchapter E. Education and Training, Subchapter H. Health Science, and Subchapter O. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and four additional CTE courses that may satisfy a science graduation requirement: Advanced Animal Science, Advanced Plant and Soil Science, Food Science, and Forensic Science. Course review entails revision of existing TEKS, evaluation of innovative courses for TEKS adoption, and the development of new courses.

The SBOE's TEKS review and revision process calls for multiple, separate work groups. Individuals selected to participate in the TEKS review can expect to be asked to serve in a series of two-day virtual monthly meetings for February through May. Priority will be given to applications received by January 8, 2021.

A link is provided below to the CTE TEKS review web page where you can access the work group application. Applicants do not need to be educators to apply. Please enter information in the application that best reflects your experience.

CTE TEKS Review Web Page

For questions regarding this application or the TEKS review process, please contact the Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division at 512-463-9581 or

For bulb users

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Career-Focused Virtual Field Trips

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You can sign-up for your students to take virtual field trips through different industries including arts, media, and entertainment; robotics and automation; manufacturing and product development; coding and programming; fashion and interior design; information and communication technologies; engineering and architecture; machining and manufacturing; building and construction; and entrepreneurship. Click here for additional information!

Work-Based Learning Trianing

Did you miss the work-based learning training? Additional sessions through Region IV are being offered in the spring. See dates and sessions ID numbers below.

January 20, 2021 at 3:00 – 5:00 Session ID 1578987

February 1, 2021 at 3:00 – 5:00 Session ID 1586773

March 3, 2021 at 1:00 – 3:00 Session ID 1586774