Excellence In All We Do - May 20th
What a year!
We are not finished yet, but the finish line is in sight!
A few quick reminders about this week -
Tuesday, May 24th, 6:00 PM - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony
Wednesday, May 25th - Early Release! Students are released at 12:30.
What is next year going to look like? We've made a few big changes to transportation - the biggest being two separate routes in the morning. There will be an Elementary/Intermediate bus route, and then a Middle/High School route.
For the middle school, our doors will open and supervision will begin at 8:00 AM.
Lago Vista Elementary 7:45 AM - 3:20 PM
Lago Vista Intermediate 7:40 AM - 3:15 PM
Lago Vista Middle School 8:30 AM - 4:05 PM
Lago Vista High School. 8:30 AM - 4:05 PM
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
Also, The Beginner Band participated in the Pride of Texas Music Festival on Thursday and received straight 1’s - Superior Ratings from all of the judges. The judges were very complimentary of their playing and how they represented our school and community.
Midde School Strength and Conditioning
Middle School Strength & Conditioning Camp/Skill - $40
MS Viking Strength & Conditioning/Skill Camp (Incoming 7-8 grades)
July 6th-July 28, 2022 | M-TH held at LVMS
Workouts will be from 9am-11am
The 1st hour will be speed and strength and the 2nd hour will be skill training
(Football/Volleyball M&W and Basketball T&Th)
9th Grade Is Coming
There's a lot coming up to prepare our students for this next transition - here are some important dates:
- Monday, May 23rd - 8th Grade Field Trip to Six Flags - For students to be eligible for the Six Flags trip, they must:
- Be passing all of their classes for the current grading cycle.
- Not be assigned ISS/DAEP.
- Not be removed from their roller coaster group for discipline purposes.
Any student that is ineligible for the trip will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Tuesday, May 24th - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, LVHS PAC - 6:00 PM
- Wednesday, May 25th - Last Day of School!
We know that this school year has presented many challenges to regular student attendance. Between required isolations, voluntary quarantines, and other concerns, we have understandably seen an increase in student absences this year. That said, as we work to return to more normal operations, getting students back into the habit of daily attendance matters now more than ever. We are asking for your help.
Student absences impact our school in a variety of ways:
- Student Learning: If a student is absent, they are missing out on valuable opportunities to learn, to socialize, to gain confidence, and to be inspired. As we work to recover from the pandemic, building routines, connecting with friends, and engaging in learning are even more important to student success.
- Teacher Time: At a time when so much education has been disrupted, it is vital that we make every school minute count. As teachers work to engage students, bridge learning gaps, and move students forward in their learning, it is much more difficult to ensure effective teaching occurs when teachers have the additional need to "catch up" students who have missed school.
- Lost Funding: The State of Texas funds schools based on daily attendance - so every day missed costs schools money. This year, the percentage of students attending each day has dropped several percentage points, which means significantly fewer funds are available to pay for things like additional teachers, student programs, and even teacher pay raises. On March 29th, TEA announced funding adjustments that would assist with low attendance rates through the fourth six-week attendance reporting period. However, there will be no adjustment made for the last 12 weeks of school. As it stands, for the rest of the school year and beyond, each day a student is absent costs the school about $38 in lost funding. At our current attendance rate, the funding loss for the District is about $6,150 per day...if that continues for the remainder of school, that will mean about $160,000 in lost funding.
After so much disruption to children’s education over the past two years, the most important thing that we can do is work together to get our children back into school. So, we are asking for your help. As long as your child is healthy, please ensure that he/she is at school, on time, and in attendance for the full day. Every day of school is an important opportunity for students to learn as well as connect to peers and their teachers. If there is something we can do to help improve your student's attendance so that we can keep them engaged and learning, please reach out to me so that we can talk about ways we can help.
We are extremely grateful for the commitment of our families and staff who have shown such amazing flexibility and resilience over the past two years. Despite the challenge, our teachers, families, and students have persisted to keep learning happening. Thank you!
Highlights of the 8th Grade Roller Coaster Project
Not Returning Next School Year - If you know for sure that your child will not be returning to Lago Vista Middle School, please email our Registrar to let her know. Remember that you will need a copy of your child's current shot record, which is available for download/printing from your Parent Portal account. If you need a copy of their birth certificate or social security card, she can get you a copy. You will need all three items, plus their final report card for their new school to enroll this summer. Thank you!
Calling All Books!!
Welcome 5th Grade!
We welcomed 5th grade classes to LVMS this week. Ms. Rowland, Mrs. Dement, Mrs. Woodburn, Mrs. Bentley and myself gave tours to 5th Grade classes to help with the big transition into middle school next year.
Mrs. Martin's math classes created a dream vacation this week and did very real world math to determine how much things are going to cost.
Flip of a Coin
Mrs. Sosa's class did a lab this week over genetic mapping and chromosome traits.
Welcome 5th Grade!
STAAR Test Information
STAAR assesses students’ mastery of core content standards learned over the course of the school year. It is one of the many assessments the campus uses to determine students’ mastery of skills/standards as they move into the next school year. Students are required to take the STAAR tests during the assessment window that is set by the State.
In June 2021, the Texas Legislature passed HB 4545, which states that any student who does not test on testing day/window, or does not pass a STAAR assessment, will be required to participate in 30-hours of accelerated instruction in each assessment that was not taken or passed. Students will receive the accelerated instruction in summer school.
Summer school dates and hours are June 6th-17th from 7:30am-12:00pm. For the 2021-2022 school year only, TEA provided districts with waivers allowing campuses to administer beginning of the year assessments to any student who did not take the STAAR test in the Spring of 2021. Please note that TEA is NOT providing the waivers for the 2022-2023 school year, so any student who does not take the STAAR test this spring will be required to participate in accelerated instruction hours.
If you have any questions, please contact Kim Bentley at email@example.com
Summer Basketball Camp
Here is the camp information:
2022 LVHS Boys Basketball Camp. The camp is for 3rd – 6th graders in the morning and 7th-9th graders in the afternoon (all grades incoming for the 2022-23 school year).
You can use the link below or scan the QR code on the flyer to sign-up.
Middle School Strength and Conditioning camp will 7/6 - 7/28. Sign information will be out next week.
Please remember that cell phones are not allowed during school hours. Phones must be turned off and in their backpacks. If your child needs to contact you, they may come to the front office to use the office phone or bring their personal phone to the front office, where they are allowed to use it.
If you need to communicate with your child during the day, you can email your child on their iPads, using their school email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember that if you call the front office, we will be happy to deliver any messages to your child. Less disruption in the classrooms, the better!
News and Notes From The Office
Attendance & Nurse - Please email or contact the nurse if your child is home ill. Also, please make sure if your child calls you not feeling well, they must check in with the nurse before leaving due to COVID protocol.
Boys Athletics - If your son is in last period athletics and you need to pick them up, we ask that you pick them up BEFORE 3PM.
School Time - Please remember that we teach from "bell to bell" each day and when you pull your student(s) out early or they arrive late to school, they miss valuable class time. Thank you for understanding!
Here is the bell schedule...first bell starts at 8:00 AM!
Who Do I Contact?
If you have questions about registrations, contact:
Monica Kaiser @ email@example.com
Schedules? Counselor April Woodburn @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Bus? Transportation Director Lisa Gordon @ email@example.com
Logistical Questions? Secretary Sue Kunze @ firstname.lastname@example.org