School Matters

November 2019

Welcome to the all new School Matters, your official source for news that matters from the Lake Travis Independent School District Office of Communications, Media & Community Relations. Questions or concerns regarding any of the content in this publication should be addressed to info@ltisdschools.org.
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Principals work of heart takes over social media

Classroom lessons, staff spotlights, parental involvement and special events "took over" the district's social media accounts throughout October as part of #LTPrincipalTakeover. Thank you to our 10 school principals whose #LTWorkofHeart was clearly on display in our first ever takeover. Photos and video clips from the districtwide campaign are available to view on the LTISD Instagram Highlight "#LTPrincipalTakeover."

BCE teacher honored at the Texas Teacher of the Year luncheon

Bee Cave Elementary School second grade teacher Keri Swanson was honored by the Texas Association of School Administrators at the 2020 Texas Teacher of the Year awards luncheon held October 25 at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Keri was the 2019 BCE Teacher of the Year, the District Elementary Teacher of the Year, and the Region 13 Elementary Teacher of the Year. Read more

District celebrates 2019 National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month 2019

LTHS Team Tennis competes at state tourney for second year in a row

Lake Travis High School Team Tennis ended its season October 31 with a hard fought semifinal match at the University Interscholastic League tennis state tournament in College Station. The Cavs ultimately fell short to Plano West, 10-7. This was the second straight appearance for Lake Travis at the state tournament. The Cavaliers look forward to a highly-competitive individual tennis season in the spring.

LT Special Olympians score big in area bowling competition

The Lake Travis ISD Special Olympics delegation had a great outing at the Area 13 bowling competition held November 1-3 at Dart Bowl and Highland Lanes in Austin. Read more for results and photos from this special event. Read more
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Marla McCracken, Branch Manager at A+ Federal Credit Union in Bee Cave (pictured left), hand delivered a ceremonial check October 25 to Katie Kauffman, LTISD Director of Development and Corporate Relations, and Dr. Brad Lancaster, LTISD Superintendent of Schools, as part of the credit union's LTISD Visa debit card program. Purchases made with the official Cav card earn cash back and matching donations to the district each quarter. LTISD received nearly $10,000 from the program during the 2018-2019 school year.

Card selected to Under Armour 2020 All American Bowl

Representatives with Under Armour, together with Lake Travis High School Director of Athletics/Head Football Coach Hank Carter, recently presented Lake Travis High School student-athlete Hudson Card with a football jersey to commemorate his selection as a 2020 All-American. The University of Texas commit is one of the top 90 players in the country selected as an Under Armour All-American. Card becomes the second Lake Travis High School student-athlete selected to play in the All-American Bowl behind Garrett Wilson (2019). The Under Armour All-American football game will be held January 2, 2020 at Campus Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The game will be nationally televised.

District to offer flu shot clinics for elementary, middle school students Nov. 18-19

Lake Travis ISD will offer flu shot clinics for students at each elementary and middle school campus November 18-19. The flu shots are free but optional, and they will only be administered with written parental consent. Consent forms must be filled out completely, signed, and returned to the child’s school before Friday, November 8. Learn more

District receives $1,200 from Austin Energy school assistance fund

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Scott Banaski, Key Account Manager with Austin Energy (pictured third from left), presents a check for $1,222.65 to Robert Winovitch, LTISD Director of Facilities and Construction (pictured second from left) made possible by voluntary contributions by City of Austin utility customers to the Public School Energy Assistance Fund.


The fund is divided between the eight school districts served by Austin Energy. According to Austin Energy, the allocation of the fund is based on each school district's percentage of the total kilowatt-hours of electricity consumed by the eight school districts. The fund was created by direction of the Austin City Council during deliberations to establish electric rates for Austin Energy. City of Austin utility customers began making donations to the fund in March 2013 through their monthly utility payments. This reimbursement covers the period of October 2018 through August 2019.


Also pictured are Richard Harrison (far left) and Wesley Perkins (far right), each of whom serves as Facility Resources, Compliance and Construction Manager for Lake Travis ISD.

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Lake Travis ISD to host City of Lakeway Veterans Day Celebration

Lake Travis ISD will host the City of Lakeway Veterans Day Ceremony at 6:00 p.m., Monday, November 11 at the LT Performing Arts Center.


Lieutenant Colonel Johnie E. Webb, Jr. (Ret.) the scheduled guest speaker at the event which is sponsored by the Lake Travis Standing Military Committee, the City of Lakeway, and the Lohmann’s Ford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.


The ceremony will also include student participation and patriotic performances by the Lake Travis High School Cavalier Band and Choir.

LTISD FANS presents annual Thanksgiving Feast 2019

Tickets for family members of LTISD elementary students are on sale now for the annual Thanksgiving Feast presented by the Lake Travis ISD Food and Nutrition Services Department.


Meals will be served Wednesday, November 20 at Lake Pointe, Lake Travis and Lakeway elementary schools and Thursday, November 21 at Bee Cave, Serene Hills and West Cypress Hills elementary schools.


The menu includes roasted turkey, farm fresh green beans, freshly baked cookies plus all the fixings. The last day to purchase tickets is Friday, November 15. For more information, and to purchase tickets online, visit www.ltisdschools.org/thanksgiving.

LT band, orchestra students to perform with Austin Symphony at PAC

Mark your calendar for a special performance by the Austin Symphony Orchestra featuring 15 Lake Travis High School student musicians. "A Night with the Austin Symphony Orchestra" will be held at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, November 16 at the LT Performing Arts Center. Visit https://www.ltisdschools.org/finearts for ticket information.

LTEF to host 3rd Annual Hill Country Turkey Trot

The Lake Travis Education Foundation (LTEF) will host its Third Annual Hill Country Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk and 1-mile Puffin’ for Stuffin’ Run/Walk presented by St. David’s Healthcare at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, November 28 at The Hills Golf Club in Lakeway. The family- and stroller-friendly event also includes a turkey costume contest, entertainment, participation medals for all kids, and free food and drinks. Dogs on leashes are also welcomed. Register at www.LTEducationFoundation.org.

District closed Nov. 25-29 for Thanksgiving break

As a reminder, November 25-29 will be observed as student and staff holidays. All LTISD campuses and district facilities will be closed. Classes will resume Monday, December 2.


Be sure to stay up to date with major districtwide events listed in our LTISD 2019-2020 Instructional Calendar.

LTISD is hiring SPED aides, LTHS hall monitors

Lake Travis ISD is seeking full time paraprofessionals to join our team as special education aides. Additionally, hall monitors are needed to help facilitate the efficient flow of students between passing periods at Lake Travis High School. Apply now

Lake Travis Independent School District

The Lake Travis Independent School District is a 6A district located about 25 minutes west of Austin, Texas. Established in 1981, Lake Travis ISD is a fast growth district comprised of 10 campuses serving more than 11,000 students.