Lively Middle School

September 30, 2022

Greetings Falcon Nation,

This week I had the honor of hosting Cynthia Soliz, Lively parent, for “Principal for a Day”. She had an opportunity to visit classrooms, monitor hallways, tour the Limitless Center, attend meetings and more! Here’s how Ms. Soliz described her experience on Twitter:

“Thrilled to have spent the day as the @LivelyFalcons Principal for a Day! Quite a feat what Doc Holiday does for the kids and the school!! I'm positively exhausted! Thank you @AustinEdFund @AustinISD @anthonymays5 for this invaluable opportunity.”

This Week’s Newsletter has information about:

  • CAC date change

  • Tardy Sweeps Detention

  • Early Release Day

  • Dress Code

  • Electronic Chromebook Permission and Contract Form

  • Lively Limitless Magazine Contest

  • GT Referrals

  • SEL Advisory Update

  • SCA Testing

  • Falcon Flex

  • Important Dates

  • Parent and Student Resources

CAC Date Change

Our 2nd CAC meeting for the year has been rescheduled to accommodate the parent conferences.

October 4th - CAC Meeting 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. via zoom (CAC meeting link)

Tardy Sweeps

Recently we have noticed an increase in the number of students in the hallway after the tardy bell rings at the end of our passing period. We need your support with encouraging your child to get to class on time, every period, every day. Please have a discussion at home with your child and help us teach strategies that need improvement such as: minimizing the number of times they need to go to their locker, decreasing the amount of time spent talking to friends during passing periods, and being aware of the time the tardy bell will ring.

In an effort to minimize the number of students in the hall and maximize instructional time, we are implementing random hallway sweeps. Students were informed of the hall sweeps multiple times during Advisory, on the announcements, and reminders from teachers and administrators during passing periods. Lively staff will conduct random hallway sweeps weekly. Students who are still in the hallway after the tardy bell will be marked tardy and assigned after-school detention. Students that have 3 or more tardies are assigned after-school detention.

Students who continue to be tardy and accrue 5 or more tardies will receive additional consequences. Consequences for excessive tardies may include behavior plans, community service, or referral for truancy filing with court (severe cases).

Early Release Day Friday October 7th

There are two Friday early release days on the 2022- 2023 Academic Calendar, October 7, 2022 & February 17, 2023.

Students will be released at the times listed below:

  • Elementary School – 1:30 PM

  • Middle School – 2:30 PM

  • High School – 3:30 PM

  • Please review the Lively Early Release Bell Schedule (linked here)

  • District wide bus options (ALC: 3:30, Ann Richards: 3:30, LASA: 2:30, Lively: 2:30, Kealing: 1:30, Rosedale: 1:00, Gus Garcia: 2:30, Bertha Sadler Means: 2:30, International: 3:30)* Mendez not included due to a separate calendar.

Breakfast and lunch will be served on these days. On early release days the following changes will occur districtwide:

  • No High School student sharing in the afternoon

  • No ACC on those two days (They only do office hours on Fridays)

  • Transportation will be provided for all UIL events

    • No Late activities (please make sure your students ride on the afternoon buses home)

  • No mid-days after 12:00 PM and No PM Clifton classes

  • All field trips must return to campus by noon.

Dress Code

We have noticed many students that are out of dress code. Administrators will continue to have private conversations and give reminders for all students who are out of compliance with the AISD dress code. Students that are out of dress code will be asked to change, or will be provided with proper attire that follows the dress code. Please review the dress code with your child. AISD dress code can be viewed by going to

Electronic Chromebook Permission and Contract Form

We still have students who have not received their chromebooks due to misplacing their form, incomplete paperwork, or simply not turning one in. Chromebook contracts are processed on a daily basis and can take 2-3 days to issue once the contract is received. To expedite the process, I have created an electronic version of this form. If your child still has not received a chromebook:

Please scan the following QR Code to complete the Chromebook Contract electronically.

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Lively Limitless Magazine Contest

Submissions are now open for Lively’s Literary magazine: Limitless! All students are welcome and encouraged to submit artwork, poetry, short stories, original song lyrics, photography, or any creative expression. Submit your work by emailing or

The Dia De Los Muertos cover art contest is also open! Students can submit their Day of the Dead themed art pieces by emailing photos to or drop them off in the Lively Library. The winner will receive three professionally printed copies of the magazine. See the photograph below of last year’s winning cover art!

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GT Referrals

Lively is pleased to announce that referrals for gifted and talented students are being accepted from September 19 to October 7. Interested parents and guardians should contact the Campus GT Advocate, Shayna Tipton, at for additional information regarding the GT referral process. On Friday, October 7th, parents who have requested GT referrals or information will receive a message via schoolmessenger with more details about the GT process.

GT screening and testing requires parent/guardian permission. A variety of measures are used for screening and testing including assessments for Emerging English students. For more information about the Austin ISD gifted program, please visit the Austin ISD website at or call the school.

SEL Advisory Update

Next week in advisory, classes will be reviewing artwork from Bahamian artist, Tavares Strachan which is displayed at the Blanton art museum. Students will journal and discuss the different components of the artwork including the words chosen, the lighting, and who is in control of turning the light of the work on and off. Students will then contribute a picture of themselves to a classroom collage, and they will discuss how the message of the artist can be applied to our school. See the artwork below.

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For the AVID lesson in advisory, students will practice the skill of using Cornell Notes, which is an interactive way of taking notes in multiple subjects. To end the week, we will also be writing our custodians thank you posters and notes as we prepare for custodian appreciation week.

SCA Testing

Over the next two weeks, students will be taking assessments to measure their mastery in tested subject areas. These Short Cycle Assessments (SCA’s) measure how well we’re teaching our curriculum and how well students are soaking in the knowledge.

  • Short-cycle assessments are designed by Austin ISD to match our curriculum and they measure things that were taught during the grading period.

  • Students will take the SCA’s in their tested subject area classes. Each SCA will have approximately 12-20 questions, and students will have one 90-minute class period to complete each test.

  • Tests will be taken on a computer, which matches how STAAR will be administered this year.

  • 6th and 7th graders take a Math and Reading SCA. 8th graders take Math, Reading, Science, and Social Studies.

Please remind your child to bring their charged Chromebook to school everyday, but especially on the days of the SCA tests. If you have specific questions about the SCA, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

Falcon Flex

For this week’s Falcon Flex, we are showing off our amazing counseling team. They help support our kiddos with counseling, scheduling, safety, etc. Simply put, they are the best. We appreciate you for all that you do!

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Important Dates

  • Week of October 3rd class schedule is

    • A day, B day, A day, B day, C day

  • October 3rd - Lively Football Game vs Lamar @ House Park

  • October 4th- CAC Meeting 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. via zoom (CAC meeting link)

  • October 6th - Virtual Parent Coffee at 5:00 p.m. (PC link)

  • October 7th - In Person Parent Coffee at 9:00 a.m.

  • October 7th - Early Release Day (2:30p.m.)- Late activities, no clubs, and no tutoring (students must ride on the afternoon buses home as there are no late buses on October 7).

  • October 11th - Last day to register to vote for the November election

  • October 14th - Staff Development/Student Holiday

  • October 21st - Student entry deadline for Show Your Voice

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Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you on Monday!

Dr. Stacie Holiday, Principal

Parent and Student Resources

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Advanced guitar has entered a contest for Hispanic Heritage Month. We submitted a class performance to Educa Austin and the video with the most likes on their Youtube page wins an HEB gift card for a class party. Please share this link and like the video!

CLASS PERFORMANCE/ACTUACIÓN GRUPAL - Katie Landolt, Sarah Lively MS - "Pequeña Serenata"

AVID students learned how to tie a tie to help get them ready for game day, job interviews, and formal events. Shout out to Jonathan Pisana for leading the workshop for his class!

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Thank you Family Hilton for the dinner provided during Parent Conferences.

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Model UN

Last Saturday, many of our Model UN students attended a conference at Austin High School. Lively was the only middle school who attended the conference! We are so proud of our students for representing our school with style! Lively students tackled the issues of Prohibition, Free Speech in the Press, Foreign Influence in Latin America, The War in the Donbas, Food Security and GMO's and an imaginary Yellowstone Eruption! Way to go Falcons!

Volleyball Interview- Mrs. Amador's Podcast Class


Over 286 students visited the library this week! Many students came individually or in small groups to check out books with a teacher pass and for Food Free Fun! Thanks for visiting the library!

Donations Needed and Thank you!!!

Thank you for the donations! We are still receiving UNO cards and are so grateful. Right now we need some checkers and 100 piece puzzles. If you have any quick puzzles that need a new home, we would love to have them.

Hispanic Heritage Month Display

Our books about and by Latinx people and displayed together and ready to check out! Our library aides added famous Latinx authors and historical figures to both displays.

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New Books on Display too!

Come check out our new books! We have new Realistic Fiction, Fantasy, Scary, Historical Fiction, Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, and Anime.

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Coloring Pages Brighten Up the Library

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Volunteers Needed: Friends of Food Free Fun!

If you love books, games, chess, puzzles, coloring, and students, please consider volunteering during Food Free Fun. Volunteers will shelve books, check out books, play chess and games with students, and provide an extra adult in the library. Food Free Fund happens every day as follows:

A lunch - 11:30-12 pm, Mon-Thurs.; 11:48-12:18 pm, Fri.

B lunch - 1:05-1:35 pm, Mon-Thurs.; 12:41-1:11 pm, Fri.

C lunch - 1:45-2:15 pm, Mon-Thurs.; 1:34-2:04 pm, Fri.

We can set up a schedule however it works for you. If time constraints are an issue and you are technically inclined, we could also use help with Chromebooks. Email me if you are interested.

Food Free Fun!

What a fun week! Passes will be handed out daily in the library before lunch and turned in at the end of Food Free Fun. Students can stop by the library on the way to lunch to get a pass. I pick up students and bring them to the library.

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Class Visits!

Mr. Galan’s students enjoy preparing for their cases in the library.

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Happy Reading,

Yvonne Steckel, Lively Librarian


8th Grade Parents

So far we have the following high schools visiting Lively to meet with the 8th graders interested in applying at these schools.

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Please email: to request your student be included in the group being invited to one of the high schools listed above. I will need to know the students name and which high school they would like to get more information from.


Lively Falcons!! It is time to play some basketball! First up is the girls’ season.

Any 7th or 8th grade girls that are interested in playing basketball need to have a valid, non-expired physical to try out. Parents- make sure all participation forms are filled out and completed (Physical, Medical History, Contact Info, UIL Forms).

Austin ISD Forms

Parents, this link underlines all forms needed to complete.

***If girls don’t have all forms completed, they will not be allowed to participate until the forms are complete.**

TRYOUTS will begin Tuesday, October 11th at 4:00-5:15 in the Big Gym.

Make sure to send your girls to tryouts with completed physical forms and athletic clothes.

For any additional questions, please contact Coach Dominguez and Coach Barnhart.

Coach Dominguez:

Coach Barnhart:


Your Voice Is Needed - DEADLINE TODAY!

Advocacy is a big part of our work in PTSA. As dedicated volunteers and community leaders, you give a voice to Texas parents, students, teachers, and schools. From your school to the Capitol steps, our efforts make a big difference. The Texas PTA wants to hear from you on what you feel the most important priorities should be going into the Legislative Session. To get to the full list of questions and priorities, Join PTA before you take the survey. The survey closes TODAY, so please fill it out ASAP. Also, note, the ranking system on the last two questions is not intuitive. The most important items are ranked 10 and 17 and counting down to 1.

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It's Time for our NO FUSS FUNDRAISER!!

Help the PTSA raise $7,500 for important work such as teacher supplies, staff appreciation, and Grants for Growth. Find out more on our PTSA website.

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The Lively Spirit Store Is Open!

Did you miss your chance to grab some Lively Spirit Wear at Back to School night? It’s not too late! Visit The Store to purchase your Lively Spirit Wear for delivery on campus to your student.

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Open call to our artists: students in Singing, Dance, Music or Art (drawing or painting). Teachers, staff and parents of @Austin ISD students: Singing or Music. Class performances: Singing, Music or Dance. Thanks to @Amerigroup, @H-E-B and @Sonrisas Orthodontics and Periodontics for their support to reward the talent and sharing the joy for the Hispanic Heritage. Please submit your pictures and videos via by October 9.
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