Lively Middle School

May 20, 2022

Greetings Falcon Nation,


Next week is the last week of school and we have multiple planned activities for students in all grade levels. A few reminders about the last week of school:

  • Leave backpacks and bags at home. Lunch boxes are allowed.

  • 6th & 7th grade students that have not returned their Chromebook should bring them and return the device to their Advisory teacher.

  • 8th grade students keep their Chromebooks at home.

  • Students do not need their Chromebooks the last week of school.

8th grade celebration

On May 27th, the last day of school, we will have many fun activities including the unveiling of Sarah Beth Lively’s official portrait for our school at our 8th grade parade and celebration in the morning. There are so many fun activities planned that will surely make for a memorable day! All 8th graders in good standing and their families are invited to attend. Please find the 8th grade schedule below:

  • 7:45 a.m. 8th graders should arrive at school on time as they will be with their advisory class for the parade and ceremony. Dress to impress!

  • 8:30-9:00 a.m. All 8th grade students will gather in the cafeteria to prepare for the parade and celebration.

  • 9:00-9:30 a.m. 8th grade Parade! Our students will parade from the 3rd floor where we started in 6th grade, through the breezeway and courtyard, and into the gym. Families and guests are invited to wait in the gym for our parade to arrive!

  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. 8th Grade Celebration and portrait unveiling in the large gym.

  • 10:30-12:30 a.m. 8th graders will celebrate their transition to high school in the large and small gyms with a dance, photo booth, gaming truck, T-shirt and Yearbook signing and more!!! There will be pizza and drinks provided!


We are asking all 8th grade parents to help with the celebration by providing snacks for our 8th graders. If you can bring these the morning of the celebration or send them with your student we will be very grateful!

  • Last Names A-L: Sweet snacks (cupcakes, cookies, brownies, etc…)

  • Last Names M-Z: Savory snacks (chips, nuts, crackers, etc….)

6th, 7th, & 8th grade EOY activities schedule

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Civic Engagement Capstone Fair-Tuesday, May 24th 9-10:30 a.m.

We are so excited to invite Lively classes and parents to come to our Civic Engagement Capstone Fair where some of our 8th grade magnet students will present their year-long Capstone projects. Join us in the Lively Cafeteria on Tuesday, May 24th from 9-10:30 a.m. to enjoy a relaxed gallery walk of our student’s presentations. The gallery walk is a come and go event. We also invite parents to bring finger foods to enjoy as you stroll through our student’s Capstone gallery walk. We are so proud of our students who are choosing to present their work! Lively students will change the world!


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Yearbook Signing Party

All students who ordered a yearbook are invited to attend our yearbook signing celebration on May 24th, held for the last 25 minutes of the day! Yearbooks will be sold at the event on a first come, first serve basis. Get your yearbook now to participate in this event hosted by our fabulous Falcon Yearbook students!
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SEL Whole-Child Update

This week students celebrated AAPI month by learning about the differences between Asian cultures and comparing/contrasting cultures to their own. Students also had the opportunity to investigate contemporary Asian women.


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PLTW Green Architecture Field Trip

The PLTW Green Architecture class went on a field trip this week hosted by Joanna Hartman of Page Paul Architecture. Our students were given the opportunity to visit and walk through a new home built directly across the street from our campus. This field trip helped our students to understand some of the concepts we covered in our Green Architecture class, such as, the importance of accurate measurements, dimensioning, scaling, and reading floor plans, as well as some "green" features, such as roof styles and construction materials, energy efficient fixtures, appliances, and windows, and even landscaping.

Our students toured the house and we concluded with a Q&A session with Ms. Hartman out on the amazing upstairs balcony! Our students asked some great questions and hopefully have a bit more understanding of the nature, education, nuance, complexity, and joy a career in architecture and interior design can entail.


Check out some pictures of our tour!

Summer School Information

Students who have not met the promotion requirements to go to the next grade level are required to attend summer school at Lively. Students and parents will be notified and have already been notified, in many cases, if summer school is required. Summer school is required for students who have the following issues:

  • Attendance below 90%

  • Failing two or more core classes


Please watch for communication from the grade level AP, the student’s counselor, the student’s case manager, if applicable, and messages from the campus via the school messenger system if your child is required to attend.


Early Start Summer School for attendance make -up and Math/Reading Support will start June 1 Wednesday through Friday June 3 for half-days 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The following three-week summer school for all academic subjects and attendance make-up will start Monday June 6- through Thursday June 21 (no Fridays). More information will be given directly to parents if your student is required to attend summer school and in most cases, parents have already been notified.

Last Week of School

We want the last week of school to be safe and fun. Please help us by reminding your child to keep backpacks and small bags at home. Students are allowed to carry a lunch box. Lively administration may search any student property or bag to maintain safety of the campus. We may also confiscate any items that do not belong at school. These items include but are not limited to:

  • Water guns

  • Shaving cream

  • Water balloons

  • Slime

  • Confetti

  • Noise makers

  • Permanent markers


Students that bring any backpacks to school will be asked to keep their bags in the front office. Finally, our School Resource Officer (SRO) reported that there is a disturbing trend nationwide on social media telling students to break school rules, trash the school, and disrespect school staff. Students that cause any disruption for the school environment will be sent home and could face additional disciplinary action such as removals or expulsions that may extend into the next school year. We want all students to enjoy the celebrations of the last week and we appreciate your assistance in reminding our Falcons to follow our Falcon Creed:

  • We are Safe

  • We are Responsible

  • We are Respectful


Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday!


Dr. Stacie Holiday, Principal

SUMMER GARDEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Help keep the Lively Garden thriving this summer! Please sign up for one or more weeks in the summer to water, refill the pond, and remove weeds from plots. You are welcome to take home any ripe vegetables that you see for your time and effort!


Please plan to visit the garden at least twice a week for about 30-minutes per visit, depending on the drought conditions. More specifics will be emailed to you after you sign up. If you have any questions prior to signing up, please text Ms. Morgan at 512-481-2608. Thank you!

Falcons in Action

TX State University Field Trip

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Maestro en Casa Graduation

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Speed and Distance lessons from STEM Explorers- Mr. Vasquez's Class

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Forensic Science students practicing blood typing and simulating blood spatter

Thank You Officer Yoder, Happy Police Week!

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LIBRARY CORNER

Please return any checked out books to the library. There are a few ways to check:

  • Overdue Notices automatically sent to student AISD email.

  • Library Visit: I will let students know what is checked out and give them a colorful yarn reminder.

  • Email: I am happy to check for parents on request (yvonne.steckel@gmail.com).
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Bookmark Art Finalists are here!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated! So much fun collaborating with Ms. Waguespack and Ms. Pratt and our talented students!


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Happy Reading,

Yvonne Steckel, Lively Librarian

yvonne.steckel@austinisd.org


PTA CORNER

Teacher Appreciation!

It has been a tough year! Show our teachers, staff, and administrators appreciation by using the google sheet link below to buy them something from their Amazon wish list or to get them a favorite item and drop it off in the office.
Wish List

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May Flowers Award

Lively PTSA is growing each day and we want you to be part of it. We need 10 individual members to join in order to earn the Texas PTA May Flowers Award! It's not too late to join for the year. Everyone can be members including Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Teachers, Students, and Community Members. Membership is only $10 and can be purchased at https://my-site-105818.square.site/.

Show Your Voice

It's time to start thinking about the Reflections Program for the 2022-23 school year. The theme for next year is Show Your Voice. Find a way to Show Your Voice through Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, or Visual Arts. Submissions are due in October so artists have time to create something special. Reflections is a National PTA Program which provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life. For more information, please email Reflections@LivelyMiddleSchoolPTSA.com

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