Rattler News

February 15, 2022

From The Desk Of Principal Roberts

Dear Parents,

We are excited to host a Rattler Pride Pep Rally on February 22nd (8:00 - 8:30) in honor of our amazing and dedicated volunteers. Teachers are sending out invitations this week. During this time, we will celebrate our volunteers in a special way with a brunch from our grateful staff. We truly can't wait, so please mark your calendars!

Speaking of volunteers, we hosted a very successful career day this year with the help of so many volunteers. A big shout out to our PTA board members for helping us prep for the day and our AMAZING presenters! I can't wait to do this all over again next year.

With Joy,

Shelley Roberts

Important Dates

  • Thursday, February 16th: ***Change*** Battle of the Bluebonnets at Bush Elementary @ 4:00
  • Thursday, February 16th: Fifth-grade students will visit Canyon Ridge starting at 9:30.
  • February 20th: Staff Development/Student Holiday
  • February 22nd: Volunteer Appreciation Pep Rally at 8:00
  • February 22nd: CRMS course selection at River Ridge (8:45-9:45)
  • February 24th: Wear Red for Healthy Heart Awareness!


From Coach Guthrie

Dear Parents & Students,
The PE Department has a new pilot program called Students Teach Students. Sometimes kids learn better from another kid. Once a month we will hold a free clinic for any 2nd - 5th grade student that would like extra help on a skill we have recently gone over in PE. This month we will be working on BASKETBALL. Coach Jackson & I have selected students as coaches based on their above average basketball skills. They will be helping any 2nd - 5th grade student that wants a little more personal instruction. Of course we will be there as well. If you are interested please help us keep track of how many students to expect by clicking on the link below and filling out the form. Unfortunately, we will have to cap the amount of students to 20. If you are able to fill out this form your child has made it in. If not, that means we are at capacity and it won’t let you fill out the form.
Date: Friday, February 17th
Time: 7:00-7:30am
Where: MPR
Sign Up Here
(Drop your child off in the back of the school where the steps are and we will let them in)

Rattlerfest Sponsors

We need your help to make our upcoming RATTLERFEST a success on March 31. Please consider a family or corporate donation. Family donations start at $150 and will get you one free admission into Rattlerfest as well as recognition in the yearbook. Please see attached flyer for additional information! Reach out to Kylie Rasty with questions kylierasty@gmail.com
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Information about upcoming Fitnessgram



Dear Parent/Guardian,

Senate Bill 530 requires school districts annually assess the physical fitness in grades 3 or higher in a course that satisfies the curriculum requirements for physical education. The adopted instrument by Leander ISD will be the FITNESSGRAM assessment. FITNESSGRAM is a health-related fitness assessment developed by The Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research and is a research-based criterion-referenced test.

LISD considers FITNESSGRAM a quality assessment for three reasons:

1. FITNESSGRAM establishes a baseline of a healthy fitness zone from which students can set goals and check their progress (non-competitive) to plan for lifelong physical activity and to maintain and improve their fitness level. Health-related fitness assessment measures students’ aerobic capacity, muscular strength/endurance, flexibility and body composition.

2. FITNESSGRAM provides recommended activity program options that will help students reach healthy fitness zones in those areas where they need to improve.

3. FITNESSGRAM does not place an emphasis on skill or sports-related fitness such as speed

measured by an individual’s 40 yard dash time. It does not compare students to other students.

FITNESSGRAM tests all students regardless of age, gender, or ability. Students are encouraged to be self-aware of health-related fitness and take responsibility by setting personal fitness goals. When students focus on the process of doing their personal best, a more positive lifelong impact is achieved.

On your child’s test day, he/she should bring or wear athletic type clothing to take the test. If your child forgets proper testing attire, he/she will proceed with the fitness test in standardized dress. You may request a copy of your child’s physical fitness assessment from the school. LISD believes by providing you and your child with this health-related fitness information, you can lead your child toward a healthy lifestyle. A healthy student is better prepared to learn and perform in all aspects of life.If you have any questions about the FITNESSGRAM Assessment, go to our website:


You can also contact Tammie Guthrie @ Tammie.Guthrie@leanderisd.org



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Your student could be a National Future Chef Winner in April 2023!

Important information for the Future Chef Event

• A flyer about this information is below. Recipes cards are available by request in the cafeteria should the student need that instead.

• A distinguished panel of administrators will evaluate recipe submissions and narrow the number of finalists down to 1 to 2 students per school.

• Those finalists will be formally invited to a Culinary Competition “Cook-Off” on March 21st tentatively scheduled for 3pm to 6pm at Running Brushy Middle School Cafeteria.

• Transportation of the students will not be provided for the competition. Students will need to be dropped off and picked up at Running Brushy Middle School Cafeteria. Each group of kids will have a kitchen staff member assigned to help them to ensure that there are no safety issues. This will ensure safe food and preparation practices are followed and no one gets harmed.

• All Finalists will receive a certificate, recipe book of all finalists’ recipes, Future Chef T-shirt, apron, and hat.

• Judging will be based on the following criteria, Originality, Kid Friendly, Ease of Preparation, Healthy Attributes, Plate Presentation, Taste, and Student Chef Presentation to Judges. We will be inviting Leander ISD communication to take pictures of the kid’s creations and parents and teachers can view (and taste!) the final product during the reception portion of the event.

As an added bonus, our competition is just one of many that are having local competitions that Sodexo will be orchestrating across the country between February and March 2023. The winning recipe from each event will be entered to win a national competition in April 2023.

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