LVMS Newsletter

October 14, 2022 | Edition IX

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October 17-21st is National School Bus Safety Week

! As such, we would like to take this opportunity to remind all Viking parents and community members of some important school bus safety guidelines:

  • Drive with heightened awareness when you are near a school bus. This is especially the case when driving in inclement weather.
  • Remember that Texas law requires drivers to yield the right-of-way to school buses.
  • If you are driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the red lights start flashing.
  • Never pass a bus from behind if it is stopped to load or unload children or it is turning. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
  • If you approach a school bus from either direction and the bus is displaying alternately flashing red lights, unless it is a controlled-access highway, you must stop. Do not pass the school bus until: (1) The school bus has resumed motion; (2) You are signaled by the driver to proceed; or (3) The red lights are no longer flashing.
  • When stopping for a school bus, remember that the area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.
  • Never cut in front of a moving school bus. Cutting into the open space in front of a bus removes the driver’s cushion of safety.

We greatly appreciate everyone's patience when sharing the road with our school buses. As we all know, impatience can lead to bad decisions behind the wheel that can impact the safety of our precious passengers. Thank you for partnering with us to help keep our Vikings safe!

News from the LV Booster Club

More Middle School volunteers are needed! They are extremely short on volunteers that can work Middle School football games - please sign up today to help out. There's only one more game!


Did you know that the LV Viking Booster Club provides funds to every sport in the district? Throughout the year, football concessions represents our biggest fundraiser and the funds that are raised are used to provide athletic equipment for all sports. So we truly represent one club fundraising for all district sports. We are so happy to have the ability to support so many, but we need your help in order to continue funding these programs successfully. We need volunteers from every sport to sign up for concessions and other support functions by clicking on the links provided below. As a side note, we are now able to accept all credit cards and Apple Pay in concessions with our newly installed and easy to use point of sale system. We are excited and focused on creating a culture of volunteerism district wide and we can only be successful together!”


Please see the concession links for all football teams --


End of the First Nine Weeks!

The first Nine Weeks is complete! In talking to our staff, it's a stark reminder how quickly the year goes by and how small our window is to make a difference in our student's lives is.

School Accounts

If your student eats lunch in the cafeteria, please make sure your student's lunch accounts have money in them - check it out at www.myschoolbucks.com

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PSAT

On Wednesday, October 26th, all 8th graders at LVMS will have the opportunity to take the PSAT test. The PSAT test is intended to be a college readiness test that sets a baseline of student performance and allows students and teachers to pinpoint areas for focused practice as students progress through high school. The PSAT offers a great opportunity for students to experience a college entrance exam, but it is optional. If you would like your student to opt-out of the PSAT, please complete this form by Monday, October 17th. https://forms.gle/qCfd689tK2qAn2XYA All students who opt out of the test will still be required to attend school and will be provided an alternate activity while other students are testing.

Have you heard of the Lago Vista ISD Education Foundation?

We have been around for many years and are a foundation that fundraises to give grants to educators in our district. Those grants fund equipment and supplies for students. Lago Vista ISD students are the direct beneficiaries of all of our efforts.


We are currently looking for community volunteers to help with our Giving Tuesday Campaign. You can learn more about how to help and who we are at our website, https://www.lvisdeftx.com , or by emailing lvisdeftx@gmail.com.


When LVISD students thrive, our community does too!

Free and Reduced- Price Meal News


As a reminder, LVISD transitioned back to Free and Reduced-Price Meals for the 22-23 school year. The federal government is no longer funding the free lunch program, which was part of the COVID-19 pandemic aid package. All families are encouraged to fill out the Free and Reduced-Price Meals applications. If your child previously received free or reduced-priced meals, a new application must be received to determine if your child still qualifies. Previous free and reduced-meal eligibility has now expired. You can fill out the Free & Reduced Meal application online at MySchoolApps by clicking on the following links:



For questions regarding applications, please contact Michelle Jackson, and for questions regarding student purchases, please contact Jennifer Porter.

Lost - Need to Get Back to Their Owners!

We are already starting to collect many water bottles, lunch boxes, jackets, etc. Please remind your child to stop by and look. The table is right outside the Main Office where the students walk by many times every day!

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Awesome Window Decals!

Ask Ms. Kaiser in the MS Office if you would like one - the Booster Club will take a check (made out to LVISD) or cash.


Only $5 each!

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Password For Ascender?

Password - Did you forget your password for the Ascender Parent Portal? Instructions below on how to reset your password so you can go into your account and see your child(ren)'s grades and attendance. Any questions regarding Parent/Student Portals, please email registration@lagovistaisd.net
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Emergency Contact Info

Parents - please check the emergency contacts you listed in the Parent Portal for your students. Please add all contacts: Dads, Moms, siblings, relatives, or friends that you would like to be able to pick up your child for an appointment or emergency.


If a person is not listed, we are unable to let them take a student from our campus.


If you have any questions or need help with that, please let me know.

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Game Day Info!

Remember that all ticket sales are online for Volleyball and Football. Here's the link to buy tickets - https://www.lagovistaisd.net/page/dis.tickets


Also, please talk to your students about what they are allowed (and not allowed) to do while staying late for a game. We will supervise students at the game, but many times students will leave campus to run over to Sonic. Crossing 1431 is extremely dangerous, but it's not a decision that we can control.


So if you're student stays late to watch a game, have those conversations beforehand!


Also, pep rallies are back! Parents are allowed to come to the pep rallies, but please allow yourself extra time to check in through the front office.


If you have any questions, please let me know.

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Cross Country - District Meet

Our MS cross country teams competed at their District Meet on Monday, October 11th. Below are the results:


7th grade girls earned 2nd place overall at the district meet. Congratulations to Jolie Mosser 7th grade girls DISTRICT CHAMPION! Our team's top 5 runners were Jolie Mosser, Maia Joshua, Kyrksen Cook, Selah Moore, and Ada Weyant. Also competing for our team were Peyton Byrd, Haleigh Carson, Marlie Coale, Sofia Garcia, GG Hidalgo, Elle Head, Hannah Koenning, Valerie Marin, Alexis Nichols, Adriana Owen, and Ellie St. Martin.


8th grade girls also came in 2nd place at the district race. Placing in the meet’s top 7 and earning a medal was Melissa Soto. Our top 5 scoring runners were Melissa Soto, Sydney Mosser, Emily Virutte, Molly Roberts, and Amelia Cook. Also competing for our team was Peyton Brown, Laila Burlew, Nova Cortez, Sadie Darling, Dhylan Johnson, Marilyn Kamenzind, Kandice Richardson, Addison Roberts, and Taylor Teague.


Our boys raced as a combined 7/8 team and placed 5th overall. Congratulations to Sebastian VaVasquez for earning 4th place overall in the boys race. Adding to our team was Jackson Cook, Jonas Larkin, Brennen Oatman, Victor Plua, Ryan Phillips, Brody Stoner, and Westin Walker.


Congratulations to ALL the runners who competed at the district meet! I can’t tell you how proud I am of your efforts and commitment to our sport! Well done on a GREAT season - Coach Karg

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Quiet Week for Football and Volleyball

Volleyball returns to action on Monday in Marble Falls, and football plays on Wednesday in Hays(Chapa).
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In Home Child ID Kits

Our district will be distributing an in-home child identification kit to your child on behalf of the State of Texas. Please understand that there is a no obligation to fill out the kit, but it will allow you to have a set of fingerprints and DNA for your child in case of an emergency that you can turn over to law enforcement.


These kits are to be STORED AT HOME and only to be given to law enforcement in case of an emergency.


As a district, we are always looking for ways to protect our students from harm or assist in their safety.


Please make use of this gift, fill it out and store it in a safe place at home.

Thanksgiving Dinner

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Construction Update

The stone on the outside of the building is nearing completion, and the sound panels are up in the weight room.
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Who Do I Contact?

If you have registration, Enrollment and Ascender, or Parent and Student Portal questions, email Monica Kaiser - mkaiser@lagovistaisd.net


Schedule Questions or does your student need support? Our counselor April Woodburn can help you! awoodburn@lagovistaisd.net


General Questions? Sue Kunze, our campus secretary can find almost any answers for you. skunze@lagovistaisd.net


Attendance questions? Contact Terri Harkins - tharkins@lagovistaisd.net


You can always email me or our Assistant Principal Kim Bentley for assistance - eholt@lagovistaisd.net or kbentley@lagovistaisd.net

Meet Your Teachers!

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Ms. Jackie Chester

1) Where are you from originally?

I grew up in what was a small rural town outside of Fort Worth named Mansfield.

2) What led you to become a teacher and how long have you been teaching?

I come from a family of teachers and always admired their dedication and the difference they made in student’s lives.

3) Tell us about your family…

I have two children who attend school in Lago Vista. Hudson is a Freshman and Mallory is in 8th grade.

4) What are your favorite hobbies?


I enjoy anything DIY, camping, hiking, fishing and just anything outdoors with my family. I also enjoy watching football, hockey and soccer.

5) What would students be surprised to find out about you?

I played competitive soccer.

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Coach Cody Walker

1) Where are you from originally?


I was born in Dallas, Texas but raised in Mart, TX.


2) What led you to become a teacher and how long have you been teaching?


I have been teaching for 18 years. I wanted to be a coach because of my passion for baseball.


3) Tell us about your family...


My wife Kerri is the Elementary Principal. I have two sons Luke - 13 and Jake 10 who both go to school in LV and also play baseball.


4) What are your favorite hobbies?


Playing Games. Video games, board games and playing all racquet sports like Pickleball and badminton.


5) What would students be surprised to find out about you?


I own over 1000 board games...I'm a Certified Drone Pilot, and a professionally trained calligrapher.

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Early Bird LVYBB Basketball Registration Is Open!

It's that time of year once again. Early-bird registration is live for the 22-23 season and will end on on 10/15 and we can't wait to see your kiddos come our for basketball. Get signed up today!

Please use the direct link to register as parts of our site are still under construction.

https://www.lvybb.org/page/show/7351383-registration

Also, don't forget to like our page and follow us @LagoVistaYouthBB to stay up-to-date on all the latest and greatest from LVYBB.

P.S. If you've already signed up, awesome! Look forward to seeing you in November.

Video Contest!

The Take Care of Texas Video Contest is a fun way for young people to learn about protecting the environment and come up with creative ways to share this knowledge with others!

Students create a 30-second video that shows positive ways to Take Care of Texas. Contest sponsor Waste Management of Texas, Inc. will award prizes to the creators of the best videos.

Contest opens September 12th!

Submit your entries here: https://takecareoftexas.org/.../take-care-texas-video...

#keeptexasbeautiful #TakeCareOfTexas

Bell Schedule - Updated!

Here is the updated bell schedule - remember that doors will not open until 8:10 and we are not able to provide supervision for your students before that time.


1st period: 8:40 - 9:32

2nd Period: 9:36 - 10:28

3rd Period: 10:32 - 11:24

4th Period: 11:28 - 12:22

Lunch/Advisory: 12:24 - 12:54

Lunch/Advisory: 12:58 - 1:28

5th Period: 1:32 - 2:24

6th Period: 2:28 - 3:20

7th Period: 3:24 - 4:15