School Matters

January 2021

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District to observe student/staff holiday Mon. Jan. 18 and staff development day Tues. Jan. 19

As a reminder, Monday, January 18 will be observed as student and staff holiday. Additionally, Tuesday, January 19 will be observed as a staff development day/student holiday. Classes will resume Wednesday, January 20.

In November 2020, the LTISD school board approved the submission of a waiver to the Texas Education Agency that allowed the district to add four days of staff professional development to the current 2020-2021 school year calendar.

Be sure to stay up to date with major districtwide events listed in our LTISD 2020-2021 Instructional Calendar.

Austin-Travis County in Stage 5; officials stress safety

Austin-Travis County is currently in Stage 5 of the COVID-19 risk-based guidelines. As conditions surrounding the pandemic evolve, Lake Travis ISD officials continue to closely monitor the Coronavirus and its impact in our schools. Learn more about the District's reporting dashboard, measures to mitigate spread, instructional models for students, and the latest on vaccines.

January is School Board Recognition Month

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With the theme ‘Navigating to Success,’ the Lake Travis Independent School District joins the Texas Association of School Boards and other districts across the state to recognize and thank school trustees for their service throughout January 2021 as part of School Board Recognition Month. Learn more.

District begins 1:1 Chromebook distribution at Lake Travis High School

In order to best support the long-term stability of technology resources for all learners, we are excited to announce the acceleration of our device replacement program for secondary students. Supported by the District’s 2018 bond, the Lake Travis school board recently approved the purchase of more than $2.4 million in Chromebooks. The acquisition of these larger, more powerful devices will allow for a 1:1 distribution at our secondary schools starting with Lake Travis High School. Previously-issued devices to high school students will be reclaimed and redistributed to middle school students later this year. Learn more.

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Students not required to make up January 11 "snow day"

January 10, 2021 will be one for the Lake Travis record book. According to local meteorologists, snowfall accumulations were estimated to be between 1.5 and 2.5 inches throughout Lakeway and Bee Cave, with other areas having received much more snow. Out of the utmost concern for staff and student safety, and in consultation with City of Austin/Travis County emergency management representatives, local meteorologists and area school leaders all who warned against a potentially hazardous morning commute, Superintendent Paul Norton cancelled classes districtwide for Monday, January 11. This included both in-person and remote learning for all staff and students.

LTISD will use one of its two designated Bad Weather Days on the current 2020-2021 Instructional Calendar. Because the District has banked sufficient instructional minutes, students will not be required to make up the snow day.

Spring Enrichment registration closing soon

Online registration in our Spring 2021 Elementary After School Enrichment Program is currently open. All courses will be conducted IN PERSON this spring. Students in grades K-5 may choose from art, cooking, Kardivas, sports, STEM and other exciting opportunities.

Regular registration ends at noon, Monday, January 18.

Classes begin February 1. Learn more.

Board approves creation of Lake Travis ISD police department

During its regular meeting in December, the Lake Travis school board unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing Superintendent Paul Norton to establish the District's own police force.

"As we look at the future of our District’s security personnel for 2021 and beyond, we have determined—given our size and continued growth—that the establishment of a school district police department is in our best interest," said Mr. Norton. "We believe that a comprehensive Lake Travis ISD-based police department, whose jurisdiction would encompass all territory within our school boundaries, will enhance the safety and security of the entire District. Aside from day-to-day operations and matters of emergency response, employing our own officers creates new opportunities and additional support for student services, traffic safety, and staffing of special events across our schools." Learn more.

Board approves 2021-2022 Instructional Calendar

The Lake Travis school board approved the District's 2021-2022 Instructional Calendar during its regular meeting in December.

According to the calendar, the first day of instruction will be Wednesday, August 18, 2021 and the last day of instruction will be Friday, May 27, 2022. Ending the year in May allows more time for instructional planning, summer school and recreational camps for students, and enrollment in college summer sessions.

The 2021-2022 instructional calendar is available on the District's website and on each school website (listed under ‘Calendars’).

LTHS student-athletes sign letters of intent

Last month, six Lake Travis High School student-athletes signed letters of intent to play football at the collegiate level:

Marcelo Alanis - University of Chicago

Kade Carnes - Washington University in St. Louis

Nathan Ellisor - Texas Christian University

Lake McRee - University of Southern California

Weston Stephens - Sam Houston State University

Nate Yarnell - University Pittsburgh

Watch the signings in the video below posted on the Lake Travis High School Football Facebook page:

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First round of Leading with Heart recipients recognized

District employees Amy Lippa, Kristen Reilly, Sue Arminio and Vanessa Malone are the first ever recipients of the LT Leading With Heart Award recognizing outstanding service and leadership.

Superintendent Paul Norton and senior staff recognized the four ladies December 17-18 in person as part of the District's newest employee appreciation program. In addition to being recognized in the presence of their colleagues, award recipients received a custom pin and Yeti tumbler, as well as a gift card from program sponsor All Star Burger. The award recipients will also be featured on District/campus websites, publications, and social media platforms. Recipients may also receive additional recognition by the local news media.

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Fifth cohort of the District's Future Administrator Leadership Academy recognized

The Lake Travis school board is pleased to recognize the fifth cohort of the District's Future Administrator Leadership Academy (FALA). The purpose of the academy is to develop leadership capacity by providing quality professional learning experiences facilitated by senior staff in a collaborative and supportive environment. The 2020-2021 FALA participants include (pictured left to right): Melanie Naquin, Lake Travis High School; Mason Whitfield, Lake Travis High School and Julianne Jenkerson, Lake Travis Elementary School.
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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 11 campuses serving more than 11,000 students.