Lago Vista High School News!

A newsletter for the parents, students, and staff of LVHS!

May 13, 2016

What's been happening?!

Last Call for Saturday schools!

The last two Saturday schools of the year are quickly approaching! Students who have missed more than 10% of a class MUST attend Saturday school in order to make up the excessive absences. If they don't earn back the time, they won't receive credit for the class (even if they have passing grades). Your student received a reminder from the front office yesterday if they are required to attend.

Saturday schools are May 14 and 21 from 8:30-12:30. Students should meet at the front entrance no later than 8:30.

It's Time to Have the Talk.

You don’t have to be an expert on texting, Instagram, Minecraft -- or whatever else your kids are into -- to have The Talk.

Start by reading up on what’s going on in your kids’ world. Ask them to show you what they like online, and why. Make sure to listen :) Then, express a few basic expectations, with the understanding that this isn’t a one-and-done kind of chat. Good luck (you’ll be fine)!

Here are the 5 basics to cover during The Talk:

1. Be kind. Try to instill a sense of empathy in your kids. Remember: there’s someone else on the other side of the screen. Post constructive comments, and avoid getting into flame wars with trolls.

Ask: What kind of positive behavior do you see online?

2. Keep private things private. Talk about what’s OK for kids to share online and what’s not. Don’t broadcast your location, send photos to strangers, or share passwords with friends.

Ask: What kind of information can be unsafe to share, and what’s fair game?

3. Don’t believe everything you see. Just because it’s online doesn’t make it true. Not everybody is who they say they are. Use reputable sources. Learn to recognize red flags.

Ask: How can you tell what’s a reliable source of information? What are some signs something’s a scam?

4. Don’t overshare. Think before you post. Use privacy settings. Encourage kids to pause before they act.

Ask: What are some questions you can ask yourself before you share something online? Have you ever regretted something you’ve posted or said online?

5. Stand up for others. If someone’s getting bullied or picked on, speak up, report it, or reach out. Give kids tools to use in a crisis.

Ask: If someone was being mean to you online, what would you want your friends to do? Do you know how to flag or report bullying on a social network or in a multiplayer game?

The preceding was taken from (an awesome resource!).

Responsible use of technology is a must in this day and age and the consequences for inappropriate use can be costly and life-changing. Take the time to support positive digital citizenship with your son or daughter!

Congrats new National Honor Society Members!

Reed, Luke

Grassick, Arysun

Wallace, Alysity

Els, Michael

Beall, Erin

Bryson, Moe

Camacho, Sandra

Coleman, Lindsay

Dannelley, Ila

Day, Maryl

Emanuel, Tyler

Emery, Jacquelyn

Goins, Kate

Heggem, Sofia

Heggem, Thira

Hurley, Jake

Jiles, Devin

Nichols, Abby

Northcutt, Hailey

Roach, Anna

Sanchez, Shelby

Schneider, Aiden

Smith, Daniel

Tuggle, Cameron

Velayos, Mia

Vincent, Brianna

Warren, Hazel

If you missed Curriculum Night or the 8th grade transition meeting:

Counselor's Corner

Special Announcements for Class of 2016:

  • Caps & Gowns were​ delivered during lunches on Friday, May 6.

    ​ If your student did not pick up their cap & gown on Friday, they can pick them up in Mrs. Slaughter's office this week.

  • Class of 2016 Blue & Gold Awards Ceremony will be held on May 23, 6:30pm, in the PAC.
  • What is your TSI status? The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) applies to all new college students. If you do not know the answer to this question, check with your college admissions counselor or see Mrs. Slaughter this week!

The TSI requires all entering college students to be assessed for college readiness in reading, mathematics and writing unless the student qualifies for an exemption. Each student who fails to meet the minimum passing standard of the exam offered by the institution must be placed in a developmental education program designed to help the student achieve college readiness.

Summer and Fall ACC classes for Sophomores and Juniors!

Is your student interested in enrolling in Dual Credit Classes offered by Austin Community College? This is a great way to save time and money by earning college credit while also earning required high school credits! Our ACC Dual Credit Advisor spoke with all sophomores

​in March​ to review the process for enrollment.

Completed co-enrollment forms must be turned in by Thursday, May 19​ (new date)!

We have postponed the advising session hoping students will be able to use their English II STAAR EOC scores for their TSI assessment. Students must be able to document that they are ready for college level classes. ​

See the following link for enrollment steps:

PLEASE check with your student about what courses they are interested in taking and review the enrollment steps with them. Also check the LVHS Course Guide for more information about the dual credit courses we offer. I am happy to help with this process!

UIL Academics Field Trip and Awards Ceremony!

On Friday, May 20 there will be an UIL Awards Ceremony honoring all UIL Speech, Academics, One Act Play, and VASE students in the PAC. After the ceremony, students are heading to Main Event to celebrate their accomplishments. It will cost each student $18.95. Money and permission slips are due on Friday, May 13.

Semester Exam Schedule - updated!!

Seniors take all their exams the first two days of testing. We have full days on Friday and Tuesday and early release on Wednesday and Thursday:

Friday, 5/27 (B day): Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors - 6th and 8th period exams

Seniors - 1st, 6th, 7th, and 8th period exams

Monday, 5/30 - HOLIDAY (Memorial Day)

Tuesday, 5/31 - (A day): Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors - 4th and 5th period exams

Seniors take 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th period exams

Wednesday, 6/1 (B Day): Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors - 1st and 7th period exams; 1st period will be from 8:15-9:45; 6th period will be from 9:50 - 10:55, 7th period will be from 11 - 12:30 (all students go to class from 11-12:30 so lunch for all at 12:30 - 99% of students will go home - EARLY RELEASE at 12:30)

Seniors - Senior trip at Austin Parks and Pizza

Thursday, 6/2 (A Day): Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors - 2nd and 3rd periods (all students go to class from 11-12:30 so lunch for all at 12:30 - 99% of students will go home - EARLY RELEASE at 12:30)

Seniors - Graduation practice at 9:45 am in the HS gym

Friday, 6/3 - Graduation is at 6:00 in the LVHS gym.

iPad pre-collection dates!

Next Wednesday, May 18, we will be conducting a pre-collection inventory on iPads and equipment. It is important that your student bring their iPad in the case, both parts of the charger, and the cover to school on that day.

If your student is missing any of these parts, we will be sending a letter home informing you of what is missing and the charges associated with the equipment. These fees will be due by the end of the school year.

Graduation Details!

The Class of 2016 will graduate in the LVHS gymnasium at 6:00 pm, on Friday, June 3, 2016. Doors will open at 5:00 pm. We will be live-streaming the event in the LVHS cafeteria for those with small children, those who do not want to navigate the stands, or those who arrive late.

So much going on this month!

Check out all of it by going to and clicking on the "May at a Glance" in the scrolling list on the right!

Attendance - Things you need to know!

Spring is the time of the year when absences start to pile up. Be sure you are aware of the consequences for your student missing too much school:

3 or more unexcused absences in a 4 week period - warning letter sent home.

7 or more unexcused absences in a 6-month period - warning letter sent home and Behavior Intervention Plan meeting called with the parents, student, and assistant principal.

10 or more unexcused absences in a 6 month period - truancy charges are filed. Parent, student and school administrator will be summoned to appear in truancy court.

Our campus goal is to reach 96% attendance each day. If a student is at school at 10:00 am (2nd/6th period attendance times), we receive funding for that student for that day. If they are not, we do not receive funding. For this reason, we ask that you plan all non-medical absences from school for times after 10:00 am.

Weird, but true, attendance fact: If your student is present for any part of the school day and leaves for a medical appointment, they won't get counted absent for that day as long as they bring a note. If they are absent for the entire day for a doctor's appointment, they will be counted absent.

Thanks for your support!

Every Wednesday is College Day! Encourage your students to dress in their favorite college's gear!

Whom do I talk to about...

Attendance - including absences, doctor's notes, students needing to leave school early : Our attendance clerk,, 512-267-8300, extension 5500

Registration, Transcripts: Our registrar,, 512-267-8300, extension 5503

Student Emotional Support, College Readiness, Student Schedules: Our counselor,, 512-267-8300, extension 5500

Student Discipline, Ideas for School Improvement: Our assistant principal, or principal,, 512-267-8300, extension 5500

Bell Schedule!

A Day

8:15 – 9:05 : 1st period

9:10 – 10:55 : 2nd period

11:00 – 12:30 : 3rd period (lunch from 12:30 – 1:00)


11:30 – 1:00 : 3rd period (lunch from 10:55 – 11:25)

1:05 – 2:35 : 4th period

2:40 – 3:30 : 5th period

B Day

8:15 – 9:05 : 1st period

9:10 – 10:55 : 6th period

11:00 – 12:30 : 7th period (lunch from 12:30 – 1:00)


11:30 – 1:00 : 7th period (lunch from 10:55 – 11:25)

1:05 – 2:35 : 8th period

2:40 – 3:30 : 5th period

First and fifth periods are 50 minute classes that meet everyday. Periods 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 are 90 minute periods that meet every other day.