Lytle Junior High
The Pirate's Log
The beginning of this academic year was met with a mix of excitement and apprehension. Adjusting to new routines and schedules can be a daunting task, especially after a long summer break. However, I'm delighted to report that our students have been doing exceptionally well in acclimating to their new school routines. This is a testament to the excellent support and guidance provided by our LJH staff. It's heartening to see how our students have been adapting and getting comfortable with their new schedules.
One of the aspects that have contributed significantly to your children's positive adjustment is the opportunity to explore elective classes. It's inspiring to see them engage in creative activities, discovering new talents, and broadening their horizons beyond the core curriculum. Depending on the grade level, we offer many electives from CCMR, AVID, Tech Apps, Floral Design, Principles of Ag, Art, Leadworthy, Health, Smart Lab, Spanish, Band, and Athletics. Ask your child about the electives they are enjoying.
We are in our 3rd year of implementing High-Quality Instructional Materials (HQIM) in math and reading, and it has been a positive change. Our students are not only adapting to these new methods but are also showing visible progress in their understanding of these subjects. HQIM has proven to be an effective tool in fostering a deeper comprehension of math and reading concepts, and we are thrilled to witness our children benefit from it.
As parents, we greatly appreciate the transparency and communication from the school, which has helped us stay informed about our children's progress and the school's initiatives. Please read some important changes and handbook policies below.
As always, if you have any questions please reach out to our office at 709-5115.
At the end of August, parents received an email from Unite GPS, which is the system we use so that students can swipe their badges to get on and off of the bus. The system also helps us track when students arrive to their destination. It truly is a great safety feature for our students so please read the email and set up your account following the instructions provided in the email.
Successful Fire Drill
On August 24th we held our first fire drill of the year. Students new the procedures, followed their teachers’ instructions and responded quickly. Running our drills as if they were real events helps students and staff be prepared to respond the same way in the case of a real incident.
Hello parents and welcome to what we anticipate to be a wonderful year at Lytle JH. This month all our students will take their first MAP test of the year. The results allow teachers to tailor the work they do in the classroom to fit the needs of our students. You will be receiving their scores shortly after the testing dates, in a report titled “Family Report.”
On the family report you will see two areas that we currently test, Math and Reading. The achievement will tell you where your student falls compared to other students nationally while the growth will show how your student has grown over their academic years. The reports are used by our teachers to help support their students in the classroom, but this report can also provide insight on how your student is performing through assessments. As always, if you have questions about MAP after receiving the family scores, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Know your student portal login information
Learn how to email
ASK if you are unsure
Its okay not to be okay
Remember everyone makes mistakes.
Reach out to someone if you need help
Get lots of rest
Take mental breaks to stay fresh
Use a planner/organizer to track activities
Stay away from social media
Have a conversation with a new student
Know who is in your friend circle
AARGH YOU IN THE KNOW?
HB114: Beginning September 1st, students who are in possession or use a vape, will result in a DAEP placement. See our handbook excerpt here:
Mandatory Placement: Misconduct That Requires DAEP Placement
- A student must be placed in a DAEP if the student:
- Commits the following offenses on school property, within 300 feet of school property as
measured from any point on the school’s real property boundary line, or while attending a
school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property:
- Sells, gives, or delivers to another person or possesses or uses an e-cigarette.
504 meetings will now be held for all 6th graders and new to LJH students who are currently in the 504 program. All students had a 504 meeting last year. We are now moving to a three-year cycle.
Please know any member of the 504 committee can call a 504 meeting to consider revisions or new information at any time.
Communication: Please allow at least 24 hours for a teacher to respond to your emails and phone calls and respect our staffs' personal time for their families.
Cell Phones: Please do not text or call your child while they are in class. Students are not allowed to use their phones during class unless for instructional purposes. Students not following this rule, will result in their phone being confiscated and taken to the office.
Per our student handbook: If a student uses a telecommunications device without authorization during the school day, the device will be confiscated. The student or parent may pick up the confiscated telecommunications device from the principal’s office.
● 1st offense - Confiscation of device and returned with warning.
● All subsequent offenses - Confiscation of device and $15 fee that must be paid prior to the
return of the device.
Students are allowed to use their phones during lunch or go to the office to use the school's phone. If you need to reach your child during school hours, best practice would be to call the office and leave a message.
Lytle Junior High will be hosting the Fall '23 UIL Meet on December 2nd. There are multiple events for students to join including art, writing, listening, music, one act play, science, social studies, and spelling. We will begin holding practices and try-outs soon. Please encourage your child to join a UIL team.
LJH Teacher Spotlight
Mr. Chad Crosby
Junior High Life
A Look Ahead
- 9/2 Cross Country Patriots Meet
- 9/4 Holiday: Labor Day
- 9/7 Volleyball vs Crystal City
- Football vs Navarro
- 9/8 Progress Report #1
- 9/9 Cross Country Bandera Meet
- 9/11 Volleyball vs Hondo
- 9/12 Map testing (Math)
- 9/13 Map testing (Reading)
- 9/14 Football vs Natalia
- 9/18 Volleyball vs Dilley
- 9/19 Talk like a Pirate Day (Dress in your best pirate gear)
- 9/20 Early Release @1
- 9/21Football vs Pearsall
- 9/23 Cross Country Soldier River City Meet
- 9/25 Volleyball vs Cotulla
- 9/30 Cross Country Poth Meet