The Buccaneer Bulletin

Back-to-School Principal Newsletter - July 28, 2022

Buccaneer Families,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! I am thrilled to welcome new and returning Buccaneers to another outstanding year of learning together. This year, we look forward to hosting back-to-school events to help your middle schooler become acclimated with our campus, make some new friends, and explore their learning environment. Below are some important events and details to help the start of the school year run smoothly for your student.

Here at HBMS, we are P.R.O.U.D. to embrace the following principals to guide our learning and relationships:

P - Productive

R - Respectful

O - Outstanding

U - Unified

D - Daring

We will be going over many things at the beginning of the year with your student, but the most important thing is to make sure they feel valued, supported, and encouraged during their time with us at HBMS. Relationships matter most and in order to be successful, every child must know how much we care about their success.

HBMS families can look forward to partnering with incredibly talented and compassionate teachers to guide our students towards success this school year. Together, we will celebrate community, embrace challenges as opportunities for growth, and prepare our students for the future.

We look forward to seeing you all soon. Stay tuned for more weekly updates and enjoy these last few weeks of summer.

Go Bucs!


Laura Keogh, Principal

Coming Up at the Bend...

8/11: Buc Games from 8:30-11 am

8/11: Buc Bash from 1:30-4:30 pm

8/15: Open House from 4:30-6 pm

8/16: 1st Day of School

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Buc Games

Thursday, August 11th from 8:30-11 am
  • Click here to register your 6th grade student for Buc Games.
  • This is a special event for our incoming 6th grade students only!
  • This is a social event for students to meet new friends and get a sneak peek at the campus before school starts.
  • Students will tour the campus, play team building games, learn how to open a lock, and much more!
  • Front doors will open at 8:15 am for drop off. Pick up is at 11 am.
  • This is a student-only event. Parents are welcome to drop off and pick up only for this event. Parents and students are both welcome to attend Buc Bash later in the afternoon.
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Buc Bash

Thursday, August 11th from 1:30-4:30 pm
  • All students and families are welcome to attend this event.
  • Students and families may tour the building, find their locker, walk their classes, and so much more!
  • Regarding student schedules, please know that schedules in Schoology are not accurate. Our counselors are still hard at work finalizing schedules and leveling classes. Official schedules will be posted in Skyward and available on the evening of August 10th.
  • Meet your HBMS PTO and add your name to the volunteer list.
  • Purchase school spirit wear. This is the only time of the year PTO sells spirit wear in person. Otherwise you can purchase it online throughout the year.
  • Visit with representatives from Food and Nutrition Services, Transportation, etc.
  • This is an important day for kids and parents to familiarize themselves with the building and meet the administration.
  • Bring "bulk item" school supplies that are to be donated to the school at this time.
  • This is not a meet-the-teacher event. Teachers will be working hard in their classrooms to prepare for school to start the following week.

Suggested Times:

6th Grade: 1:30-2:30 pm

7th Grade: 2:30-3:30 pm

8th Grade: 3:30-4:30 pm

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Open House for Families

Monday, August 15th from 4:30-6 pm

  • Out of consideration for families who cannot attend Buc Bash, we will host an Open House of families on the evening of August 15th.
  • Families can walk around the school on a self-guided tour.
  • Walk your student's schedule and locate his/her locker.
  • Student schedules will be available in Skyward. Printed copies of schedules will not be provided.
  • Staff will not be available during this time. It is simply an opportunity for families and students to walk schedules and tour the campus.

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Beginning of the Year Packet, Additional Forms Now Available in Skyward Family Access

Please note, returning students are automatically enrolled for the coming year. Please follow the directions below, based on whether you have a returning or new student.

If you are the parent/guardian of a RETURNING STUDENT:

Please complete the following Beginning of Year Packet which includes:

  • Student Demographic Verification
  • Student Handbook Acknowledgement
  • Student Directory Information Notice (FERPA)
  • Chromebook Acceptance Form
  • Additional Forms Acknowledgement

Please complete the following forms, if applicable:

  • Emergency Contact Additions and Updates
  • Address Update
  • Food & Nutrition Services (must be completed annually)
  • Bus Registration (must be completed annually)
  • Default Dismissal Manager (for elementary students only)
  • Texas Migrant Education Program
  • Student Health Information

If you are the parent/guardian of NEW STUDENT:

Please complete the following forms, if applicable:

  • Emergency Contact Additions and Updates
  • Address Update
  • Food & Nutrition Services (must be completed annually)
  • Bus Registration (must be completed annually)
  • Default Dismissal Manager (for elementary students only)
  • Texas Migrant Education Program
  • Student Health Information

All forms are available in Skyward Family Access. Should you need assistance with your account, please contact the Lake Travis ISD HelpDesk at

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Athletic Clothing

Boys/girls in athletics will pick up their athletic clothing at Round Up that they ordered online before the end of school. If you are unable to attend Buccaneer Round Up, you will receive your clothing on the first day of school.

PE/Pre-Athletics Clothing

PE/Pre-Athletics clothing will not be handed out at Round Up. The PE/Pre-Athletics uniform store will open on August 1st and close on August 21st. Parents will receive email communication from Coach Kuehler when the store is open for purchases.

Athletics Parent Meeting

Wednesday, August 10th at 6 pm in the Big Gym.

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Chromebook Distribution

Incoming 6th Graders and New Students 7th and 8th

These students will will receive their Chromebooks and power cords during the first week of school. They will not be expected to have a computer at school before these are issued.

Returning 7th & 8th Graders

These students will keep their District-Issued Chromebook over the summer and will be expected to bring these with them in August for the 2022-2023 school year.

View the LTISD Chromebook Handbook here. We highly recommend purchasing the LTShield Chromebook protection plan.

If you have any further questions regarding technology support, feel free to reach out directly to any of the following:

Tech Depot Technician: John Munoz

Technology Helpdesk: or call 512-533-6565

HBMS Librarian: Caitlin Hooker

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School Hours

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LTISD Bus Information

Bus routes for the 2022-2023 school year will be available in Transfinder, an independent web-based boundary and routing system closer to the start of school. Please note, some routes and pick-up and drop-off times have been adjusted from the previous school year. More information will be released directly from the transportation department regarding routes at a later date. Late buses (leaving at 5:10) will not be offered this year due to limited driver availability.

Also, did you know that you can receive alerts regarding arrival times, delays and other updates regarding our transportation services? To do so, be sure to create an account in our SMART tag Parent Portal.

If your child will be riding the bus this school year and you have yet to enroll in transportation services, you may request services by selecting the 'Bus Registration Form’ in Skyward Family Access. Additionally, if your contact information is not updated in Skyward Family Access, our Transportation Department will not be able to correctly identify your child’s bus route. Be sure to visit the Transportation Department web page for additional resources.

We look forward to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for students who will be riding our school buses this year.


We will provide an exceptional educational experience for your child, but he/she must be here on time and stay all day for us to do so. The entire school day is needed to deliver the full instructional program.

Arrive before 8:50 and stay until 4:10 every day. If your student is arriving late or leaving early, they may only do so through the Main Office.

However, they can’t learn if they are ill, and others will miss learning opportunities if your child is contagious. Do not send your child to school if he/she:

  • Is under doctor’s orders to stay home.
  • Has had fever over 100 degrees within the last 24 hours.
  • Has had diarrhea in the last 24 hours.
  • Has pink eye.

Otherwise, we encourage you to send your child to school. If he/she is not well enough to stay the entire day, the nurse will send him/her home.

When you take your student to the doctor, please provide a doctor’s or dentist's note stating they had an appointment. Please submit all doctor's notes or reports of illness to our Attendance Clerk, Carmen Cruz.

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Health Information

Prescription and Non-Prescription Drugs

  • Must be dropped off and picked up by a parent/guardian in the health office.
  • Must be in the original container, unexpired..
  • Parent or guardian must complete and sign the “Request for Medication Administration” form, found HERE
  • Physician signature required for: prescription given more than 10 school days; nonprescription given more than 5 consecutive days or at a higher than labeled dose.
  • Must remain in the health office, not with the student (except for asthma medication and epi-pens with written permission signed by the physician).

Immunization Information

  • Texas Law requires all students to be current with their immunizations or have an up-to-date exemption form on file with the school nurse prior to the first day of school. These records must be in the nurse’s office by August 10th to ensure your student will receive their schedule of classes. Any student whose immunization records are incomplete or who does not have an exemption on file with the school nurse will not be allowed to attend classes on the first day of school.
  • Entry into 7th grade requires proof that your student has received the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines.
  • All new students enrolling must complete registration with all required documents and immunizations. This must be submitted before the first day of school. Nurse Meyerhofer will contact you for any missing immunizations.

Special Health Conditions

  • If your child has a severe allergy, asthma, other chronic medical condition, or requires medication at school please notify Nurse Meyerhofer, so she can create a plan before school begins.
  • Immunization records and emergency care plans may be faxed to 512-533-6414, or scanned and attached to email at

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

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Morning Drop Off

Car Rider Drop Off

  • All HBMS students (grades 6-8) are to be dropped off at the Main Entrance in the front of the school illustrated by the Green route on the map.
  • The Primary entrance is best for cars entering from 620.
  • The Secondary entrance is best for cars entering from the Apache Shores area, as they cannot turn left into the primary entrance from General Williamson.
  • Parents, as you curb at the front entrance, please pull as far forward as possible in order to allow as many vehicles into the front loop at one time.

We have learned that groups of cars arrive in groups due to the light, so pulling forward prevents a backup of cars. Please, DO NOT drop your student off in the faculty and visitor parking lot. HBMS does not have staff available in the morning to monitor the crosswalk for safety.

Thank you for your cooperation in this process and keeping students safe in the morning.

Additional Information:

  • Please have your child/children ready to exit the car prior to entering the drive.
  • Pull all the way up to the cone that is furthest forward in a single line near the sidewalk to drop off your child/children.
  • Allow your child to exit anywhere on the sidewalk, rather than waiting until you are directly in front of the doors.
  • Stay in your vehicle once you enter either drive, just as your would at the airport.
  • Please allow enough time for morning traffic (especially on rainy days).
  • All car riders should be dropped off from the car rider lane only.
  • For the safety of your child, do not let your child exit your car and walk between parked vehicles, as this is not a safe option.
  • The car loops are one way at all times, both morning and afternoon.
  • Being on time allows your child to begin their school day without feeling rushed. It is also important to model being on time.

Other Transportation Options

  • Walkers and bicycle riders will enter the building through the back doors across from the tennis courts.
  • Bus riders will be dropped off at the back entrance by the café.

Afternoon Dismissal

There are 4 dismissal options:

  • Bus Riders
  • Car Riders
  • Walkers
  • Bike Riders

Bus Riders

  • ONLY buses pick up at the back of the school building.
  • Please do not enter the bus lane at the back of the school.
  • Bus riders will exit the back doors of the main hallway.
  • Buses will transport ONLY eligible riders with SMART tags ready upon entry.

Car Riders

  • All car riders will be picked up at the main front entrance.
  • The Primary and Secondary entrances for cars are the same as morning drop-off.
  • The Primary entrance is best for cars entering from 620.
  • The Secondary entrance is best for cars entering from the Apache Shores area, as they cannot turn left into the primary entrance from General Williamson.

  • Cars will be directed into both lanes of the loading zone.
  • Please pull as far forward as possible to the furthest forward cone and do not leave a large gap between you and the vehicle in front. This will allow us room to get many cars in each lane at a time.
  • The car zones are designated as “Inner” and “Outer”, and will fill in simultaneously, but be released one at a time by supervising staff members.

  • Students are to watch for their car and move down the sidewalk anticipating where they will stop.
  • When given the “load up” direction by staff members, because all cars in the Loading Zones have stopped and are in Park, students can then load up.
  • When all cars are loaded and the staff gives the “thumbs up”, the zones will be released one at a time.
  • Shortly after these zones are released, staff members will let the next set of cars enter the Loading Zones and we will do it all again.
  • The first group of cars is usually released about 4 minutes after the dismissal bell (4:14pm) and each group after that takes about 1 minute.
  • Working together with the number of cars that are coming through, we should be sending the last group out at approximately 4:25pm.

Please communicate with your students to make sure that they are watching for you in order to move to where you will stop. This way we do not have to call out names which slows up the process. We will send groups without students if all other cars are loaded.

Thanks for your cooperation in making this process safe and efficient.

Walkers and Bike Riders

  • Exit out of the back doors. Please be aware of cars and buses, as there is no crossing guard.

Please view the map above for further explanation of the dismissal process.
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Cafeteria Account

  • Online meal pre-payments can take up to 24 hours to process.
  • The My School Bucks service charges a convenience fee of $2.75 for online credit card deposits up to $240.00 (as of 7/16/2021).
  • The overall convenience fee for the max credit card deposit is 1%.
  • Free pre-payments are accepted in cash or check at your campus café.
  • For proper account credit, cash or check pre-payments must be in a labeled envelope with student ID# and full name. Checks should be made payable to "LTISD."
  • If you deposit money at your school café, the money is immediately available for students at the campus only. It is available district-wide the following business day.
  • Students will not be allowed to purchase snacks or a la carte items without a positive balance in their lunch account.
  • Chick-Fil-A sandwiches will be served once a week. Students must have a positive balance in their account in order to purchase this item.
  • You may sign up for My School Bucks or download the free app to utilize transaction history and other features.
  • It is suggested that all students have an account with a few days’ credit on it in case lunches or money are misplaced or forgotten.
  • Student balances from the previous year will be rolled over to the new school year.
  • For our online menus and prices, please visit Nutrislice or download the Nutrislice app.
  • The Federal Lunch Program Forms are available online.
  • Please visit MySchoolBucks Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • For more information, call 512-533-6037 or email
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Dress Code & Items That Do Not Belong in School

District Dress Code Prohibits the Following:

  • Exposed undergarments, chest, midriff, or buttocks
  • Crop tops, strapless tops, halter tops, backless tops, and shirts with spaghetti straps
  • Shorts, skirts, or dresses that expose any undergarments or private areas of the body
  • Clothing advertising tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, violence, or material that is offensive
  • Spandex or form-fitting attire that does not cover buttocks
  • Pajamas or other bedtime attire (unless for a "dress up day" approved by principal)
  • Hats inside the building (unless for a "dress up day" approved by principal)

Items That Do Not Belong at School:

  • Weapons, including pocket knives
  • Tobacco, tobacco products, and electronic cigarettes
  • Drugs, alcohol, or drug paraphernalia
  • Skateboards, rollerblades, or shoes with wheels

Wearing school-issued Smart Tag ID card on a lanyard is an expected part of the dress code. Students must wear their ID card over the front of their clothing (not on their backpack) and must have this to purchase lunch, check out library books and get assistance at the Tech Depot. This is critical to the safety and security of our building. All staff and students must wear their IDs during the school day. We appreciate your assistance reminding your students of this important requirement. Should they lose their badge or need a replacement, these can be purchased at the front desk anytime during the school day or before school.

For a more detailed list, see the LTISD Secondary Student/Parent Handbook.

SMART Tag: Student ID Badges Required for All Secondary Students

All students now receive an ID badge upon return to in-person learning on campus. Secondary students will be required to wear their ID badge throughout the school day in accordance with the LTISD Secondary Student/Parent Handbook.

Please help remind your students to wear their badge each day to school. They will be directed to the front office upon arrival if they forget, but this takes time out of their instructional day which impacts learning. We appreciate your support in reminding students of these new requirements!

Aside from student identification, the badge will also support automation and increase the efficiency of key services in a contact-less manner including bus ridership, elementary dismissal, library book and technology device checkout, school meals, and our Extended Care after school program. Only the student’s photo, name and associated barcode will be printed on the ID badge. No other information will be stored on the badge, nor will badges be used to track a student’s location.

The SMART tag system also offers a secure Parent Portal where parents and guardians can manage notifications and alerts regarding transportation services and student dismissal changes. To access an existing SMART tag account, or to register a new account, visit the SMART tag Parent Portal.

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Visitors & Deliveries

It is our priority to keep students and staff safe and focused on high quality education. Therefore, we respectfully request that all visitors sign-in at the office upon entering through the front doors and wear a visitor’s badge while in the building. The badge verifies that you have checked in the office, presented proper identification and made clear the purpose for your visit. In addition, you must have a pre-scheduled meeting with your child's teacher in order to have a parent-teacher conference.

For the first two weeks of school, we will not have visitors for lunch. This allows students time to adjust to school procedures as well as build relationships with classmates.

Deliveries of forgotten items to students should be limited, so that important instructional time is not interrupted. Parents needing to drop off a lunch or other school items to their child will be able to do so by dropping the labeled item(s) in the Main Office. Items will be delivered to the students as soon as possible. We do not allow lunch deliveries from outside vendors (Grub Hub, Uber Eats, Door Dash etc.).

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Summer Reading Lists

Students in all three grade levels have been assigned required summer reading texts. Note that Honors and On-Level students have a different number of required texts.

HBMS Leadership Team

While our campus leadership team works collaboratively with all students and teachers, the following information should help you reach the appropriate administrator or counselor for your child's grade level should a question or concern arise. We are committed to serving our students and appreciate the opportunity to work together with families to support our learners.


Laura Keogh

6th Grade

Assistant Principal: Matt Holley

Counselor: Dana Page

7th Grade

Assistant Principal: Brian Gill

Counselor: JoAnn Bryan

8th Grade

Assistant Principal: Cristy Castanares

Counselor: Surita Scholla

Miss a Newsletter?

Stay up-to-date with campus events and activities by reading the weekly Buccaneer Bulletin. If you missed one, head over to the HBMS website under the principal page to view current and past newsletters. Feel free to share these newsletters with friends and family.

Please note that The Buccaneer Bulletin is sent to the email addresses you have listed in Skyward Family Access. If you are not receiving weekly newsletters, please verify that your information is correct in Skyward or reach out to our registrar, Tami Gonzalez, at for further assistance.