Edition VII, September 29
Texas History students learned about Mexico wanting independence from Spain and settling in early Texas.
8th Grade Leadership students took a turn this week teaching the class. This lesson was about recovering from adversity and how to have a positive mindset.
Taxation without Representation
8th Grade US History students got a lesson in Taxation without Representation and the frustrations the colonies had dealing with England.
1) The dance is from 6:30 - 9:00. Students cannot stay at school until the dance starts! Also - it's a Friday night for our teachers - the dance ENDS AT 9:00(Not 9:15...not 9:30...or 10:00).
2) Pick up is either in front of Viking Hall OR in front of the Intermediate School. Because it will be dark, students must be picked up in one of these locations - they cannot walk to a car parked somewhere else.
3) The dance is for student enrolled in Lago Vista Middle School only.
4) This is a school event - so school dress code still applies. We also know it's a dance, so the students may be dressing up. We just ask for modesty and no Halloween costumes!
5) The theme for the dance is, "Have fun!" There are rumors of 70's theme, Halloween theme, 80's theme...we just want the students to have fun!
6) Tickets are $5 dollars and can be purchased at the door.
2023-2024 Lago Vista Middle School Yearbooks on sale NOW!
Order yours today for only $30.00, $35.00 with name. Price will increase on 11/30/23! Buy now for the best rate. Ads are also available at this time. This is a wonderful opportunity for family and friends to show their support for your child. Space is limited, package descriptions available online. Thank you for your support to the yearbook program.
Information About VATRE
The Lago Vista ISD Board of Trustees approved a resolution calling for a November Voter Approval Tax Rate Election (VATRE) to generate additional revenue for salary increases and safety and security measures. This resolution follows months of deliberation by the Board of Trustees and the approval of the 2023-2024 budget. The General Election, for the purpose of electing a school district trustee to Place 4 and the VATRE, will take place on November 7, 2023.
Join us at one of the following public meetings in the PAC at LV High School to learn more about the VATRE.
- Wednesday, October 11 - 7:00pm (Candidates Night)
- Tuesday, October 17 - 6:30pm
- Thursday, October 19 - 6:30pm
- Monday, October 23 - 6:30pm
- Wednesday, November 1 - 6:30pm
Attention LVHS & LVMS Parents! Did you sign up for the LVISD Optional Accidental Damage & Theft Coverage for your student's device?
The cost is $50 for an individual student, or $75 for households with multiple students. Please visit www.myschoolbucks.com to pay for your student's coverage prior to November 1st.
Note: Students in grades PK-5 will not have self-managed devices this year, so coverage is only needed for students in grades 6-12.
If you have any questions, please contact our Technology Department at email@example.com.
Thank you to our Parent Volunteers!
The Keurig has been a HUGE hit with our teachers - we appreciate it so much! If you're interested in helping out - please read below!
Hello Parents and Guardians:
We are actively forming a parent volunteer group to help support the teachers, staff, and
students at Lago Vista Middle School. As a parent, there are a number of ways you can help out
and be involved at middle school:
● Teacher Supply Drive
● Monthly Staff Appreciation Luncheons
● Stock the Teachers Lounge
● Pies for Thanksgiving
● Holiday Goodies
● And More
If you are interested in joining a group of parents to volunteer at the middle school, please
complete the form Here.
We will send you an email to coordinate the many different opportunities you have to make a
difference at the middle school. Whether you have a few hours a week, an hour a year, or
awesome culinary skills, we’d love to hear from you! If you’d like to help out but aren’t quite sure
how, just let us know and we’ll figure something out!
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Courtney Stockard at
Courtney Stockard and Lindsey Phillips
Please give the Parent Portal system about 24 hours to change codes for any excused absences, medical excuses or sports related absences. If you still see a problem with the absences listed after 48 hours, please contact our attendance clerk.
Important - UIL Eligibility
Every Wednesday is College Shirt Day!
Spectator Guidelines for Athletic Events
We have our first Varsity football game this weekend, and in a continuing effort to assure the safety and enjoyment of all athletes and spectators, the following procedures will be enforced during home athletic events:
Outside food and drink are prohibited.
There is no re-entry after exiting the event.
All students 5th grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult guardian in order to attend home games. The students must remain under the supervision of that guardian while at the event.
Standing, loitering or horseplay under and around the stands, concession stands, or any other area is prohibited. There is absolutely no standing allowed by the rails and walkways in the stands. Repeat offenders will be required to leave the event and campus.
Revealing, provocative and/or inappropriate dress will not be allowed, nor will inappropriate behaviors or foul language. Repeat offenders will be required to leave the event and campus.
Once inside the event, middle school and high school students with a student ticket will be allowed to sit in the designated student area on the home side. Students are allowed to sit in the reserved or general admission sections only if they are under the supervision of an adult guardian.
The use of alcohol, controlled substances, tobacco, and electronic cigarettes are prohibited on school premises.
Only pre-approved individuals will be allowed access to the sidelines and track before and during football games.
Spectators may not enter the field area or cross to the visiting team side.
Everyone is expected to abide by the UIL’s expectations of proper sportsmanship. Failure to do so may result in being removed from the event and campus.
Lago Vista ISD appreciates everyone’s cooperation and support as we work to keep a safe and enjoyable environment at Viking athletic events.
We had a great first pep rally! Thank you band and cheerleaders!!
Cross Country Runs With The Badgers
Our boys and girls cross country teams competed at the Lampasas Invitational on Thursday, September 21st. Below are the results of the race.
Our 7th-grade girls earned 4th place overall. Placing in the top 10 was Lucy Smith in 10th place. In addition, our scoring runners were Lauren Carpenter, Addison Brown, Yoselin Zelaya, and Madilyn Weldon. Also competing for our 7th grade team were Aaliyah Arthur, Astrid Hernandez, Hailey Kipskind, Zoe Krautter, Emerie Magana, Anberlin McClellen, Sienna MCGuire, Aislin Munoz, Jolynn Salinas, Kia Sonnier, Taytum Stojanik, Hadley Tullis, and Gemma Tuttle.
Our 8th graders earned 3rd place overall. In the top 10 were Kyrksen Cook placing 2nd overall and Maia Joshua placing 10th overall. Peyton Byrd, Helen Munoz, and Halegh Carson completed the top 5 scoring LV runners. Also competing for our 8th grade team were Hannah Benitez, Mellany Cardenas, Camilla Cruz, Valerie Marin, Adriana Owen, Dafne Perez, Andrea Saavedra, Aleeza Sahibzada, and Mitzi Wright.
Our 7th-grade boys placed 3rd overall. Our top 5 scoring runners for the 7th-grade boys were Bennett Walker, Joseph Spence, Cole Makowichuk, Ryker Pennington, and Diego Rodriguez. Also competing for the 7th-grade boys were Garan Childs, August Kieke, Trevor Lane, Brock McKinney, and William Muir.
Our 8th-grade boys placed 5th overall. Competing for our 8th grade team were Dylan Humke, Jonas Larkin, Elliot Orr, Isaiah Orr, Hugh Tuttle, and Jack Wright.
A special thank you to Tristan Humke and Taylor Wood for being excellent managers and for keeping our runners and coaches hydrated with water and cooled off with ice rags.
Our next race is Saturday, September 30th in Marble Falls.
Vikings Volleyball Rolls to 20-0!
7th B Lady Vikings vs. Jarrell
And another one!! 5-0!! The first set was 25-3 and second set 25-4. These young ladies continue to surprise me. They work hard and play even harder. Lastnight’s game wasn’t much of a competition for them but they kept pushing on. Lila Culbreth came up with 3 nice attacks that finished for aces! Kinsley Boyd served several aces that the Lady Cougars could not return. Madison Hawes had a nice set to her hitter’s for a point. Morgan Greenlee came in the back row and made some awesome passes. Lili Wessleman had a serve that resulted in an Ace. Lucy Smith had some pretty sets for her hitters. Annabelle Weaver had a nice pass and hit combo. Gianna Valle, Shelby Rosprim, and Brookelyn Cushman also contributed to their teams win. We will be at home next week. Come out and support us against Burnet.
8th B Lady Vikings vs. Jarrell
The Lady Vikings go 5-0 against Jarrell. The first set we did not play to our full potential. The second set we came back and played better than before. I appreciate the girls' attitudes and team work during this game and how they turned things around and came up on top. They had to work hard and pull themselves out of a hole to come up on top. Rileigh Ramirez had some great serves this game. Isla Hall came up with some big digs to help her team recover from lost points. Ellie St. Martin’s had a few good serves and some nice sets. Eloise Rowland made some saving passes for her team. The ladies had a great rally and came up on top with a huge hit. Ava Bailey and Braxton Brewer each had a couple of good attacks and passes to help their team. Odalys Guajardo, Sierra Gonzalez, and Jenna Janson also contributed to their teams win tonight. Great job ladies. Come watch us next week at home against the Burnet Bulldogs.
7A vs. Jarrell
We came home with another victory last night against Jarrell! 7A girls are 5-0 for the season! We are at a point where we can start having set positions and I used this game to introduce switching to these positions on the net. It is a little confusing initially but they did a great job with the introduction! Brinkley Gold and Leya Sund had a great streak with serves, Elena Prescott did an awesome job taking over a setting position for Lila Rodriguez who is injured, and Rain Nelson is finally finding her libero voice in the back row! All in all I am seeing so much improvement week to week! Please come and support us at home on Monday against Burnet! Also contributing to the team victory: Te’A Turner, Amelia Ferguson, Lauren Carpenter, Molly Cortez, and Sloane Wolfe.
8A vs Jarrell
LADY VIKINGS JUST KEEP ON WINNING
The 8A Lady Viking Volleyball Team continued their winning ways last Monday when they took on the Lady Cougars at Jarrell Middle School. The girls endured yet another hot bus trip, it’s about time for some real fall weather, traveling up to Jarrell. However it didn’t affect their play whatsoever. The girls were in control once again from start to finish defeating Jarrell in straight sets 25 - 20; 25 - 17. Serving was once again at the forefront of the Viking attack as the girls continued to pound on their opponents with their barrage of jump serve after jump serve after jump serve. The Vikings totalled 18 aces for the match keeping up their average of about 15 per match on the season. It’s nice when you can score over half a set's worth of points from behind the service line each time you play. The offense continued to improve for the ladies as well as the girls earned 14 kills in the match as well. All in all it was another solid outing for the Lady Viking volleyball team. The win improved their overall record 7-1 and District record to 3-0.
Stat leaders from the match include:
Aces: 8 Kyrksen Cook; 3 Mitzi Wright; 2 Ada Weyant, Elah Francisco
Kills: 7 Kyrksen Cook; 4 Elah Francisco; 2 Savannah Johnston
Assists: 6 Ada Weyant; Kyrksen Cook
Digs: 4 Ada Weyant; 3 Jolie Mosser, Emerson Burke
The girls will play host to the Lady Bulldogs from Burnet this next Monday evening at 6pm. Come on out and support the Lady Vikings!
Viking Football Sweeps Marble Falls
The LVMS Viking Football Teams played their first home games of the season on Thursday night vs the Mustangs from Marble Falls at LVHS Viking Stadium. The Vikings played 3 games (Super, 7th, and 8th) and were victorious in all three. This was the Vikings first opportunity to play a super game and the boys did not disappoint in the contest. The defense of the super team was able to keep the Mustangs out of the endzone until the very end of the game. The offense was able to control the game by possessing the ball for the majority of the contest while finding the endzone twice with Spencer McLaughlin and William Koncak. The final score of the game ended up 14-6 in favor of the Vikings!
In the 7th grade contest, the Vikings were in search of their first victory of the season. The Vikings had seen improvement from week to week and this was the game where they put it all together. Brody Norris started the game off with a critical kickoff return for a score, Levi Castro provided a touchdown on the ground, and Ayden Chaffin provided 2 scores in the passing game as well. The 7th Vikings were in for a fight with Marble Falls and they did not back down when it got tough in the 4th quarter. The Mustangs took the lead in the 4th, and the Vikings roared back with a score to seal the victory 26-22.
The 8th Vikings showed some true grit in the finale by shutting out the Mustangs 12-0. The defense was solid against the strong slot-t running attack of the Mustangs. The entire defense remained disciplined all night, preventing the Marble Falls offense from reaching the end zone. The Viking offense was solid in ball control and was able to find the endzone a couple of times with Macer Ballard and Brennan Brown. This was the Vikings' second victory of the young season and more importantly, a victory in toughness and assignments.
The LVMS Viking Football teams look to improve even more next week as they take on the Navarro Panthers, in Navarro, on Thursday (4:00, 5:00, 6:30).
Gifted and Talented
Here is the link for any referrals to our Gifted and Talented program...if you have any questions, please reach out to Tricia Vasquez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Individuals who wish to refer a student for gifted and talented should complete and submit this form. Students can ONLY be screened once per year. This form must be submitted by Monday, October 2, 2023 for students in grades 1-12. Upon receipt of referrals, parents/guardians of referred students will receive a consent form to have their child screened for the Lago Vista ISD Gifted and Talented Education Program.
EF Tours - Portugal
Hello Everyone! I am April Woodburn, the counselor here at the middle school and I would like to invite you to travel with me! I believe there is incredible growth that comes with seeing the world and exploring someplace new, which is why I can’t wait to tell you more about the amazing educational tour that I have planned to Portugal during spring break of 2025.
I am partnering with EF Tours (not affiliated with LVISD) for this exciting journey, and I'd love to provide you with more details during an upcoming information session. These trips have limited spots available which will fill up fast, so please join me for the informational meeting where I will discuss:
● Where and when we’re going
● What we’ll see and do
● Travel logistics
● Flexible payment options that keep the tour affordable
After the meeting I will be available to answer any questions you might have. Please use the link below to indicate you are interested in hearing more about this opportunity. And YES, parents and siblings can travel with us too!
Please RSVP here:
Meeting Information and Registration:https://bit.ly/3LS33s3
Last spring break a group of students, parents and teachers traveled to Japan. We had a wonderful time exploring temples, visiting a bamboo forest, sampling tasty treats and experiencing Tokyo's many offerings! This spring break (2024) we will be visiting Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands! So if you are interested in learning more about travel, please join our meeting, Tuesday, October 10th @ 6:30 here at the Middle School to see if Portugal is in your future!
* Plan to stay after the meeting if you would like information on already planned trips to the Galapagos and the Dominican Republic.
Vaping = DAEP
HB 114 makes offenses involving the possession and/or or use of vapes a mandatory DAEP offense. School districts will now be required to place all students who are caught in possession and/or or using vapes (of any kind – not just those with drugs) into their DAEP.
Please share this with your children - it's just not worth it!
This message is to inform you that annual student registration is open in Ascender ParentPortal.
As a reminder, annual registration must be completed EACH YEAR because these forms provide us with important permissions and information that must be provided annually. It is also very important to note that the information provided in Ascender ParentPortal is what the school uses to contact parents in the event of an emergency, so it is very important that all information is correct and up-to-date.
HOW DO I ACCESS ASCENDER PARENT PORTAL?
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Lago Vista Elementary School (PK-3)
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Doors open at 8:10 - there will not be supervision before then...
1st Period - 8:40 - 9:32
2nd Period - 9:36 - 10:28
Advisory - 10:32 - 11:02
3rd Period - 11:06 - 11:58
A Lunch - 12:00 - 12:30
A 4th Period - 12:34 - 1:26
B 4th Period - 12:02 - 12:54
B Lunch - 12:56 - 1:26
5th Period - 1:30 - 2:22
6th Period - 2:26 - 3:18
7th Period - 3:22 - 4:15
Important Dates Coming Up
Friday, September 29th - School Dance
Monday, October 9 - Staff Development(Student Holiday)
Friday, October 13 - End of Nine Weeks
Wednesday, October 25 - PSAT(8th Grade Only)