Week of September 16, 2019

From the Principal's Office

Greetings Falcon Nation,

I wanted to give a special thank you the families that made last week’s Pigskin Preview a success. Many of you donated your time and snack for the event, and I appreciate you taking the time to make this a special event for our students. Check out the fantastic pictures from last week below.

Drop-off and Pick-up Reminders

At Lively, we teach all of our student the Falcon Creed: we are safe, we are respectful, and we are responsible. Let’s all be great role models and demonstrate those same values as we drop off and pick up students. Please be respectful of teachers and administrators that are working in the hot sun to make sure that students cross safely and that traffic runs smoothly. No one ever says they love the drop-off and pick-up lane, but we can all agree that we love our students, school, teachers, and families. Help us by following the instructions and work with us to ensure safety for us all.


  • Please make one lane
  • If your student is not in sight, please loop back around
  • Make plans with your student so they are ready to go and waiting
  • Only right turns when exiting the pick-up/drop-off lane
  • No parking in the no parking zones
  • Slow your speed and be alert
  • Students exit on the right
  • Keep the traffic moving; loading and dropping off only


We are happy to provide bus passes for students who need to ride a friend's bus however, we must have 24 hour notice and verify with you that the student needs the bus pass. Please send a written note with your phone number to the Magnet Office (109) or email and cc Ms. Northcutt,


Did you know that students who attend the first 20 days of school are more likely to create consistent routines and have higher attendance throughout the year? Help us build a successful path this school year and bring your student to school every day!

Students who attend the first 20 days of school will earn entrance to the VIP Lounge at the “AttenDANCE” scheduled for Friday, September 20 from 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. The VIP section will have pizza, games, prizes, and more. Your student won’t want to miss the fun.

Human Sexuality and Responsibility Lessons

Austin ISD would like your feedback on the newly written Human Sexuality and Responsibility lessons for grades six through eight. Lessons and a feedback survey will be posted on the Parent Cloud from September 18th-25th. Middle school lessons will be revised based on feedback. Elementary lessons have already been revised from feedback provided last May.

Families must have an enrolled student in AISD and must have a Parent Cloud account to be able to review lessons and provide feedback. Please visit the AISD website, How to Create a Parent Cloud Account, for more information. Once in the Parent Cloud, look for the MS HSR Lesson Review Tile. Please contact the Parent Support line at 512-414-9187 if you need assistance creating an account.

Additionally, AISD is offering two meetings for families who need Spanish and Arabic interpretation. These meetings will be held at Navarro High School (formerly Lanier) on September 17 and Austin High School on September 19. Both sessions are from 6-8 p.m. If you require another language, please contact Michele Rusnak, Health and Physical Education Supervisor, by Friday (9/13), at

Student Safety

School safety is essential, and I want to make sure that you are aware of the different critical incidents. Every year we are required to conduct safety drills to practice procedures for each critical incident. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Mayor’s Health and Fitness Recognition

This year Lively was recognized as an exemplary middle school for our efforts in maintaining and creating a healthy school environment. Our students have free breakfast and lunch, participate in physical activities weekly during Advisory and have opportunities to join clubs that encourage healthy lifestyles.

I look forward to creating new healthy choices for staff and students. If you have ideas on how to keep our students and staff healthy, please contact assistant principal Mr. Wiggins at

Have a wonderful weekend and see you on Monday!


Principal Holiday

library corner

I am happy to report that 500 students chose to visit the library since school started! Please keep coming to our library!

  • Tuesday After School Library Club: First day of club went well. Students relaxed, worked on homework, played games, and read books. Club is open until 5:15 pm so students can take the late bus home. Please come next week!
  • Lunch Bunch: More than 25 students come to Lunch Bunch for A and B lunches and a good number attend during C lunch. Students are expected to clean up after themselves. Mondays - “A” lunch Lunch Bunch cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.

Donations Requested:

  • Comfy, flexible furniture: coffee tables, bean bags, cushions, low tables, couches, chairs, etc.
  • Game cart materials: card games, quick board games, checkers, chess, etc. (We are also making a Game Cart for the cafeteria.)
  • Maker cart materials: legos, dominoes, mismatched cards, index cards, puzzles, large box tops (to build on), etc.
  • Craft Cart materials: origami paper, construction paper, paint pens, glue guns, card stock

Hope to see you in the library soon!

Yvonne Steckel

Lively Middle School Librarian

counselor's corner

Please join us in our mission to improve the mental health of our students and ourselves by joining our first ever counselor book study.

Book: Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive

by Marc Brackett, PhD.

When: Starting Wednesday, October 2, 8:00am-9:00am (future meetings TBD)

Where: School Library

Please try to read chapter 1 prior to first meeting!

Please contact Jenn Lamm ( to join the group, or show up to first meeting. Books are not available in Spanish but please let me know if you are interested, we can have a translator on site.

Limited copies of book available to borrow, contact Jenn Lamm.

Link to purchase here:

The mental well-being of children and adults is shockingly poor. Marc Brackett, author of Permission to Feel, knows why. And he knows what we can do.

"We have a crisis on our hands, and its victims are our children."

Marc Brackett is a professor in Yale University’s Child Study Center and founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. In his 25 years as an emotion scientist, he has developed a remarkably effective plan to improve the lives of children and adults – a blueprint for understanding our emotions and using them wisely so that they help, rather than hinder, our success and well-being. The core of his approach is a legacy from his childhood, from an astute uncle who gave him permission to feel. He was the first adult who managed to see Marc, listen to him, and recognize the suffering, bullying, and abuse he’d endured. And that was the beginning of Marc’s awareness that what he was going through was temporary. He wasn’t alone, he wasn’t stuck on a timeline, and he wasn’t “wrong” to feel scared, isolated, and angry. Now, best of all, he could do something about it.

This book combines rigor, science, passion and inspiration in equal parts. Too many children and adults are suffering; they are ashamed of their feelings and emotionally unskilled, but they don’t have to be. Marc Brackett’s life mission is to reverse this course, and this book can show you how.


Below please find a flyer with information about suicide prevention.

science club

6th Grade Science Club will be starting on October 3rd! Lively students will be taught by pre-service teachers from the University of Texas at Austin with hands on learning opportunities, that will enrich their learning being done in their science classes. Students will attend field trips to compete against other middle school students from around AISD, demonstrating their knowledge of the concepts! If your child is interested please fill out the permission slip and have your child return it to their science teacher or Ms. Olson in room 108.

latina leads grants

Lively Middle School was lucky enough to be selected as one of the winners of the Latina LEADS grant, sponsored by Spectrum & LULAC:

LULAC & Spectrum have partnered to develop this impactful program for Hispanic middle school-aged girls in the Austin, TX area, designed to increase their exposure to STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics). Program participants will have the opportunity to take part in STEAM-focused workshops, tech-industry job shadowing, mentorship opportunities, and will have access to academic and career guidance, leadership development, and more.

Please nominate female students that you think could benefit from / would be interested in a program that would promote STEM topics. Our goal of the program is to promote STEM fields through outdoor education. If your child or a child you know is interested in the program, please nominate them using the link:


Monday, September 16, 2019

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

3:00p-3:34p- Pep Rally

6:00p-8:00p- Homecoming Football vs Martin @ House Park

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

3:34p-5:15p- Choir Ice Cream Social

Thursday, September 19, 2019

6:00p-8:00p- Girls Volleyball 7A/7B vs Covington @ Convington

6:00p-8:00p- Girls Volleyball 8A/8B vs Convington @ Lively

Friday, September 20, 2019

3:45p-5:15p- ATTENDance

Monday, September 23, 2019

6:00p-8:00p- Football vs Martin 7/8 @ Nelson Field

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

4:00p-10:00p- Band Jamboree

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

5:00p-7:00p- Celebration of Spanish Language & Culture

6:00p-9:00p- All City Orchestra

Thursday, September 26, 2019

2:00p-7:00p- All City Orchestra

6:00p-8:00p- Girls Volleyball 7A/8A vs Webb @ Lively

Friday, September 27, 2019

5:30p-7:00p- NJHS Ceremony