LVMS Weekly Newsletter

Week of February 13, 2017

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CAPTURE THE MOMENT: WONDER, DISCOVERY, & EXPLORATION

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 14th

Happy Valentine's Day!


Wednesday, February 15th

7th Grade Writing & 8th Grade Reading Benchmarks

High School Cheerleading Tryout Meeting (See below)


Thursday, February 16th

7th Grade Math, 8th Grade Math, & Algebra 1 (Mini) Benchmarks

UIL Assembly at 3:10 in Upper Gym

Middle School Cheerleading Tryout Meeting (See below)


Monday, February 20th

President's Day, Student Holiday


Friday, February 24th

Track and Field Meet at Blanco HS

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Attendance this week...

Our goal is 98% attendance and our attendance was 93.73% this week....yikes!


Remember: Students must be in attendance at least 90% of the days the class is taught in order to receive credit or a final grade in a class. We appreciate our parents' efforts in helping us minimize student absences and prepare our students for their futures!

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Interim Principal Update: Welcome, Mr. Tucker!

We are excited to welcome Mr. Tucker, our new interim principal at LVMS, to the Viking Nation on Monday, February 13th. We look forward to having him lead LVMS while the District conducts the principal search process and are grateful for the wealth of campus leadership experience he will bring to Lago Vista Middle School. Welcome, Mr. Tucker!

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UPDATE - Congratulations to these 2nd 9 Weeks A/B Honor Roll Students!

We noticed that a few deserving names were left off the list for A/B honor roll for the second nine weeks and wanted to make sure these awesome kids got the recognition they deserve!


6th Grade A / B Honor Roll – 2nd 9 Weeks

Isabella Alves, Bailey Arnold, Adelynn Barron, Blake Beckwith, Jeremiah Billings, Rylee Bing, Morgan Burke, Austin Cantwell, Julyssa Cisneros, Pauline D'Ogny, Joshua Davis-Barlow, Abigail Dromgoole, Kamryn Fogel, Jocelyn Hargrove, Samantha Hiebert, Nevaeh Holcomb, Abigail Jackson, Rylee Johnson, Berend Kahlden, Gage Mayhew, Jacob McKinney, Bronson Milivojac, Marina Mirabal, Casey Parsons, Beckham Press, Knox Renfro, Andrew Rowin, Jett Seely, Lauren Shirley, Ava Stavrowsky, Bowen Stobb, Peyton Stoner, Whitney Vaughan, Kaylee Wagner, Cali Wright, Shelby Yeary


7th Grade A/B – 2nd 9 Weeks

Benjamin Audlee, Brennen Baker, Joseph Botik, Kate Burke, Jackson Carlton, Michael D'Ambrose, Nathaniel Deveze, Levi Gaines, Jaycie Greenlees, Jasmine Huff, Katarina Leza, Monica Lopez-Ulloa, Nicholas Mirabal, James Moehler, Liliana Navarro, Mayce Ornelas, Logan Parsons, Delaney Reighley, Cadence Sansom, Jackson Travis


8th Grade A/B Honor – 2nd 9 Weeks

John Berensten, Kylie Cagle, Taylor Cagle, Austin Coley, Anson Eleuterius, Aubree Greenlees, Noah Hernandez, Skyla Huckabee, Madison Jackson, Dylan McCory, Cali Navarro, Avery Nichols, Heather Power, Kylee Raggio, David Rague, Jacob Rogers, Grace Rohne, Blaze Seely, Madysen Sheppard, Anna Stallcup, Emily Takeda, Alberto Velasquez, Aryana Wallace, Aidan Weis, Noah Yetley


Congratulations, Vikings! You make us proud!

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UIL Assembly This Thursday!

Next Thursday 2/16/17 at 3:10, LVMS will host an assembly in the upper gym to recognize UIL participants, Honor Roll, and Attendance award recipients. We would love for parents to join us in honoring our outstanding students!
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A Note About Valentine's Gift Deliveries

With Valentine's Day approaching, we wanted to remind both parents and students that any flowers or gift items that are received during the day will be held in the front office and students will receive these items at the end of the day. We will not be making deliveries to classrooms, as this is disruptive to instruction. We appreciate your understanding!
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Lago Vista Middle School Principal Candidate Profile Survey

Lago Vista ISD is seeking input to assist in setting the skills and qualifications to be used in selecting the new principal for Lago Vista Middle School. Your input will be a critical part of the District's process.


The survey below consists of 33 questions and should take 10-15 minutes to complete. All input is anonymous and confidential and is for the sole use of the District. Input will be accepted until February 24, 2017.


CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY!


We appreciate you for taking the time to provide us with feedback!

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Coach Tomlin's Classes Engage in Some Higher Order Learning!

This week, Coach Tomlin’s students analyzed the social, economic, and political effects of slavery and industrial revolution to create these amazing projects. The kids did an awesome job and we appreciate Coach Tomlin for such an engaging and high-level activity!
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Order Your LVMS Yearbook Online Today!

The LVMS Yearbook is now on sale for $45.00. The staff has been working to bring Lago Vista Middle School a wonderful yearbook and you don't want to miss out. Click below to buy your yearbook online:


https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/


Enter Code: 18995


The deadline to order your 2016-2017 LVMS Yearbook is April 15th, so order yours today!

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MANDATORY Cheerleading Tryout Information Meetings!

Planning on trying out for LVHS or LVMS Cheerleading? Don’t miss the upcoming tryout meetings! All students planning on trying out for cheerleading must attend.


Lago Vista High School Cheerleading Tryout Meeting

Wednesday, February 15th

7:00 pm in the MAC at LVHS

All 8th graders trying out for high school cheerleader MUST attend. Parents are STRONGLY encouraged to attend, as well. All paperwork will be distributed at that time.


Lago Vista Middle School Cheerleading Tryout Meeting

Thursday, February 16th

7:00 pm in the LVMS Cafeteria

All 6th and 7th graders trying out for middle school cheerleading MUST attend. This meeting is mandatory for all students trying out AND THEIR PARENTS. All paperwork will be distributed at that time.


If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Katy Baugh (LVHS) or Mrs. Wendy Phillips (LVMS). Go Vikings!

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LVMS Benchmark Testing Dates This Week!

District benchmarks are given one time a year in the second semester to analyze students' mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. This information helps us identify strengths and needs for each of our students to help them finish strong and be prepared for the next academic year.


Here are the LVMS benchmark testing dates:


Feb 15 – 7th grade Writing & 8th grade Reading

Feb 16 – 7th grade Math, 8th grade Math, & Algebra 1 (Mini-benchmark)

April 3 – 6th grade Reading, 7th grade Reading, & 8th grade Science

April 4 – 6th grade Math & 8th grade Social Studies

April 5 – Algebra 1 (Full benchmark) & Make-ups


To help your child do his/her very best, please:


  • Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep;
  • Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast;
  • Provide your child with a healthy snack;
  • Send him/her to school on time; and
  • Show your child extra love and encouragement.


Remember, it’s totally normal for kids to feel a little nervous and stressed before a test. You can can help your child stay positive with a pep talk. Remind your child that, no matter what happens with any test, he or she is a wonderful, beautiful, worthwhile individual who is loved and admired.


We are proud of our students’ hard work and know they will do a great job!

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EVERY WEDNESDAY IN LVISD IS COLLEGE DAY! BE SURE TO SPORT YOUR FAVORITE COLLEGE'S GEAR!

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Disconnecting from Social Media

We all enjoy social media as a pastime and it enables us to remain connected to our social group. Sometimes it is good to disconnect and focus on other relaxing or productive activities. Here is an article about How Using Social Media Affects Teenagers.


This month, Mrs. La Rosa will be visiting the classrooms to talk with the students about communication skills. The topics that will be covered are:


  • Empathy

  • Active Listening

  • Negotiation

  • Compromising

  • Nonverbal Communication
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7th Grade Boy's Basketball

This past Saturday, Lago Vista entered our first ever middle school tournament. Our first game was against Gateway, and it proved to be a battle. Through four quarters of basketball, Lago Vista struggled offensively, but continued to score points under Ryder Phillips and Jeremy Hill. The leading rebounders were Mikey D'Ambrose and Jackson Humpky. Leading the team in steals were Logan Parsons and Author Munoz. By the end of the game, Lago Vista came out on top with a win of 36 to 28. This allowed Lago Vista to move up in the bracket to go against our biggest rival of the year, Comfort.


In the Comfort game, Lago Vista came out on top early, with an amazing post game by Jackson Humpky. He had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Mikey D’Ambrose played amazing defense and both he and Logan Parsons had 4 steals each. Ryder Phillips led the team in passing and 3 pointers with two. As the game continued, all of the Lago Vista players created a team effort to push for the win. As the 4th quarter came to a close, Lago was up by one with 30 seconds to go. A bad pass forced Lago to run back on defense and a block shot put Comfort up by 1 with only 4 seconds to go. In the last seconds, a missed half court shot by Lago Vista ended the game. The Vikings took a hard lost, but Coach Tomlin adds, "I could not have been more proud of our boys and how hard they fought to win."


In the last game of the season, our boys were physically and mental drained and it was hard for them to push through it. All of the Vikings played and cheered on, but we just did not have anything left in the tank. Lago Vista ended in fourth place with a loss to Blanco, but our boys worked incredibly hard in that single day. Coach Tomlin adds, "Great job this season, boys...I can't wait for next year."


The 8th Grade Boy's Basketball report will be included in next week's newsletter.


7th Grade Girl's Basketball

The 7th Grade Lady Vikings ‘A’ Team took 3rd place in the District Tournament at Lago Vista Middle School on Saturday Feb. 4th.


The Lady Vikings easily handled Johnson City in the first game of the day 32-10.

The second game of pool play was against Comfort. The Lady Vikings held Comfort to just 1 point scored in the last 3 quarters of the game. Unfortunately, after one of those games where you just can’t buy a basket to save your life, Comfort won, 13-14. It was a nailbiter up to the very end, and the girls fought hard to the very last buzzer of the game. We almost had it!


The third and final game of the day was against Blanco. The Vikings never looked back after that second game, and won with a final score of 33-17.


Congratulation to the 7th grade Lady Vikings on a great basketball season. These girls worked hard and improved their basketball knowledge and skills SO much in these 4 short months. We can’t wait to see them grow in the game as they get older! Thank you for a great season.


8th Grade Girl's Basketball

The Lady Vikings 8th grade A team hosted and played in their district basketball tournament Saturday, February 4th at the High school.


In the first game, the Lady Vikings played against Comfort. It was a great game for us and we executed our defense and offense very well. The Lady Vikings held the lead the entire game. The final score was 30-10, Lago Vista. Grace Rhone had 11 points, Josey Kannmacher had 6 points, Esther Long had 5 points, Jade Press had 4 points, and Madysen Sheppard had 2 points.


The second game the Lady Vikings played was against Johnson City. It was a hard fought game and it challenged the Lady Vikings to play at their best. The Lady Vikings won the game by 5 points, 23-18. Jade Press had 12 points, Grade Rhone had 4 points, Aryanna Wallace had 3 points, Josey Kannmacher and Esther Long both had 2 points.


After our 2 victories, the Lady Vikings were in the championship game playing against Ingram. Ingram was the only team the Lady Vikings lost to in our regular season. We knew we would have to play at our absolute best to defeat them. The lead went back and forth between the Lady Vikings and Ingram, both teams playing their hardest. In the end, fatigue and foul trouble may have gotten the better of the Lady Vikings. The Lady Vikings lost to Ingram by only a handful of points. Though taking home second was not what we were hoping for, the Lady Vikings did their greatest and left it all out on the court. I am very proud of these amazing young ladies and what we were able to accomplish this year together. Their future is so very bright! Way to go Lady Vikings!

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Inventor's Challenge Contest!

Calling all inventors! AT&T has created a contest for all budding inventors in PK-12th grades. The goal of the challenge is simple: make something original, cool, useful, maybe even wacky, that solves a problem in their schools or communities. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 24, 2017.

For more information on this challenge, please click on the following link:
http://imagination.org/2017/01/25124/#.WJNS9LYrLVp


We have some inventors here at LVMS, so we encourage you to submit an invention! Good luck!

Get Your Viking Gear Here!

Want to show your Viking Spirit? Loving our new logos? Sounds like you need to check out our official store! Click here to buy your favorite Viking some snazzy threads and gear!

Stay Connected With These Parent Resources

Parent Connection

Parents are valued partners and we believe that successful learning is best achieved through collaborative partnerships with parents and families. Our Parent Connection page is a one stop shop of resources for parents in LVISD. Click here to check it out!


Stay Connected with ParentLink by Blackboard

Lago Vista ISD uses the ParentLink communication system from Blackboard to assist in alerting parents, families, and employees of important information, such as school closures. ParentLink communicates via telephone, SMS text message, email and push notifications from the ParentLink app. Be sure to add a filter to your inbox so that emails containing the word “Blackboard” are not delivered to Spam. Download the FREE ParentLink app from the iTunes app store or on Google Play.


LVISD Publications and Forms

The District has a one-stop shop for all District publications and forms, including course catalogs, student handbooks, grading guidelines, and special programs information...and we are continuing to build this resource as documents and handbooks become available. Our "Publications and Forms" page is located under the "Parents and Students" tab, as well as on the "Quicklinks" menu on the right side of our homepage. Here is a link to the Publications and Forms page.

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Make Sure You Know About StayALERT (...and Talk About it With Your Kiddos!)

Lago Vista ISD uses StayALERT to help keep our schools safe. StayALERT is a bilingual, confidential website, e-mail, phone and texting avenue for students, teachers, staff, parents and community members to be able to confidentially report unsafe behaviors, suspicious activities, bullying, acts of violence, harassment, and a host of other potential disruptors to school safety.


Users may anonymously report concerns 24-7-365 via the StayALERT website, an e-mail, a phone call to a recorded and monitored line, or via a text message from a cell phone. Photos and video clips pertaining to the StayALERT report may be included. No special app required! Reportable information will be forwarded in a timely manner to a pre-designated school official for review.

To make a report, use one of the methods below:


Website:
stayalert.info

Call or Text: (206) 406-6485

Email: report@stayalert.info

Lago Vista Middle School

Mission Statement: Lago Vista Middle School will provide a positive and supportive environment, which builds self-confidence, develops responsibility, and assists each student in becoming a successful life-long learner.