LVHS Welcome Back Newsletter

Excellence in Everything.

Welcome Back!

Welcome to what will no doubt be an awesome year of NexGen teaching and learning for all the teachers, students, and staff of Lago Vista High School. This will be a year of many firsts…new administration, a new building, a new iPad rollout, a new NexGen learning initiative...Phew! Good thing there are so many experienced and trained veterans returning to our staff and a cohort of enthusiastic, capable, and dedicated new staff coming on board. It's going to be exhausting at times, but it's going to be awesome!

Change, Change, Change...

First, a review of the spring departures...

Karen Green, a 27-year science-teaching veteran of Lago Vista High School decided to retire at the conclusion of last school year. Krista Timms, a science teacher from Grape Creek ISD, will replace her. Krista will also be helping out the girls athletic program in Powerlifting and as Strength and Conditioning Coach (did I mention she held the state record for squats in her weight class up until this last school year?!). I am excited for the enthusiasm she brings to both science and girls athletics! In May, Theater Arts teacher James Shipman decided to hang up his teaching gear and return to the tech industry fulltime. Elizabeth Hunter filled in for him the last week or so of school and will take over fulltime next school year as Theater teacher/OAP director/PAC facilitator/speech and debate teacher/Superwoman. Elizabeth has taught theater to Lago Vista youth for years, has starred in off-broadway plays and her sister was in the 1980’s sitcom Full House (serious!). She is super excited and awesome and we are lucky to have her! Jason Jones resigned as head boys’ basketball coach and history teacher at LVHS. His replacement is Josh Timms (husband to Krista), most recently a history teacher and head boys’ basketball coach at Grape Creek HS. He brings experience at the varsity level and ambition to make LVHS boys’ basketball the best in the state! Valerie Guerra got a job as an ARD facilitator in Round Rock ISD. Teaching resource classes for us will be Chenda Duong. Chenda has taught inclusion and most recently taught AP English at Manor HS. By all accounts, she is both brilliant and amazing. Important to note is that Chenda is married to Randy Mathisen, our technology integration specialist. You may have heard that Scottie Johnson is going part-time to accommodate her demanding schedule as she works to finished her doctorate in Curriculum from UT (Hook 'em!). Ernie Casbeer will be picking up the other half of her schedule, teaching government and World History. He is a veteran history teacher and is able to offer some dual-credit courses for us because of his master's degree. That's good stuff for many of our kiddos! And last but not least for the spring changes, Terri Harkins will be the library aide/nurse for the middle school campuses. Heather Sutton will be taking her place. Mrs. Sutton was the elementary school secretary for the past three years and she will bring a lot of enthusiasm, initiative and happiness to whatever job she is doing for us! What a great group!

In semi-late-breaking news...

Since the end of the school year, we have had two resignations. Mr. Pool decided to join his wife at Cedar Ridge HS in Round Rock ISD (hard to blame him!). Our new Physics teacher is Corey Hendrix. Corey is an LVHS alum! He is very excited to be teaching at his alma mater and is committed to continuing the excellence in science that he knew as a student. And finally, Randon Johnson got an opportunity to get back to his neck-of-the-woods and family and took a job as head baseball coach at Bushland HS. Brad Kassell will be replacing Randon. Brad has lived in Lago Vista with his family for several years and is thrilled to start making a difference at LVHS! He will be teaching our freshman orientation course, MAPS, and coaching football. Former assistant baseball coach, Brandon Grant will step into the head-coaching position and Steve Searle will join in an assistant coach role. Both Brandon and Steve were all-star baseball players back in the day, as you may have witnessed in their LVISD co-ed intramural softball game debut this past spring. Go team!

Oh, and one more thing (in case you have not heard)...our superintendent, Matt Underwood, resigned and is headed to Stephenville ISD. His position has not yet been filled, but I am nothing but optimistic about the direction our district is headed! We are on the verge of something special here!

Lots of Stuff to Read Over Before You Get Back (some sooner)...

There are several super important items for you to consider and a few that require your attention and feedback:

  • Schoolwide Procedures ( The PBIS team met in June to construct the policies and procedures for most of the common areas of our school. Please review and provide feedback to any member of our team prior to August 6 (team members: Diane Bode, Lara Chapman, Brandon Grant, Debbie Hansen, Eric Holt, Andrew Larkin, Randy Mathisen, Dan Nettles, Tina Pasak, Robin Statham, Heather Stoner). We will be meeting then to tweak things prior to our campus wide training on procedures during inservice week.

  • Traditions - With this being the first year in the new building, it's a great time to start thinking about what new traditions we want to start. Something new at Pep Rallies? Something Special on the First Day of School? Homecoming? Just be thinking and don't be afraid to steal ideas from other schools and share your thoughts with the PBIS committee.

If you have any questions or concerns or comments or just want to say hi, please stop by the office (after July 28), email me or give me a call. Remember, you can get your keys to your new room from Heather Sutton or Tyra Becker (during office hours) IF and only IF you have all your keys from the old HS turned in! Hope you are all having a great and restful summer and I will see you soon!