Lively Middle School

January 22, 2021


Greetings Falcon Nation,

Keeping ourselves and our students motivated throughout the school year is challenging and even more challenging during these unprecedented times. Our students are still young and learning how to cope with what has been a difficult school year. One of the most important things we can do is to make sure we take time to listen to what our students say about school and how they are feeling. Sometimes listening and checking-in with them goes a long way.

Help your child to stay motivated and engaged by doing the following:

  • Check in with your child’s teacher about goals for the class and your child and how they are tracking them.

  • Have a goal-setting conversation with your child.

  • Make sure the goal is reasonable and can be done in a short time. If you choose a longer-term goal, set milestones along the way.

  • Determine how you will know if your child is making progress toward the goal and how you will know they have reached it.

  • Talk about how the goal relates to things your child values.

  • Document what your child can do if they get stuck. They aren’t going to be 100% successful when they are learning and that is okay.

For more information on motivation check out the article “How to motivate students who are distance learning during COVID”

Additionally, focusing on effort and accomplishments can go a long way. Telling your child that you expect them to do better in math class because they are “talented” can send the message that they can’t do better in subjects in which you don’t think they are “talented”. Instead, try talking about how they raised their English grade last year after working hard. Taking this alternative approach to discussing effort with your child can help build what is called a growth mindset--the belief that they can succeed in anything they put their minds to.

Want more activities your child can participate in to strengthen their growth mindset? Check out the resources below.


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Asynchronous Days Reminder

Please mark your calendars! The following days will be asynchronous, meaning all students will learn in a remote off-campus setting:

  • Friday, Jan. 29

  • Friday, Feb. 26

  • Friday, March 5

  • Friday, April 9

Asynchronous days limit the amount of time spent on campus. To further protect our community, we will use this time to do additional deep cleanings of our campuses. Please note that AISD buses will not run on the asynchronous days listed above. Staff will use the asynchronous days to work with their content area professional learning communities and plan engaging lessons for our students.

Extended Advisory iReady Challenge

Next week we will begin holding Extended Advisory on Tuesdays and Thursdays to ensure our students have time to work on the following programs: iReady Math and Reading, Summit K-12, and Imagine Learning. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:50-3:30, students will stay on Zoom with their Advisory teacher. During this time, students will be provided targeted and personalized intervention and extension activities for Math and Reading. For more information on iReady in AISD, click the link below:


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To make this more exciting, we’ve made it a competition! Advisory classes are competing to win gift cards. The class with the most students actively working in the program will win! Thank you so much for your support in reminding and encouraging your child to attend these critical sessions.


Student Device Needs: Students submit their needs for Chromebooks, iPads, and Hotspots through the Technology Distribution tile of For repairs, students can return or drop off devices for maintenance at any AISD campus during operating hours.

February Kicks Off Lively’s 5 Days of Love

Parents, we need your help to spread the love to all Lively staff and teachers by donating bags of candy. Lively 5 Days of Love is a special time of year where we get to show our staff and teachers how much we appreciate and care for them. The Lively 5 Days of Love event will take place from Tuesday, February 9th, to Monday, February 15th.

Our staff will participate in community service and team building activities for our annual “Love, Laugh, Lively” DOI day on Friday, February 12th and quality professional development on Monday, February 15th. Prior to “Love, Laugh, Lively,” we want to treat our teachers with some sweets. Please drop off candy by Friday, Feb 5th using our curbside service. All candy donations will go directly to Lively teachers and staff. Join us in showing some love to our teachers!

We have a few new fun activities for students on campus, such as building outdoor benches, theater auditions, science labs, and painting murals! I have also decided to add more outdoor learning spaces to our campus and purchased limestone benches delivered today, and will soon be placed in their permanent locations around the school. Check out the photos below!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, enjoy the weather and I’ll see you on Monday!

Stacie Holiday, Principal


This is our last weekend of our Virtual Book Fair! Please support our school! Fair ends on Sunday, January 24th.
Virtual Book Fair

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AVID Family Night

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Mental Health Note

Teens, Anxiety & Depression (

“Research tells us convincingly that your own relationship with anxiety and uncertainty—and how you role model this to your child—significantly impacts how she/he sees the world.

When is something good enough? How do you move on to your next task? What does your family say about mistakes? Now may be the time to notice and change your own response to mistakes, to sprinkle family conversation with phrases that normalize mistakes, struggles, and imperfection. Teens also need to hear that they aren’t expected to know everything, and some anxiety of the unknown is normal.

Career Exploration Fair

Career Exploration Fair open to all students: February 3rd, 8am-6pm. Middle School students will learn about Career Clusters and Pathways offered in High School. Register here:

6th & 7th Grade - Choice Sheets - Electronic Choice Sheets this year

Choice sheets are where students let us know which electives they would like to take next year, and the order of their preferences. All 6th and 7th graders will be completing electronic choice sheets during advisory class the week of Feb 1-5. Students are encouraged to read over the course descriptions in advance. Course descriptions are available here:

8th Grade

8th Grade Counselor Blend Page: Please make sure to visit the new “Ready Set, High School” link from the 8th Grade Counselor Blend page home. View this short 2 minute video to learn where to find High School info on Blend

Travis High School Choice Sheets

Choice Sheets will be completed February 16 & 18 during advisory. More details to come soon.

New Pathways in Technology (P-Tech) opportunity at Travis High School in Hospitality & Tourism. Starting as early as 9th grade, Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) provides a 4-year, career-focused program that combines high school and college coursework with real world work experience. Students gain work experience through job shadowing, internships, and apprenticeships in fields connected to their classroom studies. Students who successfully complete the 4-year program graduate with a high school diploma, an associate’s degree, a career and technical education (CTE) endorsement, relevant industry certifications, and practical workplace experience. The program was implemented in collaboration with Austin Community College (ACC) and Austin Lodging Association and Visit Austin. See flyer below.

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Austin High School - Parent/Student Academy Information Night

January 27, 6pm - AHS Academy Director and Counselors will provide an overview of Austin High Academies and Application Process

February 3, 6pm - AHS 9th Grade Course Contract Information Night for Students and Parents

Austin High School Academics Admission Process

General High School Parent Q & A with Lively’s school counselor

January 27th 9:15 a.m.
Meeting ID: 743 543 8288 Passcode: breathe


Lively students have checked out 1614 digital books including 300 graphic novels in ComicsPlus this school year. Go Falcons!

Virtual Book Fair: January 11 - 24, 2021

Now is the time! Our Virtual Book Fair closes Sunday, January 24, 2021. Please support our school!

  • All purchases are made online through Scholastic’s eWallet system.

  • Free delivery for orders over $25.

  • Books purchased for teachers can be delivered straight to school if you choose.

  • Every purchase supports our school and library.

  • Here is the link!

  • Teacher Book Fair Wish List Ideas:

Curbside or In-person Delivery

Please email me directly at and I will help you check out a book!

Coming Next Week: New Digital Books in our library!

Happy Reading,

Yvonne Steckel

Lively Librarian


Girls Soccer Schedule
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Lively Virtual Book Fair link till January 24th ends on Sunday.

Click on this link below to access your book

Please join us now on our website.

"The Lively Middle School Gift Card Donation Drive" next week.

It will be through Volunteer Genuis and help provide needed

gift cards to our Lively families that are in need at this time.

Look for an email this next week.

Save the Date!

Amplify for Lively Middle School

March 4th - 5th 2021

More information coming soon.

PTSA Nomination Committee for 21/22 School Year

Please email to sign up and help find our next Executive Board.

PTSA Membership and Lively SpiritWear

We are expanding our website!

Here are the links we are providing for your convenience!

  • Join PTSA
  • Community Partnership /Sponsorship link
  • Thank You, Lively Teachers and Staff Donation link
  • SpiritWear - Athletics Wear, Masks, T-Shirts, Hoodies, Dual Language T-shirts

Click this link below:

Please join us now on our website.

If you have any questions please email

Thank you Lively families for all your support!

Your Lively PTSA



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