LVMS Newsletter

Excellence In All We Do - April 29th

Spring Fundraiser

Dear LVMS Families,

We are wrapping up an amazing school year, and we appreciate the support you've given us throughout the year. We are going to do one last fundraiser for LVMS to help with our end of year projects.

Fundraising is something that helps to fund student activities and give teachers additional resources to support students. Through our partnership with School Funding Group we are simply asking for a minimum $20 dollar donation, and for that donation, you will receive numerous discounts on brand names like Amazon, Home Depot, Nike and Oakley. These discounts can far outweigh the cost of your donation.

The proceeds of this fundraiser will help fund:

  • Student Council Projects
  • Teacher Training
  • Teacher Supplies
  • Student Incentives
  • Technology for the classroom
  • UIL and OAP Supplies
  • School Improvement

We appreciate any support you can give!

Here is the link - https://schoolfundinggroup.com/donate/dacbd9c3-ef0f-4649-b414-e418b263f442

Bond Information

Hopefully, you are aware that the Lago Vista ISD Board of Trustees has called for a bond election to be held on May 7. Early voting is currently underway and runs through May 3.
The bond is presented to voters in three separate propositions and, if approved, will not increase the school district tax rate. Below is some information about the bond. I hope you’ll take a moment to learn about what’s proposed and then make a plan to go vote.
This bond would address growing extracurricular student program needs that were not addressed in the previous bond, as well as maintenance and improvements to existing facilities. Due to increased student enrollment, the district will be moving from 3A UIL classification to 4A.

PROPOSITION A: $4,123,500

  • Expand Viking stadium to increase seating capacity and add stairs for circulation and safety
  • Additional parking, including ADA accessible spaces + pedestrian entry
  • Resurface track and replace turf
PROPOSITION B: $9,175,500
  • Land for future school facilities
  • 4 new tennis courts
  • Turf baseball and softball fields + practice area improvements
PROPOSITION C: $13,184,000
  • Multi-use Student Activity Center (with restrooms accessible to tennis courts)
  • Could be scheduled by student programs on a regular basis and as a safe alternative during inclement weather
  • Could be used as additional practice and rehearsal space for programs like:
    • Band, drill team and cheer
    • All athletic practices (including football, track, baseball, softball, and soccer)
    • Robotics (practice and competition)
    • Elementary field days
    • Summer strength and conditioning programs
Early Voting started Monday and will run through May 3 from 7am to 7pm and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. In the Lago Vista area, you can vote at the Chamber of Commerce Building, 20624 FM 1431 or you can find a complete list of Travis County polling locations at https://countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/departments/elections/current-election/#polling-locations

Attendance Update!

Dear Parents & Families,

We know that this school year has presented many challenges to regular student attendance. Between required isolations, voluntary quarantines, and other concerns, we have understandably seen an increase in student absences this year. That said, as we work to return to more normal operations, getting students back into the habit of daily attendance matters now more than ever. We are asking for your help.

Student absences impact our school in a variety of ways:
  • Student Learning: If a student is absent, they are missing out on valuable opportunities to learn, to socialize, to gain confidence, and to be inspired. As we work to recover from the pandemic, building routines, connecting with friends, and engaging in learning are even more important to student success.
  • Teacher Time: At a time when so much education has been disrupted, it is vital that we make every school minute count. As teachers work to engage students, bridge learning gaps, and move students forward in their learning, it is much more difficult to ensure effective teaching occurs when teachers have the additional need to "catch up" students who have missed school.
  • Lost Funding: The State of Texas funds schools based on daily attendance - so every day missed costs schools money. This year, the percentage of students attending each day has dropped several percentage points, which means significantly fewer funds are available to pay for things like additional teachers, student programs, and even teacher pay raises. On March 29th, TEA announced funding adjustments that would assist with low attendance rates through the fourth six-week attendance reporting period. However, there will be no adjustment made for the last 12 weeks of school. As it stands, for the rest of the school year and beyond, each day a student is absent costs the school about $38 in lost funding. At our current attendance rate, the funding loss for the District is about $6,150 per day...if that continues for the remainder of school, that will mean about $160,000 in lost funding.
Please understand that if your child is unwell, we expect you to keep them at home. However, even as the health situation in our community returns to normal, we continue to see very high rates of student absenteeism. In fact, even with almost no active COVID cases for the past six weeks, the number of students who are absent each day is double the pre-pandemic numbers from the same week.

After so much disruption to children’s education over the past two years, the most important thing that we can do is work together to get our children back into school. So, we are asking for your help. As long as your child is healthy, please ensure that he/she is at school, on time, and in attendance for the full day. Every day of school is an important opportunity for students to learn as well as connect to peers and their teachers. If there is something we can do to help improve your student's attendance so that we can keep them engaged and learning, please reach out to me so that we can talk about ways we can help.

We are extremely grateful for the commitment of our families and staff who have shown such amazing flexibility and resilience over the past two years. Despite the challenge, our teachers, families, and students have persisted to keep learning happening. Thank you!

Construction Update

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We have walls! After the concrete slab was poured, workers got started on building the walls for our new addition. We should be able to see the 8 new classrooms taking shape very quickly!
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Next Year?

Not Returning Next School Year - If you know for sure that your child will not be returning to Lago Vista Middle School, please email our Registrar to let her know. Remember that you will need a copy of your child's current shot record, which is available for download/printing from your Parent Portal account. If you need a copy of their birth certificate or social security card, she can get you a copy. You will need all three items, plus their final report card for their new school to enroll this summer. Thank you!

monica_kaiser@lagovista.txed.net

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Congrats to our new NJHS members!

Thank you to Mrs. Woodburn and our NJHS officers for putting together an amazing Induction ceremony on Wednesday night. Our officers are - Lilah Olsen, Allisen Shipp, Aiden Neel, Juan Pablo Garcia, Jonah Farrington, Tripp Henderson.


Here are your 2022 Inductees:


7th Graders:

Anya Alanis

Lanee Arredondo

Lewis Badger

Kayla Callahan

Winter Callahan

Colby Canales

Krysalyn Carter

Mallory Chester

Jack Dieckmann

Claire Everett

Audrey Ferguson

Alicia Fernandez-Cabrera

Justin Fessler

Brandon Freeman

Eliana Helton

Anna Heston

Juliette Hoofnagle

Archer Houston

Beatrix Inman

Dani Johnston

Jolee Jordan

Fletcher Matheson

Sydney Mosser

Maya Nieves

Olivia Parra

Victor Plua

Kandice Richardson

Molly Roberts

Deijah Sourile

Melinda Stewart

Taylor Teague

Ainsley Townsend

Westin Walker

Luke Walker


8th Grade:

Bailey Burlew

Edward Castillo-Estrada

Koal Dockett

Keegan Downs

Ryan Duty

Dylan Herrera

Austin Janak

Brock Morton

James Parker

Luna Quintero

Samuel Rajski

Lucy Rees

Douglas Runkel

Ania Saldana

Ripley Sinclair

Aidan Velasquez

Aaden Vasquez


9th Grade Is Coming

Mrs. Woodburn, Mrs. Hill and Coach Karg have been working with our 8th Grade students to go over their course selection and endorsement plans for high school. This week, after learning about the different plans, students started selecting their paths for high school.


There's a lot coming up to prepare our students for this next transition - here are some important dates:

  • Monday, May 2nd - GenTex Day at LVHS. 8th graders tour the high school.
  • Tuesday, May 3rd - Guys Night @ High School - 8th grade boys - 6-8pm
  • Sunday, May 8th - Deadline to order Class of 2026 t-shirts
  • Monday, May 23rd - 8th Grade Field Trip to Six Flags - For students to be eligible for the Six Flags trip, they must:
  • Be passing all of their classes for the current grading cycle.
  • Not be assigned ISS/DAEP.
  • Not be removed from their roller coaster group for discipline purposes.

Any student that is ineligible for the trip will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Tuesday, May 24th - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, LVHS PAC - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 25th - Last Day of School!

8th Grade T-Shirts

8th grade Field Trip/Class T-shirts are here! Deadline to order is Sunday May 8th.

For questions contact Melanie Miller at live360atx@gmail.com or Kristina Snapp at Ksnappp@gmail.com.

Please click on the following link to purchase:
https://thriftygoatgraphics.square.site/product/LagoVistaVikingsClassOf2026/34?cp=true&sa=false&sbp=false&q=false&category_id=4

Guys Night!

We are inviting all 8th Grade Boys to attend the first annual Guys’ Night at the High School. The event is Tuesday, May 3rd from 6 - 8 PM. There will be plenty of games and activities hosted by male high school students, coaches and teachers. Our very own Mr Holt will be there grilling hamburgers & hot dogs! It will be a fun night of food, games and camaraderie! Please see Mrs. Woodburn if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing all 8th grade boys there!

STAAR Test Information

STAAR assesses students’ mastery of core content standards learned over the course of the school year. It is one of the many assessments the campus uses to determine students’ mastery of skills/standards as they move into the next school year. Students are required to take the STAAR tests during the assessment window that is set by the State.


In June 2021, the Texas Legislature passed HB 4545, which states that any student who does not test on testing day/window, or does not pass a STAAR assessment, will be required to participate in 30-hours of accelerated instruction in each assessment that was not taken or passed. Students will receive the accelerated instruction in summer school.


Summer school dates and hours are June 6th-17th from 7:30am-12:00pm. For the 2021-2022 school year only, TEA provided districts with waivers allowing campuses to administer beginning of the year assessments to any student who did not take the STAAR test in the Spring of 2021. Please note that TEA is NOT providing the waivers for the 2022-2023 school year, so any student who does not take the STAAR test this spring will be required to participate in accelerated instruction hours.


If you have any questions, please contact Kim Bentley at kim_bentley@lagovista.txed.net


Here are the STAAR test dates coming up in May - please try to avoid appointments, etc. on these dates.

  • Tuesday, May 3rd - Algebra STAAR Test
  • Thursday, May 5th - 8th Grade Science STAAR Test
  • Friday, May 6th - 8th Grade Social Studies STAAR Test
  • Tuesday, May 10th - 6, 7 and 8 Math STAAR Test
  • Wednesday, May 11th - 6, 7, and 8 Reading STAAR Test

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Summer Basketball Camp

Here is the camp information:

2022 LVHS Boys Basketball Camp. The camp is for 3rd – 6th graders in the morning and 7th-9th graders in the afternoon (all grades incoming for the 2022-23 school year).

You can use the link below or scan the QR code on the flyer to sign-up.

https://forms.gle/rHSq7BxriRCtNcEE7

Middle School Strength and Conditioning camp will 7/6 - 7/28. Sign information will be out next week.

8th Grade Roller Coaster Project

Over the last weeks of school, your child will be working as a team to design, build a model, and create an advertisement for the next “roller coaster of the future.” The culmination of this project will be an opportunity for students to showcase their design and advertisement, as well as a field trip to Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

For students to be eligible for the Six Flags trip, they must:

  • Be passing all of their classes for the current grading cycle.
  • Not be assigned ISS/DAEP.
  • Not be removed from their roller coaster group for discipline purposes.

Any student that is ineligible for the trip will be considered by a case by case basis.

More details on the trip will be coming out shortly, but it will be in late May.

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Fore!

The boys and girls golf teams had their first tournaments of the year this week at Point Venture and played extremely well. The girls team of Josie Oatman, Anna Saldana, Katlee Raggio, Claire Everett, Ainsley Townsend and individual medalist Mililee McBride came in 3rd Overall.


The boys team of Dalton McKinney, Mason Taylor, Aiden Vasquez, Aiden Valasquez and Greydon Burke were Tournament Champions. Dalton McKinney was Individual Champion with a 43, and Greydon Burke was 3rd Overall with a 45.


Nice job!

Cell Phones

As many of you know, our cell phone policy for students is to turn them off and put them in their back packs during the day. This is EXTREMELY difficult for our students to follow, but I feel that it's very important that students be disconnected from their phones throughout the day.


Please remember that cell phones are not allowed during school hours. Phones must be turned off and in their backpacks. If your child needs to contact you, they may come to the front office to use the office phone or bring their personal phone to the front office, where they are allowed to use it.


If you need to communicate with your child during the day, you can email your child on their iPads, using their school email - firstname_lastname@lvisd.com


Remember that if you call the front office, we will be happy to deliver any messages to your child. Less disruption in the classrooms, the better!

News and Notes From The Office

Attendance & Nurse - Please email or contact the nurse if your child is home ill. Also, please make sure if your child calls you not feeling well, they must check in with the nurse before leaving due to COVID protocol.

terri_harkins@lagovista.txed.net

Ext. 2505


Boys Athletics - If your son is in last period athletics and you need to pick them up, we ask that you pick them up BEFORE 3PM.

School Time - Please remember that we teach from "bell to bell" each day and when you pull your student(s) out early or they arrive late to school, they miss valuable class time. Thank you for understanding!

Here is the bell schedule...first bell starts at 8:00 AM!

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Who Do I Contact?

We try to be excellent problem solvers here at LVMS, so if you have questions, let us help!


If you have questions about registrations, contact:

Monica Kaiser @ monica_kaiser@lagovista.txed.net

Schedules? Counselor April Woodburn @ april_woodburn@lagovista.txed.net

Bus? Transportation Director Lisa Gordon @ lisa_gordon@lagovista.txed.net

Logistical Questions? Secretary Sue Kunze @ sue_kunze@lagovista.txed.net


You can contact myself(eric_holt@lagovista.txed.net) or our Assistant Principal Kim Bentley (kim_bentley@lagovista.txed.net) with any questions you need help with as well.