LVMS Newsletter

Excellence In All We Do - January 21st

UIL is coming up!

We are excited to finally have our UIL academic competition coming up! Some students will compete in home contests this week, and others will compete on Saturday at Gateway Prep in Georgetown.


For the students that are competing in Georgetown on Saturday, please arrive at school at 7:00 AM. We will return at approximately 3:00 PM.



Monday, January 24 - Ready Writing

Tuesday, January 25 - Music Memory

Wednesday, January 26 - Spelling


Saturday, January 29


8:45 - Number Sense

9:00 - Science, Oral Reading

10:00 - Chess, Modern Oratory

10:30 - Maps, Charts and Graphs, Impromptu Speaking

11:30 - Speech Finals(If neccessary), Social Studies

12:30 - Listening, Math

1:00 - Dictionary Skills

Benchmarks!

We are almost in February! And, as we go into the Spring, that also means that testing is coming up sooner than later. Here is the Benchmark schedule:


Thursday, March 3rd - 8th Grade Science

Friday, March 4th - 8th Grade Social Studies

Tuesday, March 8th - 6, 7 and 8 Math

Wednesday, March 9th - 6, 7 and 8 Reading

Thursday, March 10th - Algebra I

iPads

We have had more iPads broken this year than we have ever seen before, and I realize that we've had issues with the cases, and we are giving iPads to middle school students, but we are already over budget for the year.


Please talk to your students about properly caring for their iPad...here are a few simple solutions:


1) Don't throw your backpack with the iPad in it.

2) Be careful where you are charging it - make sure no can trip on the cord, or if they do, it doesn't fall.

3) Don't put it on the edge of your desk.


We realize that accidents will happen, but we are asking for help in order to prevent as much as possible.

No basketball this week...

Because of weather and road conditions, we did not play our games against Ingram on Thursday.

Deliveries?

Just a reminder about deliveries to campus(straight from the Handbook):


Parents are requested not to bring items to be delivered to students during the instructional day. In the event that an item is given to the front office, it will be delivered to the student in the manner that least impacts instruction. Parents may not personally make deliveries to classrooms. No flowers or gift items will be delievered until the end of the instructional day.


Students may not have food delivered to school from commercial establishments(Uber Eats, Domino's, etc). Parents may provide meals for their own child's consumption during designated meal times only. In the event a parent delivers a meal for a student to the front office, the student will be allowed to pick it up during his/her lunch time. A parent/guardian may only bring food/drink for their child - a parent/guardian may not bring food/drink for their child's friends.


Thank you for helping!

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Construction Update!

This week, the construction crews have been installing new drain pipes in the upper gym. We appreciate their help in keeping our basketball teams safe while we practice.

Yearbook Photos?

"The yearbook is searching for more photos from Summertime. Photos must only include current LVMS students and be school appropriate. We can not guarantee the use of every photo sent in but if you would like to submit one; please send it to lela_talley@lagovista.txed.net for review.

Also, if you have not purchased a yearbook yet, time is running out before the price increases.

Here is a link to a printable Holiday Card if you would like to make your purchase a stocking stuffer."


https://www.canva.com/design/DAEmoCI_SU4/share/preview?token=Tji2BbOs9XRrOoD5Ib_bOw&role=EDITOR&utm_content=DAEmoCI_SU4&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=sharebutton


Still need to order a yearbook?

YEARBOOKORDERCENTER.COM

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Student Registration Forms

IMPORTANT! PLEASE COMPLETE ANNUAL STUDENT REGISTRATION FORMS IN ASCENDER PARENT PORTAL!


If you have not done so, it is important that you complete the annual registration process ASAP. This must be completed each year because these forms provide us with important permissions and information that must be provided annually. Students without completed registration forms will begin to lose certain privileges until they are completed, so please take a moment to submit those forms in Ascender.


HOW DO I ACCESS PARENT PORTAL?
https://ascportal.esc13.net/ParentPortal/login?distid=227912


¿NECESITA ESPAÑOL?
Todos los formularios de registro también están en español. Para continuar en español, hay un menú desplegable en la esquina superior derecha de la página de inicio de sesión para cambiar al español.


WHAT IF I HAVE A NEWLY ENROLLED STUDENT? WHAT IF DON'T SEE MY ENROLLED STUDENT IN ASCENDER PARENT PORTAL?
If you enrolled your student during summer enrollment, you must still complete annual registration forms. If you don't see your enrolled student when you log in, an Ascender Parent Portal ID is needed in order to link to your student and complete the annual registration forms.

Please email your campus registrar to receive your student's Ascender Parent Portal ID. Please note that there may be slight delays in answering requests during peak times, such as this, but we will get it to you as quickly as possible!

Once you receive your student's Ascender Parent Portal ID from the campus registrar, please log into Ascender Parent Portal, select "Link to Enrolled Student", and enter the Parent Portal ID and the student's date of birth.


WHAT IF I SEE MY STUDENT, BUT DON'T HAVE A "REGISTRATION" OPTION?


In order to complete forms or update data for a student, the email address you have listed in Ascender Parent Portal must match what we have in our system. If you can see your student, but can't update any information, those email addresses do not match. We recommend updating and verifying your email address in Ascender Parent Portal. If you need us to change your email address in our system, please email registration@lagovista.txed.net and your campus registrar. You will be asked to provide your student's full name, date of birth, and grade level for verification purposes.


NEED OTHER HELP?


See the Quick Guide to Setting Up Ascender Parent Portal below for more information or email registration@lagovista.txed.net.

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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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Covid Questions...

Q: How will I know if my student has been exposed?

A: If your student is determined to be a close contact of a student who has tested positive for COVID, you will be personally notified. If your child is in the same grade level as a student who has tested positive, you will receive an email.


Q: Are masks required?

A: LVISD does not require students, parents, teachers, staff members or visitors to wear masks or face coverings while on district premises. However, the wearing of face masks is allowed and is highly encouraged.


Q: Can I choose for my child to do at-home/remote learning this year?

A: The state has not provided for a funded remote instruction option this school year. Students not at school will be under normal attendance requirements. Exceptions to this are students who are isolated because of a positive COVID result or who are quarantined due to being a COVID close contact.

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.