Edition V, September 15
In Mrs. Wray's ELA class, the students are about to read The House on Mango Street, and made predictions based on different parts of the book.
In Mrs. Long's Art class, students selected a picture of shoes and are doing their best to recreate it.
Students in 8th Grade Science are learning about the Law of Conservation of Mass. They were seeing if the mass of the reaction changed by capturing the CO2 in the balloon.
Cross Country Meet - Concessions Help Needed!
Fundraiser...Extended One Week!
This fundraiser will close in one week...September 22nd!
We are excited to kick off the 2023-24 school year and can't wait for students to build strong relationships on campus.
I am hoping you might be willing to help us build a vibrant and connected school culture at LVMS. 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:
- Teacher Training
- Teacher Supplies
- Student Incentives
- Technology for the classroom
- UIL and OAP Supplies
- School Improvement
We appreciate any support you can give and can't wait for this to be the best school year ever!
Important - UIL Eligibility
Every Wednesday is College Shirt Day!
Spectator Guidelines for Athletic Events
We have our first Varsity football game this weekend, and in a continuing effort to assure the safety and enjoyment of all athletes and spectators, the following procedures will be enforced during home athletic events:
Outside food and drink are prohibited.
There is no re-entry after exiting the event.
All students 5th grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult guardian in order to attend home games. The students must remain under the supervision of that guardian while at the event.
Standing, loitering or horseplay under and around the stands, concession stands, or any other area is prohibited. There is absolutely no standing allowed by the rails and walkways in the stands. Repeat offenders will be required to leave the event and campus.
Revealing, provocative and/or inappropriate dress will not be allowed, nor will inappropriate behaviors or foul language. Repeat offenders will be required to leave the event and campus.
Once inside the event, middle school and high school students with a student ticket will be allowed to sit in the designated student area on the home side. Students are allowed to sit in the reserved or general admission sections only if they are under the supervision of an adult guardian.
The use of alcohol, controlled substances, tobacco, and electronic cigarettes are prohibited on school premises.
Only pre-approved individuals will be allowed access to the sidelines and track before and during football games.
Spectators may not enter the field area or cross to the visiting team side.
Everyone is expected to abide by the UIL’s expectations of proper sportsmanship. Failure to do so may result in being removed from the event and campus.
Lago Vista ISD appreciates everyone’s cooperation and support as we work to keep a safe and enjoyable environment at Viking athletic events.
House Bill 3 Information for Parents
The Texas legislature passed House Bill 3 (HB 3) during the 88th Regular Legislative Session which requires a minimum of one armed security officer during school hours at District campuses. The new statute states that an armed security officer must be: (1) a school district peace officer (only available if the District has its own police department); (2) a school resource officer; or (3) a commissioned peace officer employed as security personnel. Lago Vista ISD committed to evolving to meet the safety needs of students and staff and is currently exploring how best to comply with new requirements resulting from the passage of HB 3.
The new law allows a school board to claim a good cause exception and identify an alternative standard if lack of funding or availability of personnel makes complying with House Bill 3 impossible. Currently, both are true - there is inadequate funding to fund all of the required positions and there is a shortage of available personnel who qualify to serve as an armed security officer under Section 37.0814(a). As such, last week, the Lago Vista ISD Board of Trustees voted to claim a good cause exception due to a lack of adequate funding and qualified personnel.
As a priority step, the District is currently working with the City of Lago Vista and the Lago Vista Police Department to develop and approve an agreement to provide a school resource officer in the 2023-2024 school year, with the intent of additional SROs added in subsequent years until full compliance with HB 3 is met. The Lago Vista Police Department is also currently providing increased patrols and campus walkthroughs at each campus in the District. We are grateful for our continued partnership with the city and our local law enforcement and their efforts towards ensuring the safety and security of our students, staff, and visitors.
In addition to working to establish a school resource officer program with the City of Lago Vista, the District is also evaluating the other allowable alternatives that satisfy exceptions to the requirements of HB 3. Options under consideration include armed security guardians, employee guardians, and contracting with a security services contractor to provide commissioned security officers as defined by
Texas Occupations Code section 1702.322.
To learn more about the safety and security measures in place, please visit our updated Lago Vista ISD Safety Information page.
LVMS OAP Auditions
If you couldn't make the first audtion for OAP...there is one more!
Audition Address: Lago Vista Middle School Viking Hall
Time: Tuesday, September 19, 4:25 pm
Contact : Lisa Whitted, firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow this QR code for more information!
Cross Country Runs At St. Edwards
Our boys and girls cross country teams traveled to St. Andrew’s in Austin on Saturday, September 9th for our first race of the season. Below are the results of the race.
Our 7th and 8th grade girls competed as one team. They placed 12th out of 18 teams. The girls’ race had a total of 343 runners (grades 5-8). Our top 5 scoring runners were Maia Joshua, Lucy Smith, Peyton Byrd, Madilyn Weldon, and Yoselin Zelaya.
Our 8th graders competing were Hannah Benitez, Haleigh Carson, Mellany Cardenas, Camilla Cruz, Leah Escalona, Valerie Marin, Helen Munoz, Adriana Owen, Dafne Perez, and Andrea Saavedra.
Our 7th graders competing were Aaliyah Arthur, Addison Brown, Hailey Kipskind, Zoe Krautter, Anberlin McClellen, Sienna MCGuire, Aislin Munoz, Jolynn Salinas, Kia Sonnier, TaytumStojanik, and Gemma Tuttle. Extra thank you to Taylor Wood for being our manager and calling out the mile times on the course!
Our 7th and 8th grade boys also competed as one team. They placed 22/23 teams. The boys' race had a total of 440 runners (grades 5-8). Our top 5 scoring runners were Bennett Walker, Ryker Pennington, Elliot Orr, Jack Wright, and Dylan Humke. Also racing for the boys’ team were Jonas Larkin, Garan Childs, Cole Makowichuk, Brock McKinney, and Diego Rodriguez.
Vikings Tame The Badgers
7th B Lady Vikings vs. Lampasas Badgers
Another win in the books for the Lady Vikings! The 7th grade team won the first set 21-25, and the second set 22-25. Even though they kept it a close game, they never gave up. Our serving machines tonight were Gianna Valle, Kinsley Boyd, and Madison Hawes. Brookelyn Cushman played a good game as libero. She kept pushing through even on some hard serves that hit her way. Lucy Smith hustled to get sets up for her hitters. She had good communication and assists set out for her teammates. Lila Culbreth and Annabelle Wheeler came up with some awesome attacks that put points on the board for their team. Lili Wessleman, Morgan Greenlee, and Shelby Rosprim had some good saves in the back row to help their team get the win. Great job to all the ladies last night. Please continue to support these young athletes. We are at home next Monday against Gateway.
8th B Lady Vikings vs. Lampasas Badgers
Last night the 8th grade Lady Vikings beat the Lampasas Badgers. The first set 25-11, and the second set 25-12. The Badgers were no match for our fierce Lady Vikings. There weren’t many chances the Lady Badgers returned our serves but when they did the girls did a great job getting a pass, set, and hit back down to them. Ava Bailey led the team in killer serves, followed by Odalys Guajardo. Isla Hall held it down in the back row at the libero spot digging up balls, saving her team aces. Jenna Janson and Ellie St.Martin put up some pretty sets for their team hitters to blast points. Eloise Rowland and Braxton Brewer got some nice saves to help assist their team in the win last night. Sierra Gonzalez and Rileigh Ramirez also played a big part in last night’s win. We play at home next week against Gateway. Come out and watch these ladies do their thing!
7A vs. Lampasas
Wow! This game was a nail biter! Our girls came out ahead but it did take 3 sets! 7A Lady Vikings continue on while sitting at 3-0 for the season so far in their victory against Lampasas! First set was a loss with this being the first team that had some gameplay we hadn’t experienced just yet! The girls are doing a fantastic job to do what is expected of them, with a pass, a set, and a hit, but still working on consistency and court awareness as a whole. Our 7A team is the only team I have seen in our regular season that is accomplishing that expectation in the game of volleyball so I am very proud of them for that. When they could just send it over, they're making a pass to the setter and playing it out with 3 touches. The second set they pulled together with a quick pep talk by an 8th grade player, and it made all the difference because they showed up like a different team! They were successful in the last 2 sets to win the game! Lauren Carpenter, Lila Rodriguez, and Leya Sund had a great run of numerous serves in this game that helped bring us out of a tough spot! Our LV crowd was probably the best I have experienced with the cheering and support during the 8A game! I love that the other teams pulled together after their matches and cheered them on! It was really fun and the girls had a great time and THIS is what it's all about! Also contributing to the team victory: Te’A Turner, Brinkley Gold, Amelia Ferguson, Molly Cortez, Rain Nelson, and Sloane Wolfe.
8A vs Lampasas
LADY VIKINGS DOMINATE ON THE ROAD IN DISTRICT OPENER.
The Lady Vikings were on the road for a second week in a row as they took on the Lady Badgers on their home turf in Lampasas. This match marks the first matches of the season that count as “District Play” and are used in seeding for the end of season district tournament. The girls dominated the match from the outset leaving no doubt as to who was going to be the victorious that evening. The Lady Vikings defeated the Badgers winning each set by scores of 25 - 12 and 25 - 8. Ada Weyant and Kyrksen Cook continued their ridiculous runs of service points by running a combined 30 points out of the 50 earned in the match. There wasn’t much the Lady Vikings couldn’t do on the night. All hitters on the team: Savannah Johnston, Harper Phillips, Emerson Burke, Mitzi Wright, Ada Weyant, & Kyrksen Cook all had significant Kills in the match. Each of which drew lots of oohs and ahhs from the Viking faithful who had traveled up to Lampasas that evening. Selah Moore, Maddie Burk, and Jolie Mosser were all rock steady from the back row in the evening as well. The girls play at home this coming Monday vs Gateway. C’mon out and support these young ladies. Go Vikings!
NORTH SHORE INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT RESULTS
The 8A, 8B, & 7A Lady Viking Volleyball Teams all participated in the first ever North Shore Invitational this past weekend. All 3 teams represented their school very well. 7A took 3rd place in the 7th grade division. 8B and 8A took 5th and 2nd places in their division. All teams had a blast playing in their first ever home volleyball tournament! Many thanks to all who made the tournament successful. So many folks behind the scenes put in a lot of work to make it run smoothly. Thank you Viking family. We All Row!
Football Splits With The Badgers
On Tuesday, the LVMS Football Team traveled to Lampasas to take on the Badgers at Badger Field. This was the Vikings' first game of the season and proved to be as exciting as a 3rd round varsity playoff game. The 7th-grade team fought hard vs. a Lampasas team that was able to complete some big passes down the field and secure a victory over the Vikings 21-6. Performance standouts for the Vikings include the efforts of Ayden Chaffin (one receiving TD), Levi Castro (1 passing TD), Cole Schroeder (RB), and Jackson Schauf (Interception). The 7th grade team looks to improve this week and get their first victory vs. Salado on Thursday.
The 8th grade team also took on Lampasas this Tuesday at Badger Field and this game proved to be a true test of grit and determination for the Vikings. The game started off with a Viking touchdown by Steven Schwerdt after an impressive kickoff return by Devin Parsons. Lampasas put 12 points on the board in the 1st half, but the Viking defense showed up and put a ZERO on the board in the second half. The game ended dramatically with Lampasas having 9 straight opportunities to score from the 15, 10, and 5 yard lines (due to questionable Viking penalties). All nine efforts were denied and Reed Herring ended the game with a QB sack as time expired. Individual efforts worth noting: Macer Ballard with a TD, Steven Schwerdt with a TD, Karter Kudrna with outstanding QB play, offensive player of the game: Devin Parsons, O-Linemen of the game: Steven Schwerdt, Sam Kinslow, and Reed Harring. Defensive standouts include Steven Schwerdt, Macer Ballard, Reed Herring, Brennan Brown, and Devin Parsons.
Both teams will travel to Salado this coming Thursday to take on the Eagles of Salado MS. Game times will be 5:30 and immediately following the 7th game will be the 8th game.
Salado Eagle Field
640 Thomas Arnold Rd, Salado, TX 76571
Gifted and Talented
Here is the link for any referrals to our Gifted and Talented program...if you have any questions, please reach out to Tricia Vasquez at email@example.com
Individuals who wish to refer a student for gifted and talented should complete and submit this form. Students can ONLY be screened once per year. This form must be submitted by Monday, October 2, 2023 for students in grades 1-12. Upon receipt of referrals, parents/guardians of referred students will receive a consent form to have their child screened for the Lago Vista ISD Gifted and Talented Education Program.
Vaping = DAEP
HB 114 makes offenses involving the possession and/or or use of vapes a mandatory DAEP offense. School districts will now be required to place all students who are caught in possession and/or or using vapes (of any kind – not just those with drugs) into their DAEP.
Please share this with your children - it's just not worth it!
This message is to inform you that annual student registration is open in Ascender ParentPortal.
As a reminder, annual registration must be completed EACH YEAR because these forms provide us with important permissions and information that must be provided annually. It is also very important to note that the information provided in Ascender ParentPortal is what the school uses to contact parents in the event of an emergency, so it is very important that all information is correct and up-to-date.
HOW DO I ACCESS ASCENDER PARENT PORTAL?
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Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and your campus registrar to receive your student's Ascender ParentPortal 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!
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WHAT IF I SEE MY STUDENT, BUT DON'T HAVE A "REGISTRATION" OPTION?
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WHO IS MY CAMPUS REGISTRAR?
Lago Vista Elementary School (PK-3)
Christine Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lago Vista Intermediate School (4-5)
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Doors open at 8:10 - there will not be supervision before then...
1st Period - 8:40 - 9:32
2nd Period - 9:36 - 10:28
Advisory - 10:32 - 11:02
3rd Period - 11:06 - 11:58
A Lunch - 12:00 - 12:30
A 4th Period - 12:34 - 1:26
B 4th Period - 12:02 - 12:54
B Lunch - 12:56 - 1:26
5th Period - 1:30 - 2:22
6th Period - 2:26 - 3:18
7th Period - 3:22 - 4:15
Important Dates Coming Up
Friday, September 29th - School Dance
Monday, October 9 - Staff Development(Student Holiday)
Friday, October 13 - End of Nine Weeks
Wednesday, October 25 - PSAT(8th Grade Only)