September 2016

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We are excited to connect with you to highlight what's happening in Lancaster ISD! In this newsletter, we will share information on relevant topics such as academics, district news and STEM education. Please look forward to receiving this newsletter at the close of each month.

Lancaster ISD Trustees Win Most Outstanding School Board in the State of Texas

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Excerpt from Region 10 Press Announcement...

September 27, 2016 — Lancaster ISD’s Board of Trustees has been named the 2016 Texas Outstanding School Board. Board members were recognized by Region 10 Executive Director Gordon Taylor during their regular September board meeting. The board was honored over the weekend in Houston at the annual joint convention for the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and Texas Association of School Boards. Since 1971, the TASA School Board Awards program has honored outstanding Texas school boards that have demonstrated commitment to their students and to their communities.

Lancaster’s board was chosen from among five finalists interviewed by a committee of Texas school superintendents. Their decision was based on several criteria, including the board’s support for educational performance; educational improvement projects and school transformation initiatives; commitment to a code of ethics; and placement of the welfare of children served by the school system above other motives. Read More

Lancaster ISD: Congratulations to the Lancaster ISD School Board!

Lancaster ISD Campuses Earn 28 TEA Academic Distinctions

In September, Lancaster ISD leaders learned that all campuses that are rated met or exceeded the Texas Education Agency (TEA) standards for the third year consecutively. In addition to the great news of an academic 3-peat, the district earned a total of 28 TEA academic distinctions last year with every campus earning at least one distinction. While, Lancaster ISD is joyously celebrating this achievement, we are so excited about the next level of success that is almost within reach! Please look for your child's campus below:

Number of Distinctions

  • Rosa Parks Millbrook Elementary - 5
  • Lancaster Elementary - 5
  • Houston Elementary - 4
  • Belt Line Elementary - 4
  • Rolling Hills Elementary - 3
  • George Washington Carver 6th Grade STEM Learning Center - 2
  • Pleasant Run Elementary - 1
  • Elsie Robertson Lancaster STEM Middle School - 2
  • West Main Elementary - 1
  • Lancaster High School - 1

Lancaster ISD Athletic Director To Be Inducted Into Texas Track and Field Hall of Fame

Lancaster ISD Athletic Director and Head Girls Track and Field Coach Beverly D. Humphrey will be inducted into the Texas Track and Field Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

Humphrey, along with six living and 11 posthumous track and field legends, will be honored at an induction ceremony as part of the Texas Track and Field Coaches Association’s 8th Hall of Fame class. Lancaster ISD will honor Humphrey during half time of the Lancaster High School Homecoming Football game on October 14, 2016 and the School Board will help celebrate her with a Community Tiger Tailgate prior to the game at 5 p.m. Read More

What’s Ahead 2016: STEM Education

Elementary Students

In the primary grades (PK-2nd), select teachers from each campus have received iPads for students to use in the classroom. Students will use iPads to create products (videos, slideshows, animations, movies) to demonstrate what they have learned in new ways. What students create will be showcased using the SeeSaw app, which gives parents online access to their student's digital work.

At the upper elementary level (3rd-5th), select teachers have received carts of 30 Chromebooks, which allows every student in their class to have access to a device. Teachers are using Chromebooks for students to collaborate using Google’s suite of productivity tools (Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.), as well as to gather real-time data on what students know and where they may need additional assistance.

Secondary Students

All 6th grade students will work collaboratively using Chromebooks in their core classes (ELAR, math, science, social studies). Select teachers at the middle school will also use Chromebooks with students. This will enable students to use Google Apps for Education in order to work together and create authentic work for their classes.

Secondary teachers in 6th - 12th grades are also using blended instruction (video lessons with traditional classroom instruction) in order to meet the needs of their students. Additionally, students at the high school are working with Canvas, an online learning system.

Early Childhood Learning is Moving Full Speed Ahead in 2016

Lancaster ISD remains a strong leader in Early Childhood education and it is poised to maintain and enhance the educational environment for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students due to the recent passage of House Bill (HB) 4 during the 84th Texas Legislature in 2015. The bill established a high-quality Pre-Kindergarten grant program and all districts in the state of Texas were awarded a percentage of collective $116,955,193 in grant funds. This high-quality grant allows districts and charters campuses to receive funding for qualifying prekindergarten students in addition to the half-day Foundation School Program (FSP) funding that is already received for each eligible prekindergarten student.

This school year, Lancaster ISD Early Childhood teachers are receiving additional high-quality training and enhancing their qualifications to educate our young learners. The district is also implementing new technology-based learning opportunities to accelerate phonemic awareness, increase letter recognition and build vocabulary for its Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students. The district aims to implement high-quality standards in prekindergarten classrooms to give enrolled children access to the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in Kindergarten and beyond.

Also, Lancaster ISD was selected to participate in the Texas School Ready Online program this year and will provide our educators access to free tools and resources. This includes online and face-to-face professional development opportunities, student progress monitoring systems, classroom observation tools, and supplemental activities aligned to developmentally appropriate research-based best practices.

Students in Kindergarten to second grade, will see an enhanced writing addition to their curriculum to increase proficiency in writing before students are tested in fourth grade.

Bond Construction Continues

Last month, we were excited to welcome more than 7,300 young scholars for the 2016-2017 school year. Because our students matter, we spent this summer preparing our facilities and our lessons to meet the needs of our 21st Century learners.

While students and teachers went home for the summer, construction on the 2015 Bond Projects continued so you’ll notice some improvements in the safety and security of every campus as we’ve upgraded our entry points to include controlled, remote access.

Some of the campuses still have a little more work that needs to be completed, so we appreciate everyone’s patience as we implement our new visitor systems.

We are working hard to remain on track to open our newly constructed campuses next year. Every week (if the weather permits), we are flying our drones to get real-time progress on the construction taking place at Pleasant Run and West Main Elementary.

Click HERE to see the latest Pleasant Run construction video.

Click HERE to see the latest West Main construction video.

Stay connected with our progress at

Lancaster ISD: #OurStudentsMatter

Lancaster ISD Hosts Its 7th College Go Get It Week - Leaving A Lasting Legacy

For the 7th year, Lancaster ISD celebrated College Go Get It Week. This is a week dedicated to immersing students into the college-going culture by increasing their awareness and preparedness for higher education. All teachers, district support staff and administrators along with invited guests helped our students gain more traction on the road to being college-ready.

Just like on the first day of school, student arrived at their campuses to see the red carpet rolled out, with their district and campus leaders, support staff and teachers dressed in their college regalia greeting them as they began their day. Teachers and staff donned their regalia for most of the day and shared their journey to obtaining their degree. It was a great opportunity to raise awareness and to kick off college week.

Additionally, the students were able to learn about college, its costs and the careers that can be obtained with various degrees. Lancaster High School students were able to attend a vast college fair with more than 60 colleges, universities and military organizations to learn about and start the admissions process.

Our younger students showcased their favorite colleges, made college pennants, posters, bookmarks, listened to speakers and studied about various collegiate institutions all in an effort to help connect the students to importance of higher education.

The goal of this week aligns back to the our vision of our district that "all students will achieve self sustaining success and leave a lasting legacy."

Other Important Information

Click here to view our 2016-2017 Academic Calendar

Stay connected to the district academic schedule and be aware of the upcoming district holidays.

District Upcoming Events

October 5: Flu Shots & Immunization Clinic at George Washington Carver (3pm)

October 10: Fair Day District Offices and Campuses Closed

October 10-14: STEM Week in Lancaster ISD

October 10-14: Lancaster High School Homecoming Week

October 12: Lancaster ISD Homecoming Parade (5 PM)

October 13: Lancaster ISD State of Schools Report at Chamber (11:30 AM - 1 PM)

October 14: Lancaster ISD Tiger Tailgate Celebrating AD Beverly Humphrey (5 PM)

October 14: Lancaster High School Homecoming Game (7:30 PM)

October 17: Lancaster ISD School Board Meeting at (7 PM)

October 23-31: National Red Ribbon Week

October 29: Hispanic Heritage Academic Bowl and Cultural Celebration (9 AM)

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