School Matters

May 2022

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Superintendent releases statement on school shooting in Uvalde

On behalf of the Lake Travis school board and the entire LTISD family, Superintendent Paul Norton offered condolences for the tragic loss of life May 24 at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde CISD.

"Our hearts are heavy for our fellow Texas school families who have been forced to cope with the grief and pain of such a traumatic event," said Mr. Norton. "As the father of two children in our LTISD schools, I share your concerns and expectations for student safety, especially after an incident such as this one. But rest assured, we will continue to make the safety and wellbeing of our staff, students, and families our utmost priority."

School counselors are available to assist anyone in need of support or resources during this difficult time.

"Let us keep Uvalde CISD and those affected by this horrific act in our thoughts," concluded Mr. Norton.

May 27 is an early release day, May 30 is a staff holiday

As a reminder, Friday, May 27 is an Early Release Day for all Lake Travis schools.

May 27 school start and end times are as follows:

  • Elementary schools: 7:40 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Secondary schools: 8:50 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.

Monday, May 30 will be observed as a staff holiday.

Be sure to stay up to date with major districtwide events listed in our 2021-2022 Instructional Calendar posted online at

LTHS Class of 2022 commencement ceremony is May 27

Lake Travis High School will hold its commencement ceremony for the Class of 2022 at 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 27 at Cavalier Stadium.

Attendance will be limited to graduates and family members. A livestream of the event will be available for public viewing at

Please note, this webpage will not be active until May 27.

Join Superintendent Norton for our final Friday Facebook Live of the school year

Join LTISD Superintendent of Schools Paul Norton for a real-time campus visit at 10:00 am, Friday, May 27 from Lake Travis School. Mr. Norton will share a few district updates while providing a live look at the LTHS Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremony preparations. Watch on the Lake Travis ISD Facebook Page.

District Elementary, Secondary Teachers of the Year announced

Superintendent Paul Norton, along with district senior staff and campus principals, delivered the exciting news to each recipient May 13 and May 16 respectively, in front of students and peers. Both honorees were selected from the cohort of Campus Teachers of the Year announced last month and will now be considered for the 2022-2023 regional/state Texas Teacher of the Year program.

District Elementary Teacher of the Year

Serene Hills Elementary School fifth grade teacher Laura Browning has been selected as the District’s Elementary Teacher of the Year.

District Secondary Teacher of the Year

Lake Travis Middle School 7th grade math teacher David Taylor is the LTISD Secondary Teacher of the Year.

LTHS seniors must return District-issued Chromebooks prior to graduation

All graduating seniors are required to return their assigned device before Friday, May 27. The Chromebook check-in process will take place at Lake Travis High School on Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26. Parents are asked to remind students to bring their Chromebook to school on either day for the check-in process.

Any graduating senior who does not return his/her District-assigned Chromebook before the established deadline will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony on Friday, May 27.

Parents are financially responsible for replacing any lost of misplaced Chromebook. Please contact Beth Muzny at to make payment arrangements.

Staff rock into retirement

On behalf of Superintendent Paul Norton and the entire Lake Travis ISD family, we congratulate the following 25 staff members who have chosen to retire at the end of the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Angela Adams-Nance, RHE - Art Teacher
  • Charles Aguillon, C&I - Director of Fine Arts
  • Karen Aikin, LPE - Kinder Teacher
  • Lea Bertsch, LTHS - Career & Technical Education Teacher
  • Quina Brown, Curriculum & Instruction - Occupational Therapist
  • Kaye Dowell, LTE - PE Aide
  • Tammy Gilbert Carville, BCMS - Theatre Arts Teacher
  • Sharon Halloran, HBMS - SPED Resource Teacher
  • Nicole Hundley, LWE - Kinder Teacher
  • Suzanne Hubbart, LTHS - Math Teacher
  • Laura Jenkins, LTHS - SDC Teacher
  • Rachel Lindsey, LTHS - English Teacher
  • MaryAnne Malicki, LPE - 5th Grade Teacher
  • Janet Maurer, LTHS - SPED Aide 1
  • Esther Peckover, LWE - 1st Grade Teacher
  • Elizabeth Rodriguez, LTHS - Career & Technical Education Teacher
  • Pamela Schaeffer, LTE - Principal
  • Pamela Scippa, LTHS - Math Teacher
  • Kelly Smith, Information Technology - Database Administrator
  • Carol Tarsa, LTHS - Math Teacher
  • Richard Terry, LTHS - SPED Aide 2
  • Robyn Tinney, SHE - Administrative Assistant to the Principal
  • Leslie Toon, HBMS - CMC Aide
  • Kerry Walker, LPE - Art Aide
  • Lester Wolff, LTMS - Principal

We wish these hardworking men and women all the best as they rock their way into retirement and a well-deserved permanent vacation.

District to report COVID cases, disable dashboard during the summer

Lake Travis ISD officials will be required to report COVID-19 positive cases to the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Department of State Health Services throughout the coming summer. Parents of students who test positive for COVID while participating in LTISD summer school, camps, or other programs on District facilities must notify school officials immediately. Parents must also utilize the Student Positive COVID-19 Report Form posted on the LTISD website. Please note, the form will be updated on June 1.

Additionally, the District will not maintain the COVID-19 Dashboard during the summer. However, parents of students who may be potential close contacts will be notified via direct email.

Student Intent to Return Form for 2022-2023 school year: parent action requested

As district and campus administrators begin preparing for the 2022-2023 school year, parents of currently enrolled students are asked to submit their child's intent to return to Lake Travis ISD. This information will assist the district with staffing and programming decisions for the upcoming school year.

Please complete the Google form linked below to let us know if your child will be returning to LTISD for the 2022-2023 school year (complete one form per student):

Please note: The Google Form is for planning purposes only. Parents of returning students for the 2022-2023 school year will be asked to complete a Returning Student packet via Skyward Family Access later this summer.

Class of 2022 top scholars, distinguished educators recognized "under the stars"

The stars were shining bright inside the Bella Oaks Venue on May 19 as District leaders honored the Top 10 Academic Scholars from the Lake Travis High School Class of 2022. The dinner, dubbed “A Night With the Stars,” also recognized individual educators who have been influential to each scholar’s educational experience during his or her time at Lake Travis ISD.

Honorees include the following top scholars and distinguished educators:

  • Aniket Naravane (valedictorian), Archie McHarg (LTHS)
  • Bruce Chen (salutatorian), Taylor Treviño (LTHS)
  • Allison Still, Shannon Aguirre (LTHS)
  • Joseph Kenis, Robert Huffaker (LTHS)
  • Victoria Cotton, Lance Brightwell (LTHS)
  • Grace Starr, Mason Whitfield (LTHS)
  • Hunter Kerrigan, Lauren Taylor (LTHS)
  • Kate Hennig, Cassie Wheatley (LTHS)
  • William Peters, Richard Hicks (LTHS)
  • Akshay Pradeep, Tom Seabolt (LWE)

Prior to the dinner, scholars revealed their most influential teachers during surprise classroom visits. The visits were captured on video and are available on our official program slide deck.

The event was sponsored by Sing Orthodontics, Haddon + Cowan Architects, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Lakeway, HEB Lakeway, and Bella Oaks Venue.

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Three students graduate Project SEARCH

Officials with Lake Travis ISD and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Lakeway are proud to recognize students Kevin Hurtado, William Llewellyn, and Alexander Vazquez-Alfaro as 2022 Project SEARCH program graduates.

Project SEARCH is a collaborative community partnership between Lake Travis ISD, Baylor Scott and White Medical Center Lakeway, Easterseals, and Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services. It is a one-year program that follows the Lake Travis ISD school year whose primary objective is to secure competitive employment for people with disabilities.

The students were recognized at a ceremony held May 19 at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Lakeway. Each graduate completed work rotations in several hospital departments throughout the school year and has secured post-graduation employment at local businesses including SSC Services for Education, Aramark, Randalls, and Austin Community College.

LTEF awards $66,000 in scholarship for LTHS seniors

The Lake Travis Education Foundation has administered more than $66,000 in scholarships to 26 graduating seniors from the Lake Travis High School Class of 2022.

"The LTEF scholarship committee was so impressed by these remarkable recipients," said Katie Kauffman, LTEF Executive Director. "We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors."

Members of the LTEF presented the scholarships during the Lake Travis High School Senior Awards Ceremony held May 23 at the LTHS Performing Arts Center.

Scholarship recipients are:

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LTHS student-athletes sign letters of intent

Between April 29 and May 20, several Lake Travis High School student-athletes across multiple programs signed letters of intent to participate at the collegiate level.

Women's Soccer

McKenna O'Toole - Colorado College

Men's Soccer

Alex Bethke - University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Pablo Gill - IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis)

Ben Platt - University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Jackson Wolf - Dickinson College

Men's Golf

Tyler Durden - University of Texas at Dallas


Liliana Mechura - Odessa College


Natalia Espinosa - Morton College

Track & Field

Noah Byrd - Morehouse College

Gianna Keena - Trinity University

Jack Mann - Texas A&M University
Sergio Rivas - Texas Christian University


Mary Grace Kirkpatrick - University of Mississippi

Mallory Thompson - Baylor University


Jacqueline Creel - University of British Columbia
Anmay Devaraj - Case Western Reserve University
Landon Sosebee - Southwestern University
Anna Vera Thornton - University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Ansh Velagapudi - United States Military Academy West Point

Women's Soccer

Gracie Ribble - St. Edward's University

Women's Lacrosse

Sophia Alexander - Hanover College

Lauren Deardorf - Oberlin College

Sheridan Dorsey - Harvey Mudd College

Jaden Seller - Eastern Michigan University

Student leaders recognize LTISD Police

Members of the Lake Travis High School Peer Assistance and Leadership program, better know as PALs, recently presented each LTISD police officer with a care package as part of the club's LTResponds project.

Pictured are (left to right): officer Christie Carter, junior Kembree Koleber, officer Todd Sumrall, junior Jasmine Leo, Chief Andy Michael, officer Donnie Williamson, officer Michael Olfers, junior Emery Goodwin, and officer Jeff Corff. Not pictured are senior Maddox Edmondson and junior Riley Melia.

The Lake Travis PALs program provides students and residents within the LTISD community trained peer helpers who promote a positive, supportive, and productive experience by enabling young people to use their potential to make a difference in their lives, schools and communities. Travis Rendon is the program's faculty sponsor.

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LPE student earns national honors in math competition

Lake Pointe Elementary School fourth grade student John Amith has ranked among the Top 20 in this year's national Math Kangaroo competition.

Math Kangaroo is an annual international math competition for primary and secondary school students. It is the largest math competition in the world with more than 6 million participants annually, from over 80 countries.

John is pictured below with his teacher, Kari Ketter-Matter.

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LTHS receives national recognition for commitment to empowering students

Lake Travis High School has been recognized as a 2021-2022 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School. It is one of just 191 high schools across the U.S. to receive this honor for providing broad access to transformative learning experiences for students through PLTW (Computer Science, Biomedical Science, Engineering). PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in over 12,200 schools across the U.S.

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, LTHS had to meet the following criteria in the 2020-2021 school year:

  • Had 25 percent of students or more participate in PLTW High School courses, or of those who participated during the 2020-21 school year, at least 33 percent took two or more PLTW courses during their tenure at the school;
  • Offer and had students enrolled in at least three PLTW High School courses; and
  • Had strategies and procedures in place that support reasonably proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, poverty, gender, and can support such claims with relevant data.

LTHS received the honor for the second consecutive year.

LTHS student-artists sign letters of intent

Nineteen Lake Travis High School student-artists in a variety of fine arts signed collegiate letters of intent during the 5th Annual Lake Travis ISD Fine Arts Signing Day held May 23 at the Lake Travis High School Annex.

Board members sworn in, Jessica Putonti recognized

Congratulations to our trustees who took the oath of office during May 18, 2022 school board meeting. We welcome new trustee Erin Archer and returning trustees John Aoueille and Kim Flasch.
The LTISD school board and administration also recognized outgoing trustee Jessica Putonti. The following slideshow was presented during the meeting:
Recognition of trustee Jessica Putanti

LTHS Robotics competes at international event

Earlier this month, all three robotics teams from Lake Travis High School competed at the 2022 VEX Robotics World Championship held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.

According to the Robotics Education website, the competition brought over 3,000 teams from 36 nations together to celebrate STEM excellence. Student-led teams ranging from elementary to university-level showcased their strategy, teamwork, and desire to be crowned champions at this world-class global event.

Pictured below (left to right) are Erik Mills, Engineering and Robotics teacher and program sponsor; Ryan Vo; Sonika Kiehler; Karen Bui; Charles Beckstead; Sam Orgeldinger; Dinesh Nathaniel; Josh Koshy; Satvick Kumar; Prakul Sherikar; John Vigo; Connor West; Daniel Magana Camargo; Roshan Ahmed; Andrew Mathew; and Ayesha Haider.

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Late registration for Summer 2022 Enrichment Camps closes May 29

Online registration in the LTISD Community Programs Summer 2022 Enrichment Camps closes at midnight, Sunday, May 29. Students in grades PreK-12 may choose from art, STEM, sports, and other exciting offerings.

View our catalog and register at

Karen Reich named Lake Pointe Elementary School principal

Karen Reich has been selected to serve as Principal of Lake Pointe Elementary School effective immediately, announced Superintendent Paul Norton on May 3.

With more than 35 years of experience in public education, Ms. Reich has served as an elementary and secondary level teacher, assistant principal, and principal in the Spring and Lake Travis school districts. In 2008, Ms. Reich joined Lake Travis High School as Associate Principal until her retirement in 2019.

"Ms. Reich’s extensive background, experience, and leadership will help provide a smooth transition as we end the current school year and prepare for 2022-2023," added Mr. Norton.

Lake Travis represented at Special Olympics invitational games in Malta

Serene Hills Elementary School Special Education teacher and Lake Travis Special Olympics coach Erin Russo, along with Lake Travis High School students Reagan and Jordan Lowman, have placed LT on the global stage.

From May 13-18, the trio was part of 23 delegations who gathered in the country of Malta to compete in the 2022 Special Olympics Malta Invitational Games. According to Special Olympics Texas, this was the first time an international Special Olympics event was held in Europe since the pandemic. Athletes were offered the opportunity to compete in aquatics, athletics, bocce, bowling, football, and table tennis. Reagan and Jordan competed in the Unified Bowling doubles event, earning first place.

After Reagan finished competing she stated that "seeing Europe for the first time was so fun. I loved competing and meeting all the other athletes. The opening and closing ceremonies were amazing. I hope we can bring all the athletes to the U.S someday."

Watch the highlights from the invitational games in Malta, including clips with Ms. Russo and Reagan, on Facebook.

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

Speech Language Pathologists, better known as SLPs, are highly-trained professionals who evaluate and treat individuals with speech or language difficulties. With the theme “Connecting People,” LTISD joins the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to celebrate May as National Better Hearing & Speech Month in recognition of the critical role SLPs play in both school and clinical settings.

"At Lake Travis ISD, our SLPs work with students who have communication challenges that affect success in classroom activities, social interaction, literacy, and learning," said Superintendent Paul Norton. "They utilize strategies to help promote good communication skills that lead to success in speaking, thinking, reading, writing, and learning."

The following Speech Language Pathologists serve students across LTISD:

  • Kristi Payton - Lead SLP
  • Sara Akhund - HBMS
  • Whitney Dittman - RHE
  • Ana Duque - LTE/Bilingual
  • Leigh Han - LTHS/18+
  • Sydney Jenkins - SHE
  • Kimberly Kight - BCMS/LTHS
  • Chloe Kruedewagen - BCE
  • Jessica Lebbing - BCE
  • Elizabeth Liles - RHE
  • Bianca Lopez - LTE
  • Yvonne Loredo - BCE
  • Anne Massey - LWE
  • Kathryn McWilliams - LTMS
  • Laura Miller - SHE
  • Kira Moler - WCHE
  • Alina Samusevich - LTE/WCHE
  • Haley Root Watkins - LPE
  • Deborah West - LWE
  • Andrea Wilder - LPE
National Better Hearing and Speech Month

District celebrates May 11 as National School Nurse Day

Together with the National Association of School Nurses, LTISD recognized Wednesday, May 11 as National School Nurse Day.

"LTISD applauds the work of our school nurses to improve the safety, health, and academic success of all students," said Superintendent Paul Norton. "This year’s theme, 'Bridging Healthcare and Education,' is reflective of the significant roles school nurses have in healthcare within their school communities. In addition to the incredible responsibilities and demands placed on them by the pandemic, school nurses have the unique skills to plan and implement care for students with chronic and medically-complex conditions and prepare school staff to recognize and respond appropriately to potential emergencies."

National School Nurse Day 2022

District spotlights school lunch heroes on May 6

Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, responding to state and federal audits, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, our District’s Food and Nutrition Services (FANS) department professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, Lake Travis ISD joined the School Nutrition Association to recognize Friday, May 6 as National School Lunch Hero Day.

"We have an amazing, student-centered food service department led by Ryan Mikolaycik," said Superintendent Paul Norton. "We would also like to recognize our café managers and their respective staff members who provide healthy and nutritious meals to students across our 11 cafés."

LTISD café managers include:

  • April Billingsley, BCE
  • Mike Villegas, LPE
  • Lorrie Thomas, LTMS
  • Gloria Torres, LWE
  • Dolores Arriaga, SHE
  • Corinne Stewart, WCHE
  • Shana Jones, BCMS
  • Kylene Goebel, HBMS
  • Courtney Sain, LTHS
  • Gina Zachmann, Annex
  • Sandy Padilla, LTE
  • Rachel Stewart, RHE
School Lunch Hero Day 2022
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Track and Field student-athletes place at state meet

Lake Travis High School student-athletes Emily Fitzsimmons, Jack Mann, Sergio Rivas, and Y’lan Nguyen competed in the 6A Pole Vault at the UIL Track and Field State Meet held May 14 at Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus.

After snapping his pole in three places and escaping serious injury, Jack finished in second place to earn a silver medal with a vault of 16 feet. Sergio also finished at 16 feet, earning third place and a bronze medal.

Lake Travis High School Track and Field is coached by Melanie Naquin and she is assisted by Kristen Pavelka.

LTHS Mountain Bike team wins state for consecutive year

Congratulations to the Lake Travis High School Mountain Bike Team on winning the 2022 Division 1 Texas State Championship. This is the second consecutive year in which the team has won the title.

In addition to the team win, several individuals placed as follows:

Varsity Boys:

  • Hudson Hale - 1st Place
  • Dylan Schlageter - 3rd Place
  • Harrison Hale - 4th Place

Varsity Girls:

  • Samantha Campbell - 1st Place

Boys Junior Varsity 1:

  • Isaac Might - 1st Place
  • Jacob Hensley - 2nd Place

Boys Junior Varsity 2:

  • Justin Guyah - 5th Place

Girls Junior Varstiy 2:

  • Grace Woods - 1st Place

Freshman Boys:

  • Carson Faulk - 3rd Place
  • Landon Yule - 5th Place
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Lake Travis High School Men’s Lacrosse captures 2022 Class A State Championship

On May 8, Lake Travis High School Men’s Lacrosse defeated Rockwall High School 19-5 to capture the 2022 Class A state championship. Attack Jonah Rogers was named Offensive MVP, Defense Luke Elder was named Defensive MVP, and Midfield Blake Morton was named Overall MVP.

Lake Travis High School Lacrosse is coached by Derek DeJoe. He is assisted by Brad Lott, Nick Weston, and John Wheeler.

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Fine Arts programs earn multiple Sweepstakes, top awards at UIL Spring competition

Staff and students in a variety of fine arts programs across the District participated in UIL competition this Spring.

The following are the results of band, choir, and orchestra competitions. Sweepstakes is the highest awarded given by the UIL.


  • Lake Travis HS Wind Ensemble, Richard Hicks - UIL Sweepstakes
  • Lake Travis HS Wind Symphony, Taylor Trevino - UIL Sweepstakes
  • Lake Travis HS Symphonic Band, Ben Zein - UIL Sweepstakes
  • Bee Cave MS Honors Band, Greg DeMoore - UIL Sweepstakes
  • Bee Cave MS Symphonic Band, Allie Wittman - UIL Sweepstakes
  • Lake Travis MS Honors Band, Kevin Jedele - UIL Sweepstakes
  • Lake Travis MS Symphonic Band, Stephanie Maletz - UIL Sweepstakes
  • Hudson Bend MS Honors Band, Ryan O'Donoghue - UIL Sweepstakes
  • Hudson Bend MS Symphonic Band, Analisa Jimenez - UIL Sweepstakes


  • LTHS directed by Adam Poynor and Lee Ashlee Fletcher
  • Lake Travis HS Non-Varsity Mixed - UIL Sightreading Award
  • Lake Travis HS Freshman Treble - UIL Sweepstakes
  • Lake Travis HS Varsity Treble - UIL Sweepstakes
  • Lake Travis HS Varsity Mixed - UIL Sweepstakes
  • Hudson Bend MS Non-Varsity Treble, Brian DeCou - UIL Concert Award
  • Hudson Bend Tenor Bass, Brian DeCou - UIL Sweepstakes
  • Hudson Bend Varsity Treble, Brian DeCou - UIL Sweepstakes
  • Lake Travis MS Treble, Armando Fuerte - UIL Sweepstakes
  • Bee Cave MS Tenor Bass, Armando Fuerte - UIL Sweepstakes
  • Bee Cave MS Treble, Armando Fuerte - UIL Sweepstakes


  • Lake Travis HS Symphony Orchestra, Anna Macias and Ben Zein - UIL Sweepstakes
  • Bee Cave MS Varsity Orchestra, Man May - UIL Sweepstakes
  • Bee Cave MS Non-Varsity Orchestra, Man May - UIL Concert Award
  • Hudson Bend Varsity Orchestra, Austin Leach - UIL Sweepstakes
  • Hudson Bend Non-Varsity Orchestra, Austin Leach - UIL Sightreading Award
  • Lake Travis MS Varsity Orchestra, Man May - UIL Sweepstakes

Special Olympics Banquet celebrates student-athletes

Student-athletes in basketball, track, and cycling took center stage May 12 at Lake Travis High School for the LTISD Special Olympics annual banquet. The event was sponsored by the Lakeway/Lake Travis Rotary Club.

The Lake Travis ISD 2021-2022 Special Olympic student-athletes are:

  • Mason Beninga - Basketball, Track
  • Jace Cochran - Cycling, Basketball, Track
  • Gracie Crook - Cycling
  • Reno Dees - Cycling, Basketball
  • Cash Deville - Basketball, Track
  • Kinsey Deville - Basketball, Track
  • Sheriden Gorden - Cycling, Basketball, Track
  • Mason Gutierrez - Basketball, Track
  • Jack Halford - Cycling, Basketball, Track
  • Travis Hodde - Cycling
  • Emelia Holmertz - Cycling, Track
  • Valentina Johnson - Basketball
  • Andrew Jones - Track
  • Kylie Kowalewski - Track
  • Reagan Lowman - Cycling, Basketball, Track
  • Mason Lowry - Basketball, Track
  • Luke Mueller - Basketball, Track
  • Andrew Murphy - Basketball, Track
  • Reagan O’Grady - Cycling
  • Caden Plauche - Basketball, Track
  • Trent Reszkowski - Basketball, Track
  • Zoe Rothschild - Track
  • Austin Speight - Cycling, Basketball, Track
  • Torrence Spence - Cycling
  • Mark Theodore - Basketball, Track
  • Hayden Trigg - Cycling
  • Jason Walden - Cycling

Additionally, at the conclusion of each sport season during the year, Girl Scout Troops 2124 and 43201 provided goodie bags for each athlete.

Congratulations to these amazing student-athletes, coaches, volunteers, and parents on a successful season!

Eleven students earn TEAM Elementary Art Awards

Eleven students from Lake Travis Elementary School received outstanding honors May 1 as part of the 2022 Texas Elementary Art Meet, or TEAM. Sponsored by the Texas Art Education Association, TEAM is the elementary level competition of the Visual Arts Scholastic Event, or VASE.

All 11 students placed in the top tier of the event earning the highest rating of 3 and received medals and certificates from the state TEAM:

  • Elle Bridges - 2nd Grade
  • Greyson Briggs - 1st Grade
  • Keyli Cardoso - 4th Grade
  • Cash Hart - 4th Grade
  • Zoe Johnson -5th Grade
  • Lylah Jones - 3rd Grade
  • Rowan Lee - 1st Grade
  • Aari Patel - Kindergarten
  • Sienna Routledge - 2nd Grade
  • Nina Talbot - 5th Grade
  • Arabella Taylor - Kindergarten

Additionally, 2 of the 11 students earned a perfect score, and one student—Aari Patel—was named a Top of the TEAM member for his artwork which placed among the top 10% of all entries. Only 15 students from the region were chosen as a Top TEAM member. Kayla Koslow is the art teacher at Lake Travis Elementary School.

LTHS Cavalettes designated national champions

The Lake Travis High School Cavalettes earned National Champion designation for 2 of their 3 competition dances at the 2022 Crowd Pleasers Dance Texas National Showcase held March 24-26 in Allen.

The Cavalettes performed in the preliminary block and were selected as Finalists in each category they competed. All teams selected to the finals were re-scored for final placement. In the Production and Pom categories, the Cavalettes were named National Champions. Additionally, the Cavalettes were named National Champions for their overall academic performance with an average GPA of 4.89.

The 40th Line of Cavalettes performed their Spring show "Forever Blooming" April 29-30 at the Lake Travis High School Performing Arts Center.

The Cavalettes and Red Rubies are directed by Abigail Payne, and she is assisted by Lindsey Benning.

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Community celebration highlights LTHS Men's Soccer state championship

The Lake Travis community came together for a special celebration May 4 at the Hill Country Galleria as members of the state champion Lake Travis High School Men's Soccer team participated in a red carpet event. The celebration featured local dignitaries, district leaders, and a very special message from Academy Award-winner Matthew McConaughey.

On April 16, Lake Travis High School Men’s Soccer defeated Plano High School 4-3 on penalty kicks to capture the 2022 UIL Class 6A state championship at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown. During their impressive championship run, the Cavaliers won their last 14 matches and finished the season 24-3, ultimately claiming its first soccer state title in school history. Lake Travis also became the first Austin-area men’s team to win a UIL state championship in soccer. Sophomore and goalkeeper Adam Schantz was named tournament MVP. Lake Travis High School Men’s Soccer is coached by David Bammel. He is assisted by Will Maloney.

The video below includes highlights from the Lake Travis community celebration.

LTHS Men's Soccer State Championship Team Community Celebration
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Back-to-school information for 2022-2023

As we head into summer and begin to prepare for 2022-2023, you can find back-to-school information such as dates for Meet the Teacher (elementary), Round-ups, summer reading and school supply lists, and much more on our campus websites. You can also visit our Back-to-School Information webpage throughout the summer.
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Community races towards a night of philanthropy

The Lake Travis Education Foundation (LTEF) Board of Directors hosted an amazing night of philanthropy Saturday, April 23 benefitting Lake Travis schools.

Themed "An Evening at the Races," the annual LTEF Gala was held at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa. The funds raised from the gala will assist LTEF in awarding educator grants to each LTISD campus as well as scholarships to graduating seniors from Lake Travis High School. In 2021, LTEF provided 85 innovative educator grants and 19 scholarships.

“LTEF was founded in 1985, and since then, we have been fortunate to have motivated volunteers work hard to raise over $5 million for these important educator grants and scholarships," shared Vince Abio, LTEF president. "We have a community dedicated to the success of our schools, and I’m proud of the work LTEF is doing to support our students and teachers. Our Board of Directors is comprised of community leaders, parents, volunteers, and advocates, and we created a gala that captured the spirit of LT."

The gala is the foundation’s largest fundraising event of the year which will support critical programs and technology for more than 11,300 Lake Travis students.

Jenny Goff, LTEF Gala Chair, added, “The LTEF Board was excited to host a very special gala this year. This southern garden party at the Omni transported attendees to a Kentucky Derby-style event. It was successfully designed to bring together the greater Lake Travis and Austin community to support our schools.”

Rough Hollow Lakeway was the gala’s presenting sponsor.

“We are fortunate to partner with local businesses and families who support the vision of bringing the community together to drive educational excellence in our Lake Travis schools," said Katie Kauffman, LTEF Executive Director. "Because of our committed sponsors, we are able to make a big impact in classrooms across the district. A phrase that continues to drive our board was shared by Lake Travis ISD team member Kallie Nichols who observed “When you invest in the Lake Travis Education Foundation, you are telling our students, ‘We believe in you; go change the world!'"

The Lake Travis Education Foundation Board of Directors would like to thank the student performers, volunteers, and teachers who made this event possible, including but not limited to, the Lake Travis Cavalier Band (Brass Quintet and Drumline), the Lake Travis Cavalettes, the Lake Travis Cheerleaders, the Lake Travis Fiddlers, LTHS PALS, LTHS National Honor Society, LTHS DECA, LTHS Cavs in Service, and LTHS students Presley Grace and Sam Self.

LTEF developed a series of videos that initially aired during the gala including "Lake Travis Programs", "What Are You Going to Do?," and "Every Student." Each video was produced by Jon DaSilva of Roadrunner Pictures and is hosted on LTEF digital and social media platforms. Photos from the LTEF Gala are available for viewing online as well.

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Contact our Development & Corporate Relations Department to learn how your organization can partner with Lake Travis ISD and support our schools while increasing exposure for your business.

Keeping Connected

Download the LTISD Keeping Connected PDF to learn about the various ways to receive District and campus-level news, emergency notification, and other information.

Stay in the know on the go with our District mobile app for iOS and Android. Follow LTISD on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Learn about Peachjar, the innovative flyer management system that sends District- and school-approved digital flyers directly to parents via email.

Lake Travis Independent School District

The Lake Travis Independent School District is a 6A district located about 25 minutes west of Austin, Texas. Established in 1981, Lake Travis ISD is a fast growth district comprised of 11 campuses serving more than 11,300 students. Lake Travis ISD is the area's largest employer supporting more than 1,400 staff districtwide.