LVHS Newsletter

Excellence In All We Do.

March 16, 2020

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SPRING BREAK IS MARCH 16TH-20TH...ENJOY YOUR BREAK, VIKINGS!

Electives Fair and Vape/Mental Health Education Night!

LVHS will host an electives fair and course selection night for incoming 9th graders and new students starting at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. After the meeting (around 7:15), we will have a very special presentation on vaping, mental health, and teenagers that all parents are invited and encouraged to attend.


All final course selections are due March 27, 2020.


If you have any questions about the course selection process or your student's selections, feel free to email Elanna_Hylander@lagovista.txed.net or Meghin_Huerta@lagovista.txed.net.

Upcoming Bond Meetings

Check out the flyer below for information on the upcoming bond. LVISD wants our community members and voters to be informed on what’s proposed in the May bond election and give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have at one of the following informational meetings:


  • Monday, March 23 at 6:30 pm at Viking Hall
  • Thursday, April 2 at 6:00 pm at Lago Vista Elementary
  • Monday, April 20 at 6:00 pm at the PAC


You can also find more information about the bond by clicking on the following link:

https://lagovistaisdbond.org/

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Voter Registration Must Be Postmarked by April 2nd!


As you are probably aware, the Lago Vista ISD Board of Trustees called for a bond election to be held on May 2, 2020. In order to vote, you must be registered (and reside within the District boundaries). To register in time for this election, simply pick up a voter registration application, fill it out, and drop it in the mail by Thursday, April 2nd. Applications are available at your child’s school, public libraries, post office, and other state/county government offices.

You may also fill out an online voter registration by visiting https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/vrapp/index.asp,
but you must also print it, sign it, and mail it to the Travis County Tax Office, located at 5501 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX, 78751-1410.

LVISD's Covid-19 spring break message

Lago Vista ISD is committed to taking the necessary actions to help protect the health and safety of our community, students, and staff as we continue to monitor the evolving situation related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact. As such, we want to keep all stakeholders informed of the District’s efforts to protect to our campuses and our community, including important new requirements related to Spring Break travel.


Decision-Making During Spring Break
As we move into Spring Break, please know that District officials will be in constant contact with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) for updates in this evolving situation. We will also continue follow the guidance of local, state, and federal health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), to determine if it is prudent to alter school operations to limit the spread of infection. If such a decision is made, notifications will be communicated through ParentLink, the District website, and through District social media accounts. For more information on the CDC's considerations for school closures, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/considerations-for-school-closure.pdf.


Deep Cleaning During Spring Break
During Spring Break, our custodial services provider, Aramark, will be deep cleaning all campuses, District facilities, and school buses. A broad spectrum, hospital-grade disinfectant will be used to disinfect all high touch and traffic areas, which includes desks, water fountains, doors, cafeteria tables, restrooms, and nurses’ areas, as well as school bus seats and handrails.


Additional Mitigating Measures
In an effort to do all we can to keep our students, staff, and community safe, Lago Vista ISD is putting additional mitigating measures into place, which include:

  • Reinforcing effective hand washing techniques with students and staff;
    The deployment of additional custodial staff members to ensure campuses are thoroughly disinfected each day;
  • Ongoing, supplemental disinfecting measures throughout the day for all facilities and buses; and
  • Active monitoring by nursing staff of students/staff with any signs of respiratory illnesses.

In addition to District measures to help keep everyone healthy, we would like to remind all parents and staff members that the most effective measures to prevent the spread of illnesses are reinforcing good hand washing techniques and ensuring that anyone who is ill stays at home.


Level 3 Travel Notices & Spring Break Travel
For any of our Lago Vista ISD families who may be traveling over Spring Break, we urge you to please stay informed of travel health notices, and updates to these notices, by visiting the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices. Currently, the CDC recommends avoiding all non-essential travel to China, Iran, South Korea, and Europe and has placed restrictions on reentry to the United States for individuals traveling from these countries. Parents of students who travel to any country with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice over Spring Break must contact campus administration and plan to self-quarantine for 14 days after returning to the U.S., per the CDC’s guidelines. The self-quarantine days will be counted as excused absences.


Level 3 Travel Notices & New Student Enrollment
On March 6, 2020, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) shared guidance on enrolling students after Spring Break. According to the TEA, students seeking to enroll following Spring Break must be allowed to do so UNLESS they have traveled to a Level 3 Travel Health Notice country (in which case the District must follow guidance from the CDC before students are allowed to enroll).

We understand that this is a source of concern to our school community and we will remain vigilant in monitoring and responding to this ever-evolving situation, providing additional updates as necessary.

If you would like updated information from the CDC on the Coronavirus, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. The most recent information about the Coronavirus in Texas may be found at https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/.

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Coach’s Corner, From Coach Phillips:

Another Great Week in Viking Sports!


This Week's Recap:


Track:

Girls Track: 2nd as a Team at the Viking Relays. Saydie Kassell ran 26.8 winning the 200m dash. Mallory Webb won the 100m hurdles in 16.7


Boys Track:
2nd as a Team at the Viking Relays. Two new School Records were set yesterday. Hunter Phillips with a high jump of 6’5” and our 4x100 relay Hines, Hurley, Kahlden, and Parsons with a time of 43.10.


Softball: The girls won their district opener Tuesday night against Jarrell 2-1 and dropped their second district game to Blanco Friday night, 4-8.


Baseball: The baseball team was 1-1 on Thursday with a win over the host Cedar Creek HS.


Golf:

Girls Golf: Our ladies were 5th place behind Westwood, Lake Travis, Cedar Park and Leander HS in the Leander ISD girls golf Tournament. Layla Vaughn shot an 84 on the day.


Boys Golf: Our men placed 6th as a team in a field of 18, mostly large classification, schools at Crystal Falls. Braden Smith shot a team-low 74, placing 5th as an individual.


Tennis:

Varsity Tennis: The Long sisters, Sarah and Esther, won the consolation bracket at the Leander ISD March Madness Tennis Tournament.


Powerlifting:

Advancing to the state meet in Waco will be Cheyenne LeBlanc in the 220 lb. class and Dasha Gildon in the 165 lb. class. Cheyenne is #1 in the state for 3A and Dasha is #2 in the state for 3A.


Boys Regional Qualifier Ethan Harris, as well as our State Qualifier girls, will be waiting to see when these events get rescheduled as they have both been postponed for now.


Due to statewide concerns with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), no athletic contests will be allowed March 16th – March 29th.

Band Earns Superior Rating

The Lago Vista High School Viking Band performed at their annual Concert and Sightreading Competition on Wednesday, March 11th in Burnet. The band received SUPERIOR ratings from the judges in both concert and sightreading and earned a Sweepstakes for the year. A sweepstakes is earned when the band earns a superior rating in both marching and concert season.

This is the first time that the Lago Vista High School Band has earned consecutive sweepstakes in its history! Congratulations to the Viking Band!

LVISD's 2020-2021 school calendar adopted by school board last Monday:

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oldies, but goodies:

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Senior parents - don't miss out on important dates and deadlines for your graduate:

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Attendance Matters

The vast majority of our students with excessive absences fail to pass their classes. Students need to be at school everyday.
Our schoolwide attendance goal for this year is 97%. Our state funding is based on the percentage of students at school at 10:15 am every day. Higher attendance rate = more money for resources for your student.
For students who exceed our 96% goal, we are planning some more exciting rewards this year, such as a movie in the PAC, Kona Ice, and exam exemptions!

For students who miss school, here is some very important attendance information:


  • 3 or more unexcused absences in a 4 week period - warning letter sent home and phone call from the principal.
  • 7 or more unexcused absences in a 6-month period - warning letter sent home and Behavior Intervention Plan meeting called with the parents, student, and assistant principal.
  • 10 or more unexcused absences in a 6 month period - truancy charges are filed. Parent, student and school administrator will be summoned to appear in truancy court.


Our campus goal is to reach 97% attendance each day.

Thanks for your support!

Dress Code Review

Here is an EXCERPT from our Student Code of Conduct. Please reference the document for the entire list.

1. Clothing should be of the appropriate size.
a. Clothing must not be baggy or saggy, worn low on the body, nor drag on the ground.
b. Clothing must not be overly form fitting or tight.

2. Pictures, emblems or writings on student attire, jewelry, and/or tattoos must be appropriate for the school environment. No messages and/or graphics that are vulgar, offensive, obscene, libelous, or that denigrate others on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
a. No messages and/or graphics that include depictions of or references to profanity,
prohibited substances (e.g., alcohol, drugs, tobacco, etc.), obscenity, sexual
connotations, gangs, inappropriate language, inappropriate pictures, inappropriate
gestures, death, and/or depictions of violent images.

3. See-through/sheer material is ONLY permitted when worn over an article of clothing that is dress code compliant.

4. Students will be expected to be in compliance with the dress code while standing or sitting.

5. Proper undergarments should be worn, but undergarments must not be visible. Garters and garter belts are considered undergarments.

6. No pajamas, sleepwear, or house slippers of any kind, except for designated days such as theme or character days approved by the campus administration.

7. Mustaches, beards, and sideburns must be well groomed. Grooming is at the discretion of the principal.

Bottoms (Dresses, Skirts, Shorts, and Pants)
8. All bottoms must fit around the waist and be properly fastened.

9. Dresses, skirts, shorts, and other non-uniform clothing must be of sufficient length to allow for performing normal school functions without immodest exposure. Any garment, regardless of what it is called, must cover all skin above the middle of the thigh.

10. Spandex shorts, tights, and leggings are allowed ONLY with an outer garment that meets the middle of the thigh requirement.

11. No rips or holes that are excessive or placed above the middle of the thigh.

Shirts and Blouses
12. Shirts must be buttoned properly.

13. Sleeveless shirts and modest tank tops that provide appropriate coverage are permitted.
a. No tank tops or dresses with “spaghetti straps” (thin shoulder straps over otherwise
bare shoulders).
b. Sleeveless tops must fit appropriately under the arm. No “muscle shirts”.

14. No strapless, spaghetti-strap, backless, halter, one-shoulder, or off-the-shoulder tops.

15. No clothing that reveals bare midriffs and/or bare backs. Midriffs must be fully covered at all times (even when arms are raised).

16. No low cut necklines (which reveal cleavage or the chest area).

Accessories
17. No hats, caps, and/or hoods may be worn inside during the academic school day, except for designated days such as theme or character days approved by the campus administration.

18. No bandanas, rags, gloves, kerchiefs, or gang-related decorative articles.

19. No hanging wallet chains, chain belts, handcuffs, sharp/heavy rings, or other metal spiked or metal-studded studded accessories.

20. No visible body piercings, with the exception of earrings.

21. No sunglasses may be worn in school buildings without specific recommendation from a doctor.

22. No shoes that mark the floor or “wheelies”.

23. No trench coats.

StayAlert System Reminder

Lago Vista ISD uses StayALERT to help keep our schools safe. StayALERT is a bilingual, confidential website, e-mail, phone and texting avenue for students, teachers, staff, parents and community members to be able to confidentially report unsafe behaviors, suspicious activities, bullying, acts of violence, harassment, and a host of other potential disruptors to school safety.

Users may anonymously report concerns 24-7-365 via the StayALERT website, an e-mail, a phone call to a recorded and monitored line, or via a text message from a cell phone. Photos and video clips pertaining to the StayALERT report may be included. No special app required! Reportable information will be forwarded in a timely manner to a pre-designated school official for review.

To make a report, use one of the methods below:


Website:
stayalert.info

Call or Text: (206) 406-6485

Email: report@stayalert.info

To whom should i talk to about...

Attendance - including absences, doctor's notes, students needing to leave school early : Our attendance clerk, Abigayle_Terry@lagovista.txed.net, 512-267-8300, extension 5500


Immunizations, illnesses, medications: Our nurse Kathryn_Azevedo@lagovista.txed.net, 512-267-8300, extention 5506


Registration, Transcripts: Our registrar, Tyra_Becker@lagovista.txed.net, 512-267-8300, extension 5503


Student Emotional Support, College Readiness, Student Schedules: Our counselor, Meghin_Huerta@lagovista.txed.net, 512-267-8300, extension 5504


Career and Tech Readiness: Our CTE Counselor, Elanna_Hylander@lagovista.txed.net, 512-267-8300, extension 5510


Student Discipline, Ideas for School Improvement: Our assistant principal, Stu_Taylor@lagovista.txed.net or principal, Heather_Stoner@lagovista.txed.net, 512-267-8300, extension 5500

Lago Vista High School

The mission of Lago Vista High School is to use the four years allotted to teach, motivate, and challenge each student to rise to the highest level of academic excellence possible in a premiere learning environment. All graduates will leave our school with the ability to live and work as compassionate citizens and mature, effective adults. We are committed to sending into the world individuals who use problem-solving skills to impact their community in a responsible manner.