LVMS Weekly Newsletter

Week of February 6, 2017

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CAPTURE THE MOMENT: WONDER, DISCOVERY, & EXPLORATION

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 4th

District Basketball Tournament


Thursday, February 9th

FCA Meeting (During both lunches)


Friday, February 10th

School Dance


Wednesday, February 15th

7th Grade Writing & 8th Grade Reading Benchmarks

High School Cheerleading Tryout Meeting (See below)


Thursday, February 16th

7th Grade Math, 8th Grade Math, & Algebra 1 (Mini) Benchmarks

Middle School Cheerleading Tryout Meeting (See below)


Monday, February 20th

President's Day, Student Holiday


Friday, February 24th

Track and Field Meet at Blanco HS

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Attendance this week...

Our goal is 98% attendance and our attendance was 95.66% this week.


It’s important to send the message to our kids - School is your first and most important job! Our students are learning about much more than math, science, English, and social studies. They’re also learning the value and importance of showing up on time every day, which is an essential skill for college and for their future careers.


Remember: Students must be in attendance at least 90% of the days the class is taught in order to receive credit or a final grade in a class. We appreciate our parents' efforts in helping us minimize student absences and prepare our students for their futures!

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Interim Principal Update: Welcome, Mr. Tucker!

This past Wednesday, the LVISD Board of Trustees approved Mr. Carlton Tucker as the interim principal at Lago Vista Middle School. Mr. Tucker is a lifelong educator with experience as a campus principal at both the elementary and secondary levels. He has also served as a school superintendent. Even so, his love is the campus and the relationships that bond the students, teachers, and parents into a creative and effective team. He believes that the instructional team is the foundation of which aspirations, wishes, and dreams are founded.


Mr. Tucker is married with two children. His wife, Barbara, is a retired music teacher and his children, Kendra and Harrison, are a microbiology lab supervisor and attorney, respectively.


We are excited to welcome Mr. Tucker to the Viking Nation on February 13th. We look forward to having him lead LVMS while the District conducts the principal search process and are grateful for the wealth of campus leadership experience he will bring to Lago Vista Middle School.


And, yes, the bow tie…it’s a thing!

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Congratulations to these 2nd 9 Weeks Honor Roll Students!

We are super proud of our students who work hard to earn excellent grades. Students earning honor roll will receive a ribbon AND a certificate from Mighty Fine burgers for a free youngster burger/fries/drink. Yum!


"A" Honor Roll
: These students earned "A's" in all their classes (an average of 90% or above in every class!).


"A/B" Honor Roll: These students earned “A”s and “B”s in all classes with no more than 2 “B”s.


6th Grade A Honor Roll – 2nd 9 Weeks

Lucas Bailey, Sarah Baird, Julia Ball, Fischer Coffey, Bella Dreibrodt, Cherie Hood, Jillian Jungman, Konnor Karg, Saydie Kassell, Bryce Mayer, Ivan McCormick, Maya Ramsey Stella Robinson, Eli Simons, Nevaeh Smith, Sadie Stark, Olivia Vincent, Sofia Xuereb, Vaughn York


6th Grade A/B Honor Roll – 2nd 9 Weeks

Isabella Alves, Bailey Arnold, Adelynn Barron, Blake Beckwith, Jeremiah Billings, Rylee Bing, Morgan Burke, Austin Cantwell, Julyssa Cisneros, Pauline D'Ogny, Joshua Davis-Barlow, Abigail Dromgoole, Kamryn Fogel, Jocelyn Hargrove, Samantha Hiebert, Nevaeh Holcomb, Abigail Jackson, Rylee Johnson, Berend Kahlden, Gage Mayhew, Jacob McKinney, Bronson Milivojac, Marina Mirabal, Casey Parsons, Beckham Press, Knox Renfro, Andrew Rowin, Jett Seely, Lauren Shirley, Ava Stavrowsky, Bowen Stobb, Peyton Stoner, Whitney Vaughan, Kaylee Wagner, Cali Wright, Shelby Yeary


7th Grade A Honor Roll - 2nd 9 Weeks

Christian Beall, Christian Burke, James Chapman, Diego D'Lorm, Dalton Ditto, Wyatt Forbes, Jeremy Hill, Nina King, Dax Lawhon, Cheyenne LeBlanc, Nathan Mckee, Thomas Nowlin, Ryder Phillips, Klarisa Polikaitis, Ashley Purkey, Lance Shook, Lola Spedale, Mary Syer, Emma Vincent, Mckayla Ward, Layla Wheeler, Isabella Zaleski


7th Grade A/B – 2nd 9 Weeks

Benjamin Audlee, Brennen Baker, Joseph Botik, Kate Burke, Jackson Carlton, Michael D'Ambrose, Nathaniel Deveze, Levi Gaines, Jaycie Greenlees, Jasmine Huff, Katarina Leza, Monica Lopez-Ulloa, Nicholas Mirabal, James Moehler, Liliana Navarro, Mayce Ornelas, Logan Parsons, Delaney Reighley, Cadence Sansom, Jackson Travis


8th Grade A Honor Roll - 2nd 9 Weeks

Trevor Alwell, Kayla Beckwith, Schuyler Burke, Hailey Clifton, Grace Coldicott, Katelyn Coldicott, Leah Coldicott, Seth Collinsworth, Ryan Davis, Rhett Kahlden, Lucas Lawless, Esther Long, Cassandra McKinney, Emily Pieklik, Jade Press, Willow Ruiz, Skylar Stefka, John Vermillion, Cartie Whitelaw, Savanna Wolff, Adeline Womack, Zoe Wright


8th Grade A/B Honor – 2nd 9 Weeks

John Berentsen, Kylie Cagle, Taylor Cagle, Austin Coley, Anson Skyla Huckabee, Madison Jackson, Dylan McCrory, Heather Power, Kylee Raggio, David Rague, Jacob Rogers, Grace Rohne, Blaze Seely, Madisyn Shepard, Anna Stallcup, Emily Takeda, Alberto Velazquez, Aryana Wallace, Aidan Weis, Noah Yetley


Congratulations, Vikings! You make us proud!

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Perfect Attendance Students for the 2nd 9 Weeks and the YEAR!

These students are super dedicated to being at school and we appreciate them.


ALL YEAR (SO FAR!) PERFECT ATTENDANCE - WOW!!!

Kayla Beckwith, Hailey Clifton, Tyler Brown, Patrick Celcer, Rafael Chavez, Dalton Ditto, Bella Dreibrodt, Anson Eleuterius, Jaycie Greenlees, Thomas Nowlin, Cadence Sansom, Ivan McCormick, Eli Simons, Dougal Stevenson, Aiden Stojanik, Whitney Vaughan, Cali Wright, Vaughn York


6th Grade Perfect Attendance - 2nd 9 Weeks

Lucas Bailey, Julia Ball, Rylee Bing, Ashleigh Ditmore, Bella Dreibrodt, Ava Girard, Samantha Hiebert, Bryce Mayer, Ivan McCormick, Jaxen Rodriguez, Eli Simons, Dougal Stevenson, Bowen Stobb, Aiden Stojanik, Whitney Vaughan, Cali Wright, Vaughn York


7th Grade Perfect Attendance - 2nd 9 Weeks

Benjamin Audlee, Christian Beall, Joseph Botik, Tyler Brown, Patrick Celcer, Rafael Chavez, Dalton Ditto, Jaycee Greenness, Gavin Hester, Jeremy Hill, Seseley Hoke, Nathan McKee, Joaquin Moses, Thomas Nowlin, Avery Rague, David Ramirez, Cadence Sansom, Scott Shepard


8th Grade Perfect Attendance - 2nd 9 Weeks

Kayla Beckwith, Lynnsey Bell, Hailey Clifton, Anson Eleuterius, Bree Greenness, Aiden Panter, Emily Pieklik, Seth Vaughn, Zoe Wright


Thank you for being such a great example and for believing that attendance matters!

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A Special Message From Our Viking Valor Class

Mrs. Reighley’s 6th grade Viking Valor class has been working on a special unit teaching students that they matter and everyone matters. They are learning that it is up to them to “be the difference they want to see in the world.” This week they focused on making a list of all they reasons they matter, then they created a “You Matter” video where each student told someone special to them, why they matter. The students also discussed problems in our school, community and world and then brainstormed ways to make the world a better place.


Click below to view the special message from Mrs. Reighley's Viking Valor class!

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Lago Vista Middle School Principal Candidate Profile Survey

Lago Vista ISD is seeking input to assist in setting the skills and qualifications to be used in selecting the new principal for Lago Vista Middle School. Your input will be a critical part of the District's process.


The survey below consists of 33 questions and should take 10-15 minutes to complete. All input is anonymous and confidential and is for the sole use of the District. Input will be accepted until February 24, 2017.


CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY!


We appreciate you for taking the time to provide us with feedback!

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School Dance on February 10th!

LVMS will host a dance for grades 6-8 on Friday, February 10th from 6:30 - 9:00pm. A concession stand will sell pizza, candy and beverages.


A few reminders about dances:

• Students must be currently enrolled as a LVMS student.

• Parents must drop off and pick up students in front of Viking Hall.

• Students must be picked up promptly at the end of the dance.

• Standard dress code requirements and the District Code of Conduct are followed.

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Order Your LVMS Yearbook Online Today!

The LVMS Yearbook is now on sale for $45.00. The staff has been working to bring Lago Vista Middle School a wonderful yearbook and you don't want to miss out. Click below to buy your yearbook online:


https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/


Enter Code: 18995


The deadline to order your 2016-2017 LVMS Yearbook is April 15th, so order yours today!

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MANDATORY Cheerleading Tryout Information Meetings!

Planning on trying out for LVHS or LVMS Cheerleading? Don’t miss the upcoming tryout meetings! All students planning on trying out for cheerleading must attend.


Lago Vista High School Cheerleading Tryout Meeting

Wednesday, February 15th

7:00 pm in the MAC at LVHS

All 8th graders trying out for high school cheerleader MUST attend. Parents are STRONGLY encouraged to attend, as well. All paperwork will be distributed at that time.


Lago Vista Middle School Cheerleading Tryout Meeting

Thursday, February 16th

7:00 pm in the LVMS Cafeteria

All 6th and 7th graders trying out for middle school cheerleading MUST attend. This meeting is mandatory for all students trying out AND THEIR PARENTS. All paperwork will be distributed at that time.


If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Katy Baugh (LVHS) or Mrs. Wendy Phillips (LVMS). Go Vikings!

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Interested in Joining the TMSCA Math Team?

TMSCA is a unique competition that gives students opportunities to advance to a state-level meet and the ability to compete in Number Sense, Mathematics, Calculator, and/or Science with students all across Texas in their 3A division. Students who attend practices regularly will be taken to one, two, or all three qualifying meets, in hopes of qualifying for the state meet in his/her event(s). All TMSCA qualifying meets will be held on Saturdays in San Antonio.


If your son/daughter is interested in participating in TMSCA, he/she will need to contact Mrs. Phillips (if he/she is not already currently attending practices regularly).

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6th Grade Socratic Seminars

Mrs. Reighley’s 6th grade Language Arts classes participated in Socratic Seminars where the students discussed the short fictional story Thank You, Ma’am by Langston Hughes. The students did a close reading of the text earlier in the week and recorded their thinking, looked at the plot structure of the story and wrote open ended questions to prepare for the Socratic Seminar.


The Socratic Seminar is a formal discussion, based on a text, in which the students ask open-ended questions. Within the context of the discussion, students listen closely to the comments of others, thinking critically for themselves, and articulate their own thoughts and their responses to the thoughts of others. The socratic seminar is a favorite activity of the 6th graders!

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Students with Sniffles

As a reminder, students should not directly contact parents if they believe they are sick. Students are ONLY allowed to use their cell phones during passing period in the front office with permission.


If a student becomes ill during the school day, he or she must ask permission from the teacher to see the school nurse. If the nurse determines that the child should go home, the nurse will contact the parent. Thank you for reinforcing this information with your student!

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Inventor's Challenge Contest!

Calling all inventors! AT&T has created a contest for all budding inventors in PK-12th grades. The goal of the challenge is simple: make something original, cool, useful, maybe even wacky, that solves a problem in their schools or communities. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 24, 2017.

For more information on this challenge, please click on the following link:
http://imagination.org/2017/01/25124/#.WJNS9LYrLVp


We have some inventors here at LVMS, so we encourage you to submit an invention! Good luck!

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EVERY WEDNESDAY IN LVISD IS COLLEGE DAY! BE SURE TO SPORT YOUR FAVORITE COLLEGE'S GEAR!

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LVMS Benchmark Testing Dates

District benchmarks are given one time a year in the second semester to analyze students' mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. This information helps us identify strengths and needs for each of our students to help them finish strong and be prepared for the next academic year.


Here are the LVMS benchmark testing dates:


Feb 15 – 7th grade Writing & 8th grade Reading

Feb 16 – 7th grade Math, 8th grade Math, & Algebra 1 (Mini-benchmark)

April 3 – 6th grade Reading, 7th grade Reading, & 8th grade Science

April 4 – 6th grade Math & 8th grade Social Studies

April 5 – Algebra 1 (Full benchmark) & Make-ups


To help your child do his/her very best, please:


  • Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep;
  • Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast;
  • Provide your child with a healthy snack;
  • Send him/her to school on time; and
  • Show your child extra love and encouragement.


Remember, it’s totally normal for kids to feel a little nervous and stressed before a test. You can can help your child stay positive with a pep talk. Remind your child that, no matter what happens with any test, he or she is a wonderful, beautiful, worthwhile individual who is loved and admired.


We are proud of our students’ hard work and know they will do a great job!

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Fairness

Fairness is our Viking Character Trait for the month of February. Throughout the month, Mrs. LaRosa will be visiting classrooms to talk to students about the importance of fairness in disagreeing respectfully, negotiating, and compromising.


Parents are encouraged to talk to their students about the importance of fairness by encouraging them to:


• Play by the rules;

• Take turns and share;

• Be open-minded and listen to others;

• Avoid taking advantage of others;

• Avoid blaming others carelessly; and

• Treat all people fairly.

2017-2018 Course Selection is Coming!

It's hard to believe that it's almost that time, but we are getting ready to begin the course selection process for next year. The LVMS and LVHS course guides will be published this month. Parents and students are encouraged to read through the course guides and plan their course selections carefully.


Current 6th and 7th Graders

Course selection sheets for upcoming 7th and 8th graders will be reviewed and completed during the last two weeks of May.


Current 8th Graders

Course selection sheets for upcoming 9th graders will be reviewed and completed during the week of April 24th-27th. LVHS will hold an 8th Grade Parent Night on April 27th to discuss courses and graduation plans. Stay tuned for more details!

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The Bleacher Report will return next week with a full recap of the the boys’ and girls’ basketball games against Comfort this week, as well as a rundown of the Lago Vista ISD Middle School Basketball Tournament being held this weekend.


Hope to see you at the tournament. Wear your Blue and Gold and thank you for coming out to support our athletics program!

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Make Sure You Know About StayALERT (...and Talk About it With Your Kiddos!)

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

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LVMS Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedure Review

As we begin the second semester, we would like to take a moment to review arrival and dismissal procedures, particularly as they relate to car riders. Student safety is our top priority and your observance of these procedures is greatly appreciatedI


DROP-OFF

As a reminder, supervision is not provided for middle school students who arrive to school before 7:30am. Car riders are dropped off directly in front of Viking Hall. Parents must use the entrance on Bar-K and follow the loop around. This is to ensure that cars are not forced to line up on 1431.

  • Please make sure your students are ready to quickly exit your vehicle so that the line moves quickly.
  • Also, we ask that you pull forward in the line (even if it is past the doors to Viking Hall). This will help keep our drop-off line running efficiently so that you'll be on your way in no time!


PICK-UP

Car riders will wait to be picked up directly in front of Viking Hall.


Parents who are parked for pick-up in the baseball field parking lots on Bar-K must be waiting for immediate pickup at dismissal.

  • To ensure their safety, students must proceed directly to this area using the doors that exit to the faculty parking lot behind the gymnasium and may not walk through the car pickup lane.
  • Students may cross at the crosswalk only when given clearance by the crossing guard.
  • STUDENTS MAY NOT WAIT IN THE AREA BY THE CROSSWALK TO BE PICKED UP. They will be escorted to the pickup line.
  • Students waiting for pickup must remain in the supervised pick-up line at Viking Hall.


At 4:15pm, any student who is still waiting to be picked up will be escorted to the front office for pick-up. This is to ensure our students’ safety and supervision while they are in our care. Finally, for their safety and the safety of others, young children are asked to wait in cars with their parents.


Thank you for helping our Vikings remain Respectful, Responsible, and SAFE!

Get Your Viking Gear Here!

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Stay Connected With These Parent Resources

Parent Connection

Parents are valued partners and we believe that successful learning is best achieved through collaborative partnerships with parents and families. Our Parent Connection page is a one stop shop of resources for parents in LVISD. Click here to check it out!


Stay Connected with ParentLink by Blackboard

Lago Vista ISD uses the ParentLink communication system from Blackboard to assist in alerting parents, families, and employees of important information, such as school closures. ParentLink communicates via telephone, SMS text message, email and push notifications from the ParentLink app. Be sure to add a filter to your inbox so that emails containing the word “Blackboard” are not delivered to Spam. Download the FREE ParentLink app from the iTunes app store or on Google Play.


LVISD Publications and Forms

The District has a one-stop shop for all District publications and forms, including course catalogs, student handbooks, grading guidelines, and special programs information...and we are continuing to build this resource as documents and handbooks become available. Our "Publications and Forms" page is located under the "Parents and Students" tab, as well as on the "Quicklinks" menu on the right side of our homepage. Here is a link to the Publications and Forms page.

Lago Vista Middle School

Mission Statement: Lago Vista Middle School will provide a positive and supportive environment, which builds self-confidence, develops responsibility, and assists each student in becoming a successful life-long learner.