Scotties use BLEND

Lamar Community BLEND Information

BLEND is used to amplify and support teaching, learning, and communication

  • BLEND is our district's version of Canvas LMS, a tool that the University of Texas and other K-12 districts, colleges, and universities around the country are using to support instruction. This is why BLEND email/text notifications say "Canvas."

  • Teachers are still getting comfortable with BLEND and are using it to varying degrees.

  • ALL Parents/Guardians have "Observer" access to BLEND. This means that when they click on BLEND through the portal or download and set up the Canvas mobile app, they will automatically be able to view any published content for their child's courses.

  • Parents will ONLY be able to see individual responses and teacher feedback for their child, not for the entire class.

  • TEAMS is still the grade book of record. Parents should still access overall course grades through Self Serve, but if a teacher is using BLEND to grade individual assignments, parents can view those assignment grades in BLEND.

How do Community Members Connect to our Campus Community Course?

Before they can access BLEND, parents will need to set up a Parent Cloud Account. These resources are designed to support parents with this process. If a parent or guardian needs support with their account setup, they should call the Parent Help Desk at 512-414-9187

Start at the AISD Portal:

https://portal.austinisd.org/

PDF Step by step Setup

PDF Step Setup(Spanish)

Helpful Blend Information

These printable documents provide parents/guardians with key information about BLEND.

BLEND Parent 1-Pager

BLEND Parent 1-Pager (Spanish)

Multiple Languages Supported

This page contains helpful BLEND (Canvas) guides in multiple languages.

BLEND (Canvas) Guides - Guías - 指南中文版

Parent Setup Walk Throughs

These links will take parents to short screencasts that demonstrate what BLEND looks like from the parent "observer" view.

BLEND Parent Access Screencast Video

BLEND Parent Access Screencast (Spanish)

Parent BLEND Access English
Parent BLEND Access Spanish

BLEND Tour

This link will direct parents to another BLEND course with very detailed information about how BLEND works. The course is available in English and Spanish.

http://bit.ly/BLENDparentTOUR

Lamar Middle School and Fine Arts Academy

Lamar Middle School, home to one of the district’s middle school Fine Arts academies, provides a robust program for students across Austin in visual arts, dance, band, orchestra, choral music, drama, classical guitar, piano, digital arts and media. As the primary feeder school for McCallum High School, the school is strongly aligned with McCallum’s fine arts programs. Lamar's academic programs are comprehensive and rigorous, and its athletics programs are dynamic. In 2013 and 2014, Lamar Middle School’s Jazz Factory was ranked as the top middle school jazz ensemble in the nation in the Mark of Excellence Recording Competition from The Foundation for Music Education. Jazz Factory has received numerous awards, from competing in Festival Disney in 2014 to being invited to the 69th annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago this year. Lamar celebrates its 60th anniversary during the 2015–16 school year.