Aug. 2017 - Back to School Edition

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Parents, Are you READY, SET, GO for the 2017-2018 academic school year?

We Will See You Soon...

Dear Parent/Guardian,


Summer is nearly over and the hustle and bustle of preparation for the new school year is in progress. From uniforms to school supplies, immunizations and more, we know that you are checking off those back-to-school items one by one.


This is the reason that we have focused this special edition newsletter on all things related to getting your child back-to-school ready! We hope that you find this information timely, relevant and useful.


As always, we are proud to have your partnership and trust as we prepare to begin another school year designed to help your child to learn, grow and achieve self-sustaining success.


Please enjoy this edition and know that are proud to SERVE YOU!


Thank you for staying connected and will see you soon!

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Please see the following topics of information that will help you to ensure that your students are ready and equipped to start the school year.

Campus Listings and Addresses

The Lancaster Independent School District has six elementary campuses and the instructional hours are 8:15 AM to 3:30 PM. There is one sixth grade, middle school and one comprehensive high school in the the district and these campuses instructional hours are 7:30 AM to 2:45 PM. This year is the first year for the Lancaster STEM Early College High School Campus and the instructional hours are 7:30 AM to 3:45 PM.


The elementary campuses are open for student drop off as early as 7:30 AM and the secondary campuses open at 7 AM.


If you are new to the Lancaster ISD family and need to locate the address to your child's campus, please visit our website at www.lancasterisd.org. You can click the Campuses button and select the appropriate campus for your student.

Student Transportation Information

Lancaster ISD will ensure that transportation is available for students who live within the allocated boundaries of the school bus routes. If there are multiple stops listed, pick one location for pick up and drop off for the school year. Please have students at the designated stop at least 15 minutes prior to pick-up time. The after-school drop off location is the same as the morning pick up location.

For ESL Routes, contact the Transportation Department at transportation@lancasterisd.org or 972-218-1485.

For SPED Routes, contact the Special Education Department at 972-218-1640.

Find Your Child's Bus Route Here

Click this link to use the transportation finder. Please prepare to enter your address.

Slow Down - School Zones Are Back In Effect Next Week!

A child may not see you while crossing the street and may even cross outside the crosswalk. If you are driving at the posted speed and aware of your surroundings it is easier to avoid and incident. Also, beginning in September 2013, the State of Texas made it a violation of traffic law to Use a Wireless Communication Device In A School Crossing Zone, so please try to be mindful of our students and your children.

Lancaster ISD School Supply Lists

It is important for students to have the proper tools to be successful in their learning environment. Therefore, we prepare a general school supply list that you may use as you shop for school supplies. Be sure to have your child to let you know about any class specific supplies that are needed or requested by their teacher. Please click the button below for the current Lancaster ISD School Supply Lists.

Student Attire and Dress Code Standards

Lancaster ISD does have a standard code of dress for its elementary and secondary students. The dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, instill discipline, prevent disruption, avoid safety hazards, and teach respect for authority. All students are expected to exemplify proper dress and grooming standards in a manner that portrays an appropriate image for the student and the school.


Dress code standards will be distributed and discussed in each school, and you may also contact campus for dress code standards. Returning students and students new to the District in Pre-K – 12th grades are expected to be uniform compliant by the second day they are in school.


Student Grade Level Standard Code of Dress Guide

Child Nutrition News and Meal Management Information

The Child Nutrition Department Food Service Provider is Southwest Foodservice Excellence (SFE). The mission of this department is to provide well-balanced meals for the students of Lancaster ISD and the staff is committed to using less processed foods and aim to introduce students to made from scratch recipes.


All Lancaster ISD campuses provide students with breakfast and lunch daily. Please contact the campus to confirm the meal times.



Meal Prices:

Breakfast: K-12 Free for all district students


Lunch Full Paid: K-5 $2.35


Lunch Full Paid: 6-12 $2.60


Lunch Reduced: K-12 $0.40



School Lunch Application

We encourage parents to complete the school lunch application at the start of the school year during enrollment. Do you still need to complete the lunch application? Click Here



School Lunch Menus

You don't have to wonder what your child will eat each day. You can see the monthly take home menus for elementary students from our webpage, our build the menu with your secondary-aged child or plan the meals for children with dietary restrictions via the online menu link. You can look at it on-the-go and in some instances help your child to build their own meal through the SFE app.

Click here to view monthly menus and related links.

Click here for the Mobil App download instructions.



Manage Lunch Accounts Easily Online

Do you need to add money to your child's lunch account but are too far away to do it in person and you do not want to send the money via your child? You can do this online through the My School Bucks link on the child nutrition home page.

Click here to open the My School Bucks webpage.

A Special Nutrition Note for Pre - K Parents Regarding New Meal Service Guidelines:

There are new guidelines that must be followed for the food service program for students age 5 in Head Start, Early Head Start, Pre-K and At-Risk After School Programs.


When will the new meal pattern guidelines take effect?

The new meal pattern goes into effect October 1, 2017. SFE recommends that the new meal pattern be implemented at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year to avoid confusing students with a mid-year change.


What age groups are affected by the new meal pattern guidelines?

Infants and children through age 5 in Head Start, Early Head Start, Pre-K and At-Risk After School Programs.


My district claims Pre-K meals under NSLP/SBP, do the new guidelines pertain to my district?

Yes, all Pre-K menus must meet these new guidelines regardless of how they are claimed.


What kinds of changes can my district expect to see?


  • Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks for Pre-K will be Serve Only (students must take all components)
  • Supper meals as part of the At-Risk Afterschool Program can be Offer vs. Serve
  • Only one type of milk will be served (Unflavored)
  • 100% juice can be served only once a day
  • Grain-based desserts such as cereal bars, cookies and graham crackers cannot count towards the daily grain requirement
  • Meat/Meat alternates may be used to meet the entire grains component up to three times/week at breakfast
  • The guidelines include strict sugar limits on cereal and yogurt; some student favorites will no longer be offered.

Health Care News and Immunizations Information

Lancaster ISD Health Services provides medical care to staff and students during the school day. Each campus is staffed with a health care provider trained to assist the needs of students and staff.

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A Special Notice About the Lancaster ISD Telehealth Services for 2017

We are proud to partner with Children’s Health to provide convenient access to Telehealth care for our students – allowing virtual, in-school consultations between a student and physician.


Beginning in the fall of 2017, Telehealth services in Lancaster ISD will be billed to the patient’s insurance provider or to Medicaid. No coverage? No problem. After your Telehealth visit, we’ll bill you directly. Most families qualify for a discount and no student will be turned away for a visit.


If you have questions or would like more details, call Children’s Health Telehealth at 844-4TELEMED. That’s 844-483-5363 or you can see the school nurse for information.

Lancaster ISD After School Program

THE RIGHT CLUB ~ Lancaster ISD


  • Available for students in grades - Pre-K to 5th every day until 6 PM
  • Registration is now open for the 2017-18 school year
  • Register online at www.rightatschool.com
  • Contact Latoya Thomas, Area Manager for more information at latoya.thomas@rightatschool.com or at 855-AT-SCHOOL (855-287-2466)


REGISTRATION PROMO - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Offer ends August 19

Lancaster ISD Athletics Events and Schedules

Are You Ready to Cheer and Show that Tiger Pride?

The Athletic Department coordinates athletic events throughout the year. Lancaster ISD offers a variety of boys' and girls' sports at the junior high and high school Level. The district adheres to the rules and regulations set forth by the University Interscholastic League (UIL).


We invite you to support our Lancaster Tigers throughout the year and show your Tiger pride at any of the athletic events. Here are the schedules that are currently available.


Football

Boys Cross Country Track

Girls Cross Country Track

Are you a student-athlete and still need to complete your physical?

Click here to obtain your physical packet.

Parents, Do Still Need to View Your Students' STAAR Assessment Results?

Accessing Student STAAR Scores in the Texas Assessment Student Data Portal


1. Go to http://www.texasassessment.com/.

2. Click on

3. Click OK in the pop-up box

4. You will then, be redirected to the Texas Assessment Data Portal.


  • If you know your student’s Unique Access Code, enter it, along with the student’s Date of Birth, then click GO.
  • If you do NOT know your student’s Access Code, click on the Lookup Access Code link.
  • Enter the Student’s First Name, PEIMS ID (either the Social Security Number or the State ID Number), and Date of Birth. Then click GO.
  • The student’s Access Code will automatically populate. Click GO again.


5. Once you have successfully entered the Unique Access Code and Date of Birth, the student’s test history will appear on the screen. Click on any test name to view its details.


6. To obtain an electronic copy of the 2017 STAAR Report Card, click the Download PDFs button in the upper-right corner.


  • Click on the test administration to view the STAAR Report Card.
  • The system will generate a PDF file suitable for downloading / printing.



NOTE: STAAR Report Cards for Spring 2017 EOC are available through the Portal as of June 12, 2017. STAAR Report Cards for Spring 2017 Grades 3-8 will be available through the Portal on June 30, 2017.

Upcoming District Events

Celebrate the New Year at the Lancaster ISD Campus Welcome Events - August 17, 18, and 19!

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Hooray! It is time to prepare to return to school! We hope you have enjoyed a memorable summer and are truly excited to return to school. Get a jump start on the school year and attend the Tiger Welcome event at your child's campus! You can meet teachers, enjoy refreshments, games, activities, tour the campus and drop-off school supplies! It is a great time to connect just before the start of the year.

Join Us For the Ribbon Cutting for the NEW Pleasant Run and West Main Elementary Campuses

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Parents, you have watched the transformation from the outside and now you are welcomed to experience the opening of these two new campuses to take a look at the inside. Help us celebrate the start of the new year and the dawning of a new day for you, our students, staff and the community!

Please note that both grand opening events will occur on the same day. The West Main campus will have its ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 AM and Pleasant Run Elementary will start its ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 AM. Everyone is invited to celebrate this milestone. The campus Tiger Welcome events will start immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony at each campus.

The Next Lancaster ISD School Board Meeting is August 21

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We love to see our parents in the audience at our monthly meetings. Please take time to stop by the Lancaster ISD Administration Building to see your school board trustees at work. The monthly meetings are generally held on the third Monday of the month at 7 PM in the boardroom located at 422 S. Centre Avenue in Lancaster, Texas. We hope to see you on August 21.

In Lancaster ISD, our VISION is 2020!

Lancaster ISD Beliefs:

    Equity

    Equity in education is a human right.


    Community

    Educators, parents and students share in the responsibility of developing well-rounded individuals.


    Quality

    Engaged, relevant learning experiences provide for a quality education leading to a quality life.


    Courage

    Learning is a life-long process that is enhanced by taking risks.


    Growth

    A person has the capacity to learn from past experiences.


    Purpose

    Purposeful planning to meet individual student needs leads to intentional outcomes for student success.

    Lancaster ISD: We Believe in Excellence

    The Mission of Lancaster ISD

    The mission of Lancaster ISD, in collaboration with parents and communities, is to ignite learning that translates into sustainable success for all students in an ever-changing society.
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