The Buccaneer Bulletin

Principal Newsletter - October 14, 2022

Coming Up at the Bend...

October 17 - 7th Football vs. Hill Country MS @ HBMS

October 18 - 8th Football vs. Hill country MS @ Chaparral Stadium

October 19 - Volleyball vs. Hill Country MS @ HBMS

October 20 - 7th/8th Grade Fall Choir Concert

October 21 - Orchestra Stringapalooza

October 21 - 8th Grader Band Night @ LTHS Football Game

Random Acts of Kindness Week (more information below)

October 17 - Affirmation Wall

October 18 - Letter of Gratitude

October 19 - Unity Day - everyone wear orange!

October 20 - Kindness Challenge

October 21 - Kindness to Self

Next Week is Random Acts of Kindness Week!

October is National Bully Prevention Month. At HBMS we will be focusing on kindness and ways to model positivity to self and others. October 17-21 will be Random Acts of Kindness Week. Please see below a brief outline of our plans for the week:

Monday: Introduce Affirmation Wall- Take a sticky note with a positive affirmation

Tuesday: Letter of Gratitude to an Adult through ELA

Wednesday: National Unity Day - Wear Orange - We Unite to be Kind

Thursday: Kindness Challenge - Sit by someone new at lunch

Friday: Kindness to Self - Turn a Negative Thought into Something Positive

Child Find ID Kits

Child Find kits were distributed and should be heading home with all students today. Please see more information in the flyers below.

The National Child ID Program was passed in this last legislative session under Senate Bill 2158 (Child ID Kits for Safe Recovery Act). This program provides parents with children in grades K-8th inkless I.D. kits for safekeeping in case of an emergency. The kits are voluntary, kept at home (so the information is not stored in a central database unless it is submitted by the parents), and may be turned into law enforcement in an effort to locate their missing child. The hope is the kits will never have to be used, but if an emergency occurs, information from the kit could directly lead to the safe recovery of a missing child. This is an at home fingerprint kit and it is to be done and stored at home. All of the information and instructions are on the kit.

Student Flu Shot Clinic

Lake Travis ISD will partner with Lake Hills Pharmacy to provide flu vaccines to students in grades PK‐8 on October 18‐20 as follows:

October 18:

West Cypress Hills Elementary

Rough Hollow Elementary

Lake Travis Middle School

October 19:

Bee Cave Elementary

Lake Pointe Elementary

Bee Cave Middle School

October 20:

Lakeway Elementary

Serene Hills Elementary

Lake Travis Elementary

Hudson Bend Middle School

Please note, the flu shots are optional, and they will only be administered with written parental consent. Consent forms (linked here) must be filled out completely, signed, and returned to your child’s school before Friday, October 14. You may write in your prescription insurance information or submit a copy of your insurance card. Individuals who do not have prescription insurance coverage must provide $20 cash with the consent form.

LTEF Grants Awarded Today!

HBMS had quite a few grant applications go through the approval process. That process started with teachers filling out a form, then the Curriculum and Instruction and Department Director's approval, and finally principal approval. Congratulations to the following...

Robin Ver Steeg - 6th Grade ELA

Amanda Estes - 6th Grade ELA

Sami Marcoux - Discovery/Tech Apps/Teen Leadership

Michele Gavin - 6th Grade Art

Cary Thornton - Theatre

Austin Leach - Orchestra

SHAC Application

The Lake Travis School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is a group appointed by the board of trustees to serve at the district level. Members of the SHAC come from different areas of the community and from within the school district. The majority of members must be parents who are not employed by the district. SHACs assist the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in health education instruction. Additionally, SHACs play an important role in strengthening the connection between health and learning. They can help parents and community stakeholders reinforce the knowledge and skills children need to stay healthy for a lifetime. The SHAC liaison presents the committees' recommendations annually to the school board in the areas of nutrition, health education, human sexuality education, mental health, drug abuse prevention, and physical fitness and activity.

The SHAC meets 4-6 times throughout the year at the EDC from 1:00-2:30pm on the fourth Thursday of the month. If you are interested in serving on the SHAC, please submit an application here to be considered for membership. If you have additional questions, please contact Jennifer Lyon, Director of Health and SEL, at

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HBMS Spirit Store

Show off your Buccaneer Pride! The PTO Spirit Store is open. All orders placed before Wednesday of each week will be available for pickup from the front office every Thursday. Go BUCS!

We are also offering a half-off sale on all the remaining PROUD shirts and hoodies.

Morning & Afternoon Homework Help

Beginning next week (8/22), we will start offering Homework Help sessions before and after school. This is a quiet work session facilitated by a faculty member for students to get help with or complete homework assignments.

BEFORE SCHOOL - 7:20-8:20am (Monday-Friday)

- Room 748 with Mr. Beatty

- Library with Ms. Hooker

- Room 775 with Mr. Gaffney

AFTER SCHOOL - 4:20-5:20pm (Monday-Thursday)

- Mondays and Wednesdays - Room 752 with Mr. Zambito

- Tuesdays and Thursdays - Room 775 with Mr. Gaffney

- There will not be Homework Help on Friday afternoons

As a reminder, we do not have late buses running routes this year, so if your child stays after school for Homework Help, it is the expectation that you pick him/her up at 5:20pm.

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Thank you for your kind donations and supporting our Buccaneers in this capacity.

Staff Shout Out

Did a teacher or staff member do something outstanding for your child? Use this Form to submit a staff shout out! This will be printed and delivered to the staff member by Ms. Keogh.

HBMS Leadership Team

While our campus leadership team works collaboratively with all students and teachers, the following information should help you reach the appropriate administrator or counselor for your child's grade level should a question or concern arise. We are committed to serving our students and appreciate the opportunity to work together with families to support our learners.


Laura Keogh

6th Grade

Assistant Principal: Matt Holley

Counselor: Dana Page

7th Grade

Assistant Principal: Brian Gill

Counselor: JoAnn Bryan

8th Grade

Assistant Principal: Cristy Castanares

Counselor: Surita Scholla

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