The Buccaneer Bulletin

Principal Newsletter - August 11th, 2022

Buccaneer Families,

I hope everyone enjoys this last week of summer break! We are excited to welcome our Buccaneers back into our halls today. We will start our day off with our incoming 6th grade students at Buc Games. We look forward to helping them get acquainted with middle school life and meet new friends! Then we will end our day with all grade levels getting oriented and settled in at Buc Bash before the 1st day of school next week.

This newsletter contains a review of the events happening this week, as well as some important new information since the last Bulletin. If you did not see the detailed newsletter I last sent, please click here to review all of our back-to-school information.


Laura Keogh, Principal

Coming Up at the Bend...

8/11: Buc Games from 8:30-11 am

8/11: Buc Bash from 1:30-4:30 pm

8/15: Open House from 4:30-6 pm

8/16: 1st Day of School

Buc Games

Thursday, August 11th from 8:30-11 am
  • Click here to register your 6th grade student for Buc Games.
  • This is a special event for our incoming 6th grade students only!
  • This is a social event for students to meet new friends and get a sneak peek at the campus before school starts.
  • Students will tour the campus, play team building games, learn how to open a lock, and much more!
  • Front doors will open at 8:15 am for drop off. Pick up is at 11 am.
  • This is a student-only event. Parents are welcome to drop off and pick up only for this event. Parents and students are both welcome to attend Buc Bash later in the afternoon.

Buc Bash

Thursday, August 11th from 1:30-4:30 pm
  • All students and families are welcome to attend this event.
  • Students and families may tour the building, find their locker, walk their classes, and so much more!
  • Regarding student schedules, please know that schedules in Schoology are not accurate. Our counselors are still hard at work finalizing schedules and leveling classes. Official schedules will be posted in Skyward and available on the evening of August 10th.
  • Meet your HBMS PTO and add your name to the volunteer list.
  • Purchase school spirit wear. This is the only time of the year PTO sells spirit wear in person. Otherwise you can purchase it online throughout the year.
  • Visit with representatives from Food and Nutrition Services, Transportation, etc.
  • This is an important day for kids and parents to familiarize themselves with the building and meet the administration.
  • Bring "bulk item" school supplies that are to be donated to the school at this time.
  • Returning Band Students! We will be having our annual Band Registration Day during Buc Bash in the Band Hall. Please stop by the Band Hall to make sure you're all caught up on paperwork, get your band lockers, order band SWAG, and start the year strong! The Band Hall will be open for Registration from 1:30-4:30pm. If you would like to offer to be a parent volunteer for Band Registration, please email Ms. Jimenez
  • This is not a meet-the-teacher event. Teachers will be working hard in their classrooms to prepare for school to start the following week.

Suggested Times:

6th Grade: 1:30-2:30 pm

7th Grade: 2:30-3:30 pm

8th Grade: 3:30-4:30 pm

Open House for Families

Monday, August 15th from 4:30-6 pm

  • Out of consideration for families who cannot attend Buc Bash, we will host an Open House of families on the evening of August 15th.
  • Families can walk around the school on a self-guided tour.
  • Walk your student's schedule and locate his/her locker.
  • Student schedules will be available in Skyward. Printed copies of schedules will not be provided.
  • Staff will not be available during this time. It is simply an opportunity for families and students to walk schedules and tour the campus.


The PE/Pre-Athletics online uniform store is now open! The store will close on August 21st at midnight so do not wait to order! All uniforms will be delivered to Hudson Bend and coaches will distribute them out to students.

Online Uniform Store

Frequently asked questions:

How many uniforms should I order?

  • It is up to you but most families order 2 sets to avoid doing laundry frequently

What if I have an old uniform from athletics or PE already?

  • You can use that! You do not have to purchase a new uniform if you already have one

What if I order the wrong size?

  • Please make sure to check the sizing guide on the store to order correctly. We might be able to switch out sizes but cannot guarantee that.

Can my student just wear a gray shirt and black shorts to dress out in?

  • No, students need to purchase the uniform

Do I have to purchase both shirts?

  • No. We gave an option this year of a cotton t-shirt and a performance t-shirt. The choice is yours!

What if I cannot purchase a uniform right now?

  • If you cannot purchase a uniform right now for whatever reason please fill out this link and we will take care of it.

Health Information

Prescription and Non-Prescription Drugs

  • Must be dropped off and picked up by a parent/guardian in the health office.
  • Must be in the original container, unexpired..
  • Parent or guardian must complete and sign the “Request for Medication Administration” form, found HERE
  • Physician signature required for: prescription given more than 10 school days; nonprescription given more than 5 consecutive days or at a higher than labeled dose.
  • Must remain in the health office, not with the student (except for asthma medication and epi-pens with written permission signed by the physician).

Immunization Information

  • Texas Law requires all students to be current with their immunizations or have an up-to-date exemption form on file with the school nurse prior to the first day of school. These records must be in the nurse’s office by August 10th to ensure your student will receive their schedule of classes. Any student whose immunization records are incomplete or who does not have an exemption on file with the school nurse will not be allowed to attend classes on the first day of school.
  • Entry into 7th grade requires proof that your student has received the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines.
  • All new students enrolling must complete registration with all required documents and immunizations. This must be submitted before the first day of school. Nurse Meyerhofer will contact you for any missing immunizations.

Special Health Conditions

  • If your child has a severe allergy, asthma, other chronic medical condition, or requires medication at school please notify Nurse Meyerhofer, so she can create a plan before school begins.
  • Immunization records and emergency care plans may be faxed to 512-533-6414, or scanned and attached to email at

Yearbooks On Sale Now Through August 15th!

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PTO Updates

Buc Lounge

Our Buc Lounge needs to be restocked for this school year! Please click here to view the wish list on Amazon. THANK YOU for your kind donations!

Volunteer Sign Up

Please use this link to sign up to be a PTO volunteer. You will receive information about when volunteers are needed throughout the school year. Thank you for your help!

LTISD Transportation Services

As you know by now from district-level communication, there have been significant changes in regards to transportation for the upcoming school year. Below are the main points, but please refer to the email sent yesterday from district for more information.

  • Students who reside outside a two-mile radius from their home campus will be provided transportation on a rotating schedule, meaning bus service will be provided one week on, and one week off. Bus schedules will be posted on the Lake Travis ISD Transportation Department web page beginning Wednesday, August 10. Please note, multi-student households may not necessarily be assigned similar schedules.
  • Students who reside inside a two-mile radius from their home campus will not be provided transportation; while this is not a popular decision to make, this is the most realistic option we can provide with the limited number of bus drivers currently on staff.
  • Special Services routes are not affected and will operate as normal.

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

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Morning Drop Off

Car Rider Drop Off

  • All HBMS students (grades 6-8) are to be dropped off at the Main Entrance in the front of the school illustrated by the Green route on the map.
  • The Primary entrance is best for cars entering from 620.
  • The Secondary entrance is best for cars entering from the Apache Shores area, as they cannot turn left into the primary entrance from General Williamson.
  • Parents, as you curb at the front entrance, please pull as far forward as possible in order to allow as many vehicles into the front loop at one time.

We have learned that groups of cars arrive in groups due to the light, so pulling forward prevents a backup of cars. Please, DO NOT drop your student off in the faculty and visitor parking lot. HBMS does not have staff available in the morning to monitor the crosswalk for safety.

Thank you for your cooperation in this process and keeping students safe in the morning.

Additional Information:

  • Please have your child/children ready to exit the car prior to entering the drive.
  • Pull all the way up to the cone that is furthest forward in a single line near the sidewalk to drop off your child/children.
  • Allow your child to exit anywhere on the sidewalk, rather than waiting until you are directly in front of the doors.
  • Stay in your vehicle once you enter either drive, just as your would at the airport.
  • Please allow enough time for morning traffic (especially on rainy days).
  • All car riders should be dropped off from the car rider lane only.
  • For the safety of your child, do not let your child exit your car and walk between parked vehicles, as this is not a safe option.
  • The car loops are one way at all times, both morning and afternoon.
  • Being on time allows your child to begin their school day without feeling rushed. It is also important to model being on time.

Other Transportation Options

  • Walkers and bicycle riders will enter the building through the back doors across from the tennis courts.
  • Bus riders will be dropped off at the back entrance by the café.

Afternoon Dismissal

There are 4 dismissal options:

  • Bus Riders
  • Car Riders
  • Walkers
  • Bike Riders

Bus Riders

  • ONLY buses pick up at the back of the school building.
  • Please do not enter the bus lane at the back of the school.
  • Bus riders will exit the back doors of the main hallway.
  • Buses will transport ONLY eligible riders with SMART tags ready upon entry.

Car Riders

  • All car riders will be picked up at the main front entrance.
  • The Primary and Secondary entrances for cars are the same as morning drop-off.
  • The Primary entrance is best for cars entering from 620.
  • The Secondary entrance is best for cars entering from the Apache Shores area, as they cannot turn left into the primary entrance from General Williamson.
  • Cars will be directed into both lanes of the loading zone.
  • Please pull as far forward as possible to the furthest forward cone and do not leave a large gap between you and the vehicle in front. This will allow us room to get many cars in each lane at a time.
  • The car zones are designated as “Inner” and “Outer”, and will fill in simultaneously, but be released one at a time by supervising staff members.
  • Students are to watch for their car and move down the sidewalk anticipating where they will stop.
  • When given the “load up” direction by staff members, because all cars in the Loading Zones have stopped and are in Park, students can then load up.
  • When all cars are loaded and the staff gives the “thumbs up”, the zones will be released one at a time.
  • Shortly after these zones are released, staff members will let the next set of cars enter the Loading Zones and we will do it all again.
  • The first group of cars is usually released about 4 minutes after the dismissal bell (4:14pm) and each group after that takes about 1 minute.
  • Working together with the number of cars that are coming through, we should be sending the last group out at approximately 4:25pm.

Please communicate with your students to make sure that they are watching for you in order to move to where you will stop. This way we do not have to call out names which slows up the process. We will send groups without students if all other cars are loaded.

Thanks for your cooperation in making this process safe and efficient.

Walkers and Bike Riders

  • Exit out of the back doors. Please be aware of cars and buses, as there is no crossing guard.

Please view the map above for further explanation of the dismissal process.

Dress Code & Items That Do Not Belong In School

District Dress Code Prohibits the Following:

  • Exposed undergarments, chest, midriff, or buttocks
  • Crop tops, strapless tops, halter tops, backless tops, and shirts with spaghetti straps
  • Shorts, skirts, or dresses that expose any undergarments or private areas of the body
  • Clothing advertising tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, violence, or material that is offensive
  • Spandex or form-fitting attire that does not cover buttocks
  • Pajamas or other bedtime attire (unless for a "dress up day" approved by principal)
  • Hats inside the building (unless for a "dress up day" approved by principal)

Items That Do Not Belong at School:

  • Weapons, including pocket knives
  • Tobacco, tobacco products, and electronic cigarettes
  • Drugs, alcohol, or drug paraphernalia
  • Skateboards, rollerblades, or shoes with wheels

Wearing school-issued Smart Tag ID card on a lanyard is an expected part of the dress code. Students must wear their ID card over the front of their clothing (not on their backpack) and must have this to purchase lunch, check out library books and get assistance at the Tech Depot. This is critical to the safety and security of our building. All staff and students must wear their IDs during the school day. We appreciate your assistance reminding your students of this important requirement. Should they lose their badge or need a replacement, these can be purchased at the front desk anytime during the school day or before school.

For a more detailed list, see the LTISD Secondary Student/Parent Handbook.

Summer Reading Lists

Students in all three grade levels have been assigned required summer reading texts. Note that Honors and On-Level students have a different number of required texts.

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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