Lively Middle School

March 24, 2023

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Greetings Falcon Nation,

Spring sports have started, and our Falcon Athletes are gearing up for tennis matches and track meets! Join us on March 30th at 2:55 p.m. for our PINK OUT Pep Rally. We will celebrate spring, academic achievements, the last day of women’s month, and our phenomenal student athletes accomplishments and participation in spring sports.

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Parents should arrive by 2:30 p.m. and check-in to the front office for a visitor's pass to be seated before students arrive in the large gym. All parents/families must enter through Leland St. gate, so office staff can allow you entry to the building. Parents will not be allowed to enter on the Mary St. side, as these doors remain locked during the school day for student and staff safety. Please park in the visitor marked spots in the parking lot on Leland St. Parking is limited, so please plan ahead. Limited street parking on Congress, Brackenridge, and Mary St. may also be available. We hope to see you there as we celebrate women, spring, and student athletes!

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This week, the Office of School Leadership, Executive Directors, and Associate Superintendents visited our campus for our spring Learning Walk! During the walk, we received praise for our focus on student-centered activities, high expectations, and learning for all students. The Associate Superintendent said this was “the best learning walk he has seen all year out of all middle schools in our school district”! We were able to showcase our teachers' ability to provide student choice and meaningful learning experiences for every student, no matter what program they belong to! The feedback from our learning walk is a testament to our hard work and dedication for all students.

A huge shout out to the following teachers for welcoming staff from the district to see all the wonderful teaching strategies we are using!

Mr. Zimmerman, ELAR 7

Ms. Staton, ELAR 8

Ms. Green, ELAR SPED 8

Ms. King, Math 6

Ms. Rosado, Math 8

Special thanks to Lively administration for highlighting our unique campus strengths and amazing students!

Follow us on Twitter @LivelyFalcons to see our Falcons show out and shine during the learning walks visit yesterday!

This week’s newsletter has more information about:

  • Library Books Dedicated to our Library

  • Falcon Fun cart

  • Art Billboard Designed by Lively Student

  • Twilight

  • AVID Math Bridge Camp

  • Online Registration

  • STAAR Redesign

  • Yearbooks 22-23

  • Summer Theater Series

  • SEL Advisory Update

  • Falcon Flex

  • Important Dates

  • Parent and Student Resources

Library Books Dedicated to our Library

Bridget Farr, former Lively teacher, and current AISD Principal of Winn Montessori school, dedicated two books she authored to the Lively Library! We are incredibly honored to have the opportunity to share these books with our students!

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Falcon Fun Cart

We continue to find creative solutions for getting all students to stay in class and get to class on time. Our Falcon Fun cart is currently fully stocked and rolling around our hallways several times a week! You never know where the cart will be, so if students want something from the cart, they need to be in class before the bell rings and ready to learn! Check out the photos below to see our new fancy Falcon Fun Cart in action!

Art Billboard Designed by Lively Student

A design event each year in Austin ISD is held to generate artwork for art advocacy. The theme for the 2023 Exhibit is "Art is Essential!" Students design a billboard for each grade level group, elementary, middle school, and high school. They also design t-shirt imagery, and one entry from all four design contests is selected to grace our invitations. I am excited to share that Lively student, Daniel G, is the winning artist for the middle school division! Daniel’s billboard will be located on 6412 Burnet Rd 300 ft N/O White Horse Trail WS.

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23-24 SY Preliminary Budget & Staffing

The preliminary budget was shared with CAC on Wednesday, March 1st. Please find the presentation below to learn more about next year's staffing allocations and Title I budget.

AISD Budget Process

If you are Interested in the AISD budget process, please checkout the link below.

AVID Math Bridge Camp

AVID camps are designed as an opportunity for students to deepen their algebra readiness skills in preparation to take Accelerated Math 7 or Algebra I in the 2023-2024 school year.

Dates: Monday, June 5-15 (No Fridays)

Time: 8:45-1:00

Location: Paredes, Martin, and Dobie

Online Registration

Registration is required each year for our new and existing students. Please log into your Parent Portal and locate the Registration Tile. For additional information regarding online registration, please visit our Parent Portal website at Early registration helps us plan for the new school year. Lively will host two events to assist our families with registration.

Please save the date for Saturday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m.-noon.

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Summer School Registration for Newcomer Students

Dates: June 5 - June 22, 2023

Days: Monday through Thursday

Times: 8:15 am – 1:00 pm

Locations: North- Webb MS, South- Covington MS

Transportation, breakfast and lunch will be provided

Who Is Eligible:

All 6th - 8th Grade Emergent bilingual students who:

  • are currently enrolled in AISD in 6th-8th Grade

  • are currently receiving Bilingual or ESL services

  • most recent TELPAS reading rating of beginning or intermediate

  • have 0-3 years in US schools


Registration Link

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STAAR Redesign

Several parents have asked for resources regarding STAAR Redesign. Students can take practice exams by going to Full length online testing practice.

The STAAR redesign includes several components:

For more information about new STAAR testing visit TEA Assessment website.

Yearbooks 2022-2023

It’s time to purchase a yearbook! Our theme this year is “Keep Lively Weird”. Yearbooks are sold for $30 each. Please use the link below to purchase one for 22-23 school year.

Summer Theater Series 🎭

Students of all experience levels are welcome to shine on stage during the free Summer Theatre Series program. Current 5th through 12th graders in Austin ISD are invited to try out for the program’s summer series.

The program dates are: June 5, 2023 through July 24, 2023. The Summer Theatre Series will feature Mary Poppins as the musical production, Treasure Island as the black box studio production, and the Summer Theatre Series Rising Stars program—a one-week educational theater camp that offers workshops in acting, dance, and voice.

Students interested in participating must register and submit video auditions to the STS Blend course by March 21, 2023.

Link to registration, audition, rehearsal, and performance information:


In SEL this week students will be learning about leaders, César Chávez and Dolores Huerta in celebration of their accomplishments and contributions. Students will also get a chance to finish and present their “I Heart Austin” projects, their Women’s History Month pennants, and their Pride Week reflection on how they can contribute to making Lively a welcoming place.

As we do every week, we will spend time enjoying the spring weather outside. We will also be getting ready for our PINK OUT pep rally on Thursday, March 30, to celebrate our spring sports, academic accomplishments, and the end of women’s history month.

Falcon Flex

Shai Zimmerman is our weekly Falcon Flex. He has been an amazing addition to our falcon family! Mr. Zimmerman is our 7th grade language arts teacher! His ability to connect with our students is second to none, and his lessons are always thought provoking and engaging! Thank you for all that you do for our kiddos, Mr. Z!!

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Enjoy your weekend! Remember, next week is a four day week! Students and staff only attend school on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Friday, March 31st, is Dolores Huerta and César Chávez Day. I am hoping you have time this weekend to enjoy the weather and celebrate those amazing leaders! That’s all for now, and I will see you on Monday!

Dr. Stacie Holiday, Principal

Important Dates

Saturday, March 25- Pride y'all! Connect and Celebrate 5-9p.m.- Austin ISD Performing Arts Center

Austin ISD will participate in the Annual from 10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. ¡Sí Se Puede! César Chávez March & Day of Action Saturday, March 25, at Parque Zaragoza, 2608 Gonzales St., Austin, TX 78702 for more information please click on the following link

Week of March 27, 2023

A, B, A, B

Wednesday, March 29- Tennis vs Paredes at Paredes MS 6:00-8:00p.m.

Thursday, March 30- Pink Out Pep Rally!

Friday, March 31- César Chávez /Dolores Huerta Day No School

Monarch Heroes Community Workday 10:00a.m-noon

Saturday, April 1- Twilight Saturday School 8:00a.m.-noon

Week of April 3, 2023

A, B, A, B

Wednesday, April 5- CAC Meeting at 4:00-5:00p.m.

Tennis vs Ann Richards at TBD 6:00-8:00p.m.

Thursday, April 6- In Person Parent Coffee at 9:00-10:00a.m

Virtual Parent Coffee at 5:00-6:00p.m.

Friday, April 7- Student/Staff Holiday No school

Lively MS Calendar

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Parent and Student Resources

Donation Link for Lively MS

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Let's Talk

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Cell Phone Contract

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Chromebook Contract

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Students who lose or damage their Chromebooks must pay $50 before they are issued a new one. Students who lose or damage Chargers must pay $15 before they are issued a new one. If you're Chromebook or charger isn't working, bring it to the library and it will be exchanged.

Monarch Heroes Community Workday

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Ms. Amador's Podcast

Ms. Herrera's Class- Women's History Project


Pride Week

Mock Trial Courthouse

Ms. Morgan’s Native Plants and Animals & Gardening Classes


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Special Education Parent Power Hours

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