The Buccaneer Bulletin

Principal Newsletter - January 20, 2023

Coming Up at the Bend...

January 20 - LTISD Art Show at The Hive from 2-4pm

January 25 - Basketball vs. Hill Country MS

January 27 - Apex Color Battle! Your student must raise $30 in order to participate!

APEX Color Games is Here!!

During the Apex Color Games fundraiser, students will be challenged to get donations from family and friends to help our school. We’ll end the 2-week fundraiser with a celebratory event called Apex Color Games for students who participate in the fundraiser (think lots of color, games, fun raffle prizes, snacks, loud music, high energy, and FUN!) And WE NEED YOUR HELP!

These funds will go toward HBMS teacher grants and campus enrichment. Thank you for your support! Any student who raises a minimum of $30 gets to participate in the Color Battle!

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FFA Champion!

Congratulations to 8th grade HBMS student Myron Smith for winning Grand Champion overall for his pen of Market Rabbits! He also took third in his class with his goat.

Well done Myron and the rest of Lake Travis FFA!

Take Care of Texas Video Contest

Nicole Brady, 7th grade HBMS student, is a finalist in the 2023 Take Care of Texas Video Contest! Please click the button below to vote for her environmental PSA video!

Spinal Screening - From Nurse Meyerhofer

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Hudson Bend Middle School will be conducting spinal screening on February 1, 2023-February 10, 2023, on 7th grade girls and 8th grade boys.

The purpose of this screening is to detect the signs of abnormal curves of the spine at their

earliest stages so that the need for treatment can be determined. Scoliosis, a common spinal

abnormality found in adolescents, is a sideways twisting of the spine. It is usually detected in

children between 10 and 14 years of age. Kyphosis, sometimes called round back, is an

exaggerated rounding of the upper back and is often confused with poor posture. Many cases of curvature of the spine are mild and require only ongoing observation by a physician when they are first diagnosed. Others can worsen with time as the child grows and require active treatment such as bracing and surgery. Early treatment can prevent the development of a severe deformity, which can affect a person's appearance and health.

The procedure for screening is simple. Screeners who have been specially trained will look at

your child's back while he/she stands and then bends forward. Boys and girls will be screened separately. Your child will need to remove his/her shirt for this screening. Girls should wear a sports bra or a two-piece swimsuit top on the exam day.

Parents will be notified of the results of the screening only if professional follow-up is

necessary. This screening procedure does not replace your child's need for regular health care and check-ups.

If your child is already diagnosed and being treated, please provide a letter from the child’s

physician. If, for religious reasons, you do not wish to have your child screened, you are to

submit an affidavit of religious exemption to this office no later than January 30, 2023.

Thank you for your cooperation.

LTHS Cavalier Showcase for 8th Graders

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Transition Night 2023 - Moving Towards Independence

Lake Travis ISD Special Services Presents...Transition Night 2023 - Moving Towards Independence!

Tuesday, January 31st from 5:30-8:30pm at the LTHS Main Campus

We invite you for an evening of informational sessions centered around helping our children with disabilities move toward independence in life after high school.

Parents of students who receive services through Special Education and 504 are encouraged to attend! Participants will be able to choose from several sessions providing information such as college planning, agency contacts, post-secondary support groups, job training, and more. Confirmed Presenters include student support services from several universities across Texas, Project SEARCH, Goodwill Industries, Texas Workforce Commission's Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Bloom Consulting, Integral Care and more! Specific sessions to be published prior to January 31st.

RSVP by January 23rd to

More information can be found at

Rising 9th Grade Parent Information Meeting

Attention 8th Grade Parents! Mark Your Calendars!

What: 2023-2024 Rising 9th Grade (Current 8th Grade) Student/Parent High School Information Meeting

When: Monday, February 13, 2023, 6:00 pm LTHS PAC

About: LTHS Counselors will discuss 4-Year Planning and Course Selection Process for the 2023-2024 school year

*Students will NOT be selecting courses during the meeting.

  • Counselors will be meeting with students during class at HBMS March 6th and 7th!
  • All 8th grade students received a hard copy of the high school Program of Studies during Go Time, Friday January 13! Please make sure you review this to answer questions you may have!
  • Please see this link to see lessons your child has been viewing during Go Time to prepare for the transition to high school.

School Board Recognition Month

January is School Board Recognition Month! HBMS would like to thank all of the Lake Travis ISD Board of Trustees for their dedication and service to our staff, students, and community.
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Didn't Order Fall School Pictures? Read Below!

For parents looking to order Fall photos, use the code F22HBMS plus your student's ID number on the Photo Texas Photography's website. For example, if student's ID # is 123456, their online ordering code would be F22HBMS123456.

If you have further issues, please reach out to Photo Texas Photography's customer service either by calling 1-800-883-6463 or filling out the online form at

After School Spring Enrichment Registration

Registration begins January 9th at 10am.

Visit: for information and catalogs

(if using a smartphone, scroll down and click on the red plus sign)

Classes will begin the week of February 6th.

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Staff Shout Outs!

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 I will hand deliver it to the teacher. Thank you for helping me encourage our amazing HBMS staff as we head into a new semester!
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.

Yearbooks on Sale Now!

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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 Friday. Go BUCS!

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

Morning & Afternoon Homework Help

Homework Help is offered 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.

Buc Lounge Amazon Wish List

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

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:

Counselor: Dana Page

7th Grade

Assistant Principal: Brian Gill

Counselor: Kendall Sealy

8th Grade

Assistant Principal: Cristy Castanares

Counselor: Surita Scholla

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