June 2017 Recap

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Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are at the close of the month of June and summer is in full swing. As a district, we are amid the construction, layout and design of the upcoming year and enjoying the unique summer camp learning activities occurring during the summer months.

Wow, it is really hard to believe that it has been ten months since we've launched this publication especially for you! Each month, it has been a joy to see your views and even comments and references to the wealth of information provided in this publication. We are happy that you are reading and want to see timely, relevant information about recent happenings.

Lancaster ISD is doubly proud to have your partnership as we prepare your child to obtain self-sustaining success. Please enjoy this edition and know that #WeBelieve in YOU!

Thank you for staying connected and enjoy the summer!

Lancaster ISD IS Proud to Announce...

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YouTube Video Series: Lancaster ISD Prepares Its Students to Achieve Self- Sustaining Success

Lancaster ISD: #SelfSustainingSuccess Alumni Promo
As we continue to promote our #WeBelieve campaign in Lancaster ISD, we want to share the stories of a few LHS Alumni who personify the vision of Lancaster ISD which states that all students will achieve self-sustaining success and leave a lasting legacy. Please share it with others and if you are the parent of an LHS Graduate, please let them know that they too can share their amazing experience as a student by sending an email to info@lancasterisd.org.

Lancaster, TX/Lancaster ISD – Samantha Pargas, a sophomore at Lancaster High Sc hool in Lancaster, Texas has been selected as a Delegate to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, MA June 29 - July 1, 2017.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists and technologists, to stay true to their dream and to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

“I am very excited to have this opportunity and to be able to learn from people who have the knowledge of the field that I want to go into,” Pargas said. “I also feel honored to represent my school district.”

She was nominated by Dr. John C. Mather, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and Science Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists to represent Texas based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology.

During the three-day Congress, Pargas will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science recipients talk about leading scientific research; receive advice from deans of the world’s top tech universities; meet fellow teen science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future of science and technology.

Village 2020: Top Lancaster ISD Students Receive a Lift to School Courtesy of the Lancaster Fire Department

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Lancaster, TX/Lancaster ISD – As part of a reward from the City of Lancaster, top students in the Lancaster Independent School District were driven to school aboard a City of Lancaster Fire Truck on June 2, the last day of school.

The selected students are some of the top achievers and/or student leaders at their campus, and this is one of the ways in which their achievement was celebrated before the close of the school year.

About nine students were picked up from their Lancaster area homes and taken to their perspective campuses to start their school day. At the last stop, the firefighters hosted a quick fire safety reminder session with some of the students on the campuses.

“We just think that it could be a really cool experience for students to experience riding in a fire truck,” City of Lancaster Fire Chief Rob Franklin said, “When I was a kid, I thought it was cool.”

Chief Franklin and his team came up with this idea to celebrate student achievement and were eager to partner with Lancaster ISD to bring this experience to our students.

This concept was unique in that it made the WFAA noon news broadcast and the front page of our local newspaper.

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Summers Are Fun In Lancaster ISD!


The Lancaster ISD Fine Arts Department created an opportunity for children in third to twelfth grades to enhance their knowledge and skills in the area of dance for through a week-long dance camp week. In addition to dance fundamentals, the program participants learned to apply perseverance in dance to everyday learning and life experiences.
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Learning is fun even in the summer months in Lancaster ISD! The Pre-K and Kindergarten students in the bilingual program are increasing their letter and word recognition skills. With the help of their instructors, they are learning to make compound words using laminated butterflies!


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Have you ever tried to launch a ball in a giant slingshot? Well, students in Camp Invention have and saw the difference a little tension and a different angle can have on the distance and force of impact. Besides this, it was a fun team activity that was quickly embraced by the boys and the girls.


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A walk by the library at Houston Elementary and one just might see students building, testing and racing robots! The students took a bag of Lego pieces and put together a robot along with the help of their peers and mentors. They took turns assembling the robot and enjoyed working in teams.

One of the mentors of the robotics activity session said, "This program impacts students' critical thinking skills while being able to create and design using science and technology. Students gain a sense of accountability and responsibility as they have fun." Programs like these help our students succeed and broaden their knowledge in real world situations. (Excerpt from the STEM CAMP Blog, I. Tartan)

Click to View the Summer Camp Activities Blog

Subscribe and view the blog and photos of the summer STEM Camp activities in Lancaster ISD. Photos and content is courtesy of our Communications Summer Intern and LHS 2017 Graduate, Illysia Tartan.

Lancaster ISD Congratulates Its 2017 District Teachers of the Year

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Congratulations to the students and parents of the Lancaster High School Class of 2017!

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This is the largest class to graduate from Lancaster High School with a number of 430 students. The collective total of dollars awarded in scholarships and grants was also the highest and totaled more than $11 million. Of the graduates, approximately 20 students graduated with CTE certifications, 44 students had dual credit hours and more than 90% were accepted to college, a university or the military.
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This year’s ceremony featured a welcome address from LHS Student Body President Catherine Johns, a choir and band performance featuring graduating seniors, and formal addresses given by the class Salutatorian Kaevyn Maple and Valedictorian Esmeralda Valdez.
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The top ten seniors who led their peers across the stage to receive their diploma are listed below in the rank order:

1. Esmeralda Valdez

2. Kaevyn Maple

3. Yasmine Mordahl

4. Sandra Mendez

5. Jesus Vela

6. Brittany Moore

7. Michelle Rodriguez

8. Majesty Collins

9. Ariana Dewberry

10. Clarissa Singleton

Lancaster ISD is extremely proud of diligence and hard work of our graduates! Please watch the video of the LHS 2017 Graduation Ceremony and enjoy this night of celebration all over again!

Lancaster ISD: LHS Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony

Great School Attendance Rocks in Lancaster ISD and Students Know It!

Attendance Rocks: Lancaster Engineering Academy Students Attend a Texas Rangers Game!

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Throughout the school year, the Lancaster ISD Attendance Rocks Program offered various incentives to the students and campuses that promoted regular and on-time school attendance. More recently, the Attendance Rocks team invited 35 students with perfect attendance from Lancaster Engineering Academy Science Club on a Texas Rangers Ball Park Tour to include a visit to the press box, media room, the players’ dugout. They had lunch in the stands like they were fans at an actual game and enjoyed a great time in Kid Zone play area. The tour was sponsored by the Concord Church Men’s Ministry Organization.

Attendance Rocks: Ten LHS Seniors Selected to have Lunch with the Superintendent and School Board

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The Lancaster ISD Attendance Rocks Program took ten Lancaster High School Seniors with representatives of the Lancaster ISD School Board to lunch at Pappadeaux in a 2017 Escalade Luxury Limo. The ten students were selected for this honor based on the following: honor roll, the top 20% of the senior class, receipt of college acceptance letters and scholarships and campus student engagement. This event was made possible by the contributions of the Pappa's Bros. Restaurant Corporation and Pappadeaux's restaurant along with Bishop Julian Lewis and the World Harvest Ministries of Lancaster,Texas. Also, the transportation was purchased by Lancaster ISD Police Sergeant Alvin Johnson.

Attendance Rocks: Seven Lancaster Middle School Students Selected to Receive New Bicycles

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The LMS Student Perfect Attendance Bicycle Giveaway presentation was made at the last school board meeting and seven Lancaster Middle School students came to receive their 24-inch, new bicycles in recognition of their stellar record of Perfect Attendance throughout the school year. This award is made possible due to the generous contributions of our Lancaster Walmart and Dallas County Judge Valencia Nash.

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


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.

Thanks for the Memories - West Main Elementary and Pleasant Run Elementary's Final Farewell

June 2, was the last day of school of students in Lancaster ISD and this was also the last evening that the doors of Lancaster ISD's two oldest campuses, West Main Elementary and Pleasant Run Elementary, were open to the community to walk its historic halls.

The district collaborated with Ms. Ellen Clark (President of the Lancaster Education Foundation) and the Lancaster Education Foundation to host the Thanks for the Memories farewell events prior to the official closure and removal of the old structures to make way for the new campuses planned to open on the same site in fall 2017.

Both campus events were held at the same time, and was a time of reunion, an abundance of reflections and farewells as the former employees, students, their children and grandchildren, current parents, teachers and students shared their stories and many fond memories. The attendees were able to walk the halls, sit in their old classrooms and even reconnect with their former teachers and friends. Some even desired to take a memorable piece of the buildings as a keepsake.

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The Harlan family has been a staple at Pleasant Run Elementary for many years. The Harlan children attended the campus, Dad volunteers there and Mom, Stephanie Harlan is a current master teacher at the campus.
From little learners to those who had been around for a while, the cafe-torium was full of smiles, laughter and tears as Ms. Nanette Vick began to take the audience down memory lane.
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For many former Pleasant Run Elementary students, Ms. McElroy greatly impacted their lives. She had the chance to stand and reacquaint herself with many of her former students from different generations and many of them she was able to call by name and when they heard her voice, the response was the same, that's Ms. McElroy! She taught at PRE for almost 40 years!
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The memories at West Main brought laughter and joy as former classmates and school mates reconvened for a final evening.
Families gathered at WME to say thanks to gather keepsakes and mark this moment in time.
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Ms. Ellen Clark and others from the West Main campus pose to mark this a joyous reunion and final opportunity to be together in a place that they know so well.
The final moments of the campus people were allowed to express themselves and write the memories on the wall and even run down the hall without getting in trouble!

Ms. Clark has created an opportunity for all those who desire to have a brick from the buildings. Please contact her at 972-227-7010 for more information the brick distribution.

Lancaster ISD Bond Construction Update for June 2017

During the past few weeks, constructions crews have worked to take down the old West Main and Pleasant Run buildings. Instead of a demolition, both buildings were taken down slowly by a construction claw.

Residents may have watched the process unfold as it took about a week to complete. As parts of the building came down, it was added to a pile for possible reuse.

In fact, last year, the district conducted a furniture assessment to determine the usefulness and viability of the existing furniture at both campuses.Various departments looked through the items and pulled what they wanted to reuse. The Technology Department assessed the equipment and removed items that could be reused/repurposed. In addition, the district removed the HVAC control, HVAC units, fire alarm panel, intercom and burglar alarm systems and light motion sensors for reuse.

For all other items, the contractor plans to recycle all metal materials, copper wiring and electrical panels and all concrete. Those materials will not go to the landfill as they will be recycled and reused.

So perhaps parts of the old West Main and Pleasant Run building will live on after all.
Lancaster ISD: Bond Construction Update (Week 54) West Main Elementary
Lancaster ISD: Bond Construction Update (Week 54) Pleasant Elementary

Lancaster ISD Offers A Free Summer Food Service Program For Any Child Ages 1 to 18 years old

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Lancaster, TX/Lancaster ISD - The Child Nutrition staff of Lancaster ISD is working hard to keep children eating healthy while school is out and would like to announce the locations of its Summer Food Service Program. We want to make sure that everyone still has the opportunity to receive a hot nutritious meal daily. The district provides free breakfast and lunch to any child ages 1-18 during the summer.

Any child can participate in the Summer Feeding Program just by showing up at one of the following sites on the days and during the time(s) indicated below.

Meals will not be served before or after the scheduled serving times and will be served at the following location(s):

Houston Elementary School

2929 Marquis Lane, Lancaster, TX 75134 – 972-218-1684

June 7, 2017 – August 18, 2017 - Monday through Friday

Breakfast: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Lunch 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

George Washington Carver – 6th Grade STEM Learning Center

1005 Westridge Ave, Lancaster, TX 75146 – Cafeteria # 972-218-1687

June 7, 2017 – August 18, 2017 - Monday through Friday

Breakfast: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Lunch 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Lancaster Elsie Robertson STEM Middle School

822 W Pleasant Run Rd, Lancaster, TX – Cafeteria # 972-218-1688

June 7, 2017 – August 18, 2017 - Monday through Friday

Breakfast: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Lunch 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Lancaster High School

200 E. Wintergreen, Lancaster, TX 75134 – 972-218-1824

June 7, 2017 – August 18, 2017 - Monday through Friday

Breakfast: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Lunch 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

West Main Elementary School

531 West Main St, Lancaster, TX 75146 – Cafeteria # 972-218-1680

August 2, 2017 – August 18, 2017 - Monday through Friday

Breakfast: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Lunch 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Pleasant Run Elementary School

427 West Pleasant Run Rd, Lancaster, TX 75146 – Cafeteria # 972-218-1681

August 2, 2017 – August 18, 2017 - Monday through Friday

Breakfast: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Lunch 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

All sites will be closed July 3, 2017 & July 4, 2017

Lancaster ISD is on its Summer Office Hour Schedule

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The district and campus offices are closed for the Summer Break until July 21. We will resume the summer hour schedule on Monday, July 24.

Upcoming District Events

On-site Student Enrollment Will Soon Begin

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A Reminder from the Texas Department of State Health Services: Simple Steps to Prevent the Spread of Zika Virus This Summer

As the summer kicks into gear, the mosquito season is just beginning and we want to remind our community of measures to prevent the spread of the Zika virus this summer.

Things to note:

• Zika is primarily spread through mosquito bites (Aedes aegypti species). As the weather warms and mosquito activity increases, the threat of local mosquito transmission of Zika exists.

• Pregnant women are particularly at risk due to the Zika virus’ ability to cause birth defects in unborn infants.

• The public health measures we take together will help prevent serious health impacts on the next generation of Texans.

• Combatting Zika begins at the local level.

Simple precautionary steps to aid the prevention and/or spread of the Zika virus:

• Apply EPA-approved insect repellent when planning to be outdoors.

• Wear long-sleeved shirts and wear long pants when outdoors for prolonged periods.

• Utilize screens or close windows and doors.

• Regularly remove any standing water in and around your home or school that could provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

• Cover trash cans or containers that may collect water.

• Visit your doctor if you suspect you’ve been exposed to Zika or exhibit any of the symptoms of Zika, which may include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes.

Read More About Zika Prevention

Please note that there are no known cases in our area, this is just a reminder for the community to help with prevention.

Upcoming Community Events and Celebrations...

The Next City Trash - Off Event is in July

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The City of Lancaster is a healthy, safe and vibrant community with a commitment to being clean and green. In support of Keep America Beautiful and the Great American Clean-up efforts, the City of Lancaster welcomes residents to take advantage of the Quarterly Trash Off Events at 1501 N. Dallas Avenue (next to Regions Bank).

The Trash Off is a great opportunity for Lancaster residents to clean out their home, garage, and yard of bulk trash, recyclables, scrap metal, brush, and electronic waste (i.e. computers, kitchen appliances, televisions, etc.) for disposal FREE of cost.

The next event is on July 22, 2017 from 8 am to 2 pm.

In Lancaster ISD, our VISION is 2020!

Lancaster ISD Beliefs:


    Equity in education is a human right.


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


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


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


    A person has the capacity to learn from past experiences.


    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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