La Vernia High School

Principal's Message

January 29, 2018

Dear La Vernia High School Community,

I hope this newsletter finds you well. As we enter the fourth week of the 2nd semester, I would like to thank our students, parents, teachers, and staff for a successful first semester of the 2017-2018 school year.


We are already off to a great start this semester with our students' accomplishments! I am very proud of our talented students and thankful for our dedicated staff who put in the additional hours for practices and competitions.


Last week was a busy week with the course fair/parent meetings and the college/career fair. If you or your student have any questions regarding courses for next year, counselors are available by phone, email, and in person by appointment.


Also, on Wednesday, we had a Burger Bash to celebrate the excellent attendance of approximately 100 students throughout the 2nd 9 Weeks. The next attendance incentive will run up until Spring Break, and we anticipate many more eligible students. In addition to those incentives, we also offer semester exam exemptions based on grades and attendance.


Our goal for attendance is 96%, and we are currently at 94.5%. Attendance by grade level is as follows:


  • 9th Grade-95.56%
  • 10th Grade-94.85%
  • 11th Grade-94.37%
  • 12th Grade-93.10%


Please help us by stressing the importance of regular attendance. If an absence is absolutely necessary, please make sure your student returns to school with a doctor's note or parent's note.


Progress reports for the first three weeks of this semester will go home this week.


The high school staff and I are committed to working with your students to achieve their goals and have a successful school year.


Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions, concerns, and ideas you would like to discuss.


Thank you,


Kim Martin

Principal

La Vernia High School

School Board Recognition Month

January is School Board Recognition Month! Thank you to our La Vernia ISD School Board for their support, dedication, and service to our students,
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Save the Date--SAT School Day Testing for Juniors--April 10th

All Juniors will take the SAT during the school day on Tuesday, April 10th. We will provide this opportunity free of charge.

Khan Academy SAT Practice

During math courses, all students who took the PSAT, are learning how to link their College Board Accounts to the Khan Academy.


Studying for the SAT for 20 hours on Khan Academy's free Official SAT Practice is associated with an average score gain of 115 points--Khan Academy 2018.

We Are La Vernia High School!

La Vernia FFA Ag Mechanics Crew

Congratulations to the La Vernia FFA Ag Mechanics Crew! Jason Friese and Devin Baumann won Grand Champion Agricultural Mechanics Project at the Wilson County Junior Livestock Show.

Results follow:
Jason Friese and Devin Baumann - Grand Champion Agricultural Mechanics Project, 1st place Large Metal Division
Sterling Armstrong, Orrin Jackson, Cameron Jordan and Kyle Southern - 2nd place Large Metal Division
Lance Kruse, Logan Recker and Walker Ring- 2nd place Small Metal Division
Lane Balcar- 3rd place Small Metal Division
Sam Thompson- 4th place Large Metal Division
Jarred Burns, Reid Farris and Tyler Tomblin- 5th place Large Metal Division
Alexis Caldwell- 5th place Small Wood Division

La Vernia FFA Meat Judging Team

The La Vernia Meat Judging Team competed at the 1st Annual Don "Pudge" Palmer Invitational. The team placed 8th overall, with several team members achieving the goals they set.

We Are La Vernia High School!

La Vernia BPA--28 Students Qualified to Advance to the State Leadership Conference!

On Saturday, January 13, 2018, 30 students from the La Vernia BPA students competed at the Regional Leadership Competition in New Braunfels Tx., 28 students qualified to advance to the State Leadership Conference. These students competed in many different events ranging from accounting, graphic design, computer programming/network, economic research, management, entrepreneurship, public speaking and more. Other schools competing were Boerne Samuel V. Champion High School, Karen Wagner High School, Veterans Memorial High School, Navarro High School, Nixon-Smiley High School, Floresville High School, New Braunfels High School and Seguin High School. Events are individual or teams with the participants learning many skills from each. Students who place high enough are eligible to attend the BPA State Leadership Conference in Corpus Christi, TX, they will be representing La Vernia High School and Texas BPA Area 3 Region 3 in their respective competing categories.


Results follow: Leander Brandt-1st Fundamental of Word Processing (State Qualifier), 5th Small Business Management Team, Finn Burmeister-Moton-1st Network Design Team (State Qualifier), Aidan Burnside-1st Network Design Team (State Qualifier), 5th Fundamentals of Accounting, Ryan Churchman-2nd Business Law & Ethics (State Qualifier), 4th Small Business Management Team (State Alternate), James Michael Churchman-1st System Administration Using Cisco® (State Qualifier), 4th Website Design Team (State Alternate),

Joseph Cortez- 2nd Small Business Management Team (State Qualifier), 3rd Advanced Interview Skills (State Qualifier), Levi Collins-2nd Entrepreneurship (State Qualifier), 3rd Website Design Team (State Alternate), Joshua Elsik-1st Parliamentary Procedure (State Qualifier), 2nd Small Business Management Team (State Qualifier), Brian Friel- 1st Economic Research Team (State Qualifier), 2nd Personal Financial Management (State Qualifier), Anna Goosman-1st Financial Analyst Team (State Qualifier), 6th Fundamentals of Accounting, Riley Jaskinia-1st Human Resource Management (State Qualifier), 2nd Presentation Management Team (State Qualifier), Kaitlyn Klepac-2nd Presentation Management Team (State Qualifier), 4th Fundamentals of Accounting (State Qualifier),

Amy (Libby) Landin-1st Basic Office Systems & Procedures (State Qualifier), 1st Global Marketing Team (State Qualifier),

Amanda Leija-1st Administrative Support Team (State Qualifier), 3rd Graphic Design Promotion (State Alternate), Cruz Leija-1st Economic Research Project (State Qualifier), 1st Administrative Support Team (State Qualifier), Austin Light-1st Economic Research Team (State Qualifier), Nery Lira-2nd Presentation Management Individual (State Qualifier), 2nd Presentation Management Team (State Qualifier), Madeline Martinez- 3rd Basic Office Systems & Procedures (State Qualifier), 5th Small Business Management Team, Brandon Niday-1st Extemporaneous Speech (State Qualifier), 2nd Small Business Management Team (State Qualifier), Emily Palmer-3rd Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications (State Qualifier), 4th Web Design Team (State Alternate), Hannah Pietka-1st Global Marketing Team (State Qualifier), 2nd Medical Office Procedures (State Qualifier), Courtney Ploch-1st Financial Analyst Team (State Qualifier), 6th Banking & Finance, Emily Ramzinski-1st Interview Skills (State Qualifier), 3rd Website Design Team (State Alternate), Ryan Rodriguez-4th Personal Financial Management (State Qualifier), 4th Small Business Management Team (State Alternate), Shelby Rodriguez-2nd Presentation Management Team (State Qualifier), Emily Sutton-1st Global Marketing Team (State Qualifier), 2nd Fundamentals of Word Processing (State Qualifier), Kyle Tellez-4th Graphic Design Promotion (State Alternate), Nathan Wiatrek-1st Legal Office Procedures (State Qualifier), 1st Economic Research Team (State Qualifier), Seth Williams-2nd Small Business Management Team (State Qualifier), 5th Banking & Finance, Adriana Willeford-2nd Administrative Support Concepts (State Qualifier), 5th Small Business Management Team


La Vernia BPA Advisors--Cynthia Sutton-Business & Technology, Justin Hellman-Animation & Technology, Jenean Mills-Graphic Design & Technology, Nicole Ellis-Broadcasting & Technology, Ronald Kimball-Computer Programming & Technology, and Jose Carranza-Health Administration

Rachel's Challenge Update

Rachel's Challenge activities are completed on Wednesdays during advisory.

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La Vernia High School Priorities

  • Focus on the Positive!
  • 96% Attendance
  • ELAR Performance
  • Increase AP/Dual Credit Participation and Performance
  • Increase SAT/ACT Participation and Performance.
  • Lone Star Cup Top 10
  • Increase EOC Masters Grade Level Performance
  • Continue to Focus on Building Relationships
  • Rachel's Challenge
  • The Energy Bus Book Study/Focus on the Rules
  • Connect 5 Challenge

Upcoming Events

1/30/18--Lady Bears' Soccer at Cole at 5:00pm

1/30/18--Bears' Soccer vs. Beeville at LVHS at 6:30pm

1/30/18--F/JV/V Lady Bears' Basketball at Gonzales at 5:00pm/5:00pm/6:30pm

1/30/18--F/JV/V Bears' Basketball vs. Gonzales at LVHS at 5:00pm/5:00pm/6:30pm

2/1-3/18--Tennis at Smithson Valley Ranger Round-Up Tournament JV & V at 8:00am

2/2/18--F/JV/V Lady Bears' Basketball vs. Eastside Memorial at LVHS at 5:00pm/5:00pm/6:30pm

2/2/18--F/JV/V Bears' Basketball at Eastside Memorial at 5:00pm/5:00pm/6:30pm

2/2/18--Bears' Soccer vs. Cole at LVHS at 6:30pm

2/2/18--Lady Bears' Soccer at Fredericksburg at 6:00pm

2/5/18--Varsity Lady Bears' Golf at Navarro Panther Invitational at Max Starcke Park

2/6/18--F/JV/V Lady Bears' Basketball at Navarro at 5:00pm/5:00pm/6:30pm

2/6/18--F/JV/V Bears' Basketball vs. Navarro at LVHS at 5:00pm/5:00pm/6:30pm

2/6/18--Lady Bears' Soccer--BYE

2/6/18--Bears' Soccer vs. Bandera at LVHS at 6:30pm

2/7/18--Varsity Bears' Golf at Navarro Panther Invitational at Max Starcke Park

2/9/18--F/JV/V Bears' Basketball at Veterans Memorial at 5:00pm/5:00pm/6:30pm

2/9/18--Lady Bears' Soccer at Pleasanton at 7:00pm

2/9/18--Bears' Soccer vs. Pleasanton at LVHS at 7:00pm

2/13/18--Lady Bears Soccer vs. Somerset at LVHS at 7:00pm

2/13/18--Bears' Soccer at Somerset at 7:00pm

2/13/18--F/JV/V Bears' Basketball vs. Wimberley at LVHS at 5:00pm/5:00pm/6:30pm

2/16/18--Varsity Tennis at Lehman Lobo Varsity Invitational at 8:00am

2/16/18--Lady Bears' Soccer--BYE

2/20/18--Lady Bears' Soccer vs. Pleasanton at LVHS at 7:00pm

2/20/18--Bears' Soccer at Pleasanton at 7:00pm

2/20/18--Varsity Bears' & Lady Bears' Golf at the La Vernia Invitational at The Bandit

2/23/18--Lady Bears' Soccer at Somerset at 7:00pm

2/23/18--Bears' Soccer vs. Somerset at LVHS at 7:00pm

2/23/18--Varsity Tennis at James Hood Classic Tournament at 8:00am

2/24/18--JV/V Track at the Panther Relays at Medina Valley

2/27/18--Lady Bears' Soccer at Veterans Memorial at 6:00pm