School Matters

March 2020

Welcome to the all new School Matters, your official source for news that matters from the Lake Travis Independent School District Office of Communications, Media & Community Relations. Questions or concerns regarding any of the content in this publication should be addressed to
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Governor announces extension of school closure until May 4

In a continued effort to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the continued closure of all public and private school buildings until Monday, May 4. While LTISD buildings and facilities will remain closed, we will continue to engage our students through our online learning platform. We will also continue to provide essential operations as needed including mobile meals, cleaning and custodial services, and other critical functions. Additionally, the governor’s order results in the cancellation of all district and school events scheduled through Monday, May 4. Read more

District providing COVID-19 updates and resources on dedicated webpage

Lake Travis ISD has activated a webpage to keep staff, parents and the community informed on district operations and resources regarding COVID-19. Visit to access letters from the superintendent, information on grab and go meal service, online learning, parent tools, and community resources.

LTISD launches online learning

Students and parents can access online learning through Schoology, the district adopted learning management system. We ask for your patience, support, and understanding as we introduce a new era of learning for our public schools.

Learning will be asynchronous with guidelines from each child's teacher. Teachers will also hold "office hours" where students can connect online in real time to ask questions about assignments and other activities. Read more

Mobile meal pickup in full swing

Lake Travis ISD is providing free meals to children 0-18 years of age during the school closure. Packaged breakfast and lunch will be available for pickup together Monday through Friday between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. at each of our three middle school campuses:

Additionally, as of March 26, the US Department of Agriculture now allows school districts to serve meals to a parent or guardian without his/her children having to be present in the vehicle. However, there are guidelines parents and guardians must follow.

Guided by the USDA, the Texas Department of Agriculture requires the parent or guardian to present validation of their children with any one (1) of the following options:

  1. Official letter/email/electronic school application from the school listing the indiviudal child's current enrollment
  2. Report card for each individual child
  3. Attendance record from parent portal of the school website, printed or electronic, for each individual child
  4. School ID of each individual child

For more information, contact the LTISD Food and Nutrition Services Department via email at

Technology staff providing devices to support online learning

On March 25-26, the LTISD Technology and Information Systems Services Department distributed nearly 900 Chromebooks to families in preparation for online learning. Mobile WiFi hotspots and additional Chromebooks will be distributed April 1-2 to families who previously submitted a request for device assistance. For more information, contact the LTISD HelpDesk at

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LTISD schools participate in National School Breakfast Week

Lake Travis ISD schools celebrated National School Breakfast Week March 2-6 to encourage families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast. With the campaign theme “Save the Day with a Healthy School Breakfast,” the entire school community was reminded that school breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day for students. Read more about the fun menu and activities held during National School Breakfast Week.
Additionally, the Texas Department of Agriculture holds an annual art contest to promote School Breakfast Week in schools across the state. A poster designed by Lake Travis Elementary student Emily Mikolaycik took top honors in the contest.

National Educational Diagnosticians Week

Educational diagnosticians are certified professionals who help identify many types of learning disorders. In recognition of the critical role these individuals play in providing students with a high-quality education, the Texas Educational Diagnosticians Association celebrates March 2-6, 2020 as Educational Diagnosticians Week. It is a time set aside to honor diagnosticians who consistently demonstrate professionalism, competence, and excellence in order to provide individuals with disabilities quality educational services.

Quoting from a recent proclamation issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, “For some children, learning new things and succeeding in their classes is a smooth process. For others, additional or specialized instruction is necessary for their success. When young Texans need a greater helping hand, educational diagnosticians play a vital role.”

The following educational diagnosticians serve students across LTISD:

  • Christy Brothers, Bee Cave Elementary School and West Cypress Hills Elementary School

  • Jeff Dietzel, Lake Travis High School

  • Leena Gulati, Serene Hills Elementary School

  • Traci Jackson, Bee Cave Middle School and Lake Travis Middle School

  • Lari Rogge, Lake Pointe Elementary School

  • Thelene Scarborough, Lakeway Elementary School

LT Special Olympics Basketball scores big at area competition

The Lake Travis ISD Special Olympics delegation had a great outing at the Area 13 basketball competition held February 22 in San Marcos. Read more for the results from this special event.

Board votes to extend Vail Divide to Hamilton Pool Road

During the March 25 regular meeting of the LTISD school board, trustees voted to approve an engineering services agreement with Malone Wheeler, Inc. for the Vail Divide southern extension to RM 3238, better known as Hamilton Pool Road.

Lake Travis ISD, as per an interlocal agreement with Travis County, is responsible for the development and construction of the project. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in early 2021.

LTEF gala gets totally radical

On March 7, approximately 750 guests took a trip back in time to celebrate the Lake Travis Education Foundation and 35 years of philanthropy to our schools. The LTEF board of directors proudly recognizes event underwriters Rough Hollow Lakeway and Lakeway Vet Clinic for a successful evening in which proceeds will help fund student scholarships and teacher grants across LTISD. Event photos are linked on the LTEF website. Hear from our incredible students and staff in the videos below produced by Road Runner Pictures.
LTEF 2020 - Kinder to Alumni
LTEF 2020 - Change the World

LTHS student-athletes sign letters of intent

Lake Travis High School student-athletes in football and tennis signed letters of intent in January and February in front of family, peers, and educators:

Girls Basketball

Jackie Cilliers - Mary-Hardin Baylor University

signed March 4, 2020

District warns public of unapproved advertising solicitations

Lake Travis Independent School District officials urge local businesses to beware of companies claiming to sell advertisements or products on behalf of LTISD, our schools, and/or our athletic programs. In particular, representatives with Fort Worth-based Sports Media Advertising (also known as Touchdown Sports, TD Sports, Boost Sports Integrative Media, Signature Sports, Team Sports Media LLC) have solicited donations from multiple local businesses and represented to them that such donations will benefit our schools. However, the benefit to our schools was never received. Read more

City, county hiring crossing guards at LWE, WCHE

The City of Lakeway and Travis County are the lead hiring entities for crossing guards at Lakeway and West Cypress Hills elementary schools, respectively.

The pay for these part time positions is $15/hour with morning and afternoon shifts available. See flyers for more details. Apply directly with the City of Lakeway (Lakeway Elementary School) or Travis County (West Cypress Hills Elementary School).

LTISD is hiring SPED aides, LTHS safety monitors

Lake Travis ISD is seeking full time paraprofessionals to join our team as special education aides. Additionally, safety monitors are needed to help ensure a secure environment as well as facilitate the efficient flow of students between passing periods at Lake Travis High School. Apply now

Lake Travis Independent School District

The Lake Travis Independent School District is a 6A district located about 25 minutes west of Austin, Texas. Established in 1981, Lake Travis ISD is a fast growth district comprised of 10 campuses serving more than 11,000 students.