La Vernia High School

"Where Connections Count"

Weekly Bulletin October 17, 2016

La Vernia High School Faculty and Staff,

October 19th marks the end of the 1st 9 weeks!

Thank you to all of you for your commitment to La Vernia High School--I truly appreciate your dedication to our students.

Please make sure you contact parents of all students who are unsuccessful this 1st 9 weeks via phone or in person, and communicate a plan to support these students--tutoring, reduce absences affecting performance, etc. Document the contact in your phone log. Also, as you reflect on your success rate for the 9 weeks, remember that there is a proven connection between positive relationships and student achievement.

Because Wednesday, October 19th, is the last day of the 9 weeks and PSAT Testing, we will not have a faculty meeting. Instead, use this time to finish grading papers and to work with students, and remember that assignments are not to be accepted after Wednesday.

Please be prepared to discuss Chapters 1 & 2 of Relationships that Work with your department during professional development on October 21st. As a department, you will share, reflect, and determine what you will commit to applying to your professional and personal life.

Have a great week!

Go Bears!

Kim Martin


La Vernia High School

Relationships That Work

Most of us already know that relationships matter in any field, but particularly in education.

The question is: how? How do I build life-impacting relationships with students? How do I build resourceful relationships with my colleagues on campus? How do I build supportive relationships with my students’ parents?

There is a framework—the practice of four essential skills that will posture and position
any educator to a place of relational readiness.

1) Reflecting (on why I am here);

2) Directing (the fuel of my emotion);

3) Connecting (building relational bridges across differences) and

4) Protecting (my mind, my heart, and my body from toxic, hurtful people).

Dr. Adam Saenz

Campus Book Study

I hope that you are enjoying your Relationships That Work book! Please be prepared to discuss Chapters 1 & 2 by October 21st.

Please read Chapters 3 & 4 by November 16th.

LVHS Student/Staff Achievements

Area VII Land Judging in Blanco, TX--Coached by Eric Davis

On Wednesday, October 12th, La Vernia FFA placed 7th in Area and 2nd in District. Team Members--Bobby Blankenship, Shelby Vance, Haylee Coronado, Mickayla Pearson (6th High Point Individual out of 85 contestants).

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Donna Carranza

Donna is one of our counselors, and she is new to LVHS this year. She attended UTSA where she earned her Master's in Counseling. In her spare time, Donna enjoys reading, running and spending time with her kids. She served in the US Army for 13 years and enjoys being adventurous (i.e. skydiving, bungee jumping etc.)

Aaron Grubb

Aaron Grubb teaches Health and is a member of our high school coaching staff. Coach Grubb graduated from the University of Texas- San Antonio, and this is his first year teaching. In his spare time, Coach Grubb enjoys fishing, hunting, video games, spending time with his family, hiking with his girlfriend Madi and her dog Tucker. Aaron is from La Vernia and has lived in La Vernia almost all of his life. GO BEARS!!!