Lively Middle School

October 15, 2021

Greetings Falcon Nation,

It’s been a rainy week, but that did not stop Lively students and staff from building meaningful learning experiences. Check out all the activities in the photos below.

As the weather begins to cool, I want to remind all students to please bring appropriate clothing such as a sweater, coat, or rain jacket. If you are in need of any article of clothing please stop by our Falcon Showroom! We have clothing for anyone wanting to try out a new look, needs clothing, or happens to experience a wardrobe malfunction during the school day! Additionally, when it is raining or cold outside, students will be allowed to sit in the cafeteria on the Mary St. side of the building as early as 7:35 a.m. Students will not be allowed to enter on the Leland St. side to enter the cafe; they must use the Mary St. side entrance.

The Falcon Cry

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Love Your Brain Week

The Health of all Falcons is essential to whole child development and academic success. Join every Falcon and Austin ISD as we celebrate Love Your Brain Week, which is a drug and alcohol use prevention and healthy coping skills week held October 25-29, 2021. This week is a collaborative effort between School Counselors, School Administration, Coordinated School Health Leaders, Austin ISD Peer Assistance Leadership Service (PALS) Student Peer Mentors, Licensed Mental Health Professionals, and School Nurses with support from departments across the district.

The goal is to promote healthy choices, positive activities, and encourage students to avoid drugs, tobacco and alcohol. Each day has a content area focus:

Day 1: Healthy Coping Skills
Day 2: Opioids
Day 3: Alcohol
Day 4: Vaping/ E-Cigarettes
Day 5: Love your BRAIN Day

Updated COVID19 Quarantine Protocol

Effective immediately, the previous close contact in the home quarantine protocol has changed:

Previous protocol:

“The student/staff member will quarantine 10* days from the last date of exposure.

*A 14 day quarantine may be required for individuals at increased risk for serious illness."

The new protocol states the following:

  • The student/staff member will quarantine 10* days from the date of the family member’s positive test result.

  • In the event that an additional family member/members become positive, the date of the new test result will reset the 10* day quarantine period.

  • The student or employee may be released early from quarantine after 7 full days, if symptom-free and with a negative test on or after day 5.

  • *A 14 day quarantine may be required for individuals at increased risk for serious illness.

The change in protocol will decrease the likelihood of a student or staff member being assigned a 20+ day quarantine which negatively impacts student access to education and a parent/staff member’s ability to work.

Advanced Placement Spanish Exam-Registration Time Deadline-November 12th

Lively highly encourages all 8th grade Spanish Dual Language AP students to sit for the AP Exam! It’s a unique opportunity that can help our students be more successful in high school and college. Please find an informational slideshow linked here. Families can start paying for AP Exams either by check or cash now in Office 109, The Principal’s Suite Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Exam fees are either $96 or $62 depending on student’s lunch status

  • November 15th is the final payment deadline

  • Exams can be cancelled by November 12th with no fees.

  • Exams can be ordered after the November 15th deadline for an additional $40 fee.

Lively also has a scholarship available for families who need assistance paying for their student’s AP Exam. We do not want financial concerns to be a barrier for our students. Please contact Ms. Northcutt, your AP Coordinator, with any questions or for assistance at

SEL & Whole-child Update

This week in SEL, students focused on building stronger connections to those in their Advisory class. Advisory teachers also led academic advising sessions, where students were supported in making a plan and setting goals to ensure academic success for the next 9-weeks. In SEL, we support the whole child, so we focus on both the social emotional needs and the academic needs of all students. Academic advising is a great way for teachers and students to stay connected and focus on goal setting. This would be a great time to ask your child what goals they set for the next 9-weeks!

Attendance Challenge

Lively students, the challenge is on! From September 16th-October 14th, Lively will be rewarding students who have perfect attendance through that grace period. Winners will receive a pizza party, and all you have to do is show up to school every day! That’s it!

It is imperative that our kiddos are coming to school every day. By the end of the year, in order to receive credit, students must have been in class 90% of the time. While we know the pandemic has challenged us, our goal is that every student is coming to school. Our teachers are doing amazing things in the classroom, and we don’t want you to miss out. Along with that, pizza is always a plus!


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MAP Growth Data

All Lively students took the MapGrowth diagnostic assessment for Math and Reading at the beginning of the school year. Your child will be given a MapGrowth Family Report in their ELAR class next week. This green printout contains your child’s MapGrowth Reading and Math scores for the beginning of the year.

The Family Report focuses on a few easy-to-understand graphs and diagrams so it’s easy to spot growth trends. It shows your child’s growth trajectory, plotted alongside the national grade-level average for reference. At mid-year, we will send another report home that shows the growth progress that your child has made. We hope that you can use this information to support your child in their Reading and Math growth journeys. If you have specific questions about MapGrowth, reach out to your child’s Math or ELAR teacher. For more information on how to read these reports, visit

Bell Schedule Adjustment to Increase Passing Period

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Reminders Drop-off and Pick-Up

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  • School Day starts at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m.

  • Students are counted tardy at 7:50 a.m.

  • Drop-off & Pick-up on Mary St. side of school ONLY Drop-off and pick-up is one lane ONLY. Please pull all the way forward.

  • Follow all instructions from campus staff and campus police.

  • Students should exit cars on the passenger side (right- side) of the vehicle.

  • Students should have all items ready when dropping off and picking up from school.

  • Bus lane is on the Leland St. side of the school.

  • Do NOT park on curb in areas marked “No Parking” on Mary St. and Brackenridge (see map above) Do NOT block bus lanes on Leland St. from 7:20 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

  • The Parking Lot on Leland will be blocked from 3:05p.m.-3:30p.m. by buses for safety reasons.

  • Communicate with your child about pick-up location and time.

  • Teach your children to use the cross walks.

  • Consider picking-up your child several minutes after peak dismissal time. Peak dismal time is from 3:15 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.

  • Carpool to reduce traffic during peak hours.

If you need to pick-up your child early or drop-off items in the front office, please use the Leland St. entrance and call box for assistance. All visitors must check-in to the front office. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For the safety of all students on campus DO NOT ask or direct students to open locked doors. All visitors must use Leland St. entrance and ring call box for entry. Visitor parking available on Leland St. parking lot. Please DO NOT park in staff spots. Additional staff parking lot is on Mary St.

Why do drop off and pick-up procedures matter? The ultimate goal is to make sure all of our students and their families are safe. Please be patient, respectful, and alert.

Lively Shine Challenge

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Silver RAVE Award

Congratulation to this month’s Silver Rave Award recipient, Ms. Yvette Carroll. She has demonstrated dedication, excellence and passion teaching students in the Choral and Theater program. Thank You Ms. Carroll for stepping up to teach both programs this school year.

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Choir Concert

Please join us for our 1st Choir concert on Tuesday, October 19th at 6:30 p.m. in our large gym. Masks are required. We will follow social distancing guidelines.

Halloween Dance & Costume Expectations

The Halloween dance will be held on October 29th, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Late busses will be available to take students (if students qualify for the bus). Tickets will go on sale on Monday, October 25th, during all lunches. Tickets will be $5.00. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Encourage your student to support our concession stand by bringing cash. We will be selling pizza, soft drinks, chips, candy, and pickles. Prizes for the best costumes will be given!

Students are allowed and encouraged to wear Halloween costumes on October 29th. Costumes must be school appropriate and meet the following requirements:

  • No drugs, alcohol, or gang symbols/representations

  • Students may not wear anything suggestive or provocative in nature.

  • No head coverings, masks or FULL face paint (Reminder - COVID19 masks required).

  • Staff members must be able to identify students.

  • Costumes MUST adhere to the school dress code

  • Costumes that depict violence, alcohol, or drugs are not permitted.

  • Weapons, real or fake, are not allowed.

  • Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype of someone’s culture, gender, heritage, or religion are not permitted.

  • Costumes must not hinder your ability to participate in your classes, including PE.

  • Costumes may not disrupt or impede traffic in the hallway.

Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Stacie Holiday, Principal


Our students checked out:

  • 675 books in the library

  • 275 eBooks with MackinVIAstudents visited the library since school started

  • 950 Total!

More than double from last month! Go Falcons!

Austin Public Library Cards!

All AISD students get Austin Public Library Cards through AISD. Austin Public Library sent emails to the parent/guardian email address with your student’s library card number. If you did not receive an email, please email

Student Library Card account number: AISD######

Password: aisd123

How to use your APL card:

Dia de Los Muertos!

Dia de los Muertos Coloring Challenge: Come pick up a coloring page and brighten up the library! Color and be sure to put your full name and grade on the back of the page. Pages due by October 26, 2021.

Design by Marley Morin-Schwartz

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La Ofrenda

Please bring pictures of loved ones or other mementos to the library to display. We will keep them safe and return them after Dia de los Muertos. We will happily receive any papel picado, tissue paper flowers, or other decorations.

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Digital Ofrendas!

Please create and send your digital ofrendas to

Digital Ofrenda Example:

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Ofrenda Instructions

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Our Bookstore Grows...

More student book reviews! Please come by and write your own! Students love to see what their peers are reading.

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Library Chromebook Help

Advisory - 7:45 - 8:15 a.m.

After School - 3:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Chromebooks: Borrow a charged Chromebook if you forgot yours. Issue a new one if your Chromebook cannot be fixed.

Chromebook Charging Station: If you forget your charger, we can charge it in the library and loan you a charged Chromebook.

Happy Reading,

Yvonne Steckel, Lively Librarian


ALL 8th graders and their caregivers are encouraged to explore all that AISD has to offer in High School. All students have high school choice. Special programs do require the Common Application and some require additional submissions. Start exploring now!

Next Week’s 8th Grade High School Events:

  • Austin High School Academy Night: October 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Virtual Meeting: Zoom Meeting ID 880 8806 8318 Passcode: 895516

  • LASA (Liberal Arts Science Academy)

Virtual Roadshow: October 21, 6:30 p.m.

Zoom link will be posted on LASA home page at 6:15 p.m.

High School Q&A Morning session with 8th Grade Counselor Mrs. Lamm

Friday, October 22, 8:00 a.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 743 543 8288

Passcode: breathe

New this year: Special Program High Schools will now use one common application!

  1. Families will complete one common application (School Common Application) to apply to the various school choice programs in AISD.

  2. The common application will allow students to apply for multiple programs at one time.

  3. Some programs will still have additional steps that must be completed at the local campus (i.e. auditions for the fine arts programs).

  4. The application will remain open from October 4, 2021 - January 7, 2022

Ms. Yapia's Group

Do you need help regulating your nervous system during the beginning and end of the week? Join Ms. Yapias, 6th grade counselor, on Mondays and Fridays during Advisory to explore different ways you can ease your apprehension and stress.

The group is open to 5 students per morning, beginning Monday, October 18th, and ending Friday, November 19th.

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Lively MS PTSA General Meeting

Our first general Lively Middle School PTSA meeting is October 14th at 4:30 p.m. on Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 826 3979 7662
Passcode: 181872

We will go over volunteer needs, the PTSA budget, and more! We hope you will join us.

Happy Food Service and Warehouse Worker Appreciation Week

This week we celebrate Lively's six cafeteria staff: Jackie, Susie, Rosa, Edith, Norma, and Irma. Lively PTSA delivered a box of cookies as a thank you for their hard work preparing healthy, tasty meals for the Lively Cafeteria. The rest of this week, parents and students are invited to drop off thank you notes for Cafeteria Staff in the school office.

We Need Your Reflections Entries!

Reflections is a National PTA program that has been a staple arts program in many schools and PTAs for over 50 years. Millions of students have found a creative outlet in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. We want you to represent Lively!

With positive recognition as the focus of this program, rather than competition, students of all ages and abilities can experience the benefits of creative expression and help in finding their own voice in telling their unique story.

This year, the theme is I Will Change the World By... You can submit a dance, song, drawing, painting, or any type of art piece. Pieces submitted will be reviewed by a Lively Reflections Committee and approved entries will be submitted to the National PTA.

You can find out more information and rules here:

Submit entries by October 25th here:

For questions, please contact our Reflections Chair, Christine Gardy, at

New PTSA Calendar!

The PTSA wanted to put together a calendar that was a little more accessible. This will have most school events and all PTSA events in one easy place which can be synced with your Google Calendar. Feel free to subscribe!

PTSA Calendar

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PTA For Your Child!

The Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is a grassroots organization made up of parents, teachers and others around the state who have an interest in children, families and schools. PTSA membership is as diverse as Texas is in cultures, education levels and parenting skills. By joining PTSA, a member becomes part of the largest child advocacy organization in the state with over 500,000 members across Texas.

PTSA membership and dues support your child by funding essential educational and curriculum needs; advocating on behalf of children and educators at the local, state and national levels; and building an inclusive school community for all families.

We invite you to join PTSA for your child because increasing our membership, by even one, makes it possible to provide important educational resources, speak up on important issues and create a stronger school community. There is no wrong or right way to be involved anything you can give, whether it’s time or money, will support your child’s potential.

Join the Lively PTSA here

Community Partner/Fence Sponsorship-Calling all Lively families!

Do you own your own business? Our Community Partner campaign for 2021-2022 will be rolling out shortly and we want to give our school community the chance to jump in before the rest of the neighborhood gets involved. Community Partners will receive an exclusive opportunity to advertise on Lively's Congress Ave. fence line for the duration of the school year. Our first banner order will be placed on November 1st. Your tax deductible contribution will support Lively teacher supplies, staff appreciation, athletics, Social-Emotional-Learning curriculum, teacher development and much more!

Please see below on how you can be recognized.

  • $250 - recognition in newsletter + social media
  • $500 - recognition in newsletter, social media + 2X4 sign on fence
  • $1000 - recognition in newsletter, social media + 3X5 sign
  • $1500 - recognition in newsletter, social media + 3X5 sign + electronic marquee
  • $2000 - recognition in newsletter, social media + 4X6 sign + electronic marquee

For more info, email


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