February 2017

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Dear Parent/Guardian,


During the month of February, we celebrated the 100th day of learning at school, kindness week, student athletes who committed to higher education, and Black History Month. It is truly our pleasure to support the whole development of our students, your children.


This is our sixth month bringing you this newsletter packed with information about recent happenings, upcoming program opportunities and chances for you to be more engaged in your child's education.


In Lancaster ISD, our students are extremely important to us and so are you. Please enjoy this edition of a newsletter especially designed for you.


Thank you for staying connected!

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George Washington Carver 6th Grade STEM Learning Center Students Receive College Acceptance Letters

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For many 6th graders, a college acceptance letter is unknown at this early age of their education. However, this is no longer the case for students in the G.W. Carver Exploring Careers & College class!


This class is filled with exciting new experiences which include learning career skills, connecting their personality traits with their career interest, career and college research, resume and cover letter writing, mock interviews, taking college to the bank, dressing for success, and participating in the district-wide college awareness days on Wednesdays. Now, these students can also add landing their first college acceptance letter to their list of accomplishments!


The process began with students completing an actual college application including writing an essay and working to make the admissions deadline. This month, more than 50 G.W. Carver 6th grade scholars were overjoyed to receive their FIRST college acceptance letter. They are already beginning the first steps to becoming college students!


This achievement brought the concept of the district initiative of “More Than a Diploma” to life. It is the vision of Lancaster ISD that all students will achieve self-sustaining success and leave a lasting legacy.

Rosa Parks-Millbrook Students and Staff Age for a Day!

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Like many elementary campuses across the district, the students and staff of Rosa Parks Millbrook Elementary marked the celebration of the 99th and 100th days of school learning this year with a fun dress up day. This is a very popular event that spreads unique learning opportunities across subjects and allows students to learn about age progression, visually count and quantify the numbers of 99 and 100, learn about centenarians, celebrate their learning milestones over time along with the creative fun that comes with dressing up to age for only a day!

Education Matters: Black History Bowl, Art and Essay Competition

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On Saturday, February 18, Lancaster ISD hosted its 4th Lancaster ISD Black History Academic competition at Lancaster High School. The competition featured 17 junior division teams and 8 senior division teams competing to show their knowledge of Black history and culture.


The goal of this community event is to increase exposure and raise awareness of the Black culture and heritage in the history of the country and around the world. The theme this year was, Education Matters! In addition to the academic bowl, about 40 students in elementary, middle and high school participated in the black history and culture visual art contest.

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New to this year's event, students in all grades had the opportunity to participate in the W.E.B. DuBois Essay Contest and a T-Shirt Contest. The winners of this cultural academic competition are as follows:


Black History Bowl Black History Bowl Champions

Secondary Division-LHS Team Blackish

Junior Division-Houston Elementary Team Wrecking Crew


W.E.B Du Bois Essay Contest Winners


“How can American citizens ensure that civil liberties are protected?”

Brilliana Stewart-Lancaster High School-11th Grade


“African Americans in STEM”

Kaiden Drain-Lancaster Middle School-7th Grade


Black History Bowl Art Contest Winners

Senior Division, Devin Caruthers, Lancaster High School

Junior Division, Alexander Cordero, Lancaster Elementary


Best Shirt Design

Rolling Hills Elementary


The winners of the competition and contests will reunite in the summer for the annual history field trip and tour.

Connecting Classrooms to Careers: 2000 Lancaster ISD Students Attend Oscar-Nominated movie, Hidden Figures

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In celebration of National Engineers Week (February 19-25), about 2000 Lancaster ISD elementary, middle and high school students attended a private viewing of the Oscar-nominated biographical movie, Hidden Figures as a part of their innovative learning curriculum.


Hidden Figures chronicles the life of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson and her colleagues who were human computers critical to the success of John Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission in 1962.


For Lancaster ISD students, this is much more than a visit to view a movie. It is yet another timely opportunity to inform, engage, and raise the awareness of STEM career pathways and to increase college readiness.


Lancaster ISD Executive Director of Academics and Innovation Kyndra Johnson explained, “As the only T-STEM district in the state of Texas, our students in Pre-K -12th grades experience STEM-focused learning every day and we are consistently connecting them to real world experiences, career pathways and educating them with industry standard knowledge to ensure that they are college ready and career prepared.”

Prior to seeing the movie, students participated in related classroom lessons and discussions. In addition to viewing the movie, students will complete pre and post lessons and activities in math, writing, history, science, technology, art, and STEM careers. Their teachers have created engaging lessons that integrate critical thinking, communication, and creativity.


Making these classroom to careers connections is a critical part of what teachers in the district do each day and thanks to a generous donation from one of its STEM Education partners—the Texas Instruments Foundation, Lancaster ISD students are able to connect attend this screening and have had other immersive learning experiences all designed to open up a whole new world of possibilities.


“We have taken about 500 students to NASA Space Center where they have met with engineers, scientists, and technologists. Numerous students have successfully participated in design challenges for computer science, engineering and robotics,” Johnson said. “And middle and high school students built a road-approved race car and now some of them are building an airplane.”


Each Lancaster ISD elementary campus has a STEM-focus pipeline in either Health Science Technology, Engineering, Information Systems and Software Designs, or Global Arts Communications and Entrepreneurship. Its sixth grade and middle school campuses provide exposure to all areas of STEM Education and the high school campus provides the opportunity for students to further dissect their STEM pipeline into more specialized fields and to obtain real-world training and certifications prior to graduation.

All campuses are also equipped with campus clubs and organizations that include gaming, robotics and coding, just to name a few.


For Johnson, this is a chance for students to unpack the tools that they have been given and connect the dots.


“As educators, we seek to create opportunities for our students that will engage and ignite the fire of lifelong learning,” she said. “This experience is another intentional way to underscore and emphasize the constant learning experiences of our students and will allow them to see the value and hopefully inspire some of them to actually pursue this area as a career.”

At West Main Elementary, Chess is More than a Game

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Twenty-three students from the WME Chess Club took a field trip to the University of Texas at Dallas (UT-Dallas) on January 25, 2017. Aside from visiting the distinguished college campus, the students also played chess against Grand Chess Master Gil Popilski. All 23 students played Popilski in a simultaneous game of chess.


Popilski is not just any chess player, he is one of the most noted chess competitors in the country and even the world. He is a sophomore student at UT-Dallas majoring in Computer Science, a native of Israel and is presently ranked 37th in the world out of 61,216 players. The university that he attends has student teams that compete in the NCAA Chess Tournament and the University teams finished first in the country in 2002 and is presently rated 4th.


This exposure allowed students to see make a real-world connection and the opportunity to "match wits" with this world competitor in the game that they intensely play with their campus peers.

LANCASTER ISD STRENGTHENING FAMILIES 5TH SERIES: AN EVENING OF EXCELLENCE

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Lancaster ISD hosted its Strengthening Families Evening of Excellence event on February 9. It was a special night of dance performances from the LEA Steppers, the RPM Cheerleaders, and more uniquely, a family of Hawaiian dancers. Complete with food, photos, fun and as promised dancing, it was a great time to gather and celebrate with family and friends. Be sure to make plans to attend the next event of Strengthening Families.

Secure Your Child's Seat : Pre-Register for the 2017-18 School Year Today!

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Lancaster ISD is amid a general pre-registration period for the 2017-18 academic school year. Parents, you can pre-register your children by going to www.LancasterISD.org to update your information and documents in our parent portal system or you can click the link below. Please take a moment to secure your child's seat today.

WME Fine Arts Academy to Open In August 2017: Preparing for Auditions

In the fall of 2017, Lancaster ISD will open its Fine Arts Academy at West Main Elementary. This academy will offer learning around the following disciplines, music, visual arts, drama, dance and piano.


The application window is closed, but all selected students in second to fourth grades who are attending West Main Elementary during the 2017-18 school year should be receiving their scheduled audition times.


The West Main Fine Arts Academy will offer an intense study in the performing and visual arts while maintaining a strong emphasis in its core academic areas. This program is geared toward students who display artistic potential and who can be cultivated into articulate individuals focused on their artistry.

Click to Learn More about the Academy

Spaces are limited. Auditions will be held. Contact the Lancaster ISD Fine Arts Department for more information at 972-218-1800 x 5262.

Bond Construction Update

As we enter the month of March, the construction of our two new elementary campuses is steadily progressing.


Pleasant Run: Click HERE to see the latest Pleasant Run construction video.


West Main: Click HERE to see the latest West Main construction video.


We invite you to stay connected to the process and share any questions that you may have as we provide periodic updates. If you have questions, please share them via the Let's Talk application on our district website, www.lancasterisd.org.


Stay connected with our construction progress at LancasterISDBond.org.

Upcoming Events and Celebrations

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Texas Public School week is February 27 - March 3 and Lancaster ISD is celebrating the Power of Public schools! We are always excited to educate the students of Lancaster ISD and celebrate learning!

We invite you to visit our facebook page and join in our Celebration of Texas Public Schools! Tell us why you love your Lancaster ISD Public school. Be sure to use following the hashtags:

#PowerofPublic

#MorethanADiploma

#ExcellenceinAction

#LancasterISD

SPRING PARENT CONNECT SESSIONS: PARENT SUCCESS STUDIO TRAINING SERIES

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Please be certain to share this information with your parents and invite them to come out to the Parent Connect Sessions for the months of March, April and May to obtain useful tools, strategies and methods to support their child(ren). These sessions will provide insight and support to challenges that families are facing each day. Let's rally behind Dr. K. Waites and the Psychological Services Department and make each session full with members of our Lancaster ISD Community. The first one is Friday, March 3rd at the SEEC Building!

National Elementary Honor Society Induction Ceremony is March 2

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Parents, grandparents, family members and friends are all invited to support your Elementary student who has received this prestigious honor to be inducted into the National Elementary Honor Society on March 2 The ceremony will be held at 6 PM at Lancaster High School located at 200 E. Wintergreen Road in Lancaster, TX. The student attire is black and white.



The NEHS recognizes students in both public and nonpublic elementary schools for their outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated personal responsibility. Through NEHS, students provide meaningful service to the school and community and develop essential leadership skills.


(The National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be held on March 7 at LHS at 6 PM.)

Career Go Get It Week & STEM Week is March 6-10

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Lancaster ISD is committed to providing students with More Than a Diploma. The College and Career Readiness Division hosts College Go Get It Week in the fall and has committed to equipping students in the spring with the knowledge to make informed career decisions through its Annual Career Go Get It Week.


This week is dedicated to raising awareness of the journey to a successful career, the types of career availables and the educational background that is essential to obtaining the desired career.


Students will have opportunities to learn from industry professionals and entrepreneurs.


This year, this week of immersion will be intertwined with STEM Week. Each campus counselor and Academic Support team member has been tasked with creating a memorable learning experience for all the students on their campus and help connect them to their future.

Mark Your Calendars: Lancaster ISD STEM Showcase & Parent Connect Expo is March 25!

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Parents, this is the mega event of the year, so make plans to be at Lancaster High School on March 25 at 9 AM! Please bring your family, neighbors, business partners, friends and of course, the children. This event conglomeration will consist of the STEM and Academic awards celebration, the student STEM project showcase, activities, games, food, parent workshops and a resource fair for all students and their families.


This year's event is jointly hosted by the Parent Connect, Strengthening Families and Academics and Innovation Departments. It is poised to be a full-agenda of enjoyment, learning, networking and much more.


There will be something for everyone, so plan to make a day of it with your family. We will see you there!

Lancaster ISD Pre-Kindergarten, Headstart and New to District Elementary Registration is April 3-7

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Lancaster ISD will hold an onsite registration for all Pre-K 3, Pre-K 4, and new to the district elementary students on April 3-7 from 8:30 AM - 4 PM.


On Thursday, April 6, the registration team will be available until 7 PM for those who need to register in the evening.


The onsite registration will be held at the Lancaster ISD Administration Building located at 422 S. Centre Avenue.


Please note that all students currently in the Pre-K 3 program must re-enroll for the upcoming year. The Pre-Registration process can be started online and a link is available on the Lancaster ISD website at www.lancasterisd.org. For additional questions, please contact 972-218-1400.

March School Menus

Click this link to see the meals scheduled for the students. You can also view the create-a-meal option for those who may have specific meal plan needs and also download the SFE Mobil app to plan on-the-go.

News from Our Community

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Three Lancaster High School students who are on the City of Lancaster Youth Advisory Commission were accompanied by City of Lancaster staff - Bakahri Thornton (Recreation Superintendent/ YAC Staff Liaison); Sean Johnson (Managing Director); Rona Stringfellow (Assistant City Manager); Councilwoman Nina Morris (Council Liaison to 4B/ Parks & Rec Advisory Board and Youth Advisory Commission Board) attended "Parks Day at The State Capitol" in Austin Texas.


This event, hosted by the Texas Recreation and Parks Society, provided an opportunity for recreation professionals, elected and appointed officials and executive level city leadership to participate in the "TRAPS 85th Legislative Session Platform."


This year's lobbying efforts were to sustain the previous year' 84th Legislative Session passage of House Bill 158 which fully restored sporting good sales tax to the TRPA (Texas Recreation Park Account). The TRPA account is the holder of grant funds awarded to State Parks, local/ municipal parks and like projects. The City of Lancaster has been a recipient of such funds and utilized for projects listed below:


• Bear Creek Nature Park Development

• Helen Giddings Amphitheater Development at Community Park

• Outdoor Education programs at Bear Creek Nature Park

• LISD: Girls outdoor recreation experience at local State Park (Cedar Hill).


Lancaster YAC members were thrilled to see and learn more about our State elected officials at work and participate in the process of getting bills to be created and passed.


Their personal highlights were meeting with Senator Royce West, Representative Toni Rose, Representative Helen Giddings, Representative Eric Johnson, and Representative Villaba's Chief of Staff.


They enjoyed voicing their appreciation for the previous appropriation of funding for Parks and Recreation and recommended that those funds remain whole during this upcoming session.


The YAC officers and members who attended included:


LHS - Xavien Johns-President

LHS - Zion James-Vice President

LHS - Veronica Ramos-Member

Sign Up for the City of Lancaster's Code Red Alert System to Keep You Safe and Informed

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There are times when the weather is unpredictable or we may hear sirens in the area and don't know why. The city of Lancaster, Texas uses the CodeRED emergency notification system. It is a communication service available for emergency and non-emergency notifications. CodeRED employs intranet mapping capable of geographic targeting of calls and a telephone-calling system capable of delivering prerecorded messages directly to homes and businesses at the rate of up to 60,000 calls per hour.


Residents can sign up for this alert or download the app to stay connected and be notified.

Learn More About CODE RED and Sign up Today!

Users must opt-in to receive alerts. Your contact information will remain private and will only be used for severe weather alerts. You may also receive alerts in other areas that use CodeRED for community notifications.

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Keep posting and sharing your healthy choices on your account. Get some friends together and host an event. See what events are happening with the city of Lancaster and the Mayor's Health Initiative. Get on board and help Lancaster move up the ranks to Number 1.


The Challenge is a 12-week competition that unites and mobilizes schools, businesses, organizations, community members, and mayors toward the common goal of transforming their community’s health. Each of the last four years, Texans have demonstrated their competitive spirit and dedication to building healthier communities for their families, coworkers, neighbors, and for the next generation.


The competition ends on March 31st. We are in third place, but we have what it takes to win...are you still up for the challenge? Log in, Create an Account and update your posts today. Visit the https://ittcommunitychallenge.com/

Upcoming District Events

March 2: NEHS Induction Ceremony, 6-7 PM (LHS)

March 6-10: Career Go Get it Week

March 7: NJHS Induction Ceremony, 6-7 PM (LHS)

March 13-17: Spring Break – Campuses and District Offices Closed

March 25: March Madness STEM Expo and Parent Connect

March 30: School Board Meeting, 7 PM

Click here to view our 2016-2017 Academic Calendar

Stay connected to the district academic schedule and be aware of the upcoming district holidays.

In Lancaster ISD, our VISION is 2020!

Lancaster ISD Beliefs:

    Equity

    Equity in education is a human right.


    Community

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


    Quality

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


    Courage

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


    Growth

    A person has the capacity to learn from past experiences.


    Purpose

    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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