Tiger Talk


Dear Lake Travis ISD Parents and Guardians,

I am Paul Norton, and I have the honor and privilege to serve as your Superintendent of Schools. On behalf of our school board, our administration, teachers and support staff, I want to be among the first to welcome you and your family to the 2020-2021 school year.

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to visit our newest campus, Rough Hollow Elementary School. This beautiful facility was made possible by our most recent voter-approved bond, and we cannot wait to open our doors. However, we know these are unique times. As a parent of two students enrolled in our Lake Travis schools, I too share the frustration, stress and uncertainty created by the pandemic. It has taught us to expect change, to be flexible, and to adapt. But it has also challenged us to think out of the box, to be innovative, and to do things differently. Whether our students are learning remotely at home or in-person at school, things will be different.

Yet, I believe the challenges facing our District create an opportunity for us to do things better and shape the future of our community. But we can only do this together. As we prepare to embark on the new year ahead, I will be with you every step of the way. Together, we will build new relationships and strengthen existing ones. We will do what is best for students and do everything possible to meet their individual needs. We will continue to prioritize student health and safety, now more than ever. And above all else, we will do these things with a kind heart.

I love our LTISD theme for the new year, “Learning. Transformed,” because that is exactly what is happening, and it is what we must support, starting with me. I know it will be frustrating at times, and we will make mistakes. But we will ultimately succeed by focusing on what is truly important—our students.

In closing, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as your superintendent. I share with you my hope, optimism, and excitement for the new year ahead. I look forward to meeting you soon.


Paul Norton

Superintendent of Schools

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Welcome Back Tigers!

I am so excited to begin the 2020-21 school year. While not how we thought this year would begin, I can assure you that our teachers and staff are eager to reconnect with our students and families.

It is true that this year will hold some challenges: however, I know our community is one that is built on perseverance, understanding, and the ability to adapt to situations that are rapidly changing. In the history of this school, we have been fortunate to be a part of a collaborative and supportive community. I anticipate that as we move forward with this school year we will continue to experience that same mutual support and understanding.

It is inevitable that school will look quite different this year. Some of our families will choose remote learning while others will be at West Cypress Hills in person. Regardless of your family’s choice, each and every child will continue to be a part of our Tiger Family. Our common goal is to provide a safe learning and working environment for our staff and students.

Each school year, we establish a campus-wide theme that sets the tone and focus for the upcoming school year. Our theme this year, "One Team. One Family," focuses on unity and partnership among all of our stakeholders, which include every staff member, student, family and community member.

Together we can continue to foster the core values that make West Cypress Hills a safe and successful learning environment. We are in this together and will continue to be #WCHEStrong.

With warmest regards,

Melanie Beninga

Your Principal at West Cypress Hills Elementary

Remote learning schedule

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District Assisting With Technology to Support Remote Learning

The Lake Travis Independent School District (LTISD) will lend Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots to students in grades K-12 who have limited or no access to a device at home and who do not already have a device from our initial deployment this past spring. Our district has had a high volume of requests. Thank you for your patience.

Families who meet the above criteria may request a Chromebook and/or WiFi hotspot through the student's classroom teacher. LTISD will send an email to the student's family to let the family know when and where to pick up the requested technology.

There is an issue affecting the login credentials of some of our families with district-issued Chromebooks, and we have developed a solution to help you establish credentials for login. If you are unable to log in, please follow the steps outlined here, and if you need additional assistance, please feel free to contact us. We appreciate your patience.

All Classes on Campus Will be Self-Contained

In prior years, our upper grade students were in departmentalized classrooms so that they received instruction on core subjects by multiple teachers throughout their school day. Through an abundance of caution, however, for this school year, all of our Kindergarten through 5th Grade learners will be assigned to self-contained classrooms.

Thus, our Tigers will have one homeroom teacher in one classroom. Their homeroom teacher will be providing their English/Language Arts, Reading, Science, Social Studies, and Math instruction. Our teachers are collaborating and sharing knowledge and expertise to ensure that our Tigers receive the highest quality instruction.

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Yes, Students Withdrawn from LTISD May Re-enroll Later for In-Person Learning

A frequently asked question pertains to re-enrollment of LTISD students after they have been withdrawn.

Students can be re-enrolled for in-person learning after having been withdrawn as students of the LTISD. The re-enrollment process is the same as the enrollment process for any new LTISD student. The re-enrolled student will, initially, be scheduled for in-person learning at the school building.

Once the re-enrolled student is attending school in person, remote learning, if desired, may be selected when the district next extends an invitation to select a preferred learning option.

District Releases Return to School Protocols for In-Person Learning on Campus this Fall

Dear Lake Travis ISD Parents and Guardians,

As you may recall, we shared with you our Student Commitment Form for selecting the return to school option—remote learning at home or in-person learning on campus—that will best serve your child this fall. The Student Commitment Form is available in Skyward Family Access and was due by Thursday, August 6. However, you may revise your commitment form up to two weeks prior to the first day the district is able to offer in-person learning on campus. Out of an abundance of caution, we will begin the 2020-2021 school year on Wednesday, August 19 with remote learning at home for all students through at least September 7.

To assist you with planning for the in-person learning on campus option in the fall, we are sharing with you our Return to School Protocols for COVID-19 outlining our health and safety guidelines. We fully recognize that you have many questions. Earlier this month, we posted information on our website that detailed our two learning options for the 2020-2021 school year. This information also included a number of Frequently Asked Questions. If you have not yet reviewed the details of these options, please visit the section School Year 2020-2021: Learning. Transformed on the LTISD website.

The conditions surrounding the pandemic are continually evolving. Our plans will be evaluated and updated as needed to comply and adapt to any new orders, guidelines or mandates issued by governmental and/or health authorities. It will be our priority to keep you informed of those changes and updates throughout the coming school year. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding and flexibility.


Marco Alvarado

Director of Communications, Media & Community Relations

Please tell us how your Tiger(s) will be going home.

Learning in person at school? If so, how should your child go home...the first day of school? The first week of school? And thereafter? Please take a moment to tell us about your child's dismissal arrangements.

WCHE PTO Presents Opportunities for Our Families September 2

Our WCHE PTO (the very best PTO in the world) invites our families to drive by the school on Wednesday, September 2. Representatives from our PTO will be in the front drive offering the following opportunities for our Tiger families:

  • Remote learners can pick up their Schoolkidz supply kits
  • Families can learn more about the PTO
  • Families can join the fun by becoming PTO members, too
  • Families can purchase exciting Tiger Spirit Wear
  • Families of 3rd, 4th, or 5th graders can purchase student planners

More About our 2020-21 WCHE School Supplies

If you purchased your WCHE student school supplies online from Schoolkidz before the June 12 deadline, your supply kits will be delivered to West Cypress Hills Elementary before the first day of school. Students learning from home may pick up their supply kits on September 2. Students who are not attending remote or in-person learning at West Cypress may pick up their kits on September 2, as well. Students who will be attending school in person on campus will find their Schoolkidz supply kits in their homeroom classroom on their first day of in-person learning, September 8.

Should a decision be made prior to September 2 to extend remote learning past September 7, our families will be duly notified. In that event, ALL families may pick up their Schoolkidz supply kits on September 2.

If you missed the June 12 deadline, Schoolkidz.com offers a build-a-kit service where you can order school supplies for delivery to your home. Click this link to build your own school supply kit using our school supply lists (see the link below.)

Our grade level supply lists are available here for WCHE 2020-2021 so that you can purchase the supplies on your own from any source convenient to you.

*3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students also need to have student planners for the 2020-2021 school year. These are sold separately from the prepackaged supply kits. Planners cost $6 each. We are able to accept cash (exact amount) or checks payable to WCHE. Planners can be purchased at the school on September 2 or from the front desk any time on or after the first day of in-school learning.

To Follow Principal Beninga on Twitter

Melanie Beninga provides info, photos, and updates via Twitter, too. If not already following Melanie Beninga in Twitter, you can follow her @principalwch and @mbeninga.

If you missed the Tiger Property and Yearbook Pick Up Events, please email us to arrange to pick up your Tigers' things.

News from Sheila White, WCHE School Counselor!

I am available to support our Tiger families. Should your family need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or by phone at (512) 533-7589.

Please explore the following counseling resources for students and parents.

Resources For Students:

Resources for Parents:

  • 24/7 Helpline 512-472- (HELP) - Integral Care’s 24/7 Helpline provides around the clock crisis support as well as access to all of our programs and services for adults and children, including appointments and billing. Our team is here to help. We’ll listen to you and care about you, support you without judgment, and provide immediate support in a mental health crisis.

2019-2020 Field Trip Refunds

In order to keep our Tigers sheltered safely at home, all of our spring field trips planned for March through May were canceled. Some of our first and fourth graders' families had already paid for their field trips and may, therefore, be concerned about the funds turned in to teachers before we realized that the field trips could not take place.

Please rest assured that we have deposited your payments, have recorded your payments, and have a record of the resulting credit balance of each family.

And, we have plans to ensure that you receive full credit for your payment(s.)

  • For students returning to West Cypress Hills Elementary School for the 2020-2021 school year, the credit balance due your family for West Cypress Hills' canceled field trips will be applied toward the purchase price of West Cypress Hills classroom t-shirts and/or field trips that take place during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • For students who are not attending West Cypress Hills Elementary School during the 2020-2021 school year, a refund check will be issued to your family by West Cypress Hills Elementary School by the end of the school year. Please complete the WCHE Field Trip Refund Request Form to request your reimbursement check.

Upcoming Events

08/19/20....................First Day of School -- All Tigers Learning At Home

09/02/20....................Drive By PTO Tiger Spirit Wear Sales!

09/02/20....................School Supply Pick-Up Day for Students Learning from Home

09/02/20....................3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders Invited to Purchase Planners ($6 ea)

09/02/20....................Join the Fun! Join the WCHE PTO!!! Drive By Sign Up!