Lago Vista High School News!

A newsletter for the parents, students, and staff of LVHS!

August 1 - Back to School Edition!

Look at What's Happening at the New LVHS!!

A lot of work has been done in the last few months in preparation for the opening of our new school! One of the last items to be completed is the Performing Arts Center. We are cautiously optimistic that it will be complete in time for our Student Orientation during the week of August 18 (more details on that below). Check out these pictures to see how great things are coming along!

New Faces Around Lago Vista High School!

Take a look at the bright and excited faces that will be joining us next year at LVHS!

NexGen, iPads, and Learning in LVISD!

Dr. Suzy Lofton, LVISD Curriculum Director, Heather Stoner, LVHS Principal, Randy Mathisen, LVHS Instructional Technologist, and Shelby Womack, LVISD Director of Technology, presented to our School Board last Monday night. The presentation covered the timeline of the NexGen Learning Initiative as well as plans for our one-to-one iPad deployment and support for parents, teachers, and students during this process. The prezi from the presentation can be found online at http://classroom.lagovistaisd.net/users/0093/NexGen/NexGenprezi.pdf. We will be covering much of this information in our Parent Workshops and Orientation Meetings, but here are some highlights that you might want to know, now!


  • Every student at LVHS will be issued an iPad and complimentary equipment (case, charger, etc).
  • Teachers will send student assignments and class information to students through our learning management system, Canvas. Students will need their iPads to access this information. Also, teachers will be able to get real-time data on student knowledge by building assessments in the Canvas system.
  • Parents will be offered the chance to purchase Optional Accidental Damage and Theft Coverage for $50 that will cover the cost for any repairs or replacement of the iPad due to accidents or theft.
  • How will we get the iPads deployed? We will do it over the span of the first week of school and then individually, as needed. Only students who have attended Digital Citizenship training and completed all the necessary paperwork will receive their iPads. Digital Citizenship classes will be provided to students through English classes the first week of school. Parents and students will receive the paperwork at the Parent Workshops, Student Orientations, and during the first 2 days of school.
  • Using iPads allows us to increase efficiency and is a tool teachers can use to create a classroom environment that encourages the 21st century skills that students need to be successful in life after high school, like problem-solving, communication, collaboration, and creative thinking.
  • What if my student forgets their iPad? What if their iPad isn't charged? What if they use the iPad to do something inappropriate? What if, what if, what if? Those and many more great questions and lots of answers can be found in our FAQ document. Go check it out on our website, early next week!
  • Per the Student Code of Conduct, students will only be allowed to use their cell phones before and after school and during lunch. Students will be able to use their iPads during passing periods and during class, as deemed appropriate by the teacher. If a student needs to contact their parent, they will be able to use the phone in the office. Limiting use to iPads allows us to be more effective at monitoring appropriate technology use at school.


Want to know more? Be sure to join us for one of our Parent Workshops or Student Orientations! See dates below!

Before You Go Shopping for Back-to-School Clothes!

Please be sure to read the Student Dress Code! The District Education Improvement Committee discusses and makes changes to the Student Handbook. Any proposed changes must go through them. At this time, there are no changes to the dress code. The full version is available on our website, but here are the highlights:


1. Dresses and non-uniform clothing must be of sufficient length to allow for performing normal school functions without immodest exposure. All outer garments (skirts, shorts, dresses, shirts worn over tights, etc.) are required to be no shorter than fingertip length. Spandex shorts and tights are allowed only with an outer garment that meets the fingertip policy. Undergarments must not be visible. Garters and garter belts are considered undergarments.

2. Modesty will prevail. No see through materials, low cut dresses, low cut/see through shirts, etc. Clothing that is frayed, torn, or with holes is prohibited.


3. Halter tops, low cut tops, and other similar clothing which reveals bare midriffs, bare backs, and low cut fronts may not be worn.

4. Clothing should be of the appropriate size. Clothing cannot be baggy or saggy, worn low on the body, nor drag on the ground.

5. Shirts will be buttoned properly. Tank tops are NOT permitted. No sleeveless shirts are allowed at the Middle and High School Campuses.

6. Trench coats are PROHIBITED.

7. Hats and/or caps will not be worn during the academic school day.

8. No bandannas, rags, gloves, kerchiefs, or gang-related decorative articles. No visible gang-related tattoos.

9. Hanging wallet chains, banging belt ends, spiked/studded belts, bracelets, necklaces, chain belts, handcuffs; or sharp/heavy rings are not permitted.

10. Visible body piercing, with the exception of earrings, is prohibited.

11. Sunglasses may not be worn in school buildings without specific recommendation from a doctor. 81

12. Mustaches, beards, and sideburns must be well groomed. Grooming is at the discretion of the principal.

13. Shoes that mark the floor are prohibited.

14. Student dress or jewelry may not display information pertaining to profanity, obscenity, sexual connotations, ethnic slurs, death, tobacco, alcohol or other prohibited substances.


Students wishing to recommend changes are to make their recommendation through the Student Council or campus advisory committee.

Schedules?!

Student schedules will be mailed out next week! If your student needs a schedule change, please come to the high school on Tuesday, August 12 or Wednesday, August 13, between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:30 pm.

Bell Schedule for Next Year!

A – Day


7:55 – 9:25 – Period 1

9:30 – 11:10 – Period 2 (announcements from 11:00-11:10)

11:15 – 11:45 – Period 3A lunch

11:50 – 1:20 – Period 3A

11:15 – 12:15 – Period 3B

12:15 – 12:45 – Lunch 3B

12:50 – 1:20 – Period 3B

1:25 – 2:55 – Period 4

3:00 – 3:25 – Tutorials/Enrichment/Acceleration/Mentoring (TEAM)



B-Day


7:55 – 9:25 – Period 5

9:30 – 11:10 – Period 6 (announcements from 11:00-11:10)

11:15 – 11:45 – Period 7A lunch

11:50 – 1:20 – Period 7A

11:15 – 12:15 – Period 7B

12:15 – 12:45 – Lunch 7B

12:50 – 1:20 – Period 7B

1:25 – 2:55 – Period 8

3:00 – 3:25 – Tutorials/Enrichment/Acceleration/Mentoring (TEAM)


Information about TEAM time:

1. Required attendance for those students who have mandatory tutorials (failed STAAR, RtI plan, etc).

2. All teachers will be available for tutoring during TEAM time.

3. In-season athletes will be required to report to the head coach of their sport until 3:25. They may be dismissed from their coach during TEAM time to attend tutorials or a club.

4. Clubs, UIL teams, and other extracurriular, non-athletic groups may meet during TEAM time.

5. Athletic practices will not start until after TEAM time is finished.

6. Students not required to stay during TEAM time will be dismissed at 2:55.

7. If your student rides a bus, they will be assigned to a classroom to wait for their bus to arrive at 3:25. They may be dismissed from their room to attend tutorials or a club.

Upcoming Training and Orientation Meetings

Parent Workshop

Thursday, Aug. 7th, 6pm

Lago Vista High School (Media and Academic Center - MAC - Library)

Throughout next school year, Lago Vista High School will be hosting Parent Technology Nights! Please join us for our first session, 'NexGen iPads, and 21st Century Learning' on Thursday, August 7th or Thursday, August 14th at 6:00 PM at the High School in the Media and Academic Center (library). Parents can expect to be provided with information about LVISD's NexGen Learning Initiative, plans for the 1:1 iPad deployment, our Learning Management System (Canvas), student access to devices, student responsibility, and student safety.

Time during every Parent Tech Night session will also be dedicated to technology related questions and support.


We hope to have all parents in attendance at one of these important first meetings!

Parent Workshop (repeat of August 7 meeting)

Thursday, Aug. 14th, 6pm

LVHS (Media and Academic Center - MAC - Library)

See August 7 meeting details from above for information.

Rising 11th graders - Student Orientation Meeting

Monday, Aug. 18th, 4pm

Lago Vista High School (Performing Arts Center)

Learn about LVISD's NexGen Learning Initiative, our iPad employment, how to be a responsible digital citizen, and schoolwide procedures and expectations! This will be a mobile presentation, taking participants around the school to see where their classrooms are prior to the first day of school!

Rising 9th graders - Student Orientation Meeting

Monday, Aug. 18th, 6pm

Lago Vista High School (Performing Arts Center)

See 11th graders orientation meeting description above for details about the event.

Rising 12th graders - Student Orientation Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 19th, 4pm

Lago Vista High School (Performing Arts Center)

See 11th graders orientation meeting description above for details about the event.

Rising 10th graders - Student Orientation Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 19th, 6pm

Lago Vista High School (Performing Arts Center)

See 11th graders orientation meeting description above for details about the event.

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