LVHS Newsletter

Excellence In All We Do.

October 5, 2019

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The week in pictures...

Nine Weeks Tests Begin Next Week

Since PSAT/NMSWT is Wednesday, October 16, we have made adjustments to the 9 weeks testing schedule:


Friday, October 11 (A Day) - 1st and 3rd period

Tuesday, October 15 (B Day) - 7th and 5th
Wednesday, October 16 (A Day) - NONE due to PSAT
Thursday, October 17 (B Day) - 6th and 8th

Friday, October 18 (A Day) - 2nd and 4th

Monday, October 14 is a student holiday. Tuesday, October 15 will be a "B Day." Enjoy this extra time at home with your favorite viking!

committee members needed

The Campus Educational Improvement Committee (CEIC) is an advisory committee to the principal that meets monthly to review data and determine needs and priorities for the campus. We are currently in need of one more parent representative. The committee usually meets once a month, on Thursdays at 4:00 pm. If you are interested, please contact Heather_Stoner@lagovista.txed.net.

Bookmark our new websites

While we have tried to make our old campus websites obsolete, unfortunately, if you google a specific campus page, a cached page can show up and you will end up on the OLD campus website.


Please be sure you have bookmarked our new campus sites:


Elementary - http://www.lagovistaisd.net/page/les.Home

Intermediate - http://www.lagovistaisd.net/page/lis.Home

Middle - http://www.lagovistaisd.net/page/lms.Home

High - http://www.lagovistaisd.net/page/lhs.Home

PSAT Test Coming Up

Sophomores and Juniors will be participating in the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 16th and our Freshmen will test on Wednesday, October 23rd. Please make sure any scheduled appointments will not conflict with this important opportunity. An early bedtime the night before and a good breakfast the morning of testing are strongly recommended.


We want to send out a huge thank you to our awesome Lago Vista ISD Education Foundation for their generous donation of funds for these tests.

Needed: Senior baby pictures

If you have a senior, our audio-video production class needs their baby pictures for the graduation slide show and the senior video! You don't want your graduate left out of this LVHS tradition! Email pictures to babypics2020@gmail.com!

Annual Veteran's Day Ceremony Information

Lago Vista High School Debate team is very honored to announce that Weldon Henson will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Veterans Day ceremony on November 11.


Henson is a seasoned songwriter whose repertoire has gained him local recognition for dedication and artistry with the mayor of Austin naming February 25, “Weldon Henson Day” for the city, joining the noted local ranks of Willie Nelson, Rosie Flores and Jon Dee Graham. He’s earned his rightful place in Austin’s music scene and has been expanding his audiences internationally with special performances in Europe as well.


His Honky Tonk Frontier band can be found touring the historic dance halls across Texas’ hill country and every honky tonk in between. It isn’t easy keeping a foothold of traditional Texas country music, but Weldon has gained significant acclaim for the past 10 years with his “Texas-made honky tonk” performances, a tagline he uses to express his style. “It’s authentic, Texas honky tonk lyrics delivered with a dance beat that just makes you feel good”, Weldon proclaims. “It’s all about enjoying life.”


Henson’s Air Force career took him from his home in Humble, Texas, to Utah and Korea. It was while serving in the Air Force that Weldon turned to the guitar and his passion for playing music truly awoke. “I was 19 or 20 years old when it all clicked and felt right,” he recalls. “At the time, I was learning to play guitar and I did so by playing and singing my favorite Hank Williams and Johnny Cash songs.”


The annual ceremony has become popular tribute to all of our veterans who have served and includes student speeches and music from the band and choir. A reception for our veterans and their guests will immediately follow.


It will be held at the Lago Vista High School gym on Monday, November 11, starting at 2:00. All area veterans, their families, and the entire community are invited to attend.

GT Referral Window Closing Soon

Parents of students in grades 1-12 who consent to having their child screened for the

Lago Vista ISD Gifted & Talented Education Program should complete a referral form and return it the student's school by October 15.


To access the referral form, please visit the Lago Vista ISD Gifted & Talented website at http://www.lagovistaisd.net/page/curr.ins_GT.

Parent Involvement Needed

Applications are open for parents of students receiving special education services to join the Special Education Parent Advisory Council. Please contact Krystal Colhoff in the special education office for more information. Applications are due October 15, 2019.

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Student Safety & Communication

Lago Vista ISD is committed to effective, two-way communication regarding student safety. In the event of a validated threat to student safety or other emergency, our District and campuses work together to quickly notify parents/guardians through our District messaging service.

In order to ensure that you receive these crucial notifications, please log into txConnect Parent Portal to verify/update the contact information for your student. We ask our parents to do this each year for each student. The information provided in txConnect is what we use to contact you, so it is very important that all information provided is correct and up-to-date. For more information on how to access txConnect Parent Portal and update information, please visit: http://www.lagovistaisd.net/page/new_registration

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Change to Substitute Assessment

In a recent notification from TEA, Mike Morath, Commissioner of Education, informed school districts of a finding from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) that requires the Texas Education Agency to cease the policy of allowing substitute assessments in accountability. As a result of this finding from the USDE, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, TEA has informed school districts that all students must take the corresponding STAAR EOC for each course in which they are enrolled, even if they have a qualifying score on a substitute assessment.


Any student who was identified with a qualifying score on the PSAT 8/9 in the 2018-2019 school year will not be permitted to use the substitute score in place of taking a STAAR EOC for a course in which he/she is enrolled in the 2019-2020 school year and beyond. Instead, effective immediately, all students must take the STAAR EOC for each course in which they are currently enrolled that has a corresponding STAAR EOC, even if they have a qualifying score on a substitute assessment. Any student who successfully used a substitute assessment score for a STAAR EOC assessment in the 2018-2019 school year is unaffected by this change, including 8th graders who took Algebra I and used a substitute score in the 2018-2019 school year.

Let's work together, Vikings

Lago Vista ISD recognizes that communication between campuses and parents is a crucial part of building a strong school-home partnership, which we greatly value. As such, the District is committed to providing open, two-way communication and encourages all Lago Vista ISD parents to share the same commitment.


While social media presents us with an amazing venue to share and exchange information, if a concern arises regarding your child, or child’s campus, please contact the campus immediately. This timely communication directly with the campus is a crucial first step in working with you to resolve your concerns. As a district, we are committed to ensuring that all concerns are addressed as quickly as possible, but

campuses are only able to assist with finding solutions when we are made aware of concerns through direct communication.


Thank you for your helping with Lago Vista ISD's continued efforts to build strong and effective partnerships with our parents!

Don’t mess with Texas® K-12 Art Contest

Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation invite Texas students in kindergarten through twelfth grade to submit their best litter prevention-inspired artwork to be considered for the Don’t mess with Texas Calendar. Students with the top 13 designs will have their work featured in the calendar. One winner will be selected from each grade. Stay tuned for details on the 2020 contest. For more information go to KTB.org
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pep rallies and theme days for this fall:

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Attendance Matters

The vast majority of our students with excessive absences fail to pass their classes. Students need to be at school everyday.
Our schoolwide attendance goal for this year is 97%. Our state funding is based on the percentage of students at school at 10:15 am every day. Higher attendance rate = more money for resources for your student.
For students who exceed our 96% goal, we are planning some more exciting rewards this year, such as a movie in the PAC, Kona Ice, and exam exemptions!

For students who miss school, here is some very important attendance information:


  • 3 or more unexcused absences in a 4 week period - warning letter sent home and phone call from the principal.
  • 7 or more unexcused absences in a 6-month period - warning letter sent home and Behavior Intervention Plan meeting called with the parents, student, and assistant principal.
  • 10 or more unexcused absences in a 6 month period - truancy charges are filed. Parent, student and school administrator will be summoned to appear in truancy court.


Our campus goal is to reach 97% attendance each day.

Thanks for your support!

Dress Code Review

Here is an EXCERPT from our Student Code of Conduct. Please reference the document for the entire list.

1. Clothing should be of the appropriate size.
a. Clothing must not be baggy or saggy, worn low on the body, nor drag on the ground.
b. Clothing must not be overly form fitting or tight.

2. Pictures, emblems or writings on student attire, jewelry, and/or tattoos must be appropriate for the school environment. No messages and/or graphics that are vulgar, offensive, obscene, libelous, or that denigrate others on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
a. No messages and/or graphics that include depictions of or references to profanity,
prohibited substances (e.g., alcohol, drugs, tobacco, etc.), obscenity, sexual
connotations, gangs, inappropriate language, inappropriate pictures, inappropriate
gestures, death, and/or depictions of violent images.

3. See-through/sheer material is ONLY permitted when worn over an article of clothing that is dress code compliant.

4. Students will be expected to be in compliance with the dress code while standing or sitting.

5. Proper undergarments should be worn, but undergarments must not be visible. Garters and garter belts are considered undergarments.

6. No pajamas, sleepwear, or house slippers of any kind, except for designated days such as theme or character days approved by the campus administration.

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

Bottoms (Dresses, Skirts, Shorts, and Pants)
8. All bottoms must fit around the waist and be properly fastened.

9. Dresses, skirts, shorts, and other non-uniform clothing must be of sufficient length to allow for performing normal school functions without immodest exposure. Any garment, regardless of what it is called, must cover all skin above the middle of the thigh.

10. Spandex shorts, tights, and leggings are allowed ONLY with an outer garment that meets the middle of the thigh requirement.

11. No rips or holes that are excessive or placed above the middle of the thigh.

Shirts and Blouses
12. Shirts must be buttoned properly.

13. Sleeveless shirts and modest tank tops that provide appropriate coverage are permitted.
a. No tank tops or dresses with “spaghetti straps” (thin shoulder straps over otherwise
bare shoulders).
b. Sleeveless tops must fit appropriately under the arm. No “muscle shirts”.

14. No strapless, spaghetti-strap, backless, halter, one-shoulder, or off-the-shoulder tops.

15. No clothing that reveals bare midriffs and/or bare backs. Midriffs must be fully covered at all times (even when arms are raised).

16. No low cut necklines (which reveal cleavage or the chest area).

Accessories
17. No hats, caps, and/or hoods may be worn inside during the academic school day, except for designated days such as theme or character days approved by the campus administration.

18. No bandanas, rags, gloves, kerchiefs, or gang-related decorative articles.

19. No hanging wallet chains, chain belts, handcuffs, sharp/heavy rings, or other metal spiked or metal-studded studded accessories.

20. No visible body piercings, with the exception of earrings.

21. No sunglasses may be worn in school buildings without specific recommendation from a doctor.

22. No shoes that mark the floor or “wheelies”.

23. No trench coats.

StayAlert System Reminder

Lago Vista ISD uses StayALERT to help keep our schools safe. StayALERT is a bilingual, confidential website, e-mail, phone and texting avenue for students, teachers, staff, parents and community members to be able to confidentially report unsafe behaviors, suspicious activities, bullying, acts of violence, harassment, and a host of other potential disruptors to school safety.

Users may anonymously report concerns 24-7-365 via the StayALERT website, an e-mail, a phone call to a recorded and monitored line, or via a text message from a cell phone. Photos and video clips pertaining to the StayALERT report may be included. No special app required! Reportable information will be forwarded in a timely manner to a pre-designated school official for review.

To make a report, use one of the methods below:


Website:
stayalert.info

Call or Text: (206) 406-6485

Email: report@stayalert.info

To whom should i talk to about...

Attendance - including absences, doctor's notes, students needing to leave school early : Our attendance clerk, Abigayle_Terry@lagovista.txed.net, 512-267-8300, extension 5500


Immunizations, illnesses, medications: Our nurse Kathryn_Azevedo@lagovista.txed.net, 512-267-8300, extention 5506


Registration, Transcripts: Our registrar, Tyra_Becker@lagovista.txed.net, 512-267-8300, extension 5503


Student Emotional Support, College Readiness, Student Schedules: Our counselor, Meghin_Huerta@lagovista.txed.net, 512-267-8300, extension 5504


Career and Tech Readiness: Our CTE Counselor, Elanna_Hylander@lagovista.txed.net, 512-267-8300, extension 5510


Student Discipline, Ideas for School Improvement: Our assistant principal, Stu_Taylor@lagovista.txed.net or principal, Heather_Stoner@lagovista.txed.net, 512-267-8300, extension 5500

Lago Vista High School

The mission of Lago Vista High School is to use the four years allotted to teach, motivate, and challenge each student to rise to the highest level of academic excellence possible in a premiere learning environment. All graduates will leave our school with the ability to live and work as compassionate citizens and mature, effective adults. We are committed to sending into the world individuals who use problem-solving skills to impact their community in a responsible manner.