LVHS Staff Newsletter

Excellence in Everything.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Quote of the week: The kids Who need the most love will ask for it in the most unloving of ways. Author unknown

Progress Report Notification Happening Tuesday morning!

Friday, November 7, was the end of the three weeks.

All grades for work assigned through Friday, November 7, are due in gradebook by 4 pm, Monday, November 10. Do not change these grades again for 48 hours. We will be sending a notification to parents to check these grades on Tuesday, November 11.

A failure report will be run by Tyra on Tuesday at 7:30 am. Remember, students can not lose eligibility but they can regain it Friday if they are passing everything.

If a student has an incomplete, all work must be made up per the district grading policy. You should indicate "I" in the grade book if they have an incomplete. Incompletes should only be used in the case that a student was absent for an excused reason (like sick or doctor's appointment) and they still have time to turn in the work​ according to the district grading policy.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Progress Report Dates:

November 7 - End of Three Weeks; Regain Eligibility November 14

November 25 - End of Six Weeks; Regain Eligibility December 2

December 19 - End of Semester; Regain/Lose Eligibility January 13

January 23 - End of Three Weeks; Regain Eligibility January 30

February 13 - End of Six Weeks; Regain Eligibility February 20

March 13 - End of Nine Weeks; Regain/Lose Eligibility March 30

April 10 - End of Three Weeks; Regain Eligibility April 17

May 1 - End of Six Weeks - Regain Eligibility May 8

May 29 - End of Semester


Cross country runner places 30th in state!

Quinton Bryson placed 30th of of 150 runners at the State Cross Country meet this past weekend. Congrats to Quinton and his coach, Katina Walker on a great season!

Football team wins on Friday to advance to playoffs!

The football team will take on Whitney high school at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 15, at Waco Midway Stadium. Best of luck to our Vikings!

Great season volleyball teams! We lost to a really good senior-led Poth HS volleyball team on Saturday, but we fought hard! Kudos to Coach Hansen and the girls!

Tech News from Randy!

Greeting staff,


Reflector is software on your computer that allows you to project any iPad. It is great for instructing students on how to do something on an iPad or for group presentations. The exciting news is that we have bought it and we will be installing the software on your computers soon.

The first step will be for us to push out the software to your computers, then I will have a training on how to use it in your classrooms.

If you want to learn more just visit Reflector.


Focus is up and running. If you need any students moved or need and App added to the "Focus-able" list either email me or follow the link below.

I would love to help out and come support you in your wildest class to make sure it works well.

Focus Request link

What do the students think?

Here is a link to all of the responses.

Feel free to come share with me you opinions and ideas on how things are going thus far. We are always looking for ways to make things better for teachers.

Veteran's day ceremony on Tuesday!

Everyone is invited to attend our annual Veteran's Day ceremony. It will be at 1:00 PM in the gym. We will dismiss via announcement. Please sit with your class so you can help with crowd control. This is a very special event and honor for our veterans of this community. Please help our students be on their best behavior. The assembly will take about an hour and a half. Students will be dismissed to their last period class around 2:30.

Semester Exam Schedule:

Please be sure to be prepared to give a semester test in the following period classes on the following dates:

Tuesday, December 16: Periods 1 and 2

Wednesday, December 17: Periods 7 and 8

Thursday, December 18: Periods 3 and 4

Friday, December 19: Periods 5 and 6 (early release at 11:10 that day)

Keep Lago Vista High School Beautiful!

This month, the girls athletic program, headed by Debbie Hansen, Katina Walker, and Krista Timms, will be keeping our campus beautiful! Thank you ladies for leading the way!

Snapshots due soon!

Your first nine weeks snapshots are due to Dr. Lofton by November 17.

Here is the fine print:

Expectations for EACH Course:

1 Snapshot (in Word)

1 Unit Organizer for Each Unit (in Word)

The unit organizers are typically due one week after the end of the 9 weeks. So, the unit organizers for this first 9 weeks would normally be due today. Since it was a busy beginning with a lot of transition, let's set the due date for the first 9 week's unit organizers for November 17th. Please do not stress yourself over to me. We'll figure it out together.

Where can I access last year's documents?

All documents that were created last year are located here. The organization is not great due to the varied naming conventions, so if you are looking for something specific and can't find it, let me know.

Are there good places to look for inspiration?

If you need inspiration, the Comal ISD documents are located here. The snapshots with CSCOPE pacing that exist are located here.

Where can I find the Snapshot template?

The snapshot templates in Word are located here.

Where can I find the Unit Organizer templates?

The updated unit organizer templates in Word with check boxes are located here. There are instructions on how to "unlock" the forms if you need to. If you want a plain version of the template without checkboxes, it is located here.

What do I do when I'm done with my documents? How do I submit them?

Once you are done with your template for a unit, save your document here. Remember: no Google docs...Word only!

How should I name my documents (so we don't have 120 Unit 1s)?

Naming conventions will be very easy. Yes, please put spaces in the document name, just like below:

Grade # Subject Snapshot

Grade 4 Math Snapshot

Grade 1 Reading Snapshot

Grade # Subject Unit #

Grade 4 Math Unit 1

Grade 1 Reading Unit 9

What if I did an awesome job last year and don't have any changes to make?

The only change you would need on your unit organizers is the inclusion of the ELPS checklist at the bottom. I included an unlocked version in Word that you can copy and paste.

LVHS' got talent!

School Wide Talent Show Auditions will be held Friday, November 14th, in the PAC. The show is a fundraiser for the Theatre and Band program and will be held Thursday, December 4th at 7pm.

Next RtI Meeting...

During your conference period on Thursday, November 13. Same schedule, as usual. Please bring any data you have collected regarding the success of our intervention ideas!

Character Ed Presentations Schedule:

Tuesday, November 11: 10:30-11:10, 9th grade, PAC

Wednesday, November 112: 10:30-11:10, 10th grade, PAC

Thursday, November 13: 10:30-11:10, 11th grade, PAC

Monday, November 17: 10:30-11:10, 12th grade, PAC

WE WILL ASK YOU TO DISMISS VIA ANNOUNCEMENT. If you have a class full of the respective grade level, please plan on attending the talk!

Thanks for your support!

Happy Birthdays!!

Not yet.

Yes, we will have a pep rally on Friday!

Join us in cheering on our Viking football team this Friday at 9:00 AM. And, of course, you don't want to miss Dan's epic inspiration speech!

Need the PC Lab?

Referrals? Just in case you need it!

OK, maybe we will have some referrals to write!

How to write some one a discipline six easy steps!!

1) Log onto Eduphoria...if you need help with this step, let us know!

2) Select "Formspace"

3) On the bottom left, select "Submit New Form"

4) Select "General Forms"

5) Select LVHS Discipline Form

6) Fill out the form and hit "Submit"!

Please let me know if you have any questions or problems.