Lively Middle School

May 7, 2021

Greetings Falcon Nation,


This week our enrollment for face-to-face learning continued to increase averaging around 420 students daily. We love seeing all of our students return to campus and will continue to offer face-to-face or remote learning opportunities for every student. Lively students have been busy exploring and designing gardening projects. Earlier in the week, I was able to visit Ms. Brittany Morgan’s science elective where students set up a pond and put some Texas native plants in the ground. If you are interested in checking out the student created pond and garden, stop by before or after school. The new additions are located on the Mary and Brackenridge side of the school. Checkout some of the photos of the new improvements below.

We Love Our Teachers!

The week of May 3-7 is Teacher Appreciation Week nationwide. Our PTSA and our administration partnered to bring some joy to our staff with treats each day in the Anderson Lounge. These small tokens of appreciation in no means represent our huge heart for our staff. We love our staff year ‘round and look forward each year to showing them this week they matter. The quote on our wall in the Anderson Lounge embodies our sentiment:


“Behind every student success story is a staff member who championed for that student.” Jimmy Casas


This is a daily reminder that our staff has the most important job, impacting the lives of our students and helping them to grow into their best self.

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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

In the United States, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, commemorating the Battle of Puebla, when a relatively small force of Mexican people led by General Ignacio Zaragosa defeated the French army led by Napoleon III as they attempted to colonize Mexico. While the victory is not considered a significant battle, it is highly symbolic of the fighting spirit of the 2,000 loyal men who fought to drive out the heavily armed French troops numbering in the 6,000 range. It is a story of the indigenous underdog winning over colonial oppressors who out-numbered them, and for that reason the holiday is a reason to celebrate the tenacity of a people to defend their country from invasion. In that spirit, we raise a toast to our neighbors to the south.

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registration

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8th Grade End Of Year Celebration-Falcons Take Flight!

Join us on the Lively campus one last time before you go to high school! We will celebrate on June 3rd, the last day of school from 10:00 am-1:00 pm starting with the 10:00 am Falcons Take Flight Parade through the campus, followed by a party on our track and field. Students are invited to bring two family members and are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic lunch. We will have music, Jim Jim's Shaved Ice, fun activities, and lots of photo opportunities!


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All family members can check in at either Leland or Mary entrances starting at 9:30 am to find a spot in our courtyard and breezeway to celebrate their 8th grader on the parade route! Because we will be outside and this is a fun, casual event, family members are welcome to bring noise makers, streamers, or anything school appropriate to use on the parade route. Please fill out this google form by May 20th to secure your spot and help us plan! We can't wait to celebrate you!

Falcons return to the nest

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ice cream social

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Volunteer/Service Opportunities-All are welcome!

As we welcome everyone back to campus with fun events and prepare to send our 8th graders off to high school, we would love to have some help from our parents and students. You can volunteer to help with our Falcons Return to the Nest, our MAGDL Ice Cream Social or assist in celebrating our 8th graders during our Falcons Take Flight 8th Grade Celebration. If you would like to volunteer for any of these opportunities, please fill out this google form. Please contact Ms. Northcutt at 512-841-4864 or by email at elizabeth.northcutt-benson@austinisd.org with any questions.

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Student Volunteer Opportunities-All current Lively students are welcome!

Lively will have in-person Math, Dual Language, and Transition Camps for our incoming students who are new to Lively. Any current Lively student who is interested in volunteering to help with Transition Camp can sign up on this google form, which will have all of the dates and times for these volunteer opportunities. Students can also sign up to help with our MAGDL Ice Cream Social! Thanks so much for serving your school and welcoming our new flock of falcons to Lively!


Lively Limitless Magazine

The Spring Edition of Lively Limitless literary magazine is now published. This issue features student creative writing, essays, screen plays, novelettes, artwork, and more! It is such a joy to see students getting excited about creating meaning through words. This edition is titled “A Festival of Falcons,” which expresses the celebratory nature of our Spring semester here at Lively!

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Attendance

In order to make up attendance credit, a student must complete hours after the school day. Please only submit the Twilight attendance form when meeting with an academic advisor after school. No attendance form responses will be accepted during the school hours.


Here are different ways students can make up those hours.

  1. Complete Everfi courses for hours, see the Twilight BLEND Page for the course to hour conversions.

  2. To forgive 10 hours, write a 1-page handwritten or 1/2 page typed (12-font single-spaced) about the importance of being present at school/zoom. Turn this in as an assignment on The Twilight BLEND Page.

  3. Come to the assigned Academic Advisor’s Twilight Zoom and or on campus for tutoring and receive 1.5 hours worth of credit.

  4. Complete hours of volunteering (can consist of chores, babysitting, reading, helping at home etc) by documenting those hours on the volunteer and chore sheet located below.

Volunteer Log

Please open to fill out.

Grades

Here are different ways to make up grades.

  1. For ELA and Math complete iReady lessons to demonstrate mastery on TEKS.

  2. Complete missing work and turn them in to your teacher.

  3. Come to the assigned Academic Advisor’s Twilight Room/Zoom for tutoring and assistance in completing missing assignments or failing grades.

  4. Complete a project or an assessment that addresses all content covered in the grading period. See your academic advisor for that.

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How to navigate the twilight blend page

Please click to open to view video.

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Next week, we will be administering the following STAAR assessments:

  • 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Math STAAR, Tuesday May 11, 2021

  • 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Reading STAAR, Wednesday May 12, 2021

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Tips for Successful Testing Day
  • Fully charged district chromebook

  • Refillable water bottles

  • Arrive on campus by 7:45 a.m.

  • All students report to their Advisory class

  • COVID 19 screening required

  • Parent drop off on Mary St.

  • Bus riders and walkers on Leland St.

  • Students test from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Remote Learners During STAAR Testing Tuesday and Wednesday

  • As remote learners are working on learning activities that have been assigned on the scheduled teacher’s BLEND page, they will have access to a “Live” teacher via Zoom if needed.

  • Click here to access the teacher Zoom information and schedule.


Schedule after Testing

Tuesday

Lunch---12:40 p.m. to 1:40 p.m.

8th Period---1:45 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.

Advisory---2:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.


Wednesday

Lunch---12:40 p.m. to 1:40 p.m.

7th Period---1:45 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.

Advisory---2:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.


STAAR Make-up Testing

1. Friday, May 14th for the following tests:

  • Algebra 1 EOC
  • 8th Grade Science
  • 8th Grade Social Studies
  • 6th, 7th, 8th Reading and Math
2. Students coming for make-up testing must arrive by 7:45 a.m. and report to their advisory class.

3. Students test from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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This past Wednesday was the last CAC meeting for the school year. During that meeting we discussed an upcoming Advisory/SEL lesson Consent and Harassment (see details below) and requested feedback from CAC members on the goals and focus area for the next school year. Every year I am responsible for working with stakeholders as we create the Campus Improvement Plan (CIP). The CIP typically focuses on three levers or target areas for improvement outlined in the Essential Schools Framework (ESF). The CIP is a data driven document that is monitored and reviewed with stakeholders through the school year. I want to hear what is important to you as we shape learning opportunities for our students, support teachers, and create meaningful learning experiences for all.


I hope you will take a few minutes of your time and choose the three improvement levers and select a variety of complimentary support areas for next school year’s CIP.


Consent and Sexual Harassment Lesson

After over a year of being off campus for some students, we know how important it is to reinforce the development of healthy relationships and friendships. A key part of this is teaching students about consent, sexual harassment, and what to do if you feel uncomfortable in certain situations. We want to empower our students to know better and do better.


Lively’s SEL team worked with the district and state approved curriculum to develop a two day lesson to be presented during Advisory classes. In the lesson, you will see that we have a slightly different curriculum prepared for our 8th graders than our 6th and 7th graders. We want to ensure that we are presenting developmentally appropriate materials to all students. These lessons have been previewed by our faculty as well as our Campus Advisory Council. Please take some time to preview the lessons. As always, we value your feedback. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please fill out the form below. The form also provides an “opt-out” if you do not want your child to participate in these lessons.

Lesson Link

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Parent feedback survey

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The end of the year is fast approaching. The last day of school is Thursday, June 3rd. Please have your student check in with their teacher if they have any missing assignments they need to complete. Friday, June 4th report cards will be generated and emailed out by Saturday, June 5th. Contact your student’s teacher or assistant principal if you have any questions regarding the close of the grading period, attendance, or summer opportunities.


Enjoy your weekend and Happy Mother's Day!


I look forward to seeing you on Monday!


Stacie Holiday, Principal

Mr. Ramirez's Class

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Ms. Torres's Class

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Ms. Amador & Ms. Bergo

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Thank You, Ms. Lamm for putting up our quotes!

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YEARBOOK CORNER

The 2021 Yearbook is for sale ($30) and can be purchased online.

Please know that the yearbook will not be distributed until August 2021 in the hope that they can be handed out and signed in person (including an 8th grade reunion to receive yearbooks). We still have 2020 Yearbooks for sale at $30 or you can buy a combo of 2020 and 2021 yearbooks for $50. We still need student selfies for the portrait section. Student selfies/photos or questions can be directed to Beth Griesmer at bethena.griesmer@austinisd.org

library corner

Happy Friday Falcons!

More in-person students are coming to check out books from the library! So exciting! Please let your students know the library is available for check out. Students can come during the passing periods or with a pass from their teacher. If your student is virtual, email me (yvonne.steckel@austinisd.org) and I will send the books to the Main Office for curbside pick up.


Free Books

Many different nonfiction and fiction books! If you are on campus, please come by the library. If you are off campus, let me know what you’re interested in (yvonne.steckel@austinisd.org) and I’ll make you a bundle of books!

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Library Ideas for 2021

If you have materials you would like to donate and/or ideas you would like to share for the library next year, fill out the Lively Library Ideas Form or contact yvonne.steckel@gmail.com.


Happy Reading,

Yvonne Steckel, Lively Librarian


yvonne.steckel@austinisd.org

Fine arts corner

Band

Congratulations to Lively band members that were selected for the 2021 Region Band. They worked hard to prepare three etudes and 4 scales to record and submit for the competition against middle school students throughout Austin, Hays, Bastrop, and Dripping Springs ISD's. They will be participating in a digital region band clinic and representing Lively with their incredible skill, musicianship, and personal character.


The following members were selected:

Annabella Smith (8th grade saxophone)

Alyssa Darling (8th grade euphonium)

Bryan Gonzalez Soto (8th grade clarinet)

Ryan Curtis (7th grade and first chair on trombone!)


Theatre

Thursday, May 27th at 6:00 p.m.

Advanced Theatre HFA and UIL Classes Present a Livestream Showcase:

Reunion (After the End of the World) by Will Quam and

Employees Must Wash Hands Before Murder by Don Zolidis

Ticket information coming soon.

PTA Corner

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3rd-7th

We enjoyed treating the the Teachers (and Staff)

Donuts, Popcorn, Chocolate, Balloons, Fruit and Vegetable Trays and Ice Cream Sundaes - today! And it is not too late to recognize your Teacher. 😀


Just in case you missed this. There are three incredible Events happening at the end of the year!

1.“Falcons Return to the Nest” will be on Saturday, May 15th from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • PTSA will have a Tax free Spirit Wear Day too!


2. “Magnet and Dual Language Students” This event is for all incoming Magnet and Dual Language Students.


3. “ Eighth Grade Graduation Celebration” A special send-off for our Falcons flying off to their next adventure.

This will be June 3rd, the last day of School

Sign-up for Falcons Take Flight 8th Grade Celebration


Here is the Volunteer Sign up for all three events:

Volunteer Sign-up for all three events


Our next and last PTSA meeting of the year is May 13th at 4:30 pm on Zoom

We do have a special guest to introduce you all too. 😉


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81501379696?pwd=aDNjK0M4VDNpWVgyd1UrcmR2V3RTZz09

Meeting ID: 815 0137 9696

Passcode: 043270


If you have any questions please email president@livelymiddleschoolptsa.com.


Thank you

PTSA

other information

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