Mustang Message

January 4, 2016

A Message from Jeff and Yolanda

Happy New Year! The new year is a good time to reflect on the year gone by; of our successes and missed opportunities. The first half of the school year is now behind us and we can benefit from taking stock of what has happened thus far, and also put aside regretful events or actions that might hold us back from a good start to the New Year. It is a perfect time for you to log in to iObservation and review your deliberate practice plans. What were your professional growth goals? What have you been able to accomplish during the first semester? What work still needs to be done? What support do you need to help you accomplish your goals? It is also time to be thinking about scheduling your formal observation. If your evaluating administrator will be contacting you to schedule your formal observation.

Over the break, Building 2 got a fresh coat of paint and there was some office rearranging in Building 1, 2nd floor. Adult Education data entry staff Eba Loyala and Lisa O'Toole relocated from the MLK administration to Building 2, 2nd floor. Also, if you have not heard, the head custodian, Brian, has left and Ernesto who has been a custodian on our campus for several years is the new head custodian.

Welcome back and we look forward to seeing on Tuesday. Breakfast will be in Mustang Alley starting at 8:00 a.m.

Tech Corner

Happy New Year! Did you make your New Year’s resolution - hopefully with a SMART goal? If so, you may want some technology to support you in the following popular

  • Building a positive habit? Lift (via keeps those positive goals in sight, letting you track your progress, getting community support and celebrating success. It can also help if you are trying to kick a bad habit. It is free on IOS and Android and offers additional in-app coaching support for a fee.

  • Quit something with the free “Quit That!” app. Users download the app, enter one or more things to quit and start the clock. The app lets users put a price on how much the habit they’re quitting costs per day to show the accumulation of savings, too. It is only for IOS users.

  • Losing those extra holiday pounds is a popular resolution and knowledge is power. Fooducate helps you make smarter choices about the food you eat. Scan a product barcode to get nutritional info, along with some healthy alternatives. The app (free for both IOS and Android) also comes equipped with a tracking feature to keep tabs on your nutrition and exercise.

Upcoming Web on Wednesday features a look at Sketchnoting - Wed, Jan 13th at either 2:00 or 2:35pm in 2-233. We will be using the iPad app, Paper - so remember to bring your iPad!


  • There will be about 300 District and School Administrators in the Dining Room on Tuesday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • The Wellness Champions are organizing a "Biggest Loser" contest. The weigh in will take place January 6. The contest rules are below:
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  • LWTC teachers make sure to submit the "Employer Visitation" log to your supervisor by Tuesday afternoon, 1/5.
  • PLT reflections are due January 31st
  • Don't forget to nominate a staff member for the month of January by clicking on the Padlet link . Type the name of the nominated staff member in the "Title" portion of the Padlet post and your reasoning in the body of the post. Also you can nominate by grade level a student for the month of December by clicking the appropriate link below. Follow the same protocol of putting the student name as the title and reason for nominating in the body of the posting.
Post-Secondary Link:
9th grade Link:
10th grade Link:
11th grade Link:
12th grade Link:

Spotlight on LWTHS Staff Member

  • Susan James hails from Rhode Island, but along her journey to teaching she majored in business, worked in retail, insurance and as a 911 supervisor for the Collier County Sheriff’s Department. Susan always knew she wanted to teach, but grew up with a true country doctor as a father, who took her on two am calls in their small town. She often watched him be paid with a pie! He was a brilliant, kind man and a major influence in Susan’s life. Susan loves to read and is described by her students as “an outstanding, great and hardworking teacher.” Susan spends a lot of time with her three young grandchildren, and three active dogs, so Christmas will be especially wonderful for them this year.!

Spotlight on LWTC Staff Member

Jack Izbicki started teaching Computers at Lorenzo Walker on Sept 21, 1998. As a young electronic technician working for school district, he was asked to become a full-time teacher because of his outgoing personality and ability to connect with people. “People contact” is one defining drive of his career according to Jack (even more than technology). He teaches his students to not let technology become a crutch: it’s the people who are most important. When Jack retires, he would like to study prosthetic technology. Restoring eyesight, hearing loss, and major physical impairments, he feels, would be a way he could give back. One thing you wouldn’t know about Jack: he loves John Wayne, all the old westerns, and knows the location in Montana where the last bank robbery of the James Gang occurred . Maybe Jack is a cowboy at heart?


  • To all staff members who have written positive referrals for students during the first half of the year. Please keep them coming for the second half.

Happy Birthday

09 - Eileen Schoenknecht

Upcoming Staff Meetings and Trainings

Upcoming Student Events

  • 1/7 Dental Assisting Field Trip, Pearson Test Center 6:00am - 9:00 pm- Jeanette Kostka
  • 1/8 Networking Field Trip, Skylink Data Centers 7:30 am - 1:30 pm- Bren Stevens-Harrison