LVMS Newsletter

Excellence In All We Do - May 13th

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Thank you

Dear Lago Vista ISD Stakeholders,


LVISD would like to thank you for going to the polls and making your voices heard in the May 7th election. The voter turnout and support for LVISD students resulted in the passage of all three 3 propositions! We also want to thank the planning committee for assisting in developing the needs of the district and parents, staff and community members that helped share the information about the proposals.


As a district, we are extremely grateful for your support of LVISD. The passing of this bond is important for our growing school district and will help to provide our students with many opportunities to be successful. Your support will not only serve our current students but students for generations to come.


Again, THANK YOU for supporting the students and the schools in Lago Vista ISD!


Sincerely,


Darren Webb

Superintendent

Lago Vista ISD

Next Year!

What is next year going to look like? We've made a few big changes to transportation - the biggest being two separate routes in the morning. There will be an Elementary/Intermediate bus route, and then a Middle/High School route.


For the middle school, our doors will open at 8:00 AM.


Lago Vista Elementary 7:45 AM - 3:20 PM

Lago Vista Intermediate 7:40 AM - 3:15 PM

Lago Vista Middle School 8:30 AM - 4:05 PM

Lago Vista High School. 8:30 AM - 4:05 PM


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Midde School Strength and Conditioning

Middle School Strength & Conditioning Camp/Skill - $40

MS Viking Strength & Conditioning/Skill Camp (Incoming 7-8 grades)
July 6th-July 28, 2022 | M-TH held at LVMS
Workouts will be from 9am-11am
The 1st hour will be speed and strength and the 2nd hour will be skill training
(Football/Volleyball M&W and Basketball T&Th)

9th Grade Is Coming

Mrs. Woodburn, Mrs. Hill and Coach Karg have been working with our 8th Grade students to go over their course selection and endorsement plans for high school. This week, after learning about the different plans, students started selecting their paths for high school.


There's a lot coming up to prepare our students for this next transition - here are some important dates:


  • Monday, May 23rd - 8th Grade Field Trip to Six Flags - For students to be eligible for the Six Flags trip, they must:
  • Be passing all of their classes for the current grading cycle.
  • Not be assigned ISS/DAEP.
  • Not be removed from their roller coaster group for discipline purposes.

Any student that is ineligible for the trip will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Tuesday, May 24th - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, LVHS PAC - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 25th - Last Day of School!

Attendance Update!

Dear Parents & Families,

We know that this school year has presented many challenges to regular student attendance. Between required isolations, voluntary quarantines, and other concerns, we have understandably seen an increase in student absences this year. That said, as we work to return to more normal operations, getting students back into the habit of daily attendance matters now more than ever. We are asking for your help.

Student absences impact our school in a variety of ways:
  • Student Learning: If a student is absent, they are missing out on valuable opportunities to learn, to socialize, to gain confidence, and to be inspired. As we work to recover from the pandemic, building routines, connecting with friends, and engaging in learning are even more important to student success.
  • Teacher Time: At a time when so much education has been disrupted, it is vital that we make every school minute count. As teachers work to engage students, bridge learning gaps, and move students forward in their learning, it is much more difficult to ensure effective teaching occurs when teachers have the additional need to "catch up" students who have missed school.
  • Lost Funding: The State of Texas funds schools based on daily attendance - so every day missed costs schools money. This year, the percentage of students attending each day has dropped several percentage points, which means significantly fewer funds are available to pay for things like additional teachers, student programs, and even teacher pay raises. On March 29th, TEA announced funding adjustments that would assist with low attendance rates through the fourth six-week attendance reporting period. However, there will be no adjustment made for the last 12 weeks of school. As it stands, for the rest of the school year and beyond, each day a student is absent costs the school about $38 in lost funding. At our current attendance rate, the funding loss for the District is about $6,150 per day...if that continues for the remainder of school, that will mean about $160,000 in lost funding.
Please understand that if your child is unwell, we expect you to keep them at home. However, even as the health situation in our community returns to normal, we continue to see very high rates of student absenteeism. In fact, even with almost no active COVID cases for the past six weeks, the number of students who are absent each day is double the pre-pandemic numbers from the same week.

After so much disruption to children’s education over the past two years, the most important thing that we can do is work together to get our children back into school. So, we are asking for your help. As long as your child is healthy, please ensure that he/she is at school, on time, and in attendance for the full day. Every day of school is an important opportunity for students to learn as well as connect to peers and their teachers. If there is something we can do to help improve your student's attendance so that we can keep them engaged and learning, please reach out to me so that we can talk about ways we can help.

We are extremely grateful for the commitment of our families and staff who have shown such amazing flexibility and resilience over the past two years. Despite the challenge, our teachers, families, and students have persisted to keep learning happening. Thank you!

Construction Update

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Our construction supervisor, Fred Picknell, gave Coach Jackson and I a tour of the new weight-room this week. It was great to see it coming together - our kids are going to have an awesome facility.
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Next Year?

Not Returning Next School Year - If you know for sure that your child will not be returning to Lago Vista Middle School, please email our Registrar to let her know. Remember that you will need a copy of your child's current shot record, which is available for download/printing from your Parent Portal account. If you need a copy of their birth certificate or social security card, she can get you a copy. You will need all three items, plus their final report card for their new school to enroll this summer. Thank you!

monica_kaiser@lagovista.txed.net

Calling All Books!!

Calling ALL BOOKS!!! Parents, please help us locate our classroom and library books and have your child return them to their teachers. We only have two full weeks left in school - bring those books in today!

STAAR Test Information

STAAR assesses students’ mastery of core content standards learned over the course of the school year. It is one of the many assessments the campus uses to determine students’ mastery of skills/standards as they move into the next school year. Students are required to take the STAAR tests during the assessment window that is set by the State.


In June 2021, the Texas Legislature passed HB 4545, which states that any student who does not test on testing day/window, or does not pass a STAAR assessment, will be required to participate in 30-hours of accelerated instruction in each assessment that was not taken or passed. Students will receive the accelerated instruction in summer school.


Summer school dates and hours are June 6th-17th from 7:30am-12:00pm. For the 2021-2022 school year only, TEA provided districts with waivers allowing campuses to administer beginning of the year assessments to any student who did not take the STAAR test in the Spring of 2021. Please note that TEA is NOT providing the waivers for the 2022-2023 school year, so any student who does not take the STAAR test this spring will be required to participate in accelerated instruction hours.


If you have any questions, please contact Kim Bentley at kim_bentley@lagovista.txed.net

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Summer Basketball Camp

Here is the camp information:

2022 LVHS Boys Basketball Camp. The camp is for 3rd – 6th graders in the morning and 7th-9th graders in the afternoon (all grades incoming for the 2022-23 school year).

You can use the link below or scan the QR code on the flyer to sign-up.

https://forms.gle/rHSq7BxriRCtNcEE7

Middle School Strength and Conditioning camp will 7/6 - 7/28. Sign information will be out next week.

Cell Phones

As many of you know, our cell phone policy for students is to turn them off and put them in their back packs during the day. This is EXTREMELY difficult for our students to follow, but I feel that it's very important that students be disconnected from their phones throughout the day.


Please remember that cell phones are not allowed during school hours. Phones must be turned off and in their backpacks. If your child needs to contact you, they may come to the front office to use the office phone or bring their personal phone to the front office, where they are allowed to use it.


If you need to communicate with your child during the day, you can email your child on their iPads, using their school email - firstname_lastname@lvisd.com


Remember that if you call the front office, we will be happy to deliver any messages to your child. Less disruption in the classrooms, the better!

News and Notes From The Office

Attendance & Nurse - Please email or contact the nurse if your child is home ill. Also, please make sure if your child calls you not feeling well, they must check in with the nurse before leaving due to COVID protocol.

terri_harkins@lagovista.txed.net

Ext. 2505


Boys Athletics - If your son is in last period athletics and you need to pick them up, we ask that you pick them up BEFORE 3PM.

School Time - Please remember that we teach from "bell to bell" each day and when you pull your student(s) out early or they arrive late to school, they miss valuable class time. Thank you for understanding!

Here is the bell schedule...first bell starts at 8:00 AM!

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Who Do I Contact?

We try to be excellent problem solvers here at LVMS, so if you have questions, let us help!


If you have questions about registrations, contact:

Monica Kaiser @ monica_kaiser@lagovista.txed.net

Schedules? Counselor April Woodburn @ april_woodburn@lagovista.txed.net

Bus? Transportation Director Lisa Gordon @ lisa_gordon@lagovista.txed.net

Logistical Questions? Secretary Sue Kunze @ sue_kunze@lagovista.txed.net


You can contact myself(eric_holt@lagovista.txed.net) or our Assistant Principal Kim Bentley (kim_bentley@lagovista.txed.net) with any questions you need help with as well.