Tiger Talk


Tiger Jedi Challenge!

Tigers, or should I call you Young Jedis:

Coach C and I are really missing you and wanted to give you a fun challenge that you can do by yourself or with your family. Check out the challenge and the video. We miss your faces, so if you would like to send us a video or picture of you conquering this quest, please do! Email Coach Mirizzi and/or email Coach Cadorette.

Stay healthy my friends, and MAY the force be with you!

Coach Mirizzi & Coach Cadorette

May PE Challenge May Challenge Video

Tiger 5th Grade, Specials, and Collaborative Teams Deliver an Important Message!

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Tigers on TV!

Thank you fabulous WCHE PTO and Jana Peled for treating WCHE teachers to a free haircut courtesy of Level 12 Salon. What a lovely gift!

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Update from the Tiger Mathletes' State Championship Sweepstakes

The Tiger math team celebrated a ninth-place win among Division 5 schools and a fourteenth-place win in the Overall Sweepstakes at the Math League’s Texas State Championship held online on Saturday, May 9, 2020. They competed with 202 students state-wide, representing 41 public and independent schools.

In the individual category, Aayan Cheema earned a tenth-place finish among fourth grade participants. His scores earned him the right to advance to the U.S. National Championship and recognition as one of the best mathletes in the state.

West Cypress Hills marks its fifth consecutive year of attendance at the State Championship and fourth consecutive year having at least one student advance to the national level. The seventh annual U.S. National Elementary Championship will be held at Texas A&M University on June 13, 2020, pending changes in public health guidelines.

The Tiger Math team was coached by Neeli Bezwada, Nina Loahardjo, Uma Manoharan, Abhi Raghavan, and Muriel Ramirez-Salas.

Congratulations, Tiger Mathletes and Coaches!!!! We are proud of you!

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Click Here for New-to-LTISD Student Enrollment

Welcome to the Lake Travis Independent School District and West Cypress Hills Elementary! Please complete and submit new student registration here. This link is not for returning LTISD students. Returning student enrollment info coming soon!

2020-2021 West Cypress School Supply Kits and Supply Lists

Thanks to our fabulous West Cypress PTO, supplies for WCHE Tigers can be ordered online from schoolkidz at your convenience! The online prepackaged grade level supplies can be ordered until June 12, 2020. If you purchase your WCHE student school supplies online, the supplies will be delivered to the West Cypress Hills Elementary before the first day of school. Grade appropriate kits are available to order online now. Click here and use account #79519 to view the kits.

We also have lists of the school supplies for WCHE 2020-2021 so that, if you prefer, you can purchase the supplies on your own from any source convenient to you. Feel free to drop off the school supplies that you've purchased at our Meet the Teacher event in August.

*3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students also need to have student planners for the 2020-2021 school year. These are sold separately from the prepackaged supply kits. Planners cost $6 each. We can accept cash or checks payable to WCHE. Planners can be purchased at the school during the Meet the Teacher Event or from the front desk any time on or after the first day of school.

2020-2021 School Supplies for Rough Hollow Elementary School

Each LTISD elementary school campus usually posts information about their school supplies on their websites and in their school newsletters. If your child(ren) will be attending Rough Hollow Elementary for the 2020-2021 school year, the RHE school supply lists will be posted soon in an upcoming Rough Hollow newsletter.

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It's time to pick up Tigers' personal belongings!

Our classroom teachers have carefully gathered and packed our students' belongings in Tiger Property Bags. Each bag is labeled with the Tiger's name and includes all of the property to be returned to Tigers, such as:

  • Class group photo packages
  • Requested Field Trip Refund Checks
  • Artwork
  • Medication left in care of the nurse during the 2019-2020 school year
  • Contents of the Tiger's classroom cubby, desk, or other classroom storage containers

Approximately one-half of the Tiger Property Bags were picked up Tuesday, May 12. For your convenience we have a second pick up day as shown below:

  • Wednesday, May 13, from 9 am to 11:30 am
  • Wednesday, May 13, from noon to 2:30 pm

And, bring your WCHE library books with you! We'll collect them as you drive through our Tiger Property Bag pick up lanes. A library collection cart/bin will come by each car. If you have books to return, just place them in the collection cart/bin.

Parents/Guardians with student last names beginning with letters A through K will pick up Tiger Property Bags belonging to their child(ren) at the main entrance on Cypress Ranch Blvd. Parents/Guardians with last names beginning with letters L through Z will pick up Tiger Property Bags belonging to their child(ren) at the side entrance on Verbena. As we detect your car tag (or ask your name) we'll bring your Tigers' Property Bags to your vehicle.

Vehicles Only, Please

No tag? Make a sign. Write your name, in big bold letters, on a piece of paper and display your name sign in your windshield.

Please do not attempt to walk up to the school to retrieve Property Bags. No walkups!

3 Vehicles at a time will be loaded at each site.

If experiencing symptoms, contact Principal Beninga or Donna Richardson for alternate pick up plan.

To email Principal Beninga or Donna Richardson.....

Melanie Beninga

Donna Richardson

Do not bring LTISD chromebooks or wifi hotspots. You'll need these for continued learning.

Thank you!

When Tigers can't go to the garden, Cassie McDaniel brings the garden to our Tigers

Especially at this beautiful time of year, our Tigers normally would be enjoying part of their class time learning while in the West Cypress Hills Garden.

Since the Tigers can't come to the garden, on behalf of our fabulous PTO, Mrs. Cassie McDaniel has brought the garden to our Tigers!

Mrs. McDaniel created a slide show that includes photos that she took in the West Cypress Garden. The slide show was then shared with all of our teachers so that they could include it in our online Tiger learning. It is amazing that Mrs. McDaniel took the time to provide our Tigers with such a lovely, educational garden experience.

Thank you, Mrs. McDaniel! Thank you for making West Cypress Hills a great place to be! And, thank you for taking such loving care of our garden.

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PTO's Parent Mixer Auction Will Now Be an Online Auction May 15 - 21!

As you all know, we had to cancel our PTO Parent Mixer that was scheduled for the end of March. The PTO had already collected some AMAZING items from local businesses and beyond and were planning on an auction the night of the mixer. However, since we were unable to do that, our fabulous PTO is holding an online auction May 15 through May 21! Yay!

Proceeds from this auction will go toward the support of our students and teachers, both at WCHE and RHE. We know this is a really weird time for all of you, but we hope to come together to raise money for a good cause. In addition, the local businesses especially need our patronage right now more than ever!

The auction runs from 8 am on May 15 to 9 pm on May 22. The auction is being held using Bid Beacon which can be accessed at the Bid Beacon website. The auction invitation code is 2KLEFE. After you've registered an account with Bid Beacon, select the Join Auction button, enter code 2KLEFE, and you will be taken to the auction.

How to Bid: You can bid on items either from the Bid Beacon website or the Bid Beacon App. Find the item of interest, and at the bottom of the screen there will be a Bid button. The bid amount is automatically incremented the minimum amount, or you can adjust the bid with + and – buttons, or tap on price to enter new amount, before clicking Bid. While in the app, you will get a popup to let you know if you have been outbid. If this happens, click Open to view the item and place another bid. If outside of the app, you will get a push notification to let you know that you've been outbid, assuming you opted in to push notifications.

Did I Win? When the auction ends, you will be sent an email containing a list of your winnings. In the app there will be a View Results button that you can click to see a list of your winnings.

How do I pay for winnings? All winning auction items will be paid for in Cheddar Up. After you’ve been notified of your win you will go to the CheddarUp link provided and submit your full payment. All payments are due within 48 hours of the auction conclusion. Accepted forms of payment in Cheddar Up are credit card or e-check. Service charges apply.

How do I collect the items I won during the auction? After the auction is over and payments have been completed, there will be a scheduled contactless pick up of each item with the winner. Please make sure that your email address is correct in Cheddar Up when you complete your payment. Items must be picked up and cannot be mailed.

Questions? Contact the PTO.

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A heartfelt message to our LTISD Substitute Teachers.....We Miss You!

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Dear LTISD Substitute Teachers:

These special ladies put together this message to let you know how much you mean to them!

We appreciate you as such an integral part of providing instruction to our students and although we can't see you day to day, you are clearly thought of in a wonderful way!

On behalf of Suzanne, Debbie, Tiffany, Patti, Robyn, Donna, Heidi, Joan, Jan, Leanne, Susan, Valerie, Joni, Melissa and Stephanie ... know that they are thinking of you!

Take care,

Evalene Murphy

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resource Services

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District to offer summer school online for eligible students, suspend summer child care and recreational programs

Dear Lake Travis ISD Staff, Parents and Guardians,

As we approach the final days of the current school year, we must also begin to look towards summer and make decisions that are in the best interest of our staff, students and school community. With that in mind, due to the continued uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, we will offer our academic summer school programs for eligible students online.

Additionally, with the health and wellness of staff and students as our guiding principle, we are suspending our 2020 Summer Camps and Summer Squires programs through June 30th. In the meantime, we will assess whether or not our district can safely and feasibly offer some level of recreational programming in July. We are monitoring developments daily and will communicate updates as quickly as possible. We acknowledge the hardship this places on parents to find other child care services and understand this is an inconvenience. We also recognize the impact on our many instructors and coaches who earn additional income through our summer programs. However, please understand that this decision was not made in haste. Our Office of Community Programs will begin processing refunds to families who had previously enrolled in our Summer Camps and/or Cavs Course.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding summer school, you may contact your campus principal. For questions or concerns about our Summer Squires or Summer Camp programs, I encourage you to contact the Lake Travis ISD Office of Community Programs at communityprograms@ltisdschools.org, or at 512-533-6011. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this time.


Brad Lancaster, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

To Follow Principal Beninga on Twitter

Melanie Beninga provides info, photos, and updates via Twitter, too. If not already following Melanie Beninga in Twitter, you can follow her @principalwch and @mbeninga.

More News from Sheila White, WCHE School Counselor!

As our students continue to do a tremendous job in remote learning, and our teachers continue to engage and interact with their classes virtually, please know that I am also available to support families during this time. Should your family need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or by phone at (512) 533-7589.

Please explore the following counseling resources for students and parents.

Resources For Students:

Resources for Parents:

  • 24/7 Helpline 512-472- (HELP) - Integral Care’s 24/7 Helpline provides around the clock crisis support as well as access to all of our programs and services for adults and children, including appointments and billing. Our team is here to help. We’ll listen to you and care about you, support you without judgment, and provide immediate support in a mental health crisis.

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Notify the Classroom Teacher if Your Child Needs LTISD Technology for Class

Teacher Office Hour Schedule

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Resources from our Librarians

Our school Librarian, Cathy Seidenberger, with other LTISD elementary district librarians have created a Schoology group which contains books, stories, resources, links, and more in every subject area. Your child has been added as a member of this group.

To reach the library group, after logging into Schoology using your child's login, please click the "GROUPS" tab at the top of the page and select "LTISD Elementary Libraries Online.

Please Return your WCHE Library Books Wednesday, May 13

Please bring your WCHE library books with you when you come to pick up your Tiger Property Bags. We will have library book return carts/bins at our property pick up locations so that you can place WCHE library books in the cart/bin as you pick up your Tiger Property Bags.

Families with student last names beginning A - K can drop off library books at the front entrance on Cypress Ranch Blvd, May 13, 9 - 11:30 am and 12 - 2:30 pm.

Families with student last names beginning L - Z can drop off library books at the side entrance on Verbena, May 13, 9 - 11:30 am and 12 - 2:30 pm.

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More Fun Resources for Tigers from our Lake Travis Community Library

Although the Lake Travis Community Library building is closed at this time, our West Cypress Tigers are not forgotten. Anyone who lives in Texas can get a library card online here, free of charge. If you have questions about the resources available to us while the library building is closed, feel free to contact them by text @ 512-643-2802 or by email.

And, while the Bookmobile visits to our neighborhood are unavailable, now you can craft your own family bookmobile. The Lake Travis Community Library has very kindly provided the DIY LTCL Bookmobile cutout shown below. Enjoy!

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Who are these masked superheroes?

Behind the masks left to right: Melanie Beninga, Rachel Stewart, and Corinne Stewart

Student Health Services

Monday, March 23, Lake Travis ISD staff began providing free meals to children 0-18 years of age. Packaged breakfast and lunch are available for pickup together between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. at each of our three middle school campuses:

Meals are provided in drive-through fashion at the bus drop-off location at each middle school campus. Parents do not need to exit their vehicle. As of March 26, the US Department of Agriculture allows school districts to serve meals to a parent or guardian without his/her children having to be present in the vehicle. However, there are guidelines parents and guardians must follow. Guided by the USDA, the Texas Department of Agriculture requires the parent or guardian to present validation of their children with any one (1) of the following options:

  1. Official letter/email/electronic school application from the school listing the indiviudal child's current enrollment
  2. Report card for each individual child
  3. Attendance record from parent portal of the school website, printed or electronic, for each individual child
  4. School ID of each individual child

Please note, hot meals are not provided. Instead, meals consist of packaged cereals, sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, fruit juice, milk and/or water.

While some of you may be eager to volunteer your time and services during our meal pickup, we must keep in mind and adhere to local and state restrictions limiting public gatherings. Our outstanding food service department has this under control. We sincerely appreciate your concern and willingness to help.

For more information, visit the Coronavirus section on the Lake Travis ISD website, or email foodservice@ltisdschools.org.

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Information Concerning Class and Spring Individual Photos

Wondering what happened to our class and spring individual photos that were taken February 20? No worries! The class photos you ordered have been added to Tiger Property Bags that you can pick up between 9 - 11:30 and 12 - 2:30 on May 13.

Lifetouch has made the individual spring student photos available for viewing and ordering online this year. You can view the instructions here and well as in the snapshot shown below. Individual photo packages ordered from Lifetouch will be delivered to your home directly from Lifetouch.

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Field Trip Updates

In order to keep our Tigers sheltered safely at home, all of our spring field trips planned for March through May were canceled. Some of our first and fourth graders' families had already paid for their field trips and may, therefore, be concerned about the funds turned in to teachers before we realized that the field trips could not take place.

Please rest assured that we have deposited your payments, have recorded your payments, and have a record of the resulting credit balance of each family.

And, we have plans to ensure that you receive full credit for your payment(s.)

  • For students returning to West Cypress Hills Elementary School for the 2020-2021 school year, the credit balance due your family for West Cypress Hills' canceled field trips will be applied toward the purchase price of West Cypress Hills classroom t-shirts and/or field trips that take place during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • For students who are not attending West Cypress Hills Elementary School during the 2020-2021 school year, a refund check will be issued to your family by West Cypress Hills Elementary School by the end of the school year. Please complete the WCHE Field Trip Refund Request Form to request your reimbursement check.
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Update on Yearbook Deliveries

We understand from the publisher of our yearbooks that their facilities are currently closed. This means that the 2019-2020 yearbooks are not scheduled to be published and delivered to West Cypress Hills until late summer/early fall. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause your family.

When the 2019-2020 WCHE yearbooks arrive, we will notify everyone through our Tiger Talk and put a notice on our website. We will ask Rough Hollow Elementary and Lake Travis Middle School to publish notifications, too. Here is our plan for yearbook delivery:

  • For Tigers returning to WCHE for the 2020-2021 school year, the 2019-2020 yearbooks will be delivered to them when school is in session next fall.
  • For 5th Grade Tigers moving on to middle school, we will have your yearbook delivered to you at your middle school.
  • For Tigers who will be RHE Rattlers next year, your yearbook will be delivered to RHE for delivery to you there.
  • And, for those who did not order a yearbook but wish to purchase one, the yearbooks will be available for purchase at the front desk of WCHE on a first-come-first-served basis during the 2020-2021 school year.

Tiger Art Challenge Entry Update from Mrs. Dunn

Thank you to all students participating in the Art Challenge.

I really enjoy seeing all of your pieces. Here are a few that were sent to me. I am so proud of you. These are wonderful!

I hope you enjoy looking at the art, too!

That was so much fun! Let's Do it Again! Art Challenge #2 Entries are due May 14!

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Art Challenge #2

Our Art Challenge was so much fun and so popular that Mrs. Dunn decided to challenge Tigers again! For Art Challenge #2, Tigers, draw or paint your dream tree house. Your house can be futuristic or very traditional. The sky's the limit!

What details will you add to make it truly amazing? Remember to include the landscape around your tree house, too. Is it in the mountains? Is it in your backyard? Maybe it's in the ocean?

Mrs. Dunn will pick one entry from each grade level to display on our school website and in Tiger Talk.

Email your finished artwork to Mrs. Dunn by May 14, 2020. Please include in your email your name, your grade, and your teacher's name.

We can't wait to see your dream tree houses!

Upcoming Events

By 06/12/20..........2020-2021 School Supply Kits Available for Order Online

05/01 - 05/31/20......National PE & Sports Month Remember the Jedi Challenge!

05/13/20..................Tiger Property Bag Pick Up 9 - 11:30 am and 12 - 2:30 pm

05/14/20..................Art Challenge #2 Tree House Artwork Due - Send to Mrs. Dunn!

05/15 - 05/21/20......PTO Online Auction to Support WCHE & RHE