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Lamar's Weekly Newsletter

May 21st, 2023

Upcoming Dates

Sun, 5/21 - Choir Schlitterbahn Field Trip

Mon, 5/22 - Dance End-of-Year Celebration (4p, Gyms)

Mon, 5/22 - Band Booster Meeting (6p, Band Hall)

Mon, 5/22 - Finals in Periods 3 & 4


Tues, 5/23 - Spring Orchestra Concert (MAC)

Tues, 5/23 - Finals in Periods 7 & 8

Tues, 5/23 - Fall Sports Information Meeting (5p, Big Gym)


Weds, 5/24 - 7th Grade Field Day

Weds, 5/24 - Choir "That's a Wrap" Party (4p, 700 Bldg.)

Weds, 5/24 - GSA Meeting (3:50, Library)

Thurs, 5/25 - 8th Grade Advancement Ceremonies

Thurs, 5/25 - Band Banquet (6p, Cafeteria)

Thurs, 5/25 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!


Week re-cap

chromebook collection

All students MUST turn in their Chromebooks, chargers, hotspots, and cases next week. We ask that students turn in all devices, even if you ended up with multiple devices. This will allow us to take an accurate inventory ahead of purchasing for the technology phase of the 2022 Bond.

Fees will not be applied for damaged devices at this time. Students should remove all stickers from devices but leave their names on the device. We will try to make every effort to return 6th and 7th graders their devices in August.

Devices will be disabled at 5:00 pm on May 25th.

For any devices found over the summer, students and families should call the Austin ISD Help Desk at 512-414-8324.

If requested, a parent or guardian may complete an OPT-IN form via their Parent Portal account or at the school campus to request the pick-up of a device from the Technology Department at Gus Garcia YMLA, or at the Austin ISD Central Office.

Devices will be available for pick-up on May 26, and May 30 through June 2, from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. During device pickups, fee schedule forms and accountability acknowledgments will also be provided. Devices must be returned to the home campus at the start of the fall 2023 school year.

6th grade will turn in their devices on Monday, May 22nd. Exceptions will be made for students who need them to complete finals for high school credit classes.

7th and 8th grade will turn in their devices on Tuesday, May 23rd in Scottie Seminar.

No backpacks

No backpacks will be allowed on Wednesday, May 24th and Thursday, May 25th. Students may carry a draw string bag or open-top shopping bag if necessary. Lunch boxes will be allowed.

Save the date for Spring Semester Finals

We will replicate the finals schedule from the Fall semester on the following dates:

Wednesday, May 17th (finals in periods 1&2)

Thursday, May 18th (finals in periods 5&6)

Monday, May 22nd (finals in periods 3&4)

Tuesday, May 23rd (finals in periods 7&8)

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It's Time to register for next year!

It’s time for our annual registration process. We look forward to having all of our students return next year. You will need to register your child using the AISD Portal ASAP to confirm your child is returning. If you have already completed re-registration, please disregard this message. Please send any questions to us on this page, and a team member will follow up shortly.

8th Grade End of the Year Festivities

8th grade Advancement Ceremonies on Thursday, May 25th

9:00 am - Last Names A - L

10:30 am - Last Names M - Z

Due to limited seating space, each student is allowed 2 guests. We are exploring a streaming option. Guests MUST only enter through the gym foyer doors. All guests shall remain in the Large Gym and outside area for safety purposes.

Stay turned for details if you plan to check your child out after the ceremony.

7th Grade END OF THE YEAR Festivities

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Link to pay for those unable to use the QR code

AISD to provide Summer meals

Children need nutritious meals to learn, grow, and thrive—even when school is out. Through federally funded Texas Department of Agriculture meal programs, AISD provides free breakfast and lunch for students at many schools throughout the summer.

Who qualifies for free summer meals:

  • Students participating in on-site summer programs at eligible schools.

  • Any child in the community younger than 19.

  • Enrolled students with disabilities up to 21 years old.

How to find free meals this summer:

Families may use the following tools to find a meal site anywhere in Texas:

  • Call 2-1-1 to speak to a live operator.

  • Visit for an interactive site locator map.

  • Text FOOD or COMIDA to 304-304.

  • Families may also find district meals sites on the AISD website.

How it works: Children in the community enjoy free meals regardless of household income and without any registration or identification. To receive a free, healthy meal, children may simply visit the cafeteria at any participating site during designated service times. Children do not have to be enrolled in AISD to receive free summer meals.

Good to know: All AISD meal sites are closed July 3-7. Meal sites and times are subject to change.

Too Much Testing? Not Enough? AISD wants to hear from you!

Please consider completing this survey from AISD regarding testing on campus.

SY 23-24 Assessment Plan and Calendar Survey (

This year, Lamar MS has (or will) administered the following assessments: SCA, MAP growth, TELPAS, STAAR, AP (DL only), PSAT 8, campus common assessments (teacher quizzes and tests)

Cell phone and electronic device policy reminder

Cell phones and Bluetooth headphones should be turned off and out of sight from bell to bell (8:20 am to 3:50 pm). This allows students to focus on learning throughout the day without distraction. Please call the main office should you need to send an emergency message to your child during the day. Otherwise, students will see their messages when they turn their phones back on at 3:50 pm. Thank you!

NOTE: Students with accommodations that require the use of audio functions such as text to speech may use corded headphones. A limited number of headphones are available for check out from the school. Students may see their teacher with to sign up for headphones.

Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

These recommendations have been in place since the beginning of the year after several consultations with AISD PD and Transportation as well as the City of Austin.

Doors open at 7:55 am.

Between 7:50 am and 8:20 am, the curb along Wynona Ave should be for immediate loading and unloading only (similar to the airport). Thank you for your cooperation to keep this congested area moving.

Drop off should occur on the northbound side of Wynona only. There are no sidewalks on the southbound side of Wynona so students are forced to cross through traffic.

Also, please do not drop off or pick up in the parking lot on White Horse Dr, which is reserved for school buses and staff parking.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping our students safe.

Attendance Reporting Updates

Please email Ms. Lupita Gutierrez ( with absence notes and attendance questions. When emailing or writing a note for an absence, please be sure to include the student's full name and ID number.

Students who leave campus and return the same day should bring their pink slip back with them to check back in.

Office Hours

Office Hours with teachers are held Tuesdays through Fridays from 7:55 am to 8:15 am. Students may obtain a pass from either the front foyer or their morning location. Be sure to check with your teacher for specific days office hours are held. There are no office hours on Mondays and STAAR testing days.


An enormous thank you to all of the amazing volunteers that have stepped up to help make our school year a success! Your willingness to help does not go unnoticed, and our school community is better for your commitment to Lamar. THANK YOU!

If you are interested in volunteering, the first step is completing an application with Austin Partners in Education.

From The Library

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It's that time of year! All books were due Friday, May 12. Not sure if you owe a book? Click on this link or visit the Lamar Library Blend page and click on the button above in the top row. Note that the list may be a day or two behind but I'll update it as I'm able. Students are listed by last name in ABC order. *Students must be signed into the portal in order to view the list. If you cannot see it, try logging out and logging in again.*

If you're missing a book, each title is $20 cash or check (made out to Lamar Library). You can also pay online for $20 plus a small transaction fee at this link. Email me if you decide to pay online and give me your student's first and last name so that I can make sure their account is cleared.

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CALLING ALL SUMMER READERS: Have a look at this AISD librarian-curated list of books to read this summer:

May Staff Birthdays

May 6th - Ms. Pena-Montemayor (Science)

May 13th - Rolando Carlin (Custodial)

May 22nd - Ms. Vouvray (Creative Writing/ELA)

May 22nd - Ms. Young (Math)

May 27th - Ms. Vasquez (Piano)

May 29th - Ms. Brandimarte (ELA)

May 30th - Ms. O'Guin (Fine Arts)


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Lamar teachers and staff want to thank Hembree Bell Law for their generous donation of breakfast on Friday, May 26. We appreciate their generosity as we close out another successful school year!
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McCallum Lady Knights Summer Soccer Camp is BACK!

We will be hosting a soccer camp for girls at the McCallum practice field June 19th - 22nd, 2023 from 9-11:30am. The camp will include soccer fundamentals, training stations, and scrimmaging, all hosted by current Mac Knight soccer players and coaches. On Thursday, campers will participate in a tournament to showcase their skills, and all parents are invited to attend. The registration fee for the camp is $90 per participant and $70/2nd sibling if submitted by June 5th, 2022. After June 5th, the fee increases to $100 per camper and $75/2nd sibling. Fees include snacks, camp t-shirt, and certificate. Snacks will be provided daily, but each camper should bring their own water bottle. Participants must provide their own transportation to /from camp and their own cleats (optional). Soccer balls will be provided by McCallum High School.


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MAC Basketball Camp Registration is Open!

Coach Daniel Fuentes and the McCallum Boys' Basketball team are hosting a summer basketball camp for boys and girls at the McCallum High School gym. The camp will include basketball fundamentals, training stations, 3 on 3, and scrimmaging.

The camp will run from July 10th-13th, 9 am to 12 pm each day.

• Registration fee: $125 + online fee per camper

• Basketballs will be provided by McCallum, Camp T-shirt is included

• Participants must provide their own transportation.

PLEASE NOTE: All participants must have an updated Physical (dated after 4/30/2023), as well as all necessary online forms submitted prior to the camp. All forms can be found at You can email all completed physical forms to Trainer Matt Johnson at

For questions please email

Allandale Annual 4th of July Parade

Come and celebrate Independence Day with your Allandale neighbors and friends! Dust off your Uncle Sam top hat, polish your red-white-n-blue saddle shoes, and get ready for the Allandale Annual 4th of July Parade.

It's even more fun if you join in! Gather your neighbors and make a float. The time has come to start float planning and prepping. Don't want to be part of a float? Other categories are: Antique and Classic Cars, Bicycles, Scooters/Skateboards, Wagons/Strollers/Tricycles, Group Walkers (Themes are welcome), Solo Walkers, and Animals (especially patriotic ones!). Just show up at 8:30 a.m., look for your category sign, and join in the fun.

Not marching? Line up along Bullard to watch the procession!

The parade starts at the intersection of Bullard and White Rock. It will start moving at 9:00 a.m. sharp and end at Gullett Elementary School with fun festivities, food trucks, and community engagement tables.

Want to help or have questions, maybe want to judge floats or hand out water? We need volunteers. Email

See you on the 4th!

Allandale Neighborhood Association

Anderson Speech & Debate Summer Camp

See attached flyer for more details!

Current and future Trojans welcome!

From July 31 to August 4 9am- 2pm* @ Anderson High School

*come and go from camp as needed!

Incoming Freshman will be attending Trojan Charge on August 1st from 9am to noon. Your student is welcome to join us after Trojan Charge for the rest of the afternoon.

Questions? Contact

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Film Kids Summer Camps are week-long deep dives for current 4th, 5th and 6th graders into story development, directing, editing, costuming, acting, and all other aspects of filmmaking. We collect the creative All-Stars from all over the city and give them a chance to create elaborative, involved movies based entirely on their own ideas.

Our North location will meet at The G.I.F.T. ATX, a community space and gardens just off of Burnet Road on Justin Lane. Sessions are limited to 16 campers so everyone gets plenty of time on screen and behind the camera.

You can find out more and sign up at , and feel free to invite friends. We love to see new faces in the program. Any questions? You can email Brian Cox at or call 512-567-0778.

Thanks for supporting Film Kids and we hope to see you this Summer!

Counselor's Corner


Information about AISD's high schools can be found in the 23-24 High School Newsletter. This newsletter will be updated as new information becomes available, so please check back often.



Current 6th & 7th graders interested in playing fall sports (including cross country, football, and volleyball): We will have a Fall Sports informational meeting on Tuesday, May 23rd at 5:00pm in the Lamar Middle School large gym. See you there!
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Scottie Sports Camp!

Thanks to all who filled out the Rec Sports Camp interest google form! Because of the amount of interest, our amazing coaching staff will be hosting this camp this summer for five weeks from 6/13 - 7/20 (there will not be camp the week of 7/4). Please see the attached flier or QR code above for registration and cost information!

Creative Writing News!

Congratulations to the Creative Writing majors who received recognition for their poetry this spring!

Annika E. (6th grade), Winner of the Vision & Voice Poetry Contest, 6th grade

Read Annika’s poem here:

Sophia L. (8th grade), Honorable Mention, 25th Annual Carl Sandburg Student Poetry Contest, 6th-8th grades. Read more about the contest here:

Way to go, Scotties!!



Lamar Merch - SHOP NOW!

Scottie merch for sale - NOW OPEN!

Orders are fulfilled every Friday, with pick-up in the Library on Monday.

Get yours today & show your school spirit!

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