Panther Post

April 11 - 16, 2016 - Serve, Lead & Inspire

Hello Lopez Families,

Last Thursday I was in a principal's meeting when the Eisenhower principal got the call about his student who was hit by a car. It was a terrible feeling for everyone. My heart goes out to the family. This, coupled with our own news story early in the week, has made for a tough week and has renewed our focus on safety. It is important for us all to work together at school and at home. We are reviewing our procedures here and I am sure you are having those conversations at home as well. I know I did at home with my own son. I spoke to the students Friday about paying attention, using crosswalks, and following signals when crossing streets.

With such a tough week, we also cannot forget about the good things happening here at Lopez and how wonderful these students are. After last week's track meet, we are in first place in the Middle School Cup standings. If you don't know, the Middle School Cup is a yearly competition between schools, getting points in everything from fine arts and academic performances to athletic events. There are not a lot of events left and we usually shine in them so my confidence is high. Go Panthers!

On a side note, I had a student give me a drawing she had been working on for some time. I used to see her in the cafeteria during lunch working on it. I was amazed at how talented she was. The way she captured the face in the drawing was remarkable. Then one day I came into my office and there it was. She had dropped it off for me as a gift. I framed it and put it up in my office. I love these kids! Give your kids a hug and have a good week!

Eric Wernli


Lopez Week of Events for April 11-16

Monday, April 11:
“Groovy 60’s” Book Fair

Spirit Week Dress-Up Day - Color Wars Today! (Each grade dress in your color below):

6th Grade - Wear Green

7th Grade - Wear Red

8th Grade - Wear Blue

3:30 pm NJHS Rehearsal (Cafeteria)

Tuesday, April 12:
“Groovy 60’s” Book Fair

Spirit Week Dress-Up Day - TWIN DAY (Friends dress as twins)

Spring Pictures in the AM (Café)

8:00 am 7th Grade GT Testing (A104 & 8th CLC)

3:45 pm Spring Play Rehearsal

4:30 pm Track Meet Qualifiers (Heroes)

Wednesday, April 13:
“Groovy 60’s” Book Fair

Spirit Week Dress-Up Day - PAJAMA DAY (Please make sure pajamas are appropriate for school)

7:45 am Walking Wednesday (Main Field)

3:45 pm Spring Play Rehearsal

7:00 pm Evening with Strings (BAC)

Thursday, April 14:
“Groovy 60’s” Book Fair

Spirit Week Dress-Up Day - SPORTS JERSEY/TEAM DAY (Wear your favorite team shirt or jersey)

Technology State Contest (Waco)

7:00 am FCA Meeting (Café)

3:45 pm Spring Play Rehearsal

Friday, April 15 - FLEX FRIDAY - Progress Reports Go Out:

“Groovy 60’s” Book Fair

Spirit Week Dress-Up Day - 1960's & TIE DYE DAY (Dress for the 1960's era or wear tie dye)

Technology State Contest (Waco)

Students - Have a great Friday and have fun at Pantherama and the dance this evening!

Saturday, April 16:

Technology State Contest (Waco)

Groovy 60's Book Fair

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The Great Amazing Race, April 30 @ Lopez Register Here

Lopez's Great Amazing Race - Open to Everyone - Pee Wees to Grandparents! More Fun Than a 5K!

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Click Here to Volunteer for The Great Amazing Race!

Volunteers are needed for The Great Amazing Race! We need moms, dads, high schoolers, and other family members to help us make this event successful on April 30th!

Pantherama & the Groovy 1960's Dance are Here!!!

Friday, April 15

Pantherama - 4:00 - 7:00 pm

"Groovy 1960's" Dance - 7:00-8:30 pm

Access to Carnival Activities - $10 to purchase a wristband for unlimited access to carnival activities! - (wristbands will be sold during lunches on Thursday and Friday, April 14 and 15). They will be distributed at the beginning of Pantherama.

Already Purchased a Wristband in the Fall - Lopez PTA has a list and you will receive a wristband when the others are passed out.

Dance Cost - $3 in advance (dance tickets sold Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - April 13, 14 and 15) during all lunches. Tickets will be $4 at the door.

Bring CASH for other items as all of our food and drink vendors accept cash only.

Students, please remember...

  • Pantherama is for the entire community, but the dance is for Lopez students only!
  • Backpacks are to be left in lockers and retrieved BEFORE going to the dance.
  • Not staying for the dance? Then leave your backpack in your locker and you can get it directly after Pantherama.
  • Please follow the NEISD dress code.
  • Don't forget to bring CASH for the dance - drinks and snacks will be sold.

Parents, please be here to pick-up your student no later than 8:30 pm.

From our Lopez PTA and the Lopez clubs and organizations, thank you for supporting Lopez, your students and continuing the Pantherama tradition!

A big THANK YOU to our parent volunteers who have made this event successful!

Rackspace Chess Tournament

Come out to an exciting chess event for participants and their family. This is the 5th tournament that Rackspace has hosted and they had nearly 400 players in their last tournament.


Date: Saturday, April 30

Time: Doors open at 7:30 am; players seated at 8:00 am; awards at 4:15 pm

Location: Rackspace, 1 Fanatical Way, Windcrest, Texas 78218 (Walzem Road and I-35)

Register @ - (on-line registration closes at noon on April 28)

Concessions available thanks to Roosevelt High School Spirit Booster Club! Free lunch for players and lots of tropies!

Contact Karin Johnson at 210/381-8342 if you have any questions.

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Lopez Student Volunteers - You are Leaders!

It’s time to reward you for your service to our community!

For middle school students, there are three levels of the PVSA Award, recognizing hours of service completed between May 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016. The final day to submit PVSA hours is April 30, 2016. All service hours will be verified and submitted no later than May 1, 2016. Hours submitted after May 1st will not be eligible for recognition for this award period.

Bronze 50-74 hours

Silver 75-99 hours

Gold 100+ hours

Award recipients will be invited to an award ceremony at the end of May to recognize them for their service. All Award recipients will receive a personalized certificate of achievement, a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States, a congratulatory letter from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and an official President’s Award pin.

Please use the link below to register and enter service hours:

A list of examples of PVSA service hour opportunities is available at the front desk. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please e-mail Rhonda Matson at

The Valero Texas Open is the 6th oldest professional tournament in golf world-wide, the 3rd oldest on the PGA TOUR and the longest held in the same city. In 2012, the tournament celebrated its 90th anniversary.

Reagan Volleyball and Wrestling have a shared commitment to this event, which is an amazing fundraiser for each program. We need your help to accomplish our goals. ALL faculty and staff, friends, relatives, neighbors, or anyone willing to support the RATTLERS are welcome to help us at the Valero Texas Open. We are looking for volunteers to help from April 17 - 26, 2016.

Please take a look at the sign-up link below and choose the time(s) that work for you!

For those who help Reagan Volleyball and Wrestling at the Valero Texas Open, you can earn some amazing incentives for your time and service.

Minimum of 18 Hours Required:

($85 Value) VTO Shirt (women’s or men’s shirt), VTO Cap

VTO Volunteer Parking pass

Complimentary food & beverage while working your shift(s) ($50 Value)

Access to the Volunteer Tent (during your shifts)

Appreciation Day round of golf @ TPC San Antonio* ($200 Value)

*Will incur $25 cart fee

Thanks again for all you do and your constant support of athletics here at Reagan!

Coach McDaniel and Coach Carter

Important May and June Dates

Round 2 of STAAR Testing:

May 2nd - Algebra EOC

May 9th - 6th and 7th Grade Math STAAR

May 10th - 6th and 7th Grade Reading STAAR

May 11th - 8th Grade Science STAAR

May 12th - 8th Grade Social Studies STAAR

8th Grade End of Year Celebration:

May 31st - 8th Grade Party @ North East Sports Complex (formerly Time Warner Park) - 9 am - 2 pm

End of Year Awards:

8th Grade Awards - June 1st @ 6:30 pm in the Lopez Cafeteria

6th and 7th Grade Awards - June 2nd in the Lopez Gym - Times TBA