LIVELY MIDDLE SCHOOL

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 24, 2020

PRINCIPAL'S DESK

Greetings Falcon Nation,


Thank you to all students, parents, and staff that joined us for our Love, Laugh, Lively Potluck. There have been several requests for the hot pink shirt we used that Friday. If you would like to purchase one, please fill out the link below.

https://austinisd.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/15480/63/False/True

The end of the 4th six weeks is next Friday. Please be sure to communicate with your child and your child’s teacher for any missing work or study materials. Students who are designated as English Learners will be taking the TELPAS (Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System) February 25-28. The test has four components, a reading assessment, a speaking listening, and writing assessments, which will be conducted at different times. Students will also be completing writing samples in their core classes. A student can graduate from the TELPAS assessment once they have reached Advanced High level in all four areas of language: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and passed their grade level STAAR Reading test. Below is the schedule for the 4th six weeks tests and TELPAS.

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I have attached the Middle Years newsletter in this article; you will find helpful tips for managing homework, setting expectations for your teenager, and positively managing social media accounts.

I have an update on the security gates for the campus. Construction will begin this school year and should be completed before August 2020. Today I did a walkthrough with Construction Management and reviewed the plans and selected Lively blue for the gate color. Thank you for all the parents who reached out to ensure this project gets completed.


My apologies for not being transparent and communicating with parents as to why the second STAAR Interim assessment was canceled. Unfortunately, we had a shortage of 16 teachers on our campus that day and were unable to execute the procedures for the test effectively. The Kona Ice truck has been rescheduled for Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22nd.


Please join us for the Aladdin Musical happening this weekend. Please see link below for more information and the show times.


Aladdin Musical Information


Have a great weekend and see you on Monday!


Stacie Holiday, Principal

LIVELY ROTARY INTERACT CLUB- HONORABLE JUDGE SYLVIA HOLMES

COUNSELOR CORNER

Cyber Security - Keeping Up with Risky Apps

It seems like every time you turn around, there's a new app -- or type of app -- that's popular with tweens and teens. While the old standbys like Snapchat and Instagram are still going strong, there's no shortage of social media apps that are popular but not necessarily household names. And social media apps are just the beginning. Of course, it's nearly impossible to keep up with every hot new app, which makes knowing the risky features -- like interaction with strangers, anonymity, privacy concerns, and iffy content -- a solid first step. But it's still important to know the specifics of what's on your kid's device and whether or not you'll allow it to stay there.


Find more info and apps to watch out for here:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/apps-to-watch-out-for


Grades 6-8

SUNSHINE CAMP Wondering what might be available during the summer for your student; here is a great opportunity for a week away at camp. Want to know more? www.sunshinecamps.org


Applications are also available outside the counseling office at Lively Middle School.


AusPREP Summer Engineering Program- see flyer below

AusPREP summer engineering program is held at Huston Tillotson University for middle-schoolers. In addition to coursework, students go on engaging field trips and hear from STEM professionals throughout the program. Additionally, for each year of AusPREP successfully completed, students are eligible for an elective credit in high school. With 4 credits from the full program sequence over four summers, they can receive the STEM endorsement on their diploma because the program has been TEA approved.


Summer 2020 Program Dates:

  • AusPREP: June 15-July 30, 2020, M-F, 8:30am-3:30pm daily

  • Pre-Algebra: July 1-July 30, 2020, M-F, 8:30am-12:30pm daily

  • Application and more information found at: www.htu.edu/ausprep


Grades 6 & 7

All current 6th & 7th graders have entered course requests for next year. Next steps include creating the master schedule and working through the giant puzzle of scheduling with the goal of students getting at least their 1st and 2nd choice electives. Parents will be e-mailed copies of final course requests by the last day of classes.


Grade 8

Dates for 8th grade counseling events coming up:


February

26th McCallum Expo Knight at McCallum HS 5-6:15 Course Fair; 6:30-8 Info Session
27th Akins High School here at Lively helping with Choice Sheets (10:00 am)
https://bit.ly/2REnqfi - click for info regarding Akins

April
2nd Bowie at Lively to complete choice sheets

LIBRARY CORNER

  • Our latest count is over 5,250 library visits this school year!
  • Inventory Help: We need to complete library inventory by the end of February. Please let me know if you can come volunteer to help.
  • Magic the Gathering at Lunch Bunch: Students are having a blast playing during lunch!
  • Did you know? Your librarian also organizes all the Lively Chromebooks. I’m happy to ensure each teacher gets a small set of Chromebooks to use in their classroom!
  • Composting is here!! Lunch Bunch will now compost and reduce our waste by at least half. Remind your students to compost if they come to Lunch Bunch!
  • Lunch Bunch Donations: UNO, games, compostable plastic cutlery.
  • Book Donations: We are accepting gently used book donations for a no cost/low cost book fair in the Spring. Thank you for the donations! If you are interested in helping, please let me know.
  • Hope to see you in the library soon!

Yvonne Steckel

Lively Middle School Librarian

yvonne.steckel@austinisd.org

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CALENDAR

Monday, February 24, 2020

6:00p-8:00p- Orchestra Pre-UIL Concert @ Lively Large Gym

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Tennis Tryouts

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Tennis Tryouts

6:00p-7:00p- Boys BB 7B/8B vs Garcia @ Garcia MS

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Tennis Tryouts

9:00a-2:00p- Native Plants & Animals Field Trip to Westcave Outdoor Discovery

Friday, February 28, 2020

12:00p-1:30p- Lifeskills Field Trip to HEB

Saturday, February 29, 2020

10:00a-12:00p- Falcon Leaders Saturday Morning Program


Monday, March 2, 2020

Parent Support Appreciation Week

Social Workers Appreciation Week

3:45p-5:15p- Cheerleading Tryouts for 2020-2021

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

3:45p-5:15p- Cheerleading Tryouts for 2020-2021

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

3:45p-5:15p- Cheerleading Tryouts for 2020-2021

4:00p-4:00p- CAC Meeting

Thursday, March 5, 2020

3:45p-5:15p- Cheerleading Tryouts for 2020-2021

Friday, March 6, 2020

8:15a-9:15a- Parent Coffee

3:34p-4:30p- Track Information Meeting (athletes only)

3:45p-5:15p- Cheerleading Tryouts for 2020-2021

Saturday, March 7, 2020

10:00a-12:00p- Falcon Leaders Saturday Morning Program