Leander ISD parents are invited to attend the district’s “Keeping Your Child Safe” mental, social and physical well-being sessions. For the convenience of the community, the events will be held two evenings: Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., in the Rouse High School
lecture hall (1222 Raider Way, Leander) and Tuesday, February 25, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., in the Vandegrift High School
lecture hall (9500 McNeil Dr. in Austin). It is suggested that participants park at the front/main entrance to the schools for easy access to the lecture halls.
Parents may attend either event. Information will be repeated both nights. Light snacks will be provided. The sessions are designed to engage and inform parents of issues regarding mental, social and physical well-being as they relate to student safety and wellness. The sessions will address: suicide prevention/awareness; body image and eating disorders; avoiding power struggles and more. The sessions are designed for parents. Childcare is available upon request. To help the district plan appropriately, please RSVP here
or call 512-570-0032 and indicate if you plan to attend the event on Tuesday, February 18 or Tuesday, February 25.
Leander ISD will be sending 12 students to perform with the Texas All-State Band, Choir and Orchestra in San Antonio, Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2014 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. LISD students making the All-State Band are Austin Cernosek (from Cedar Park High School), Courtney Regester (from Cedar Park High School), John Malito (from Vista Ridge High School), Ryan Murray (from Vista Ridge High School), Rachel Campagna (from Vista Ridge High School), Helena Haddox (from Vista Ridge High School), Victoria Lynn (from Vista Ridge High School) and Samuel Acosta (from Rouse High School). Isaac Johnston (from Leander High School) made the All-State Jazz Band, while Victoria Lee (from Vista Ridge High School) made the All-State Orchestra. Students making the All-State Choir are Monte Turner (from Rouse High School) and Alaina O’Laughlin (from Vista Ridge High School). All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive.
As a reminder, bad weather make-up days on the LISD calendar are April 28 and May 26. Please mark these on your calendars as normal school days. Thank you.
Please note that the scheduled board retreat that was to take place on Thursday, January 30 has been cancelled.
Research continues to support what educators have long advocated — reading is the most important activity students can do to increase their personal success at school. Whether students are in school or out on break, reading is an incredibly valuable pastime for students because it sharpens their language skills and opens doors to new worlds. Leander ISD strives to ensure that all students are reading on grade-level and developing the appropriate comprehension skills through focused, intentional classroom instruction every day. Furthering our district’s efforts are programs like Education Connection: Literacy Partners, a program that plugs volunteers into our schools to help elementary students improve their literacy, and many other district-level and campus-based initiatives. The bottom line is that we aim to get books into the hands of students as often as possible because we know the more a student reads, the more likely it is that he or she will be academically successful.
To help keep all students reading during the critical months of June, July and August, LISD is launching its Summer Reading for All Book Drive February 3 – April 15. This book drive is specifically targeting books for older students in grades sixth through 12th, although books for all levels will be accepted and all genres are needed (chapter books, picture books, non-fiction and fiction). The goal of the Summer Reading for All Program is to provide every middle and high school student with a book to read during the summer. The book drive will help give books to students who might not otherwise have access to quality reading material.
Anyone can contribute to the Summer Reading for All Book Drive. We are inviting LISD staff members to bring a new or gently-used book to 2014 Continuous Improvement Conference, February 3 and 4, at Vista Ridge High School. Book shelves will be set up as donation sites in the foyer between the competition gym and the cafeteria during the two-day conference. In addition, staff, parents, volunteers and community members may also donate new or gently-used books at any LISD middle or high school library. Contact Jennifer Abramson, LISD secondary language arts coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have questions about making a donation. I’m also pleased to announce that our friends at Barnes & Noble Homestead (14010 US Hwy. 183 in Austin) are offering to donate a portion of their sales from March 17 – April 4 to support LISD’s Summer Reading for All Program.
Our goal is that Summer Reading for All Program will be another focused step LISD takes to close the achievement gap, eliminate the summer “brain-drain” and promote a love for life-long reading. The more books we collect, the more students we can positively impact. If every LISD employee donates one book, we’ll be able to provide an additional 4,000 books for LISD students. Imagine the difference we could make if parents and community members supported this great cause too.
Have a great week!
January 29, 2014 – Leander ISD Superintendent Bret Champion has announced his selection of Mrs. Barbara Steiner as principal of Faubion Elementary.
“We are excited to welcome Mrs. Steiner as principal of Faubion Elementary,” says Champion. “I know that Mrs. Steiner’s leadership and experience will lead Faubion Elementary on a path of continued success.”
Steiner has been a member of the LISD family since 2004, serving as the assistant principal at Faubion Elementary since 2008. She also served as a special education teacher in Round Rock ISD, El Paso ISD and Missouri.
Steiner earned a bachelor’s degree from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., and her master’s degree in education at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.
Steiner replaces Sarah Grissom as principal at Faubion after Grissom was named the Senior Executive Director of School Improvement in January.
As a reminder, February 3-5 are student holidays. All Leander ISD staff will be attending professional development.
Understandably, I have received numerous phone calls, e-mails and social media posts regarding the inclement weather process and timing in Leander ISD. I know that my first responsibility is to ensure student and staff safety, and I am sorry that many feel that I let you down in that regard today.
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Due to deteriorating weather conditions, all classes have been canceled for Tuesday, January 28th. Students that are already on campus will be supervised and will receive lunch. Those students can stay at the school until the road conditions improve. More information will be coming for those elementary school parents.
District officials will monitor the expected icy weather this evening. If there is a change to normal school schedules, parents and staff will be notified. Emergency calls and emails will be sent to parents and district staff; information will be posted on the district website, Facebook and Twitter; and local media outlets will be contacted.
Elementary parents, classes are filling fast so don't miss the Feb. 9th deadline to register your students for After-School Enrichment! See the ASE webpage
for more details and a link to register.
Due to the fact that school was cancelled on January 24 from hazardous weather and road conditions, April 28 will be a scheduled school day to make up this day. Please mark your calendars accordingly. Thank you.
District officials will monitor the weather throughout the evening. A decision regarding a possible school delay will be made early morning on Friday. Emergency calls and emails will be sent to parents and district staff; information will be posted on the district website, Facebook and Twitter; and local media outlets will be contacted.
Nine area school districts will host Destination...Life, which is a regional transition fair on Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 AM - 1 PM, at Round Rock High School (300 N. Lake Creek Dr., Bldg. 100). A Transition Fair supports families and students who have a disability to know what opportunities are available in our community after high school. This fair offers more than seventy booths providing valuable information plus five break-out sessions. We hope you will attend!
See flier for more details
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is designed for the highly motivated student seeking educational challenges and tends to be a good fit for GT students. A parent information meeting has been scheduled:
February 6, 2014
Leander High School
Please park behind LHS and enter through the back door to avoid construction.
Parents of eighth-grade students who will be entering ninth grade in the fall 2014 are encouraged to attend the informational Parent Nights held in January at the campus their child will attend next year. This is a great opportunity to help in the high school transition. Come hear from the experts! See the homepage of the high school
your child will attend next year for details.
Congratulations 8th grade students! Readistep is the first measurement along the pathway to college readiness, with the PSAT and SAT and/or ACT to follow. What happens next? You should receive scores in the mail by January 17th. For more information, go to the Readistep “After the Test” section on the College and Career Readiness web site.
By the end of January, all 9th - 11th graders who took the PSAT will receive their scores in their English classes. Check out the "After-the-Test" resources
to go over PSAT questions online and much more.
Also, 11th graders, register now for the SAT/ACT tests. Your last opportunity to test before the fall is June 7th/14th. One of the college application requirements is to submit your SAT/ACT score before the application deadline. Details about registration and more
Leander ISD will be auctioning some surplus equipment to include: overhead projectors, radios, VCR/DVD
players, Sharp projectors, audio/visual carts (various sizes of metal and plastic
4-drawer file cabinets, television sets, Hobart freezers/refrigerators, weight
lifting leg machines.
On-line auction through Lemons Auctioneers at Onlinepros.com
Online Auction Activation: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Online Auction Physical Preview: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1900 Cougar Country Drive, Cedar Park TX 78613
Online Auction Completion: Friday, January 24, 2014
Online Auction Removal: Monday, January 27, 2014/Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 1900 Cougar Country Drive, Cedar Park TX 78613
*All buyers must bring sufficient size vehicles to take their purchases
from the warehouse site.
*Purchases not picked up by Removal Dates listed above will revert to the
property of the Leander ISD and purchase funds are forfeited.
Contact names and numbers:
Joey Garner (512) 570-0627
David Ishman (512) 570-0602
Ruben Alaniz (512) 570-0623
Leander ISD will be hosting three opportunities this spring for parents to attend a workshop on human sexuality instruction
. Information presented will cover topics related to human sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases and character education. The presentations will be given by Austin LifeGuard
, character and sexuality education provider in the Austin area, who currently delivers presentations to Leander ISD students grades 7-12 through their health classes.
If you have any questions please contact Ray Langlois, Leander ISD Asst. Director of Safe and Healthy Students, at email@example.com
Human Sexuality Education Parent Workshops:
January 22 – Rouse HS Lecture Hall at 6 pm
March 19 – Canyon Ridge MS Library at 6 pm
May 7 – Cedar Park MS Library at 6 pm
*workshops last approximately 1 hour
What is a Mentor?
Caring adults who have a Heart for Encouraging, Respect, Optimism, Enthusiasm and Self-confidence with our students while providing guidance and support to cultivate personal, social and academic development. These everyday people — parents, community members, business professionals —are just like you!
A child is waiting for you to become their hero…Mentor today
Don't miss the annual Watch DOGS Night Out with the Texas Stars on Saturday, Jan. 25. Terrace level tickets are $10 ($12 for executive level). Learn more!
At the meeting on Dec. 19, the board approved the district calendar for the 2014-15 school year. See approved calendar.
College can be expensive, but did you know that financial assistance is available to help many students pay for school? The first step to securing scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities, all of which can help your student afford college, is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov
to learn more. Every student who plans to seek any type of post-secondary education should complete a FAFSA form, even if he or she thinks he or she won’t qualify for financial aid. The sooner a student completes his or her FAFSA, the better his or her chances are for getting financial aid.
January is School Board Recognition Month and Leander ISD is taking this opportunity to thank these local leaders for devoting time to support public education and serve our local schools as volunteers. Serving on our Board of Trustees is a generous gift to our schools and community. We owe President Pamela Waggoner, Vice President Aaron Johnson, Secretary Grace S. Barber-Jordan, M.Ed., Russell Bundy, Don Hisle, Lisa Mallory and Will Streit a debt of gratitude for their continued willingness to serve Leander ISD. You can send the entire Board an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
and share your appreciation.
The Leander ISD Enrichment Classes are dedicated to providing a quality education in a variety of subjects to children grades Kindergarten through 5th. LISD offers many diverse classes, filling both the academic and entertainment needs of the students in LISD. Attending one of these classes offers an opportunity to learn a new hobby, do something fun and interesting and improve your child's personal skills.
See the ASE webpage
for more details and a link to register.
Please read the attached information
from the Texas Department of State Health Services regarding Influenza.