In the past 10 years, LISD has seen its student population nearly double, while funding for public education has been slashed. Today, the growth has slowed to a more manageable rate, but as a destination district, we know more families are choosing LISD and we will continue to grow. With all these things considered, we have some tough decisions to consider for the years ahead.
Help us plan for a future that best fits your priorities by voicing your opinion at one of our upcoming community meetings. The Growth Management Workshops are open to parents, staff and members of the community.
HOW SHOULD WE BEST MANAGE OUR GROWTH?
- Rezoning more often to balance capacity?
- Adding portables to campuses?
- Longer bus routes?
- Bonds for new schools and technology?
- Bring your ideas!
November 5, 6:30 PM at Cedar Park High School (2150 Cypress Creek Rd., Cedar Park 78613)
November 17, 6:30 PM at Vista Ridge High School (200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd., Cedar Park 78613)
If you are unable to attend one of the meetings, an online survey and summary of the presentation will be made available online, so you can provide your input.
For the first time, Leander ISD will be offering the official ACT (for Juniors only) during the school day on April 28, beginning at 7:45 a.m. Interested students need to pay and register online prior to January 30. If your student needs test accommodations, they must be registered before December 19.
To register and for more information, visit your campus webstore, under the QuickLinks on the high school web sites
. Also, see ACT flier for more details
LISD received good news from our vendor for student and business information systems, as well as our grade book (txGradebook) and parent portal (txConnect). The internet service provider for these systems has been successful in stopping the attacks that caused the intermittent outages of txGradebook and txConnect (both the web-based parent portal and the mobile application). These outages inhibited access to grades and attendance by parents, students and teachers.
The outages resulted from the distributed denial of service attacks being launched against the vendor for LISD information systems. These sophisticated and malicious attacks are designed to flood the network with useless internet traffic and render it unavailable for users. These issues have affected all txGradebook and txConnect users across the state.
We have been informed that several organizations in south Texas are experiencing issues related to these attacks. We have been assured that at no point during these interruptions has there been any data loss or damage to the integrity of the system.
We apologize for the interruption and the inconvenience this outage has caused. We realize that the timing of this unexpected outage has created significant disruption. We have been assured that our vendor is continuing to do all that they can to resolve the issue. We will continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation and will provide updates as necessary.
Leander ISD parents are invited to attend the district's "Student Wellness Series: Student Mental Health and Substance Abuse
" conference on Tuesday, November 4 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the lecture hall at Vista Ridge High School (200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd., Cedar Park).
This presentation is designed to inform and empower parents regarding mental health and substance abuse issues. With 50 percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness beginning by age 14, the conference will address the following critical issues:
Reviewing the signs and symptoms of substance abuse and common mental health issues, like depression, bipolar affective disorder and anxiety;
Discerning between symptoms and normal adolescence;
- Determining when to seek additional help;
- Selecting the right type of help between psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, chemical dependency counselors, et al;
- Identifying recent drug trends and resources within the Leander ISD community.
This conference is designed for parents and as such childcare will not be available. Light snacks will be provided.
The "Student Wellness Series: Student Mental Health and Substance Abuse" conference is the first part of the district's three-part wellness series, which you can learn more about by visiting www.leanderisd.org.
In an effort to keep parents and community informed, we received word that the txGradebook network has been under distributed denial of service attacks which are designed to flood the network with useless internet traffic and render it unavailable for users. The vendor for txGradebook is working closely with their internet provider to identify a resolution.
We apologize for the interruption and the inconvenience this is causing. We continue to appreciate your patience while the vendor addresses this malicious activity. We were also assured that at no point during these interruptions was data lost nor was there any damage or compromise to the integrity of the system.
During 2013-14 school year, LISD offered the Student Wellness Series which is designed to engage and inform parents of current student wellness issues including physical/nutritional well-being; social/emotional well-being; mental health issues; and technology safety.
Because this series was so well received, we are again hosting sessions related to student health and wellness.
Please mark your calendar for the following:
Student Mental Health and Substance Abuse
November 4, 2014 - Vista Ridge HS lecture hall (200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd., Cedar Park 78613)
February 10, 2015 - Cedar Park HS lecture hall (2150 Cypress Creek Rd., Cedar Park 78613)
Obesity and Physical Wellness
April 7, 2015 - Cedar Park HS lecture hall (2150 Cypress Creek Rd., Cedar Park 78613)
LISD is hosting several opportunities for parents, community members and staff to give input regarding the challenges of being a destination district and managing rapid growth, facility needs and the district building program. This is an opportunity for the community to identify and rank which, if any, options they are more inclined to support, or not, as the district moves forward with growth planning.
Three scheduled community workshops are as follows:
- Oct. 21, 6:30 pm at Cedar Park HS lecture hall (2150 Cypress Creek Rd., Cedar Park 78613)
- Nov. 5, 6:30 pm at Cedar Park HS lecture hall (2150 Cypress Creek Rd., Cedar Park 78613)
- Nov. 17, 6:30 pm at Vista Ridge HS lecture hall (200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd., Cedar Park 78613)
Please attend the meeting that is most convenient for you. Thank you for your participation.
Leander ISD has been notified that 11 students were distinguished in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program based on their outstanding performances on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Six students were honored as Semifinalists and five were named Outstanding Participants.
Three Cedar Park High School students were honored.
- Semifinalists: Christina Walker and Christopher Washington.
- Outstanding Participant: Godson Iheanacho.
Three students from Leander High School were honored.
- Semifinalist: Alecia Jones.
- Outstanding Participants: Alisa Greene and Noah Heerdink.
One student from Rouse High School was honored.
- Outstanding Participant: Bridgette Isaac.
One student from Vandegrift High School was honored.
- Semifinalist: Taara Clark.
Three students from Vista Ridge High School were honored.
- Semifinalists: Jenay Lapeyrolerie and Kiara Myers.
- Outstanding Participant: Lulla Kiwinda.
The National Achievement® Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students. Black students may have entered both the 2015 National Achievement Program and the 2015 National Merit® Program by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) and meeting other published requirements for participation. The two programs are conducted concurrently but operated and funded separately. A student's standing is determined independently in each program. Black American students can qualify for recognition and be honored as Scholars in both the 2015 National Merit Program and the 2015 National Achievement Program, but can receive only one monetary award from NMSC.
To participate in the 2015 National Achievement® Scholarship Program, a student must meet the following requirements:
- have taken the 2013 PSAT/NMSQT® in the specified year of the high school program and no later than the third year in grades 9 through 12, regardless of grade classification or educational pattern;
- have requested entry to the National Achievement Program by marking Section 14 on the PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet, thereby identifying himself or herself as a Black American who wishes to be considered in this competition as well as in the National Merit® Scholarship Program;
- be enrolled as a high school student, progressing normally toward graduation or completion of high school, and planning to enroll full time in college no later than the fall following completion of high school; and
- be a citizen of the United States; or be a U.S. lawful permanent resident (or have applied for permanent residence, the application for which has not been denied) and intend to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law.
Of the more than 160,000 students who entered the National Achievement® Program, approximately 4,700 are honored. A group of about 3,100 Outstanding Participants are referred to colleges for their potential for academic success. A smaller group of about 1,600 are named Semifinalists, the only students who have an opportunity to advance in the 2015 competition for National Achievement Scholarships.
Leander ISD Superintendent Bret Champion announced that the total score on the SAT college-entrance exam increased by 14 points from the graduating class of 2013 to the class of 2014, while the number of 2014 LISD graduates who took the SAT grew at the same pace as district enrollment. Last year, 1,437 LISD graduates took the SAT, a 2 percent increase from the year before.
The SAT test consists of Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing sections. Each section is scored on a scale of 200 – 800 points.
- Critical Reading: LISD – 531 (compared to 524 in 2013); State – 476; National – 497
- Mathematics: LISD – 550 (compared to 551 in 2013); State – 495; National – 513
- Writing: LISD – 508 (compared to 500 in 2013); State – 461; National – 487
The College Board’s 2014 SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark revealed that only 43 percent of SAT test-takers met the benchmark nationally, while 56 percent of LISD SAT test-takers met that mark.
“Leander ISD is proud that our students are making steady gains on the SAT,” said Champion. “The ReadiStep, PSAT/NMSQT and SAT all build upon each other, incrementally helping test-takers prepare for college admissions. In our efforts to increase students’ access to college and career opportunities, the typical LISD student will take the ReadiStep once and the PSAT/NMSQT three times, before sitting for the actual SAT. These most recent SAT scores indicate that LISD’s college-readiness systems, including early and frequent exposure to these college entrance exams, are indeed supporting student success.”
LISD is administering the ReadiStep to all eighth-grade students and PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test) to all freshmen, sophomores and juniors, on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at no cost. The ReadiStep is available to LISD students through the Hill Country Education Foundation.
The SAT is undergoing major revisions, but the new exam won't come out until 2016. Information regarding the redesigned SAT and FREE prep resources are available on district’s college- and career-readiness webpage
, including practice materials for the PSAT and SAT.
The demography report is now available for 2014. See report here.
Additionally, two public meetings have been scheduled for community to give feedback on the elementary attendance zones for the 2015-16 school year and beyond. October 13, 6:45 pm, Cedar Park Middle School Cafeteria
October 14, 6:45 pm, Leander Middle School Cafeteria
See more information about the public meetings
If you are receiving free or reduced price meals as a result of filing the application during last school year (13-14), be aware that on Oct. 8, 2014, those applications will expire. You must fill out a new application for the 14-15 school year. You may apply anytime throughout the year.
Apply for Free and Reduced Meals
October 13, 6:45 pm, Cedar Park Middle School Cafeteria
October 14, 6:45 pm, Leander Middle School Cafeteria
The Board of Trustees is deliberating elementary attendance zones for the 2015-16 school year and beyond. Elementary #25, Christine Camacho Elementary, is opening on Municipal Drive in Leander at that time. Additionally, the Board is considering the possible future location of elementary #26. Based on current information, elementary #26 is likely to be situated on the parcel directly in front of Florence Stiles Middle School. The zoning scenario being considered is for the elementary #25 opening, however, we will also be sharing what elementary #26 zones could look like, although the board will not be acting on the elementary #26 zones at this time. The purpose of sharing the potential future zoning is to get early feedback to guide our efforts when elementary #26 attendance zones are being considered, likely a 2017-18 opening. As well, this is to avoid having to move neighborhoods more than once as a result of elementary #25 and #26. Click the link to see the scenarios and supporting documents
that we will be presenting at the meetings for feedback. Included in the supporting documents is the History of Moves worksheet that identifies previous rezoning actions by neighborhood code.
If you are unable to make either of the meetings, please feel free to submit a written comment to firstname.lastname@example.org
. This is a comment-only mailbox. Any requests for additional information should be made through email@example.com
Reuniones Públicas Comunitarias programas para Re zonificacion de Escuelas Primarias
La Junta Directiva está deliberando las zonas de asistencia de las escuelas primarias para el año escolar 2015-2016 y los siguientes. La Escuela Primaria #25 Christine Camacho abrirá sus puertas en Municipal Drive en el distrito de Leander para esa época. Adicionalmente, la Junta está considerando la posible ubicación de la escuela primaria #26. Basados en la información actual, la escuela primaria #26 probablemente estará situada en el terreno directamente en frente de la Escuela Secundaria Florence Stiles. El escenario de zonificación que se está considerando es para la escuela primaria #25 que abrirá próximamente, sin embargo, también compartiremos información acerca de cómo serían las zonas de asistencia de la escuela primaria # 26, aunque la Junta no estará tomando decisiones acerca de la escuela primaria # 26 en estos momentos. El propósito de compartir la futura zonificación es obtener una retroalimentación pronta para guiar nuestros esfuerzos cuando la zonificación de la escuela primaria #26 sea considerada, con probable apertura en el año 2017-2018. Así como también para evitar el tener que mudar barrios más de una vez como resultado de las escuelas primarias #25 y #26. Por favor visite el siguiente vínculo web: http://www.leanderisd.org/users/0001/docs/CommMeetingELzones2014.pdf
En esta página usted podrá ver los escenarios y documentos de apoyo que estaremos presentando en las reuniones y obtener su respuesta y retroalimentación. Incluido en los documentos de apoyo esta la hoja de trabajo Historia de Mudanzas que identifica acciones de rezonificación previas de acuerdo con el código postal de los barrios.
Si usted no puede asistir a ninguna de las reuniones, por favor tenga la plena libertad de enviar una carta con sus comentarios a firstname.lastname@example.org. Este es un buzón de correo solo para comentarios. Solicitudes adicionales de información deben ser hechas a través de email@example.com.
Programación de Reuniones Públicas Comunitarias para Rezonificación de Escuelas Primarias
Octubre 13, 6:45 pm, Cafeteria de Cedar Park Middle School
Octubre 14, 6:45 pm, Cafeteria de Leander Middle School
On Tuesday, September 30, the Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed that a patient at a Dallas County hospital tested positive for Ebola. While a confirmed case of Ebola in Dallas is concerning, health officials have stated that the patient “does not represent an increased risk to the general population. The virus is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or unprotected mucous membrane) with the blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola, with objects like needles that have been contaminated with the virus, or with infected animals. Ebola is not spread through the air, water or, in general, by food.”
To ensure the health and safety of our students, Leander ISD’s response to routine and non-routine health situations always involves local health departments. The LISD District Nurse and clinics work closely with the health departments. There are plans in place for responding to and communicating regarding routine and non-routine situations. While the situation in Dallas has heightened awareness of Ebola, at this time, the health department has not issued a change of protocol for our community.
District officials regularly communicate with the health department regarding routine situations (such as flu). When it is less routine, such as with the H1N1 flu in 2009, the district follows protocols at the direction of the health departments, and will do the same with this or any other health situation. As each situation is unique, the response could vary greatly, given the need, and the health departments have the most knowledge to issue guidance.
The health and well-being of students is always our highest priority. LISD will continue to keep parents informed should the situation change.