Parkside Elementary Principal Sharon Hejl and Cypress Elementary teachers Laura Pritchard and Laura Janszen were honored at the Thursday, Nov. 17 Leander ISD Board meeting for being named by the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT) as Lori Tullos Barta Outstanding Educators.
The DSACT is an organization committed to spreading awareness and educating its membership and the general public about all issues associated with Down syndrome. The award is designed to recognize excellent educators in Central Texas.
At the Nov. 17 meeting, board members voted to adopted the middle school boundary scenario recommended by the Attendance Zone Advisory Committee last year, for the 2012-2013 opening of Middle School #8. See map
Brothers Ryan, a Leander High School graduate, and Jared Schneider, a LHS senior, were honored at the Thursday, Nov. 17 Leander ISD Board meeting at Cedar Park MS for demonstrating heroism when they saved a family and their home from a fire that broke out in the early morning hours of a Saturday back in October.
Upon discovering that the deck of a home was on fire, Ryan and Jared acted quickly and pounded on the family’s door for several minutes before waking the residents. Jared then ran through the house with the homeowner to help get the rest of the family to safety.
Their quick actions got the family out of harm’s way, saved the house and likely prevented another wildfire breakout in the LISD area.
We are excited to announce that all WatchDOGS LISD schools have been invited to participate in a group night with the Austin Toros on our opening night, December 2nd at 8:00p.m. Deadline to purchase tickets is Nov. 28. Two dollars from every ticket purchased will be donated to the Austin Disaster Relief Network to benefit victims of the recent central Texas wildfires.
Please stand out! Wear your school t-shirt, wear a specific color, bring posters… we want to know you are at Cedar Park Center! If I can answer any questions or assist in the coordination at your school, please don’t hesitate to call me at 512.236.8333. I look forward to working with you to make it a great night for LISD WatchDOGS.
Three LISD football teams have advanced to the area championship and will play this weekend. Friday night, the Cedar Park HS Timberwolves will play Hays HS in Austin at Burger Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. The Vandegrift HS Vipers will play Kerrville Tivy at Rutledge Stadium in Converse, Texas. Kick of is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the Leander HS Lions will battle it out against Spring Westfield at the Brenham HS stadium in Brenham, Texas. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Good luck to these teams.
Inclusive Schools Week (ISW), December 5-9, highlights and celebrates our nation’s schools in providing a supportive and quality education to a diverse student population including students with disabilities and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. ISW also provides an important opportunity for educators, students, and parents to discuss what more needs to be done to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children.
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Leander ISD Superintendent Bret Champion will deliver his annual “State of the District” report on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. in the Cedar Park High School library, 2150 Cypress Creek Rd., in Cedar Park.
Parents, students, community members, faculty and staff are invited to attend the presentation of this important report. Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP to email@example.com
Leander ISD is pleased to introduce Family Connection from Naviance, a web-based service designed especially for students and parents. Family Connection will be a comprehensive website parents can use to help make informed decisions about colleges and careers. Parents, you will be receiving a letter with login information for Family Connection in the coming days.
Each high school has set up trainings to help parents navigate the Family Connection system. On November 15, Leander High School (5:45 pm) and Vista Ridge High School (6 pm) will have their trainings, while Cedar Park High School (6:30 pm), Rouse High School (7 pm) and Vandegrift High School (6:30 pm) will hold their trainings on November 30. Contact your child's school for specific information.
Leander ISD is proud to announce that Cedar Park High School was crowned State Champion at the UIL Class 4A Marching Contest on Tuesday, Nov. 8 in San Antonio. In addition, Vandegrift High School also advanced to State competition and earned ninth place.
Twenty community leaders will have the opportunity to step into the shoes of Leander ISD principals on Wednesday, Nov. 9, during the district’s annual “Principal for a Day” program.
“This fun and popular program gives the community a unique look at what it takes to run our successful schools,” says Ruth Hisle, LISD director of community services. “We have a wonderful group of participants this year. We hope that they will gain a new-found appreciation for the important roles that our principals take on every day,” says Hisle.
Participants will spend time interacting with school administrators, teachers and students to learn about the campus and see first-hand what is going on in LISD’s classrooms. As part of the day’s activities, the guest principals may be asked to help with bus duty, read to students and participate in various learning activities. The day will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude about 11 a.m.
This is the seventh year for the district’s “Principal for a Day” program.
This year’s guest principals include: Laura Balla of the Cedar Park Regional Medical Center; Heather Bonham of the Cedar Park Citizen and Leander Ledger; Alfredo Bouchot; Cory Dirkson of the Austin Torros; Misti Dwyer of Dwyer Realty Companies; Alicia Fermin; Mitch Fuller of the Cedar Park City Council; Dominic Giarratani of the Texas Association of School Boards; Trisha Greenway; Brian Haulotte of Dunn Construction and the Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation; Gabriel Hernandez of Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union; Debbie Hoffman of Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County; Sherry Huffman of the Huntington School; Chris Hurta of Hill Country Bible Church Steiner; Jeff Johnson of Hill Country Bible Church Leander; Tim Mattox of Dell; Sheri McKim of Benchmark Mortgage; Tammy Morrow of Chick-fil-A; Chad Onanuga and Sallie Spradlin Jett of Spradlin Music.
The participating schools are Block House Creek Elementary, Vista Ridge High School, Faubion Elementary, Leander High School, River Ridge Elementary, Wiley Middle School, Westside Elementary, Four Points Middle School, Bagdad Elementary, Pleasant Hill Elementary, Steiner Ranch Elementary, Reagan Elementary, Deer Creek Elementary, Vandegrift High School, Leander Middle School, Cox Elementary, Rouse High School, Cedar Park High School, River Place Elementary and New Hope High School.
Cedar Park, Leander and Vista Ridge high schools have received the "2011 College Readiness Award" from the Texas ACT Council for increasing the number of students taking the ACT Assessment over the past five years and significantly increasing their level of achievement and college readiness.
The Texas ACT Council is comprised of secondary and post secondary educators who advise ACT, Inc. on the utilization of ACT programs and services in Texas schools and colleges. ACT, Inc. is the not-for-profit organization that provides assessment, research, information, and program management services in the broad areas of education and workforce development and the publisher of the ACT Assessment. The ACT Assessment is the college admissions test that is used and accepted by all colleges nationwide and throughout Texas. In 2011, over 205,000 Texas students took the ACT which was an all-time high and Texas ACT scores have increased substantially over the last five years.
According to Karen L. Pennell, Assistant Vice President and ACT Southwest Regional Manager: "The Texas ACT Council wanted to recognize those Texas high schools that have made significant strides in increasing the college readiness of their graduates as demonstrated by their ACT score increases over the past five years. This can only happen as a result of the high schools' faculty and staff efforts and the dedication of CPHS, LHS and VRHS students and parents to focus on college readiness and raise the level of college readiness for all students. Only 10% of all high schools in Texas were honored for this superior level of accomplishment. These outstanding Texas high schools should be proud of their faculty, staff, and students."
Contact: Karen L. Pennell, Assistant Vice President and Regional Manager, or Judy Trice, Director for Program Solutions, ACT Southwest Regional Office, Austin, TX (512) 320-1850, Fax (512) 320-1869.
The game this Friday night (Nov. 4) between Cedar Park and Lake Travis will not only be an exciting game but it has also been scheduled as the location for the FOX Sports Southwest High School Football Friday program to be aired. The game begins at 7:30 p.m.