Leander ISD is partnering with the Hill Country Christmas Bureau (www.hillcountrychristmas.org
), a nonprofit, charitable organization that focuses on providing families in the northwest Austin, Cedar Park, Leander and Liberty Hill area with food staples, toys, blankets and space heaters. There are a few options for giving back through HCCB:
- Adopt a Family: to provide a complete Christmas for a family, HCCB asks donors to provide groceries, toiletries, 3-4 new toys for each child, a new blanket and a space heater. Follow this link to read more and fill out the Adoption Application Form. If you would like to benefit a family within LISD, you can specify that in the “additional information” box at the bottom of the form.
- Food/Toy Donations: if you would like to donate or you’d like to organize a donation drive for things like toys, heaters, diapers, food, etc., HCCB would also love to accept any of those items. Visit this page, or the page above, for a list of suggested items.
- Monetary Donations: if you would like to provide financial help to the Christmas Bureau, you can do so via this PayPal link.
The Hill Country Christmas Bureau has begun collecting donations, applications to adopt a family and applications from families in need. Applications for adoption will be screened and matched by HCCB staff as they are received. Donated items are typically distributed by December 16th so that families have time to prepare for the holidays, so please keep this timing in mind.
Any questions can be directed to Brenda Minder at 658-7672. Thank you again for your generosity and concern for our LISD families!
Inclusive Schools Week (ISW)
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.
Gov. Rick Perry sent a letter to Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams asking him to defer until the 2013-14 school year the requirement that an end-of-course assessment count as 15 percent of a student's final course grade. The governor also applauded Sen. Dan Patrick for filing legislation, SB 135
, to give school districts permanent flexibility making the 15 percent grade provision a local option for school districts.
To read Gov. Perry's letter to Commissioner Williams, please click on the following link: Gov. Perry's Letter to Education Commissioner Michael Williams
Additionally, see the Statesman article Testing furor prompts political leaders to back STAAR reform
Please help all children in the district by ensuring your student is present for school every day, unless he or she is sick. Every day a student misses — even the days before and after a student holiday — costs LISD state funding and the child valuable instruction.
In line with LISD’s district-wide Missing School Matters
attendance campaign, some LISD schools are participating in a national “Get Schooled
” program to get students excited about good daily attendance. More than 200 schools from 28 states across the nation are competing to increase attendance. Participating students register online to play games, sign up for celebrity Wake Up calls, hunt around the web for resources and recognize educators who inspire them, all while engaging with and getting excited about their education. Leander High School is currently in third place in Central Texas and 10th in the nation!
Help us boost student attendance by reminding the students who know that Missing School Matters
LISD volunteers are invited to attend the district's annual holiday social on Friday, Dec. 7, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Cedar Park High School Performing Arts Center. Please bring your favorite treat to share. Pre-school aged children are welcome to attend and have their picture taken with Santa.