November 20, 2013
Air Force Junior ROTC (TX-20007) Drill Teams from Leander High School traveled to C.E. King High School in Houston on November 16, 2013 to compete in the 15th Annual Sheldon’s “Salute to Veterans” Drill Meet, a 30-school, state-wide ROTC competition.
TX-20007 competed in four events: Female Color Guard led by Cadet Master Sergeant Alexis Guzman; Mixed Color Guard led by Cadet Technical Sergeant Callie Guzman; Armed Drill led by Cadet Second Lieutenant Dallas Taylor and Unarmed Drill led by Cadet Master Sergeant Ann Maynard. After phenomenal performances from all of the LHS competitors, the Unarmed Drill Team won first place in the competition.
“This JROTC competition is arguably the toughest in the state,” said course instructor Terry M. Neidecker, Major (Ret), USAF. “I am really proud of these students because they put in an incredible amount of time honing their skills and it was evident in their performance. This is the first time the Unarmed Drill Team has earned first place. The LISD community should be very proud of what these students have accomplished.”
Members of the Unarmed Drill Team are Commander Ann Maynard and team members Destiny Castro, Meghan Gustafson, Kayleigh Brown, Victoria Atkinson, Zorena Moore-Pfeifer, Ajia Ava, Katie King, Mckenna Stout, Erykah Owens-Taylor, Taylor Tupa, Nicole Rodriguez and Emeri Crumley.
November 11, 2013
On Thursday, November 14, Leander ISD invited our Leadership Leander ISD class to shadow our principals for several hours as part of our annual principal-for-a-day program. By far, this is the most anticipated activity for our Leadership LISD class members, who will spend nine months this year getting an insider’s look at how the district operates. Acting as principal-for-a-day, the Leadership class members saw firsthand just how many roles LISD principals must take on in a given day.
After spending the morning with their host principal, we all met together as a group so our Leadership LISD class could report back on their experiences. It was exciting to hear how enthusiastic our participants were about the things that they witnessed in our schools, and I wanted to share with you just a few comments that were made —
“I gained a deeper trust in our schools because I saw that what is supposed to be happening is actually happening.” “It quickly became evident that our teachers and principals really have a passion for our students.” “I was so impressed to see that learning is focused on the individual student.” “I saw for myself that our schools offer safe and loving environments for our children.” “LISD teachers aren’t afraid to think outside the box. They are willing to change to meet the needs of how students think and learn.” “I was amazed to see students so comfortable using technology to learn.” “I got to be there when a couple of high school students found out they got into the colleges of their choice. That was incredible!”
Although it’s hard to pick a favorite, the comment that really summed it up for me was: “My ‘aha!’ moment came when I realized how much learning students were doing on their own... they were engaged in true collaborative learning.” In LISD, our shared vision is that students will exit our system with the same passion for learning they had when they entered, without economics determining success. This last quote reinforces to me that our vision is becoming a reality and that students are fully owning their learning. It was awesome to hear a community member see our vision in action and recognize its value for our students’ success.
A huge thank you to our guest principals and their host campuses for being a part of this awesome program: Kristen Baker (Boy Scouts of America) and Vandegrift High School principal Charlie Little; Cyndi Bell (Keller Williams Realty) and Reagan Elementary principal Steve Crawford; Zenda Bennett (A+ Federal Credit Union) and Running Brushy Middle School principal Karin Johnson; Rachel Birkhead (Chick-fil-A Cedar Park) and Pleasant Hill Elementary principal Mark Koller; Bridget Brandt (Greater Leander Chamber of Commerce) and Giddens Elementary principal Sally Hill; Melinda Brasher (Concordia University) and New Hope High School principal Bud Seifert; Scott Caplan (River Place Country Club) and River Ridge Elementary principal Jim Rose; Jamie DiMaria (Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union) and Florence W. Stiles Middle School principal Susan Cole; Michele Dishongh (First Citizens Bank) and Winkley Elementary principal Donna Brady; Mike Ellerbrock (YMCA) and Parkside Elementary principal Sharon Hejl; Shannon Federoff (U.S. Tennis Association) and Henry Middle School principal Dr. David Ellis; Lynette Haaland (Four Points News) and Steiner Ranch Elementary principal Susan Fambrough; Ryan Hansanuwat (KAH Architecture) and Plain Elementary principal Evelyn Crisp; Paulette Lewis (Hill Country News) and Mason Elementary principal Jamie Klassen; Karen Matthews (Scott & White Healthcare) and Wiley Middle School principal Sylvia Flannery; Kelli Merchant (St. Thomas More Catholic Church) and Four Points Middle School principal Dr. Joe Ciccarelli; Celeste Mikeska (Pedernales Electric Cooperative) and Rouse High School principal John Graham; Tony Moline (Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce) and Block House Creek Elementary principal Dr. Deana Cady; Josh Moore (Mighty Fine Burgers, Fries and Shakes) and Vista Ridge High School principal Paul Johnson; Wanda Nelson (University of Texas – Austin) and Bagdad Elementary principal Cathy White; Maria Parmentor (Legend Dental) and Cox Elementary principal Sheri Hawthorn; Kim Pruett (Brown, Graham and Company, P.C.) and Cedar Park High School principal Barbara Spelman; Steve Snodell (Cedar Park Orthodontics) and Cypress Elementary principal Vicky Draper; Lana Sveda (The College Board) and Leander High School principal Brad Mansfield; Kristina Tirloni (Texas Guaranteed) and Cedar Park Middle School principal Sandra Stewart; Erich Wallschlaeger (Cedar Park Regional Medical Center) and Leander Middle School principal Christine Simpson; Sue Williams (Naumann Elementary PTA) and Naumann Elementary principal Keith Morgan.
Leander ISD Superintendent Bret Champion will deliver his annual “State of the District” report on Monday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Grandview Hills Elementary library, 12024 Vista Parke Dr., in Austin. Parents, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Map of the final recommendation from the Fall 2013 Attendance Zoning Advisory Committee
Neighborhood Code Reference Chart
Street List Directory
The committee’s recommendation will be presented to the Board at its December 5, 2013 meeting at Reed Elementary School. A citizen comment time will be provided at the meeting. A final decision by the Board regarding elementary school attendance zones is scheduled for action at its December 19, 2013, meeting, which will be held at Reed Elementary School.
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November 6, 2013 – The Leander ISD Board of Trustee meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 7, 2013 has been rescheduled due to a posting error. The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 6:15 p.m. at Reed Elementary (1515 Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park). The School FIRST hearing will be conducted at that meeting.
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For the remainder of the 2013-14 school year, all LISD Board meetings will be held at Reed Elementary, 1515 Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park. The dates and times of the meetings remain the same, only the location has been changed. See more information about LISD board meetings.