This Common Core FAQ
is designed to give you a snapshot of some of the most recently asked questions regarding the Common Core Standards and Leander ISD, and is not designed to be all-inclusive.
Charles Perry and John Nguyen were both awarded 4-year $180,000 Navy JROTC scholarships. These scholarships are awarded based on students' academic excellence and for being well-rounded, outstanding young men. Perry and Nguyen can use the scholarship at the college of their choice that has an ROTC unit.
Please join us in congratulating them and our outstanding NJROTC leadership! Way to go gentlemen!
Leander ISD has been notified that 22 seniors earned recognition through the National Hispanic Recognition Program based on their outstanding scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Four Cedar Park High School students were honored:
Noah Knight, Payton Morris, Julia O'Hanlon and Sarah Sargologos
Seven Leander High School students were honored:
Nadia Hoffman, Alejandro Norato, Alper Orkun, Lindsay Nguyen, Briana Vargas, Sasha Vargas and David Uihlein
Two Rouse High School students were honored:
Veronica Estrada and Rachel Sanders
Five Vandegrift High School students were honored:
Emily Adams, Jacob Nanez, Bret Reinking, William Spellman and Hannah Zabalaoui
Four Vista Ridge High School? students were honored:
Katherine Hardin, John Trevino, Jr., Brennan Ochoa and Natalie Martinez (Honorable Mention)
The College Board's National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Each year, the NHRP honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from more than 250,000 Hispanic and Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT. These students are from the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Mariana Islands and the Marshall Islands, as well as U.S. citizens attending schools abroad.
To qualify for the recognition, students must be at least one-quarter Hispanic or Latino descent, achieve the minimum required PSAT/NMSQT cutoff score as set yearly by the College Board and achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher by the end of their junior year.
On Wednesday, October 15 all 9th-11th-graders in LISD took the PSAT/NMSQT, while juniors are eligible to receive accolades next year based on their scores. For more information and to access free PSAT, SAT and ACT resources, please visit the College and Career Readiness section at www.leanderisd.org
Lucas Janda has been named as the lone finalist for Chief Financial Officer position, Leander ISD Superintendent Bret Champion announced today. The recommendation to name Janda will go before the LISD Board of Trustees at their next meeting scheduled for November 20, 2014.
Janda will be replacing long time LISD Assistant Superintendent Ellen Skoviera, who will be retiring at the end of the year.
“Mr. Janda is committed to building upon the strong foundation of financial integrity in LISD and to strengthening its focus on debt reduction and financial transparency. I’m confident he will be an addition to the team that will continue to drive our vision forward,” said Champion.
Since 2011, Janda served as the CFO for Forney ISD and was instrumental in improving Forney’s financial situation into a fund surplus for the district. From 2007-2011, Janda was employed by Stafford MSD and served as their CFO.
Janda earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M in College Station.
Leander ISD will host the 2014 Fall "Forum for Change" at Leander High School on Friday, November 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Forum invites students and teachers from all LISD campuses to come together, share ideas and plan for future action to encourage respect and eliminate bullying. The Forum is spearheaded by C2, a student-led club active on many LISD campuses that is dedicated to promoting a culture of kindness and caring.
"The Forum for Change provides an outlet for students and teachers who are passionate about sustaining an environment where students treat each other humanely, where they lead the charge to celebrate tolerance," said Sarah Ambrus, Leander High School teacher and C2 sponsor. "I'm so proud that students throughout LISD have taken the initiative to see a problem and commit to a solution, and I can't wait to see what they accomplish when they return to their campuses."
The theme for this year's forum is "Be Humane". Activities focused on student leadership, preventing cyberbulling, addressing gossip and focusing on qualities that make everyone unique are planned for the day. Teachers will also have an opportunity to collaborate on their role supporting students' efforts.
Students from 21 LISD elementary, middle and high schools, as well as their teacher sponsors, are expected to attend the Forum.
C² began as a coalition of clubs at Leander High School in May 2010. Since its inception, the C² organization has grown to include clubs at numerous LISD elementary, middle and high schools.
Students in grades 9-12 seeking placement credit in a subject area in which they have not received prior instruction may earn credit by passing these exams with a score of 80%.
**Please note that NO exams for acceleration may be offered in the following courses with required End-of-Course exams due to new State Law: Algebra 1, Biology, English 1, English 2 and U.S. History.
Testing Dates for High School Exams for Acceleration
Below is the Fall 2014 Exam for Acceleration testing schedule. For more details or to register for EA testing, please contact your campus counselor before the deadline.
High School, grades 9-12
December 9-11, 2014
Deadline to register: November 14, 2014
Next High School EA opportunity for grades 9-12:
January 13-15, 2015
Deadline to register: December 12, 2014
For general questions about the EA process, please email Kathy Wood, firstname.lastname@example.org
Leander ISD is proud to host the internationally acclaimed U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus with a free community concert on Friday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m. at the Don Tew Performing Arts Center (3301 South Bagdad Rd., Leander).
The concert is part of the Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus national tour and is open at no cost to the public. To obtain free tickets for this performance, please visit ArmyFieldBand.com/Tickets
The Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus are the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries, in some of the most famous concert halls, as well as intimate community auditoriums.
For more information, please call 301-677-6586.
Is your child in the 3rd, 4th or 5th grade? Interested in learning more about living a healthy lifestyle? Please join us for the Healthy Kids, Healthy Families program Nov. 18, Dec. 2, and Dec. 9 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at the Leander ISD Support Service Building. The district has partnered with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to provide this program for FREE! The program is for children in the 3rd-5th grade AND their parents. Please RSVP to the ADA by Monday, Nov. 17 via email, email@example.com
, or phone, (512) 472-9838 x.6121.
Cedar Park HS, Leander HS, Vandegrift HS and Vista Ridge HS competed in the Bands of America Super Regional Competition this past weekend in San Antonio. There were 64 bands competing, including the top five UIL State Marching Contest competitors in what previously were Class 4A and 5A. Only 14 bands were scheduled to make the Finals.
ALL four LISD Bands made the Finals! Leander, Vandegrift and Cedar Park Bands finished 1-2-3 in the Preliminary Competition, with Leander HS winning all three caption awards (Music, Visual, and General Effect). Additionally, this was the first time that VRHS had made Finals at this contest.
In Finals Competition held Saturday night, VRHS finished 14th, VHS 10th, CPHS 7th, and LHS 3rd. LHS also was tied for Outstanding Music.
Congratulations to our outstanding bands, their talented directors, and their hard working students!