The Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation
launched Devices 4 Learning, a mobile device recycling program to benefit students wishing to participate in LISD’s “bring your own technology” (BYOT) initiative. Because LEEF wants every student who wishes to make use of this technology in the classroom to be able to do so, regardless of their economic status, parents, community members and businesses may donate Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices to be cleaned, re-imaged and made available for students to use.
Examples include old smartphones (iPhones, Blackberries, etc.), iPads, newer laptops, Kindle Fires, iPod Touches, etc. Please attach power cords to your device with a rubber band when you make your donation. Devices should be in working condition, mobile and Wi-Fi enabled.
Donations can be made at the front office of any LISD school, or by mailing them to: P.O. Box 358, Cedar Park 78630. All donated devices will be wiped clean and inspected before being approved for use. Donations are tax-deductible. Learn more.
We are deeply saddened by the events that took place earlier today at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. We are mourning with the nation over the tragic loss of innocent lives, and our deepest sympathies go out to the victims, their families and friends.
Your child may have questions for you regarding why this horrible incident occurred. The National Association of School Psychologists has made resources available for families to assist in talking with children. Click on the link below for more information http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/talkingviolence.pdf
Such terrible acts of violence remind us of the importance of reviewing our practices and policies to ensure student safety. Know that your child’s safety is our top priority at all times. LISD campuses regularly practice drills for numerous situations so that staff are fully prepared to get our students out of harm’s way during a real emergency. Additionally, LISD teachers and staff prepare for emergency situations with ongoing safety training based on the LISD crisis management plan.
When a potential crisis arises, we use these well-rehearsed processes to protect your child. Campus administrators immediately notify the authorities, who are typically on scene within minutes. LISD staff members follow the outlined procedures and always work under the direction of the police and fire departments to determine the best course of action.
To keep parents informed during emergency situations, LISD sends automated phone calls and emails to parents and updates our campus and district websites with the steps the district is taking, with support from police or fire officials, to ensure student safety. If you have recently moved or changed your telephone number, make sure your child’s campus registrar has your current contact information on file. You can also check the LISD Facebook and Twitter pages for up-to-date information during an emergency.
As superintendent of LISD, I go to work each day believing that it is a blessing for us to be able to teach your child. Our top priority is always the safety and security of our students, and we are committed to continuing every effort to ensure your child is safe while he or she is in our care.
My heart breaks for those impacted by this horrible tragedy. There are no words to express our grief. Please remember the Newtown community in your thoughts and prayers.
The Cedar Park High School Timberwolves and Rouse High School Raiders are having fantastic football seasons and will continue their play as they head to state semifinals match-ups this weekend. Cedar Park HS (visiting team) will play Manor (home team) on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. at Georgetown ISD's stadium
. Pre-sale students $8, pre-sale adult $10 and everyone at gate $12. There will be a $3 charge to park. Rouse HS (visiting team) will play Georgetown (home team) at LISD’s Gupton Stadium
, also on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. Tickets will be available to purchase online and also pre-sold on campus. Pre-sale students are $8, pre-sale adults $10 and everyone at the gate is $12. There will be a $5 charge to park. THSCA, TGCA, and UIL district passes will be accepted at both games. Senior citizen Gold Cards, faculty and student-athlete passes are not accepted at playoff games.
On Friday, Nov. 30, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams signed a waiver to defer the requirement that an end-of-course exam count as 15 percent of a student's final course grade until the 2013-2014 school year, the day after Texas Governor Rick Perry expressed his support for the change. This waiver means that the STAAR end-of-course exams will not impact Leander ISD students’ final course grade for the 2012-2013 school year.
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
LISD's report to the Texas Education Agency shows that 100% of our 1,931 teachers are designated as highly qualified in their teaching fields.
At this time we are unable to compare overall percentages with the state and Region XIII due to a problem with the state’s electronic reporting system.
If you have questions, please call Karie Lynn McSpadden at 570-0105.
View presentation to LISD Board
Flu season is here! Remind your children to cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze, to dispose of tissues in the trash, and to clean their hands often using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water. It is not too late to get a flu shot.
Influenza symptoms often include a fever, headache, severe body aches and extreme fatigue. There are anti-viral medications that may help limit the severity of illness when a person has the flu, but they must be prescribed by a doctor and the treatment seems to be the most effective when it is started early in the illness. Students need to stay home to rest while they are ill and cannot come back to school until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without using medications such as Tylenol or Advil.
If your child has been diagnosed with influenza, please contact the attendance clerk at your child’s school. The district reports our influenza and influenza-like-illness cases to our local health department on a weekly basis.