Several surplus items will be auctioned including color televisions, audio/visual carts, Dell and Apple keyboards, stainless steel baking pans, assorted kitchen utensils, desks and various electronic entertainment appliances.
The online auction will run from Thursday, March 1 until Monday, March 19. Items may be previewed at 1900 Cougar Country Drive in Cedar Park, on Thursday, March 8. All items must be picked up from the Cedar Park location between Wednesday, March 21 and Friday, March 23.
Leander ISD Superintendent Bret Champion is proud to announce that five students have been named National Merit Finalists according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
As Finalists, Alexander Huynh, a senior at Cedar Park High School; Colin Walker, a senior from Rouse High School; and Joshua Anderson, Keri Lawrence and Jason Noeller, seniors from Vista Ridge High School, will go on to contend against some 15,000 other students nationwide to become National Merit Scholarship winners.
“To be named a National Merit Finalist is one of the highest honors a high school student can receive and, likewise, a testament to the dedication and hard work of those students who pursue this caliber of academic recognition” said Champion. “In LISD, we believe in educating the whole student – students who exhibit knowledge, skills and character and graduate prepared to succeed in college or careers. These distinguished students model the best of these qualities, and we congratulate them on their achievements.”
These LISD students were selected as Semifinalists in September of 2011 based on their outstanding performances on the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
To become a Finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the PSAT/NMSQT. The Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student’s essay and information about the Semifinalist’s participation and leadership in school and community activities. Additionally, to qualify as a Finalist students must be enrolled in their last year of high school and are planning to enroll full time in college the following fall or be enrolled in the first year of college if grades nine through 12 were completed in three years or less.
The selection of the some 8,400 Merit Scholarship Winners will be announced next month.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT–a test which serves as an initial screen of more than 1.5 million entrants each year–and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference.
Leander ISD Superintendent Bret Champion has announced his selection of Sally Hill as principal of Giddens Elementary.
“We are excited to welcome Sally as principal of Giddens Elementary. Her wide range of experience in education, including her seven years of service to LISD, made her an excellent choice for instructional leader at Giddens,” says Champion. “Sally’s proven leadership will build upon Giddens’ reputation as an enriching, learner-centered campus. As an educator who values collaboration, Sally is eager to begin working with the students, parents and staff at Giddens to ensure continued success.”
Hill has 17 years of experience in education. For the last three years, she served as assistant principal at Mason Elementary. Hill also worked as an instructional coach, a campus data assessment coordinator and a second-grade teacher at Knowles Elementary. Prior to coming to LISD, Hill taught special education at the elementary level for 10 years in Lewisville ISD.
Hill earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., and her master’s degree in education at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.
Hill replaces Susan Cole who was named principal of Florence W. Stiles Middle School in January.
The Leander ISD Board of Trustees voted to name its two newest campuses, Middle School #8, scheduled to open next August, and Elementary #24, set to open for the fall of 2013, at the Thursday, Feb. 16 Board Meeting.
The Board named the new middle school, located at 3250 Barley Rd. in Leander, Florence W. Stiles Middle School after retired teacher and longtime Leander resident Florence Wallace Stiles. Stiles, who graduated from LISD in 1945 as salutatorian and then went on to earn her teaching degree from the University of Texas, taught second grade at Faubion Elementary for 19 years. A dedicated educator and active member of the community, Stiles has also made numerous contributions to the City of Leander, such as being a founding member of the Leander Public Library Board and charter member of the original Leander Chamber of Commerce.
The new elementary, located at 1515 Little Elm Trail in Cedar Park, was named Officer Leonard A. Reed Elementary after Cedar Park Police Officer Leonard Reed who was killed while on duty in 2010. Reed, a Gulf War veteran, served as a school resource officer at Vista Ridge High School and was widely known as a positive role model and mentor to young people. He was a respected member of both the law enforcement and Cedar Park community and was admired for having a passion for helping others.
The Board’s vote comes after reviewing more than 80 names that were submitted for the two schools. The district invited community members to submit names online and were asked provided information on how their nominee contributed to education and the LISD community. Three forums were held to vet potential names.
LISD has been informed by authorities that there is a gas leak near Crystal Falls and Badgad Road. No LISD campuses are affected. Children's Courtyard Daycare is being evacuated to Winkley Elementary for those parents to come and pick their children up.
The Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation (LEEF) is excited to partner with the Cedar Park Center to offer discount tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam, Feb. 29-March 4. The Center will donate 10 percent of all ticket proceeds to LEEF when purchased through ticketmaster.com/school
with the promo code SCHOOL. Please visit the LEEF website
for qualifying performances and additional information. All ticket proceeds donated to LEEF will benefit Leander ISD schools through grants awarded to innovative teachers and recognition programs for outstanding students and the teachers who impacted them.
Leander ISD is once again hosting the very popular Connecting U: A Conference for Parents and the Community on Friday, April 20. The event will be held at Hill Country Bible Church Northwest, 12124 RR620, Austin.
The Connecting U conference is open to everyone will include a full day of fun and interesting sessions that will give participants an opportunity to better connect with their child, their family and their community. Registration information will be coming soon.
If you would like to be a presenter at this year’s conference, please complete this form
Let’s get connected!
Today’s children face more pressures than previous generations and grandparents may find that their grandchildren lean on them during stressful times. If you feel that you need more tools in your "grand-parenting tool box" we invite you to experience an interactive, fun session focusing on positive relationship building strategies.
Come enjoy this FREE grand-parenting workshop on March 27, 2012 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at 315 S. West St. facilitated by Mary Ann Kluga, RN, LCDC, LISD’s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator and Malissa Wheeler, M.Ed., LISD’s Parent as Teachers Parent Educator. For questions, call Malissa Wheeler at 570-0360. Register for workshop!
The Leander ISD science department’s second Life Science Institute will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 4-6 p.m. at Concordia University. This free event for teachers, parents and community members will feature Dr. Larry Meissner, who will address the impact of invasive exotic animals and plants on native communities, and Barbara Peterson, who will discuss how animals adapt to their environment. To attend, please call 512-570-0289. More information
At the Feb.2 board meeting, LISD administration presented the board with a list of closed campuses for 2012-13 school year along with campuses that are "on watch". View current moratoria information.
Staff noted that the regular window for voluntary transfer request will open on or about March 1 and will close on April 6. Decisions regarding future closing of campuses and grade levels will continually change. Any campus that is on the closed list for next school year is now closed to any transfers for the remainder of the 2011-12 school year.
LISD is hosting a community forum to discuss the name for Elementary School #24 on Feb. 15, 6 pm at Naumann Elementary library. You may also submit your nomination online via the link below. If you previously submitted a name for Elem #24, you do not need to resubmit.
Submit a nomination online
Heart Disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Because Heart Disease can be prevented, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women and our latest bilingual initiative, Go Red Por Tu Corazon, urge women to Make It Their Mission to reduce their personal risk. To take the Go Red Heart Check Up and receive a 10 year risk assessment and personalized action plan, visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART.
Parents who are planning to register their children for Pre-K or Kindergarten for the 2012-2013 school year are invited to register early at Leander ISD’s Pre-K and Kinder Round Up on Thursday, March 22, 2012, from 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at all elementary campuses.
Parents should register their child at the campus they are zoned to attend next fall. If you are unable to attend this event, please contact your child’s school.