Congratulations to the Vandegrift High School boys golf team for winning the state tournament! Over the course of two days, the team shot a 584 to win first place, 17 strokes in front of the second place team. The Cedar Park High School boys golf team also did well and placed third with a score of 614. VHS students William Martinez received second place and Cooper Dossey came in the third place as individuals.
April 29, 2014 – Leander ISD Superintendent Bret Champion has named Tiffany Spicer as the new principal of Leander High School.
“On behalf of the district, we extend our warmest welcome to the newest member of the LISD family, Tiffany Spicer,” said Champion. “I am confident that her proven record of exceptional leadership and commitment to see that all students succeed has positioned her well to take on the role of principal at Leander High School. Ms. Spicer is committed to working with students, parents, teachers and staff at LHS to build upon the campus’ reputation for academic excellence.”
For the last 10 years, Spicer has made Round Rock ISD her professional home. There she’s served in numerous roles including teacher, assistant principal, associate principal and principal. In addition, she’s held leadership positions that oversaw campus planning and improvement, as well as staff and program development.
Spicer has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree from Texas State University in San Marcos. She is currently working toward a doctoral degree from Texas A&M University in College Station.
Spicer takes over as principal at Leander High School for Brad Mansfield who begins his new role as senior executive director of school improvement for LISD in June.
Leander ISD parents and staff are invited to attend the district’s “Keeping Your Child Safe” student mental health presentation on Tuesday, May 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the lecture hall at Vista Ridge High School (200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd., in Cedar Park). The featured speakers will be Karen Ranus, Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Austin, and Adrienne Kennedy, Former NAMI Austin Board President. They will be joined by a parent and young person who will share their personal experience of living with the challenges of mental health issues during childhood and adolescence.
This presentation is designed to engage and inform parents of issues regarding the mental health of young people as they relate to safety and wellness. With 50 percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness beginning by age 14 and 75 percent by age 24, school years are the most important time for parents to work in collaboration with school professionals to address the mental health needs of children and teens.
The presentation will:
- Help families understand the early warning signs of mental illnesses in children and adolescents.
- Provide tips for parents and families on how to intervene and insure mental health treatment needs are linked with services.
- Offer strategies families can use to communicate with schools about mental health-related concerns.
This conference is designed for parents. Childcare is available. To help the district plan appropriately, please RSVP by Monday, May 19. Email Jennifer Bailey
or call 512-570-0032. Light snacks will be provided.
The student mental health presentation is the final part of the district’s four-part 2013-14 student wellness series.
Just a reminder that Leander ISD WILL have school on Monday, April 28 to make up for the severe weather this winter. This will be an "A" day for high school students.
The Vandegrift High School Lady Vipers beat East Wiley High School 1-0 to win the State 4A Soccer Championship on Saturday! Congratulations to Coach Hardy and the entire team! We are proud of you!
Leander ISD is sending six teams to the Global Destination Imagination tournament in Knoxville, TN, in May following a fantastic showing at the state-level competition. This is the largest group LISD has ever sent to Globals!
The Cedar Park High School team, the Diving Cheese, placed first in two challenges. Team members are Nicholas Hawes, Lindsey Koski, Catherine Jordan, Jeremy Martin, Lindsey Stawowy and Connie Zhao.
The Vista Ridge High School team placed first. Team members are Hannah Balcezak, Vinayika Papineni, Natashaa Dalal, Ashlyn Porter, Michael Kowlessar, Shahil Solankee and Matthew McClain.
The Steiner Ranch Elementary team, the Phantasmagoric Phantoms, placed second. Team members are Vamshikrishna Pothireddy, Ayesha Siddiqui, Jordan Kempema, Pranav Jose, Kaelan Lucas Marinelli, Sam Weiss and Laurel Lormand.
The Canyon Ridge Middle School team, the Frozen Fishing Fritos, placed second. The members are Zachary Weiss, Pranav Batra, Jackson Welch, Spandana Kamepalli, William Gunawan, Bo Deng and Alex Tan.
The Rouse High School team placed fourth. Team members are Clark Cravens, Dylan Rowling, Garrett Smith and Julia Stein.
The Naumann Elementary team placed seventh. Team members are Katelynn Hunter, Averie Varnell, Gracie Bear and Renee Williams.
Congratulations also goes to the Leander High School DI team who placed first in the eXtreme A Secondary Challenge. Team members are Christian Viera, Kade Ferguson, Alan Champion, Nicholas Champion, Jocilyn Guerra, Brian Omondi and Elias Martinez.
In addition to LISD's strong showing at state, Bret Champion was named the Texas DI Superintendent of the Year. The Texas Destination Imagination Superintendent of the Year Award is the highest award that Texas Destination Imagination bestows on a school administrator and is presented to a Texas Superintendent in recognition for outstanding service, contribution, and commitment to Texas Destination Imagination. Learn more about Destination Imagination.
Leander ISD will be hosting three opportunities for parents to learn more about the district's human sexuality instruction
. Information related to human sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases and character education will be covered. The presentations will be given by Austin LifeGuard
, character and sexuality education provider in the Austin area, who currently delivers presentations to Leander ISD students in grades 7-12 through their health classes. If you have any questions please contact Ray Langlois, Leander ISD Asst. Director of Safe and Healthy Students, at email@example.com
Upcoming Human Sexuality Education Parent Workshop:
Wednesday, May 7 – Cedar Park Middle School Library at 6 p.m.
Parents and community members are invited to have a conversation with members of the Leander ISD Board of Trustees regarding the district's budget and debt during the Coffee with the Board on Saturday, May 3 at Reed Elementary library (1515 Little Elm Trail in Cedar Park) from 1-3 p.m. Board members expected to attend are President Pamela Waggoner, Vice President Aaron Johnson and Will Streit.
Leander ISD will be auctioning off surplus equipment items: approximately 20 Hoist brand weight and exercise machines including: incline benches, bench press benches and racks, lat machines, leg machines, treadmills, squat racks. Also several large modular computer tables. See the Lemons Auctioneers website
for a full viewing of available items for sell. (Look for Leander I.S.D on Lemons Auctioneers site)
Online Auction Activation:
April 17, 2014
April 22, 2014 at Materials Management Distribution Warehouse, 1900 Cougar Country Dr. Cedar Park TX 78613
Online Auction Completion:
April 24, 2014
April 25, April 28, April 29, 2014 at Materials Management Distribution Warehouse, 1900 Cougar Country Dr. Cedar Park TX 78613
All items are sold “as is”. No refunds or exchanges. All items not picked up by end of business on April 29, 2014 will remain the property of Leander I.S.D. and will be sold in the next online auction or otherwise disposed of. Buyers MUST have sufficient equipment to pick up and transport their purchases.
Joey Garner – Distribution Manager (512) 570-0627
David Ishman – Warehouse Lead (512) 570-0602
Ruben Alaniz – Materials Management (512) 570-0628
We invite you to an informational meeting about the LISD Two-way Dual Language Services which will be offered during the 14/15 school year at Reed Elementary in Kindergarten.
What is Two-way Dual Language?
Two-Way Dual Language offers content instruction in both English and Spanish with the goals of academic excellence through bilingualism and bi-literacy.
To learn more about this program LISD is hosting a Community/Parent informational meeting.
When: Wednesday May 7, 2014 – 7:00 PM
Where: Reed Elementary 1515 Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park TX 78613
Criteria for participation in Kindergarten Two-Way Dual language:
Students who qualify for Bilingual Services and are zoned to receive these services at Reed, are guaranteed placement in this program
Students not qualifying for bilingual Services, but zoned to Reed will be considered priority for available space in the program
Should additional space be available in the program, LISD will use a random selection process for those interested in participation
Lisa Gibbs; Principal Reed Elementary
Tina Dozier; LISD Director of ELL Services
Please remember that April 18 is a student and staff holiday. We hope you have a safe Easter weekend. Classes will resume Monday, April 21.
You are invited to come see the art work of our amazing students! Please join us on April 26, 12 PM - 3 PM, at Cedar Park High School for the district-wide art show
Thank your teachers for their dedication to our children and tireless work this year through LEEF’s Teacher Recognition Campaign. By making a donation in your teacher’s name to LEEF, they’ll receive a goody bag, personalized certificate of appreciation and recognition by their principal during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 5-9). The deadline to submit your recognition form is MONDAY, APRIL 28. Visit http://www.leanderedfound.org
to submit your form.
Thank you LISD staff, parents, volunteers and community members for supporting the Summer Reading for All Program. The LISD Summer Reading for All Book Fair at Barnes & Noble Homestead was a success and the sales goal was surpassed. In return, Barnes & Noble Homestead will be donating a portion of the sales to get books in the hands of middle and high school students to read during the summer.
There is still time to help give books to students who might not otherwise have access to quality reading material.
Here is how you can contribute to the Summer Reading for All Book Drive:
• Staff, parents, volunteers and community members may donate new or gently-used books at any LISD middle or high school library until April 17.
• You can also follow #SR4A on Twitter and help spread the word!
Support the Summer Reading for All Program and help close the achievement gap, eliminate the “summer slide” and foster life-long readers! Click here for more information about Summer Reading for All.
Congratulations to the Vandegrift Lady Vipers Soccer team for advancing to the State Tournament. They will play Northwest Nelson on Friday, April 18 at 1:00 in Georgetown at Birkelbach Field.
Beginning on May 1, the LISD Board meetings will be held at Support Services, 1900 Cougar Country, Cedar Park throughout June, July and August.
On May 15 however, the board meeting will be held at the LEO Center, 300 S. West St. in Leander.
April 2, 2014 – Leander ISD would like to thank and recognize Doctors Chris Stansbury, D.D.S., M.S., and Farrah Agahi , D.M.D., M.S.D., and their staff at Wired Orthodontics, for their very generous donation of $10,000 to provide students at each of high schools with need-based scholarships for Advanced Placement exams.
Due to drastic state and federal budget cuts, LISD was forced to eliminate financial assistance for students taking the AP exams. Without this financial support, some LISD families with students taking AP courses could no longer afford for their child to take AP exams. This financial burden was exacerbated for families with students who were taking multiple AP courses and set to take multiple exams.
“With each AP test costing $92, having a child who's taking a couple of tests, or multiple children who are taking exams, this great opportunity to earn college credit in high school can quickly become cost prohibitive for our families. Thanks to this donation, our high school counselors will be able to work with these families to partially or fully cover the cost of some 330 AP exams,” said Superintendent Bret Champion.
“We're incredibly thankful to have partners in our community, like Wired Orthodontics, who work with us to ensure that our students who put in the work to take an AP course, and who want to earn college credit now, have the chance to do so without economics determining their success,” said Champion.
Pictured front row, left to right: LISD Board President Pamela Waggoner; LISD Director of College and Career Readiness Lisa Brittain; Farrah Agahi , D.M.D., M.S.D.; Board Secretary Grace S. Barber-Jordan, M. Ed.; Board member Lisa Mallory; and Board Member Don Hisle.
Back row, left to right: Board Vice President Aaron Johnson; Board member Will Streit; Chris Stansbury, D.D.S., M.S.; LISD Superintendent Bret Champion; and Board member Russell Bundy.