More than 7,000 nationwide members, advisers, alumni, and guests of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), gathered in Nashville, Tennessee, July 7-11 for the 2013 National Leadership Conference. Students from Cedar Park High School (Cami Cox, Lauren Hanson, Marcel Lopez, Meagan, Marwitz, Madison Meehan, Katherine Renfeldt, and Natalie VanNote) and Vandegrift High School (Miles Bentley, Jordan Freeze and Ashley Heffernan) were among them.
This year’s student-originated theme for the annual national meeting was “Discover Your Voice” Throughout the five-day convention, participants examined and discussed several critical issues, including family, school and community violence prevention, physical as well as financial fitness, future career exploration and countless community service projects.
A number of relevant youth issues, such as the changing roles of men and women in the home and workplace, leadership, and obesity prevention were also explored at the meeting through presentations, workshops, and youth sessions.
These LISD students will continue to work with other FCCLA members and advisers in Leander ISD, to encourage others to discover their strengths, motivate members to target career goals, and initiate a plan to ignite youth leadership in the community.
LISD students competed in STAR events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) which are competitive events that build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills. Over 3,600 students competed in STAR Events at the National Leadership Conference. STAR events recognize members for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. STAR Events offer individual skill development and application of learning through the following activities: Cooperative — teams work to accomplish specific goals; Individualized — members work alone to accomplish specific goals; Competitive — individual or team performance measured by an established set of criteria.
Involvement in FCCLA’s Competitive Events programs offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life necessary in families, communities, and workplaces. Members can demonstrate family and consumer sciences skills, career skills, and interpersonal skills through the competitive events.
|Cami Cox, Katherine Renfeldt and Lauren Hanson competed in the Life
Event Planning Competitive Event. Life Event Planning is an individual
or team event that recognizes participants who apply skills learned in
Family and Consumer Sciences courses to manage the costs of an event.
The Cedar Park team earned a Silver Medal for their project work on the
ABCs of Dating.
|Cedar Park High School 2013 graduate, Meagan Marwitz competed in the
Career Investigation Event. Career Investigation is an individual event
that recognizes participants for their ability to perform
self-assessments, research and explore a career, set career goals,
create a plan for achieving goals, and describe the relationship of
Family and Consumer Sciences coursework to the selected career. Meagan
investigated the field of Anthropology and will be attending A&M
University in the fall pursuing a degree in Anthropology. Meagan earned a
Gold medal for her project work.
||Madison Meehan, Marcel Lopez and Natalie VanNote competed in the
Culinary Arts Event, a team event that recognizes participants enrolled
in occupational culinary arts/food service training programs for their
ability to work as members of a team to produce a quality meal using
industrial culinary arts/food service techniques and equipment. The
Cedar Park High School Culinary Arts team earned a Silver medal for
their project work.
|Vandegrift High School Seniors, Jordan Freeze and Ashley Heffernan
competed in the Focus on Children Event. Focus on Children is an
individual or team event that recognizes participants who use Family and
Consumer Sciences skills to plan and conduct a child development
project that has a positive impact on children and the community. The
Vandegrift High School team earned a Gold medal for their project work.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has 200,000 members and over 5,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.
FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.
Leander ISD had unprecedented success in the 2013 State Honor Band Competition! In class CCC, Henry MS was selected as the State Honor Band for the second time; additionally, Cedar Park HS was selected as the State Honor Band in class 4A!! Both bands will perform at the 2014 Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio in February.
Two other LISD bands finished high as well, in their first time to enter the competition. Vandegrift HS finished in 3rd place in class 4A, and Four Points MS finished in 6th place in class 2C.
The directors of these bands are:
Cedar Park HS – Steve Wessels
Henry MS – Robert Herrings
Vandegrift HS – Jeremy Spicer
Four Points MS – Chris Yee
The LISD board recently adopted changes to the class rank policy
that go into effect for the upcoming school year. Families will now have the choice to include your class rank on your transcript or not. You are invited to attend the first parent informational meeting scheduled for July 30, 7 PM, at the South PAC at Cedar Park High School. View this video message
from Bret Champion for more details.
In an effort to reduce expenses and ensure real-time accuracy, Leander ISD will no longer print and distribute bus route schedules prior to the start of school. This August, the district will transition to an exclusively online method for communicating the 2013-14 bus information. Beginning August 8, parents are advised to enter their home address into Bus Information/Infofinder
, an online tool which is available on the LISD website under the Quicklinks, to look up their child’s bus number and pick up/drop off times and locations for the coming school year.
Bus routes are subject to change, and so LISD parents are strongly encouraged to confirm their child’s bus information again the week prior to the start of school, August 19 - 23.
The change will ensure that parents have access to the most up-to-date information and is estimated to save the district $3,500 in production costs.
For transportation questions, please call 512-570-0700.
A+ Education Foundation, a philanthropic arm of A+ Federal Credit Union announced the Foundation’s 2013 Educator Grant Program grant recipients. This year over $68,000 was awarded to 74 grant recipients. These funds cover the cost of programs, supplies and training to improve the classroom experience for students in Central Texas.
Winners from Leander ISD include: Angelene R. Nordin, Giddens Elementary; Jennifer B. Mackie, Plain Elementary; Diana M. D’Emeraude, River Place Elementary and Linda J. Zarsky, Winkley Elementary. Congratulations to all Central Texas Winners!
Leander ISD will be auctioning off surplus equipment items including: TVs, pottery kilns, Sharp projectors, overhead projectors, audio/visual carts, variety of office furniture and multiple small electronics such as boomboxes and video players. 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:
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Materials Management Distribution Warehouse, 1900 Cougar Country Dr. Cedar Park TX 78613
Online Auction Completion:
Monday, July 29, 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013, Wednesday, July 31, 2013 and Thursday, August 01, 2013 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 Thursday, August 01, 2013 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
Rick Jones – Materials Management (512) 570-0628
We're very excited to invite you out to a special screening event at the brand new Alamo Lakeline! Alamo is opening its doors to friends of LEEF for three family friendly movies over three days, and donating all of the ticket proceeds back to LEEF! See the image for movies and showtimes, then visit http://drafthouse.com/austin/lakeline to purchase your tickets. Don't wait, there are a limited number of seats available!
Reminder to all LISD volunteers: Please reactivate your volunteer application at https://volunteer.leanderisd.org
Each year we ask our volunteers to update their information so we can start the new school year off with your most current contact information and fit your skills with volunteer opportunities. Thank you for your time and we hope your are enjoying your summer.