Leander ISD Superintendent Bret Champion announced that composite scores on the ACT college-entrance exam continue to be higher than state and national averages. For 2014, the average ACT composite score (scale of 1 – 36) for an LISD graduate was 23.6, while the state and national average composite scores were 20.9 and 21.0 respectively.
ACT tests are administered for a number of subject areas including English, math, reading, science and writing (optional) in 2014:
- English: LISD – 22.6; State – 19.8; National – 20.3
- Math: LISD – 24.2; State – 21.4; National – 20.9
- Reading: LISD – 23.8; State – 21.1; National - 21.3
- Science: LISD – 23.4; State – 21.0; National – 20.8
The ACT also reports the percentage of students ready for college course-work in English composition, algebra, social science and biology. Forty-three percent of LISD ACT test-takers achieved the college readiness standard in all four subjects, as compared with 26 percent meeting that standard at both the state and national levels.
“We are very proud to see that our students’ ACT scores are continuing to outpace the state and national averages,” said Champion. “LISD is committed to ensuring that all students graduate with every option open, and our students’ performances on the ACT indicate that our college- and career-readiness efforts are on the right track to successfully position our students for post-secondary opportunities.”
The top five Texas universities selected by LISD ACT test-takers to receive these scores (in descending order) were: Texas A&M University, University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, Texas Tech University and Baylor University.
For the first time, Leander ISD is offering an official ACT test for all interested juniors during the school day. Please mark your calendars for April 28, 2015 for this opportunity. Additional ACT and other college-readiness information and resources are available on district’s college- and career-readiness webpage.
There will be scheduled Internet maintenance this weekend on Sunday, August 31. All Internet access to and from the district network will be down from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. This includes all LISD websites, campus websites, teacher websites and LISD webmail.
This maintenance has been scheduled for Sunday to reduce impact on district and campus events. We thank you for your understanding.
Leander ISD’s 2014 Connecting U Conference
, a day-long learning opportunity hosted by the district that is designed to connect parents and community members with resources that build stronger students, families and communities, will be held on Saturday, September 20 from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Vista Ridge High School (200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd. in Cedar Park).
“After five very successful Connecting U Conferences, we are pleased to introduce exciting changes to the conference that we hope will allow us to include more families in this fantastic community event,” said the conference organizer, Shannon Lombardo, LISD’s director of community services. “For the first time, the Connecting U Conference is being held in the fall, just as the school year is beginning, when family schedules are a little less hectic, and on a Saturday, so that more working moms and dads can attend the conference. We also know that childcare can be a challenge, and so this year, we have partnered with the YMCA to provide care for children pre-school age and older,” said Lombardo.
The 2014 Connecting U Conference will feature more than 40 breakout sessions led by subject-matter experts from LISD and within the community. Two sessions will be offered in Spanish. Session information
is available on the district website at www.leanderisd.org. The conference will also include a resource fair, where attendees can visit with local businesses and organizations.
“For five years, LISD has hosted the Connecting U Conference
to help parents connect with district staff and local experts in order to better help their child succeed, and we are thrilled to do so again this year,” said Lombardo.
Online pre-registration for the 2014 Connecting U Conference is $10 and will be open until Thursday, September 18, 2014, at noon. Admission is $15 at the door the day of the conference. Admission includes all conference materials and lunch from Chick-fil-A Cedar Park. For a fee of $5 per child (pre-school age and older), childcare will be provided by the YMCA, and lunch is included.
“The Connecting U Conference piggybacks on the success of LISD’s tradition of intentionally inviting parents and community members into our schools to support student success. We are excited to once again provide parents and community members with this fantastic learning opportunity so that all LISD students have the opportunity to graduate with every option open,” said Lombardo.
For questions about LISD’s 2014 Connecting U Conference, contact Shannon Lombardo at 512-570-0029.
We are currently experiencing some intermittent technical issues with the LISD email system. Engineers are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and we appreciate your patience.
All LISD students are encouraged to attend the LISD College Fair
on Tuesday, September 23 from 6-8 p.m. at Vista Ridge High School (200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd. in Cedar Park) and learn more about admissions, financial aid and scholarships from more than 125 colleges and universities, military branches and technical programs. Registration is easy! Go to gotocollegefairs.org
and choose TACRAO to streamline your college fair experience. Once you have received your unique barcode, you will be able to easily provide your information to representatives.
School starts next week. Reminder to all secondary students to come to school prepared to discuss what you read this summer. 8th grade Pre-AP through 12th grade AP ELA classes have specific summer assignments that should have been read this summer as well!
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Leander ISD Superintendent Bret Champion announced that 638 students earned 684 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the 2014 AP Exams. This is a 14 percent increase from the previous year when 561 students earned 597 distinctions.
“On behalf of LISD, I offer our congratulations to these students for participating in the rigorous AP Program, for fully applying themselves to the demands of the coursework and for excelling on the challenging exams. We are tremendously proud of our AP Scholars,” said Champion.
LISD also reported that 3,280 students took 5,537 AP exams in 2014, up from the 2,360 students who took 4,364 tests in 2013. In 2013-14, AP Human Geography was added at the ninth-grade level, which contributed to the district’s 39 percent increase in students testing.
“In our continuing efforts to ensure that students graduate from our district prepared to succeed in college, we are pleased that a growing number of students are participating in the AP Program because it is one way we bring college-level academics into our high schools. The AP Program is an incredibly valuable opportunity for our students, as it fosters knowledge and skills and can potentially earn them credit for college,” said Champion.
The National AP Scholar Award is presented to students who earn an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. The AP Scholar with Distinction Award is presented to students who earn an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. The AP Scholar with Honor Award is achieved by students who earn an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams and the AP Scholar Award is given to students who complete three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher.
Cedar Park High School had a total of 171 scholars honored through the AP Program.
- 17 students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award.
- 71 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award.
- 32 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award.
- 68 students earned the AP Scholar Award.
Leander High School had a total of 65 scholars honored through the AP Program.
- Eight students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award.
- 12 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award.
- 45 students earned the AP Scholar Award.
Rouse High School had a total of 51 scholars honored through the AP Program.
- One student qualified for the National AP Scholar Award.
- Eight students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award.
- 15 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award.
- 28 students earned the AP Scholar Award.
Vandegrift High School had a total of 201 scholars honored through the AP Program.
- 16 students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award.
- 67 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award.
- 47 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award.
- 87 students earned the AP Scholar Award.
Vista Ridge High School had a total of 150 scholars honored through the AP Program.
- 12 students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award.
- 42 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award.
- 29 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award.
- 79 students earned the AP Scholar Award.
“College-readiness courses, including the AP Program, prepare students for higher education and beyond. In order to do well, students must refine their study and time-management habits and really understand the course material,” said Champion. “We are pleased that in 2014, while LISD had a 30 percent increase in the number of AP Exams given from 2013, we maintained the percentage of exams that scored a 3, 4, or 5,” said Champion.
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.
At their August 7th meeting, the Leander ISD Board of Trustees voted to name the district's sixth high school Tom Glenn High School and 25th elementary school Christine Camacho Elementary.
“Naming schools is always an emotional but exciting time for the community and the Board. We had excellent nominations this time but the two names chosen are very special,” said Pamela Waggoner, LISD Board President. “Christine Camacho was a beloved LISD employee who touched many children and their families' lives. Tom Glenn's footprints can be seen at every level in this district. Naming High School #6 after Tom Glenn was very meaningful to LISD employees, both past and present.”
Glenn retired in January of 2008 after serving as superintendent of LISD for 20 years. During his tenure, Glenn led the district on a path of excellence that helped drive its explosive growth. When Glenn began as superintendent, there were 4,600 students in LISD. The district reported more than 24,200 students just before his retirement. Glenn’s leadership led to the establishment of LISD’s culture of continuous improvement and Guiding Documents, philosophies that continue to shape the district today.
Camacho worked as a registrar at LISD’s Whitestone and Pleasant Hill elementary schools from October of 2002 until January 2013, before losing her battle with cancer later that year. Known for her warm smile, positive personality and genuine care for students, Camacho was deeply respected in the community.
The nominations to name the schools after Glenn and Camacho received strong support from staff and community members.
“It certainly was this Board's honor to vote to name these two schools after such worthy people,” said Waggoner.
Tom Glenn High School, located at 1320 Collaborative Way in Leander, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016. Christine Camacho Elementary, located at 501 Municipal Drive in Leander, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.
In 2013, the 83rd Legislature added an additional accountability performance process for each school district and campus in Texas. Each school district must evaluate the district’s performance, and the performance of each campus, in community and student engagement. Additionally, a performance rating must be assigned to the district and each campus, based on the evaluation, which includes one of the following: exemplary, recognized, acceptable, or unacceptable for both overall performance and for each individual evaluation category.
See the timelines, processes and final reports
LISD Board voted to name high school #6 Tom Glenn High School and elementary school #25 Christine Camacho Elementary School.
Each campus within Leander ISD has a Site-Based Planning Committee (SBPC). These committees are composed of district employees, community members, business representatives and parents. SBPC members provide input to the principal on a wide variety of subjects, with an aim of improving the achievement of all students. The committees address such areas as planning, curriculum, budgeting, staff development, staffing patterns and school organization. Elections for parent representatives are held every fall. Parents can only serve as a parent representative at the campus where they have a child attending school. If you would like to find out more information about the council, run for one of the parent seats or nominate someone for one of the seats, please call the campus your student attends no later than Friday, September 5.
There will be Booster Club trainings on Monday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 17. Both meetings will be held in the cafeteria at Vista Ridge High School and will begin at 6:30 pm. Monday, September 8th’s session will focus on athletics and Wednesday, September 17th’s session will focus on Fine Arts and other booster clubs. Of course, booster club members can attend whichever meeting best fits their schedule.
Note: Previously we posted that a meeting was scheduled on Sept. 15. Please disregard earlier messages referring to that date.
Leander ISD will be auctioning off surplus equipment items including: fully contained gymnasium style hydraulic basketball goals with backboards and rims; various sizes padded athletic trainers tables; used industrial kitchen appliances; Sharp projectors; AV carts; classroom globes; pull-down projection screens; various small electronics.
See the Lemons Auctioneers website
for a full viewing of available items for sell. (Look for Leander I.S.D on Lemons Auctioneers
Online Auction Activation: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Online Auction Preview: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Online Auction Completion: Friday, August 22, 2014
Auction Item Removal: Monday, August 25, 2014; Tuesday, August 26, 2014; Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Materials Management Distribution Warehouse, 1900 Cougar Country Dr., Cedar Park TX 78613; 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
All items are sold “as is”. No refunds or exchanges. All items not picked up by end of business on August 27, 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