In July, the LISD Board of Trustees adopted changes to the class reporting rank policy
, which impact the current school year. Families now have the choice to include their student’s class rank on his or her transcript when applying to colleges. October 15 is the deadline for seniors to submit their decision regarding their class rank. Information is available on campus websites and on the district CCR website
. Students should talk to their school counselor if they need further information and are encouraged to check with the college or university he or she is considering attending before making a decision.
LISD is seeking caring adults who have a H
eart for E
nthusiasm and S
elf-confidence to mentor students by providing guidance and support to cultivate personal, social and academic development. These everyday people — parents, community members, business professionals —are just like you!
NEXT STEPS TO BECOME A HEROES
1. Sign up to volunteer
in LISD and select “mentoring” as your area of interest.
2. Once you have been approved to mentor, sign up to attend a training session
3. You have to be an approved LISD volunteer and attend a mentor training session before you will be matched with a student. Once you have completed those two steps, you will be contacted by an LISD school.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding our HEROES
mentoring program or would like additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me. A child is waiting for you to become their hero…
Leander ISD recently formed an Elementary Attendance Zone Advisory Committee to explore changes to attendance boundaries. Two public meetings will be held to obtain community feedback on the committee’s proposed elementary attendance zone scenario. The public meeting dates are:
October 29, 2013, 7:00 PM at Cedar Park Middle School cafeteria
October 30, 2013, 7:00 PM at Vista Ridge High School auditorium (new location!)
The public is welcome to attend and give us your feedback. See the LISD Attendance Zones webpage
A few weeks ago information was sent out to all LISD parents regarding a new SMS messaging service that we are in the process of launching. School Messenger provides the service. Information about the service can be found at www.SchoolMessenger.com/tm
In order to participate in the new service you must indicate your willingness to receive text messages to your phone. This service is only for parents of Leander ISD students.
The process is simple and only takes a few seconds to complete. If you already received a text message from School Messenger/Leander ISD and replied to that text message, then disregard these instructions, as you have completed the process.
However, if you did not receive a text from School Messenger/Leander ISD, and would like to opt-in:
- Simply text any one of the following words to the number 68453: subscribe, optin, yes
You'll know you were successful if you receive the following reply message: You are registered to receive aprox 3 msgs/mo. Txt STOP to quit, HELP for help.
You will need to repeat the opt-in process for any wireless numbers that you wish to include.
In addition to performing the opt-in process above, you'll want to ensure that your child's school registrar has your wireless number(s) in the student information database for each child. If you haven't already provided that phone number to your school, please provide them with that wireless number or you can manage this information through your txConnect account.
Leander ISD will be officially launching the new SMS text message service in a few weeks, so until then you won't receive any further text messages. You are able to opt-in or opt-out of the text message service at any time.
Individual schools will NOT have the ability to send text messages, only the district. These messages would be for emergency use or to notify about school closings due to inclement weather. If you have questions about how this service will work, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: although the district does not charge you for this service, it does not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by you for sending or receiving text messages. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.
LISD Child Nutrition (Dining Services) is making a major upgrade to our school meal accounting system! We will continue to use MealTime Online as our online payment system, but you will be seeing some enhancements very soon.
The upgraded online payment system includes the following benefits:
You can view your student’s transaction history quickly and easily
- Online payments will be in your student’s account within 5 minutes, no more waiting 24-48 hours
- Funds will be available to each student regardless of which campus the student uses to pay for or purchase a meal
- Speed will be increased for our entire system
- You may set up low balance email notifications to be sent when the balance falls below any amount you choose
- Coming Soon: You will be able to set spending limits for your students
- And don’t forget: You may also apply online for free or reduced meals for your students
Along with the enhanced online payment system, we will also be upgrading our point of sale system in each cafeteria. We will begin implementing the upgrade on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 and will be complete with the installation at Midnight on Thursday, October 18, 2013.
*Please note: This change of our computer software systems will require a temporary shutdown of the online payment system from Wednesday, October 2, 2013 through Midnight, Thursday, October 18, 2013
. The online payment system will not be available
during this blacked-out time frame. We understand this may be an inconvenience to many of you; however it is necessary to insure that payments will not be electronically misplaced between the two separate systems while we are upgrading.
During the transition, your student may continue to use the funds in their meal account as they normally would. Should you need to make a deposit during the blacked out period, you may do so with cash or check, but you will not be able to make a deposit online. We will open up the online payment system at 12:00 a.m., Friday, October 19, 2013 and you may make online deposits after that time.
We ask for your patience during this major upgrade and are looking forward to the many benefits the new system will provide to our students and their families.
Online Payment Fees
In an effort to promote our online payment system, the Child Nutrition department has subsidized 100% of the fee associated with your online payments for the last several years. Now that the system is established and has proven effective, we feel that these funds (Avg. $160,000/Year) would be better invested towards continuous improvement of our student programs. The fee (4.99%) will be added to your deposit during checkout. For example: A $40 deposit will have a fee of $2, making your total charge $42. Effective January 1, 2014, fees associated with online deposits will no longer be subsidized by Child Nutrition. You may continue to pay into your student’s account with cash or check at no additional charge.
Should you have any questions regarding the new system, cessation of subsidizing deposit fees or your child’s meal account, please feel free to email me at email@example.com
, or call our office at (512) 570-0670.
All LISD 8th grade students and home-school students will take the Readistep test on Wednesday, October 30 at all LISD middle schools at 9:00 am. LISD students do not need to register. In early-October students will receive tips and strategies for taking the Readistep test as well as review some of the Readistep type questions in their English and Math classes. For additional information, go to the LISD College and Career Readiness website under the middle school tab to Readistep.
Home-school students who need information about testing for Readistep, please contact Becky Girard
, counselor at Running Brushy Middle School and download the home-schooled application
September 18, 2013 – The Foundation for Music Education and its Board of Trustees announced that Leander ISD is home to seven winners in the 2013 Mark of Excellence project.
- The Canyon Ridge Middle School honor band, directed by Amy
Allison, has been selected as a National Winner in the Mark of
Excellence/National Wind Band Honors project.
- The Cedar Park Middle School symphonic band, directed by
Manuel C. San Luis, has been selected as a National Winner in the National Wind Band Honors project.
- The Henry Middle School honor band, directed by Robert
Herrings, has been selected as a National Winner in the National Wind Band Honors project.
The Vista Ridge High School wind ensemble, directed by Bryan
Christian, has been selected as a National Winner in the National
Wind Band Honors project.
- The Wiley Middle School wind ensemble, directed by Garland
Chiasson, has been selected as Commended Winner in the National Wind Band Honors project.
- The Leander High School wind ensemble, directed by Nils
Gundersen, has been selected as a Commended Winner in the
National Wind Band Honors project.
- The Canyon Ridge Middle School varsity treble choir, directed by
Courtney R. Kelly, has been selected as a Commended Winner in the National Choral Honors project.
“This is another significant accomplishment for these band and choir students. They and their directors are very dedicated and passionate about what they do, and I am so pleased to see them rewarded for their efforts,” said Peter Warshaw, LISD director of fine arts.
The Mark of Excellence consists of the National Wind Band Honors, National Choral Honors, National Orchestra Honors, National Jazz Honors, and National Percussion Ensemble Honors. It is a competition entered by recordings, in which the top quarter are selected as National Winners and the second quarter receive Commended Honors. This year 178 of the finest musical ensembles in the nation entered the competition. The project has received entries from thirty-five states. All the groups receive recorded and written comments from the adjudicators and a compilation recording of the performances of the National Winners.
Leander ISD Destination ImagiNation (DI)
teams are now forming! DI is an extracurricular, school-sponsored program that fosters teamwork and creativity. DI is open to all LISD students in third through 12th grades. Each team consists of two to seven students, with two adults serving as team managers.
DI tournaments are comprised of competitions in two areas — the Team Challenge and the Instant Challenge. Participants spend months working on their Team Challenge, but are not completely done until they receive the final unknown element just before their presentation, which must be used in their solution. Instant Challenges are designed to teach students how to think quickly, creatively and strategically. At competition, the team is given an Instant Challenge they have not seen before, and then have minutes to develop a strategy and create a solution.
If your child is interested in participating in an LISD DI Team, contact the QUEST teacher at your child’s school and complete a registration form
. Registration forms are due back to the campus QUEST teacher by Thursday, September 26, 2013. The Regional DI Tournament is February 22, 2014, at Rouse High School in Leander ISD.
DI team managers help students stay on schedule, manage logistics, gather materials and score Instant Challenges. If you are interested in being a team manager, contact your campus QUEST teacher. Team Manager Training is being offered at Naumann Elementary Sunday, November 17 at 1:15 p.m. (LISD team managers will receive specific information for LISD teams at this training); Saturday, Oct.12 at 8:30 a.m., West Ridge Middle School, Eanes ISD; and Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8:30 a.m., in Pflugervillle ISD.
For more information, please contact your campus QUEST teacher or visit the QUEST website
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LEANDER, Texas, September 12, 2013 – On Monday, September 23, Leander ISD will host its annual Festival of Bands
at Bible Stadium in Leander, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Students, parents and community members are invited to attend.
This exciting event will feature the LISD high school marching bands and auxiliaries in exhibition marching performances. In addition, the LISD middle school bands will perform selections while seated.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Children under four get in free. Tickets may be purchased at the gate. Athletic passes will not be accepted for this event.
Proceeds from the Festival of Bands will support fine arts and cheer programs throughout LISD.
September 8, 2013
Leander ISD is committed to ensuring that students are supported physically, mentally and emotionally so they can learn to their fullest ability and graduate prepared for successful futures. September is recognized as Suicide Prevention Month. This month, LISD is raising awareness about this critical issue because positive action can help save lives.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death in youth between the ages of 10 and 19, according to the National Association of School Psychologists; however, suicide is preventable.
Help LISD keep students safe by reminding your children that if they hear their friends talk about suicide, they should immediately tell an adult. Middle and high school students in LISD can reach out to trained school staff about stress, depression, bullying, peer pressure and suicide using Talk About It
®. In addition, there are many suicide prevention services available to help young people in crisis. If a young person you know needs to talk, they can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Teens can also visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
. The hotline number in Travis County is 1-512-472-HELP (4357). In Williamson County, it is 1-800-841-1255. A suicide and crisis helpline, 1-866-488-7386, is also available specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
for more information about suicide prevention. Contact your child’s school counseling staff if you have any questions or concerns or if you would like additional resources.
Suicide Prevention Resources:
Public Service Announcements and Videos
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Suicide Prevention and Postvention Toolkit
Your Child’s Mental Health Fact Sheet
Youth Suicide Prevention Fact Sheet
Download the Mobile Apps
September 8, 2013
The LISD Board of Trustees said "thank you" to Dennis Loftis, Secretary/Treasurer of the A+ Education Foundation, Ana Duarte, Leander Branch Manager, and Crystal Smith, Cedar Park Branch Manager, for supporting our LISD educators through their grant program.
Teachers who received the grants are:
Angelene Nordin - Giddens ES
Jennifer Mackie - Jim Plain ES
Diana D’Emeraude - River Place ES
Linda Zarsky - Winkley ES
Sarah Ragsdale - Plain ES
September 3, 2013
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 2013, the average ACT composite score (scale of 1 – 36) for an LISD graduate hit a new high of 23.8, while both the state and national average composite scores were 20.9.
“LISD is proud to see that our students are continuing to raise the bar on the ACT,” said Champion. “One of our focused areas of improvement is ensuring students are college- and career-ready, and so we are especially encouraged that while more students are taking the ACT, our students are doing increasing well on this valuable college entrance exam.”
The number of 2013 LISD graduates who took the ACT outpaced the three percent growth in student enrollment. Last year, 814 LISD graduates took the ACT, a nine percent increase from the year before.
ACT tests are administered for a number of subject areas including English, math, reading, science and writing (optional). LISD scores increased in all of these areas (excluding the optional writing test) in 2013:
- English – 22.7 (compared to 22.2 in 2012); State – 19.8; National – 20.2
- Math – 24.5 (compared to 23.8 in 2012); State – 21.0; National – 20.9
Reading – 23.9 (compared to 23.4 in 2012); State – 20.9; National - 21.1
- Science – 23.7 (compared to 22.9 in 2012); State – 21.5; National – 20.7
The ACT also reported the percentage of students ready for college course-work in English composition, algebra, social science, and biology: 45 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.
“Our goal is to prepare all students for success in their future college and career opportunities. These most recent scores reinforce to us that LISD is making strides in preparing students for robust opportunities after high school,” said Champion.
The top five Texas universities selected by LISD ACT test-takers to receive these scores (in descending order) were: University of Texas at Austin, Texas A & M University, Texas State University, Baylor University and Texas Tech University.
College-readiness information and resources are available on the district’s college- and career-readiness webpage
, including practice materials for the ACT. Visit www.leanderisd.org
for more information.