Lake Travis school board, local officials break ground for new middle school

Cold temperatures, light rain and fog were not enough to halt the celebration as the Lake Travis school board and administration, local dignitaries, students and numerous other guests gathered on muddy terrain to commemorate construction of the district’s third middle school in Western Travis County Tuesday, February 13.

The $76.2 million facility, located off State Highway 71 and Vail Divide, was designed by Fields & Associates Architects and will be built by American Constructors, both of whom are headquartered in Austin.  The 240,000 square foot campus will accommodate 1,200 students in two-story, grade-level houses nestled into the hillside with hill country views.  It will feature outdoor science and art areas, an outdoor gathering space, abundant natural light, and multipurpose breakout areas that allow for flexibility and collaboration.  

“In spite of the weather, we are more than pleased by the turnout (today) and level of support we continue to receive from our community,” said Dr. Brad Lancaster, Lake Travis ISD Superintendent of Schools.  “This is a great day for Lake Travis ISD.”

Congratulatory remarks and well wishes were provided at the event by dignitaries and local officials including Lake Travis school board president Kim Flasch, City of Bee Cave mayor Caroline Murphy—whose extraterritorial jurisdiction will cover the new school, and Jeremy Self, chairman of the district’s 2017 Bond Advisory Committee.  Other guests included City of Lakeway mayor Joe Bain, Village of Briarcliff mayor Al Hostetler, Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce chairman Matt Womack, Lake Travis Education Foundation president David DeStefano, and Candyce Speidel representing State Sen. Dawn Buckingham.

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According to demographer Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), student enrollment at Lake Travis ISD has increased by approximately 76% since 2007.  Considering a moderate growth rate scenario, projections indicate a continued increase of more than 60% during the next 10 years, resulting in a district-wide enrollment of nearly 16,000 students.

District officials are planning for the construction of Elementary School 7 scheduled to begin this fall.  Middle School 3 and Elementary School 7 are part of the district’s $253 million bond program approved by voters in November 2017.

LTHS senior first winner of Maryknoll essay contest

LTHS senior Tasnim Islam

LTHS senior Tasnim Islam

Lake Travis High School senior Tasnim Islam is the first LTHS student to be awarded top place in the annual Maryknoll Magazine Student Essay Contest. Contestants were asked to cite examples of violence and to explain how they are striving to promote peace. Tasnim’s essay described how she has worked to reverse the stigma against Muslims through personal contact and education, resulting in greater acceptance and peace.

Maryknoll representative Father Gerry Kelly presented Tasnim a $1,000 scholarship along with a letter and certificate of recognition. Tasnim’s winning essay, along with her photo, will be published in Maryknoll magazine a publication of the non-profit organization Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.

Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is a Catholic organization of men and women whom work, mostly overseas, with the world’s most vulnerable people. According to Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, though the motivation for their actions is faith-based, they do not seek to convert people to their religion. 

Trustee Alexander to resign from Lake Travis school board, vacancy to be filled by special election

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The Lake Travis school board has called a special meeting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, February 12 to formally accept the resignation of trustee Alex Alexander.  Mr. Alexander, currently serving the second year of a three-year team, has announced he has accepted an appointment to serve as Senior Pastor of the Lawrence Free Methodist Church in Lawrence, Kansas, effective March 18.

“This is a big transition for us, but one that we are embracing wholeheartedly as we see God's fingerprints all over it,” Mr. Alexander stated on Facebook.

Mr. Alexander was first elected to Place 3 on the Lake Travis school board in May 2010.  During his tenure, trustees called two bond elections totaling more than $411 million for new construction and upgrades to district facilities and a tax ratification election to generate approximately $2.1 million in annual state revenue.  All three measures were approved by voters.  Mr. Alexander and his wife Wendy have two children, Caitlin and Parker—both of whom are graduates of Lake Travis High School.

“On a personal level, I am very sorry to see Alex leave, but I understand he and his family have a higher calling and purpose,” said Dr. Brad Lancaster, Lake Travis ISD Superintendent of Schools.  “It has been a pleasure working alongside someone who has always had the best interest of students and staff at heart.  Alex is a true champion for public education, and he will be greatly missed.  I wish the very best for Alex, Wendy and their family.”

Lake Travis ISD board members are elected at-large by the registered voters within specific school district boundaries.  Board members—or trustees—represent the entire school district rather than single-member positions that represent a sub-portion of the district.  Each trustee is elected to serve without compensation for overlapping terms of three years each.  The next uniform general election date for Lake Travis ISD is Saturday, May 5, 2018, when terms will expire for Place 1 (Guy Clayton, incumbent) and Place 2 (Lisa Johnson, incumbent).  As per the Travis County Elections Division, the last day for candidates to file for a place on the general election ballot is Friday, February 16, 2018.  

The Texas Election Code requires the school board to order an election as soon as practical after a vacancy occurs.  As a result, and upon board action, the special election to fill Mr. Alexander’s unexpired term for Place 3 will be held in conjunction with the general election on Saturday, May 5, 2018.  However, the candidate filing deadline for the special election is Monday, March 5, 2018.  Anyone who has already filed for a place on the general election may withdraw and file for the special election.   

The special called meeting to accept Mr. Alexander’s resignation and call for a special election will be held at the Lake Travis ISD Educational Development Center, Live Oak Room, 607 Ranch Road 620 North.

For more information, contact the Lake Travis ISD Office of Communications at (512) 533-6046.

LTHS Student-Athletes Commit on National Signing Day 2018

Four Lake Travis High School student-athletes signed letters of intent to play collegiate football during National Signing Day 2018:

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  • Reid Bacon - Texas A&M University - Commerce (Commerce, TX)
  • Kade Langston - Texas State University (San Marcos, TX)
  • Nathan Parodi - University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
  • Steven Posey - Midwestern State University (Wichita Falls, TX)

Two Lake Travis High School student-athletes, Matthew Baldwin (Ohio State University) and Cameron Dicker (University of Texas), penned their names on letters of intent during the early signing period in December.

Hank Carter is head coach of the Cavaliers, a position he’s held since 2010.  

Ten Lake Travis High School Musicians Make All-State

The musical talents of 10 Lake Travis High School students have earned each of them a place on the 2018 All-State Band, Choir and Orchestra as determined by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA).

According to TMEA, All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive.  Approximately 1,600 students were selected through a process that began in the fall of 2017 with over 64,000 students from around the state vying for the honor to perform in one of 13 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs).

The following students from Lake Travis High School have been selected as All-State musicians:

  • Brandon Aguillon - band, sophomore
  • Sreya Ayinala - band, senior
  • Bryce Calder - band, junior
  • Alaska Coombes - choir, senior
  • Jade Milam - choir, senior
  • Emma Morelli - choir, sophomore
  • Molly Snodgrass - choir, sophomore
  • Abigail Storm - choir, sophomore
  • James Strauss - violin, senior
  • Mason Tabb - choir, senior

The students will perform February 17, 2018 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio during the TMEA annual convention, the nation’s largest gathering of music educators.  TMEA is an association of more than 12,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education.

Richard Hicks, Kelan Latimer and Anna Macias direct the Lake Travis High School band, orchestra and choir programs, respectively.

Band: (left to right) Brandon Aguillon, sophomore; Sreya Ayinala, senior; and Bryce Calder, junior

Band: (left to right) Brandon Aguillon, sophomore; Sreya Ayinala, senior; and Bryce Calder, junior

Choir: (left to right) Alaska Coombes, senior; Abigail Storm, sophomore; Mason Tabb, senior; Jade Milam, senior; Emma Morelli, sophomore; and Molly Snodgrass, sophomore

Choir: (left to right) Alaska Coombes, senior; Abigail Storm, sophomore; Mason Tabb, senior; Jade Milam, senior; Emma Morelli, sophomore; and Molly Snodgrass, sophomore

Orchestra: James Strauss, senior

Orchestra: James Strauss, senior

LTHS DECA advances to state competition, trio takes top spot nationally in virtual business challenge

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Forty-five students from Lake Travis High School have advanced to the Texas DECA State Career Development Conference after competing with more than 1,200 other high school students from Central Texas at the DECA District 5 conference held January 20 in Copperas Cove.  

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Each year, our DECA students consistently attain incredibly-impressive results at all levels of competition. Kudos to Ms. Oates and Ms. Johnson for helping shape the bright, young minds of these future-ready students.  It’s great to see our DECA program grow year after year.
— Gordon Butler, Lake Travis High School Principal

Formerly known as the Distributive Education Clubs of America, DECA prepares emerging leaders in marketing, finance, hospitality, management and entrepreneurship with over 200,000 high school members in 5,000 classrooms in 3,500 schools across the world.  Led by marketing teachers Jill Oates and Amy Johnson, DECA is one the largest student organizations on the Lake Travis campus with more than 200 members.  During the district conference, Lake Travis High School was recognized as a Diamond chapter for its total DECA enrollment and increase in membership from last year.

State qualifiers include the following students:

  • Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making
    Event:  Role Play
    Participants:  Mackenzie Matheson, Simrun Head
     
  • Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making
    Event:  Role Play
    Participants:  Swethya Ayinala, Nidhi Thippana
     
  • Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making
    Event:  Role Play
    Participants:  Riley Everswick, Kayla Hoover
     
  • Advertising Campaign
    Event:  Written Event
    Participants:  Vincent Crowns, Maya Johnson
     
  • Advertising Campaign
    Event:  Written Event
    Participant:  Wyatt Frantz
     
  • Business Services Operations Research
    Event:  Written Event
    Participants:  Mia Perlman, Tiffany Sun
     
  • Community Services Project
    Event:  Written Event
    Participants:  Michelle Balconi Lamica, Lydia Thomas
     
  • Entrepreneurship Promotion Plan
    Event:  Written Event
    Participants:  Anna McDonough, Koby Wheeler
     
  • Financial Literacy Promotion Plan
    Event:  Written Event
    Participants:  Sabah Ali, Sreya Ayinala, Faith Putman
     
  • Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan
    Event:  Written Event
    Participant:  Sydney Isika
     
  • Learn and Earn Project
    Event:  Written Event
    Participants:  Cody Harris, Campbell Ingraham
     
  • Public Relations Project
    Event:  Written Event
    Participants:  Alan Averett, Andrea Jensen, Katie Kupper
     
  • Sports & Entertainment Operations Research
    Event:  Written Event
    articipants:  Tatum Blalock, Zach Coldewey
  • Automotive Services Marketing
    Event: Role Play
    Participant:  Joe Dattola
  • Business Finance Services
    Event:  Role Play
    Participant:  Zach Jameson
     
  • Business Law Ethics Team Decision Making
    Event:  Role Play
    Participants:  Andrew Raynor, John Paul Storrar
     
  • Business Law Ethics Team Decision Making
    Event:  Role Play
    Participants:  Souptik De, Raul Higareda
     
  • Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making
    Event:  Role Play
    Participants:  Luke Crawford, John Finnegan
     
  • Hospitality Services TDM
    Event:  Role Play
    Participants:  Manoj Singireddy, Nihanth Attaluri
     
  • Hospitality Services TDM
    Event:  Role Play
    Participants:  Lexi Larson, Johana Macklin
     
  • Hotel and Lodging
    Event:  Role Play
    Participant:  Erin Fitzgerald
     
  • Hotel and Lodging
    Event:  Role Play
    Participant:  Kelsia Melendez
     
  • Hotel and Lodging
    Event:  Role Play
    Participant:  Elizabeth Suh
     
  • Marketing Communications
    Event:  Role Play
    Participant:  Jaszmine Defranco
     
  • Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
    Event:  Role Play
    Participant:  Kelly Bidstrup
     
  • Restaurant and Food Services
    Event:  Role Play
    Participant:  Blake Duvalle
     
  • Restaurant and Food Services
    Event:  Role Play
    Participant:  Jonathan Roberts

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Additionally, Lake Travis High School DECA students Zohair Ahmed, Jason Liu, and Azzam Nehal won 1st place nationally in DECA's Virtual Business Challenge for Hotel Management.  Presented by the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, the challenge encourages DECA members to test their skills at managing a simulated hotel. Participants had to schedule banquets and meetings, set room rates, book advertising, monitor customer service, determine housekeeping needs, and more. The LTISD trio beat more than 300 teams over a 10-day period representing a total of 26.5 hours invested into the project.

Exhibit to display winning entry, honorable mentions in Lions Club student poster contest

The artwork of Lake Travis Middle School eighth grade student Bella Hatch will be prominently displayed at an exhibit to be held from 5:00 to 6:30 pm, Monday, February 5 at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Lakeway.  Her winning entry in the Austin Lake Travis Lions Club Peace Poster Contest will be shown alongside Hudson Bend Middle School students Vivian Heitkoetter, 7th grade and Victoria Rebber, 6th grade—each of whom received Honorable Mention. 

For the past 30 years, Lions clubs around the world have sponsored the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups.  The art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace.  

For 2017-2018, each poster was judged on originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “The Future of Peace.”  In all, more than 120 posters will be displayed at the exhibit.

Lake Travis Lions Club member Linda Davis said she was impressed by the expression and creativity of the participating students from both Hudson Bend and Lake Travis middle schools.

“It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them," said Davis.  "I’m so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their vision."

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.36 million members in more than 46,000 clubs in 210 countries and geographical areas around the world.  In addition to its efforts toward conquering blindness, the organization has made a strong commitment to community service and helping youth throughout the world.

Lake Travis art teachers who served as contest coordinators for students are Lynne Johnson, Lake Travis Middle School; and Kristen Blauvelt and Robin Garcia, Hudson Bend Middle School.

Selected student artwork (left to right): Bella Hatch, Vivian Heitkoetter and Victoria Rebber

Selected student artwork (left to right): Bella Hatch, Vivian Heitkoetter and Victoria Rebber

LTHS FFA STUDENTS IMPRESS AT TRAVIS COUNTY SHOW

Students in the Lake Travis FFA program earned numerous accolades—including the coveted Grand Champion Market Steer—at the 2018 Travis County Youth Show held January 11-13 at the Travis County Expo Center.  This is the third year in a row that LTFFA students have earned Grand Champion recognition at the TCYS.

The Lake Travis FFA Chapter had an estimated 60 members and three Junior FFA members exhibit an estimated 150 projects at the annual show. Projects ranged from livestock of all sizes to artwork, jewelry, photography, shop work and foods. FFA members competed for ribbons, rosettes, buckles, and money in the premium auction.

Approximately half of the exhibitors “made sale” and reaped an estimated $67,000 for students to use toward scholarships or to fund projects for next year.  In all, 21 students placed at the show, making it to sale in the following animal and non-animal categories as follows:

YOUTH FAIR:

  • Hunter Brabham - Ag Mech, Deer Blind
  • Cody Cotton - Preserves, Cowboy Candy (Pickled Jalapeño)
  • Jordan Smith - Photography, Micro/Details
  • Abbey Weems - Photography, Capitol Night

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  • Sydni Ellisor - Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion and Senior Showman, Market Steer (cattle)
  • Allie McFaddin - 2nd Place, Market Steer (cattle)
  • Sammy Waida - 4th Place, Market Steer (cattle)
  • Abbigail Wood - Grand Champion, Meat Rabbits
  • Lydia McCall - 12th Place, Meat Rabbits
  • Myron Smith - 17th Place, Meat Rabbits
  • Kati Neri - 2nd Place, Market Barrow (pig)
  • Bryson Rother - 2nd Place, Market Barrow (pig)
  • Dana Steadtler - 2nd Place, Market Barrow (pig)
  • Gunnar Brockway - 4th Place, Market Barrow (pig)
  • Grace Martindale - 4th Place, Market Barrow (pig)
  • Ali Ballou - 5th Place, Market Barrow (pig)
  • Cody Cotton - 5th Place, Market Barrow (pig)
  • Payton Janecek - 5th Place, Market Barrow (pig)
  • Shelby Patton - 8th Place, Market Barrow (pig)
  • Lauren Aguillon - 4th Place, Market Goat
  • Abbey Weems - 5th Place, Market Goat

Approximately 300 students are enrolled in the Lake Travis High School Agriculture program due in large part to FFA.  Founded in 1928 as Future Farmers of America, the organization was renamed in 1988 to the National FFA Organization, now commonly referred to as FFA.  In addition to production agriculture, FFA is a Career and Technical Education organization which recognizes individuals with diverse interests in the food, fiber, and natural resource industries, encompassing science, technology and business.  Approximately 150 agriculture students are members of the Lake Travis FFA chapter. 

Kelly White and Perry White are co-advisors of the Lake Travis FFA program.

Superintendent Announces Students Will Not Need to Make Up Bad Weather Day from January

As parents and guardians already know, many districts across Central Texas—including Lake Travis—closed January 16 due to inclement weather.  Subsequently, Lake Travis ISD officials recently announced that students would need to make up the Bad Weather Day on Friday, March 30 as indicated on the district's current instructional year calendar.

However, upon review of the district's existing instructional minutes and following discussions with the Texas Education Agency, Lake Travis ISD officials have determined that the district will have a sufficient number of instructional minutes for students this year.  As a result, students will not need to make up the Bad Weather Day from January 16 and will not attend school on Friday, March 30. 

In an email sent to parents Friday, Feb. 2 from Lake Travis ISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Lancaster, he indicates, "It is important to keep in mind, however, should we need to close our schools due to inclement weather prior to March 30, students would then be required to make up this additional missed day.  As previously stated, the Bad Weather Make-up Day indicated on our current instructional year calendar is Friday, March 30."

Additionally, the superintendent believes much uncertainty still remains regarding TEA’s rules for calculating instructional minutes. 

"The rules currently in place are already scheduled to be changed for next year," added Dr. Lancaster.  "This is a transition year, and we must be prepared to make additional adjustments as needed.  Regardless, I offer my apologies for any confusion or inconvenience our previous announcement may have caused. On behalf of our school board and staff, I thank you for your patience, understanding and flexibility.  Rest assured, all decisions will continue to be made in the best interest of our students and staff."

Bad Weather Make-up Day is Friday, March 30, 2018

Lake Travis ISD was one of many school district across Central Texas that closed Tuesday, January 16, 2018 due to inclement weather.  In order for us to meet the required annual minutes of instruction as prescribed by the Texas Education Agency, Lake Travis ISD students and staff will need to make up the day. 

In accordance with our current 2017-2018 instructional calendar approved by the Lake Travis school board in January 2017, the designated Bad Weather Make-up Day is Friday, March 30, 2018.

Parents and guardians with specific questions or concerns should contact their child’s campus directly.

School board approves 2018-2019 instructional calendar

The Lake Travis school board approved the 2018-2019 instructional calendar at its regular meeting Tuesday night, January 23.  The calendar was developed in coordination with the District’s Advisory Committee on Education (ACE) and input from district and campus staff.

"The development of our instructional calendar is a critical task that affects our students, staff and community," said Lake Travis ISD Deputy Superintendent Mary Patin.  "It is important that we recognize the ACE committee for its work and commitment during this process."

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According to the new calendar, the first day of instruction will be Wednesday, August 15, 2018 and the last day of instruction will be Friday, May 24, 2019.  Ending the year in May allows more time for planning for summer school and college enrollment for the summer sessions.  Additionally, grading periods and semesters are more equally distributed with professional development occurring at the beginning, middle, and end of the year.

"Through the work of our committee, as well as through valuable input received from our principals from campus staff, we are confident the 2018-2019 calendar provides the framework for us to best meet the instructional requirements for our students as well as the professional development needs of our teachers and staff," added Ms. Patin.

The school board-approved 2018-2019 instructional calendar has been posted on each school website (under ‘About Us’ and ‘QuickFind’), linked here.

Hudson Bend student video selected as finalist in state contest, votes needed

Ridley Dent, a seventh-grade student at Hudson Bend Middle School, has been selected as a finalist in the Take Care of Texas Video Contest.  Now Ridley needs your vote.

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Sponsored by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Take Care of Texas is a statewide campaign that promotes environmental conservation and protection.  Each year, Take Care of Texas provides students with the opportunity to create a 30-second video that portrays positive ways Texans can help keep air and water clean, conserve water and energy, reduce waste, and save money in the process.

Public voting runs through 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25.  Three videos from each age group—6th-8th grade and 9th-12th—will proceed to the final round of judging.  Prizes to be provided by Waste Management of Texas, Inc. include GoPro camera packages and scholarships.  TCEQ will recognize first place winners at the 2018 Environmental Trade Fair and Conference May 15-16 in Austin.

Lake Travis ISD 2017 Student Holiday Events

From rocking musicals to elegant band and orchestral performances, the Lake Travis ISD students celebrated the holiday season with family and community. 

Lake Travis Fiddlers Holiday Concert at Rosie’s Tamale House

Lake Travis Fiddlers Holiday Concert at Rosie’s Tamale House

LTHS Football Student-Athletes Sign Early Letters of Intent

Two members of the Lake Travis High School football team signed early National Letters of Intent to play collegiate football December 21—Matthew Baldwin with Ohio State University in Columbus, OH and Cameron Dicker with The University of Texas in Austin, TX.

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Matthew Baldwin

Cameron Dicker

Cameron Dicker

The Lake Travis High School varsity football team competes in the 2017 Texas UIL Class 6A - Division I football state championship game Saturday, December 23. They currently hold the 2016 Texas UIL Class 6A - Division I state championship title. Hank Carter is the Lake Travis High School Football Head Coach/LTISD Director of Athletics. Michael Drinkwater is the LTISD Assistant Athletic Director. Gordon Butler is the Lake Travis High School Principal.

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Matthew Baldwin

Ohio State University

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Cameron Dicker

The University of Texas at Austin

Superintendent, Serene Hills Elementary School teacher honored with chamber awards

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The Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce has selected Lake Travis ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brad Lancaster as its Citizen of the Year and Serene Hills Elementary School 5th Grade teacher Kathy Austrian as recipient of its inaugural Golden Apple award.  Both individuals were recognized during the 2017 Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Achievement Awards luncheon held Dec. 13 at Sonesta Bee Cave Austin. 

Each year, the Lake Travis chamber recognizes local businesses, individuals and non-profits for their contributions to the community through its awards program.  According to the Lake Travis chamber, the Citizen of the Year award recognizes an individual ‘who contributes to making the South Lake Travis community a great place to live, work, play and learn.’  This year, the chamber introduced the Golden Apple into its slate of award categories  The award recognizes one educator—a current K-12 grade public or private school teacher—who has shown excellence in academics, leadership, inspiration and/or innovation.  Other nominees for the 2017 Golden Apple award included the following educators from Lake Travis ISD:

  • Clarissa Cullison - Career and Technology Education, Lake Travis High School
  • Cathy Hill - Learning and Teaching Coach, Lake Travis ISD
  • Patsy Mendel - Gifted and Talented, Lake Pointe Elementary School
  • Laara Nava - Kindergarten, Lake Pointe Elementary School
  • Lamar Schrader - English, Lake Travis High School
Pictured (left to right): Dr. Brad Lancaster (Citizen of the Year), Cathy Hill, Clarissa Cullison, Kathy Austrian (Golden Apple Award), Laara Nava, Patsy Mendel and Lamar Schrader

Pictured (left to right): Dr. Brad Lancaster (Citizen of the Year), Cathy Hill, Clarissa Cullison, Kathy Austrian (Golden Apple Award), Laara Nava, Patsy Mendel and Lamar Schrader

Other Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce award recipients included the following:

  • Volunteer of the Year - Dean Carrier
  • Ambassador of the Year - Andrew Rincon
  • Founding Entrepreneur - Billy Leavings/QualTech Automotive
  • Indie Award - Annmarie Hatfield/College Inroads
  • Business of the Year - Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Lakeway

For more information about the 2017 Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Achievement Awards, visit www.laketravischamber.com.

District Selects New Director of Purchasing

Angela Marsh

Angela Marsh

Johnny Hill, Lake Travis ISD Assistant Superintendent for Business, Financial and Auxiliary Services, is pleased to announce the selection of Angela Marsh as the district’s new Director of Purchasing, effective Jan. 10, 2018.

Ms. Marsh possesses more than 20 years of work experience in business services and procurement. A graduate of McCallum High School, she began her career in 1985 as an administrative assistant for Corporate Risk Counselors in Austin.  In 1988, Ms. Marsh joined the Texas Department of Human Services where she served first as an office assistant and then as a purchaser.  In 2000, she served as program coordinator for the University of Notre Dame Career Center in Indiana.  Most recently, Ms. Marsh served as purchasing manager for the Round Rock Independent School District, a position she’s held since 2002.  She is a Certified Texas School Business Official (CTSBO).

“Taking into account our recently-approved bond referendum, I am confident Angie’s vast experience in purchasing will serve our district well,” said Mr. Hill. “We welcome Angie to the Lake Travis ISD family and look forward to her contributions.”

As Director of Purchasing for Lake Travis ISD, Ms. Marsh will be responsible for directing and managing the purchasing, contracting, and distribution activities of the district.  Specifically, she will administer procedures to process bids, proposals, and purchases for goods, services, construction, renovations, food services, benefits, and insurance; ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; and supervise the daily activities of the purchasing department, distribution center, and copy center.

Ms. Marsh replaces Ed Wooten who in September was named Executive Director for Procurement Services at Dallas ISD.

District announces student holiday events schedule

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Students at the Lake Travis Independent School District are ready to spread some cheer this holiday season. Mark your calendars for the following performances and events:

November 28    
Lake Travis Middle School Bands Holiday Extravaganza
Lake Travis Middle School, 4932 Bee Creek Rd., Spicewood, 78669
7:00 p.m.

November 29     
Hudson Bend MS Beginning Band Holiday Jamboree     
Hudson Bend Middle School, Large Gym, 15600 Lariat Trail, Austin, 78734     
7:00 p.m.

December 4   
Lake Travis Middle School Band Winter Concert     
Lake Travis High School, Performing Arts Center - Concert Hall, 3324 RR 620 S, Austin, 78738     7:00 p.m.

December 5     
Hudson Bend Middle School Band Winter Concert       
Lake Travis High School, Performing Arts Center - Concert Hall, 3324 RR 620 S, Austin, 78738
7:00 p.m.

December 5 - 8     
Bee Cave Elementary School 4th Grade Musical, “Welcome to the Jungle”  
5th - Yellow Group; 6th - Green Group; 7th - Blue Group; 8th - Red Group
Bee Cave Elementary School - Café, 14300 Hamilton Pool Rd., Austin, 78738     
2:00 p.m.

December 6     
Lake Travis High School Band Winter Concert     
Lake Travis High School, Performing Arts Center - Concert Hall, 3324 RR 620 S, Austin, 78738     
7:00 p.m.

December 7    
Lake Pointe Elementary School 3rd Grade Musical, “This Old Gingerbread House”     
Lake Pointe Elementary School, Gym, 11801 Sonoma Dr., Austin, 78738   
6:30 p.m.

Lake Travis High School Orchestra Winter Concert     
Lake Travis High School, Performing Arts Center - Concert Hall, 3324 RR 620 S, Austin, 78738     
7:00 p.m.

December 8     
Lake Travis Fiddlers Holiday Concert
Rosie’s Tamale House, 13436 State Hwy. 71, Austin, 78738     
6:00 p.m.

December 12    
Hudson Bend Middle School Orchestra Winter Concert     
Hudson Bend Middle School, Café, 15600 Lariat Trail, Austin, 78734     
7:00 p.m.

December 12-13     
Bee Cave Elementary School 2nd Grade Musical, “On the Radio”
12th – Red/Green Groups; 13th – Blue/Yellow Groups
Bee Cave Elementary School - Café, 14300 Hamilton Pool Rd., Austin, 78738     
9:00 a.m.

December 13     
Hudson Bend Middle School/Lake Travis Middle School Combined Choir Winter Concert     
Lake Travis High School, Performing Arts Center - Concert Hall, 3324 RR 620 S, Austin, 78738     
7:00 p.m.

December 14     
Lake Travis Elementary School Squire Choir Musical, “Dig It!”     
Lake Travis Elementary School, Café, 15303 Kollmeyer Dr., Austin, 78734     
6:30 p.m.

Lake Travis High School Choir Winter Concert
Lake Travis High School, Performing Arts Center - Concert Hall, 3324 RR 620 S, Austin, 78738
7:00 p.m.

December 14-16    
Lake Travis High School Ceramics Sale & Charity Event Benefiting Victims of Hurricane Harvey
Lake Travis High School, Room L-136, 3324 Ranch Road 620 South, Austin, 78738     
Dec. 14-15:  4:00 to 7:00 p.m.     
Dec. 16: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

December 19    
Serene Hills Elementary School Sailor Show Choir Musical, “40 Winks ‘Til Christmas!”     
Serene Hills Elementary School, Café, 3301 Serene Hills Dr., Austin, 78738     
6:30 p.m.

Lake Travis Middle School Orchestra Winter Concert     
Lake Travis Middle School, Café, 4932 Bee Creek Rd., Spicewood, 78669     
6:00 p.m.

December 20   
Lakeway Elementary School 5th Grade Musical, “The North Pole”
Lakeway Elementary School, Gym, 1701 Lohman’s Crossing Rd., Austin, 78734
8:15 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Please note, the calendar is subject to change.  Visit individual campus websites for updates to specific holiday events.  

For more information, visit the LTISD Fine Arts & Academic Enrichment program website or email Charles Aguillon, Director of Fine Arts & Academic Enrichment.

DISTRICT CELEBRATES THANKSGIVING WITH ANNUAL FEAST

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LTISD students and their families gobbled up a delicious Thanksgiving meal November 15 and 16. This annual event was held at all LTISD elementary schools: Lake Travis, Lakeway, Lake Pointe, Bee Cave, Serene Hills and West Cypress Hills.  Turkey plates were also available at both Lake Travis and Hudson Bend middle schools and Lake Travis High School. LTISD Food and Nutrition Services teamed up with members of the school board, district staff and volunteers to keep food service running efficiently.

More than 8,000 plates of in-house, roasted turkey and all the trimmings were served during the 2017 Thanksgiving Feast. District wide, more than 1,820 lbs. of sliced turkey, 1,140 lbs. of fresh, local green beans, and 9,500 famous turkey shaped cookies were served.  Traci Miller is the Director of Food and Nutrition Services.