LTISD Celebrates National School Bus Safety Week

To create awareness of bus transportation and its impact on public education, Lake Travis ISD joined the National Association for Pupil Transportation in observing Oct. 17-21, 2016 as National School Bus Safety Week.  From early morning to early evening, the LTISD Transportation Department staff drive more than 1.3 million miles annually, transporting approximately 4,500 students in 80 buses throughout 68 routes.  School bus drivers and monitors are often the first and last district employees our students interact with each day.  As a small gesture of appreciation for the men and women who serve our students each day, Longhorn Bus Sales sponsored a fish fry luncheon Friday, October 21 at the LTISD Transportation Department. 


Lake Travis Elementary Schools Celebrate National School Lunch Week

October 10-14 is National School Lunch Week. This program is designed to recognize the nation’s efforts to make nutrition a priority in schools. The Texas Department of Agriculture is also celebrating this week with the theme of “Vote for a Winning Lunch!”

Different local produce is featured each day during National School Lunch Week.  Students at each Lake Travis ISD elementary participated by voting for their favorite lunch and providing feedback.

Nutrition plays a key role in student learning.  At Lake Travis ISD:

·       80% of students participate in the school meal program

·       Last year, schools served an average of 7,325 meals per day, roughly 146,500 meals per month

·       Local farmers provide farm-fresh produce to all LTISD schools

For more information, visit the LTISD interactive menu at

SLIDE SHOW: Students at Lake Travis Elementary enjoy their nutritious food choices and vote for their favorites.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Lake Travis ISD elementary schools will host their annual Thanksgiving Feast November 16-17.  For more information, visit

TEA announces significant changes to June 2016 STAAR testing for Grades 5 and 8

As a result of ongoing reporting issues with the vendor for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness—or STAAR, Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath has announced the cancellation of the June 2016 administration of STAAR testing for 5 and 8 grades.  Additionally, the results of the Spring 2016 administration of STAAR for grades 3 through 8 will not be made available to school districts until July. Please read the Commissioner’s letter for more information.

West Cypress Hills Elementary School principal announces resignation

Dear West Cypress Hills Elementary School Parents and Guardians,

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of my resignation effective June 28, 2016.   A recent health scare has prompted much reflection and consideration for taking better care of myself.  I have been presented with an opportunity to work alongside my husband in the healthcare recruiting field, and this job will offer me the flexibility of working remotely so that I can focus on my health, family and my precious new grandbaby.     

Serving West Cypress Hills Elementary School has been an honor and privilege.  Thank you for working with me to build this school community into a warm, caring and loving environment for students to reach their fullest potential.  Be assured that I have every confidence in the district to find the best fit for our school’s leadership team.  After 30 years in education where kids and learning have been my passion, I still find it very difficult to end this chapter in my life.  Thank you for allowing me to serve our community the past two years.  I will forever hold West Cypress Hills Elementary close to my heart.  This is still my home community and hope to see our past and present students flourishing for years to come.


Julie Richards, Principal
West Cypress Hills Elementary Schoo

Lake Travis High School students spread hope through ‘Me to We’ project

Lake Travis High School junior Caroline Storm takes a note from a display board honoring the memory of friend and classmate Savannah Griffiths who died from injuries sustained in car crash during Spring Break earlier this year.  Prior to Savannah’s death, the two had raised money to buy backpacks for students in need through their ‘Bags of Hope’ project as part of their AP Human Geography (APHUG) class.  After a successful collection, Caroline decided to donate some of the backpacks to Africa’s Promise Village, a local nonprofit which will deliver the bags to children in Tanzania later this summer.  The project is part of the overall ‘Hope: From Me to We’ nonprofit endeavor.

“Students should not just learn about the world in AP Human Geography, but also do something about it,” Dana Browning said, Lake Travis High School AP Human Geography teacher and project coordinator.  “There is a ripple effect, and no action, however small, goes unnoticed.  In that spirit, each AP Human Geography student can change the world.  As part of their year-long assignment, each student was asked to create an individual plan for both local and global action, as well as to engage in a minimum of 10 hours of community service, and then share their journey with their peers and the community.”

A demonstration of student-led projects was held May 26 at the Lake Travis High School Annex and featured a variety of local nonprofits such as Refugee Services of Texas, Africa’s Promise Village and Caring for Cambodia.

Lake Travis Middle School student named finalist in art contest

Lake Travis Middle School sixth grade student Chloe Storm was recently selected as one of 40 finalists in the Treasures of the Texas Coast statewide art contest.

All 40 winners received a tickets to the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Zoo, and Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels, a calendar displaying the winning artwork, and a certificate of recognition from the contest sponsor, the Texas General Land Office.  The selected artwork was on display at the Texas State Capitol in late May.  

Students at Lake Travis middle, elementary schools tops in regional bus safety poster contest

The creative artwork of three sixth-grade students at Lake Travis Middle School was recently selected among the best entries in the regional School Bus Safety poster contest sponsored by the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation.  Pictured are (left to right): Ana Aramoni, 1st Place; Cole Sainsbury, 2nd Place; and Ellie Evans, 3rd Place.

In Division II, Lake Travis Elementary School fifth-grade students took the top four spots as follows: Taya Ebersol, 1st Place; Blythe Rhodes, 2nd Place; Gina Song, 3rd Place; and Ridley Dent, 4th Place.

This year’s contest theme was #StopOnRed.  Ana’s and Taya’s 1st Place entries have advanced to state level competition in June. 

Lake Travis Ultimate places third at state

Congratulations to Lake Travis Ultimate (frisbee) who earned third place at the 2016 Ultimate Players League of Austin state tournament in May. Pictured are (not in order):  Eric Cardenas, Mykael Cooper, Nykolas Cooper, Miles Emerson, Chris Grimm, Jason Hustad, Christian Lauzy, Sebastien Lauzy, Scott May, Alexander Nordahl and Matthew St. Onge-Cooper.  The team is coached by Darryl Grimm.

Lake Travis Lacrosse announces post-season honors

Congratulations to the following student-athletes who earned post-season honors as members of the Lake Travis Lacrosse team: pictured (left to right) are Greyson Maggio, Academic All-American; Ty Badciong, All District; Harrison Essex, All State; David Kleymeyer, All State; Cade Green, All State; and Joey Ceshker, All State and Academic All-American.  For more information about Lake Travis Lacrosse, visit

Lake Travis High School announces 2016-2017 Rookie Cavalettes, Red Rubies

Rookie Cavalettes are:

Row 1: Lexi Roberts, Lily Thornock, Zoe Buddin and Hattie Reim
Row 2: Chloe Ent, Gabby Elghoul, Paige Waida and Gracie Herrera
Row 3: Jessica Gillman, Sydney Hamilton, Victoria Mata and Addy Yarbrough
Row 4: Hailey Borek, Brady Burbank, Audrey Archer and Brynn Bentley
Row 5: Riley Blankenship, Veronica Mata and Paige Connery

Red Rubies are:

Row 1: Kara Buckner, Ivy Williams, Kendall Thompson, Reagan Wilbanks, Elizabeth Lambdin and Grace Harmer
Row 2: Jaden Ceshker, Sophia Lynn, Morgan Westemeier, Piper Bellcase, Kendall Harvey, Tessa Betori, Catalina Quakenbush, Halle Hagarty, Lauryn Baldwin and Katie Little
Row 3: Avery Roadcap, Molly Ann Kaufman, Sarah Jendresky, Zoe Gotcher, McKenzie McGuire, Bella Ostberg, Marigrace Peters, Kayla Holst and Lauren Thorp
Not pictured: Nabiha Momin, Abigail Riquelme and Olivia Womack


Google’s Expeditions helps students revisit history

Hudson Bend Middle School Texas history teacher Dana Schrader recently walked her students through the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing courtesy of the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program on May 13.  The program provides students with the ability to visit locations around the world through Google Cardboard virtual reality headsets.  Learn more about the program here

Lake Travis High School band students earn statewide music award

The following eight members of the Lake Travis High School Cavalier Band were recently honored as Texas Music Scholars for exhibiting outstanding qualities in scholastic merit, musicianship, and citizenship in their school and community during the 2015-2016 school year:   

  • Sreya Ayinala, 10th Grade, Alto Saxophone

  • Cameron Cotton, 12th Grade, Tuba

  • David Hellrung, 10th Grade, F Horn

  • Ally Morton, 11th Grade, Bb Clarinet

  • Alex Noaks, 12th Grade, Alto Saxophone

  • Emma Peterman, 11th Grade Bb Clarinet

  • Aly Ruiz, 11th Grade, Piccolo

  • Cameron Wolfe, 12th Grade, Tuba

The award is presented by the Texas Music Educators Association, sponsor of the Texas All-State bands, choirs and orchestras.  Last year, fewer than 2,300 students were named Texas Music Scholars.

Headquartered in Austin, TMEA is an association of over 12,000 music teachers whose goals are to support music education in Texas, provide professional growth opportunities for educators, foster public support for music in schools, and offer quality musical experiences for students.

Richard Hicks is Director of the Lake Travis High School Cavalier Band.


Trio of elementary schools receive Student Council Excellence Award

The Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association recently announced that Bee Cave, Lake Pointe and Lakeway elementary schools are the recipients of the Student Council Excellence Award in recognition of their outstanding work to foster student leadership.  Bee Cave and Lake Pointe are multi-year honorees, while Lakeway is a first-time recipient.

“Our hard working, caring students have accomplished many things this year which ultimately lead to our campus receiving this prestigious award,” said Kassey LeBlanc, one of two student council advisors at Bee Cave Elementary.  “A few of the many activities accomplished by our fourth- and fifth-grade students this year include the New Student Luncheon Food Drive benefitting the Lake Travis Crisis Ministries; a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; a holiday toy drive; and the distribution of holiday cards to residents in assisted living.  We are honored to be serving our school and the wonderful Lake Travis community.”