LTHS STUDENT-ATHLETES IN SOCCER AND GOLF SIGN LETTERS OF INTENT

Lake Travis High School student-athletes in soccer and golf signed letters of intent to colleges and universities April 18. Congratulations to these LTHS student athletes.

 LTHS soccer student-athletes (left to right):  Angel Martinez Palomo  - Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas  Max Everswick  - John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas  Austin Branam  - University of Houston-Victoria in Victoria, Texas  Bayne Bentley  - Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland

LTHS soccer student-athletes (left to right):
Angel Martinez Palomo - Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas
Max Everswick - John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Austin Branam - University of Houston-Victoria in Victoria, Texas
Bayne Bentley - Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland

  Makaela Lauritsen  - Concordia University

Makaela Lauritsen - Concordia University

LTHS STUDENT-ATHLETES IN SWIM/DIVE AND LACROSSE SIGNS LETTERS OF INTENT

Lake Travis High School student-athletes in swimming/diving and lacrosse signed letters of intent to colleges and universities April 11. Congratulations to these LTHS student athletes.

 LTHS Swim/Dive (left to right):  Altaira Wallquist  - University of North Texas  Lauren Quincy  - University of San Diego  Logann Khollman  - Trinity University

LTHS Swim/Dive (left to right):
Altaira Wallquist - University of North Texas
Lauren Quincy - University of San Diego
Logann Khollman - Trinity University

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LTHS Boys Lacrosse (left to right):
Cole Zarola - University of Detroit Mercy
Jackson Rose - University of Utah
Tyler Pellegrino - Rhodes College  
Ty Badciong - University of Denver

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LTHS Girls Lacrosse:
Kaylen Buschhorn - McDaniel College

District seeks name, mascot for Middle School No. 3

Lake Travis ISD officials are soliciting suggestions for a potential name and mascot for the district’s third middle school currently under construction in Western Travis County.

Located off State Highway 71 and Vail Divide behind the district’s Transportation, Distribution and Data Center, the $76.2 million facility was designed by Fields & Associates Architects and will be built by American Constructors.  The 240,000 square foot campus will accommodate 1,200 students in two-story, grade-level houses with views of the Texas Hill Country.  The school will feature abundant natural lighting, outdoor learning areas, and athletic facilities. The project is part of the district’s $253 million bond program approved by voters in November 2017.

In accordance with school board policy CW(Local), district facilities shall be named for local residential or geographic areas or regional, state, or national landmarks and/or historical events.  All suggested school names and mascots received will be presented to the Lake Travis school board during its May 15, 2018 regular meeting.  A final decision by the school board is expected to occur during its June 19, 2018 regular meeting. 

The public survey, available on each campus website and on the district’s ‘School Matters’ online news, is open through May 8, 2018. 

Construction of Middle School 3 is expected to be complete by August 2019.
 

 Architect rendering of Lake Travis ISD Middle School No. 3

Architect rendering of Lake Travis ISD Middle School No. 3

PRE-K, K ROUND UP FOR 2018-2019 IS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21

The Lake Travis Independent School District will hold registration for Prekindergarten and Kindergarten students for the 2018-2019 school year during its annual ‘round-up’ scheduled from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 21 at each elementary campus.

Parents and guardians should register their child at the elementary school within the attendance zone associated with his/her residence.

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PREKINDERGARTEN

To be eligible for Prekindergarten, a child must live in the District, be 4 years of age on or before September 1, 2018, AND meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

1. Be unable to speak and comprehend the English language; or
2. Be educationally disadvantaged, which means a student eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program; or
3. Be homeless, as defined by 42 U.S.C. Section 11302, regardless of the residence of either parent of the child, or of the child’s guardian or other person having lawful control of the child; or
4. Be the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who is ordered to active duty by proper authority; or
5. Be the child of a member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who was injured or killed while serving on active duty; or
6. Be in, or have been in, the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) following an adversary hearing held as provided by Section 262.201, Family Code; or
7. Be the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as a peace officer (3106.002), firefighter (3106.003), or emergency medical first responder (3106.004).
Parents and guardians will be required to provide proof of eligibility before the start of school in August in order for the child to enter the Prekindergarten program.

To pre-register a child, parents and guardians must present the following documents at Round-up on March 21:

  • Completed and printed LTISD Prekindergarten Eligibility Form
  • Completed, printed and signed New Student Enrollment Packet
  • Certified copy of child’s birth certificate (may be obtained at www.austintexas.gov/birthcertificates)
  • Proof of residency (i.e., lease agreement, sales contract, closing documents, property tax statement, or property deed and a current utility bill – water, electricity or gas – with matching address.)
  • Immunization records (see immunization requirements at www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize)
  • Social Security card (preferred, but optional)
  • Photo identification of the parent or guardian who is enrolling the child

Children who meet all registration and eligibility requirements and reside in:

  • Bee Cave, Lake Pointe, Serene Hills (split), or West Cypress Hills elementary attendance zones will attend Prekindergarten at Lake Pointe Elementary.
  • Lake Travis, Lakeway, or Serene Hills (split) elementary attendance zones will attend Prekindergarten at Lake Travis Elementary.
  • All Lake Travis ISD children who meet all registration and eligibility requirements and receive bilingual services will attend Prekindergarten at Lake Travis Elementary.

KINDERGARTEN

To be eligible for enrollment in Kindergarten, a child must live within LTISD boundaries and be five (5) years of age on or before September 1, 2018.
To pre-register a child, parents and guardians must present the following documents at Round-up on March 21:

  • Completed, printed and signed New Student Enrollment Packet
  • Certified copy of child’s birth certificate (may be obtained at www.austintexas.gov/birthcertificates)
  • Proof of residency (i.e., lease agreement, sales contract, closing documents, property tax statement, or property deed and a current utility bill – water, electricity or gas – with matching address.)
  • Immunization records (see immunization requirements at www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize)
  • Social Security card (preferred, but optional)
  • Photo identification of the parent or guardian who is enrolling the child

For more information about the LTISD Prekindergarten/Kindergarten Round-up, please contact the Lake Travis ISD Curriculum and Instruction Department at (512) 533-6023 or visit www.ltisdschools.org/roundup.

Lake Travis Education Foundation Scholarships for LTHS Seniors

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The Lake Travis Education Foundation is currently accepting scholarship applications. Graduating seniors of Lake Travis High School are eligible to apply.

SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE:
Friday, March 9, 2018


STEP 1: Request Transcript and Deliver with Recommendation Letters to Collection Box in Counselor's Office
A copy of the senior's 7-semester transcript and two signed letters of "professional" reference (i.e., teachers, counselors, pastors, employers) are required as part of the application. Reference letters from relatives do not qualify.  It is the student's responsibility to be sure that recommendation letters are delivered by the deadline, whether delivered by the student or the person writing the recommendation. Deliver materials to the collection box in the school counselor's office no later than 3:30pm March 9. 

STEP 2: Submit Application
Submit the online application no later than 12:00a.m. (MIDNIGHT) March 9.  The online application, transcript and signed reference letters must be received by the deadlines set. NO allowances will be given for "computer problems," so students are encouraged to not procrastinate. 

STEP 3: Wait for Interview Notice
Applicants will be notified during the week of March 26 if they have qualified for an interview.

Don't wait....start your LTEF scholarship application today!

 

LTHS Speech and Debate Qualifies for the 2018 NSDA National Tournament

The Lake Travis High School Speech and Debate Team competed at the NSDA Heart of Texas District Tournament February 23-24, winning 3th Place Congress and Speech Sweeps. Students who qualified for the National Speech & Debate Tournament will compete June 17-22 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Here are the results from the NSDA Heart of Texas District Tournament:

Julia Belov
- 1st in Congress, qualified for NSDA Nationals
-5th in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking

Christy Caudle
- 1st in Original Oratory, qualified for NSDA Nationals
- 5th in Dramatic Interpretation

Jacob Clemmons
- Quarterfinals in Public Forum Debate (with S. Piwonka)

Caden Douglass
- Octofinals in Public Forum Debate (with A. Maione)

Matt Kenny
- Quarterfinals in Big Questions Debate

Angela Maione
- Octofinals in Public Forum Debate (with C. Douglass)

Evan Margiotta
- 1st in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, qualified for NSDA Nationals
- 6th in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking

Nick Martinez
- 1st in Program Oral Interpretation, qualified for NSDA Nationals

Mackenzie Matheson
- 3rd in Lincoln-Douglas Debate
- 3rd in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking

Blake Ochoa
- 6th in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking

Sydney Piwonka
- Quarterfinals in Public Forum Debate (with J. Clemmons)

Lee Scheffe
- Semifinals in Big Questions Debate

 LTHS Speech and Debate students who qualified for National Speech & Debate Tournament: (left to right)  Evan Margiotta -senior,  Julia Belov -junior,  Christy Caudle -senior,  Nicholas Martinez -junior

LTHS Speech and Debate students who qualified for National Speech & Debate Tournament: (left to right) Evan Margiotta-senior, Julia Belov-junior, Christy Caudle-senior, Nicholas Martinez-junior

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

LIVESTOCK:

  • 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