Congratulations to the Lake Travis High School Ultimate club for earning second place at the Ultimate Players League of Austin state tournament held May 13-14 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. Additionally, Lake Travis Ultimate won the area Ultimate Spring League championship for the second year in a row. Alongside Lake Travis, teams who played UPLA Spring League 2017 include Anderson, Austin, Belton, Bowie, Griffin, Hays, Hutto, Hyde Park, LASA, McCallum, Round Rock, Rouse, Veritas, Vista Ridge, and Westlake. For more information, visit the Austin Ultimate website.
Lake Travis High School Teen Impact, together with We Are Blood (formerly the Blood Center of Central Texas), hosted its annual Spring Blood Drive at Lake Travis High School April 13. The drive collected 130 donations. The group's fall blood drive in October 2016 yielded 125 donations.
LTHS became the largest single donation collection in the history of We Are Blood with 85 donations in October 2011. Since then, because of the increase in donations each year, the goal for LTHS has been raised numerous times .
LTHS Teen Impact students operate the blood drives under the supervision of Susan Seglem, Spanish teacher and Teen Impact sponsor. The program is an academic leadership class for junior and senior students that provides them with the opportunity to study, practice, and develop group/individual leadership and organizational skills. Stephen Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, is the program's main text. The class performs acts of service for the school, local community, and greater Austin.
In addition to facilitating two annual blood drives, Teen Impact:
- conducts numerous charity drives throughout the year including Toys for Tots, donations for Dell Children’s Hospital, tabs for The Ronald McDonald House, food and clothing drives, collections for the homeless, and helps the Travis County Sheriff’s Office collect cell phones for victims of abuse and candy for their shelters
- organizes and conduct Shark Camp (orientation for 8th graders) and New Student Orientation in August
- helps with Lake Travis High School Round-Up (back-to-school event)
- conducts many school tours for prospective students and assist other clubs in their school-wide projects (such as Teacher Appreciation posters)
- serves on committees that impact student policies such as the Student Health Advisory Council, the Principal’s Council, and Safe Place Training, as well as making presentations to the superintendent and school board.
Students are selected for the class through an application and interview process. The interviews are almost solely conducted by current Teen Impact students, with Ms. Seglem making the final selection.
"Students are selected based on their willingness to challenge themselves to be the best they can be for the purpose of serving others, for their desire to reach out to students who need a mentor, and who can be honest about their weaknesses and put in the effort to covert those to strengths," said Ms. Seglem.
Jennifer Andjelic will serve as Principal of Bee Cave Elementary School effective July 18, Lake Travis ISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Lancaster announced. Ms. Andjelic will replace Deanna McParland.
“Jennifer is no stranger to Lake Travis ISD,” Dr. Lancaster said. “Between 2009 and 2013, she was a member of our Curriculum and Instruction department where she served as Director of Elementary Academic Services. We are excited to welcome her and her family back to The Destination District.”
Ms. Andjelic began her career in public education in 1995 as a fourth grade teacher at Dove Elementary School in the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District northwest of Dallas. After serving in the same capacity at Bush Elementary School in the Conroe school district near Houston, Ms. Andjelic joined the Spring Independent School District where she served in various classroom and administrative roles including Reading Intervention Specialist and Principal of the district’s Summer Academies program, Elementary Academic Intervention Coordinator with the district’s Curriculum and Instruction department, and Principal of Meyer Elementary School. Following her tenure at Lake Travis, Ms. Andjelic served as Principal of Grandview Hills Elementary School, and most recently, as Executive Director of Instruction and Professional Learning in the Leander school district.
Ms. Andjelic earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Texas and a Master of Education degree in Administration from the University of St. Thomas. She and her family reside in Lakeway, and her children attend Lake Travis High School.
“Selecting the right person to serve as school principal is a critical and oftentimes difficult decision,” Dr. Lancaster continued. “I want to thank the members of the interview committee for their outstanding help throughout this process. Committee members included BCE teachers Rachel Hughes and Josie Phan, PTO officer/parent representative Melissa Williamson, West Cypress Hills Elementary School Principal Amanda Prehn, Director of Special Services Dr. Laura Abbott, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resource Services Evalene Murphy, and Deputy Superintendent Mary Patin.
A total of 67 applications were received for the position, and eight candidates were interviewed.
“The committee recommended Ms. Andjelic and two other finalists to me,” Dr. Lancaster added. “These finalists were interviewed a second time by Ms. Patin, Ms. Murphy, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative and Community Services Holly Morris-Kuentz, and me. This interview with Ms. Andjelic, coupled with her references and wide ranging experience, only confirmed the committee’s very strong endorsement.”
Senior staff will arrange a meet-and-greet between Ms. Andjelic and the Bee Cave school community in the near future.
More than 30 third through eighth graders participated in LT Code Jam 2017, an event intended to spark interest and inspire students to pursue a career in computer science and programming.
The activities ranged from block-based coding used to create games and stories, HTML to create a website, text-based languages Python and Java, and a robotics demonstration with a stairbot.
High school computer science students assisted attendees with their activities. Funds raised from the event will be used for activities to encourage young women to study computer science and engineering.
The Lake Travis Code Jam 2017 was hosted by the LTHS Women in Computer Science and Engineering Club. LTHS AP Computer Science Teacher Lori Wristers sponsors the Women in Computer Science and Engineering Club.
Ten students from Lake Travis High School placed among the best in the world at the DECA International Career Development Conference April 26-29 in Anaheim, CA.
In all, 19 LTHS students comprised the more than 19,000 young men and women from around the globe who competed in 53 business and marketing events.
According to its website, DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs to be college and career ready. Members gain 21st Century skills and become prepared to be effective leaders connected to the real world.
"This is, historically, the best performance and representation by LTISD at the DECA International Career Development Conference," said Jill Oates, one of two DECA advisors at Lake Travis High School."
The following Lake Travis High School students were Texas DECA ICDC competition winners:
Hotel Management Online Virtual Business Simulation - Sponsored by Marriott
2nd Place in the World
Participants: Jason Liu, Jerzy Ramos Chen
Entrepreneurship Promotion Plan
5th Place in the World (one of two Texas teams to place)
Topic: Lake Travis Link
Participant: Cody Harris, Campbell Ingraham, Lisa Stapleton
School Based Enterprise Food Operations - Sponsored by Otis Spunkmeyer
Top 20 in the World (only Texas team to place)
Topic: CAV Zone School Store @ LTHS
Participants: Samantha Bryant, Faith Putman, Nikita Tiffany
DECA Scholarship from National Society of High School Scholars & Special Voting Delegate/Jordan Grulke
National Society of High School Scholars Scholarship Voting Delegate
DECA Scholarship from PDC Productions, Special Voting Delegate, and National Social Media Digital Correspondent/Julia Wezio
DECA is one the largest student organizations on the Lake Travis campus with 121 members. DECA students are advised by LTHS teachers Ms. Oates and Amy Johnson.
LTHS DECA would like to thank the following 2016-2017 program sponsors:
Hill Country Allergy - Dr. Amin Mery
Smile Generation - Dr. Jeff Butler
Belcor Properties - Linda Duvalle
Lakeway Spine Center - Dr. Andrea Salazar
International Studies Abroad - Ivan Lopez
dB Drag Racing - Wayne & Celise Harris
Career Creators Consulting - Amber Travis-Ballinas
Little Greek Restaurant - Randy & Cindy Dillon
LT Eye Care - Dr. Sarah E. Gibson
Maj. & Mrs. Allen Tiffany
Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Bryant
Mr. & Mrs. Dana Willis
Lake Travis ISD officials placed the spotlight on its 2016-2017 teachers of the year, distinguished retirees, and the recipients of the district’s Community Service Award at a dinner held May 18 at the Sonesta Bee Cave.
The 2016-2017 Teachers of the Year are Tanya Henslee - Digital Graphics, Hudson Bend Middle School; Jessie Lawson - Teen Leadership, Lake Travis Middle School; Esther Peckover - 1st Grade, Lakeway Elementary School; Jamie Kennedy - 1st Grade, Lake Pointe Elementary School; Brooke Lane - Kindergarten, Lake Travis Elementary; Kassey LeBlanc - 2nd Grade, Bee Cave Elementary School; Becca Wells - Kindergarten, West Cypress Hills Elementary School; Josie Sellers - 4th Grade, Serene Hills Elementary School/District Elementary Teacher of the Year; and Lamar Schrader - English, Lake Travis High School/District Secondary Teacher of the Year.
“The teaching profession is one of the most noble and important vocations in our society, yet it is constantly under the microscope,” said Dr. Lancaster. “Teachers must meet the strictest of ever-evolving standards. They must also deal with a wide range of student needs and unique challenges each and every day, and there are no two students alike. It is fitting that we take a moment to recognize these hard-working, dedicated public school educators who are truly first among equals at Lake Travis ISD.”
Officials also recognized several individuals who elected to retire from the school district this year including Mary Senn - Reading Specialist, Lake Travis Elementary School; Karen Evans - Music Aide, Lake Travis Elementary School; Beth Andrus - Counselor, Lake Travis Elementary School; Gina Dodson - 3rd Grade, Lake Travis Elementary School; Deborah Watson - Art, Hudson Bend Middle School; Cynthia Allen - Physical Education, Lakeway Elementary School; and Carol Taggart - Discovery, Hudson Bend Middle School. Not in attendance were Margaret Bloomfield - Distribution Center, District Administration; Marilyn Gayle - English, Lake Travis High School; Mary Kosacz - Administrative Assistant, Lakeway Elementary School; Mary Lou Knutson - Registrar, Hudson Bend Middle School; and Norma Laird - Special Education, Hudson Bend Middle School.
Additionally, district officials lauded the work of three community volunteers with the second annual Lake Travis ISD Community Service Awards.
“The purpose of the Community Service Awards program is to recognize and celebrate volunteers, mentors and business partners who give their time, talents and resources to improve the educational experiences for students of the Lake Travis Independent School District,” said Holly Morris-Kuentz, Lake Travis ISD Assistant Superintendent for Administrative and Community Services. “The program is intended to increase awareness of the importance of parental and community involvement in LTISD.”
The LOVE (Leader in Outstanding Volunteer Efforts) for LT Award recognizes an individual who has contributed quality time and extraordinary effort towards improving the learning climate at an individual campus. The 2016-2017 LOVE for LT Award recipient is Dandi Holec, West Cypress Hills Elementary School. Dandi volunteered more 200 hours throughout the current school year. Some of her accomplishments include organizing and managing the school's fall book fair, serving as a Destination ImagiNation team leader, and personally servicing the school's die cutter and poster printer.
The Mentor Me LT Award recognizes the mentor for his/her dedication to the spirit of mentoring, including regular visits with his/her student, the quality of time spent, and the concern and enthusiasm with which he/she has approached the mentor-student relationship. The 2016-2017 Mentor Me LT Award recipient is Michelle McCabe, Bee Cave Elementary School. Michelle visited weekly with two different students throughout the school year. She played games with the students, helped develop their reading skills and provided much needed companionship.
The Most Valuable Partner (MVP) Award is presented to one civic or business partner. This award recognizes an exceptional partnership impacting an individual campus or the school district. The 2016-2017 Most Valuable Partner Award recipient is Lexus of Lakeway. Lexus of Lakeway is a Founding Level Partner of the District's Video Display Board program and has sponsored numerous events and programs district wide during the current school year.
The event was sponsored by HEB, Lexus of Lakeway, and Sonesta Bee Cave.
Lake Travis High School student-athlete Danny Tamkin signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Pomona College in Claremont, California May 17.
Lake Travis High School student-athletes in lacrosse and track and field signed letters of intent to play at the post-secondary level.
These five LTHS lacrosse student-athletes signed letters of intent May 8:
Harrison Essex - Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ
Joey Ceshker – Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO
Zach Swenson, Jed Hursh and Reed Elliott - Texas A&M University in College Station, TX
These five LTHS track and field student-athletes signed letters of intent May 10:
Connor Butterfield – University of Texas at Arlington
Ben Davis – University of North Texas in Denton
Tanner Day - Sam Houston State University in Huntsville
Dylan Day – Concordia University Texas in Austin
Megan Rourke – University of Texas at Austin
Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, our District’s Food and Nutrition Services (FANS) department professionals have a lot on their plate.
To celebrate their hard work and commitment, Lake Travis ISD proudly celebrates May 8-12 as School Nutrition Employee Week. Thank you to the following café staff and managers for providing more than 8,500 healthy meals to students across our 10 cafés every day:
Lakeway Elementary School FANS Specialists
Lake Pointe Elementary School FANS Specialists
Lake Travis Elementary School FANS Specialists
Lakeway Elementary School FANS Specialists
Serene Hills Elementary School FANS Specialists
West Cypress Hills Elementary School FANS Specialists
Hudson Bend Middle School FANS Specialists
Lake Travis Middle School FANS Specialists
Lake Travis High School FANS Specialists
LTISD FANS Café Managers
Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez and former Travis County Director of Victim Services Ellen Halbert paid a visit to Lake Travis High School April 19 to raise awareness about sexual assault.
Addressing students in the LTHS Forensic Science program, Ms. Halbert gave a moving testimonial to students about her experience as a victim of sexual assault as well as her work with victims and perpetrators with the District Attorney’s office. Sheriff Hernandez informed students about the prevalence and prevention of sexual assault and the role of law enforcement in handling such cases.
School Resource Officers Nathan Iacono and Lisa Lucas support the LTHS Forensic Science program and helped coordinate the guest speakers.
Mallory Shackelford is the LTHS Biology and Forensic Science teacher at Lake Travis High School.
Hudson Bend Middle School sixth grader Cameron Haley and eighth grader Lauren Brophy competed in the Western National Level 9 Gymnastics meet in Boise, ID April 28-30.
Only the top seven in each age group advanced from Regionals to Western Nationals where the girls competed against the top gymnasts in the western half of the United States.
Lauren placed third in Vault at the Western National Level 9 Gymnastics meet.
Cameron Haley finished 10th in Bars at the Western National Level 9 Gymnastics meet.
Four Lake Travis High School freshmen placed 7th overall in the Gulf Coast Region 10 Sweet Adeline's Quartet Competition. The four choral students were the only girls competing under the age of 25 and against women who have been singing and competing for many more years than the younger students. In addition to placing in the top 10, the girls also won the Novice Award.
The Lake Travis High School DECA program is pleased to announce its officers for the 2017-2018 school year. Pictured left to right are Lydia Thomas, Kyle Freeman, Mackenzie Matheson, Koby Wheeler, Faith Putman, Campbell Ingraham, Sreya Ayinala, Cody Harris and Ricardo Cabeza De Vaca; not pictured is Jacob Schaffer.
The officers will be sworn into office at the LTHS DECA annual banquet scheduled for May 18 at the Sonesta Hotel.
DECA is one the largest student organizations on the Lake Travis campus with 121 members. DECA students are advised by LTHS teachers Jill Oates and Amy Johnson.
Thomas J. Payne will serve as principal of Hudson Bend Middle School effective July 1, Lake Travis ISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Lancaster announced. Mr. Payne replaces Mark Robinson who was named principal of Bowie High School in the Austin school district in March.
"Tom is no stranger to Lake Travis ISD and Hudson Bend Middle School," Dr. Lancaster said. "We are excited to welcome him back to The Destination District."
Mr. Payne began his career in public education in 2004 as a social studies teacher at Akins High School in the Austin Independent School District. In 2006, Mr. Payne joined Hudson Bend Middle School where he served as a social studies teacher. During his three-year tenure at HBMS, he led a number of activities and programs including serving as eighth grade team leader, student council sponsor, and Campus Assessment Team member. In 2009, Mr. Payne was named assistant principal at Canyon Ridge Middle School in the Leander school district, and two years later, served as assistant principal at Dripping Springs High School. Presently, Mr. Payne is the principal of Rooster Springs Elementary School in the Dripping Springs school district.
Mr. Payne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Texas A&M University. While in College Station, he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and was elected to the Ross Volunteer Company— the oldest student honor organization in Texas. Following graduation, Mr. Payne was commissioned into the US Army Artillery and spent five years on active duty serving in Germany, Kosovo and Oklahoma. He later earned a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Texas State University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Lamar University. Mr. Payne and his wife, Daisy, have two children, Lily Rose and Hayes.
"Selecting the right person to serve as school principal is a critical and oftentimes difficult decision," Dr. Lancaster added. "I want to thank the members of the interview committee for their outstanding help throughout this process. Committee members included HBMS teachers Marcella Flannigan and Dana Schrader, incoming PTO President Cara Cooper, Lake Travis Middle School Principal Jodie Villemaire, Director of Fine Arts Charles Aguillon, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Evalene Murphy, and Deputy Superintendent Mary Patin."
A total of 85 applications were received for the position, and nine candidates were interviewed.
"The committee recommended Mr. Payne and three other finalists to me," Dr. Lancaster continued. "These finalists were interviewed a second time by Ms. Patin, Ms. Murphy, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative and Community Services Holly Morris-Kuentz, and me. This interview with Mr. Payne, coupled with his references and wide ranging experience, only confirmed the committee’s very strong endorsement."
Senior staff will arrange a meet-and-greet between Mr. Payne and the Hudson Bend school community in the near future.
Lake Travis ISD joins the School Nutrition Association in recognizing Friday, May 5 as School Lunch Hero Day. School Lunch Hero Day is a chance to showcase the difference school nutrition professionals make for every child who comes through the cafeteria.
Together, the LTISD café managers and their respective staff, provide more than 8,500 healthy meals to students across 10 cafés daily. In addition to School Lunch Hero Day, Lake Travis ISD will celebrate School Nutrition Employee Week May 8-12.
The LTISD café managers are:
· Sheila Bussemey, BCE
· Shana Jones, LPE
· Mike Villegas, LTE
· Gloria Torres, LWE
· Dolores Arriaga, SHE
· Corrine Stewart, WCHE
· Angela McAfee, HBMS
· Tanya Olvera-Breazeale, LTMS
· LoraJeanne Blaker, LTHS
The Lake Travis ISD food service department is led by Traci Miller.
Brandy Belk, Lake Travis ISD Assistant Athletic Director, has accepted a position with the University Interscholastic League at the University of Texas at Austin, announced LTISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Lancaster.
Among her many duties as UIL Assistant Athletic Director, Ms. Belk will assist in administering and coordinating UIL Athletic Department programs, rules and related matters to over 1,200 member schools, serving over 800,000 high school athletes in Texas; plan, organize and administer State tournaments and meets; and travel in and out of state to represent UIL in athletic events, committees and functions. She is expected to begin her tenure with the UIL on June 1.
Ms. Belk began her career in public education in 1997 as a PE teacher and coach at Tippit Middle School in the Georgetown school district. After serving as head girls basketball coach at Vista Ridge High School in the Leander school district, she joined the LT family in 2008 and served in various capacities at Lake Travis Middle School. In 2013, Ms. Belk was named LTISD’s first-ever Assistant Athletic Director where she has served with Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Hank Carter to meet the needs of the district’s robust offering of extracurricular programs.
"Without a doubt, Brandy will be greatly missed," Dr. Lancaster added. "However, she will continue to serve as our Assistant AD until the end of the month. In the interim, we will begin the process of hiring her successor. I encourage the Cavalier Nation to kindly extend its congratulations and support to Coach Belk and her family as they prepare to embark on a new and exciting journey."
Lake Pointe and Lakeway elementary schools, together with Hudson Bend and Lake Travis middle schools, have been selected as 2016 Scholar Honor Roll schools by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Institute for Productivity in Education (IPE).
According to ERP and IPE, the honor roll is part of a national effort to recognize public schools for demonstrating consistently higher levels of student academic achievement, improvement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps among ethnic minority and socioeconomically-disadvantaged students.
“These Scholar Honor Roll schools are clearly improving outcomes for their students, as the academic data show,” said Charles Miller, chairman of IPE. “The next step is to understand how their educational productivity then translates to economic productivity. To do this, we must link academic and financial data to measure educational funding vs. student outcomes. Our economy will thrive when we are boosting student achievement without spending more – that is to say, when we are getting the biggest bang for our education buck.”
The Texas Honor Roll program is made possible by numerous businesses and organizations including the Texas Business Leadership Council, American Automobile Association (AAA) Texas, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, and several private foundations.
For more information, visit http://edresults.org/HonorRoll/Scholar
As the 2016-2017 school year comes to a close, the LTISD Food and Nutrition Services (FANS) department has begun to settle all meal accounts with a negative balance. Beginning May 15, 2017, students will not be able to charge a meal that would incur a negative balance. Therefore, if a student’s purchase will result in a negative balance on his/her account, the student will be provided an alternate meal.
"Parents are encouraged to use this opportunity to replenish their child's myschoolbucks.com account so that he or she can make the desired meal selections at the Fuel Café or Cavalier Café," said Traci E. Miller, LTISD Director of Food and Nutrition Services.
Meal pre-payments are accepted in cash or check at each campus café. In order to ensure proper account credit, cash and check pre-payments must be secured in a labeled envelope and should include the student's full name and ID number. Checks should be made payable to "LTISD."
Recipients of meal benefits will continue to receive full meals at free or reduced price without interruption.
For more information, please contact the LTISD FANS department at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 512-533-6037.
Congratulations to Lake Travis High School student-athlete Cesar Guzman who signed a letter of intent May 3 to play football for Allegheny College in Meadville, PA.
More than 300 girls from the Kardivas clubs at Bee Cave, Lake Pointe, Lake Travis, Lakeway, Serene Hills and West Cypress Hills elementary schools, as well as Barton Creek Elementary School in the Eanes school district, celebrated the completion of a successful year with a reception held April 27 at the Lake Travis High School cafeteria.
Joined by their high school mentors, the girls played bingo, 'DIVAS' awards were presented to girls from each elementary school, and a flashmob dance was performed.
Kardivas, a non-profit 501(c)3, is a character club for 5th grade girls. They meet after school each Thursday at all six elementary campuses in Lake Travis ISD and at Barton Creek Elementary in the Eanes school district.
The name 'Kardivas' is derived from the Greek word “kardia” which means "heart," or "seat of emotions." DIVAS stands for Devoted, Inspired, Virtuous, Authentic, Sisterhood.
For more information contact, Lisa Johnson at email@example.com.