LTHS sophomore named Teen Activist of the Year

The Texas Advocacy Project, a statewide non-profit organization which provides free legal services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, has named Lake Travis High School sophomore Zoe Arora as its Teen Ambassador of the Year 2017 for her efforts to promote awareness and prevention of dating abuse in her community.  

Hosted by the Texas Council on Family Violence and TAP, Zoe was one of several teens from across the state who spoke directly to legislators at the Texas Capitol February 1 in the first-ever Youth Rally Day in honor of National Teen Dating Abuse Awareness Month.  Empowered by the theme "Young Hearts Matter," she and her peers addressed the importance of healthy relationships and fully funding domestic violence programs.

Zoe is one of 25 student leaders participating in TAP's Teen Ambassadors of Hope program.  In addition to learning about healthy relationships, ambassadors also receive training on leadership, marketing, and branding as part of their participation.

The campaign consists of three goals:

  • engage young leaders in raising awareness about dating violence;
  • promote TAP's mission and services; and
  • raise needed funds that will go directly towards helping clients

Members are also invited to participate in an exclusive leadership training opportunity at the University of Texas - LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Video credit: Texas Advocacy Project

LTHS sophomore Zoe Arora

LTHS sophomore Zoe Arora

Zoe’s drive and passion were evident throughout her entire fundraising campaign. She went above and beyond to create an unforgettable fundraiser—a combination of collecting donations and an interactive program to engage passersby in conversations about dating abuse awareness and prevention.
— Heather Bellino, TAP Executive Director

LT FOOTBALL ADDS TWO MORE COLLEGE SIGNEES

Two members of the Lake Travis High School 2016 Class 6A - Division I football state championship team signed letters of intent February 15—Zach Herman with Texas Lutheran University in Seguin and Sammy Ochoa with the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  Earlier this month, 12 Lake Travis student-athletes inked letters of intent to play college football during National Signing Day, bringing the total number of signees to a school-record 14.

Sammy Ochoa – US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD

Zach Herman – Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, TX

Elementary Schools Host Annual Science Fairs

Fifth-grade students across each Lake Travis ISD elementary campus displayed their knowledge of Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and numerous other scientists during school science fairs held throughout January and February.

According to science fair organizers, students executed all phases of experimentation including the development of a hypothesis, planning, research, experimenting, analyzing data, and concluding their findings.  

"Participating in school science fairs introduces students to opportunities for scientific inquiry," said Kelly Bender, fifth-grade teacher at Bee Cave Elementary School.  "This experience not only gives them hands-on experience in science, it also helps prepare them to analyze issues and answer questions they have about the world."

Volunteer judges critiqued each entry and rated the projects based on presentation, documentation, and 'Q&A' with the student.  Judges included Lake Travis ISD administrators, Lake Travis High School students, parents, business leaders and members of the greater Austin community. 

West Cypress Hills Elementary School Science Fair

West Cypress Hills Elementary School Science Fair

Lake Travis Elementary Science Fair

Lake Travis Elementary Science Fair

Middle, High School Winter Guard Place in Competition

The Lake Travis ISD Middle and High School Winter Guard placed in the top five in its first competition of the season. The event was held at Canyon High School Saturday, February 4.

The newly-formed Middle School Winter Guard, with students from both Lake Travis and Hudson Bend middle schools, took 1st place in Cadet class. The High School Winter Guard placed fifth in Scholastic A class.  

Lake Travis Middle School Winter Guard

Lake Travis Middle School Winter Guard

Lake Travis High School Winter Guard

Lake Travis High School Winter Guard

Commissioner of Education agrees to fund 50% credit for Optional Homestead Exemption

Lake Travis ISD officials received confirmation earlier this week that the Commissioner of Education has agreed to fund the 50% credit for the Optional Homestead Exemption (OHE) starting with the current school year, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brad Lancaster announced.

"Last spring, I began presenting to each school faculty meeting, PTA/PTO groups, and numerous community groups a general picture about our financial future," Dr. Lancaster stated.  "In addition, our Board of Trustees recently adopted a list of priorities for the 85th legislative session."

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Lake Travis HS band, choir, orchestra students earn All-State honors

The notable talents of five Lake Travis High School students have earned each of them a place on the 2017 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 2016 with over 64,000 students from around the state vying for the honor to perform in one of 13 ensembles (bands, choirs and orchestras).

(left to right) Grace Ward - 1st Chair Jazz Guitar, TMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble 1; Aly Ruiz - Piccolo, TMEA All-State Band; Jade Milam - 7th Chair Alto 1, TMEA All-State Women's Choir; Abigail Storm - 2nd Chair Alto 2, TMEA All-State Mixed Choir; and Molly Snodgrass - 2nd Chair Soprano 1, TMEA All-State Mixed Choir

(left to right) Grace Ward - 1st Chair Jazz Guitar, TMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble 1; Aly Ruiz - Piccolo, TMEA All-State Band; Jade Milam - 7th Chair Alto 1, TMEA All-State Women's Choir; Abigail Storm - 2nd Chair Alto 2, TMEA All-State Mixed Choir; and Molly Snodgrass - 2nd Chair Soprano 1, TMEA All-State Mixed Choir

Grace Ward: 1st Chair Jazz Guitar, TMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble 1

Grace Ward: 1st Chair Jazz Guitar, TMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble 1

Grace Ward has been playing guitar since she was nine years old. She also plays the double bass and sings.  Grace has many favorite musicians ranging from Esperanza Spalding to Stevie Wonder.  She is also inspired by her teachers and mentors.  Grace plans to study either jazz guitar or classical bass performance at the college/university level after graduation.

Anna Macias directs the orchestra program at Lake Travis High School.

I have never met anyone who wouldn’t say they have benefited from a fine arts program, whether it be heightened work ethic, organizational skills, close friends, or just a life-long hobby.
— Grace Ward

Aly Ruiz has been playing piccolo for seven years and also plays the flute.  Some of her favorite musicians include Amy Porter, Helen Blackburn and The Civil Wars.  Aly plans to study youth development and/or education after graduation.

Richard Hicks directs the band program at Lake Travis High School.

[Playing an instrument] allows me to express emotion in an extremely personal way.
— Aly Ruiz
Aly Ruiz-Piccolo: TMEA All-State Band

Aly Ruiz-Piccolo: TMEA All-State Band


Jade Milam: 7th Chair Alto 1, TMEA All-State Women's Choir

Jade Milam: 7th Chair Alto 1, TMEA All-State Women's Choir

Jade Milam has been training as a singer since age six.  She started participating in school choir in the 6th grade.  Jade also plays piano.  She enjoys a variety of musical styles from classic to modern.  Some of her favorite musicians include classical composers Brahms and Bach and the modern band Fun.  Jade plans to attend college and major in either musical theater or vocal performance.

[Fine Arts] provide a creative outlet for students to express themselves and to escape from daily stresses... while doing something they love.
— Jade Milan

Abigail Storm has been singing since age three.  She also plays the guitar and piano.  Some of Abigail's favorite musicians include Speed of Sound and Gladys Knight. Abigail plans to continue to sing after graduation and pursue a career in education.

[Fine Arts] gives me something to work for. It also give me great pride to represent my school.
— Abigail Storm
Abigail Storm: 2nd Chair Alto 2, TMEA All-State Mixed Choir

Abigail Storm: 2nd Chair Alto 2, TMEA All-State Mixed Choir


Molly Snodgrass: 2nd Chair Soprano 1, TMEA All-State Mixed Choir

Molly Snodgrass: 2nd Chair Soprano 1, TMEA All-State Mixed Choir

Molly Snodrass has performed in professional choirs since age five.  One of Molly's favorite musicians is Reheé Fleming.  Molly plans to attend the Boston Conservatory and major in vocal performance.

Kelan Latimer directs the choir program at Lake Travis High School.

The [Fine Arts] program helps students express their feelings... and helps students find a talent or passion for the arts that they might not have know that they had.
— Molly Snodgrass

The students will perform February 11 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.

HBMS, LTMS students named Texas Geographic Bee Semifinalists

Jakob DeBlock - Lake Travis Middle School

Jakob DeBlock - Lake Travis Middle School

Stefan Schultz - Hudson Bend Middle School

Stefan Schultz - Hudson Bend Middle School

Jakob DeBlock, 7th grade student at Lake Travis Middle School, and Stefan Schultz, 8th grade student at Hudson Bend Middle School, won their school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee.  

Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2017 Bee.  The school champions, including Jakob and Stefan, will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on March 31. 

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 15-17.  The first-place national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and a trip to a national park, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The national finals will air on May 19 at 8 p.m. EST on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD, and later on public television stations.

Elementary campuses celebrate 100th day of school

Student, Staff Honor School Board Trustees in January

With the theme ‘All-Star Team,’ Lake Travis ISD joined other districts across the state to recognize and thank school trustees for their service throughout January 2017 as part of School Board Recognition Month.

LTISD superintendent Dr. Brad Lancaster states, “Our community benefits every day from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by the seven men and women who represent more than 9,800 students and their families. These local volunteers are elected by their constituents and receive no compensation for their work as public servants. In a climate of change and challenge, they develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues that affect our community. Even though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation to our board members, we realize their contributions reflect a year-round commitment.”

Special events were held at each Lake Travis ISD campus throughout January.

Hudson Bend Middle School and Lake Travis Middle School collaborated to create a video which was played for the trustees at the January 17, 2017 Board of Trustees meeting.

Record number student-athletes pen letters of intent during National Signing Day

Twelve student-athletes from Lake Travis High School signed letters of intent to play collegiate football during National Signing Day 2017.

Eleven of the 12 members representing the 2016 UIL Class 6A - Division I football state championship team participated in a brief signing ceremony held Feb. 1 at the Lake Travis ISD Cavalier Activity Center. The lone student-athlete not present was AP Offensive Player of the Year and quarterback Charlie Brewer who is currently enrolled at Baylor University.  The 12 signees are the most of any class in the history of Lake Travis High School football, and additional student-athlete commitments are pending.  

National Signing Day participants included the following: 

•    Matt Armendariz - Colorado School of Mines; Golden, CO
•    Maleek Barkley - University of Arkansas; Fayetteville, AK
•    Tyler Barrett - Drake University; Des Moines, IA
•    Cade Brewer - University of Texas; Austin, TX
•    Charlie Brewer - Baylor University; Waco, TX (currently enrolled)
•    Aidan Estrada - Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Waxahachie, TX
•    Cade Green - University of Wisconsin; Madison, WI
•    Austin Hiller - Northwestern University; Evanston, IL
•    Mac Humble - University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA
•    Brenden Jaimes - University of Nebraska; Lincoln, NE
•    Michael Mast - Southwestern Assemblies of God University; Waxahachie, TX
•    T.J. Simien - Blinn College; Brenham, TX

The Lake Travis Cavaliers beat The Woodlands Highlanders 41-13 on December 17, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, earning the school its sixth state title since 2007.  

Hank Carter is head coach of the Cavaliers, a position he’s held since 2010.  During his tenure, Coach Carter has led his teams to three state championships and an overall record of 91-10.  He was named the 2016 District 25-6A Coach of the Year and the All-Central Texas Football Coach of the Year.  

LTHS Class of 2017 valedictorian, salutatorian named


Spencer Buckner, LTHS Class of 2017 Salutatorian and Sara Flinn, LTHS Class of 2017 Valedictorian

Spencer Buckner, LTHS Class of 2017 Salutatorian and Sara Flinn, LTHS Class of 2017 Valedictorian

Sara Flinn, LTHS Class of 2017 Valedictorian

Sara Flinn, LTHS Class of 2017 Valedictorian

Sara Flinn will graduate as Valedictorian of the Lake Travis High School Class of 2017, school officials announced earlier this month.  She is the daughter of Larry Flinn and Catherine Torres.

Sara has attended Lake Travis schools for 12 years.  In addition to being the top graduate in the Class of 2017, she is also a National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist, a sponsorship intern of local nonprofit Africa's Promise Village, and a volunteer for the Community Beautification Committee.  Sara also participates in the school's Model United Nations, Creative Writing Club, and UIL Academics. Sara plans to major in Neuroscience and Psychology.

Spencer Buckner, LTHS Class of 2017 Salutatorian

Spencer Buckner, LTHS Class of 2017 Salutatorian

Spencer Buckner will graduate as Salutatorian of the Class of 2017.   He is the son of Harold and Kathy Buckner.  

Spencer has attended Lake Travis schools since 7th grade.  Like Sara, he too is a National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist and a member of Model United Nations.  Spencer is a National Speech and Debate Association Academic All American and currently serves as vice president of the school's Speech and Debate team.  Most recently, he earned a state silver medal in Congressional Debate.  Spencer is also a member of the school's orchestra program.

He is expected to enroll in the University of Texas Plan II Honors program and major in Government and Economics.

Lake Travis ISD named finalist for prestigious HEB Excellence in Education Award

Lake Travis ISD has been selected as one of three statewide finalists in the ‘Small District’ category as part of HEB’s 2017 Excellence in Education Awards program, HEB officials announced this week.

HEB launched the Excellence in Education Awards program in cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 as a way to support public education in Texas. According to HEB, the awards program has become the largest monetary initiative for educators in the state, spotlighting best practices and celebrating the passion and creativity of Texas educators.  Each year, HEB recognizes teachers, principals, school districts, school boards, and early childhood centers who go the extra mile to serve their students and their communities. 

Specifically, the District Award recognizes school districts for 1.) a commitment to student achievement through innovative programs; 2.) parent/community involvement; and professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators.

“While winning the award would be a wonderful compliment for our district, the mere fact that Lake Travis ISD has been named a finalist is a unique and tremendous honor in itself,” admitted Dr. Brad Lancaster, Lake Travis ISD Superintendent of Schools. 

As part of the HEB awards selection process, independent judges made onsite visits to Lake Travis High School and Hudson Bend Middle School on January 26, visiting classrooms and speaking with numerous campus and student leaders.  The visit also included meetings with district administrators, parents, and community members.

“The awards process and onsite visits were great opportunities for us to showcase the amazing teaching and learning occurring in our schools every day,” added Dr. Lancaster.  “This was a very rewarding process.”

The two other finalists in the ‘Small District’ award category are Alamo Heights ISD (San Antonio) and Hutto ISD.  The winning district, which will receive $50,000, will be announced at the HEB Excellence in Education Awards ceremony May 7 at the Hilton Hotel in Austin.

For more information, visit the HEB Excellence in Education Awards website.

Lake Travis Cheer takes 6th at Nationals


The Lake Travis High School competition cheer squad earned 6th Place at the prestigious National Cheerleaders Association - High School Nationals held January 21-22 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center in Dallas.  Annie Clay directs the LT Cheer program.

‘Screenagers’ proves to be real eye opener for Lake Travis parents, community

More than 700 parents, students, teachers, and members of the Lake Travis community filled the Lakeway Church January 20 for a special showing of ‘Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,’ a documentary which highlights the effects of digital screen time on children.

“Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts child development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world,” said Elizabeth Wood, president of the Hudson Bend Middle School PTO.  “The huge turnout shows that there is tremendous interest in this topic.”  The film was directed by Delaney Ruston, a Seattle filmmaker and physician who uses her own experience with her children as the main storyline.

According to a 2015 Common Sense Media report cited in the film, kids spend an average of 6.5 hours a day on screens, not including classroom or homework time.  The same report indicates that nearly two-thirds of teens do not think watching television, texting, or using social media while doing homework has an impact on them.

“With the growing body of research around the adolescent’s developing brain, our work as parents, educators, and community members is to help young people grow up within the digital landscape in a way that nurtures their strengths, health and wellbeing,” said Kathleen Hassenfratz, Lake Travis ISD Health and Social Programs Coordinator and principal organizer of the event.  “Community events like the ‘Screenagers’ movie are helping create a much-needed dialogue, both in our schools and in our homes, about the social-emotional development of our youth and the critical roles parents and educators play in that process.”

Local experts in education, health and wellness, law enforcement and tech answer questions from attendees regarding the impact of technology in Lake Travis schools.

Local experts in education, health and wellness, law enforcement and tech answer questions from attendees regarding the impact of technology in Lake Travis schools.

Upon the film’s conclusion, a panel of local education, health and wellness, law enforcement, and tech experts answered questions from attendees regarding children’s use of technology and its impact in Lake Travis schools.  Panelists included:

  • Dr. Jessica Buss - licensed psychologist in Texas and California
  • Dan Brooks - parent of children attending Lake Travis schools; experience in graphics design and marketing, Leader for Life Parent Advisory Committee member
  • Sandy Cox (moderator) - Lakeway resident, Leadership Austin graduate, former TexARTS chair, former Lakeway City Council member
  • Lisa Lucas - Travis County Sheriff’s Office/School Resource Officer at Lake Travis High School
  • Carl McLendon - Learning Technologies Coordinator at Lake Travis ISD
  • Dr. Erica O’Brien - licensed therapeutic optometrist; clinical director for the Optometry Center for Vision Therapy
  • Amanda Brown - speech language pathologist at Kitestrings Pediatric Therapy in Lakeway
  • Chris Woehl - Executive Dir. for Technology & Information Systems Services at Lake Travis ISD
Kathleen Hassenfratz, LTISD Health and Social Programs Coordinator, welcomes attendees to the special showing of 'Screenagers.'

Kathleen Hassenfratz, LTISD Health and Social Programs Coordinator, welcomes attendees to the special showing of 'Screenagers.'

The event was presented by the Lake Travis ISD Leader for Life student wellness program and Sing Orthodontics.

To learn more about ‘Screenagers,’ visit www.screenagersmovie.com, or contact Kathleen Hassenfratz at hassenfratzk@ltisdschools.org, or at 512-533-6041. 

Pen pal visitS LWE 2nd grade class

PFC Joel Zapalac visits Elizabeth Anstey's 2nd grade class at Lakeway Elementary School

PFC Joel Zapalac visits Elizabeth Anstey's 2nd grade class at Lakeway Elementary School

Elizabeth Anstey's second grade students at Lakeway Elementary School got a special visit on January 19 from class pen pal, U.S. Marine Private First Class Joel Zapalac.

Ms. Anstey’s class began writing PFC Zapalac in November who indicated he would visit his pen pals upon graduation from basic training and before he left for infantry school.  

Joel attended boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Sand Diego in California. After graduation, he flew back to the Lakeway area for leave between trainings. Next he is going to Camp Pendleton, California for Marine Combat Training (MCT).  

"Our families are close friends," Mrs. Anstey stated.  "Joel decided he was going to join the United States Marines after high school graduation.  When I heard that Joel would not have any contact with the outside world during his three months of training–except in the form of writing letters–I asked if he would be willing to be a pen pal for my students.  Without a doubt, he agreed." 

In order for the students to make a personal connection with who they would be writing, Mrs. Anstey explained to her students who Joel was, why he chose to join the service, and explained that he was a proud product of Lake Travis ISD.  PFC Zapalac attended Bee Cave Elementary School, Lake Travis Middle School and graduated from Lake Travis High School in 2016.  

"They were extremely excited about writing to Joel and wanted to start right away," Ms. Anstey shared.  "They asked daily, 'Mrs. Anstey, when are we going to write to our Marine?  Full of questions and things to tell Joel about themselves, they began to write."  

In addition to providing PFC Zapalac with motivation during his training, being pen pals in turn provided educational opportunities for Mrs. Anstey’s students. 

According to Ms. Anstey, her students learned: 

  • geography: when they learned about the military base in California where Joel was stationed for training,
  • literacy: how to edit their writing for proper conventions (independently, through peer review, and in teacher-student mini conferences), how to correctly format a friendly letter, and how to address an envelope, including where to place the stamp

On the day of his visit, Joel spent time with the students describing his experience in basic training, answering questions and displaying a variety of military gear.  At the end of his visit, students shared with Joel their handmade cards and posters. 

“It was an extraordinary experience and an honor to be pen pals with Private First Class Zapalac," Mrs. Anstey concluded.  "My students are curious to know when he will be coming back to visit them again and when they can write to him again."     

School board approves 2017-2018 instructional calendar

The Lake Travis school board approved the 2017-2018 instructional calendar at its regular meeting Tuesday night, January 17th.  The calendar was developed in coordination with the District’s Advisory Committee on Education (ACE), the District of Innovation (DOI) committee, 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 superintendent Dr. Brad Lancaster.  "It is important to applaud these committees and staff for their hard work and commitment."

The school board approved two (2) versions of the 2017-2018 instructional calendar, one with Expedited Waivers and one without.  Expedited Waivers are available through the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and allow districts to incorporate additional days for Professional Development and Early Release.  Should TEA rescind its waiver policy—or should any changes be made by the state legislature, the district will use the Optional version of the calendar with fewer Professional Development days and changes in Early Release days.

During Tuesday night’s school board meeting, a revision pertaining to Professional Development days in December 2017 and January 2018 was made to the calendar posted in BoardBook (online board meeting agenda and supporting material packet).  Therefore, the calendar contained in the January 17, 2017 BoardBook should be disregarded.

According to both versions of the new calendar, the first day of instruction will be Wednesday, August 16, 2017 and the last day of instruction will be Friday, May 25, 2018.  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.

Finally, district officials have added ‘LT Family Night’ as an event to be observed Wednesday, October 11.  ‘LT Family Night’ was proposed by the Hudson Bend Middle School student council to the district’s ACE committee last year.  The intent of this designation is to spotlight the importance of family time for students, parents and staff across the district.  As a result, the district has made a commitment that there will be no homework assigned on ‘LT Family Night.’

The school board-approved 2017-2018 instructional calendar and Optional calendar have been posted on each school website (under ‘About Us’ and ‘QuickFind’), linked here for your convenience.

"Through the work of our committees and input to principals from campus staff, we are confident the 2017-2018 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 Dr. Lancaster.  "We appreciate your patience through the calendar development and adoption process."

Lake Travis celebrates football state championship team, student success at Parade of Champions

The Cav Nation was out in full force at the Hill Country Galleria Sunday, January 8 to cheer on the 2016 UIL Class 6A – Division I state football championship team during the Lake Travis High School Parade of Champions.

The Cavaliers defeated the Woodlands 41-13 on December 17, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, earning the school its sixth state title since 2007.  The parade, which traversed along Main Street, also highlighted numerous other students and their achievements in academics, fine arts and athletics from the past calendar year such as the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program qualifiers and the 2016 UIL 6A Girls Golf state championship team.  

Additionally, several dignitaries participated in a proclamation and trophy presentation ceremony at Bee Cave City Hall Immediately after the procession, including U.S. Representative Roger Williams who rode through the parade in a Batmobile.  Pre-event entertainment was provided by the Lake Travis Fiddlers.  Lakeway resident and Grammy award-winning musician Rick Treviño performed the National Anthem prior to the parade.  

The event was hosted by the City of Bee Cave and the Hill Country Galleria.

A+FCU Delivers 1st LT DEBIT CARD donation

photo credit: aplusfcu.org

photo credit: aplusfcu.org

Representatives from A+ Federal Credit Union (A+FCU) recently hand-delivered their first LT debit card program donation to Lake Travis Independent School District officials. 

In August 2016, A+FCU and LTISD launched a student-designed card that rewards the district when A+FCU customers make purchases using the LT Visa debit card.  

Donations are projected to be made each quarter, and the amount will vary based on customer use of the card.  The initial donation totaled $815.35.  

The custom card is available through the Cash-Back Checking program at the A+FCU branch in Bee Cave

Learn more and get your LT A+FCU debit card here

(left and right) A+ FCU representatives, (middle) Kevin Claypool, LTISD Director of Development & Corporate Relations

(left and right) A+ FCU representatives, (middle) Kevin Claypool, LTISD Director of Development & Corporate Relations

district to hold public hearing on 2015-2016 Texas Academic Performance Report

The Lake Travis Independent School District will hold a public hearing of the 2015-2016 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the LTISD Educational Development Center, 607 Ranch Road 620 North.  

According to the Texas Education Agency, the TAPRs pull together a wide range of information on the performance of students in each school and district in Texas every year.  Performance is shown disaggregated by student groups, including ethnicity and socioeconomic status.  The reports also provide extensive information on school and district staff, programs, and student demographics.  The TAPRs were previously known as the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) reports.

The 2015-2016 Texas Academic Performance Report for every public school and district—including Lake Travis ISD—is available on TEA's website.

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

LTHS earns first 6A football State Title, sixth overall

The Lake Travis Cavaliers beat The Woodlands 41-13 in the UIL 6A - Division I high school football state championship game played December 17, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, earning the school its sixth state title since 2007.  

Senior quarterback Charlie Brewer was selected as the high school player of the year by the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors. Brewer threw 56 touchdown passes, two interceptions and had a completion percentage of 0.772, breaking a national record listed by the National Federation of High School Associations.

Hank Carter is head coach of the Cavaliers, a position he's held since 2010.  During his tenure, Coach Carter has led his teams to three state championships and an overall record of 91-10.  He was named the 2016 All -Central Texas Football Coach of the Year.