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.  

LTISD superintendent highlights commitment of school board, encourages recognition


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

“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,” LTISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Lancaster said.  “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.”

Serving on the LTISD School Board are Lisa Johnson, President; Kim Flasch, Vice President; Alex Alexander, Secretary; and trustees John Aoueille, William Beard, Guy Clayton and Bob Dorsett, Jr.

“Our school board members are a vital link between the LTISD community and the classroom,” continued Dr. Lancaster.  “They bear responsibility for an annual operating budget of approximately $113 million, a growing student enrollment, and a highly‐qualified workforce.  School board members are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of our schoolchildren.  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.  I ask the LTISD community to help us show appreciation to our board members for giving of themselves and caring so much about every child enrolled in our schools.”

LTISD trustees will be recognized at various campus events throughout January.  Additionally, the LTISD administration will officially celebrate School Board Recognition Month during the January 17 meeting of the Board of Trustees to be held at 6:00 p.m. in the LTISD Educational
Development Center located at 607 RR 620 North.

LTHS announces DECA officer for 2016-2017

The Lake Travis High School DECA program is pleased to announce its officers for 2016-2017.  Pictured (left to right) are:  Cody Harris, Faith Putman, Jordan Grulke, Nikita Tiffany, Julia Wezio, Emily Bian, Samantha Bryant, and Campbell Ingraham.

Formerly known as the Distributive Education Clubs of America, DECA prepares emerging leaders in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management with over 185,000 members around the globe.  DECA is one the largest student organizations on the Lake Travis campus with 125 members.

(left to right) Nikita Tiffany, Cody Harris, Jordan Grulke, Faith Putman, Samantha Bryant, Cody Ingraham, Julia Wezio, Emily Bian

(left to right) Nikita Tiffany, Cody Harris, Jordan Grulke, Faith Putman, Samantha Bryant, Cody Ingraham, Julia Wezio, Emily Bian

District explains proposed A-F state accountability rating system

Regardless of the assessment system, I am confident our teachers and support staff will continue to work towards educational excellence for each of our students.

Effective August 2018, the Texas Education Agency will issue letter grades (A-F) to schools and districts based on five areas of student performance, or domains.  The five domains are 1.) Student Achievement, 2.) Student Progress, 3.) Closing Performance Gaps, 4.) Postsecondary Readiness, and 5.) Community and Student Engagement.  However, the law requires a preliminary work-in-progress report noting potential grades by domain to be issued to the Legislature in January 2017.  As a result, TEA released all preliminary campus and district ratings Friday, January 6. 
 
“It is important to note that these preliminary ratings are based on incomplete data from the 2015-2016 school year and are solely intended to provide a preview of potential ratings which are not yet final,” Dr. Brad Lancaster said, Lake Travis ISD Superintendent of Schools.  “In fact, we anticipate that TEA may make several changes in how it calculates scores by the time the first official ratings are issued in August 2018.  It would be premature to celebrate or defend any of these ratings in a system that will continue to evolve over the next year and a half.   Our hope is that TEA will partner with districts on ways to improve the new system to more accurately depict the complexities in measuring student performance and progress.”

Lake Travis ISD and each of its campuses have already ‘Met Standard’ under the state’s current accountability system.  

“Regardless of the assessment system, I am confident our teachers and support staff will continue to work towards educational excellence for each of our students,” Dr. Lancaster added.

Several resources highlighting the changes in the state’s accountability system are available on TEA's website.

Cheerleaders Give To Community in Lieu of Holiday Party

Instead of having a holiday party this year, the Lake Travis High School Cheer program chose to give back to the Lake Travis community. 

The girls made 40 gift bags filled with toiletries and personal care items which were delivered by Mobile Meals of Lake Travis.  Each client received one to two gift bags with their evening meal delivery.  The cheerleaders also donated gift cards for Partners in Hope

Spencer Smith and Alyssa Bezdek present gift cards to Matt Peacock, the executive director of Partners in Hope.

Spencer Smith and Alyssa Bezdek present gift cards to Matt Peacock, the executive director of Partners in Hope.

Junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders display their gift bags for Mobile Meals of Lake Travis.

Junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders display their gift bags for Mobile Meals of Lake Travis.

Community, Green Santa Show LTlov to Local Families

LTHS students Peter and Chris Stockton sorting toys at the EDC.

LTHS students Peter and Chris Stockton sorting toys at the EDC.

LTlov, a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist neighbors with limiting circumstances, extends its sincere gratitude to the Lake Travis community for supporting another successful Green Santa program.

"Each year, we are amazed by the outpouring of donations," said Michelle Zogas, founder and president of LTlov.  "This year was no exception as our generous community helped provide gifts and family meals to 681 children in the Lake Travis area.  Our business community, local residents, and numerous others have proven time and time again that everyone can have a joyous holiday, including the many volunteers who shared the gift of time by sorting donations and packing family toy boxes."

According to its website, 'neighbors helping neighbors' is the heart of LTlov’s mission.  To learn more about this year's Green Santa program, visit www.ltlov.org

Cavalette Captain to Represent LTISD in Washington D.C.

Lake Travis High School senior Sarah Clemmons, captain of the Cavalettes dance team, will perform at the President's Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Gala to be held Jan. 19 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C.  Sarah was selected by the Texas Dance Educator’s Association who was invited by the Texas State Society to choose participants.  Only 25 TDEA All-State dance members were selected to perform at the prestigious event.  

LTHS senior Sarah Clemmons

LTHS senior Sarah Clemmons

Performers will learn a piece choreographed by Eve Robinson, director of the Alvin High School Jacketters.  The piece will be performed several times at multiple venues during the ball. Performers will be wearing their school’s traditional dance team uniform with a sash representing their hometown.

Guests at the gala are expected to include Texas state officials, dignitaries, and other VIPs across the United States. 

While in Washington, Sarah and her colleagues are scheduled to visit the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums, Arlington National Cemetery, and several other historical landmarks.

Sarah is the daughter of Thomas and Gaylonn Clemmons.

The Lake Travis Cavalettes are directed by Abigail Payne and Laura Truett.  Ms. Payne also serves as president of the Texas Dance Educator’s Association.

LTHS senior Sarah Clemmons

LTHS senior Sarah Clemmons

LTHS Juniors to attend Camp Enterprise

Eight Lake Travis High School students have been selected by the Rotary Club of Austin to attend Camp Enterprise, a unique event for high school juniors in Austin-area schools to experience the free enterprise system, explore the world of business and entrepreneurship, and work together in teams to create viable businesses.

LTHS Camp Enterprise: Cody Harris, Avery Goodwin, Faith Putman, Jake Walker, Koby Wheeler, Kenny Mallory and Ethan Robinson; not pictured, Lisa Stapleton

LTHS Camp Enterprise: Cody Harris, Avery Goodwin, Faith Putman, Jake Walker, Koby Wheeler, Kenny Mallory and Ethan Robinson; not pictured, Lisa Stapleton

Camp Enterprise has been an annual event for more than 30 years.  The program is intended to inspire students to become the next generation of successful business leaders and entrepreneurs for the City of Austin.  Camp Enterprise will be held January 27-29, 2017 at Camp Buckner in Burnet, TX.

LTHS Cheer earns third at state competition

Congratulations to the Lake Travis High School Cheer program who placed third at the National Cheerleaders Association State of Texas Championship held Dec. 4 at the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco.  Annie Clay is the coach of the LTHS Cheer program. 

LTHS Senior Makes All-State Jazz Band

Lake Travis High School senior Grace Ward will play 1st Chair Jazz Guitar in the All-State Jazz Band during the Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio in February.  To date, Grace is the first LTISD student to be selected for an All-State ensemble. 

LTHS senior Grace Ward

LTHS senior Grace Ward

Students have an opportunity to audition for All-State in January.  TMEA sponsors the process to promote students' dedication to their musical knowledge and skill and to encourage TMEA member directors to support their students in this development.

All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive.  Over 1,700 students are selected through a process that begins with over 64,000 students from around the state vying for the honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs).

This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 33 TMEA regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part.

The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA jazz band state competition qualify to perform with the TMEA All-State Jazz Band.

The All-State students participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally-recognized conductors during the annual state TMEA Clinic/Convention.  Their performances before thousands of attendees bring this extraordinary event to a close.

LTHS duo nets awards for DECA Virtual Business Challenge

Lake Travis High School students Jason Liu and Jerzy Ramos Chen competed in the online DECA Hotel Challenge.

Jason Liu and Jerzy Ramos Chen

Jason Liu and Jerzy Ramos Chen

DECA high school members participated in six tracks of the event (Virtual Business Challenge Accounting, DECA Hotel Challenge, Virtual Business Challenge Personal Finance, Virtual Business Challenge Restaurant, Virtual Business Challenge Retailing and Virtual Business Challenge Sports).  Each track encourages DECA members to test their skills within its particular Virtual Business environment – individually or as a team of up to 3 members. 

Jason and Jerzy were awarded:

•    1st place team in Texas
•    2nd place in the southern region of the US
•    7th place overall in national rankings 

They are now eligible to compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, CA on April 26-29, 2017.

Professionals inspire Lake Travis ISD students on Career Day

Professionals from a variety of industries spent valuable time with LTISD students December 2 as part of Career Day at Hudson Bend and Lake Travis middle schools. Students learned through presentations, asking questions and hands-on lessons.

Hudson Bend Middle School Career Day 2016

Lake Travis Middle School Career Day 2016

LTHS STUDENT-ATHLETES SIGN LETTERS OF INTENT

Congratulations to the following Lake Travis High School student-athletes who earlier this week signed  letters of intent to play tennis at the collegiate level: 

Adi Ford – Wofford College, South Carolina Brendan Brown – St. Mary’s University, San Antonio Emily Bian – Middlebury College, Vermont

Adi Ford – Wofford College, South Carolina

Brendan Brown – St. Mary’s University, San Antonio

Emily Bian – Middlebury College, Vermont

LTHS Students attend ChickTech High School Kick-Off

ChickTech: High School is a yearlong program that introduces high school girls to different aspects of careers in technology and to inspire them to pursue a career in the technology and computer science fields.

PHOTOGRAPHED: Jordan Brooks, Izzy Fontaine, Jamie Gallagher, Roshini George, Julia Hathaway, Emily Padilla, Hefiz-Ba’ Ramirez, Sameera Raza, and Alejandra Zaldivar ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS (not photographed): Lindsay Edwards, Annie Reckar, Caroline Reckart, and Kaitlyn Russo

PHOTOGRAPHED: Jordan Brooks, Izzy Fontaine, Jamie Gallagher, Roshini George, Julia Hathaway, Emily Padilla, Hefiz-Ba’ Ramirez, Sameera Raza, and Alejandra Zaldivar

ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS (not photographed): Lindsay Edwards, Annie Reckar, Caroline Reckart, and Kaitlyn Russo

Thirteen Lake Travis High School girls attended the kick-off of the Austin Chapter of ChickTech inaugural program held November 12-13 held at Google in Austin. 

Participants attended one of the following hands-on technology workshops: 

  • Build Your Own Computer with Orange Pi - Computers and Hardware
  • Developing for the Modern Web - Web Development
  • Let’s Build a WiFi Robot - Robotics
  • Level Design with Portal 2 - Video Game Design
  • Designing Plushie Tech with Arduino Lilypad - Soft Circuits
  • Digital Filmmaking - Digital Media

ChickTech received 339 nominations from 55 teachers in 37 Austin-metro area schools for the November event of which 100 girls were chosen to participate in a year-long technology workshops. The program is provided at no cost to the participants.

Our goal is to reach the girls who would make great engineers, but because of stereotypes and a lack of opportunity, may not realize it until they are already doing something else, if at all.
— chicktech.org

The girls also have the opportunity to continue attending workshops once a month at different technology and engineering companies throughout Austin.

December 10:   User Experience @ Capital Factory
January 16:        Design for Software @ IBM Design
February 11:       Data Visualization @ TBD
March 4:             Deploying a Web App with Cloud 9 and GitHub @ TBD
April 22:             Agile in a Day @ CDK Global
May 26:              Topic TBD @ WPEngine

For more information about ChickTech: High School, click here.

LT Choir to host holiday concert

The award-winning Lake Travis High School Choir will be sure to put you and your family in the holiday spirit during its annual winter concert scheduled for 7:00 pm, Friday December 2 at the Lake Travis Performing Arts Center.  This event is free and open to the public. 

“I would like to congratulate our 2016-2017 All Region Choir students,” Lake Travis High School Choir director Kelan Latimer added.  “These students practiced for months prior to their audition and made the select regional choir through blind auditions.”

Lake Travis High School Choir All-Region Members

Lake Travis High School Choir All-Region Members