After collecting and reviewing input from the community and district administrators regarding elementary attendance boundary rezoning, the Leander ISD Board of Trustees has adopted several changes for the 2015-16 school year.
To populate the new Christine Camacho Elementary School (501 Municipal Dr., Leander), set to open in the fall of 2015, the following changes have been made:
These neighborhood codes will move from Whitestone Elementary to Camacho Elementary:
- NBCD 4225 (Falcon Oaks)
- NBCD 4250 (Vista Ridge, new development Vista Ridge Estates)
- NBCD 4300 (Mason Creek North, Mason Creek east of Bagdad Rd., Magnolia Creek)
This neighborhood code will move from Plain Elementary to Camacho Elementary:
- NBCD 4100 (downtown Leander, Old Towne, Westview Meadows)
This neighborhood code will move from Winkley Elementary to Camacho Elementary:
- NBCD 4400 (High Chaparral, Leander Heights)
Additionally, NBCD 4260 (future development Carneros Ranch) will move from Whitestone Elementary to Bagdad Elementary.
And NBCD 4500 (County Glen) will move from Winkley Elementary to Whitestone Elementary.
The Board and district administrators held several meetings before and after the presentation of the demographic report in October, to examine possible attendance zone changes. Their goal was to create a plan with as little disturbance to LISD families as possible, one that would sustain projected student growth for five to 10 years, while also balancing student populations and maintaining communities.
The proposed changes were presented to the community at two public meetings earlier this fall. The final proposal, including one change from the community feedback, was presented and approved by the Board at its November 20 Board Meeting.
For more information about attendance zones
Did you miss one of the scheduled Community Growth Management Workshops?
Visit the new webpage
to see an abridged version of the presentation, then click on the survey link to give your input.
At the November 20th Board Meeting, the LISD Board of Trustees adopted elementary attendance zones
for the 2015-16 School Year.
The following neighborhood codes will be affected by the re-zoning:
The Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation (LEEF) is partnering with LISD to host Superintendent Bret Champion's annual "State of the District" address. The presentation will take place on Friday, January 9, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hill Country Bible Church Austin (12124 Ranch Road 620 N., Austin 78750).
This will be the first time the address will be presented as part of a luncheon, which will include a more in-depth presentation and an opportunity for attendees to network beforehand starting at 11 a.m.
Dr. Champion will review the growth made by the school district and community over the past year, and will look ahead to the coming year, with a particular focus on preparing LISD students to graduate college- and career-ready.
"We're excited to partner with the district for the "State of the District" and feel that, with this new lunch time format, there will be more opportunity for conversation and collaboration with our business and community members," said LEEF Executive Director Dr. Gloria Gonzales-Dholakia. "LISD continues to be a standard-bearer for college- and career-readiness programs and we look forward to hearing what's in store for the years ahead. Additionally, with Cedar Park Regional Medical Center as the title sponsor of the luncheon, it is evident that our community values the education of our children and recognizes LEEF's mission as an important one to support."
The luncheon is open to the public, but tickets are required and can be purchased through the LEEF website at www.leanderedfound.org. Funds will benefit LEEF's College- and Career-Readiness Programs like dual-credit textbook scholarships, Advanced Placement scholarship exams and high school coaches.
LEEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established in 2007 and dedicated to improving academic outcomes for all students in Leander ISD. The foundation works to support students, families and teachers through three main programs initiatives: Foundations for Learning focusing on early literacy; Enriching Great Teaching through innovative teaching grants, professional development and recognition; and College Ready, College Bound to build a college- and career-ready culture among all students. To learn more about LEEF or to get involved, visit www.leanderedfound.org
See the linked document for details on the American Indian Education Program
Treat the whole family with tickets to Cirque Dreams Holidaze
December 29-30, 2014 at the Cedar Park Center
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A portion of the proceeds benefits LEEF!
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CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE will bring its newest holiday stage spectacular to Cedar Park Center, December 29 – 30! It’s a cirque show, Broadway musical, holiday spectacular and family show all in one. SAVE 15% on all ticket prices! The Leander Educational Excellence Foundation will receive a portion of all ticket proceeds, www.Ticketmaster.com/HOLIDAZE
and by using offer code LISD. Also, you can mention “LEEF” at the Cedar Park Center box office for the same offer!
ABOUT CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE
Broadway director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries showcasing an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity- defying feats you have to see to believe. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires along with snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief. The show celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, choreography and exciting production numbers.
Broadway World calls CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE “The Perfect Holiday Gift…chock full of stupefying stunts that Cirque Dreams’s competitors aren’t even attempting. This is a show that everyone will enjoy, children and adults alike. It’s colorful, festive, imaginative, inventive, and thoroughly entertaining.” Holidaze rivals The Rockettes’ Radio City Christmas Spectacular in terms of production quality and entertainment value.”
Barnes & Noble Homestead location has selected Bagdad Elementary, Mason Elementary, Reed Elementary and Running Brushy Middle School as the beneficiaries of their annual holiday book drive. Campus librarians have created wish list items for their libraries and shoppers can select an item to purchase and donate to school of your choice. This event offers the opportunity to give the gift of literacy during the holiday season and was launched just before Thanksgiving and will continue until New Year’s Day.
Leander ISD is excited to introduce a new communications tool called Anonymous Alerts®. (This system will be replacing Talk About It® previously used by the district.) Anonymous Alerts® allows students or parents to quickly, easily and anonymously report urgent information to campus administration across all of our schools. The system encourages students, parents and staff to confidentially report bullying, threats, violence and other sensitive topics through private messages to campus administration, which assists in creating a safe environment so students can be successful. Leander ISD does not support, encourage or tolerate any behavior that prevents any student from reaching their full potential.
How do I place an incident report from Internet connected computers/tablets?
- Go to www.leanderisd.org or any campus website from any Internet connected device.
- Click on the web button called “Anonymous Alerts”. Fill out your incident report.
How do I place a report from an iPhone or Android phone?
- From the iPhone Store, download the free app by searching for “Anonymous Alerts”. If you have an Android phone go to the Play Store, search for “Anonymous Alerts” and download.
- After downloading the app, open the app, enter setup/login leanderisd and enter leanderisd as your password.
The mobile apps and Web-based reporting system provides secure 1-way or 2-way encrypted messages, increasing the flow of important information to school officials. Message topics for submission may include bullying, cyber-bullying, family difficulties, self-harm/cutting, drug and alcohol abuse, student depression, harassment, weapon related issues or strange/abnormal student behavior.
All reports remain completely anonymous, although submitters have the option to reveal their identity if they prefer to have a person-to-person discussion. Anonymous Alerts is NOT a 24-hour crisis hotline. School officials will monitor reports only during school days/hours.
We are thrilled to offer this tool to our community and look forward to its positive impact on our students’ safety. At Leander ISD, our goal is to enhance the student’s learning experience and eliminate any barriers to our students’ success, giving them every option open.
Pilot program wins awards, accolades at District Conference
By Siandhara Bonnet and Caroline Cravens, LHS Roar Editors
Based on their performance at the YMCA Youth & Government District Conference, seniors Becca Brown, Caroline Cravens, Shilo Criswell, Alejandro Norato, Juan Miguel Perez, junior Jack Densmore and sophomore Jared Bouloy advanced to the State Conference that will be held at the State Capitol in January.
On November 22, the seven members of the pilot program YMCA Youth & Government team traveled to Austin High School to participate and compete in the District Conference. The program is the only one of its kind in Williamson County or LISD, so these students had no experience with the conference or what to expect.
At the end of a District Conference day filled with legislative bills, mock trials and state affairs committees led by students from other Austin and Corpus Christi area high schools, the LHS team won three Distinguished Delegate awards in the Media section. Cravens, Perez and Densmore were recognized for their work covering the event as it unfolded throughout the day.
"I was really excited to be recognized as a distinguished delegate," Perez said. "[YMCA Supervisor Sophia Griffin] was told that the probability of taking this program off the ground was about 5%; however, out of our division in media, only three got recognized, and all were from our school, the 5% probability school."
Cravens wrote a feature story about Mikayla Goertz, a Bastrop High School junior who is running for Y&G Governor for District 2. Norato served as one of the photographers of the event and his portraits of Goertz helped anchor Cravens's story. Densmore wrote not one, but two news pieces for the Y&G newsletter that covers the conference. After receiving complimentary remarks from two Austin-American Statesman writers who served as mentors, Densmore felt confident that he had done well. Brown served as photographer and assisted Densmore in capturing photos of the legislative sessions he wrote about.
"I got an urge to want to win and when we were approached with a story idea on the spot from our section leader, I decided that it was a great opportunity given to me," Densmore said. "I worked my butt off for nearly four hours straight because I felt that I wanted to make a name for myself, and after going through all the meeting and preparation and the nerves, I wanted to feel accomplished with my work at the conference."
Within the media section, Perez and Bouloy collaborated with YMCA personnel to create video interviews and live social media coverage through Twitter.
"I networked with top YMCA CEOs, professional journalists, professionals with social media backgrounds and also other students," Bouloy said. "They helped me learn a lot more about media, and how journalists operate in government settings."
In addition to helping others with their photos to accompany their writing, both Norato and Brown completed their own photo essays to document the day's events. Their galleries can be seen on the YMCA Youth & Government - Austin Facebook page. Criswell served in dual roles as well, documenting a "behind the scenes" look at a conference member's experience and helping Hayden Sutherland from Roy Miller High School in photographing students he interviewed for his fashion/style story.
"I had to learn how to collaborate ideas with a new person," Criswell said. "My project was a lot easier to do because right when I thought of the idea, I knew exactly what I wanted to do."
Prior to the district conference, each student completed a media project and several assignments to demonstrate their journalistic skills.
"We had to submit a binder full of specific assignments and projects before the conference," Brown said. "I'm very proud of our team. I had so much fun and I'm glad that I was able to spend the day with such an amazing group of people."
Mrs. Danielle Bell and Youth & Government sponsor Sophia Griffin served as mentors to prepare the team for the conference.
"We could not have done any of this without all the support we had from our parents, Mrs. Spicer and our LHS family, our beloved Sophia Griffin from the YMCA and all of the members of the YMCA who believed in our pilot program," Bell said. "We are so grateful for them and we are so excited to make it to State."
Six high school students from within the Pedernales Electric service area won an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., through the Cooperative’s Youth Tour essay contest. The 2015 Youth Tour winners are: Matthew Archibald and Nathan Archibald, Leander High School
; Lois Bronaugh, Jack C. Hays High School; Emily Moseley, Lago Vista High School; and Danielle Snow and McKelle Winsor, Leander High School
. These students were honored Nov. 20 at an awards reception at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
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