The Leander ISD Air Force Junior ROTC TX-20007 unit and instructors recently received high honors from the Department of the Air Force Air University.
Master Sgt. Edmund Perez was named as a 2013 AFJROTC Outstanding Instructor of the Year. This selection is a culmination of a board review of the Regional Outstanding Instructors and recognizes Perez’s exemplary contributions and positive impact on his cadets, school and community.
In addition, LISD’s Major Terry Neidecker received the Outstanding Instructor Award for Region 3. As one of the 112 Outstanding Instructor Award winners, Neidecker represents one of the best of 1,880 AFJROTC instructors.
Perez and Neidecker are teachers with the LISD AFJROTC program, and its TX-20007 unit located at Leander High School was recently honored as a 2013 Distinguished Unit with Merit. This award recognizes the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, contributions of the instructors as mentors, and the support of the school and local community. Units receiving this award represent the best of the 867 Air Force Junior ROTC units worldwide.
“We are excited that the students and instructors who are a part of LISD’s Air Force JROTC program have been recognized for their hard work and dedication,” says Camille Clay, LISD director of career and technical education.
The AFJROTC program provides citizenship training and an aerospace science program for high school students enrolled in 9th through 12th grades. Enrollment in the AFJROTC program is open to all LISD students who are willing to wear the Air Force uniform one day each week and are physically fit and United States citizens.
Representatives from A+ Federal Credit Union, VP of Marketing Stan Cowan
and North Region Business Development Officer Zenda Bennett, were
thanked for their continued outstanding support for Leander ISD at the
April 18, 2013, Board of Trustee meeting.
Last fall, A+FCU
generously offered to provide $3,000 to help cover the cost of Advanced
Placement exams for LISD students needing financial assistance.
funds were distributed across all five LISD high schools and provided
the means for 52 students to take 99 AP exams this year. The AP Program
is a piece of LISD’s college- and career-readiness initiatives, and
scoring well on an AP exam can earn a student college credit hours.
LISD eliminated financial assistance for students taking the AP exams following state and federal budget cuts.
LISD Board of Trustees and Administration greatly appreciate A+FCU as a
dedicated business partner and thank them for sharing our commitment to
Congratulations to all ten LISD teams who competed in the DI state tournament on April 12-13, 2013. All LISD teams placed in the top ten of their challenges. Special congratulations to four LISD teams (listed below) who advanced to compete at the Global Destination Imagination tournament in Knoxville, TN, on May 22-25, 2013. LISD teams represent four of the nine Capital Regional DI teams advancing to Global DI.
Cedar Park High School Team #1
Team Manager: Amy Koski
Team Members: Nico Hawes, Catherine Jordan, Lindsey Koski, Lindsey Stawowy, Jeremy Martin, Connie Zhao
Rouse High School Team #1
Team Manager: Debra Petro
Team Members: **Joshua Petro, Andy Mask, Casey McMahan, Paige Smith, Stephanie Hofmann, Toni Schmidt
**Special congratulations to Josua Petro, of the RHS team, who was awarded a $1000 DI Scholarship.
Vista Ridge High School Team #1
Team Managers: Hemdira Kowlessar, Micky Kowlessar
Team Members: Michael Kowlessar, Sahil Solankee, Matthew McClain, Mario Alanis, Siona Kowlessar
Canyon Ridge Middle School Team #2
Team Managers: Gerold Chan, Iris Wong
Team Members: Bo Yang Deng, Nicholas Chan, Mia Finley, Emily Yu, Zachary Weiss, William Gunawan, Alexander Tan
Leander ISD will be hosting a Middle School Parent Workshop on Human Sexuality on April 16, 2013 at 8 am, with a repeat session at 6 pm, at Stiles Middle School
in the Lecture Hall. This workshop will be open to anyone who would like to attend and find out more information on human sexuality topics as it relates to middle school age students. The presentation will be given by Austin Lifeguard who is the content provider for the middle school student human sexuality presentations delivered in grades 7 and 8. If you have any questions please contact Ray Langlois
, Leander ISD Asst. Director of Athletics, Health and Wellness, at 512-570-0168.
The 2013 senior classes from Cedar Park, Leander, Rouse, Vandegrift and Vista Ridge high school will hold their graduation ceremonies at the Cedar Park Center again this year. The schedule for the graduations is Friday, June 7 – Vandegrift High School, doors open at 6 p.m. and ceremony begins at 7 p.m.; and Saturday June 8 – Vista Ridge High School, doors open at 7 a.m. and ceremony begins at 8 a.m.; Cedar Park High School, doors open at 11 a.m. and ceremony begins at noon; Leander High School, doors open at 3 p.m., ceremony begins at 4 p.m.; and Rouse High School, doors open at 7 p.m. and ceremony begins at 8 p.m. Guests should arrive early in case of traffic delays on local roadways due to high traffic volume, road construction and other unforeseen road conditions. Parking fees for cars, pick-ups and SUVs is $5 and can be parked in any of the 2,700 spaces available at Cedar Park Center. Parking for buses and larger vehicles is $30 depending on occupancy. Cedar Park Center will offer valet parking for up to 78 vehicles for $10. Handicapped parking spaces are located in Lot B, G, and F. More information about graduation.
The Leander ISD community is invited to attend the district’s Wellness Forum on Tuesday, April 30 from 6-8 p.m. at Vista Ridge High School (200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd., in Cedar Park).
The forum is designed to engage and inform parents of current student wellness issues including physical/nutritional wellbeing; social/emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention; addictive behaviors and mental health issues. Participants will attend one 15-minute main session and then breakout into smaller sessions.
Childcare for families with elementary-aged children will be provided on a limited basis during this event. To RSVP for childcare, please contact Jennifer.Bailey@leanderisd.org or call 512-570-0032.
More information regarding the sessions:
Empowering Parents for a Drug-Free Home:
One session, led by LISD Chemical Abuse Prevention
Program Coordinator Mary Ann Kluga, will address some of the ways our
society unknowingly encourages young people to experiment with drugs or
alcohol. Ms. Kluga will help parents learn how to help their child avoid
these harmful substances.
The LISD Director
of Student Support Services Renee Williams will walk parents through
the legal definition and requirements of the "Bully Bill." In addition,
Ms. Williams will address LISD’s processes and procedures for handling
Building Self-Advocates for Life:
student representatives from C-Squared, a student-led organization
active on many LISD campus which promotes a culture of kindness, will
focus on how parents can help teach their child to be self-confident.
Those who attend this session will explore how to prevent young people
from becoming victims of bullying and how a student can intervene if it
Physical and Nutritional Wellbeing:
Dr. Kristen Bell, Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, will facilitate
this session on ways families can support healthy habits related to
nutritional wellness and support adolescent development.
Image and Eating Disorders:
Dr. Kristen Bell, Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, will lead a second session
focused on the healthy and unhealthy relationships with food some young
people experience and how it affects their understanding of body image.
LISD Director of Guidance and Counseling Adriann Ivey
will address self-injury in this session. Ms. Ivey will give an overview
of what constitutes self-injurious behaviors, from cutting to excessive
body piercings. Participants in this session will examine why some
teens undertake these behaviors and what parents can do when faced with
this issue in their family.
Examination for Acceleration
allows students, who without direct instruction, have already mastered all content and skills in a particular grade level or course, to advance to the next level or course. These exams are available at no cost to eligible students who test during the district’s testing periods. Students are expected to complete each exam they have registered for, therefore we ask you to be available during the testing window you have selected. A letter will be mailed home approximately three weeks after the application due date for each testing period and the final schedule has been set. Note: The District does not receive reimbursement for tests not taken.
Testing Period I will be June 11-13, 2013, and Testing Period II will be July 23-25, 2013. Tests will be administered from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m during both testing periods. Applications are due by May 20, 2013. The 2013 testing location will be Running Brushy Middle School
(2303 N. Lakeline Blvd., in Cedar Park).
Leander ISD is offering academic and sports camps this summer. Academic camps include writing, foreign language, math, science and technology, along with AP history boot camps . Camps range from three – five days and offer skill levels from beginners to advanced. All camp instruction is sponsored by an approved LISD teacher.
Sports camps include boys and girls basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, softball, football, tennis, track and middle and high school strength and conditioning. Camps range from four days to six weeks and offer skill levels from beginners to advanced.
Online registration is available for academic and sports camps. Visit Summer Camps page
for more information on the camps offered this summer.
Congratulations to Cedar Park High School Band student Wyatt Hahn for being one of ten winners in The Austin Symphony's "Texas Young Composers Competition." Wyatt's composition will be played by The Austin Symphony at a special concert on April 3, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at the Long Center. The tickets are $8 per student and $20 per adult. They can be purchased on-line or at the box office. More information on this event can be found here
At a recent YMCA counselor workshop at The University of Texas Elementary School, representatives from LISD's own C-Squared program were invited to share their message and strategies for spreading a culture of kindness and combating bullying at their schools. LISD staff members and students gave a powerful presentation.
Way to go!