Leander ISD: District of Champions

Leander ISD: District of Champions
Posted on 11/22/2017
Superintendent's Column

Superintendent's Column

Leander ISD students shine on the biggest stages. Our philosophy in educating the whole child includes robust fine arts and athletics programs that excel in competitions throughout the state.

In just the first three months of the school year, LISD students and teachers earned two of the top 10 spots in the state marching band competition, including the state champion Cedar Park High School Timberwolf Band and the no. 9-ranked Rouse High School Raider Band. Out of 262 total 5-A high schools in the University Scholastic League (UIL), the hours of meticulous preparation and regular practice paid off for our talented students.

Sitting in the Alamodome on Nov. 8 to watch the bands compete in the final round, I could see the passionate parents and the teachers rally in support of our students. It is incredible to think about all of the time and energy our caring band communities put into their competition year, making this an extraordinary part of our LISD community. Thank you to all of our parents and teachers who support all six marching band programs at LISD.

Running earlier this month at the state cross country meet in Round Rock, student-athletes showcased their endurance and prowess with the best in Texas. The Cedar Park High School boys and girls cross country teams finished third and sixth, respectively. The Rouse High School girls cross country team finished tenth. In total, 24 total state runners represented LISD from Cedar Park, Rouse, and Vandegrift high schools.

On the tennis court, Vandergrift High School’s team tennis program, which features both boys and girls, battled with one of the toughest districts in the state at tennis, as state semi-finalists. I imagine that team will have even more success stories this spring with the singles and doubles competitions.

Finally, the Rouse volleyball team carried through a sensational season as the top team in Texas, finishing as state runners-up. The only losses in a 50-win season came to the best teams in 6-A during the early season tournaments and in the state championship game. This was a fantastic season for the young women, culminating with their outstanding performances in the state tournament.

Most importantly for this community, the celebrations of our superb students, caring coaches and talented teachers earning state recognition this fall are sure to carry over to the most critical category of our success, generating graduates. As a superintendent, I know the young men and women earning distinctions in fine arts and athletics this year will be on the graduation stage as valedictorians, salutatorians, and among the highest achievers in the graduating classes this June and in the years to come.

Congratulations to all of our fall 2017 award winners, and I thank our community, who rallied around these students with one vision, one purpose, for #1LISD.