Norton's Notes - January 12, 2024

  • Welcome Back

    • On behalf of our school board and the LT family, let me begin by wishing you a Happy New Year! It is difficult to fathom that we are already into the second half of the 2023-2024 school year.

    • As I pause to reflect on the fall semester, I am thankful to this amazing community for its support of our school district. It is through this support that our district, and ultimately our students, will continue to successfully work together throughout the coming year.

    January is School Board Month

    • With the theme “Locally Elected, Community Connected,” LTISD will join other districts across the state to recognize and thank school trustees for their service throughout January 2024 as part of School Board Recognition Month.

    • Now more than ever, our community benefits every day from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by the seven men and women who represent more than 1,400 employees, 11,200 students, and our families.

    • We will recognize trustees during the regular board meeting on January 17. Additionally, school administrators will celebrate trustees with campus activities throughout the month. Learn more about our school board at www.ltisdschools.org/ltboard.

    Monday, January 15 is Student/Staff Holiday

    • As a reminder, all district offices and campuses will be closed on Monday, January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Classes will resume Tuesday, January 16. I hope you and your family have a safe and restful holiday weekend.

    District Monitoring Incoming Arctic Weather

    • Although we will be closed on Monday, January 15, district staff will be closely monitoring the weather through the holiday weekend.

    • As you may already know, frigid temperatures are expected Sunday evening, January 14 through Tuesday afternoon, January 16. Some forecast models are predicting the potential for a light wintry mix on Sunday evening. 

    • At this time, all schools and district offices will open as regularly scheduled on Tuesday, January 16.

    • However, should that change, decisions will be made in accordance with the Bad Weather Procedures posted on our website. Please take a moment to review these important procedures and be sure your children are bundled up next week.

    Reminder of Cell Phone Use in School Zones

    • Yesterday morning, a driver struck one of our district police officers while performing traffic control during morning dropoff at Rough Hollow Elementary School. The driver failed to stop and render aid as required by law. Thankfully, the officer sustained only minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. The driver of the vehicle was on a cell phone and distracted at the time of the incident.

    • We would like to take this opportunity to remind all drivers, including student drivers, that state law prohibits the use of cell phones while driving on school property and public streets during reduced speed time zones. Thank you for your cooperation and commitment to improving pedestrian safety in our schools.

    LTHS DECA Students Shine at District Competition

    • Competing among 2,800 students from the Austin area at the Kalahari Resort in Round Rock on Tuesday, a total of 93 Lake Travis High School DECA students took top honors in their respective events.

    • These students have advanced to the DECA state conference to be held February 15-17 in Houston.

    • Congratulations to these incredible student-entrepreneurs, parent volunteers, and DECA advisors Jill Oates and  Tracey Griffith.

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    District, Local Entities Host Community Event on Human Trafficking

    • Approximately 60 guests attended our community event on human trafficking Thursday night.

    • Together with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and the cities of Bee Cave and Lakeway, the event was designed to inform parents, teachers, and community members about the dangers of human trafficking.

    • The event was covered by KXAN News and recorded by LTISD staff. The full presentation will be available on our website in the coming days.