Norton's Notes - February 23, 2024

  • LTHS Students Earn Awards at Regional Science Fair

    • Three Lake Travis High School students received prestigious awards and recognition at The Greater Austin Regional Science and Engineering Fair held Thursday, February 22 at the Palmer Events Center:

      • Oliver Morabbi, senior - (Chemistry) "Shocking Chemistry: Nitrogen Fixation Via a Plasma Reactor" - 1st Place
        Special awards: Innovation Workspace Rising Innovator Scholarship, NASA Earth System Science Award, Smith and Dawson Science Award, and Superintendent Award for Lake Travis ISD

      • Ella Thessen, senior - (Animal Science) "Is it Really Dark or Can We Just Not See It?" - 4th Place

      • Shriya Suryakumar, junior - (Translational Medical Sciences) "Machine Learning Model-Based Application Prototype for Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca Diagnosis" - 4th Place

    • We are so proud of these amazing students and look forward to recognizing them at a school board meeting later this spring.

    Superintendent with science fair award recipient

    LTHS DECA Advances to International Competition

    • Congratulations to our Lake Travis High School entrepreneurs who won in their respective events at the DECA state conference held February 17 in Houston.

    • They competed with 6,000 DECA students from across Texas.

    • Congratulations to our LT DECA program, advisors, and parent volunteers.

    • They will now prepare for DECA’s International Career Development Conference to be held April 25-20 in Anaheim, CA. 

     DECA slideshows 

    LTHS Wrestling Earns Top Ten, Silver Medals at State Tournament

    • The Lake Travis High School Wrestling team placed tenth at the 2024 UIL state tournament last weekend in Houston.

    • Additionally, sophomores Jonah Arellano and Will Deutschlander finished as state finalists and earned silver medals for their performances. 

    • In all, LTHS Wrestling sent a school-record eight athletes to compete at the state tournament.

    • Congratulations to these amazing student-athletes, coaches, and parents on an incredible season.

    • We look forward to recognizing LTHS Wrestling and its awesome season at a school board meeting later this spring.

    LTHS wrestlers awards presentation

    LTHS wrestlers standing on awards podiums

    Library Services Update

    • An update on our library services was provided to the school board during the February 21 regular meeting.

    • The update included overview of House Bill 900, guidance from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, collection development policies, the informal and formal reconsideration process, library website alignment and refresh, and campus library updates and celebrations.

    • Additional updates will be provided to the board as needed.

    Food Allergy Update

    • Also during the February 21 board meeting, trustees received an update on the district’s Food Allergy Management Plan (FAMP).

    • In accordance with a state law passed in 2011, Board Policy FFAF (LOCAL) requires the district to develop and implement a plan for the care of students with diagnosed food allergies at risk for anaphylaxis.

    • In response, Lake Travis ISD developed and implemented a comprehensive FAMP.

    • While our FAMP has been in place for several years, additional measures will be implemented to best support students and reduce the risk of exposure to common food allergies.

    • Per Board Policy BP (Local), administrative regulations are subject to board review but shall not be adopted by the Board.

    Early Release Day Wednesday, February 28

    • As a reminder, all LTISD schools will observe Wednesday, February 28 as an Early Release Day; dismissal will occur as follows:

      • Elementary Students: 11:40 am

      • Middle/High School Students: 12:50 pm

    • Classes will resume on Thursday, February 29.