Norton's Notes - April 5, 2024

  • Info and Resources for April 8 Solar Eclipse

    • As you may already know, due to a number of safety and operational concerns surrounding the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, we have made the decision to close schools for all students and staff.

    • Because we have reserved a sufficient number of instructional minutes for the current school year, students will not be required to make up this day.

    • Additionally, our local officials have shared the following recommendations for our families to consider prior to the event:

      • Stay off the roads, if possible

      • Get fuel for your vehicles ahead of arriving visitors

      • Have groceries as it is anticipated visitors to the community will need groceries while here

      • Expect interruptions to cell service with so many visitors expected

    • Additional information, including real-time updates, is available on the Great American Eclipse website

    • It is our sincere hope that staff, students, and families across Lake Travis ISD will safely witness this celestial phenomenon and create lasting memories together.

    District Celebrates Campus Teachers of the Year

    LTISD Hosts First “Texas Fruit and Vegetable Day”

    • Earlier today, we joined the Texas Department of Agriculture in celebrating the first-ever “Texas Fruit and Vegetable Day” at Serene Hills Elementary School.

    • In 2023, the Texas Legislature established the first Friday in April as a day of recognition for the healthy fruits and vegetables that promote physical and mental wellbeing for students in Texas schools.

    • During “Texas Fruit and Vegetable Day,” Lake Travis ISD raised awareness of the initiative on social media and provided students with local fruit and vegetable options.

    • To learn more about “Texas Fruit and Vegetable Day,” visit TDA’s website.

     

    Reminder About Attire, Behavior, and Attendance Expectations for Students

    • With warmer weather upon us, we want to take a moment to remind everyone of the importance of maintaining a safe and conducive learning environment at Lake Travis ISD.

    • While we embrace the joy of spring, let's also ensure that our enthusiasm is channeled in ways that enhance, rather than disrupt, our academic pursuits.

    • Each of our campus principals sent a letter to parents earlier today detailing attire, behavior, and attendance expectations for students as we approach the end of the year.

    • The letter is available on the LTISD website under “Latest News.” 

    April 7-13 is “National Library Week”

    • With the theme “Ready Set, Library!” Lake Travis ISD joins the American Library Association to celebrate April 7-13, 2024 as “National Library Week” in recognition of our school librarians and their unique contributions to public education.  

    • Our school library media specialists continue to excel, and perhaps more importantly, to adapt resources and services to best meet our students’ needs during these challenging times.

    • Our libraries offer endless opportunities to transform student lives through education and lifelong learning.

    • I encourage you to follow us on social media next week and help us recognize and celebrate our amazing school librarians.

    2023-2024 Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee Comes to Close

    • We held our last meeting of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council on Thursday, April 4.

    • This was a great opportunity for approximately 30 students in 9-12 grade to interact with district and campus administrators.

    • We updated students on projects including the Kindness Initiative, High School #2, campus safety, and topics for next year’s committee.

    • At the conclusion of the meeting, we had our four senior students in the group share their post-secondary plans. 

    District Career Fair May Be Over, But We’re Still Hiring

    Lake Travis High School Wind Ensemble

    • The Lake Travis High School Wind Ensemble (varsity level concert ensemble) has been selected to perform and represent LTISD at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago this December.

    • This is one of the highest honors a concert ensemble can achieve.

    • The group submitted a recording after many hours of tedious practice and was selected by an esteemed panel of the most highly-qualified judges in the country. 

    • Richard Hicks is Head Director and Conductor of the LTHS Wind Ensemble; he is assisted by Taylor Trevino, Ben Zein, Brittany Baptista, and Jordan Reddick.

    • We look forward to recognizing these amazing students and faculty at a school board meeting later this spring.