LISD wrapped up two days of our Continuous Improvement Conference with the express purpose of refreshing and recharging our teachers and staff. They aren’t just teaching students; dozens of them shared their passion and purpose with their colleagues across the district. We can’t wait to see how classrooms transform thanks to CIC2020!

#LISDisHappening

Meet Sebastian Landis. Sebastian goes to Vista Ridge High School. Not only a freshman, but Sebastian is also new to public school. We had the chance to catch up with him during his Fundamentals of Computer Science class where he was programming a robot to go from one number to the next.

“I feel like coming to public school would be different; I didn’t know what to expect, but it’s been super fun,” Sebastian said.

“I like meeting new people, and I knew there would be barriers, but I’ve still had the chance to meet people.”

Meeting new people, learning new things, it’s happening! You can help share the story. If you know someone who chose other options for their child’s education, let them know #LISDisHappening. For information on re-registration, contact your campus registrar.

Board Briefs

Leander ISD Trustees reviewed the latest district COVID update, formed a Board policy update subcommittee, and discussed the design process for Elementary School 29 at their Oct. 9 meeting. View the entire agenda hereWatch the video here.

The Oct. 9 meeting was the first in a revised Board meeting schedule and format that will make more efficient use of Trustees’ meeting time. Trustees will meet primarily on the second and fourth Thursday of the month and have a rolling agenda, where topics are added to a meeting for discussion and voted on at the next.

All school board positions are four-year terms and represent the entire school district. Three Board positions are up for election Nov. 3:
Place # 3 – Currently held by Pamela Waggoner
Place # 4 – Currently held by Grace Barber-Jordan
Place # 5 – Currently held by Jim MacKay
Please visit our website for candidate information, county voting sites and more.

Hearing from our community at Board meetings via Citizen Comment is important to us. For information on recent updates to the Citizen Comments process, please visit the LISD knowledge base.

To receive Board Briefs through Remind, please join the @LISDbriefs class for direct communication or text @LISDbriefs to 81010.

Parenting the Love and Logic Way® course ONLINE

Leander ISD’s Student and Family Support team facilitates the Parenting the Love and Logic Way® course ONLINE during the fall of 2020. This six-week program is designed to help parents nurture responsible, respectful, fun-to-be-around sons and daughters. Children will learn how to make their own choices, own their problems, and think critically and logically for themselves. Parents will discover how to let empathy and consequences do the teaching.

The course is appropriate for parents of children of all ages in any environment. The series is open to all parents in our Leander ISD community.

Online classes are Thursdays from 6 to 8:00 p.m. and run through Nov. 12. Here’s additional information on this series, the Love and Logic® philosophy, and how to register.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann Kluga at maryann.kluga@leanderisd.org or 512-570-0315.

National School Lunch & Child Nutrition Services Appreciation Week

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This week is National School Lunch Week and CNS Appreciation Week! The National School Lunch Program helps provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost, or free lunches to children each school day! We wouldn’t be able to do this without our superstars in CNS. Thank you for your willingness to serve our students and contribute to their success!

Leander ISD Bands Recognized Nationally

The Foundation for Music Education has recognized three Leander ISD bands with the Mark of Excellence. This unique competition allows middle and high school varsity bands from across the nation to submit performances judged by highly esteemed adjudicators. The top 25% of performances receive a National Mark of Excellence.

Congratulations to our national winners from LISD:

  • Four Points MS Wind Ensemble directed by Jessica Less Gonzales
  • Henry MS Honors Band directed by Robert R. Herrings, III
  • Vandegrift HS Wind Ensemble directed by Mike Howard

Check out the LEEF Book Drive with Usborne Books!

There are two ways you can help:

  1. Purchase for your own family here! Usborne Books & More will match 50% of your personal purchase in FREE books for LEEF!
  2. Make a financial contribution here! Usborne Books & More will match 50% of your purchase in FREE books for LEEF based on their current needs!

Thank you in advance for your support of LEEF and Leander ISD!

Support Leander ISD students by being a Classroom Impact Team Member!

Sign up to become a LEEF monthly donor by Oct. 31 and enter your school name to count for the competition. Everyone who signs up by Halloween will receive a link to order your FREE official LEEF Classroom Impact Team t-shirt!

Remind

Not receiving messages sent through Remind? Follow these steps:

  • Log into Remind using the same email address on file in Home Access Center.
  • Once logged in, click on your name in the top left corner, and select Account Settings and then Notification Preferences.
  • By default, your email address and the phone number on file in Home Access Center should both be listed.
  • On this page, you can select which method(s) you’d like to receive messages on. More Info

Not seeing your cell phone on your profile?

A phone number can only be listed on one Remind profile at a time, so it’s possible your phone number is already linked to a Remind account with an email address different from the one listed in HAC. If you’d like to merge these two profiles together, select “Add Device” on the Notifications Preferences page and follow the confirmation prompts from Remind. More Info

Help needed in special education: Apply to be a substitute teacher

Help Leander ISD and our commitment to serving all students by applying to be a substitute teacher in special education. Hear our special programs staff speak about the importance of substitute teachers in our program. Click here to apply for our special education substitute teacher positions.