WAAG for Thursday, February 27, 2014

This Week’s Calendar


Thursday, February 27, 2014 
• Musical performance for classes, 7:45 am - 3:15 pm, Cafeteria 

Friday, February 28, 2014 
• Musical “Grease”, 7 - 9 pm, Cafeteria 

Saturday, March 1, 2014 
• Winterguard Competition, 9- 10 pm, Bowie High School 
• Musical “Grease”, 7 - 9 pm, Cafeteria 

Sunday, March 2, 2014 
• Musical “Grease”, 3-5 pm, Cafeteria 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 
• Band UIL 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 
• Band UIL 

Thursday, March 6, 2014 
• CATCH Family Fun Fitness Night, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Cafeteria 
• Choir Parent Meeting, 6 - 8 pm, Choir Room 
• Boys vs. Girls Soccer Game, 3:45 pm, Lamar Soccer Field’ 

Saturday, March 8, 2014 
• Spring Break Begins 
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In This Issue 

• Parent Survey 
• STAAR Test Dates 
• CATCH Fun Fitness Night 
• Check Out Our New Scottie Dog FAVICON! 
• Musical Grease 
• Social and Emotional Learning on Lamar Campus 
• Nominations Being Accepted for AISD Salute Celebrates Excellence 
• Scottie Store Donations 
• Gale eBooks Available for Lamar Students and Parents 
• Save Your Box Tops For Our Science Department Fundraiser! 
• PTA Positions For 2014-2015 School Year 
• The Communities In Schools Program at Lamar is Seeking Donations 
• MOY II Follow Up 
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PARENT SURVEY 

Lamar Parents & Families: 

As the District continues to strive for excellence in preparing our students for academic success, we encourage parents to offer feedback on the 2013-14 school year by completing the AISD Parent Survey .Your opinions are important and will be taken into consideration as we strive to serve our students better. 

Your student was given the scan form survey at school this week. Please complete the survey and have your student return the survey to the office. 

If you do not wish to complete the scan form survey, you may take the survey online at the AISD website. The survey is on the AISD website in three languages (English, Spanish, and Vietnamese). You can access the surveys by going to AISD’s main web page and looking in the “Quicklinks” drop-down menu for Parent Survey, or going to the Parents/Guardians web page link.

Parents should only complete the survey in one form…either the scan form or the online version. Extra scan forms can be found in the Lamar Office. All surveys need to be completed by Friday, March 28, 2014. 

Thanks for your input and feedback. 


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2013-14 STAAR TEST DATES 

Please mark these important testing dates on your calendar:

STAAR Writing 
7th gr.—April 1-2, 2014 

STAAR Reading 
6th & 7th gr.—April 23, 2014 
8th gr.—April 2, 2014 

STAAR Math 
6th & 7th gr.—April 22, 2014 
8th gr.—April 1, 2014 

STAAR Social Studies 
8th gr.—April 22, 2014 

STAAR Science 
8th gr.—April 23, 2014 

STAAR EOC Algebra I & Geometry 
May 5-8, 2014 

Please mark these dates on your calendar. **Please note: During testing weeks, Counselors’ time is extremely limited. They are unavailable for drop-in visits. 
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LAMAR CATCH FUN FITNESS NIGHT 

Date: March 6, 2014 
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
Location: Lamar Gym/Track 

Please join for the Lamar CATCH Fun Fitness Night! CATCH is a Coordinate Approach to Child Health school health program designed to promote physical activity, healthy food choices and the prevention of tobacco use in children. 

Students and families are invited to a very fun fitness night! Play soccer, badminton, volleyball, basketball, football, walk/run the track stations and more! The events begin in the gym. 
Enjoy the healthy fruit and water provided along with some fun active exercise! 
Prizes will be given away towards the end of the event. Bring the family, have some fun! 

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CHECK OUT OUR NEW SCOTTIE DOG FAVICON! 

What’s a Favicon? I’m glad you asked: a FAVICON is the little icon that comes up in the Bookmarks Bar or Tab of a search engine. Lamar now has a scottie dog favicon (remember it used to be a grey box?) How neat is that?! Thanks to Virginia Rothenflue for getting that set up! on top of a wonderful new website! 
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PLEASE JOIN LAMAR FINE ARTS ACADEMY FOR THE SCHOOL VERSION OF GREASE 

Performances 
Friday February 28th & Saturday March 1st @ 7:00pm 
Sunday March 2nd @ 3:00pm 
Lamar Cafetorium, 6201 Wynona Avenue 

Tickets $10 adults, $8 students, children under 5 free 
For more info, check out: www.lamarchoir.com/grease-performances 
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SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SEL) ON THE LAMAR CAMPUS 

Lamar Middle School is in its second year of implementing Social and Emotional Learning. Our Social Studies teacher, Ms. Susan Serota, has been visiting all classes and presenting focused lessons so that every student on campus can learn the foundational skills for life effectiveness. The lesson topics, based on the five SEL competencies, have included empathy and communication; collaborating in groups; bystander power; and emotion management. Our commUNITY committee has also sponsored our No Place for Hate activities, and this year students have participated in Link it Up Lamar, Spirit of Respect week, and soon will participate in our Words Matter writing contest. To learn more about Social and Emotional Learning in AISD and for dates on upcoming parent workshops, please visit http://www.austinisd.org/academics/sel

Submitted by:  Dorothy Winburne, Lamar SEL Facilitator and Galadriel Friese, SEL Specialist for McCallum Vertical Team 

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NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR AISD SALUTE CELEBRATES EXCELLENCE 

Open nominations for Principal of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year, Counselor of the Year, Librarian of the Year and Classified Staff of the Year began Feb. 1 and close Feb. 28. We invite staff, students, parents and community members to nominate a candidate for these awards. 

Principal of the Year – This award recognizes an outstanding AISD campus principal. The Principal of the Year should demonstrate attributes that foster an exemplary campus environment by promoting positive community engagement, high student achievement, healthy campus climate, and an effective leadership style. 

Now Accepting Applications at http://www.aisdsalute.org

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SCOTTIE STORE DONATIONS 

Spring cleaning?? Bring those unwanted and unused items to the Scottie Store. We can use donations of teen magazines, gaming magazines, mechanical pencils, highlighters, iTunes cards, Amy’s ice cream $1 off coupons, jewelry, footballs, soccer balls, and frisbees. 

Want a low commitment volunteer opportunity? Then volunteer to help in the Scottie Store on Thursdays during lunch. We are open from about 11:30am to 2pm. Contact Alicia Remaley by email if interested. 

You can leave things in the library.... just mark it with Scottie Store and Ms Clark will get them to us. 

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GALE eBOOKS AVAILABLE FOR LAMAR STUDENTS AND PARENTS 

Our wonderful Dept. of Library Media Services has purchased a core collection of reference eBooks from the Gale Group.  These books can be accessed both at school AND at home if there is internet access or on any device with a browser. These eBooks contain the equivalent of 200+ volumes of print material.

The license agreement with Gale provides unlimited usage for the Lamar campus.  Please contact Leilani Clark at (512) 841-0113 for login information or with any questions.

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SAVE YOUR BOX TOPS FOR OUR SCIENCE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER! 

We have earned over $2000 in the past 3 years for science materials! But we need everyone’s help to continue our momentum!   How can you help? Collect Box Tops! 

Turn them into our Science Teachers OR place them in the Box Top Bin found in the front hallway.  Remember to include student’s name on the envelope. Top 3 contributors receive gift cards. 

Students turning in over 50 are entered into 4 drawings for Amy’s Ice Cream Vouchers! Contest Deadline: May 13.  Start clipping! 

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PTA POSITIONS FOR 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR 

Scottie Parents - WE NEED YOU! 

We are forming our nominating committee for PTA positions for our 2014-2015 school year. If you would like to serve on this committee, are interested in being on the PTA Board or serving as a Chair, please email Jodi Leach.

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THE COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS PROGRAM AT LAMAR IS SEEKING DONATIONS 

The Communities In Schools program at Lamar is seeking donations to support our student services (listed below). If you are interested in donating, please contact the CIS office at (512) 414-4671 or e-mail Karen McGarity, CIS Program Manager at kmcgarity@ciscentraltexas.org. Donations can also be dropped off at the main office attn: CIS. Be sure to include your name so we can send you a special note of appreciation! With the support of our community, local businesses and parents....the CIS program is able to extend valuable support to students in need. We appreciate your consideration! Donations needed: Spiral notebooks, pocket folders, dividers, planners. Any non-perishable snacks such as: granola bars, fruit snacks, crackers sandwiches, etc. Cups. 

Karen McGarity, MPS, LPC-AT, ATR-BC
Communities In Schools of Central Texas
Lamar Middle School
Office: (512) 414-4671 

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MOY II FOLLOW UP 

Teachers, 

A few reminders when preparing for MOY II. 

1. No homework assigned or due for 7th and 8th grade the week of February 3rd.
2. No homework assigned or due for all grades the week of March 3rd.
3. Do not schedule any PD during these testing dates. We need teachers on campus to assist with testing. 

A schedule for classes will be sent out next week. 

Again, here is the schedule for MOY II:

February 5th – Reading 8, Writing 7
February 6th – Math 8, Writing 7 (Cont’d)
March 4th – Math 6,7, Social Studies 8
March 5th – Science 6, 7,8
March 6th – Reading 6,7 

Thanks!
Judith Berrean 

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WAAG HOUSEKEEPING 

Submissions for the WAAG are due in to Mary LaWare at LamarWAAG-owner@yahoogroups.com for inclusion in the Thursday weekly no later than Wednesday at 7 pm. Announcements can be from the PTA, school, teachers, staff and community members so feel free to announce your ongoings here. It is preferable for announcements to be sent in text form in the body of the sender’s email and not as attachments. Special announcements are accepted but please use these sparingly. We will make accommodations for messages sent later than 7 pm on Wednesdays, but can’t guarantee inclusion. 

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