WAAG for Thursday, April 3, 2014

This Week’s Calendar

Thursday, April 3, 2014 
• Boys’ and Girls’ Tennis, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, McCallum 
• Choir Parent Meeting, 6 - 9 pm, Choir Room 

Saturday, April 5, 2014 
• Choir and Band solo and ensemble 
• Boys Track Meet at Burger 
• Jazz Factory to Georgetown Jazz Festival, East View High School, Georgetown 

Monday, April 7, 2014 
• Technical Rehearsal for Dance Performance, 3:30 - 6:00 pm, Cafeteria 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 
• Rehearsal for Dance performance, 3:30 - 6:00 pm, Cafeteria 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 
• Rehearsal for Dance performance, 3:30 - 6:00 pm, Cafeteria 
• Boys’ and Girls’ Tennis, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, ATC (Garcia) 

Thursday, April 10, 2014 
• Make-up and Late Work Due Date for A Day 
• PTA General Meeting, 6 - 6:15 pm, Library prior to Dance performance to elect new PTA officers 
• Spring Dance Production, 6:30 - 7:30 pm, Cafeteria 

Friday, April 11, 2014 
• Make-up and Late Work Due Date for B Day 

Saturday, April 12, 2014 
• All-City Drama Festival, 7:30 am - 7:30 pm, Covington Middle School 
• Instrument Discovery Day, 8 am - 12 pm, Fine Arts Bldg., For incoming 6th graders to try out Band and Orchestra instruments 
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In This Issue 

• Talent Show Donations 
• CRASH Seminar at McCallum 
• Lamar Campus Advisory Council (CAC) Parent Membership Openings 
• Winter Guard Fundraiser 
• 2013 Federal Report Cards are now available 
• Parent Training-Overview of Creative Learning-Arts Integration 
• PTA Positions For 2014-2015 School Year 
• STAAR Test Dates 
• Scottie Store Donations 
• Gale eBooks Available for Lamar Students and Parents 
• Save Your Box Tops For Our Science Department Fundraiser! 
• The Communities In Schools Program at Lamar is Seeking Donations 
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TALENT SHOW DONATIONS 

Attached is the letter for businesses interested in donated gift cards or prizes for our Talent Show Contestants. We are interested in prizes for teenagers such as itunes, gamestop, footlocker, or any sort of toys/electronics. 

See attached donation form. 
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CRASH SEMINAR AT MCCALLUM 

McCallum PTSA and McCallum Project Graduation Organization will be hosting the “CRASH” Seminar presented by Texas PTSA on April 8 at 6:30pm in the McCallum HS Cafeteria. The seminar will last approx. 75 minutes and we will be selling pizza and water and offer childcare. 
See attached flyer for more information. 
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LAMAR CAMPUS ADVISORY COUNCIL (CAC) PARENT MEMBERSHIP OPENINGS 

Lamar Campus Advisory Council (CAC) Parent Membership Openings - a few new parent members and one business member for the 2014-15 school year. 

The Lamar CAC is currently seeking new parent members for the 2014-2015 school year. The CAC consists of both parent members and staff members. 

Each school in the district is required in by the Texas Education Code, to establish and maintain a campus-level advisory council. A CAC is an advisory body providing guidance and counsel and such other assistance as specifically listed in state law and district policy to the Principal. Parents, the Community Representative, and the Business Representative are all selected by the Membership Selection Committee. All representatives serve a two year term which may be extended depending upon the membership needs at that time. Members are required to attend monthly meetings. Lamar’s meetings run 5-6pm on campus usually on Mondays, a calendar of meeting times for the 2014-2015 school year will be set in August. The CAC calendar year runs from May - April. An application is required and the submittal of an application does not in itself guarantee a position. 

Lamar’s CAC parent representative membership criteria includes a selection of members from our standard feeder schools; including academy parents and non-academy parents. We try to rotate half of our membership each year, so that one half of our members are new to the committee while the other half is returning.

Our current specific membership wish list include incoming parent representatives from Reilly Elementary and Ridgetop Elementary, however, there is the possibility of adding another Highland Park, Brentwood, or Gullett parent. We also have an opening for a Business Representative. The business representative must be able to speak on behalf of a business. Businesses do not include public sector agencies, but may include non-profit or not-for-profit entities. The Lamar CAC prefers that this person be a parent of a current Lamar student. Parent nor business representatives may be an employee of AISD. 

Member selection will occur at our April CAC Meeting, currently set for Monday, April 14, 5pm-6pm. New members will be required to attend the following meeting, Monday, May 12, 5pm-6pm. 

If you are interested in joining CAC, please contact Karen Moore, parent co-chair by email or call 512-773-7355 as soon as possible. 

Additional information regarding Campus Advisory Councils as well as member applications may be found online.
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WINTER GUARD FUNDRAISER 

Our State Championship Winter Guard needs your help and support. We are selling discount cards for $10. The cards are valid for 1 full year! Take advantage of our local stores that agreed to be part of our fundraiser! If you’d like to purchase one or have friends/family that would like one please fill out the form and return to Mr. Hairston. 

Thanks so much for your support. 

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2013 FEDERAL REPORT CARDS ARE NOW AVAILABLE 

Federal Report Cards for the state, the district, and each of the district’s campuses are now available on the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) website.

The 2012-13 Federal Report cards are made up of the following parts: Student Achievement by Proficiency Level, Student Achievement and State Academic Annual Measurable Objectives, Priority and Focus Schools, Teacher Quality Data, Graduates Enrolled in Texas Institution of Higher Education, and Statewide National Assessment of Educational Progress Results. You may access the Federal Report Cards online, or contact the Department of Campus and District Accountability at 512-414-9866 or by email at accountability@austinisd.org to obtain a hard copy of a campus or district report. 

Spanish version
Calificaciones Federales de 2013 están disponibles: 
Calificaciones Federales para todo el estado, el distrito, y las escuelas dentro del distrito están disponibles en la página de web de la Agencia Educativa de Texas (TEA).

Las Calificaciones Federales para 2012-13 se componen de las siguientes partes: 
• Logros Académicos Estudiantiles por Nivel de Competencia, 
• Logros Académicos Estudiantiles y Objetivos Mensurables Académicos Anuales, 
• Escuelas de Prioridad y escuelas Enfoco, 
• Datos de Calidad de Maestros, 
• Graduados matriculados en una Institución de Educación Superior, y 
• Resultados de la Prueba Nacional de Progreso Educativo (NAEP). 

Usted puede encontrar estas Calificaciones Federales en el internet o ponerse en contacto con la oficina de Rendición de Cuentas de Escuelas y Distrito, 512-414-9866 o por el correo electrónico accountability@austinisd.org para obtener una copia de calificación para el distrito o su escuela. 
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PARENT TRAINING-OVERVIEW OF CREATIVE LEARNING-ARTS INTEGRATION 

Highland Park Elementary School, 4900 Fairview Drive 
Cafeteria, Friday, April 25, 8:00 am-10:00 am

Training and overview will be facilitated by UT’s Drama For Schools Department. All parents are invited to attend to learn strategies teachers have been using to reinforce learning through arts integration. See the power of things you too can use at home. It should be a fun morning. Bring a friend and we hope to see you there! 
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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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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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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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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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WAAG HOUSEKEEPING 

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