WAAG for April 9, 2015

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 IN THIS ISSUE:

 ·            Jazz Factory Selected to Perform in the Midwest Band Clinic

·            NJHS to Participate in Relay for Life

·            Save Texas Schools Rally

·            Lamar PTA Executive Board Nominations

·            Get Informed About Public School Legislation

·            Scottie Store Donations

·            Green Teens Mini Farmers Market

·            Friends of Lamar Orchestra Seeking New Members

·            Dance Guild Executive Board

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 CONGRATULATIONS TO JAZZ FACTORY!

From Mr. Hairston - It is with great honor, excitement, joy...all of the above, that I announce that the Jazz Factory has been selected to perform at the 69th Midwest Band Clinic.  It is the highest achievement in the nation to be invited to this conference!  Many educators have applied for over 20 years and have not been invited.  Lamar Jazz Factory has taken a spot!  The 69th Annual Midwest Clinic will be held from December 16-19, 2015 at McCormick Place West in Chicago, Illinois.

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NJHS TO PARTICIPATE IN RELAY FOR LIFE 

Next Saturday, April 18, the Lamar NJHS will be once again participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.  The students are hard at work raising money on their own, but we would welcome your support as well!

You can click on the link below, then click "donate".  You can donate to an individual participant or to our team - Lamar MS NJHS.  Any donation - large or small - helps in the fight against cancer. 

Please consider donating.  THANKS!

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY15PL?pg=entry&fr_id=65779

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SAVE TEXAS SCHOOLS RALLY

State Capitol South Steps

Saturday, April 18, 2015

10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Texas schools and students continue to struggle with the challenges of underfunding and over-testing. Our children deserve better. Join thousands of fellow Texans at the Capitol on April 18 to tell our leaders: THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW!

Texas students should not be left standing at the courtroom door waiting for their future. We need fair funding, testing reform and Community Schools today!

The rally is family-friendly. Please urge all students, teachers, neighbors, co-workers and faith groups to join you on April 18 to speak out for our next generation.

 For rally information, please visit  

To register for the rally and connect with others from your area, click here:

http://savetxschools.nationbuilder.com/volunteer

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 LAMAR PTA EXECUTIVE BOARD NOMINATIONS

The PTA nominating committee would like to introduce the board nominees for the 2015-16 school year.

President: Shay Rogillio

Vice President: Merrell Anne Shearer

Secretary: Sabrina Wallace

Treasurer: Peggy Dieterich

Feeder School Liaison: Laura Dooley

Elections will be held at the upcoming PTA meeting on April 13, 2015 at 6:30 in the Lamar Library. All are welcome. 

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GET INFORMED ABOUT PUBLIC SCHOOL LEGISLATION

Did you know that even though nearly 62% of AISD students are economically disadvantaged, our district is labeled as Chapter 41 (property rich) and we gave over $128 million to the state in recapture in the 2013-14 school year?  This year the estimate is $135 million!  The district that gives the second most is Highland Park in the Dallas area and has no economically disadvantaged students.  Chapter 41 districts do not receive a transportation allotment, so we transport 22,000 students daily without any money to help with this task.  We also uniquely give to social security, 27% of our students are English language learners, and 56% of AISD students are labeled as "at risk." 

Something needs to be done to secure more funds for our district, so please reach out to your legislators!   For details and pdfs that can be printed out and distributed go to the AISD website's legislative page: http://www.austinisd.org/legislature.

For a great overview of recapture please watch this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRCjW4DJ68s&feature=youtu.be

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DONATE TO THE SCOTTIE STORE

Start your spring cleaning now and bring all those gently used items to the Scottie store.  We need your donations!  Clean out those closets and drawers.  We could use iTunes cards ($10 increments), stuffed animals, mechanical pencils, highlighters, movies, headphones just to name a few.  Donations can be left in the library.

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 GREEN TEENS MINI FARMERS MARKET

Lamar's Green Teens club will be holding the first ever Lamar Middle School Mini Farmer's Market from 3:15 to 4:00 pm on Friday, April 10th in front of the school's main entrance on Wynona Av.  Students will be selling vegetables, herbs and chicken eggs that have been sustainably raised on campus.  

Items will range from $1 to $4.  Cash and Scottie Bucks only. Please bring a reusable bag.  An adult must be present to purchase eggs.  

Questions? Email Abby Randall.

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 FRIENDS OF LAMAR ORCHESTRA SEEKING EXECUTIVE BOARD

The Friends of Lamar Orchestra is a support organization which assists with fundraising, scholarships, concerts, year end trips and volunteer support for the orchestra program at Lamar Middle School. FOLO is seeking board officers for the 2015-2016 school year. There is no financial obligation to participate and this is a great opportunity to directly help students and Dr. Elizabeth Chappell. The 2015-2016 officers will be elected at the last FOLO meeting on May 19th, 2015. 

Seeking:

+ President

+ Vice President

+ Treasurer

+ Secretary

+ Marketing Coordinator

+ Volunteer Coordinator

+ Sponsorship Directors

+ Event Coordinators

Please contact Dr. Chappell or friendsoflamarorchestra@gmail.com to find out more!

All interested inquiries and nominations must be submitted by May 4th, 2015.

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LAMAR DANCE GUILD EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED

The Guild is looking for people to serve on the 2015-2016 Executive Board. These positions will be voted on at the next General Meeting on April 21st at 6:00pm in the Lamar Library. Please contact Jenny Spytek, or Ms. Reed at natalie.reed@austinisd.org, if you are interested in serving in any of the following positions:
- President
- Vice President
- Treasurer
- Secretary

Please note that you may still run for a position even if you are not able to attend the April 21st meeting. Other board and committee positions are open as well, so please consider helping out the Guild next year!

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WAAG HOUSEKEEPING

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