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March 30, 2012

Jill DiG iampaolo & Davi d A . Ga rcia – Ed itor s

Admin Alley

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Contents: Admin Alley

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Upcoming Events

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UIL Stars

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Elementary Stuff

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Stacey Profile

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STAAR Breakfast

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Waste & Recycling

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GEN Tx

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College Week

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Amazing 5K

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HEB Award

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Random Shots

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Upcoming Events: Monday March 2 MS Track @ Medina / Texas A&M Corp Cadet at Lunch / ACT Prep: ELA (Knobloch) 3:304:30 Tuesday March 3 Tennis @ Kerrville 7am – 4pm / ACT Prep: Science (Mrs. Jackson) 3:30 – 4:30 Wednesday March 4 Band – HS Concert & Site Reading @ Pleasanton / HS District track meet @ Ingram / ACT Prep: Math (Rabidas) 3:30 – 4:30

Thursday March 5 Choir to Fiesta Texas 9am-8pm

Digiam paolo. j @ lackla ndis d. ne t

LISD Board of Trustees Approve High Stakes Testing Resolution Mission: School Transformation The LISD Board of Trustees approved a resolution concerning high stakes standardized testing of Texas public school students. As of March 30, 2012, 213 school districts across Texas have approved the resolution aimed at bringing awareness to the significant amount of school days that are devoted to standardized testing in the state of Texas. The resolution reads as follows: WHEREAS, the over reliance on standardized, high stakes testing as the only assessment of learning that really matters in the state and federal accountability systems is strangling our public schools and undermining any chance that educators have to transform a traditional system of schooling into a broad range of learning experiences that better prepares our students to live successfully and be competitive on a global stage; and WHEREAS, we commend Robert Scott, Commissioner of Education, for his concern about the overemphasis on high stakes testing that has become “a perversion of its original intent” and for his continuing support of high standards and local accountability; and WHEREAS, we believe our state’s future prosperity relies on a high-quality education system that prepares students for college and careers, and without such a system Texas’ economic competitiveness and ability and to attract new business will falter; and WHEREAS, the real work of designing more engaging student learning experiences requires changes in the culture and structure of the systems in which teachers and students work; and WHEREAS, what occurs in our classrooms every day should be studentcentered and result in students learning at a deep and meaningful level, as opposed to the superficial level of learning that results from the current over-emphasis on that which can be easily tested by standardized tests; and WHEREAS, We believe in the tenets set out in Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas (TASA, 2008) and our goal is to transform this district in accordance with those tenets; and WHEREAS, Our vision is for all students to be engaged in more meaningful learning activities that cultivate their unique individual talents, to provide for student choice in work that is designed to respect how they learn best, and to embrace the concept that students can be both consumers and creators of knowledge; and WHEREAS, only by developing new capacities and conditions in districts and schools, and the communities in which they are embedded, will we ensure that all learning spaces foster and celebrate innovation, creativity, problem solving, collaboration, communication and critical thinking; and WHEREAS, these are the very skills that business leaders desire in a rising workforce and the very attitudes that are essential to the survival of our democracy; and WHEREAS, imposing relentless test preparation and boring memorization of facts to enhance test performance is doing little more than stealing the love of learning from our students and assuring that we fall short of our goals; and WHEREAS, we do not oppose accountability in public schools and we point with pride to the performance of our students, but believe that the system of the past will not prepare our students to lead in the future and neither will the standardized tests that so dominate their instructional time and block our ability to make progress toward a world-class education system of student-centered schools and future-ready students; therefore be it RESOLVED that the Lackland ISD Board of Trustees calls on the Texas Legislature to reexamine the public school accountability system in Texas and to develop a system that encompasses multiple assessments, reflects greater validity, uses more cost efficient sampling techniques and other external evaluation arrangements, and more accurately reflects what students know, appreciate and can do in terms of the rigorous standards essential to their success, enhances the role of teachers as designers, guides to instruction and leaders, and nurtures the sense of inquiry and love of learning in all students.


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UIL Stars

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UIL STARS! On Saturday, March 24th, Stacey students travelled to Medina for the 29-A UIL High School District Academic Meet. Coached by Mr. Keller, Ms. Wann, and Ms. Jackson, six students competed in the areas of Computer Science, Number Sense, Calculator Applications, and Science. In Computer Science, David Lipsey placed 2nd and Ahmawan Johnson placed 3rd. In Calculator Applications, Ryan Berry placed 5th and David Lipsey placed 6th. The Science Team placed 2nd overall with Tatiana Tway placing 1st overall and Ahmawan Johnson receiving the top biology score and placing 3rd overall.

Based on their individual performances, Ahmawan Johnson, Tatiana Tway, and David Lipsey will advance to the regional meet on April 20th in Brenham. Congratulations to all of the participants, and good luck at Regionals!


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Elementary Stuff

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Lawrence’s Lovely Ladies Gabriella ColonMarrero and Alli Taylor of Mrs. Lawrence’s 3rd grade class are twins for picture day.

Elementary Yearbooks are running out! On APRIL 24th, the price of the yearbook will increase to $25, so pre-order yours now for $22!!!

Students who go to Breakfast Club have their passes proudly displayed in Mrs. Mihalko's class.


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Stacey Profile

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Profile: Ms. Gail Horn, Stacey Principal By: Vanessa Marino, Senior

1. Tell us about yourself, how long have you been an educator? I have been in education for about 30 years. Coming from a family of educators, I always knew I wanted to work with children. My career has afforded me the opportunity to live three states: Missouri, Wyoming, and Texas. I went through Missouri Western University to obtain my BS in Education, received my MS in Administration from Northwest Missouri University, and did my ED program in Educational Leadership at the University of Wyoming. I have certifications in elementary education, special education, middle school education, administration K-12 , and mid-management. 2. Tell us about your family life: where are you from? husband, children, grandkids? I really enjoy San Antonio, especially since my son and daughter-in-law (who are military) live here, and I am able to enjoy time with my grandson Jace. I decided to retire from Missouri, where I was a high school principal at a school with 1300 students, and relocate to help with Jace, who was a preemie, and have been here going on three years. My husband still lives in Missouri where he is just a few years from retirement himself. 3. Why do you like working for Lackland Independent School District? I love being a part of Lackland Independent School District. My colleagues are very supportive of each other, and it feels like a family. Working with children of military is especially rewarding. Parents here are so supportive of the school and work alongside the staff to promote success for their children. The staff is very dedicated and works very hard to keep up with the ever-changing state and federal requirements and to ensure that our students will have a productive and successful post high school experience, whether it be continuing education, military, or career. 4. How do you handle school discipline? Although my assistant principal handles most of the discipline here at Lackland, I do deal with it occasionally. I have been at schools where I did all the discipline for the school. I believe that fairness and consistency is very important. Students need to understand that the consequence they receive is for the choice they made. It is not personal. 5. Have you proposed any new programs or schedules that will affect students directly? As for new programs or schedules here at Stacey, we are looking at possibly double blocking some Geometry classes next year. We want to continue to expand college readiness opportunities and ensure all students leave here prepared for life after high school. THANK YOU, Ms. Horn!


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STAAR Breakfast

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Students and some parents enjoyed a free breakfast provided by LISD on STAAR testing days ensuring that most of our students had a nutritious start to their big day!


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Waste & Recycling

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GEN Tx

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College Week

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Amazing 5K

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HEB Award

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Random Shots

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