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Building community through language initiatives

Three years ago, when LISD opened Reed Elementary, we were excited to adopt a new bilingual program called two-way Dual Language at the campus. The program immerses native-English and native-Spanish speakers into the same class together starting in … more

Registration welcomes our littlest learners

While some of our students have begun counting the days until the end of the school year, our youngest learners and their parents are looking to the first day of school next fall. On Wednesday, April 12, and Thursday, April 13, from 7:30 a.m. – … more

Considering a bond election

In January, the LISD Board of Trustees formed the 2017 Bond Advisory Committee (BAC) to study the district’s present and future facility, technology and ancillary needs. The intent of this committee is to help the Board determine whether it is … more

Balancing class size with increasing enrollment

It is an exciting prospect, as a destination district, to watch our schools and communities fill with outstanding new young people. At our current growth rate, we are projected to need 10 new schools over the next 10 years to house these students. … more

The State of Leander ISD in 2017

On Feb. 17, I had the privilege of meeting with more than 200 of our local business and community leaders, elected officials, parents, principals and a few special students to deliver the annual Leander ISD State of the District address. This was … more

Taking a closer look at “Districts of Innovation”

Last week, I wrote about the process and considerations we undertake when setting our annual district calendar. Our Board of Trustees and administration faced a number of obstacles in setting the 2017-18 calendar, including the mandated start of … more

A closer look at the 2017-18 calendar

Developing the district calendar each year may seem like a formulaic procedure that only requires shifting school days around standing holidays. However, in practice, it is a lengthy and involved process. Our goal is to create a calendar that … more

Giving back to those who give back

Visit any of our campuses on any given day, and you will find a team of dedicated volunteers—parents, grandparents, retired teachers and community members—working on a variety of tasks throughout the school. You will find them helping in the … more

District seeking continuous improvement

Last week, I wrote about many of our seniors spending their first days in February participating in COOL (Career Opportunities on Location) Week, partnering with area businesses, government agencies and organizations to do a mini-internship. This … more

Getting career-ready with COOL Week

Next Monday, while most LISD students are sleeping in and enjoying a school holiday, hundreds of our 12th-graders will be punching the clock at their new workplace for the week. These students represent our 2017 Class of COOL (Career Opportunities … more

LISD PALS help promote culture of inclusiveness

Here in LISD, we have a clearly defined set of Guiding Documents that form the foundation of our goals and our purpose as a district. Among these documents are principles, behaviors and traits that form a visible trend. These traits – such as … more

Naming our newest elementary school

Our 26th and newest elementary school, located in the northeast portion of our district between Parkside and Reagan Elementary Schools, is slated to open in the fall of this year. One of the most exciting tasks we are given in building a new school … more

Recognizing our ‘all-star’ school board

 Each January, we join communities across the state of Texas to thank those who have volunteered to serve as advocates for our children and public schools. School Board Appreciation Month allows us an opportunity to recognize these public servants … more

Ethical student behaviors in action

The tangible culture felt in every school throughout Leander ISD is largely a result of our Guiding Documents, several documents developed through much research and stakeholder input that help steer our district and give us goals to achieve. One of … more

Four ways to make the most of winter break

While the winter break provides a much-needed rest for students, an opportunity to spend time with family and celebrate the holidays, it can also cause the undoing of many good habits our students have built up over the school year. This academic … more

Reflecting on an outstanding semester

We, in Leander ISD, are extremely fortunate to be considered a “district of choice” for many of our parents and local business leaders, meaning they sought out a home within our boundaries because they want to be a part of our community. … more

School Resource Officers help keep LISD safe

Our belief in Leander ISD is that every student should be encouraged, supported and challenged to achieve the highest levels of knowledge, skills and character. We also believe that in order for students to feel supported and wholly focused on … more

Finding new strengths

In our most recent issue of The Compass, our co-publication with Hill Country News, you may have read about recent Cedar Park High School graduate Charlie Hoppe, who won first place in the state Future Farmers of America (FFA) competition in … more

Opening the doors to our schools, culture

One of the first things I noticed when I came to Leander ISD is the same thing many students, parents, educators and community members comment on about our district: our culture. Our culture is noticeable, you can feel it, and that is not the case … more

Students reminded to plan for the future

During my first weeks in Leander ISD, I have seen numerous examples of the district’s commitment to see that all students are ready for the challenges of post-secondary education or the workforce after graduation. While visiting every LISD campus, … more
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