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Mr. Ramirez goes to Spain

Please donate today: www.pflasa.org/give No selling stuff, just 100% of your donation goes directly to our awesome school. PFLASA is currently at about 12% of it's goal of $70,000. Also, be sure to check if your workplace matches! I hear Apple is matching at 2:1! Email fundraising@pflasa.org if you have questions! Remember my post a couple of days about about "continuing education" for teachers... Well, check out Mr. Ramirez's (one of LASA's Spanish teachers) awesome video...
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PFLASA purchased Sci Tech Computers!

Please consider donating today: www.pflasa.org/give Every student at LASA takes Sci-Tech, a freshman level signature course. While this video is two years old, the computers purchased from that donation year are brand new! If you didn't know, Sci Tech had computers so old that the updated CAD design software they use wouldn't run on them. So, THANKS to generous donations like yours, PFLASA was able to replace all the sci-tech computers last year. Check out this COOL video from alum parent, Deb Lewis Legge, about our sci tech program. And please donate today!
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Mr. Walker – Classes on Bird Biology, etc.

Please give to PFLASA: www.pflasa.org/give DID YOU KNOW? Keep reading... it's worth it to see how dedicated our LASA teachers are. Every year, PFLASA raises money to support LASA students and faculty. All funds raised above our goal amount are used for something specific. Last year's above goal funds were used for Continuing Education for the faculty. Continuing education, differs from Professional Development, in that it was actual coursework in the teacher's field of study that furthered their education. All LASA students take Planet Earth, a sophomore Signature Course. David Walker is one of the Planet Earth teachers at LASA. Here is what he had to say about his continuing education support: Thank you so much for sponsoring my summer continuing education in bird biology and identification. I was able to take 4 online courses through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. In the Planet Earth course at LASA, students frequently choose to pursue bird field studies. The main introductory field exercise for these students is a trip to Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory. For the first 7 years of my career at LASA, Tim Fennell was the main leader on these trips. Tim is one of the most knowledgeable and skilled birders in Texas, and these trips were an amazing educational experience for the students as a result. Tim would 1) be able to readily identify every bird seen or heard during the day, 2) illustrate to students very effective techniques for correct bird identification, and 3) discuss not only field marks, but also habitat, nesting behavior, feeding behavior, mating behavior, and different varieties of vocalizations. Students came out of the workshop with all the tools they needed to effectively carry out an identification-based field survey over the rest of the semester. Upon Tim's retirement, I assumed the lead on these field trips. This has been a worthy challenge for me, as I am nowhere near as adept with birds. These courses were instrumental in helping me develop my skills in bird identification and knowledge of bird biodiversity and behavior. This will surely benefit the students who pursue bird projects in Planet Earth in allowing me to create a more interesting and comprehensive field trip. I've included some photos of past birding field trips at Hornsby Bend to give you an idea of what these trips are like.
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PFLASA No Hassle Fundraiser Has Started!

Our ONE fundraiser for this year has started! 100% of your donation stays right here at LASA. Help support our FANTASTIC school by donating today to PFLASA: http://pflasa.org/give Thank you!
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Does LASA participate in the Student Sharing initiative to take Career and Technology Education (CTE) courses in other high schools?

LASA does not participate in the Student Sharing initiative that the district implemented with other high schools in the north and will be starting among high schools in the south. LASA has many CTE offerings including SciTech, E-Zine, robotics, yearbook, newspaper, AVP, engineering design, biotech, fire academy, and others.
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How does the school day change for Finals Week?

Finals Week takes place during the last week of each semester. The school day begins at the regular time, two class finals take place each day and the school day ends early, typically sometime between 12 and 1 p.m. Buses pick up students from school earlier than normal, after the last final. Check the LASA calendar for specific times.
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When are bus schedules issued?

Bus schedules are typically mailed to your residence and available online in August. You can go to the AISD Bus Finder to find the most up-to-date stops and schedule.
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What are “Late Starts”?

"Late Starts" are specific Thursdays when AISD high school students begin the day at 10am to allow time for staff development for high school teachers. Because LASA begins school earlier than other high schools in Austin, our students start their day about 2 hours late. These are coveted days when our kids get to grab a bit more shut eye! The morning schedule will be different for LASA students on late start days. Consult the AISD bus finder for the revised schedule.
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What are Signature Courses?

One of the cornerstones of LASA is the group of courses known as Signature Courses. These innovative classes are collaborative in nature and provide breadth to the education at LASA. Student groups research, design, implement and present projects in the sciences and humanities. LASA freshmen take Electronic Magazine (E-zine) and Science and Technology (Sci-Tech); sophomores take Planet Earth and Great Ideas. More information regarding these courses can be found at the LASA website.
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Does LASA have traditional high school activities or is it all about academics?

Besides LASA’s great academics, students have opportunities to participate in University Interscholastic League (UIL) sports and arts as well as numerous school clubs. Because LASA and LBJ High School share a facility, they also share: football, basketball, soccer, band, orchestra, choir, golf, and many other sports and activities. LASA students participate in UIL high-school sports and activities under the LBJ High School banner. Go Jaguars! LASA also has fantastic clubs! A recent count included about 80 different clubs, including Robotics, Quiz Bowl, Bollywood Club, Amateur Radio Club, Cake Club, Pixar Club and ZAST (Zombie Apocalypse Club). Homecoming, prom, pep rallies, football games, dating, and other traditional high school activities are all present at LASA.
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