Look up and see the stars!

Look up and see the stars!

My job here is to hopefully communicate to you some of the very cool things that our school does, because I think most of us parents haven’t a clue that these things are happening. If you feel like you are learning more about “OUR LASA”, please consider helping us fund all the great things our school does for OUR CHILDREN.
And every so often, look up into the sky…
Did you know that one of the electives at LASA is astronomy?

With the telescope and binocular equipment PFLASA purchased last year we’ve been able to host 5 night observations through the year around Austin as well as multiple lunar observations during school for astronomy students and any LASA student who is interested. At these observations students actually get to see the objects we study in class which gives a much better sense of the scale and practicality of observing our universe. The new Celestron telescope allows students with minimal observation experience to simply pick off a screen what they want to look at. The binocular mount allows for simple and fast spotting that is the same regardless of the height of the viewer. With our new equipment our observations are bigger, more hands on, accessible, and student friendly. I and the astronomy club are working to incorporate astrophotography and photometry into the observations in the future, without this equipment neither would be possible. Ultimately astronomy is a lot more interesting at night than during the day and i’m so happy we can offer this to our students now with the help of PFLASA.

– Ellen Owens, LASA Sci-Tech & Astronomy teacher

Please help us reach our goal of $70,000. We are currently at $47,460 with 282 (of 800) families participating. DONATE TODAY!
It would really help out the stress level of the fundraising team

Advanced students require advanced teachers.  

LASA sends teachers and/or staff to this conference every year to help keep our whole school learning and up-to-date on new and exciting things for advanced academics and gifted/talented kids. This is the national conference that many magnet schools in the country attend.
This year, LASA wants to send 10-15 teachers to Seattle for this conference. The cost is over $1000 per teacher for travel and conference registration.
Would you be able to help send our teachers to this conference? Every dollar counts and adds up so we can do great things.
If you haven’t heard about NCSSS, it’s the National Consortium of Secondary STEM schools and you can read up about it here: http://ncsss.org/2019-conference.
Mrs. Woodrow (LASA Academic Counselor Ro-Z) attended in the past and she wanted to share this with you:

$3500 Matching TODAY: $1 for $1! Can you help out?

HOLY CARP (sorry if this offends anyone!)!!!

For every DOLLAR DONATED today, anonymous donors will match $1-to-$1 up to $3500. Three thousand five-hundred DOLLARS, people!!!!

Do you love LASA? More importantly does your kid? Do any of the stories I’m telling you inspire you? Make you smile? Are you thankful for a place that “gets” your child? Or maybe you are just glad that they are finally challenged?
Today is the day people! Please donate.
Lots of ways to contribute: Cash, Check, Online – one time donation; Online – recurring donation!!! Recurring is a great way to contribute if you are on a budget (aren’t we all??) and want to give a little each month!
p.s. SENIOR FAMILIES – my personal challenge to you… GO CLASS OF 2020! We have a lot going on this year, I totally get it. But don’t forget that PFLASA subsidizes AP tests, provides AP breakfasts and specifically for Seniors – funds Senior Salute. Donate today to help our seniors. We aren’t out the door just yet.
PLEASE and thank you ever so much!

Popcorn, Anyone?


Y’all we are so lucky. We have kind-hearted people that work with our kids everyday. Mr. Ephriam, LASA security monitor, makes popcorn for the staff and students pretty frequently, especially if the students are wearing their ids 😉 But seriously, a few years ago, PFLASA realized that Mr. Ephriam was spending his own money to do this. For. Our. Kids. Yeah, now, PFLASA has a popcorn fund line item on the budget.

If you are so inclined to give a little (even a monthly donation with our recurring donation link!) to help with the popcorn fund, we’d so appreciate it.

In case you were wondering WHY he does this…

LASA Clubs

When I describe LASA’s culture to non-LASA people, I almost always use the word “quirky”. I almost never say “smart”, “intelligent” or “gifted”. As we all know, LASA is a unique place and our children hopefully are finding their way. I, personally, like that quirky is the “norm”.Recently I sat with Ms. Crescenzi and we chatted. Well, she chatted and I listened. With a Video Camera. To share with you all. 😇

Try to remember WHY your students wanted to go to LASA. Remember that feeling of “getting in?

If you think LASA is worth it, please donate what you can today and help us meet our goal.

AAVP Meets the New Camera


Have you seen LASA’s most recent Lip Dub (April 2019)?


That’s one of my favorite traditions at LASA – from the moment it is shown at a Roadshow during recruiting season to the moment a new one comes out, it speaks to me of who these kids are. As you may know Ms. Mokry and the AVP classes put that together. BUT what you probably don’t know and why I’m here talking about this, is that PFLASA purchased a new camera for AVP last year.Ms. Mokry filmed the Advanced AVP kids (explicit language warning):

If you are so inclined, please consider giving whatever you can to help support our LASA students. We do really put the money to good use! Please and thank you!