8 Languages?

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Don’t you want to check this off your to do list?

Do y’all remember when you/your student were first looking at LASA as a potential place to go? Do you remember hearing about/researching the language choices at LASA? I still get impressed when I list the choices to prospective families. I think we are at 8 (Spanish, French, Latin, German, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, ASL). THAT IS CRAZY!

Ms. Zhong is a Chinese Teacher at LASA. PFLASA gave her a grant for Continuing Education this summer.

Here is what she said: “I wish to express my gratitude and appreciation to PFLASA for supporting our teachers’ continuing education. You all are so awesome!”

We could definitely use your financial support to continue to support our LOTE programs!

Coffeehouse is awesome!

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In the spirit of ACL (you know there are 5 ACL wristbands up for bid right now here, right? ), I want to talk about Coffeehouse.

For all of you that are new to LASA or maybe never have gone to Coffeehouse, PUT THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR NOW – Friday, May 17th, 2019).

What is Coffeehouse? It is a mini-ACL-like event sponsored by PFLASA.
Who is the talent, you ask? Our kids! They audition, then organize, they perform and OMG are they talented.
Who is the audience? EVERYONE – Faculty, Staff, Students, Parents, Family, Friends….
Where? American Legion by Lady Bird Lake (mopac and lake austin blvd-ish)

PFLASA sells tickets at a VERY reduced rate basically to recoup some of the costs; We rent out the venue, lighting, sound, stage, etc. One of teachers takes care of the auditions, etc. It’s such an amazing JOINT effort – parents, students, faculty!

Don’t miss it. It is one of the BEST LASA traditions. Oh, did I mention it is on the last day of AP Testing so it’s really a party for all?

Don’t you want to donate to help us support our “advanced academic” kids by helping them have fun in a non-academic way?

Donate today, we would love it.

LAST CALL for Healthy Supplies!

Last call for the healthy supplies drive! Thanks to everyone that has helped with this! 

AMAZON SMILE ACCOUNT: http://smile.amazon.com (select PFLASA)

AMAZON WISHLIST: https://www.amazon.com/…/1TK53C1UF6I8S/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws…

LASA Healthy Supplies Drive – Now thru October 1st!

If you would like to help our faculty and staff supply their classrooms with Kleenex/Tissues, Hand Sanitizer and/or Clorox Wipes, that would be great! We are trying to get each classroom ready for the inevitable cold season!

Here’s what you can do:
1. Send any of these basic items in with your student and ask them to drop off in the LASA Main Office on the 2nd floor
2. Can’t do this but still want to help? Buy them off our Amazon wish list and have them shipped directly to LASA (address already selected to go to LASA).

Be sure to select smile.amazon.com and direct your charity to PFLASA. Win-win 
Here is LASA’s Amazon wishlist: brand and quantities listed are merely suggestions!



Today, let’s talk about Physiographs. SAY WHAT?

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Today, let’s talk about Physiographs. SAY WHAT?

Remember how I told y’all about the money we raised 2 years ago for the sci tech labs’ computers? Well, after all that we had some money left over because of your generous donations AND corporate matching. Those funds were earmarked for technology.

Enter Mr. Journeay, LASA Anatomy & Physiology and Pathophysiology (and probably some other science-y classes) teacher. In the past, he has saved money and resources to buy a PHYSIOGRAPH whenever he had the money to do so… Think every 3 years or so, he would get ONE machine because they are SUPER expensive. Then enter PFLASA. Thanks to the generous donations above our goal we had that one year, we were able to purchase THREE more machines last Spring for Mr. Journeay’s classes. Now, no student is waiting and everyone can learn and science together.

See the brief video of some students using the physiograph in class including some pics of the actual machine. Video credit: Mr. Journeay




Helping defray the cost of multiple AP exams

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Today’s post is about AP Exams! Ok, so maybe I’m still stuck in the talking about numbers thing.

AP exams are administered the first two full weeks of May, as defined by College Board. Anyway, each test is $94 (price based on 2018 prices).

Before I start… yes, taking AP Exams is completely optional.

The bare minimum number of AP exams a typical LASA student takes is 1 in 10th grade, 2 in 11th and 4 in 12th grade. So, in 10th grade, we parents would pay $94. In 11th grade, we would $188 and in 12th grade, we would pay $376.

PFLASA helps subsidize these exams each year. So, the first test is $94 (yes, full price). If you student takes TWO, you would pay $168, and FOUR, would be $316. Here is the chart – AGAIN.. last year’s prices: https://www.lasahighschool.org/…/advan…/ap-exam-registration

And these numbers are crazy: # of AP exams administered at LASA in:
MAY 2017: 2421
MAY 2018: 2536

I can’t even comprehend TWO THOUSAND TESTS being handed out. Can you?

Help us subsidize these tests to help ALL of our students. Please donate today. Thank you 

Let’s talk numbers…

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The engineer in me is coming out in this post. I’ve been looking at numbers today. Trying to figure out how we can make our goal for this very important fundraiser. PFLASA does so much for LASA students and faculty. I hope you have enjoyed watching the videos and stories that I have shared in attempts to get you to donate . But today is about numbers…

Currently, we are at $24,000. Our goal is $70,000. Our student population is close to 1200 students, which we estimate to be about 900 families. About 130 families have donated.

Then, I started to think about what a fantastic education my son is getting. What some say is like a “Private school education.” I don’t really know what that means since we are a public school family. But I did research what private high schools in Austin cost this year because I was curious. WOW! I had no idea. LASA is a bargain!!!!!

In case you didn’t know, 2018-19 tuition (for one year only of high school):
Regents: $17,353
St. Michael’s: $21,00
Hyde Park: $17,600
St. Stephen’s: $28,390
St. Andrew’s: $29,187

Please consider donating to PFLASA. 100% of your donation stays at LASA and we put it to really good use. 

LASA Faculty/Staff love our kids

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Imagine this:
It’s Friday and your day starts at 5:30am. You get yourself ready for work, your kids’ up and ready and their lunches packed and get them out the door just barely making the bus. You drive at least 40 minutes in Austin traffic to get to work. Then hit construction on 183. It’s raining. It’s supposed to rain all day. Today’s work schedule is not normal. It’s a pep rally day and you have to figure out how to get your job done with a shorten schedule. It’s still raining and your thoughts are for what lies after your work ends today. It’s the weekend! And you signed up to stay after work for a late “meeting”. The meeting might get pushed back because of weather. WHAT? Oh. And by the way, you don’t get paid any extra for this. In fact, you get paid very little as it is. But you love your job so it’s ok. But mostly you love the kids you teach. And you are doing this late meeting for them. Especially and only for them. Who cares that you need to dance at this “meeting” in front of the whole school? You love the kids. You do it for them.

I love LASA. I love it for the faculty and staff and for WHAT THEY DO FOR MY KID. If you feel like I do, please give so we can help them do incredible things for our kids. Please.

Post the staff members you can recognize below 

Video credit: Shannon Bennett (THANK YOU SO MUCH!)

LBJ and LASA Staff/Faculty dance with the First Ladies at the LBJ Football game (that we won!) 9.14.2018

Ms. Moore and welding


It’s Friday… know what would make me super happy? If you would 1) donate  2) share 3) comment 4) like so I know you are seeing these posts. Are you there? Can you hear me now?

And in today’s installment of PFLASA spends money on…

WHO: Ms. Amy Moore, SciTech and Engineering Design Teacher

Here is her message:
This past summer, thanks to your grant, I was able to take a welding course from ACC. During the course, I learned how to arc weld, MIG weld, TIG weld, and oxy-fuel weld. Now with these skills, I will be able to incorporate welding into my Engineering Design course. For my final project, I made a yard art pinwheel. Thank you for your support.

Mr. Castro thanks PFLASA

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In today’s edition of “Where do PFLASA donations get used”, I bring to you another teacher’s message from his continuing education grant. Mr. Scotty Castro, a new LASA English teacher but not new LASA Faculty & Staff had this to say:

“During my foray from the professional world back into education, I’ve been fortunate to serve LASA both as a substitute teacher and, most recently, as library clerk. My year and a half in the library met me with opportunities to become better in tune with the needs of students and the community. I continuously sought ways to create an inviting, imaginative setting, including offering several special lectures throughout the year. When an English teacher position became available, I was happy to pursue the opportunity, and was ultimately offered the job. With the support of PFLASA, I was able to supplement the cost of my teacher certification program in order to be where I am today. PFLASA is one of the best networks of support I’ve seen in any setting. The LASA community operates through open collaboration, and there is a sense here that PFLASA always has your back. Likewise, their input and impact are immeasurably valued. I look forward to many years teaching LASA students, and I’m glad parents and friends can be along for the ride.”

Thanks, Mr. Castro. We are excited to have you teach our kids and we do indeed have your back!

Mr. Ramirez goes to Spain

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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…