District Communications

  • Falcon Update

    Posted by LDISD Communications on 6/23/2020

    Dear Falcon Families,

    Good news!  We are returning to learning at Lake Dallas ISD on August 12. Texas Education Agency and Commissioner Mike Morath held a video conference today for school district officials.

    Although TEA did not provide the specifics we were anticipating about public health guidance with regard to face-to-face learning, those plans are in the works. What we did hear today was reassuring, and we feel confident that we are on the right track with our plan to provide 2 instructional environments for student learning:  face-to-face and virtual learning for those who have health concerns regarding the traditional learning environment.  Fortunately, we have already begun the implementation of  a learning platform that will meet the needs of both.

    Please know that health and safety protocols will be in place for students and staff upon their return to campuses. Back to School dates are now posted on the District website, and you will receive postcards with details mailed to your homes in July.

    We appreciate your patience as we continue to plan for the start of school in August, and we are dedicated to communicating any information that comes available to us as quickly as possible.

    We are looking forward to seeing our Falcons and a strong start to the 2020-21 school year!

    LDISD Leadership Team

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  • Weekly Update - May 10, 2020

    Posted by LDISD Communications on 5/10/2020

    Dear Falcon Families,

    As we move into the last two weeks of LDISD@home, we want to take a moment to say THANK YOU  . . . to parents for your incredible work at home with your children and to the amazing members of the LDISD staff that have worked to provide educational opportunities for our students.

    In early April, as we moved to launch remote learning, LDISD teachers took on the monumental task of contacting all of our families so we could better understand their needs. Teachers were able to make contact with the families of more than 4,000 students, providing us with a variety of insights that continue to inform our planning and implementation.  Since then, teachers have continued to provide content, feedback and encouragement to families.

    Our Technology team has been able to work with teachers and families to distribute devices to our students who didn’t have one so they could finish the year. To date, our School Nutrition Services staff have lovingly prepared over 70,000 meals for our families. That’s incredible!

    Our staff continues to work long days and weekends to support our families in every way possible. The innovation and teamwork we’ve witnessed in the last few weeks is unprecedented, and it only serves to shine a light on what we already knew about this great district. 

    We know that every day has not been easy and ask you to continue to be mindful of the quote that Dr. Stinson shared via social media a few weeks ago . . .

    “Relationships before rigor. Grace before grades.
    Patience before programs. Love before lessons.”

    We understand the stress and anxiety that school closures have caused many of our families. While we are offering a variety of learning opportunities for your children in order to ensure their learning continues, it should not come at the cost of your or your children’s social and emotional well-being. So, yes, it is ok if you take a day off when you just need to have fun or take a break from each other. 

    That being said, this is the last full week of regular lessons - so finish strong! Next week will be a week to wind down the year with fun choice board activities to move us into summer break.  Details will come next Sunday. 

    Families, thank you for the amazing love you showed our teachers and staff on the parades this week! Take a look at the photo galleries from the three zone parades using the links below:

    CE Zone Parade Photo Gallery

    LDE Zone Parade Photo Gallery

    SSE Zone Parade Photo Gallery

    And lastly, we wanted to give you a schedule of end of year events for the next couple of weeks. Campuses have planned days for families to pick up items left at school and to return items borrowed from the school.  See the calendar events below:

    Monday, May 11  

    • Meal Service pickup at LDE & LDHS, 7:30 am - 12:30 pm 
    • LDHS: Textbook/Library book drop off, 7:30 am - 12:30 pm  

    Wednesday, May 13

    • LDHS: All students may drop off textbooks, library books, and chromebooks in front parking lot, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 

    Thursday, May 14

    • LDHS: Seniors pick up parking passes, graduation cords & graduation info packets - front parking lot drive through, 3 pm - 7 pm  

     Friday, May 15

    • LDHS: All students may drop off textbooks, library books, and chromebooks in front parking lot, 9 am - 11 am

     Monday, May 18  

    • Meal Service pickup at LDE & LDHS, 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • LDHS: Textbook/Library book drop off, 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Elementary campuses CE, LDE, SSE: School work and personal item pickups as well as all borrowed school items: library books, guided reading books, chromebooks, etc. for last names A-M, 9 am - 12 pm
    • LDMS: All students may drop off Chromebooks, textbooks and library books and pick up yearbooks in the front entrance 7:30 am - 12:30 pm

     Tuesday, May 19  

    • Elementary campuses CE, LDE, SSE: School work and personal item pickups as well as all borrowed school items: library books, guided reading books, chromebooks, etc. for last names N-Z. 9 am - 12 pm; Open for all 5pm - 7 pm
    • LDMS: All students may drop off Chromebooks, textbooks and library books and pick up yearbooks in the front entrance 7:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Thursday, May 21

    • LDHS: All students may drop off textbooks, library books, and chromebooks in front parking lot, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    • LDMS: All students may drop off Chromebooks, textbooks and library books and pick up yearbooks in front entrance, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 

    Friday, May 22

    • LDHS: All students may drop off textbooks, library books, and chromebooks in front parking lot, 9 am - 11 am
    • LDMS: All students may drop off Chromebooks, textbooks and library books and pick up yearbooks in the front entrance 7:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Thank you for choosing to be a part of the Falcon Family.

    LDISD Leadership Team
    #InThisTogether

    Update in English & Spanish

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  • Weekly Update - May 3, 2020

    Posted by LDISD Communications on 5/3/2020

    Dear Falcon Families,

    Wow - it’s May! We are down to the last three weeks of LDISD@home. Thank you again for the amazing work you are completing from home. This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week, and we encourage you to take a moment this week to communicate your love and appreciation to our fantastic teachers. They are truly the backbone of our school district!

    This Week’s Falcon Update Includes:

    • Graduation 2020 at TMS
    • Teacher Parades for Students
    • Retiree Drive-By Celebrations

    Class of 2020 Graduation

    Lake Dallas ISD was excited to announce on Friday that the LDHS Class of 2020 Graduation will be held at Texas Motor Speedway on Wednesday, May 20, at 5 pm. It will be an extremely unique graduation that none will ever forget as we see our graduates cross the stage in person and on the biggest screen in the world. 

    During the ceremony, graduates will accept their diploma in-person on “Victory Lane” providing a memorable ending to a senior year filled with uncertain times. 

    Parents and family members who attend will be asked to remain in their vehicles to watch the ceremony live while parked in the TMS infield. Family members who are in high risk categories for contracting COVID-19, or who are currently quarantined, are asked to remain at home and watch via Livestream.

    Texas Motor Speedway will project the Commencement Ceremony on “Big Hoss,” a 12-story, 218-foot-wide video board to ensure that every graduate is seen by those in attendance, both in-person and virtually. Graduates, wearing academic regalia in addition to masks, will walk across a staging area to receive their diploma.

    The diploma presentation will be “hands-free” and respect the social distancing guidelines outlined by Denton County Health Services.

    A Graduation FAQ has been added to the website for seniors and parents.  

    Teacher Parades for Students

    This Wednesday, teachers and staff members will get to see some of their students in person for the first time since before Spring Break.

    Car parades led by LD buses will wind through the LDISD neighborhoods as an opportunity for district employees to see students, albeit from a safe distance. Three simultaneous parades will start at 9 a.m. from the three elementary campuses and travel the bus routes.

    Students and their families are invited to wave to teachers and staff members, or write messages in sidewalk chalk or on signs, as they pass while maintaining a safe distance from others in the community. 

    Retiree Drive-By Celebrations

    On Thursday, the 2020 Retirees will receive drive-by greetings from LDISD Administrators. Each year retirees are recognized at the annual LDISD Retirement Reception, but with the current crisis we are unable to hold the event this year. Instead, administrators will deliver gifts to each of the retiree’s doorsteps and celebrate with drive-by greetings from a distance.

    2020 Retirees are Kelly Davis, Fritz Desir, Vicki Hainlen, Karen Hays,Valarie Hoffman, Mary Ketcher, Leah Barrett, Rhonda Barr, Melinda Sherrouse, Dee Smith, Janice Smith, Cathy Tudor, Laura Weidel, Virginia Whaley, Donna Wilson and Nancy Younger.

    While our schools remain closed, our hearts remain open. We look forward to seeing many of your smiling faces on Wednesday as we parade through your neighborhoods.

    Thank you for choosing to be a part of the Falcon Family.

    LDISD Leadership Team
    #InThisTogether

    Update in English & Spanish

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  • Weekly Update - April 26, 2020

    Posted by LDISD Communications on 4/26/2020

    Dear Falcon Families,

    As much as we miss our students and our families, the difficult decisions made by our state and local leaders are to protect the health and safety of our Falcon community. The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges never before imagined, and we are proud that as a district we have risen to meet many of those challenges. As our students dive back into learning this week, we have no doubt that our teachers, counselors, administrators and other staff will continue to do what they do best -- take care of kids.

    New This Week:

    • Progress Reports: Thank you for partnering with us in your student’s learning. We appreciate all the effort from students, parents, teachers, and staff to help ensure that our focus on learning continues. We are sharing student academic progress reports this week with our families via their child(ren)’s school.
    • Personal Item Pickup: The District is utilizing plans that allow teachers to safely enter their classrooms to gather their personal items, as well as items left in the classrooms, fine arts and athletics areas by students. Student items will be placed in bags with the student’s name on the bag. Once this is done, the individual campuses will communicate the plan for curbside pickup to parents and students. (Parents/students will NOT be allowed in the building.)
    • Enrollment, Enrollment, Enrollment! Even with the facility closure, we are busy planning for next year and need your help to continue that process.

    As we continue remote academics with students and work on plans for next year, we don’t want to lose sight of the importance of taking care of ourselves. The LDISD Leadership Team recognizes the stressors our families and students face as a result of COVID-19 and the statewide school shut down. Our counseling staff is ready and available to assist you with needs you may have during this time. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them. Contact information is posted on each campus @home page under Counseling as well as on our website on the Counseling Department page: https://www.ldisd.net/Domain/1476.

    Change of this magnitude is hard. We’ve all been through a lot in the last few weeks and, unfortunately, much is still unknown. So, we encourage you to take care of yourself and each other. By practicing patience and extending an abundance of grace, we will get through this...together.

    Thank you for choosing to be a part of the Falcon Family.

    LDISD Leadership Team
    #InThisTogether

    Newsletter in English & Spanish

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  • Weekly Update - April 19, 2020

    Posted by Melaynee Broadstreet on 4/19/2020

    Dear Falcon Families,

    First and foremost, we hope each of you and your families are healthy and adapting as we navigate these unprecedented times.

    On Friday, following the announcement of the governor of the closure of all Texas schools, we notified you that we will remain closed for the remainder of the school year.  While our buildings may be closed, our teachers and staff are working harder than ever to provide LDISD@home learning for our students.

    We know this is not the way any of us envisioned ending the school year.  You have relationships with your teachers and administrators and that bond is not broken by distance. If you need help, reach out and email them but remember they are also juggling the same demands you are with your families. 

    Our leadership team completely understands that most of you did not go to school to become a teacher. You are not expected to become one now. But we do want to remind you of the resources we have for you as you work with your children to continue their learning and stay connected to the teachers, campus staff, and classmates who miss seeing them dearly.

    Resources:

    • LDISD@home Learning - The district will continue required instruction through the current learning platform for our students through our official last day of school Friday, May 22, 2020. This will ensure that all of our students have the opportunity to meet the state-mandated attendance and promotional requirements.

      We know that these experiences cannot replicate those of the day-to-day classroom, yet we are confident that the LDISD@home learning program will keep students engaged and allow them to finish the school year with meaningful learning.

    • FAQ pages - We are continually updating and adding information as questions come in regarding the closure and the learning platform. COVID-19 Closure FAQ / LDISD@home FAQ

      Important additions and updates this week include:
    • Family Resources - the attached pdf is posted on our COVID-19 website, but we wanted you to have it readily available at this uncertain time. It contains an extensive list of helpful resources for LDISD families including information and links regarding job loss, food assistance, living, health, emergency medical & rental assistance, stress and coping tips and more . . .

    Much has been asked of our Falcon family over the past several weeks. We have all been challenged, and we have all risen to the occasion. Please continue to do your best to manage these unprecedented circumstances, and, in return, we promise our support in every way possible.

    Thank you for choosing to be a part of the Falcon Family.

    LDISD Leadership Team
    #InThisTogether

    Weekly Update in English & Spanish

    Family Resources English / Family Resources Spanish

     

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  • School Closure Notice

    Posted by LDISD Communications on 4/17/2020

    Dear LDISD Community,

    Lake Dallas ISD is following the Executive Order issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott during a press conference today (April 17, 2020) and is extending our school facility closure through the end of the school year. The district will continue required instruction through the current LDISD@home Learning platform for our students through our official last day of school Friday, May 22, 2020. This will ensure that all of our students have the opportunity to meet the state-mandated attendance and promotional requirements.

    We are dedicated to maintaining the connections that students have made with their classmates and teachers through the learning platform. We promise to be responsive to our families by communicating with you consistently throughout our closure. Please reach out directly to your child(ren)’s teachers or your school’s administration with your questions, issues and concerns. 

    Despite the disappointing news that we cannot safely open our facilities for school the rest of 2019-2020, the district will continue to distribute weekly meals on Mondays through May 18, 2020. 

    All district and school events are cancelled through the end of the school year or will be modified to include a virtual option.  That being said, we are dedicated to celebrating the Class of 2020! District leaders are expecting to receive further guidance from the Texas Education Agency regarding graduation events. In addition, the District will discuss and announce more information in the near future about the status of summer school, sports/academic camps and facility rentals in June.

    We encourage our families to stay at home and follow social distancing protocols as advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

    Thank you for your continued support of our district during this time.  We are all #InThisTogether. 

    Sincerely,

    LDISD Leadership Team 

    Update in English/Spanish / Denton County Schools Release

     

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  • Weekly Update - April 12, 2020

    Posted by LDISD Communications on 4/12/2020

    Dear Falcon Families,

    We hope that you are enjoying the holiday weekend with your loved ones. As we will remain closed through Sunday, May 3, 2020, in alignment with the state order, we are committed to regularly communicating with you with these weekly District newsletters on Sunday evenings to keep you informed and up to date with the latest information you need for the upcoming week.

    This week’s update includes:

    • Meal Service Update
    • LDISD@home
    • 2020 Census

    Meal Service - Enrollment Verification

    Lake Dallas ISD will continue offering weekly grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals on Mondays during its facilities closure. Beginning April 13, families will be asked to verify student enrollment to comply with new guidelines required by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Agriculture.

    To verify student enrollment, families will be asked to confirm their children’s names and the campus they attend. Once names have been confirmed, each family will be issued a district card on colored paper to be displayed on a vehicle’s dashboard each day they come to pick up food.

    Younger children not yet enrolled in school are eligible to receive meals through the program. Parents will be asked to provide names and ages of those children at enrollment.

    Cards displayed on the dash will be required. If you forget or lose your card, you will be required to go back through the enrollment process.

    Any student who walks up to get their meal will simply confirm which campus they attend and be given a meal.

    LDISD@home

    It was exciting to begin our new way of learning last Monday, and we thank you for all of the hard work you put in to make the first week of LDISD@home learning a success. We are looking forward to another successful week of learning. 

    To help answer questions that you may have, we have compiled a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page that includes the questions we were asked last week.  The FAQ is posted on the LDISD@home site along with some other links to information that may be helpful during this time of home learning.

    Assignments for this week are posted on each of the campus sites, but you may continue to enjoy your long weekend and start on Tuesday. Assignments for each week will always be due the following Sunday, so you will have a full week to complete them, as we know many of you are juggling work, home and family responsibilities along with unusual schedules during this crisis.


    2020 Census

    Another very important item is the 2020 Census, which we encourage you to complete during the school closure. When you submit the census for your household, you help ensure that our public schools receive federal funding and that the local community gets the resources it needs for hospitals, roads, public services and more. You can complete it online. The Census only comes around every 10 years so it is critical that everyone completes it to ensure public services receive adequate federal funding. Learn more at www.2020census.gov.

    Our heart is with those who are suffering in our community as a result of this horrible virus. So many of you also work on the front lines and continue to put your own health at risk to serve and care for others. On behalf of everyone at Lake Dallas ISD, we thank you.

     LDISD Leadership Team
    #InThisTogether

    Newsletter in English and Spanish

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  • Weekly Update: April 5

    Posted by LDISD Communications on 4/5/2020

    Dear Falcon Families,

    Lake Dallas ISD is committed to communicating regularly during our COVID-19 emergency closure.  On Tuesday, following the announcement of the governor of the closure of all Texas schools, we notified you that we will continue to remain closed through Sunday, May 3, 2020, in alignment with the state order.   With the new extended closure and implementation of online learning, we will send these weekly District newsletters on Sunday evenings to keep you informed and up-to-date with the latest information you need for the upcoming week.

    This week’s update includes:

    • LDISD@home Learning
    • Student Holidays
    • Weekly Meal Service
    • Health and Safety

    Tomorrow we start a new way of learning! Our Curriculum & Instruction team and teaching staff have been working hard to create a new online learning platform - LDISD@home. Information and links to each campus site will be posted on the LDISD website and available starting Monday morning. At the elementary level, teachers have contacted parents and students with instructions to get started. Secondary campuses e-mailed a letter to students and parents on Friday. If you did not receive these communications, they are posted on the LDISD@home site.

    Friday, April 10, and Monday, April 13, are scheduled student holidays, so there are no assignments posted for those days.

    LDISD will continue to provide a single distribution of food on Mondays that will include 5 lunches and breakfasts, via drive-thru to all children age 18 or under at Lake Dallas Elementary and Lake Dallas High School from 7:30 am - 12:30 pm. See information at ldisd.net/mealpickup

    We miss our students, and hope you are all well. As you have seen from our messages this week, we have joined Texas Education Agency (TEA) in sharing information, posts and graphics to keep you safe and healthy. The most important thing you can do right now is stay at home! If that’s not possible, practice social distancing by staying 6 feet from others. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs and countertops. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, and cover a cough or sneeze with your elbow. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 – a fever, dry cough, or shortness of breath, call your doctor. Remember, by staying apart now, we can all be together again faster!

     Thank you for choosing to be a part of the Falcon Family.

    LDISD Leadership Team
    #InThisTogether

    Newsletter in English & Spanish

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  • LDISD Extends Closure Through May 4

    Posted by LDISD Communications on 3/31/2020

    Dear Lake Dallas ISD Families and Staff:

    Denton County News Release Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced this afternoon that all Texas schools will remain closed through May 3. This executive order is to support the efforts in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and to continue our practice of social distancing. Lake Dallas ISD, along with our Denton County neighboring districts, will continue to remain closed through Sunday, May 3, 2020, in alignment with the state order. (See Denton County Schools News Release)

    In addition, Denton County's disaster declaration for public health was amended Tuesday afternoon, extending the county’s stay-at-home mandate through Tuesday, April 7, at 11:59 p.m. We join the county in asking Lake Dallas ISD families and staff to stay healthy and stay at home.

    Please know that although schools are closed, our focus is on ensuring our students and staff have ongoing support, that teaching and learning continue, and that we stay connected with each other throughout this extended closure. We will continue to serve weekly meals and online learning will begin on Monday, April  6.

    Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented school closure. The health and well-being of all in our district and surrounding communities continues to be our number one priority. While we may be apart, we are still in this together.

    LDISD Leadership Team

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  • LDISD COVID-19 Update - March 30

    Posted by LDISD Communications on 3/30/2020 7:30:00 PM

    Dear Falcon Families,

    Lake Dallas ISD is committed to communicating regularly during our COVID-19 emergency closure. Late last week we joined other Denton County school districts in extending our closure through April 19.  With this extended closure, we plan to send a District communication each Monday to keep you informed and up to date with the latest information.

    This week’s update includes:

    • Weekly Meal Service Implemented
    • Week 2 of Enrichment Choice Boards
    • Report Cards for 3rd Nine Weeks
    • Grading Plan for Closure
    • Family Resources

    Today we started the weekly free meal service program that provides 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches for each student on Mondays, distributing 10,820 meals to our students for this week. Click here for Information about the weekly program.

    This week, students are completing the 2nd week of choice boards as the curriculum department and campuses finalize online learning. Click here to access the Learning at Home choice boards. We are working this week to ensure that all students have what they need to start online lessons on Monday, April 6.

    Report cards for the 3rd Nine Week grading period are being posted in the portfolio section of Family Access.

    There have been many questions about grades during online learning for the final nine-week period. We will communicate the grade plan when the online learning begins next week. Please know that our goal is grace > grades as we help students master the remaining curriculum content with meaningful teacher feedback.

    We know students and families may be experiencing the need for support during this time, maybe support they have never needed in the past. LDISD is in contact with community partners who can help your family, and regularly updates ldisd.net/localresources with the latest resources available, including food resources, counseling, medical, and other family services. 

    We recognize the anxiety that your family may be feeling about the closure, stay at home mandate, the economic impact, individual mental wellness and the consequences of extensive media coverage surrounding the virus. We do understand and share in some of these same concerns, and we are aware of local families who are now dealing with symptoms and may not yet be tested or counted in the county's confirmed cases. We hear more and more about younger, healthy individuals here and all across the country experiencing very serious complications from COVID-19.

    As a reminder, please stay home, avoid public interactions, playdates, sleepovers and touching public surfaces like playground equipment and swings. Keep six feet in between yourself and others when in public for essential activities. Wash your hands, use hand sanitizer when soap is not readily available and notify your doctor if you experience a dry cough, shortness of breath and fever. The sooner we can slow down the spread of COVID-19, the sooner we can return to school, and the economy can begin to bounce back.

    We know there are many questions, and we are trying our best to get them answered as soon as possible. As answers become available, they will be added to the frequently asked questions page: LDISD.net/COVID19FAQ.

    We are a strong community and will continue to support one another through this time.  Thank you for choosing to be a part of the Falcon Family.

    LDISD Leadership Team
    #InThisTogether

    March 30 Release in English/Spanish

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