SCIS Parent Message
#Be The Difference 
SCIS Parent Message
SCIS Parent Message
Principal's Message

SCIS Parents,

I hope each of you had a wonderful break! I hope you will watch the video summary above regarding the details of the following: 
  • Report cards go home today from G2. 
  • Leadership Awards are Monday, January 13th. 
    • 5th Grade- 8:00 a.m.
    • 6th Grade 10:00 a.m.
    • Leadership Awards Fast Pass request - Available until Sunday, January 12th.
  • 5th Grade fine arts field trip will be next Friday, January 17th. 
    • 5th and 6th period will be switched this day. 
  • 6th grade Perot Museum Payment Due by Jan 31st. Information and links can be found below. 
  • Academic UIL information can be found below
  • No Principal Coffee this month. The next coffee will be Friday, February 7th at 9:00 am
With Gratitude,

Ray Winkler

"My mission is to inspire others to dream more, learn more, and do more to make a positive difference in the lives of those around them. I believe that we must teach 5th and 6th graders how to be leaders by design, not by chance.  I am passionate about building trust within classrooms to create a breakthrough performance for each child.  I am driven to ensure that each child has an experience that is second to none."
School Board Appreciation
Jennifer Kline

January is National School Board Appreciation Month.  This year in Lovejoy ISD, each campus will be recognizing one of our school board members for the entire month of January.  SCIS is so excited to honor LISD school board trustee Jennifer Kline.  

Jennifer was elected to the school board in May of 2019. She has been married to her husband, Paul, for 27 years and they have six children. Three of their kids are out of public schools, one is getting ready to graduate from Lovejoy High School, another one is also a high schooler and the youngest is starting at Willow Springs Middle School. Her oldest son is a teacher in the Austin area. After raising six children among multiple school districts, Jennifer has been involved in education for more than 20 years.   
Jennifer began her involvement in public schools as the Assistant Editor for Ann Arbor Public Schools communications in 1992. In that role she was responsible for the District quarterly newsmagazine with a circulation of over 20,000 households. From those beginnings, Jennifer has since held volunteer and leadership roles in six school districts in three different states. Raising six kids has given her ample opportunities to be involved in a variety of areas and capacities. She is a former Board member of the Lake Travis Education Foundation, where she sat on the Gala Fundraising and Scholarship committees. During that time, the Foundation raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for LT schools, students and teachers and set fundraising records for the district. She has held multiple positions in PTO, including Vice President of Membership and Fundraising at Bee Cave Elementary. Other volunteer positions include Communications Coordinator for the Lovejoy Football Gridiron Club and Hot Shots Coordinator for the Lake Travis Youth Association. Jennifer has also assisted in coaching many youth sports teams throughout the years, and has volunteered extensively raising money for booster clubs and other extra-curricular activities. 

Hour of Code: January 24-30, 2020
Sloan Creek will participate in Hour of Code this January 24-30.  Hour of Code is a celebration of the National Computer Science Week where millions of students around the globe commit to coding activities for at least one hour.  

Students will earn rewards for completing each coding activity, and a grand prize Hydro-flask sticker will be given to any student who completes ALL Hour of Code activities.  If there are any generous Leopards who are interested in covering part or all of the Hydro-flask Sticker prize (estimated cost is around $200), please contact Ms. Hopkins or Mrs. McGuire.  

STEM Festival: February 29, 2020 @ LHS 
More info is coming on STEM Festival but we wanted to make sure you saved the date.  

6th Grade Perot Museum Trip
Hello, 6th Grade Parents!
We are thrilled to announce our annual visit to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science for our sixth graders!

While at the museum, we will have the opportunity to experience the 3D film Volcanoes , and take a journey through the museum exhibits exploring all that the Perot Museum has to offer.

Friday, March 6th
Buses depart for the Perot at 9:00 am.
Buses will return to campus at 2:30 pm.

Students $30, Includes all museum activities, T-Shirt, and a boxed lunch
Parent Volunteers $25   Includes all museum activities, and the executive  boxed lunch 
Lunch choices available when you pay online

Parent volunteers must be a cleared volunteer for Lovejoy ISD.
This application can be completed at the LISD website.
Parent Chaperone training will be at 8:00 am, Friday 3/6. Parent volunteers will get a detailed email with info.

Academic UIL information can be found in Parent Resources on the  SCIS Website

January 31
6 th Graders
LISD Bump Up Day

February 4
9am - 10am
Parents of
6 TH Grade
WSMS Parent Registration Presentation
For Rising 7 th Grade students

Main Gym
February 4
5:30pm - 6pm
Parents of
6 TH Grade
GT Parent Information Meeting

February 4
6pm - 7pm
Parents of
6 TH Grade
WSMS Parent Registration Presentation
For Rising 7 th Grade students

Band Hall
February 5
6 TH Grade
WSMS Student Registration Presentations
For Rising 7 th Graders

February 19 & 20
6 TH Grade
WSMS Online Student Registration
(with counselors at SCIS


Student Kudos

Thank you to all the families that donated to the Kids Heart Challenge!
We shattered the school record of $8,000 by raising $13,000 this year! 
The students did an awesome job!

SCIS Reminders
PowerSchool Parent Portal Access Tips
Here are some quick bullets about the PowerSchool Parent Portal:
PowerSchool Parent Portal Access Tips
  • Unless you have changed your username after August 12, 2019, the username is the email address that is associated to the parent account. The log of invalid logins that we are seeing are typically parent accounts that are trying to use something other than an email address as the username.
  • Recently users have been denied access and it is determined that they are not using the correct URL. Please make sure that you are going to . If you see Welcome to Unified Classroom, you are on the wrong site. This is another PowerSchool product that we do not have a subscription as it duplicates Google Classroom.
  • Remember that the mobile app is only a tool for updates on assignments, grades, and attendance. Typically to access the Enrollment Forms, Absence Reason Excuses, GPA Information, and the Random Drug Testing Forms you must use a tablet, laptop or desktop and the URL above. From a mobile phone, you can use your browser and go to the URL above; however, once logged in it is difficult to navigate.
Calendar of Events
Jan 13 Leadership Awards
Jan 13 Chess Club 3:00 pm
Jan 17 5th grade Fine Arts preview
Jan 20 Student Holiday
Jan 22 Student Lighthouse Meeting 2:50 pm - 3:30 pm
Jan 27 Chess Club 3:00 pm
Jan 31  4th/6th/8th Bump Up Day
Feb 03 Chess Club 3:00 pm
Feb 07 Principal's Coffee 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Feb 10 Chess Club 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Feb 13 Early Release 11:45 am
Feb 14 Winter Break  No School
Feb 17 Winter Break/Bad Weather Make Up Day
Feb 20 Q3 Progress Reports sent home
Feb 22  Orchestra Instrument Selections
Feb 24-28 Book Fair
Feb 24 Chess Club 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Feb 25 Orchestra Concert 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Feb 26 Student Lighthouse Meeting 2:50 pm - 4:00 pm
Feb 29 STEM Festival @ Lovejoy High School
Feb 29 Band Instrument fitting

SCIS Volunteer Opportunities

SCIS Volunteer

Thank you to all of the volunteers that have helped the Sloan Creek Campus.  We understand that your time is valuable and we love that you are spending a portion of it at Sloan Creek, helping our kids.  

Ongoing Volunteer Needs
Library Shelving -  Help Ms. Stewart keep our library organized and all the books in the right spots.  Every Friday from 1-2:45

Friday Read-A-Louds - Read a loud to students in the library.  Twice a month on Fridays.  You can pick one recess or all four.

Makerspace Challenge -  Lead students in a maker space challenge. Wednesdays, once a month, during lunch time for both 5th and 6th graders
 Community News
The  Lovejoy ISD Community News Page  includes news from our schools, programs, booster clubs, student organizations, Foundation for Lovejoy Schools, community, and more. Check back often for up-to-date news on events and activities. 
District Communications
One of our Board Priorities is to develop stronger community connections and confidence through effective communication. We are continuing to strengthen our communications and have shared   best practices for communicating with the Board of Trustees and best practices for staff communications with parents. Today we are sharing the following information regarding how best to communicate and handle concerns with teachers, coaches, directors, etc. For future reference you may find this information on the Parent Resources page under District Communication.
Student and Parent Concerns/Grievances
The faculty and staff of Lovejoy ISD are committed to the service of our students and their parents by responding promptly and professionally to concerns or grievances which may arise.
Student and Parent Complaints/Grievances are governed by LISD Board Policies FNG (LEGAL) and FNG (LOCAL).
How Do You Resolve Parent Concerns?
If you, as the parent or guardian of a Lovejoy ISD student, have concerns regarding your child's education or performance, we want to talk with you. Sitting down and talking with the people who interact most often with your child on a daily basis - his/her teacher, counselor, coach or director- can remedy the majority of concerns.
Most concerns can be and usually are resolved at the classroom/activity/sports or campus level. However, if your concerns are not addressed by visiting with the teacher, campus counselor, coach or director, you may choose to follow the three-level process listed below:
Level One:
Within 15 business days of the incident causing the concern/complaint, you may request a meeting with the next level supervisor which could be the Athletic Director, Fine Arts Director or Campus Principal. The Level One form may be found here.
Level Two:
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the Level One process, within 10 business days of receipt of the Level One decision letter, you may request a meeting with the Assistant Superintendent of Operations (Athletics, Safety, Operations) or Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction (Teachers, Administrators, Student Discipline). The Level Two form may be found here.
Level Three:
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the Level Two process, within 10 business days of receipt of the Level Two decision letter, you may appeal the decision to the School Board by contacting the Superintendent. The Level Three form may be found   here.
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