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FINAL SCHEDULE, updates and info Counselors Corner
Senior Celebration ticket sales ONE MORE CHANCE this TUESDAY! UT Study – participants needed Rising Senior Parents – Look ahead to next year!

PFLASA Thanks & Wish of the Week wrap up – what have you done this year? Look and see!!!! Looking Ahead – Freshman Picnic next August & Kealing Magnet Celebrates 25 years next fall!

Don't forget to vote in the AISD School Board Place 9 run-off elections— Tamala Barksdale and Julie Cowen vie for the Place 9--At-Large seat. Early voting starts June 1.

Finals Schedule - Monday,
Tuesday, June 2 8:00 10:00 5th period exam 10:10 12:10 7th period exam

May 31 –Memorial Day

No School

Wednesday, June 3 8:00 10:00 6th period exam 10:10 12:10 8th period exam

Lunch provided by cafeteria as a sack lunch on early release days.

The 2010 Composer has arrived! This year's issue features poetry, prose, and art from LASA's wonderfully talented student body and was entirely put together by the Literary Magazine class. Take time this summer to see the best of what our students can do with words and image. AISD has set up a Facilities Master Plan task force and is asking for public input in the form of a survey. This survey covers topics that directly impact our schools and facilities. Your voice is important. Please take the time to fill it out. You can find it at the AISD main web page or go to: Calling all AMD parents… An amazing experience awaits LASA students this summer in Keystone, Colorado (see It is an opportunity for leaders to emerge, a phenomenal resume item for students, and for many, has provided internships and jobs both during and after college. Keystone works hard to keep the cost to schools down and had applied for a grant from AMD, but AMD is not accepting any new grant applicants this year. AMD does offer a matched giving program to its employees, and has asked us to reach out to our AMD parents. Please consider helping to support the students who will be attending The Keystone Center this summer by participating in AMD's Employee Giving Program which leverages employee and company resources for maximum community benefit and extends the reach of AMD’s corporate giving program. AMD matches employees’ contributions of money to approved nonprofit organizations and schools up to $3,000 per year per employee. If you can help please contact LASA teacher Claire Barrett ( or Jeremy Kranowitz, Director Educational Excellence Programs (

Counselor’s Corner Schedule Changes: The last day for students to make changes to their 2010-2011 class schedule is Wednesday, June 2, 2010. Students should see their guidance counselor to request changes. Students who have registered for ACC summer courses need to submit documentation to their guidance counselor as soon as possible so their LASA schedule can be changed for the next school year. You should:  Go to ACC website and login to student online services and print a copy of your schedule  Attach the ACC schedule to the schedule you received in forum noting which courses you wish to drop and the course to be added ***If you cannot find the schedule you received in Forum--on a sheet of paper, write your name, id number, the course to be dropped and the course to be added. Common Application News: Juniors—a preview version of the 2010-11 Common Application has been posted on their website: The 2010-11 Common App Online will launch on August 1. Until then, you can use this preview version to get familiar with the application and the essay prompts. LAST CHANCE Tickets sales for Senior Celebration -- Don’t miss out on the fun!! Attention Seniors!! In case you have not yet purchased your ticket for Senior Celebration, you’ll have one last chance on Tuesday, June 1, from 12 to 1pm in the fine arts hallway. Bring $10 and the completed Contract signed by you and your parent or guardian (even if you are 18). Remember that tickets will NOT be sold at the event – you must purchase your ticket in advance. Participate in UT Study: Parents & Teens: Receive $30 and Help UT If you and your teen occasionally talk about exercise/diet and you would like to earn a $15 Amazon gift card each, please consider helping Lynsey Kromo with her PhD study on communication about these issues. This is a confidential survey and no interview is involved. More details are below, and couples who have been together at least a year and living together are also needed. Thanks and please consider forwarding to others!
What: Filling out 2 surveys about how you talk about diet and exercise with either your teen (ages 13-17) or spouse When: At a time of your choice; takes about 35 minutes to fill out the surveys Where: At a location of your choice What's in it for you: $15 Amazon card PER person and you'll helping UT research For more info or to set up an appointment:

Note to LASA community - my LASA son and I completed this Survey - easy to do and makes a contribution to research. Ann Graham, former PFLASA co-chair. (Rising) Senior Parent News! Last week, Class of 2011 Parents had their first meeting to plan for Senior activities next year! There was a great turnout and parents were eager to volunteer for activities in anticipation of next fall! Here's who has stepped up to the plate so far...and note there are plenty of opportunities for all parents to get involved! Read on and plan on attending the next meeting! Wednesday, June 23, location TBD PFLASA/PTSA Senior Parent Class Rep - Gina Allen - Seasonal Mini-Celebrations for all LBJ/LASA Seniors:
Mini Pumpkin Decorating (Oct) - Ann Collins, Cathy Boone, Co-Chairs Gingerbread House Making (Dec) - Ann Collins, Chair Valentines (Feb) - Chris and Ana Dietche, Co-Chairs April Fools - DeDe Hebner and David Edmundson, Co-Chairs

Senior Salute - LASA's pre-Graduation Celebration (June 2011):
Sharon Dunn, Ann Graham, Kathleen O'Hara, Co-Chairs

Project Graduation - LBJ/LASA's Post-Graduation All Night Party (June 2011):
Gina Allen, ___, Co-Chairs, Treasurer; Azam Waugh, ___, Passbook Sales Co-Chairs; Barbara Chisholm Faires, Penny McRoberts, Silent Auction Co-Chairs; __,__,__,__ other opportunities (get involved)!!!

JOIN THE CLASS OF 2011 LISTSERV TO KEEP UP TO DATE (and get a reminder about the June 23rd meeting)! Send a blank email to Thank you! ACCOLADES AND APPRECIATION!
Here are the Softball All District Selections:
26 AAAA-First Team All District Name Class Position Laurie Sellars Jr. SS Mallory Bayer Sr. 1B Second Team All District Apolonia Espinosa Sr. Aiyana Turpen-Scott Sr. Honorable Mention Sophia Hardin Samantha Kaspar Academic Honors Laurie Sellars Samantha Kaspar Stajhai Shelton (LBJ) Mallory Bayer Ashley Long Sophia Hardin Alexa Etheredge Kali Adams Ellen Denson Raeneisha Cole Jr. Fr. Fr. Sr. So. So. Fr. So. So. Fr. SS OF OF 1B OF P 2B DP OF C

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2010 LASA Student Council Election Results
Rising Sophomores: President – Raeneisha Cole V. President – Daniel Kim Treasurer – Matt Goodman Secretary – Nikita Prasad Representative – Abdulkarim Bora President - Changseok Lee V. President - Sam Porter Treasurer – Sydney Presley Representative - Ashley Long President – Tess Hubbelling V. President – Alex Greaves Treasurer – Qiaoyi Wang Representative – Louisa Keeler

Rising Juniors:

Rising Seniors:

Congratulations to your incoming Student Council! A hard fought election is now finally over. I wish the best of luck in all efforts to make LASA an even better educational community. GO JAGUARS !!!

Le, Greg McGlothern, Lauren Miller, Travis Owen, Daniel Riordan, and David Stanley who passed the Final Cut Pro Level 1 exam. They are now Apple Certified Professionals! This is a great achievement for a high school student. Professional filmmakers in need of an editor can search the Apple registry and hire them. Hollywood here we come! Kudos to Media Tech teacher Vanessa Mokry for the fine accomplishments of her students!

PFLASA NEWS! PFLASA wants to thank everybody that helped make this another great year at LASA. Whether it was by providing support, driving students to activities, donating money, giving time, sharing skills and knowledge with students, or lending a helping hand, the LASA community has helped make this year a successful one. Thank you to parents, teachers, administration and students! Congratulations to the graduating seniors and their parents - Best of luck to all of you in your future endeavors! Welcome back, to those senior parents who will stay with us because they have incoming freshmen -- we are glad to have you longer! The first PFLASA meeting of the 2010-2011 school year will be on Friday, 9/3 at 8:00 a.m. in the library. Have a great and safe summer. See you in the fall!

Lots of LASA (LOL) takes a break during the summer, so this is the last LOL of this academic year. We will resume again at the beginning of August with lots of information to start off the year. SPECIAL THANKS TO KAREN FOREE, LASA parent and Principal Sanchez' exceptional Secretary for her editorial and organizational skills in getting LOL ready every Sunday night all year long!! Her contributions are truly appreciated! (editors note: This is truly a team effort and would never make it to you with out the contributions of many, many people!) Remember that you can continue to update the carpool database during the summer. Go to and click on "Database" on the left. Then click on "Carpool Database" and enter your information. In order to access it you need to have a Yahoo account and be on the PFLASA list serve group. The database is a resource tool for you to contact potential carpool partners and for them to contact you. You may want to check it frequently as new people add their information. Questions? Contact Ana Irizarry at PFLASA INVESTS IN LASA - Thank you!!! The PFLASA community has given generously all year long to make the LASA program an even stronger one. Financial contributions, volunteer hours, in kind donations, have all made a big difference across the campus. As a consequence of everyone's generosity, PFLASA has made significant investments over this past academic year including the purchase of:
11 digital cameras and 12 digital voice recorders for Ezine; 2 digital voice recorders for Journalism; an extensive investment in Biotechnology; 38 transect lines, 6 binoculars, and 40 field guides for Planet Earth; books and DVDs for Model UN, Facing History, and Government; memberships for LOTE classes which enabled our students to take national level exams; music and guest musicians for Orchestra; drying rack and storage cabinet for Fine Arts, 6 digital projectors and 2 elmos for shared use; after school tutoring in conjunction with UTeach; and pending purchases of entire classroom sets of certain textbooks for math, LOTE, and English; along with additional technology support. PFLASA also invested in $100 teacher stipends for every teacher, professional development support for over 13 teachers; support for campus community building events such as Field Day, Paint-a-Pumpkin, Coffeehouse, Freshmen Picnic, Sophomore and Junior Class Ice Cream Socials; support for recruiting and welcoming efforts such as LASA Road Show and ZIP Code Parties; and last, but not least, underwriting all of LASA's pre-graduation celebration, Senior Salute!

We could not have done this without all of your generous support and enthusiasm for the LASA community! Thank you for your continued investment...and have a safe and wonderful summer! PFLASA 2009-2010 Co-Chairs, Sharon Dunn and Ana Irizarry PFLASA Wish List Chair and committee members, Ann S. Graham, Liza Wimberley, Julie Delgado, Detra Price-Dennis THANK YOU!

The LASA Freshman Picnic is Saturday, August 21 from 1-3 p.m. Please join us at Eilers Park for pizza, desserts and lemonade. Eilers Park is located at 401 Deep Eddy Ave., 78703. Parking is limited in the lot, so carpooling is a good idea. There is also street parking on Stephen F. Austin Drive near Eilers Park. Bring your swimsuit and $2(teenagers) or $3(adults) if you want to swim in Deep Eddy pool. After 3 p.m., there won't be any adult supervision for students. Call Sonia Paban at 633-2544 or email her at with questions. See you there!

The Magnet Program at Kealing Middle School is celebrating its 25th anniversary Sept. 25, 2010, from noon until 4 p.m. The purpose of the celebration is to reconnect former Kealing students, families and teachers and to build a community that extends beyond its current students, families and teachers. In broader terms, it is also a celebration of the AISD magnet program. The planning committee is seeking former staff and alumni to attend and/or share their "story" as part of the celebration. The celebration, at Kealing Middle School, will include many fun and educational activities for teens and adults. If interested in receiving more information on the event or assisting in communicating with alumni, please contact If you are a former staff member, please contact for more information on events planned specifically for teachers and staff. Get Connected
 is the parent run website that has Lots of LASA archived, a list of teacher’s emails and phone numbers in the directory (top right) and much, much more!  PTSA Jaguar Tracks E-newsletter Send a blank email to  PFLASA Yahoo Group (Parents and Friends of LASA) Send a blank email to (Note: This is an Announce-only list)  Class of 2010 Yahoo Group Send a blank email to  Class of 2011 Yahoo Group Send a blank email to  Class of 2012 Yahoo Group Send a blank email to  Class of 2013 Yahoo Group Send a blank email to

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact PFLASA co-chairs Sharon Dunn at or Ana Irizarry at If you have suggestions for this publication, please contact Karen Foree at Please have items in by Thursday afternoon if you want something listed that week.