The Liberator

Clubs Adapt to COVID-19

Clubs Adapt to COVID-19

Edith Holmsten, Staff Writer

October 7, 2020

From clubs formed just this year to clubs that have been at LASA for decades, COVID-19 has required them to adapt. Clubs have re-evaluated their format, methods of collaboration and projects in order to stay safe while also continuing their regular duties and activities.  LASA’s Poetry, Robotics, Activism and Help...

Tinkered Bell: LASA Rolls Out New Bell Schedule

Tinkered Bell: LASA Rolls Out New Bell Schedule

Susan Ballesteros, Staff Writer

October 2, 2020

The adoption of online learning as a safety measure against the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in yet another new bell schedule for LASA students and staff. The new schedule has the school start time at 9:20 a.m. and the end time at 3:55 p.m.. Each class period is an hour and 30 minutes, lunch is 35 min...

Looking for Extracurriculars? Join the Club!

Looking for Extracurriculars? Join the Club!

Ewan McInerney, Staff Writer

September 29, 2020

Several students have created a wide variety of extracurriculars at LASA. The Liberator has spotlighted several of them here. Programs that aren’t featured here and are interested in appearing in a future issue should contact the Liberator. Photography Club Due to online schooling, many school resourc...

Keep Calm and Zoom On

Keep Calm and Zoom On

Eliana Legatt, Staff Writer

September 29, 2020

Instead of having to navigate the school halls and keep up with textbooks, teachers and students are now having to navigate Blend, emails, Zoom, and more. Though LASA has been online since Sept. 8th, AISD is working on phasing back to in-person school at 25% capacity. AISD has implemented safety pre...

Its Not All Bad On Zoom: The benefits of online learning

Its Not All Bad On Zoom: The benefits of online learning

Zoe Klein and Beck Williams

September 14, 2020

As fingers hit keys and faces light up, students yawn widely and rub their eyes for their first online class of the day. Suddenly, disaster strikes — one person can’t get in, and another person’s voice is choppy every time they unmute their microphone to speak. The teacher smiles and begins a ...

Let’s Get Digital, Digital!

Sophia Chau, Student Life Editor

September 1, 2020

As students progress in their high school careers and college application time nears, many upperclassmen choose to take some of their required courses off-campus during the summer. This allows students to free their fall schedules, take on a greater number of electives, and juggle more interesting extracurriculars. Every...

Next Year’s Cheer

Next Year's Cheer

Eve Nguyen, Staff Writer

May 8, 2020

A big part of LASA student culture is football games. At these football games, the cheerleading team contributes to the high-spirited atmosphere by getting the crowd excited and engaged. However, according to junior Audrey Trujillo, who has been on the LASA/LBJ cheerleading team since her sophomore...

Open Letter to LASA Seniors

Open Letter to LASA Seniors

Diya D'souza, Staff Writer

May 4, 2020

Dear Class of 2020, As recently as two months ago, I could never imagine that I would be here—sitting at my house on a Tuesday morning in the middle of April, pondering everything that my class would be doing as it vanishes into thin air. It is around this time when we would usually focus on senior...

LASA’s Athletic Recruitment Suffers Amid Split

photo by Emma McBride

Abigail Jackson, Staffer

April 24, 2020

Other high schools in Austin Independent School District (AISD) have the advantage of communicating with prospective athletes and planning for new additions to their athletic program because they know which middle schools their future students will come from. However, according to LASA’s new Athletic...

The Muse Behind the Music

The Muse Behind the Music

Zoe Klein, Finance Editor

April 22, 2020

“Hi Ari, I’m Ari.” Senior Ari Wagen stood behind a microphone in his bedroom, his walls plastered with concert posters and records, a family member sitting behind him on the electric guitar. He counted down from three and began to sing. After four minutes of singing, he stepped back and nodded...

Mascot Mania: LASA Mascot Unveiling and Reactions

Mascot Mania: LASA Mascot Unveiling and Reactions

Sophia Chau, Staffer

April 21, 2020

A crowd of students slowly enters a gym filled with navy table cloths, balloons and shirts that have all been brought in by cardboard boxes so as to not reveal their secrets. Throughout the gym, a cheer sounds as excited students wait to find out the future of their school. On Feb. 27, the LASA administration...

Q&A Spotlight, LASA’s New Athletics Coordinator Bryan Crews

Q&A Spotlight, LASA's New Athletics Coordinator Bryan Crews

Helena Lara, Sports Editor

April 17, 2020

Meet LASA’s new athletic coordinator, Bryan Crews. Crews will oversee and support head coaches throughout LASA and LBJ’s UIL split and as LASA moves to the Eastside Memorial campus in 2021. As athletic coordinator, Crews aims to not only lead LASA athletics through these transitions but also to elevate...

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