The Liberator

Campus Sad To Say Goodbye To Mr. Ephraim

Sophia Blaha, News Editor

January 15, 2020

Ray Ephraim has been working at LASA for more than three decades, but starting February, LASA will have a new security officer keeping the halls safe. Ephraim will retire on Jan. 31st, 2020. When he retires, Ephraim hopes to take full advantage of his free time and pursue his family business, which deals...

AISD Votes on School Closures

Sophie Chau, Staffer

January 15, 2020

After they stood for the pledge of allegiance, parents at a board meeting stood for something else: their children’s schools. More specifically, whether or not those schools should be closed. The Austin Independent School District (AISD) Board of Trustees voted 6-3 in a meeting on Nov. 18 to close...

They Are The Jaguars, We Are Not The Jaguars

Luci Garza, Staffer

January 15, 2020

As LASA prepares to move to a campus in fall 2021 and leave the LBJ jaguar mascot behind, students and teachers alike are in search of a new mascot to represent the spirit of the school. In November, school members helped brainstorm the new mascot and school colors. After sharing a campus, mascot...

Oh, The Places You’ll Go

Abigail Jackson, Staffer

January 9, 2020

As a junior, college is always on my mind. I’m always studying in my free time to bring up my GPA, preparing for the SAT or scrolling through Naviance looking at which colleges would be a good fit for me. I’ve considered following in my older sister’s footsteps and going to the University of Arizona...

AISD School Closures Disrupt District Equality

Aaron Booe and Alec Lippman

January 9, 2020

In the next 10 years, seven thousand students from the Austin Independent School District (AISD) are expected to leave the district in favor of a charter school, an alternative school or an alternative district. AISD has claimed that under-enrollment has essentially forced the Board of Trustees to close...

LASA Roadshow Takes Off

Ahnsa Campbell, Staffer

November 4, 2019

In recent years, LASA administration has made a commitment to improve diversity in the student body. Administrators, student ambassadors and teachers travel to middle schools around Austin for roadshows in an effort to recruit applicants from a wide variety of zip codes and spread information about a...

Study Buddies

Sophie Chau, Staffer

November 4, 2019

A flurry of activity signals the end of another day as students rush out the doors to get home and get on with their lives at home. Some students, however, go to study halls to get extra assistance in classes or get work done quietly. In order to provide more resources for students, LASA has recently...

Expanding Horizons

Eve Nguyen, Staffer

November 4, 2019

This summer, 28 LASA juniors and seniors entering the German four and five classes stayed in Berlin, Germany with German host families. During this time, students experienced German culture and were able to practice their German skills. This October, their exchange partners, from the Johann-Gottfried-Herder-Gymnasium...

The Sex-Ed Controversy

Grace Woodruff, Staffer

November 4, 2019

The birds and the bees haven’t changed, but the way AISD teaches them has. The AISD Board of Trustees has voted, and this year’s elementary and middle school students will be the first to learn the new sex education curriculum. The new curriculum focuses on anatomy, consent, and notably, LGBTQ+ identities. This...

I Got 99 Problems and Homework Ain’t One

Luci Garza, Staffer

November 4, 2019

This school year, LASA administration instituted a new policy of No Homework Nights. Once every six weeks, typically at the end of the grading period, teachers are required to give students no homework. No Homework Nights were initiated to give students a mental break at the end of the six weeks and...

The Pros and Cons of Wearing Student IDs at LASA – Pros

Skylar Sidensol-Denero, Staffer

November 4, 2019

As you have most likely noticed, many students haven't been wearing their IDs. Even I am guilty of forgetting it at home or leaving it in my backpack. But in the past 10 years, threats and violence towards schools have become increasingly prevalent. In 2018, there were 24 school shootings, and so far...

The Pros and Cons of Wearing Student IDs at LASA – Cons

Luci Garza, Staffer

November 4, 2019

In a time when school shootings are at an all-time high, there has been considerable pressured applied to school districts to help make students feel safe on campus. Due to concerns surrounding school safety, officials in LASA’s administration announced that to respond to very real dangers they would...

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