Crockett Cougar Chatter

January 2023

Manor's Message

Happy 2023 Crockett Cougars!

I was thrilled to see everyone back after a relaxing holiday break. I am even more excited to see all of our Cougars start the spring semester. I feel like the second half of the year always flies by and before we know it our 2023 graduates will be walking the stage. This semester is not only a special one for our 2023 cohort as they make their final high school memories including prom, college acceptance letters, etc, but an important one for all our students as we wish them a strong finish to the school year! In order to assure that our students are successful we would like to remind our families of our attendance and tardy policies that we sent out earlier today.

Cheers to an Always Victorious New Year!

Kori Manor

Future Important Dates:

January 12th: Final FAFSA Workshop (5:00-7:00pm)

January 16th: MLK Jr. Holiday-No School

January 17th: CAC/PTSA Meeting in the Library (5:30/6:30pm)

January 18th: Academic Town Hall- see flyer below (6:00-7:00pm)

January 19th: Class of 2023 Spirit Night @ MOD Pizza- see flyer below

January 20, 21, 22th: Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief Musical @ Crockett Stage

January 25 - Austin Youth Career Fest Field Trip (10-12th grade; more details below)

February 4th: Cheer Cub Clinic (more details below)

February 7th: Principal Coffee Chat @ 8:15am in the library

February 11th : College Readiness Symposium- see details below

February 17th: Early Release @ 3:30pm

February 20th: Student/Staff Holiday**

March 13 - 17th: Spring Break

March 31st: Chavez/Huerta Holiday

April 7th: Student/Staff Holiday**

May 19th: "C" Day

May 22-25th: Final Exams

May 25th: Last Day of School!

May 30th: Crockett ECHS Graduation @ Burger Activity Center (10:00am)

** (Bad Weather Makeup Day)

AustinISD 2022-2023 School Calendar- English and Spanish

Updated Crockett ECHS Schedule 22-23

Attendance and Tardy Policies Spring Semester 2023

Crockett Students and Families,

We want to start off the spring semester by reminding everyone the importance of being in class and on-time. Below is some important information regarding attendance and tardy procedures for the spring semester. Starting Tuesday of next week, we will be implementing the tardy consequences below. Additionally, we see a number of students coming in after school has begun. It is important that students arrive by 9:00 so they can be in class by 9:05. If you are running late, please support our safety procedures and enter at the main entrance not by the gym or cafeteria. If you need support or have any questions regarding , please contact your counselor or administrator. Thank you for your attention to this matter. We look forward to an Always Victorious remainder of the school year!


Students are expected to be in class on time each period. Students who do not report to class on time will be marked tardy in Frontline.

  • After the number of tardies below from any class, students will be assigned lunch detention and Saturday School for more progressive consequences. If students do not show up for Saturday School, they will be assigned ISS the following week.

1-2 Tardies - Warning sent to parents via automated messages
3 Tardies - Lunch detention
4 Tardies - Saturday school
5 Tardies - ISS half day including lunch
6 Tardies - ISS full day plus admin, parent, and teacher conference schedule (notify admin)


  • Students are not allowed out of class the first and last fifteen minutes of class.

  • All students must secure their cellphones in class (i.e. place in backpack, leave with teacher, trade for pass) before leaving the classroom during class time.

  • All students must have a pass from the teacher.

    • Any student found in the hallway without a pass, will be escorted back to class.

    • It is the students responsibility to obtain a pass from the teacher or substitute prior to leaving class.

  • Crockett will conduct closed periods to monitor hallways.

    • A closed period is announced over loud speaker.

    • Students in the hallway after 5 minutes, will be sent to ISS.

    • Students are not allowed to leave class during a closed period until an announcement is made to release or at the end of the period.

  • Advisory/ Study Hall is always a closed period.

    • Students are not allowed to leave campus or class during Advisory/ Study Hall.

    • If students are caught in the hallway during Advisory/ Study Hall, they will be sent to ISS for the remainder of Advisory.


Students arriving late must enter the main doors with the buzz entry across from the theater. Students should not knock on external doors to be let inside, nor should students open external doors to let anyone in after 9:05. All students should report to the main doors to be let in by the main office staff. Students should turn in notes from a parent/guardian or doctor to the attendance clerk at this time.

ACC Students - All ACC students should not enter the building until the bell for the passing period has rung. Please remain on the ACC campus until it is time to return to campus. For safety reasons, you will not be allowed to sit at the picnic tables or hang out in the hallways. If your ACC class is canceled, you can go to room 269 or the library.


Students must be formally checked out by a parent/guardian with their IDs in our main office. to leave during the school day. No student will be permitted to leave without parent/guardian permission.


Only students in grade 12 will be allowed off campus for lunch. This is a privilege and may be taken away from a senior who abuses this policy by frequently being tardy or who does not return after lunch. All 12th grade students leaving campus for lunch must be prepared to show their student ID to any faculty member who is monitoring the grounds. Any underclassman who leaves campus for lunch will be assigned lunch detention, ISS or Saturday school.


When you must be absent, you must bring a note from a parent, guardian, or doctor’s note to document the absence.

Turn in attendance notes to our attendance clerk in the Main Office within 48 hours of your return.

Illness/injury resulting in absences of three days or longer must be verified by a signed doctor’s excuse.


Compulsory attendance law states that students must attend class 90% of the time to be in compliance with state law and avoid truancy filing. Students and parents may be charged with breaking the Texas Compulsory School Attendance Law if 10% or more unexcused absences are recorded for the student. Charges will be filed with the court and may result in fines.

The following absences decrease your attendance percentage:

The following absences will NOT affect your attendance percentage:

  • ILP Illness (Parent Note)

  • HSS Home School Suspension

  • IM Immunizations, non-compliant

  • OTH Other Circumstances

  • UNX Unexcused Absence

  • ILH Illness (Healthcare Provider Note)

  • MED Medical

  • FLD Field Trip

  • SCH School

  • UIL University Interscholastic League

  • HD Holy Day

  • VST College Visit

  • ISS In School Suspension

Examples that decrease your attendance percentage:

  • Staying home sick with a parent note. The note must include:

    • Your name, student number, and grade level

    • Date of and reason for absence

    • Parent/Guardian work and home phone numbers

    • Parent/Guardian signature

  • Family trips

  • Vacations

  • Attendance at events that are not sponsored by the school

Examples that will NOT affect your attendance percentage:

  • Partial day absences with an official note from the doctor verifying the time and date of the appointment.

  • Field trips taken with the school

  • Receiving a service within the school, such as ISS, meeting with a counselor, or taking an EOC exam.

  • Religious Holiday (with parent note)

  • Verified College Visit (juniors and seniors receive two excused college visits per year)


To obtain a driver’s license, a student between the ages of 16 and 18 must annually provide to the Texas Department of Public Safety a form obtained from the school verifying that the student has met the 90 percent attendance requirement for the semester preceding the date of application.

Students must sign up in advance in the main office where completed forms can be picked up on Thursdays.

Simple Ways YOU Can Help Improve Attendance:

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  • Build regular routines for bed time and the morning.

  • Seek support from school staff or community groups to help with transportation, health problems, or no safe path to school.

  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Ask a family member, neighbor or another parent for help.

  • Follow the proper school guidelines for reporting excused absences in a timely manner.

  • Allow your child to stay home only when he/she has a contagious illness or is too sick to be comfortable.

  • Make sure your child exercises, eats a balanced diet, and gets plenty of sleep. This will help him/her to be mentally and physically ready to learn, and strengthen the immune system.

  • Read all information sent home by the school. Post important dates on a family bulletin board or on the refrigerator.

  • Give your child enough time to get ready for school in the morning. Prepare lunches, pack school bags, and lay out clothing the night before.

  • Monitor your child's attendance through Parent Self Serve.

  • Talk about the importance of regular attendance and about how your child feels about school.

Crockett Cheer Cub Clinic!

The cheerleaders will be hosting a Cub Clinic on Saturday 2/4/23 and our future cougars will perform at the basketball game on 2/10/23. See the attached flyer/registration form below if your K-8th grade student is interested. The last day to register is Friday, January 13th.
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Crockett Banned Books Club

Crockett ECHS is proud to announce the Crockett Banned Books Club, sponsored by AISD Reads

with generous support from Black Pearl Books!

The first 14 Crockett students to sign up for the Banned Books Club will receive two free books - the first is The Poet X, a Young Adult Fiction book by Elizabeth Acevedo. Book club meetings will begin in February during lunch, moderated by our Crockett Librarian, Ms. Gibson. Our 2nd book will start after spring break.

Although book banning has occurred in other districts and libraries throughout the country, CECHS and AISD do NOT ban books! We support the right of students to read books that have been banned elsewhere - and form their own opinions.

See the attached flyer for more information and QR code signup - or sign up ASAP at . Free books limited to first 14 students. If enough students sign up quickly, we may be able to attend the AISD Banned Books kickoff event at the Austin Public Library main branch on Wed. Jan 18 from 10-11am (bus transportation provided).

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Academic Town Hall

AISD office of Academics invited is holding a town halls for parents to review the course catalogs and share information about various academic programs (see flyer below).

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Class of 2023 Spirit Night!!!

Join the Class of 2023 at MOD Pizza!

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Anytime ALL day

9600 S IH-35, Suite C-200

Mention that you are supporting Crockett High School at checkout.

You can also order online and contribute to the fund by using the Fundraiser Code MODF17685

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Career Fest Field Trip for grades 10-12

On Wednesday, January 25th, Crockett will be taking students to the Austin Youth Career Fest at the Palmer Events Center. Students will have the opportunity to interact with over 150 different local career opportunities to learn about career pathways, find summer employment or internships, and explore different career options. Students who are interested in attending this trip must submit a signed permission form to Ms. Snyder in the College & Career Center to reserve their spot on the trip by January 20th. The trip is open to all students in grades 10-12. Please reach out to with any questions.

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ACC Requiring Student IDS- Starting Spring 2023

  1. All students (including our ECHS/Dual students) will need to wear/display their ACC ID badges when on the SAC campus.
  2. Any individual who cannot provide their ID (card or number) to Campus police will be asked to leave the campus.
  3. The entrance doors on Stassney will be exit-only. The only entrance to ACC for all students will be the entrance on the other side of the building from the carpark.

Check out the BSN Sideline Store for your Crockett gear!!!


Jump into January with 15% OFF orders of $100 or more at your CROCKETT HIGH SCHOOL Sideline Store. Stock up for yourself or for a fellow CROCKETT HIGH SCHOOL fan who's had their eye on that special hoodie, hat or tumbler. Best of all, this awesome sale is on for the ENTIRE month! So head over to Sideline Store now and save on all your faves with code JAN23 today.

Link to the BSN Sideline Store

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4th Annual College Readiness Symposium

All high school students and their families are invited to attend the 4th Annual College Readiness Symposium at St. Edward's University on Saturday, February 11th. After a brief welcome and keynote speaker, participants will be able to rotate through 3 breakout sessions covering over 20 different college readiness topics. Come learn about NCAA eligibility, paying for college, the college admissions process, writing college essays, making friends in college and more! Register to attend this event here: or by scanning the QR code in the flyer below.

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Clifton Student of the Month

In December, Clifton has introduced a "Student of the Month" in each of our CTE programs (across all sections). Based on work and effort during the month of November, one Crockett student was recognized:

  • Fernando Andrade Garcia (Plant Science): Fernando has shown tremendous growth in his communication & teamwork skills this semester. He does a great job explaining daily goals and his communication with classmates is polite and respectful. During his turn as Class Supervisor, he took detailed notes on employee performance and gave honest critical feedback. He was able to compliment and critique each student in a way that made the whole group better. We are super proud of Fernando!

Congratulations to our 4 Dell Scholarship Semi Finalists!

Four of our amazing AVID seniors on being selected as Semi-finalists for the prestigious Dell Scholarship!

  • Lilly Buffington
  • Josue Trejo-Barrera
  • Verenise Nieto
  • Jayleen Maldonado

These students will be writing several more essays to try to earn the $20,000 scholarship from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. We congratulate them on this accomplishment and wish them luck on the next phase of the application!

Future Teachers of America students reading to the children at Odom Elementary a couple of weeks ago.

Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year, Ms. Erin Lane!!!

This is Ms. Lane's 18 year at Crockett ECHS! She started her teaching journey with us in Life Skills and has since been teaching art. Her work shines through her talented students as they have painted several murals around our campus and make t-shirts for our annual Día de Muertos celebration. Her positive energy makes it easy for her to engage with students and staff. We are thankful to have Ms. Lane as a teacher at Crockett!!

We would also like to congratulate our other top two nominees Aaron Miller and Lisa Robinson!

Also...special shout out to the following teachers for being nominated by more than 1 of their peers:

  • Gigi Azam
  • Candace Black
  • Jessica Dunn
  • David Egli
  • Greg Freeman
  • Nathan Gurany
  • Erin Hanley Roy
  • Bill Johns
  • Megan Miller
  • Brianna Moehnke
  • Roger Morgan
  • Kelsey Ogg
  • Allison Paris

We are so proud of ALL our talented teachers!

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December Teacher of the Month!

Student Council is excited to congratulate our December Teacher of the Month, Diego Palacios!!

According to his students, Mr. Palacios deserves to be Teacher of the Month because:

  • "It’s his first year and he is already an amazing teacher."
  • "He treats us like equals and is a friend just as much as a teacher :)"
  • "They are baller"
  • "Despite being new at Crockett, Mr. Palacios has adapted quickly and is very supportive and friendly with students of all backgrounds."
  • "He is fun and cares a lot about every student."
  • "Mr. Palacios is such a cool band director. Probably one of the best I have ever had. He is so nice and chill and he’s a god at euchre."
  • "He's a great teacher and he's really nice."
  • "Mr. Palacios is super amazing at teaching the band in a fun and helpful way. He is also very kind and caring to all his students. Mr. Palacios is also a first-year teacher and came in later into the marching season. Regardless he has pushed to get to know every single person and help them with band in ways that work best for them. Mr. Palacios is also very fun to be around and overall an awesome teacher to have."

We had several amazing teachers nominated this month, so we also want to give a shout-out to all of our nominees! Check out what students had to say about why they nominated these other awesome teachers:

Mr. Cater because "...he is a stellar teacher and he continues to inspire students to achieve great success."

Mr. Hare because "...he works hard every single day with music and even stays after school to better help our mariachi group. I think he truly deserves to have his moment."

Mr. Porras because "he is consistently uplifting and encouraging for his students and teaches well."

Ms. Hanley-Roy because "she’s the best social studies teacher ever."

Coach Perez because "...he’s always pushing me to be the very best and not only that he checks up on me and is there for me to vent to him no matter what."

Mr. Kevin Perez because "he always helps me comprehend my work if I can’t understand it. He’s a very great person."

Ms. Hallee because "...she's amazing and good at explaining things."

Ms. Robinson because "... she’s always been there for her students. She offers coffee for students and is always making sure her students are doing the best:)"

Ms. Flores because "[she is] more than willing to help with any situation I am in. Especially when it comes to college."

Ms. Coro because "she has been here for me since 9th grade."

Ms. Arnim because "they’re the realest teacher I know💯. Ms. Arnim supports, helps, and looks out for you, which makes me appreciate her so much."

Mr. Gannaway because "he’ll play chess with you."

Mr. Healey because "they are supportive and hard-working."

Ms. Smith because "[she] works her hardest to make sure every kid has and gets what they need to be successful every day she also helps kids that ain’t even hers."

Ms. Beronio because "...when I had her, she was one of the only adults in school I trusted. She is really sweet and polite. She is really fun and she is someone you can talk to if you need something or going through stuff... I don't just see Ms. Beronio as a teacher but also see her as a friend."

Ms. Dolan because "she worries about all her students and makes everything really fun."

Mr. Miller because "he is a very chill teacher and sometimes will have games be an assignment."

Ms. Brown because "they support everyone and treat everyone fairly and respectfully."

Congratulations, again, to Mr. Palacios!

Nominate a Teacher of the Month

Each month, Student Council sponsors Teacher of the Month to recognize our amazing teachers for their hard work and dedication. All students are encouraged to vote for their favorite teacher to receive this special honor. Want to vote? Fill out the short nomination form to vote for the teacher of the month:

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Lady Coogs Basketball Schedule

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Crockett ECHS Support Staff:

Parent Support Specialist: Michelle Torres

Counselors Secretary: Janice Snyder

Registrar: Kathy Alvarado Romero

Book Keeper: Christopher Simmons

Data Processor II/PEIMS Coordinator: Michele Andrade

Principals Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Rodriguez

Attendance Specialist: Kathy Batista Boddy

Attendance Email:

504 Coordinator: Ana Acosta

SPED Dept Chair: Cynthia Coppinger

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