Crockett Cougar Chatter
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!
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
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 AND TRUANCY
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)
FLD Field Trip
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
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)
OBTAINING A VERIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT (VOE) FORM FOR A DRIVERS LICENSE
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!
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 https://tinyurl.com/CrockettBBC . 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).
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
ACC Requiring Student IDS- Starting Spring 2023
- All students (including our ECHS/Dual students) will need to wear/display their ACC ID badges when on the SAC campus.
- Any individual who cannot provide their ID (card or number) to Campus police will be asked to leave the campus.
- 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.
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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: https://forms.gle/8B3w5NdLfaUadcth6 or by scanning the QR code in the flyer below.
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!!!
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!
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: https://forms.gle/KCVMiHFQwkpJMryR7
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Crockett ECHS Support Staff:
Counselors Secretary: Janice Snyder email@example.com
Registrar: Kathy Alvarado Romero firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Keeper: Christopher Simmons email@example.com
Data Processor II/PEIMS Coordinator: Michele Andrade firstname.lastname@example.org
Principals Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Rodriguez email@example.com
Attendance Specialist: Kathy Batista Boddy firstname.lastname@example.org
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504 Coordinator: Ana Acosta firstname.lastname@example.org
SPED Dept Chair: Cynthia Coppinger email@example.com
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