Austin High School e-News

September 19, 2016

Congratulations to our National Merit Scholar Semifinalists!

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September 20th is a HALF DAY FOR STUDENTS

Please remember that students will be released at noon on 9/20/16 (tomorrow). Teachers will be having a Professional Development meeting in the afternoon. See below for the bell schedule.
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Register now for the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

Juniors!!! Registration for the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test will begin Friday, Sept. 16th and run until Friday, October 14th. (Registration fee is $15.00.)

The PSAT/NMSQT will be given on Wednesday, Oct. 14th. This is a great opportunity for you to practice for your college entrance exams and potentially earn scholarship money toward your college education. See Mrs. Carroll in guidance for more information and to register.

(Eligible sophomores {cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher} will be sent information about taking the Practice PSAT through one of your core classes.)

Homecoming Kickoff

Thursday, September 22nd at 6 pm in the AHS Auditorium.

We will recognize all girls nominated and announce our Homecoming court. We will also recognize our Grand Marshal.

Please come and cheer for all of our nominees and celebrate Homecoming at Austin High!

Admission is $3.

Homecoming Parade

· The parade will be on Thursday, October 13th at 5:30 p.m.

· Students may begin working on floats Friday, Sept. 28th

· The parade will start at Banks-Caddell Elementary School and end at the Old State Bank with the pep rally immediately following in the amphitheater

· Any club or organization wishing to enter the parade must have their registration forms turned in to Joy Dixon by Thursday, October 6th.

· Instructions and line up schedules for the parade will be given out on Wednesday, October 12th.

Homecoming Door Decoration Contest

· We will decorate the campus with door decorations.

· At the discretion of the teachers, First Block classes will decide their theme and work on their doors.

· Doors will be judged during first block on Friday, Oct. 14th

· Winners will be announced before lunch.

· Remember: the judges will only judge decorations on the 8 ft by 8ft section of your door, not skits or decorated halls.

Homecoming Corsages

The AHS Competition Cheerleaders are selling Homecoming corsages this year for $35 each. The three color/style options will be available in the Bear's Den to view during lunch.
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DUDE, be nice.

Austin High School and Decatur High School have partnered with a California based apparel company, DUDE. be nice, to inspire young people to build a positive community by rallying together to recognize others in fun, creative and meaningful ways. We believe the best way for people to understand kindness is to experience it. Generation Z (17 and under) believe they will be defined by school violence and the negative impacts of social media. Because of this we will focus on teaching compassion and kindness vs. the negative actions associated with "ANTI-bullying".

We will kick this kindness campaign off during the week of December 5-9, 2016 (Austin vs. Decatur – Basketball).

We will focus on two main areas: 1) support/honor groups that do not get recognized very often or are forgotten about at school and 2) supply every student, staff member, worker, and teacher from both schools with a quality t-shirt with our own custom logo.

Our hope is that this week will be a catalyst towards positive change in our immediate and greater communities by giving the entire River City an opportunity to support our students.

For the donation form, click here. For questions contact Joanna Schley (Austin High School) at or Lee Lott (Decatur High School) at

Junior Class Magazine Sales

Ordering Magazines Online:

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Click SHOP NOW

Step 3: Type in our school code 2584183

Step 4: Type in the student’s name that you are supporting. If you skip this part, then no student will receive credit.

Step 5: Begin shopping! Make sure it states AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL at the top of the website. It will also list the student’s name you are supporting on the top left hand corner.

Video Game Design Class

Video Game Design I students are using Garage Band to create original background music for their video games.

We have a variety of excellent opportunities for students to use their creativity and ingenuity at Austin High School.

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Medical Professions Students

We are proud of our Medical Professions students for being a part of this rigorous, cutting-edge program.

Mrs. Tucker's Medical Professions III class is pictured below.

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Juniors and Seniors who received an invitation to apply for National Honor Society:

The deadline for returning your Student Activity Information sheet to Mrs. Duffey in Rm M-5, is Friday September 23rd. This is a firm deadline and no late applications will be accepted after Friday, September 23rd. Get your forms filled out and return a hard copy (no emails) to Mrs. Duffey ASAP!

Austin Army JROTC History

Josh Fink graduated from Austin as the JROTC Battalion Commander in 2003. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2007 and is currently serving our country as a captain in the United States Army.

You do not have to be great to start but you have to start to be great.

Second Semester Chorus Students

Second semester chorus students PLEASE sign up for Mrs. Stough's Remind101 by texting the code @b4g34 to 81010. We need you to get connected to stay updated on important events!

Car Wash this Sunday (9/25)

The AHS Competition Cheerleaders are having a car wash this Sunday at Chick-fil-a from 3-6 pm. Please see a competition cheerleader to buy a ticket or just drop by. The cost is $10.

Support "The Rack Pack" Breast Cancer Support Group

Every year the Rack Pack teams up with local high schools to create a breast cancer awareness shirt. Here is the 2016 version. Please support us!

The Rack Pack is continually working to increase its donations to help local individuals in need and to increase breast cancer awareness. All proceeds stay here in the Tennessee Valley.

The group consists of breast cancer survivors, as well as ladies that are in various stages of the breast cancer treatment process.

The Rack Pack meetings are informal and very lighthearted, simply a get together to enjoy each other's company, knowing there is encouragement, emotional support and candid conversation. The goal of The Rack Pack is to offer breast cancer support in addition to raising funds for breast cancer awareness and research. We have lots of fun! Come join us!

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Kendall Braswell, Career Coach for DCS

She is at Austin on Mondays and Wednesday in the office space upstairs of the S building.

As a Career Coach, her goal is to bridge the gap between school and community by getting students involved in planning for the future. Some of the topics she covers with students one-on-one as well as in the classroom setting are as follows:

College Ready:

  • Picking a school
  • Finding scholarships
  • Writing essays
  • Leadership resumes
  • Alternative options (Community college programs, workforce development, certificates)

Career Focus:

  • Completing an application
  • Interview prep
  • Resumes
  • Soft skills
  • Job market

Contact her by email:

Poetry Out Loud

Students who do not have English this semester, but still want to participate in Poetry Out Loud: please see Mrs. Haughaboo this week.


ePay makes it easy for your send payments from home for:

  • Yearbooks
  • Homecoming Shirts
  • Band fees
  • FCCLA dues
  • HOSA dues
  • Choir fees
  • or make a donation to your child's Homecoming Float

Click on the button below to go to our ePay site.

From AHS Guidance: Scholarship Scoop #2

1. Student Athletes- the Wendy’s High School Heisman is available to a top student that is a current athlete. Apply online at October 1st is the deadline.

2. Attention Women- the Linly Heflin scholarship is available to girls with a 23 ACT good grades and financial need. Go to to apply. The deadline is January 9, 2017.

3. The Elks National Foundation Scholarship Program has a various scholarships. Go to to apply. Deadline is November 30, 2016.

4. University of North Alabama (UNA) 2017 Vanguard and Academic Scholarships are open. The deadline is December 15, 2016.

5. Prudential Spirit of Community Award, based on volunteerism apply at or . Deadline is November 8, 2016.

6. What are the things that drive you? Inspire you? What makes you, you? Celebrate the path you travel on Instagram with the hashtag #FORWHATISTAND. Photos will be featured in the Josten’s Inc. gallery and entered to win a $10,000 scholarship, so get snapping! Check here for details Deadline is December 31, 2016.

7. The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Youth Awards; Educational Grants are available for students who are part of the graduating Class of 2017. APPLICATION DEADLINE is Sunday, October 2nd, 2016. Apply here

8. Washington University in St. Louis has a Danforth Scholars Program that will cover full or partial tuition. Deadline is October 24, 2016. See Mrs. Jackson for details.

9. Washington University in St. Louis is having an Admissions Information Session Sunday, October 2, 2016. See Mrs. Jackson for details.

10. J. Craig and Page T. Smith Scholarship Foundation (“Smith Scholarship Foundation”) application is open at Submission deadline is December 1, 2016.

11. NACEE (North Alabama Center for Educational Excellence) is in the main post office for all of you r college needs call 256-350-6478 for an appointment.

12. "Aspiring Fashion Professional" Scholarship. This is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college. Interested students can visit this link and find the scholarship located at the bottom of the page and click on it. Deadline June 1, 2017.

13. "Aspiring Animation Professional" Scholarship Program. This is the 5th year we are awarding this scholarship for We are offering high school seniors the opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship. This will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college. We ask that you have interested students visit our website, to find eligibility information along with the online application. The scholarship will be on the right side of the page and click on it. Deadline is June 1, 2017.

14. "Aspiring Business Professional" Scholarship. This is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a business degree at any accredited post-secondary school or college. Interested students can visit this link and find the scholarship located at the right side of the page and click on it. Deadline is June 1, 2017.


19 September @ 1:00 - Mississippi State - Guidance office

21 September @ 1:00-University of Alabama

27 September @ 6:00-Financial Aid Night


(Meeting and order dates are subject to change. Listen & watch for announcements regarding dates and times.)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 10:00 AM - Auditorium

Cap & Gown Order Information Meeting

(Payment for your cap & gown package. This also includes your tassel, diploma and diploma cover.)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - starting at 10:00 AM - Auditorium

Cap & Gown Orders Taken (You will be called alphabetically by intercom)

** Bring your completed order forms and payment at this time. Cash, credit cards or money orders are accepted. PLEASE.....NO CHECKS!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 10:00 AM - Jones Gym

Cap & Gowns and Senior Supplies will be passed out to seniors. Any balances remaining on senior supplies MUST be paid in full to receive your cap & gown. A representative from Campus Recognition will be in the gym to take money during this time.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 10:00 AM - Jones Gym

The Decatur Daily Senior Class pictures will be taken

ALL 2017 Austin Seniors wear your graduation gowns, but do NOT bring caps or tassels.

Boys: Wear a WHITE collared shirt with your choice of tie, black pants, black shoes with black socks.

Girls: Wear a collarless, black dress, and black, closed toe shoes. Dress must meet AHS Dress Code. No large earrings and no oversized necklaces.

Tuesday, April 11, 2016 - 10:00 AM - Jones Gym

Class of 2017 Panoramic Picture taken. Wear regular school clothes for this photo.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 7:00 PM - Auditorium

Senior Honors Night

Listen for announcements/instructions for participation through the guidance office and Mrs. Catrena Jackson.

*A 2017 Senior Walk to the AHS feeder Elementary and Middle Schools will be planned Mid-May.

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 8:30 AM - Auditorium

MANDATORY Baccalaureate Practice

You will be notified of the number of tickets you will receive to graduation during this practice.

This is also when you may fill out requests for handicapped reserved seating at Graduation.

Requesting handicapped seating only reserves a seat. These individuals will still require a ticket to get in to graduation.

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM - Auditorium

MANDATORY Baccalaureate Service. Seniors report to cafeteria by 5:30 pm

Reception with light refreshments for graduates and families – Cafeteria (afterwards)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – NOON (tentative date)

Senior Picnic sponsored by AHS PTSA – AHS front lawn

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 1:00 till 3:00 PM

MANDATORY Graduation Practice – Calhoun

You will sign for, and receive your allotted tickets for graduation at the end of practice.

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 5:30 PM – Calhoun

Report to Calhoun, and be in assigned seat by 4:00PM.

Doors will be open for the public at 4:30 for early entry tickets and 4:55 for late entry tickets.

Boys: WHITE collared shirt with your choice of tie, black pants, black shoes with black socks. Cap, gown, tassel.

Girls: collarless, black dress, & black, closed toe shoes. Must meet AHS Dress Code. No large earrings and no oversized necklaces. Cap, gown, tassel.

Susan Thompson, senior sponsor / Catrena Jackson, senior guidance counselor

Rev 8/10/16