NACER Community Newsletter

September 2020

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Welcome to the September edition of the NACER newsletter!

Every month, this newsletter will bring you updated resources and current community information.

NACER is a community partnership with Austin Independent School District that supports the literacy and basic needs of students in the Northeast Early College High School feeder pattern. Our work aligns resources and academic supports for our partner campuses, students, and their families.

If you have any questions or need help with any of the resources on this newsletter, please contact your school's office or AISD Let's Talk. The NACER family of schools contact information is at the end of this newsletter.

AISD Let's Talk 512-414-9187

Once on the line, Press (1 for Spanish) 1-Chromebooks, internet & hot spot buses 2-Food Services & food pick-up locations 3-Telemedicine & mental health services 4-Online learning/curriculum 5-Registration packets-New Students 6-Parent accounts

2020–21 School Year started virtually today!

AISD is excited for our new school year together. This is a reminder that for the first four weeks, instruction will be on-line with your child’s teacher. Remember our teachers and staff are here to support you in every way possible. Families can learn more about our plans for the new year in this unprecedented time at our newly updated Open for Learning Plan.

While this is the plan right now, there is no guarantee specific points will stay the same. AISD will continue to follow guidelines from local, state and federal governing bodies in order to make the best decisions to keep students, staff and families safe.

For support please call the Parent Support Line 512-414-9187.

Returning Austin ISD students are already in the AISD system, so they are already are ENROLLED, but every returning student must be REGISTERED to update all information. Contact information, address, email and phone numbers, must be updated.

New Austin ISD students must complete a 4 step process to enroll in AISD and register at designated school. Follow the link below to follow the steps.

Parent Cloud

In order to access BLEND, families need to set up their Parent Cloud accounts. Families can ask their school office staff to send a “FastPass” email to the primary email address on file, or they can click on the "Parent Cloud Account Creation" button at Families can also contact the Parent Support line for assistance at 512-414-9187, Option 6.

Start at the AISD Portal:

PDF Step by step Setup

PDF Step Setup(Spanish)

These printable documents provide parents/guardians with key information about BLEND.

BLEND Parent 1-Pager

BLEND Parent 1-Pager (Spanish)

Parent Tech Support: 512-414-9187, email, or submit a request using the Parent Support tile in the portal so that an incident can be created.

Austin ISD will continue to use Wi-Fi-enabled buses to provide free internet access to students. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8 until October 5, Austin ISD has expanded the times its Wi-Fi buses are available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

BLEND is the official online starting point for all K-12 students. Teachers will share important class information, assignments and other digital resources through BLEND.

PreK - 2nd-grade students will use Seesaw on their iPad to supplement their teacher’s BLEND course.

The following are all drive-through food distributions, please allow space in your vehicle for food to be loaded.

AISD Curbside Meals

Students participating in remote, off-campus learning will receive free school meals through December 2020. Both breakfast and lunch will be offered Monday-Friday 10:30am-12:30pm at more than 40 curbside locations throughout Austin.

September 21 - Dobie Middle School, 1200 E. Rundberg Ln, 78753

Nelson Field, 7105 Berkman Dr. - Thursday, Sept 17 8-11am
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Distribution Sites - Contact School for Schedule

Pickle Elementary
1101 Wheatley Ave., Austin, TX 78752

T.A. Brown Elementary
7801 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78752

Virtual Care for Kids

Austin ISD has partnered with Virtual Care for Kids to provide telehealth options for students at-home! Students can be seen by a doctor or pediatric provider right from the nurse’s office through 2-way video conference.

Vida Clinic

Vida Clinic is currently providing virtual counseling services for anyone in the AISD community.


Please make sure to keep your children's physicals and immunizations up-to-date. Flu shots are also available now.

Mental Health / Crisis (Integral Care)

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, Integral Care has a 24/7 Crisis Helpline at 512-472-HELP (4357). You can also Text TX to 741741 to connect to Crisis Text Line. Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 crisis support via text. Integral Care is also working with NAMI Central Texas to make sure the community has resources available during this challenging time. They will be posting helpful tools on their website this weekend, including tips and tools for managing stress and how to talk to your children about this uncertain time.
- rent or utility bills assistance

- information about the eviction process and your rights as a tenant

- who to contact for help advocating with your landlord

Travis County CARES rent and utility assistance


Use ConnectATX or call 211 to find up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and other resources, including food, housing & utilities, transportation, job training & education, health and mental health.

The primary goal of the Austin ISD Family Resource Centers (FRCs) is to provide support, resources, and leadership opportunities that promote well-being, self-sufficiency, and the engagement of family members in our public schools. The Family Resource Centers are located on campuses at each of the schools noted below. Families with children in designated schools can receive support at the FRCs for: Basic Needs and Housing, Employment, Access to Healthcare, Social Connections, Continuing Education, Parenting Support and School Leadership opportunities.
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While students are not physically in school, CIS remains dedicated to their well-being and continued learning. The CIS team is committed to doing everything in its power to support students and families and connect them to needed resources and services. During school closures, the CIS team is providing the following supports:

  • Virtual case management with students to provide connection, emotional support and needs assessment.
  • Providing referrals to available community resources, and helping families navigate the various basic needs, academic, health and other community systems of support available to them.
  • Providing emergency financial assistance for families impacted by COVID-19.


Our vertical team AVID Specialist, Anita Nuñez, and the AISD AVID team have developed and compiled resources for teachers to use for online learning. They are also hosting weekly chats with teachers to share ideas and stories. Barrington Elementary hosted a virtual learning professional development session for their teachers to practice collaborative strategies online!


EcoRise’s Sustainable Intelligence Curriculum has Personal Eco-Audits that students can do at home. This timeline can be modified as needed to adapt the lesson for an At-Home PBL. EcoRise Teachers have access to these resources at New teachers can enroll at Families can access the audits at
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Navigating the enormous amount of resources that are being shared right now in response to COVID-19 can be overwhelming. Our Northeast vertical team principals and NACER leadership team have curated smaller collections of information that we think you’ll find most helpful at this moment.
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Additional Resources

Austin ISD

The City of Austin

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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The idea to name our community collective NACER developed from an opportunity to brand ourselves with an acronym that defines our mission and also with a stand-alone word that embodies our mission. Read as the Spanish word nacer, the name serves as a nod to one of our primary communities’ native language while alluding to our goal of cradle to career pipelines.

Northeast Early College High School

Principal: Sterlin McGruder