The Austin Buzz May 2023

Mary B. Austin Elementary

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The Principal Buzz, by Melissa Whigham

Treehouse Meetings: Students had an opportunity to meet with House members to build relationships by reading with a buddy, painting a kindness rock, and participating in our last pep rally of the year. We had a blast.

Registration: Please complete online registration for the upcoming school year by May 12th. Also, upload the required current proofs of residence in the portal. This will allow us to create new schedules and class rolls. Thanks so much in advance.

Mark Your Calendar for the 23-24 School Year for the following events:

Kindercamp: July 25th and July 26th 9am to 12pm

Meet the Teacher Day: August 3rd

Parents, please complete the following surveys. We would love to have parent feedback as we begin planning for the next school year. Thanks in advance.

Climate & Culture Parent Survey

Community Engagement


We are delighted to announce that Mrs. Breland will be joining our team as our new Registrar. She is eager to meet all of Austin's parents and students through the registration process. If you have any questions, you can email Mrs. Breland at

Also, we would like to congratulate Ms. Lee on her new job promotion as a 12-month bookkeeper at Murphy High School.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

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Upcoming Dates

  • May 3: Experience Day from Art from the Heart Fundraiser (Teacher of the Day)
  • May 3: Frios Pops sold at PE
  • May 5: 5th Grade Shark Tank PBL Showcase; MCPSS Film Festival
  • May 6: Math Competition
  • May 10: Field Day (No Parents)
  • May 11: 2nd Grade Field Trip
  • May 16: Strings Performance
  • May 18: Kindergarten Fashion Show PBL Showcase
  • May 19: 5th Grade Honors Day at SHPC
  • May 22: 4th Quarter AR Store
  • May 24: Kickball game/Passing of the Chain
  • May 24: End of the Year Class Parties - K-4 1:00-2:00; 5th Grade after kickball game
  • May 25: Last Day of School
  • June 1: Registration for 23-24 Closes
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Registration is now open for the 23-24 school year for new and returning students. You can visit the MCPSS website to begin the process. This year, the class that has the most students registered by May 12th will receive a popsicle party! If you have any questions regarding enrollment, please contact Mrs. Breland in the office at 221-1015.
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Counselors Corner

Mary B. Austin

Counselor’s Notes

Mr. Simmons (251) 221-1015 / / Twitter: @PaulSim27564940

PTA Information

Art From the Heart

Teacher experience day will take place on Wednesday, May 3rd.

Teacher Appreciation Week

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Teacher Appreciation Week is next week...see below for more information:

For your child's home room teacher -

Monday, May 1st - flower or thoughtful note

Tuesday, May 2nd - treat, candy, drink

Wednesday, May 3rd - school supply

Thursday, May 4th - pampering item

Friday, May 5th - gift card

We are asking each student in each homeroom class bring something special for those who are often left out of the gift giving of the week. We want everyone who takes care of our kids to know how much they mean to us.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Madison Praytor 251-442-4415.


• Mrs. Milford's class- Mrs. Whigham (Principal)

• Mrs. Browning's class- Mrs. Flowers (Assistant Principal) or Mr. Simmons (Counselor)

• Mrs. Curtis’ class- Ms. Breland (Registrar) or Ms. Shelby (custodial)

• Mrs. McDonough's class- Ms. Spelton (Bookkeeper) or Mrs. Paulk (Reading Intervention)

First Grade

• Mrs. Beck's class- Mrs. Sane (Nurse)

• Mrs. McGuff's class- Mrs. Lambert (Librarian)

• Mrs. Young's class- Mrs. Gronowski (Tech Lab)

• Mrs. Trotter's class- Mrs. Fischer (Stream Lab)

Second Grade

• Mrs. Habel's class- Mrs. Braswell (Math Coach) or Mrs. Scott (Art)

• Mrs. Golden's class- Mrs. Haywood (Intervention) or Ms. Alexis (Crossing Guard)

• Mrs. Rose's class- Mrs. McClain (SpEd) or Mrs. Hicks (Art)

• Mrs. Jackson's class- Ms. Short (Para) or Ms. Westover (EDC)

Third Grade

• Ms. O’Toole's class- Mrs. Cobb (SpEd) or Mrs. Carter (Reading Coach)

• Mrs. Dunn's class- Mrs. Oetken (SpEd) or Ms. Agee (Para)

• Mrs. Fleming's class- Mrs. Galloway (Gifted) or Ms. Hudgins (EDC)

• Mrs. Davis' class- Mrs. Hooper (Speech) or Ms. Ashley (cafeteria staff)

Fourth Grade

• Mrs. Reeds class- Coach Regan (PE)

• Mrs. Davis’ class- Coach Burt (PE)

• Mrs. Pope's class- Coach Cat (Para) or Mr. Ken (custodian)

Fifth Grade

• Mrs. Dawson's class- Mrs. Ardizone (Reading Coach) or Ms. Denise (cafeteria staff)

• Mrs. Nguyen's class- Ms. McDonald (Para) or Ms. Tuyet (cafeteria staff)

• Mrs. Squires class- Ms. Murphy (Para) or Ms. Lucille (cafeteria staff)


2023-2024 School Calendar

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