Crockett Cougar Chatter

May 2018

Mark Your Calendars!

Future Important Dates

May 7-11: Algebra I, Biology, US History EOC Exams

May 7-18: AP Exams

May 4 & 5: TexAnn Spring Show (7:30 pm)

May 5: Saturday School (9-12:00)

May 12: Saturday School (9-12:00)

May 14: PTSA Meeting (6:00 pm)

May 16: Choir & Piano Pop Concert Banquet Awards

May 17: Cougar Gold Awards

May 18: Senior Directed Showcase

May 19: Saturday School (9-12:00)

May 19: Prom

May 21-24: Senior Finals (See schedule below)

May 22: Orchestra Spring Concert

May 23-30: Finals for 9th -11th grade (May 24th-May 30th will be half days - see schedule below)

May 25: Senior Graduation Walk to the Elementary Schools (9:30)

May 29: Graduation Practice at the CHS big gym (1:15)

May 30: Last day of class for students

May 30: Graduation at the Frank Erwin Center (4:00)

For athletic and other events, please visit the



Cougar Gold Ceremony Coming Soon

Crockett's annual Cougar Gold Ceremony will be held Thursday, May 17th at 6pm in our big gym. There will be refreshments to follow in cafeteria with our very own Crockett Mariachi de Oro providing entertainment. Invitations for students receiving awards will be mailed out May 7th and a phone dialer will also start calling home that week too. Bring your family and celebrate the success of our Cougar Gold Awardees!

PTSA General Meeting

Our final PTA meeting of this school year is Monday, May 14, 2018 at 6:00pm in the Crockett library. All parents and faculty are welcome to attend!

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Attention Vertical Team Families

There is a law in the state of Texas that is intended to give districts more local control to suit the individual needs of campuses. Our participation this school year (17-18) included a professional development date on November 10th. The Crockett Vertical Team is proposing the following District of Innovation dates: Sept 24th, Jan 3rd and 4th, Feb 15th for the 2018-19 school year. You will receive more information regarding these dates to be used as student holidays, so you can best organize your calendars.

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Career and Technology Students Having Fun on Recent Field Trip

Crockett CTE students enjoyed a day with IBM professionals and other Central Texas high school students learning about AI robots, video game design and the history of computer development at LBJ Library on the UT campus. The students were able to get their hands on actual robots controlled by iPads, participated in an Escape Room activity and were also treated to a wonderful and inspiring presentation by NASA astronaut Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar.

Check out Author, David Arnold

Award winning Young Adult author David Arnold will be visiting the Crockett library on Wednesday May 23 during lunch. Mr. Arnold’s newest book, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, is being released on May 22, and has already been optioned for film by Paramount. Mr. Arnold’s previous book, Mosquitoland, received numerous awards, including Amazon Best Book of the Year 2015: Young Adult.

May 23 is the last full school day of the year, and lunch will be from 12:05-12:50. Tickets to the author visit are free, and will include a pizza lunch. See Ms. Gibson for tickets; seats are limited! Purchase a book in advance for signing by the author. Forms are in the library, and you may pay online at https://bookpeopleschools.squarespace/com/crockett

Student Inc News

On Friday, May 4th, Najai McKenzie-Robinson will give a lightning talk at The Future is Circular sustainable fashion symposium at the Austin Tinkering School. She's also recently been featured in Austin Fit Magazine and Direct2Dell.

On Tuesday May 22nd, please join Student INC entrepreneurs for their final pitch, where a panel of private sector judges will determine which student ventures will get the necessary funding to become a real business.RSVP here, and see a short video about last year's pitch here.


Congratulations to Senior, Sandro Hendrix, for his two wins at the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards on April 18th at the Long Center for the Performing Arts! Sandro won the Student Design Award for the creation of his intro film used for the musical HEATHERS. He was also awarded a $1,000 Wells Fargo scholarship. Sandro Hendrix is a four year varsity member of Crockett Theatre. He is an inducted member of the International Thespian Society and has served as the Crockett Tech Representative and Clerk. This year, Sandro also took the stage as an actor in the UIL One Act Play, THE LAST ILLUSION and still won Best Tech at the Bi-District Meet! He specializes in sound engineering and plans to pursue a career in Technical Theatre. This is a very talented young man with a bright future in the arts... Keep an eye out for Sandro Hendrix!

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Ms. McMillon Named as UT Cooperating Teacher Fellow

From the UTeach Urban Teacher Program

"Students and faculty of the UTeach Urban Teacher program dedicate their energies towards preparing the next generation of social studies educators for linguistically and culturally diverse contexts. Our program focuses attention upon re-imaging democracy in school settings — where diverse communities are not just “included” but actually central to our ways of knowing and being in the world.

We are proud to name Ms. McMillon as our 2017-18 Cooperating Teacher Fellow. In doing so we express our gratitude for your service and note your exceptional talents as a teacher and mentor. We recognize you as an exemplar that generously contributes to the UT UT program and the future of our profession."

Congratulations Ms. McMillon! We are so #AISDPROUD of you!

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Cougar Block Party Highlights

A special thanks goes out to all those that came out to or participated in our 2nd annual Cougar Block Party. It was a huge success with performances from students in our Crockett High School Vertical Team, fun and games, and information from lots of our community partners. Mr. Kietlinski, one of our key organizers of the event, made the video below. We look forward to seeing you at the event next year!
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Congratulations to our UIL Guitar Students

Our top guitar program received perfect scores on stage and in the sight reading room today at our UIL event. This is the second straight year we've received perfect scores and our third consecutive sweepstakes. Thanks to all of you who've supported our students! This is truly a group effort; we're all integral to the process.

If have any of them or know them, please give a shout out to the following students the next time you see them:

Rey Rodríguez

Nancy del Bosque

Oliver Patino

Margarita Vargas

Michael Vasquez

Duncan Lesgaux

Kelsey Melton

Brandon Doctora

Elijah Flores

Darby Buscemi

Aaron Perez

Sophia Estrada

Jezebel Benavides

Jazmine Cortez

Celine Juarez

Quinn Dann-Lipp

Briana Ray

Timothy Robledo

Crockett Takes Home Cap 10K Awards Again!

Please congratulate student and faculty participants in another victorious Cap10K. We won largest HS team & 2nd fastest HS team for the second year in a row. Our trophy will be in the front office for all to see and celebrate.

Also, a final BIG thank you to those of you who either sponsored, or found sponsors, for our kiddos. It is a classic ATX tradition and a healthy lifelong activity for our students to be exposed to.

Always Victorious!

Calling all Cougar Alumni!!

Crockett is planning a celebration of our 50th anniversary! If you are interested in participating, please contact David Dupont ( or Kara Messer ( to be included in planning activities or to receive updates about events. If you know of graduates, students, parents, staff or community members who may be interested, please pass along this notice. See you next year!

Girls Track has a Fabulous Season

Varsity was 2nd at the district track meet & 3rd at the area track meet & 5th at the Regional Track meet.

Area Qualifiers:

Long Jump = Aniah Marshall, Jordyn Carter, Amanda Marshall

Triple Jump= Aniah Marshall, Jordyn Carter

High Jump = Lacey Brown, Jordyn Carter

Shot Put = Diavionne Gregory

4x100 relay = Jordyn Carter, Aniah Marshall, Kelsey Melton, Amanda Ohaechesi

100 = Aniah Marshall, Amanda Ohaechesi

4x200 relay = Jordyn Carter, Aaria Rattler, Kelsey Melton, Aniah Marshall

200 = Kelsey Melton, Aaria Rattler, Amanda Ohaechesi

4x400 relay = Iraijah Jackdon, Marisol Morales, Margarita Reyes, Abrana Avalos

Regional Qualifiers:

Long Jump = Aniah Marshall, Amanda Ohaechesi, Jordyn Carter

Triple Jump = Aniah Marshall, Jordyn Carter

HIgh Jump = Lacey Brown

4x100 relay = Aniah Marshall, Jordyn Carter, Amanda Ohaechesi, Kelsey Melton

4x200 relay = Aniah Marshall, Aaria Rattler, Jordyn Carter, Kelsey Melton

100 = Aniah Marshall

State Qualifiers:

Long Jump = Aniah Marshall

Triple Jump = Aniah Marshall

Girls’ Basketball Awards

*Academic All-District: Alize Castro, Ani Villarrubia, Jordyn Carter, Iza Castillo, Kyra Burns

*Honorable Mention All-District: Kyra Burns

*2nd Team All-District: Iraijah Jackson

*1st Team All-District: Diavionne Gregory, Aaria Rattler, Ani Villarrubia, Jordyn Carter

*Newcomer of the Year: Ani Villarrubia

*Offensive Player of the Year: Jordyn Carter

*2nd Team All-Centex: Jordyn Carter

*TABC All-Region: Jordyn Carter

*TGCA All-Star: Jordyn Carter

*TGCA All-State: Jordyn Carter

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