Crockett Cougar Chatter
I hope everyone is enjoying the warmer spring weather were starting to see. This is best time of the year to sit out in our courtyard and enjoy the sounds of our beautiful mockingbird who has decided to make Crockett their home. I also love the smell of the mountain laurels and can't wait to see our bluebonnets in bloom!
Thankfully, we are a week away from Spring Break (March 13-17). I hope that you and your families are able to unplug and make some amazing memories together.
When we get back from break, we will only have 10 weeks left until the end of the school year. We will continue to encourage our students to reach out regarding any grades and attendance concerns to assure students finish the year off strong. Speaking of the end of the year, please check out the qualifiers for final incentives in the document below.
In the meantime, I look forward to seeing everyone at our upcoming spring events including our first Connect with Crockett: Coffee Conversations event on March 7th (more information below), seeing our seniors receive their cap and gowns on March 23, celebrating PRIDE week with our community, and continuing to partner with your family to assure we have an ALWAYS VICTORIOUS school year!
Future Important Dates:
March 6-8th: Cheer Tryout Clinic (5:00-6:00pm)
March 7th: Connect with Crockett: Healthy Minds- see flyer below (4:00-5:00pm)
March 7th: CAC/PTSA Meeting @ Library (5:30/6:40pm)
March 9th: Cheer Tryouts (5:00-8:00pm)
March 13-17th: Spring Break
March 23rd: HERFF JONES WILL BE DELIVERING GRADUATION Caps and Gowns, Announcements & Accessories (see more details below)
March 20-25th: Austin ISD Pride Week
March 20-30th: Senior Class Fundraiser- World's Finest Chocolates
March 30: Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde (7:00pm)
March 31st: Chavez/Huerta Holiday
April 7th: Student/Staff Holiday**
April 11th: Connect with Crockett: Building SEL at Home- see flyer below (4:00-5:00pm)
April 11th: CONAN PIZZA SPIRIT NIGHT FOR CROCKETT PTSA (5:00 - 9:00pm)
April 15th: Senior Prom
May 2nd: Connect with Crockett: Building Resilience- see flyer below (4:00-5:00pm)
May 6th: CROCKETT BLOCK PARTY (12:00 - 3:00pm)
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
Support Class of 2024 with their Volleyball Fundraiser
Connect with Crockett: Coffee and Conversations
Access to Healthy Food During Spring Break
Families can use the community resources below to find free meals in their area while Austin ISD offices and schools are closed for Spring Break:
United Way for Greater Austin - ConnectATX (www.connectatx.org)
Texas Health and Human Services - Call 2-1-1 or (877) 541-7905 to speak to a live operator.
El acceso a los alimentos puede resultar difícil para muchas familias cuando el distrito cierra. Las familias pueden usar los recursos de la comunidad para encontrar comidas gratis en su área, mientras que las escuelas de Austin ISD están cerradas por las vacaciones de primavera:
Banco de Alimentos del Centro de Texas (www.centraltexasfoodbank.org)
Salud y Servicios Humanos de Texas - Llame al 2-1-1 o al (877) 541-7905 para hablar con un operador
Crockett Spring Final Exam Incentive
For the Spring 2023 semester, Crockett will be implementing a Final Exam "Incentive" for students who meet specific academic, attendance, and discipline requirements. Students who meet these requirements will be able to take 1 or more of their spring finals as "no harm", meaning that their semester grade cannot go down, regardless of their score on the exam.
Please see the attached flyers below for more information. Students will receive more information for how to apply for their exam incentive in the next few weeks. Please reach out to your student's Assistant Principal or Counselor for more information.
Final Exam Incentives ENG (1).pdf
Happy National Athletic Training Month to our very own Student Athletic Training Program!
Austin ISD 🎉Celebrates Pride Week 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈 March 20-25
Our Black History Month Celebration made HISTORY!
Tell Me Something Good!
The Crockett Visual Art students competed in V.A.S.E (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) this weekend in San Antonio
Total Entries from Region 13s: 1249
Total from Crockett: 42
1st place: Crockett 39
2nd place: Crockett 3
Each student goes through an interview and artwork evaluation with a judge one on one.
These are not participation awards, these are very strict state guidelines, these students are being judged by professional artists and art instructors. We will be having an art show in April, so stay tuned. Thank you, staff, teachers and administrators, for always supporting the Visual Arts!
A big THANK YOU to Helping Hands Ending Hunger!
Crockett ECHS has received a one-time, in-kind donation (valued at $3000.00) from Helping Hands Ending Hunger (HHEH) to develop a food repurposing program at this campus. HHEH a 501 c3 non-profit, established in Atlanta GA in 2016 and reviewed/ approved by Dept of Public Health and Dept of Education/School Nutrition, will- provide all materials/ appliances needed and train Crockett staff- Bianca Beronio, Zac Taylor, Evan Gannaway, Roger Morgan, Taylor Davis, Deann Brown and Gigi Azam and 15 students (2024 Cohort) to safely repurpose (collect, store, re-distribute) unused/untouched cafeteria food, following all food safety protocols and provide nutritious meals to Austin's homeless. This will be a student -led effort (supervised by a trained staff) and participating students qualify for scholarships and community service credits in their senior year. This collaboration makes Crockett ECHS the first AISD campus to take this meaningful food conservation step and becoming an environmental-friendly (green) campus.
19 band students (almost 1/3 of our program) competed in Region Solo & Ensemble Contest at Bowie HS.
I'm pleased to say that ALL 19 students received 1st division ratings (the highest possible) on their performances, and 16 of them will be advancing to STATE Solo & Ensemble Contest memorial day weekend! This is an amazing feat - these students put in a ton of extra time for this optional performance and made it happen!
*denotes advancing to state
They are well-deserving of a high-five!
Theatre Shout Outs!!!
Let's congratulate Noella Chipman on their Solo Musical entry qualifying for the Thespian National Competition. Noella makes qualifier #3 this year for us this year along with our fall qualifiers Kaleb Aziz (sound design) and Mia Chen (monologue).
Texas Thespians Scholar Award
Texas Thespians is pleased to recognize theatre students who demonstrate high academic success in overall coursework through the Texas Theatre Scholar Distinction, which is a new initiative of the Texas Thespians Advocacy Network.
It is our honor to notify that Kaleb Aziz is declared as Texas Theatre Scholars for the 2022-2023 school year!
Our theatre arts students met or exceeded the requirements for this award. To be designated as a Texas Theatre Scholar, a student must:
be currently enrolled in the school
is a member in good standing with the campus theatre department
has actively participated in theatrical programs during the school year
has earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its local equivalent for all academic coursework,
has fulfilled any additional local criteria required by the theatre program or similar campus requirements
exhibit behavior and good moral character, which brings honor to the campus theatre department, school, and the community.
And a HUGE congratulations to Kaleb Aziz for for receiving the Texas Thespian Scholars Award for outstanding Academic achievement. The Texas Thespians will showcase Kaleb as well as other Texas Thespians on their website.
Auto Tech hosted City of Austin Fleet Services. It was a great experience!
CTE Spotlight: Jennis Egan applies art 🎨 in her cosmetology program:
February was Career and Technical Education Month. We’re highlighting star students who are jump-starting their careers in our CTE programs.
✨ This week, the spotlight is on Jennis Mae Egan, a junior in the cosmetology program at Crockett Early College High School.
Austin ISD cosmetology program: a tuition-free, four-year commitment program that prepares students for the state cosmetology licensing exam 📝.
How it started: When Egan started high school, she set a goal to graduate with a diploma and career skills.
Academics + career: Egan attends Akins ECHS for her core academic classes and rides a Capital Metro bus every other school day to Crockett to participate in the cosmetology program.
🎨🖌️ What they’re saying: “I really like doing hair color … it feels like art, like all the colors and being able to design something and make someone happy. It’s so fun!” said Egan.
👏 Special thanks for Egan’s cosmetology instructor, Idaleiza Villarreal. “She’s honest and doesn’t sugarcoat things,” Egan said. “It’s like knowing someone who has been doing it for so long and making sure that I’m doing it correctly.”
🏁 What’s next: Egan plans to finish the program and obtain her cosmetology license so she can start working right after high school graduation.
PTSA looking to recruit Board Members for next year!
Hello Crockett Families!
Your PTSA is happily moving through the year and looking to recruit more PTSA Executive Board Members for next year!
Vice president of Membership or Communication
If you have any questions or you're interested in nominating someone or yourself please reach out to Maureen at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll connect you with our nominating committee.
See you at our next meeting on March 7th, 6:30 pm in the Library.
Go to the entrance that directly enters the library.
Look for more information coming on these two events:
CONAN PIZZA SPIRIT NIGHT FOR CROCKETT PTSA - April 11th, 5:00 - 9:00 PM
CROCKETT BLOCK PARTY - May 6th, 12:00 - 3:00 PM
PTA Healthy Lifestyles
Multilingual Guides on Helping Kids Cope
Life is full of ups and downs. It is normal for our emotional state to change on a day-to-day basis and in periods throughout our lives. Many difficult situations, like the death of a loved one or the COVID-19 pandemic, are unavoidable. When our minds are healthy and strong, we are more resilient to life’s challenges, able to use healthy coping methods, have better relationships, maintain our overall health and well-being, and prevent chronic illnesses. That’s why it is important to be proactive about our mental health! Check out these videos in English and Spanish to see examples of families having conversations about mental health in their daily lives!
Spotlight on Anxiety
Anxiety is the most common mental disorder. Each year 18% of adults in the U.S. experience anxiety, and 31% have had anxiety at some point in their lives. Approximately 8% of children and adolescents also experience anxiety each year. Use the resources below to better understand what anxiety is and how it can be managed.
What is Anxiety? (documento en español) -Strengthen your understanding of what anxiety is, challenge common stigmas, and learn about the risk factors.
Anxiety Assessment Tool (documento en español) -Use this form to help assess your child's risk factors for anxiety, look for any anxiety signs and symptoms, and determine if your child may need professional help.
How to Avoid Passing Anxiety on to Your Kids (documento en español)(Child Mind Institute)
If you need more support, please reach out to your child’s counselor at Crockett or check the PTA Healthy Minds: Community Resource Finder.
Texas Rent Relief Program has $96M remaining to help Texans affected by the pandemic. They will accept new applications for rent and utility assistance from Tuesday, March 14 at 8 a.m. CT to Tuesday, March 28 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
The application info can be found on their website at https://evictionisnotacure.com/resources - scroll down to Rental Assistance (available in English and Spanish).
Click Below for Neighborhood Services through the City of Austin
Student Council is excited to congratulate our January/February Teacher of the Month, Alberto Porras!!
According to his students, Coach Porras deserves to be Teacher of the Month because:
- He is very kind and helpful, and teaches in an engaging way!
- He’s really supportive and makes class super fun.
- He is helpful.
- He is consistently uplifting and encouraging for his students, and teaches well.
- He’s a great coach and he always looks at the positive side of things.
- He’s super awesome and always kind and understanding and makes advisory something to look forward to.
- He’s been the best math teacher in any of the advanced math classes and he makes learning Calculus easy so anyone could do it
We had several amazing teachers nominated in the last two months, 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:
Ms. Reed because "She is so kind to all students, even ones she doesn't have in class. She's the worlds' greatest teacher and teaches math super good."
Ms. Smith because "she is an excellent teacher. She is always there for students who are at their worst and is always prepared for any occasion."
Mr. Morgan because "He is very cool, kind, and helpful."
Ms. Dolan because "She is really cool. She is such a wonderful teacher."
Ms. Beronio because "She's cool."
Mr. Palacios because "He is an amazing teacher and he is funny. haha"
Ms. Lane because "She has given me a place to destress and has helped me with many things, including personal things."
Mr. Sepulvado because "He's funny. haha"
Mr. Nagel because "he is patient with my learning process."
Coach Perez because "he is a great role model of mine and pushes me to be great."
Mr. Hays because "He is a really good teacher and he's funny."
Ms. Ray because "She makes math fun and I love the class environment."
Ms. Flores because "She always looks out for your best interest and is someone you can trust."
Ms. Coro because "She is the most reliable and helpful teacher ever. She is the teacher that makes sure you feel comfortable in her classroom and expand your art skills. She always helps with assignments and loves her students."
Ms. Ransom because "She cares about all of her students and makes learning geometry fun and easy to understand."
Congratulations, again, to Coach Porras!
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 Spring Sport Schedules
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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.
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
Attendance Email: email@example.com
504 Coordinator: Ana Acosta firstname.lastname@example.org
SPED Dept Chair: Cynthia Coppinger email@example.com
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