Austin High School e-News

Challenging All to Succeed

How do we challenge all to succeed?

At Austin High School we host a wide variety of options for students. These opportunities include special-interest activities such as Poetry Out Loud and DARC Robotics as well as traditional ones like band, sports, and clubs.

We challenge all to succeed by offering opportunities for students to enroll in vocational prep programs like health occupations and machine tool technology classes. We also have the best AP program around!

Austin pioneered the CONNECT program to help teachers create mentoring relationships with students. It has provided a place for students to connect with each other and plug-in to what is going on at Austin High School.

We challenge all to succeed at Austin.

Remembering September 11th

The Junior Class participated in a 9/11 Memorial Walk as part of their Team Up Tuesday this week. The organizers of this event were Jeanne Ellen Stroh and Caki Thibodeaux. Sgt. Taunton gave a brief introduction to the event by telling what happened on September 11, 2001 (thirteen years ago). Members of his Connect class held a large American flag on the field during the presentation. Sgt. Taunton then called roll and Taps were played. Each junior was given a name of a victim of 9/11 to think about as they walked a lap around the track in silence.

Special thanks to Beth Stough and Clay Sloan for setting up the sound system, to Sgt. Taunton and his Connect class for their meaningful presentation, and to the Junior Class for their participation!

Austin Grad Earns Cavalry Hat

We are very proud of Austin alum Lieutenant Marquis Morris!
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Auto Tech

The Automotive Service Technology program at Austin High School has been updated with several new items. This summer we received money to purchase five new Snap-on scanners, a Snap-on tool box full of new hand and power tools, and a Snap-on R134a air-conditioning refrigerant recycling and recharging station. Items as seen in the attached photos allow students to use the most up to date technology to diagnose and repair automobiles. The Snap-on box containing the 5 new scanners also contains curriculum materials and on-line testing materials that allows us to certify and credential senior students on Snap-on VerusPro scanner usage. This credentialing is recognized in all 50 states and most foreign countries where Snap-on has tools for sale and use.

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Medical Professions

Health Science

# of students enrolled: Currently 127

Courses in progression: Foundations of Health Science, Medical Terminology, Medical Coding, and Internship

Grade levels: 10-12

From Heather Tucker:

The daughter of a high school friend of mine was recently a patient at the Children's Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham, AL. I contacted a former student, Andrea Mason (now an RN at the Children's Hospital), and she checked on my friend's family for me. My friend was very appreciative and extremely complimentary of Andrea. I am so proud of her! It is very rewarding to see my former students making a difference.

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Machine Tool Technology

Jared Richardson, Mayra Macias, and Ben Evans (L-R) in front of the brand new, state of the art, Haas CNC lathe recently purchased for the Machine Tool Technology program at Austin High. Jared, Mayra, and Ben are seniors in the Machine Tool Technology program.
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The Power of Pink Walk

Please register as a member of the Austin High School team for the 2014 Lee Lott Power of Pink Walk . It is a one mile walk for breast cancer awareness in honor of Suzanne Horsley. The walk will begin at the Founder's Park Amphitheater-Church Street. The team deadline is September 26th.

Here's a link to the entry form:

Last year we were the largest team and we want to win that honor again!

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After School Tutoring (Bus Available!)

We offer after school tutoring in the library on Tuesdays and Thursday from 3:30-4:30 pm. Math, science, English and history teachers are available to help students with homework, studying for tests or projects. There are usually additional math tutors from the AHS chapter of Mu Alpha Theta there as well. Students needing math help can get plenty of one-on-one attention! Library computers are also available for use during this time for writing research papers or working on class projects.

A bus will be provided after tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students must sign up in the Guidance office on the day of the tutoring by the end of lunch to get a ticket to ride that day.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

If you peek in the classrooms at Austin High from September 15 to Octrober 15, you may just see us celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. The theme this year is “Hispanics: A legacy of history, a present of action and a future of success.”

What started as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 expanded to Hispanic Heritage Month on August 17, 1988. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for many Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Mexico celebrates Independence Day on September 16 and Chile on September 18. Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12.

Drama camp for K-5th graders

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Art Camp for Kids

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Freshman News

Class of 2018 Parent Meeting will be on Tuesday, September 16th at 5:30 pm in Mrs. Dixon’s Classroom.

Class of 2018 Sprit Night at Buffalo Wild Wings

Wednesday, September 17th 4:00-8:00 pm

We need 10 workers from 4:00-6:00pm

We need 10 workers from 6:00-8:00pm

Please call Shellee Blaxton at 256-566-5647 to sign up for a shift.

College and Career Readiness

Kelli Morris, our Career Coach from Calhoun Community College, has created an Edmodo group titled "Parents of High School Students." Please join the conversation to ask question and explore information on college and career readiness!

Simply click on this link to get started:

Please note: You will need a free Edmodo account (The code is 3vth5k) for this resource.

Financial Aid Night

Thursday, Sept. 18th 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the AHS Library. Representatives from Calhoun Community College, Renansant Bank, and the North Alabama Center for Educational Excellence will give an overview/powerpoint of the financial aid process. For Parents & Students grades 9-12th.

PSAT Registration

Juniors interested in taking the PSAT can begin registering on Monday, September 8th.
The PSAT will be given on October 15th. Cost is $14.00

See Mrs. Carroll in the Guidance Office to register or receive additional information.

Co-op Students

ATTENTION ALL CO-OP STUDENTS *****It is IMPERATIVE that CO-OP students meet with Mrs. Cushing in room V01-02 EVERY MONDAY before leaving for co-op. Meet either at the beginning of 3rd block or beginning of 4th block (depending on when your co-op block begins). Co-op students are required to enter apprenticeship or internship hours and complete any necessary paperwork at this time. Enrollment in the co-op program may be at risk for students that do not report on Mondays.

Girls Track and Field

Girl's track and field try-outs are Sept. 22 and 23. Please see Coach Chambers for paperwork.


ART Fundraiser

The Art Department is selling Butter Braid® pastries Sept. 12-26 to raise money for a Visual Arts trip to New York in March.

Butter Braid® pastries are made from sweet, yeasted pastry dough, are layered with 100% real butter and contain zero grams trans fat. This gives Butter Braid® pastries a flaky outside, and a tender, light and airy inside as each layer raises up before baking. Butter Braid® pastries come frozen, allowing you the choice of when to thaw, rise, bake and eat! Many choices of flavors available.

Contact Ms. McDonald for more information or to order.

Austin EAGLE Brand Cotton Jersey

Order your cotton fraternity style jersey to show your love for the Black Bears! Click on this link for more information and to order online.
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Tervis Tumblers

The deadline to order is 9/26! Please follow the link for more information.

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Club News

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Join Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

Dues $15

Pay with CASH OR CHECK (payable to Austin High School) or on the AHS WEBSITE!

Who May Join?

· Any student interested in Career and Job Readiness

Why Join?

· Scholarship Opportunities

· Nominations for National Technical Honor Society

· College Tours

· Industry Tours

· Community Service

· Refreshments

DEADLINE TO JOIN: September 30th

Please see Mrs. Brown or Mrs. Hutchison for more information


If you get any good pictures of Austin students and Austin events during the next two weeks (9/16-9/30) please email them to with the subject "slideshow" by 9/30/14 to be included in our next newsletter. Thanks!
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