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January 2021

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Future Important Dates:

January 14th: College Financial Aid Workshop (5:30-7:30pm)

January 14th: Senior Portraits (9:00am-4:10pm)

January 15th:Senior Portraits (9:00am-4:10pm)

January 18th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day-Student/Staff Holiday

January 20th: Crockett ECHS Showcase (5:30p-7:30p)

January 23rd: Crockett ECHS Showcase (11:00am-1pm)

January 25th: Herff Jones on campus: more information below (12:30 pm - 6:00 pm)

June 1st: Crockett Graduation (4:30pm)

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Financial Aid Workshop

Seniors: Get help applying for Financial Aid for College at our final virtual FAFSA event of the year. Register to attend this free, virtual event here and get individualized assistance from financial aid experts:


Crockett High School senior portraits are scheduled for Thursday, January 14 & Friday, January 15.

Time: 9:00 am - 4:10 pm

Location: Crockett High School Performing Arts Center

Seniors will need to sign up for a date and time to arrive at the school and have their portrait taken here:

When arriving on campus, please make sure to enter through the main entrance located across the PAC. You will need to be screened and temperature checked prior to entering the building. To get screened quicker, download the AISD app and complete the "Covid Screen & Go" prior to arrival. You will then head to the cafeteria to have your picture taken.

Please look out for a second email containing more information next week.

If you need to reschedule or have any questions, please email

Statement from Superintendent Elizalde Regarding January 6th, 2021

At Austin ISD, we dedicate our lives as educators and community leaders to the future generation, cultivating civic-minded students. And thus we must condemn in the strongest possible terms the violent insurrection that occurred in our nation’s Capitol this past week. Our students have witnessed an attack on our democracy against the horrific backdrop of the ongoing pandemic and are looking to us to make sense of our future. It is imperative that we speak out critically and emphatically that the actions of treasonous individuals that desecrated our Capitol were wrong and should not be tolerated.

As public schools, we have a unique opportunity to bring together diverse voices in safe spaces to foster social-emotional connections for critical conversations. We must listen with open hearts and minds as we process the pain our communities have endured — especially over the last year. We owe it to our children, our students, and their future to create these spaces for honest conversations about what is happening, the injustices that have brought us here, and the steps we will take for a stronger future in America.

The events of January 6 make it abundantly clear that our schools must engage and empower students, from an early age, with opportunities to participate in crucial conversations, civic engagement, and learn to use effective tools to find peaceful solutions to community problems.

Our legacy must be rooted in creating and developing strong, critical-thinking students who will carefully examine the power of words, especially of our elected politicians to prevent this shameful history from repeating itself. We must use this moment to share that we can disagree without disrespect. With hope for the future, we will use our strength as educators to rebuild our democracy for the generations to come. ​Let us always lead by example, for our students are always watching.


Stephanie S. Elizalde, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools, Austin ISD

At Crockett ECHS we stand in solidarity with the message above, which aligns with our Core Values of Peace, Integrity, and Diversity, and our Vision of learners who will “collaborate with people of different beliefs and cultures; act responsibly, ethically, and with integrity; and think critically and creatively to solve problems.”

Students will have the opportunity to process the events of January 6th during a community building circle in Advisory on January 13th. This blog from also has strategies for families to discuss the events of January 6th with children.

Crockett ECHS is proud to also offer Students Organized for Anti Racism (S.O.A.R.), a class designed to empower young people of ALL races to become catalysts for change through leadership for racial equity. Students with a passion for social justice leadership are encouraged to sign up for the course for school year 21-22 during course advising. Please contact for more information.

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Congratulations to our Dell Scholarship Semifinalists-Alyssia Alvarado and Karyme Rivera!!

Both of these young ladies are halfway through a competitive application process for the Dell Scholarship which includes a $20,000 award plus a laptop, book stipend, and mentor throughout their time in college from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. This scholarship is no joke to apply to - it takes a lot of time and effort - let's applaud all their hard work!

We are so proud of our Construction Technology students!

The Brookdale nursing home in San Marcos received Crockett Construction's social booth. The Construction Technology students have been working on this project for the entire semester. Austin Design Works, Workforce Solutions, and Alzheimer's Texas reached out to a few high schools to design and build visitation booths in September while we were still 100% remote. The ConTech kids rose to the challenge, braving all the unknowns.

Jorge: Getting Certified for Construction While in HS

Three Little Pigs & the Big Bad Wolf

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Our Life Skills teachers, in room 13, Tashala Thompkins, Tomeka Walker, Tabitha Brennan, and Joe Sampson as the wolf put on a Three Little Pigs show for our students in class and on Zoom.

Flex Friday

Dear Crockett Families,

At Crockett ECHS we are continually evaluating and adjusting our practices based on the needs of our community. In response to feedback from students, families, and staff, we are making adjustments to “Flex Friday” to ensure that all students are receiving the support they need to be successful in this very challenging learning environment.

What will Flex Fridays look like starting in January?

All students will log in to zoom with their teacher according to our normal campus bell schedule. After checking in, each student will be assigned a specific task for the day, based on their needs. On Campus Learners will continue to rotate to each of their teacher’s classrooms as assigned, according to the bell schedule. See the graphic below for more details.

A note regarding attendance:

There is a strong correlation between attendance, either in person or virtually via Zoom, and passing grades. It is the expectation that students attend all Zoom classes every day in order to receive instruction and their attendance credit for the day. Texas State Law requires that students attend 90% of their class meetings in order to receive credit for a course.

*Students who are unable to engage in their Zoom classes due to extenuating circumstances such as internet difficulties, illness, etc. can recuperate their attendance by speaking with their teacher or completing assignments in Blend on the day of the absence for each class missed.

Thank you so much for your continued engagement and support this school year. Please contact your child’s Assistant Principal or Counselor if you have questions or need assistance.

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If you have not purchased the 2021 yearbook, you may do so at

If you have not picked up your 2020 yearbook, please email Your yearbook will be left in the front office for a pick up at your convenience.

Thank you so much and have a great day.

Join Crockett’s Campus Advisory Council (CAC)!

"Hello, Crockett parents and guardians!

Interested in making a difference at your child's school? Join Crockett’s Campus Advisory Council (CAC)!

The CAC is comprised of teachers, administrators, parents and students, as well as members of the local community. Together, we provide valuable input to our principal regarding the planning and budgeting processes, in addition to addressing important and timely issues.

To apply, complete a membership application and submit it to Crockett's main office:

Parents are always welcome at our meetings! Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm:

Meeting ID: 823 2975 3050

Passcode: 210634

Free Child Safety Webinars


January 13, 2021 | 2 - 3pm

In a time when we are spending more hours on our electronics, join us for a webinar that will discuss aspects of the Internet children may be involved with, possible threats that may be encountered and how to implement precautions to create a safe environment for children’s online interactions.



January 22, 2021 | 9 - 11:30am

This evidence-informed, child sexual abuse prevention training program educates adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. In this training participants will hear from survivors and child protection professionals and are welcomed to participate in a virtual discussion to further our understanding of a tough topic.



January 28, 2021 | 2 - 3:30pm

Join us as our Education Specialists discuss the different ways you can be aware of child abuse and neglect in your community. You will learn valuable information that every professional working with children should know, especially while social distancing.


Are you looking for personal body safety lessons that meet TEA standards? We can provide our Speak Up, Be Safe personal body safety program on a virtual platform for students from PreK-12th grade. We also offer Netsmartz, a youth Internet safety lesson!

Do you need staff training that addresses child safety and protection in a virtual environment? We can meet with you and your staff virtually to provide one of our child abuse prevention trainings! These have been tailored to discuss considerations for identifying abuse virtually as well as strategies for creating a safe online learning environment.

Would you like to provide resources and support to the parents in your school community? We have a variety of parent webinars that are free and open to the public, or we would be happy to schedule one specifically for your school!



Visit the Center's website for Information on signs & symptoms of abuse, how to prevent it and how to report it.

- Clips from the evidence informed Stewards of Children Training

- Free early child development trainings

-Online professional development courses for child care professionals

-Online professional development courses for child care professionals

-News, trainings and COVID-19 resources for child care professionals


- Blog posts on prevention and how it relates to timely subjects

- A free training module from Darkness to Light’s evidence informed prevention curriculum (Register and use code TALK2020)

- Blog posts to stay screen smart from the creator of the documentary Screenagers

- Community resources and activity ideas

-Additional community, at home education, and COVID-19 resources for families

-30 min training on how to protect children from child sexual abuse during COVID-19

  • Books:
  • Protect Your Child From Sexual Abuse: A Parent’s Guide by J. Hart Rossi.
  • Come Tell Me Right Away by Linda Tschirhart Sanford


- Age appropriate videos and activities for youth (from preschool to teenage years) about navigating the internet safely

- Resources for helping children understand COVID-19

  • Books:
  • My Body’s Mine by Kayla J.W. Marnach
  • Personal Space Camp by Julia Cook
  • Private Zone by Francis Dayee
  • My Body Belongs To Me by Kristin Baird

For more information or if you have questions, please contact Mollyanne Vasquez at 512.600.2427 or

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