Mac Knights

Back to School 2021

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Welcome Mac Parents

What crazy times we are in! The good news is that we are all in this together!

My name is Kerren Campa and I am the 2021-22 PTSA President. My 4th and final Mac kid is a sophomore this year. I am a huge fan of McCallum and am excited to work both with our AWESOME Principal, Ms. Griffith and all of you to support this great community. The school wisely took the BTSN "shopping" in the Cafeteria off the agenda tonight. Since that has always been one of my favorite parts of BTSN, I thought I would bring it to you in my favorite form, a Smore Newsletter!!! If you scroll down, you will see a link to join to the PTSA( sign your students up too!) and see the dates of our meetings. I look forward to any and all of you joining us to make this the best year ever!


Happy Shopping!

Kerren Campa

PTSA President

macknightsptsa@gmail.com

Mac Choir Booster Club


The MAC Choir Booster Club is a group of choir parents who meet monthly to discuss and plan important events hosted by the MAC Choir.

We organize volunteers for MAC Choir events and make sure everyone gets fed!

Do you want to help? Please contact us at macchoirboosterclub@gmail.com! (Our organization does not collect dues, so it's free to participate!) Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month, at 7:30pm, via Zoom.


LOTS of information is on our website: https://macchoirboosterclub.weebly.com/

New to Choir? Get info here: https://macchoirboosterclub.weebly.com/choir-basics.html

Choir Families! Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/345063665549805

Donate to Mac Choir: https://mccallumchoir.ludus.com/donate.php

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McCallum Football Booster Club

Funds collected go directly back into the needs of the student athletes and needs of the football program. We are a recognized 501(c)3 organization making your donation tax deductible -plus- your donation provides essential support for Knight Football. Through community support, funds raised have provided:


  • transportation to away games
  • safety and training equipment
  • coaches tools (headsets/video equipment)
  • scholarships for our graduating senior football players

To purchase any fan gear or make donations toward the program go to https://mccallum-football-booster-club-inc.square.site/

Follow us at:

www.leaguelineup.com/mccallumknightsfootball

Twitter: @mac_knights

Instagram: @macfootballboosters

Facebook: McCallum High School Football Boosters


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Calling All Mac Swimmers!

The season is starting! If you have signed up for Swimming, please go to the website and follow the instructions for Registration.

You will need:

UIL-required paperwork, required physicals & disclosure forms before the start of the season. You can find those things on the site. Registration to the website is strongly suggested in order to receive notifications, announcements, practice times and meet information.


Do not delay. You will not be able to swim until all required documentation is completed.

Questions: macswimatx@gmail.com


Let’s have a Great 2021 Season!

MAC TENNIS BOOSTER CLUB

MAC TENNIS BOOSTER CLUB 2021-2022 MEETING


Thursday, September 17th, 5:30PM- under the tree@ tennis courts


Bring a chair and something cool to drink. We will discuss plans for the Booster Club to support the team this year and welcome our new families. Hoping all can join to kick off the year and continue the awesome job the club did last year. If you are unable to attend but would like to be involved, please email slnewtx@gmail.com your level of interest as we will have exciting events for volunteers to sign up for.

Knights Lacrosse 2021-2022

Knights Lacrosse 2021-2022


Parent and Player Meeting -- Meet Coach Michael Hazy


When: September 19, 2021

Time: 4-5PM

Where: 2507 Great Oaks Pkwy, Austin, TX 78756


Light refreshments provided players bring your swimsuit if you want to swim


Please RSVP

karen@beckertx.com

Mac Girls Basketball

Is your child interested in playing basketball? Coach Kehn is looking for students to join girls basketball. The only requirements are a positive attitude and willingness to learn! Try-outs won’t happen until October, but if students join the basketball class we can help you learn the skills needed to be successful. For more information, please check out our flyer at: https://bit.ly/macgbb21. Please contact Coach Kehn at carly.kehn@austinisd.org with any additional questions.

Go Knights!

Mac Baseball

McCallum Baseball shares a vested interest with the McCallum community in developing great young athletes as well as great young men. Mac baseball aims to work with our student athletes to develop their skills as baseball players, students, community members, and leaders. Our coaching staff, administration, booster club and community members work together to provide a quality student athlete experience for all McCallum baseball players through promoting competition, high moral values, academics and an overall family feel. We believe that the athletes that go through our program are better prepared for life’s challenges than others as a result of the challenges they are faced with through the game and other experiences as a Mac ball-player.

THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL!


A brilliantly reimagined Bikini Bottom for the stage that brings the spirit of SpongeBob to life with humanity, heart, and pure theatricality. With an original score from some of the biggest names in pop and rock, THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL explodes with energy.

Stakes are higher than ever before as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage.

Get ready to dive to all-new depths at THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, where the power of optimism really can save the world!

  • 2 hours 20 minutes, including 15 minute intermission

  • We are selling to 80% audience capacity

  • We will emplow empty buffer seats between groups

  • Mask for performers and audience

  • Extra air filters running during performances

  • The last 2 sunday matinees will be sold to 50% capacity to accomodate children unable to be vaccinated

Mac Band Booster


McCallum bands and ensembles are supported by the McCallum Band Booster Association. A parent-run organization, the MAC Band boosters coordinate volunteer activities throughout the year and raise supplemental funds for contests, trips and other band activities. The MAC Band Booster Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible. Our tax ID number is 46-3533211.


Donate

Tax-deductible donations can be made securely on the Friends of Mac Band online form.


Merchandise

Get shirts, hats, bumper stickers and more in the Friends of Mac Band online form (seasonal availability).


Volunteer Opportunities

The generous volunteer spirit of Mac Band parents is what keeps our halftime shows, contests and events running so smoothly. If you would like to help, please fill out our form.

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Mac Color Guard

McCallum’s Color Guard provides visual movement to the marching band program. A combination of music, dance, theatre and visual arts, McCallum’s Color Guard is a brilliant combination of various art forms cultivated at the McCallum Fine Arts Academy. Color Guard is offered in the Fall semester and continues in the Spring semester as a Winter Guard class.


email jeff.rudy@austinisd.org with questions

2021-2022 McCallum DAnCE Guild INFO


**All dance families are invited to be part of the Guild. No membership dues are expected to participate.**


Our GOALs & PURPOSE:


  • ENHANCE & SUPPORT the education experience and activities within the McCallum Fine Arts Academy

  • SUPPORT the vision, goals, and objectives of the McCallum Fine Arts Academy Dance Department through volunteering and fundraising

  • PROMOTE a quality Dance educational program, environment, and facilities at McCallum Fine Arts Academy through resources, support and advocacy


McCallum Dance GUILD MEETING DATES:

Scheduled meetings will be held the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6pm-7pm and are subject to change. The meetings are held to discuss the needs of the program and help plan upcoming events.


Nov. 9th (concert prep)

Dec. 7th (concert prep)

Feb.15th (trip prep)

April 12th (concert prep)

May 10th (banquet prep)

For more information on how you can support the Guild email Cindy Bogle at cindyab12@yahoo.com.

For The Best Yearbook Out There...

Seriously! You do NOT want to miss getting a yearbook! For more info, visit here;


https://www.mccallumyearbook.com/

Stay in The Know

The Mac Journalism department has the most up to date info and AMAZING photos. Follow them here...


For the newspaper, here is our website: https://macshieldonline.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/macjournalism/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/macjournalism

Twitter: https://twitter.com/macstudentmedia

Be a Secret Pal

Being a Mac Secret Pal is a great way to show your support of all of our McCallum employees. Adopt a staff member (or two!) by signing up here.

Four to six times during the school year, drop off a small gift or note, or send an e-gift card to show you are thinking of them and all they do. It will MAKE THEIR DAY.

We are in the process of acquiring all of their favorites/likes/dislikes, which will be emailed to you (along with more information) in about 1-2 weeks. Before then, feel free to choose other items they might like.

If you have any questions, please email emilymcginnis@austin.rr.com.


Use the sign up genius link to select Mac teachers/staff.

Mac Parents of Seniors

We are looking forward to a great Senior Year for our kids but we can’t do it without the help of our parent community…here are a few ways to get involved.


*Join the McCallum High School Class of 2022 Parent Facebook Group
*Sign up here to volunteer or help fundraise.

Senior Parent Meeting Recap Notes here.

Email all questions to Mac2022parents@gmail.com

MAC Writing Center Now Open!

Free peer-tutoring in writing before school, after school, and during lunch! The MAC Writing Center is staffed by trained, vetted peer tutors who are ready to help students with any writing assignment. We help students face-to-face or asynchronously via Google Docs. Please see our virtual bulletin board here as well as our physical bulletin board in the English hall for schedule and sign up!

More Than a Teacher Test Prep

McCallum, in conjunction with More Than A Teacher, will be offering a four week prep course to prepare students for the August SAT and October PSAT tests. Classes begin on Monday, July 26th and run Mon/Wed/Fri from 1-3pm through August 11th. The course will be entirely online, and all materials will be provided by More Than A Teacher. The course will cover content and teach strategies so that students can increase their score on the SAT test by at least 100 points. Guaranteed or your money back! Email Mrs. Watson at stephanie.watson@austinisd.org for questions, concerns, or scholarship inquiries.


See the Flyer in the Attachments at the end of the Newsletter

Join PTSA Today!

It takes a Village!!!!


We encourage Parents, Students and Teachers to join PTSA and help us make McCallum the the high school we want it to be!


$10 for an individual, $5 for each additional family member, and $10 to cover the cost of a secret pal (staff or faculty)


What we do:

  • Scholarships
  • MACares
  • Excellence Fund
  • MacKnightly News
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Additional support for other student organizations


Join online or print out the form below and drop off at McCallum.


Print out form: https://mccallumhs.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/MAC-Membership-Form-2020-21.pdf


Feel free to contact Erin Kessler, PTSA Membership Chair at erin@erinkessler.com with questions.



Mac PTSA Board Meetings 2021-22


When: 7pm

Where: At this time, all meetings will be held in the Library unless further notice is given.
Dates:

  • Sept. 13 – Board Meeting
  • Oct. 4 – Board/General Meeting
  • Nov. 1 – Board Meeting
  • Dec. 6 – Board Meeting
  • Jan. 10 – Board Meeting
  • Feb. 7 – Board Meeting
  • March 7 -Board/General Meeting
  • April 4 – Board Meeting
  • May 2 – Board/General Meeting

Mac PTSA Spirit Merch

PTSA is selling UKnighted Merch and The M decal for cars. Get yours fast before they all sell out!

Shop, Eat & Hire McCallum Parent-owned Businesses

Back by popular demand, the Knights of the Roundtable parent-business booster is relaunching for the 2021-2022 school year. If you are a McCallum parent who owns your own business and would like to support campus projects, sign up now. For a small donation, we will promote your business on the school website, in weekly eNews, and on social media. We want to build a useful parent resource list and build community among so many talented McCallum families!


We are also accepting other local businesses wishing to join the Knights of the Roundtable. If you know a business that wants access to McCallum families, OR a McCallum alumni who want to give back and support our community, encourage them to join.

Grocery Card Program

McCallum Grocery Card Program – Sign Up Today!

Ordering grocery cards from McCallum is the easiest way to support our teachers, staff and students. Last year we raised $2,000 for our school, and this year we are trying to raise even more. The best part is, it costs you nothing!


How does it work?

Sign up to buy HEB $100 gift card(s) on a monthly basis. You give the PTSA $100, and we give you a $100 gift card(s). No money out of your pocket! HEB then gives the PTSA $4 for every $100 purchased. Easy as that! The program runs all year long.You can use your cards at Central Market or any HEB. We will mail the cards to you at the start of every month. To get started, just download the form and fill it out. Attach a voided check to verify your account information. Then mail it to the address on the form or drop it at the office. Easy!


If you sign up before the 10th of the month, you should get cards for the next month. So don’t hesitate, sign up now!

How does this help McCallum?

The PTSA uses the money to make a positive impact on our students, teachers, and staff.

The money is used for a variety of programs, including Project Graduation, Staff Appreciation and helping teachers with expenses.


Thank you for taking part!


For questions email Nick Trevino, nick@northloopsigns.com

PTSA Scholarship Program

Scholarship Program

McCallum High School PTSA awards two $1000scholarships to graduating seniors. One award will be made to an applicant in the College/University category who plans to attend a certificate program, trade school, two-year or four-year college/university program immediately following graduation. One award will be made to an applicant in the Life Skills category who plans to further their education/skills training following graduation

Please email Christi Cox for more info: christif74@gmail.com