W. Charles Akins ECHS

First 9 Weeks

Eagle Family,

I hope you are all safe and well and in the best of health!

It has been a joy to have our students back in the building. We have been excited to have students back in our hallways and classrooms with the energy and enthusiasm for learning. It is our mission to help every student feel welcome, feel connected, and to feel they are an important part of the Akins ECHS family. We strive to challenge our students to grow academically, socially, and emotionally and our teachers work hard in their professional learning communities to create and develop lessons to help all of our students grow and improve.

With that said I would like to tell you about the issues we have had with a recent Tik Tok Challenge. Tik Tok is a social media platform that many people utilize. This challenge calls for students to vandalize their school bathrooms. This particular challenge requests students vandalize the school and post it to Tik Tok #deviouslicks. Every single student bathroom here at Akins has been defaced: pulling soap dispensers off the wall, pulling towel dispensers off the wall, breaking lights in the bathroom, pulling the fire alarm off the wall in the bathroom, filling up the toilet with objects and trying to flush it down the toilet, squirting a red substance all over our toilets, kicking the toilet off the base, and drawing/writing on the bathroom walls with spray paint. All of this for Tik Tok. Please speak with your student about how the bathrooms here at Akins are for all of us and keeping them clean and in working order is for all our community. This kind of vandalism affects us all. If your student has any information to report about this please have them email me or come to the main office. Tina.salazar@austinisd.org

I am honored to serve you all as principal of Akins ECHS. It is truly a privilege to be a part of the Akins Community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships.


Tina Salazar


Akins ECHS


Parents and families,

We currently have students who are 5-10 minutes late to classes every period. This is key missed instructional time. We gave students time (except tardy sweeps-which we started 2 weeks ago) to get to know the campus and find their classes. Now as we enter the 8th week of school we are reinforcing the Tardy policy. The Tardy policy begins Wednesday 10/6/21.

Students who are tardy 1st and 5th period will report to room 157 to receive a pass back to class.

Students who are tardy 2nd period through 4th period and 6th period through 8th period will report to the attendance window for a pass.

Three tardies equals one Saturday School.

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Financial Aid Night: All Welcome

Thursday, Oct. 7th, 5:30pm

10701 South 1st Street

Austin, TX

In the library
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Compulsory Attendance Law

Attendance Laws:

State law requires children to attend school each day that instruction is provided.

The law applies to children ages 6–19.

In addition to the Compulsory Attendance Law, there is the the 90% law. In order to receive credit for a final grade for a class, a student is required to attend class 90 percent of the days a class is offered regardless of whether the student’s absences are excused [see FEA] or unexcused. Atty. Gen. Op. JC-0398 (2001). If the student does not meet this requirement, the student must go through the Attendance Recovery Process.

If the student drops below 90% but attends class at least at 75% of the days the class is offered, the student may earn credit for the class by completing a plan approved by your assistant principal.

Submission of the attendance appeal must occur within 30 school days of the end of the semester in which the credit was denied. The campus attendance committee then meets and renders a decision based on the circumstances as presented by the student and parent within 30 school days of the end of the semester in which the credit was denied. See Austin ISD Board Policies FEC (LEGAL) and FEC (LOCAL).

Credit Loss Defined

When students do not meet the 90% attendance rate in a class, it is reflected on their report cards as course credit denial. Please see your Assistant Principal for assistance with this.

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Homework Haven (tutoring and attendance recovery process)

Homework Haven began 10/4/21. It will be from Monday and Wednesday 4:35pm -6:00pm.

Students can receive tutoring and make up attendance hours in Homework Haven.

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Saturday School

Saturday School is every Saturday 9 am -12 pm in the library. Students can make up attendance hours during this time.
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Student Support Services-Meg Kozel

Welcome back, Eagles!

New Year, New Name, Same S.S.S.

Some of you may notice that our School Social Worker's last name has changed. Ms. Scamardo is now Mrs. Kozel, but don't worry, S.S.S. is still exactly the same!

We have missed y'all so much, and we can't wait to see all of your bright shining faces IN PERSON! Student Support Services (S.S.S.) is here for you! For those of you wondering, what the heck is S.S.S.?! Check out our video above to learn more. Please reach out to us if there is anything we can do for you!

Please contact us by email at margaret.kozel@austinisd.og or by phone at (512) 841 - 9878 if you have any questions or if there is anything else we can do for you. Please feel free to join our remind by texting @SSSatAkins to the #81010 too!

Make sure you're following us on Twitter @SSSatAkinsHS and Instagram @SSSatAkinsHS

CLICK HERE to refer a student for services: https://forms.gle/NVRuSNE7Twrd1h8J9

Attention Seniors: SENIOR PORTRAITS

Second session of senior portraits

October 23rd and 24th

Sign up at http://tinyurl.com/Akins2022

New Project Advance Coordinator-College and Career Center (CCC-Room 149)

Hi everyone! I am Ms. Arellano, your Project ADVANCE Facilitator at Akins High School, aka College and Career Advisor. Not only was I born and raised in Austin, but I am also a proud Akins alumni! I am a first-generation graduate from Texas State University, where I majored in Family and Consumer Sciences. After graduation, I went into the non-profit world, working with an organization where they focused on building girls’ self-efficacy, which is one’s belief in their ability to succeed. Self-efficacy is something that I plan to bring to the Akins College and Career Center, especially with post-secondary plans for students. I am excited to work with the students at Akins because I too was once in the same seat that they are in now. It has always been my vision to work with youth from the community I grew up in, and I am so happy to work with students building their future post-high school. Feel free to stop by the CCC for any of your College and Career needs.
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New College Adviser with Advise Texas-CCC Room 149

Hi beautiful people! I am Ms. Wilkins! The College Adviser with Advise Texas which is one of the largest college access programs in the nation, serving at Akins High School! I was born and raised in Dallas Texas. And I moved to Austin, Texas to attend the University of Texas at Austin. I received my bachelor’s degree in Educational Psychology becoming a first-generation college graduate. After graduation, I went into domestic violence, working with a national non-profit organization to support survivors of intimate partner violence. Being able to support others has always been a strong suit and passion of mine. I believe all students deserve to have access to higher education. I want to give students hope, a safe space, support, and inspiration to believe in themselves and achieve their dreams! Feel free to stop by the CCC for any of your College and Career needs.
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Congratulations Drumline

The Akins Drumline competed at the Dripping Springs "Thunder in the Hills" Contest on 9/18 and were awarded "Best Tenor Line" in their category!
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Campus Advisory Council Meeting- All are invited

Wednesday, Oct. 6th, 6pm

10701 South 1st Street

Austin, TX

Meeting will be in person in the library!
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Akins PTSA Meeting-All are invited

Tuesday, Oct. 12th, 6pm

10701 South 1st Street

Austin, TX

In person in the library
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Akins Eagle Band Takes 9th place at Capital City Marching Contest

Congratulations to AEB for their 9th place finish at the finals of the Capital City Contest.

They fought through the heat, put together the entire show, and performed their hearts out TWICE! We are so proud of them all!

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Our Custodians are the BEST!!!! Thank you Akins Custodians!!!!

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Congratulations to our 2021 Homecoming King and Queen: Seth Townsend and Makhi Falkquay

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Athletic Updates

AISD athletes and coaching staff are to wear masks as much as feasibly possible. All AISD athletic venues are currently at 25% capacity. Tickets to these events must be purchased online.

Information about Austin ISD Athletic tickets: https://www.austinisd.org/athletics/tix

To purchase tickets: https://gofan.co/app/school/TX14098

Akins Volleyball in the 2nd Round of District Play

Please support our Akins volleyball team as they begin 2nd Round of district play!
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Congratulations to our Akins Football Team

Congratulations to our Akins Eagle Football Team for defeating Hays high school for the first time in school history. The team also secured a Homecoming victory to move to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in district play. Please join the team in Del Valle on 10/8 as they take on the Cardinals.

#WingsUp Eagles!!!

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