NACER Community Newsletter
Celebrating Black History Month & Spreading Community Support
Dear NACER Families, Staff, and Community,
Our community suffered extreme weather last week that undoubtedly left many of you without electricity and water, and sometimes shelter. Our hearts go out to each of you as we support each other through the recovery process.
We've included several special resources in this newsletter to assist with emergency response. Please contact your campus (contact information at the end of this newsletter) or call 2-1-1 or AISD Let's Talk at 512-886-6434 with any questions or requests for support.
This month, we're also celebrating Black History Month. We'd like to share a special message with you from our Northeast vertical team principals and several students to help us celebrate Black History Month.
All our best,
NACER Principals & Community Partners
Check out the special bulletin for daily resource updates!
Thursday, February 25, 10:30am-6pm - Millennium Youth Complex, 1156 Hargrave Steet
Thursday, February 25, 10am-1:30pm - Dobie Middle School, 1200 E. Rundberg Ln.
Saturday, February 27, 8am-10am - Givens Recreation Center, 3811 E. 12th Street
Monday, March 1, 10:30am-12:30pm - Dobie Middle School, 1200 E. Rundberg Ln.
AISD will resume regular curbside meal service on Thursday, Feb. 25 with morning, midday and afternoon pick-up windows. Any child under the age of 19 can receive a meal pack at any site. Click on the blue button above for more information.
Austin Voices coordinates weekly food distributions Mondays at 10:30am at rotating schools. This is in partnership with Central Texas Food Bank and AISD. Click on the blue button above for more information.
The Central Texas Food Bank has regular food distributions throughout the city and can assist with other food-related issues such as SNAP. Click on the blue button above for more information.
Si se vio afectado por la tormenta de invierno, la asistencia de fema está disponible. Si no tiene seguro, solicite en disasterassistance.gov/es Si tiene seguro, primero presente un reclamo y luego solicite a FEMA. Asegúrese de tomar fotos, guardar todos los recibos.
Austin-Travis County is currently in Stage 4
Use this free online assessment to pre-register for testing for you or a loved one and schedule a no-cost, drive-through COVID-19 test at a local Austin Public Health facility.
If your symptoms are very bad, go now to a clinic or hospital or call 9-1-1
(symptoms include chills, confusion or hallucinations, cough, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches or pain, new loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath or trouble breathing, sore throat)
AISD School Mental Health Centers provide virtual and in-person services to students and families. Click on the button above for more information.
Communities in Schools
Communities in Schools provides services for students at most of our NACER campuses. Ask your school how to get connected or visit this page: https://ciscentraltexas.org/contact-us/
Integral Care’s 24/7 Helpline provides around the clock crisis support as well as access to all of our programs and services for adults and children, including appointments and billing.
Use ConnectATX or call 211 to find up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and other resources, including food, housing & utilities, transportation, job training & education, health and mental health.
Contact City of Austin Emergency Financial Assistance Plus 1 Program at 512-765-9721 for assistance with utilities.
The Texas Rent Relief Program will help Texans affected by COVID-19 across the state. Emergency funds are available to help Texas renters pay rent and utility bills (including past due rent and utilities).
DACA is back! Upcoming First Time DACA & Renewal Preparation Sessions Think you might qualify for first time DACA or renewal application? Register for Application Prep Sessions!
Blend and Seesaw
BLEND is the official online starting point for all K-12 students. Teachers will share important class information, assignments and other digital resources through BLEND.
Once the parent cloud account is set up, log into the AISD Portal: https://portal.austinisd.org/
Additional information: https://www.austinisd.org/caregivers/technology-support-learning
These printable documents provide parents/guardians with key information about BLEND.
PreK - 2nd-grade students will use Seesaw on their iPad to supplement their teacher’s BLEND course.
Parent Cloud Account
In order to access student's grades, attendance and assignments in BLEND, families need to set up their Parent Cloud accounts. Families can ask their school office staff to send a “FastPass” email to the primary email address on file, or they can click on the "Parent Cloud Account Creation" button at my.austinisd.org. Families can also contact the Parent Support line for assistance at 512-414-9187, Option 6.
Video en español
Once on the line, Press (1 for Spanish) 1-Student technology (contact campus) 2-Food services & meal prep 3-Telemedicine & mental health services 4-Online, curriculum & distance learning 5-Student account, email, password 6-Parent accounts
AISD Wi-Fi buses - 9:30am to 1:30pm Monday - Friday
For the most current locations and times, please see the Austin ISD School Bus WiFI Map. AISD students can access free Wi-Fi on their school devices.
If your student is in need of a Wi-Fi hotspot for internet access, please contact your school or use the form in Parent Cloud to request technology. We encourage families to provide this information as soon as possible so that students can receive individual technology support.
Our vertical team AVID Specialist, Anita Nuñez, and the AISD AVID team have developed and compiled resources for teachers to use for online learning. They are also hosting weekly chats with teachers to share ideas and stories. Barrington Elementary hosted a virtual learning professional development session for their teachers to practice collaborative strategies online!
NACER is a partnership between the Austin Independent School District and community partners that supports the literacy and basic needs of students and families in the Northeast Early College High School feeder pattern. Our work aligns resources and academic supports for our partner campuses, students, and their families.
The idea to name our community collective NACER developed from an opportunity to brand ourselves with an acronym that defines our mission and also with a stand-alone word that embodies our mission. Read as the Spanish word nacer, the name serves as a nod to one of our primary communities’ native language while alluding to our goal of cradle to career pipelines.
TA Brown Elementary
Walnut Creek Elementary
Dobie Middle School
Webb Middle School