NACER Community Newsletter

February 2021

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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

NACER Black History Program
Click on the link above for information from Austin Public Health.
Haga clic para información del Departamento de Salud Pública (Austin Public Health).

Check out the special bulletin for daily resource updates!

The following drive-thru food distributions are available this week to support our community as we recover from last week's winter weather and the ongoing pandemic. Please plan ahead by leaving space in the trunk of your car.

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.

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AISD Curbside Meals - Thursdays @ multiple times

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.

Weekly Food w/ Austin Voices FRCs - Mondays @ 10:30am

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.

Central Texas Food Bank

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.

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If you were affected by the winter storm, FEMA assistance is available. If uninsured, apply at If you have insurance, file a claim first & then apply to FEMA. Make sure to take photos, keep all receipts, and document EVERYTHING you can.

Si se vio afectado por la tormenta de invierno, la asistencia de fema está disponible. Si no tiene seguro, solicite en 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

Click on the image below to see COVID risk-based guidelines and more information from Austin Public Health in multiple languages.
COVID-19 Free Assessment & Testing

Click on the blue button above for more information.

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)

Families can receive support at Austin ISD Family Resource Centers for assistance with Food, Housing, Employment, Access to Healthcare, Social Connections, Continuing Education, Parenting Support and School Leadership opportunities.
AISD Health Resources & Information

Click on the blue button above for more information.

School Mental Health Centers

AISD School Mental Health Centers provide virtual and in-person services to students and families. Click on the button above for more information.


Students must be current with immunizations in order to attend school unless an exemption has been filed with the school in accordance with Texas Education Code. The student's school needs a copy of immunization records.

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:

24/7 Mental Health Support - Integral Care

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.

2-1-1 and - Click here for more info

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.

Housing Resources and Rental Assistance

Click on the blue button above for more information.

City of Austin Utility Assistance Plus 1 Program

Contact City of Austin Emergency Financial Assistance Plus 1 Program at 512-765-9721 for assistance with utilities.

Texas Coronavirus Relief Bill Rental Assistance Program

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 (Click here for more information)

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!

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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:

Additional information:

These printable documents provide parents/guardians with key information about BLEND.

BLEND Parent 1-Pager

BLEND Parent 1-Pager (Spanish)

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 Families can also contact the Parent Support line for assistance at 512-414-9187, Option 6.

PDF Step by step Setup

PDF Step Setup(Spanish)

How to download and use the Austin ISD App

Video en español

AISD App COVID 19 Screen & Go En español
AISD Let's Talk - Click here or call 512-414-9187

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!


EcoRise’s Sustainable Intelligence Curriculum has Personal Eco-Audits that students can do at home. This timeline can be modified as needed to adapt the lesson for an At-Home PBL. EcoRise Teachers have access to these resources at New teachers can enroll at Families can access the audits at
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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.
Learn more about NACER at

Click on the blue button above for more information.

Northeast Early College High School

Principal: Sterlin McGruder