Crockett Cougar Chatter

February 2023

Manor's Message

Crockett Cougars,

As the ice begins to melt from our most recent inclement weather, I know many of you are still without power and may be experiencing other hardships due to fallen trees and frozen pipes. We understand the impact this has on you and your family and hoping you all get electricity soon.

For now, AISD has updated the progress report deadline to Friday (2/3) at 5:00pm and I will keep you posted on if students will need to make up school on February 20th.

For now, please continue to take care of yourselves and bundle up.

We look forward to transitioning our students back to school with empathy and flexibility.

Stay Warm.

Kori Manor

PS- Below are the rescheduled varsity only athletic events:

  • Girls Soccer will now play Ann Richards on Monday at 6:00, at Burger Annex
  • Boys Soccer will now play Navarro on Monday at 8:00, at Noack 1
  • Girls Basketball will play at Ann Richards on Saturday at noon.
  • Softball canceled their scrimmage against Del Valle

Future Important Dates:

January 31-February 2nd: NO SCHOOL due to Winter Weather

February 4th: Cheer Cub Clinic (more details below)

February 4th: Saturday School (9am-12pm)


February 7th: Principal Coffee Chat @ 8:15am in the library

February 7th: CAC/PTSA Meeting @ Library (5:30/6:40pm)

February 8th: ACC Info Session (for Seniors)

February 8th: Choice Sheet Night @ Crockett Library (6:00-7:00pm)

February 8th: Class of 2023 Spirit Night at Conan's Pizza (see flyer below)

February 11th : College Readiness Symposium- see details below

February 11th: Saturday School (9am-12pm)

February 11th: Valentine's Dance- see details below (7:00-10:00pm)

February 13th: Cheer Parent/Student Meeting @ Crockett Cafeteria (5:30pm)

February 17th: Early Release @ 3:30pm

February 20th: Student/Staff Holiday**

February 21st: Class of 2023 Chick-fil-a Spirit Night (5:00-9:00pm)

March 6-8th: Cheer Tryout Clinic (5:00-6:00pm)

March 7th: CAC/PTSA Meeting @ Library (5:30/6:40pm)

March 9th: Cheer Tryouts (5:00-8:00pm)

March 13 - 17th: Spring Break

March 31st: Chavez/Huerta Holiday

April 7th: Student/Staff Holiday**

May 19th: "C" Day

May 22-25th: Final Exams

May 25th: Last Day of School!

May 30th: Crockett ECHS Graduation @ Burger Activity Center (10:00am)

** (Bad Weather Makeup Day)

AustinISD 2022-2023 School Calendar- English and Spanish

Updated Crockett ECHS Schedule 22-23

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National Honor Society is going to be selling Valentine's Day cards!

We will be selling Valentine's Day cards starting on February 7th through Valentine's Day. You can purchase your card and have it delivered on Valentine's Day! You can also add candy, a flower, or BOTH!

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The Crockett ECHS PTSA needs your support!

  • We need Volunteer Chaperones for the Valentine Dance. It is on Saturday, February 11th in the Cafeteria from 7-10 pm.

Click on this link to sign up. Here is the sign up for chaperones.

  • We will also have a "Love Your Crockett Community" morning on Tuesday, February 14th, 8:00 - 9:30 am

Hot Chocolate, Donuts, Cookies, and Muffins will be in the entryway near the Main Office

for any and all to enjoy! Look for an email with a Sign up asking for donations of these items.

Look for more info on our PTSA Healthy Minds Program in this Cougar Chatter and announcements will be coming in an email(s) too.

We will also be having more Spirit Nights, and a Block Party happening in the Spring!

Stay tuned...

If you have any questions email Maureen at

Your Crockett PTSA

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The Future Teachers of America is hosing a Valentine's Workshop Fundraiser for Elementary students. See flyers below for details.

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Check out the link below for Crockett's Spring Final Exam Incentive!

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HBCU Battle of the Brains

HBCU Battle of the Brains, the National Football League (NFL), and 100 Black Men of Austin will host an HBCU College Fair at the Austin Public Library’s Special Events Center (710 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701) on Friday, March 10, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Central.

This event allows 6th through 12th graders and parents/guardians to learn more about our nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 25+ HBCU representatives and local college admissions leaders will be present to discuss completing the FAFSA form, resume and application needs, essay and interview prep, independent scholarships, and more.

Graduating in 2023? Bring your transcripts, test scores, and resumes for on-the-spot college acceptances. This event is open to the public and is FREE for colleges/universities AND attendees.

For additional information on the HBCU Battle of the Brains, please visit
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College Readiness Symposium

All high school students and their families are invited to attend the 4th Annual College Readiness Symposium at St. Edward's University on Saturday, February 11th. After a brief welcome and keynote speaker, participants will be able to rotate through 3 breakout sessions covering over 20 different college readiness topics. Come learn about paying for college, the college admissions process, writing college essays, making friends in college and more! Register to attend this event here:

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Save the Date: Chick-fil-a Spirit Night - February 21st!!!

Mobile orders only! Download the Chick-fil-a app to help support the class of 2023! Order on the app and add “Spirit Night” in the special request section.
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Vida Coffee Cart

The Life Skills Department is starting Vida Coffee Cart. Our students will be working on resume-building skills on campus to prepare themselves for future employment. These skills will be developed by caffeinating all of you! Prior to launching our coffee cart (which will be two Fridays per month), we are now accepting donations for any coffee/tea related items including:

  • Coffee pots
  • Tea kettles
  • Carafes/air pots
  • Coffee grounds
  • Disposable cups
  • Coffee filters
  • H-E-B gift cards (for creamer, sugar, honey, etc.)

All donations can be dropped off in the Special Education office.

Tell Me Something Good!

  • The Crockett UIL Academic Teams -competing in Social Studies, Current Issues & Events, Calculator, Math and Number Sense - went to an Invitational UIL Meet in Round Rock on Sat Jan 28, in anticipation of their first District Meet in March. Top performers and teams in the District Meet will go on to the Regional Meet in May. If you have a student who may be interested in joining one or more of these teams, have them talk to or email the Head UIL Academic Coach Adam Miller or UIL Academic Coaches Shahriyar Huq or Claudia Gibson. We are excited to restart Crockett's participation in UIL Academic contests.

  • Our Mariachi de Oro will be performing at Quack's on Februrary 8th. It would mean a lot to us all if you could attend. We're performing on the same set with classical guitarist Joseph Palmer. Quack's tickets here. We're playing the same set at ACG's The Rosette on the 2nd. Rosette tickets here. Very high possibility of both perfromances selling out.

  • After placing FIRST CHAIR ALTO SAX in the whole state, Matthew Chavez will finally be performing with the TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) All-State Jazz Ensemble I in San Antonio on Saturday February 11. This is a HUGE honor for Matthew and Crockett, and you'd be in for a treat. This is the best high school jazz band in the state of Texas.

  • This past Saturday, 22 Orchestra students participated in the UIL Solo & Ensemble contest at Akins. While most students received Excellent ratings, 5 students received the highest Superior ratings: (from l to r) Nia Johnson (freshman), Gwen Ellis (freshman), Lincoln Ball (freshman), Juan Salazar (sophomore), and Lizzy Boyd (junior, not pictured).

  • Bass players Lizzy Boyd and Lincoln Ball will be representing Crockett at the Texas State Solo & Ensemble contest in May!

  • On Monday we were delighted to have two parents of Crockett alumni donate a violin to a student. Erle and Janice Henry, whose daughters both graduated from Crockett in the 1980s, generously donated a beautiful violin to sophomore violinist Samantha Esquivel. We are extremely grateful for such kindness as this instrument will provide Sam with many years of musical enjoyment while she is in school and beyond! Many, many thank yous to Mr. and Mrs. Henry!

  • The Varsity Orchestra has been invited to perform at an ice cream social with the Covington MS Orchestra. This annual event is always a lot of fun. Crockett Orchestra members who were in the Covington Orchestra in middle school say this event alone is one of the main reasons they decided to stick with Orchestra in high school.

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Crockett Banned Book Club

Members of the brand-new Crockett Banned Book Club and their Advisor, Librarian Claudia Gibson, attended the AISD Banned Book Clubs kickoff event at the Central Branch of the Austin Public Library on Saturday Jan 18. Students toured the beautiful Teen Center at the APL, checked out books, and heard from those involved in spearheading the Clubs, Black Pearl Books founder Katrina Brooks (whose non-profit is donating the books) and AISD Director of Humanities Jessica Joliffe, along with a student from McCallum who started a Banned Books Club last year Austin ISD is supporting these clubs in response to efforts by lawmakers and other school districts to limit student access to some Young Adult titles. Crockett's Banned Books Club members are receiving copies of the first title The Poet X and will meet Tuesdays during lunch with Ms. Gibson and English teacher Bianca Beronio all this semester. There are a few spots still available - interested students should see Ms. Gibson ASAP!
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Nominate a Teacher of the Month

Each month, Student Council sponsors Teacher of the Month to recognize our amazing teachers for their hard work and dedication. All students are encouraged to vote for their favorite teacher to receive this special honor. Want to vote? Fill out the short nomination form to vote for the teacher of the month:

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PTA Healthy Lifestyles

Your Crockett Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) has made it a priority this school year to focus on community care. We want to share resources and bring our Crockett community together in ways that benefit all of our students, staff, and families. Something you’ll begin noticing in each Cougar Chatter this spring is a Healthy Minds spotlight on various topics and resources around mental health. In addition, keep an eye out for upcoming Healthy Minds family events to connect and learn more about how we can support each other as a Crockett Community!

Healthy Minds Overview

Life is full of ups and downs. It is normal for our emotional state to change on a day-to-day basis and in periods throughout our lives. Many difficult situations, like the death of a loved one or the COVID-19 pandemic, are unavoidable. When our minds are healthy and strong, we are more resilient to life’s challenges, able to use healthy coping methods, have better relationships, maintain our overall health and well-being, and prevent chronic illnesses. That’s why it is important to be proactive about our mental health!

What is Mental Health?

Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and feel able to contribute to their community.

What is Mental Illness?

Mental illness is defined as having a mental, behavioral or emotional disorder. In the U.S., more than 20% of adults have a mental health disorder and one in six children (17.4%) between the ages of two and eight in the United States have been diagnosed with one. Mental illness is treatable. The severity and impact of mental illness on day-to-day function vary from person to person.

The Mind/Body Connection

There is a strong link between our physical and our mental well-being, often referred to as the mind/body connection. When we take good care of our bodies, we can avoid chronic disease, increase energy, sleep better, produce “feel good” chemicals and give our mind the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. When we take good care of our mental health, we can reduce aches, pains and digestive issues, which helps us feel better physically.

The Whole Child Approach

Whole Child development includes all areas of children’s development and learning—from social, emotional and cognitive skills to literacy, math and science. Supporting the whole child is a shared responsibility of families, schools and the community. Together, we can ensure that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged.

A key piece of considering all aspects of your child’s well-being is helping them build social and emotional skills. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which all young people (and adults!) gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions. While SEL can be implemented in schools, it can also be taught in your home.

The Importance of Family Engagement

Relationships strongly impact our physical and mental health, starting at an early age. When a child is provided with strong social, emotional and physical support through family engagement in their daily life, they are more likely to reach their full potential academically and socially, and experience better overall health outcomes in adulthood.

The Crockett PTSA looks forward to sharing mental health resources in each Cougar Chatter this spring. We’ll also share other ways we’re supporting the mental health of our Crockett students, staff, and families using a grant from the National PTA Healthy Minds, sponsored by the New York Life Foundation and The Allstate Foundation. To get involved, join the Crockett PTSA at

ACC Requiring Student IDS- Starting Spring 2023

  1. All students (including our ECHS/Dual students) will need to wear/display their ACC ID badges when on the SAC campus.
  2. Any individual who cannot provide their ID (card or number) to Campus police will be asked to leave the campus.
  3. The entrance doors on Stassney will be exit-only. The only entrance to ACC for all students will be the entrance on the other side of the building from the carpark.

Check out the BSN Sideline Store for your Crockett gear!!!


Jump into January with 15% OFF orders of $100 or more at your CROCKETT HIGH SCHOOL Sideline Store. Stock up for yourself or for a fellow CROCKETT HIGH SCHOOL fan who's had their eye on that special hoodie, hat or tumbler. Best of all, this awesome sale is on for the ENTIRE month! So head over to Sideline Store now and save on all your faves with code JAN23 today.

Link to the BSN Sideline Store

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Lady Coogs Basketball Schedule

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Attendance and Tardy Policies Spring Semester 2023

Crockett Students and Families,

We want to start off the spring semester by reminding everyone the importance of being in class and on-time. Below is some important information regarding attendance and tardy procedures for the spring semester. Starting Tuesday of next week, we will be implementing the tardy consequences below. Additionally, we see a number of students coming in after school has begun. It is important that students arrive by 9:00 so they can be in class by 9:05. If you are running late, please support our safety procedures and enter at the main entrance not by the gym or cafeteria. If you need support or have any questions regarding , please contact your counselor or administrator. Thank you for your attention to this matter. We look forward to an Always Victorious remainder of the school year!


Students are expected to be in class on time each period. Students who do not report to class on time will be marked tardy in Frontline.

  • After the number of tardies below from any class, students will be assigned lunch detention and Saturday School for more progressive consequences. If students do not show up for Saturday School, they will be assigned ISS the following week.

1-2 Tardies - Warning sent to parents via automated messages
3 Tardies - Lunch detention
4 Tardies - Saturday school
5 Tardies - ISS half day including lunch
6 Tardies - ISS full day plus admin, parent, and teacher conference schedule (notify admin)


  • Students are not allowed out of class the first and last fifteen minutes of class.

  • All students must secure their cellphones in class (i.e. place in backpack, leave with teacher, trade for pass) before leaving the classroom during class time.

  • All students must have a pass from the teacher.

    • Any student found in the hallway without a pass, will be escorted back to class.

    • It is the students responsibility to obtain a pass from the teacher or substitute prior to leaving class.

  • Crockett will conduct closed periods to monitor hallways.

    • A closed period is announced over loud speaker.

    • Students in the hallway after 5 minutes, will be sent to ISS.

    • Students are not allowed to leave class during a closed period until an announcement is made to release or at the end of the period.

  • Advisory/ Study Hall is always a closed period.

    • Students are not allowed to leave campus or class during Advisory/ Study Hall.

    • If students are caught in the hallway during Advisory/ Study Hall, they will be sent to ISS for the remainder of Advisory.


Students arriving late must enter the main doors with the buzz entry across from the theater. Students should not knock on external doors to be let inside, nor should students open external doors to let anyone in after 9:05. All students should report to the main doors to be let in by the main office staff. Students should turn in notes from a parent/guardian or doctor to the attendance clerk at this time.

ACC Students - All ACC students should not enter the building until the bell for the passing period has rung. Please remain on the ACC campus until it is time to return to campus. For safety reasons, you will not be allowed to sit at the picnic tables or hang out in the hallways. If your ACC class is canceled, you can go to room 269 or the library.


Students must be formally checked out by a parent/guardian with their IDs in our main office. to leave during the school day. No student will be permitted to leave without parent/guardian permission.


Only students in grade 12 will be allowed off campus for lunch. This is a privilege and may be taken away from a senior who abuses this policy by frequently being tardy or who does not return after lunch. All 12th grade students leaving campus for lunch must be prepared to show their student ID to any faculty member who is monitoring the grounds. Any underclassman who leaves campus for lunch will be assigned lunch detention, ISS or Saturday school.


When you must be absent, you must bring a note from a parent, guardian, or doctor’s note to document the absence.

Turn in attendance notes to our attendance clerk in the Main Office within 48 hours of your return.

Illness/injury resulting in absences of three days or longer must be verified by a signed doctor’s excuse.


Compulsory attendance law states that students must attend class 90% of the time to be in compliance with state law and avoid truancy filing. Students and parents may be charged with breaking the Texas Compulsory School Attendance Law if 10% or more unexcused absences are recorded for the student. Charges will be filed with the court and may result in fines.

The following absences decrease your attendance percentage:

The following absences will NOT affect your attendance percentage:

  • ILP Illness (Parent Note)

  • HSS Home School Suspension

  • IM Immunizations, non-compliant

  • OTH Other Circumstances

  • UNX Unexcused Absence

  • ILH Illness (Healthcare Provider Note)

  • MED Medical

  • FLD Field Trip

  • SCH School

  • UIL University Interscholastic League

  • HD Holy Day

  • VST College Visit

  • ISS In School Suspension

Examples that decrease your attendance percentage:

  • Staying home sick with a parent note. The note must include:

    • Your name, student number, and grade level

    • Date of and reason for absence

    • Parent/Guardian work and home phone numbers

    • Parent/Guardian signature

  • Family trips

  • Vacations

  • Attendance at events that are not sponsored by the school

Examples that will NOT affect your attendance percentage:

  • Partial day absences with an official note from the doctor verifying the time and date of the appointment.

  • Field trips taken with the school

  • Receiving a service within the school, such as ISS, meeting with a counselor, or taking an EOC exam.

  • Religious Holiday (with parent note)

  • Verified College Visit (juniors and seniors receive two excused college visits per year)


To obtain a driver’s license, a student between the ages of 16 and 18 must annually provide to the Texas Department of Public Safety a form obtained from the school verifying that the student has met the 90 percent attendance requirement for the semester preceding the date of application.

Students must sign up in advance in the main office where completed forms can be picked up on Thursdays.

Simple Ways YOU Can Help Improve Attendance:

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  • Build regular routines for bed time and the morning.

  • Seek support from school staff or community groups to help with transportation, health problems, or no safe path to school.

  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Ask a family member, neighbor or another parent for help.

  • Follow the proper school guidelines for reporting excused absences in a timely manner.

  • Allow your child to stay home only when he/she has a contagious illness or is too sick to be comfortable.

  • Make sure your child exercises, eats a balanced diet, and gets plenty of sleep. This will help him/her to be mentally and physically ready to learn, and strengthen the immune system.

  • Read all information sent home by the school. Post important dates on a family bulletin board or on the refrigerator.

  • Give your child enough time to get ready for school in the morning. Prepare lunches, pack school bags, and lay out clothing the night before.

  • Monitor your child's attendance through Parent Self Serve.

  • Talk about the importance of regular attendance and about how your child feels about school.

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Crockett ECHS Support Staff:

Parent Support Specialist: Michelle Torres

Counselors Secretary: Janice Snyder

Registrar: Kathy Alvarado Romero

Book Keeper: Christopher Simmons

Data Processor II/PEIMS Coordinator: Michele Andrade

Principals Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Rodriguez

Attendance Specialist: Kathy Batista Boddy

Attendance Email:

504 Coordinator: Ana Acosta

SPED Dept Chair: Cynthia Coppinger

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