Crockett Cougar Chatter

June/July 2018


And just like that another school year is behind us! We had many successes this year that I was proud to announce in the Crockett Cougar Chatters. Our final celebration was graduating the 315 students in the Class of 2018. Many of you have asked about the story I told in my farewell address to our students. So, here it is:

Recently, I read a folk story from an unknown author about the value of life that said,

“One day a young girl asked her mother what is the value of her life. Instead of answering, the mother handed her daughter a rock and told her to sell it at the market and if anybody asked the price, to just raise two fingers without saying anything. The girl then went to the market and a man asked:

“How much is this rock? I want to put it in my garden.”

The girl did not say anything and raised up two fingers, so the man said:

“Two dollars? I’ll take it.”

The girl went home and told her mother that the man wanted to buy this rock for two dollars, the mother then said:

“Daughter, I want you to take this rock to a museum, if anybody wants to buy it do not say a word, just raise two fingers.”

The girl then went to the museum. A woman wanted to buy the rock, the girl did not say a word and raised two fingers, so the woman said:

“Two hundred dollars? I’ll take it.”

The girl was shocked and went running home.

“Mother, a woman wants to buy this rock for two hundred dollars.”

Her mother then said:

“The last place I want you to take this rock, is to a precious stone store. Show it to the owner and do not say a word, if he asks the price just raise two fingers.”

The daughter then went to a precious stone store and showed the stone to the owner.

“Where did you find this stone? It is one of the most precious stones in the world. I must have it! How much do you sell it for?”

The girl raised up two fingers and the man said:

“Two thousand dollars? I’ll take it.”

The girl, not knowing what to do, ran home to her mother.

“Mother, there is a man that wants to buy the stone for two thousand dollars!”

Her mother then said:

“So do you know the value of your life now?”

It does not matter where you come from, where you were born, the color of your skin, or how much money you were born into. It matters where you decide to place yourself, the people you surround yourself with and how you choose to carry yourself.

You may live your whole life thinking you are a two dollars stone, or realize that everyone of us has a priceless stone inside. Therefore, surround yourself with the people who can see that precious stone that you are.”

I wish each of you a restful and relaxing summer! See you in August as we look forward to another Always Victorious 2018-2019 school year!

Mark Your Calendars!

Future Important Dates

June 8 - August 10 - District Summer Shutdown Fridays

July 2 - July 6 - District Shutdown Week

August 9- Cougar Cub Camp

August 20 - First Day of School



Attention Crockett Vertical Team Families

There is a law in the state of Texas that is intended to give districts more local control to suit the individual needs of campuses. Our participation this school year (17-18) included a professional development date on November 10th. The Crockett Vertical Team has been approved for the following District of Innovation dates: Sept 24th, Jan 3rd and 4th, Feb 15th for the 2018-19 school year. These dates will be used as student holidays. Please organize your family's calendars accordingly.

Calling all Cougar Alumni!!

Crockett is planning a celebration of our 50th anniversary! If you are interested in participating, please contact David Dupont ( or Kara Messer ( to be included in planning activities or to receive updates about events. If you know of graduates, students, parents, staff or community members who may be interested, please pass along this notice. See you next year!
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Parents of Incoming Freshmen, please sign consent for your student's Chromebook

The time is here! Incoming Crockett freshmen with parent consent will receive their Chromebooks in August. In order for your student to receive the device, please click on the link below to give consent. Beat the rush!

Attention incoming 9th graders!

Cougar Cub Camp Class of 2022 will be held at Crockett on Thursday, August 9th, 2018 from 9am-3pm. This is a great opportunity to see old friends, meet new ones, and learn about Crockett High School. We have planned a series of fun and organized activities intended to help students develop academic and social skills. At the same time, students will be meeting fellow classmates, teachers, counselors, principals, etc. and becoming familiar with the layout of the school as a whole.

Please register using the following link:

Questions or Concerns Contact: Allison Paris ( OR Mario Morales (

Crockett Students Participate in Dell Medical Camp!

Congratulations to Karen Baranda, Lourdes Contreras, Alexis DeLoach and Brianna Rojas for being chosen to participate in the Dell Medical School Health Sciences Summer Camp in July.

These dedicated students worked hard to master the curriculum to achieve the opportunity!

Please Consider Donating to Crockett's Cheer Team

Crockett Cheer Snap Fundraiser for Summer Skill Camp:
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Crockett High School Summer Reading

Who: Students enrolled in preAP and AP English classes for the 2018-2019 school year.

Why: Students will become familiar with a variety of genres and time periods, while practicing their close reading skills. This will all culminate with the AP English 4 test where one of the essays asks students to discuss how a given theme is developed in a text of their choosing. The more you read, the easier it will be to choose an appropriate text!

What: Students are required to read at least TWO books off the recommended reading lists. There will be an assignment based on these readings when school starts in the fall.

For book choices, check out the following lists.

Where: You can find access to these texts in many places!

  • Overdrive: Download the app on your phone to read digital copies.

  • Half Price Books: They usually have multiple copies of the classics for a very low price.

  • Public Library: Find one in your neighborhood!


- Download OverDrive app

- Open OverDrive and register – check email to verify

- Log in to OverDrive

- Choose Austin ISD Library

- Select Crockett for school

- Login is your Student ID#

- PIN is crockett

- Search for book or scroll through

- Click on book to check out

- Download to your device OR read in browser

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The Crockett High School Vocal Music Department has Two UIL Texas State Soloist Winners this Year.

Erika Casillas, earned a Superior rating of 1 and a gold medal on her Vocal Solo "Ridente la Calma" by Mozart; and

Juli Castillo, earned an Excellent rating of 2 and a silver medal on her Vocal Solo "Widmung" by Schumann.

Both of these Senior girls should be congratulated on this fine accomplishment! We are very proud of them!

Shout Out to Ms. Coro

Crockett's art teacher, Christina Coro, was awarded a fellowship with the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. She will be there for four weeks taking two art workshops, then the last two weeks she will be working on her body of work for my project called "Give Back to Impact". Only one fellowship is awarded to a K-12 Art Educator across the nation. Congratulations!

Here's the link:

Bill Griffith Art Educators Fellowship at Arrowmont ...

Fellowship In honor of Bill Griffith’s 25 years of service, Arrowmont dedicated a fellowship in his name. The Bill Griffith Art Educators Fellowship is designed to change lives in unexpected ways for K-12 art teachers and indirectly for their students by providing them an opportunity for immersion in the creative and inspiring atmosphere that ...

Disney's NEWSIES, this Summer at AISD!

We are proud to announce that several CROCKETT students have been cast in the 2018 AISD Summer Theatre Series. This year's summer musical is Disney's NEWSIES, and AISD has added a black box show, Disney's SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. Come see the shows at the AISD Performing Arts Center!

  • SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE: July 13 - 15
  • NEWSIES: July 20 - 22
***Crockett students as summer CAST members include:

    Nika Baugh, Alexis Baxa, Charli Erickson, Chloe Matyis, Noah Messer, and Zach Washington
      ***Crockett students as summer TECH students include:
      Juan Berrelleza-Chable, Julian Don Juan, Dylan Fateh, Sandro Hendrix, Jericho Modjeski, Camille Moniz, Marissa Nottingham, Jay Perez, Sam Robinson and Sarah Traylor

      ***Crockett Teachers working as Directors for the summer musical include:

      Christina Burbank-Shelton and Amanda Caldwell

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      2018–20 Pathways in Technology Early College High School and Industry Cluster Innovative Academies Success Grant – Crockett Early College High School, Consortium of Construction Trades Industry Partners, ACC ($259,490)

      o With support from the 2018-2020 P-TECH/ICIA Success Grant, AISD will further develop work-based education partnerships and opportunities for students, strengthen student recruiting systems, review scope and sequence to better align with industry and ACC coursework, build the program’s capacity to offer courses and align current practices to the PTECH and ICIA Blueprint.

      o AISD, Crockett Early College High School, ACC and a consortium of industry partners in the Governor’s Industry Cluster area of Architecture and Construction will strengthen and refine current practices that will advance the existing P-TECH/ICIA.

      o The Construction Trades Academy at Crockett began five years ago. Evolving over time and engaging with additional partners in the Austin area, an active advisory board consisting of members from AISD, ACC and industry employers, trade associations and training centers has shaped the curriculum and work-based learning experiences.

      o Academy students enroll in courses with ACC instructors on Crockett’s campus in the 9,200 square-foot building, which houses carpentry/woodworking, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and welding equipment.

      o Current Industry Partners include Home Builders Association of Greater Austin, Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc., Marek Brothers, National Association of Women in Construction, Ryan Companies U.S., Inc., Texas Carpenters and Millwrights Training Trust Fund and UA Local 286 Plumbers and Pipefitters.

      Crockett High School Guitar Students Excel at UIL Contest

      Our guitar students did exceptionally well today at the State Solo UIL Contest. Six of our seven students received the top rating of superior with our other student garnering the second highest rating of excellent. This is the best we've ever done as a school!

      Please recognize them for this outstanding accomplishment!

      Superior Rating

      Nancy del Bosque

      Duncan Lesgaux

      Kelsey Melton

      Oliver Patino

      Rey Rodríguez

      Michael Vasquez

      Excellent Rating

      Margarita Vargas

      Rey Rodriguez was also awarded as Outstanding Performer at the State Solo UIL Contest from this weekend. He was deemed as the top player. 1 at state is great, Outstanding Performer is next level!

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      Dear Austin ISD Families,

      We know that many students last year watched the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. With the second season being released May 18, we wanted to take this opportunity to share some information with you.

      Based on the book by Jay Asher, the show sensationalizes serious themes, including drug use, sexual assault and suicide. Even if your children are not watching the show, they may be hearing about it from their peers. Counselors and administrators are addressing concerns as they are brought to our attention. We take every report we receive seriously.

      Schools have an important role in preventing youth suicide, and being aware of potential risk factors is vital. We would like to ask you to partner with AISD to help students in need. You can make a world of difference by following these three simple steps:

      Know the warning signs of suicidal ideation:

      * Talking or joking about suicide.

      * Seeking out weapons, pills or other ways to die.

      * Making statements about feeling hopeless, helpless or worthless.

      * Writing social media posts about death, dying or suicide.

      * Giving away prized possessions.

      * Saying goodbye to friends and family as if for good.

      * Changes in behavior can also be a warning sign:

      o Changes in school attendance or grades.

      o Changes in eating and sleeping habits.

      o Increased use of alcohol and/or drugs.

      o Change in friendships, or withdrawing from friends and social activities.

      o Mood swings or personality changes.

      o Loss of interest in activities.

      o Bullying (both the victim of bullying and the bully are at risk.)

      Talk to your children:

      * Let your children know you care.

      * Do not be afraid to ask your children if they have or are thinking about suicide.

      Seek help:

      * If it is an emergency, call 911.

      * Contact your child’s pediatrician or doctor. * Contact a local mental health provider—Integral Care at 512-472-HELP (4357), the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “HELLO” to 741741.

      * Notify your child’s campus administrator and counselor.

      Attached you will find information on resources available for anyone struggling with mental health issues, including help for anyone who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school counselor for help.

      We care deeply about the well-being of all our students and we know that you care about the well-being of your child. By working together, we can make a difference for all students at AISD. Thank for your support.

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