Crockett Cougar Chatter

November 2017

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Crawford's Corner... A Message from the Principal

In a recent message to the Crockett students, I reminded them of a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - that is to have succeeded.” As November is the time of Thanksgiving, I hope you will join me in taking time out to thank those in the Crockett community that make your or your child's world a better place. Our AVID students are planning "Spirit of Giving" projects and will be recruiting volunteers soon and read below for more information about the NHS toy drive! We can also take time to pay it forward by doing a random act of kindness - leave a gratitude note, pick up some trash, pay for someone's coffee and for more ideas check out this website Let's work together to make this world a better place and keep Crockett High School Always Victorious!

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The time is almost here! All Crockett students with parent consent will be receiving Chromebooks in January. In order for your student to receive the device, please click on the link below to give consent. (SPANISH)

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Check out Crockett Senior Emily McClanahan's latest short film about feminism, written and directed by Emily McClanahan. Featuring a spoken word poem written by Emily McClanahan, Selaysha Simpson, and Katie Best


PTSA General Meeting Dates

Crockett High School extends an invitation to ALL Crockett students, parents, and teachers. Let us here your voice and help make Crockett Always Victorious!

Nov. 13, 2017

Dec. 18, 2017

Jan. 22, 2017

Feb. 12, 2017

Mar. 19, 2017

Apr. 16, 2017


Crockett Theatre proudly presents... ELF Jr, The Musical!

Watch Buddy the Elf travel from the North Pole to New York to find his family!

  • December 1 @7pm
  • December 2 @7pm
  • December 3 @3pm

Save the dates and bring your family to see this kid friendly show at the Crockett PAC.


$5 - Students and Faculty

$10 - General Admission

Concessions will be sold.

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The Crockett Fine Arts Department cordially invites you to attend the annual FINE ARTS WINTER SHOWCASE on Friday December 8 @6:30pm in the Crockett PAC. In addition to visual art displays in the lobby, this showcase will feature performances from Theatre, Dance, Band, Steel Drums, Guitar, Mariachi, Orchestra, Choir, Piano and Technical Theatre. Come celebrate the arts with Crockett!
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Crockett Garden Club

It was just a little over a year ago that we proudly featured our very own Crockett garden on the Central Texas Gardener. Here is a link to refresh your memory:

Fall Into Winter Vegetables | Central Texas Gardener

Students or parents, if you are interested in joining our Garden Club, please email Ms. DelaTorre ( They also presented last summer at the national conference for High Schools That Work about our aquaponics system, please ask about it if you are interested in sustainable farming too.

We hope to have another garden work day soon to keep our garden thriving.


Studio 44's Digital Audio production class (listed below) kindly invites you to enjoy the first chapter of our new podcast, "Erased."

Ashley Castanon

Dylan Faeth

Aidan Potts

Jericho Reymundo

Julian Rhodes

Bryana Sanchez

Jacob Aquirre

Josh Martinez

Ricardo Vazquez Garcia

Alessandro Hendrix

Emily McClanahan

These students created this episode from nothing but a single sentence idea Mr. Dirkes gave them on the first day of class - "What if someone's best friend disappeared, and nobody remembered them, and there was no evidence they ever existed?"

This is just Chapter 1, and they are planning to release a new episode every six weeks this school year. We hope you enjoy it and share it with anyone you think might like it!


Important picture days are coming up!

Senior panoramic photos will be on Tuesday, November 7th in the gym during FIT. There is a FIT session already created in the student FIT portal. All seniors have to do is sign up and head to the gym at 10:30 on Tuesday to take their pictures.

Underclassmen retake day is November 13th and will be held in the photography studio in the back of the library from the beginning of 2nd period (11 a.m.) through the end of lunch (1:20). Students, if you did not take a photo on the previous day please bring an order form with you. Extra order forms are available in room 102. If you have already taken a photo, please bring your proofs with you so you can let the photographer know what you did not like about your picture!

Seniors, portrait retakes will be December 7th. Same guidelines apply to this picture day! If you did not like your previous picture, please bring your proof so the photographers can know what you did/did not like. Unlike underclassmen retake day, photographers will be on campus all day. A sign-up sheet for retakes will be located in the office.

Yearbooks are now on sale and prices are going up!

Texan yearbooks are currently on sale for $55. A "Signature Package" is also available for $69 which includes a yearbook, personalization, a color autograph section and autograph pens. You can purchase yours now at There is a 3-month payment plan available online if you do not want to pay full price right away. Prices will go up to $60 in the spring so make sure to purchase your yearbook before then!

Help Crockett's NHS make the Holidays Brighter for Area Children

National Honor Society is collecting items for Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Gift, with a goal of packing 250 gift boxes for area children. Gift suggestions for girls and boys aged 2-14 years, include personal care items, clothing and accessories, crafts and activities, and toys. Items may be dropped off with Ms. Fallin (241) or Mr. LeDoux (176).

For shoebox suggestions, click here.

Congratulations to the following guitar students!

Nancy Del Bosque

Elijah Flores

Oliver Patino

Rey Rodriguez

Margarita Vargas

Five of our top guitar students were selected for the All Region Guitar Ensemble after successfully making it through the grueling three hour audition process last Friday. Crockett students occupy five of the twenty chairs in the ensemble that was selected from AISD and surrounding districts. They've worked really hard and we are extremely proud of them!

In other Guitar news.....

The concert for All Region and All City Guitar will be on the evening of November 15th at the AISD PAC. These five students will be performing with the All Region group and a selected group of top guitar students will be performing as a part of the All City group. Mr. Hare will be conducting one of the All City pieces and the piece he selected is an arrangement of La Sandunga for guitar ensemble that will feature our top Mariachi Vocalist Jazmine Cortez singing with us! So clear your calendar and come on out!

Crockett High School Parent Workshop Night

Wednesday, Nov. 15th, 6-8pm

5601 Manchaca Road

Austin, TX

We will begin with an opening session from 6-6:30, then parents will have choices to attend the following workshops:

Early College High School


ACC Dual Credit

College Info and Scholarships

Intro to book study about the adolescent brain that is starting in Jan.

Parent Cloud Registration

Cyber Safety

Mental Health Resources

Clifton Center

Social Emotional Learning

Look for more details to come soon.

Crockett Boys Basketball News

The Crockett boys' basketball program is hard at work preparing for the upcoming season, which will officially tip off on Tuesday, Nov. 14, with the second annual "Meet the Cougars Night" in the Crockett Gym starting at 6 p.m. Head coach Derrick Davis will introduce the 2017-18 Varsity squad, and they are looking to build on last season's success when they earned a trip to the state playoffs! The Freshman and JV squads will be introduced as well, and there will be music, food, prize giveaways and even an intrasquad scrimmage. So come out and Meet the Cougars!

AISD Bond Informational Open-Houses

The Austin ISD Board of Trustees called for a November 7, 2017 bond election. The $1,050,984,000 bond calls for the modernization or new construction of 16 campuses, while also updating nearly every campus with critically needed capital improvement projects. For more information on how it will impact Crockett High School, please click here.

Austin ISD is hosting a series of informational open houses to learn more about the 2017 Bond and how it could affect each campus. Meetings are 5:30–7:30 p.m. For the full schedule, click here. There will be one meeting held at Crockett ECHS on October 5, 2017. A districtwide open house will be 11 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, with presentations at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

For more information, please visit, email or call 512-414-9595. For campus-specific information, please visit our bond projects page and choose a school from one of the dropdown menus.

Early voting is Oct. 23–Nov. 3, and Election Day is Nov. 7.

Need Tutoring? Need to Recover Credit? CHS is here to help!

Crockett After School Tutoring (CAST)

Please visit CAST from 4:30-6:00 in the CHS library to get tutoring.

Mondays and Wednesdays - Math and Social Studies Tutoring

Tuesdays and Thursdays - Science Tutoring

CAST will be open for general tutorials and for students to redo assignments, if necessary. If students need to redo assignments they need to get the work from their teacher prior to attending CAST.

CAST can also be used to get attendance hours for credit recovery. If students are only there for attendance recovery, they can read a book or study. Cell phones will not be permitted, unless the assignment the student is working on requires it.

Fall Semester Final Exam Exemption Guidelines

Please read the following important information regarding final exam exemptions for fall 2017:

1. Students who have earned exemptions are expected to be in attendance for the final and must be at school. Students cannot miss school and still legally be counted present. If you do not show up to the class on the day of the final exam, you will get a zero on the exam.

2. Exemptions will be granted per class. Based on attendance and grade average, students may be exempted from taking their final exam(s) in courses if ALL of the following criteria are met:

  • 85 average for the semester average (1st, 2nd, and 3rd six weeks)
  • No more than 2 absences for the fall semester, beginning October 2, 2017
  • No more than 2 tardies for the fall semester, beginning October 2, 2017

3. Exemption from a course’s final exam is NOT granted to a student if he/she:
  • has been home school suspended
  • has been required to attend ALC
  • has obligations or fines

4. AP courses may be excluded from exemptions. There will be NO exemptions for EOC classes, SPURS, OnRamps, and ACC dual credit courses.

5. After the semester average has been finalized, the semester average will be used as the final exam grade.


Please come out to support and cheer on our mighty cougars! As a reminder, AISD is asking that students and adults do NOT bring confetti, glitter, silly string, powder and noise makers to our games.





Mark Your Calendars!

Future Important Dates

November 2: Talent Show

November 7: Senior panoramic photos

November 10: NO SCHOOL - Student Holiday/Staff Planning & Prep Day

November 13: Underclassmen picture retake day

November 13: PTSA Meeting

November 14: Meet the Cougars Night (CHS Boys Basketball), Big Gym at 6:00 pm

November 15: Parent Workshop Night at 6:00 pm

November 15: Boys Basketball "Meet the Cougars Nights" at 6:00 pm

November 20-24: NO SCHOOL - Student/Staff Holiday

November 30: Late Start Day

December 1-3: Theatre presents ELF Jr, The Musical

December 4-8: STAAR EOC Retest Days

December 7: Senior portrait retakes

December 8: Fine Arts Winter Showcase

December 14,15,18,19: Final Exam Days

December 20-January 1:NO SCHOOL - Student/Staff Holiday

January 2: NO SCHOOL - Student Holiday/Staff Planning & Prep Day