MCCALLUM HS CAMPUS UPDATES

Information Current as of 6.8.20

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

To our entire McCallum Community:


As much as I have tried, there is not a letter I could write or a message I could formulate that would adequately capture my thoughts and feelings in regards to the unrest we are experiencing as a global society. So, I have decided to stop trying.


Let me explain:


A letter that promises to disavow racist rhetoric and dismantle inequitable practices means absolutely nothing if our actions don't back it up. So rather than try to untangle my thoughts enough to convey McCallum's stance, I will focus on my actions as a leader and our actions as an entire school community. This article captures this exact notion: https://educationpost.org/teachers-must-hold-themselves-accountable-for-dismantling-racial-oppression/


We began our learning journey toward antiracism this year, both with staff and with our student leadership team. We will continue the journey in 20-21, diving deeper into the work so that our intentions, language, actions, and outcomes align.


Sending you all a tremendous amount of love,


Brandi Hosack

Principal

Parent/Guardian Online Meeting Coming Soon!

The McCallum Administration is preparing for another virtual parent meeting in the coming weeks to address the District's plan for reopening schools for the 20-21 school year. We apologize for the delay, but must wait until decisions are finalized with the AISD Board of Trustees.


Parents/guardians will be invited to join in similar fashion to our last virtual parent meeting. We realize many of you have questions and concerns in regards to the upcoming school year and will provide an opportunity to ask questions in advance.


We will send a notice and more details for the meeting via School Messenger in a couple of weeks. We look forward to connecting with you all soon!

GRADUATION UPDATE

Unfortunately, the graduation ceremony scheduled for August at the Erwin Center has been cancelled due to social distance parameters set forth by UT. In response, Austin ISD is organizing a walkthrough graduation ceremony for our Class of 2020. Our specified location/time is at Nelson field on Thursday, June 25th between 8 am and 11 am. More details to come soon! Save the date!

MESSAGE FROM AISD

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RESOURCES FOR ADULTS, CHILDREN, AND FAMILIES TO BUILD RACIAL CONSCIOUSNESS

TALKING ABOUT RACE

Smithsonian - National Museum of African American History & Culture: Being Antiracist

ANTI-RACISM FOR KIDS

An Age-by-Age Guide to Fighting Hate

A CONVERSATION ON RACE

New York Times Series of Short Films

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

  • Liberate Meditation: The only meditation app by and for the Black & African Diaspora. https://liberatemeditation.com/

  • Vida Clinic: Our school based mental health partner, Vida Clinic, is offering teletherapy services to the Austin ISD community beginning Wednesday, Mar. 18. These services will allow adults and students to access quality mental health services right from their own homes. To learn more or schedule services, contact our Vida Clinic Care Team at 512-518-2209 or by email at vidacare@vidaclinic.org.

  • Travis County Integral Care
    Adult & Children Mental Health Services Update: Most Integral Care adult and child mental health services are now being provided by telephone or telehealth. Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 4 to speak to our staff. Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm
    24/7 Crisis Helpline: Our 24/7 Crisis Helpline continues to provide immediate support to people experiencing a mental health crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For help, please call 512-472-4357. Press 1 for English, then 1 for crisis support.
    Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 1 to speak to our staff.
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 10pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, 10am to 8pm

https://mhanational.org/covid19 General resource and information