AHS BULLDOGS COMMUNITY NEWS

3434 Pheasant Creek Dr, Sugar Land, TX 77498

WELCOME TO AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL

HOME OF THE BULLDOGS!

Week of September 26

Welcome to Austin High School's Community Newsletter where we share all of the important information, amazing activities, and events occuring on our campus with our BULLDOG Family and community! To our new Freshman Bulldogs and to our returning Sophmores, Juniors and graduating Seniors.... WE WELCOME YOU to the DAWGHOUSE! We are excited about the 2022-2023 school year!

2022-2023 ADMINISTRATORS

Students are assigned a Principal based on last name for each school year to support their needs. Please review the 2022-2023 Principal assignments below.

Rachel Cortez - Campus Principal

Kyle Lovetinsky - Associate Principal

Assistant Principals

Adaun Ojukwu (A-D)

Meraj Khan (LEE-Q)

Anthony Yim (E-LE)

George Long (R-Z)

2022-2023 COUNSELORS

Students are assigned a Counselor based on last name for each school year to support their needs. Please review the 2022-2023 Counselor assignments below.

Monica Navarro (Lead) (A-B)

Amanda Wade (C-Hi)

Julie Masters-Garcia (Ho-Me)

Denzel Billy (Mi-R)

Kaley Dean (S-Z)

AHS SOCIAL WORKER - ANA R. SIDDIQUE

CCR CORNER

FASHION INSTITUTE VISIT

On October 3rd, during all three lunches, a college representative from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles will host information sessions in the CCR room. If you are interested in attending, please complete the survey below.

Click to complete survey here

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GRADUATING SENIORS-CLASS OF 2023

Senior Employment Opportunities

FBISD Extended Learning Department is hiring high school seniors for the Student Assistant position. This part time position is a great opportunity for FBISD high school seniors to gain valuable work experience and boost their college resume. Seniors can apply for position by clicking on this link: Student Assistant Position.

SENIOR PACKAGES

Senior Package = Yearbook + Prom + Senior Trip = $325 . Make payments (balance due in January) or pay in full. https://fortbendisd.revtrak.net/FBISD-Schools-1082/hs/AHS/ahs-class-of-2023/#/v/ahs-senior-package-2023

2. If you want to secure your spot on the senior trip, you must pay $25 by September 15th. We will be going to Six Flags Fiesta Texas in May 2023. This is a school trip. If you are paying for the senior package, this is already included. https://fortbendisd.revtrak.net/FBISD-Schools-1082/hs/AHS/ahs-class-of-2023/#/v/ahs-senior-trip-only

3. If you are not interested in the package, individual prom tickets will go on sale in January.

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PRO GRAD-GRADUATING SENIORS

Senior Parents, WE NEED YOU! Pro Grad is a Drug-Free and Alcohol-Free Party to celebrate the Class of 2023. The event will be held in late May. It takes lots of planning and fundraising to make the event a success. We hope to offer many prizes to our grads including laptops, gift cards, dorm refrigerators, TVs, AirPods, microwaves and more. Our first parent planning meeting is on Zoom on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:30 pm. The Meeting ID is 890 6162 3390, Passcode is Pczv59. Join the fun!

Thank You!

Susan Bourgeois & Mara Moore

2022-2023 YEARBOOK SALES

The time has come to purchase your Yearbooks! Yearbooks will be on sale for $65 for the next two weeks. This is a limited time offer as the price will increase to $85 on October 1st, so get yours now!

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2022-2023 LEVEL DOWN PROCESS

Please see the important information below for the level down process for the 2022-2023 school year.

https://forms.office.com/r/sfh86CFLza
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GT REFERRAL WINDOW IS NOW OPEN

The GT Referral window is open for parents and teachers through September 30, 2022.

https://www.fortbendisd.com/gt

Please post this on the website, twitter and newsletter

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AHS STUDENT RECOGNITION

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Region 13 Choir District Auditions

On Saturday, September 17th – 12th Austin choir students competed at the Texas Music Educators Association Region 13 Choir District Auditions --we are happy to announce that 9 out of the 12 placed in the District Choir and will advance to compete at the Texas Music Educators Association Region 13 Region choir auditions which will be held on October 15th here at Austin. Congratulations to all of our choir students that competed!!! The following is the list of students that placed in District and will move to round two of the All-State Choir process.

Soprano 2

Gracie Pugh - 4th Chair

Suhani Bhattad - 8th Chair

Alto 1

Abby Casas - 6th Chair

Isabella Hernandez -7th Chair

Addison Gray - 12th Chair

Alto 2

Danielle Onemu - 26th Chair

Tenor 2

James Pugh -7th Chair

Vishan Liyanage - 25th Chair

Bass 1

Travis Blanks - 1st Chair

AHS CAMERATA ORCHESTRA DESIGNATION!

Congratulations to our very own orchestra BULLDOGS who were recognized as National Winners!


The AHS Camerata Orchestra earned the designation of a National winner for the 2022 Mark of Excellence/Orchestra Honors Project.

376 Entries from 39 States were received this year. National Winners comprise the top quarter of entries.

WAY TO GO BULLDOGS!!!!

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW

Congratulations to the new Cast and Crew of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.


Make sure to come see it October 27-29th.

Please email HR or Eder if you have any questions.

Harsa Rutherford (Asst. /Tech Director)- sarah.rutherford@fortbendisd.org

Erin Eder (Head Director)- erin.eder@fortbendisd.org

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AHS CAMPUS ACTIVITIES

Social Studies/ Current Events UIL Team Interest

Interested in studying the history of the 1920s or Current Events? Then consider joining the Social Studies or Current Events UIL Team! The topic for this year’s Social Studies competition is the 1920s: From Great War to Great Depression and the Current Events team will be examining current events and issues from the fall semester. Ms. Rives will be hosting an information meeting about the Social Studies UIL competition team and the Current Events UIL competition team next Thursday, September 29th from 2:50-3:10 in room A7. We would love to see you there! If you have any questions, please see Ms. Rives in room A7.

The Austin PlayHouse Presents......

Please come out to support our Austin PlayHouse students.
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PARENT AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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PURCHASE YOUR THEATRE AD TODAY!!

Support our THEATRE Students by advertising in the Program for our upcoming show “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. (4 Showings Oct 27th thru 29th in our 700 seat theatre)

For more information complete the following form here.

SOCIAL MEDIA CHECKLIST

Social Media Parents Checklist

This Safer Schools Together document provides specific suggested practices to assist parents in establishing and maintaining healthy social media habits and practices with their children at home.

https://locker.txssc.txstate.edu/6605488455e53fc500eeed949652c46e/Social-Media-Parents-Checklist.pdf

Raising Digitally Responsible Youth: A Texas Parent Guide

This interactive document, developed by the collaborative efforts of Safer Schools Together and the Texas School Safety Center, provides an overview of popular social media platforms and games for parents to assist with teaching children responsible digital practices.

https://locker.txssc.txstate.edu/6605488455e53fc500eeed949652c46e/Raising-Digitally-Responsible-Youth-A-Texas-Parent-Guide.pdf

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Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election.

FBISD has called a Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election.

Early voting begins October 24. Election day is November 8

Go to fortbendisd.com/vatre for more information.

Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election Information Sessions

Fort Bend ISD is hosting three community information sessions this month on the Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election, which will generate additional revenue for the district while sustaining the current tax rate.

During its August 22 regular business meeting, the FBISD Board of Trustees approved the Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election (VATRE) which will fund police officers at every elementary campus, increase employee compensation and maintain educational programs of choice. The VATRE will appear on the ballot in the upcoming November 8, 2022 election.

The information sessions will give community members an opportunity to receive detailed information about the VATRE and ask any questions they may have. All FBISD community members are welcome to attend.

Spanish translators will be available at all three sessions. A sign language interpreter will be available at the September 26 session held at Dulles High School’s Rodgers Auditorium.

Below are the VATRE community information session dates and locations:

The first session is Wednesday, September 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Austin High School in the auditorium (3434 Pheasant Creek Drive, Sugar Land, 77498).

The second session is Monday, September 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Dulles High School’s Rodgers Auditorium (550 Dulles Avenue, Sugar Land, 77478).

The third session is Wednesday, September 28 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hightower High School in the auditorium (3333 Hurricane Lane, Missouri City, 77459).

Tuesday, October 11 is the last day to register to vote in the November 8th election. For more information about registering to vote and polling locations, click here: Fort Bend County Elections.

Please visit www.fortbendisd.com/vatre for more information about the FBISD VATRE election.

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FBISD PARAPROFESSIONALS NEEDED!

Topic: Paraprofessional Marketing Campaign

From: Jacquelyn.delaney@fortbendisd.com

Due Date: Ongoing

Description: SPREAD THE WORD!! The Human Resources Talent Acquisition Team is excited to announce our paraprofessional marketing campaign to recruit more paraprofessionals to our district. Please help by promoting these links below over the benefits of being a paraprofessional in FBISD through your electronic newsletters or virtual communication used for parents and recruitment efforts on your campus.

Links: Instructional Paraprofessionals: https://my.visme.co/v/jwgmwe0q-gk3yk6

Special Education Paraprofessionals: https://my.visme.co/v/rxmvq7nn-8zkwxk

SPECIAL EDUCATION UPDATES AND INFORMATION

22-23 NEW SEPAC PARENTS

We are excited to introduce the AHS new SEPAC Parent representatives for the 2022-2023 school year. We look forward to building bridges of communication with our Special education parents. Please see biographies below.

22-23 PRIMARY SEPAC PARENT REPRESENTATIVE

Amber J. Banks, Ph.D., is a status-quote disrupter, vision driven university administrator with over 15+ years of program management and strategic experience across the higher education, non-profit, and government sectors. She is a former special education student, the author of “Labeled From the Beginning”, an advocate of audacity, and innovate strategist who is widely regarded for her propensity in advocating for equity, inclusion & belonging.

22-23 ALTERNATE SEPAC PARENT REPRESENTATIVE

Greetings Bulldog families,


I am excited to represent Austin High as an alternate for SEPAC. I am a speech-language pathologist by trade and I have a passion for advocating for students. I am originally from Louisiana and we moved here from Virginia in 2015. I am excited about the direction FBISD is going to support our students and I look forward to collaborating with our parents and the district.


Thanks,

LaTristaca Doucet Stephens

Special Education Inclusion Support Conference

Please view the link below with more information on inclusion supports.The Inclusion Conference is sponsored by the Greater Houston Disability Chamber of Commerce and Region 4.


https://www.ghdcc.org/events/soaring-to-new-heights-college-inclusion-conference-2022

Grants for Special Education Students

Students who receive special education services, who are currently enrolled in a Texas public school, and are identified as "medically fragile" now qualify for the new SSES+ grant from TEA. Additional information about the SSES+ Medically Fragile program can be found by clicking the link below.

Families of qualifying students will receive online accounts to purchase goods or services that help their student access public school and/or health related services at home or where care is provided.
SSES+ accounts begin with a $5,000 grant. Families are able to request additional funds for more expensive items through TEA. This form is only available through the SSES+ award email.
There is currently enough funding for all students who are identified as medically fragile. This funding is separate and apart from the current SSES program.


https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/sses_updates_7-28-22.pdf

CLINIC CORNER

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AHS ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES

We are excited to begin the 22-23 athletic events for the fall semester! We invite all parents and community members to come and support our Bulldogs in elevating our school pride! Please see the schedules below for dates and locations. We look forward to seeing you there!
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ONGOING ANNOUNCEMENTS

TARDIES

Please talk to your student about being on time to school and each class period. We have started marking tardies and providing consequences to excessive tardies. Each family has access to attendance records through Skyward Family Access.


Please also remember that students should be in their classrooms prior to 7:30, please remember that traffic is heaviest from 7:15-7:30. We recommend that students arrive by 7:15, to allow ample time to be in their classroom by 7:30.


Please see below for our tardy progression of discipline. Thank you.

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STUDENT PARKING PERMITS

Hello Senior and Junior Students.

As we return for the 2022-23 School Year, Senior Students will have the opportunity to purchase Preferred Parking for $75; all other student parking(Senior/Junior) will cost $50.

To purchase parking all seniors and juniors must have:

Completed the online application

A Valid Texas Driver's License

Valid Insurance showing the student's name as an insured driver

No outstanding fines on the AHS Fine List

Must be on record as a Junior/Senior by August 2022

Please follow this link in Red to the application:

AHS 22-23 Student Parking

Students who have purchased their parking permits for the 2022-23 school year can come and pick them up on August 8 and August 9, 2022 in office 108 between 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM.

Juniors can pick up their parking permits when school starts in office 108 during lunch only and before August 12.

To pick your permit up you must bring:

A copy of the parking permit rules signed by a parent.

A photocopy of your receipt.

STUDENT DROP-OFF

Dear AHS Parents,

Welcome back to another Exciting Year at Austin High School, Home of The Bulldogs!!

We would like to share some information with you regarding Morning Student Drop-Off.

The best time to drop your student off at AHS with little to no traffic is usually between 7:00 AM and 7:15 AM. After 7:15 AM the traffic flow becomes heavy and students risk being late to 1st period.

Areas for Drop-Off: Front Circle and Student Parking Lot Area (Northside of the Building)

Please Do Not Attempt To Drop Your Student Off on The Bus Ramp Side of the Building, That is Not Allowed, this area is for School Vehicles and School Personnel Only!

Please Drive Safe and Have A Great Bulldog Day!!

2022-2023 AHS Clubs and Organizations

Congratulations to the 22-23 AHS Clubs and organizations who will serve the students and community this year. Take a look to see what interest you and get involved with one of the organizations!
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Meet the Dawgs Community Pep Rally

A huge shoutout to Coach Owor for leading the way on the successful Meet the Dawg's Community Pep Rally held this week! We would like to wish all of our 2022 athletic teams and organizations a successful season!


GO DAWGS!!

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