Barton Hills Bulletin

Week of December 22 - January 8

From Kati

Have a restful and relaxing Winter Break. You deserve it!

Do you know about AISD Employee Assistant Program? I encourage you to visit the AISD website at for lots of great information. For example, employees AND their families can:

  • Get cab fair reimbursed (up to 50 miles one way) for a "Safe Ride Home."
  • Get legal and financial counseling (3 - 30 minute free visits)
  • Access short term counseling for any issue impacting you personally - 6 visits per issue
This is a valuable resource for all AISD staff.

Updates and Reminders

  • Kick off a new year of health and wellness with two fun, FREE XFit2You LaBlast® classes after school, on January 6 and January 13 at 3:15 in the gym.
    LaBlast® is an exciting new dance fitness program created by World Dance Champion, coach, choreographer, Dancing with the Stars fan favorite and fitness expert, Louis van Amstel. Less jarring on your knees and joints then Zumba, but just as fun and great exercise! Check out Erikka, one of the first instructors in the Austin area.

  • The Texas Education Agency has opened the window for teachers to complete the Teacher School Technology and Readiness (STaR) Chart. This is a mandatory NCLB federal requirement. Statewide reports from the Texas Teacher STaR Chart are used to report on progress toward fulfilling the requirements in No Child Left Behind, Title II, Part D that all teachers should be technology literate and integrate technology across the curriculum. The data is also shared with state and federal policymakers, then used to complete reports on various technology grant programs such as ERate. Since 2007, Austin ISD has received $20.7M in ERate funding for the implementation and maintenance of Internet services, telephone services, and network hardware to provide our classrooms with the latest technology services.
    All teachers must complete the STaR chart by going to The online STaR chart takes 10-15 minutes per individual to complete. Please complete the Teacher STaR chart prior to March 13, 2015.

This Weeks Events

Maine- Morning Duty


  • "A" Day for Special Areas
  • 7:45 Morning Assembly


  • "B" Day for Special Areas
  • ARD/504/eCST Day
  • 3:15 Free LaBlast Class in gym


  • "C" Day for Special Areas


  • "A" Day for Special Areas
  • 8:00 - 11:00 Kati to AHVT meeting
  • 3:00 CAC meeting


  • "B" Day for Special Areas


  • Collins' Birthday

CAC Agenda

We will be looking at the proposed Bond Improvement Presentation

Upcoming Events

January 4

Barbara's Birthday

January 12

9:00 Fire Drill

January 13

Amy Purnell's B'day

January 15

3:00 Vertical Team meetings

January 16

Sylvia's birthday

Author visit in library (k-2)

January 19

Claire's birthday

Student and Staff Holiday (MLK)

January 20

DRA/TPRI window opens (k-2)

January 22

3;00 Cadre meetings

January 23

Teacher Luncheon

Student Data meetings

12:30 Fresh Friday

January 25

Sarah Tso's birthday

January 26

1:30 Reverse Evacuation Drill

January 29

Science Fair

January 31

Day of 11

Kudos To.....

If you have an item for this section, email me so I can include next week

  • Phew - all the teachers who helped behind the Nutcracker scenes
  • Gavin - amazing Nutcracker performances and David Benoit show with the students.